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We are so happy to welcome your child to Walnut Acres! We hope that your child and your whole family will soon feel right at home here.

SAVE the DATE for NEW PARENT ORIENTATION, Tuesday August 15, 6-7pm in the Walnut Acres Multi-use Room (MUR).  If you can, please plan to stay for our first Parent Faculty Club (PFC) Meeting of the year.  It starts at 7:00 pm in the MUR.

DON'T MISS Jaguar Day, Thursday, August 17th, 3-7pm.
Get your child's class assignment, turn in forms, volunteer for committees, pick up your pre-ordered school supplies, and sign up for student activities!

New Student Orientation for grades 1-5, Friday, August 18, 11am - noon.                                              Meet at the picnic tables outside the school office. Bring a bag lunch and meet a new buddy from your grade and get a tour of campus.

Tuesday, August 22 - First Day of School!  School starts at 7:55 am!

Visit us at the Back to School Coffee for parents after drop off by the tables.  

If you have questions about starting school you can email us at 

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 First 2 weeks of school Back To School Nights (BTSN), 5:45-7pm Back to school night is the an opportunity to meet your child’s classroom teacher and the room parent(s), the other families in the class and most importantly to sign up to volunteer in the classroom or for field trips and class parties. Please note that you will also need to bring your checkbook to pay for field trips, classroom party donation and also donate to Jaguar Fund if you have not had an opportunity during Jaguar Day. 

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The best way to stay up-to-date with what's going on at school is to sign up for Konstella, our private parent community that includes an online parent directory, events, announcements and signups from your classroom and the PFC.

You can get a real sense of the current direction of the school by attending the monthly PFC meetings. Everyone is welcome and you will gain a better understanding of how the school functions. Meetings are generally at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. 

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BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE: Recognizing that many parents need to arrange school pick-up/drop-off schedules well in advance of Jaguar Day, Walnut Acres Day Care provides on-campus childcare before and after school from 7:00am-6:00pm. You can register your child before you know their assigned schedule. Information about Walnut Acres Day Care can be found here: http://www.walnutacresdaycare.org

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BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING: Here is a link to the updated school supply list: 

http://walnutacres-elementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016_2017School-Supply-FT.pdf

Something that isn't mentioned on the school supply list but that may be worth taking into account in your back-to-school shopping is that there is a school dress code. The details of the dress code are outlined in the Student Conduct Handbook which you can find here: 

http://walnutacres-elementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/StudentHandbook12-13.pdf

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TB TESTING/FINGERPRINTING: For the safety of our children, ALL school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. If you plan to volunteer in the classroom you should try to get that done before school starts. The teachers will need your help right off the bat! 

STEP 1--Tuberculosis Testing
*You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD. If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or go to one of the following labs on a drop-in basis to complete the TB test (let the lab know it is for MDUSD-the cost is approximately $20). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you MUST return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading). 

Muir Diablo Labs 
Concord: 2231 Galaxy Ct. (925) 685-7744 
Walnut Creek: 1981 N. Broadway, Ste. 190 (925) 932-7715 

STEP 2--Fingerprinting
• Pick up a Fingerprint Form from the office or go to the school website to download a form click here.
For the form line state “field trip/classroom”, please fill the Walnut Acres School and your volunteer involvement at the school. 
• Please remember to bring $32 in cash (exact change) or money order-no personal check or credit cards will be accepted. 
• Remember, you MUST bring the Fingerprint Form and your TB test results to your appointment. MDUSD Personnel office (James W. Dent Education Center) is located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord.

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FUNDRAISING: 
Jaguar Fund 

The Jaguar Fund is the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club’s primary source of funds to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of the full educational experience we all want for our students at Walnut Acres.

The recommended donation for the 2017 - 2018 school year is $650 per child. 

The best time to give to the Jaguar Fund is at the beginning of the year at Jaguar Day on August 17th. Early donations make it easier for the PFC to plan their expenditures. However, donations are accepted throughout the year and can be turned into the Jaguar Fund box in the school Office.

We know every family situation is different so the goal of the Jaguar Fund is to achieve 100% participation regardless of the dollar amount. No amount is too small, and it will make a difference for our school.

The Jaguar Fund appeal is our largest fundraiser. We are fortunate to generate additional income from various PFC approved fundraisers such as read-a-thon, walk-a-thon, auction, and box tops for education, all of which round out our budget and are essential parts of our financial puzzle.

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Safety Responsibilities

Kindergarten parents are encouraged to walk your child to their respective classrooms. This is not necessary for the older grades. Walnut Acres has a designed Drop Off area and during morning drop off beginning at 7:45am parent volunteers run the drive-thru to facilitate the smooth and safe drop off in a timely manner. The morning parent volunteers direct the traffic , open car doors, and greet students.

Drive Thru Guidelines

• Drive carefully and slowly.
• Respect the directions of the volunteers.
• There is to be NO pedestrian traffic in the drive-thru. Parents are not allowed to walk their children from Cerezo Drive through the staff parking lot. This is extremely hazardous.
• Drop off children only where there is a volunteer. Children should be ready to exit the car when you pull up. 
• If you already dropped off your student, please don’t pass cars which are still dropping off or drive through the staff parking lot. We have had many near accidents from people doing this.
• DO NOT park in the staff parking lot.
• Stop at the stop signs. Remember pedestrian have the right of way, especially when they are our children.
• DO NOT leave vehicles unattended in the drive-thru. This applies all day.

We hope you and your child has an amazing first year at Walnut Acres! 
Thanks if you have any questions please contact Jennifer Rohrlick or Rachel Castillo at newfamilies@walnutacrespfc.net

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