The Walden Weekly

School News You Can Use - April. 14, 2023

Dear Walden Families,

We had a great week at Walden School! Our 3rd-5th graders took the annual IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) tests in both math and reading. Scores are usually shared with school districts and families in the Fall of next year. We our proud of our students for their grit, effort, and perseverance during these three days of testing!

Have a great weekend and we'll see you back on Monday!

-Stephanie Strenger

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Egg Carton Collection

We are collecting cardboard egg cartons at Walden for a fun Earth Day Project that will be done with our buddy classrooms. We will be discussing the importance of reusing and repurposing items while also having some fun with an art project. Feel free to drop egg cartons off with our front office. Thank you!

Goals and Concerns Form

As a reminder, parent goals and concerns forms are due on April 18th. This is not required, but if you would like to share your goals and concerns for your child moving into the 23-24 school year, the link is below. If you have an incoming kindergartener, a different form will be shared with parents soon. Thank you!

Walden Philanthropy Fair (2nd Posting)

Save the date for our Philanthropy Club Fair on May 23rd after school from 3:30-4:30! Students will be selling treats, crafts, and all sorts of fun things to help raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. More information on how students can apply to sell goods at the fair will be coming soon. We're so excited to help support a great cause!

- The Philanthropy Club

Upcoming Erin's Law Presentations in DPS109 (2nd Posting)

Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. District 109 partners with Childhood Victories, Inc., an organization founded by Victor Pacini who is a motivational speaker and a survivor of sexual abuse. Speakers from Childhood Victories, Inc. provide programming for our students that teaches them basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The program, Be Seen and Heard 2.0, is developmentally appropriate, interactive, aligned with learning standards, and will cover the following topics:

  • Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches

  • Safety rules at home and school

  • Saying “NO”

  • Secrets

  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches them

  • Telling a trusted adult

The staff from Childhood Victories, Inc. will be presenting to our elementary students on the following dates:

  • Wilmot: Wednesday, April 26th

  • South Park: Wednesday, April 26th

  • Walden: Wednesday, April 19th

  • Kipling: Wednesday, April 19th

Parents can view Victor Pacini’s parent video to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard 2.0 program.

Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email me by Friday, April 14. Please also feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.

Photos From The Week!

Upcoming Dates

  • Thurs. April 27th - Kindergarten Music Show
  • Thurs. May 4 - Walden Showcase Night
  • May 8 - May 12 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Fri. May 12 - Kindergarten Round Up
  • Fri. May 12 - Family STEAM Night
  • Thurs. May 18 - 5th Grade Music Show
  • Fri. May 19 - Bagel & Donut Breakfast
  • Tues. May 23 - Philanthropy Fair
  • Mon. May 29 - Memorial Day (No School)
  • Wed. June 7 - Last Day of School (Half Day AM)

Have a great weekend!