The R. Grant Graham Star Reporter

March 26, 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:

Our first week of full day (in person) learning went very well! Thank you for making it a smooth transition for everyone.

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 Friday.

March is National Reading Month! Please continue to encourage your children to read every day. Our Readers of the Week are listed below- Congratulations to those students!

There is no school next week. I hope you all enjoy the week off!

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Remember, it takes a village to raise our children.


Tony O. Harris

Tony O. Harris


Excellence In Education

Congratulations to Graham 5th grade student, Kathryn C. who was the recipient of the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Education in Excellence award. Kathryn chose to honor Mrs. Marra. Excellence in Education celebrates the qualities of excellence within students and their teachers. Congratulations Kathryn!
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Important Dates

April 15, 20: Hearing Screening

April 22-23: Vision Screening

March 29- April 2: NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

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


May 31: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

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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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Elementary Menu For In Person Students

Once choice only and lunch is free.
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Readers of the Week

Congratulations to our Graham March is Reading Month: Readers of the Week (Week 3) Dragons in a Bag:

Mason Velez (Mrs. Wright)

Shaun Serda (Mrs. Wright)

New Graham Bus Schedule

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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

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

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Happy Birthday Graham Stars!

Austin Gentry 3/1

Edward Galloway 3/2

Terry Smith 3/2

Ava Wiggins 3/2

Mahizhan Manikandan 3/4

Santos Galindo Martinez 3/4

Klarity Applewhite 3/6

Kaylee Lopp 3/7

Antonio Guster 3/8

Michael Fuller 3/9

Sarthak Gaba 3/11

Abhisri Gummula 3/11

Suoryanshee Kharpe 3/11

De'Shon Holland 3/13

Kaela Ngo 3/13

Aarav Phule 3/13

Jaxen Allen 3/14

Joseph McCarroll 3/18

Dex Toles 3/18

Jayden Graves 3/19

Deryck Tebault 3/19

Mariam Ourlissene 3/21

Kornell Wiggins 3/21

Hadassah Pop 3/22

Maurice Thomas 3/22

Toi Gray 3/24

Chye Ratcliff 3/25

Kenzo Williams 3/27

Siddheshwari Siivasankar 3/28

Caleb Axe 3/29

D'Mari Scott-Munson 3/29

Parker Coklow 3/31

Roselia Mares 3/31


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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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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: