McGraw Elementary

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Former McGraw student creates local bluebird boxes project

Former McGraw student Noah Spagnuolo took action as a result of his 5th Grade PYP Exhibition project on mosquito-borne illness. This action, in coordination with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, has led to the creation of a Bluebird nesting box monitoring project in Larimer Country. See the following article for more details about the project and the inspiration for Noah's action.

Preparing Your Child for Winter Weather

Hello McGraw parents;

Just a friendly reminder to help your kids come dressed prepared to go out to recess every day.  A reminder for snowy days:

                - If students are in boots, snow pants, etc. they will be able to go out and play in the snow.

                - If students do not have boots, they cannot go out in the snow but get  to play just on the blacktop.        

McGraw Wins Cans Around the Oval Challenge

Congratulations to the McGraw community for participating in Cans Around the Oval.  Werner Elementary challenged us to see which school could collect the most canned food for the Larimer County Food Bank and we won! As a result, Mr. Brinkman will wear a tutu and Ms.

Morning Fresh Dairy Bottle Cap Collection

Did you know redeeming Morning Fresh Dairy bottle caps is an easy way we can raise extra funds for our school? Each cap is worth $0.05 a piece when returned to Morning Fresh. The following are the bottle caps from Morning Fresh Dairy that can go into our collection: white milk (all varieties), chocolate milk, whipping cream, half & half, lemonade (seasonal), eggnog (seasonal), and orange juice. We have a goal of 10,000 caps collected by the last day of school in May. The cap collection containers are in the hallway just outside of the front office. Questions, Ideas, Concerns?

August Back to School Newsletter

Many changes have taken place over the summer at McGraw in preparation for school to begin this August. Please read our August Back to School Newsletter to learn more and to help prepare your child and yourself for a successful school year.


McGraw Chosen as Arbor Day School

After 20 years McGraw is excite and honored to once again be chosen as a National Arbor Day School!

Along with an assembly with city and district representatives, our students are writing poems and naming their grade level trees. The trees were planted the week of April 14. McGraw will be recognized at an upcoming City Council meeting as this year’s Arbor Day School. You can see ribbons on the trees that were planted 20 years ago along with the 15 new ones planted this year. Theese new plantings compliment the installation of the McGraw Nature Center, which began in March.

Helpers needed for McGraw Spring Book Fair

The 50% off Spring Book Fair is right around the corner and we are still trying to fill some volunteer shifts for later in the week. Please click on this link: to get more info and sign up. It's easy and fun!

Camden Opfer: Masonic Lodge Outstanding 5th Grader

Every year, the Fort Collins Masonic Lodges honors outstanding students, dedicated teachers, and an exemplary program in a celebration of the excellence of the Poudre School District. This
recognition continues a 50-year-old tradition of Collins Lodge #19 and Fidelity Lodge #192 in acknowledging scholastic excellence within PSD. Students from 5th, 8th, and 12th grades are nominated and chosen by their teachers, peers, or a combination of such, for their traits of citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and general positive character that distinguish them as outstanding.

McGraw Odyssey of the Mind team wins third place at state tournament

Congratulations to the McGraw Odyssey of the Mind 3rd-5th grade "It's How We Rule" team who took third place at the recent state Odyssey of the Mind tournament! We are proud of this team and all of the McGraw OM teams who represented our school at the local and state tournaments.

The team members of "It's How We Rule" were Peter Butler, Madeleine Butler, Dani Trevino, Paige Friehauf, Willa Rudnick and Rowan Dirks. The coaches were Jane Gordon and Kayla Nelson. Our school OM Teacher Coordinator and Liaison is Mrs. Lisa Rhoads.

PeaceKeeper Circles Making a Difference for McGraw Students

This Fall, McGraw began implementing a powerful new program called PeaceKeeper Circles that helps students respectfully communicate and appreciate each others' perspectives and feelings. 

To learn more about the difference PeaceKeeper Circles is making in McGraw classrooms please visit the following link:


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