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PTA Newsletter 9/8/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 9/7/21

Hello all!

Here is some information on upcoming activities and events at Graham:

Falcon Fundraiser:
Our largest fundraiser of the year, which funds events THIS school year, is well underway! Last week ⅓— of all students turned in their donations so we are off to a great start! We still have a ways to go to reach our $6500 goal. If you’d like to donate, there are two $25 weekly raffles left as well as the $100 grand prize raffle. Be sure to turn in your tax deductible donation before this Friday morning to be entered into all three remaining raffles. We have some amazing prizes for the $25 raffle (Baby Yoda Squishmallows, gift cards to area restaurants and attractions, autographed books from Anderson’s, toys and more!). The three Grand Prize winners, for those who donate $100 or more, will win an Apple IPod Touch, American Girl Doll with a year of free bundtlets, or 6 all inclusive tickets with a parking pass to Brookfield Zoo.

The fundraiser will culminate on 9/17 (rain date 9/20) with students participating in fun and games outdoors on the Graham school grounds, and if we meet our school wide goal of $6500, the students will get a special surprise! The class with the highest participation will win a snack cart as well!

*The PTA would like to thank all of our sponsors: American Girl, Brookfield Zoo, Meijer, Costco, Target, Domino’s Pizza, European Sports, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Oriental Trading Company, Small Cakes, Keller’s Farm, Chipotle, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Lou Malnati’s, Chicago Steele, Hollywood Palms, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market, Jel Sert, TCBY, Chicago Wolves, Chicago Steele, 2 Toots, Ball Factory, Anderson’s...check back next week as many businesses are continuing to donate great prizes!

Falcon Fundraiser Game Day Sign Up:

We are looking for volunteers to help run our Falcon Fundraiser Game Day. For those looking to help please sign up at the following link:
Falcon FUNdraiser Game Day Volunteers: (signupgenius.com)

Spiritwear Sale is Open - FINAL WEEK:
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/

Restaurant Night:
Billy Bricks Pizza Food Truck will be at the River Run parking lot on Wednesday, September 22nd from 4:30-7:30. Bring a blanket, have a picnic with friends, and play on the River Run playground. If you are busy that day you are also able to order in advance and grab your food to go. The link to order is: https://foodtruck.pub/?id=5021

Call for Yearbook Photos:
We will be having a Graham Yearbook again this year! If you have any pictures from Meet and Greet, the Ice Cream Social, or the first day of school that you would like to be included in the yearbook, please email them to: grahamelementaryphotos@yahoo.com

PTA Meeting:
Please plan on attending our first PTA Meeting via zoom on Wednesday, September 15th at 9:30 am. We will send out the log in instructions next week!

IPPC Coat Drive:
The IPPC will be hosting its annual coat drive this month. There will be a collection bin located in the front entry hallway at Graham from September 20th - October 1st.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Looking to help in your child’s class? We are still looking for a couple parents for art awareness and Classroom parent. Please see the following links if you are interested in signing up.

1. Classroom parent: ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT: We need one parent to step up in each of the following classes: 3K and 5T. If your class is not listed, all spots have been filled. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a044aabaa2b0-classroom2


2. 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
We currently have none or only one volunteer in the following classrooms: 3K, 4G— 5T, & 5V. All other classrooms would love more volunteers too.


Thanks to everyone who came out to our first restaurant night at Yogurt Beach last week!

Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA





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