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News from the Nest - March 17

Reported by rachel_witkowski@ipsd.org on 3/20/17

Graham Elementary School
March 17, 2017

MARCH
20 Book Fair Week begins – Preview Day
PARCC continues for 4th and 5th Grades
22 Book Fair Family Night 4 -8PM
23 Book Fair ends at 12PM
Report Cards available 4PM
27 – 31 Spring Break

APRIL
3 School Resumes
Health and Nutrition Week begins
4 PARCC for 3rd Grade begins
5 Plant Sale orders due
6 Open House 6PM
7 Birthday Books in the LMC
LMC Beach Day
Father – Son Painting Event 6 – 8PM
10 PARCC for 3rd Grade continues
12 Spring Pictures
13 Graham PTA Meeting 9:30AM
14 Non – Attendance Day – No School for K – 12 students
17 School Improvement Day – No School for K – 12 students
19 First Grade Literature Night 5:30PM
21 Volunteer Tea 2PM
27 Kane County Cougars Game 6:30, Graham School Chorus performs


Dear Graham Families,

Thank you for your support of the PARCC Testing as we continue to move through the testing process. The 4th Grade finished testing this week and the 5th grade will test next week, with make-up testing happening as necessary. As we adapt to the shift from the ISAT Test to PARCC Testing, please feel free to talk with me about any concerns or questions you might have.

The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) invite you to their next meeting on Tuesday, March 21st, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Crouse Education Center (CEC), 780 Shoreline Drive. The meeting will focus on Chapter 7 of the Mindset book by Carol Dweck. The topic is: What Makes a Great Parent? Teacher? It is not necessary to have read the chapter or book. For information about PDAC or PDAC meetings, please visit the PDAC subpage.

Yearbook Cover Contest
Calling all artists! The 2016 - 2017 Graham Yearbook needs a cover. Students of all grade levels are encouraged to enter. The winning artwork will appear as the front cover and runners-up will be on the back cover.

The contest rules are as follows:
•Submit an original piece of student artwork, one entry per student.
•Use a piece of white copier/printer paper (8.5” by 11”).
•Make your drawing a vertical orientation, not landscape.
•Use markers or crayons. Colored pencils do not reproduce well.
•Do not make a cut and paste collage or use textured paper.
•Important: Write your name, grade and teacher’s name in pencil on the back of your artwork.
•Graham Elementary and 2016 - 2017 must appear on the page. This will be the yearbook title.
•The deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

GRAHAM SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS:
The Volunteer Appreciation Tea will be April 21st at 2PM here at Graham School. Details forthcoming closer to the event. Please save the date. We are looking forward to appreciating you.

204 Connect Ed: Easier Residency Verification Process
District 204 is moving to a more efficient residency verification process that will be easier for parents. Currently, prior to registration, all parents who have students entering grades kindergarten, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 11 are required to bring three documents to school to demonstrate proof of residency.

Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third party vendor to automatically verify student address information. We anticipate the overwhelming majority of our families will be electronically verified. If your residency is electronically verified, you will receive a letter of confirmation and there will be no need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries.

A letter will also be sent to families whose residency we are unable to verify electronically. The letter will provide details on additional information you will need to provide by April 21, 2017 in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.
Verifying residency is an effort to protect taxpayers and district resources by identifying non-residents attending District 204 schools. Illinois law mandates that parents demonstrate residency prior to enrollment in school and allows for periodic verification to validate compliance with the law.

Please contact your school principal with any questions or concerns.

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: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids
Graham: Bricks 4 Kids LEGO Engineering Club

Reminders and Requests:
•If you have garments that you are able to donate, we are in need of gently used elastic waist pants for boys and girls in the nurse’s office.
•When calling in your child’s attendance or late arrival, please call the absent line 630-428-6900, option 3.
•Please remember to include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note, when dropping off a forgotten item or bringing in lunch.

If you have any questions, or concerns please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Sincerely,
Ms. Walton

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