The R. Grant Graham Star Reporter

April 30, 2021

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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:

Next week, on Tuesday, is Teacher Appreciation Day. Please help me to celebrate and honor our teachers next week. A card or note of appreciation to your child's teacher is a great way to brighten their day. Graham truly has the best teachers- I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful group of educators.

Our 5th graders and our 3rd graders have completed their M-Step testing this week. Our 4th graders will begin their MSTEP testing next week. NWEA testing will begin for all grades the week of May 3rd and conclude on May 21st. Your child's teacher will provide specific testing dates.

Avondale Middle School Principal, Jason Ohrt, will be visiting Graham on Monday to speak with the 5th graders regarding their transition to 6th grade. We look forward to his visit!

A few reminders:

The Covid positive quarantine has now changed from 10 days to 14 days. Please contact the school if anyone in your household has tested positive or if anyone has been exposed.

Parents of In Person Students---Please remember to complete the daily Clear to Go screening for each student prior to coming to school. Children must have this completed before they come to school each morning or afternoon!

Packet/Class Materials pick up will be on Wednesdays only. The school will be closed during school hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Frida

NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 7th.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Remember, it takes a village to raise our children.


Tony O. Harris

Tony O. Harris


Important Dates

April 12 - May 11: Avondale School of Choice Applications Accepted

May 7: NO SCHOOL for Students

May 31: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

June 10: Half day

June 11: Half day/Last day of school

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2021/2022 School Calendar

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Student-Centered District Calendar for 2021/2022

Student-Centered District School Calendar 2021-22

After months of work and collaboration with stakeholders around the Avondale School District, we have developed our calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

While adhering to government mandates and myriad other details, the calendar reflects our commitment to student and staff growth. It contains opportunities for student remediation and enrichment through staff-provided intersessions that we feel will help reverse the academic losses that may have occurred for some students over the past year. The new calendar also honors our commitment to our staff members to provide opportunities for them to advance their teaching skills and enhance their content knowledge in the ever-changing world of education.

The new calendar is considered student-centered but we feel that it really is learning community-centered as it is designed to create an environment conducive to a healthy and intentional educational experience for all.

If you are interested in participating in a committee to discuss and plan intersession and enrichment opportunities for our students please fill out the form at this link: Intersession Planning Committee Interest Form.

The new calendar is attached to this email so that you can begin to plan your coming months. Barring any surprise mandates from the state or the occurrence of national or global events that may interrupt our 2021-2022 school year, there should be little to no changes to it.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


James V. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Avondale School District

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Attention 5th Grade Parents

  1. Sports Physicals: For the 2021-22 school year, an MHSAA pre-participation sports physical is required for all students who participate in sports. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15, 2021 to be considered a valid physical for 2021-22. The MHSAA Health Questionnaire will not be in use for next school year. The MHSAA two-page physical form has not changed and remains on MHSAA physical cards can be ordered by schools as needed.

Order your yearbook!

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Elementary Menu For In Person Students- MAY

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Graham Bus Schedule

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Avondale open enrollment

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Absence Call In Procedures

Please DO NOT send your child to school if:

  • They have had a fever within the last 24 hours
  • They have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours

If your child will be late or not attending school, please call the attendance line directly @ 248-537-6810 before 9am. The attendance line is available to call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On your message, leave your child's name and teacher, your name, and the reason for the absence including symptoms.

  • If your child has 1 High Risk symptom or 2 Low Risk symptoms, we will be recommending a COVID test. If the COVID test is negative or you visit your doctor and get a doctor's note that says the child is sick for another reason, your child may return to school when they are symptom free for 24 hours.
  • If you choose not to get a COVID test or the doctor does not issue a note, students will need to remain at home for the 10 day quarantine.

High Risk--new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell

Low Risk--fever (100.4 or higher), chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea (2 times in 24 hours), nausea or vomiting (2 times in 24 hours), congestion/runny nose

Ice Cream Social at Avondale Early Learning Centers

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Summer Camp

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Covid-19 Updates

Updated K-12 School Opening Guidance

New guidance has been issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) with support from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA); and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for schools to keep students, staff, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing the in-person instruction that is crucial to learning and development.

* To access all COVID-19 Updates, go to the MDE website at

Mountain Bike and Youth Cycling

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Virtual 5k Run/Walk to support the Avondale Band

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Free Breakfast and Lunch- New Schedule

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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: