Walker News

Week of September 14-18, 2020

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A Message from Mrs. Ryan & Mrs. Farris

Dear Walker Families,

We are ready for week four of school!

Parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually on Monday, September 21, and Tuesday, September 22. We are so excited to get to see our Walker families for a virtual meeting during student-involved conferences. During this time, your child and teacher will discuss progress made over the past four weeks. Our Wildcats have been busy working hard, learning new software, and testing. We have important information to go over with each family that will enable us to partner with you for your child's education. Please look at the conference note in your child's Monday folder and return this note to school so we can schedule a time for your conference that is convenient for you. Your child's teacher will then let you know what time your conference will be and will also send you a link to log in for the meeting. You and your child will both need to be present for this conference. Please call the office or send a message to your child's teacher if you are not able to attend your scheduled virtual conference time. We look forward to seeing you!

We are using Lexia and IXL to support our curriculum this year and your child has access to both of these online programs at home. Your child's teacher will be having your child work in these two software programs this year at school and will be asking you to have your child log in and work from home as well. Lexia Core5 Reading was just purchased district-wide this school year. Lexia is a comprehensive technology-based literacy program that extends learning for students who are advanced and accelerates learning for students who are not yet on grade level. Students work independently to develop critical reading and language skills through individualized learning pathways. With IXL, your child will learn math skills at their own pace. IXL provides adaptive questions that automatically adjust to the just-right level of difficulty for your child. A wide variety of question types keeps practice sessions fresh and enables all types of learners to reach their full potential. We are excited to have these two programs provide extra individual supports to our students. If you need help getting your child logged in to these programs at home, please let your child's teacher know. We hope your child is enjoying the additional digital learning resources that we are using to support learning needs in reading and math. If your child says they do not have homework, ask them to log in and show you IXL or Lexia. We know these resources work best when your child is spending time logged into these programs. Also, please ask your child what they are reading and remind them that they are to be reading every night. We would love for you to sit down and watch your child work through our computer programs and listen to your child read each night.

Next week, your child will be taking the MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. MAP Growth tests are unique, and it adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. Our teachers are experienced in taking MAP data to provide small group and individual instruction to meet your child's learning needs.

The USDA has extended free meals for kids through December 31, 2020. Please see the link below. For more information please reach out to Mrs. Gena Smith, Child Nutrition Director, By phone, (479) 750-8707 ext. 1, By email, gsmith2@sdale.org. This is a great opportunity for all families to take advantage of the two meals being served at Walker each day for free. Breakfast is served every day from 7:15 to 7:45 am. Don't forget that if your child is doing a blended learning plan, you can pre-order and pick up meals on the days your child is working from home at Helen Tyson Middle School from 10:50 to 11:20 Monday - Friday. To order meals for pick up call the Child Nutrition Office at 750-8707 between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm.

This year we did a school supply fee of $30.00 in every grade. If you have not yet paid for your child's supplies, please see the link below. An envelope will be sent home with students who still owe this fee on Monday.

We would like to encourage every family to join the Walker PTA. Our PTA does so much to support our school and we would like to connect all of our families through the PTA. To join, use the QR code shown below.

Thank you for partnering with us for your child's education. We are here for your child each and every day. If there is a question, concern, or even an idea to share, please reach out to your child's teacher or to either one of us. Please read the newsletter below for important updates and changes happening at Walker and in the Springdale School District. We look forward to a great 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you,

Mrs. Lynn Ryan, Principal, lryan@sdale.org

Mrs. Carrie Farris, Assistant Principal, cfarris@sdale.org

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Have you paid the $30.00 supply fee for your child?

All students in kindergarten through fifth grade will have a supply fee of $30.00 for school supplies. You can pay this fee online using this link:(https://osp.osmsinc.com/SpringdaleAR/) or the QR code below. If you have not yet paid for supply fees, your child will be bringing home an envelope with a supply fee note attached on Monday.

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

All students will be served school meals at no cost from now until December 31, 2020. For more information please reach out to Mrs. Gena Smith, Child Nutrition Director, By phone, (479) 750-8707 ext. 1, By email, gsmith2@sdale.org

Please see the link below for information from the USDA about free meals for your child.

Springdale School District School Visitor Protocol

Due to COVID-19, visitors to school buildings will be limited to only those with essential school business. We hope to relax this restriction as the pandemic subsides.

  • While COVID-19 is prevalent in our community, guests will not be allowed to eat lunch with students. We hope to be able to relax this restriction as the pandemic subsides.
  • Parents are encouraged to meet with teachers via phone or video conferences when they have any questions or concerns. Currently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) recommend limiting any nonessential visitors to schools.
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The Springdale Public School's COVID Information Page

The Springdale School District has a new COVID information page. Please see the link below for the latest information on COVID from the Springdale School District.

COVID-19 Webpage: go.sdale.org/covid

In an effort to be timely and transparent, the Springdale School system created a webpage for COVID-19. Please click below to visit the webpage: go.sdale.org/covid

The webpage will have features including:

Daily numbers update and other important Links related to COVID-19


-Leave form for Faculty

-Process of Notification for potential COVID-19 exposure

-Wear because we care and #SHIELDUP- face covering in Springdale Schools

-Custodial, Food, Transportation Logistics

-COVID-19 Safety Measures

-And.....Much more

Go.sdale.org/covid will remain the primary location for up to date COVID-19 information.

Thank you for your support of the Springdale School District and Walker Elementary as we navigate back to school.

Springdale School's COVID-19 Response for positive cases during school

Please click on the link to the newsletter below from our superintendent, Dr. Jared Cleveland, for information about how the district will respond to positive cased of COVID-19 during school.
Back to School 20-21 | COVID-19 Response and more
Student COVID-19 Reporting Site

Please notify the district by entering your information into this site if your child tests positive for COVID-19

Household COVID-19 Reporting Site

Please notify the district by entering your information into this site if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19

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Connect to Walker Elementary on Social Media

Walker Elementary has a Facebook page for the school, EAST, KKids, and PTA. Like all these pages to keep up with the latest school information. Click on the links below to get to each page. Then click on the like button to follow our pages. Once you like our pages, you will see our posts in your Facebook newsfeed.
Walker Elementary School Facebook Page

Please follow our Walker Facebook page for important information about upcoming events and to learn about what is happening at Walker Elementary school.

Walker elementary EAST Facebook Page

Walker Elementary EAST is an educational program that combines self-direction, teamwork, service and cutting-edge technology in a manner that helps students to develop their own interests and aptitudes in a positive environment.

Walker Elementary PTA Facebook page

Please like our Walker PTA Facebook page to stay updated on upcoming PTA events and volunteer opportunities.

Walker Elementary KKIDS Facebook Page

KKids is open to all 3rd-5th-grade students. KKids students are leaders who strive to do amazing things for our school, the community, and the world.