PTA Newsletter 4/25/22
Here are some dates to put on your calendar…
Graham Disability Speaker - Tuesday April 26th
Nancy Goodfellow and Michelle Anderson will be presenting to students on disability awareness and the acceptance of differences. The pair have spoken to over 10,000 children in the Chicagoland area, focusing on all intellectual disabilities and differences and emphasizing that the more a child understands, the more they accept. Nancy Goodfellow is a parent of a child with Down syndrome and has been a public speaker and advocate for over 15 years. Michelle Anderson is a young woman with Down syndrome, who tells the kids about growing up with a disability and that she has a great life. The presentation will cover the importance of treating everyone with respect, the power of hurtful words, proper ways to ask questions, and how to reach out and befriend someone who may have significant differences. Be sure to ask your child what they learned!
25th Anniversary Reception
Save the Date!! Graham will be hosting an Anniversary Reception on Wednesday May 18th from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Stop by anytime to mingle with alumni, your current and old teachers, and have dinner. There will be a DJ, games, food trucks, the opening of Graham’s Time Capsule from 25 years ago, and pictures with our new Graham Falcon Wings Mural. We hope to see you all there!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching quickly! This year’s “Graham takes the Gold” theme will help celebrate our amazing teachers/staff with a great week May 2-6th. We will need your help to make it a success! If you are willing to donate to help make this week a success please sign up with the link below. The teachers will be celebrated with a week of meals and snacks. This is always such a special event for the PTA to put on and we thank you for your support!
All donations can be dropped off in a bin outside the front door of Maggie Hill at 4223 Colton Circle in River Run or Kelly Moscickis at 5060 Switch Grass Ln in High Meadow between April 25th - April 29th. Cash donations can be sent to school labeled Teacher Appreciation.
Students should bring home activity sheets this week, to complete for the staff, to decorate the halls/classrooms. Please return these items to school by April 27. Again, thank you for your support in making this an enjoyable week for our staff.
Any questions feel free to contact, Kelly Moscickis firstname.lastname@example.org or Maggie Hill email@example.com
District Teacher Appreciation Opportunity
The Indian Prairie Parents’ Council (IPPC) is partnering with local businesses to recognize District 204 teachers and staff members for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2 – 6. Parents and community members can honor school personnel who have made a difference this year, while also supporting local businesses and students in need. Each $25 donation allows you to honor your favorite teacher with a heartfelt note and a $20 gift card from a local business that you select from the list provided. Your note and gift card will be delivered to your teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week. $5 of your donation will help support the IPPC annual school supply drive to assist students in need. Orders are being taken now through April 22, 2022. There is no limit on the number of teachers or staff members you can recognize. Cash donations to the school supply drive can also be made in honor of a teacher or staff member.
Order gift cards here.
Ladies Wine Walk - Save the Date!
It’s back, Wine Walk 2022! Ladies, join us for an evening of wine tasting and walking this spring. We will wine and walk to four participating homes in High Meadow. Every house will have a different theme and offer different selections to sample that evening. Bring your walking shoes and we will provide the rest! All proceeds will go towards the PTA 25th Anniversary Gift.
When: Friday May 13th from 6:30 - 10:00 pm
Cost: $50/per person - Pay via paypal ( http://paypal.me/grahampta ) or check to Graham Elementary PTA. Checks can be delivered to the main office in an envelope marked Graham Wine Walk.
Sign up Here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054fa4a92da7f85-graham1
We are excited for this year's Field Day on Friday May 20th! In the event of rain we will have a make up day on Friday May 27th. Please note that the Sign Up Genius has your time slots scheduled for 15 minutes prior to the grade level’s official start time. This will help get everyone checked in and explain the game stations prior to the start time. Volunteers do not need to go to the office but should check in outside at the volunteer check in table. The following will be the color for your child to wear for their grade level:
Kindergarten - Yellow
1st Grade - Blue
2nd Grade - Green
3rd Grade - White
4th Grade - Orange
5th Grade - Red
Sign up here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0a4fa8ae29a5f85-graham
A flyer with more information will also be sent home via email. Go Falcons!
Want to become more involved?
We have only a few open committee co-chair positions for next year and an open Board position. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member - Treasurer
Kids Choice Co-Chair (one time event held in February)
Cultural Night Co-Chair (one time event held in spring)
Teacher Appreciation Week Co-Chair (one time event held in spring)
Thanks for reading,
The Graham PTA
Co-Chair Positions (pdf)