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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

Enews - February 26, 2019

posted Feb 26, 2019, 3:36 PM by Vice President Communications

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

Mark Your Calendars!
2/27 Sing Out, 8 AM
2/28-3/2 Aladdin, 5th Grade Play, 7:00 PM
3/4 Online Auction Ends
3/8 Auction Evening: Midnight in Paris
3/11 Teacher In-Service Work Day- No School 
3/14 Art Show
3/18-22 Food Drive
3/19 PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15 AM
3/20 Dine & Donate at Rocco's Pizza!
3/21 Math Kangaroo
3/22 International Festival, 4-7:30 PM
3/27 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish" 7:00 PM MUR
3/27 Sing Out, 8-9:00 AM
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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NEW! Walnut Acres Elementary Website 

Walnut Acres Elementary has a beautiful new website, with a new address. To access it, please go to: walnutacres.mdusd.org. It can also be found on the MDUSD website under the "Schools" tab.

Just a friendly reminder to bookmark the new address for easy access! You can easily find great information like online absence reporting, upcoming events, current news, and our Twitter feed. 

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CUYT presents... Aladdin 
Come support our 4th and 5th graders as they perform the final performances of this classic! 
 
London Cast Performances: Friday, March 1
New York Cast Performances: Thursday, February 28 and Saturday, March 2
All performances begin at 7:00 pm.  $8 at the door. 
 
Tickets will be available at the door each night or they can be ordered online. Go to the PFC website's CUYT page. Online orders are open through noon on Wednesday 2/27. Place your order soon to secure the best available tickets. 
GENERAL SEATS ($8 each) - Best seats available will be assigned in the order that ticket orders are received. Tickets ordered online will be available for pick up at the box office table (outside the MUR) starting at 6:15 on the evening of the performance. 
Payment options:
* Pay by Venmo to CU YT (note there is a space between the U and the Y)
* Drop Checks to CUYT in the box in the Walnut Acres office by noon on the Wednesday prior to the show (Thursday, Friday or Saturday).
If payment is not received, your order will not be filled. Please note that ticket sales are final and cannot be traded for another day once seats are assigned.  

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Calling all Artists!

Deadline to Sign Up for the Art Show is THIS Friday!

 It’s time to enter your masterpiece into the Walnut Acres Art Show! Every student may enter one piece of art in addition to participating in the class project. Deadline to participate is Friday, March 1st. You may submit your registration in the office (print forms off the PFC website or pick up in the office) or online at: https://goo.gl/forms/RyER6hGmL8NlHD7i1

For more information, including sign up sheets and project requirements/instructions, visit the ART SHOW page on the PFC website.  Please be sure to read the INDIVIDUAL art show entry guidelines prior to submitting your paper or online submission form.  

***Parents, this great event is volunteer run so keep your eye out for a Konstella sign-up. We'd especially love your help for set-up day on March, 13th!***

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Starting March 1st: Breakfast is now available at Walnut Acres Elementary! 

Food and Nutrition Services will be serving breakfast at Walnut Acres Elementary every morning recess except for Wednesdays for the month of March. The cost for breakfast is $2.00. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paper-work.   

Breakfast is available during your child’s morning recess. An entrée, fruit and milk will be offered. If your child has a Titan account for lunch, they can now use it for breakfast. If they do not have a Titan account, your child can bring in $2.00 to purchase the breakfast meal.

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Online Auction

The Walnut Acres 2019 Online Auction ends next week. There are so many great items to bid on from a special outing with your child’s favorite teacher to parent parties and one-of-a-kind experiences. There were new items added just this week so if you haven’t looked in a couple days head back to the site to check it out. There is something for every family and remember, every dollar spent goes right back to our school and kids! The auction closes March 4th at 11 p.m. so get your bids in now. 

Midnight in Paris – Live Auction

Our Auction team has a few volunteer spots to fill on March 8th at the Midnight in Paris Live Auction event. We need a “dessert minder” for our first ever Dessert Dash and help with collecting bids and making sure prize packages go home with the winners. If you missed out on getting tickets, this is a fabulous way to attend, bid and dance the night away (after your shift is over).  Click here to sign up for a shift.

Please help us meet and exceed our 2019 fundraising goals through our auction events so we can continue to make Walnut Acres a wonderful experience for our kids.  To everyone who has donated or bid on items so far….THANK YOU!!  

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5th Grade Parents - We have one more week! 

CLICK HERE to sign up!   

4th Grade Parents! It's your turn to volunteer 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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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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Small World, Big Dreams! March 22nd  

The Walnut Acres International Fair is coming soon on March 22! New this year:
Wonderful children performances and some terrific raffle items! 
 Please sign-up HERE to help with the event or donate items.

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the 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

February 12, 2019 Enews

posted Feb 12, 2019, 2:13 PM by Vice President Communications

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

Mark Your Calendars!
2/13 Dine and Donate at Jack's Urban Eats
2/14 Last Day for Girl Scout Water Bottle Wars Donations
2/15 School Recess- No School 
2/18 President's Day Holiday- No School 
2/18 Online Auction Begins
2/19 PFC Meeting, Library, 7:00 PM
2/21-23 Aladdin, 5th Grade Play, 7:00 PM
2/27 Sing Out, 8 AM
2/28-3/2 Aladdin, 5th Grade Play, 7:00 PM
3/4 Online Auction Ends
3/8 Auction Evening: Midnight in Paris
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 
 

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Support Our Dine and Donate at Jack's Urban Eats, February  13th,  4PM-8PM 
Jack's Urban Eats, located in the Orchards on Ygnacio Valley Road, will be donating 20% of the proceeds from Walnut Acres families back to the PFC. Show them a copy of this flyer to be included in the fundraiser. Jack's Urban Eats is Located at 2862 Ygnacio Valley Road in the Orchards. Please do not distribute flyers at or near the restaurant.

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Will Your Class Win an Extra Recess? 
Water Bottle Wars are in full swing, and so far, these classrooms are on track to get an extra recess... 
 K - Kading; 1st - McGoldrick; 2nd - Cowles; 3rd - Perham; 4th - Myers; 5th - Clark
But your class can take the lead by filling up the water bottle in your classroom with more spare change! Check out the Water Bottle Wars standings here to see where your class stands: http://bit.ly/waterstandings 
Our 5th grade girl scout troop organized Water Bottle Wars to raise money for our water fountain near the playground to get a water bottle filler & filter (and one for a a sister school, too).  They've counted up last week's change and so far have raised $342 out of their $1600 goal. Just bring in your change (or bills) to the water bottle in your classroom by THIS THURSDAY, Feb 14th. 
Who will win?!Each top fundraising classroom per grade level will win extra recess! The top 3 classrooms in the whole school will win special trophies! And, we all win with cleaner water and environment.  

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Walnut Acres Stem and Science Fair 2019

Congratulations to all our Walnut Acres scientists who participated in the STEM and Science Fair. There was a vast array of experiments, inventions, models and demonstrations to enjoy Thursday night at the Open House. Student Council also sold baked goods to fund raise for a larger reptile aquarium for Fergus the classroom turtle.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as honorable mentions were announced to the school, and you can view the winners on the PFC STEM & Science Fair web page.

BIG thank you to Carollo Engineers, Inc who served as the judges for the Science Fair. Their time spent with the students during the judging interview process was invaluable.

Recognition to Kathy Vendel and her real estate team for their financial support and thanks also to the parents who volunteered their time with set up, break down and general logistics to help make the 2019 STEM and Science Fair a tremendous success. Great job to all - keep being curious! 

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Online Auction Begins February 18th!
Kickoff your President’s Day with a little shopping from home during the Walnut Acres Online Auction February 18 – March 4. The Online Auction is open to everyone and no tickets are required. This is your chance to bid on exclusive items at a great price all in the name of supporting our school. Watch for details and the auction link coming soon on Konstella! 

More Ways To Help...
It’s not too late to contribute to our LIVE auction on March 8th!  We still need donations of bottles (or a case!) of your favorite wine.  We depend on wine donations for auction-goers to purchase for their tables on auction night. Please consider donating a bottle. Wine donations can be dropped off at 115 Los Banos Ave or 1079 Springfield Drive. ($20 minimum value per bottle please).

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CUYT is proud to present... Aladdin 
Come support our 4th and 5th graders as they perform this classic!
 
London Cast Performances
Thursday February 21
Saturday February 23
Friday March 1
New York Cast Performances 
Friday February 22
Thursday February 28
Saturday March 2
All performances begin at 7:00 
Tickets will be available at the door each night or they can be ordered online. Go to the PFC website's CUYT page. Online orders are open through noon on Wednesday 2/20 and then again from Sunday 2/24 through noon on Wednesday 2/27. Place your order soon to secure the best available tickets. 
GENERAL SEATS ($8 each) - Best seats available will be assigned in the order that ticket orders are received. Tickets ordered online will be available for pick up at the box office table (outside the MUR) starting at 6:15 on the evening of the performance. 
Payment options:
Pay by Venmo to CU YT (note there is a space between the U and the Y)
Drop Checks to CUYT in the box in the Walnut Acres office by noon on the Wednesday prior to the show (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). If payment is not received, your order will not be filled. Please note that ticket sales are final and cannot be traded for another day once seats are assigned.  

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After School Enrichment: Girls On The Run is back at Walnut Acres!

Enroll your daughter in this fun group which inspires girls "to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." 
Feb. 25-May 10
Meets on both Tuesdays 4:00-5:15pm and Saturdays 9:45-11:00am
Grades 3-5:  Tuition $300, sliding scale available
www.gotrbayarea.org 

At Girls on the Run, we believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, and can change the world. 

Girls 3rd – 5th grades, come have fun with us and take part in games that help you feel positive and good!  This is NOT a competitive running program; it is a celebration of doing things you never thought you could.  Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. 

Join us each Tuesday and Saturday to move, jump, have fun and celebrate yourself!  The 10-week session includes healthy snacks at each lesson, a t-shirt, a water bottle and entry to the end of the season Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, May 5th in San Francisco. 

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The Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club presents
Art Show 2019 - Thursday March 14th

Attention all artists!  It's time to get ready for the annual Art Show happening on Thursday, March 14thThis is a non-competitive and non-fundraising event showcasing artwork from all grades at Walnut Acres.

For this event, the MUR will be transformed into a Modern Art Gallery where each class will be represented with artwork made during Art Awareness classes. In addition, we will also be displaying individual submissions by any student who wishes to participate. Drawings, sculpture, painting, fiber arts, mixed media, computer animation and collage are just some of what you can expect to see this year.

Students will tour the "museum" with their classes during school hours on Thursday March 14th. That evening, parents, family and friends are invited to attend the artists reception from 6pm-8pm. All artwork will be returned to the students.

Please note the following important dates:
Friday March 1st: Last day to submit entry forms
Wednesday March 13th: Artwork Due in the MUR before school
Thursday March 14th: Art Show tours and evening reception, 6-8pm 

Questions or want to volunteer to help at this fun event?
***Look for a Konstella sign up going out in the next week***
Contact Katie Reed and Sarah Lee, Art Show Coordinators
artshow@walnutacrespfc.net

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5th Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru for the month of February! 

For the month of February, 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!   

 

Walnut Acres Safety Reminders

When walking to/from school, please use sidewalks and crosswalks, DO NOT cut across car line

For drivers using the morning drive thru/car line:

  • Pull up to a volunteer for assistance getting your student out of the car (do not have your students get out early)
  • Do not get out or park your car 
  • Have your child ready (goodbyes said, back pack ready) to exit curbside
  • Do not go around other cars if you are "empty"

Afternoon drive though should flow as children are picked up.  
Do not park and leave your car unattended in afternoon car line.
The staff parking lot should not be used as a loading zone, parking area, cut through or to wave your children across the car line to find you.
For a full list of guidelines, visit the Drive Thru page of the PFC website.

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Small World, Big Dreams! March 22nd 

The 2nd Walnut Acres International Fair is happening on March 22! Let's face it-whether you just moved the United States, or your ancestors came here generations ago, most of us come from somewhere else!   We all have an interesting culture, and this is a unique opportunity to teach our children about our heritage as well as share the rich global diversity we have at our school with other families. Over 33 countries have volunteers for the fair, and we would love for you to join your country's team or start a new team if your country isn't represented yet. We are looking for all countries, but a few countries who currently have only one representative so far are: Argentina, Australia, Columbia, Estonia, El Salvador, France, Gambia, United Kingdom, Hungary, India, Holland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Palestine, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, USA.  Please sign up by February 25th:Country Sign Up

A parent-run event like this cannot happen without many helpers! We are seeking volunteers to ensure the fair runs smoothly as well as provide donations of drinks and other necessities. Volunteer Sign Up 

"Every person is a new door to a different world." Anonymous

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the 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
 

From the Ice Age to The Simpsons: Meet Writer and Producer Mike Reiss 

Emmy-winning writer Mike Reiss will discuss his thirty years on THE SIMPSONS, with special emphasis on Jewish themes, episodes, cast members and celebrity guest voices.  Reiss will be coming to us directly from his engagement writing for the Oscars, so he should have some Oscar stories (and possibly swag!) to share.  
Monday February 25, 2019
7:00pm 
Congregation B'nai Shalom Social Hall
74 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA  
D'OH Nuts and Coffee will be served
Free Admission!
Open to the Whole Community, Everyone is Welcome!
Book Signing to Follow
RSVP: office@bshalom.org

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Have a great science morning!
DISTRICT STEM Showcase/Fair
Date:
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

January 29, 2019 Enews

posted Jan 29, 2019, 4:25 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - January 29, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
2/4 Teacher In-Service Work DayNo School 
2/4 TK/K Registration Info Night, MUR, 6:00 PM
2/5 TK/K Registration
2/6 1st-5th Grade New Student Registration
2/6-2/8 STEM & Science Fair
2/15 School Recess- No School 
2/18 President's Day Holiday- No School 
2/18 Online Auction Begins
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 
 

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STEM & Science Fair Thursday, February 7th 

Delivery and Set Up on Wednesday, February 6th 11:30am - 1:30pm and 6:30-7:30pm
Judging Thursday, February 7th between 8:30 am - noon

New this Year! A Walnut Creek business, Carollo Engineering Group,  will provide our student judges for the STEM & Science Fair. 
Family Open House Thursday, February 7th 2:30-4:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm
Projects Taken Home Friday, February 8th 2:30-4:30pm 

See the PFC website for STEM and science fair tips and judging information. 

We Need Parent Volunteers! please volunteer to assist with collecting your young scientists for judging, helping with judging, set up on Wednesday and clean up on Friday. Go to: Volunteer Sign Up to register. 

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Student Council Supports the STEM & Science Fair

During the Family Open House on February, 7th 2:30-4pm and 6:30-8pm, Student Council would like to sell baked goods.

Baked Goods Needed! Have a favorite recipe? please drop off baked goods on Thursday, February 7th in the MUR after school. Please label the baked goods if they contain peanut, dairy or gluten. Baked goods will sell for $1.00 each with funds raised going towards the STEM & Science Lab.

Questions? contact Faye Mettler at mettlerf@mdusd.org.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb 10-16

 In honor of this week, Student Council will be selling KINDNESS bracelets. Bracelets are $5.00 for two, "ONE TO WEAR AND ONE TO SHARE". Wear your KINDNESS bracelet the week of Feb 11-15.

Sales will take place after school Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 6th.  Sales will also take place during the STEM & Science Fair Open House, 2:30-4pm and 6:30-8pm. Money raised will support Community Service Day at Walnut Acres.  Questions? Reach out to Student Council Contact Faye Mettler at mettlerf@mdusd.org.

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Calling all Donations!
Help us make this year’s auction a success! The majority of items we bid on during auction come from YOU! Do you have airline miles or hotel points you’re not using? Tickets to an event? An idea for a party you could host? By donating an item or hosting a party, you can help raise big funds for our school. Use the online form or email Jon Gomez at auctiondonations@walnutacrespfc.net if you can donate or have a party idea. Don’t forget, it’s tax deductible and feels great to help our school!

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Want a Diet that Works?
Consider donating your favorite bottle of wine or champagne to the 2019 Live Auction.  All your extra calories will immediately melt away and think of the “buckets” you will fill! Wine donations can be dropped off at 115 Los Banos Ave or 1079 Springfield Drive. ($20 minimum value per bottle please).

 

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5th Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru for the month of February! 

For the month of February, 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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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the 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

January 15, 2019 E-news

posted Jan 16, 2019, 3:02 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - January 15, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
1/18 Walnut Acres STEAM Night, MUR 6:30 - 7:30 PM
1/21 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
2/4 Teacher In-Service Work DayNo School 
2/4 TK/K Registration Info Night, MUR, 6:00 PM
2/5 TK/K Registration
2/6 1st-5th Grade New Student Registration
2/6-2/8 STEM & Science Fair
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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First Ever Walnut Acres STEAM Day, this Friday, January 18th
On January 18th, Walnut Acres will be putting on their first STEAM Day for grades TK-5! During the day, each grade level will get to explore over ten different STEAM stations. Each student will be engaged in activities such as Leonardo’s Bridge, Sphero’s, BeeBots, Keva Planks, Origami, Paper Airplanes, and so much more!
The best is yet to come! Not only do the students get to explore during the day, they are invited back at night with their family and friends to explore even more! This is a fun and free event, and we hope to see you there!
STEAM Day: January 18th. SIGN UP to volunteer!
STEAM Night: January 18th from 6:30-7:30 in the MUR 

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Calling all Donations!
Help us make this year’s auction a success! The majority of items we bid on during auction come from YOU! Do you have airline miles or hotel points you’re not using? Tickets to an event? An idea for a party you could host? By donating an item or hosting a party, you can help raise big funds for our school. Use the online form or email Jon Gomez at auctiondonations@walnutacrespfc.net if you can donate or have a party idea. Don’t forget, it’s tax

deductible and feels great to help our school!

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Want a Diet that Works?
Consider donating your favorite bottle of wine or champagne to the 2019 Live Auction.  All your extra calories will immediately melt away and think of the “buckets” you will fill! Wine donations can be dropped off at 115 Los Banos Ave or 1079 Springfield Drive. ($20 minimum value per bottle please).

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Do you live close to Walnut Acres?
Do you like to have parties? 
We are looking for someone that answered YES! to both questions!   
1st: We have two houses lined up for the 2019 Wine Walk but are looking for one more house to make it complete!  If you are interested, please email M'Lissa Fleming at m.lissar@gmail.com and Riva Borbrowsky at rivabobrowsky@gmail.com for more details!
2nd: If you would like to host a Parent Buy-In Party please connect with us before February 1st!
Remember it all helps raise money for Walnut Acres!!

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Walnut Acres After School Enrichment Program, Winter, 2019

Registration is now open!  Please visit the PFC website to view the individual flyers and registration information. Please be aware there are no classes on school holidays.
Contact enrichment@walnutacrespfc.net for any questions or contact the individual vendors for any specific questions. 

MONDAYS:
Black Dragon Chess
Coding For Kids, Silicon Valley 4U
TUESDAYS:
Dodgeball, One-On-One Basketball
Basic Animation, Lynne Lee 
WEDNESDAYS:
Instrumental Music
Hoops, One-On-One Basketball 
THURSDAYS:
Who Dunnit? Solving Crime Through Science, STEM concepts, Bricks 4 Kidz, 
FRIDAYS:
World Engineering With LEGO!STEM & CORE concepts taught thru LEGOS, Bricks 4 Kidz
Toyology: Science Through Toys, Sarah's Science

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MDUSD Parent and Community Survey 
The district is seeking your input about ways that our Walnut Acres facility needs to be upgraded! This includes security-related needs. Please take 5-10 minutes to share your perspective with district leadership. The survey will close on January 25, 2019.
Below is the link to the Survey for Parents. Parents and Community members will also receive a direct email with links to the survey from the district.   

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDUSDparents
Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDUSDparents_sp
For more information about the Facility Master Plan, please follow this link: http://lpamasterplans.com/mt-diablo-usd-fmp/ 

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A Few Friendly Drive Thru Reminders to Get Back into the Swing of Things This New Year!
January is 1st Grade's month to volunteer and help out in the

morning drive thru.  Click here to sign up!

For drivers using the morning drive thru/car line:

  • Pull up to a volunteer for assistance getting your student out of the car (do not have your students get out early)
  • Do NOT get out of your car 
  • Have your child ready (goodbyes said, back pack ready) to exit curbside
  • Do NOT go around other cars if you are "empty"
  • Do NOT park in the drive thru line
  • Afternoon drive though should flow as children are picked up.  Please DO NOT PARK AND LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED during afternoon dismissal.
  • The staff parking lot SHOULD NOT be used as a loading zone, parking area, cut through or to wave your children across the car line to find you.
    For a full list of guidelines, visit the PFC website or click here

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STEM and Science Fair Thursday, February 7th 
Family Open House 2:30-4pm and 6:30-8pm
Projects due to MUR on Wednesday, February 6th 

Interesting science fact from Furgus the Science Lab Turtle, "Did you know that sea turtles have special glands which help remove salt from the water they drink?"  What are you curious about?
Science Fair entry form submission extended to Friday, January 18th.  Entry forms are available in the office or on the PFC website.  Also see website for STEM and science fair ideas, tips and judging information.  

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Bake Sale!  Student Council Supports the STEM and Science Fair

During the Family Open House on February, 7th 2:30-4pm and 6:30-8pm Student Council will sell baked goods. Have a favorite recipe? Please drop off baking Thursday, February 7th in the MUR (after school preferred)  Please label baked goods if they contain peanut, dairy or gluten.  Baked goods will sell for $1.00 each with funds raised going towards STEM and Science Lab.  Questions contact Faye Mettler at mettlerf@mdusd.org.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week February 10-16
In honor of Random Acts of Kindness week, Student Council will be selling KINDNESS bracelets. Bracelets are $5.00 for two, "ONE TO WEAR AND ONE TO SHARE". Wear your KINDNESS bracelet the week of February 11-15Sales after school Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 6th.  Sales also during the STEM & Science Fair Open House 2:30-4pm and 6:30-8pm. Money raised will support Community Service Day at Walnut Acres. Email Student Council contact, Faye Mettler at mettlerf@mdusd.org with any questions.

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Small World, Big Dreams! The International Fair is March 22
Our goal in creating "Small World, Big Dreams" is to introduce some of the amazing cultures and countries represented here at Walnut Acres. 
We are looking for volunteers to join our team! Sign up here to be a part of something amazing!
Our first meeting is this Friday, January 18 at 1:45 at the lunch tables. Please rsvp!
You can stay up to date with International Fair news on the PFC site:

https://sites.google.com/a/walnutacrespfc.net/walnut-acres-pfc/activities/carnival

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the 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

LCAP SPEAKER SERIES continues January 22- “Social Media’s Impact on Young People’s Self Image”

Experts say young people view social media through the lens of their own lives. If they’re struggling to stay on top of things or suffering from low self-esteem, they’re more likely to interpret images of peers having fun as confirmation that they’re doing badly compared to their friends.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 22, starting at 6 p.m. at Mt. Diablo High School, as we welcome back Speaker Series favorite, Thomas Dodson with Above the Fray to give families the tools they need to begin meaningful dialogues about the digital lives of young people, the pitfalls and the positives. Spanish translation will be provided!

Enews December 4, 2018

posted Dec 5, 2018, 2:29 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - December 4, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
12/3-7 Toy and Clothing Drive
12/3-7 Recycling CRV Drop-Off
12/3-7 Hour of Code
12/4 PFC Holiday Party, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 
12/5 Dine and Donate at Round Table
12/10-21 Parent Teacher Conferences
12/13 4th Grade "December in Our Town" 7:00 p.m.
12/19 Sing Out, MUR, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
12/24-1/7 Winter Break- No School
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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This Week! Donate to our Annual Toy and Clothing Drive

With the holidays upon us, it is time for Walnut Acres to reach out to the larger community with our Annual Toy and Clothing Drive benefiting Shore Acres Elementary School. We will be accepting donations of gently used toys and clothing today until Dec 7th in front of the office.  

All sizes and types of clothing (except undergarments) for infants to adults are requested as well as toys and books. We kindly ask that clothing be free of stains and tears. As a guide, donate only what you would be comfortable giving to a friend. 

We also need volunteers (adults and students) to assist in sorting donations December 8th and 9th and delivering the donations to Shore Acres in your minivan or SUV on Friday, December 14th. Please email communityservice@walnutacrespfc.net to let us know how you can help and check the Community Service page of the PFC website for volunteer details.   

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Come Celebrate! PFC Holiday Party Tonight!

Our annual PFC Holiday Party is Tuesday, December 4thfrom 7:00pm - 9:30pm. All parents and faculty are invited, so take a night off and enjoy some light appetizers, drinks and great company! If you are able to bring a snack or beverage, sign up at PFC Holiday PartyOtherwise, just come join the fun!

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Walnut Acres Wednesday - December 5th at Round Table 

Our first "Walnut Acres Wednesday" Dine & Donate opportunity isTHIS Wednesday, December 5 at the Round Table Clubhouse on Treat and Oak Grove. Round Table will be donating 15% of all proceeds all day, including take out and delivery to the PFC! Get lunch for the office, or rally friends and family for fun dinner or after school snack and help raise funds for the school while enjoying a night off from cooking and cleaning the kitchen! 

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Register by December 15th for the Annual International Math Kangaroo Competition

This spring (for the second year in a row), under the leadership of Walnut Acres parent, Chao Yang, Walnut Acres is participating in the International Math Kangaroo Competition for students in 1st-12th grades. Math Kangaroo's goal is to encourage students to learn mathematics by presenting them with problems that are interesting and by rewarding their efforts.

This year, the competition will take place all over the world on Thursday, March 21, 2019. 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@19MK (3 pm session)  or CAWALNU0003528@19MK (7 pm session). Then click 'enroll', and follow the instruction for payment ($21 per child). The last day of registration is Dec 15, 2018. If you have trouble with registration, please contact Chao Yang at chaoathome@yahoo.com.
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Shop and Earn for Walnut Acres! 
20% off at Sports Basement Dec 16-19!

Special Holiday Shopping dates with 20% off at Sports Basement just for Walnut Acres Basementeers!  

Join their Basementeer program and select Walnut Acres Elementary and receive 10% off all purchases, plus 20% off on December 16th-19th! Get some holiday shopping done or gear up for snow season while helping out our school.

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2nd Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru for the month of December! 

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. 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 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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Student Council Sponsored Spirit Day

Wednesday, December 12th
Ugly Sweater/ Crazy Sock Day

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Science Fair 2019 - Date Change!

Please note the Science Fair has been moved from

January 30, 31, February 1, to FEBRUARY 6,7,8!  

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the 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

Mt. Diablo Hope (Homeless Outreach Program for Education)

Holiday Drive 2018

If you want to make a real impact in the life of a local child, please contribute to Mt. Diablo HOPE.  Mt. Diablo HOPE is a Homeless Outreach Program for Mt. Diablo Unified School District. There are children living near you who do not have enough to eat, stable housing, or parents in their lives. We really appreciate your help!

  • Buy gift cards that enable caregivers and youth to pick out their own items! Suggested gift cards/vouchers include Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Safeway, BART/BUS, or movie tickets.  These can be mailed or dropped off to  Diablo HOPE  2730 Salvio Street, Concord, CA 94519.
  • Make a tax deductible donation - Send check to “ DiabloHOPE” 2730 Salvio St., Concord, CA 94519 or make a donation utilizing VENMO under MDUSD HOPE.
  • Donate new hoodies or sweatshirts for our youth! Please drop off or send to:Mt. Diablo Unified District Office, Welcome Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA. There is a yellow donation bin to the right upon entering the building.
  • For online shopping please ship to: Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, CA 94519
    Email HOPE@mdusd.orgwith questions.

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Calling all 1st Graders!

Are you interested in joining Cub Scouts?  Our local Pack 210 is recruiting 1st graders to join and form a "Tiger Den."  You will get to participate with Dens from other grades in camping, service projects, overnights, and the annual Pinewood Derby. So grab a friend and join the fun!  

Our Pack accepts all children in grades K-5 into Cub Scouting.  If interested, contact our Membership Chair, Sarah Waters, at sarahsin70@hotmail.com.  

Enews November 6, 2018

posted Nov 6, 2018, 5:58 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - November 6, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
11/5-9 Scholastic Book Fair
11/9 Aladdin Registration Deadline

11/13 Science Fair Workshop, 6 p.m., Science Lab
11/13 PFC Meeting, 7 p.m., Library
11/13-30 the GREAT Walnut Acres Read (envelopes due 12/3)
11/14 WOW! Weather Assemblies with Meteorologist Paul Deanno
11/15 Deadline for an Intradistrict Transfer
11/19-23 Thanksgiving Break
12/3-7 Toy and Clothing Drive
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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Join us now at the Walnut Acres Book Fair!  

The Walnut Acres Book Fair is going on NOW in the MUR. All your favorite books are available for purchase from November 5-9. It’s the perfect time to stock up - right before the Read-A-Thon starts - and you'll be raising money for our school at the same time!  Please also consider sponsoring a book from our Teacher/Library Wish Boxes - ask the cashier for a name plate at the register, and the book your purchase will forever be a cherished part of our school or classroom library. 

Check out our open hours below -
we are open TWO evenings this year and all week long after school.
Monday: 2:00-4:00
Tuesday: NEW TIME! 2:00-7:00
Wednesday: 11:30-2:00
Thursday: 2:00-4:00 & 5:00-7:00
Friday: 2:00-3:00 
^ ^ ^ ^ ^
If you are not able to check out the Book Fair in person, you may also order books and gifts at the OnlineBookFair. Items ordered through the online sale will be delivered to your student's classroom.

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Last Chance to order your Walnut Acres Spirit Wear!

Many parents asked for one more chance to order Spirit Wear, so we have opened up sales for one last time. All sales must be completed by Saturday, November 10. 

  • Spirit Wear is available for purchase Online via the Konstella Store. Items can be ordered (with credit card payment) via Konstella only.
  • All items will be delivered to your child's classroom by the end of November.
    PLEASE NOTE: The shirts run small. 

Please contact us at spiritwear@walnutacrespfc.net if you have any questions.

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CUYT Winter Production of Aladdin 
5th/4th Graders Register Before November 9th!

CUYT’s winter production of Aladdin is open to current Walnut Acres 5th graders and 4th graders (as ensemble members). Online registration is currently open and closes November 9th. For more information, go to: Curtains Up Youth Theatre on the Walnut Acres PFC website. Questions? email CurtainsUpYouthTheatre@gmail.com.

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the GREAT Walnut Acres READ(a-thon) starts next week!

November 13 - 30, 2018
What is the Read-A-Thon?

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. The money raised goes to sustain PFC-funded initiatives such as grade-level aides, reading specialist, science aides and vocal music.

More information and your student's personal 99Pledges Fundraising Page will be coming next week!

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Science Fair Ideas Workshop on November 13th
In celebration of our future scientists, parents are welcome to pop in to the Science Lab to look at resources and get ideas for age appropriate Science Fair projects. The workshop will be held at 6:30pm on November 13th in the Science Lab, B-5 (prior to the November PFC meeting). Questions, contact Faye Mettler mettlerf@mdusd.org. 

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WOW! Weather! Assembly with Meteorologist Paul Deanno

Visits to dozens of Bay Area schools, including Walnut Acres, inspired many of the stories found in Paul Deanno’s “WOW! Weather!” book series.  His latest book, “WOW! Weather! Hurricanes”, will teach your child all about how the biggest storms on Earth form, how they get their names, and how they make the ocean rise as high as a giraffe!  Bring your copy of “WOW! Weather!” or “WOW! Weather! Hurricanes” to Paul’s weather presentation & book reading at Walnut Acres Elementary on November 14th… and Paul will sign it for you! Find it on Amazon.

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3rd Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru in November! 

For the month of November, 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 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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Vote for Walnut Acres to Receive this Fall’s Community Waste Reduction Grant from Contra Costa Recycles!

Thanks to Dr. Dowd and Marci Cole Ekberg, the Recycle Club submitted an application for this year’s Fall Community Waste Reduction Grant. Our project is #5, titled: Promoting Conservation Awareness and Skill at Walnut Acres – Walnut Creek.  You can VOTEfor our project! Go to: https://contracostarecycles.com/grant_vote.cfm. Voting closes November 30th.

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Walnut Acres Sustainability - Order a Spork Pouch! 

If you missed out on ordering a Walnut Acres Recycle Club “Spork Pouch” last time around, now you get the chance.

The pouches are designed and made lovingly by Walnut Acres moms to be an active change towards helping our environment by not using the plastic cutlery provided at our lunches and keeping trash out of our landfills. They are custom crafted with the Walnut Acres Jaguar and Recycle Club logo.

Please fill in an order form and drop it off in the provided box at the WA office. Please include cash or a check made out to Monique Pickering.

Thank you for your support of the Recycle Club and being a part of the change! 100% of the proceeds go to the Recycle Club to bolster awareness, sponsor field trips, and buy Recycle Club supplies for our school.

Keep your eyes open for the Terracycle https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ boxes we will provide during lunches to recycle bar wrappers and food pouches!

If you have questions, send a message to sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net or check out the PFC page https://sites.google.com/a/walnutacrespfc.net/walnut-acres-pfc/sustainability.

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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-20 School Year

Beginning Monday, October 15 through November 15, 2018, the district will accept Intradistrict Transfer Requests. Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting transfer to another MDUSD school. All applications must be made online through the MDUSD website.     

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the 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

Calling all 1st Graders!

Are you interested in joining Cub Scouts?  Our local Pack 210 is recruiting 1st graders to join and form a "Tiger Den."  You will get to participate with Dens from other grades in camping, service projects, overnights, and the annual Pinewood Derby. So grab a friend and join the fun!  

Our Pack accepts all children in grades K-5 into Cub Scouting.  If interested, contact our Membership Chair, Sarah Waters, at sarahsin70@hotmail.com.  

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot

The 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot, will be here before you know it and registration is open! Register early for best pricing. This family fun event, brought to you by Forma Gym, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and show support for your schools! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest!
The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 8:00 am at Civic Park.
Last year, the Turkey Trot raised over $15,000 for PEAK Education Foundation schools, (Northgate, Foothill, Valle Verde, Bancroft and Walnut Acres) and this year we hope to raise even more by having lots of students and parents participate.
For more information and to register click here.
Volunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand.  If you are available to help, please email peakoffice@yahoo.com and put "Turkey Trot Volunteer" in the subject line.

Fast & Sweet - you're home in time for football, turkey and pumpkin pie!

Enews- October 23, 2018

posted Oct 24, 2018, 4:26 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - October 23, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
10/22-26 5th Grade Walker Creek Trip
10/24 Math Kangaroo Contest Info Session, 7:00 p.m. Library
10/31 Sing-Out and Halloween Parade, 8:00 a.m. 
10/31 Prices go up for the 2018-19 Yearbook
10/31  2018 Parent Survey Due Date
11/5-9 Scholastic Book Fair
11/13 Science Fair Workshop, 6 p.m., Science Lab
11/13 PFC Meeting, 7 p.m., Library 
    For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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2018 Parent Survey- Make Your Voice Count
Please take a few minutes to complete the Walnut Acres Parent SurveyYour input is greatly appreciated. The survey will close on 10/31/18.

Teachers and students are completing the survey now and your input is crucial, so that we have data from across our community as we assess our progress. To encourage parent participation, we will provide extra recess time to every class that earns a response rate of 75% or higher and treat from Dr. Dowd for any class that has a response rate of at least 90%. So, share your insights, support our growth, and make your child happy! The results of the teacher, student, and parent surveys will be analyzed and shared at a future staff meeting and with various school/community teams to inform our work. Results will also be posted on the school website for you to review.  

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International Math Kangaroo Contest Informational Meeting - 
Wednesday, October 24th

We are participating again in the International Math Kangaroo Contest thanks to the leadership of parent, Chao Yang.The competition will be held on Thursday 3/21/19. Children can participate n a 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. test session. Registration is open now and will close on
12/15/18. The invitation codes for Walnut Acres are CAWALNU0003518@19MK (for the 3 pm session) and CAWAKNU0003528@19MK (for the 7 p.m. session). You will need one of these codes to register your child. Here is the link for more details: http://www.mathkangaroo.us/mk/default.html

There will also be an information meeting for all interested parents on Wednesday evening, 10/24/18, at 7:00 p.m. in our library. Come hear about the engaging, collaborative Saturday math practice sessions that will be held to prepare students for the 3/21/1 Math Kangaroo Contest.

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Buy Your Yearbook before Wednesday, October 31st 
Save $10!

Prices Go Up for the 2018-19 Walnut Acres Yearbook! Buy it now for $25, or for $35 after October 31st. Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 10053 to purchase with credit or debit card. 

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Halloween Sing Out and Parade Details

On Wednesday October 31, Walnut Acres will have our monthly Sing-Out to celebrate the life skill of Responsibility. The Sing-Out begins as usual at 8:00 a.m. with our 3rd-5th grade students in the MUR. As the older grades Sing-Out ends, we will call all students to the playground for the Halloween parade. After the parade, the TK-2nd grade students will head to the MUR for their Sing-Out. Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend these events!

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The Walnut Acres Book Fair is coming!   
All your favorite books will be available for purchase in the MUR from November 5-9.  It’s the perfect time to stock up - right before the Read-A-Thon starts - and you'll be raising money for our school at the same time!  We need volunteers to staff open hours and help with the set up and break down of the Fair.  Please check available times on Konstella and sign up for a few shifts, or email bookfair@walnutacrespfc.net for more information. 

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CUYT Winter Production of Aladdin 
5th/4th Graders Register Before November 9th!

CUYT’s winter production of Aladdin is open to current Walnut Acres 5th graders and 4th graders (as ensemble members). Online registration is currently open and closes November 9th. For more information, go to: Curtains Up Youth Theatre on the Walnut Acres PFC website. Questions?  email CurtainsUpYouthTheatre@gmail.com.

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Science Fair Ideas Workshop 
In celebration of our future scientists, parents are welcome to pop in to the Science Lab to look at resources and get ideas for age appropriate Science Fair projects. The workshop will be held at 6:30pm on November 13th in the Science Lab, B-5 (prior to the November PFC meeting). Questions, contact Faye Mettler mettlerf@mdusd.org.

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Walk and Bike to School Day Results!

We had 225 students who registered the morning of Walk and Bike to School day. Several parents reported how quiet the drive thru area was. Thanks to everyone who participated!   
-Our best decorated bike winner was the owner of a very cute Day of the Dead themed bike. They won a pack of LED spoke lights.
-Winner of the raffle for a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble is Nate Tyson in Mrs. David's class.
-The Golden Sneaker Award goes to Mr. Aring's class with 70% participation.  2nd place was Ms. Carella's class with 58%, and 3rd place was Mrs. Ng's class with 54%.
Thanks to everyone who helped out as a volunteer or by encouraging your child to walk/bike to school! Kristin Shopp

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Community Service Day at Walnut Acres was a Success!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the hard working volunteers (26 families, 78 people) who helped at our school on Community Service Day! Lots of work was accomplished, including:
* US map & checkerboard freshly repainted (7 different colors total)
* One Buddy bench sanded and re-painted
* Library: hundreds of book covers have been cleaned up, as well as the chairs
* Trash around campus was picked up by a Girl Scout troop
* Several bushes were trimmed
* Tons of leaves were picked up
And thank you to our local Ace Hardware store at Encina Shopping Center for their generous discount and Clif Bar for providing snacks!

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4th Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru in October! 

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. 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 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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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 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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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-20 School Year

Beginning Monday, October 15 through November 15, 2018, the district will accept Intradistrict Transfer Requests. Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting transfer to another MDUSD school. All applications must be made online through the MDUSD website.     

 Northgate Area Choral Music Festival

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7 pm
Northgate High School Gym
Please join us for a fun evening of joyful singing featuring choirs from Bancroft, Highlands, Valle Verde and Walnut Acres Elementary Schools, Foothill Middle School and Northgate High School.
Doors open at 6:45 pm; Concert starts at 7:00 pm
The concert will conclude by 7:45 pm
Walnut Acres students in third, fourth, and fifth grade are invited to participate in this event.

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Calling all 1st Graders!

Are you interested in joining Cub Scouts?  Our local Pack 210 is recruiting 1st graders to join and form a "Tiger Den."  You will get to participate with Dens from other grades in camping, service projects, overnights, and the annual Pinewood Derby. So grab a friend and join the fun!  

Our Pack accepts all children in grades K-5 into Cub Scouting.  If interested, contact our Membership Chair, Sarah Waters, at sarahsin70@hotmail.com.  

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Homework Help Program at the Ygnacio Valley Library! 

Are you an elementary or middle school student that needs help with homework? Our Homework Help program employs local high school students to help you with your homework! There is no registration, drop-ins are welcome, and it's free!  Meet in the meeting room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on most Thursday afternoons. Check the Walnut Creek website to confirm dates. 

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot

The 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot, will be here before you know it and registration is open! Register early for best pricing. This family fun event, brought to you by Forma Gym, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and show support for your schools! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest!
The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 8:00 am at Civic Park.
Last year, the Turkey Trot raised over $15,000 for PEAK Education Foundation schools, (Northgate, Foothill, Valle Verde, Bancroft and Walnut Acres) and this year we hope to raise even more by having lots of students and parents participate.
For more information and to register click here.
Volunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand.  If you are available to help, please email peakoffice@yahoo.com and put "Turkey Trot Volunteer" in the subject line.

Fast & Sweet - you're home in time for football, turkey and pumpkin pie!

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