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Walden at a Glance

Welcome to Walden

This page provides information essential to Walden families to help ease your transition to a new school community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Schwartz, principal, at sschwartz@dps109.org at any time.

But first, click here to see what Walden is all about! 

Family Access

District 109 offers Family Access, a secure, web-based service that helps create a strong connection between home and school. With a login account to Family Access – which you should have received soon after registering your child – parents and guardians can view school-related information online (including progress reports) and update certain contact information. If you have more than one child in District 109 schools, you see information about all of your children under one login.

Teachers, PTOs, schools and the District use this contact information for important regular communication, so it’s important to keep your contact information current in Family Access.

For detailed information about this important system, view the Family Access User Guide (which also is posted on the District 109 home page).

School Supplies

The Walden PTO graciously coordinates school supply packs that simplify the school supply ordering process for our families. As a new family, if registering after the end of May, you have quite possibly missed the deadline and will need to purchase school supplies on your own.

Please click here to see the grade level school supply requirements if you have missed the deadline to purchase through the PTO or if you would like to purchase school supplies on your own regardless of your registration date. Feel free to contact Alyse at alysefkatz@yahoo.com or Lisa atlisahughesdaniel@gmail.com with any questions.

Special Programming

At Walden, our students participate in “specials” classes, including:

  • Art – twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • Music – twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • Spanish- twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • PE- twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • Library Media Center (LMC) – one time weekly (30 minutes)
  • SmartLab – 3rd-5th – on a 5 day rotating basis (40 minutes)
  • SmartLab/Makerspace – 1st and 2nd grade – on a 3 day rotating basis

Allergy Plan and Snack Guidelines

District 109 adopted a progressive allergy plan in 2014 that keeps our students with allergies safe and promotes healthy eating habits. You may click here to access the full allergy plan, but here is an excerpt on our classroom snack policy.

Daily Snacks: Students may bring snacks that are fruits and vegetables only (including dried fruits, such as raisins or applesauce). No additions, toppings or mix-ins (such as dips or spreads) shall be included. If teachers allow drinks, the only drink in the classroom shall be water.

Birthday Celebrations

On your child’s birthday, we call their name over the loud speaker and they come to the office for a birthday pencil, a book of their choosing, and a paper crown. Summer birthdays get called on the last day of school in June. We do not celebrate birthdays in the classrooms with treats.


Our PTO provides valuable programs and services to benefit our students and families. To get started, we encourage all families to register their email to start receiving communications and, come Fall, become a member of the Walden PTO. There are great benefits to being a member, such as getting access to a student-directory app for your phone/tablet!

You may click this link to go directly to the PTO website see about other services they provide. Here are links to some of the highlights:

Bus Information

Coming Soon…

School and Lunch Hours

School Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri: 8:40 AM – 3:25 PM
Wednesday: 8:40 AM – 2:25 PM*

*We have an early release every Wednesday. School is dismissed one hour early for staff to engage in various professional development opportunities that will benefit our students.

Lunch Hours
K-1 = 11:25-12:20 (lunch/recess)
2nd-3rd = 11:25-12:20 (recess/lunch)
4th-5th = 12:25-1:20 (lunch/recess)

Health Information

Walden has a full time, registered nurse (Mrs. Bredemeier – available at rbredemeier@dps109.org) on staff that provides quality care and support of our students. Please click here to access medical forms you may need to complete as a part of the registration process and to read about District 109’s health policies.

Student Handbook

Coming Soon…

Staff Communication

The principal writes a weekly email entitled “Where’s Walden.” The school administration is also available via email or phone call at any time. Staff use a variety of methods to keep their parents in the loop and they have autonomy in the ways they choose to communicate. Below is a list of some of the ways our teacher(s) may communicate in order to set up our students for success…

Summer School

District 109 has an excellent summer school program that consists of academic and non-academic classes for our incoming kindergarteners through 7th graders to enjoy (current 8th graders should seek out summer school options from the high school). Please click here for the brochure.