Dozens of Walden School families brought their favorite board games to the Toby Hayward Community Room last night. Walden School Parent Guild hosts this annual event to encourage community building and provide a cooperative and collaborative environment for families to socialize together.

 

Parent volunteers Mark Krause and Cristin O’Callahan organized dinner for all participants. In addition to the main board game room, there was a Bingo Room and a quiet room for more reflective activities like reading together.

 

“Not everything that counts can be counted.
And not everything that can be counted, counts.”
– Albert Einstein

 

At Walden School, all parents are members of the Parent Guild. Walden Director Matt Allio thanked the Parent Guild for creating Family Game Night by noting that the school community thrives because of the extraordinary support of the parents. “We would be less of a school without the volunteer efforts of our parents,” Allio said. He went on to say that the all-school events provided by the Parent Guild, like Family Game Night, contribute to the strong sense of community at Walden.

Walden School Book Fair

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.

FOOD – Fuel for School

September 25, 2015

Hot LunchAs educators, we believe there is a strong relationship between nutrition and learning. Our nutrition lessons emphasize the connection between the variety of foods needed each day to provide essential nutrients and how these foods affect the human body in its ability to process information, exercise, and perform daily tasks.

We can help children to learn about nutrition at Walden, but we need parents’ help. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and students who skip breakfast or who grab a sugary food like a doughnut are often tired and easily distracted by mid-morning.

We have four food policies at Walden that are enforced for the health and welfare of the children. The following items may not be eaten at or brought to School:

  1. Chewing gum – absolutely no gum is allowed at school before, during, or after school hours. It distracts many children from paying attention in class, and it gets stuck on shoes, carpets, chairs, and tables.
  2. Sodas, candy, sweet drinks, sugary foods – should these items be in your child’s lunch, we will ask that it be returned to his/her lunch box and eaten at or on the way home.
  3. Canned fruits or puddings – they can be hard to open, often have sharp edges, and leave a mess if they’re not eaten entirely.
  4. Frozen meals, “Cup of noodles” and similar foods requiring hot water or microwave access.

Additionally, while we cannot guarantee a school environment that is 100% free of peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens, Walden School believes that partnering with the community and defining the responsibilities of the School and those of the parents and students will foster the safest environment for all students.

Given the presence of nut allergies at Walden School in our student body, peanuts, tree nuts, and any foods or other products containing peanuts and tree nuts are prohibited from all classrooms and class events that are off-campus, including field trips. If a staff member identifies a snack, treat, concession, or lunch brought into this area that does not follow these Guidelines, the child will be asked not to consume it, and it will be removed from the area. The parent/guardian will be requested to provide a replacement when appropriate.

Please refer to the online Family Handbook for more details on these Guidelines.

Nut-Free Zone

Walden Parents Dig In

September 18, 2015

Over the summer, the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street along the front of Walden School was replaced with Kurapia (Lippia nodiflora). This new low-water groundcover was developed for drought conditions and is tolerant of a range of soils and harsh conditions.

UC Davis completed a multi-year study of drought tolerant plants and Kurapia was one of the top three performers. Dark green with small, white, sterile flowers, the groundcover plugs spread their leaves to fill in next to each other, but the plant is non-invasive, because it does not re-seed.

Photos courtesy George Do.

Walden parents recently dug in to help the newly planted plugs by pulling weeds from the bed. Once the plugs have fully matured, weed invasion will be minimized. “Garden work is always a good way to start the day,” said one Walden parent. Teaching that we all have stewardship for the world in which we live is a cornerstone of Walden’s mission.

Several years ago, Walden dance teacher Daphne and her husband, John, replaced their traditional lawn with Phyla nodiflora, a close relative to the Lippia nodiflora planted at Walden. Daphne praised the plant, saying, “It’s a tough-as-nails, no-mow, drought tolerant ground cover, that unlike a lawn, is ornamented with pretty white flowers. Even if the plant dies back from drought or too much winter cold, it springs back from the rhizomes.”

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