News From The Nest

Graham Elementary Weekly Update | May 14th, 2021

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • Friday, May 21st | Field Day
  • Monday, May 31st | Memorial Day, No School
  • Friday, June 4th | Last Day of School
  • Tuesday, June 8th | Report Cards Available After 4pm
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Dear Graham Families,


I hope this letter finds you well. I know many of us will be surprised to hear that as of today, we have not only completed another school week, but have only 3 more weeks remaining in the school year! As the weather warms up, and we all start to get excited for summer weather and celebrations, please continue to help your students remain excited and invested in finishing the school year strong and engaged.


In other news, as many of you likely know, the CDC recently updated it's guidelines on wearing masks both indoors and outdoors. At present, Graham Elementary will maintain the same protocols that we have since April 13th. If any new guidance is issued from Indian Prairie District 204, we will discuss adjustments to our policies, and communicate that to students and families.


Have a great weekend!

Ms. Walton

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RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020-2021

Kathy Muno - Music Education

It's with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of Kathy Muno after more than 30 years dedicated to teaching. Kathy has been an integral part of Graham for several years and her commitment to students and music education will be valued for a long time to come.


Kathy had this to say of her retirement:


"Dear Graham Families: I wanted to share with you that this will be my last year of teaching in District #204. I am retiring at the end of this 2020-2021 school year after 35 years of teaching Elementary Music. It has been an honor and a privilege to share the world of Music with your children these last 5 years. They have each grown into amazing Musicians. I am so proud of them! I will miss each one of them! I also want to thank you as Parents for always supporting Music here at Graham. It has made each day here at Graham a wonderful place to teach. I wish your Families the best and hope Music will always be a part of your world."


Kathy will be deeply missed, but we can only feel happy to celebrate her many years of service.

Annette Leong - 2nd Grade

Annette Leong has dedicated almost 5 years to Graham Elementary, and over 27 years to the Indian Prairie School District, with many grateful students, parents, and families along for the journey.


So while we were sad to hear Mrs. Leong would be retiring, we are also glad to take this time to show our appreciation for her dedication to the education field and will look forward to celebrating her tenure at Graham.

2021-2022 Online Registration Assistance

Online registration for new and returning students for the upcoming school year began this past Monday, May 3. If you're experiencing issues completing this registration, or need assistance, please contact the Office of Residency and Registration by email at residency@ipsd.org or by phone at 630-375-3020. All information regarding registration, including an FAQ, is available online.

Online Registration: New Students

LMC MATERIAL COLLECTION

District 204 LMC directors have been tasked with collecting all library books, textbooks, and Chromebooks and chargers before the end of the school year.


Please review these Important Dates:


Last day to place library books on hold: Wednesday, May 19th.

Last day to check out library books: Friday, May 21st.

All library books are due: Monday, May 24th.


All textbooks, white boards, and district math materials due Thursday, June 3rd or before.


In-Person Students

K-2 Chromebooks and chargers are due by Friday, May 28th.

3-5 Chromebooks and chargers are due by Wednesday, June 2nd.


Remote Students

All Chromebooks/textbooks and chargers are due by Monday, June 7th. Parents will need to bring the items to Graham. They may be returned in the white bin at Door #1.


All items not turned in will be marked lost on Tuesday, June 8th. The District Office will handle any fines/charges for lost items.

Communication Policy For Changing Afternoon Pickup

We understand that transportation needs for your student can vary day to day. If you need to change how your child will be getting home in the afternoon, please email your student's teacher and the front office (anna_mcintosh@ipsd.org) at least one hour prior to the end of the school day to notify them of the change. We ask that you do this for one-time changes and for permanent changes, as well.

Smencil's For Sale!

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10 Day School Countdown Schedule

Although it’s hard to believe the school year is coming to an end, we are rapidly approaching the last 10 days of school. We know your students have worked incredibly hard under unprecedented circumstances and deserve a special treat. Therefore, we will be counting down the last 10 days of school, with each day having a special theme or activity. Your child may wear a certain color or bring something to school for a specific day, so keep this note handy. Please feel free to celebrate as many or as few activities as you’d like! The themes for each day are as follows:

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Come join and volunteer for the festivities as we celebrate the end of the school year. There will be activities and games to start a fun and restful summer vacation!


To volunteer for this exciting day please sing up here: Field Day Sign Up.

(Please note that the Sign-Up Genius times are 15 minutes prior to the grade level’s official start time. We need to allow time for check-in and procedural reviews.)

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V. Blanche Graham Elementary School

V. Blanche Graham Elementary School is a Prekindergarten through 5th grade school located in South Naperville. Opened in 1996, Graham is fortunate to have supportive parents and dedicated staff and students who come prepared and eager to learn. We are part of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204, which is dedicated to the mission to "Inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential."