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News From the Nest - January 10th

Reported by on 1/13/20

Graham Elementary School

January 10, 2020


10 Report Cards available after 4PM

14 No Chorus Practice

PTA Skate Night 6 -8PM

5th Grade Music Registration 4 – 7PM at Crone Middle School

15 Crone MS visits our 5th graders

16 Crone Middle School Encore Presentation Night 6:30 – 7:30PM

17 Jump rope for Heart Assembly

20 No School for PreK – 12 Grades

22 PTA Reflections Participates Reception 6:30 – 7:30PM

24 PTA Bingo Night, 6:30PM

28 First Grade Fieldtrip to WVHS Planetarium

Dear Graham Families,

I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Winter Break. The Staff and I are happy to be back and ready for all that this new year and new decade will bring! Please remember to show school spirit by wearing Graham School attire or our school colors on Fridays to show our Falcon Pride. Our school colors are blue and grey.

You’ve Been Booked!

You’ve Been Booked is a fun, new library program starting in 2020. It is structured to spread the joy of reading and strengthen our reading community. Classrooms will be surprised by a book showing up at their door. The teacher will read the book and possibly do extension activities related to some of the books. Then the class will place the book outside another classroom to keep the surprise going. Twelve books will circulate around Graham during January and February. In March, students will vote for their favorites in a battle of the books bracket.

Report Cards
The end of the second quarter is this Friday. Report Cards will be viewable in Home Access on Friday, Jan. 10th after 4:00.

Attention Incoming 6th Grade Parents

Crone will host an information night for the parents of incoming 6th graders to Crone, for the 2020-2021 school year. Scheduling choices for electives will be the topic. The intended audience is for parents new to the elective program at the middle school level.

This event will happen on Thursday, January 16, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Crone Cafeteria.

Yearbook Cover Contest

Calling all artists! The 2019-2020 Graham Yearbook needs a cover. Students of all grade levels are encouraged to enter. The winning artwork will appear as the front cover and runners-up will be on the back cover.

The contest rules are as follows:

Submit an original piece of student artwork, one entry per student.
Use a piece of white copier/printer paper (8.5” by 11”).
Make your drawing a vertical orientation, not landscape.
Use markers or crayons. Colored pencils do not reproduce well.
Do not make a cut and paste collage or use textured paper.
Important: Write your name, grade and teacher’s name in pencil on the back of your artwork.
Graham Elementary and 2019-2020 must appear on the page. This will be the yearbook title.
The deadline for entries is Friday, January 24, 2020.
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.

Kane County Cougar Reading Club

We are changing the way we participate in the Kane County Cougar Reading Club. We appreciate the Kane County Cougars for offering this event and allowing our chorus to sing the National Anthem before the game. We would like to continue this fun Graham tradition with a few changes. Research strongly supports students reading outside of school for at least 15 minutes a day, with the best results occurring when students read 30 minutes or more. However, reading for prizes, counting minutes, and other motivational tools used in the past, may actually harm student’s reading motivation.

What motivates readers? Access to great books, time to read, and making reading social. We will try to make reading social with the Kane County Cougar book recommendations. Instead of keeping track of minutes read, students are encouraged to fill out book recommendations. These recommendations will be used in library displays, bulletin boards, and morning announcements.

We will all celebrate being part of a reading community by receiving a ticket to the Cougar game. The Cougar game is an optional event but if this event works for your family, we would like for you to join us in the fun. Materials and tickets will head home the week of January 7th. Questions about the Kane County Cougar Reading Program, please e-mail or call Michelle Shiles, LMC Director at or 630-428-6908

Exciting News

This year we are able once again to offer the Girls on the Run After School Club. Please be on the look out for information and registration after Winter Break.

Reminders and Requests:

January 20th is a non-attendance day for students PreK – 12th Grades
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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please free to contact me at your convenience. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Ms. Walton

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