Walden Weekly

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Dear Walden Families,

Thank you for attending our art fair this week! We loved having so many families attend an in-school event! Thank you to Mrs. Summers for all of your hard work in preparing for this wonderful student showcase of art!

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

Stephanie Strenger

New Tree at Walden

Walden was the lucky recipient of a new Elm tree donated by the Village of Deerfield. The tree is located right outside our first grade entrance doors. We had a small ceremony today with some students and will enjoy our new tree for many years to come!

Walden Field Day

Mark your calendars!

Field Day is coming, Friday May 27th, 2022!

We are looking for some parent volunteers to help run our events! If you are interested, please fill out this form https://forms.gle/HEoSUtjbQPb4tY1Q6

Erin's Law Presentations (2nd Posting)

Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. District 109 partners with Childhood Victories, Inc., an organization founded by Victor Pacini who is a motivational speaker and a survivor of sexual abuse. Speakers from Childhood Victories, Inc. provide programming for our students that teaches them basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The program, Be Seen and Heard 2.0, is developmentally appropriate, interactive, aligned with learning standards, and will cover the following topics:

  • Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches

  • Safety rules at home and school

  • Saying “NO”

  • Secrets

  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches them

  • Telling a trusted adult

The staff from Childhood Victories, Inc. will be presenting to our elementary students on the following dates:

  • Wilmot: Monday May 9th

  • South Park: Monday May 9th

  • Walden: Wednesday, May 11th

  • Kipling: Wednesday May 11th

Parents can view Victor Pacini’s parent video to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard 2.0 program.

Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email your child’s school principal by Friday May 6. Please also feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.


As part of our district's vision to develop students that are emotionally resilient, socially skilled, and academically prepared, DPS 109 invites our community, alongside our teachers, staff, and district administrators to watch the documentary "Chasing Childhood" and attend an optional discussion session on Tuesday, May 3rd.

The documentary will be available to watch on demand between April 21st and May 3rd for up to 1,000 people. Watch your inbox next Thursday for a link to the film and a link to sign up for the community discussion.


Looking to fill out the SHIELD consent form?

Please login to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact the district's communications department (communications@dps109.org) with any Family Access questions.

Looking to opt-out of SHIELD testing next week?

Click here to access the form.

We share the same form each week. If you'd like to opt your child out each week, the form will need to be filled out on a week-by-week basis.

Forms are due by Tuesday at 3pm.

Upcoming Dates

May 4 - 2nd Grade Show

May 6 - Kindergarten Round Up

May 12 - Kindergarten Music Show

May 19 - Philanthropy Fair

May 25 - 5th Grade Music Show