PTA Newsletter 3/21/22

Reported by on 4/7/22

Hello all!

We hope you enjoy the last week of school before spring break! Here are dates to put on your calendar…

Science Fair Tonight:

Hope you can join us for the Science Fair which will be today Monday, March 21st from 6 - 7 pm. We have over 100 students participating in the Science Fair this year and are looking forward to seeing all the projects! The fair will be set up in the Gym and the MPR and anyone is welcome to come and view all the amazing projects. Just a reminder to all participants you are able to enter at 5:30 PM to start setting up and need to be finished setting up by 5:45 PM.

April PTA Meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 13th at 9:30 am via zoom. Hope you can join us! Login information is below:

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25th Anniversary Planning Meeting

We will be having our next planning meeting for our Anniversary reception Tuesday April 12th at Graham at 2:00 PM. We are looking for volunteers to join our Anniversary Planning Committee. This committee would work with Ms. Walton and some of the Graham teachers, to plan a family friendly outdoor celebration at the school in late May. Anyone interested please attend or reach out to Tracie Skindizer at tracielange@hotmail.com.

Boys Choice - Escape Room Night Out!
Fuzzy Logic escape room, located in Downers Grove, is a facility with 5 different escape rooms. We will have all of Fuzzy Logic reserved from 4:30 - 10 pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
The games last one hour and there are a variety of start times so please sign up for a room that most closely matches the level of your family at a time that works for you too. Fuzzy Logic recommends The Playground for families with young children, SuperHeros, Super Villans, and the Vet Office are all right in the middle, and Temple Raiders is best for our families with older kids.
Each room can accommodate a maximum of 9 people. Please make sure to only sign up for one game/time and indicate the number of people who are coming with you so we utilize the space well and don't have to turn anyone away (and please remember that this is only for boys who are students at Graham and one parent or guardian - no other siblings).
Please come early to your session so you can enjoy some pizza in the party room!
The cost is $15 per person and you can pay using our PalPal link: http://paypal.me/grahampta or you can send a check for the total amount into the main office at school with a note on the envelope that reads, "PTA - Boys Choice".
RSVP and sign up for your room at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EACA928A0FE3-graham
no later than Tuesday, April 5, 2022 and if you have any questions, please contact Kristin Kirchner, at kirchnercrew@gmail.com. Thanks!

Jump Rope for Heart

The Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rump for Heart) with the American Heart Association will be kicking off on March 11th during your student’s PE time and will end on March 25th with a jump rope event at the school. We are looking for parent volunteers on the 25th to assist with various jump rope competitions during each classroom’s PE time. Please sign up via this link:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A4AD2EA3F8C07-jump

25th Anniversary Tile Fundraiser TILES DUE THIS WEEK!

As a PTA we also would like to donate an anniversary present. We are adding an additional fundraiser this winter with 100% of the proceeds going toward the 25th anniversary gift. We will be donating two different murals to be put in the school to make Graham more cheery! We will be having a local artist come in and create Falcon Wings on the wall between the Gym and MPR. Students will be able to stand in front of them to get their picture taken with falcon wings and will also be painting big Graham letters in the MPR. Finally we will be donating flexible seating options to the classrooms.
We thank everyone that has purchased tiles! All purchased 4x4 ceramic tiles will be made into a mosaic that will be permanently displayed in the main hallway on the other side of the office. Please remember to drop off all completed tiles by March 23rd to the front porch or Anne McAnelly (High Meadow 2704 Pennyroyal Cir) or Tracie Skindzier (River Run 1755 Baybrook Ln). We still have outstanding payments, so if you have already ordered, please pay via check or PayPal ASAP.
If you have questions or did not receive your tiles please reach out to Becky Thorn at rebeccaclarkslp@gmail.com


Girls on the Run

Practice will begin on April 4th and will be held weekly on Mondays and Fridays after school until 4:30/4:45. The 5K is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 14th in Grant Park and the season will end May 28th.

If you signed up, Divya Mehta and Alissa Krusoe will be in communication with you. If you have any questions please reach out to Divya Mehta at dmehta5@gmail.com

Restaurant Night:

Our next restaurant night will be held right after spring break on April 8th at Panera Bread. This will be an all day fundraiser. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Want to become more involved?
We have quite a few open committee co-chair positions for next year. This is a great way to get involved with a small time commitment. Below are all the chairs that are available and attached to this email are brief descriptions of each role. If you are interested in one of these positions please let Tracie Skindzier know at tracielange@hotmail.com

Junior Achievement
Science Fair/Night Co-Chair (one time event typically held in March)
Girls Choice Event (one time event typically held in November)
Boys Choice Event (one time event typically held in Spring)
Yearbook Liaison
Red Ribbon Week (one time event held at the end of October)
Restaurant Night Co-Chair (small, monthly time commitment)
Jump Rope for Heart (one time event typically held in February)
Cultural Night Co-Chair (one time event held in spring)


Yearbook Pictures - last call!:
If you have taken pictures during this school year that you would like to be included in the yearbook, please email them to:
grahamelementaryphotos@yahoo.com
The deadline to get pictures in is March 25th. We are looking for pictures from any school event! Falcon Fundraiser, first day of school, bingo night, food trucks, etc. Thanks for your help!


Thanks for reading,
The Graham PTA

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