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News from the Nest - March 9

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News from the Nest
March 9, 2018

12 Kindergarten Information Night 6 – 7PM (Parent only Event)
19 Book Fair Preview Day for students
20 Book Fair opens 9 – 4PM
21 Book Fair Family Night, open until 8PM
22 PTA Meeting 9:30AM – Guest Speaker, Dr. Karen Sullivan, Superintendent – District 204
Book Fair closes at Noon
19 - 23 Health and Nutrition Week
23 End of the 3rd Quarter
26 – 30 Spring Break

Dear Graham Families,

We had a great day of learning last Friday. The teachers attended Professional Development grade level or department meetings at various locations around the district. Thank you to the PTA for wonderful meal provided on Thursday evening during the conferences. The teachers truly appreciate it!

We will finish PARCC Testing with our 4th and 5th grade students on Tuesday. 3rd grade will begin testing on Wednesday, March 14.

Engage 204 on March 20
The community is invited to attend Engage 204 from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, March 20 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on the district's budget.

Previous sessions have looked at academic programs, demographics, and facilities. Some of the topics discussed by presenters and attendees have included class sizes, teacher pay, mental health support, facility use, and maintenance projects. At this session, presenters will discuss the cost of some of the ideas and attendees will be asked to prioritize the ideas. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on how to financially support the ideas considering the district's limited resources.

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required at RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast will be April 20th. Details forthcoming closer to the event. Please save the date. We are looking forward to appreciating you.

Crossing Guard needed:
We are in need of a Crossing Guard at High Meadow and Thatcher. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Witkowski or Ms. Walton for details.

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: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club
Graham: Bricks 4 Kids Lego Engineering Club

Reminders and Requests:
• When calling in your child’s attendance or late arrival, please call the absent line 630-428-6900, option 3.
• When dropping off or picking up your child(ren) please remember to follow all traffic safety rules. Children should be securely buckled in. Additionally, please follow the weight and age safety rules for where and how they are seated in your vehicle. Cell phone usage is prohibited by law in a school zone.
• If you are dropping off a lunch or other forgotten item, please remember to include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note,
• There are several 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 free to contact me at your convenience.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Ms. Walton

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