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Board of Education Vacancy - Accepting Applications
Registration Fun Fair Event - May 26

RLAS Fine Arts Boosters to Hold Fundraiser at BWW on May 18, 2016

WJ Murphy 5th Graders Interview Community Members


On Thursday, April 7th, 5th graders at W.J. Murphy Elementary School in D116 interviewed a number of community members about their professions. According to team leader, Frieda Kolas, the idea was sparked by a 21st century writing project about community interviews in the literacy curriculum.  The team of teachers brainstormed ideas and reached out to the community for volunteers. Student interview teams met with each of the following in a round robin format:

Worlds Finest Chocolate Fundraiser

For a limited time, WJ Murphy will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate bars to raise funds for the school. For this fundraiser, we will only accept pre-orders and will offer different quantities and varieties of bars: Caramel, Almond, Crisp, Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate.

Per district policy, food items cannot be sold to students during the school day so order forms must be signed by adults. Packaged orders will be sent home with students at the end of the day to be consumed after school hours. 

Por tiempo limitado la primaria WJ Murphy venderá barras del Chocolate más fino del mundo para recaudar fondos para la escuela. Para esta recaudación sólo se harán pedidos por adelantado y se ofrecerán diferentes cantidades y variedad de chocolates: caramelo, almendra, crujiente, chocolate con leche y chocolate negro.

De acuerdo a la política del distrito, no se puede vender alimentos a los estudiantes durante el horario de clases así que las formas de pedido deben ser firmadas por adultos. Se enviarán las órdenes empaquetadas a las casas, con los estudiantes, al terminar las clases para que sean consumidos después de clases.

2016-2017 Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open! You may access online registration by clicking the button below. If you need assistance logging into your account, please contact your child’s school.

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2016-2017 School Calendar Released

Over the winter months, a recommendation is made to the Board of Education for the next school year’s calendar. The Board reviewed the proposed 2016-2017 school calendar at their meeting in early January and approved it on January 25, 2016.

Please note the following points:

  • The start of school is scheduled for Monday, August 22, 2016. This is a little later than normal and will help to accommodate the construction project timeline needs for the 2016 summer.
  • Three 2-hour late start dates have been scheduled for students on Tuesday, September 6; Tuesday, October 11; and Monday, November 14. These late starts will provide for additional professional development for staff. The two-hour late start for students will mirror the November 10 schedule this year. Late-start schedules can be viewed at
  • Winter Break for students will be Thursday, December 22, 2016 through Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • The last day of school (if no emergency days are used) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

We understand that this calendar is a bit different than prior years and wanted to be sure that we communicated this information to our families as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact your school office.

IPA Nominations Form

5th Graders, click here to access the IPA nominations form!

Papa John's Fundraiser

Murphy will be participating in a Papa John’s fundraiser this year! 20% of any ONLINE ( orders for pickup or delivery using promo code WJMURPHY will be donated to the school to benefit our programs!


The fundraiser will run two days per month, every other month. Mark your calendars for: Sept 23 & 24, Nov 18 & 19, Jan 20 & 21, Mar 16 & 17, and May 11 & 12.


Thanks to the Grayslake Papa Johns at 1276 N. Route 83, Grayslake, IL 60030, 847-548-7272 for partnering with us!

Physicals at the School Based Health Center

The new School Based Health and Wellness Center located at Round Lake High School is open for physicals. This option is less expensive than Walgreens.
OPEN: Tues, Wed and Thurs 7:30-4:30 
(847)257-1200 (call for appointment)

PBIS Recognition! Silver Award

W.J. Murphy has been recognized as a Silver Level PBIS school! Moving from Bronze to Silver is a great honor and a tribute to how hard our staff is working to make Murphy a safe place for kids! 

Target's Take Charge of Education Program

Support Murphy by registering your Target RedCard with the Take Charge of Education program! See for more information on how to sign up.

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