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PTA Newsletter 5/18/20

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 5/18/20

Here are some items that you might find to be of interest….

School Kits:
Graham PTA is once again partnering with Shane's School Supply Kits to offer teacher-approved school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year! These bundled kits are available to conveniently order safe-at-home! Please visit www.shaneskits.com and enter our school code GRA204 to order now through June 15th and kits will be delivered to Graham in time for our welcomed return to school! You can also select home delivery for a small fee if you prefer. Any questions, please email StephanieMelone@gmail.com.

End of the Year Teacher Thank You Information:
This year we will be compiling a virtual collection of messages from the children that will be customized and sent to teachers and staff on the final day of school. If you would like to participate, please complete this simple online form (It can be filled out multiple times and addressed to any Graham staff member). Please consider including our specials teachers and office staff in your messages. See PTA Newsletter email for live link.

Because we are unable to collect for group gifts, you are welcome to individually purchase an online gift card for your teacher to be emailed to them. You can purchase an Amazon gift card here Amazon Link and all staff emails can be found on the school website. Graham Directory

Sue Kuhn will be retiring this year! The PTA has purchased a gift on behalf of Graham families. Please include her in your thank you messages and well wishes. We will miss you, Mrs. Kuhn!

Field Day:
Graham's Virtual Field Day will be held on Friday, May 22nd according to the schedule below:
9:00-9:30: Kindergarten
9:30-10:00 1st
10:00-10:30 2nd
10:30-11:00 3rd
11:00-11:30 4th
11:30-12:00 5th

Join Field Day Zoom Meeting - Find link in PTA Newsletter or Gym Google Classroom


5th Grade Farewell:
Our 5th Grade Farewell co-chairs have been busy putting together plans to still celebrate our graduating 5th Graders. We hope your 5th graders enjoyed their Graduate signs and Crone shirts that were delivered over the weekend. Picture submission is now closed for the 5th grade video. We are currently creating it and looking forward to having their teachers present it to your students on the last day of school! In addition, if possible we will still be doing a 5th grade trolley ride from the River Run Clubhouse to school for a Kona Ice party at the school playground on a TBD date this summer. Finally the company that created our 5th grade signs and shirts is also offering a discount on a 5th grade quarantined T-shirt or sweatshirt. You can click on the link to purchase one of these if you are interested: www.gymazingfinds.com/graham-quarantined

Open Committee Chair Positions:
If you have thought about becoming more involved with the PTA next year, please reach out to Tracie Skindzier for more information. Her email is tracielange@hotmail.com

Personal Belonging Pick Up/School Materials Return: More details in pick up e-mail or website post.

Families will be able to come to Graham School to pick up belongings that were left at school during an assigned date and time according to the schedule below. This will also be a time to return district textbooks, LMC books or classroom book kits, or guided reading material. Chromebooks in need of repair may also be returned. Working Chromebooks will not be collected from students who are returning next year, including 5th graders. Any student leaving the district should return their Chromebook along with any other district property.
Teachers have bagged and labeled student materials from the classroom. Contents have been placed in a labeled bag that will be brought to your car at a predetermined time listed below:

Thursday, May 21st ( In the case of rain, the make-up day will be May 22)

Last names A-C 9:00-9:30

Last names D-H 9:30-10:00

Last names I-L 10:00-10:30

Last names M-P 10:30-11:00

Last names Q-S 11:00-11:30

Last names T-Z 11:30-12:00

*See Map for property pickup below (please note the line will go opposite normal pick up direction):

Indian Prairie Parents’ Council Blood Drive:
May 19
To help address the blood shortage hospitals are facing, the Indian Prairie Parents’ Council is partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois to host a districtwide blood drive on Tuesday, May 19. The drive will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at all three high schools. Donors in good health who are at least 17 years of age, or 16 years of age with a parent or guardian’s permission, will be able to safely donate blood. To schedule your preferred donation time, click on the school location below.

Waubonsie Valley High School
2590 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
Located in the Fieldhouse, enter door 32

Metea Valley High School
1801 North Eola Road, Aurora
Located in the Commons, enter door 19

Neuqua Valley High School
2360 95th Street, Naperville
Located in the Competition Gym, enter door 52

Pandemic EBT SNAP Benefits
The Illinois State Board of Education has asked school districts to share information on Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), a new program that helps families buy food for their school aged children. Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be added to Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov.
More information is available at P-EBT.


Free Meals for Students
For families participating in the free curbside pick-up of breakfast and lunch meals from Organic Life, please note there will be no meal pick-up starting Wednesday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 26. Parents will be able to pick up enough meals for six days on Tuesday, May 19. Normal meal service will resume on Wednesday, May 27. If your family needs meals, let us know by completing this form. You can find a map with addresses for distribution sites here.

Fifth Grade Families:
The following is a message from the Crone PTA….
WELCOME TO CRONE!
Our PTSA welcomes you and we want to share some important info.
1. SUPPLY KITS TO START SCHOOL!
No need to shop for individual supplies!
Order your kit now and have it before school starts! www.shaneskits.com Use code: CM204
Order by May 28 and it will be delivered to school at no cost. Pickup will be in August.
Home delivery is an option for an additional cost.
2. Crone PTSA Membership
Your family donation helps run the programs & activities we offer Crone students.
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY. CHOOSE 2020-21 YEAR in the dropdown menu.
https://croneptsa.memberhub.store/

Take care,
The Graham PTA

Pick Up Map ( pdf)

School Kit ( pdf)

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