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October 4th – Walk/Bike your child to school day

October 5th – Papa John’s Pizza Night

October 6th – 1st grade to Pumpkin Paradise 8:45-1:50

October 9th – Village Pie Sales Kickoff

October 9th – 13th – Book Fair - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15a.m. Then again at 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

October 16th – 20th – Book Fair - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15a.m. Then again at 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

October 11th – Picture Retakes – Individual only.

October 11th – 2nd grade to Ward’s/Zoo 8:45-2:30 

October 12thHalf Day of School in the a.m.

·       Breakfast & Lunch will be served.

·       Students will be released at 11:50 a.m.

·       Please be prompt picking up students.

October 13th - No School for students.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – October 18th - 4:10 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.

October 19th - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. No School

October 20th - 8:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. No School

Book Fair will be open During Conferences

October 23rd – Village Pie Sales order form and money due

October 31st – Fall Festival Parties (note to come later)


Lunch Prices for the 21 days of October are as follows:

Full Pay Breakfast – $31.50 Full Pay Lunch - $52.50

Reduced Breakfast - $6.30 Reduced Lunch – $8.40

(If your child eats breakfast at home, they do not have to eat one at school.)


Please remember when dropping off and picking up your child/children to pull over to the curb.  If they must cross the street, please walk across to the school sidewalk to get them. This is for their safety.


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If you have a Target credit card, you can designate Gertrude Walker Elementary to receive a percentage donation from Target of what you put on your Target credit card.  Thank You 



Box Tops for EducationWe are still collecting Box Tops.  There are several containers throughout the school to drop them in.  The money earned from the Box Tops is used for the last day of school Fun Day.  You can send them to school with your student.   




Please remind your child to wear tennis shoes on PE day.  This will help prevent tripping accidents., and make PE more fun.





Please call in daily by 9:00 a.m. when your child is absent stating the reason why they are gone.  If we send your child home sick and they are still sick the next day, please call in telling us they are still sick.




 GW Walk/Bike to School Day

International Walk/Bike to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. On this day, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – will be participating. 


Walk/Bike to School Day 2017 is scheduled for October 4th.

A note will be sent home with more details how Gertrude Walker students and parents may participate.





Attendance rewards


Attendance is very important for students to succeed in school.  There are whole class nutritious treat rewards if everyone has perfect attendance for the week.  Students having perfect attendance for the year will be recognized at the end of the year awards ceremony.




First Grade with Mrs. Madera


Hello, my name is Lorena Madera and I get to teach first grade at Gertrude Walker this year! I am a returning teacher; last year I was transferred to Alta Brown. It feels great to be back in school for another wonderful year! I’m super excited to be back in the classroom with my first graders! It’s hard to believe how fast time goes. We have had our first few days of school and students are getting back into the routine of things. In first grade, we will be working really hard on reading, writing, and math. Students should be reading at least 15-20 minutes every night. Math skills such as number recognition, counting to 120, and addition and subtraction within 20 should also be practiced at home. I do ask that you check your child’s backpack every night for homework and important notes coming home. Library books can be taken home, but should be returned to school every day so we can read them during MIR (Monitored Independent Reading). I look forward to seeing you in our classroom this year! Please feel free to call or stop by the office with any questions.



 Kindergarten with Ms. Garcia


Hi parents,

We are about half way through our fall semester. Our students have learned so much in the past two months through songs. They have learned the Animated Literacy characters songs to help them remember the letters names and sounds. They have learned the colors song to help them identify and read the color words. We are keeping our students busy with new sight words each week in order for them to start reading on their own. In math, we are working hard on counting to 100 with movement. Also, we are learning to identify our numbers to build our number sense. As the weather is changing please keep in mind how you send your child to school. We recommend a light jacket just in case he/she gets cold in the classroom or during recess. Make sure that your child’s clothes are not too tight or big on them.  Also closed toe shoes are preferred since its cooler outside.

Remember to check your child’s backpack or folder every day for notes from the teacher or the school. 


Ms. Garcia







2nd grade with Mrs. Walker


Fall is here and October will be a busy month. Second Grade will be doing some fall activities and some fall writing. We will be taking a fieldtrip to the zoo and Educational Center to learn about creepy critters. Please make sure your child is reading their library books for about 15-20 minutes for homework, and it is very important that they are retelling the parts of the story in sequential order. This will help them improve their comprehension skills when their teachers test them on the DRA reading test in December. We have been working hard in math. We will be working on a place value unit with our Engage NY series. I hope everyone enjoys the fall months it’s a beautiful time of the year! I can’t wait to visit with my students parents at parent teacher conferences. It is a joy teaching your children.



PTO October News

Important Dates to Remember from Gertrude Walker PTO


October 9th – 20th BOOK FAIR

                        The book fair will be open each morning before school from 7:45 to 8:15 and after school from 3:45 to 4:15. It will also be open the same time as Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 19th and 20th, as well as the evening of conferences on October 18th.  Please come find some books to enjoy.  There will be a wonderful selection from which to choose from.



Parent Teachers Conferences

October 18th - 4:10 p.m.-7:10 p.m.

October 19th - 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

October 20th - 8:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

 Please be sure and be on time for your conference, this keeps things running smoothly.





If you student has lost a coat or other item, please check the lost and found box at school.  Items with your child’s name on them are easier to return if lost.


                  The Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Gertrude Walker Elementary School starting Monday, October 9th - Friday, October 20, 2017.  The Book Fair will be open daily before school from 7:45 A.M.-8:15 A.M. and daily after school from 3:45 to 4:15 P.M.  It will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences October 18th, October 19th, and October 20th.  We would encourage all parents to attend the book fair with your child.  The school goal is to sell $2,500.00 worth of merchandise.  All proceeds from the book fair go to the Gertrude Walker Library and the libraries in each teacher’s classroom.  If you would like help selecting books for your child please ask an adult at the book fair.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Moser at Gertrude Walker (620)805-7600.


Parent Information: Title I


Dear Parent or Guardian:

Your child currently attends a school that receives funds from the Title I program.  Gertrude Walker Elementary School, along with all public schools, is required to provide notification to parents of students attending a school classified as a Title I school.  Title I is a federal supplemental program designed to help children reach high academic standards. 

To receive funds from this program the school has a requirement to inform you, as parents/guardians of children attending a Title I school, of information available to you.  Parents/guardian of students in Title I schools have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals.  You may request additional information, if available, about your child’s achievement on Kansas assessments. 

You will also receive notification if your child is, for whatever reason, assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.  A highly qualified teacher is defined as a teacher that meets Kansas qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade level and/or subject area in which the teacher is providing instruction.

For additional information about the Title I program please call the Title I office at



Word of the Month – Positive Mental Attitude – Students will promote, create, and maintain an environment free from physical and emotional harm.


Garden City Public Schools is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, or disability in its educational programs, services, activities, employment policies, and admission of students.