The R. Grant Graham Star Reporter

September 23, 2022

R. Grant Graham Elementary School

Main Office: 248-537-6800

Attendance Line: 248-537-6810

Jamie Brooks-Principal: 248-537-6899

Dawn Cuthrell-Secretary

Jessica Hamer-Secretary

From the Principal

Hello Graham Family,

Thank you for your smiles and waves in the morning and during dismissal. You brighten up my day!

Parents and caregivers, please check into the office before walking through the building. If you would like to speak to a teacher, please make an appointment. We can't interrupt the teachers teaching for unplanned meetings.

Attendance is one of the major factors in a student's success. When a student misses class time it puts them behind. For students who are behind, I strongly recommend tutoring.

Parent and caregiver involvement in their student's school increases student performance. Please contact our PTO (parent teacher organization) to find out how to get involved.

I hope you are doing well. Don't forget to order your spirit wear! You can find the link in the newsletter below.

Our caregivers and students have been doing a great job with drop-offs and pick-ups.

  • Arrival - Parents/Caregivers are expected to walk TK and Kindergarten students to the front door. Door to the school opens at 8:15 am.
  • Breakfast - Starts at 8:15 am. Parents/Caregivers should pull to the very end of the lane along the school and drop their student off. There is a sign with an arrow pointing to the door.
  • Any student who arrives late to school after 8:32 am must come to the front office door to sign in with an adult.

Thank you for working with our staff to help the morning and afternoon run smoothly!

I appreciate your positive attitude and commitment to the success of our students.

Jamie Brooks
Principal of R. Grant Graham Elementary

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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.

Important Dates!

September 29 - Spiritwear Orders Due!

October 4 - PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) mtg at 6:00pm

October 5 - Student Count Day

October 10 - 14 - Spirit Week

October 14 - Avondale Homecoming Parade


Order your Graham Stars spiritwear tshirts today! The deadline to order is Thursday, September 29th.

Shirts are available in yellow or blue and they will be shipped to the school in time to wear them on Friday, October 14th during spiritweek.

Order online at:

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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.


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.

Suicide Prevention Community Discussion

Everyone has a role in preventing suicide in our community. Learn from professionals and those with lived experience.

Wednesday, September 28th, 1:00-5:00pm

Here is the link to register:
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Popcorn and juice Fridays

Don't forget, popcorn and juice are only $.50 each and orders are picked up in the classroom by 8:45am each Friday and delivered to the classroom at noon.

News from the PTO

PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00pm in the media center.

This is the school organization that helps raise money and plans all school events.

Come and find out how we help our school and students grow!

Help out the PTO with Box Tops for Education! See the flyer below for more information.

Don't forget to decorate your star for our homecoming float! Your student should have received a star from their classroom teacher.

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P2 - Positivity Project

Here is a sneak peek at our P2 Focus for next week
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Collaborative Mural

Students were inspired by street artist ThankYou X to create a collaborative mural. Each student designed a cube using line, shape, color and pattern. Students learned about the importance of creating artwork that is unique to them. - Ms. Taft

This is just a portion of that mural.

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Upcoming Lunch Menu

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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.

18th Annual Kids' Clean Water Calendar Contest!

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Blessings in a Backpack

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Happy Birthday Graham Stars!

Frank M.

Khloe B.

Aaliyah G.

Bastian T.

Camden L.

Shy-Lynne J.

Mahalia A.

Daphne J.

Khloe J.

Jaquan W.

Kai A.

Ayira H.

Lilah H-Z.

Castiel T.

Treasure B.

Joshua D.

Aahana M.

Jeremy C.

Caiden L.

Advi M.

Mayah P.

Anvi V.

Alan MM.

Kaiden N.

Kaylee C-O.

Kaylee W.

Taylor W.

Desmond S.

Rosalee T.

Amanda I.

Sayda LR.

Nevaeh T.

Sofia C.

Jackson H.

Sriyansi A.

JohnCarlos R-A.

Brianna S-P.

Caleb S.

District Calendar 2022/2023

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Oakland County Vaccination Providers

Please be sure your student has their updated vaccinations for this year.

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 Bees Employment Opportunity

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Little Jackets Enrollment

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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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