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PTA Newsletter 2/3/2020

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 2/6/20

Here are upcoming PTA events and news…

5 Essentials Survey:
If you have not already completed this survey, please do it now! We need at least 20% participation rate to receive survey results and we have not yet hit that mark. Here is the link…

To take this short survey:
1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
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.

Graham’s Global Adventures Night:
If you would like to be a part of this unique opportunity, please follow the link below to sign up! Please note that the link includes the countries from data collected from the beginning of the school year, and also provides a slot to fill in OTHER countries. The sign up is alphabetized and may include multiple pages. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054EACAF28A6FD0-grahams

Jump Rope for Heart:
Jump Rope for Heart: Our kids have been practicing in PE classes and raising money for the American Heart Association. They are excited for our school wide celebration on Friday, February 7th! Thank you for those who have signed up to help. We are very much still in need of volunteer parents for all grade levels. Grab and friend and come out to help!

In the younger grades parents will turning the double dutch ropes for the kids and playing games with them. For grade 3-5 we need parents to keep track of their accomplishments so the kids can earn prizes. Each parent will have a clipboard and count jumps for the kids in a variety of skills. We have LOTS of great stuff to give away, but the kids will need volunteers to count for them. Please consider helping your class! To make it easy for parents to volunteer, you would only come in to help for the short time slot for your child’s class.To sign up go here...
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044aabaa2b0-20201

Class will be participating as follows: volunteers have/needed listed
9:15am - 10:05am-2nd grade: 6/16 spots filled
10:00am - 10:50am-3rd grade: 3/20 spots filled*
10:45am - 11:35am -Kindergarten: 3/10 spots filled
11:30am - 12:20pm- 1st grade:5/16 spots filled
1:25pm - 2:15pm-5th grade: 2/20 spots filled*
2:10pm - 3:00pm-4th grade: 5/20 spots filled *

Jump Rope for Heart Prizes: Wristbands, keyrings, and widgets have been flying out the door. Congratulations to all who have already won prizes. Please note larger prizes will arrive once the school totals are computed. Kids are being encouraged to learn heart healthy habits as a focus of the program. We have had several questions on the Finn quest- you need to scan a healthy food to complete the mission. From the app you click heart scan, place the item in front of your phone’s camera. A PDF list of food items that qualify can be found here:
https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/healthy-living/company-collaboration/heart-check-certification/product-list-updated-monthly-01082020.pdf?la=en&hash=ACCCE51586AC69D19DBBE8403B8C929AE1FA7401

Jet’s Pizza Restaurant Fundraiser:
Please order pizza from Jet’s anytime on Monday, February 10th . You can help Graham and we can help you not have to cook dinner! The flyer is attached.

Science Night:
The STEM committee is excited for the upcoming Family Science Night on Thursday, February 13th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Students and their families are welcome to come explore hands-on activities and demonstrations brought to you by local organizations and vendors including a presentation on explosions!

Valentine’s Day Parties:
We are looking forward to our upcoming holiday party on Friday, February 14th from 2-3:15. We are still looking for 1 parent to help in KM. Donations spots are still available as well. If you have a child in those classes please consider signing up to help. Thanks! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044aabaa2b0-2020

Junior Achievement:
Kits are now complete and at Graham. All classes, except 1st grade, will be held in the spring. Training will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at 2pm for those who are interested. 1st grade parents:manuals were sent home with your children for you, and kits are in the main office ready for your first session. Please RSVP to jenniferamato07@gmail.com or text 630-740-4041 to attend training. Thanks! We are grateful to have 2 parent volunteers for each classroom except for 5T. If you have a child in 5T and can help, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044aabaa2b0-junior2

Boys Choice:
Boys Choice will be held on Thursday, February 20th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Bowlero in Naperville. Invitations and RSVP forms were sent out but if you need a copy of the RSVP form, it is attached to this newsletter. We hope to see you there!

Skate Night:
Our next Skate Night will be on Wednesday, February 26th from 6 - 8 pm. Make sure to come dressed in Graham spirit wear!

Girls on the Run:
We're looking for 4th & 5th Grade Girls to join Graham's after-school club - Girls on the Run! Emails have already been sent to our 4th and 5th grade girls with the registration link to enroll in our Spring GOTR at Graham! The race date has been set and it will be May 16th. Registration is open now through 2/14. Please contact Emily or Stephanie with any questions.
Emily Chen emilychen@gmail.com
Stephanie Melone stephaniemelone@gmail.com

Valley Runway:
If you have any formal dresses, shoes, purses or accessories laying around in your closet, please drop them off in the Graham lobby for the District 204 Valley Runway group that provides them for free to District 204 students so that the cost of their outfit does not prohibit them from attending the prom. See the attached flyer for more details.

Want to become more involved?
We have open board positions and committee chair positions for next year, come join a wonderful group of volunteers! If you have thought about stepping up or want to be more involved, now is the time! We’d love to have your help planning events and programs for our children. You can email Kristin Kirchner at kirchnercrew@gmail.com with questions or to indicate your interest level.

The Graham PTA

Valley Runway ( pdf)

Boys Choice ( pdf)

Jets Pizza ( pdf)

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