Walker Howler

February 17, 2023

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Important Dates

  • 2/20 No School: President's Day
  • 2/23 PTO Meeting 5:30 - 7:00
  • 2/27 Site Council 3:00 - 4:00
  • 2/28 Black History Month Assembly at Ashland High School's Theatre (Please check with your child's teacher for more information about chaperoning.)

  • 3/1 - 3/1 No School: Conferences (Sign up with your child's teacher)

  • 3/16 5:30 - 7:00 Family Science & Title I Night at ScienceWorks is back and in-person! Please join us for pizza, a Title I presentation, and a chance to explore the ScienceWorks Museum for free with your family!

Walker Building Update

We are so excited about our new building! It is beautiful, accessible, bright, and new! At this point, we have crossed our fingers (and our toes) that everything continues to stay on track with the construction so we can move into our new building by the end of the school year.

The construction is expected to be completed by mid-April. Immediately following this, we'll need a few weeks to get the building ready for our staff and students. Our maintenance team will perform checks of the systems, furniture will be installed, and boxes will be moved to Walker. Then, we will unpack and move into our new building! If all goes as planned, we will be in our new beautiful building by mid-May.

As long as construction continues to stay on track with this timeline, we are planning to hold an evening Open House (instead of DaVinci Night) at our new building this spring. At this Open House (date TBD), our Walker Families will have a chance engage in fun activities, play Lotería, connect and eat with one another, and tour our beautiful new building!

We will continue to update families as we get closer to this date. Please look for more information prior to Spring Break. For now, some staff would be grateful for help with packing. In a few months, we would love help unpacking and getting settled in to our new school. If you are able to volunteer, please let me or your child's teacher know, and we will put you to work!

Check out the link below for construction updates, photos, and videos!

Valentine's Day at Walker School!

The LAST ANNUAL Jack’s Dodgeball Tournament!

We are pleased to announce the last in a run of a great annual tradition—Jack’s Dodgeball Tournament! This year we will open the doors of the Ashland High School Gym on Sunday, Feb 26, to welcome teams of kids and adults in a double bracket tournament. Medals will be awarded to 3 different divisions: Youth (K-8), Mixed (kids and adults) and Adult (high school and older). A silent auction will be held, and proceeds from the event will go toward a scholarship for this year’s senior class, as well as to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Registration forms can be found at the front office, or you can register your team on-line with this link!

Here are some helpful tips:

  • 6 people per team
  • Youth Division: Starts at noon
  • Mixed Division: Starts around 1:30
  • Adult Division: Starts around 3:00)
  • SOU athletic leadership students will referee games
  • Registration fee: $6/youth and $10/adult (per player), due Feb 22
  • Early registration: (By Feb 14) is $5/youth and $8/adult (per player)
  • Costumes encouraged!!
  • Plenty of Silent auction items
  • Snacks and shave ice will be sold at the event!

YouthTruth Student & Family Survey

Survey Window: February 27 - March 24

Walker School wants to hear from our students and families! We’re partnering with YouthTruth to hear what students and families have to say about their school experience. This feedback will give us valuable feedback to better understand the experience of students and families so we can work to improve our school climate!

Survey questions are available for review upon request. Please contact Tiffany Burns before February 27th if you would like to opt-out your child from the survey.

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is brimming with clothes and student items. Please stop by the 5th grade Cafe during conferences and see if your child has any belongings here!

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.