The Walden Weekly

August 25, 2023

Hello Walden Families!

What an incredible first week we had at Walden School! It feels like we are getting into the swing of our routines and students are adjusting back into school life! Thank you for all you've done at home to prepare your child for the transition. Our success this week has a lot to do with you!

Also, we look forward to seeing you at school this coming Thursday night for our curriculum night! Please see the schedule below.

Enjoy your weekend!

- Stephanie Strenger

Master Facility Planning Meeting Next Tuesday

109 families,

School today is not like it was in the 40s, 50s, and 60s when most of our facilities were built. As teaching and learning strategies change and evolve, so must our buildings. You’ve no doubt noticed improvements and additions to our buildings over the past few years. Our approach, though, must look at both the short and long term when it comes to delivering the best educational experience for our students.

Over the past year, a Master Facility Planning Committee has been hard at work studying various options for addressing our long-term facility needs. The work of that committee will be presented to the Board of Education next Tuesday in a public Committee of the Whole meeting for them to consider, discuss, and give direction on which strategy to further develop. You can look at the presentation here. You are welcome to join us at 7 p.m. for the meeting in person. Can’t make it? Not to worry. You will have several options to follow the discussion. The meeting will be live-streamed on the DPS 109 YouTube page, available after the meeting on our website, and summarized following the meeting in a BOE Recap. There are still many steps ahead in this process and forthcoming opportunities to let us know your thoughts as well.

We thank you for your partnership and look forward to working on this together.

Michael V. Simeck
Superintendent of Schools

Curriculum Night Schedule - Aug. 31

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Upcoming SEL Survey

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important in District 109. As a part of the learning process, we ask students in grades K-8 to reflect on skills related to social-emotional learning and the school environment. The fall survey will be administered to all students between September 5th and September 22nd and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact your school principal no later than Friday, September 1.

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The DHS Athletic Booster Club's FUTURE WARRIOR FAST PASS is for middle school & elementary school students ONLY.

This pass is good for admission to all regular season home football games, all regular season girls and boys basketball games and all regular season home wrestling matches for the 2023-2024 school year.

Cost is $10.00 per child

Order online @ and a digital download fast pass will be emailed to you after purchase. Please include your child’s name and school in the notes to seller during checkout.

The first DHS home football game is this Friday vs. DePaul Prep and we are hoping to have a huge crowd for the Warriors!

4:30pm kickoff for frosh/soph game

7:00pm kickoff for Varsity

Come early to get a good seat and don’t miss halftime performances by the Warrior Dance Team and DHS Marching Band!

Can't wait to see you soon, GO WARRIORS!

Arrival/Dismissal (2nd Posting)

Arrival will take place from 8:35-8:45. Staff are assigned to each entrance door and they are there to safely welcome students into the building each morning. All late arrivals should come to the front office since all other doors will be locked after 8:45.

Dismissal is at 3:25 everyday except for Wednesdays which is 2:25. Students will exit from the same door they entered from, except for 2nd grade which will be exiting from the main entrance doors.

Elementary Snack Policy (2nd Posting)

Please see the image below which depicts the approved snacks for elementary students in DPS109. Students will be eating snack once a day.
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School Grounds (2nd Posting)

Pets are not allowed on school grounds unless they are needed as a service animal. Our school grounds are also closed during the school day. If a recess supervisor sees a parent or community member walking through our back fields, they will ask them to exit the premise and use a different route. This is for student safety, which is always a priority at Walden.
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Walden's Parking Lot (2nd Posting)

We ask that all families follow the rules of the parking lot to make for a calm and pleasant arrival and dismissal. Please see the map above which shows that our inside lane is for drop off and pick up only while our outside lane is our drive thru lane. Students are not to be dropped off or picked up in the outer lane. During arrival, our buses need to leave once students have exited their bus. Please be patient as we need to assist in allowing our buses to leave first. We also ask that parents drive as far forward as possible when dropping off or picking up their child(ren). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Come See Us At The Farmers Market This Weekend!

We’ve got a scavenger hunt with prizes, crafts for the kids, cookbooks featuring your favorite teachers’ recipes for sale, and more! Meet the superintendent and members of the Board of Education and have some fun with us this Saturday! Look for the scavenger hunt as you enter the market… and for the big flag in front of our booth!

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Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, August 31

    • Curriculum Night (information to come)

  • Monday, September 4

    • No School (Labor Day)

  • Tuesday, September 5

    • Enrichment Classes Begin

  • Thursday, September 7

    • PTO Ice Cream Social 6:30-7:30

  • Thursday, September 14

    • Picture Day

  • Friday, September 22

    • PTO Movie Night 7-9pm

  • Monday, September 25

    • No School (Yom Kippur)

  • Monday, October 9

    • No School (Columbus Day)

  • Thursday, October 26

    • ½ Day of Student Attendance

    • PM Parent/Teacher Conference

  • Friday, October 27

    • No School for Students

    • All Day Parent Conferences

  • Thursday, November 2

    • Picture Retakes

Have a Great Weekend!