Walden Review

A newsletter for Walden Families

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January 22, 2021

Upcoming Events

January 26th: Course Offerings Fair via ZOOM!! 6:30-7:30PM. Links will be made available the day of the event on the PHS website.

January 28th: Incoming Freshman Enrollment Parent Night! 6:30-7:30PM. Zoom links will be made available the day of the event.

See below for LEAD information nights.

February 16: Variety Show. 6:30 - 7:30. Two spectators per performer.

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End of the day dismissal Reminder

Thank you for making our dismissal a smooth process. Because of your help in following the map below we are able to move students and cars through the line quicker. It is important that students do not walk into the parking lot. There are too many cars and we want them to be safe. As you can see in the map below 7th grade cars enter the parking lot and then turn directly to the left to get into line. The 6th grade cars continue straight and around the parking lot. 8th grade cars enter in the back of the building.
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VIRTUAL students only - Free eye exams and glasses, income based.

Exams are held at Miles of Smiles on Mondays. Fill out this online registration (link) or call the office to schedule.


Vision and Hearing Screenings

Each year Seventh grade students are given a vision and hearing screening. If your child is new to in-person or Walden we will make sure they are screened in the next few weeks. All other seventh grade students were screened at the beginning of the year.

Attention 8th Grade Families

LEAD Innovation Studio presented to your student this week. They should bring home an enrollment form. Please fill out and include parent signature. All enrollment forms are due FEBRUARY 9th . If you have questions about High School Enrollment, please contact the 8th Grade Counselor, Sara McGinnis at 816-359-6037 or mcginniss@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Park Hill South will present to students on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Look for those enrollment forms to come home next week.

The Character Strong Lesson this week was about....

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A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Walden's Character Dare for the week. Will you participate? Ask your student what they think about Character Strong.

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Session 3 Intramurals Information

For 3rd Quarter Intramurals, we will again be offering in-person homework help for all students, including students who are a part of Park Hill Online.

Here are the important details:

  • January 26th – February 25th, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-4:50pm
  • 40 students max per day, spaced at least 6 feet apart in the cafeteria, with a seating chart
  • If you do not want your student to attend in person, but they are working at home and have a question, they can reach out to one of the hosts of the intramural via Microsoft Teams. The available teacher will be indicated on the SignUp Genius. You do not need to sign up for this.
  • Busses will be available to take students home after intramurals – we will make a seating chart for the bus as well
  • Your student can sign up for both Tuesday and Thursday if you want, but if you sign up for a day your student does not attend school, you will need to provide transportation to Walden, but they can ride the bus home.
  • Signing up:
    • Signups will close at 10am on the day of the intramural.
    • You can sign up for each day you want your child to attend, but we ask that if you later discover your student will not have anything to work on, you remove their name from the signup.
    • If you have multiple students attending, please sign up for that many slots, so that we do not go over the 40 student limit.

Scan your receipts to earn money for Walden.

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Check out the video to learn how.

How to submit digital receipts to earn Box Tops
How to Scan with the Box Tops Mobile App
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Character Strong at Walden! Congratulations to our Champions and Model!

They exhibit the character traits we teach during #characterstrong each and every day. You make us #jaguarproud!

If you'd like to nominate a student as a character champion: Click Here (link)

If you'd like to nominate a staff member as a character model: Click Here (link).

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Picture Re-takes

Walden will be hosting another one-hour opportunity for students to have their picture taken for the 20-21 school year. If your child did not get the opportunity to attend one of our previous sessions, they should be at Walden on February 12th at 10:00 AM. This date already has our "B" day students in session, but any "A" day or online students should check into the front office to receive their opportunity. This session will only last for one hour, so please be timely in your attendance.

9th Grade Enrollment: LEAD Innovation Studio

We are entering enrollment season at our high schools which means it is time for 8th graders to start thinking about next school year. High School students in the Park Hill District have a choice about where they attend high school. Students may enroll in Park Hill High School/ Park Hill South High School or the LEAD Innovation Studio. We encourage all families to learn about their options and choose what they feel is the best fit for their student. In the coming weeks all 8th graders will have presentations from their home high school and LEAD. There will also be enrollment and information evenings for families in the coming weeks to learn more about high school options.

For interested families, LEAD will be hosting in person and virtual informational evenings. Interested Students and Parents/ Guardians are encouraged to attend. Dates for those are listed below.The number of guests is limited to ensure we are able to safely host events. You may sign up for in person events here: LEAD Info Night Sign-up. Here is the link to sign up for: LEAD Virtual Information Events.

In Person Information Evenings: Wed, 1/20 (6:00 and 7:30), Wed, 1/27 (6:00 and 7:30), Mon, 2/1 (6:00 and 7:30), Wed, 2/3 (6:00 and 7:30)

Virtual Information Events: Wed, 1/27 (noon and 7:00pm), Thurs, 1/28 (7:00pm), Mon, 2/1 (7:00pm), Tues, 2/2 (7:00pm)

Park Hill High School and Park Hill South will both be holding enrollment information evenings on January 28th.

All 8th grade students will receive enrollment forms for both their home high school and LEAD. Students should return completed, signed enrollment forms to their counselor by no later than February 9th.

To learn more about LEAD, check out the following links:

LEAD Website

“LEAD is” page


LEAD Facebook

Park Hill South Course offering videos for your incoming 9th grader

It is the time of year when we start planning for course selection for high school. It seems like it is too soon, but spring and the end of the year will be here soon. So here we are planning for high school. Take some time to talk to your 8th grader and about options. We have opportunities for you to gain information about both LEAD and Park Hill South. Please reach out if you have questions.

January 13th – PHS Course Videos Go Live! Take a look at these short videos describing each class offered at PHS.

Click here to a link of course offerings and videos

January 25th -29th—Counselor Presentations. PHS Counselors will do enrollment presentations to all hybrid students at Lakeview and Walden Middle Schools. Zoom presentations will also take place for virtual students.

January 26th – Course Offerings Fair via ZOOM!! 6:30-7:30PM

Take time to ask questions on all PHS course offerings. Visit with teachers and learn about specific courses and academic paths in all subject areas. Links will be made available the day of the event on the PHS website.

January 28th – Incoming Freshman Enrollment Parent Night! 6:30-7:30PM

Meet your PHS counselor via Zoom and learn about the 9th grade course selections for your student. Get your enrollment questions answered. Zoom links will be made available the day of the event.

For more information,

contact: Human Kind, Inc.

Greta or Jill

(816) 600 0788 (text or call).


Want to join Green Team?

Green Team Permission Form is available outside of Mrs. Peeler in Room A210, near the media center. Please return this form to Mrs. Peeler in Room A210 by January 22th, 2021.

Include one paragraph (on the back of a recycled or reusable piece of paper) stating why you would be a great Green Team Member!

GreenTeam2020 21 Tuesdays

Have a talent? Show it in the Variety show!

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Student Antigen Testing

Starting on January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse at 816-359-4244.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:

1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms.

3.) Call School nurse for consult 359-4244, once verified you will be given a number to make appointment for testing site.

4.) Click and print this consent form below. (Fill out prior to your child's appointment.)

Please contact me if your child has an exposure or symptoms of Covid, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.

Heather Howell, BSN, RN

Walden Middle School Nurse



Please make sure you do not have these symptoms before coming to school.

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MEAL BENEFITS: If your family might qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please complete the 2020-2021 meal benefit application in your SchoolCafe account, if you have not already done so. Even though meals are free this year, this form also helps us get needed funding for district services for students. And if you are signed up this year, you won't have a gap in services at the beginning of the next school year. If you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, you are eligible for additional discounts on things like health care, college application fees, athletics, AP class fees, and fees for the SAT and ACT tests.

Fill out your meal benefit application here: https://www.schoolcafe.com/

Athletic News and CDC guidelines

Dear families of Walden Middle School student athletes,

I am writing to tell you how the new CDC guidelines for quarantines will affect our student athletes.

Recently, the CDC announced changes to its guidance for the length of quarantines for people who have no COVID-19 symptoms.

We are working with the Platte County and Kansas City health departments, who determined that we will use the 10-day option. This means that if someone has no symptoms, they may end their quarantine after 10 days, but they must wear their mask and monitor symptoms for the entire 14 days.

For our student athletes, if they are quarantined, they may not participate until the full 14 days have passed, even if they have returned to the classroom after 10 days.

Our local health departments decided not to use the CDC’s seven-day option, which would require a test. They said this is “due to the high community prevalence and the additional strain on community testing.”

We will start this new protocol in Park Hill with any direct exposures that occur on or after December 23.

Thank you,

Bryan Phillips

Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

Walden Middle School

Growth and Development Lessons will be taught in January

If you would like your child to opt out of the lessons or if you need more information, you may call Dr. Stucker. 816-359-6398.

Sixth Grade:

Adolescence is a time of many changes in an individual’s life. Adolescents experience physical, mental, social, and emotional changes and must learn to make positive, healthy decisions under challenging circumstances. The goal of the growth and development unit is to equip young people with the factual information, healthy habits, coping strategies, and social skills necessary for making appropriate choices throughout adolescence.

Seventh Grade:

The growth and development unit details the aspects of human development, preventative care for healthy lifestyles, issues with sexual development and risky behavior. This unit provides information that students will use to make smart healthy decisions as young adults.

Eighth Grade:

This unit provides information for the student concerning the driving forces behind their own personal growth, issues that may arise and possible avenues for care. Students will learn about adolescent health and their reproductive system.

Order your Walden Yearbook!

Don't forget to buy your Walden 20-21 Yearbook.

Click here to order. (link)

$30 at Jostens.com

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Have you visited Park Hill's virtual relaxation room? Take a calming moment and click on the image below.

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Free Meals
As we transition to distance learning for two weeks from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, our nutrition services team is working to make meals more available to all children, ages 18 and under. Families can choose between two options each week.

Bulk Frozen Meals
In addition to the normal Wednesday pickups, families are able to pick up bulk frozen meals on Mondays during this distance learning period, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Families that choose the bulk frozen meal option may only pick up once per week. Preorder your bulk frozen meals here.

Daily Hot Meals
Families can pick up daily hot meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congress Middle School and Walden Middle School. During distance learning, we will also have a hot meal pickup location at Graden Elementary. Find more information about daily hot meals here.

FREE School Breakfast and Lunch -

All of our students, as well as other children in our area, will be able to eat free through the end of the school year! Breakfast and lunch options will be offered daily to on-site students. If you think you might qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, please fill out the form in our School Cafe App so that you are covered when this free program ends.

We have two meal pickup options available for students who are learning from home, whether in Park Hill Online or on distance days of the split-mode hybrid plan. You MUST pre-order your meals for virtual students and at home days for the hybrid students. We have all the details under Menus and Nutrition.

House of Hope Food Distribution

Every Friday from 1pm – 3pm

21 Design Drive, North KC 64116.

Welcome to Park Hill's Parent University!

Park Hill Parent University provides resources for families as they engage with their child in online learning. Topics include a variety of resources related to operating district devices, navigating online learning tools and building resilience through social and emotional learning.

Click here to the Park Hill Parent University site.