Walden Weekly

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Hello Walden Families!

We would like to ask for your cooperation in delaying your child's arrival to school until closer to the 8:35 a.m. start time when we have supervisors on duty at Walden.


For families who arrive a little early to school each day, we appreciate it when you stick around until 8:35 a.m. to supervise your child until a staff member comes outside for supervision. Once our staff comes outside, parents and caregivers may leave school grounds.


Thank you for your cooperation!


-Stephanie Strenger

Upcoming Walden Book Fair!

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BOOK FAIR - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

The 1st Walden Outdoor Book Fair is this Tuesday, October 12th after school until 7pm (or dark!). Its a great opportunity to get involved with the PTO by volunteering and also a great way to meet other families and purchase books with proceeds going to our own Walden Library.

To sign up to volunteer please click this link: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/60b0e4aa5a72ba4fa7-walden

Can't attend? Check out our online book fair at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/walden until Thursday, October 21st. We will be open on the back blacktop area with a rain date of Wednesday, October 13th. Hope to see you there!

Interested in Becoming a Walden Lunch Supervisor?

In anticipation of colder weather, Walden will begin planning for bringing all students indoors for lunch by the end of the month. We will be looking to add a few more lunch supervisors that will supervise about 10-12 students at a time in classrooms. The district pay for lunch supervision is $34/hour. We will need supervisors for both lunch periods which are from 11:20-12:20 and 12:20-1:20. If you are interested in joining our incredible supervisor staff, please fill out the form below and I will be in touch with you soon.

Halloween is Coming!

This year, we will be celebrating Halloween at Walden on Friday, October 29. Below are some important reminders about wearing costumes at school.

  • Nothing is to be worn on the face (e.g. costume masks, make-up, etc.) as this could impact the effectiveness and comfort of the required face covering.
  • Please do not send students with accessories (e.g witches broom).
  • Toy weapons are strictly prohibited.
  • Students should plan to change into their costumes after lunch, however, we ask that students that need to change do so in their classrooms. We are not able to accommodate many children using the restrooms at once, so a partial costume can be worn at the start of the day.
  • Students should not wear group costumes as they promote the exclusion of other students.

If you need assistance in providing your child with a Halloween costume, please reach out to a Walden administrator.


Families who are not comfortable sending their child in costume, please reach out to your child's teacher so that we can be sensitive to you or your child's feelings about dressing up for Halloween. We want everyone at Walden to feel comfortable.


We will also be hosting an outdoor Halloween parade for families to come and watch in the afternoon.


Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Calling all pet lovers!

The Student Lighthouse Team's first project of the year is going to be a Pet Supply Drive. All supplies gathered will be donated to Orphans of the Storm, which is an animal shelter here in Deerfield. It would be PAWsome for you to donate supplies such as blankets, towels, dog bones, dog treats, cat toys, paper towels, trash bags, and dish soap. For a full list of what you can donate, please click here. We will be collecting items from Friday, October 15th to Friday, October 22nd in the Walden foyer. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Arlia (darlia@dps109.org) or Ms. Rosenbaum (arosenbaum@dps109.org). Thank you!

Volunteers in the Building

A quick reminder, that all volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a Covid self-certification prior to coming to school

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Eric Steckling (esteckling@dps109.org) if you have any questions.

Personal Student Devices (2nd Posting)

Over the past few weeks we have observed a number of students using smart watches (and sometimes cell phones) during the school day. In some cases parents are sending messages to students during the day. We need your help with this situation as cell phone and/or smart watch use during the school day is disruptive to the learning environment. Students are expected to keep cell phones off and in their lockers and watches should not make noise or beep during the day. Thank you!

Looking To Opt Out Of A Week of SHIELD Testing?

Please fill out the below form. It is the same form we sent as last week, and will continue to need to be filled out on a week-by-week basis. Forms are due by Tuesday at 3pm.


Click here to access the form.

Have a great weekend!