Walker Elementary

Parent Newsletter for September 20-24, 2021

Dear Walker Families,

Our Wildcats have been working hard this week on MAP testing. Your child's MAP scores will be shared during our upcoming student-involved conferences which will be held on September 27th & 28th. Be looking for notes that will be sent home on Monday (September 20th) listing your child's conference information.

Book Fair is coming to the library from September 27th to October 1st! There will be LOTS of items to choose from to stock up your home libraries. Be looking for more information coming soon from Mrs. Wright.

COVID Updates: COVID notification rules are different. You will only be notified by the school if your child is determined to be a close contact. However, you can always check the Springdale Schools COVID reporting page to see the breakdown of active cases by building. Reach out if you have questions about this change.

Reminder - If your child arrives after 7:45 am, they need to be signed in to the office. You can scan the QR code on your car tag to do this; however, we ask that you still walk them to the front door. If students come up to the door by themselves and if no one is in the office, they are locked out. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of all our Wildcats!

Breakfast is served every day from 7:15-7:45 and it's free. If your child has not tried our breakfast, remind them that they can come into the cafeteria any morning and eat breakfast before going to class.

We are looking for substitute teachers and bus drivers for the 2021-22 school year! If you are interested, please reach out to Mrs. Ryan or our district website for more information!

Upcoming Dates:

September 22 - Walker Cross Country Race@Harber High School 3:30

September 22 - 5th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts @HTMS 5:15-6:30

September 24 - Popcorn Day

September 27 & 28 - Parent Conference Week (Student-involved conferences)

September 27-30 - Constitution and Freedom Week

October 4-8 - Fire Safety Week

October 4 - Flu Shot Day in the Walker Library

October 5 - 3rd Grade Trip to Botanical Gardens

October 6 - Kindergarten Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

October 8 - KKids Meeting in the Library

October 12 - Lifetouch Fall Picture Day

October 12 - End of First Quarter

October 13 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter

October 13 - Walker Cross Country Race@Sonora Middle 3:30

October 15 - Teacher Inservice Day, No School for Students

October 18 - Teacher Inservice Day, No School for Students

October 21 & 22 - Shop with a Cop Hair Paint 7:15 am $1 each

October 22 - 1st Grade Field trip to Farmland Adventures

Important Reminders

Don't forget to...

  • If you choose for your child to wear a mask at school, please provide your child with a mask and a backup mask in the backpack.
  • Fill out the free and reduced forms online using the link below. Each household will only need to submit one online form. Please see the flyer below to learn about FIVE ways you could benefit from filling out and turning in your child's meal form! Schools meals are free for all students for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. For more information please call Child Nutrition at 479-750-8707.
  • Join PTA! Check out the PTA info below and get to know our PTA President, Mrs. Stephanie Crabtree.
  • Did you know that you can support our PTA with your Amazon purchases and/or by purchasing a membership to our local Sam's Club? More information is linked below.

We have an amazing group of classroom teachers. Check out the link below to read your child's grade level news and information.

Our job is to serve your child and your family! Please let us know if you have questions or need help.

Thank you for your partnership,

Mrs. Lynn Ryan, Principal, lryan@sdale.org

Mrs. Carrie Farris, Assistant Principal, cfarris@sdale.org

Masks are now optional for all students and staff

During the September 14, 2021, regularly scheduled meeting, the Springdale School Board voted to allow the temporary face-covering policy for grades K-7 to expire. Beginning September 15, 2021, face coverings are optional for all students and staff. Click on the link below to read the newsletter from our superintendent, Dr. Jared Cleveland, regarding this change to the mask policy.

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Free & Reduced Breakfast & Lunch In Marshallese
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It’s the last two weeks to get signed up for PTA! Look below to see your kid's class percentages, let’s help each class reach 100% to earn the teacher and students a special treat!
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Popcorn Day on September 24th!

We are so excited to bring back Popcorn Friday on September 24! We could not do this for our Wildcats without the help of our volunteers. If you are able to help pop, bag, and deliver to classrooms, please go to the link below to sign up to help us that morning. Thank you!

If you shop on Amazon, you can support our PTA with a few easy steps!

Who shops on Amazon? At NO cost to you, you can help support the PTA just with a click. All you have to do is turn on AmazonSmile so with qualifying orders the PTA receives .5%. You do nothing extra at the time of purchase. As long as it’s turned on they do the rest.

You may think .5% isn’t much but it can really add up. Every little bit helps.

Comment if you are supporting Walker Elementary PTA thru AmazonSmile!

Don’t forget to share this post so friends and family can support your child’s school. They don’t have to live here to support. If they purchase on Amazon they can help.

Sam's Club is offering a great fundraising opportunity for our Walker Elementary PTA. Join Sam's Club for $45 and 33% comes back to our PTA!

So if you have been thinking of joining, now is a perfect time! They have some great food and other items at some great prices, and our local Sam's Club has been a great community partner with our school and PTA.

Here's the link where you can join to give Walker Elementary PTA credit: https://www.groupraise.com/offer-campaigns/202

If you are already a member, share with friends so that they can enjoy the perks of Sam's membership while also giving to Walker Elementary PTA.

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PTA Membership Information

Form to join Walker PTA

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Crosswalk Safety
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Free & Reduced Lunch Application Link

Links to apply for your child to qualify for a free or reduced lunch. You may either print and submit a paper form or use the links to apply online.

Link to enroll in The After School Program

Enlace para inscribirse en el programa extracurricular

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Volunteers Needed for our Springdale Sonics Basketball Program

Would you like to volunteer to help our Springdale youth and make great connections with our students? Springdale Schools Athletic Department is looking for volunteers to coach teams for our Springdale Sonics Basketball program. The teams are formed by their feeder patterns and represent grades 2nd through 6th. Practices are twice a week for approximately 1 hour and games are on Saturdays.

If you are interested in this opportunity to make a positive impact on our Springdale youth, please contact Athletic Director Wayne Stehlik (wstehlik@sdale.org) or Assistant Athletic Director Betsy Barker (ebarker@sdale.org) as soon as possible.

SHS Softball Clinic for 5th Grade

Attention! SHS Softball is hosting free clinics for grades 5-8 at SHS every Monday night. If you're interested in joining the softball team in high school, this is a great opportunity to work on skills and to get to know our team.
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Walker News Network September 17, 2021
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Why are Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationships Important

Parent-Teacher conferences are here and this week I am sharing how positive relationships between parents and teachers have a huge impact on your child. Positive connections between parents and teachers have been shown to improve children's academic achievement, social competencies and emotional well being. When parents and teachers work as partners, children do better in school and at home.

Research shows that when a partnership approach between parents and teachers is evident, children’s work habits, attitudes about school and grades improve. They demonstrate better social skills, fewer behavioral problems and a greater ability to adapt to situations and get along. And parents and teachers benefit, too. When working together as partners, it’s been found that parents and teachers communicate more effectively, develop stronger relationships with one another and develop skills to support children’s behaviors and learning.

“Building partnerships between families and schools is an effective strategy to address opportunity gaps, especially for those who have been historically underserved,” said Iheoma Iruka, co-principal investigator of ELN’s University of Nebraska-Lincoln team and chief research innovation officer and director of the Center for Early Education Research & Evaluation at HighScope Educational Research Foundation. “Strong partnerships support children’s learning and ability to develop lifelong skills and networks, while also strengthening parents’ capacity to be engaged in their child’s school experience.” To view more about this topic visit this link

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Parenting Education for School Families

Tuesday, September 14th: Parenting with Presence and Connection

Strategies to become more consistent, present, playful, and connected with your children and teens: bring awareness to how your past impacts your present.

Pre-Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIof--urzkqH9JOOfi5ho_f-hQisDaeqHfg

Tuesday, October 12th: Child Development: Changes vs. Red Flags

Gain an awareness of typical child and adolescent development, common challenging behaviors, as well as signs of mental illness and support available.

Pre-Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlf-uqpj4rH9yY5InpHClbXhG4n6CSzL1x

Tuesday, November 9th: Technology & Limit Setting

Internet safety issues and risks: tools to navigate screen time, R and X rated content, and limit setting.

Pre-Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlc-GtpzkvGNLXwhFyWqovMCMF1Jeeynav

Tuesday, February 8th: Co-Parenting with Partners

Skills for co-parenting: how to set boundaries, communicate, maintain relationships, and resolve conflicts.

Pre-Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYscuqgrzkqHNZ-T7EPQ_ooQ7G-NsjjAFWj

Tuesday, March 8th: Emotional Intelligence & Calming Kids

Strategies to raise emotionally intelligent children and teens: Build empathy, decrease meltdowns, and manage emotions.

Pre-Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrf-uvpjgpG9Gnlq_hDiT-Ebo22E1Q_dbu

Tuesday, April 12th: Social & Emotional Learning at Home

A movement across the nation improving student outcomes: Learn the five competencies of SEL and gain activities to foster each of them at home.

Pre-Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsc-qoqT0sGtcOp3PysmGYdIksuVapvfXZ

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Connect to Walker Elementary on Social Media

Walker Elementary has a Facebook page for the school, EAST, KKids, and PTA. Like all these pages to keep up with the latest school information. Click on the links below to get to each page. Then click on the like button to follow our pages. Once you like our pages, you will see our posts in your Facebook newsfeed.

Walker Elementary tiene una página de Facebook para la escuela, EAST, KKids y PTA. Haga clic en el boton Me gusta a todas estas páginas para mantenerse al día con la información más reciente de la escuela. Haga clic en los enlaces a continuación para acceder a cada página. Luego haga clic en el botón Me gusta para seguir nuestras páginas. Una vez que siga nuestras páginas, verá nuestras publicaciones en su suministro de noticias de Facebook.

Walker Elementary School Facebook Page

Please follow our Walker Facebook page for important information about upcoming events and to learn about what is happening at Walker Elementary school.

Walker Elementary EAST Facebook Page

Walker Elementary EAST is an educational program that combines self-direction, teamwork, service and cutting-edge technology in a manner that helps students to develop their own interests and aptitudes in a positive environment.

Walker Elementary PTA Facebook page

Please like our Walker PTA Facebook page to stay updated on upcoming PTA events and volunteer opportunities.

Walker Elementary KKIDS Facebook Page

KKids is open to all 3rd-5th-grade students. KKids students are leaders who strive to do amazing things for our school, the community, and the world.

Family Self Reporting For Confirmed COVID-19 Close Contact Outside of School

Families must reach out as soon as possible when there is a member of the household that has been in close contact with an individual confirmed as COVID-19 positive. Your name and information will be kept private and confidential. Fill out the appropriate forms through the button links above. If you need help reach out by telephone:

Las familias deben comunicarse lo antes posible cuando hay un miembro del hogar que ha estado en contacto cercano con una persona confirmada como COVID-19 positivo. Su nombre e información se mantendrán privados y confidenciales. Complete los formularios correspondientes a través de los enlaces de los botones de arriba. Si necesita ayuda, comuníquese por teléfono:

Student Covid 19 Positive Reporting Form Link

Estudiante/Personal COVID-19 Positivo Rijikuul/Rijerbal ilo jikuul COVID-19 Positive

Student Household Covid 19 Exposure Reporting Form Link

Exposición del hogar de estudiantes COVID-19 Rijikuul/staff ro ilo aer expose ilo moko mweer

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