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PTA Newsletter - 8/23/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 8/22/21

Hello all!

Thanks to everyone that stopped out at our Meet and Greet and Ice Cream Social last week it was good to see so many happy faces ready to go back to school! We hope everyone had a great first couple of days! Here is some information about the first few weeks of school:

Graham PTA Membership:

The PTA has traditionally raised funds to support everything from the outdoor classroom and playground equipment to teacher grants, materials for the LMC, and flexible seating for classrooms. This year will be Graham’s 25th Anniversary and we are hoping to bring back some activities that were missed last year as well as bringing out some new activities. Please consider joining again this year to stay informed, gain access to the Graham Directory and help support our students. The membership form is attached to this email. Please fill that out and send it back to school with your student. Dues can be paid online or via check. They are $21 per family if you choose to pay online or $20 by check.
paypal.me/grahampta
If you prefer to pay by check, please have your child give it to their teacher or mail the check to:
Graham PTA
℅— Graham Elementary School
2315 High Meadow Road
Naperville, IL 60564

**Just a reminder to those families that opted to join during the online student registration process this summer to please pay**

Spiritwear Sale is Open:
We are happy to be able to offer new Graham spirit wear options this year! Also, just like last year all ordering will be made online. The deadline to get your orders in is Friday September 10th, please allow 3 weeks after the sale is over for production and PTA delivery/pickup. Click here to order: https://graham21.itemorder.com/

Falcon Fundraiser:
Mark your calendars! The Falcon Fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, September 17th. If you would like to be a part of the planning, please sign up to be a volunteer at the meet and greet or reach out to Karen Masters at pellegrinokaren@hotmail.com. We will need help decorating the school on 8/27 as well as some small jobs throughout the fundraiser. Any level of commitment to volunteer is greatly appreciated!

First Restaurant Night Yogurt Beach:
Mark your calendar, our first restaurant night will be Thursday, September 2nd at Yogurt Beach. Please treat your family to frozen yogurt and support Graham at the same time. Mention Graham or show the flyer on your phone. We have attached the flyer to the bottom of this newsletter.

Co-Chair Meeting:
We will be holding a meeting for all of our committee co-chairs on Thursday September 2nd at 9:30 am via zoom. A meeting link will be emailed out closer to the date.

PTA Meeting:
Please plan on attending our first PTA Meeting via zoom on Wednesday, September 15th at 9:30 am.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Looking to help in your child’s class? Here are three great ways to get involved:

1. Classroom parent: Limited spots are available for class room parent! If you are interested in helping work on your grade level team plans and option to attend all seasonal parties for your child’s class, please consider signing up as room parent. Party helper spots will be limited this year with our small school size and current restrictions. Training meeting with ideas will be provided and you will work on a team of 4 parents (2 per each class) to plan the celebrations. Parties will be held on 10/29, 12/17, and 2/11, with the possibility of an end of the year party. (Currently no volunteers are allowed to interact with the students, for the first Harvest party on 10/29 the room parents will come up with the party events/crafts and turn it over to the teachers to run. If anything changes room parents will be allowed in to run the parties) Sign up is first come, first serve and can be found here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a044aabaa2b0-classroom2

2. Library Volunteer: The LMC recruits and trains parents to assist in the LMC. Volunteers enable us to provide a full range of services to our students. Our library media center is in need of your support. Even if you can spare just two hours per week, or every two weeks, you can help us provide a stronger library program for your children. Volunteering in the library media center (LMC) will also allow you to learn more about your child's school experience and give you an opportunity to observe classes in action. Here are just a few of the valuable jobs our volunteer do, and no experience is required to volunteer in the LMC!
Shelve books
Assist children in finding books
Database entry
Take home projects
Preparing displays/bulletin boards
Help with book fair twice a year
Special projects in LMC
Please fill out the volunteer form that was sent home with your child or reach out to Kristin Kirchner at kirchnercrew@gmail.com with availability.


3. Art Awareness: The Art Awareness program is a PTA funded program that runs year long in the school. It is a great way to spend time in your child’s classroom helping to create a long lasting appreciation for the arts. Do you think you’re not artistic? No worries, you’ll still have so much fun! Each grade has a predetermined work of art, guided questions/ information to present and suggestions of activities, crafts, games or projects to extend the experience. This program operates best when we are able to get 4 or more parents per classroom. The timing and scheduling of your participation is highly flexible, but a volunteer will typically spend 30 minutes in the classroom during a volunteer session and you can determine how many times during the year you would like to volunteer, with a maximum of 8 times. You will be required to wear a mask when in the school building. An orientation session will occur over Zoom in late September. Please consider signing up using the following signupgenius.com link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094AACAA2CA02-graham2 or contact Heather High for more information at willow1222@hotmail.com



Graham PTA Facebook Page:
Please take a moment to join the Graham Elementary Facebook Page to stay in the loop on the latest PTA news. Here is a link…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1190849521411673
In addition to help with any specific grade level questions about curriculum or classwork while we are at home for remote learning we have created facebook pages for each grade. Please sign up for these as well.
Kindergarten - https://www.facebook.com/groups/466711474594962
1st Grade - https://www.facebook.com/groups/355169745475837/
2nd Grade - https://www.facebook.com/groups/583637555665959/
3rd Grade - https://www.facebook.com/groups/624752088158432/
4th Grade - https://www.facebook.com/groups/646288762648746/
5th Grade - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1212041252471857/

Please Save the Date for our Welcome back to Graham Food Truck - September 22nd! Billy Bricks Pizza will be set up in the River Run Club parking lot.

Thank you for reading and a big thanks to Kristin Kirchner for setting up the back to school teacher lunch last week - they loved the welcome back to school!

The Graham PTA

PTA Membership Form ( docx)

Yogurt Beach ( jpeg)

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