The Walden Weekly

School News You Can Use - Feb 10, 2023

Dear Walden Families,

We had a wonderful week at Walden! Our PTO Bingo Night was a big success this past Wednesday night! Students and families had a fantastic time playing bingo and winning prizes. Thank you to the wonderful parents who made this event possible. It's always really special coming together as a community for a night of FUN!

Have a great weekend and we'll see you Monday!

-Stephanie Strenger

5Essentials Survey

Parents across Illinois again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, it allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Your responses also help guide district improvement.

To take the Parent Survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

In addition to parents, teachers and 4th through 8th grade students will also be responding to this survey. Per school board policy 7:15, you may opt your child out of any survey. If you would not like your child to participate in the 5Essentials Survey, please contact your building principal no later than Feb. 21.

Our Parking Lot (2nd Posting)

Please make sure you are following our protocols for the parking lot during arrival as well as dismissal.

  • The inner lane is for drop-off/pick-up and the outer lane is for driving through.
  • Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the outer lane.
  • Stay in your vehicle unless you are parked in a parking space.
  • Pull up all the way in order to allow as many cars to pull in as possible.
  • Please do not cut into the inner lane from the outer lane. This tends to block both lanes of traffic.
Our lot has the capability of functioning smoothly when everyone follows these protocols. Thank you!

Arrival Reminder (2nd Posting)

Just as a reminder, our doors open for students at 8:35. We do not have supervision for students until 8:35 when they enter the building. Please just be aware of this time on these cold mornings since we don't want children waiting out in the cold for a long time. Thank you!

Our Upcoming Monthly Theme Days!

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Photos From The Week

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, February 15 - 4th Grade Music Show
  • Monday, February 20 - Presidents Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Teacher Institute Day (No School)
  • Monday, March 6 - Pulaski Day (No School)
  • Wednesday, March 22 - 2nd Grade Music Show
  • March 27-March 31 - Spring Break (No School)

Have a great weekend!