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News From the Nest - August 24

Reported by on 8/27/18

Graham Elementary School

August 24, 2018


31 No School – School Improvement Day


3 No School – Labor Day

7 Author Visit to Graham

12 LMC Volunteer Orientation 9:30 – 10:30

Curriculum Night

Chromebook Parent Information Session - 6PM (2nd -5th grade parents only)

Session 1 - 6:30 (all grade levels)

Session 2 - 7:15 (all grade levels)

13 PTA Welcome Coffee & PTA Meeting 9:30AM

14 Makerspace Volunteer Orientation, 9:30 – 11AM

20 Watchdogs Information Night 6:30 – 7:30PM

21 Birthday Books*

25 Fall Pictures

28 Falcon Fundraiser Event

Dear Graham Families,

We have enjoyed a wonderful start to the school year. This year we have 324 students attending our school. Our purpose, in collaboration with parents and our community, is to provide a safe learning environment. Our goal is to help our students develop and learn necessary skills while enjoying their educational journey through active participation, technology resources, and research based instructional practices. It is a tremendous honor to work with such a fine group of teachers, parents, and students. Teachers and staff truly care about children and have worked tirelessly to provide children and families the opportunity to learn and grow.

Please remember that on Wednesdays the school day begins later. Students may start entering the building at 9:05. If you have a need for your child to arrive before the doors open, they may enter the building starting at 8:50 utilizing Gym Door #4.

The staff and I will continue our goals of improving student learning and high achievement. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 12th for Curriculum Night. The teachers look forward to sharing information regarding the school day. Please remember this is a parent-only event.

We are continuing to use the same entry and exit processes at Graham in the interest of safety and security for students. The first few weeks of school are a bit confusing during drop off and pick up.


v Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Thank you for helping maintain a safe and sound environment for our students by always pulling forward, not leaving your car unattended and always using the crosswalk to cross through traffic. Following drop-off and pick-up procedures will help ensure a safe entrance and exit for all Graham students.

· The Car Pick-Up and Drop-Off Zone is the safest way to pick-up and drop-off your student before and after school. Please follow the direction of staff members in the pick-up/drop-off zone. In addition, please remember that it is illegal to use cellphones when in a school zone. Additionally, the parking lot is not to be used for drop off and pick up for arrival and dismissal.

· Please remember to follow the traffic directions of our crossing guards and to fully stop at the stop signs.

v Parking

School buses use the front parking lot for loading and unloading. Cars are not permitted in the front parking lot until all buses have loaded or unloaded. This time will be adjusted for ten minutes later on Wednesday mornings due to the late arrival. Please obey all traffic control signs and curb markings. There is NO PARKING on the right hand side of the circle drive due to fire code. If you have a student who needs assistance during drop off/pick up, please contact the main office for a front entry pass.

v No Dogs at Arrival and Dismissal

For the safety of our students, we ask that parents refrain from bringing dogs onto school property during arrival and dismissal time periods, when students are present. This is per the District 204 Handbook.

v Walkers and Bike/Scooter Riders:

It is important to note that students use the crosswalk with the crossing guard. Students and younger sibling are to walk their bikes/scooters when they are on school grounds. Additionally, we ask that you monitor the use of motorized scooters when students and parents are present.

Reminders and Requests:

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.
As a reminder, there is a procedure for visitors when they come to our school. You will be asked to identify yourself at the entry buzzer. You will then come to the School Office for a visitor badge if you are volunteering or doing other business within the building. All District 204 schools use the Raptor system which helps track visitors, including volunteers who enter our school. All visitors will be asked to present a valid state issued ID that will be entered into the Raptor system. Once entered, staff will instantly receive alerts on people who may jeopardize school safety. We ask for your cooperation in presenting your valid state issued ID when entering the school. Your ID will be returned to you when you leave the building. Thank you in advance for helping to keep our school safe.

Please remember school is not in session on Friday August 31st and Monday, September 3rd for all students. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 4th.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.


Ms. Walton

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