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PFC Board Guidelines

Basic Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute your event/activity according to budget guidelines and/or to generate a targeted income amount if your event is a fundraiser.
  • Communicate your activities to the PFC and attend PFC meetings whenever possible.
  • Create/update a document that includes: A summary of the position, calendar or timeline for your activity or event, your budget, vendors used, ideas for improvement, collateral created, and any other information that might help your successor.
  • Help to recruit and train your successor. This usually takes place after the May PFC Meeting and before the summer. 

PFC Board Directory             

Please use the directory on the PFC Website to contact other board members. We also have a PFC Board Committee on Konstella for easy messaging and sharing within the Board.  Any questions, please contact the VP of Communications.  

PFC Board Chair Confirmation

If you have not filled out a “Board Chair Confirmation” online, please contact the VP of Communications.

Job Descriptions                   

Go to: PFC Board Chair Job Descriptions on the PFC website for more detail. Job descriptions, as well as keeping detailed records of how you did your job, are vital to the success of the next person to take on your position.  Update your job description online anytime.


Ensure before any planning is done that you understand your budget.  Questions about your budget should be directed to the PFC Treasurer.  

If you require reimbursement for expenses, you must submit your forms within 30 days or you may not be reimbursed. There are limited exceptions to this rule. Please try to have reimbursement items on a separate receipt from personal items. 

Please note, all payments for services to vendors (e.g. a D.J.) over $600.00 should be paid for by the PFC, so please submit for a check to pay them. Links to reimbursement and deposit forms are below, and are also kept in the  “Treasurer” folder in the PFC files in the Walnut Acres Office Copy Room.



If you require funds in cash before an event contact the PFC Treasurer for a check.

Vendor Contracts

Any contracts must be reviewed by the PFC President and Treasurer prior to signing.


When making copies for PFC-sponsored events conserve paper by advertising in Enews,  through Konstella and directing people to your page on the PFC website.  If you need to make copies and it is a large order, please use the MDUSD Print Shop for substantial savings.  Note that they do not make copies or posters over 11x17 in size. Go to their website for details on placing an order. They can give you a quote on price and on turnaround, and they can deliver the order to the Walnut Acres Elementary office. For smaller print jobs you can ask Denise for PFC paper, and use the copier in the office copy room.  Please ask Denise or Amanda if colored paper is needed. 

Use Permits for Use of School Premises                                   

If your committee plans to use school premises in the evening or on the weekend, you will need a Use Permit. Click here for the Use Permit Guidelines

Fingerprinting/TB Tests

All school volunteers must be fingerprinted and TB tested.  You only need to be fingerprinted once, and you must get TB tested every four years.  Go to: Fingerprinting/TB Tests above for instructions.

Volunteering on Campus

Any volunteer who plans to be on the WA campus must sign in at the office and put on a volunteer sticker or wear a previously issued lanyard. 

Soliciting for Donations                                 

So as not to exhaust our community resources, soliciting for donations should only be done by the following committees:  Auction, Teacher Appreciation, Social, Read-A-Thon, Walk-A-Thon and Open House Festival.  It is the responsibility of those committees to coordinate your efforts. There is a Google Document,  listing all of our donors and the committees who have been in contact.  Any other committee wanting to solicit must get the approval of the VP of Community Relations. Committees wanting access to the baking list compiled by the Teacher Appreciation committee must contact those Chairs.  Click here for the PFC letterhead and envelope. 


Committee Folders in the Office                                                                  

Please check your committee folders in the Walnut Acres Office Copy Room regularly.  It is especially important that you check your folders regularly if you are expecting to receive paperwork from individual classrooms or outside mail (i.e. volunteer sign-ups coming from “Back to School Night”).

E-mail Communication        

All communication with our families happens through our online Directory, Konstella. We have a bi-weekly newsletter, E-news, that you can submit articles too. See Enews Submissions for more details. 

Room Parent Communication      

If you are a Walnut Acres Room Parent, you will be added to the Room Parents Committee on Konstella. You will receive regular updates from the Room Parent Leads, and you can ask questions of other room parents using the Konstella chat message feature. For more information on being a Room Parent, go to: Room Parents.

Posters on Campus

We recommend placing posters on the billboard in front of the Kindergarten garden, and the billboard next to the MUR.  You can use push pins or tape on the billboards. All posters on the walls of the school must be posted using blue painter’s tape. Please remember to remove your posters when your event is finished. 

Due to safety concerns, flyers may not be distributed in the drive-thru area.                                                  

PFC Meetings

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 8:15AM or 7 PM in the Walnut Acres Library (unless otherwise noted).  PFC Board Meetings, Agendas and Minutes are available on our website.  The PFC Secretary will email the agenda to the Board one week before each monthly meeting. If you are on the agenda and cannot attend, it is your responsibility to e-mail the Secretary what you would like for them to say on your behalf. Out of respect for everyone’s time, please keep what you need to say to three minutes or less. Go to: PFC Meetings for more details. 


Enews is sent biweekly.  A reminder to submit Enews articles is sent to the PFC Board on Konstella.  Articles should be submitted to:  It is your responsibility to stay on top of due dates and release dates in order to make them work for your event.  Go to Enews Submissions for more details.  Only articles directly related to Walnut Acres will be considered for inclusion. Articles from the local community will be considered for the Community Announcements section of Enews. 

PFC Website                                                                                                

All committees should use the website as a primary source of information.  You can link to your page from  Enews to provide more details.  You can include attachments on your page. It is your responsibility to keep your page up to date. It is suggested that you review your website on a monthly basis to determine if updates are needed. If you need assistance accessing or altering your page, want to be featured on the home page, or have feedback on the website, contact the PFC VP of Communications or the Webmaster.  It is also the responsibility of all Chairs to use the website whenever possible to inform themselves and others of PFC policies and procedures. See "How to Update Your Page on the PFC Website" for details. 

Community Announcements                                                        

The PFC supports our WA community and the city of Walnut Creek by highlighting current child-centered or parent education-centered events and activities through the “Community Announcements” section of the PFC website.  Announcements should not include any solicitation, personal, or "for profit" business.  Submissions should be sent with the exact verbiage as should appear on the website, for posting within seven days.  Attachments can be included.  All announcements may be slightly altered, and are subject to the approval of the Community Announcements Chair, Principal and the PFC VP of Communications. Go to: Community Announcements for more details.