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PTA Newsletter 12/14/20

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 12/14/20

Hello Graham Families,

It was good to see so many of you at the PTA meeting last week. There is just one week left before winter break! Here is some last minute info:


Holiday Class Gift:

LAST CALL FOR GIFT DONATIONS!!! For Holiday Gifts for Teachers and Staff we will be utilizing a site called GiftCrowd.com. The Graham Holiday Gift page will list all teachers and staff at Graham. If you choose to participate you are able to click on any of your child’s teachers or staff member’s name and leave them a donation and personalized card. When the donation time is over, At the Winter Party this Friday, the gift receiver is notified of the gift. They will see all the greetings and messages that were left for them and they can decide what electronic gift card they want the collected amount deposited on. If you choose to participate the link is attached below.

Holiday Class Gift

Winter Party, New Time:
Our Winter Party will be held on Friday, December 18th via zoom and will be held at the end of the school day, starting at 2:45 pm . If there are any parents interested in helping host the zoom party for their child's class please reach out to Jen Amato at jenniferamato@comcast.net as we still have a couple openings.

Girls Choice/Boys Choice:

We will be having our annual Girls Choice event virtually this year. This event will be in late February/Early March. Anyone interested in helping with the planning for this please reach out to Jen Amato at jenniferamato@comcast.net or Kelly Moscickis at kellym1018@yahoo.com. We will be hosting our annual Boys Choice event in late April. Please let Kelly Moscickis kellym1018@yahoo.com know if you are interested in chairing this event.

PTA/Co Chair Meeting:
If you are serving as a chair for any of our committees, please mark your calendar for our next Committee Co Chair/PTA Meeting. It will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 9:30 am via zoom. Login information was sent in PTA Newsletter Email on 12/14/20


Girls on the Run:
Graham is excited to bring back Girls on the Run for Spring '21! The season is set to begin the beginning of March - dates will be confirmed after break.

Girls on the Run is an after-school program dedicated to creating a world where every girl activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. For 8 weeks, we are inviting 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls to train for a 5K and learn powerful lessons about teamwork, self-esteem, and leadership. Coaches and girls meet 2x a week after school virtually or at Graham (the virtual team session has 40 minutes of in person virtual activities and 20 minutes of independent activities). This will be our 3rd year participating in the program and we are looking for amazing volunteers to help make it possible.

There is also an Open House, via zoom, this Wednesday November 16th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Some topics to be addressed include: season plans, new coach online training, new fee structure, resources and tools, and fun videos. Please click on the link below and fill out the form to get the zoom link sent to you:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2OJCQUZAE-BOj-LvF1m4BhOGQUU1tNCyg88N5ZjfSYzLe6w/viewform

Won’t you consider joining us?
You don’t have to be a runner or have previous coaching experience— just the passion to positively impact girls’ lives! Girls on the Run coaches are just like YOU, teachers, parents, and community members, willing to go the extra mile for our girls and who take great pride in being a role model. Coaching can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, and we think you would be a great addition to our team.

Click here to view the Coach Responsibilities, Requirements & Benefits.
https://www.gotrchicago.org/Coach

If you are interested or have any questions, let us know. We are keeping a list of interested volunteers to contact with next steps.
We look forward to having you join the team!

Stephanie Melone stephaniemelone@gmail.com


PTA School Calendar:
The second semester PTA calendar is attached to this newsletter for your convenience.

We hope you enjoy your next two weeks off!
The Graham PTA

2020-2021 Calendar ( pdf)

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