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The First Walnut Acres' eNews of 2020! Check it out!

posted Jan 14, 2020, 10:30 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - 
January 14, 2020

Mark Your Calendars!

1/14        PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
1/16        Science Fair Project Forms Due
1/20        Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
1/30        3rd Grade Show "Go Fish"
2/3          TK/K Registration Info Night - MUR 6pm
2/4          TK/K Registration
2/6          Science Fair 6:30pm-8:00
2/10        Teacher In-Service Work Day - NO SCHOOL
2/11        PFC Meeting - 7pm MUR
2/14        School Recess - NO SCHOOL
2/17        President's Day - NO SCHOOL


For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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I thought public education was free. Why am I being asked to donate?

We fundraise to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of our children’s education at Walnut Acres. Over 80% of our PFC budget is used for staff positions that would not exist at Walnut Acres Elementary without PFC funds.

Still haven't donated to Jag Fund? Through parent donations, the PFC is able to fund many of the things that make our school unique.  Check out the PFC website for more information and please help us meet our goal. The suggested donation is $650 per student, which can be contributed in monthly payments if you prefer. 
The only donation too small...is no donation at all. Please contribute what you can!  Donate Now 

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After School Enrichment Classes 

There are still spots available in a few of the After School Enrichment Programs.  Specifically, Soccer, Basketball and Bricks 4 Kids.  Classes start next week!  Click HERE for signup forms.

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Science Fair Forms Are Due By This 
Thursday, Jan. 16th!

WALNUT ACRES STEM & Science Fair, Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Get ready for the 2020 STEM and Science Fair! Walnut Acres students, grades K-5are encouraged to think like young scientists and submit a project in any science-related or engineering field.  Entry forms are due on January 16th!  Click HERE for the form and make sure you send your child's form to sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net and/or drop it in the Science Fair box in the office before the 16th.  For more details and resource ideas check out the STEM & Science Fair PFC Page HERE.
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 Is Your Wine Rack Overflowing?

 Is your wine rack overflowing with too much wine purchased or gifted to you during the holidays? If so, it’s perfect timing to donate wine for our 2020 Auction Gala Night! You can help make this evening successful and fun by donating wine for our event. We are looking to collect a wide range of red, white, bubbly and rosé wine selections ($15 and up) for our guests to enjoy. We are also hoping to collect some high-end bottles to generate extra excitement. We are grateful for your wine donations. Drop off locations: 933 Piute Court (off Quiet Place Drive - a large bin is by the porch) or 2761 San Antonio Drive in Walnut Creek.

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Auction Is Coming!  Here's How You Can Help!
 
 Walnut Acres Auction needs your help!!! The PFC depends on a strong Auction to fund 1/4 of our annual budget.  The money we raise at Auction this spring will determine how many of the current programs we are able to sustain in the next school year.  Help us avoid program cuts and even build on our already strong support for all that is possible at Walnut Acres by contributing items, experiences and wine to the Auction. For information on what kinds of donations work, please visit the Auction Site HEREOnce you are ready to donate an item (you don't need to have the physical item in hand, you just need to provide a description of your donated item), go HERE to log your donation.
 
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1st Grade Parents - 
January is Your Month to 
                        Host Drive Thru 

1st Grade Parents: For the month of January, please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As like last year, we are having each class level help out at the Drive Thru during specific months. We would appreciate 2-4 helpers each day. Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning, 7:40 - 8:00 am? If so, please sign up!  Click HERE for the 1st Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

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5th Grade Families!
Yearbook Ads Deadline - January 31st  

Congratulate your 5th grader and express your pride and love with an ad in the 2020 yearbook.
Size: 1/8 page: $20

- Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053
- Click "Buy a Yearbook Ad"
- Click the Yearbook Ad tab, choose an ad size and click "Continue with Order" and follow the prompts to purchase your ad.  Then create and submit it after purchase.

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net 

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 Orientation for parents of incoming Kindergarten and TK students will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 3rd. TK and Kindergarten registration day will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in the school Library. Registration is by appointment only.
For more information click HERE

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2020-2021 PFC Committees

Are you interested in getting more involved with the fun committees and events that happen at Walnut Acres?  Is there an event or committee you have a passion for?  LET US KNOW!  The PFC board is beginning to look for some energetic parents that are interested in the opportunity to be more involved with a variety of the PFC groups for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information check this out! If you see something you fancy, drop a note to the VP of Communications at vpcommunications@walnutacrespfc.net

Recycle Club News

A big thanks to everyone who has dropped off empty chip bags, bar wrappers and pouches to be recycled via TerraCycle last week. Please be informed there will be a regular TerraCycle collection in the same week as the CRV collection, first full week of every month. Drop off will be in the same spot as the CRV drop off, to keep it fast and simple. There will be a marked can for "CRV" and one for "TerraCycle". You can find more information HEREThanks for your support. 
Also, don't forget to save up those cans and bottles. Next recycle collection will be February 3rd-7th. Bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone. Mike Jahnke brings the recycling donated by YOU to the Martinez recycling plant and brings back cash $$ which is then donated to our Recycle Club. 

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Kid and Parent Buy-In Parties Needed

Interested in a fun way to support our school?  We need you!  We are looking for hosts for Seasonal/Winter buy in parties for all grade levels!  Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and host an activity to celebrate the season.  Autumn has so much to offer: hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts, costumes, changing colors of leaves, sports and more! 

Consider hosting a kids party/movie night, an afternoon of ice skating, a winter holiday craft day, Frozen 2 movie outing, ring in the new year with a kids New Year’s Eve party, or indoor play time at a local facility.  Our team can help with planning and making your party idea a reality! 

All money from ticket sales of buy in parties goes directly to our PFC – so get party planning!  It’s for the kids!  Contact Sarah Waters at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

Don’t forget that PARENTS like to have FUN too!  If you’re interested in hosting a parent buy in party, contact Danielle Getty at parentbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net 

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SAY IT IN LIGHTS! 

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, the greeting “Happy Birthday ‘Your Child’s Name’” will be on display on the Walnut Acres' electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice.  Click HERE to purchase. 

The deadline for submitting an order is one week prior to your child's birthday.

Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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Bronco Baseball Academy is back for our 20th season offering summer baseball camps in Walnut Creek! This summer we will again be offering four week-long camps at Foothill Middle School for kids ages 5-12 years old. Registration is open now, and our Early Bird Discount is available through the end of February. On March 1st, the cost of camp goes up from $275 to the regular rate of $350, so register today to reserve your spot at our discounted rate. Visit www.BroncoBaseballAcademy.com for all the details and to sign up today!
 

eNews - December 10, 2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 8:31 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - 
December 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

12/9-20  Parent/Teacher Conferences 
12/12     4th Grade Show "December in Our Town" 
12/18     Sing Out 
12/23-1/6 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL!
1/7         Return to School
1/14       PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
1/20       Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- NO SCHOOL!
1/30       3rd Grade Show "Go Fish"

For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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I thought public education was free. Why am I being asked to donate?

We fundraise to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of our children’s education at Walnut Acres. Over 80% of our PFC budget is used for staff positions that would not exist at Walnut Acres Elementary without PFC funds.

Still haven't donated to Jag Fund? Through parent donations, the PFC is able to fund many of the things that make our school unique.  Check out the PFC website for more information and please help us meet our goal. The suggested donation is $650 per student, which can be contributed in monthly payments if you prefer. Donate Now  

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Math Kangaroo Registration Deadline is this Sunday (12/15)!

This year, the competition will take place all over the world on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Registration is now open online at Math Kangaroo Registration.
 
To register your student, log into your account (or create a new one if you don't have one already.) Once you log in, click on the 'By invitation' tab right above 'Participation Centers'. Enter one of the following invitation codes: CAWALNU0003518@20MK (3 pm session)  or CAWALNU0003528@20MK (7 pm session). Then click 'enroll', and follow the instruction for payment ($21 per child). The last day of registration is Dec 15, 2019. If you have trouble with registration or would like to know more about Math Kangaroo, please contact Chao Yang at chaoathome@yahoo.com.

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Reminder...
Short Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held this week and next week.  We will have early dismissal both weeks. Please see the chart below for each grade level’s dismissal times. Teachers' will contact you regarding your appointment times.

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WALNUT ACRES STEM & Science Fair, Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Get ready for the 2020 STEM and Science Fair! Walnut Acres students, grades K-5are encouraged to think like young scientists and submit a project in any science-related or engineering field.  Entry forms are due on January 16th!  Click HERE for the form and make sure you send your child's form to sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net and/or drop it in the Science Fair box in the office before the 16th.  For more details and resource ideas check out the STEM & Science Fair PFC Page HERE 
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5th Grade Families!
Yearbook Ads Deadline - January 31st  


Congratulate your 5th grader and express your pride and love with an ad in the 2020 yearbook.

Size: 1/8 page: $20

- Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053
- Click "Buy a Yearbook Ad"
- Click the Yearbook Ad tab, choose an ad size and click "Continue with Order" and follow the prompts to purchase your ad.  Then create and submit it after purchase.

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net 

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5th Graders Yearbook Cover Contest

ALL Walnut Acres 5th grade students are invited to enter the yearbook cover contest. Theme is Mission Walnut Acres I'm Possible.  Entries are due by December 20th 2019.  More info can be found HERE

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2nd Grade Parents - 
December is Your Month to 
                        Host Drive Thru 

2nd Grade Parents: For the month of December, please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As like last year, we are having each class level help out at the Drive Thru during specific months. We would appreciate 2-4 helpers each day. Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning, 7:40 - 8:00 am? If so, please sign up!

Click HERE for the 2nd Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

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Auction Team Needs Your Help!
 
 Hello Parents! Tickets for the Live Auction Gala sold out quickly, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the Auction Action!!
EVERYONE (parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors) can shop for incredible deals and exclusive experiences through the Online Auction. The Online Auction will run from Feb 21, 2020 - March 2, 2020 and raises money to keep programs like Reading and Math Intervention and the STEM lab running. 
We Need The Help of The Entire Parent Community!
A successful auction depends on GREAT auction items and experiences. Parents, we need YOUR help in securing donations of gift cards, tickets to events, goods, services, or a unique experience like a behind-the-scenes tour or other event.  
Click here to find out how you can help!
 
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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles? 

Save up those cans and bottles from all the holiday festivities!  Next recycle collection will be January 6th-10th. Bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone. Every first week of the month Mike Jahnke brings the recycling donated by YOU to the Martinez recycling plant and brings back cash $$ which is then donated to our Recycle Club. 

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Kid and Parent Buy-In Parties Needed


Interested in a fun way to support our school?  We need you!  We are looking for hosts for Seasonal/Winter buy in parties for all grade levels!  Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and host an activity to celebrate the season.  Autumn has so much to offer: hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts, costumes, changing colors of leaves, sports and more! 

Consider hosting a kids party/movie night, an afternoon of ice skating, a winter holiday craft day, Frozen 2 movie outing, ring in the new year with a kids New Year’s Eve party, or indoor play time at a local facility.  Our team can help with planning and making your party idea a reality! 

All money from ticket sales of buy in parties goes directly to our PFC – so get party planning!  It’s for the kids!  Contact Sarah Waters at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

Don’t forget that PARENTS like to have FUN too!  If you’re interested in hosting a parent buy in party, contact Danielle Getty at parentbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net 

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SAY IT IN LIGHTS! 

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, the greeting “Happy Birthday ‘Your Child’s Name’” will be on display on the Walnut Acres' electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice.  Click HERE to purchase. 

The deadline for submitting an order is one week prior to your child's birthday.

Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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Registration for the 2020 Walnut Creek Little League Season is Now Open! 

We invite you to join Walnut Creek Little League for the 2020 Baseball and Softball season! Baseball, Softball and Challengers teams are now forming for the Spring and Summer. Take advantage of early registration and sign up today! 

  • Early Registration ends 12/18/19 
  • Late Registration fees apply after 12/18/19 
  • Registration closes on 1/2/20 
Let’s Play Ball! Register HERE  Please Note: Walnut Creek Little League has a new web address! We can now be found at: www.WCLittleLeague.org
  
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Walnut Acres PFC eNews, November 19, 2019

posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:21 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - 
November 19, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
11/19     PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
11/18-12/2  Read-A-Thon "Saddle Up & Read!"
11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL!
12/3       PFC Holiday Party 
12/2-12/5  Toy & Clothing Drive 
12/9-20  Parent/Teacher Conferences 
12/12     4th Grade Show "December in Our Town" 
12/18     Sing Out 
12/23-1/6 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL!
1/7         Return to School
1/14       PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
1/20       Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- NO SCHOOL!

For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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The Jaguar Fund donation request of $650 is too big for our budget.

Did you know that you can make recurring payments in Konstella? Konstella will automatically charge your credit card each month. That could be a payment of $65/month for 10 months.

Still haven't donated to Jag Fund? Through parent donations, the PFC is able to fund many of the things that make our school unique.  Check out the PFC website for more information and please help us meet our goal. The suggested donation is $650 per student, which can be contributed in monthly payments if you prefer. Donate Now  

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Lost and Found - TODAY!

Our Lost and Found items will be laid out on the picnic tables Tuesday, 11am-3pm.

On Wednesday, the Student Council will lay the items out from 12:30-2pm, collect all remaining items, and donate them to the fire victims in the Napa area. 

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Saddle Up & Read! Read-a-Thon!
November 18th-December 2nd

Have your child lasso up some good books, kick up their heels and read all while earning money for the school. The Read-A-Thon is one of the PFC's largest annual fundraisers that challenges students to use their most important academic skill, READING, to directly support their school. If you didn't receive an email with your child's 99pledges link (check your junk folder) or didn't receive a reading envelope, please email readathon@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Annual Toy and Clothing Drive


Get ready to clean out your closets and go Marie Kondo for a good cause! Monday, December 2nd through Thursday, December 5th Walnut Acres will be collecting gently used toys and clothes for families of Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point. The families use these items to help give gifts for the holidays or for their personal use. Items to be collected include new or gently used toys (with all pieces intact), games, clothes, warm jackets, shoes, kitchen items, jewelry and home decor. Items may be dropped off in front of the main office 12/2-12/5.
If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Balistreri at stephb26@yahoo.com or communityservice@walnutacrespfc.net 

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PFC HOLIDAY PARTY - Dec. 3rd!

Join the Walnut Acres PFC as we celebrate the Holidays and our amazing school community with an adults-only affair at the lovely home of Ryan & Catalina Franklin.  Official invite to come with more details!

Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or a bottle of wine to share with your fellow Walnut Acres parents and our lovely teachers.  

All Walnut Acres parents and teachers are invited!

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Reminder...
Short Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held December 9-13 and December 16-20, 2019. We will have early dismissal both weeks. Please see the chart below for each grade level’s dismissal times. Teachers' will contact you regarding your appointment times.

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Auction Team Needs Your Help!
 
 Hello Parents! Tickets for the Live Auction Gala sold out quickly, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the Auction Action!!
EVERYONE (parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors) can shop for incredible deals and exclusive experiences through the Online Auction. The Online Auction will run from Feb 21, 2020 - March 2, 2020 and raises money to keep programs like Reading and Math Intervention and the STEM lab running. 
We Need The Help of The Entire Parent Community!
A successful auction depends on GREAT auction items and experiences. Parents, we need YOUR help in securing donations of gift cards, tickets to events, goods, services, or a unique experience like a behind-the-scenes tour or other event.  
Click here to find out how you can help!
 
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2nd Grade Parents - 
December is Your Month to 
                        Host Drive Thru 

2nd Grade Parents: For the month of December, please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As like last year, we are having each class level help out at the Drive Thru during specific months. We would appreciate 2-4 helpers each day. Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning, 7:40 - 8:00 am? If so, please sign up!

Click HERE for the 2nd Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles? 

Every first week of the month Mike Jahnke brings the recycling donated by YOU to the Martinez recycling plant and brings back cash $$ which is then donated to our Recycle Club. Thank you Walnut Acres parents for donating your recycling cans and bottles last month. Next Collection will be December 2nd-6th bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone. 

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Buy your 2019-2020 Walnut Acres Yearbook  

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

  1. Go to: www.hjeshare.com Enter school code walnutacres
  2. Click "select images for upload". Click "Browse for Images".
  3. Locate our images, click on them, then click "Open".
  4. Enter the information for each image. Please include "grade(s) of students" and provide the teacher's name if known. For "student(s) shown", type N/A.
  5. Click "upload images".

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net 

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Kid and Parent Buy-In Parties Needed


 

Interested in a fun way to support our school?  We need you!  We are looking for hosts for Seasonal/Winter buy in parties for all grade levels!  Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and host an activity to celebrate the season.  Autumn has so much to offer: hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts, costumes, changing colors of leaves, sports and more! 

Consider hosting a kids party/movie night, an afternoon of ice skating, a winter holiday craft day, Frozen 2 movie outing, ring in the new year with a kids New Year’s Eve party, or indoor play time at a local facility.  Our team can help with planning and making your party idea a reality! 

All money from ticket sales of buy in parties goes directly to our PFC – so get party planning!  It’s for the kids!  Contact Sarah Waters at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

Don’t forget that PARENTS like to have FUN too!  If you’re interested in hosting a parent buy in party, contact Danielle Getty at parentbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

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Math Kangaroo Registration is Open

This year, the competition will take place all over the world on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Registration is now open online at Math Kangaroo Registration.
 
To register your student, log into your account (or create a new one if you don't have one already.) Once you log in, click on the 'By invitation' tab right above 'Participation Centers'. Enter one of the following invitation codes: CAWALNU0003518@20MK (3 pm session)  or CAWALNU0003528@20MK (7 pm session). Then click 'enroll', and follow the instruction for payment ($21 per child). The last day of registration is Dec 15, 2019. If you have trouble with registration or would like to know more about Math Kangaroo, please contact Chao Yang at chaoathome@yahoo.com.
 
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Registration for the 2020 Walnut Creek Little League Season is Now Open! 

We invite you to join Walnut Creek Little League for the 2020 Baseball and Softball season! Baseball, Softball and Challengers teams are now forming for the Spring and Summer. Take advantage of early registration and sign up today! 

  • Early Registration ends 12/18/19 
  • Late Registration fees apply after 12/18/19 
  • Registration closes on 1/2/20 
Let’s Play Ball! Register HERE  Please Note: Walnut Creek Little League has a new web address! We can now be found at: www.WCLittleLeague.org
 
 
 
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The 27th Annual Turkey Trot is here- Run, jog, walk or volunteer to help support Northgate schools and have fun at this community tradition! 

 Thanksgiving and the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot are fast approaching!  You can help support Northgate schools by running, jogging or walking in the race - and you can save money by registering early! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest! Participating is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday. Race sponsor, FORMA GYM has named PEAK Education Foundation - which supports all 5 Northgate schools - a beneficiary for the 8th year in a row.  PEAK will receive a donation back for every participant when you use the fundraising code“PEAK19” at registration.  Don't forget to use the code!

The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 am at Civic Park.

For more information and to register CLICK HEREVolunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand.  Click here to volunteer

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eNews - October 8, 2019

posted Oct 14, 2019, 10:16 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - October 8, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
10/9 - Dine & Donate All Day at Round Table Pizza
10/12  Community Service Day
10/15  PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
10/21-25 5th Grade Walker Creek Trip
10/25-26 CUYT 3rd/4th Grade Show "The Lion King"
10/29  Student Photo Make-Up Day
10/31  Sing-Out 8:00-9:00AM
11/4-8 Scholastic Book Fair

11/11  Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL!
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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Still haven't donated to Jag Fund? Through parent donations, the PFC is able to fund many of the things that make our school unique.  Check out the PFC website for more information and please help us meet our goal. The suggested donation is $650 per student, which can be contributed in monthly payments if you prefer. Donate Now 
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Today is the LAST Day to Register for Community Service Day!!

Saturday, October 12th, 9 am to 12 pm. Please join us to beautify Walnut Acres campus. There is something for every age, interest and ability! 
Take a peek at some of our projects: Clean the outdoor lunch tables, the play structure, and the library bookshelves, chairs and tables; Repaint the two buddy benches; Add drought-tolerant plants to planters; Pick-up trash; Sort and organize emergency supplies. Plenty of work for all! Many hands make light work.

Please bring:
 Gardening tools; trash bags, brushes/rags/sponges, buckets; work gloves; a couple of dollies and/or a rolling platform; your own refillable water bottle.  
And don't miss this treat from the City of Walnut Creek: Start the Day with pancakes and a t-shirt!
Location: Heather Farm Community Center at 7:30 a.m. for a free pancake breakfast, cooked by the local Lions clubs. If you come to the breakfast, you get a free, commemorative t-shirt, too! 

For online registration, click HERE.

All Community Service Day volunteers MUST turn in a signed waiver before participating.
Minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Families may list all their children on a single waiver.
Click HERE to access your waiver  
 

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Parent's Halloween Party - Get Tickets!


Walnut Acres Parents: The most excellent decade and most entertaining holiday come together for an epic night! Please support Walnut Acres and have a totally awesome & spooky good time at the 2019 Halloween Bash! Devilish libations will be served! 80’s jams will be pumping! And, a funky fresh food truck will be serving! (either apps or dessert) Don't forget your bodacious 80's costumes in full effect! There will be a totally rad awards ceremony for best costumes!

HOSTS: Spooky Shankers & Eerie Eyerlys
WHEN: Saturday Oct. 26th @ 8:00pm 
WHERE: Shanker Haunted House – 3699 Oak Creek Ct, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 
TICKETS: $50/person CLICK HERE

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Halloween Costume Drive

 Mrs. Allyon's class is doing a used Halloween costume drive for Shore Acres Elementary and are asking the whole school to participate.  There will be a box outside the K3 classroom from now until 10/25.  

 Please donate any costumes that are clean and in good condition.

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Spirit Wear is Here!
  

Spirit Wear Orders are currently being assembled for distribution this Thursday, October 10th - just in time for Spirit Day Friday! All orders will be delivered to your child's class room. Remind them Thursday morning to bring home their new Jaguar Gear and check their backpacks Thursday night to make sure everything was delivered.  You can review your Spirit Wear order on Konstella by clicking on "Your Orders." 

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4th Grade Parents - 
October is Your Month to Host Drive Thru 

4th Grade Parents: For the month of October, please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As like last year, we are having each class level help out at the Drive Thru during specific months. We would appreciate 2-4 helpers each day. Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning, 7:40 - 8:00 am? If so, please sign up!

Click HERE for the 4th Grade Drive Thru sign ups. 

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Buy your 2019-2020 Walnut Acres Yearbook for $25  
Price goes up to $35 after October 31st

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

  1. Go to: www.hjeshare.com Enter school code walnutacres
  2. Click "select images for upload". Click "Browse for Images".
  3. Locate our images, click on them, then click "Open".
  4. Enter the information for each image. Please include "grade(s) of students" and provide the teacher's name if known. For "student(s) shown", type N/A.
  5. Click "upload images".

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net

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Chill Out Zone - Volunteers Needed

 The Chill Out Zone at Walnut Acres is a place for all students to come and CHILL and have fun. Open once per week on Mondays in the library during lunch recess, it is an indoor space for creating, making, and play. Along with our school counselor Joanne Finn, parent volunteers will help with art and crafts projects, games, Legos, and fun. Volunteers are needed Mondays during lunch recess time from 11:40-1:00pm. If you are interested, click HERE for the Konstella sign-up or email Joanne Finn, Walnut Acres Counselor, at: finnj@mdusd.org.

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Library Volunteers Needed! Do you love books?

Then the Walnut Acres Library needs you! The Library utilizes parent volunteers throughout the school year to assist the librarian with book circulation, sorting and shelving books, and helping students find books for check-out. Volunteers shifts are every other week for approximately one hour throughout the school year during your students’ class time in the library. The classes that are still in need of volunteers are listed below. 

Proctor - Wednesdays: 11:15-12:15
McGoldrick - Thursdays: 12:00-1:00
Beuchotte - Thursdays: 12:30-1:30
Gerbacio - Thursdays: 1:35-2:35 
Cowles - Wednesdays: 8:00-9:00

If interested, please contact Dulce Conley or Vickie Palmer, Library Co-Chairs, through Konstella or library@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Recycle Club Update


Recycle Club would like to inform our Walnut Acres community that we recycled 8 pounds of dried up markers from last school year. Thanks to everyone for collecting, giving them a new life and keeping them out of the landfills! Keep collecting this school year, to make a difference! 

Thank you from your Walnut Acres Recycle Club

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Amazon Purchases Can Benefit Walnut Acres!
Use our link and WAPFC may receive up to 10% proceeds from your purchases.
 
Click HERE to use our affiliated link to access amazon.com before placing any orders and (depending on the category of the items purchased) Walnut Acres will receive up to 10% of the purchase price. 
 
Unlike the previous program of linking your account and going directly to smile.amazon.com (which donated 0.5% of sales) you must click our link to Amazon before each purchase for WAPFC to receive funds, so don't forget! The link is also found on our homepage at www.walnutacrespfc.net. 
 
TIP- If you have Amazon.com bookmarked, we recommend changing that link to go to the PFC website as a reminder to use our Amazon Affiliate link so we can earn while you shop! 

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The 27th Annual Turkey Trot is here- Run, jog, walk or volunteer to help support Northgate schools and have fun at this community tradition! 

 Thanksgiving and the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot are fast approaching!  You can help support Northgate schools by running, jogging or walking in the race - and you can save money by registering early! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest! Participating is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday. Race sponsor, FORMA GYM has named PEAK Education Foundation - which supports all 5 Northgate schools - a beneficiary for the 8th year in a row.  PEAK will receive a donation back for every participant when you use the fundraising code “PEAK19” at registration.  Don't forget to use the code!

The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 am at Civic Park.

For more information and to register CLICK HEREVolunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand.  Click here to volunteer

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May 28, 2019 Enews

posted May 28, 2019, 5:57 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - May 28, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
5/29 Sing Out, 8 AM
5/30 Kindergarten Performance, "Squirm" 7 PM, MUR
6/4 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony, 1:30-2:30 PM, MUR
6/5 Last Day of School - dismissal at noon
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19   

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Walnut Acres Yearbooks Delivered Thursday May 30th! 
Extras Available Monday, June 3rd

Pre-purchased yearbooks will be passed out to students in their classes onThursday May 30th.  If there are any issues with the book please contact yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net no later than Sunday, June 2nd.

We plan to sell any extra books Monday, June 3rd before school starts at 7:30 AM, $35 cash only. We have a VERY limited amount for sale.

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Student Council Spirit Day

Student Council Spirit: Twin Day!
This Friday, May 31st
Coordinate with a friend or two or four (No reason why it can't be Triplet or Quintuplets Day) And ALL DRESS the SAME
Show your Walnut Acres School Spirit!

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Medication Pick-up On the Last Day of School 

As the last day of school approaches, we would like to remind you that your child’s medication(s) need to be picked up by a PARENT/GUARDIAN on the last day of school. Medication cannot go home with your child unless they are authorized to self-carry their medication. Medication left at school will be properly disposed. Please remember, medication orders must be renewed by your healthcare provider each school year.

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Recycle Club/Sustainability Committee at Open House 

Open House was a great success for Recycle Club and we couldn’t have done it without your help! With the shiny new green bins and the clear signage on our trash stations we made it possible to properly compost and recycle at the Walnut Acres Open House. 

Events are the biggest trash contributors because it is hard to control what is put in each bin, so we rely on you to properly recycle and compost. This event has shown us it is possible when we all work together. 
Thanks for all your help. We couldn’t do it without you!
 -Your Recycle Club / Sustainability Committee 

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Order Your Online School Supply Kit for the 2019/2020 School Year!

Save yourself some time and order your school supplies via our online partner, School Tool Box.  Not only is this a fundraiser for the school (the PFC gets a small proportion of your purchase back), but School Tool Box donates a meal to a child in need for each box sold via the Feed My Starving Children program.

Ordering your kit is easy! Simply visit www.schooltoolbox.com, search for Walnut Acres Elementary and pick the kit that matches your grade level.
Your kit will be delivered to school for you to pick up on Jaguar Day.
If you have any questions please email Colette Davis at schoolkits@walnutacrespfc.net.
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Keep Safety and Courtesy In Mind! 

Just a few more days of school, let's keep it safe! 
A quick reminder to:
-Watch for pedestrians during drop-off and pick-up,
-Pedestrians, don't cross through the school parking lot, 
- No parent parking in staff parking, along red curbs, and in handicap or auction winner reserved spots.   

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1st and 2nd Grade Parents! Please assist at Drive Thru 
for our final few days of the school year!
CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.We need 4 helpers each day and dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays! Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you!CLICK HERE to sign up. 

See fewer than four parent helpers at Drive Thru one morning? Anyone can jump in and help out! 

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School Site Council Parent Representatives 
Needed for 2019-2021

Would you like to help shape the School Site Plan and Safety Plan, discuss the school vision as well as successes and challenges, and brainstorm ideas to enhance growth with the new principal? We need 3 parents to join the School Site Council for school years 2019-2021. School Site Council members meet on the first Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Email me at dowdc@mdusd.org or call (925) 939-1333 if you would like to commit for a two-year stint as a SSC parent representative. If I get 3 volunteers within the next 2 weeks, we can vote on membership before summer vacation.  

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SAVE THE DATE!

Community Service Day at Walnut Acres Saturday, October 12 (9am-12pm). Bring the whole family to spruce up and beautify the campus. Stay tuned for more details. 
"Many hands make light work" 

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Free: Concord History Camp for current 3rd & 4th Graders
June 11-14th, 9-12 each day
On the grounds of the Galindo Home, 1721 Amador Avenue, Concord
Explore how the Chupcan Indians lived, the early history of Concord, the coming of the modern age, and Concord today. Play period games, make adobe bricks, listen to stories, learn the history. Contact vivianboyd84@yahoo.com for more information on this free camp. Limited to 25 students. Apply by May 17th.

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2019 Northgate HS Youth Football Technique Camp

June 12-15, 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm.  Once again, the Northgate HS Football program is offering its amazing summer youth football technique camp!  We welcome campers of all skill levels to attend and learn proper football technique to play the game smarter and safer.  While the camp focus is on Football Fundamentals, it is also designed to develop individual confidence within a team philosophy.  Campers will be instructed by Head Varsity Coach Ben Ballard, and the Northgate Football Coaching staff using the most current football techniques recommended by Heads Up Football, CIF North Coast Section, and Practice Like the Pros organizations.  We will also be using Guardian Caps for further safety during camp.

Camp features:  Camp shirt, Daily Fundamentals and Techniques, Daily Competition, Daily Offensive & Defensive Instruction, Individual Awards, Personal Written Evaluation, and Professional Trainer On site. 

Cost is only $150.00 per participant.  More Info and Register Here:  

https://www.northgatebroncos.org/page/show/479857-bronco-youth-camp


May 14, 2019 Enews

posted May 14, 2019, 1:36 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - May 14, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
5/13-17 Darcie Jones Book Drive
5/16 1st Grade Performance, "How Does Your Garden Grow" 7 PM
5/21 PFC Welcome to Kindergarten Meeting, 6 PM MUR
5/21 PFC Meeting, 7 PM MUR
5/23 Open House Festival
5/29 Sing Out, 8 AM
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19   

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Darcie Jones Book Drive This Week!

This community service drive was named after Darcie Jones, a Walnut Acres parent who started a book drive in the Spring of 1994 to benefit the summer reading program at Meadow Homes Elementary School in Concord. After she died of cancer on December 31, 1996, the PFC renamed the book drive “The Darcie Jones Book Drive” and planted a tree outside the 3rd grade wing in honor of all that she had contributed to Walnut Acres Elementary School. 

Please help us continue this tradition of collecting new and gently used books to benefit the Meadow Homes Elementary School summer reading program. Drop off your books in the collection bins in front of the school office Monday May 13th thru Friday May 17th. 

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The Walnut Acres Elementary Open House Festival
Thursday May 23, 2019
5:00-7:15pm

Please join us for this fun family event that takes place at Walnut Acres.  In addition to visiting your child's classroom, check out this lineup of events...
5:00 - 6:15 pm   Round Table Pizza truck + bake sale + live entertainment
5:45- 6:45 pm   Specialty Rooms open
6:15 - 7:15 pm   Open Classrooms
Your student's classroom will be open for tour and will be showcasing much of the incredible work the kids have done this year.
6:30 - 7:30  Walnut Acres Children's Center Open House

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Open House Festival Bake Sale benefiting MDUSD HOPE 

The Walnut Acres PFC is hosting a Bake Sale during the Open House Festival (Thursday, May 23) to benefit the MDUSD HOPE Program. 

The Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) supports homeless students (Pre-K through 12th grade) and families in Mount Diablo Unified School District.  HOPE helps to provide meals for students, transportation to school if needed, and referrals to resources in the community. 
Bakers, we need your help supplying delicious goodies to sell at the Open House!
Non-bakers - we need your help staffing the Bake Sale! 
 Watch your email in the coming week for the Konstella sign-up. 

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Student Council Spirit Day

Friday, May 31st
TWIN DAY
Coordinate with a friend or two or four (No reason why it can't be Triplet or Quintuplets Day)

And ALL DRESS the SAME
Show your Walnut Acres School Spirit!

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Walk & Roll Day Wrap Up!

Congratulations to Mr. Grebe's class for winning the popsicle party for having the highest percentage of their class walking and biking to school on Walk and Roll Day!

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 Recycle Club/Sustainability Committee and Planet Renu

Planet Renu would like to thank everyone that has supported Planet Renu online and at International Day. They will always donate 10% of all sales of their eco-friendly products back to Walnut Acres PFC and the Recycle Club. To date, they are happy to donate $40 to our school.

They will give another donation at the end of August, after back-to-school shopping. Visit: www.planetrenu.com

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Order Your Online School Supply Kit for the 2019/2020 School Year!

Save yourself some time and order your school supplies via our online partner, School Tool Box.  Not only is this a fundraiser for the school (the PFC gets a small proportion of your purchase back), but School Tool Box donates a meal to a child in need for each box sold via the Feed My Starving Children program.

Ordering your kit is easy! Simply visit www.schooltoolbox.com, search for Walnut Acres Elementary and pick the kit that matches your grade level.
Your kit will be delivered to school for you to pick up on Jaguar Day.
If you have any questions please email Colette Davis at schoolkits@walnutacrespfc.net.

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1st and 2nd Grade Parents! Please assist at Drive Thru for May and June. 
CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.We need 4 helpers each day and dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays! Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you! CLICK HERE to sign up. 

See fewer than four parent helpers at Drive Thru one morning? Anyone can jump in and help out! 

* * * * * 

School Site Council Parent Representatives Needed for 2019-2021

Would you like to help shape the School Site Plan and Safety Plan, discuss the school vision as well as successes and challenges, and brainstorm ideas to enhance growth with the new principal? We need 3 parents to join the School Site Council for school years 2019-2021. School Site Council members meet on the first Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Email me at dowdc@mdusd.org or call (925) 939-1333 if you would like to commit for a two-year stint as a SSC parent representative. If I get 3 volunteers within the next 2 weeks, we can vote on membership before summer vacation.  

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Say Happy Birthday on the PFC Marquee!
Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to theBirthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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LCAP Speaker Series: Final Session May 22

The LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Speaker Series is offering one final opportunity for the community to attend sessions designed to educate and inform regarding topics pertinent to all parents.

The last Speaker Series session is: 
“LCAP and its Impact on MDUSD’s Budget.” 
May 22, 2019
In the Board Room of the MDUSD office
6:00-8:00 p.m. 

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Free: Concord History Camp for current 3rd & 4thGraders
June 11-14th, 9-12 each day
On the grounds of the Galindo Home, 1721 Amador Avenue, Concord
Explore how the Chupcan Indians lived, the early history of Concord, the coming of the modern age, and Concord today. Play period games, make adobe bricks, listen to stories, learn the history. Contact vivianboyd84@yahoo.com for more information on this free camp. Limited to 25 students. Apply by May 17th.

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2019 Northgate HS Youth Football Technique Camp

June 12-15, 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm.  Once again, the Northgate HS Football program is offering its amazing summer youth football technique camp!  We welcome campers of all skill levels to attend and learn proper football technique to play the game smarter and safer.  While the camp focus is on Football Fundamentals, it is also designed to develop individual confidence within a team philosophy.  Campers will be instructed by Head Varsity Coach Ben Ballard, and the Northgate Football Coaching staff using the most current football techniques recommended by Heads Up Football, CIF North Coast Section, and Practice Like the Pros organizations.  We will also be using Guardian Caps for further safety during camp.

Camp features:  Camp shirt, Daily Fundamentals and Techniques, Daily Competition, Daily Offensive & Defensive Instruction, Individual Awards, Personal Written Evaluation, and Professional Trainer On site. 

Cost is only $150.00 per participant.  More Info and Register Here:  

https://www.northgatebroncos.org/page/show/479857-bronco-youth-camp

Enews, April 30, 2019

posted Apr 30, 2019, 6:00 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - April 30, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

5/6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
5/8 Walk/Bike to School Day
5/13-17 Darcie Jones Book Drive
5/16 First Grade Performance, "How Does Your Garden Grow" 7 PM
5/21 PFC Welcome to Kindergarten Meeting, 6 PM MUR
5/21 PFC Meeting, 7 PM MUR
5/23 Open House Festival
5/29 Sing Out, 8 AM
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19   

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Remember to Thank Your Teachers Next Week...

Monday, May 6: Teachers and staff enjoy their beautifully decorated doors and breakfast in the lounge.
Tuesday, May 7: Each student brings a flower or plant for class bouquet (vase provided by Room Parents).
Wednesday, May 8: Teacher/Staff luncheon catered by Sunrise Bistro and wear your teachers favorite color as you Walk and Roll to school!
Thursday, May 9: Each student brings a card, letter, or picture showing appreciation for their teacher.
Friday, May 10: Teacher/Staff dessert buffet.

For more details, watch for announcements from your Room Parents! 

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Walk and Roll to School on Wednesday, May 8

Walk and roll to school in your teacher's favorite color on Wednesday, May 8! Walk, bike, or scoot to school! It is healthy, helps the environment, and is fun!  

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Online School Supply Kit Ordering for the 2019/2020 School Year is Now OPEN! 

Save yourself some time and order your school supplies via our online partner, School Tool Box.  Not only is this a fundraiser for the school (the PFC gets a small proportion of your purchase back), but School Tool Box donates a meal to a child in need for each box sold via the Feed My Starving Children program.

Ordering your kit is easy! Simply visit www.schooltoolbox.com, search for Walnut Acres Elementary and pick the kit that matches your grade level.
Your kit will be delivered to school for you to pick up on Jaguar Day.
If you have any questions please email Colette Davis at schoolkits@walnutacrespfc.net.

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1st and 2nd Grade Parents! Please assist at Drive Thru for May and June. 
CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.We need 4 helpers each day and dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays! Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you! CLICK HERE to sign up. 

See fewer than four parent helpers at Drive Thru one morning? Anyone can jump in and help out! 

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Walnut Acres Recycle Club at the 
International Fair,  2019

At the beautifully organized 2019 International Fair, our WA Recycle Club was amongst the exhibitors. We were able to show what the kids have been working on over the past couple of months to make Walnut Acres a more environmentally conscious school. The kids displayed our “ColorCycle” and “Food Pouch” recycle program, and we played a game to estimate the number of ziploc bags the recycle helpers collected at our lunch at the MUR in one day.

The winner of the raffle was Krish from K1, who is now the proud owner of a Walnut Acres spork pouch and bamboo spork, which he can bring to lunch from now on and help keep plastic cutlery out of our landfills. Go Krish!

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Sustainability Committee and Planet Renu

 Since April Walnut Acres has been working in collaboration with a local supplier for environmentally friendly lunch packaging and accessories. You can order your eco friendly lunch supplies for your kids’ lunch under the following link: Planet Renu

Planet Renu will donate 10% of all sales back to Walnut Acres PFC and Recycle club.

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That's A Wrap! Walnut Acres Walk-A-Thon 2018   

We wanted to share some fun, final details from the 3rd annual Walk-A-Thon that took place on Friday, April 19th.

  • We raised $30,000 for the PFC!
  • Walnut Acres students ran a total of 4,743 laps around the Walnut Acres track! That equals out to 949 miles.
  • The class that won for "Best Spirit": Ms. Myers 4th grade class!
  • The class that won for "Most Fundraising": Ms. Arenson’s 2nd grade class!
  • The class that won for "Most Laps": Mrs. Deibel’s 3rd grade class!
  • We also had ten students who picked a fun prize from Sports Basement for being among the top ten fundraisers in the school.
    Great work! 

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On-Campus Safety: ADA Parking at Walnut Acres

 California law requires that only those who have a handicapped placard or license plate may park in special parking spaces for the disabled. 

Those with disabled person parking privileges may park in any space that has the wheelchair symbol (International Symbol of Access) and along a blue curb where handicapped parking is indicated. 

Please do not park in these spaces and along the curb that is painted blue in the Drive Thru unless you are disabled. 

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Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to the Birthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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LCAP Speaker Series: Final Session May 22, 2019

The LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Speaker Series is offering one final opportunity for the community to attend sessions designed to educate and inform regarding topics pertinent to all parents.

The last Speaker Series session is: 
“LCAP and its Impact on MDUSD’s Budget.” 
May 22, 2019
In the Board Room of the MDUSD office
6:00-8:00 p.m. 

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Free: Concord History Camp for current 3rd & 4thGraders
June 11-14th, 9-12 each day
On the grounds of the Galindo Home, 1721 Amador Avenue, Concord
Explore how the Chupcan Indians lived, the early history of Concord, the coming of the modern age, and Concord today. Play period games, make adobe bricks, listen to stories, learn the history. Contact vivianboyd84@yahoo.com for more information on this free camp. Limited to 25 students. Apply by May 17th.

* * * * *

2019 Northgate HS Youth Football Technique Camp

June 12-15, 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm.  Once again, the Northgate HS Football program is offering its amazing summer youth football technique camp!  We welcome campers of all skill levels to attend and learn proper football technique to play the game smarter and safer.  While the camp focus is on Football Fundamentals, it is also designed to develop individual confidence within a team philosophy.  Campers will be instructed by Head Varsity Coach Ben Ballard, and the Northgate Football Coaching staff using the most current football techniques recommended by Heads Up Football, CIF North Coast Section, and Practice Like the Pros organizations.  We will also be using Guardian Caps for further safety during camp.

Camp features:  Camp shirt, Daily Fundamentals and Techniques, Daily Competition, Daily Offensive & Defensive Instruction, Individual Awards, Personal Written Evaluation, and Professional Trainer On site. 

Cost is only $150.00 per participant.  More Info and Register Here:  

https://www.northgatebroncos.org/page/show/479857-bronco-youth-camp

Enews April 16, 2019

posted Apr 16, 2019, 3:39 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - April 16, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
4/16 Walnut Acres Band and Orchestra Performance, 6:30 PM, MUR
4/16 PFC Meeting, 7PM, Library
4/19 Walk-A-Thon
4/24 Sing Out - Volunteer Appreciation Event, 8 - 9 AM in the MUR!
4/25 2nd Grade Performance, "It's the Cheese" 7:00 PM, MUR
4/26 International Fair, 4-7:30 PM
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 
  

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   1,2,3 Ready, Set, Go!  
   Walk-A-Thon is THIS Friday! 

1. Donate! Go to your student's personal page on 99Pledges to donate by credit card, or drop a check off at the school office. Either way, it's for the kids!
2. Volunteer! All we need is an hour. Sign up at:  Walk-A-Thon Sign Up to help out at this fun event. 

3. Cheer Them On! Following is the walk schedule by grade. Mark it on your calendar and come on over to the school to cheer them on! 

Walk 1: 2nd & 3rd Grade, 8:45 am-9:45 am 
Walk 2: TK, K & 1st Grade, 10 am-11 am
Walk 3: 4th & 5th Grade, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

Wellness is for the Kids! 

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PFC Volunteer Want Ads
We have a great team in the works for our PFC Board 2019-20, but we still need YOU! Check out our PFC Want Ads and let us know what role is a good fit. 

Specific Need to Consider: PFC Treasurer.  Do you love numbers and keeping the books? We need YOU to join our Treasurer team!!

Email Jill at president@walnutacrespfc.net or Brooke atvpcommunications@walnutacrespfc.net to be nominated for your favorite volunteer position for next year! 

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Parent’s Night Out!

THIS Friday, April 19th, in the Walnut Acres MUR
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
$20 per child
Babysitting service run by Northgate High School
(NHS) Leadership with help from the  Walnut Acres
Student Council
Will include pizza, games, crafts, and movies!
Buy tickets and fill out forms at the Northgate Website ASB Store or at the door!   

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Thank You From 5th grade Girl Scout Troop 33570! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in Water Bottle Wars! Troop 33570 created this project for their Bronze Award - a girl-led project to benefit the community. 

Here are the results:

Winners of Extra Recess (Most Raised Per Grade):
Kindergarten: Ms. Allyon’s class
First grade: Ms. Condon’s class
Second grade: Ms. Cowles’ class
Third grade: Ms. Perham’s class
Fourth grade: Ms. Graves’ class
Fifth grade: Mr. Grebe’s class 

Top Three Classes School-wide:

The Bronze Water Bottle (3rd place) goes to Ms. Carella’s class with $89.80!
The Silver Water Bottle (2nd place) goes to Ms. Perham’s class with $119.31!
The Golden Water Bottle (1st place) goes to Ms. Cowles’ class with $191.68!
Thank you for your donations! Your money will go to a water bottle filler and a water filter on one of our water fountains and one to Ygnacio Valley Elementary!

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Parent Volunteer Appreciation Event at

Sing-out on April 25th - 8:00 am

The Walnut Acres staff would like to thank parent volunteers for supporting Walnut Acres Elementary School. The celebration will be part of the Sing-out on Wednesday, 4/24, at 8:00 am. and again around 8:30 am. 

Every parent who ever volunteered in a classroom, on a field trip, or from home, who worked in some capacity to raise money for school programs or personnel, who opened car doors at drop-off or student thermoses at lunch - you are invited to be recognized and officially thanked by the staff, teachers, and students of Walnut Acres. We hope you will join us as our community celebrates your spirit of volunteerism! 

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Friday April 26th: International Fair!

"Small World, Big Dreams"

"Small World, Big Dreams" will introduce our students to  some of the amazing cultures and countries represented here at Walnut Acres. To date, we have 33 countries that will be represented at this year's fair. 

New this year:  Wonderful performances by our students, as well as some terrific raffle items! If you'd like to get involved (and make sure your country of origin is represented), please sign-up HERE.  

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3rd  Grade Parents! Please assist at Drive Thru for the month of April!  CLICK HERE to sign up. 

For the month of April please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.
We need 4 helpers each day and dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays!
Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you! CLICK HERE to sign up. 

See fewer than four parent helpers at Drive Thur one morning? Anyone can jump in and help out! 

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On-Campus Safety Reminders

After School Pick Up Car Line Reminders:

- stay in your car,
- don't cross through the car line,
- don't call your children to you to cross through the car line,
- don't use the staff lot as a loading zone, a cut through or as a parking spot!

No Dogs Allowed On Campus: 
For safety and health reasons, dogs are not allowed on site. Support dogs are an exception to this rule but must wear a vest to indicate this status.

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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to the Birthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

City of Walnut Creek’s Rethinking Mobility Strategic Plan

The City is drafting a transportation strategic plan called Rethinking Mobility to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and peak-period traffic congestion, as well as manage parking demand while enhancing access for those walking, bicycling, and using public transit.

For more information about the project and to access the online report, please visitwww.RethinkingMobilityWC.com. We welcome and appreciate your participation in this plan effort. If you have any questions or interested in learning more about how you and your organization can be more involved, please contact the City’s Project Manager, Ozzy Arce, Associate Planner, at (925) 943-5899 x2166 or arce@walnut-creek.org.

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2019 Northgate HS Youth Football Technique Camp

June 12-15, 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm.  Once again, the Northgate HS Football program is offering its amazing summer youth football technique camp!  We welcome campers of all skill levels to attend and learn proper football technique to play the game smarter and safer.  While the camp focus is on Football Fundamentals, it is also designed to develop individual confidence within a team philosophy.  Campers will be instructed by Head Varsity Coach Ben Ballard, and the Northgate Football Coaching staff using the most current football techniques recommended by Heads Up Football, CIF North Coast Section, and Practice Like the Pros organizations.  We will also be using Guardian Caps for further safety during camp.

Camp features:  Camp shirt, Daily Fundamentals and Techniques, Daily Competition, Daily Offensive & Defensive Instruction, Individual Awards, Personal Written Evaluation, and Professional Trainer On site. 

Cost is only $150.00 per participant.  More Info and Register Here:  

https://www.northgatebroncos.org/page/show/479857-bronco-youth-camp

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Enews - March 26, 2019

posted Mar 26, 2019, 12:02 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - March 26, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

3/27 Sing Out, 8-9:00 AM, MUR
3/27 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish" 7:00 PM, MUR
3/29 Cesar Chavez Day - No School 
4/1-5 Spring Break- No School 
4/8 Walk-A-Thon Fundraising Begins!
4/12 Walk-A-Thon Family Fun Run, 7:15-7:45 AM
4/16 Walnut Acres Band and Orchestra Performance, 6:30 PM, MUR
4/16 PFC Meeting, 7PM, Library
4/19 Walk-A-Thon
4/24 Sing Out - Volunteer Appreciation Event, 8 - 9 AM in the MUR!
4/26 International Fair, 4-7:30 PM
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 
  

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Please Complete the California Healthy Kids Survey Before Spring Break Begins! 

The California Department of Education requires that all districts assess school climate and parent engagement. To meet this requirement, the district is again requesting that parents/guardians and community members complete the WestEd’s California Healthy Kids Survey. Go to: www.mdusd.org for the link to the survey, which can can be taken in English or Spanish.  All responses should be submitted online. 
The survey window closes March 31, 2019. Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your input about Walnut Acres to MDUSD, and ultimately, to the CA State Department of Education. 

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Register for Spring After School Enrichment!  
We are pleased to offer a selection of activities to enhance your children's mental and physical development. Classes begin between April 8 and 15 and run through the end of the school year. Register by Friday, April 5 to ensure your spot: Spring Enrichment Schedule 
MONDAYS 
Black Dragon Chess: Learn to play this fascinating game in a supportive environment.
Bricks 4 Kids: Design and create movable machines.
TUESDAYS 
Soccer: Improve your soccer skills while having fun!
Girls on the Run: Ongoing running class for girls
THURSDAYS 
Flag Football: Learn this engaging and challenging game!
FRIDAYS: 
Toyology: Build toys to learn scientific concepts.
 

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Save the Date(s)! Our Walk-A-Thon is Just a Jog Away! 
Fundraise: April 8-19
Family Fun Run: April 12, 7:15-7:45am, practice with your kids
Walk-A-Thon: Friday, April 19
More details to come! Watch your email for a link to 99Pledges, family fun run sign-ups, and a volunteer sign-up for the event. 
Wellness is for the Kids! 

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PFC Volunteer Want Ads
Why Should U Volunteer with the PFC?

-U had a great time with your friends at the Gala Auction Evening, and you want it to happen again next spring
-U love PFC-run community activities like the Back to School Coffee, the Ice Cream Social, the Book Fair, Read-A-thon, Walk-A-thon, Open House festivities and more
-U support academic events like the Science Fair, the Art Show, the International Fair, monthly Art Awareness in every classroom, and After School Enrichment Programs
-U think it’s important to have math and reading intervention specialists, science aids, TK-1st instructional aids, vocal music, and site techs for the Co-Lab. Over 82% of the PFC budget goes to these salaries
-It's rewarding, it's for the kids, and it's fun to volunteer at Walnut Acres 
-All of the Above! All it takes is parent volunteers, like YOU! Please check out some of our open rolesor email Brooke at vpcommunications@walnutacrespfc.net, or Jill at president@walnutacrespfc.net to secure your favorite volunteer position for next year! 

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3rd  Grade Parents! Please volunteer at Drive Thru  for the month of April!  CLICK HERE to sign up. 

For the month of April please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.
We need 4 helpers each day, dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays!
Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you! CLICK HERE to sign up. 

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Parent and Kid Buy-in Party Tickets Available! 

Calling all golfers and merrymakers…Great parties await for you to attend! Sip, socialize, sourdough, succulents, summer bbq, halloween, and swing that golf club! It’s hard to speakeasy! Come find out how much fun we put in to fundraising. Get more info on all of our fabulous parties and purchase your tickets here.
 
Golf Tournament Deadline Alert!! 
The Golf Tournament Benefitting Walnut Acres is coming up on Friday, April 12 at Boundary Oaks Golf Course. Sign up as an Individual or Foursome! Sign-up deadline is Sunday, March 31.

Questions? Contact the Buy-in Party Team
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NEW DATE! The International Fair: Small World, Big Dreams, has been moved to Friday, April 26. Please mark it on your calendars!

New this year:  Wonderful performances by our students, as well as some terrific raffle items! If you'd like to get involved (and make sure your country of origin is represented), please sign-up HERE.  We need lots of help with the event as well as donations of specific items. 

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Do You Have Old Color Markers to  Recycle?

 Since the end of last year Walnut Acres has been part of “Colorcycle”. We have been collecting dried up markers in the classroom. Please check your home for old markers you would like to keep out of the landfill and recycle them in the “Colorcycle” boxes provided in your kids’ classroom.

If you can’t find the box in your kids’ classroom, ask the teacher or send a message to sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Share Your Pictures with the Walnut Acres Yearbook!

We know many of you take pictures at school events and would love to share them with the yearbook.  Please upload them to the yearbook website following these directions. Remember the more pictures we have from you the more pictures we have of your student!!

  1. go to: hjeshare.com Enter school code walnutacres
  2. Click "select images for upload". Click "Browse for Images".
  3. Locate our images, click on them, then click "Open".
  4. Enter the information for each image. Please include "grade(s) of students" and provide the teacher's name if known. For "student(s) shown", type N/A.
  5. Click "upload images".
    Remember to buy your yearbook for $35.00 at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit card.

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SAVE the DATE: Walnut Creek Community Service Day is Saturday October 12, 2019

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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to the Birthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

March 26th: "How Parents Social Media Presence Affects Their Children and School Communities"

Part of the MDUSD LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)
Speaker Series. 
This session will take place at College Park High
School from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

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Feeder Pattern Instrumental Music Concerts: March 26 and 27

4th and 5th grade BAND members will join other instrumentalists in a feeder pattern concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 3/26.

ORCHESTRA members will do the same on Wednesday, 3/27.

Both concerts will be held at the Northgate High School gym.  Students are asked to arrive at 6:30 PM for a short rehearsal. Performers should wear concert clothes, white on top & black on bottom.

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Documentary “Straws” will be shown at Northgate 

Walnut Acres Recycle Club is working in collaboration with the Foothill ECK Club and the Northgate Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) to organize a public showing of the documentary “Straws”. This event will take place at the Northgate Little Theatre on April 12th from 6 - 7:30 PM. All Walnut Acres, Foothill, and Northgate families, as well as residents of the neighborhood are invited. Stay tuned for more information.

Enews - March 12, 2019

posted Mar 12, 2019, 12:56 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - March 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
3/14 Art Show, 6-8 PM, MUR
3/18-22 MDUSD HOPE Food Drive
3/19 PFC Meeting, 8:15 AM, Faculty Lounge
3/20 Dine & Donate at Rocco's Pizza, all day!
3/21 Math Kangaroo Event
3/27 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish" 7:00 PM, MUR
3/27 Sing Out, 8-9:00 AM, MUR
3/29 Cesar Chavez Day - No School 
4/1-5 Spring Break- No School 
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 
 

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Walnut Acres Art Show this Thursday!

Welcome all Artists and WAE Community! We invite you to join us at the annual Walnut Acres Elementary Art Show reception thisThursday, March 14th from 6-8pm. Our talented artists have been hard at work at home and in the classroom. The show will feature work by every student, with individual submissions and Art Awareness projects from every class. Every child will be represented. Please join us for this incredible evening supporting the artist in all of us! 

We're still looking for volunteers for set-up day on Wednesday, 3/13 and bakers to bring treats to the evening reception. Please see the Sign-up if you're able to help out. 

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Food Drive benefiting MDUSD HOPE Pantry: March 18-22nd
Please help us collect nonperishable Open and Eat food items for the  MDUSD HOPE Food Pantry.  Drop off your items in the  collection bins in front of the school office  Monday March 18th thru Friday March 22nd. 

Please focus on "Open and Eat" Items. See the PFC Food Drive list on the website. Canned foods are also welcome, but some families lack access to kitchens. 

MDUSD Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) is a district-wide program serving legally homeless children and their families. HOPE offers assistance with transportation to/from school, meals, and assistance to obtain health care and needed services. The Food Pantry provides food to families in need within our school district.  

We also need volunteers (adults and students) to assist in sorting donations before HOPE staff picks them up.  Watch for a Konstella announcement to sign-up to volunteer to sort donations. 

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4th Grade Parents! Thanks for volunteering  at Drive Thru  for the month of March!  CLICK HERE to sign up. 

For the month of March please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.
We need 4 helpers each day, dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays!
Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you! CLICK HERE to sign up. 

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We Need Your Input! California Healthy Kids Survey

The California Department of Education requires that all districts assess school climate and parent engagement. To meet this requirement, the district is again requesting that parents/guardians and community members complete the WestEd’s California Healthy Kids Survey. The live link can be found on the homepage of the district websitewww.mdusd.org and can be taken in English or Spanish.  All responses should be submitted online. 

The survey window is open from March 1-31, 2019 

Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your input about Walnut Acres to MDUSD, and ultimately, to the CA State Department of Education. 

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NEW DATE! The International Fair: Small World, Big Dreams, has been moved to Friday, April 26.

Please mark it on your calendars!

New this year:
Wonderful performances by our students, as well as some terrific raffle items! If you'd like to get involved (and make sure your country of origin is represented), please sign-up HERE.  We need lots of help with the event as well as donations of specific items

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Share Your Pictures with the Walnut Acres Yearbook!

We know many of you take pictures at school events and would love to share them with the yearbook.  Please upload them to the yearbook website following these directions. Remember the more pictures we have from you the more pictures we have of your student!!

  1. go to: hjeshare.com Enter school code walnutacres
  2. Click "select images for upload". Click "Browse for Images".
  3. Locate our images, click on them, then click "Open".
  4. Enter the information for each image. Please include "grade(s) of students" and provide the teacher's name if known. For "student(s) shown", type N/A.
  5. Click "upload images".

Remember to buy your yearbook for $35.00 at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit card.

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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to the Birthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net
 

March 26th: "How Parents Social Media Presence Affects Their Children and School Communities"

Part of the MDUSD LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Speaker Series 

This session will take place at College Park High School from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

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Have a great science morning!
MDUSD STEM Showcase/Fair
Saturday March 16th, 9 - 11am

All students are welcome to walk through the displays at Willow Creek Center. A good opportunity to see science exploration from other schools in the District. Students representing Walnut Acres at the Showcase are the 3rd grade 1st and 2nd place winners; 4th grade 1st and 2nd place group invention winners and 5th grade 1st place winner and 1st place winning group for the Chariot Challenge.

Location:
Willow Creek Center  
1026 Mohr Lane, Concord

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