Attendance

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

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Stay in Touch With Graham

Join the Graham parent email list!
Send an email to: GrahamChat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Reply to the confirmation email. 
More info: English or Español

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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.
Kid Power Teaches Skills for Lifelong Safety and Confidence

Get Involved at Graham

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

More information in English or Español

Parent/Teacher Conferences Week

Oct. 3 - Oct. 7 (MINIMUM Days)

*Wed. Oct. 5th school starts at 7:50 a.m. (not 9:20)

Short Story Writing Contest deadline this FRIDAY!

Submissions will be judged by a panel of ELA teachers and one winner from each grade will receive a free book from the book fair. Students should submit their original short stories to the office including their full name and grade. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 30th at 3 p.m.  Winners will be announced the following week.

"Fall Back into Reading" at Graham

ReadingImg_small.jpg We all know how important reading is for academic success. During the month of September, whenever a student finishes a book, they can fill out a leaf to decorate the library and enter a raffle for a free book from our book fair. One winner will be selected from each grade on Sept. 30.

Principal’s Message

Last week we had a student riding a bike home from school and he was in an accident with a Shuttle Bus. Fortunately the student will recover, however it a sober reminder to all of us about being aware of our surroundings. This is a good opportunity to have heart to heart conversations with students about taking their safety seriously. They need to disconnect from their phones and pay attention. We need to teach them that obeying the laws of the road protects their lives, and to look both ways, then to look again.  Middle School students seem to think they are invincible. Let’s work together to keep our children safe.

Clothing Needs for Yosemite: If you have hiking boots, gloves, or warm clothing that you are willing to donate for the 8th grade Yosemite trip, we would love to have them.

Free/reduced lunch application is due by September 30th. Please come by the office if you need help in filling out the application.

Parent/Teacher Conferences Signup

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from October 3rd thru October 6th this school year. Please click here for more information and conference signups.

Registro de conferencias de padres y maestros (in Español)

Online Book Fair is Now Open!

Get a jump on your Book Fair shopping and support our school at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/grahammiddlesch
Now through October 11th.

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Graham Book Fair next week...

Join us Monday October 3 through Friday October 7, 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the library. Please volunteer for a shift as a cashier or bring food for the teacher preview! Adults can view roles and shifts and sign up at: http://signup.com/go/9f9pdH If your student is interested in volunteering, have them keep watching GMS TV or email carynrags@gmail.com.
 

All For Books Program

Donate your spare change to give the gift of reading. Look for the coin collection box in the office and at the book fair. Money collected will be used to purchase books from our book fair for our school. In addition, Scholastic matches our monetary donations to purchase books for children in need.

For more information, please visit about the All For Books website.

Spanish/English Interpreters Needed...

We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish.  If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter. We need interpreters from October 10-14 from 12:30–3:30 pm.  Apply through our website: mvwsd.org. Click the button on the right “Employment Opportunities>Support Staff.> Translator/Interpreter. Candidates are compensated for a 2 hour training prior to working.  Questions?  Contact Arline Siam at the District Office 650.526.3500 Ext 1028 or asiam@mvwsd.org.  Training will be the week of October 3.

Tree Planting at Graham - Beautification Project

Saturday, October 8, 9am - 12pm

Join the Graham Middle School community to plant trees and install landscaping on campus, providing greenery and shade for students for years to come. The planting will be organized and led by Canopy, which will provide the trees, tools, supplies, and instructions. The school will provide light refreshments.

Age Limitations: all ages are welcome, but people under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. Bring your own reusable water bottle and, if you wish, your own gloves.

Waivers: Yes, please fill out the adult waiver and/or child waiver and the Canopy waiver and bring them with you.

Please click here to signup to help.

Teach To One Math Program for 6th Graders

Please visit here for more information about this program.

Principal’s Challenge

This year, Principal Thompson is challenging each of us to get involved at Graham! Simply check off the items you accomplish this year (ex. Read our weekly newsletter, learn Graham’s 5 Essential Elements, join the PTA, etc). Be sure to drop your card off in the office for a chance to win a prize. Drawings will be in Dec. and May (Extra cards are in the office). Have fun!

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Volunteer Opportunities

The PTA invites all parents to get involved. Thank you to those who have already signed up. If you are undecided, here are a few opportunities for you to consider:

  • Join or co-chair Staff Appreciation to help organize events to appreciate our fantastic staff. Sign up here. 

  • Spring Fling and Silent Auction need volunteers and co-chairs to help plan our annual community & fundraising event.  Please note that the auction at Graham is *a lot* lower key than what your elementary school's auction may have been. :-) See more info & sign up here. 

  • Help wash loaner PE uniforms every Friday for a month (still need help in March, April and May). Sign up here.
  • Mark your calendar to help out at the Scholastic Book Fair during the conference week of Oct 3. More info later.

Visit signup.com/go/ddZrKm to sign up or check out other volunteer opportunities.

Welcome Back!

Thank you PTA for providing each family with a cool wallet size business card that includes Graham's bell schedule, holidays and ways to stay connected throughout the school year. These were mailed out with the PTA letter (in Spanish) and the PTA Volunteer form in Aug.. Here is the suggested supply list for ALL students.

You could also register for the volunteer opportunities at Graham by clicking here.

New eScrip Service to support Graham

eScrip no longer partners with Safeway, but eScrip has now partnered with Benefit, a free iPhone or Android phone app that can be used to pay for your everyday purchases such as groceries, clothes, home goods, and more. You can pay on site at the store or online. A portion of your purchase goes directly back to Graham Middle School PTA.

 

Retailers include Lowe's, Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and many more!

Download the app and add Graham Middle School PTA (our group ID is 137821606as your beneficiary to start giving. Find more information in the app or at www.benefit-mobile.com.

District Strategic Plan 2021

We're entering an amazing chapter in our district's history. After 10 months of work with many stakeholders, we have developed a plan that will inspire, prepare, and empower our students, as well as guide our work for the next five years. We invite you to review this plan.

Do you shop at Nob Hill or on Amazon? You can support Graham too!

1) SHOPPING AT NOB HILL: Link up your Nob Hill “Something Extra” account with the “Extra Credit” program. (Visit raleys.com/extracredit, click on the green “Start Here” button and choose your organization). Graham will benefit with every qualified purchase.
 
2) SHOPPING ON AMAZON: Click on Graham’s Amazon link (http://tinyurl.com/pvt29es) when you shop on Amazon. A percentage of your purchase will go to Graham! Click on the link or bookmark it for future visits. (This program is the same as the one at Bubb and Huff). Feel free to forward the link to people you know so they can support our school too. 

Awesome Acts

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Thomas Together We Can
Yashar Take Pride
Liam Together We Can

See Yourself in Pictures!

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

Go to http://www.gmstv.smugmug.com

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

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

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.

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