PTSA Monday Message February 18, 2018

Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!
Contact the Monday Message at:


Feb 19 – “A” Day
Feb 20 – PTSA Board Meeting in the Principal’s Conference Room at 7:00 p.m.
Feb 26 – Spring Sports Parent Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Mar 1 – Band Concert in the Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Mar 2 – Early Dismissal
Mar 5 – Winter Sports Banquet in the Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
Mar 7 – Interim Reports Issued
Mar 10 – SAT Testing


Inline image 1  SWIMMING NEWS
Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Swim Team on a great Regional competition Friday, February 4th.  The boys finished 3rd overall and the girls finished 4th.
Way to go Alexander Franklin; Regional Champion in the boys 50 yard Freestyle and 2nd place overall in 100 Breaststroke.  In addition, the boys 200 Free Relay, made up of Kostas Mateer, Jaz Paraham, Joey Salomon and Alexander Franklin were Regional Champions.
Other top finishers included:
Joey Salomon – 2nd place – 100 Free
Casey Fusco – 2nd place – 100 Free
Kostas Mateer – 3rd place – 100 Fly
Boys 200 Medley Relay – 2nd place made up of Alexander Franklin, Kostas Mateer, Joey Franklin and Jaz Paraham
Girls 200 Free Relay – 2nd place made up of Jennifer Zhang, Yenna Chu, Melissa Gillespie and Casey Fusco
Way to go Clippers!!!
AP registration forms have been distributed in AP classes.  The cost is $94 per exam, with checks payable to Grafton High School (please include a parent contact number on the check).  Mrs. Huffines is collecting registration forms/money in her office (Rm 411).  Extra forms/testing schedules are also located outside her office, as well as attached in this message.
The deadline for the forms/money is Tuesday, March 6th.


Inline image 2  OUTBACK DINNER
We invite you to take a night-off from cooking!!  Help GHS PTSA make some much needed money for After Prom Night Activities!  Thanks for Your Support of GHS PTSA & After Prom!
Enjoy a Hot, Fresh Meal with includes:  Outback Sirloin, Grilled Chicken, Salad, Baked Potato, Bread and a beverage.  Desserts will be offered in exchange for a donation.  Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the GHS Cafeteria.  Dine-In or To-Go.
Tickets $12.50 per Dinner
For more information, contact Jeff Kaye at (757-570-1394) or Trish Johnson at (757-525-1214).
Are you Ready to get fit and have fun doing it???  Color Me Red & Blue 5k Fun Run/Walk on March 24th.
This awesome event is being held at Grafton High School and all proceeds are to help fund After Prom.  The cost is only $20 ($25 after March 11th) and you get an event t-shirt if you are one of the first 300 to register.
You can register on-line at anytime from now until the day before the race or you can drop or mail in the attached registration form to Grafton High School, PTSA After Prom 5k Fun Run/Walk, 403 Grafton Drive, Yorktown, VA 23692.  Registration information is also found on the AfterProm website.  Get a group together and come have some fun.  
The fun run needs volunteers to make it a success!  If you’re not running/walking, please consider volunteering!  Visit to sign up for a slot that fits into your busy schedule!
The After Prom Committee is selling graduation garden flags for $22
Flags are sold for $22 each which includes one name and year.  There is a $2 charge for an additional name and year.  Deadline to receive garden flag orders and payment is:  February 28th 
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or
The next regular PTSA Board Meeting is Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. the Principal’s Conference Room.  All are welcome.
Inline image 3  HOSPITALITY NEWS
Souper Lunch for Super Teachers is this week on Wednesday, February 21st.   
We still need soup, salad, and desserts.  Please show your appreciation by clicking on the link below and signing up to donate food.
The distribution of the Monday Message continues to be a challenge this year as we struggle to overcome the issues from some mail systems that treat multiple addresses in the bcc: field as spam.  We have certainly tried to work through this by asking you to add the Monday Message email address to your address book and regularly check your spam folder but this has not rectified the problem for everyone. 
We have therefore decided that for the rest of the year we will add a Monday Message link to the PTSA website as well as continue to send it via email.  This will give you the option of opening the email (if you receive it) or just simply looking at the Monday Message via the PTSA website.  The link to the website is: 
We are planning to replace our current system with one called Mail Chimp.  The Grafton Band already use this system and have been successful in getting out messages with attachments to a large group of parents so we are hopeful that next year will be less stressful for those involved with preparing and distributing the weekly message which we feel continues to provide important information to our membership.
Attached is the flyer for the WINTER SPORTS Banquet that will take place on Monday, March 5th in the cafeteria at Grafton High School.  It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet before moving into the Auditorium for congratulations and awards.  
Please note that this banquet is ONLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS TEAMS:
Basketball JV & Varsity Boys & Girls
Cheer – Sideline only
Indoor Track Boys & Girls
Swimming Boys & Girls
Wrestling Boys and Girls
If your athlete has already participated in a Fall sport and received a t-shirt they will NOT be receiving a t-shirt for their Winter sport.
Each grade should bring a side dish as listed on the flyer and we ask that your dish is big enough to feed everyone you are bringing to share in your athlete’s success.
All Winter athletes competing on a Middle School team will receive their t-shirts separately unless they previously received one for Fall Season.
Thank You and see you on March 5th.
GABC Board
The Grafton Athletic Booster Club is pleased to announce the continuation of the SUMMER CAMP ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP!
Applications are available at school in the guidance office, on the GABC website, or attached to this email.  Applications must be completed and given to the athlete’s coach no later than Friday, March 16th.
If you have any questions please contact Shannon Davie at 757-879-7593 or
Interested in supporting Grafton’s Sports Activities?  Consider joining the GABC for only $10.00.  You may be wondering where the money goes.  All of your $10.00 returns back to the athletes in equipment for each sport as well as hosting the end of the season banquet.  Senior recognition is also supported by the booster club, along with scholarships.  You can join the GABC on-line too.
Inline image 6  COUNSELING NEWS
Parents of Seniors – Please have your student bring a copy of their college acceptance and scholarship letters to the counseling office.


Inline image 3  GHS PTSA has a Facebook Page!!!  Search for Grafton High School PTSA the next time you’re on Facebook.  We’ll try to keep you up to date the new old fashioned way!!  Please share the page with your friends and family.


Did you know the school has a Facebook page too?  Search for Grafton Clippers.  This page is updated by the school and has lots of info that may not make it home via your student!!
Parents – did you know that YCSD students have access to a wide variety of online educational resources, both at school and at home, to support their academic success?  Tools such as Homework Help/Office 365/Power School and Hot Math.  You can have access to all these tools too, just sign in to the portal using your student’s username and password.  The website is:
Be sure to check out the student portal!
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:
6.  Band:
8.  Clubs & Activities: (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website:
16.  Videos on math topics:
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review:
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics:
19.  Free graph paper: