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Enews - November 29, 2017

posted Nov 29, 2017, 10:57 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - November 29, 2017
And, check out the new Community Announcements section at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars
Nov 29: Read-A-Thon Envelopes Due
Dec 1-31: Complete the annual Walnut Acres Parent Survey
Dec 4-8: Toy and Clothing Drive
Dec 4-8: CRV Recycling Drop-Off
Dec 4-8: Hour of Code
Dec 5: PFC Holiday Party, 7 - 9 pm, Lewis Residence
Dec 14: Fourth Grade Performance - December in our Town, 7pm, MUR
Dec 15: Deadline to sign up for Math Kangaroo
Dec 20: December Sing Out, 8 - 9 am, MUR
Dec 11-22: Parent/Teacher Conferences - EARLY DISMISSAL
Dec 25-Jan 5: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
For PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Walnut Acres Read-A-Thon Ends This Week! 
Please have your students turn their Read-A-Thon Envelopes into their teacher by this Friday, December 1!

You and your family and friends still have time to donate directly to your student's personal fundraising page by going to 99Pledges or you can submit cash and checks in the envelope. Donations are tax deductible (a form for your tax records will be sent to your email when you donate thru 99Pledges).  For more details check out Read-A-Thon.
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Annual Toy and Clothing Drive:  December 4-8

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 December 4th to 8th in front of the school 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, delivering and storing  donations. Please SIGN UP to help and check the Community Service Page of the PFC website for volunteer details.  

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 Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

NEXT WEEK, Dec. 4-8, at morning drop-off, we are collecting CRV-labeled aluminum cans and plastic bottles. No need to get out of your car - just hand us the bag (or open your trunk for us) as you go through the drive thru!

Every first week of the month, we will collect CRV beverage containers (please, no glass) from you as you drop your child off at school. Recycled materials will be exchanged for cash at a recycling center and the proceeds will be used for playground supplies, and for Walnut Acres Recycling Club supplies and activities. 
Drive Thru and Drop Off every morning December 4-8!

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PFC Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Eat, drink and be merry on Tuesday, December 5th from 7 - 9pm as we celebrate the holidays at the lovely home of PFC Board Member, Elise Lewis. All Walnut Acres parents, faculty and staff are invited, so please join us for an evening of Holiday cheer! The Lewis Home, 2538 Casa Grande Court, Walnut Creek.  Please sign up to bring an appetizer, dessert or special beverage to share.

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Hour of Code: December 4-8
Did you know that every one of our students gets to participate in theFifth Annual Hour of Code Program? The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
At Walnut Acres, our students have participated every year since Hour of Code began! This year, the Hour of Code will be held during the week of December 4-8. Verified volunteer parents are encouraged to help with their students' classes - sign ups were sent via Konstella to individual class levels on Monday.  
Questions? Email our Co-Lab Site Tech, Patty Galindo.
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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level!
Thank you to the 3rd Grade parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of November. December is the 2nd Grade parents' turn! Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru.
CLICK  HERE for 1st Grade January sign ups. 
We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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20% off for Walnut Acres Elementary at Sports Basement 
on December 7th! 

Sports Basement is inviting everyone at Walnut Acres Elementary to a very special shopping day, where you will receive 20% off your entire purchase all day long. Mention your Basementeer account at the register, so your purchase supports Walnut Acres Elementary!

Can't Join us at the store? Join the celebration by shopping online. Use the code 2050008418800 at checkout. 

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Math Kangaroo Competition - sign up by December 15.

This year, for the first time, Walnut Acres is participating in the 23rd Annual 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.

The competition will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018, but sign ups are happening now. You may register online by December 15, and the fee is $20.  All registered participants will be invited to practice their math problem-solving skills with parent volunteer leaders over the next few months, in preparation for this written, strategy-based math contest. For more information check out Math KangarooQuestions? Email Walnut Acres parent Chao Yang.

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Please complete the annual Walnut Acres Parent Survey

Each year Mt. Diablo seeks input from parents in order to evaluate relationships among students, parents, and school staff. The data isused at the district level to assess needs, so your input matters! Results will also be reviewed by Walnut Acres staff, School Site Council, and our Safety Committee as we analyze our successes and challenges leading to next year’s goals.

Between now and December 31, go to the California School Parent Survey to complete the anonymous 15-minute survey. You are welcome to request a pencil-paper copy of the survey from the office if you prefer. Or, we will have the Co-Lab (B-6) open during parent conferences so that you may complete the survey before or after your parent conference. 

However you choose to participate, we encourage you to complete the survey so that the data we collect will include YOUR PERSPECTIVE!

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Exciting Experiences at “Live and Let Bid” Auction!

Do you have airline miles to spare? A time share? A connection with Pixar, Disney, or another technology, entertainment or hospitality company? We can turn it into a fun experience for a Walnut Acres family AND raise critical funds for our school! 

We still need donations to attract big-ticket bids, and YOU can help make it happen! Simply fill out the online form or email info to auctiondonations@walnutacrespfc.net . Don’t worry if you don’t know how your item fits into a unique outing or themed getaway – our Auction Team will turn your donation into something fantastic that will help achieve our fundraising goals. And the benefits for the families and the businesses who donate makes it a win-win!

Remember, every dollar raised at auction supports our school – donating and encouraging others to donate is how you can be a hero for OUR KIDS!

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Volunteers Needed: Walnut Acres Safety Committee
The Walnut Acres Safety Committee needs 2 or 3 new parents who can work with  Dr. Dowd and other parents to address Safety issues at school. The first meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. If interested, contact Denise Calbeck at calbeckd@mdusd.org or Dr. Colleen Dowd at dowdc@mdusd.org.
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You are Invited!
Foothill Middle School Parent Ed Night:
Social Media and Parenting
Wed, November 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Foothill Middle School Library  

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Fifth Graders! Troop 810 Boy Scouts Bowling Night Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm
Are you in the 5th grade and interested in joining the Boy Scouts? Come meet the scouts of Troop 810 and have some fun at the same time. We are hosting a bowling and pizza night on Tuesday, Dec. 12th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Diablo Valley Bowl, 1500 G Monument Blvd., Concord. Please RSVP or if you have questions, contact Dorene Soe, Recruitment Chair, (925) 932-0733 or dalouie8@yahoo.com by Friday, Dec. 8, so that we can reserve enough lanes and pizza for everybody.

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Calling all Pack 210 Lions, Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears and Webelos! 
Cub Scouts Pack Meeting 
Wednesday, December 13th in the MUR
6:45 - 8:00pm

All Kindergarten thru 5th grade boys and families are welcome to join – sign-ups are still available! Reach out to Pack Membership Chair Sarah Waters at sarahsin70@hotmail.com for additional details. 

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Walnut Creek Little League Registration
Announcing the opening of registration for the 2018 Baseball, Softball and Challenger season for Walnut Creek Little League.  Take advantage of the early bird special and register prior to December 18th.  Registration fees will increase by $50 on December 18th, and the last day to register is January 3rd.
 Go to: http://www.wcbaseball.org/ for more information. 

November 7, 2017 Edition of Enews

posted Nov 7, 2017, 3:46 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - November 7, 2017

Mark Your Calendars
Nov 6-9: Scholastic Book Fair
Nov 10: Veterans Day Holiday- NO SCHOOL
Nov 13-30: Read-A-Thon
Nov 14: PFC Meeting, Library, 7pm
Nov 20-24: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
Dec 4 - 8: Toy and Clothing Drive
Dec 5: PFC Holiday Party, 7 - 9:30pm
Dec 14: Fourth Grade Performance - December in our Town, 7pm, MUR
Dec 20: December Sing Out, 8 - 9 am, MUR
Dec 11 - 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences - EARLY DISMISSAL
Dec 25 - Jan 5: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
For key dates 2017-18, click here  

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The Walnut Acres Book Fair has begun!

Be a Reading Ninja and sneak into your favorite book at this year’s Book Fair in the MUR - you’ll be raising money for our school at the same time!

November 6 - 9, 2017
Tuesday: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Thursday: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Teacher Wish List Boxes!  Look out for the Teacher Wish List Boxes, with books specially selected by your child's teacher for their classroom library. When you purchase a book from one of the Teacher Wish List Boxes, your student can deliver the book directly to the teacher, or we can deliver it for you.
Volunteers are still needed!  We need additional help on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you are able to help, please sign up on Konstella or contact the Book Fair chair atbookfair@walnutacrespfc.netIt’s a small commitment with a big impact!

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Get your books ready for the Walnut Acres Read-A-Thon!
November 13 - 30
American Ninja Reader: A Workout for your Brain!

Our Annual Read-A-Thon starts NEXT WEEK, Monday November 13! Get your ninja reading skills ready and join us for our fall fundraiser. Our goal is for every student in every grade, TK-5, to participate in working out their brain and raising money for our school. Details about the fundraiser will come home this week and student packets will come home on November 13. We will be accepting donations through 99Pledges again this year.

For more details about the fundraiser and how it works please go to Read-A-Thon - Walnut Acres PFC.
And a big THANK YOU to our sponsor, Roundtable Club House, for donating pizza for up to three parties for those classrooms with 100% participation!

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Calling all Pack 210 Lions, Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears and Webelos! 
Cub Scouts Pack Meeting
Wednesday, November 15th in the MUR

6:45 - 8:00pm

All Kindergarten thru 5th grade boys and families are welcome to join – sign-ups are still available! Reach out to Pack Membership Chair Sarah Waters at sarahsin70@hotmail.com for additional details. 

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25th Annual Turkey Trot - Just 3 Weeks Away!
Join In This Community Tradition and Support Our Schools!
Runners & Volunteers Needed!

 Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 23rd, 8am at Civic Park.

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, festival areas and a costume contest!

Last year the Turkey Trot raised over $15,000 for PEAK Education Foundation schools, and this year we hope to raise even more by having lots of students and parents participate.
VOLUNTEERS are needed to help this event run smoothly. There are opportunities to pass out race materials in the days leading up to the race, as well as several different volunteer tasks on race day.  If you're available, please consider donating a few hours of your time.

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

REGISTER TO RUN

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Fifth Graders!  Sign Up for Alice in Wonderland!

Walker Creek is behind us now, but we'd like you and your students to jump down one more rabbit hole!! Sign up for the 5th grade performance: Alice in Wonderland!

Click on this CURTAINS UP YOUTH THEATRE LINK to register, and to find all the dates, details, and showtimes. Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 14. First meeting is on Thursday, November 16 from 2:45- 3:45 pm. Auditions are November 27, 28, and 30.  

If you've already registered but haven't yet paid, please remember to submit payment in the Walnut Acres office CUYT box on or before Tuesday, November 14. 

Fourth Graders!

For the first time ever, CUYT is offering an exciting opportunity to a limited number of fourth grade students to join the Alice production. The fifth graders have priority with both registration and with the casting of parts, therefore, we will accept only the number of fourth graders necessary to fill our cast. To help us with our planning, please register as soon as possible. 

We hope to see your kids at the Tea Party!

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Win a Glamorous Dress for Live and Let Bid!

Halloween is over, but the BEST dress-up night is still ahead: our live auction event on Friday, March 9. This James Bond-themed night of dinner, dancing, and fun is your chance to shine, and our Rent the Runway raffle is an easy way to lock in the dress you’ve been dreaming of! Just $20 enters you for a chance to win a dress of your choice for the night ($200 value).

This raffle ends November 30, and you can only buy tickets using the paper order form (yellow forms also available in the office). Simply return to the Auction Box in the school office with your checkParties are more fun in a fabulous dress, so don’t miss your chance to wear something you might never buy on your own.

And remember, every ticket sold supports a great cause – OUR KIDS!

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Landscaping Help Needed for the Walnut Acres Recycle Club 

The Recycle Club’s big project this year is to create a permanent recycling/composting station outside the MUR stage doors. I am going to work with the recycle club members to create cement stepping stones to decorate the area. The area will need to be prepped and we will work with MDUSD to get approval of whatever design we come up with. I could use help with design and installation. I imagine we’ll need some stones to fill in around the Recycle Club paving stones. We will be using some of the money raised by parent Mike Jahnke’s recycling fundraiser to implement this project. If you can help in any way, please send me an email to mlce517@gmail.com. Thanks! Marci Cole Ekberg, Recycle Club Coordinator. 

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Do you have a few hours to help box up some books?

Have you noticed all the boxes of books lined up against the end of the C-Wing wall? Dr. Dowd and Consuelo need some help organizing and boxing up books for storage and/or removal from campus. If you have a few hours to help during the school day, please email Jill atpresident@walnutacrespfc.net. The date and time will be up to you. Grab a friend to help and the job will be done in a snap!

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Box Tops for Education Donations Going Strong!

Thank you to all the Walnut Acres families who collected, clipped and donated Box Tops for Education this fall. Together, we have collected $145, which represents 14.5% of our $1,000 goal this school year.
* Where to find products with Box Tops on them? Here's a link to a complete list of participating products.
* Get the kids involved and have them collect Box Tops on fun collection sheets
* Did you know that you can save on products you purchase in stores, while collecting Box Tops for our school? Check these printable coupons out!
* Find out how you can turn your receipts into cash for your school by checking out the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App (free)
Thank you for your continuing support! Caroline Clerempuy, Box Tops Coordinator.

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Having trouble with your Konstella App?

Is the Konstella app on your phone running slowly?  According to Konstella Customer Support, if you are encountering problems with the Konstella App on your phone, delete and reinstall the application and the issue should resolve. 

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level!
Thank you to the 3rd Grade parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of November. December is the 2nd Grade parents' turn! Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru.
3rd grade parents, click here for 3rd Grade November sign ups.
2nd grade parents, click here for 2nd Grade December sign ups. 
We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2018-19 School Year

Through November 17, 2017, the district will accept Intradistrict Transfer Requests. No requests will be accepted after the November 17 deadline.  All applications must be made online through the MDUSD website.    

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Community Announcements

Check out upcoming Community Events listed on our Community Announcements page. 

Enews October 24, 2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 4:22 PM by Vice President Communications   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 3:45 PM ]

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  * October 24, 2017

Mark Your Calendars
Oct 23-27:  Walker Creek (5th Grade)
Oct 23 - 27: Red Ribbon Week
Oct 25: Cub Scouts Pack Meeting, 6:45pm, MUR
Oct 30:  iClickSmiles Make-up Picture Day
Oct 31:  8:00am Sing Out (3-5), 
8:30am Costume Parade, 9:00am Sing Out (TK-2)
Nov 6-9:  Book Fair
Nov 10:  Veteran's Day Holiday- NO SCHOOL
Nov 13-30  Read-A-Thon
Nov 14  PFC Meeting, Library, 7pm
For key dates 2017-18, click here  

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Halloween at Walnut Acres

As is tradition at Walnut Acres, Halloween will be celebrated with a Costume Parade and a Sing Out on Halloween Day. Students are invited to wear a costume, but please no masks or weapons. Your child's teacher will send home further details about what is happening in your child's classroom. Here is the tentative schedule for the morning:

8:00am  Sing-Out for 3rd-5th graders in the MUR
8:30am  Halloween Parade on the black top
9:00am  Sing-Out for TK-2nd graders in the MUR

Parents are welcome to attend the parade and the sing outs.

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Calling all Pack 210 Lions, TigerCubs, Wolves, Bears and Webelos! 

Cub Scouts Pack Meeting
Halloween Costume Parade!
Wednesday, October 25 in the MUR
6:45 - 8:00pm

All Kindergarten thru 5th grade boys and families are welcome to join – sign-ups are still available!  Reach out to Pack Membership Chair Sarah Waters at sarahsin70@hotmail.com for additional details. 

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Volunteers & Donations for “Live and Let Bid” Auction!

Calling all agents: We need additional volunteers to help secure exciting bid items that raise money for our kids! If you can spare a couple hours before November 15, please sign up on Konstella to call or visit local business, and remind them it’s time to donate to our Auction fundraiser. And if you or anyone you know is curious about donating directly, all the details and benefits of supporting our auction are online.

Tickets are going quickly for this evening of dinner, dancing, and live auction fun on Friday, March 9, so don’t wait! Get your tickets here! To secure a spot in one of our pre-auction raffles as part of your purchase, leave your check and order form in the office at school. 

Remember, all proceeds from this event go to programs for our kids – the world is not enough!

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Sneak into a book at the Walnut Acres Book Fair!
November 6 - 9, 2017

Be a Reading Ninja and peak into your favorite book at this year's Book Fair - and raise money for our school at the same time! This is a great opportunity to pick up some great books to read during the Read-a-thon (see below!)

Special guest! Author Luke Flowers, creator of the popular Moby Shinobi series, will be kicking off the Book Fair on Monday, November 6, with an assembly for TK-3rd grade readers.

Volunteers are needed! If you are able to help with the Book Fair, please sign up here.  We need volunteers to help set up and during the Book Fair open hours.

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GET READY TO READ: Walnut Acres Read-A-Thon!
November 11 - 30
American Ninja Reader: A Workout for your Brain!

Every student across all grades TK-5th are encouraged to participate!  For more details, check out the Read-A-Thon page on the PFC website.  
Interested in volunteering for the Read-A-Thon? We have volunteer needs starting now through the end of the event! Please sign up here for theRead-A-Thon Committee to find out how you can help out! Questions? Email readathon@walnutacrespfc.net.
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 Fifth Graders! Sign up for Alice in Wonderland

It's a MAD, MAD World!  Are you curiouser and curiouser? Then it's time for a TEA Party! Click on this Curtains Up Youth Theatre Link for all the dates, details, and showtimes. Auditions will be held in November. The first meeting for all performers is November 16th.

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Having trouble with your Konstella App?

Is the Konstella app on your phone running slowly?  According to Konstella Customer Support, if you are encountering problems with the Konstella App on your phone, delete and reinstall the application and the issue should resolve. 

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level!
Thank you to the 4th Grade parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of October. November is the 3rd Grade parents' turn! Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru.
4th Grade parents, click here for 4th Grade October sign ups
3rd grade parents, click here for 3rd Grade November sign ups.
We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2018-19 School Year

Beginning Monday, October 17 through November 17, 2017, the district will accept Intradistrict Transfer Requests. No requests will be accepted after the November 17 deadline.  All applications must be made online through the MDUSD website.    

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Community Announcements

Check out upcoming Community Events listed on our Community Announcements page. 

Enews October 10, 2017

posted Oct 16, 2017, 10:56 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  * October 10, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Oct 14: WC Community Service Day, 9am - noon, Walnut Acres
Oct 17: PFC Meeting, 8:15am, Staff Lounge
Oct 18-21 CUYT Fall Play: 101 Dalmatians, 7pm, MUR
Oct. 23-27: Walker Creek (5th Grade)
Oct 30: iClickSmiles Make-up Picture Day
Oct 31: Halloween Sing Outs and Parade, 8am, MUR
For key dates 2017-18, click here 

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 Please join us at Walnut Acres for Community Service Day 2017! 

Saturday October 14, 2017 (9am - 12noon) 
Please sign up on the City of Walnut Creek's Community Service Day websitewhich includes all the project details and required registration information. This year's Walnut Acres projects are Landscaping Beautification in the Kindergarten/1st Grade classroom area, and Map and Checkerboard Repainting on the blacktop. If you have landscaping or painting expertise and are available to be a team lead, please contact Courtney at communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net. 

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Walnut Creek Police Department Holiday Card Design Contest

The Walnut Creek Police Department mails out a holiday card every December. This year, they are looking for art work from local elementary school students to grace the holiday card’s cover! If you would like your student’s art to be considered for the holiday card this year, please stop by the school office to pick up a flier. Artwork must be turned into the school office by October 13, 2017.

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CUYT Presents 101 Dalmatians

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming presentations of 101 Dalmatians, performed by Walnut Acres 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students.  All tickets $8; all shows begin at 7:00 pm. 

New York Cast: Wednesday and Friday, October 18 & 20
London Cast:  Thursday and Saturday, October 19 & 21 

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5th Graders! Sign up NOW to be in the production of the Fifth Grade Play:  Alice in Wonderland

It's a MAD, MAD World!  Are you curiouser and curiouser? Then it's time for a TEA Party! Click on this Curtains Up Youth Theatre Link for all the dates, details, and showtimes. Auditions will be held in November. 

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School Photos Update

The wonderful team at iClickSmiles is hard at work preparing student and class photos for viewing online. When they are ready, your student will receive a personalized notice with their individual online code and gallery password. These will come home with your kids by the end of this week, so please be on the lookout for them in your students' folders or binders.

More information about online ordering and Photo Make Up Day (October 30) will be posted in a separate message as soon as we have all the details.

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Would You like to Host a Buy-In Party to Benefit our School? 
We are currently looking for potential hosts for Buy-in Parties, many of which will be sold at the upcoming Auction in March 2018.  Specifically, we are looking for hosts for Kids Buy-in Parties, which are typically for a specific grade level, and Parent Buy-in Parties.

These parties are an essential part of Walnut Acres fundraising efforts. They are a FUN way to support our school and to get to know your child's classmates and other parents in the community! A single family can host a party, or a group of families can host together.

If you are interested in hosting but need a theme idea, or have questions about how to proceed - our team can help! Please contact: 

Gosia Rees for Kid Buy-In Parties at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net 

Riva Bobrowsky for Parent Buy-In Parties at parentbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net 

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Tickets & Donations for “Live and Let Bid” Auction!

Tickets are on sale for our largest fundraiser event and most fabulous party of the year! Space is limited at this dinner, dancing, and live auction extravaganza on Friday, March 9, so purchase your tickets now atWalnut Acres Auction 2018. 

Secret Agent Tip: Participate in one of two pre-auction raffles to win a dress from Rent the Runway or first pick from a selection of Live Auction Items using the paper order form. 

To achieve our fundraising goals, we need additional donations.  If you have connections with local businesses or can host a buy-in party or have another great donation idea, please let us know at auctiondonations@walnutacrespfc.net!

Remember, all proceeds go to programs for OUR KIDS – the world is not enough!

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The Walnut Acres Book Fair is Back On!

November 6-9, Walnut Acres MUR

All your favorite Scholastic books will be available for purchase in the MUR. It’s the perfect time to stock up - right before the Read-A-Thon fundraiser starts - and you'll be raising money for our school at the same time! Watch Konstella for book fair hours and news about a surprise special guest. Emailbookfair@walnutacrespfc.net for more information.  

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level!
Thank you to the 4th Grade parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of October. November is the 3rd Grade parents' turn! Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru.
4th Grade parents, click here for 4th Grade October sign ups
3rd grade parents, click here for 3rd Grade November sign ups.
We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2018-19 School Year

Beginning Monday, October 17 through November 17, 2017, the district will accept Intradistrict Transfer Requests. No requests will be accepted after the November 17 deadline.  All applications must be made online through the MDUSD website.    

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Community Announcements

Check out upcoming Community Events listed on our Community Announcements page. 

Enews September 26, 2017

posted Sep 30, 2017, 3:15 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres * September 26, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Sept 27: September Sing Outs, 8 - 9 am in the MUR
Sept 27: MDUSD Community Conversation, 6pm, MUR
Oct 1: Tickets go on sale for the Live and Let Bid Auction
Oct 4: Walk and Roll to School Day, 7:40 am, Walnut Acres
Oct 14: WC Community Service Day, 9am - noon, Walnut Acres
Oct 17: PFC Meeting, 8:15am, Staff Lounge
Oct 18-21 CUYT Fall Play: 101 Dalmatians, 7pm, MUR

For key dates 2017-18, click here 

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2017 Community Conversation Series...
Wednesday September 27th at 6:00 pm, Walnut Acres MUR

MDUSD invites you to join Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent, for a public discussion centered on important topics relevant to Walnut Creek schools. The Community Conversation Series brings together area residents so they can connect with MDUSD leadership and share their insights related to district successes and challenges.

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Buy Your 2017-18 Yearbook Now! Prices increase October 1st 

There are only 5 days left to purchase your yearbook for $25.00. To purchase, go to  https://www.yearbookordercenter.com. Enter school code 10053. Prices will go up to $30 on October 1st.

Have photos to share for the yearbook?  We would love to consider them for the yearbook! Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code ‘walnutacres’. Enter as much information about the event, grade or teacher please. We do not need student names (use unknown or n/a in the name field). The more you share the better our yearbook can be!

Thank you from the Yearbook Co-Chairs: Yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net  

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Countdown to “Live and Let Bid” Auction Tickets!

In less than a week, tickets to our exciting live auction event go on sale! This glam evening of dinner, dancing, and fabulous items up for bid is Friday, March 9, 2018, but NOW is the time to:

  • Put “dress-up date night” on your partner’s calendar for March 9
  • Tell your most fun friends to request the same table
  • Brush up on your British accent and one-liners
  • Buy your tickets online beginning Sunday, October 1st

Watch for more details coming home and online later this week.

Also, we are still asking for donations, and it’s easier than ever to submit online or via email. If you have connections with local businesses or are interested in hosting a buy-in party or have another great donation idea, please let us know! Visitwww.walnutacrespfc.net/fundraisers/auction for more details.

Remember, all proceeds go to programs for OUR KIDS – the world is not enough!

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Walk & Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 4th!

Wednesday, October 4th is Walnut Acres first Walk & Roll to School Day of the new school year. Be sure to WALK or ROLL to school so you can receive a participation prize! And, representatives from Street Smarts will be here to hand out helmets to students who NEED them.

Walk and Roll to School Day is extra special this year as we will be recognizing the completion of the Safe Routes to Schools construction around Walnut Acres and Foothill schools.  These improvements were accomplished by parents like you voicing their concerns and working with the City of Walnut Creek to make our daily routes to school much safer.  There will be a short ceremony at 8:20am in front of Foothill Middle School, with city council members, principals and community members.

If you would like to help pass out prizes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, please sign up here: Walk and Roll Sign Up.

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 Please join us for Community Service Day 2017! 
Walnut Acres Elementary School 
Saturday October 14, 2017 (9am - 12noon) 

Please sign up on the City of Walnut Creek's Community Service Day website which includes all the project details and required registration information. This year's Walnut Acres projects are Landscaping Beautification in the Kindergarten/1st Grade classroom area, andMap and Checkerboard Repainting on the blacktop. If you have landscaping or painting expertise and are available to be a team lead, please contact Courtney at communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level!
Thank you to the 5th Grade parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of September. Next month is the 4th Grade parents' turn! Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru so 4th Grade parents, click here for 4th Grade October sign ups. We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Seeking Lunch Patrol Volunteers

Did you know that we depend on parent volunteers to help our students during lunchtime? Lunch Patrol volunteers assist at lunch and recess between 11:20 am and 1:00 pm. It's a great way to visit your kids and get to know their friends, all while helping out the school. If you are a first grade parent, we encourage you to sign up in September when our newest lunch buddies (the first graders) are getting used to doing lunch at school. They really love seeing mom or dad helping out! We request that each family volunteer for Lunch Patrol at least 3 times per school year. Please sign up on Konstella or email lunchpatrol@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Shop and Earn... Sign up NOW to earn money for Walnut Acres ALL YEAR LONG!

When purchasing items on Amazon, be sure to click on our Amazon Linkbefore you check out. You can also find the link at the bottom left-hand side of your Konstella screen. (You might need to refresh Konstella to see it.) This is a new program that will donate a larger percentage of your purchase to WAPFC. Save this link to your favorites and use it every time you shop with Amazon.  

And, be sure you sign up to be a Sports Basement Basementeer. Sign up in the store the next time you go to check out. (They do not currently offer online enrollment in the program.) The Basementeer program gives you an instant 10% off purchases at Sports Basement AND Sports Basement donates another 10% to our school. When you sign up, be sure to designate Walnut Acres Elementary as your beneficiary school.

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Volunteer Fingerprinting Information  

If you are new to our school and plan to volunteer in the classroom or on campus, we suggest you get fingerprinted as soon as possible. It's strongly suggested that you take care of this detail as soon as possible. If you wait, there will likely be a long wait list (and therefore a long delay) for the fingerprinting appointments.

Volunteers are a vital part of Walnut Acres, but only authorized volunteers are able to participate in classrooms and on campus. The MDUSD website outlines all the information you need. Click here: volunteer information.

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Community Announcements

Check out upcoming Community Events listed on our Community Announcements page.

Enews September 11, 2017

posted Sep 19, 2017, 11:13 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres * September 11, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Sept 19: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library

Sept 25 & 26: iClickSmiles School Picture Days

Sept 27: September Sing Outs, 8 - 9 am, MUR

Oct 1: Tickets on Sale for “Live and Let Bid – An Evening of James Bond” Auction Event

Oct 4: Walk and Roll to School Day

Oct 14: WC Community Service Day, 9am - noon, Walnut Acres

Oct 17: PFC Meeting, 8:15am, Staff Lounge

Oct 18-21 CUYT Fall Play: 101 Dalmations, 7pm, MUR

For key dates 2017-18, click here 

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Birthday Marquee

In case you missed this opportunity at the Ice Cream Social, we're opening the electronic marquee board for a fun way to contribute to your school while putting a smile on your child's face.  For a $25 donation, the greeting “Happy Birthday ‘Your Child’s Name’” will be on display from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. We are currently only accepting dates that fall between October 2017- June 2018. To order, go to the Konstella Marquee Sales page by Friday, September 15th.

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Enrollment is Now Open for Fall Enrichment
First class begins September 22nd
Enrollment for the Fall Enrichment Classes is now open and classes begin next week. Enrichment classes are held after school hours and are available on a first come/first serve basis for Walnut Acres students, grade K – 5. All registration is by mail directly to the class vendors.

Classes offered this Fall:

Monday: Black Dragon Chess (Grades 1 - 5)

Tuesday: Mundo Espanol Spanish Enrichment (Grades K - 5)

Thursday: One on One Sports Dodgeball (Grades K - 5)

Friday: Sarah’s Science - Toyology (Grades 1 - 4)

Go to the Enrichment page of the PFC website for more details.

Questions? Please email Kristen Gray at enrichment@walnutacrespfc.net 

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Coming Soon: School Photos by iClickSmiles

We are excited to announce that iClickSmiles Photography will be taking Fall photos at Walnut Acres in two weeks!

Photos will be taken on: Monday September 25th

and Tuesday September 26th

There are no envelopes to fill out prior to photo day, and all students will be photographed for free. You will be able to view and order photos online about 10 days after pictures are taken. More details will be available next week.

Please mark your calendar now so photo day doesn’t sneak up on you, and visit the IClickSmiles website for tips for a successful photo day.  

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After School Music Enrichment for 4th and 5th Graders
Begins Wednesday, September 27th
Attention 4th and 5th grade parents!  The After School Music Enrichment Program is open for enrollment. This is a great way for your kids to learn an instrument in a fun and low stress setting. Classes are on Wednesdays from 12:45-1:45, from September through June.  No prior experience is necessary. The first class is September 27 so get signed up soon to reserve your spot! Go to Music Enrichment on the PFC website for more details.
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Buy Your 2017-18 Yearbook Now!                   

This year, yearbooks are available for online purchase only.  Buy a yearbook now to guarantee that your child receives a book. To purchase, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com. Enter school code10053.

Yearbooks are $25 dollars until October 1st and $30 dollars October 2nd- April 15th. April 15th is the last day to order a yearbook.

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Have photos to share for the yearbook?  We would love to consider them for the yearbook! Go to www.hjeshare.com. enter school code ‘walnutacres’. Enter as much information about the event, grade or teacher please. We do not need student names (use unknown or n/a in the name field). The more you share the better our yearbook can be!

Thank you from the Yearbook Co-Chairs: Yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net  

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Walk & Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 4th!

Wednesday, October 4th is Walnut Acres first Walk & Roll to School Day of the new school year!  We will be celebrating National Walk to School Day that day, along with Foothill Middle School.  

WHY walk & roll? It's fun, healthy, reduces traffic, it's pollution-free, and it gives students responsibility and builds independence! Click here for event details and to find out where you can meet up with a Walk & Roll group  near you. And, don't forget to check in when you arrive at school to be counted and get a prize!  
Students are reminded to use Street Smarts to stay safe while biking, skateboarding, riding scooters and walking:
Always...

  • Wear helmets,
  • Ride on the right side of the road (go in the same direction as traffic),
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs,
  • Make eye contact with drivers,
  • When walking: Use crosswalks and Stop, Look, & Listen before crossing streets!

Parents are also reminded to use Street Smarts while driving in the 20 MPH school zone. Your children - and their classmates - are worth the extra time it takes to drive safely. 

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 Please join us for Community Service Day 2017! 

Walnut Acres Elementary School 

Saturday October 14, 2017 (9am - 12noon) 

Please sign up on the City of Walnut Creek's Community Service Day website which includes all the project details and required registration information. This year's Walnut Acres projects are Landscaping Beautification and Map and Checkerboard RepaintingQuestions? Contact Courtney Wasserman at communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net.  

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NEW! Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level!
This year, we are trying something a little different at the Drive Thru. Each month, a different class level will be responsible for opening doors and greeting our students in the morning. We will begin in September with the 5th Grade parents, then the 4th Grade parents will help out in October. Click here for 5th Grade September sign ups and here for 4th Grade October sign ups. We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Get Ready for the “Live and Let Bid” Auction Event of the Year!  

Our live auction fundraiser is back this year with a fantastic James Bond theme, and now’s the time to get involved! 

 What is it?

  • Glam evening of dinner, dancing, and fun with fabulous items up for bid
  • Friday, March 9, 2018 at Boundary Oaks Golf Course (buy tickets starting October 1,2017)
  • Money raised goes to support Walnut Acres Elementary programs for OUR KIDS!

We need donations of items that will attract bids – more details on our Donation Inspiration page: http://www.walnutacrespfc.net/fundraisers/auction/auction-donation-inspirations

Learn more about what to expect and how you can help on our Auction website:
www.walnutacrespfc.net/fundraisers/auction 

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Seeking Lunch Patrol Volunteers

Did you know that we depend on parent volunteers to help our students during lunchtime? Lunch Patrol volunteers assist at lunch and recess between 11:20 am and 1:00 pm. It's a great way to visit your kids and get to know their friends, all while helping out the school. If you are a first grade parent, we encourage you to sign up in September when our newest lunch buddies (the first graders) are getting used to doing lunch at school. They really love seeing mom or dad helping out! We request that each family volunteer for Lunch Patrol at least 3 times per school year. Please sign up on Konstella or email lunchpatrol@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Box Tops for Education: Turn your Box Tops into $ for Walnut Acres!

Have you been saving your Box Tops throughout the summer? Bring them to the office (or send them in a ziploc bag with your student) and put them in the Box Tops container. Box Tops collected by Friday, September 15 will be turned in for the Fall Box Top collection.

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Shop and Earn... Sign up NOW to earn money for Walnut Acres ALL YEAR LONG!

When purchasing items on Amazon, be sure to click on our Amazon Linkbefore you check out. You can also find the link at the bottom left-hand side of your Konstella screen. (You might need to refresh Konstella to see it.) This is a new program that will donate a larger percentage of your purchase to WAPFC. Save this link to your favorites and use it every time you shop with Amazon.  

And, be sure you sign up to be a Sports Basement Basementeer. Sign up in the store the next time you go to check out. (They do not currently offer online enrollment in the program.) The Basementeer program gives you an instant 10% off purchases at Sports Basement AND Sports Basement donates another 10% to our school. When you sign up, be sure to designate Walnut Acres Elementary as your beneficiary school.

* * * * *

Volunteer Fingerprinting Information  

If you are new to our school and plan to volunteer in the classroom or on campus, we suggest you get fingerprinted as soon as possible. It's strongly suggested that you take care of this detail as soon as possible. If you wait, there will likely be a long wait list (and therefore a long delay) for the fingerprinting appointments.

Volunteers are a vital part of Walnut Acres, but only authorized volunteers are able to participate in classrooms and on campus. The MDUSD website outlines all the information you need. Click here: volunteer information.

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Community Announcements

Check out upcoming Community Events listed on our Community Announcements page.


Back to School Enews August 2017

posted Sep 19, 2017, 11:12 AM by Vice President Communications

Walnut Acres Back to School Enews   *  September 5, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Sept 6: 3rd Grade Back to School Night, 5:45 pm, MUR and classrooms

Sept 7: TK/K Back to School Night, 5:45 pm, MUR and classrooms

Sept 8: Ice Cream Social (note the new date!), 6 - 8 pm

Sept 19: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library

Sept 25 & 26: iSmiles School Picture Days

Sept 27: September Sing Outs, 8 - 9 am, MUR

For more key dates 2017-18, click here.  

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Ice Cream Social - THIS Friday, September 8 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Bring the family to join us for our Annual Ice Cream Social to kick off the new school year! You can make an ice cream sundae, buy yourSpirit Wear, and make a donation to the Jaguar Fund, all in one place! And, we will be collecting donations for school supplies for schools that are taking in students who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey (more details to come).
It's not quite as hot as last week, but we will also have some water activities for the kids (and kids-at-heart) on the blacktop. Come prepared to get wet, but please no water guns on campus.
We'd like to give a special Shout Out to the Walnut Acres Children's Center for providing the ice cream for this fun community event, and to our parents for making it happen! 
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Emergency Kits - Due NOW!  
In case you haven't brought them yet, we are still collecting Emergency Kits (E-kits) for each student to have available in the classroom. Print the form (or get one in the school office) and deliver your student's E-Kits to their classroom by Wednesday. For more information and the form that must accompany the E-kits, see E-Kits on the PFC website.  
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Drive Thru Sign Ups
This year, we are trying something a little different at the Drive Thru. Each month, a different class level will be responsible for opening doors and greeting our students in the morning. We will begin in September with the 5th Grade parents, then the 4th Grade parents will help out in October. Click here for 5th Grade September sign ups and here for 4th Grade October sign ups. We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Yearbook Orders
In case you missed it at Jaguar Day, we are doing Yearbook Orders a little differently this year. You can order your yearbooks directly from the Yearbook Order Center and enter our school code 10053.  Yearbooks are $25 until October 1st and $30 from October 2 - April 15.  April 15th is the last day to order a 2018 yearbook. 
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And... we are looking for parent volunteers to help us take photographs! If you are interested, please contact us at yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net or sign up on Konstella to be your child's classroom photography volunteer or a photography volunteer at any of the events coming up at the school. 
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Seeking Lunch Patrol Volunteers

Did you know that we depend on parent volunteers to help our students during lunchtime? Lunch Patrol volunteers assist at lunch and recess between 11:20 am and 1:00 pm. It's a great way to visit your kids and get to know their friends, all while helping out the school. If you are a first grade parent, we encourage you to sign up in September when our newest lunch buddies (the first graders) are getting used to doing lunch at school. They really love seeing mom or dad helping out! We request that each family volunteer for Lunch Patrol at least 3 times per school year. Please sign up on Konstella or email lunchpatrol@walnutacrespfc.net.

* * * * *

Box Tops for Education: Turn your Box Tops into $ for Walnut Acres!

Have you been saving your Box Tops throughout the summer? Bring them to the office (or send them in a ziploc bag with your student) and put them in the Box Tops container. Box Tops collected by September 15 will be turned in for the Fall Box Top collection.

* * * * *

Shop and Earn... Sign up NOW to earn money for Walnut Acres ALL YEAR LONG!

When purchasing items on Amazon, be sure to click on our Amazon Linkbefore you check out. You can also find the link at the bottom left-hand side of your Konstella screen. (You might need to refresh Konstella to see it.) This is a new program that will donate a larger percentage of your purchase to WAPFC. Save this link to your favorites and use it every time you shop with Amazon.  

And, be sure you sign up to be a Sports Basement Basementeer. Sign up in the store the next time you go to check out. (They do not currently offer online enrollment in the program.) The Basementeer program gives you an instant 10% off purchases at Sports Basement AND Sports Basement donates another 10% to our school. When you sign up, be sure to designate Walnut Acres Elementary as your beneficiary school.

* * * * *

Volunteer Fingerprinting Information  

If you are new to our school and plan to volunteer in the classroom or on campus, we suggest you get fingerprinted as soon as possible. It's strongly suggested that you take care of this detail as soon as possible. If you wait, there will likely be a long wait list (and therefore a long delay) for the fingerprinting appointments.

Volunteers are a vital part of Walnut Acres, but only authorized volunteers are able to participate in classrooms and on campus. The MDUSD website offers more volunteer information.

If you have not yet been fingerprinted, please call 925-682-8000, Ext. 4153 to schedule an appointment. Download the volunteer form from the MDUSD site.  Bring your TB test results and cash or check to your appointment.

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Community Announcements

Check out upcoming Community Events listed on our Community Announcements page.


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