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News From the Nest - October 19th

Reported by on 10/20/18

Graham Elementary School

October 19, 2018



October

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

November

1 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30 – 8PM

5 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 – 8PM, No School K – 12th Grades

6 No School K – 12th Grades

9 Camp Cocconi Day in the LMC

13 Veterans Day Assembly 9:30AM

Picture Retakes & Yearbook Candids

Skate Night 6 -8PM

14 3rd Grade Science Night 5:30PM

16 Birthday Books in the LMC

PTA Girls Choice 7 – 9:30PM

21–23 No School – Thanksgiving Break



Dear Graham Families,

The next couple of weeks are packed full of learning and fun. The Book Fair officially opens on Monday, October 22nd. It will be open for shopping until Friday at noon. Book Fair Family Night is Wednesday, the 24th, 4 – 8PM. This is a great opportunity to not only shop for right now, but to pick up some gifts for later. I always enjoy shopping for my nephew and nieces at the Book Fair.

Each day next week we will be participating in Red Ribbon Week. The 2018 theme is: Respect yourself, be drug free. To kick things off we are wearing pajamas on Monday to “Dream big”. On Tuesday the students may wear their favorite hat to school, on Wednesday they can experiment with their hair and wear crazy hair. On Thursday, wear red to school to show support for being drug free. Friday the students will be focusing on the Harvest Party and Parade, so no special dress that day until later in the afternoon!

Report Cards

Today, October 19th is 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 were 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 contact the office if you are not able to schedule online.

IPEF Half Marathon and 5K

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. The location for The Graham Spirit site is the intersection of S. West St. and Emerald Dr. This is one street down from the Osler Street entrance to Edwards Hospital. Parking may be accessible in the Fresh Market lot. There may also be parking closer to the site on Savannah Circle or Williamsburg Dr.

We will meet before 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!

*Note: First runners at our location are estimated to arrive at 8:02AM*

VETERAN’S Day

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.



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



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.

Sincerely,

Ms. Walton


Harvest Celebrations

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.



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