Walker Bulldog News

January 8, 2020

Dear Families,

Welcome back! We hope that you had a lovely holiday season and winter break. The rest and relaxation were well deserved, and it allowed all of us to recharge. While we may not know what 2021 holds for us, we do know that the rest of this year is like an unwritten book, full of possibilities. Let us hope that the book we write is full of happiness and positivity.

Thank you for making sure students were logged on and ready to learn on Tuesday. Seeing the smiling faces and hearing updates from our students was heartwarming and reaffirms that the family feel at Walker is thriving.

Today, students attended a PBIS assembly hosted by administration and Mr. Hofer, our social worker. Our PBIS program at school promotes positive behavior choices and allows for students to earn "PAWS" for meeting those expectations. We reviewed expectations for remote learning and encouraged students to always try their best. Included below is our PBIS matrix for your reference. Students were introduced to our virtual store where they can redeem their PAWS via the PBIS Rewards platform. Kids were excited to see the incentives they can earn.

Important Dates

1/15 Progress reports posted on Seesaw

1/18 No school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As always, we hope all is well with you and your families. Should you need any assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or phone.

Be safe, be well.

Ms. Venegonia, Principal

Mrs. Leone, Associate Principal

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PBIS Information and Matrix

Please review the attachment linked below for background information about PBIS. The matrix is also included, and it is something that is useful to reference at home during remote learning.
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Bringing Brookfield Zoo to You!

As you may be aware, the Brookfield Zoo is temporarily closed in response to the pandemic; it is planned to reopen on March 1. Until that time the zoo staff would like to bring the zoo to you. The button below connects you to recorded chats from keepers, videos in English and Spanish and much more. Check it out to see your favorite animals.
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From Mr. Hofer, School Social Worker

While our world is often filled with scary things, I think we can all agree that they last year has been really trying for all of us. With the most recent events taking place at the nation's Capitol earlier this week, you may find yourself talking to your child again about some of these scary things that are happening in the world. These aren't easy conversations but sharing truthful, factual and age-appropriate information with your child, allowing them to express how seeing these things makes them feel and sharing your own feelings is important as they learn to navigate a world that is full of sometimes really scary things. Don't be afraid to use words or ideas that seem too big- break it down for them and be patient as they work to understand things. One thing to remember, kids often know a lot more than we think they do about what is going on around them, so don't be shy away from the discussion. For more resources, check out this article from Loyola Medicine. If you need additional support, please don't hesitate to contact the school social worker.