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PTA Newsletter 5/26/20

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 5/27/20

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. Click here to send a message to be included:

Thank You Message

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!


5th Grade Farewell:

Our 5th Grade Farewell co-chairs have been busy putting together plans to still celebrate our graduating 5th Graders. 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

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/


This will be our last year on the PTA Board and as such, the last time that we help write the newsletter. We wish that we weren’t ending our terms during a pandemic (who would have thought that was possible?!?) as we had so many fun things still on our schedule. We are so grateful to our wonderful fellow Board members (Tracie Skindzier, Kelly Moscickis, and Carolyn Talbott), and all of our amazing co-chairs and volunteers who helped out throughout the years and were especially great in helping to convert all of our plans when we shifted to e-learning in March. The transition will be easier for us knowing that three remaining members of the Board will be joined by Kate Sankey and Anne McAnelly and will be in such capable hands next year. We wish you all a happy and healthy summer. Hope to see you all back at Graham in the fall!

Take care,

Kristin Kirchner and Sarah Nicolson and The Graham PTA

Supply Kit ( pdf)

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