News from the Nest

Graham Elementary School

Big picture

A word from Ms. Walton

February 26, 2021

Dear Graham Families,

I hope you have enjoyed the sunshine that we've had this week. I like snow during the winter, but I must admit I'm ready to see it melting and welcome the Spring season. This week teachers held conferences on an as-needed basis for some of our families. I hope they were beneficial for everyone. Friday teachers across the district attended district and county-wide institutes. Teachers were able to attend various workshops and participate in discussions with other teachers around the district.

Next week is Read Across America Week. This is an event we've taken part in with our students in years past. Our staff and students have always enjoyed our involvement, so this year Mrs. Shiles found another way for us to participate virtually and celebrate reading. Please see the blurb below on how to join us for a Read Across America Spirit Week!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend,


Ms. Walton

Read Across America Spirit Week March 1st-March 5th

Ready, Set, Read Across America! Graham will be celebrating reading the week of March1st-March 5th! Read Across America is an annual event designed to encourage reading!
  • Monday - Let’s celebrate that reading is for sharing. Activity: Read a book with a family member.
  • Tuesday - Let’s celebrate that reading is amazing and so are you. Activity: Dress in your favorite outfit...What makes you, YOU!
  • Wednesday - Let’s celebrate that reading is relaxing. Activity: Dress in your jammies to get cozy when you read today.
  • Thursday - Let’s celebrate that reading is active. Activity: Dress up to celebrate how you like to be active.
  • Friday - Let’s celebrate that reading gives us superpowers. Activity: Dress up as a superhero! Show off your superpowers!

Self Certify by 8:30 AM!

Self Certification Reminder - Please remember to use ParentVUE to self-certify that students coming on campus are free of COVID-like symptoms before students arrive at school each day. If this step is not completed before 8:30am and your child is expected at school that day, a health services staff member will call you to discuss your child's health status.


Illinois 5Essentials Survey for Parents

Parents, students, and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit 5 Essentials Survey Link
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

Los padres, estudiantes y maestros de Illinois nuevamente tendrán la oportunidad de participar en la encuesta anual del estado de Illinois 5Essentials Survey (Encuesta 5Esenciales). Esta encuesta está diseñada para generar un cuadro detallado del funcionamiento interno de la escuela de su niño/a y los elementos importantes relacionados con la efectividad de este funcionamiento.

En nombre de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois, la Encuesta 5Esenciales será administrada en línea por la Universidad de Chicago. Todas las respuestas a la encuesta se mantendrán confidencial. El estado proporcionará los resultados de la encuesta a las escuelas individuales solamente si por lo menos un 20 por ciento de los padres participan en la encuesta. Si usted tiene un/a niño/a asistiendo a más de una escuela, le pedimos que por favor complete la encuesta para cada escuela.

Para completar esta breve encuesta:

1. Visite el enlace 5 Essentials Survey Link.
2. Escriba y elija a “DuPage” como "Condado". (El condado es donde se encuentra la oficina principal del distrito de su escuela.)
3. Escriba el nombre de la escuela en el campo que dice "Escuela" y elija la escuela.

Lunch Pick-Up

Organic Life will continue to provide curbside pick-up at elementary schools of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all children.

  • NEW!!!!!! Organic Life staff & Lunch Room Supervisors will be supporting the lunch pick-up and in-person distribution. Please come to door #2 for the lunch cart! You will not see the buses anymore in the parking lot - but we are STILL doing lunches!
  • Students in person requesting a lunch will receive the lunch delivered to the classroom. ORDER FORM FOR IN_PERSON STUDENTS
  • Elementary families picking up lunch are asked to retrieve their lunch between 10:45 am and 11:15 am. At 11:15 lunch pick up will close. It will reopen at 11:45 until 1:00 near Door #2

Group C ONLY!!!! March Supply Pick-up (K, 1, 2, 4)

March Materials pick up for (K, 1, 2, 4) C GROUP STUDENTS will be Monday, March 1st

C GROUP ONLY - 12:00pm -3:30pm

A and B Groups - Materials will be sent home with your child when they attended in-person learning.

Please use the Front Circle Drive.

Materials will be on grade specific tables and bins. Tables will be set up for each grade level near the main entrance (in grade level order). Parents will stop at the appropriate grade level(s) to collect the materials for each of their child(ren).

Please use sanitizer prior to finding your child's labeled envelope.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please use the main entrance door bell to speak with the office.

LMC Curbside Pick Up

All students may place holds for library books through Destiny on the SSO.

Pick Ups:

  • Group A: (Hybrid Tuesday/Thursday) Your books will be dropped off at your classroom on Thursday. You will take them home in your backpack.
  • Group B: (Hybrid Wednesday/Friday) Your books will be dropped off at your classroom on Friday. You will take them home in your backpack.
  • Group C: (Full Remote Students) You may pick up your books on Wednesday and Friday from 12:00-3:00. They will be located outside Door #1. We will call you when your books are ready.

Book Returns:

  • Group A, B, C: Books may be returned outside Door #1 Monday-Friday during times outside of arrival and dismissal times. There is a basket outside.
  • Group A and B: Books may be returned in the wooden book return bin near the front office on your way into the building on your in-building days.

Questions? Please contact LMC Director: Michelle Shiles at

2nd Grade Dental Exams!

  • 2nd Graders: a dental exam dated after 11/15/19 is due by May 15th, 2021.

Please be sure to complete and/or sign the parent portions of the exam.

You may upload these documents into ParentVue. If you have difficulty or are unable to, you may send them via email to the Graham School nurse at or the health aide at


Attendance is taken daily for all students regardless of which program they attend. Please call the attendance line to report an absence for your child in whether they are attending In-Person or Remote.

If your child is absent, arriving late, or leaving early, please report their absence in ParentVue or call our 24-hour attendance line at (630-428-6900, option 3). Please let us know specific reasoning. In the event of illness, we ask that you include their symptoms to assist with monitoring such illnesses as COVID-19 and the flu within our area.

About Our School

V. Blanche Graham is a Prekindergarten-through 5th grade school located on in south Naperville. We opened in 1996 and are fortunate to have supportive parents, a dedicated staff, and students who come prepared and eager to learn.

We are part of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204 dedicated to "Inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential."