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PTA Newsletter 10/4/21

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Hello all!

***Important Volunteer Information***
We wanted to let parents know due to new district rules that all volunteers at Graham (or any district school) are required to be vaccinated. Next time any volunteer goes up to Graham please bring your vaccination card. The school will make a record of it and have you fill out a form. Once this is on file you will be set for the year. We do ask that anyone volunteering for the first time at a classroom party to please come up before the party to get this taken care of. By doing this the office will not be overwhelmed on a class party day.

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

Boo Bag Fundraiser/Little Red Donut Truck:

Thanks to everyone that ordered a Boo Bag! They can be picked up October 15th from 4:00-7:00 pm at High Meadow Field. The Little Red Donut Truck will also be there so plan on staying to grab some yummy apple cider donuts! If you cannot pick them up on that date, the bags will be sent home with your child on Monday October 18th. In addition you do not need to have purchased a bag to come up and grab some donuts!
If you have any questions please contact

Project Arrow PTA Meeting and Membership Information

Project Arrow PTA is open to all families with a student in the PA program. Membership contributions from families like yours allow us to 1) directly enrich the education of our children. This year, in addition to our popular 2) middle school and high school transition forums, we hope to 3) sponsor more teachers to attend the IAGC conference and award grants for PA classroom innovation and 4) provide additional funds for the IPPC high school senior scholarship program.
We encourage you and anyone who values the Project Arrow program to join the IPPA PTA so that we can support the great work of the students and educators of our district. If you have a question or comment, please email our Graham PA PTA liaison Karen Masters at
------> It is easy to join the IPPA PTA!
1. Go to
2. Select your membership from the store
3. Complete the short form
4. Check out and pay

Project Arrow is happy to announce their first meeting for Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30pm via Zoom!

Topic: IPPA District 204 PTA
Time: Oct 5, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting Via link sent in emailed PTA Newsletter.

PTA Meeting:
There will be a PTA Meeting on Thursday, October 14th at 9:30 am via zoom. We will send out login information next week. Hope you can join us!

Staley Da Bear Assembly:
Due to the students meeting their Falcon Fundraising goal we are having the Chicago Bear’s mascot, Staley, in on Thursday October 14th for an outdoor afternoon assembly. We will also be having a schoolwide Bear’s dress up day that day so Staley feels welcome. Please have your child in all their Bear’s apparel for the assembly, we are excited to celebrate their achievement!

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:
Young Rembrandts is back and live-in person. Classes begin this Thursday, October 7th and run through December 16th. . Classes are on Thursdays after school until 4:35 p.m. You are able to register anytime, even after the start of classes. To register please click on the following link:

Community Service Projects co-chair help:
This year due to Covid restrictions our traditional community service project Blessings in a Backpack will not be happening. We are excited to try something new and have a lot of different ideas to get the kids involved in the community and give back. We are considering grouping the service projects by K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 grade levels but that would mean 3 separate service projects. Due to this we are looking for a Co-chair to help Divya Mehta, our current chair, and would love to get a committee of volunteers that would be willing to help as well. If you are interested please email Becky Thorn at

Thanks to everyone who brought up a coat or winter accessories for the IPPC Coat Drive!

Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA

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