Walker Howler

April 30, 2021

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Dear families,

We had such a great first week back to full days with some of our students! I am so impressed with their flexibility, resilience, and positive attitudes! It is heartening to see them back at school - learning, playing, and growing together.

We had a fun, engaging, and informative Earth Day assembly on Wednesday from the folks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium! Since then, many of our students have developed a newly found interest in sharks. The best part was having all of our CDL students with us too! We hope you will all join us next Wednesday for our Building Belonging Assembly with our Walker Equity Consultant, Matthew Reynolds.

Finally, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! I'm sure you'll agree with me that our teachers are simply the most incredible, compassionate, hard-working, dedicated, caring, flexible, and fun humans around! I am so thankful for all they do for our school, students, and families. Please join me in thanking them for their tireless efforts to make our world a better place.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for questions, concerns, or celebrations.

In Community,



Pronouns: she, her, hers

Walker Mission Statement:

The Walker Community values diversity, empathy, and perseverance. We honor the entire learning process from mistakes to academic mastery. We teach our students to advocate for themselves and others. We nurture kindness, creativity, and wonder.

Walker & District Updates

Dates to remember

5/3 - 5/7 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/5 9:00 - 9:45 Building Belonging Assembly

5/6 6:00-7:00 PTO Meeting

5/12 9:00 - 9:45 PTO Zoom Party!

5/31 No School - Memorial Day

BUS Loop

As you know, we have asked our 4th and 5th grade families to use the bus loop for drop off and pick up. Please make sure not to enter the bus loop until 2:55, or when the bus loop sign states that the loop is open. The buses need ample room to maneuver, and they can't drive safely when there are cars in the bus loop. Please also remind your children to use the sidewalks and crosswalks. To ensure student safety, students may not cross the bus loop to leave campus. Thank you so much for your help in keeping our community safe!

Communication with Staff

While we were out of the building and engaging in Distance Learning, we were using multiple modes of communication to be sure to stay in touch with all of our families. Now that we are back at school, we ask that our families and staff return to utilizing our typical modes of communication via school phone (541- 482-1516) or email.

COVID Update from District Office

Today, Jackson county is back in the "extreme risk" category. This affects restaurants, businesses, gyms, etc. most heavily. At this time, the change in risk category does not impact our ability to conduct school as we have been for the past week, or our ability to hold sports practices and competitions that are approved by the OSAA.

Schools will not be required to change their instructional model for the rest of this school year, unless there is school based spread of Covid-19 confirmed by the local health authority. Each time there is a case, we work closely with the LHA to determine whether or not the case and/or any spread is determined to be generated from the school. To date, that has not been the case with any of the staff or student cases that have occurred.

The state has also released new county risk guidance this week that has allowed for more participants in activities even at the "extreme risk" level, which will effect sports and extracurricular event planning. See the links above.

Walker Events & Activities

Walker Wear is Back!

Check out the new Walker Wear styles from our new vendor here! PTO will use the profits to help pay for classroom and library grants, special program needs, and classroom and event snacks for our kids! Please share with current, past and future Walker Wolves!

PTO MEETING 5/6 6:00 - 7:00

We hope to see you for our next PTO meeting!

All Walker families and staff are welcome to attend monthly PTO meetings. Our focus this year is to continue to strengthen our community and support our children at Walker School. PTO Questions? Please email PTOWalkerWolves@gmail.com.

For security purposes, the agenda and zoom link will be sent via email and Fresh Schools prior to the meeting.

Walker & Community Information

Library Spotlight

Please take a moment to check out the Library Canvas page to see the incredible resources Ms. Julie has compiled for us about our May Library spotlight on Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Our Walker Library Canvas Course is full of wonderful resources for our students and their families. Check back often for more Windows and Mirrors experiences at our Library!

Need Technical Help?

Counseling Services for students with OHP

Do you think your child could benefit from counseling services? We have partnered with Family Solutions and have a limited number of available counseling services for students who currently have OHP. If you would like to pursue these options for your child, please contact Mary.Giancarlo@ashland.k12.or.us

Financial Support

Families who have experienced significant income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online or contact your local school.

DHS will continue to work with federal partners to provide help to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit needfood.oregon.gov or call 2-1-1. Read the full details here.

If you need help paying your electric bill, check out the Oregon Energy Fund. It provides funds for energy assistance to more than 30 partner agencies and nonprofits in Oregon. Find more information here.

Our Wolf Pack Needs Your Help!

Right now, we are all dealing with the impacts of the Covid 19 Pandemic. While we are all in the same storm, we are not in the same boat. Many of our families are struggling due to the loss of jobs, income, and stable housing. Walker has been working hard to support our families with a weekend food program. Our current funding sources are running low, and we could use your help!

Please visit:https://or-ashland-lite.intouchreceipting.com/wolfpacksupport to donate today.

100% of donations will go directly to purchasing food and supplies for our families in need.

If you are a family in need, please reach out directly to your child's teacher, or Tiffany.

Walker Elementary School Wolf Pack Support Program

Walker School

Mission Statement: The Walker Community values diversity, empathy, and perseverance. We honor the entire learning process from mistakes to academic mastery. We teach our students to advocate for themselves and others. We nurture kindness, creativity, and wonder.