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PTA Newsletter - 2/8/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 2/8/21

Hello Graham Families! Here is some information about upcoming events:

FINAL CALL Girls Choice - Virtual Event Tuesday February 16th:

It’s time for Girls Choice 2021! Please grab your VIP plan to attend our virtual painting party!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:30pm-8:30pm
Please join us for our annual Girls Choice event! Graham girls are invited to attend with the adult VIP of their choice. We are hosting a virtual painting class with Pinot's Palette. You do not have to be an artist to attend! Our host will guide us, over zoom, step by step and all supplies will be provided. The cost of the event is $15 per student, $22 per adult and will include everything you need for a fun night together. Please plan to order one kit per girl attending. You can choose to work together on her canvas, or adults are welcome to order a kit as well and paint together.

Your kit will include:
- 1 9x12 Canvas
- Brushes
- Paint
- Water Cup
- Paper Plate (for palette)
- Guests will receive an emailed link to sign in to the virtual class *two hours before the start time.
-And of course party favors for the girls!

RSVP's & payment are due now so that we can deliver your supply kits to your home when they arrive.
You can pay for the event by cash or check made payable to: Graham Elementary PTA. Payment may be delivered to: Carolyn Talbott at 4416 Esquire Circle. You may also pay thru PayPal at: PayPal.me/grahampta

Please contact Jenniferamato07@gmail.com or text 630-740-4041 with questions or concerns

Sign up here to attend:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdesonoEItmUCFaCrx3lfNPIKHiTYmNydfbPfdRATrBfzsydQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


Spring St Patrick's Day Fundraiser:
This spring the Graham PTA is excited to be offering Leprechaun Trap Kits for St. Patrick’s Day! Each Leprechaun kit is $5 and will include a variety of craft supplies to create your one of a kind creation. The kit includes a green box, gold coins, black cauldron, pipe cleaners, and other fun St. Patrick’s Day goodies. Have fun making these traps with your kids! Bag pick up will be on March 12th with more details on pick up to follow Please place your order by February 23rd. Please click on the link below to fill out the form to request how many bags you would like:

https://forms.gle/yBqbzQyZoiCvnYCx7

You can pay via paypal, cash, or check made payable to Graham Elementary PTA. Cash or check can be delivered to Carolyn Talbott at 4416 Esquire Circle or Kelly Moscickis at 5060 Switch Grass Ln or paypal: paypal.me/grahampta

Valentine's Day is around the corner: Plan to pick up your student’s gift bag this week!

Our PTA has prepared fun activities for the kids since we won’t be together to celebrate this year Due to the transition to hybrid, and 2/14 being on a weekend we will not be able to have a zoom party. Instead each child will have a gift bag waiting for them at pick-up at Graham with crafts kits, activities, and a small gift for the kids. No food items will be passed out. In addition, inside their gift bag will be an extra surprise. A simple love bug craft to make and share with friends. It’s time to Bug Your Friends! They can use the love bug craft kit to make 3 cute critters, add a note, and drop off to a friend or neighbor’s mailbox to say hi and let them know they are thinking of them! The eyes included in your kit are stickers, just peel and add to your bug. Much like Boo bags are used by many in the fall, this new activity will hopefully help them connect together, while apart. We are hoping everyone will join us in spreading the love with these special surprises :)

Pick up will be by the front door of Graham on tables during the following hours:
Monday Feb 8th - 10-3 pm
Tuesday Feb 9th - 1-2 pm
Wednesday Feb 10th - 1-2 pm

Reflections Virtual Ceremony

Attention National PTA Reflections Artists!

It is time to celebrate you and your creativity! On Wednesday, February 24th 6:30-7 we will have a virtual awards ceremony. You will be receiving a zoom link via email beforehand. Mark your calendars!


Open Positions on the PTA!
We have an open board position (President) 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 Tracie Skindzier at tracielange@hotmail.com with questions or to indicate your interest level.

Save the date for Jump Rope for Heart! This year's event will be held on February 18th and 19th based on your gym class time. Mr Cooper is getting together details and you should have received a detailed email on Friday. He included the parent letter, introduction video, and American Heart Association letter which covers the process of signing up. If you need a jump rope we have provided a box of assorted colors in a box in front of the school.

School Board Candidate Information

The following 11 candidates (in ballot order) are running for 4 seats on the school board in the April 6 election:

1. Allison Fosdick
2. Marina Kosak
3. Shannon Adcock
4. Laurie Donahue
5. Yanmei May Liang
6. Saba Haider
7. Susan Taylor-Demming
8. Supna C. Jain
9. Kader Sakkaria
10. Rajesh Narayan
11. Robert O. Harris


Here are some other opportunities to learn about the candidates.

The Islamic Center of Naperville is hosting a candidate event on February 26 at 6:00pm.
Registration is at:
https://www.eventcombo.com/e/School-Board-Meet-the-Candidates-41920

The IPPC/League of Women Voters candidate forum is March 2 at 7:00pm and announcements for you to post will be sent soon. Voter guide information will also be available on Vote411.org towards the end of this month.

The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation published responses to a question in their newsletter at:
http://www.napervillehomeowners.com/NAHC/NewsDoc/NewsDoc40697.pdf?fbclid=IwAR34yDRAC4UGkVOOuaGtFiH5xBaaSfXWAADip-tJIRGdQH45-d6oDw2-EfI

The recording of the PDAC discussion with the candidates from January 21 is at:
http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/PDAC

The candidates also have information posted on their websites and social media.

Early voting starts February 25.


Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA

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