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News From the Nest - November 9th

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 11/12/18

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Graham Elementary School

November 9, 2018



November

12 Blessings in a Backpack school event

13 Veterans Day Assembly 9:30AM

Picture Retakes & Yearbook Candids

Skate Night 6 -8PM

14 3rd Grade Science Night 5:30PM

PTA Restaurant Night - Giordanos

School Safety Community Night – WVHS, 7 – 8PM

16 Birthday Books in the LMC

Butterbraid orders due

PTA Girls Choice 7 – 9:30PM

21–23 No School – Thanksgiving Break



Dear Graham Families,



Thank you to all of the parents who attended conferences over the past week and a half. Conferences are an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher one-on-one, hear about your student and ask questions. On behalf of the Graham staff, thank you for the snacks and lunch provided by the PTA, during conferences. This is a great support to our teachers and greatly appreciated.

The cold weather and snow made a visit this week. Please remember that students do go outside during recess. We monitor the weather and the temperature and do not send students outside if it is raining or if the wind chill is below 5° Fahrenheit. (This temperature reading includes the wind chill factor.)

Winter reminders for Graham students and their families.

Please make sure that your students are properly attired with a hat, gloves, and appropriate weight coat.
Students must have boots and snow pants if they want to play on the field and playground when there is snow on the ground. Children without boots and snow pants must remain on the blacktop when there is snow on the field and the playground.
During the cold weather months, traffic in the parent pick-up zone increases. Please review the traffic procedures in the Car Pick-up Line and be sure to follow the directions of staff in the Car Pick-Up line.
VETERAN’S Day

Each year, Graham School acknowledges and celebrates our brave service men and women during a Veteran’s Day assembly. This year the assembly will be November 13th at 9:30AM. We are asking everyone who would like to participate to send in a picture of a family member in uniform who has served or is serving in the military. We will include the picture in a display in the front hallway titled “Wall of Heroes”. Each year the Wall is quite beautiful and moving.



School Safety Community Night
November 14

District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night presentation from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Waubonsie Valley High School.

Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns.

All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion.

An RSVP is appreciated, but not required at http://ipsd.us/C8LMZ.



The 5Essentials Survey

Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)

3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Parents will have until January to participate in the survey.

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK CARE PACKAGE DRIVE – DONATIONS NEEDED!

We will be continuing our partnership with Blessing in a Backpack students at Allen Elementary in Aurora by hosting a Care Package Drive Oct. 29-Nov.9th!

We’d like to meet our goal of collecting: •

300 new hats • 300 New Mittens/Gloves • 300 New Scarves

WE WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTING GIFT CARDS TO DOLLAR TREE to purchase remaining items. Once our collection is complete, Graham students will have the opportunity to assemble and package these items for each of the students of Allen Elementary who are a part of the program! For more information, contact Emily Chen (emilychen@gmail.com).



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: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club



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 use the grade level shelf in the foyer when dropping off a forgotten item or bringing in lunch. Additionally please include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note, if the child’s name is not clearly visible on the item.
There are already 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 contact me at your convenience.

Sincerely,



Ms. Walton

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