January 29, 2016
Antiracist essayist, author, and educator Tim Wise recently spoke at Walden School as part of the school’s Parent Guild Parent Education Series. Open to the Pasadena community, the free event quickly sold out with over 100 people in attendance.
Together with Director of Studies Terra Toscano and Diversity Coordinator Billy Christian, Wise also helmed a teacher workshop where he gave Walden faculty some new tools and resources to skillfully navigate an anti-bias curriculum. He will return later this spring to do more work with teachers, as well as visit students in Walden classrooms.
Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College & the Graduate Center, CUNY Stephen Steinberg says, “Tim Wise is a spellbinding herald of anti-racism. His voice resonates especially with young people of all races who represent a generational shift away from the racial toxins and taboos that have been a blot on American democracy.”
December 11, 2015
Once Upon A Time, the nation’s oldest children’s bookstore, partnered with Walden School for their annual Book Fair. Once Upon A Time is committed to offering quality children’s literature that “spurs imagination, whimsy, and a passion for reading.”
Walden believes that everybody has a story, and by sharing our stories we can learn with and from each other. Presenting a diverse range of intelligently curated books, Once Upon A Time gave Walden families the opportunity to purchase books for the whole family.
The Book Fair’s activities included an afternoon reading by Walden’s Director Matt Allio, classroom book talks by Once Upon A Time staff, and a visit from author and illustrator James Burkes during Family Night.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten/First Grade classes purchased books to share with their reading pals at New Heights Charter School in Los Angeles.
A portion of the sales was generously donated back to Walden by Once Upon A Time.
May 1, 2015
Each spring, members of the Walden School community gather in the North Yard for an evening picnic with Walden storytellers and poets, before heading to the classrooms to celebrate student writing with publishing parties at the annual FEAST on Writing.
FEAST (Families Eating And Storytelling Together) highlights the value of sharing stories through the lens of diversity. The event began almost two decades ago and continues to honor the story that exists in every child, using story as a bridge to understanding and awareness.
Walden School’s Board of Trustees Walden Equity (WE) Committee is pleased to publish an annual anthology of stories from Walden School student writers around the theme of diversity. The anthologies contain student stories from the FEAST on Writing event each year as well as stories selected by the faculty.
This year, families were treated to stories from Storyteller-in-Residence Stephanie Townes, Diversity Coordinator Billy Christian, and poems from 4/5 Teacher Tiffanie Hoang.
April 16, 2015
What is the legacy that grandparents leave for their grandchildren? The best legacy may be the love and time spent together, creating memories and sharing stories. At Walden School, Director Matt Allio welcomed over 200 grandparents and “grand friends” to campus on April 2, saying, “Your presence today, and throughout the lives of the students, amplifies the importance of our educational process.”
Students hosted their grandparents in classrooms and reprised their recent Spring Sing concert in the Toby Hayward Community Room to the delight of their special guests.
Grandparent Marguerite Lathan says, “We cannot wait to see our grandchildren’s classes, meet their teachers, meet their new and old friends, see their class works and performances!” Maja Dubois came all the way from Greenwich, CT to see her twin nieces. Grandparent Olivia Brown, who is also a Trustee at Walden, adds, “This is our favorite day of the year!”
Ron and Karen Dean look forward to this annual event. “It’s fun to visit with other grandparents and grand friends from all over the U.S. and other countries. The volunteers do an amazing job!”
April 2, 2015
More than 500 people crowded into Lanterman Auditorium for Walden School’s annual Spring Sing. This year, the show’s theme “Everybody has an LA Story” highlighted Walden students from all grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade.
Pre-K students opened the show with their rendition of Peggy Lee’s “Los Angeles Blues.” Kindergarten/First Grade classes explored the history of Los Angeles starting with the traditional song “De Colores” sung on Olvera Street followed by a contemporary tribute to the LA Dodgers. A third K/1 class highlighted their favorite animals at the LA Zoo with Leslie Bricusse’s song “If I Could Talk To The Animals.”
2/3 students performed original choreography set to student ORFF compositions. Drawing inspiration from the conundrum of water usage in LA, the contributions of local industries like JPL and NASA, and public transportation in LA, these students captivated the audience with their interpretive dance and music compositions.
The students in 4/5 classes paid tribute to LA musicians Compay Segundo, Brian Wilson, Chuck Berry, and composer Danny Elfman. The sixth graders closed the show with their salute to Hollywood.