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PTA Newsletter 1/7/20

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 1/6/20

Welcome Back! Here are dates to put on your new calendar...

Co Chair Meeting:
If you are serving as a chair for any of our committees, please mark your calendar for our next Committee Co Chair Meeting. It will be held on Thursday, January 9th at 9:30 am.

Graham’s Global Adventures Planning Meeting:
We will be meeting to plan Graham’s Global Adventures Night which is an event celebrating the diversity of our families (slated for April 15th) on Friday, January 10th at 2 pm. Please come to the planning meeting to help us put together a cultural fair representing what makes Graham uniquely special including demonstrations surrounding each culture’s holidays, clothing, artwork, music, and special traditions. This will be a world showcase— a night for students and families to share and learn from each other and inspire meaningful connections and conversations! If you are interested in helping in this event, please come to the planning meeting. We’d love to hear your ideas!

Skate Night:
Join us at the rink on Tuesday, January 14th. The flyer is attached. Wear your superhero gear!

Restaurant Night:
Please join us at That Burger Joint and Oberweis on Thursday, January 16th for our next restaurant night. The flyer is attached.

Bingo Night:
Everyone's favorite night is back! Bingo will be held in the MPR on Friday, January 24th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. $5 suggested donation at the door. Snacks and water available for purchase.

Girls on the Run:
Graham is excited to bring back Girls on the Run for Spring '20! The season is set to begin the last week of Feb/first week of March - dates will be confirmed after break.

Girls on the Run is an after-school program dedicated to creating a world where every girl activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. For 10 weeks, we are inviting 4th and 5th grade girls to train for a 5K and learn powerful lessons about teamwork, self-esteem, and leadership. Coaches and girls meet 2x a week after school at Graham. This will be our 2nd year participating in the program and we are looking for amazing volunteers to help make it possible.

Won’t you consider joining us?
You don’t have to be a runner or have previous coaching experience— just the passion to positively impact girls’ lives! Girls on the Run coaches are just like YOU, teachers, parents, and community members, willing to go the extra mile for our girls and who take great pride in being a role model. Coaching can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, and we think you would be a great addition to our team.

Click here to view the Coach Responsibilities, Requirements & Benefits.

If you are interested or have any questions, let us know. We are keeping a list of interested volunteers to contact with next steps.
We look forward to having you join the team!

Emily Chen emilychen@gmail.com
Stephanie Melone stephaniemelone@gmail.com

IPSD 204 2020-2021 School Calendar:
The 2020-2021 School Calendar has been approved by the IPSD 204 School Board and is attached to this newsletter for your convenience.

Thank You:
Sending a big thank you to Jennifer Amato, the room parents, and all of our Winter Holiday Party volunteers! Thank you for working together to create such an enjoyable event for the kiddos!

The Graham PTA

Skate Night ( pdf)

IPSD Calendar ( pdf)

Restaurant Night Flyer  ( pdf)

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