First-year Rollins students came out to our school on their annual SPARC (Service, Passion, Action, Rollins College) Day to help us beautify our campus, get our organic garden ready for planting, and help organize teacher resources. What a huge help! Thank you, Rollins, for your continued commitment to our local community.
The Walden Weekly
News and updates from Walden Community School
Miss B and Miss Heather are hard at work, getting curriculum, projects, and resources ready for their students.
The Woodpeckers, Wallabies, and Wolves had a blast on Water Day with a giant water slide, snow cones, and pizza to celebrate the close of the 2016-2017 school year. A huge thank you to our PTA and all our parents for their time, support, and contributions over the year. Have a wonderful summer, Walden families!
Grades K-3 performed "The Phantom Tollbooth" for their final 2016-2017 drama production. Way to go, Woodpeckers! (And a big thanks to our Wallaby and Wolf student volunteers who helped corral our little ones!)
A handful of Mr. David's music students sang and played their ukulele's for residents of The Mayflower Retirement Community. What a great way to showcase their talents and give back to the community. Great job, Woodpeckers, Wallabies, and Wolves!
Our Wallabies (4th and 5th graders) have been mentoring our young Woodpeckers (Kindergarten and first graders) this semester, reading and practicing math with them. Today, the Wallabies planned fun craft stations with their Woodpecker Buddies, and even took them outside to teach them dodgeball, a Wallaby favorite.
The Wallabies (4th and 5th) and Wolves (6th-8th) did a fantastic job with their two performances of "Anne of Green Gables." Parents, family members, and staff were so impressed!
Our Woodpeckers had a great time learning "Harry Potter" yoga moves -- from moving like Goblins to big-stretching Hagrid. What an engaging way to stretch and relax at the end of a busy day!
Thank you very much to our parents who donated new basketballs, a new rack, and a new basketball net! Some of our Wallaby and Wolf students volunteered to put the rack together as a team-building experience. And, all of our students are enjoying the fun!
Parents, students, and staff had a fun afternoon celebrating Dr. Mikulka's birthday on Cinco de Mayo. Students sang Happy Birthday songs, lead Dr. Mikulka on a birthday scavenger hunt, showered her with handmade student gifts, and enjoyed delicious food provided by the parents. (Our Wallabies and Wolves even made key lime pie!)
Our Walden runners trained twice a week for several months, and ran Track Shack's "Run for the Trees" 5K. Great job, Walden Girls, and Girls on the Run Orlando! And a huge thank you to our awesome volunteer coaches!
Our Wallabies and Wolves read "The Giver" -- and then found out there was a school-only performance of it at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!
Our Wallaby girls tried on their costumes for Walden's production of "Anne of Green Gables" -- coming in May!
Students celebrated April being Poetry Month with another trip to visit their new friends at the Pi Beta Phi sorority. The college students read various poetry selections from well-known authors, and then helped Walden students write their own poem. What a great experience for our elementary and middle school students! Thank you, Stetson!
Students took on the parents once again for our annual Walden Community School Parent-Student Soccer Game. And, both the Woodpecker and Wallaby/Wolf Teams won! #celebratingcommunityonacoldfloridaday
Dr. Mikulka and the Community Advisory Board, made up of retired Rollins College professors who support the Walden teaching philosophy, are working hard to enhance and revise the Walden Mission and Vision Statements. Thank you for all your hard work, Dr. Carson, Dr. Edge, Dr. Laws, and Dr. Bob. We truly appreciate your commitment to child-centered education.
The Walden Whale Sharks Lacrosse Team had a meet-and-greet with the Winter Park High School Wildcats Lacrosse Team before their Friday night game. The Whale Sharks said, "Wow! They are big!" Students had a great time seeing a "real" game and were very impressed by the Wildcats' catching and shooting abilities!
Students had fun dressing up and celebrating Mardi Gras during their Farm to Table Lunch, complete with Chef Renee's muffalettas and a beautiful, hand-made King Cake. What fun!
Walden families each donated a fruit tree to create Walden's Orchard -- to compliment the school garden and help provide fruit to be used for our Farm to Table lunches for students and staff. The first round of peach trees just went in!
Since our school garden has been such a hit, students had the opportunity to visit Our Vital Earth, a worm farm in Apopka, where they learned how important worms are to the earth and for growing food. Everyone also got to take home their own worms! The students talked about interesting worm facts well after the visit!