School Newsletter


May Dolphin Newsletter


May 1st – 3rd Grade Fitness Day

May 4th – 3rd & 4th Grade Music Program At 6:30 p.m.

May 4th – K-4 Enrollment 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at GW

Bring New Kindergartens to Enroll for the 2017-2018

Present Kindergartners Do Not Have School. 

5th grade Enrollment at Sitts 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

No Kindergarten Classes will be held on Enrollment Day May 4th

May 8th – 4th grade to tour Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center at 12:30

May 11th – PTO Meeting

May 18th – End of the Year Fun Day

May 19th –  9:00 a.m. Awards Assembly

May 19th – Last Day of School – school will be dismissed at 3:50

June 5th – First day of KRR Summer School

June 30th – Last Day of KRR Summer School


All Fees need to be paid and library books need to be returned or paid for by the last day of school, May 19th. 




Lunch prices for the 14 days in May

Breakfast Full pay $19.60 Reduced $4.20
Lunch Full pay $33.60, Reduced pay $5.60

The GW PTO provides a hot dog lunch for all GW students only on the last day of school. No parent lunches will be able to be called in on this day.


We have extra class pictures in the office for sale, $7.00 each; call us to see if your child’s class is available.


Enrollment Day – Thursday May 4th


All enrollment forms need to be completely filled out and returned to Gertrude Walker by May 4th.  We will make any changes needed on the computer and if your boundary is not Gertrude Walker we will send the form to your boundary school.


Parents of kindergarteners for 2017-18 need to come to Gertrude Walker May 4th between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to enroll their child.  Children who will attain the age of five on or before August 31, 2017 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. Parents need to bring their incoming kindergarten student with them to the enrollment process, as well as birth certificate and immunization records.  The child will participate in a number of activities to help determine school readiness.  The screening will take approximately one hour.

Kindergarten students must be enrolled in their neighborhood school according to USD 457 school boundaries.


Parents will receive essential information regarding academic and behavior expectations from the kindergarten teachers.  They will also receive information helping their child in their learning development at home.

Anyone making an address change will need to fill out an address change form and provide proof of new address such as a utility bill with your name on it.  We cannot change anyone’s address without this proof.


Fourth graders going to the fifth grade next year will need to go to Bernadine Sitts, Charles Stones Intermediate Centers, or Abe Hubert Elementary to enroll.  Please remember to take your preprinted form to the school that is listed on the form, when enrolling.

If your child will not attend #USD 457 schools next year, please call the office (805-7600) and let us know.  We will need to know where your child will be attending next year.


2nd Grade with Ms. Wilson

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone.  Second grade has been very busy.  In math, we have been working on solving addition and subtraction problems using different strategies and using RDW strategies for problem solving. In reading, we have been working on reading with fluency, retelling stories, and using the RACE strategy to write answers.  

   I wish all our second graders a safe, fun summer! Parents please continue to have your child read to you throughout the summer and practice telling time and counting money. I encourage you to take advantage of the summer reading program at the Finney County Public Library.


            The Resource Room with Miss Bendert


Wow, this year has gone by so fast! I have enjoyed working with students from all grade levels here at Gertrude Walker this year. Together we have worked hard on math and reading skills and have celebrated many successes! In the resource room, we have worked on a range of reading skills including letters and sounds, phonics, sight words, reading fluency and comprehension.  We have also worked on a range of math skills including number identification, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and word problems. I am excited to see what the last month of school will bring and am looking forward to celebrating more successes with students at Gertrude Walker! Go Dolphins!


Thank you


Lauren Bendert

Gertrude Walker

Special Education




PE with Mr. Thornton

Eating healthy can be easy, tasty and inexpensive if you stick to some simple guidelines.

Who isn’t trying to eat healthy these days?

After all, it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and lots of other things you’d rather avoid. The good news is, eating right doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up things you love. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern.

Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier:





  • Choose mindfully, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary a lot.
  • Read labels. Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans-fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Watch your calories. To maintain a healthy weight, eat only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, take in fewer calories or burn more calories.
  • Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served, especially when eating out.
  • Don’t dismiss entire food groups. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
  • Cook and eat at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients and preparation methods.
  • Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern.



Remember This Summer to Be Safe in the Sun


Sun UV rays are most harmful during midday; try to plan indoor activities then or seek shade under a tree, umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief once it’s happened.

Clothing that covers your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays

Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Caps are popular among kids but they don’t protect their ears and neck, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.

Sunglasses - Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible. Use Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection. For most effective protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors.

Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day.  This applies to “waterproof” and “water resistant” products also.

Remember Sunscreen reduces damage from UV radiation, it doesn’t  eliminate it. Have A Great Summer from Your School Nurse.




Thank you so much for your support during our music programs this year.  I have really enjoyed working with your children and look forward to next year.     


                                    Mrs. Cessna


Have a GREAT Summer!  Stay Safe and Remember to READ!