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PTA Newsletter 9/20/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 9/20/21

Hello all!

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

Falcon Fundraiser:
Congratulations Falcons we hit our goal!!! We raised a grand total of $8,128. A big thank you to our chair Karen Masters for her tireless hard work to make this a successful fundraiser. Because of her, our generous sponsors (please see the end of the newsletter for a complete list), and all of you, we are able to continue to sponsor so many of the wonderful programs and activities that make Graham such a special place. We are happy to announce that because we have met our financial goal the students’ special surprise will be an additional assembly this fall. We will be having an outdoor assembly with the Chicago Bears mascot Staley on October 14th! Also, Mrs. Evan’s class won the snack cart with 100% participation - way to go 4E!

To wrap up the event, today we will be announcing the “DQ Blizzards for a Year” winner(s) from the guessing game we had at game day and we will also be announcing the winners for the final raffle for donations of $25+ and for our grand prizes!


Restaurant Night this week:
Billy Bricks Pizza Food Truck will be at the River Run parking lot this 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

Art Awareness:

Welcome to all those that signed up for Graham Elementary's Art Awareness program for 2021-2022. We are so excited that you are volunteering to help your child's class develop a greater appreciation of visual arts.

Our Kick-Off/ Orientation Meeting will be: Friday September 24 at 9:15 am via Zoom using the link below. I hope you can make it so you can learn more about the Art Awareness program— meet the other parents you will be coordinating schedules with— hear some veteran tips about the program— and get oriented to where all of our supplies are kept. If you are unable to attend, please let me know. I will send your folder home with your child by 9/24/21.

5V, 4G, and 3K are still in need of additional volunteers— If you know someone who may be interested, please encourage them to sign up!
Join the Zoom meeting with the link provided in the Newsletter email.


IPPC Coat Drive:
The IPPC will be hosting its annual coat drive this month. We are kicking off the coat drive today and there will be a collection bin located in the front entry hallway at Graham from September 20th - October 1st. We are collecting new or gently used, clean coats of all sizes (infant through adult plus size), in addition to other winter accessories (boots, hats, coats, scarves, snow pants, etc.). The winter items will be distributed to families in need within our district in early October. Please make sure zippers are in good working condition. We have attached a flyer with additional information.

October is for artists!
Celebrate the arts and express yourself with one, or both of these programs.

The National PTA Reflections wants to know how you will change the world! The theme this year is “I will change the world by…” Students can submit completed works of art in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
Learn about the program and submit your art work Here.

Also this year as a special incentive all participants will receive a coupon for TCBY. In addition, all participants that advance to district level will receive a waived studio fee at Color Me Mine next time they go in and National PTA will give each student advancing to district level a Color Me Mine gift card.

Entries due October 20th.

Young Rembrandts is back and live- in person. Classes begin Thursday, October 7th and run through December 16th. . Classes are on Thursdays after school until 4:35 p.m. To learn more see here

Room Parent Meeting

Jen Amato will be reaching out to all room parent volunteers soon to set up the training meeting in the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for an email from her.

Call for Yearbook Photos:

If you have any pictures from the Falcon Fundraiser or other September events that you would like to be included in the yearbook, please email them to: grahamelementaryphotos@yahoo.com


Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA


Special thanks to all our Falcon FUNdraiser sponsors this year:
American Girl, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Brookfield Zoo, Meijer, Costco, Hollywood Palms, Keller's Farmstead, Play It Again Sports
Small Cakes, Domino’s Pizza, Chicago Wolves, Chicago Steel, European Sports, Caputo’s, Lou Malnati’s, Staples, Oriental Trading, TCBY, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Target, Eggcited, Little Pops Pizza, Anderson’s Bookshop, Jel Sert, Ball Factory and Dairy Queen (on Plainfield-Naperville Rd.)

Billy Bricks ( JPG)

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