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News From the Nest - November 22nd

Reported by on 11/25/19

Graham Elementary School

November 22, 2019


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

1st Grade to Museum of Science and Industry

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,

The month of November has really flown by. Thanksgiving is this upcoming Thursday and that means the Holiday Season has begun. Earlier this week on Monday, our PTA coordinated a Blessings in a Backpack Event. The students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade were able to participate in packing food for students who attend O.C. Allen Elementary in Aurora. Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that feeds school children in the United States who may be at risk for not enough food to eat during their time away from school on the weekend. This program enables our children to help other children and have an impact. What a great way to go into the Thanksgiving week.

Thank you to all the parents that have attended or will be attending conferences. On behalf of the Graham staff, thank you for the snacks and lunch provided by the PTA, during conferences. We are very grateful to work with and have the support of our incredible Graham Community. Please take a few moments to fill out the 5Essentials survey. Laptops will be available in the LMC during conferences on Monday.

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.


Our Chorus Members are very excited about our upcoming Performances on December 10th. A very important note was sent home this week during their Morning Rehearsal. Please see the attachment here. We look forward to seeing you then! Mrs. Muno

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.

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.

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


Ms. Walton

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