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Enews May 15, 2018

posted May 17, 2018, 7:43 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - May 15, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
May 14-18: Darcie Jones Book Drive
May 15: Kindergarten Orientation Meeting, 6pm, MUR
May 15: PFC Meeting, 7pm, MUR
May 18: Student Council- School Wide Pajama Day
May 18: Zero Waste Lunch Challenge
May 23: Sing Out, 8-9am
May 24: Open House Festival
May 28: Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
May 30: "Wow Weather!" Assembly with Meteorologist Paul Deanno
May 31: Kindergarten Performance of "Squirm", 7pm, MUR
June 6: 5th Grade Moving on Ceremony
June 7: Last Day of School- Dismissal at 12:30pm
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Darcie Jones Book Drive - This Week! 

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

Please help us continue this tradition of collecting new and gently used books to benefit the Meadow Homes Elementary School summer reading program. Drop off your books in the collection bins in front of the school office Monday May 14th thru Friday May 17th.

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2018 Walnut Acres Zero Waste Challenge 
We are having a Zero Waste Lunch Challenge on Friday May 18 to raise awareness about reducing the landfill waste we generate every day. The grade that does the best job reducing their trash will get 5 extra minutes of recess later in the year!

We need YOUR support to help make this possible. Some ideas we had are to:

  • use reusable containers
  • buy snacks in bulk,
  • bring your own reusable straw, utensil and napkin.

Some things to avoid are plastic baggies, single use straws and utensils, and single serving snacks bags.  Ask your students to help you out!

We are all in this together, so let’s team up and make this an awesome 2018 ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE for our school.

Yours truly,
The Walnut Acres Recycle Club

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Student Council Presents:
Friday May 18th
School-wide Pajama Day! 

 

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Open House, Thursday, May 24th from 5-7:15pm
Our annual Open House Festival will be held on Thursday, 5/24, from 5:00-7:15 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy a pizza dinner, entertainment, specialty rooms, and your child’s classroom. Visit next year’s grade levels, as well, to get a taste of life in 2018-19!  Do remember that this is a time to visit with this year’s teacher. At Back-to-School Night in the fall, you will have an opportunity to hear from your child’s 2018-19 teacher. During the Open House, our neighbors, Walnut Acres Children’s Center, invite you to stop in to their Open House from 6:00pm-7:30pm. 

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"Wow! Weather!" Assembly with Meteoroglist Paul Deanno,  May 30th

We are looking forward to having Meteorologist Paul Deanno present two assemblies to Walnut Acres Elementary students on Wednesday, May 30th.  Paul is the Chief Meteorologist for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, CA, author of "WOW! Weather!", and a former Walnut Acres parent. 

Walnut Acres – and its amazing students – inspired many of the stories found in Paul’s new book “WOW! Weather!”.  The students will learn about lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, and how many ‘elephants’ a cloud weighs!  Bring your copy of “WOW! Weather!” to Paul’s weather presentation & book reading on May 30… and Paul will sign it for you! We encourage you to order your copy now if you'd like to have Paul sign it at the assembly. 

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Mark your calendar for the first-ever Walnut Acres International Festival!
 "Small World..Big Dreams" on June 1, 2018 from 5-7pm
 This event is FREE to all Walnut Acres students and their families! Join us for an evening of fun, food, and games from around the world…right here at Walnut Acres! Students will get their own passports stamped as they travel from country to country, learning how kids in other countries play, live, dress and eat. There will be booths from nearly 30 countries at this event! 
A big THANK YOU to all of the families who are volunteering as Family
Ambassadors to help our children “travel the world”.  
Not ready to be a Family Ambassador but still want to help? We need volunteers at our Welcome Center to hand out passports and maps! We can also use some hands for set up and clean up. Please contact Jenny Kim:internationalfair@walnutacrespfc.net 
See you at the Festival!

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level- 1st and 2nd Grade Parents!

Thank you to the 3rd Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of April. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. May is the 1st and 2nd grade parents! 
CLICK HERE for 1st and 2nd Grade May 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 - 8:00am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Curtains Up Youth Theater Camp, “Summer Magic,” June 18 - July 21

CUYT presents “Summer Magic,” a musical story that connects three great scenes from three great musicals. The production is open to students who have completed 2nd-5th grades at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Camp runs from June 18 through July 21 on Monday-Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 pm. (No camp June 29 - July 6.) Performances will be at 7:00 pm on July 20, and 21. Auditions will be held on June 11 and 12. For more information, or to sign up, go to the PFC website or click here.  Payment is due by May 29.

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Noon Supervisor Position Open at Walnut Acres Elementary 
Hello Walnut Acres Community! Would you be interested in a Noon Supervisor job at school? We are seeking two kind and patient folks who want to help children be successful in the MUR and on both the 1st-5th and kindergarten playgrounds. Training will be included to support peace path and problem solving strategies with our students. The positions are 7.5 hours per week. One position is daily with hours from approximately 11:10-12:45 a.m. daily (less time on Wed.)  The other position is M, T, Th, and F from 11:10-1:00 p.m. Salary begins at $13.43 per hour. Please apply on EdJoin if you are interested! If you have questions, give Dr. Dowd a call at 939-1333.

Walnut Acres Teacher Finalists at MDEA Academy Awards

The 6th Annual MDEA Academy Awards was held May 10th celebrating the accomplishments of many Mt. Diablo Unified School District superstars: teachers, students, parents, district employees, and community groups!

Nominees recognized from Walnut Acres were: 

  • Ellen Bellendir - Lifetime Achievement *Finalist!*
  • Jane Erdiakoff - Lifetime Achievement *Finalist!*
  • Lauren Lux - Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to you all!  

Each year in January/February you can nominate anyone for these awards, including categories for parent volunteer, community organization, outstanding office support, classified support, and administrator.  Let's send in even more nominations next year! 

Walnut Acres parent Cherise Khaund was the Keynote Speaker on behalf of the new nonprofit MDUSD Education Foundation, showing photos of their funding at work this spring with visiting chalk artist Mark Wagner (www.drawingonearth.org) and Art in Action.  She encouraged everyone to be "all in for all kids" by donating any amount at www.mdedf.org to ensure enrichment opportunities for every student.  

We were also entertained by stellar student talent from Westwood Elementary School Show Choir under the direction of Cyndi Sharp and Concord High School's Mariachi Bandunder the direction of Gary Courtney.  A beautiful celebration of our diverse district!

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Macy's "Make Life Shine Brighter" Event
Saturday, May 19th, 
10am - 6pm
Macy’s - Downtown Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Student Showcase: 

11:00am Student & Teacher Fashion Show
Limited seating, RSVP for this free event at
https://tinyurl.com/MacyFashionShow

12:00pm Foothill Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Bancroft Elementary School Choir
12:30pm Foothill Middle School Choir

1:00pm Encore Student & Teacher Fashion Show
2:00pm Bancroft Elementary School Choir
4:00pm Additional performances TBD

Special MACY’s Promotions going on all day!

Enter to Win prizes • Gifts With Purchase • Kid-friendly activities Complimentary makeup consultations

Macy’s Make Life Shine Brighter event will benefit the Walnut Creek schools supported by PEAK Education Foundation and the Walnut Creek Education Foundation.
Great public schools just don’t happen - they are supported by parents and the community they serve. Thank you Macy’s for supporting Walnut Creek’s public schools.

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Enews May 2, 2018

posted May 2, 2018, 7:28 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - May 2, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9: Walk/Bike to School Day
May 10: 1st Grade Performance, 7pm, MUR
May 14-18: Darcie Jones Book Drive
May 15: Kindergarten Orientation Meeting, 6pm, MUR
May 15: PFC Meeting, 7pm, MUR
May 23: Sing Out, 8-9am
May 24: Open House Festival
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11

Remember to Thank Your Teachers next week...

Monday, May 7: Teachers and staff enjoy their beautifully decorated doors and breakfast in the lounge.

Tuesday, May 8: Each student brings a flower for class bouquet (vase provided by Room Parents).

Wednesday, May 9: Teacher/Staff Salad and appetizer luncheon.

Thursday, May 10: Each student brings a card, letter, or picture showing appreciation for their teacher.

Friday, May 11: Teacher/Staff dessert buffet.

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

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That's A Wrap! Walnut Acres Walk-A-Thon 2018   
We wanted to share some fun, final details from the 2nd annual  Walk-A-Thon that happened on Friday, April 13. Together, we donated over $32,000 to the PFC. Thank you to Walnut Acres families, friends, and neighbors for your support! These funds will go directly to this year's staff salaries, art and science programs, and basic supply needs. 
And how far did we walk and jog as a school? 580 students participated in the Walkathon on Friday April 13, and ran a total of 4,678 laps around our track. That equals out to 1,170 miles, or from Walnut Acres all the way to El Paso, TX.
Congratulations to Mrs. Cowles 4th grade class for the most laps, Mrs. Ng's 2nd grade class for the most fundraising, and Ms. Carella's 3rd grade class for most class spirit. All three classes will get extra recess and a Jamba Juice Smoothie Party this month.
Congratulations to the winners of the prize giveaways for fundraising! There were 57 winners, and prizes were sent home earlier this week. 
And finally, a big thanks to parents Chantal Morrison and CC Pirtle for all of their hard work securing prize donations and company sponsorships for our event!  

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5th Grade Girl Scout Troop 33086's Gift to Walnut Acres

Attention Walnut Acres Parents! Your kids may have already told you the amazing news, but on Wednesday, April 25 at the Volunteer Appreciation Sing-Out, the 5th grade Girl Scout Troop 33086 announced a special gift to Walnut Acres. They made recess even better by using their extra cookie sales money to buy 35 NEW playground balls! The troop wanted something to be remembered by when they leave Walnut Acres, and because there just weren’t enough balls to go around. Well listen up! In addition to the gift there will be a new checkout system! This will be put into place soon. For more information either ask your child or ask a Girl Scout of Troop 33086! 
Thank you, Simone Leto, Girl Scout 

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Next Week! Recycling at Pick Up- Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

All next week, May 7-11we are collecting CRV-labeled aluminum cans and plastic bottles at morning drop off. 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 full 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 May 7-11th!

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Walk & Roll to School Day is Coming!
Wednesday, May 9 is Walnut Acres second Walk & Roll to School Day of the school year! 

WHY walk & roll? It's fun, healthy, reduces traffic, it gives students responsibility, and builds independence! Click here to see event details and where Walk & Roll groups will meet to join a 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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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level- 1st and 2nd Grade Parents!
Thank you to the 3rd Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of April. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. May is the 1st and 2nd grade parents! 
CLICK HERE for 1st and 2nd Grade May 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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Curtains Up Youth Theater Camp, “Summer Magic,” June 18 - July 21

CUYT presents “Summer Magic,” a musical story that connects three great scenes from three great musicals. The production is open to students who have completed 2nd-5th grades at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Camp runs from June 18 through July 21 on Monday-Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 pm. (No camp June 29 - July 6.) Performances will be at 7:00 pm on July 20, and 21. Auditions will be held on June 11 and 12. For more information, or to sign up, go to the PFC website or click here.  Payment is due by May 29.

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Noon Supervisor Position Open at Walnut Acres Elementary 
Hello Walnut Acres Community! Would you be interested in a Noon Supervisor job at school? We are seeking two kind and patient folks who want to help children be successful in the MUR and on both the 1st-5th and kindergarten playgrounds. Training will be included to support peace path and problem solving strategies with our students. The positions are 7.5 hours per week. One position is daily with hours from approximately 11:10-12:45 a.m. daily (less time on Wed.)  The other position is M, T, Th, and F from 11:10-1:00 p.m. Salary begins at $13.43 per hour. Please apply on EdJoin if you are interested! If you have questions, give Dr. Dowd a call at 939-1333.

Join us at the 2018 MDEA Academy Awards- Buy Your Tickets by May 3rd!

Come celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of so many Mt. Diablo Unified School District superstars: teachers, students, parents, district employees, and community groups!  Our own Mrs. Erdiakoff has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Walnut Acres parent / MDUSD Education Foundation President Cherise Khaund will be giving the keynote address.
** Purchase your ticket at http://bit.ly/ AcademyAwards18 **
Ticket sales end on May 3.
The evening includes appetizers, dinner and dessert made by Mt. Diablo High School students, as well as Mariachi Dancers and Show Choir entertainment by MDUSD students.
Date/Location:  Thursday, May 10th, at Centre Concord.  
Check-in begins at 5 p.m.
Appetizers/no host wine bar 5 - 5:45 p.m.
Dinner 6-7 p.m.
Presentations and student entertainment 6-8:30 p.m. 

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For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.

Enews April 17, 2018

posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:48 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - April 17, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
April 16-20: Food Drive
April 17: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library
April 18: TK Parent Orientation, 6-6:45 pm, A-6
April 19: 2nd Grade Performance, 7 pm, MUR
April 25: Parent Volunteer Appreciation at Sing Out
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9: Walk/Bike to School Day
May 10: 1st Grade Performance, 7 pm, MUR
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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This Week! Donate to the Food Drive for MDUSD HOPE Food Pantry

Please help us collect nonperishable Open and Eat food items for the MDUSD HOPE Food Pantry. The Food Pantry provides food to many families in need within our school district. 

Drop off your items in the collection bins in front of the school office from Monday April 16 thru Friday April 20.

Items needed include:

  • Juice Boxes, Capri Suns
  • Bottled Water
  • Granola Bars
  • Raisins
  • Cookies
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • Fruit Rollups or Fruit Snacks
  • Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers
  • Jerky
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Fruit or Pudding Cups
  • Cup-A-Noodles
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Instant Soups
  • Instant Mac & Cheese
  • Hot Chocolate Packet (just add water)
  • Instant Oatmeal Packet (just add water)
  • Tuna/Crackers (ready to eat containers)

Canned foods are also welcome, but as some families lack access to kitchens, so please focus on “Open and Eat” items. 

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Planning Meeting for Small World, Big Dreams:

Walnut Acres' First International Festival

Parents, would you like to get involved in Walnut Acres' first ever International Festival? The event will take place on Friday, June 1 from 5-7pmat Walnut Acres. We are holding an initial planning meeting at the benches in front of the school office on this Friday, April 20th from 1:30-2:30pm

We need enthusiastic family ambassadors to represent various countries. Choose a country that is part of your own family’s heritage or just a part of the world that you admire. We would love to have many countries and cultures represented!  This is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity that exists at Walnut Acres and spark curiosity about the wider world.

Go to: International Festival to sign up. Please contact Jenny Kim for more information at smallworldbigdreamsforkids@gmail.com.

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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 Trustworthiness Sing-out on Wednesday, 4/25, at 8:00 am. and again at 8:30 am. (Our second event may start a tad later since we are adding to our usual 30 minute assembly.)

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! 

If you are ready to be part of next year's PFC team, complete this PFC Volunteer Surveyand let us know where you'd like to get involved!

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Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop Wednesday, April 25, 9:30-10:15am

“What’s in your balloon? Reinforcing Soul Shoppe Lessons at Home”  

Parents are invited to learn more about the Soul Shoppe social emotional learning concepts that we are sharing with our students here at Walnut Acres. 

  • Hear about Walnut Acres’ initiatives to support social emotional learning.
  • Learn about ”the balloon” as an analogy for holding negative emotions
  • Learn to support your child in coping with difficult feelings in a healthy way
  • Help your child learn to stand up for themselves and be a “SuperAlly” to others
  • Share what’s working for you and hear what other parents are doing at home.

This Parent Workshop will be facilitated by our school counselor, Joanne Finn on 
Wednesday, April 259:30-10:15 am (after the April Sing Out).

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Pizza Hut Day, Walnut Acres Elementary Food Services, Thursday, April 26th

MDUSD Food Services is doing a test pilot with Pizza Hut to occasionally bring Pizza Hut pizza in for lunch. It's only $3 - the same price as a regular Hot Lunch meal. Please mark Thursday, April 26 on your calendars if your student wants to try it! 

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Student Council Spirit Day - Friday, April 20

Adventure Day
Encourage your student to dress as their favorite hero or adventurer
from the movies, books or history.  

Be creative! 

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level- 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Parents!
Thank you to the 4th Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of February. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. April is the 3rd grade parents, and May is the 2nd grade parents! 
CLICK HERE for 3rd Grade April sign ups. 
CLICK HERE for 1st and 2nd Grade May 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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Curtains Up Youth Theater Camp, “Summer Magic,” June 18 - July 21

CUYT presents “Summer Magic,” a musical story that connects three great scenes from three great musicals. The production is open to students who have completed 2nd-5th grades at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Camp runs from June 18 through July 21 on Monday-Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 pm. (No camp June 29 - July 6.) Performances will be at 7:00 pm on July 20, and 21. Auditions will be held on June 11 and 12. For further information go to the PFC website or click here.

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Community Speakers Series will present School Readiness with First 5 Contra Costa on 4/18/18 at 6:00 p.m. atRiverview Middle School. Families are invited to attend and learn how to prepare for that first day of kindergarten, and how they can make the day as smooth and enjoyable as possible for little ones new to school. Parents and guardians will get expert advice on how to establish positive pre-school activities and routines at home to support their child’s success in school. Experts will also have tips for that important first-day “goodbye.”

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PEAK & Forma Gym Join Forces to Help You Get Fit!  

Forma Gym is continuing to help support Walnut Acres Elementary via PEAK Education Foundation by offering a special gym membership initiation rate of just $49 (normally $199) and they are then donating this $49 back to PEAK. As the host of the annual Walnut Creek Turkey Trot, Forma Gym has been supporting PEAK Education Foundation for many years. At it's March meeting, Forma Gym presented PEAK with a check from the 2017 Turkey Trot for $15,000! Forma Gym offers over 100 classes a week, has an outdoor swimming pool with water aerobics plus excellent childcare services. For more details, contact Forma Gym. 

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Join Common Sense Kids Action and their Annual Kid’s Day of Action -  April 23 in Sacramento
This year. Common Sense Kids is teaming up with MomsRising for a fun-filled, kid centered kickoff on the Capitol steps - followed by legislator visits. If interested in advocating for kids with CSKidsAction please fill out this form.

Also, if you are new to advocacy and would like to learn more in advance of the day - we will be hosting an Advocacy 101 training - open to all.

Common Sense Kids Action works with policymakers, business leaders, and other advocates across the nation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Last year, in California we fought to protect immigrant families from being split up by unnecessary deportations, we fought to expand paid-family leave, and to incorporate tests for early childhood trauma into Medi-cal's developmental screenings. California's legislative session is ramping up - and we are excited to share our priority legislation soon - in the meantime we are working to grow our parent army to demand all kids have a chance to thrive.

Join with parents, educators and advocates from across California on APRIL 23 and receive the training you need to share your concerns and important voice on behalf of kids and their families!

For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.

March 20, 2018 Enews

posted Apr 7, 2018, 5:59 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - March 20, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
Mar 22: First Walk-A-Thon Fun Run, 7:30-7:50 am
Mar 23: Walk-A-Thon Fundraising Kick-Off
Mar 28: Sing Out 8-9 am, MUR
Mar 28: 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish", 7 pm
Mar 30: Cesar Chavez Holiday - NO SCHOOL
April 2-6: Spring Break
April 13: Walk-A-Thon
April 16-20: Food Drive
April 17: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Walnut Acres Walk-A-Thon - Fundraising Begins this Friday
Fundraise:  March 23 to April 13
Walk: Friday, April 13, 8:30-12:30pm

Watch for a fundraising form to come home with your students this Friday! You will also receive an email for your student with a link to their fundraising page on 99Pledges. Our goal is to raise money for the Walnut Acres PFC to fund classroom aides, learning labs and technology, art and music instruction, and other elementary essentials for this school year. 

Questions? Contact Brooke Giddings and Tracy Pajer at walkathon@walnutacrespfc.net. Be on the lookout for a volunteer sign-up on Konstella next week. 

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Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop Next Week

“What’s in your balloon? Reinforcing Soul Shoppe Lessons at Home”  

In March and April, parents are invited to learn more about the Soul Shoppe social emotional learning concepts that we are sharing with our students here at Walnut Acres. 

  • Hear about Walnut Acres’ initiatives to support social emotional learning.
  • Learn about ”the balloon” as an analogy for holding negative emotions
  • Learn to support your child in coping with difficult feelings in a healthy way
  • Help your child learn to stand up for themselves and be a “SuperAlly” to others
  • Share what’s working for you and hear what other parents are doing at home.

These Parent Workshops will be facilitated by our school counselor, Joanne Finn on Monday, March 26 from 1:45 to 2:30 pm (right before school gets out), and again onWednesday, April 25, 9:30-10:15 am (after the April Sing Out).

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It’s Time to Register for Spring After School Enrichment Classes!

Enrichment classes are held after school hours and are available on a first come/first serve basis for Walnut Acres sudents. All registration forms and payments go directly to the class vendors. See the website for details.  

Monday: Black Dragon Chess, April 9-June 4, Grades 1-5

Tuesday: Golf Squad, April 17-June 5, Grades 1-5

Wednesday: Kids in the Kitchen, April 18-May 15, Grades 1-5

Wednesday, Basketball, April 18-June 5, Grades 1-5

Thursday: Flag Football, April 19-May 31, Grades 1-5

Friday Sarah's Science, April 13-June 1, Grades 1-4

Go to the Enrichment Page of the PFC website for class schedules and more details.

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

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Noon Supervisor Position Open at Walnut Acres Elementary 
Hello Walnut Acres Community! Would you be interested in a Noon Supervisor job at school? We are seeking two kind and patient folks who want to help children be successful in the MUR and on both the 1st-5th  and kindergarten playgrounds. Training will be included to support peace path and problem solving strategies with our students. The positions are 7.5 hours per week. One position is daily with hours from approximately 11:10-12:45 a.m. daily (less time on Wed.)  The other position is M, T, Th, and F from 11:10-1:00 p.m. Salary begins at $13.43 per hour. Please apply on EdJoin if you are interested! If you have questions, give Dr. Dowd a call at 939-1333.

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District Parent Updates from PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) 

Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent, organized the PAC to hear from representatives at each school. Our District Liaisons are Lila Samady and Cherise Khaund. 

At the March 18th meeting, The Assistant Superintendent, Chris Holleran, presented on the current state of safety plans throughout the district. For details, please visit:http://www.walnutacrespfc.net/district-parent-report.

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Yearbook Needs Your Walnut Acres Event Pictures!
Please upload them to:
www.hjeshare.com 
Enter school code: walnutacres
Please note: We DO NOT have access to the photos being uploaded to Konstella. Photos must be uploaded to the yearbook share site in order for us to use them in the book. Thank you for the photos of Ice Cream Social and Halloween. These pages are completed and we no longer need photos for those two events.  
Questions? please email yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.
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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level- 4th and 3rd Grade Parents!
Thank you to the 5th Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of February. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. March is the 4th grade parents turn, and April will be the 3rd grade parents! 
CLICK HERE for 4th Grade March sign ups.  
CLICK HERE for 3rd Grade April 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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Curtains Up Youth Theater Camp, “Summer Magic,” June 18 - July 21

CUYT presents “Summer Magic,” a musical story that connects three great scenes from three great musicals. The production is open to students who have completed 2nd-5th grades at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Camp runs from 6/18-7/21 on Monday-Friday afternoons. (No camp 6/29-7/6.) Performances will be at 7:00 pm on July 20, and 21. Auditions will be held on June 11 and 12. For further information go to the PFC website or click here.

MDUSD's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Speaker Series:

Cyber Safety with Above the Fray

Tonight, Tuesday, March 20, 6 - 8 pm

Northgate High School

Join us for an evening with Above the Fray, a non-profit organization dedicate to empowering responsible and safe social media users. The event is open to all MDUSD parents, guardians, and caregivers to look at what’s happening in the digital lives of young people, which may be a surprise for many parents. We will proactively address topics like cyberbullying, social media, internet safety, sexting and gaming. The objective is to give parents tangible tools to use to start meaningful conversations at home before issues arise. Spanish translation will be available. Learn more at:http://www.beabovethefray.org/.

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5th Graders...

Go Fishing with Boy Scout Troop 810

Boy Scouts Troop 810 invites all interested 5th graders to come fishing. 

When is the event? Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm 
Where? At Heather Farm pond, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. We will be meeting at the building next to the pond.  Watch for a bunch of boys with fishing poles. 

What to Bring? A fishing pole, tackle hooks, bait - if you don't have any of these, don't worry, we will have extras, just let us know.

What Will We Be Doing? Fishing, learning how to tie knots, cleaning and cooking the fish you catch - don't worry, we will have other food if no fish are caught!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Dorene Soe at dalouie8@yahoo.com or call 925-932-0733,  so that we can make sure we have enough equipment and so we can notify you in case of weather changes. Please RSVP by Saturday, March 24.  

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Cub Scouts Pack Meeting

Wednesday, March 21st  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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Youth Art Contest: Be Featured in Contra Costa Water District's 2019 Calendar!
Children ages 8 to 11 years who value tap water and have a knack for art can combine both interests in the Contra Costa Water District “Water Awareness” art contest. Winning entries will be featured in the District’s 2019 calendar. The contest—which opens March 5, and runs through April 6—is designed to challenge local youths to think about the importance of clean, reliable tap water. Children are encouraged to illustrate the water cycle, ways they use water or ways to use water efficiently. Winning entries will be announced during National Drinking Water Week, May 6-12. In addition to having their artwork featured in the 2019 Contra Costa Water District calendar, children who submit winning entries will receive a $50 gift certificate to an art supply store; framed artwork with a certificate of appreciation; and a copy of the printed calendar. Prizes will be awarded at a Board of Directors meeting in the fall, after the calendars are printed. For complete contest rules, visithttp://ccwater.com/999/Water-Awareness-Youth-Art-Contest

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Join Common Sense Kids Action and their Annual Kid’s Day of Action- 
April 23rd in Sacramento

This year we will be teaming up with MomsRising for a fun-filled kiddo centered kickoff on the Capitol steps - followed by legislator visits. If interested in advocating for kids with CSKidsAction please fill out this form.

Also, if you are new to advocacy and would like to learn more in advance of the day - we will be hosting an Advocacy 101 training - open to all: 

Common Sense Kids Action works with policymakers, business leaders, and other advocates across the nation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Last year, in California we fought to protect immigrant families from being split up by unnecessary deportations, we fought to expand paid-family leave, and to incorporate tests for early childhood trauma into Medi-cal's developmental screenings. California's legislative session is ramping up - and we are excited to share our priority legislation soon - in the meantime we are working to grow our parent army to demand all kids have a chance to thrive.

PLEASE Join with parents, educators and advocates from across California on APRIL 23 and receive the training you need to share your concerns and important voice on behalf of kids and their families!

 

For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.

Enews March 6, 2018

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:58 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - March 6, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!

Mar 7: Online Auction Deadline to purchase your Buy-In Party Tickets 
Mar 9: Live Auction Gala - Live & Let Bid
Mar 15: Art Show
Mar 15: Math Kangaroo 
Mar 19: Teacher In-Service Work Day - NO SCHOOL
Mar 20: PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15am
Mar 26: Walk-A-Thon Pledge Kick-Off
Mar 28: 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish", 7pm
Mar 28: Sing Out 8-9am, MUR
Mar 30: Cesar Chavez Holiday - NO SCHOOL
April 2-6: Spring Break
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Last Call for Wine to Support Walnut Acres

We still need wine donations to make the biggest party of the year the best fundraiser yet. Please consider sharing a bottle (or a case!) to support the cause. You may drop them off at 115 Los Banos Ave by Thursday, March 8 or email Marisa Linquist for pickup ($20 minimum value per bottle please). Cheers to everyone who has donated already, or who is planning to this week! 

Live and Let Bid Live Auction Gala This Friday, March 9

The event you've been waiting for is almost here! Pickup your tux or Bond-girl gown, and secure your childcare, so you'll be ready for a fabulous night of drinks, dining, and bidding fun at Boundary Oaks this Friday, March 9 from 5:30pm - midnight!    

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Have your kids finished their fabulous ART for the 
Walnut Acres Art Show?

The show is next Thursday March 15th with an Artists' Reception from 6-8 pm in the MUR. Bring the whole family and snack on delicious treats while viewing artwork done by our students both on their own and during their Art Awareness Classes. Each child and classroom will be represented so you won't want to miss it!

We still need volunteers to help with set-up the day before and to bring baked goods to the reception. If you can help, please see the sign-up sheet on Konstella or contact Arsinoe Ferry, arsinoe66@gmail.com.

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Yearbook still needs your pictures!
Please upload them to:
www.hjeshare.com 
Enter school code: walnutacres
Please note: We DO NOT have access to the photos being uploaded to Konstella. Photos must be uploaded to the yearbook share site in order for us to use them in the book. Thank you for the photos of Ice Cream Social and Halloween. These pages are completed and we no longer need photos for those two events.  
Any questions please email - yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net  

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Walnut Acres' Student Council Presents:
Sports Day!
Friday, March 16
Remind your students to show off their favorite team or player! 

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Save the Date: Walnut Acres 2nd Annual Walk-A-Thon!

Fundraise:  March 23 to April 13

Walk: Friday, April 13, 8:30-12:30pm

Our goal is to raise money for the Walnut Acres PFC to fund classroom aides, learning labs and technology, art and music instruction, and other elementary essentials.
Grand Prize Winner! The top fundraiser in the school will win a pair of tickets to see the Golden State Warriors.
Win Raffle Prizes for over $50, $100, $150 in fundraising from our local community including Sports Basement, The Ultimate Field house, and Rebel Arts.
Win A Class Jamba Juice Party The three classes with the most fundraising, most laps, and best spirit in the school will get Jamba Juice Parties.
Questions? Contact Brooke Giddings and Tracy Pajer at walkathon@walnutacrespfc.net. Be on the lookout for a volunteer sign-up on Konstella at the end of the month. 

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level
Thank you to the parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of February. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. March is the 4th grade parents turn, and April will be the 3rd grade parents! 
CLICK HERE for 4th Grade March sign ups.  
CLICK HERE for 3rd Grade April 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!

Youth Art Contest: Be Featured in Contra Costa Water District's 2019 Calendar!

Children ages 8 to 11 years who value tap water and have a knack for art can combine both interests in the Contra Costa Water District “Water Awareness” art contest. Winning entries will be featured in the District’s 2019 calendar. The contest—which opens today, March 5, and runs through April 6—is designed to challenge local youths to think about the importance of clean, reliable tap water. Children are encouraged to illustrate the water cycle, ways they use water or ways to use water efficiently. Winning entries will be announced during National Drinking Water Week, May 6-12. In addition to having their artwork featured in the 2019 Contra Costa Water District calendar, children who submit winning entries will receive a $50 gift certificate to an art supply store; framed artwork with a certificate of appreciation; and a copy of the printed calendar. Prizes will be awarded at a Board of Directors meeting in the fall, after the calendars are printed. For complete contest rules, visit http://ccwater.com/999/Water-Awareness-Youth-Art-Contest

For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.
 

E-News February 20, 2018

posted Feb 22, 2018, 12:35 PM by Walkathon Committee

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - February 20, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
Feb 19 - March 4: Live and Let Bid: Online Auction
Feb 20: PFC Meeting, 7pm, Library
Feb 21: Grade-Level Soul Shoppe Workshops at Walnut Acres
Feb 22-Mar 3: Alice in Wonderland, Fifth Grade Play

Feb 28: February Sing Outs, 8-9am, MUR
Feb 28: MDEA Award Nominations Due
Feb 28: Deadline for 5th Grade Families to Place Ads in Yearbook
Mar 4: End of Online Auction

Mar 9: Live and Let Bid Auction Evening
Mar 15: Art Show

Mar 19: Teacher In-Service Work Day - No School
Mar 20: PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15am
Mar 22: 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish", 7pm
Mar 26: Walk-A-Thon Pledge Kick-Off 
Mar 28: Sing Out 8-9am, MUR
Mar 30: Cesar Chavez Holiday, No School
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Live and Let Bid Auction 

Online Auction Accepting Bids Now!

Use your email to Sign Up for the 2018 Online Auction. From grade level teacher treats, buy-in parties, and special events to fabulous tickets and gifts from local businesses, the online offerings are going quickly, so place your online bids today!

Sweet Way to Save Wine Walk

We need a dessert house host to save this tradition! If you have a home or a friend near Walnut Acres Elementary campus, please consider stepping up to be our third host for this wonderful walkable evening. Contact Riva Bobrowsky if you can help – we are running out of time!

Can you help with Time or with Wine?

You can still contribute to or help with the Auction... We continue to collect wine donations that will be sold at the auction. Please deliver to 115 Los Banos Ave or email Marisa Linquist for pickup ($20 minimum value per bottle please). AND, we need auction night volunteers - learn more and sign up on Konstella or contact Karen Nepacena.

Thank you for doing your part to make this year’s most exciting fundraiser a great success FOR OUR KIDS! 

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Soul Shoppe Grade-Level Workshops at Walnut Acres, Wednesday, Feb. 21st
Walnut Acres students will be attending grade-level workshops with Soul Shoppe this Wednesday, February 21st. The workshop is called "I've Got Your Back: From Bystander to Upstander." Attached to this Enews is a letter from Soul Shoppe that explains tools students can use to help friends stop bullying, teasing, excluding or gossiping, and what parents can do to reinforce the skills. Stay tuned for more information on a follow up parent presentation by Soul Shoppe on social emotional learning tools.

Joanne Finn, MA, School Counselor (925) 939-1333.

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CUYT Presents the 5th Grade Play: Alice in Wonderland

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming presentations of Alice in Wonderland performed by Walnut Acres 5th grade students (and an ensemble cast of 4th graders). All tickets $8; all shows begin at 7:00 pm. 

New York Cast: Thursday & Saturday, February 22 & 24, Friday, March 2
London Cast: Friday, February 23, Thursday & Saturday, March 1 & 3

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Walnut Acre's Student Council Presents:
Friday, February 23rd 
Crazy Hair Day 
Students, wear your hair in the craziest way you can imagine!

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Call for Nominations: MDEA Academy Awards  

Nominations are now open for the sixth annual Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA)  Academy Awards! Anyone may submit a nomination to recognize, promote, and celebrate the excellence of MDUSD employees and community members.

Individuals may be nominated for the following awards.

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching (5 awards)
• Leadership & Courage
• Creative Curriculum
• Most Inspirational
• Community Involvement
• Lifetime Achievement

Awards for Non-Teachers:
• Outstanding Classified Employee 
• Outstanding Administrator
• Outstanding Parent Volunteer (serving our MDUSD schools)
• Outstanding Volunteer Organization (serving our MDUSD schools)

Submit online here: http://bit.ly/MDEAAANomination

Nominations are due Wednesday, February 28

Awards night will be Thursday, May 10 at Centre Concord 5 – 9 pm

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Walnut Acres Art Show 2018- March 15th

Attention all artists! It's time to get ready for the annual Art Show happening on Thursday, March 15th when the MUR will be transformed into a Museum of Modern Art featuring masterpieces by our own Walnut Acres students. To learn more about this event and to enter your student, check out Art Show on the PFC website.
The deadline to enter is March 1st.  

Can you help with Art Show set up or bring a sweet treat to share? Sign up here!Questions, please contact Arsinoe Ferry at arsinoe66@gmail.com.

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Yearbook Deadlines

5th Grade Families! The Deadline to put an Ad in the 2018 Yearbook is EXTENDED to February 28.

Do you want to put a special message for your 5th Grader in the yearbook? Information on how to purchase and submit your personal ad can be found on the Yearbook page of the PFC website at http://www.walnutacrespfc. net/yearbook.  Create and pay for your ad no later than February 28.  
Order your Yearbook by April 15th!  Yearbooks are $30 dollars. They can only be purchased online this year. Please visit the yearbook page on the PFC website for information on how to order your book. Don't miss out on the memories!  

Share your School Photos with the Yearbook!  Students, parents and teachers can contribute photos to the yearbook staff by directly uploading them to the yearbook website for potential use.  You can share photos of field trips, classroom events, school and community events or shots of your children and their friends. The more you share, the better our book can be!  Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code: walnutacres 

Any questions please contact the yearbook committee at yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.    
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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level
Thank you to the 1st Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of January. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. February is the 5th Grade parents' turn, and March is the 4th grade parents turn!
CLICK HERE for 5th Grade February sign ups.  
CLICK HERE for 4th Grade March 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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New Konstella Feature: Daily Digest Email
To reduce the number of emails you receive from Konstella, they have launched a daily digest email feature. If you would like to turn it on, please change your preferences on the Settings -> Notifications page. 

 

Girls on the Run - Walnut Acres Field
Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15pm ; Saturdays 9:45 - 11:00am
Grades 3-5
February 27-May 12th 

At Girls on the Run, we believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, and can change the world. Girls in grades 3rd-5th, 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 season Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, May 6th in San Francisco. 

Tuition $275 For more details visit: Girls on the Run

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For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.

Enews- February 6, 2018

posted Feb 6, 2018, 11:04 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - February 6, 2018
Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
Feb 6: TK/K Registration
Feb 7: 1st-5th Grade Registration
Feb 7: Pizza Night Fundraiser at Roundtable Clubhouse
Feb 12: Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 19: Presidents' Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Feb 19: Start of Online Auction
Feb 20: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library
Feb 22-Mar 3: Alice in Wonderland, Fifth Grade Play
Feb 28: February Sing Outs, 8-9am, MUR
Mar 4: End of Online Auction
Mar 9: Gala Auction Evening
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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 Walnut Acres Fundraising Event - February 7th at Round Table Clubhouse

This Wednesday, February 7th, the  Round Table Clubhouse on Treat   Blvd. in Concord will host a Walnut Acres Day from 11 am to 9 pm. If   you share that you are from Walnut Acres Elementary, 25% of your   purchase will go directly to the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club.

 Date: Wednesday, February 7th
Location: Round Table Clubhouse

2960 Treat Blvd. Concord
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Gather up your friends and head over!

Event includes take-out, delivery or dine-in purchases. No coupons or special offers will be accepted during this event. Remember to say you are with Walnut Acres PFC! The first 20 WA Families who order (call in or in person) will receive a certificate for a free personal pizza ($10 value).  

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Live and Let Bid Auction 

The Wine Walk is Within Reach!  

We just need one more host to save this tradition! If you have a home or a friend near Blackstone Drive, please consider volunteering to be our third host for a wonderful walkable evening. Contact Riva Bobrowsky if you can help! 

Online Auction Begins February 19th!
Mark your calendars for Online Auction February 19 - 27! The Online Auction is open to everyone and no tickets are required. This is your chance to get exclusive “online only” items at a great price all in the name of supporting our school.  Watch for details coming soon on Konstella! 

More Ways To Help
It’s not too late to contribute to our March 9th event!  We still need donations of wine and time – check out out the latest announcement on Konstella to learn how YOU can help during this final push to make this year’s most exciting fundraiser a great success! 

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CUYT Presents the 5th Grade Play: Alice in Wonderland

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming presentations of Alice in Wonderland performed by Walnut Acres 5th grade students (and an ensemble cast of 4th graders). All tickets $8; all shows begin at 7:00 pm. 

New York Cast: Thursday & Saturday, February 22 & 24, Friday, March 2
London Cast: Friday, February 23, Thursday & Saturday, March 1 & 3

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Walnut Acres Art Show 2018- March 15th

Attention all artists! It's time to get ready for the annual Art Show happening on Thursday, March 15th when the MUR will be transformed into a Museum of Modern Art featuring masterpieces by our own Walnut Acres students. To learn more about this event and to enter your student, check out Art Show on the PFC website.
The deadline to enter is March 1st.  

Potential volunteers, watch for a Konstella sign up next week. Questions, please contact Arsinoe Ferry at arsinoe66@gmail.com.

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Yearbook Deadlines

5th Grade Families! The Deadline to put an Ad in the 2018 Yearbook is EXTENDED to February 28.

Do you want to put a special message for your 5th Grader in the yearbook? Information on how to purchase and submit your personal ad can be found on the Yearbook page of the PFC website at http://www.walnutacrespfc. net/yearbook.  Create and pay for your ad no later than February 28.  
Order your Yearbook by April 15th!  Yearbooks are $30 dollars. They can only be purchased online this year. Please visit the yearbook page on the PFC website for information on how to order your book. Don't miss out on the memories!  

Share your School Photos with the Yearbook!  Students, parents and teachers can contribute photos to the yearbook staff by directly uploading them to the yearbook website for potential use.  You can share photos of field trips, classroom events, school and community events or shots of your children and their friends.The more you share, the better our book can be!  Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code: walnutacres 

Any questions please contact the yearbook committee at yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.    
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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level
Thank you to the 1st Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of January. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. February is the 5th Grade parents' turn, and March is the 4th grade parents turn!
CLICK HERE for 5th Grade February sign ups.  
CLICK HERE for 4th Grade March 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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2018 Walnut Acres Science Fair Wrap Up!

Last Thursday, volunteer judges spent the morning meeting students and learning about their Science Fair projects.

Student projects covered a wide variety of topics, from bath bombs to volcanoes to crayfish. The judges were impressed by the hard work and dedication shown by our students. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as honorable mentions were announced to the school, and you can view the winners on thePFC Science Fair web page. Great job to all! Thank you to all who made this such a successful event, especially the volunteers who helped with set up, break down, judging and general logistics. 

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Girls on the Run - Walnut Acres Field
Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15pm ; Saturdays 9:45 - 11:00am
Grades 3-5
February 27-May 12th 

At Girls on the Run, we believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, and can change the world. Girls in grades 3rd-5th, 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 season Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, May 6th in San Francisco. 

Tuition $275 For more details visit: Girls on the Run

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For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.

January 23, 2018 Enews

posted Jan 24, 2018, 10:34 AM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - January 23, 2018
Check out the Community Announcements section at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
Jan 31 - Feb 2: Science Fair
Feb 5: Kinder Registration Info Night, 6 pm, MUR
Feb 6: TK/K Registration
Feb 7: 1st-5th Grade Registration
Feb 12: Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 14: Sing Out, 8 am, MUR
Feb 19: Presidents' Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Feb 19: Start of Online Auction
Feb 20: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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MDUSD Spring Parent Events

MDUSD Special Ed Department Parent Workshops Presents: 
Understanding ADHD/ADD and Children
January 25th, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented by: Judy Marshall from CHADD of NorCal
Location: The Board Room, MDUSD Office, 1936 Carlotta Dr, Concord. 
To RSVP: Please call Hilary Shen at (925) 682-8000 or email shenh@mdusd.org
LCAP Speaker Series Presents: 
Marijuana and Beyond: Teenage Drug Use in 2018
January 30th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented by: Dr. Danielle Ramo, Clinical Psychologist
Location: College Park High School, 201 Viking Dr., Pleasant Hill. 

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Winter After School Enrichment  Classes- Last chance to Sign Up!
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.
You can still sign up for the following classes: 
Wednesday:  Basketball (Grades 1-5), January 24-March 28

Thursday: One on One Sports Dodgeball (Grades 1 - 5), January 25-March 29
Friday: Sarah’s Science - Toyology (Grades 1 - 4), NEW START DATE: Feb 2-March 23
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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The 2018 Science Fair is Next Week!

Thank you for encouraging our young enthusiastic scientists to participate in one of Walnut Acres' favorite events, the Annual Science Fair! We have over 100 registrations and we are eagerly looking forward to meeting and learning from these young scientists. 

Science Fair Activity Schedule:
Wednesday, January 31: Deliver and Set-up Projects
MUR 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 1:  Science Fair Day!
Judging of Projects:  8:00 am - noon
Classes view Projects:  12:30 - 2:30 pm
Family Open House: 2:30 - 4:00pm and 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, February 2:
Classes view Projects: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Pick up Projects and Take Home:  2:30 - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 10:
Annual MDUSD Elementary STEM Showcase 9 am – 11 am

We need volunteer judges! We could still use a few more judges on Thursday morning from 8:00 - 12:00. No prior judging experience is required! A brief training and score sheets will be provided. Please sign up on Konstella now! The success of the Science Fair depends on parent involvement and we are ever grateful to the wonderful Walnut Acres community for always pitching in.

If you have questions, please contact Science Fair coordinators Marci Cole Ekberg or Vani Rajagopalan at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc. net. 

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Wine for Walnut Acres Please!

Consider giving a bottle (or a case!) of your favorite wine to the auction.  We depend on wine donations for partygoers to purchase for their tables on auction night.  Drop off at 115 Los Banos Ave or email Marisa Linquist to coordinate a pick up. ($20 minimum value per bottle please). 

Countdown to Live and Let Bid!

We’re in the final preparations, and there is so much to celebrate already:

- Congratulations to Katie Evans, winner of our Rent the Runway raffle for a gown of her choice to wear on auction night!  It’s time for everyone else to start planning your own glamorous look for this James Bond themed event, too!
- Thanks to 200+ individuals who purchased tickets already, the live auction event is sold-out!  Even if you don’t have tickets, everyone is invited to join the online auction in February – watch for updates.
- Want to do your part?  Check out the latest announcement on Konstella to learn how YOU can help during this final push to make this year’s most exciting fundraiser a great success! 

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Yearbook Deadlines 

5th Grade Families! The Deadline to put an Ad in the 2018 Yearbook isWednesday, January 31!

Do you want to put a special message for your 5th Grader in the yearbook? Information on how to purchase and submit your personal ad can be found on the Yearbook page of the PFC website at http://www.walnutacrespfc. net/yearbook.  Create and pay for your ad no later than January 31st.

Order your Yearbook by April 15th!  Yearbooks are $30 dollars. They can only be purchased online this year. Please visit the yearbook page on the PFC website for information on how to order your book. Don't miss out on the memories!  

Share your School Photos with the Yearbook!  Students, parents and teachers can contribute photos to the yearbook staff by directly uploading them to the yearbook website for potential use.  You can share photos of field trips, classroom events, school and community events or shots of your children and their friends. The more you share, the better our book can be!  Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code: walnutacres 

Any questions please contact the yearbook committee at yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.    
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Walnut Acres Fundraising Event February 7th at Round Table Clubhouse

On Wednesday, February 7, the  Round Table Clubhouse on Treat Blvd. in Concord will host a Walnut Acres Day from 11 am to 9 pm. If you share that you are from Walnut Acres Elementary, 25% of your purchase will go directly to the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club.

Date: Wednesday, February 7th
Location: Round Table Clubhouse
2960 Treat Blvd. Concord
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Gather up your friends and head over!

Event includes take-out, delivery or dine-in purchases. No coupons or special offers will be accepted during this event. Remember to say you are with Walnut Acres PFC! The first 20 WA Families who order (call in or in person) will receive a certificate for a free personal pizza ($10 value).

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level
Thank you to the 2nd Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of December. January is the 1st Grade parents' turn, and February is the 5th 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.
CLICK HERE for 5th Grade February 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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Join the PFC Team Today
It's never too late (or too early for next year!) to join the PFC team! We have a few roles for you to consider today:
PEAK Representative 
The PEAK Education Foundation is a non-profit education foundation dedicated to the Northgate area with the purpose of raising funds to benefit Northgate schools and students. A member of each school community attends monthly meetings and acts as a liaison between the foundation and the school. If you are interested in learning more about PEAK and want to be involved in their efforts, this is a great way to help both our school and PEAK. Email Jill atpresident@walnutacrespfc.net to learn more.
Science Fair Lead "Apprentice"
Join this year's Science Fair crew to learn the ins and outs of running the fair. We will need some new leadership next year and this is a great way to get in and see what it's all about. If you love science and love seeing our kids experiment with cool stuff, this is a great job for you!  The Science Fair is coming soon... Jan 31 - Feb 2, so join the crew now! Email Marci and Vani at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net.
Art Show Lead "Apprentice"
WAMOMA (Walnut Acres Museum of Modern Art!) is happening in March and it's a sight to behold! Our current Curator will lead the Art Show this year and is looking for someone to work with her this year and next. If you love ART and want to be a part of this cool and inspirational event, please contact Arsinoe Ferry at Arsinoe66@gmail.com.

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New Shop and Earn for Walnut Acres Amazon.com Link! 

Our Amazon.com link below will link you to the Walnut Acres Amazon Associates page, where you can place your Amazon orders, and up to 10% of your total will go directly to the school. Be sure to bookmark this page for future ordering: Amazon.com

Note: if you have previously ordered through the Walnut Acres AmazonSmile program, please change your bookmark to this Amazon Associates program link. It pays out a greater percentage than the AmazonSmile program.

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Lost and Found! 

We're only 2 weeks into the new year, but the Lost and Found bin is full already! Please have your student check for their coats and sweatshirts. There are lots of items there that they probably want to wear in this cold weather!

Boy Scouts Troop 810 Open House- Tuesday, January 23rd! 

Boy Scouts Troop 810 invites all interested 5th graders and their parents to attend our Open House on Tuesday, January 23 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.  The Open House will take place at Foothill Middle School  at 2775 Cedro Lane, Walnut Creek. Our scouts will be showing you how to put up a tent that stays up, how to pack a backpack and not make it so heavy you can't carry it up a mountain, and how to tie knots. Games and snacks will also be provided.  Come learn about the many things Troop 810 has to offer - monthly overnight camping trips, ziplining, snow camping, canoeing, just to name a few. This year we will be going to Emerald Bay and Wolfeboro for our summer camps.

Troop 810 is a boy led troop that values and promotes leadership development, community service, scout skills, fun and adventure. We were established in 1966 and have over 150 Eagle Scouts. We meet most Tuesdays evenings at Foothill Middle School.   For more information and to RSVP, please contact Dorene Soe at dalouie8@yahoo.com or 925-932-0733. We look forward to meeting you. You can also check out our website at http://www.bsa810.org/ 

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Watch the Movie Angst at St. Matthew Church, January 24th

Saint Matthew Church is hosting a FREE community-wide screening of the movie Angst to raise awareness around Anxiety. The movie features candid interviews with teens about anxiety, tools that help and hope. The screening is appropriate for children 10 and up. It’s produced by the same people that brought us Screenagers

ANGST Movie, Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm at St Matthew Church, 399 Wiget Lane.  Reserve your FREE tickets and view a trailer for ANGST here.   

For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.

Enews- January 11, 2018

posted Jan 11, 2018, 1:40 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - January 11, 2018
And, check out the Community Announcements section at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!

Jan 12: Last Chance! Complete the Walnut Acres Parent Survey
Jan 15: MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Jan 16: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library
Jan 31 - Feb 2: Science Fair
Feb 5: TK/Kinder Registration Info Night, 6 pm, MUR
Feb 6: TK/K Registration
Feb 7: 1st-5th Grade Registration
Feb 12: Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 14: Sing Out, 8 am, MUR
Feb 19: Presidents' Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Feb 19: Start of Online Auction
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Please complete the annual Walnut Acres Parent Survey by this Friday, January 12th
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.

By this Friday,  please 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. 

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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Winter After School Enrichment  Classes
Enrollment for the Fall Enrichment Classes is now open. 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 Winter Session:

Monday: Black Dragon Chess (Grades 1-5), January 8-March 26

Wednesday:  Basketball (Grades 1-5), January 24-March 28

Thursday: One on One Sports Dodgeball (Grades 1 - 5), January 25-March 29

Friday: Sarah’s Science - Toyology (Grades 1 - 4), January 26-March 23

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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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

NEXT WEEK, January 16-19th, 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 January 16-19th!
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Science Fair Volunteers Needed

Join the Walnut Acres students as they embark on a fun scientific adventure!  We need parent volunteers to help with set-up, check-in of projects, judging, and clean-up. 

Our greatest need is for volunteers to judge the projects. All it involves is talking to the students about their projects and asking a few questions from a prepared score sheet. It's lots of fun and exciting to see the projects and the pride that the students take in their work. No prior judging experience is required. A brief training and score sheets will be provided. We especially need parents with children in younger grades who are able to judge 4th or 5th grade projects. No experience necessary. Sign up here to volunteer!  

Need more information? See the flyer that was sent home before the winter break, or visit the PFC website at www.walnutacrespfc.org/activities/science-fair.  Or, refer to the project guidelines and judges standards for complete information on preparing for Walnut Acre's Science Fair.

If you have questions (or if you want to join the Science Fair Leadership team), please contact Science Fair Coordinators Marci Cole Ekberg or Vani Rajagopalan at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.org.

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Save Walnut Acres Wine Walk

We need hosts for 2018! Help us keep this tradition going. Walnut Acres parents look forward to the annual wine walk event to break in the new school year.  Meet new parents and visit with old friends, and help raise funds for auction at the same time! If you are interested in hosting but need more details, please contact: Courtney Biagi.

Wine Donations Needed

Thank you to everyone who has contributed already! Wine donations for auction are still needed, so drop off a bottle of your favorite at 115 Los Banos Ave or email Marisa Linquist to coordinate a pick up. ($20 minimum value per bottle please).

Gather your friends together to host a Kid Buy-In Party

We are still looking for hosts for Kid Buy-In Parties to be sold at the Auction. We are especially in need of hosts for 1st and 4th grade (1 party needed for each) and 3rd grade (2 parties needed). These parties are a great way to get involved and help raise much-needed funds for many of the wonderful extra programs offered at Walnut Acres Elementary. Moreover, they are lots of FUN for the kids and the hosts!! Some potential party theme ideas are: sports, swim, movie, crafts, picnic, scavenger hunt, or an art party. Please consider hosting a Kid Buy-In Party. If you would like to find out more, please contact Gosia Rees at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Share your School Photos with the Yearbook 

Students, parents and teachers can contribute photos to the yearbook staff by directly uploading them to the yearbook website for potential use.  You can share photos of field trips, classroom events, school and community events or shots of your children and their friends. The more you share, the better our book can be!

Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code: walnutacres 

5th Grade Families! The Deadline to put an Ad in the 2018 Yearbook is January 31!

Do you want to put a special message for your 5th Grader in the yearbook? Information on how to purchase and submit your personal ad can be found on the Yearbook page of the PFC website at http://www.walnutacrespfc. net/yearbook.  Create and pay for your ad no later than January 31st.

Yearbooks are $30 dollars. They can only be purchased online this year. Please visit the yearbook page on the PFC website for information on how to order your book. April 15th is the last day to order a yearbook. Don't miss out on the memories!  

Any questions please contact the yearbook committee at yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level
Thank you to the 2nd Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of December. January is the 1st Grade parents' turn, and February is the 5th 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.
CLICK HERE for 5th Grade February 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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Join the PFC Team Today
It's never too late (or too early for next year!) to join the PFC team! We have a few roles for you to consider today:
PEAK Representative 
The PEAK Education Foundation is a non-profit education foundation dedicated to the Northgate area with the purpose of raising funds to benefit Northgate schools and students. A member of each school community attends monthly meetings and acts as a liaison between the foundation and the school. If you are interested in learning more about PEAK and want to be involved in their efforts, this is a great way to help both our school and PEAK. Email Jill atpresident@walnutacrespfc.net to learn more.
Science Fair Lead "Apprentice"
Join this year's Science Fair crew to learn the ins and outs of running the fair. We will need some new leadership next year and this is a great way to get in and see what it's all about. If you love science and love seeing our kids experiment with cool stuff, this is a great job for you!  The Science Fair is coming soon... Jan 31 - Feb 2, so join the crew now! Email Marci and Vani at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net.
Art Show Lead "Apprentice"
WAMOMA (Walnut Acres Museum of Modern Art!) is happening in March and it's a sight to behold! Our current Curator will lead the Art Show this year and is looking for someone to work with her this year and next. If you love ART and want to be a part of this cool and inspirational event, please contact Arsinoe Ferry at Arsinoe66@gmail.com.

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New Link! Shop and Earn for Walnut Acres at Amazon.com

Our Amazon.com link below will link you to the Walnut Acres Amazon Associates page, where you can place your Amazon orders, and up to 10% of your total will go directly to the school. Be sure to bookmark this page for future ordering: Amazon.com

Note: if you have previously ordered through the Walnut Acres AmazonSmile program, please change your bookmark to this Amazon Associates program link. It pays out a greater percentage than the AmazonSmile program.

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Watch the Movie Angst at St. Matthew Church, January 24th

Saint Matthew Church is hosting a FREE community-wide screening of the movie Angst to raise awareness around Anxiety. The movie features candid interviews with teens about anxiety, tools that help and hope. The screening is appropriate for children 10 and up. It’s produced by the same people that brought us Screenagers

ANGST Movie, Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm at St Matthew Church, 399 Wiget Lane.  Reserve your FREE tickets and view a trailer for ANGST here. 

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Boy Scouts Troop 810 Open House

Boy Scouts Troop 810 invites all interested 5th graders and their parents to attend our Open House on Tuesday, January 23 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.  The Open House will take place at Foothill Middle School  at 2775 Cedro Lane, Walnut Creek. Our scouts will be showing you how to put up a tent that stays up, how to pack a backpack and not make it so heavy you can't carry it up a mountain, and how to tie knots. Games and snacks will also be provided.  Come learn about the many things Troop 810 has to offer - monthly overnight camping trips, ziplining, snow camping, canoeing, just to name a few. This year we will be going to Emerald Bay and Wolfeboro for our summer camps.

Troop 810 is a boy led troop that values and promotes leadership development, community service, scout skills, fun and adventure. We were established in 1966 and have over 150 Eagle Scouts. We meet most Tuesdays evenings at Foothill Middle School.   For more information and to RSVP, please contact Dorene Soe at dalouie8@yahoo.com or 925-932-0733. We look forward to meeting you. You can also check out our website at http://www.bsa810.org/ 

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For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.
 

Enews - December 12, 2017

posted Dec 14, 2017, 5:06 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - December 12, 2017
And, check out the new Community Announcements section at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars
Dec 1-31: Complete the annual Walnut Acres Parent Survey
Dec 11-22: Parent/Teacher Conferences - EARLY DISMISSAL
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 25-Jan 5: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
Jan 8: Back to School
For PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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Read-A-Thon Wrap Up

The numbers are still rolling in but we can tell you that every ninja reader rocked the Read-A-Thon this year! Thank you for your participation and support of your student, we couldn't have done it without you. 

The question on everybody's mind is.... now that the reading and fundraising is complete, when are prizes being distributed? The Read-A-Thon team is planning to hand out prizes to students THIS WEEK once all of the numbers have been logged and totaled. A special announcement with details will follow next week. Thank you again for your support!

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Annual Toy and Clothing Drive - DRIVERS NEEDED Friday Dec. 15th

 A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s Toy and Clothing Drive benefitting Shore Acres Elementary School. It has been a huge success with more than two carloads of donations picked up each day! 

We are still looking for volunteers help transport the donations to Shore Acres Elementary School in Bay Point. Donations collected last week are being sorted and will be ready for delivery on Friday, December 15th.  Vehicles will load up at 1:30pm and caravan to Shore AcresMinivans or SUVs are preferred, but any size vehicle is welcome!

If you can help deliver donations, please sign up on Konstella. Bring your children and their friends with you so that they can share in the experience. Students from Shore Acres will be there to help, too. If you have any questions, please email communityservice@walnutacrespfc.net 

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Student Council Fundraising: Purchase a Walnut Acres

BE KIND ORNAMENT

… for friends, family or that someone special. Ornaments are $5 each (silver shatterproof ornament with Walnut Acres jaguar logo). Only 100 available so shop early!

In the recent past, Student Council fundraising helped support the purchase of the electronic marquee. Money raised from these ornaments will go to a future item or project to benefit Walnut Acres. 

Sales after school: 
Tuesday, December 12 12:15-1:30pm

Wednesday, December 13 12:15-1:00pm
Thursday, December 14 12:15-1:30pm

 Questions? Contact Student Council Facilitator, Faye Mettler at mettlerf@mdusd.org.

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Math Kangaroo Competition - Sign up by December 15th
This year, for the first time, Walnut Acres is participating in the 23rd Annual International Math Kangaroo Competitionfor 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 Kangaroo. Questions? Email Walnut Acres parent Chao Yang

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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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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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Add Auction to Your Holiday List!

Please consider our school during this season of giving – we need:

Wine Walk 2018 Hosts – This fun event sells-out every year, but we need homes to host – please email Riva Bobrowsky to help.

Wine Donations – While picking up wine for the holidays, please consider adding a bottle or two (min value $20 each) to attract bids at our live auction – drop-off at 115 Los Banos Ave or email Marisa Linquist to coordinate.

Other Donations – Your sports tickets or concert tickets or vacation home or tour of Google could raise big funds for our school – please email Courtney Biagi if you can donate.

There are only 35 tickets left to attend this amazing event – treat yourself to the gift of a fun, fancy night out on March 9 before they are all gone!

Remember your contributions to Auction help our kids get what they need at school every season of the year!

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The 2018 Science Fair is coming on Thursday, February 1!   

Professor Whizbang visited your child’s classroom on Friday, December 8th to get them excited about science. Ask them about the experiments he performed and encourage them to participate in this year’s fair. 

Overheard students reactions to Professor Whizbang’s visit:
“I remember you!”
“Is Professor Whizbang coming in? Yay!”
“Mind – blown.”

Winter break is a great time to brainstorm ideas and get started on your project. Project ideas are unlimited - whatever interests your child! A flyer was sent home with your child with helpful links. All information is also posted on the PFC website at www.walnutacrespfc.org/activities/science-fair

The deadline for submitting entry forms is Wednesday, January 10. Please submit project entry forms online.

We need volunteers! We especially need help judging 4th grade projects. No experience necessary. We will also be looking for volunteers to help set up the Science Fair on Wednesday, January 31 and break it down on Friday, February 2. Look out for a Konstella sign up.

If you have questions, please contact Science Fair coordinators Marci Cole Ekberg or Vani Rajagopalan at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.org.

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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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Scottsdale Swim Club Screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Exclusive 3D Screening Event, 6:00 pm Arrival, 7:00 pm Showtime 
Walnut Creek Cinemark Theaters Downtown

If you are interested, text Kelley at 925-323-7168
Ticket sale proceeds support the Scottsdale Swim Club, a Northgate
Neighborhood Community Pool and Tennis Club. 
Tickets are $25.00/per person,  PayPal or checks made to SSC.

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Breakfast with Santa

$15 (Kids $5) Kids 2 and under are free.
Includes a picture with Santa!
December 17, 9am-11am Boundary Oak Golf Course

Support the Northgate High School Athletic Department

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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. 
 
For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.
 

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