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PTA Newsletter 12/20/21

Reported by michelle_shiles@ipsd.org on 12/20/21

Hello all!

Thanks to all the room parents for sending in a great plan for their grades winter class parties, we heard the kids all had a great time! Here is some additional information on upcoming activities and events at Graham before we leave for winter break:

Holiday Gifts - LAST CALL!

As an option for Holiday Gifts for Teachers and Staff we will be utilizing a site called GiftCrowd.com. If you choose to participate a gift of $5-10 is appreciated. You may also add a personal message to the staff member with your gift. At the end of the final day of school in December our gifts will be totaled and emailed to each of our teachers from the whole class. No individual amounts will be listed, the teacher will receive our lump sum amount they can use for any gift card of their choice. We hope this makes for an easy way to recognize our Graham staff this holiday season. You can find the details and links to send your gifts below.
https://app.giftcrowd.com/join-event/7FluewTrzH

Please note: All gifts end on 12/22/2021 3:00 PM when they will be sent to their respective recipients. Reach out to Jenniferamato07@gmail.com with questions
Thank You!

We also collected some information from all teachers and staff members on their favorite things if you would like to purchase something for them individually. The file of teachers’ favorite things are in the office and with the room parents.

Community Service Project

Our next community service project will be a packing event at Feed My Starving Children on Saturday, January 22 from 4:30-6:15pm. FMSC is located at 555 Exchange Ct, Aurora.

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

We have 71 spots reserved for Graham. Sign up is first come, first serve, so please sign up ASAP if you’re interested in attending. This event is open for students ages 5 and up, as well as parents/family members/teachers/staff. Children grades K-2 must be accompanied by one adult per child. Children grades 3-5 can have 3 children accompanied by one adult.
*Masks are required.

Please click the link below to sign up! Please make sure to sign up each person participating and include your email in the sign up in order to receive updates. Email Becky Thorn at RebeccaClarkSLP@gmail.com with any questions.

https://www.fmsc.org/join-group?joincode=Z665L9

We also wanted to thank everyone for their Hessd House donations. Below are a list of items we were able to send over to them:
1. Box of toiletries.
2. 3X boxes of hand warmers.
3. 2X Box of diapers
4. 5X Bag of hats/gloves
5. 4X bag of toiletries.
6. 6X Target gift cards
7 14X Speedway Gift cards
8. 5X Walmart gift card
9 Pack of diapers
10. Taco Bell gift card
11. Wendy's gift card
12. Subway Gift Card
13. Bag of hand warmers
14. Bag of hand sanitizer

Nothing Bundt Cakes January Restaurant Night/Week

Come out for our next restaurant night which we are stretching into a whole week in January! From January 10th - 15th Nothing Bundt Cakes is offering 20% of sales to be donated back to Graham. Be sure to mention Graham or show our flyer when ordering.

January PTA Meeting:

The next PTA Meeting will be a committee co-chair meeting as well. We hope to see all chairs for events in the second half of the year. It will be the first week back from winter break Thursday, January 13th at 9:30 am via zoom. Hope you can join us! Log in information shared in emailed newsletter.


Girls Choice is coming back!

Save the Date! We are bringing back our Girls Choice Dance! This dance is for all Graham girls and the guest of their choice (Dad, grandpa, uncle, etc). Mark your calendar for Friday January 21st, we will be holding the dance at the River Run Club at 4204 Clearwater Lane. 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. We will be having our first committee meeting today Monday December 20th at 9:30 am at the River Run Club. If you are unable to attend and still want to help reach out to Jen Amato at jenniferamato07@gmail.com

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a044aabaa2b0-graham4


Thanks for reading and enjoy your winter break!
The Graham PTA

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