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News From the Nest - August 31

Reported by on 8/31/18


3 No School – Labor Day

7 Author Visit to Graham

12 LMC Volunteer Orientation 9:30 – 10:30

Curriculum Night

Chromebook Parent Information Session - 6PM (2nd -5th grade parents only)

Session 1 - 6:30 (all grade levels)

Session 2 - 7:15 (all grade levels)

13 PTA Welcome Coffee & PTA Meeting 9:30AM

14 Makerspace Volunteer Orientation, 9:30 – 11AM

20 Watchdogs Information Night 6:30 – 7:30PM

21 Birthday Books*

25 Fall Pictures

28 Falcon Fundraiser Event

Dear Graham Families,

We have enjoyed a wonderful start to the school year! The students are working their way into getting use to school once again. The staff and I will continue our goals of improving student learning and high achievement. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 12th for Curriculum Night. The teachers look forward to sharing information regarding the instructional day. If you are a parent of a 2nd - 5th grade student, we look forward to seeing you at 6pm for our 1-to-1 Chrome Book presentation in the school gym. The first session will begin immediately following the presentation. Please remember this evening is a parent only event.

I hope to see many returning and new faces at the PTA Welcome Coffee on Thursday, September 13th at 9:30AM.

Thank you to everyone who is following the direction of our staff as they utilize the Car Rider Line to drop off or pick up their student(s). Please remember to pull all the way forward. This will enable us to fully utilize the lane and get everyone safely to their destinations. My motto for the Car Rider Line is “Safety before Convenience.” Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


v Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Thank you for helping maintain a safe and sound environment for our students by always pulling forward, not leaving your car unattended and always using the crosswalk to cross through traffic. Following drop-off and pick-up procedures will help ensure a safe entrance and exit for all Graham students.

· The Car Pick-Up and Drop-Off Zone is the safest way to pick-up and drop-off your student before and after school. Please follow the direction of staff members in the pick-up/drop-off zone. In addition, please remember that it is illegal to use cellphones when in a school zone.

· Please remember to follow the traffic directions of our crossing guards and to fully stop at the stop signs.

v Parking

School buses use the front parking lot for loading and unloading. Cars are not permitted in the front parking lot until all buses have loaded or unloaded. This time will be adjusted for ten minutes later on Wednesday mornings due to the late arrival. Please obey all traffic control signs and curb markings. There is NO PARKING on the right hand side of the circle drive due to fire code. If you have a student who needs assistance during drop off/pick up, please contact the main office for a front entry pass.

v No Dogs at Arrival and Dismissal

For the safety of our students, we ask that parents refrain from bringing dogs onto school property during arrival and dismissal time periods, when students are present. This is per the District 204 Handbook.

v Walkers and Bike/Scooter Riders:

It is important to note that students use the crosswalk with the crossing guard. Students and younger sibling are to walk their bikes/scooters when they are on school grounds. Additionally, we ask that you monitor the use of motorized scooters when students and parents are present.

Reminders and Requests:

When calling in your child’s attendance or late arrival, please call the absent line 630-428-6900, option 3.
Please remember to include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note, when dropping off a forgotten item or bringing in lunch.
There are already items in the Lost and Found collection that are looking for ‘home’. If your child is missing an item, please feel free to come and look through the items.
Please remember the procedure for visitors when they come to our school. You will be asked to identify yourself at the entry buzzer. You will then come to the School Office for a visitor badge if you are volunteering or doing other business within the building. All District 204 schools use the Raptor system which helps track visitors, including volunteers who enter our school. All visitors will be asked to present a valid state issued ID that will be entered into the Raptor system. Once entered, staff will instantly receive alerts on people who may jeopardize school safety. We ask for your cooperation in presenting your valid state issued ID when entering the school. Your ID will be returned to you when you leave the building. Thank you in advance for helping to keep our school safe.

Please remember school is not in session September 3rd. Classes will resume on September 4th.

Third-Party Educational Programs

The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:

Graham: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

Graham: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes

Graham: NanoBeasts STEM & Robotics

Effective communication supports and provides students with the best possible support to be successful. If you have any questions, or concerns please feel contact me at your convenience.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend. The Graham Staff and I appreciate all you do in support of our students and Graham School.


Ms. Walton

Graham: NanoBeasts STEM and Robotics (pdf)

Graham: Young Rembrandts Drawing Class (pdf)

Graham: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club (pdf)

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