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News From the Nest - June 10th

Reported by on 6/18/19

June 10, 2019
Report Cards available after 12PM

Dear Graham Families,

Graham School is a phenomenal place, filled with wonderful people and events. It has been our pleasure to learn and grow with your child. Thank you for supporting Graham School and Staff. Thank you to our incredible PTA for all their hard work on behalf of our students. We are able to do and have exciting things due in part to the efforts of the PTA. Graham School does great things!

While this is a joyous time of the year, it is also bittersweet. This year we are saying goodbye to several Graham Staff members who are transferring to other buildings in District 204. Ms. Kelly Donlan will be moving to McCarty Elementary, where she will be teaching 4th grade. Mrs. Tanya Shea, our current School Psychologist will be at Young and Gombert Elementary next year. Ms. Courtney Srum is moving over to Kendall Elementary where she will be one of the Speech and Language Pathologists. Ms. Lyna Fowlkes, joined us later in the year as a Special Education Teacher and will be experiencing new adventures next year.

This year Graham Special Education classrooms for self-contained students will be transferring out of Graham. Special Education teachers Mrs. Jennifer Crawford, Mr. Jake Jauch and Ms. Amber Wortham are all transferring to other schools in the district. We are also losing staff members who are support staff for the Special Education classrooms that are moving. Ms. Samantha Banyai, our current Occupational Therapist and Mrs. Ellen Dufresne, our Physical Therapist. Additionally, all the TAs associated with the program are transferring to other buildings. These programs have been a part of Graham for several years. Our community has learned and shared so much with all three of these classrooms. I’m very proud of all the collaboration that happened and all the connections that were made. I will miss having these programs in our building. I want to thank all of these wonderful educators for their dedication to the students who attended Graham Elementary.

Ms. Amy Vasquez will be moving from Fifth Grade and joining the Fourth Grade Team. Mrs. Tricia Stafford, will be our new School Psychologist.

Report Cards are available in the Home Access Center on June 10th.

If you are returning to Graham in August, please make sure you have completed online verification and registration. We cannot add your student to a class list until both of these things are completed. Thank you to the many families who have completed their online verification and sent in their registration paperwork.

Please be advised this summer Graham will be getting a new roof over the angled portion of the building. The office staff will remain at Graham, but it is always a good idea to call the office before you come over. Our office hours will be 8 – 3PM Monday – Thursday beginning June 14th. The school district is closed on Fridays during the Summer Break.

School Medication Pick Up On Last Day of School

Per the District protocol on June 10 all medication and/or medical supplies, which have been left at school, will be disposed of.

Next year FYIs:

If you are moving/relocating next year, please notify the office, so that we may answer any questions and assist you with transfer information or forms.

If you have a kindergartner starting in the fall and did not receive a registration packet, please contact the school office. Please return all registration paperwork to Graham by June 3, 2019.

Lost and Found

There are 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 be aware if items are unclaimed at the end of the school year, we donate the items to local charities.


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. We are pleased to offer ALL-DAY kindergarten for your child.*

Indian Prairie District 204 elementary schools are now in the process of pre-registration for incoming kindergarten students.

*Please contact your principal if you have questions about attending a half-day of kindergarten or criteria for early entrance through the Acceleration Act.

Please call (630-428-6900) or stop by the Graham School Office for further information.

Have wonderful summer!


Ms. Walton

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