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News From the Nest - November 15th

Reported by on 11/18/19

Graham Elementary School

November 15, 2019


18 Blessings in a Backpack event, 9:30 – 11AM

20 Naperville Library Reads visits Graham

3rd Grade Trolley Trip

21 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 -8PM

22 Camp Cocconi Day in the LMC

25 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8 – 8PM

No School for students K – 12 grades

26 – 29 No School for students K – 12 grades


6 PTA Butter braid pick up 2:30 – 5:00PM

10 Watchdogs at Graham in the morning

Chorus Concert 6:30PM

12 PTA Meeting 9:30AM

Watchdogs at Graham

13 Birthday books in the LMC

16 5th Grade visits Crone - Holiday Concert 10:20 – 12PM

17 No Chorus practice

20 Holiday Parties, 2PM

End of Quarter 2

23 – January 6 Winter Break


7 School resumes

No Chorus Practice

Dear Graham Families,

Another wonderful Veteran’s Day program! I was inspired by the veterans who were able to come and be a guest of honor, and very proud of the Graham students as they sang songs of tribute to our special guests. I enjoyed seeing many Graham parents and other family members who were able to enjoy the event with us. Thank you to Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Muno, the third-grade teachers and their students for all their effort and hard work. Thank you to our guest speaker, Captain Jacqueline Ruiz, U.S. Army for speaking so eloquently to our students on the importance of leadership and teamwork. We greatly appreciate all the families who sent in photographs for our “Wall of Heroes”. It looks great!

E-Learning in D204

The State of Illinois has made available the option for school districts to hold e-learning days instead of canceling school when there is severe weather. Our district may use this option, if needed, starting this winter. This new approach provides the opportunity to have a continuum of instruction that models for students that learning can happen anywhere and anytime. It also helps students further develop the technical and organizational skills necessary to work independently.

If severe weather prevents our schools from opening, we will announce an e-learning day the same way we have informed you in the past of weather-related school closings. The announcement will be made by 6 a.m. and posted first on Twitter (@ipsd204) and at We will also make a Connect ED phone call to alert you of the information.

Please visit our FAQ to learn more about e-learning days.

School work for your student in grades Kdg – 1st grade will be sent home in advance of the possibility of a severe weather cancellation of school. Please do not do the work with your child unless a day is called off by our Superintendent. Grades 2nd – 5th will utilize student’s chrome books for access to classroom lessons and will be sent that day.

Winter reminders for Graham students and their families

Please remember that students do go outside during recess. We monitor the weather and the temperature and do not send students outside if it is raining or if the wind chill is below 5° Fahrenheit.
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.

Giftmart – 2019

Giftmart is an innovative program that provides under resourced families with a “hand up” during the holiday season. Qualifying parents and guardians are given the dignity to purchase each of the toys they select in the Giftmart for only $2.00 per toy. 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of each toy will be donated back to each participating school for their children’s programming.

If you are interested in participating you can bring in a new, unwrapped toy valued between $18 - $20 between November 10 - December 8 (no stuffed animals please) to the boxes labeled Giftmart in the lobby of the school.

The 5Essentials 2019 - We Need Your Feedback

Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture 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 is 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

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.

Thank you for your feedback.

Need to Know

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up. Please make sure you are scheduled for a conference. Parent-teacher conferences will be held on the following dates: November 21st (Thursday) 4:30pm-8:00pm, November 25th (Monday) 8:00am-8:00pm. Please contact your child’s teacher or the main office if you have any questions or concerns.

Reminders for Assignment Notebooks

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 free to contact me at your convenience.


Ms. Walton

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