Spring Book Fair!

Scholastic Book Fair will be at Graham from May 14 - 18, including OPEN HOUSE! 

Volunteers needed - set up/pack up & after school.

Get ready for Summer Reading with Scholastic Books!

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Calendar 2018-19

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SARC Available

Notice to parents: An electronic version of our School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available by clicking here.

In addition, a paper copy is available in our school office for you to view.


Order Yearbook Now!

It's Yearbook Time! 

Order your yearbook online here.       

Cost:  $15.00

Due date:  May 18, 2018

Cash or checks made out to Graham GPS.

Delivered:  Week of June 11, 2018

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019  school year begins March 13.

Matrícula de Kindergarten para el Año Escolar 2019-2019 -  Comienza el 13 de Marzo.


If you have a child turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, he/she is eligible for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.


Registration packets for Kindergarten are available in Graham’s office.  


To complete the registration, you will need to turn in the completed registration packet to the office along with:

  1. Your child’s original Birth Certificate (certificate of live birth from the county of birth, not a hospital certificate) or Passport.

  1. Proof of residency – a current rental agreement or mortgage statement AND a current PG&E or water bill (no copies).    (2 proofs of address).

  1. Proof that you child has had a physical no sooner than March 1, 2018.  The physical must include either a TB test or a statement from the doctor that your child is not at risk of contracting TB.

  1. A copy of your child’s up to date immunization record.  The immunization requirements are: 4 doses of Polio, 5 doses of DPT (the last dose given after the 2nd birthday), 2 doses of measles and 1 of mumps and rubella (usually both given as MMR, both must be on or after the 1st birthday), 3 doses of Hepatitis B, and 1 dose of Varicella.

  1. An oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.

From the Principal - Ms. Akilah Byrd

Principal’s Message


Dear Graham Families,


This year we are seeing an increase in the amount of students absent and tardy to school each day. As learning never stops, it is crucial for your child to be in school each and every day. Being present ensures that your child receives full access to the curriculum. We will begin our standardized testing on May 1st and students have less anxiety when they feel prepared. In addition to that, in times of budget shortfalls our main source of income for public schools is through our ATTENDANCE. Please make an effort to get your student to school each day. If a student is sick, they should indeed stay home, however if they are well, they should be in school and on time daily. We need everyone’s help in improving Graham’s attendance rates and I appreciate the scholars who have perfect attendance thus far. Keep up the good work!


During  the month of March we are having a school-wide attendance competition. The classes with the highest rates of attendance for the month of March will receive a special class prize from me! Furthermore, scholars who have perfect attendance and no tardies through the second trimester will also receive a new special reward.


I want to give a special thanks to GPS for funding the prizes for student attendance. The amount of dedication that these individuals have shown is truly amazing. Our GPS participants unwaveringly give their time & efforts to improve the lives of our scholars and the entire school community.




Akilah Byrd


Traffic Safety - seguridad vial

As we begin the school year, Newark Police Department will begin citing drivers whenever necessary to encourage compliance of traffic laws and to reinforce that safety of our children is a priority.

There have been multiple incidents endangering children even a child being struck and several near misses.  Please remember that children’s cognitive abilities are still developing and they lack training and experience in traffic safety.  

Keys to avoid receiving a citation:

  • Drive Slow
  • Do not make illegal U-turns
  • Have car seats for children
  • Have seat belts on all passengers
  • Make a “full-stop” at stop signs

Putting our children at risk is not worth the few minutes you may save by rushing and breaking these suggestions.  Newark Unified School District and the Newark Police Department want to keep everyone safe.

Safety reminders for children walking to school:

  • Walk, don’t run across the street
  • Look left, look right and left again
  • Obey Walk/Wait signals
  • Do not cross at mid-block locations
  • Use crosswalks

Safety reminders for children biking to school:

  • Always wear a properly fastened and fitted helmet
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles
  • Check traffic when changing lanes, crossing streets or turning
  • Use hand signals

Graham's Got Talent!

6th Graders are hosting a Talent Show for 5th & 6th Graders. 

Auditions are week of April 23. Rehearsals will be weeks of May 21 & 28. 

Performance(s) will be week of June 4. 







Permission slip HERE for 5th & 6th Graders who wish to audition!

SAFE SCHOOLS in Difficult Times



It is always a special occasion when your

child has a birthday. To minimize disruption

of our learning time, cupcakes, balloons and

food are not allowed in class for school day


Feel free to distribute treats in the

courtyard after school only.