Walker Elementary News
Week of September 21-25, 2020
A Message from Mrs. Ryan & Mrs. Farris
Dear Walker Families,
We are ready for week fifth of school! Time is going by so fast to already be at week five!
Parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually this week 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. You and your child will both need to be present for this virtual 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. During your child's conference teachers will go over your child's scores from the MAP® Growth™ test. 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. These scores 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. Teachers use MAP Growth tests to provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, Our teachers are experienced in using MAP data to provide small group and individual instruction to meet your child's learning needs.
The Walker Cross Country Club will have it's first race this week on Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:00 pm at HarBer High School. We look forward to seeing our wildcats run.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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 last 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.
Mrs. Lynn Ryan, Principal, email@example.com
Mrs. Carrie Farris, Assistant Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Please see the link below for information from the USDA about free meals for your child.
Springdale School District School Visitor Protocol
- 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.
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
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 notify the district by entering your information into this site if your child tests positive for COVID-19
Please notify the district by entering your information into this site if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19
This information will be sent home with your child on Monday, September 21, 2020.
Connect to Walker Elementary on Social Media
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 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.
Please like our Walker PTA Facebook page to stay updated on upcoming PTA events and volunteer opportunities.