Walker News April 6-17, 2020

Links to AMI Packets and links to extend the learning

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Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to school to pick up new packets of AMI work. Thank you for your support to continue the learning at home while our state works to stop the spread of COVID 19. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! Our teachers and staff miss your students desperately! This is such a crazy time but we are all still here for you and your children! Teachers are working (at home) from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. during the week. If you have any questions at all or need anything, reach out to them. We hope that your child is working on the packet each day. The new packet that you just picked up includes AMI Days 11-20 and AMI days 21-30. As of right now, we are scheduled to return to school on April 20th. However, the district went ahead and included an additional two weeks of AMI work in case we are out of school any longer. Below, you will find a link that will take you to each grade level’s AMI packets. The link also has Marshallese and Spanish versions of the Kindergarten through 2nd grade AMI packets.


In addition to AMI packets, our classroom teachers are connecting to students using Facebook Live, Google Classroom, and Zoom. Each grade level has determined what works best for their aged students. Please check out how your child's teacher is connecting digitally during our AMI days.


We are sharing a sample daily schedule in this newsletter. We have some supplemental resources available on our Walker web page and in this newsletter. One resource that we would really like for all students to do from home is IXL. Please see the information below on IXL. If you have any issues getting your child logged into IXL, please let your child's teacher know. IXL can be used on computers, iPad, and cell phones by downloading the app. IXL provides teachers with student progress in the program. If you are wondering how your child is doing in IXL, let us know.


Kindergarten registration is completely online since our schools are closed. To register your child, follow the link for kindergarten registration included in this newsletter. Once you complete registration online, Mrs. Vickie, our registrar will contact you to finalize your child's enrollment.


Please reach out to us if you are in need of support! We can be reached at (479) 750-8874 from 8:00-3:00 each weekday or by email. Below this message, you will see a hello video message from our staff. We miss you all so much, and we can’t wait to see you again.


Thank you for your partnership,

Mrs. Lynn Ryan, Principal, lryan@sdale.org

Mrs. Carrie Farris, Assistant Principal, cfarris@sdale.org

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We Miss You, Walker Wildcats!
Walker Wildcat Teacher's Message to Students
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Dr. Jim Rollins | Food Service Delivery Beginning April 6th 2020
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Greet Someone Without Touching | Greet From 6 Feet | Jack Hartmann

Census 2020

Springdale households began receiving official 2020 Census mailings on March 12 and the days afterward. A complete count of every Springdale resident (including children) is vitally important to our city and schools! You can help by completing your form online right away and encouraging those you know to do the same!

A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time

disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.


8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?


After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.


Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

Are you looking for digital books or audio-books?

Did you know that you can sign up for a library card all on-line and start getting digital resources now even while the Springdale Public Library is closed? To find out how to do this, click on the video below.

Thank you, Mrs. DeRose, for providing us with this video.


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