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News From the Nest - December 10th

Reported by on 12/10/18


Graham Elementary School

December 10, 2018


10 5th Grade visits Crone – Holiday Concert

PTA Restaurant Night – Chipotle, 4-9PM (the one closer to 95th Street, by Jewel)

11 Graham Elementary Chorus Concert 6:30PM

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,

Wow! The Smencils flew off the shelf or out of the containers! We have ordered another round of Smencils for those students who wanted to purchase one and were not able to do so. Please stay tuned for when they go on sale!

It was great to see all the Graham Families join us at Barnes and Noble on last Friday evening. We had a delightful time! Thank you to Mrs. Shiles and all the staff who were able to join us at the Book Fair. It was wonderful to have you there.

On Thursday, December 13, the PTA will be holding an evening meeting featuring the Director of Instructional Technology, Al Davenport. He will be talking to us about our student Chrome Books and Internet Safety. The meeting will start at 6PM and the presentation at 6:30PM.

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.
Please pull forward in the line. Large gaps in the drive through slow down the process and interfere with the flow of traffic.
Students may enter and exit your vehicle from the curbside only after you have come to a complete stop. Do not stop on the left side of the drive to pick up students since it is a drive-through lane.
The parking lot is not part of the Car Rider Line and should not be utilized to pick students up. Please do not cross between cars or wave to your child over to you during pick up.

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.


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 (

This year we are again partnering with the Gift Mart Toy Drive program. A flyer was sent in email explaining this wonderful program which benefits students in our school district community. Please consider donating to this wonderful program.

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 contact me at your convenience.


Ms. Walton

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