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News From the Nest - January 31st 2020

Reported by on 2/6/20

Graham Elementary School

January 31, 2020


3 Online Yearbook sales begin

Kdg Fieldtrip to Planetarium

6 Open House 6 -7PM

7 Jump Rope for Heart Event all day

10 PTA Fundraiser – Jet’s Pizza

10- 14 Box top collection week

13 Family Science Night 6 – 8PM

14 Birthday Books in the LMC

Valentine Parties, 2:15 – 3:15PM

17 No School – President’s Day

20 PTA Boys Choice Event

26 PTA Skate Night

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

28 No school - District Institute Day for Teachers

Dear Graham Families,

Open House

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

Valentine Parties

PTA Valentine Celebrations will be on Friday, February 14th from 2:15 to 3:15PM. Room parents at each grade level have been working collaboratively to plan activities for the students during the celebration, which will include crafts and games. If students choose, they may bring valentines as long as there is one for all students in the class. Please be aware valentines may be passed out previous to the celebration, depending upon the room parents’ and teachers’ plans. Additionally, please remember that valentines with food items attached will not be distributed due to student food allergies.

Parent/teacher conferences are February 27 from 1:00-8:00 pm. Conferences are on an as-needed basis. Information from your child’s teacher will be coming soon.

Raptor Entry Procedures

As you may know Indian Prairie School District uses a security check in program called the Raptor System. This device uses the driver’s license of visitors to our building to screen them before they are able to enter the building. Many of our frequent visitors and volunteers are in the system, so we have asked for drivers licenses only from individuals who are visiting for the first time. Next week we will begin asking to see everyone’s driver’s license again. We along with all the schools in our school district will be receiving an upgrade to our Raptor System in the next few weeks. Please bring your license with you anytime you are volunteering or visiting the building.

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:

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

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.

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 their owners. 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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