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News From the Nest - October 12th

Reported by on 10/13/18


Graham Elementary School

October 12, 2018


16 PTA Restaurant Night – McAlister’s

19 Birthday Books in the LMC

Book Fair Set up

21 IPEF ½ Marathon, Naperville Healthy Driven Life

22-26 Red Ribbon Week

Book Fair begins

24 Book Fair Family Night 4 – 8PM

25 Read for the Record – Graham LMC

26 Book Fair closes at 12PM

Last Day for the District PTA Coat Drive

Harvest Classroom Celebrations – 2:15 – 3:15PM

Dear Graham Families,

We had a short week, but the students still managed to get in lots of fun and learning. We had our “official” fire drill with the Naperville Fire Department on Thursday, and passed with flying colors!

Thursday evening, the PTA sponsored a guest speaker. Mrs. Dagmar Kauffman from On Balance Parenting. It was a very informative presentation with many useful tips for parents and educators. A huge thank you to the Graham PTA for organizing our annual fundraiser, which culminated today with a Skate Party!! Thank you to our students and families for contributing and raising a fantastic amount of money for our school.

Next week will be the end of the quarter. Your child’s report card will be available after 4PM on October 26th. Attendance records are always available on the Home Access Center. Conferences will be held on November 1st, 4:30 – 8PM and November 5th, 8AM – 8PM. You will be able to sign up for conferences beginning Monday, October 15th at 10AM using the online scheduling program Power PTC. This is the same program we used last year. Please be on the lookout for an email with directions for accessing Power PTC.

Mark your calendars for Sunday Oct. 21st to meet Graham staff and families at mile 11.3 of the Healthy Driven Half Marathon. It is at S. West St. and Emerald Dr. We will meet at 8AM to cheer on the runners from Graham School. They are working with our Indian Prairie Education Foundation (IPEF) to raise money for our schools. The spirit squad demonstrating the most spirit will be awarded a monetary prize for their school. We would like to begin raising funds to build an outdoor classroom. Winning one of the prizes will be a great start! Tell your friends and neighbors and watch for more information on exact location to follow.

Each year, Graham School acknowledges and celebrates our brave service men and women during a Veteran’s Day assembly. This year the assembly will be November 13th at 9:30AM. We are asking everyone who would like to participate to send in a picture of a family member in uniform who has served or is serving in the military. We will include the picture in a display in the front hallway titled “Wall of Heroes”. Each year the Wall is quite beautiful and moving. Please look for more information coming soon.

On Friday, October 26th, we will be having a Fall Harvest Celebration. From 2:15 – 3:30 PM, the students will participate in a classroom celebration, which will include a craft and/or a game.

As we want to ensure the safety of all students during this celebration and maintain an environment conducive to learning the day of the celebration, we are asking that students follow the rules below:

Students are not to wear costumes to school at the beginning of the day (including make-up and hair dye)— time will be provided by teachers for students to change into their costume. Costumes MUST be able to be put on in the classroom setting and your child should need minimal assistance to put it on.
Parents should assist their child/ren in making appropriate decisions about what students wear for costumes, ensuring that costumes are school appropriate and meet all of the District 204 Dress Code Guidelines.
Please keep play weapons and masks at home. Sharp objects (i.e. wooden swords) may NOT be part of any costume. We want to ensure all students’ safety.
Volunteers helping with room parties will be able to come into the building at 1:45 and must be on the list of volunteers for the Harvest Party. Please plan on entering the building at Door #2 and checking in at the volunteer table to receive your pre-printed ID badge. If you have not had the opportunity to have your Driver’s License scanned by the Raptor System, please plan on coming in during the next few weeks, so that we can run your ID through the system.
To provide for student safety, this year the parade will be indoors. We will not be able to accommodate visitors during the parade due to space and security concerns. Thank you for your understanding of this change based upon the need for putting our students’ safety first.
After school pick-up procedures will be the same as all other days.

Students not attending room parties and events on the basis of religious beliefs or family choice will be provided an alternate activity at school. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child is not participating in the classroom celebration.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we enjoy the fun of Graham’s Harvest Celebration! If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience.

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 use the grade level shelf in the foyer when dropping off a forgotten item or bringing in lunch. Additionally please include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note, if the child’s name is not clearly visible on the item.
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.
If you have any questions, or concerns please feel contact me at your convenience.


Ms. Walton

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