News From The Nest

GRAHAM ELEMENTARY WEEKLY UPDATE | SEPTEMBER 10th, 2021

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • Friday, September 10th | PTA Spirit Wear Due
  • Wednesday, September 15th | PTA Welcome Meeting
  • Friday, September 17th | Falcon Fundraiser
  • Wednesday, September 22nd | Billy Brick's Pizza Food Truck
  • Monday, September 27th | Picture Day - Rescheduled Due To Room Change
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Dear Graham Families,


I hope you all had a wonderful week, and with the exception of our exciting thunderstorm, have enjoyed the beautiful cool weather we've experienced.


Although we had less school days together than usual this week, I still saw and heard some exceptional moments from our Falcons. Starting this past Wednesday, and over the next couple of weeks, Kindergarten will be learning their colors, and many staff have opted into wearing that color each day as a way to help facilitate learning. It was so great seeing so many of our team members in Red, Orange, and Yellow this week! In Mrs. Creighton's class, students learned about how authors get their ideas, and even began to formulate some of their own; actively engaging in breaking down the process and important parts of stories.


I'm continuously proud of the hard work and enthusiasm shown by our students every day, and look forward to reporting back on more of the fun and engaging lessons taking place in our building.


Have a great weekend,

Ms. Walton

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3rd/4th/5th Grade Assignment Notebooks

Assignment Notebooks for the third, fourth, and fifth grade students have arrived. Assignment Notebooks are used by every student in the classroom, so please purchase one for your student. Purchase instructions are below:


  1. Visit https://store.ipsd.org/ - an incorrect link was sent out previously, our apologies.
  2. In the left side drop down menus, under Elementary Schools, select “Graham”.
  3. From here, select the green “Customize” button next to 2021-22 Graham Elementary Student Planner
  4. Select the appropriate grade, and click “Add To Cart”
  5. At the top of the webpage, click on Checkout, login, select your student, and follow the prompts to purchase the planner.

Picture Day Rescheduled

In order to accommodate Picture Day room scheduling without disrupting classes, Graham's Picture Day has been moved to Monday, September 27th. Order flyers will be sent out prior to picture day.

FYI | Wednesday Crossing Guards

A friendly reminder that on Wednesdays, due to the school not opening up until 9:00pm, Crossing Guards at both locations will be arriving 10 minutes later than usual to their spots. Please be aware of this time change if your students are walkers.

Oops Bin Etiquette

When dropping off a forgotten item in the Oops Bin, please make sure:


  1. Please email the classroom teacher letting them know that you dropped off the item.
  2. The item has a sticker or post-it note with the student's name and classroom.
  3. You tell the front office know so they can call into the classroom.
  4. In cases where it's food, that the lunch is brought with enough time for the student to grab it before their lunch period.

Name Pronunciation In ParentVue

Names are important! If you have not done so already, please take a moment to record your child's name in Parent VUE. This will allow our Graham team to hear and learn the proper pronunciation of your child's name.


Directions:

  • Log in to ParentVue

  • Select your Graham Student

  • Next to your child's name, near the top of the page you will see a speaker icon, click there.

  • Record either your voice or your child's voice saying your student's name.

  • Save!

Back-Up MASK REMINDER

Please send your student to school with an additional mask, in case of breakage or contamination due to lunch, recess, and other physical activity. We are able to provide a limited number of replacement masks, but can not support large-scale daily replacements. We appreciate your support and understanding.
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2021 Falcon Fundraiser!

The PTA's main fundraising event of the school year is well underway, with this year's theme is “It’s Great To Be At Graham” as we are celebrating Graham’s 25th Anniversary. ALL funds raised this year will go towards special events and activities planned by the PTA throughout THIS school year. We have many great prizes for our weekly raffle for those who donated $25 or more and 3 Grand Prizes for those who donated $100 or more. The fundraiser will culminate on 9/17 (rain date 9/20) with students participating in fun and games outdoors on the Graham school grounds, and if the PTA meets the school wide goal of $6500, the students will get a special surprise!

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Summer Reading Raffle Winners

Students' names were entered into the raffle for each time they posted or shared their summer reading on the LMC Google Classroom or LMC Padlet.

Lena Huntington (1C) | Matthew Emanuel (1C) | Dylan Thibos (1W)

Anna Kashperovetska (2K) | Maria Schwaegler (2VH) | Anna Gary (3W)

Mark George (3W) | Marni George (1W) | Vishnu Gowda (3W) | Taylor Thibos (4E)

Miles Levine (4E) | Kinsley Dimmick (4G) | Bridget Latus (4G)

Cameron Fleming (5V) | Olivia Nagle (5V) | Rylee Lim (5V)

Steven Mei (5V) | Jaylin Park (5V) | Daniel Dolega (5V)

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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."