Walker Lead Testing Update

February 21, 2018

Dear Walker Families,

As you know, testing was completed last November for lead contamination in water in all D65 elementary and magnet schools according to recent Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regulations. Results were shared in early December.

Using mitigation strategies recommended by IDPH, including regular flushing and replacement of some pipes and fittings, water sources were re-tested by Stantec, an environmental testing firm, on January 13, 2018. Testing guidelines require that a water sample is tested after being out of use for at least eight hours (first draw) and that a second sample is tested after the water has run for at least 30 seconds (flush draw). While we were able to fix the problem at a number of sources, the re-testing confirms that one remains above the IDPH recommended level (5 parts per billion) on either draw.


  • Room 101 (Simmons), Classroom Sink, 14.5ppb (first draw) / 0.8ppb (flush draw)

Next Steps

The water source above the recommended level has signage posted that it is not to be used and this signage will remain in place. Our staff has been asked to monitor and students have been instructed to refrain from using this sink. Environmental experts recommend that the water source remain on; turning it off for an extended period of time will only cause further water quality issues. However, this sink will remain out-of-use until it meets IDPH guidelines. All drinking fountains and bottle fillers are within the recommended level and are safe for consumption.

Given that initial mitigation strategies did not work in all cases, we will develop a comprehensive plan that identifies a range of solutions to resolve outstanding issues by March 16, 2018.

District 65 will continue to work with IDPH, the City of Evanston Public Works Department, and the Evanston Health and Human Services Department to protect the environmental health and safety of our students and staff. Updates will be provided as available. Thank you for understanding.


Ginger Lumpkin, Principal

Paul Goren, Superintendent of Schools

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BOX TOPS – Class Competition – turn them in by Monday Feb 26th!


It’s Box Top time again!  The class that turns in the most will win a pizza party!

Students will be provided a sandwich bag and form to note their name & class.  Box tops can be turned in to the blue collection bin in the main office or returned to the teacher.

Spring BT Collection deadline: end of the school day on Monday February 26.

pizza partyIf the bag w/ form didn’t make it home, or you need another, you can download the form here: Box Tops form


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March PTA Meeting Date Change

schedule change

Due to a conflict for the hosting member, our March meeting is being moved from Wednesday March 14 to the following Thursday, March 22nd.

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Parents Night Out is almost here! Donate a buy-in party or item

PNO-Family & Teacher letter (Updated)

Download the donation form here!

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Join Walker in MLK Day of Service, by donating an essential children’s item. Deadline Friday January 12

Walker MLK Service ProjectMLK Service Project FlyerC2C

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If you’re shopping for the holidays … Support Walker by shopping @ Barnes & Noble (Old Orchard location) Saturday 12/16

If you’re looking for some great gifts , stop by Barnes & Noble’s Old Orchard location on Saturday December 16th using Walker’s exclusive voucher and Walker will get a percentage back!  It’s that easy.    Download and share the Walker Elementary Voucher

We love B&N, they always have great reads and great stocking stuffers for all the different interests on your list 🙂


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Thank you from the 5th grade & PTA Engagement Committee!


A HUGE thank you to all of you who purchased Lou Malnati’s gift cards to support the PTA in gifting the entire 2017-2018 5th grade class their last yearbook from Walker Elementary.

It was a great success! The kids sold 113 certificates and surpassed our hopes to raise at least half the cost to cover the yearbooks from this endeavor. Because of you, we are now only $200 away from accomplishing our overall goal of $780.  Big thanks also to Erin Sacluti for leading this effort!

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Walker Lead/Water Testing Results and info

Walker Letter Water testing

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D65 Media Release Form: Needed for your child(ren)’s inclusion in Walker yearbook


Just In case you haven’t yet given the district permission to share your child’s photo for our school yearbook, please fill out this form completely and return to the main office.

If you have more than one child, please note that there must be a form completed for EACH CHILD.

This will also provide permission if your child is included in event photos (field trips, Camp Timberlee, school-wide concerts & activities,  Club and enrichment activity group photos, etc.

Download the D65 Consent Form here



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5th grade yearbook fundraiser + Lou Malnati’s pizza gift certificates = WIN WIN!

lous logo

Who doesn’t love Lou Malnati’s pizza and our Walker 5th Graders?!? Today the 5th graders will be bringing home order forms for Lou Malnati’s frozen pizza certificates. All proceeds will go to funding yearbooks for all the 5th grade students at the end of this school year. The certificates are $13 each (cash or check made out to Walker School PTA) and are good at any Lou Malnati’s location, even Arizona, – so this is the perfect fundraiser for hitting up out of town friends and family! Orders and $ are due to school by Monday, December 4th so that we can get the certificates back in time to distribute before Winter Break. In addition to providing one of the easiest, most delicious dinners ever – these certificates also make great holiday gifts, so stock up! Find a 5th grader and place your order today! Don’t know a 5th grader? Stop by the school office to place an order and I will get your certificates to you when they arrive!  Questions? Contact Erin Sacluti

If you’re really motivated and want to sell a bunch of Gift Certificates to your friends/family/co-workers, you can download your own Lou Malnatis order form HERE

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