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PTA Newsletter - 2/15/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 2/15/21

Hello Graham Families! We hope everyone had a fun Valentine’s Day and enjoyed their Valentine’s Craft! Here is some information about upcoming events:

Girls Choice - Virtual Event this Tuesday February 16th!
We are looking forward to our painting night on February 16th, 6:30-8:30pm. Supplies have arrived and are being delivered to your home, please check your email for all the details!
Questions about the event? Contact Jenniferamato07@gmail.com 630-740-4041

Spring St Patrick's Day Fundraiser:
Now that Valentine’s Day is over it is time to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day! 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


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 open board positions (President and Treasurer) 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.

Jump Rope for Heart

This year's event will be held this week on February 18th and 19th based on your gym class time. All prizes for donations acquired will be given after the event. If you still need a jump rope we have a few left 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.

Registration is now open for Team IPEF 2021
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation invites you to join Team IPEF 2021 for year eight as a charity partner in the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Join community members, district parents, staff and students to proudly represent and raise funds for your school. Watch the Team IPEF video to learn more about this unique opportunity to run for a great cause and make a difference for your school. Visit Team IPEF for registration information.
PDAC Meeting this Thursday February 18
The community is invited to join District 204’s Parent Diversity Advisory Council for a presentation by Board of Education member Susan Taylor-Demming and Executive Director of Educational Equity Jen Rowe about the focus on equity in District 204. This presentation will be followed by small group discussions in Zoom breakout rooms. The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 pm on February 18 via Zoom. Register for the event here. Visit PDAC to learn more.

Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA

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