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Graham Elementary School

900 West Edwards Street
Springfield, IL 62704

Welcome Back

July 12, 2010

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Dear Parents,

My name is Kim Siltman and I am principal at Graham School. I have had the pleasure of working with the Graham school staff and families for the past seven years. I look forward to continuing my work here at Graham School and getting to know each of you personally.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new and returning families to Graham. We are so very pleased that you are giving us the opportunity to work with your child(ren). We are very proud of our school and the wonderful students which learn and grow with us each year.
We at Graham school are blessed to have a caring and dedicated staff which are committed to working with children and parents to provide a quality education for all. Our parents are actively involved in the school in many different ways. We have parents which volunteer in classrooms, attend family engagement meetings, and participate with family activities. We encourage you to get involved with your child’s education here at Graham. If I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to stop by the office or call. I look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Below is some important information pertaining to the 2010-11 school year:
*The telephone number is 525-3220
Saturday, July 17 from 9:00-11:00 will be the new & used uniform sale. It will also be distribution of school supplies from the First Day Fund (if you signed up for that program.) You must bring your card with you to receive your school supplies.
If you have not already registered your child for school, you must come in to register before school starts. The office will be open July 12-16 from 8:30-3:00.
*Class lists will be posted July 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the front of the building at the entrance on Cook Street.
*There will be a First Day Breakfast with Books July 21 at 7:30. This is an opportunity for students and parents to meet their teacher, see their classroom, catch up with old friends and make some new ones, eat breakfast together and receive a book for their at home library.
*The first day of school is Wednesday, July 21, 2010, starting at 8:25 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. All buses will run and lunch will be served.
*Drop off & pick up procedures are the same as last year. All bus riders and walkers will enter the the building through the State Street entrance (SCOPE) doors. Car riders will be dropped off in front of the Cook Street entrance and will enter the building through the Cook Street doors.
*On the first day students and parents will report to their classrooms first to meet the teachers and then proceed to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students will then to report to the gym for the beginning of morning meeting. Parents are welcome to attend morning meeting as well. After morning meeting Parents are invited to come to the library for coffee with the principal. This will be an opportunity to make new friends, visit with old friends and to learn about Graham School. I look forward to our time together.
*The breakfast program starts the first day of school. There is no charge for students which qualify for free lunch. Free and reduced lunch, applications are available from Ms. Sue in the cafeteria. You may also purchase a lunch ticket in the cafeteria. The price of breakfast is $.60 or $.30 if you qualify for reduced price meals. The price of lunch is $1.35 or $.40 if you qualify for reduced price meals.
*Graham does have an enhanced dress code. All students must wear blue, black or khaki bottoms (no leggings, knit pants, denim, or athletic shorts), and solid colored polo style shirts with no words, emblems or logos. All students must tuck in their shirts, boys must wear belts. Flip Flops are not allowed. Students may wear sandals with a back (so shoes do not slide off) or tennis shoes with socks. (Please see the attached dress code policy.)
*Emergency cards and physical forms must be on file the first day of school.
*Medication forms must be completed in the office before any medication can be given to students.

Graham is an All-Star place serving All-Star people