The R. Grant Graham Star Reporter

March 17, 2023

R. Grant Graham Elementary School

Main Office: 248-537-6800

Attendance Line: 248-537-6810

Jamie Brooks-Principal: 248-537-6899

Dawn Cuthrell-Secretary

Gretchen Dietz-Secretary

From the Principal

Hello Graham Family,

Please join me on Wednesday, March 22nd for Coffee with the Principal from 8:45- 9:45 am in the cafeteria. I am looking forward to speaking with everyone!

If your child has not taken advantage of our morning clubs or our afternoon tutoring, please join us! We have Zumba, Yoga, Mindfulness and Games in the mornings. The students are really enjoying these clubs and have shown an improvement in attendence and motivation in the morning!

Our after school tutoring is a excellent opportunity for your student to improve their reading and math. Our clubs are free to Graham students!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jamie Brooks


R. Grant Graham Elementary School

Office 248-537-6800

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Important Dates!

March 22- Coffee with the Principal 8:45 -9:45 am in the cafeteria

March 24- Half Day- Dismissal 11:45 am

March 27-31 - Spring Break- No School

April 4- Spring Picture Day

April 7- No School

April 10- No School



  • Remind your child that school is their first and most important job! Tardies, late arrivals, and early release times matter!

  • Communicate the importance of regular school attendance to your child so they are hearing the same thing we are saying at school.

We have many students who have been picked up early on multiple occasions. Important learning, including many intervention times, occur the last hour of school. Please be aware that when a child is picked up before 2:40 pm, he/she is considered absent for the afternoon. Any time a student is picked up between 2:40 pm and dismissal, it is considered an early withdrawal.

We are taking attendance very seriously because every minute missed, is a missed opportunity to learn.

Attendance Standards

8:33 am-9:30 am - Tardy

9:31am-11:45 am - Absent in AM

11:46am-2:40 pm - Absent in PM

2:41 pm-3:39 pm - Early Withdrawal

State Representative Donni Steele was a guest reader at Graham today!

Thank you to State Representative, Donni Steele, for coming to Graham and reading to Mr. Boss's 5th grade class and to Mrs. Beaupre's first grade class!


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Game Night

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Game Night!


Thank you to the parents that attended our meeting this week! We will keep you updated on future meeting dates!

Thank you,

Your PTO Family


School of Choice Information

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Peyton R

Terry S

Ava W

Azalea S

Santos M

George H

Emilia M

Jonathan R

Penelope W

Antonio G

Michael F

Taraji B

De'Shon H

Jaxen A

Raheem M

Aailah W

Yashika S

Deryck T

Maurice T

Luna R

Carter L

Chye R

Kenzo W

Diya D

Senator R

D'mari S

Easton C

Paris B

Student IDs for Breakfast

If your student is getting breakfast, they will need to show their student ID. Please send them to school with their ID each day. If you would like a lanyard for their ID, please let their teacher know and we will send one home.


Students arriving after the start of school at 8:32am MUST be signed in in the office by an adult.

TK and Kindergarten caregivers MUST pick up their student at the main entrance.

Half day dismissal is at 11:45am and early release dismissal is at 1:35pm.

Student Absences

If your child will be absent, please call the Graham Attendance Line at (248) 537-6810. The line is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If your child is absent due to a medical appointment or illness, a doctor's note helps to excuse your child's absence.

March Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to the following students!

Miss Myers- Savannah G

Mrs. Eller- Sarvaa S.

Mrs. Swayze- Xavier F.

Mrs. Bowman- Anupam K.

Mrs. Whitten- Nitya N.

Mrs. Beaupre- Prithvik S.

Mrs. Thorpe- Luna G.

Mrs. Fantin- Meikhi W.

Mrs. Mack- Heba Zain

Mrs. Jiles- Mayah P.

Mrs. Vesper- Shriya A.

Mrs. Wright- Enas Z.

Mrs. Lantz- Madison B.

Ms. Quinn- Jania G.

Ms. Delie- Maurice T.

Mr. Novak- Sebastian H.

Mr. Boss- Dean F.

Mr. Lee- Mason V.

News from Mrs. Cuthbertson - Media Manager

Read-a-thon Information- It's not too late to sign up!!

It's time for the R. Grant Graham School Read-a-thon!

Read-a-thon promises to be a fun, exciting journey that starts Monday March 13, 2023. We will get your children excited about reading.

We know you have limited time but want the best education for your child. That’s why we hope everyone will activate their reader's account as soon as possible. This is where you can record and view your reader's progress.

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today by clicking on and following the simple instructions.

Thanks so much,

R. Grant Graham School

Battle of the Books Information

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The Aubun Hills library presents:

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS---For 4th and 5th grade students!

Please go to the Auburn Hills Library Website to register and learn all about this fun event!

Auburn Hills Library Youth Services

5th Grade Battle: March 20th- 5:50 pm- Avondale High School

Graham's 4th Grade Battle of the books was on March 6th at Deerfield.

Our two teams did an amazing job repesenting our school!!!

The book Fairies: Evelyn, Marguerite, Jazmin, Jada, Nishika,

The Book Brains: Sahasra, Juhaina, Yulkthika, Shivani

March Lunch Menu

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Medication must be kept in the office. Students must have documentation signed by a doctor on file in order for medication to be administered at school. Over the counter medication cannot be administered to students without a note from a doctor as well.

If your child is sick (fever, vomiting, covid-symptoms), please do not send them to school. We diligently try to prevent the spread of illness. If your child goes home from school sick with a fever (100+), they must be fever-free without fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours before returning to school. This standard is set by the Oakland County Health department.

If your student tests positive for Covid, please contact our Health Department Nurse Lourdes Lopez at 947-235-1067 for further guidance.

P2 focus for this week!

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Coping with Grief and Loss

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Hiring Paraeducators

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Gleaners Food Pantry Distribution Dates

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District Calendar 2022/2023

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Oakland County Resources for Families

Please check out this Caregivers Back-to-school newsletter from Oakland Schools for a wide variety of tools to support the well being of our youth.

Substitute Teachers Needed!

The Avondale School District is looking for teacher substitutes. The State of Michigan requires candidates to have 60 College Credits. All substitute permits require that an individual has completed at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (defined as a grade of 'C' or higher) combined from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities. Please apply at The daily pay rate is $120.00 and district substitutes earn a daily pay rate of $150.00. Please reach out to AnnaMaria Wyman at AnnaMaria.Wyman@ if you have any questions.

Busy Bee Employment Opportunity

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Avondale African American Family Network

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Little Free Library

Please enjoy our Little Free Library donated by the Girl Scouts. Please feel free to put books in it and borrow books from it!
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