The R. Grant Graham Star Reporter

January 8, 2020

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R. Grant Graham Elementary School

Main Office: 248-537-6800

Attendance Line: 248-537-6810

Tony Harris- Principal: 248-537-6899

Dawn Cuthrell-Secretary

Gretchen Dietz-Secretary

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From the Principal

Dear Graham Families:

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing break with your family.

It is very important to your child's academic success that they attend class each day. Children are frequently late to class and are missing important lessons. I know it is difficult with remote learning, but please do your best to help your child succeed during these unprecedented times. If a child is frequently absent, we are encouraged by the district to report that child to Oakland County Youth Assistance.

We do not have school on January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during the pandemic.

Remember, it takes a village to raise our children.


Tony O. Harris

Tony O. Harris




SOME English Learners at Graham Elementary are eligible for an additional web based educational program, new to Avondale, called Imagine Learning Language & Literacy. Limited spaces are available, so eligibility is based on WIDA and NWEA scores, in addition to other factors. Please check the email address you provided to the school to see if this applies to your student(s). If you have questions, email

Important Dates

January 18: No School MLK Day

February 4: Early Dismissal 1:35 pm

February 12, 15, 16 : No School- Mid Winter Recess

March 4 & 5: Half Day 11:35 am

March 18: Early Dismissal 1:35 pm

March 29- April 2: No School- Spring Break

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Happy Birthday Graham Stars!

Danahi Montanez 1/1

Ma'Khyla Moore 1/1

Raven Caldwell 1/3

Ziyad Ourlissene 1/3

Yukthika Manepalli 1/4

London Miller 1/5

Kloe Paddock 1/5

Piper Talmage 1/5

Israa Zain 1/6

Hala Nadar 1/7

Jama Nadar 1/7

Vincent Rodriguez 1/8

Lena Russell 1/8

Liam Slack 1/8

Marshella Giron 1/9

Hemaashpaavan Balajiganesh 1/10

Destiny Betty 1/10

Bryce Jones 1/11

Zoe Okamoto 1/11

De'Mayor Applewhite 1/12

Ananya Budhavarapu 1/14

Chase Strong 1/14

Avery Gooding 1/15

Avery Albright 1/16

Desirae Windham 1/18

Ella Pentecost 1/21

Maxx Leak-Johnson 1/22

Siddharth Sreejith 1/22

Journey O'Neal 1/23

Aubree Edison 1/25

Marianna Short 1/26

Luis Linares 1/27


We need your help! With the school year starting off remotely (and now continuing remotely), we have no fun photos of our students to include in the 2020-2021 yearbook. We still want to have fun memories of this school year that include our amazing students! It would also be a great way to include pictures of your children if you were not able to attend Picture Day.

Please feel free to email a copy of the photo to with your child's name and which grade or group you would like the picture to be added.

Thank you for helping to create memories!

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Avondale families wishing to enroll their student(s) in our Blessings in a Backpack program, please fill out the form at this link:

Blessings in a Backpack provides simple meals at NO COST each week during the school year for families who need assistance. While Avondale Schools is conducting remote learning, meals will be disbursed in conjunction with the Chartwells Food Service Breakfast and Lunch distributions. (Watch for details about distribution dates, times, and locations.) Sign up today!

Google Quick Tips and Reference for Remote Learning

Useful Google "cheat sheets" embedded into the PDF. Here's a link:

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New District Website

Avondale School District launched our new website! It is the same web address, but it has an updated look and it's much easier to navigate!

Check it out here:

Employment Opportunities

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