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News From the Nest - November 16th

Reported by on 11/19/18

Graham Elementary School

November 16, 2018


21–23 No School – Thanksgiving Break

29 Crone Readers come to Graham

30 LMC Author Visit – Troy Cummings


7 Birthday Books in the LMC

1st Grade Fieldtrip

Butter Braid Pick up, 2:30 – 5PM in MPR

Barnes & Noble Book Fair Event, Bolingbrook Promenade 5 – 8PM

10 5th Grade visits Crone – Holiday Concert

11 Graham Elementary Chorus Concert 6:30 – 7PM

13 Graham PTA Meeting 6PM -

Chrome Book and Internet Safety Presentation

21 PTA Winter Parties for K – 5th Grade students

24 Winter Break begins


8 School Resumes

Dear Graham Families,

The month of November has really flown by. Thanksgiving is next Thursday and that means the Holiday Season has begun. This year we are again partnering with the Gift Mart Toy Drive program. Please look for the flyer that was sent home. There is also an attachment to this email.

The annual Graham School Veteran’s Day Assembly was once again a wonderful experience for our students. We were fortunate to have an Air Force ROTC Honor Guard present the colors and demonstrate a drill. We were inspired by the veterans who were able to come and be a guest of honor, and very proud of the Graham students as they sang songs of tribute to our special guests. Thank you to Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Muno, and the third grade teachers and their students for all of their effort and hard work. Thank you to all of the families who sent in photographs for our “Wall of Heroes”. It looks great!

Please come out and join us on Friday, December 7th

Graham School and Barnes & Noble Book Store

Bolingbrook Promenade

Pajama Storytime and Activities Featuring: The Polar Express

Join us for this beloved Holiday story featuring a young boy who is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole where he gets to make a wish. Get free hot chocolate and a cookie from the Barnes & Noble Café. Graham teachers will be there, too. Don’t forget to wear your favorite cozy pajamas!

Car Rider Line

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 do not drop your students off before 8:50AM. We do not have adult supervision until that time.

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

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.

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.


We will be continuing our partnership with Blessing in a Backpack students at Allen Elementary in Aurora. 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 (

Reminders and Requests:

When calling in your child’s attendance or late arrival, please call the 24 hour 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.


Ms. Walton

Gift Mart Flyer ( pdf)

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