Words from Walsh May, 2022

Staying connected with Walsh School

Greetings from Principal Martin

Thank you to Miss Katie (Truse) for taking the lead on celebrating Earth Day last month. A great big thank you also goes to our parents who stepped up and not only made Earth Day educational, but fun, as they encouraged students to create some amazing projects! It was really exciting to see the projects tied to our first grade musical, Every Day is Earth Day, which was a perfect finale to the week. So much talent was shown by our students, and we are very proud of them!


With the beginning of May, comes Teacher /Staff Appreciation Week, and I'd like to give a very big, warm, and public thank you to every staff member of Walsh School. These individuals work every day helping your children along the way, both academically and socially, and they do it with compassion and dedication. The love and learning I see every day in this wonderful school is simply amazing. Thank you, we could not do it without you!


And now a thank you to you, the families. Together, you and the staff have worked to form the best support team our students could hope for! Thank you to everyone who has helped our students, our staff, and our school move forward on their educational journey so successfully this year; we appreciate your partnership so much. There were many adjustments and new things to learn along the way and, as always, we worked together to "let our colors shine!"



- Mrs. Teresa Martin

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Important Dates in May

Mark Your Calendars


May 2-6th is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

2 - We appreciate our Paraprofessionals! - tell each Para how much you appreciate them!

3 - Our Teachers are tops! - let your Teacher know how wonderful they are!

4 - Spirit Day ~ May the 4th be with you! ~ wear Star Wars or your favorite color!

4 - Our Greeter & Custodians are great! - when you see Mr. Tony at the door, or Ms. Denise & Ms. Karen, Mr. Collin & Ms. Abby, tell them thank you for everything they do!

5 - Cinco de Mayo

5 - So thankful for our Support Staff! - let our Specialists know that they mean so much to us!

6 - We have the coolest Kitchen! - tell the Kitchen staff thank you for all their hard work!

8 - Mother's Day

11 - School Nurse's Day ~ Spend all day celebrating Nurse Sarah and letting her know how much she is loved!

12 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo

13 - Teacher Institute Day - No School

17 - Board of Education Meeting @ 7PM

23 - 1st Grade Step Up Day at Reed School

23 - Spirit Day ~ You shined this year! Wear your favorite sunglasses

26 - Field Day

27 - Last Day of School - Early Dismissal @ 11:55

31 - Memorial Day

REGISTRATION and PROOF OF RESIDENCY

Registration is now underway for students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022. To register, please visit the district homepage at www.d92.org. Click on the "Parents" tab at the top of the screen and select "Registration". There you will find the link for New Student Registration 2022-23. Please keep in mind that all kindergarten students must have a physical, dental and eye exam before the start of school, but they are not required to complete the online registration.


All new kindergarteners must prove residency, along with any students transferring into the district and any returning students who have had a change of address. Please call the office to schedule a time to come in and verify the necessary documents.


Required Proof of Residency documents include:

A. Original county-issued birth certificate

B. Current real estate tax bill, a copy of your lease, or if shared housing, fill out and notarize the 3rd Party Affidavit available on the registration page under "Printable Registration Documents"

C. Two forms of identification (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, etc.)


*Registration fees for grades K-8 have been waved for the 2022-23 school year.


All students returning to District 92 will login to their parent portal to register. You can also find the link for returning students on the registration homepage. If you are moving out of the district, please login to register similarly through your parent portal and follow the prompts, indicating your intentions.


If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please call the Walsh School office at 815-838-7858.

HEALTH FORMS

For families that will have children entering kindergarten next year, this is a reminder that your child will be needing a physical that has been completed within a year of the first day of school. They will also need a dental exam and a vision exam. A student health update form is required for students every year also. These forms are available on the district website and may be sent completed to Walsh School to the attention of the school nurse. We will be sending out information noting a time for medication pick up in May.

Thank you and stay well!

Earth Day 2022

All of our students worked very hard this year on their Earth Day projects! Certificates and bracelets were given to everyone who turned in a project, and special prizes were given to the first, second, and third place winners along with the runner ups. Thank you to everyone who participated or just practiced recycling, reusing, and reducing at home. Please treat our Earth and its resources kindly EVERY DAY, not just when we are focused on Earth Day.

You did an amazing job!!

Our Happy Earth Day Project Winners!

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P.E. News by Mr. Wallace

Wow! What a fast year it has been. It hasn't been the warm spring I hoped for, but we managed to get outside whenever we could. May is the last month of school and we will be outside enjoying it as much as possible! At the end of the month, on Thursday May 26th, will be having Field Day!!!! It will be a great day full of fun outside with lots of activities for the students to do. Thank you for a great year!

Our students really hit it out of the park with their reading!

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Spikes Super Students Update


The students exceeded their reading goal tremendously! We are so proud of you all for stepping up to the plate and reading books every day. Vouchers for a free ticket to a 2022 Slammers game (and the option for discounted tickets for family) will be sent home this month.

Keep up the great work and keep reading!

Kindergarten News

Can you believe that the school year is almost over? It is true when they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” Each kindergarten class has been watching their caterpillars grow longer and bigger and turn into chrysalises. Soon they will emerge from their chrysalises and we will see beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies!


We will be testing the students on their reading and comprehension skills one last time before the end of the year. The following skills will be tested: retelling of the story (what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story), who were the characters, where did the story take place, what part did you like the best, and what did you think of when reading the story?


Also in May, the students will be busy making a special gift for Mother’s Day. You will be amazed how far they have come with printing since the beginning of the year! Well, this is it! We are looking forward to a great end of the school year and the wonderful, well deserved, summer break ahead!

First Grade News

Is spring really here? Some days it feels like it is, and some days it feels like it is not! Regardless, we are enjoying the days we can get outside and enjoy the fresh air without our winter coats on! Hopefully, we will have a nice day for our upcoming Brookfield Zoo Fieldtrip.


In first grade, we will continue the academic journey that we have already established through reading, writing, and math. Poetry is the topic of discussion during our reading lessons. We will learn more about the aspects of poetry as we proceed through our unit. Writing has become a very exciting time for our first graders. We are practicing a variety of genres: opinion, narrative, and informative. How cool is that? In math, we are working on our Geometry Unit. We are continueing to build on our addition, subtraction, and problem-solving skills.


First grade is flying by and your children have learned so much! We are so proud of all of their accomplishments! As always, we all thank you for your continued support!

Early Childhood News


The early childhood class and preschoolers have been working really hard this past month! We would like to thank our amazing parents for all their help and support this year. You are all wonderful and doing a remarkable job! In the month of May, along with celebrating mothers; we will complete our alphabet work, continue reinforcing colors, shapes, numbers and concepts, along with learning about zoo animals.

The Reading Corner with Mrs. Senders

Motivating Kids to Read -- Studies show that the more children read, the better readers and writer 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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Media Center News with Mrs. Rusick

Our classes have been discussing on-line safety and media balance. Some of our activities included some fun songs and video clips to promote discussion of what can keep us safe. Balancing our media time has also been a focus of our activities. Students drew a picture of how they could balance their media time and then described their picture. These pages were collected to create class books for the Media Center. We are also working on our next digital story. Students will be completing pages in “Draw and Tell” to create a digital story that can be sent to our photos as a video. Since the app Draw and Tell saves any work the students create we have also been trying to make sure students delete their photos and saved work that may be taking up space on our iPads. It’s always a good idea to skim through photos and delete any that may be repetitive or taking up unnecessary space.


Our last book check out will be May 9th. Books should be returned by May 16th so that our collection can be inventoried for next school year.

Music Notes with Mrs. Moan

What a month of music-making at Walsh School!


Preschool:

We love creative movement in early childhood music classes! We have been dinosaurs, birds, elephants and snakes. We also learned a fun song about a farmer and a mischievous rabbit, “Lucy Rabbit”. We will be learning some songs about caterpillars to butterflies in the next few weeks. We will also be adding more classroom instruments to our songs!


Kindergarten:

In kindergarten, we look forward to learning more about rhythm, the long and short sounds in music. We have started some pre-rhythm practice using the words long and short to read patterns. We had a lot of fun creating rain patterns on our glockenspiels and learning a song about the cuckoo bird. We have been having fun with beanbags and will continue to practice some folk dance in May!


The 1st Graders presented their spring music, “Every Day is Earth Day!” on Friday, April 22. It was a success! The students were absolute superstars!

Making Math Count with Mrs. Romeo

Math doesn't have to be boring! Try going outside and creating a life-size number line, measuring jumps with a tape measure, or painting numbers on rocks. These are just some of the ideas on the websites I have listed below. Teaching our children that math can be fun is a great way to get them to practice and go outside. Now, all we need is the weather to cooperate!

https://www.rainbowskycreations.com/post/5-outdoor-maths-games-that-kids-will-love

https://www.weareteachers.com/active-math-games/

We had so much fun celebrating our super students!

Art News by Mrs. Deckinga

In May, the kindergarten students will be learning about butterflies. We'll be reading several books about butterflies and also studying symmetry in nature. We'll be using a special drawing technique to make our butterflies symmetrical, then adding color with watercolor.


The first grade students will be creating a rainforest collage. We'll be learning how to draw and paint colorful tropical birds, then we'll be using our cutting skills to add a variety of rainforest leaves and flowers from construction paper.

Keep that spirit going all summer long - You are all amazing and We love you!