Words from Walsh January, 2022

Staying connected with Walsh School

Greetings from Principal Martin

Dear Parents/Guardians: As we begin the New Year, let us take the opportunity to reflect on the past year with all of its blessings, as well as all of the challenges that faced us. I am so proud of our students on adapting to their constantly changing world. Together, we have learned so much and worked so hard to keep us moving forward. In a cloudy time, there have been so many beacons of light guiding us. I want to recognize and thank all of our staff, teachers, and parents who continually give their all in their commitment and dedication to our students and to this district.


After what I hope was a very relaxing winter break, we will be getting back to business, working hard to keep moving our students forward in their educational journeys. Please keep the lines of communication open with your teacher, and discuss any concerns you may have. If you have any questions that I can help answer, please do not hesitate to contact me.


I wish all our families a healthy, happy and prosperous new year! ~ Mrs. Teresa Martin

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Important Dates in January

Mark Your Calendars


1-4 - Winter Break

5 - Teacher Institute - NO SCHOOL

6 - Classes Resume

10 - SHIELD Testing (new testing day is Monday)

14 - Spirit Day - Pirate Day (Arrr you ready to show your school spirit?)

17 - Martin Luther King’s Birthday - NO SCHOOL

18 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

24-28 - Great Kindness Challenge Week

31 - Spirit Day - 100th Day of School! (Get creative.. Dress 100 years old or wear a 100 outfit)



Remember to call the office by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ~ 815-838-7858 www.d92.org

Every Wednesday is early dismissal @ 2:50 p.m.

Please be prompt for pick up at the appropriate time.

Fondly remembering Mrs. Debbie Latka

Mrs. Latka loved working in our media center and with our young students. Their giggles kept Debbie smiling. When Mrs. Latka was here full time a couple years ago, she started our lunch dance parties for indoor recess. The kids loved it! We will miss you Mrs. Latka.
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A Note from the Nurse

Remember to dress your child appropriately with a coat, hat, scarf, mittens, and boots. Students may be outside on days where the wind chill is above 10 degrees. All students may be going out for gym, unless they have a doctor’s note to keep them inside for medical reasons.


Please keep your child home if they have a temperature above 100 degrees, are vomiting, coughing uncontrollably or have yellow or green drainage from their nose, or are showing any symptoms of COVID.

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all of the children here healthy.

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Bob the Walsh elf has been very busy this holiday season..

He was proud to report to Santa that our students are VERY nice!!

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Kindergarten News

Happy New Year from the Kindergarten Team!


In Fundations, we will be starting the year by focusing on decoding CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words such as hen, big, fun, rat, and log. Then we will begin learning all about uppercase letters! Throughout the month we will also be reviewing lowercase letter formation and sounds.


In reading, students will be introduced to new reading superpowers. The new strategies we will learn are: last letter power, sound power, and reread power! We will also begin our first author study. Students will learn all about the author Mo Willems while reading books from his Knuffle Bunny, Piggie and Elephant, and Pigeon series. Students will be learning about characters, setting, character voice, reading with expression and much more!


In math, we will be starting Unit 5 in our Bridges curriculum.

The Bridges math skills we will be working on will include:


  • Counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s

  • Identifying 2D and 3D shapes

  • Compare 2D Shapes

  • Use simple shapes to form larger shapes


As you can see, it is back to business in kindergarten after our holiday break!

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First Grade News

Welcome back and hello 2022! The first-grade teachers hope you had a safe and wonderful winter break. The new year brings us a fresh start with many exciting learning opportunities.


We will begin the year by continuing to work on our opinion writing. We will spend the month of January continuing to explore the writing process. As we continue our nonfiction unit, students will be introduced to many nonfiction reference books and literary nonfiction books. Students will continue to work on reading with accuracy and fluency. Please continue to have your child read and review comprehension of text with you at home using all of the paper books that have been sent home. The only way to increase fluency is through practice.


Fundations will progressively become more challenging as students learn:


~Closed syllable concept with short vowels

~Closed syllable vs. open syllable

~Vowel team sounds for: ai, ay, ee, ea, ey, oi, oy

~Narrative fiction vs. informational books

~Reading with accuracy and prosody


We will continue Unit 4 in our Bridges in Mathematics (which revolves around the number line, an essential mathematical model) for the month of January. We are also looking forward to spending some time learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy this month. What a great and busy start to the new year!

Early Childhood News

The early childhood classes are off to a great 2022. We will work on a winter unit and read “The Mitten”. We will bring this wonderful story to life with giant story props. Our letters for this month will be K, L, and M. In our Bridges math program, we will be counting, comparing, sorting, patterning, graphing, and problem-solving this month. We are counting to 25, and working on naming number and letter symbols presented in random order. In addition, we will learn about staying healthy during these cold winter months. Stay warm and read lots of books!

P.E. News by Mr. Wallace


I hope everyone had a great holiday break and got to relax and enjoy time with their family. January probably won't allow for us to go outside much, but please make sure you send students with warm clothes so we can get out when we can. Wherever we are, we will need to do lots of activities to help our fitness after eating too much and moving too little over break. Thanks for all your gifts and support.

Music Notes by Mrs. Moan

What a month of music-making in the Walsh music room!

Happy New Year to my Walsh Family!


Early Childhood: In December, the students learned a banana dance and practiced a new warmup, with a magical hoop. When a friend is inside the hoop, we must copy their movements. Everyone wants a turn! ☺ We had fun with the Gingerbread story and sang the Gingerbread Man’s favorite song: Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! In January, the preschoolers will identify when music is going up or down, and will practice a song about a baby bird. We will use a step bell to play UP and DOWN. The students will also be using movement scarves and beanbags.



Kindergarten: We had a great time learning about different holidays in December, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We lit the menorah with finger cymbals and triangles and danced a rhythmic Kwanzaa routine. We finished out the month with Jingle Bells and Up on the Housetop, and learned about the story of “The Nutcracker”, a famous ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In January, the students will be challenged to use their body in a different way in the song, “Touch the Ground”. When I show them a number, they can only touch the ground with that many parts of their body. 2! (2 feet …or… 1 hand and 1 foot… or…1 knee and 1 head!) We will practice a new musical opposite: smooth (legato) and detached (staccato). Kindergarteners will continue to play various classroom instruments, including the woodblock and tambourine.



1st Grade: In December, the first graders sang Jingle Bells and Up on the Housetop, and tried a new movement activity called Jack-in-the-Box. We were able to pretend that we were the Jack-in-the-box and POP out of our box! We also added some instruments including the vibraslap and guiro. The students also practiced a beautiful Hanukkah song, called “Hanukkah is Here”, and added a steady beat on our barred instruments. We learned several dances this month, including a Dance for Hanukkah, and the Arabian Dance and Russian Trepak from “The Nutcracker” ballet. We just finished the “March of the Wooden Soldiers” from the ballet. We used red and silver plates to create different patterns to represent different parts of the song. We also had fun with “Time for Toys” a rhythmic song that included drums, tambourines, triangles and woodblocks. We even added an Xbox to our song as a popular toy! The students enjoyed learning about the dreidel game and had a chance to spin their own dreidel. In January, the first graders will be practicing melodic direction, especially using two notes, so and mi.

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Art News by Mrs. Deckinga

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday breaks! In January, the kindergarten classes will be reading the book Snowballs by Lois Elhert. We'll be creating winter bird collages inspired by the book's illustrations.

The first grade students will be creating winter landscape collages. We'll be painting colorful winter skies with watercolor and using bleeding tissue paper to make our pine trees. We'll finish with splatter painted "snow".

The Reading Corner by Mrs. Price-Senders, First Grade Reading Specialist

Motivating Kids to Read -- Studies show that the more children read, the better readers and writers they become.

But what can you do to motivate your children to read more regularly?

As a parent, you know that reading is important, and you probably feel frustrated if your child does not like to read. Many forces in children’s lives pull them away from reading – television, video games and after-school activities – but finding a way to incorporate reading and writing activities into your child’s daily routine may not be as difficult as it seems.


Try the following:

Learn more about your child’s interest and suggest books, magazines, and articles that relate to those topics.

Sometimes good movies are a starting point for pleasure reading – after seeing a movie based on a book, children will be motivated to read the book.

Sometimes travel sparks reading, and finding books that relate to a place you visit on a family vacation can get a child hooked.

Keep books and other reading materials in your home.

Read books with your children! Children of any age can appreciate being read to.

Be a good role model – let your children see you reading.

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