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PTA Newsletter - 5/11/20

Reported by on 5/11/20

Here are some items that you might find to be of interest….

School Kits:
Graham PTA is once again partnering with Shane's School Supply Kits to offer teacher-approved school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year! These bundled kits are available to conveniently order safe-at-home! Please visit www.shaneskits.com and enter our school code GRA204 to order now through June 15th and kits will be delivered to Graham in time for our welcomed return to school! You can also select home delivery for a small fee if you prefer. Any questions, please email StephanieMelone@gmail.com.

5th Grade Farewell:
Our 5th Grade Farewell co-chairs have been busy putting together plans to still celebrate our graduating 5th Graders. Thanks for sending in your info for Crone shirts, be on the lookout for a special delivery this week! We also are putting together a video of pictures of your students through their years at Graham and their Graham teachers waving your 5th graders off. This will be shown via a zoom call on the last day of school. TODAY MAY 11th is the deadline to get these pictures in. Detailed instructions on how to submit this were sent last week and are attached to this newsletter. We will use your child's baby picture that was already submitted to the yearbook, then would love to have a picture of them in Kindergarten, current 5th grade picture, and any other picture of them at school events over the years. All photos should be submitted to this google drive:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FrNADQac-HROvY2S2HWN2CQGd5-TIYH6
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.

Graham PTA Meeting:
Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th at 9:30 am and will be held remotely, using zoom. The Zoom link was sent in the PTA newsletter.

Field Day:
Mr. Cooper has some exciting news, Field Day will be held remotely! We will be able to share more info in the next newsletter. Stay tuned!

Open Committee Chair Positions:
If you have thought about becoming more involved with the PTA next year, please reach out to Tracie Skindzier for more information. Her email is tracielange@hotmail.com

Cancellations:
The Kane County Cougar Game that was scheduled for May 4th was CANCELLED and the school is working on refunding the money to all the parents and families that paid for tickets.
Our next skate night scheduled for May 13th has been CANCELLED.
Our Blessings in a Backpack packing event scheduled for May 18th has been CANCELLED.

Indian Prairie Parents’ Council Blood Drive:
May 19
To help address the blood shortage hospitals are facing, the Indian Prairie Parents’ Council is partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois to host a districtwide blood drive on Tuesday, May 19. The drive will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at all three high schools. Donors in good health who are at least 17 years of age, or 16 years of age with a parent or guardian’s permission, will be able to safely donate blood. To schedule your preferred donation time, click on the school location below.

Waubonsie Valley High School
2590 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
Located in the Fieldhouse, enter door 32

Metea Valley High School
1801 North Eola Road, Aurora
Located in the Commons, enter door 19

Neuqua Valley High School
2360 95th Street, Naperville
Located in the Competition Gym, enter door 52

Pandemic EBT SNAP Benefits
The Illinois State Board of Education has asked school districts to share information on Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), a new program that helps families buy food for their school aged children. Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be added to Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov.
More information is available at P-EBT.

Free Meals for Students
Organic Life continues to offer curbside pick-up of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all students. Pick-up locations are at each elementary school near door 1, between 11 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. If your family needs meals, let us know by completing this form. You can find a map with addresses for distribution sites here.

Fifth Grade Families:
The following is a message from the Crone PTA….
WELCOME TO CRONE!
Our PTSA welcomes you and we want to share some important info.
1. SUPPLY KITS TO START SCHOOL!
No need to shop for individual supplies!
Order your kit now and have it before school starts! www.shaneskits.com Use code: CM204
Order by May 28 and it will be delivered to school at no cost. Pickup will be in August.
Home delivery is an option for an additional cost.
2. Crone PTSA Membership
Your family donation helps run the programs & activities we offer Crone students.
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY. CHOOSE 2020-21 YEAR in the dropdown menu.
https://croneptsa.memberhub.store/

Take care,
The Graham PTA

Supply Kit (pdf)

PTA Meeting Agenda (pdf)

5th Grade Video Directions (pdf)

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