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PTA Newsletter - 4/20/2020

Reported by on 4/20/20

While we were sorry to hear about the extension for e-learning for the rest of the school year, we are hoping that this action will help keep all of our Graham families safe at home. We do still have a few PTA items of note listed below...

Skate Nights:
Our next skate nights scheduled for April 22nd and May 13th have been CANCELLED.

Volunteer Appreciation Tea:
The Volunteer Appreciation Tea on Friday, April 24th has unfortunately been CANCELLED.

Restaurant Night is ON!
Schools may be closed but you can still support the Graham PTA by ordering Taps N Tenders on Thursday, April 30 11am-10pm. Dining room will be closed but you can still order online, call in or order in the drive thru. 15% of food and beverage sales will be donated back to Graham. Please mention Graham and bring in or show the flyer at pick up.

5th Grade Farewell:
Our 5th Grade Farewell co-chairs have been busy putting together plans to still celebrate our graduating 5th Graders. We are sending home an email this week with a link to a form for all 5th grade parents to fill out so we can still deliver a Crone T-shirt and surprise on the last day of school to each 5th grade student. We also would like to put together a video of pictures of parents and teachers waving your 5th graders off to be shown via a zoom call on the last day of school. Instructions on how to submit this will be sent in the coming weeks. In addition, if possible we will still be doing a 5th grade trolley ride from the River Run Clubhouse to school for a Kona Ice party at the school playground on a TBD date this summer. We hope to send out a save the date for this before the school year is over.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4th - 8th
Similar to 5th Grade Farewell, our Teacher Appreciation co-chairs have been working on an alternative plan to thank our teachers. Be on the lookout next week for an email detailing how you can help make our teachers feel special remotely!

Graham PTA Meeting:
Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th at 9:30 am and will be held remotely, using zoom. We will send log on info closer to the meeting date.

Blessings in a Backpack 5/18:
Our Blessings in a Backpack packing event scheduled for May 18th has been CANCELLED.

Field Day:
Unfortunately, Field Day scheduled for May 22nd has been CANCELLED too.

Masks:
For anyone who made masks for IPSD 204, you can drop them off at Still Middle School on Tuesday, April 21st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm or Thursday, April 23rd from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Thursday will be the last day to drop off masks. Donations will be received at Window “A” by Door #10 located on the west side of Still Middle School. (787 Meadowridge Dr, Aurora). Park in the “bus parking” lot behind the school. Enter from the south from Meadowridge Dr, exit to the west onto Shoreline Dr. Obey the blue physical distancing markings leading to Window “A”. Individuals dropping off masks will remain outside the building. Your mask donation will be accepted and secured inside the building.

Open Committee Chair Positions:
If you have thought about becoming more involved with the PTA, now is the time! We’d love to have your help planning events and programs for our children. We need help with the following:

*Watch Dogs
*Back to School Lunch
*Staff Appreciation Week (2 people)
*Conference Lunches
*Restaurant Night
*Girls on the Run
*Cultural Night

You can email Kristin Kirchner at kirchnercrew@gmail.com with questions or to indicate what you would be interested in helping us out with.


Great Wolf Lodge Fundraiser:
The PTA announced a new fundraising opportunity this year with Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee, IL. I’m sure everyone will want to get out and have some fun once this is all over. Why not book a night, or even two?!? Each night booked gives 10% right back to Graham! Plus, you will get a discount of up to 30% on your room if you use code: 4MYSCHOOL and enter the qualifying ID number: 33656. They have extended our promo and it is good for qualifying stays thru December 31, 2020 and must be booked by October 30, 2020. An extra bonus, all guests age 15 and under will enjoy mini golf, bowling, the ropes course and climbing wall for FREE!!

Take care,
The Graham PTA

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