Attendance

If your child is absent, please call the 24-hour Graham Voice Mail Absentee Hotline:
(650) 526–3570 x2680

Bear Tracks for Dec. 17

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Stay in Touch With Graham

Join the Graham parent email list!
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Homework Help

Homework Help is available in the Mountain View Library and Online
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Community Resources

CHAC Free counseling services
MVSafetyNet Links to health, mental health, crises support.
CSA

Community assistance.

Project Cornerstone Helping youth thrive and grow.

Get Involved at Graham

Involved parents are key to a successful school.  Here are different ways you can help:

  • Join the PTA, the Graham Parent-Teacher Association, which supports teachers and funds programs for all Graham students.
  • Join GPAA, the Graham Performing Arts Association, and serve on the board or help out at performances.
  • Join ELAC, the English Learner Advisory Committee.
  • Donate to the MVEF, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, and support our district’s nine schools.
  • Volunteer as a tutor.
  • Complete the volunteer interest form.
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Happy Holidays!
School Resumes Tuesday, Jan. 6

Order Your Yearbook Now

Early Bird Pricing Ends Dec. 31

Order before Dec. 31 and pay just $30 ($5 off the normal price), get your name on the cover at no extra charge and be entered in a drawing for a Jamba Juice gift card.

Order with a check or cash at the office.

Or online at YBPay.lifetouch.com        ID Code 11495515

Details

Way to Go, Graham Bears!

LSU Spare Change Drive

Raises Thousands of Dollars

The Latino Student Union's spare change drive raised $2,329.37. Those big bucks accrued in the form of pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters that Graham students brought to their home room classes. The money collected will be used to buy toys for needy children. Details to come on the home rooms that collected the most coins. The home room class that collected the most change will win a lunchtime party with the Latino Student Union club. presents.jpg
 

From the Desk of Mrs. Thompson ...

Reflecting on the Amazing Graham Community

As we approach our winter break, let's take a few moments to reflect back on the past five months of school. We started our school year by moving into our brand new rooms; we launched school by revisiting what our Essential Elements look like, sound like and feel like during Welcome Week. Students and staff spent time in Home Teams learning about Graham's beliefs and expectations. We then moved into the business of academic learning, teachers teaching, students learning.

Along the way, many students participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities. These activities include: Softball, Knitwits, Volleyball, Wrestling, Tennis, Cross Country, Yael's Running Club, Robotics, Chess, Bridge, Math Olympiad, volunteering at the Mountain View Public Library, GMS TV, Dance Team, Band, Strings and Choir. Parents and staff attended many of these functions and celebrated with your children.

It is important to reflect, and it is just as important to thank the people who made all of this possible. We would like to thank you, the parents, who have given financially and with your valuable time to our PTA, the Mountain View Education Foundation, School Site Council and GPAA, which, in turn, supports all of these activities. Thank you all for your generous support on behalf of our Graham students. We would also like to thank our wonderful teachers and staff members who give of their time to train and your children and inspire them to follow their dreams. I'm honored and humbled to be a part of such an amazing community.

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
—William Arthur Ward

 

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The holiday season is here! Avoid the crowds and stores with these gift ideas:

A gift to yourself: Donations to the Graham PTA Direct Appeal are tax-deductible.

A bonus gift to the PTA: Whether you have already donated or are considering donating, check to see if your company matches charitable contributions.

A gift to your student or a teacher: Wondering what to get the kids or their teachers? How about a donation to the PTA in their name?  

Contributions to the PTA Direct Appeal go right back to the school and our children, so this really is the gift that keeps on giving! With your generous support, we have been able to give an extra $100 to every teacher for classroom needs and an extra $15,000 to the school to upgrade and purchase equipment and software and to fund activities and clubs. You can find donation forms online or in the school office, or you can donate using our Online Store

Principal's Wish List

holiday_present.jpg  If you or your employer are looking to make a more substantial donation this holiday season or any time, consider choosing an item from Mrs. Thompson's wish list. The list will be updated throughout the year, so check back often.

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 School Year

 

NEW Students

Open Enrollment is from Jan. 26 to Feb. 27, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

CURRENT Transitional-Kindergarten Students

Open Enrollment is from Jan. 26 to Feb. 27. You will be required to complete the Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

CURRENT Kindergarten-Seventh Grade Students

You will be required to complete the Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents March 23 through March 27. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request

If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2015-2016 school year, you will make your request ONLINE in the Student Intent Survey, sent March 23 through March 27.

Currently Enrolled Fifth-Grade Students

Transition-to-sixth-grade presentations will be held at each middle school at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. Parents of fifth-grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

For more information about enrollment see the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Awesome Acts

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Audrey Pursue Knowledge
Kali I Belong
Khai Take Pride

Whooping Cough Vaccine

State law requires that students be immunized against Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Students entering the 7th grade need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. Download Instructions Here.

Una ley de California requiere que los estudiantes estén vacunados contra la tosferina. Instrucciones de descarga aquí.

Graham Events on Video

Check Graham events covered by GMSTV in collaboration with KMVT:

http://tinyurl.com/jvh5m59


See Yourself in Pictures!

The GMSTV student staff has taken thousands of photos of student activities, and many are available online! Proceeds are used to maintain GMSTV equipment.

Go to http://www.gmstv.smugmug.com

Enter the password, from the office staff and choose an album to view (you may have to enter the password again).

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Through enriching presentations from local and national experts on topics of interest to parents, faculty and staff, the Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series seeks to contribute to the academic, physical and emotional health of students.

Lunch Yard Duty Opportunity

Can you help supervise the growing student body at lunch time? It is a great opportunity to see how middle school students pass their time. It is a paid position, five hours a week. If you are interested, please see Kim Thompson, kthompson@mvwsd.org.

Pardon Our Dust: The Dirt on Graham Construction

Full construction details

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