Band and Orchestra

  • Fourth and Fifth graders who are interested in playing an instrument are encouraged to join band (woodwind, brass, percussion) or orchestra (strings) starting in the fall of each year.

Speech Tournament

  • The Deerfield Speech Tournament provides early opportunities for students to develop oral communications skills.  Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 have an opportunity to perform a published piece or give a speech written by the student.  The students are critiqued on their expression, memory, and interpretation.

Variety Show

  • This special event allows students to showcase their talents and special skills.  This PTO-run event occurs every other year.  Over 150 students participate in acts or as our stage crew, and a good time is had by all.


  • Led by Walden’s instructional music teacher, chorus is a club for 4th through 5th grade students who like to sing. For more information, please contact Mrs. Ballinger at

Destination Imagination

  • Led by Walden teachers, Destination Imagination centers around teamwork, creativity, and problem solving.  DI is open to 4th and 5th graders.  DI begins in October and runs through February, meeting once a week during the lunch hour.  DI is team based, so teams also meet on their own to complete the team project.

Young Authors' Conference

  • The Young Authors’ Conference, held each year in May at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is an event sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council, in conjunction with the Illinois Reading Council. Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8, the conference provides an opportunity for these young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books.

Geography Bee

  • Students in 4th and 5th grade “compete” to test their knowledge in national and world geography.

Peer Buddies

  • Walden Elementary School prides itself on celebrating differences in an inclusive school environment. Peer Buddies provides an opportunity for intermediate age students to mentor and support grade level peers or younger students…highlighting the idea that everyone matters and everyone has the ability to help others.