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PTA Newsletter 11/8/21

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Hello all!

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

November PTA Meeting with Dr Talley - TUESDAY
We added a November PTA meeting to our calendar to accommodate Dr. Talley’s schedule. We will be hosting a zoom PTA meeting on Tuesday November 9th at 9:30 AM. Log in details were shared in the mailed newsletter.

Parent Teacher Conference Donations

With Parent Teacher Conferences fast approaching, we would like to show our teachers and staff how thankful we are for them and all they do for our school. We are scheduling a catered dinner for them on Thursday November 18th as well as a day of extra snacks and treats on Friday November 19th.

We need your help in making these teachers and staff members fell some extra love during Parent Teacher Conferences. Below is the link to our donation sign up. All donations can be dropped off to a front porch bin to Catherine Smith in River Run (1836 Baybrook Court) or Anne McAnelly in High Meadow (2704 Pennyroyal Circle). Please drop off all donations by Tuesday November 16th. Thanks so much for your help!

Butter Braid:
The Graham PTA is continuing the delicious tradition of offering Butter Braid and Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough to Graham Families. These cookies were sampled during the PTA Meet & Greet. If you have not tried either, you are in for a treat! Both products come in a variety of flavors and are frozen, easy-to-bake items that you will have in time for the upcoming holidays! This year, orders can be placed online or using the paper form and we are hopeful that you will share the information with your families and friends. Ordering will be available from now until this Friday November 12th so please spread the word. Proceeds from each sale will be used to support future Graham PTA sponsored events this school year.

Butter Braid: $14 Each
Flavors: Apple, Blueberry and Cream Cheese, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Raspberry, Strawberry & Cream Cheese, Caramel Roll, Cinnamon Roll

Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough: $16 each (serving size: 40 cookies)
Flavors: Chocolate Chip, Confetti, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, Triple Chocolate, White Chunk Macadamia Nut

Sale dates - 10/25/21 through 11/12/21
School pickup date - 12/3/20 Orders will be available for pickup at Graham 2:30-5:00pm.

To order online, first you must become a registered seller. Please click here to add your personal information: ButterBraid will then send you a confirmation email to verify and create your own personal page. Share your link and place your orders!

Completed forms and payment issued to Graham PTA due Friday, November 12th.

Any questions, please contact

Fall Bingo:
Mark your calendar for Bingo night this Friday, November 12th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Graham School - we hope you can join us! We will be holding this event at the school utilizing both the gym, stage, and cafeteria. You can reserve seating at a Table in the gym or desks in the cafeteria. Spots are limited, tables are sold out but you still are be able to purchase individual desks (a family can purchase multiple desks and push them together)

Tables are sold out
$2 per desk (individual player)

We will have pizza, water and candy for sale! Lots of prizes too!
Please reserve your spots today using the Google Form link below:

Payments can be made via cash or check sent to Graham office, or paypal

Please remember masks are mandatory and everyone must self-certify upon arrival.
Any questions please contact Anne McAnelly

Community Service Toiletries Drive for Hesed House:
The Graham PTA is running a holiday donation drive for Hesed House in Aurora from Nov 8- Dec 10. Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and give people a chance to hope again. For more information, visit
Donation boxes will be located at:
1) Graham Elementary School Main Entrance
2) Mehta Residence (River Run) - 1831 Robert Ln.
3) McAnnelly Residence (High Meadow) - 2704 Pennyroyal Circle

We will be collecting the following items:
Gift Cards ($5, $10, $15, $25, or $50 increments) Suggestions: Speedway, Thorntons-Gas Only Cards, Dollar Tree/Dollar General, Walmart, Target, Meijer, Costco, Sam's, Aldi, Jewel, local fast food restaurants
Hygiene products (1 oz) Soap, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
· Winter hats and gloves
· Hand warmer packets
All sizes of pull-up diapers

Girls Choice is coming back!

We are bringing back our Girls Choice Dance! We would love to kick off planning for this event for our girls. If you are interested in helping with decor, party planning, and making this a night to remember for our Graham Girls please sign up below. Once we have a committee, we will reach out with meeting info soon. Thanks for the help!!/showSignUp/70a044aabaa2b0-graham4

PDAC Meeting Calendar

The Indian Prairie Parent Diversity Advisory Council has published their meeting dates for the year. All are welcome to attend. Their first meeting is November 16th and here is a link to their website for more information.
The full calendar is attached to the bottom of this email.

IPPC Holiday Giving Program

Indian Prairie Parents Council (IPPC) is partnering with Indian Prairie School District 204 (IPSD #204) to hold the Holiday Giving Program to help under-resourced families that face hunger and homelessness in IPSD #204. The IPPC Holiday Giving Program is collecting donations from November 15th - 30th by offering the purchase of selected gift-cards and monetary donations (to go towards the purchase of gift cards) to help all of our families enjoy the holiday season. If you are able to donate, please go to We have attached a flyer to this email if you have any questions.

Room Moms

Thank you for your hard work for our Harvest Party! We need to have a brief meeting to plan for the Winter party. Please complete the form below to let us know when works best for you to attend a 20-30 minute meeting. Hope to be able to best meet the needs of the group. We also have two openings for room mom spots. If you have a child in either Mrs Koeller’s 3rd grade class or Ms Morgano’s kindergarten class please consider signing up and helping your classroom with upcoming Winter and Valentine’s Day events. Sign up link is below. Thanks!

Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA

PDAC Calendar ( pdf)

Holiday Collection ( pdf)

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