Walker School - Principal's Update

Remote Learning 6/1/2020

Dear Walker Families,

This is the last week of school for us and the end of a quite a journey. None of this has been easy, yet I have appreciated the remarkable efforts and grace our students, staff, and parents have shown to keep this experience positive and make our remote learning and school closures the best it could be despite the many challenges. I bet you are all looking forward to the summer and our COVID-19 restrictions loosening up some in the coming days/weeks, as my family is eager to unplug and establish some new summer routines now that remote learning has come to a close!

While we still don't have details to share about the return to school in the fall, I know many families are eager to plan ahead and stay abreast of the changes this summer. You can expect regular updates from me/D181 as things become more clear. Several families have inquired about the decision-making process for this summer. Here is what I'd like to share about that process:

We appreciate your patience as we are trying to gather guidance from the many over-seeing organizations (CDC, DuPage Regional Office of Education, and the Illinois State Board of Education) that likely will direct our local options.

Once guidance from those organizations is received, we’ll draft some possible scenarios and work with the D181 staff, Board of Education and our Facilities, Finance, and Academic Success Board Committees to fine-tune how the guidance specifically impacts and will be instituted within our District. As you know, all of these committees have parents and community members involved, so we’ll get to hear various perspectives.

Please know that we are looking forward to the reopening of schools as soon as it is safe to do so. We are sensitive to our families' need to plan ahead and remain informed as things progress in the coming weeks.

We are also looking into ways to engage our community stakeholders in detailing plans further this summer.

Thanks for your support and advocacy for what's best for our school community.

Thanks for the Memories!

We also now bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Lee, Ms. Matichak, and Mrs. Perkowski, who have served our Walker School Community proudly for many years and will be remembered for their great influence on generations of children. A little birdie tells me they hope to return and sub for us next year. So don't be surprised if you see them before long!

Also, Mrs. Andrlik will be transferring to Prospect School, where she will teach art there full time. (Based on our Walker enrollment, she has been split between Walker and other D181 schools.) We will miss her but she won't be far away! I will soon introduce the new Walker art teacher after she has been approved by our Board of Education. Thanks for all your dedication to Walker School through the years...see you across town, Mrs. Andrlik!

Looking ahead...

As shared previously, the School Pick-Up Information for Monday and Tuesday (June 1-2 ) is below. Thank you in advance for staying in your vehicles and for following these steps to ensure we have the safest and most efficient process possible.

Keep reading on for some staffing updates and important tidbits for the beginning of summer. We will soon share a virtual Kindergarten Sneak Peak for our incoming K families and I will be in touch with these families in the next few weeks to announce KAM/KPM placements.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to me if I can support your family in any way. I expect to be keeping regular office hours through the month of June and then I will take some vacation time in July to spend with my family.

Mr. C

Farewell Ladies!

Important End of the Year Info

Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2, are our final Remote Learning Student Attendance Days. One of the most exciting and rewarding times of the school year comes now, when we see our students celebrating all that they’ve learned, how they’ve grown, and the new friendships they’ve formed. While we won’t be able to exactly replicate our typical end-of-year celebrations such as field days, clap outs, and graduations, we know that some form of recognition will make a big difference for our students and staff.

Monday, June 1

  • End-of-year celebration with our students, including an at home field day option and a 5th-grade promotion alternative
  • 5th-grade possession pickup/drive-through farewell with 5th grade teachers 9:00-11:00 AM
  • 5th-grade promotion alternative (video compilation) posted at 3:00 PM
  • Grades K-4th drive-through materials pickup for last names A-L (See schedule below)

Tuesday, June 2

  • On Tuesday, June 2, our staff will be engaging in a Remote Learning Planning Day as we continue to prepare for various 2020-21 scenarios. Since we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete and turn in any unfinished work on this day, no additional work will be assigned.
  • Grades K-4th drive-through materials pickup for last names M-Z (See schedule below)

Returning Possessions

Students will have the opportunity to safely and efficiently pick up personal items left at the school and return textbooks and library books (all grades, as needed) and technology devices (only eighth-graders) in a "drive-through" format on June 1 and June 2.

Please know that participation is not mandatory. We understand that some families may not feel comfortable picking up student materials or returning D181 books at this time. If that is the case for your family, we will hold your child's possessions over the summer and you may return your D181 books when we return to school in the fall. Please be assured that during this process we will be strictly adhering to recommended social distancing guidelines and all staff members will be utilizing masks and gloves.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Details

  • D181 staff have packed student possessions from their locker and classroom and will have them ready for pick-up in cardboard boxes.
  • At your designated time, you will drive through the Walker traffic loop following the same flow we use during the school year.
  • Please have your student's name clearly displayed on a piece of paper for the D181 staff member to see (Your Walker Family Name Car Placards will suffice).
  • Please do not exit your vehicle. Plan to open your trunk at the designated loading areas.
  • A staff member will retrieve your child's possessions and place them in your trunk.
  • If you have any library books, textbooks, etc., please put them in a garbage bag or plastic bag and label with your child's name (Duct Tape and Sharpie works well), and load them in your trunk; we will unload these bags and load your trunk with your child's packed box. (See pic for example).

Walker Pick-Up and Drop-Off Schedule

Monday 6/1

  • 9:00 – 10:00 5th grade last names A – M
  • 10:00 – 11:00 5th grade last names N – Z
  • 11:00 – 12:00 K-4th last names A – C
  • 1:00 – 2:00 K-4th last names D – H
  • 2:00 – 3:00 K-4th last names J – L

Tuesday 6/2

  • 9:00 – 10:00 K-4th last names M – O
  • 10:00 – 11:00 K-4th last names P – R
  • 1:00 – 2:00 K-4th last names S – T
  • 2:00 – 3:00 K-4th last names U – Z

Returning District Property

  • ECE-8th grade students: Please return any District textbooks or library books you have at home. Please write the student's name on a piece of paper and put it inside the front cover of each book.
  • Place such items in in a garbage bag/plastic bag and label with your child's name (Duct Tape and Sharpie works well), and load them in your trunk; we will unload these bags and load your trunk with your child's packed box during the drive-though pickup.
  • K-7th grade students will keep their D181 technology device over the summer.
  • 8th grade students should return their D181 computer and charger during their designated time.

BIG Thanks to our PTO!

Please join me in acknowledging the 2019-2020 PTO Executive Committee. Through their great work and tremendous coordination, we have fundraised and championed enhancements to make the Walker School experience even more special and student-centered than ever! When you return to school in the fall (fingers crossed) we look forward to introducing new playground equipment, new PE equipment, and continued partnerships with many of our student activities. This team continued to go above and beyond to make sure our students and families have the very best school community experience possible!

Thank you ...

Co-Presidents: Dana Martin & Angela Ordway

Co-Vice Presidents: Jen Forcash & Heidi Lauerman
Co-Treasurers: Courtney Sigmund & Lindsey Patel

Recording Secretary: Chrissy Zajicek
Communications: Jen Forcash & Heidi Lauerman

WalkerFest Chair: Amy Phillips

Best of Walker's 10-Second Talents

Thanks again for sharing your 10-second talents with us this past month. In the absence of our traditional June Jubilee, I am glad we found a way to still celebrate our students' creativity and uniqueness.

Enjoy this Best of Walker's 10-Second Talents below.

At Home Field Day - June 1 (Optional but Encouraged)

We are nearing the end of the year and while we can't host a Walker field day event in the same way, our PE teachers will be providing field day activities for our families on June 1. There will be many different activities to choose from and students and families can choose to do as many or as few as they would like to participate in. This equipment list is the equipment needed to do all of the activities; we tried to include equipment that many might already have at home. We wanted to get the equipment list out to families ahead of time so that you can prepare. The activities will be grouped by type of equipment, so it will be easy to choose based on what you have at home.

Get ready...more details to come!
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Important Note re Regarding Physical and Immunization Requirements

for Parents of K, 5th and 8th graders

(Reminder: May 15th-31st)

According to Illinois State Law, all students entering Illinois public schools for the first time, new transfer students, and all incoming 6th and 9th graders must show proof of having had a school physical documented on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form. In addition, parents must provide documentation of appropriate vaccinations having been completed at that time. Because appointments become harder to get as the summer progresses, it is recommended that you make an appointment as soon as possible.

Per District 181 Policy, all documentation stated above must be submitted to the building nurse or principal on the first day of school. Failure to provide such documentation by October 15th will result in the State-mandated exclusion of those students who are not in compliance.

If you have any questions, please call the Building Nurse at (630) 861-4608

Congrats Walker Students in District 181 Student Art Exhibit!

Congratulations to the student artists, listed below, who were selected to represent Walker School in the 2020 District 181 Student Art Exhibit! This year our art show is going virtual! The online exhibit will showcase the artwork of approximately 150 students from the district. It will be shared with District 181 families and the broader community starting June 3rd. The Student Art Exhibit will be available on the District 181, PTO, and D181 Foundation websites and shared through emails, social media, and other local media outlets.

Also, local businesses and community organizations will be given opportunities to receive copies of the show, which could be displayed in their physical locations and on their websites and social media accounts. All student artists will receive from the District 181 Foundation a certificate commemorating their participation in the show and a special yard sign to display at their home. I'm thrilled for this opportunity to celebrate our Walker artists!

Congratulations to...

Andrew Gaffney, 5th

Likhita Thati 5th

Mia Molis, 5th

Aslan Choi, 4th

Riley Lynch, 4th

Warner Freve, 4th

Katherine Lowe, 3rd

Lillie Conley, 3rd

Ronne Malham, 3rd

Emma Schoenberger, 2nd

Madison Neidig, 2nd

Sydney Admire, 2nd

Hudson Lauerman, 1st

Piper Flanagan, 1st

Margaret Hoff, K

Savannah Wiklund, K

Teacher Teams for 2020-2021

Below are the anticipated teacher assignments for next year based on current enrollments. NOTE: We are closely monitoring the enrollment totals for 4th grade and will apply our D181 Class Size Guidelines to finalize the decision between 2 or 3 sections later this summer.

Kindergarten AM/PM

Aletha Fuhrman

1st Grade

Heather Serrano

Lisa Ross (transfer from Elm School)

Jan Francis (transfer from Oak School ECE)

2nd Grade

Kristin Jung

Shannon Paciga

3rd Grade

Rachel Wade

Meghan Van Hoegarden (transfer from CHMS)

4th Grade

Rachelle Heck

Sarah Karrow

Patricia Pappas

5th Grade

Julie Hafner

Lynn Marquardt

See below to meet the new teachers to Walker.

Update: Yearbooks will be distributed on June 1-2 during your scheduled pick-up time

Good news yearbooks were delivered to us earlier than expected!

Thanks to the great team work of our PTO and Yearbook Chair Jen Forcash, we have arranged for the yearbooks to be distributed to families on June 1-2 during your scheduled pick-up time.

Congratulations to our 2019/2020 Yearbook Cover Contest Winners:

  • 5th Grade: Evelyn Skay

  • 4th Grade: Aslan Choi

  • 3rd Grade: Reese Randall

  • 2nd Grade: Teagan McLinn

  • 1st Grade: Mackenzie Forcash

  • Kindergarten: Mackenzie Decker

As is tradition, the 5th grade winner's artwork will appear on the front cover of the yearbook and the 4th grade winner's will appear on the back cover; all other winners will each have a page dedicated to their drawing inside the book. Thanks to all our Walker students for their incredibly creative submissions! Please click here to view the winners for each grade!

Thank you for your help and support of our yearbook! Please e-mail yearbook@walkerpto.com with any questions!

2020 Summer Learning Program

The dates for Summer Learning 2020 are June 10-June 30. The catalog linked below has also been updated.

All D181 students and interested age-appropriate students outside the D181 community are invited to enroll in the 2020 Summer Learning Program, which will be offered online this year. Classes are $100 each and will be held Mondays through Fridays from June 10 to June 30 (a total of 15 sessions). Registration ends Wednesday, June 3.

For more information, visit the Summer Learning Website, browse the catalog linked below, and view registration directions for details on how to sign up.

Summer Learning Catalog

Summer Learning Website

Registration Directions

Walker eLearning Lessons

Teachers will be posting lessons prior each day's eLearning.