Walden Weekly

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Hello Walden Families!

Our students are getting very excited about the upcoming Halloween festivities at Walden School! We are looking forward to welcoming our families back to Walden for our annual Halloween parade on Friday, October 29th. I will be sharing a more specific schedule of the day next week for your planning purposes.

Please read some important Walden updates below. Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Monday!

-Stephanie Strenger

Indoor Lunch Plan

As we prepare for the cold weather, we have revised our lunch procedures to accommodate all students as they eat inside of the building.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The tents will be removed at the end of the month and all students will eat indoors beginning on November 1.
  • The lunch and recess schedule will remain exactly the same for all Walden students:
  • K, 1, 3 - 11:25-12:20
  • 2, 4, 5, - 12:25-1:20
  • Students will either be assigned to a seat in the multipurpose room or in the classroom with 6 feet of distance between all students.
  • Students will still be assigned a seat and table.

  • Students who have been eating in the MPR will remain there.
  • Students who have been eating in the tents will transition to eating in their classrooms.
  • These assignments may change as we reevaluate, however, this is the schedule beginning on Nov. 1. We will communicate with you if your child's lunch placement changes.
  • All classrooms will remain split with students eating and having recess at different times to allow for greater physical distancing.
  • PTO Special lunches (Marla's Lunches) will still be available.

  • There will no longer be a need for towels at school. We will be sending those home in early November.

  • Now that we have students eating in classrooms, peanut/nut products will no longer be allowed at school.

We anticipate a smooth transition in a few weeks since this schedule and eating plan is familiar to most of our students and teachers.

Thank you for your support!

Pet Supply Drive - Next Week Only!

Please bring in any pet supplies for our pet supply drive next week! Our student lighthouse committee is supporting these efforts and we are so proud of our student leaders! We have a bin outside of the office and we thank you in advance for your participation!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our parent teacher conferences are approaching! They will be scheduled for the evening of November 22 and throughout the school day on Tuesday, November 23. Students are not in attendance this Tuesday through the end of the week. Conferences will be held virtually this year on Zoom. Teachers will share their Zoom links as the date approaches. As a reminder, conferences are a time to connect parents and teachers in a discussion about your child's strengths, opportunities for growth, and updates in all areas from academics to social-emotional learning. Sign-ups will be released to families on Monday, November 1st at 5pm in an email from me. Be in touch anytime with questions!

Looking To Opt Out Of A Week of SHIELD Testing?

Click here to access the form.

We share the same form each week. If you'd like to opt your child out each week, the form will need to be filled out on a week-by-week basis.

Forms are due by Tuesday at 3pm.

All District 113 Community Members Invited to Share Input on the Future of 113

Please see this concise fact sheet for details on the issues District 113 is facing.

Listening Sessions and Tour Information - Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m.

The Board of Education seeks your input on the future of District 113 as the Board considers options for addressing financial and facilities needs in light of declining student enrollment. The second Listening Session to provide input to the Board will be held on Tuesday, October 19 at Deerfield High School. The tour will begin in the Auditorium at 6 p.m. and the Listening Session will begin in the Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Listening Session portion of the meeting will be streamed and recorded.

Check out the dist113.org/Future113 website for more details. Questions? Contact District 113 Director of Communications Karen Warner at kwarner@dist113.org.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Guided building tour begins at 6:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium

Listening Session 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Deerfield High School Auditorium

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 9 - School Picture Retakes (Deadline to order with free shipping is 10/26. Orders can be placed afterwards but will not include free shipping.)

Nov. 11 - No School (Veterans Day)

Nov. 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening Only)

Nov. 23 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences (Daytime Only)

Nov. 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 20-31 - Winter Break

Have a great weekend!