News From the Nest - December 14th
Graham Elementary School
December 14, 2018
21 PTA Winter Parties for K – 5th Grade students
24 Winter Break begins
8 School Resumes
Dear Graham Families,
Each year after the first freeze, our playground wood chips begin to freeze. The Buildings and Grounds crew periodically check each playground in the district and make a determination to close the playgrounds when the wood chips become unsafe for students to play in and on. They check the chips throughout the winter, but once the 10 inches of wood chips are frozen it takes several days of above freezing temperatures to thaw them out. This year the playground closed much sooner than it has in the past. The Buildings and Grounds department will advise as to when the wood chips are safe once again for our students. This has been the standard practice for many years. If you have any questions regarding the playground and its safety, please feel free to contact me.
The Winter Break is almost here. If your child is missing any items please remind your child to look through the lost and found before next Friday. The Graham School office will be close December 21st at 4:15. The office will reopen on January 3rd. School resumes for students on January 8th.
Students and staff are looking forward to the Winter Celebrations that will take place in each classroom on Friday, December 21st, from 2:15 – 3:15PM. All room party volunteers will enter into the building using Door #2, gather in the MPR and then go to your child's classroom at 2:00. Room parents at each grade level have worked hard to plan activities for the students to participate in during the celebration, which include crafts and games. It will be a great way to kick off Winter Break!
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: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes
Graham: NanoBeasts STEM & Robotics
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 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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.