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News From the Nest - October 18th

Reported by on 10/21/19

Graham Elementary School

October 18, 2019


20 IPEF 5K & Half Marathon

21 Book Fair Week begins

Red Ribbon Week begins

23 Book Fair Family Night 4 – 8PM

25 Report Cards available after 4PM

31 Harvest Day Parties 2 – 3PM

Dear Graham Families,

We had a short week, but the students still managed to get in lots of fun and learning. We had our “official” fire drill with the Naperville Fire Department on Thursday and passed with flying colors! This week we had our Graham School Watchdogs in the building and on the playground for the first time this year. It was a great experience for our students, and we look forward to even more fun and learning with our Watchdogs, as they continue to come throughout the rest of the year.

Each year, Graham School acknowledges and celebrates our brave service men and women during a Veteran’s Day assembly. This year the assembly will be November 11th at 9:30AM. We are asking everyone who would like to participate to send in a picture of a family member in uniform who has served or is serving in the military. We will include the picture in a display in the front hallway titled “Wall of Heroes”. A form is coming home with the necessary information for participating in this special event.

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: Stage Stars Drama Program

Spirit Squad

We hope to see you on Sunday Oct. 20th at mile 11.3 of the Naperville 5K and ½ Marathon. We will meet at 7:45am to cheer on the runners who are working with our Indian Prairie Education Foundation (IPEF) to raise money for our schools. We have several people representing Graham School in the race. Please consider supporting our runners’ efforts by joining us and being a part of our Spirit Squad on October 20th during the Naperville 5K for the IPEF. Spirit Squads are groups of people from District #204 buildings who cheer on the runners during the race. Graham has had a Spirit Squad for the last 3 years and we’ve always placed as one of the top squads! Mark your calendars for Sunday Oct. 20th to meet Graham staff and families at mile 11.3 of the Naperville Healthy Driven half marathon and 5K race. Please see attached map for details.

Red Ribbon Week

The week of October 21st – 25th is Red Ribbon Week. During the week the PTA has planned special activities to honor the initiative and raise awareness. We will be participating in the Red Ribbon program as a school community. Our students are asked to wear pajamas on Monday, wear their favorite sports shirt or jersey on Tuesday, do crazy hair on Wednesday, and on Thursday the students are encouraged to wear red. We’ll finish up the week wearing Graham Spirit Wear or our school colors (blue & gray). The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week.

Need to Know

Report cards will be available after 4PM on the October 25th. Attendance records are always available on the Home Access Center. Conferences will be held on November 21, 4:30 – 8PM and November 25, 8 – 8PM.

We will be practicing our annual Safety Lock down Drill with law enforcement on October 24th at approximately 2PM. During this drill we teach children about finding a place of safety in the classroom/building and following the instructions of their teacher.

Fall Celebration

On Thursday, October 31st, we will be having a Fall Harvest Celebration. From 2:15 – 3:15 PM, the students will participate in a classroom celebration, which will include a craft and/or a game. There will be a Costume Parade for the students.

As we want to ensure the safety of all students during this celebration and maintain an environment conducive to learning the day of the celebration, we are asking that students follow the rules below:

Students are not to wear costumes to school at the beginning of the day (including make-up and hair dye)— time will be provided by teachers for students to change into their costume. Costumes MUST be able to be put on in the classroom setting and your child should need minimal assistance to put it on.
Parents should assist their child/ren in making appropriate decisions about what students wear for costumes, ensuring that costumes are school appropriate and meet all of the District 204 Dress Code Guidelines.
Please keep play weapons and masks at home. Sharp objects (i.e. wooden swords) may NOT be part of any costume. We want to ensure all students’ safety.
Volunteers helping with room parties will be able to come into the building at 1:45 and must be on the list of volunteers for the Harvest Party. Please plan on entering the building at Door #2 and checking in at the volunteer table to receive your pre-printed ID badge. If you have not had the opportunity to have your Driver’s License scanned by the Raptor System, please plan on coming in during the next few weeks, so that we can run your ID through the system.
After school pick-up procedures will be the same as all other days. Please remember to follow traffic safety guidelines and signage if you are coming to see the Costume Parade at 3:15.

Students not attending room parties and events because of religious beliefs or family choice will be provided an alternate activity at school. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child is not participating in the classroom celebration.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we enjoy the fun of Graham’s Harvest Celebration! If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience.


If you are in grades 3rd ,4th, and 5th please remember to pay for your student’s Assignment Notebook. The cost is $3.50 per notebook. If you have a fourth grade student, please send in payment for the Scholastic News. This is something the students use weekly. The cost is $6.50. Thank you to those who have already paid.

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 include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note, when dropping off a forgotten item or bringing in lunch.
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.
I hope you all enjoy the weekend. The Graham Staff and I appreciate all you do in support of our students and Graham School.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel contact me at your convenience.


Ms. Walton

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