Walden Weekly

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Hello Walden Families!

I hope everyone had a great week. Our short week of school was still packed with excitement.


As a reminder, we do not have school on Thursday of next week.


Enjoy the weekend and we'll see you on Monday!


-Stephanie Strenger

NWEA MAP Testing (2nd Posting)

Our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing began this week and is scheduled for different grade levels testing at different times throughout the next three weeks. We use MAP data to help guide our instruction and monitor growth long term. The MAP test is an adaptable assessment that provides students with questions that increase or decrease in difficulty depending on performance along the way. Our teachers and staff are experts in interpreting and extrapolating information from student reports. All MAP test results will be mailed home at the end of the month. For further questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself.

Need to Fill Out The SHIELD Consent Form?

Log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kristen Neu (kneu@dps109.org) with any Family Access questions.

Looking To Opt Out Of A Week of Testing?

Please fill out the below form. It is the same form we sent as last week, and will continue to need to be filled out on a week-by-week basis. Forms are due by Tuesday at 3pm.

Walden Welcoming Committee

The PTO is kicking off the Family Welcoming Committee this school year! The purpose of the committee is to welcome new families to the Walden community by pairing them with a volunteer family. We are currently seeking families who would be interested in connecting with a family (or multiple families) to check in periodically, proactively asking if they need any guidance about Walden-related events, programming, and other community-related activities.


Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering for this position and if so, how many families you would be available to mentor. In addition, so that we can match up families who have children of similar age(s), please respond with the grade level(s) of your own children.


Contact Allie Zalay (allie.zalay@gmail.com) or Nikki Wallenstein (nsschneider@hotmail.com) to become involved or if you have any questions.

Join the Walden PTO!

Did you know with your purchase of a Walden PTO membership, you not only get access to the Directory App, but you help support vital programming at Walden! In the past, money raised by the Walden PTO has paid for field trips, classroom furniture, playground equipment, the Walden STEAM lab, and materials and hospitality for our amazing staff! The PTO also organizes family activities throughout the year. In the past we have done skate night, science night, movie nights and more! We invite you to join us!


*For any families who may need financial assistance with the PTO membership, please contact Mrs. Strenger at sstrenger@dps109.org.


PTO Membership

Have a great weekend!