August 17, 2016:  The website for St. Michael third, fourth, and fifth grades for 2016-2017 school year is here:



June 16--  Today we finished our amazing read-aloud book, The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow.  Students helped clean the classroom and painted one last watercolor for the year.  We attended the end-of-year prayer service / award ceremony / moving up ceremony.  Students received their report cards.  Many thanks to you, St. Michael parents, who care deeply about your children's education and support their educational endeavors in myriads of ways.  I look forward to next school year. 

Below is a copy of the summer letter I am sending home to parents today. 

June 16, 2016

Dear Parents,

Education in the summer time is of great importance.  While it is wonderful for students and parents alike to get a break from the full-time school routine, setting aside just one hour a day for learning will really help your sons and daughters to avoid summer learning loss.  Summer learning loss sets students back as much as two months by the time a new school year begins. 

For the summer, I recommend about one hour to one and a half hours of academics per day.  Here is one good plan: 

·         15 minute daily writing in journal.  Students brought home a new journal today.  Students may want to just keep a journal, writing something about each day.  This would be especially good during summer travel.  Others may prefer to do creative writing. 

·         20 minutes doing math at PearsonRealize.com and / or IXL practice.  Students can access video lessons and practice pages for the math book they used in class this year.  Students brought the remainder of their math book home.

·         5-10 minutes daily doing math facts practice at IXL.com.   Memorizing math facts is really important.  Students who have addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts memorized enjoy math lessons more, finish math lesson more accurately in less time, and are less likely to feel overwhelmed by new material.

·         30+ minutes daily reading for pleasure.  Signing up at your local library for the summer reading program will give some structure and incentive to students’ daily reading.  Here is the link to sign up for the free summer program.   You can find the registration at www.sno-isle.org.    You can also follow the link on my classroom website. 

On the back of this page [paper version which was sent home] are the user names and passwords for your student to access his or her PearsonRealize math account and IXL math practice account.   I hope your family has a wonderfully refreshing and blessed summer.  I look forward to next school year at St. Michael!




Mrs. Murphy


Here is the link to the Sno-Isle Library summer reading program:  https://www.sno-isle.org/index.cfm?pg=kids/explore-summer/registration

Welcome to the St. Michael School webpage for third, fourth, and fifth grades!  This is also the correct site for science, grades 6-8.  On this site I will list what we did each day in my class and what homework I have assigned.  At each day's summary, homework will be in red.  Select which page you would like to read at the left.  For each page, the most recent day will be on top.  If you scroll down, you will find previous days in order.
Sometimes, a student may have homework that is different from that of his or her classmates.  I will try my best to make it clear.  It is my policy to never use students names on this website.