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News from the Nest - Dec. 15

Reported by on 12/18/17

News from the Nest
December 15, 2017

18 5th Grade Fieldtrip to Crone Concert 10AM
19 Graham Chorus Concert 6:30
22 PTA Winter Parties 2:15PM/Sock collection for Blessings in a Back Pack
25 – January 5 Winter Break – No School

8 School Resumes
15 Local Holiday No School – K – 12 Students
16 SIP Day No School K – 12 Students
PTA Blessings in a Back Pack packing event, 9:30AM in the MPR

Dear Graham Families,

This week I am a sending a link to a video that has helpful strategies to teach our children about stranger danger. We’ve experienced many changes over the years to our school buildings, utilizing the Raptor system and requiring visitors to wear a name badge, monitoring who enters and exits our building. I think it’s important to remember we can also keep our students safe by reminding them of outside safety as well. There are several videos within the link, please scroll down to the video entitled Stranger Danger, if you feel it might be helpful.

5Essentials Parent Survey
Teachers, parents, and middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. You may also complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child in the same school. All survey responses will be kept confidential. University of Chicago asks parents for an email address when they begin the survey only for the purpose of sending a confirmation once the survey is completed. University of Chicago will never connect your identity and survey responses to you or your child or share the information with your school, the district or the Illinois State Board of Education.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

Winter Parties
Students and staff are looking forward to the Winter Celebrations that will take place in each classroom on Friday, December 22nd, from 2:15 – 3:15PM. All room party volunteers will enter into the building using Door #2, gather in the MPR and then go to your child's classroom at 2PM. Please remember if you have not already been entered into the Raptor System, you will need to bring in your State ID or Driver’s License, so that we can make a nametag for you. Room parents at each grade level are working hard to plan activities for the students to participate in during the celebrations, which include crafts and games. It will be a great way to kick off Winter Break!

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:
Graham: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids
Graham: NanoBeasts STEM + Robotics Classes


4th and 5th Grade Chorus Winter Concert
Graham Elementary School
Tuesday, December 19th

**ARRIVAL TIME: 6:00pm

**CONCERT TIME: 6:30pm

Blue Chorus Shirt (tucked in please)
Light Brown/Tan Pants
Dark Shoes
(Please No Jeans)

Reminders and Requests:
• When calling in your child’s attendance or late arrival, please call the absent line 630-428-6900, option 3.
• Please remember to include your child’s name and classroom teacher on a sticky note, when dropping off a forgotten item or bringing in lunch.
• There are already items in the Lost and Found collection that are looking for ‘home’. If your child is missing an item, please feel free to come and look through the items
If you have any questions, or concerns please feel free to contact me at your convenience.


Ms. Walton
Graham Elementary

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