Dear Walnut Families,
We are so excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. We are ready to “Elevate Learning” at Walnut Avenue Elementary School. We hope that all the students are excited about returning to school, showing their strength and determination, building relationships with their teachers & peers, and having fun while they learn! Our schoolwide theme for the year is, "One Team, One Dream, Bringing Our A Game This Year! We will be focusing on being a team, and all of us striving to achieve the same goals.
We will aim to elevate learning gaps and increase student performance as we rebound from the previous couple of years. Families can help greatly to elevate the achievement of their students. With student achievement as a priority, it is crucial for students to be present at school each and every day. We ask that students arrive on time and stay the entire length of the school day. This gives them the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential and have exposure to all of the academics that we know are so important. You can also support education by reading with your children at home. Reading increases vocabulary and is the single most important academic support you can offer to your children. In our classrooms, students will learn in small Reading/Math groups, have hands-on activities, be in collaborative groups, work on character development, continue learning AVID strategies, and focus on growing individually. The students will come home talking about our Makerspace. This is a room that all students will visit to participate in STEAM-related activities and be encouraged to imagine, explore, design, tinker, and present projects/creations. Additionally, students will continue to work on technology programs and have opportunities to demonstrate their learning in many ways.
In addition to high expectations and standards for instruction, providing a safe and positive environment for all students is also a high priority. We embrace PACK pride here at Walnut. This means that we teach and model good behavior and character. Our PACK expectations are rooted in everything we do. Using Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), we will continue with our school-wide P.A.C.K. expectations to help foster positive behaviors in our students.
While we will follow all Covid safety procedures, we want to do this with patience and love for our students, while we continue to maintain a positive learning environment. Currently, wearing a mask is an individual choice. We will continue to have our students hand wash often and hand sanitizer and wipes are available to all students and staff.
I look forward to a wonderful school year that is full of unforgettable memories!
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.