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PTA Newsletter - 10/28/19

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 10/28/19

Upcoming events and items of interest...

Harvest Party:
The Harvest Party will be this Thursday, October 31st. We appreciate our volunteers & room moms who are preparing for our Thursday celebrations. These are closed celebrations/parade again this year so only those signed up to on the list to help will be admitted to the building.

Reminders for those signed up to attend:
1. Make sure your ID has been scanned this school year in the main office so that we can have a name tag ready for you when you arrive. If it has not, please stop in the office this week ahead of the party, it only takes a few minutes to do
2. Plan to park in the west parking lot only. Carpooling is encouraged as spaces are limited. We can not block the pick up line nor use the front parking lot. All cars should be moved by 3:15 to allow for dismissal.
3. Plan to arrive by 2pm, enter through Door 2, and sign in before proceeding to the lunch room.
4. Donations: those who signed up to donate items for the celebrations can drop them any day this week in our main office. *Please Label* your items well with your grade and class so we can route them correctly.

Harvest Party Snack Update: We will only be serving the pretzels as noted on your food notification sheet that was previously sent home. We will *no longer* be serving Rice Crispy Treats/Oreos. Thank you to our Graham community for your feedback. No other food is allowed to be brought into the classrooms nor passed out the day of the party. The school nurse has approved this treat only and is working with our families to ensure all children are safe on party day. Thanks for your help!

Girls Choice:
Girls Choice is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6th at Bowlero from 6:30-8:30 pm for the girls and their chosen guest. Please send in you RSVP now with a check to join us for a night of fun! We are due to give the head count to Bowelro and don’t want anyone to miss out! Questions about our event? Please reach out to Jenniferamato07@gmail.com If you need a copy of the RSVP, it is attached to this email.

Special Chicago Steel Hockey Night:
Members of the Chicago Steel hockey team will be presenting an assembly to the Graham student body in school on October 29th. If your child would like to see the players in action, the team has arranged for a special group price of $9 per ticket on Saturday, November 9th at 7:05 pm. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Fall Bingo:
Mark your calendar for Bingo night on Friday, November 15th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm - we hope you can join us!

Blessings in a Backpack:
We are excited to partner again with the Blessings in a Backpack Program and our first date is coming up November 18th (children will be able to participate during school). In addition we will be having a collection bin in the front lobby until November 18th for a Care Package Drive for our partner school, Olney Allen Elementary, and we would love to see it overflow with new mittens/gloves, hats, and scarves. If you would rather donate a gift card we can put that to good use and purchase those items on your behalf as well. Please contact Divya Metha (dmehta5@gmail.com) with any questions.

Red Ribbon Week:
Thanks to our Graham families for helping make last week a great week for our children! It was awesome to see so many participating. We were able to spread the word to respect yourself, make healthy choices, and reminders to ask a parent for safe use of vitamins and medicines at home. Plus they have a lot of fun along the way!

The Graham PTA

Girls Choice Flyer ( pdf)

Girls Choice RSVP ( pdf)

Steel Flyer ( pdf)

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