The Walden Weekly

September 1, 2023

Hello Walden Families!

It was great to see so many Walden families last night at our Curriculum Night. We enjoyed spending time together and sharing information about all of the wonderful happenings at Walden!

As a reminder, we have no school on Monday.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

- Stephanie Strenger

Destination Imagination Begins Soon!

There will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, 9/6 at 7:00 PM for parents with 4th and 5th grade students who are interested in participating in Destination Imagination this year. D.I. is a project-based STEAM learning program where students work in teams to complete both long-range and fast-paced challenges. Join us at this link for the meeting. A recording will be made available for anyone unable to attend. Contact Kelly Jahng with any questions.

A reminder from our P.E. teachers

Please remember to send your child in the gym shoes on P.E. days. This is important for their safety for running and doing other physical activities. Thank you!

Save These Dates for the 23-24 Music Shows!

Finalized Dates Music Shows 2023-2024

November 16th (Thursday) 6pm - 3rd grade

January 25th (Thursday) 5:30pm - 1st grade

February 7th (Wednesday) 6pm - 4th grade

March 13th (Wednesday) 6pm - 2nd grade

April 25th (Thursday) 5:30pm - Kindy

May 1st (Wednesday) 6pm - 5th grade

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Photo/Video & Directory Opt Out Form - due Sept. 12!

DPS 109 uses photos and videos of students and staff to tell the district’s story! The district also maintains directory information and shares it with our parent-teacher organizations and other District-connected organizations so that they can keep parents in the loop with important information (such as school lunch ordering, after-school enrichment, and other events, volunteer opportunities, and educational trips for middle school students). We use an opt out system to maintain these permissions.

If you are granting permission for photos and/or directory information, log in to Family Access and complete the opt out form without checking any boxes.

If you wish to opt out of photos/videos or directory information (or both), please check the applicable box and hit submit. *Please note that opting out of publications includes the yearbook.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Steckling at

Upcoming SEL Survey (2nd Posting)

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important in District 109. As a part of the learning process, we ask students in grades K-8 to reflect on skills related to social-emotional learning and the school environment. The fall survey will be administered to all students between September 5th and September 22nd and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact your school principal no later than Friday, September 1.

Still Missing Texts or Emails from The District? (2nd Posting)

Login to Family Access to check if we have the right number on file for you. If it’s wrong, please change it. If it’s right and you’re still not hearing from us, reach out to and we will get back to you!

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, September 4

    • No School (Labor Day)

  • Tuesday, September 5

    • Enrichment Classes Begin

  • Thursday, September 7

    • PTO Ice Cream Social 6:30-7:30

  • Thursday, September 14

    • Picture Day

  • Friday, September 22

    • PTO Movie Night 7-9pm

  • Monday, September 25

    • No School (Yom Kippur)

  • Monday, October 9

    • No School (Columbus Day)

  • Thursday, October 26

    • ½ Day of Student Attendance

    • PM Parent/Teacher Conference

  • Friday, October 27

    • No School for Students

    • All Day Parent Conferences

  • Thursday, November 2

    • Picture Retakes

Have a Great Weekend!