Walden Weekly

A newsletter for the Walden Community

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September 2022

Upcoming Events

September 5- No School- Labor Day

September 6- Musical Auditions

September 6, 8, 9- NWEA first round testing

September 7- Early Release 1:05 PM

September 20- PTA Meeting

Athletic Event Link

Transportation- new info about buses


Bus routes have been updated to allow for new students, alleviate overcrowding and maximize the use of our resources.

Car Riders/Walkers/Bike Riders: Please do not arrive at Walden prior to 7:55. Student supervision does not begin until this time and students will not be admitted to the building.

  • Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot. This is unsafe.

Dismissal: If you are one of the first to arrive please pull up to the end of the sidewalk to make room for other vehicles. As you wait please turn off your vehicle.

September Character Strong Character Champions and Model

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2022-2023 is going to be the best year ever at Walden! Buy your yearbook today to remember this awesome year! Jostens.com

School Lunch and Breakfast

For the past 18 months, the federal government has provided free school meals to students. That program has expired and now families must pay for school meals unless they qualify for free or reduced lunch programs. The price of school lunches for the 22-23 school year is $3.50(premium) and $3.10(regular). Breakfast is $1.90(premium) and $1.75(regular). Please be sure you have money in your student's SchoolCafe account for the first day of school. Students must bring lunch from home or purchase from school. They may not have lunch delivered to them.

Also, while we love to have guests at school, our cafeteria is extremely crowded. Should you want to have lunch with your student, you must call us at least 24 hours in advance so we may reserve a place outside of the cafeteria for you to eat.

Get your student involved at Walden!

While our interscholastic sports programs are only for 7th and 8th graders, we have many other activities for all grade levels to get involved in at Walden! Check out the link to find out how!

PTA News

Don't forget to join the Walden PTA! Here is the link to pay by credit or debit card.

The annual trash bag sale is on! Don't miss out on these fantastic bags! Visit this website and use WALDEN as the group ID

Check out the PTA information to get involved this year!

First Early Release Restaurant Night- September 7th

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Park Hill South Football Game Reminder

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Intramurals are coming!

We wanted to take a moment to share some information regarding our intramural program. We know intramurals are a great way for students to get involved, especially at the 6th-grade level and we are committed to providing this opportunity for our students and families. However, as you are aware, the district is experiencing bus driver shortages and working through transportation efficiencies. With this information, we will not be able to provide transportation home from intramurals for the first quarter. We will be monitoring how this goes and we will re-evaluate this plan at the end of the quarter. From there, we will provide communication about the plan for the second quarter.

While we know this could be disappointing to some, we are exhausting all of our resources to assist. And we will support any student and family who has specific transportation needs. One way we will be doing this is by providing the opportunity for ride-sharing in the district. On the attached permission form, you will find additional information. On the intramural permission form, you will find a spot for you to offer to transport another child or to select if you'd like to be connected with another family to transport your child. Stay tuned!

Attention all 7th and 8th grade girls

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Student IDs

This year, more than ever, it is crucial for your student to wear their school-issued ID and lanyard. This ID is one of our first lines of school safety. It provides a way for all school personnel to identify if a student is a Jaguar and if they are where they are supposed to be. Additionally, students will be scanning on and off of our buses. This new feature will allow us to know if a student is on the bus, on the correct bus and when they entered and exited the bus. You can also see this information through the FirstView App.

Student IDs are also used to scan for lunch. Our lunch lines move faster when students can scan and don't have to put in their student numbers. Those who do not have their ID at lunch will have to be at the end of the line to allow those that remembered their ID to move expeditiously through the line. Students who don't have IDs cannot get up once they are seated to get items from the JAG. These are incentives for students to wear their IDs!

Copies, library book checkout, and the PBIS rewards system are also tied to the student IDs.

If a student loses their ID we will replace it once at no cost. Beyond that, each replacement ID is $5. Should they also lose their ID and lanyard it will be an additional $2.50. Students may not bring a lanyard from home to wear as our lanyards are color specific to their team. IDs must also stay free of stickers and other items that block the student's photo.

Please reinforce with your student the importance of wearing their ID. We appreciate your help!

Park Hill Education Foundation Fun Run

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Join us for the 2nd annual
Park Hill Education Foundation Fun Run
Saturday, September 24th 8:00 a.m.
English Landing Park in Parkville.

Register here to participate!

Packets will be available 2:30-6:00 pm on Friday, September 23rd at the Park Hill District Office. 7703 NW Barry Rd.

Proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit the educational programs the Foundation supports.

Fun/Run Details

5K Registration begins at 7:15 am. Race begins at 8:00.

1K Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Fun/Run begins at 9:00.

Click Here to Sponsor our Annual 5k Fun Run!

Honor Roll sponsors who donate $200 will receive two race registrations and their names prominently featured on the

Fun Run T-shirt.

Scholar sponsors who donate $100 will have their names featured on our Fun Run T-shirt.

Join Our Team

Are you or someone you know looking for a well-paying job that allows you to make a difference for students? If so, join our team of dedicated Park Hill School District staff members. We have full-time and part-time support staff positions open, including nutrition services, childcare, teacher assistants and substitute teacher positions.

We recently increased the pay for these positions to . . .

      • Lunchroom and playground supervisor: $15.29
      • Adventure Club associate teacher: $15.29 plus a $1-an-hour bonus, paid twice a year
      • Nutrition services assistant: $15.90 plus a $1-an-hour bonus, paid twice a year
      • Teacher assistant: $16.54
      • Adventure Club site manager: $17.20 plus a $1-an-hour bonus, paid twice a year
      • Specialized teacher assistant: $17.89
      • Custodian: $18.61

If you know of someone who would make a great addition to our Park Hill School District family, please let them know about these opportunities.

Apply to Work in Park Hill

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Park Hill Star Awards

Has someone at Walden exceeded your expectations or done something you feel needs to be recognized by our district office and superintendent? Take a moment to nominate them for the Park Hill Star award. Even nominees receive recognition from Dr. Kimbrel. This simple recognition makes such a difference to our teachers and staff.

Character Strong

Walden is pleased to once again be using the Character Strong social-emotional learning curriculum. One piece of this curriculum involves character dares. There are many facets to these dares, one of which is a family dare. Each week I'll be posting a dare for you to use at home. These dares provide talking points for families and may spark in-depth conversations, especially for those who feel like their sweet, young children have turned into middle school seclusionists!
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KidGuard Insurance

Parents can purchase additional insurance protection for accidents that occur during school classes, while students are away from school, at home, during the weekends, and vacation periods, including summer months. The cost of this insurance is a one-time payment of $40.00. For information regarding this optional coverage, contact KidGuard Insurance at 1-800-432-6915 or email a request for information to contact@kidguardinsurance.com.

Thank you to our PTA business partners!