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News From the Nest - January 24th

Reported by on 1/27/20

Graham Elementary School

January 24, 2020


28 First Grade Fieldtrip to WVHS Planetarium


3 Online Yearbook sales begin

6 Open House 6 -7 PM

7 Jump Rope for Heart Event

10- 14 Box top collection week

13 Family Science Night 6 – 8 PM

14 Birthday Books in the LMC

Valentine Parties, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

17 No School – President’s Day

20 PTA Boys Choice Event

26 PTA Skate Night

27 No School - Parent – Teacher Conferences 1 – 8 PM

28 No school - District Institute Day for Teachers

Dear Graham Families,

If you have not already filled out the 5Essentials survey, please take a few moments and support our school by taking the 5Essentials 2019 survey. We are currently at 10% participation. In order to be represented, we must be at 20% or higher. Please help us reach our goal. Your voice matters.

Open House

Coming up on February 6th from 6 – 7 PM we will be hosting our annual Open House. This is an opportunity to see our entire school. Our students enjoy showing off their classroom, their work, and their teachers! We hope to see you there.

TEAM IPEF – Indian Prairie Education Fund

Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts this past Fall for TEAM IPEF. Our runners, the Spirit Squad and all the families who donated are appreciated. The money raised goes to help the IPEF continue to sponsor important programming around the district. We also receive ½ of the money raised by the Graham community back to support our building. It’s a win-win for everyone. This year Graham was awarded over $2300.00 dollars! The staff and I are looking forward to something great for Graham.

PTA Information

Did you know that the PTA puts 100% of the money they fundraise back into the students and programming at Graham Elementary? We have computer devices, computer programs, books for our LMC, materials for our Maker Space, an Outdoor Classroom and TV monitor just to name a few of the resources they have purchased or helped us purchase. They have given teachers grants that benefit the classroom and supported our teachers and staff in several ways. They also plan activities and events for all the families that attend our school. We have two events coming up that we hope you will consider joining us. The first event is a new one for our current community. We would like to host a Cultural Night here at Graham, but we need your help. Please see the information below for the upcoming planning meeting. Secondly, we are again sponsoring a Girls on the Run Club here at Graham. Please see the blurb below.

Cultural Planning Meeting - 1/31 Graham School 2:00PM

Email sent this morning detailing event to be held 4/15.

Family sign up link:

Girls on the Run (GOTR) - Mon/Thursday after school program for 4th/5th grade girls (flyers went home)

Must register by 2/14

Registration link:

District Information

Marijuana 101: What You Need to Know
January 30

Parents and students are invited to attend “Marijuana 101: What You Need to Know,” from 7 to 8 pm on January 30 in the LMC at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. Presenters Matt Cassity (360 Youth Services), Sergeant Rick Krakow (Naperville Police Department), and Officer Edwina Pirela (Aurora Police Department) will share important information regarding health, safety and the new laws related to the recent legalization of marijuana in Illinois. District 204 and the Indian Prairie Parents' Council are hosting this event to help inform the community about this timely topic.

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. (This temperature reading includes the wind chill factor.)

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. During the winter months, arrival and dismissal are very busy. Please remember to pull all the way forward in the car line. Pulling forward allows us to get a larger number of cars unloaded in the morning or loaded in the afternoon. Staff report to the Car Rider line at 8:50 each morning and after students are dismissed in the afternoon at 3:35.
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: NanoBeasts STEM and Robotics Classes

Reminders and Requests:

February 17th, February 27th and February 28th are non-attendance days 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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