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News From the Nest - January 25th

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 1/28/19

Graham Elementary School

January 25, 2019



January

25 PTA Family Fun Night – Bingo 6PM

29 Naperville Reads, North Central College, Graham 4th Graders to attend

30 PTA Sky Zone Family Night Event, 4 – 8PM

February

7 Open House, 6 -7PM

8 Jump Rope for Heart Event

11 – 15 Box Tops Collection Week

13 5th Grade Growth & Development Presentation for students

Family Science Night, 5:30 – 7PM

14 Valentine’s Day Parties 2 – 3PM

15 Birthday Books in the LMC

18 No School K – 12 Grades

21 Boys Choice ((Glow Zone) 6 – 8:30PM

Erin’s Law - 1st & 2nd Grade Parent Presentation Feb 21, 6:30-7:30PM, Welch Elementary

25 2nd Grade Musical 6:30PM

26 PTA Skate Night at Aurora Skate Center

28 No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences



Dear Graham Families,

Vision & Hearing Testing

During January 29 – February 4, Graham School will conduct vision and hearing screenings. These screening tests are mandated by the Department of Public Health at specific times during a child’s educational experience. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them in school on testing days. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed a signed a report indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous twelve months and that evaluation is on file at the school. Vision and hearing screenings are not optional. If an examination report is not on file at school for your child, then your child in the mandated age/grade/group will be screened.

The 5Essentials Survey

We need your help! Please remember to fill out the 5Essentials Survey. Currently, Graham is now at 19% completion. We only have 1% more to go! In order for our voices to be heard, we need to reach 20% completion. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey. The information on how to take the survey is below:

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.

Weather Closings:

District 204 announces weather-related school closing information throughout the winter.
Information is posted first on the district's website at www.ipsd.org.

The district's Twitter account, @ipsd204
A Connect-ED phone call to parents/guardians
Local television and radio stations
Emergency Closing Center's website
A recorded message on the district's information line at 630-375-3015
The school district will only announce when schools are closed. If schools are not closed, it is ultimately the responsibility of parents and guardians to decide if conditions safely allow for their children to attend school. If children are kept home due to weather conditions, it will count as an excused absence.

When weather permits the students are able to enjoy the snowy weather during recess. Snow pants are required for students in the winter to play in the snow. With the consistency of our recent cold weather, the wood chips under our playground equipment are frozen. Since they no longer provide the fall protection for our playground equipment, the playground cannot be used until further notice. For recess, students are allowed on the blacktop and grass (or snowy) areas.

Jump Rope for Heart

The kick-off for Jump Rope for Heart began with an assembly for the children today. In the more than 35 year history of Jump Rope for Heart, the American Heart Association has been able to impact many lives thanks to the support of families like you. Over the years, they have funded scientists who went on to win Nobel Prizes for their work! The American Heart Association has been able to work with health care providers to reduce the number of people dying from heart disease and stroke by 25% and those achievements are all because of lifesaving donations your students have raised! Thank you to Graham for all the work you have done over the years for this important event. Children are learning how exercise is needed for a healthy heart, how to care for themselves, family and others. We are looking forward to the actual event on February 8th. Mark your calendars!

Teaching Assistant Jobs Available
Apply now

Do you have a bachelor's degree? Or an associate's degree? Or 60 semester hours of college coursework? You could be a teaching assistant with District 204. Being a teaching assistant is a perfect fit if you want to work full-time school hours and receive benefits. The district is now accepting applications, screening applicants and hiring individuals to start right away. To learn more, visit teaching assistant or apply now at IPSD Careers.

Third-Party Educational Programs

The following companies have rented space in our school 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: Bricks 4 Kids Lego STEM Club & Scout Workshops

Graham: Illinois Chess Teacher's Chess Club





ATTENTION PARENTS WITH INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2019, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019 – 20 school year If you have a child who is eligible to enroll:

You are invited to attend Graham School Information Night:

March 4, 2019 6 – 7pm



Please note: Information and Pre-registration will not be available until February 8, 2019



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.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.



Sincerely,



Ms. Walton


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