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PTA Newsletter - 1/4/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 1/4/21

Welcome Back! We hope everyone enjoyed their time off over winter break! Here are dates to put on your new calendar...

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 this Thursday, January 7th at 9:30 am via zoom. Please email tracielange@hotmail.com if you would like a copy of the agenda. Login information sent in PTA Newsletter Email.

Sharko’s Restaurant Night:
Please join us at our next restaurant night this Thursday January 7th between 11 AM - 7:30 PM at Sharko’s at the corner of RT 59 and 111th Street. Take a night off from cooking and support Graham at the same time. The flyer is attached at the bottom, you do not need to bring it as long as you mention Graham when ordering.

Bandingo Family Night and LoveBoards Fundraiser:
Everyone's favorite night is back! Bandingo will be held virtually on Sunday, January 31st from 6:30 - 7:30 pm and we will be doing a “Songs from Movies” Theme. This is a FREE Family event and you must register to be able to play.

In addition to Bandingo we have worked with LoveBoards Charcuterie if you would like to enjoy a family snack while playing. There are two options available for families to pick from. They are the Graham Classic which includes 2 cured meats, 2 artisanal cheeses, fruits, crudite, olives, nuts, and sweet treats and the Graham Sweets board which includes baked treats, assorted chocolates, and various candy. We have attached the flyer with pictures and details of each option. Orders must be in by January 27th and the PTA will deliver them to your front porch on the afternoon of January 31st. Use the following link to order and click on the Graham Elementary option from the drop down menu www.loveboards.co


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.

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

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.


Thank You:
Sending a big thank you to Jennifer Amato and all of our Winter Holiday Party volunteers! Thank you for working together to create such an enjoyable event for the kiddos! We did experience some technical difficulties with the kindergarten group and apologize for that. Kindergarten families should have received an email with information for a magician show we will be hosting just for them at 1:00 PM TODAY January 4th. The zoom link to that show will be in their google classroom.

The Graham PTA

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