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News From the Nest - December 6th

Reported by on 12/9/19

Graham Elementary School

December 6, 2019


10 Watchdogs at Graham

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,

Thank you to the Graham Community for their generosity during this holiday season. The response to the Gift Mart collection has been wonderful and greatly appreciated. The holidays will be special for many families because of your generous donations.

We are looking forward to a busy couple of weeks before the Winter Break. Please make note that all Indian Prairie School District schools will be closed December 23 – January 2nd. Our building will reopen Friday, January 3, 2020.

Winter Parties

Students and staff are looking forward to the Winter Celebrations that will take place in each classroom on Friday, December 20th, from 2:15 – 3:15PM. All room party volunteers will enter into the building using Door #2, check in at the PTA table and then gather in the MPR. The volunteers will go to the classrooms at 2:00PM. Room parents at each grade level have worked hard to plan activities for the students to participate in during the celebration, which include crafts and games. It will be a great way to kick off Winter Break!

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. We look forward to seeing you at Graham for the concert! 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.

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: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes

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.

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.

I hope you all enjoy the Thanksgiving Break. 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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