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News From the Nest - November 2nd

Reported by on 11/4/18


Graham Elementary School

November 2, 2018


5 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 – 8PM

No School K – 12th Grades

6 No School K – 12th Grades

9 Camp Cocconi Day in the LMC

Last day for Hats, gloves, & scarves collection

12 Blessings in a Backpack school event

13 Veterans Day Assembly 9:30AM

Picture Retakes & Yearbook Candids

Skate Night 6 -8PM

14 3rd Grade Science Night 5:30PM

School Safety Community Night – WVHS, 7 – 8PM

16 Birthday Books in the LMC

Butterbraid orders due

PTA Girls Choice 7 – 9:30PM

21–23 No School – Thanksgiving Break

Dear Graham Families,

This has been a great week here at Graham. We enjoyed a wonderful, high flying assembly featuring The Jesse White Tumblers! We were surprised by Illinois Secretary of State, The Honorable Jesse White, who accompanied his Tumbling Team to Graham. He talked to our students about the importance of school, hard work and effort. Thank you to the PTA for bringing this incredible experience to Graham School. Our students were entertained and amazed.

We enjoyed seeing many of our parents at conferences Thursday evening and we look forward to seeing Graham parents for conferences Monday, November 5th 8 – 8PM. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss the progress and the learning environment your child experiences here at Graham. Please remember there is no school on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th. If you have not been able to sign up for a conference time, please contact your child’s teacher.


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.

School Safety Community Night
November 14

District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night presentation from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Waubonsie Valley High School.

Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns.

All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion.

An RSVP is appreciated, but not required at

The 5Essentials Survey

Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit

2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)

3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Parents will have until January to participate in the survey.


We will be continuing our partnership with Blessing in a Backpack students at Allen Elementary in Aurora by hosting a Care Package Drive Oct. 29-Nov.9th!

We’d like to meet our goal of collecting: •

300 new hats • 300 New Mittens/Gloves • 300 New Scarves

WE WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTING GIFT CARDS TO DOLLAR TREE to purchase remaining items. Once our collection is complete, Graham students will have the opportunity to assemble and package these items for each of the students of Allen Elementary who are a part of the program! For more information, contact Emily Chen (

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.


Ms. Walton

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