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PTA Newsletter 11/15/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 11/15/21

Hello all!

It was great to see so many of you out at our Bingo event last week - we hope the kids had fun! Here is some additional information on upcoming activities and events at Graham:

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!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4EABAA22A3FC1-parent

DirectorySpot:

Our online school directory is here! We are excited to offer this benefit to our Graham PTA Members again this year. If you were a PTA member last year and downloaded the app, you should not need to do anything extra - you should still be set up from last year.
If you have recently joined the Graham PTA, you have been set up as a user for DirectorySpot and can now download it for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web. If you are a new member, please follow the prompts below.
For Smartphone Users
Download the DirectorySpot app by going to your app store and searching "DirectorySpot" or by clicking on the appropriate link here: iPhone - http://goo.gl/5U2Tzq or Android - http://goo.gl/iBK9lY
Launch DirectorySpot, enter the email address you used when signing up for the PTA as your Username, and click on "Reset Password."
Click on the link in your email to set your password, relaunch the DirectorySpot app, and login with your username and password.

For Tablet, Mac, or PC Users:
Go to directoryspot.net and click on "Login" in the upper right hand corner.
Enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password." An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
Click on the link in your email to set your password and login.

Note – if downloading to an iPad, just search for “iPhone apps” and you will find DirectorySpot. Also if you submitted multiple email addresses on your family registration only one of them has access. Only one email address per family is allowed so please try both if access is restricted.
If you are not a member and would like to join to gain access to the directory, attached please find the membership form which you can return to school or nkbjoyce@gmail.com with the $20 check for dues made payable to Graham PTA or at paypal.me/grahampta.
If you have any questions or want to update your information in the directory please contact our membership chairperson, Amanda Aggarwal, at amandaaggarwal@gmail.com

Butter Braid:

Thanks to everyone that placed an order for ButterBraid. Orders will be ready for pick up at the school on Friday December 3rd.

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 www.hesedhouse.org
Donation boxes will be located at:
1) Graham Elementary School Main Entrance
2) Mehta Residence (River Run) - 1831 Robert Ln.
3) McAnelly 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!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/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. https://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/PDAC
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 https://ippccouncil.new.memberhub.store/store. 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 Mrs Koeller’s 3rd grade class please consider signing up and helping your classroom with upcoming Winter and Valentine’s Day events. Sign up link is below. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecfdQ52XxB68yWBBDADkK69o274GFRqAJFBFysBCTxbcJQAQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

https://m.signupgenius.com/?fbclid=IwAR1yLQTWW11jRGu1jn0oEonoZSyh8hFp26xpg57e4A1xZoKVDEAFcnUg_k0#!/showSignUp/70a044aabaa2b0-classroom2


Thanks for reading!
The Graham PTA

PDAC Calendar ( pdf)

204 Holiday Collection ( pdf)

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