Words from Walsh April, 2022

Staying connected with Walsh School

Greetings from Principal Martin

Dear Parents and Guardians,

By now you have been notified or seen on our website that registration for next year is underway. I would like to note there are two registration windows. The first is the New Kindergarten Registration window. This is used ONLY for new students to our district. If you are registering a new kindergartener and you also have a returning student, you must use two different windows. (If you use the wrong window for your returning student, it will not be accepted and you will have to register again through the parent portal.) The second window is the Registration for Returning Students which is available through your parent portal. Registration should be completed by April 30th. If you have specific questions about registration, you can call the school office or use the email link provided within the notification email you received. If you are not returning to District 92 next year, you must still login and mark the appropriate section in order to start the transfer out process.

I have always believed that our Walsh family steps up unselfishly to any challenge, being generous and helping each other inside and outside of the classrooms. Over the last few weeks, I have been uniquely reminded that through helping each other, our students are becoming aware that even the smallest efforts, and by even the smallest people, can help others in BIG ways. Thank you for your continued support. As always, should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

~ Mrs. Martin

Important Dates in April

Dates to Remember

4 - Classes Resume

8 - Spirit Day - Super Hero Day - dress like your favorite super hero!

15 - No School - Board Holiday

17 - Easter Sunday

18-22 ~ Earth Week ~ details will be sent home prior

19 - Board of Education Meeting @ 7PM

21 - First Grade Field Trip to the Morton Arboretum

22 - First Grade Musical ~ Every Day is Earth Day!

  • 9:15 - Ms. Budd's & Mrs. Dennis' class
  • 10:15 - Ms. Frankowski's & Mrs. Wise's class
  • 1:00 - Mrs. Manietta's & Mrs. Carter's class
  • 2:00 - Mrs. Polson-Buck's & Ms. Pugh's class

Looking Ahead..

May 4 - Spirit Day ~ May the 4th Be With You ~ wear Star Wars or your favorite color!

Remember to call the office by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ~ 815-838-7858 www.d92.org

Every Wednesday is early dismissal @ 2:50 p.m.

Please be prompt for pick up at the appropriate time.


Registration is now underway for students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022. To register, please visit the district homepage at www.d92.org. Click on the "Parents" tab at the top of the screen and select "Registration". There you will find the link for New Student Registration 2022-23. Please keep in mind that all kindergarten students must have a physical, dental and eye exam before the start of school, but they are not required to complete the online registration.

All new kindergarteners must prove residency, along with any students transferring into the district and any returning students who have had a change of address. Please call the office to schedule a time to come in and verify the necessary documents.

Required Proof of Residency documents include:

A. Original county-issued birth certificate (a file copy will be made in the office)

B. Current real estate tax bill, a current signed lease, or if shared housing, fill out and notarize the 3rd Party Affidavit available on the registration page under "Printable Registration Documents"

C. Two forms of identification (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, bank/credit card statement, vehicle registration, etc.)

*Registration fees for grades K-8 have been waved for the 2022-23 school year.

All students returning to District 92 will login to their parent portal to register. You can also find the link for returning students on the registration homepage. If you are moving out of the district, please login to register similarly through your parent portal and follow the prompts, indicating your intentions.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please call the Walsh School office at 815-838-7858.

Spike's Super Students!

You will always “hit a home run when you read!” The Joliet Slammers are on our team when it comes to reading. Walsh School has set a goal of 1,500 books read by May 2nd. If we complete our goal, we earn a free ticket for each student

(plus discounted tickets for our families).

Information will be sent home on Monday, April 4th, after we return from spring break.

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Oh, the fun we had on Dr. Seuss Day!

A Note from the Nurse

With the seasons changing and sicknesses still around, we need to be extra careful about staying safe and healthy. If your student has any of the following signs and or symptoms please report them to school as soon as possible: Fever (100.4 of higher) , new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from an unknown cause, muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.

COVID positive cases are still required to be reported, and exclusion criteria followed. We are continuing to contact trace, as required. Students can provide Rapid Antigen testing for COVID related signs and symptoms.

Please note that if your student is out for three consecutive days, a doctor note / release will be required. Also to note, your child must be fever free (with no fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours before returning to school. The same is the case with vomiting; the child must not have vomited in the 24 hours before returning to school.

We Loved Showing our School Spirit on St. Patrick's Day!

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P.E. News by Mr. Wallace

The weather in March was okay, so let's hope April is great! We are going to try and be outside every day that it is dry. I am looking forward to the sun and fresh air! We will use the big field for lots of games we have been waiting all winter to play. Please make sure to send your students with sweatshirts or coats when appropriate. I hope everyone had a great spring break!

Calling all golfers..

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Kindergarten News

April showers bring…blooming Kindergarten students. We will be very busy this month continuing to learn and grow. We will be learning our last two sight words, so please continue to review and practice them at home. During our phonics lessons, we will continue to learn about the digraphs sh, ch, th, wh and ck. We will practice reading and writing words with digraphs and learn when to use the digraph ck. We will listen to fiction stories and practice retelling stories, naming the characters, setting and sequencing the events, and practice identifying the main idea in nonfiction stories. We will write sentences and focus on capitalization, punctuation and use our inventive spelling. During our Number Corner lessons, our calendar grid will focus on different measurement tools using length, capacity, weight and temperature. We will also focus on combinations of five using frogs and toads. The students will explore weight and capacity during our Bridges Math lessons and also solve addition and subtraction story problems. We look forward to continuing to see them blossom for the rest of the year!

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First Grade News

Hooray- it is spring! We are excited to get outside in the warmer weather and sunshine more often in April. Academically, we are entering the home stretch for the remainder of the third trimester. We are working very hard on reading, writing, math, and integrating all of the special holidays and celebrations into our curriculum. In math, we are working on number patterns and strategies to 120. We continue to work on our addition and subtraction facts. In reading, we are focusing on elements of fictional literature, and will soon begin to explore poetry. We are working hard to build and develop our reading fluency, and students will read and spell multisyllabic words with long vowels. Please continue to refer to your parent reference sheets to help your children with their Fundations homework. This month, students will complete more informational writing pieces. On April 21st, we look forward to our grade-level field trip to The Morton Arboretum, and on April 22nd, our 1st grade Music Program (on Earth Day)! We thank you all for your continued support and assistance this school year!


The early childhood classes continue to work extremely hard this year. During April, we will celebrate Earth Day and learn how we can take care of our planet. Our letters will be U, V, and W. We will have so much fun reading all about underwear this month. The Read It Once Again selection will be "From Head to Toe." This month in math, children will order numbers and complete geometric puzzles. We are preparing our afternoon students for kindergarten. Our upcoming kindergarteners will be working very hard on printing their names. Thanks for your continued help at home! Happy Springtime!

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The Reading Corner by Kindergarten Reading Specialist Mrs. Squires

Writing is a means by which children learn to express their thoughts and creativity. It helps them to organize ideas as well as become better readers. Here are some creative suggestions, courtesy of www.ReadingRockets.com to encourage and help engage your child in writing at home:

  • Planning a trip and leaving Fido in the care of someone else? Help your child write a list of basic instructions for taking care of the family pet. These will be useful as you plan summer vacations, too!

  • Write a letter or thank you note to a relative. Talk with your child about what he/she wants to say before the writing begins.

  • Write an online review together of a book you’ve recently read. Take a look at spaghettibookclub.org or dogobooks.com. These sites offer book reviews by kids for kids!

  • Find an interesting picture in a newspaper or magazine and have your child write a sentence or two to accompany it.

  • Start a family journal. Keep a notebook of paper on a table or counter. Encourage family members to write the date and a sentence or two about school or family events and successes throughout the week. At the end of the week, read aloud from the journal after dinner.

  • Create a scrapbook together with captions under the pictures.

Keep in mind that beginning writers will often use

invented spelling when they begin to write independently.

Stay positive and encourage this type of phonetic spelling as

your child sounds out the words they want to write.

Music Notes by Mrs. Moan

What a month of music-making at Walsh! ☺


The students have been playing the music classroom instruments: boomwhackers, eggs, and sticks. We have been enjoying some creative movement with our scarves, too! In April, we will be learning some songs about rabbits and singing songs about spring.


The students have been working hard on their rhyming

skills in “Down by the Bay”. Here are two Kindergarten

examples: moon/tune and toy/boy. Awesome!

We also played in a classroom instrument orchestra in the “William Tell Overture”. What an exciting story about the archer William Tell, his son and an apple. The students also played along with “A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea” and practiced playing at the right time during the song. In April, we will use our beanbags and bumblebees to play some songs about bugs and springtime! We’ll also practice following the melodic contour and do some fun folk dancing.

1st Grade: The first graders have been singing So and Mi in many different songs and patterns. We even played a game called “Poison Melody” to practice singing So and Mi. Watch out for the poison melody! In April, the students will learn about the musical form rondo, and use their animal responders in several songs to show the different parts of the music.

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We are getting so excited for our 1st Grade Musical, on Friday, April 22.

Every Day is Earth Day will be a great show, with a wonderful message. Please join us!

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Media Center News by Mrs. Rusick

We’ve been researching! Students used Pebble Go to complete a research page about an animal of their choice. Classes focused on finding information about their animal such as where it lives and what it eats. We also discussed nonfiction “sources” and the importance of stating where you have found your information. Students then were able to illustrate a picture of their animal in Draw and Tell.

Internet safety is also a something we are continuing to review. Once again, we have discussed why passwords are not shown when we enter them and the importance of not sharing passwords with others besides a trusted adult. Another part of our discussions covered alerting a trusted adult if something questionable should come up on a device.

We will continue to review and build upon the skills we have learned.

Art News by Mrs. Deckinga

In April, the kindergarten students will be learning about Pop Art, especially some of the whimsical food art of artists such as Claes Oldenburg. We'll be using painting techniques and tracing and cutting skills to make giant pizza slices.

The 1st grade students will be reading the book If You Decide to Go to the Moon and will be learning many interesting facts about the moon. We'll be using a variety of paints, painting techniques, and pastel chalk to create our own outer space collages.

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