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Attention GEMS Families

Dear GEMS Families,

It is hard to believe that the summer is just about halfway over - hopefully it has been enjoyable for everyone! We wanted to update you on the process of our new identity as Graham Elementary & Middle School as well as provide other information regarding the upcoming 2017-2018 academic calendar, school supply list, and first important dates.

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we have a lot to look forward to:

  • Updating and restructuring our bathroom spaces

  • Providing our 1st grade classroom to include an optional divider wall

  • Hiring a great crew of new staff members to fill new and open positions – we look forward to you meeting them all!

  • Releasing a new website that will include an improved calendar and event section, streamlined communications from the school, online lunch payments, and renewable admission forms. This will be up and running before the start of the new school year – more on that to come soon. Once it is launched, it will be hosted at www.GEMSschool.org.

  • Changing our name to Graham Elementary & Middle School (GEMS), thus all staff members with e-mail addresses that have ended in @grahamprimary.org will be forwarded and changed to @gemsschool.org.


We have also newly identified ourselves as the GEMS Gryphons – see the logo above! For a quick explanation, Gryphons are mythological creatures that have been a part of human history for thousands of years. They have the body, tail, and hind legs of a lion as well as the head, wings, and front talons of an eagle. Thus, they are kings of the beasts of the land and of the air. Gryphons are full of courage, boldness, and wisdom and command great respect. They are also well known for seeking out and guarding precious treasures for they are the keepers of GEMS!


Please mark your calendar for the annual back-to-school night & ice-cream social before the start of the school year on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 6:00pm. This is a fun event to kick off the year for families and students to meet and reconnect with one another and with the entire school staff. There will also be other specific orientations for kindergarten, 5th grade, and new middle school families (all 5th and new 6th-8th grade families) on Mondays, August 21 at 6:00pm.


We look forward to seeing you for the start of our 2017-2018 school year!


GEMS Administration
James Kutnow, Hadley Bachman, and Heather Markward

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