Graves Sailor Newsletter

January 14, 2022

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Hello Graves Families!

Thank you for all your support, patience, and hard work during our ADAPTIVE PAUSE this week. Our attendance was excellent all week and we hope our attendance continues high as we return to in-person instruction.

We will continue to enforce social distancing and mask wearing as students return. Please make sure your child comes with extra masks in case they are needed.

If your child or anyone in the family is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, please communicate with our office to receive guidance.As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Guillermina Arteaga, Graves Principal

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Monday, January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, January 18: In person classes resume

Friday, January 21: Progress Reports (sent home via Seesaw)

Return to In-Person Instruction

Please see the attached letter from the Superintendent about the return to in-person instruction beginning January 18th.

eLearning Plan

Please note that on any given day, we may need to shift to a one-day eLearning Day if there is a severe shortage of staff at that building. Parents will be notified of this change as soon as we feel that need to make that shift.

You will find the District eLearning Plan below.


As a reminder, it is very important that you make sure to call the office when your child is going to be absent. Please make sure to let us know as soon as you know your child will be out. This way your child's absence can be put into the system as an excused absence.

If you prefer, you can also email our secretary, Patty at:

Being on Time

Please remember that it is important for students to arrive to school on time.

Students should be inside the building every morning by 7:50AM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

8:50AM (Wednesdays)

Don't Forget your Face Mask

Parents, please remember to make sure your child brings an extra face mask or two in their bookbag in case it is needed.

For everyone's safety, parents who come into the office should also be wearing a face mask. Thank you for your cooperation.

Notes from our Nurse: Keeping Everyone Safe

Please continue to update us about your child(ren)'s health. If your child(ren) or a person in your household experience symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, contact the main office and please send proof or a copy of the result to the main office via email to


directly email the school nurses

Nurse Andrea:


Nurse Anita:

Dress for the Weather

Students are taken outside for recess when the weather permits. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather and wears an appropriate jacket to school.

Technology Devices

Another reminder that students should be taking care of their technology devices and charging them, daily. Especially when they take them home. We also advise that students bring their chargers daily, as their devices battery needs to be recharged during the day.

As stated in the student handbook at the bottom of page 36, students will be charged if these devices get damaged or lost.

  • Sleeve/Cover ($10)
  • Charger ($25)
  • Touch Screen ($115)
  • Device:
- $250 for a new device, Year 1

- $200 for a device that is 2 years old

- $150 for a device that is 3 years old

- $100 for a device that is 4 years old

Social Work Corner


When kids learn to manage their emotions in childhood it leads to positive attitudes and behaviors later in life.

Kids who learn healthy ways to express and cope with their feelings are more likely to:

  • Be empathetic and supportive of others
  • Perform better in school and their career
  • Have more positive and stable relationships
  • Have good mental health and wellbeing
  • Display less problem behaviors
  • Develop resilience and coping skills
  • Feel more confident!
  • Have a positive sense of self

Behind every behavior is a feeling trying to be communicated!

Here are some ways you can help your child learn about and express their feelings:

  • Tune into cues - Sometimes feelings can be hard to identify. Pay attention to body language, listening to what they are saying and observing their behavior.
  • Behind every behavior is a feeling - Try to understand the meaning and feeling behind your child’s behavior. ( are they hungry, sleepy, want to spend time with you etc.) You can help your child find other ways to express that feeling once you know what is driving the behavior.
  • Name the feeling - Help your child name their feelings by giving them a label. Naming feelings is the first step in helping kids learn to identify them.
  • Identify feelings in others – Provide lots of opportunities to identify feelings in others. You might ask your child to reflect on what someone else may be feeling.
  • Be a role model. Kids learn about feelings and how to express them appropriately by watching others and seeing how they react to situations.


Ms. Mendez PreK- K School Social Worker

Ms. Calderon 1st - 4th School Social Worker

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Lunch Menu

Please review this months lunch menu with your child.

Did you know?

  • Your body contains more than 600 muscles
  • The hardest working muscle in the body is the heart.
  • Some of your busiest muscles are those controlling eye movements.

Staying Connected!

Big picture

Please remember that the previous information is for students in grades Kindergarten-4th only.

For more information about our Preschool program please contact the

Pre-School Director, Kathleen Dunn at 708-546-7151 or at

Graves Dual Language School

6021 S. 74th Ave.

Summit, IL 60501

(708) 458-7260


Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.