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Enews December 4, 2018

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

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

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

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This Week! Donate to our Annual Toy and Clothing Drive

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

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

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

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Come Celebrate! PFC Holiday Party Tonight!

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

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Walnut Acres Wednesday - December 5th at Round Table 

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

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

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

This year, the competition will take place all over the world on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Registration is now open online at Math Kangaroo Registration.

To register your student, log into your account. (or create a new one if you don't have one already.) Once you log in, click on the 'By invitation' tab right above 'Participation Centers'. Enter one of the following invitation codes: CAWALNU0003518@19MK (3 pm session)  or CAWALNU0003528@19MK (7 pm session). Then click 'enroll', and follow the instruction for payment ($21 per child). The last day of registration is Dec 15, 2018. If you have trouble with registration, please contact Chao Yang at chaoathome@yahoo.com.
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Shop and Earn for Walnut Acres! 
20% off at Sports Basement Dec 16-19!

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

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

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

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

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Student Council Sponsored Spirit Day

Wednesday, December 12th
Ugly Sweater/ Crazy Sock Day

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Science Fair 2019 - Date Change!

Please note the Science Fair has been moved from

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

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the Yearbook!

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee

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

Mt. Diablo Hope (Homeless Outreach Program for Education)

Holiday Drive 2018

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

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

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Calling all 1st Graders!

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

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

Enews November 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Join us now at the Walnut Acres Book Fair!  

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

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

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Last Chance to order your Walnut Acres Spirit Wear!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Read-A-Thon is one of the PFC's largest annual fundraisers that challenges students to use their most important academic skill, READING, to directly support their school. The money raised goes to sustain PFC-funded initiatives such as grade-level aides, reading specialist, science aides and vocal music.

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

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

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WOW! Weather! Assembly with Meteorologist Paul Deanno

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

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

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

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Vote for Walnut Acres to Receive this Fall’s Community Waste Reduction Grant from Contra Costa Recycles!

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

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Walnut Acres Sustainability - Order a Spork Pouch! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-20 School Year

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

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the Yearbook!

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

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

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

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

Calling all 1st Graders!

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

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

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot

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

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

Enews- October 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Halloween Sing Out and Parade Details

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

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

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

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

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

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Walk and Bike to School Day Results!

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

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Community Service Day at Walnut Acres was a Success!

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

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

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

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

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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-20 School Year

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

 Northgate Area Choral Music Festival

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

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Calling all 1st Graders!

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

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

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Homework Help Program at the Ygnacio Valley Library! 

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

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot

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

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

E-news October 9, 2018

posted Oct 9, 2018, 3:21 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - October 9, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
10/10 Walk and Bike to School Day

10/13 Community Service Day
10/16 PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15 a.m.
10/17 iClickSmiles School Picture Make-up Day
10/19-20 CUYT's Jungle Book, 7:00 p.m.
10/22-26 5th Grade Walker Creek Trip
10/31 Sing-Out 8:00-9:00 a.m. 
    For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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Wednesday is Walk and Bike to School Day! 
Please join us for Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 10 by leaving the car at home and walking or rolling to school! It is a fun way to celebrate safe, non-polluting ways to get to school as well as a way to help build our children's independence!
Kids are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and decorate their bike, scooter, or skateboard for a chance to win a mystery prize for the best decoration!
Check in is at the front of the school and off Wiget Lane by the MUR. Get a  sticker and enter a raffle to win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

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Saturday is Walnut Creek Community Service Day- Join us at Walnut Acres!

Join us on Community Service Day, Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Projects include: gardening/clean up; repainting the map & checkerboard on the playground & buddy benches; painting a red cross on the emergency supplies shed; and cleaning up books in the library.

We have such a great supportive community! Our sign up is at 100% with 40 participants. But since some volunteers can only stay part of the morning due to other family obligations, we could still use extra hands. Please contact Caroline Clerempuy if you want to join at communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net. If you’ve already signed up, or wish to sign up, please let me know if you can be a Crew Leader to guide volunteers and oversee our projects. Sign Up Here.

Plan to Participate?  7:30 a.m. Free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Community Center. • 8:30-8:45 a.m. Volunteers arrive at the school and check in by the lunch tables in front of the school office (waiver mandatory – one per family - prior to working on projects). • 9:00 a.m. Project work begins. What to bring: gardening tools, paint brushes, masking tape and work gloves. Some snacks and water will be provided (while supplies last); however you’re welcome to bring your own water bottle (eco-friendly) and a snack. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Bring your waiver (one per family). Waivers will be also available at the check in station at the school. Let's show our JAGUARS volunteer spirit! 

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4th Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru this Month!

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

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 iClickSmiles School Photo Makeup Day 
If you missed the Walnut Acres School school photo day for your class, or you are unsatisfied with the results, you can register for the Walnut Acre's  School Photo Makeup day. Click here to register.
The Walnut Acre's photo makeup day is October 17th.
The deadline to sign-up for the Makeup day is Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 p.m.

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Curtains Up Youth Theatre Presents
The Jungle Book
Come watch our Walnut Acres 3rd and 4th grade performers in a fabulous performance of The Jungle Book!

Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 * 7:00 pm in the MUR * Doors open at 6:40 pm * Tickets are $8 and will be sold at the door.  

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What happens on October 31st?

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

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The Walnut Acres Book Fair is coming!  

All your favorite books will be available for purchase in the MUR from November 5-9.  It’s the perfect time to stock up - right before the Read-A-Thon starts - and you'll be raising money for our school at the same time!  Watch this space for open hours and volunteer opportunities.  Email bookfair@walnutacrespf c.net for more information.  

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

Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-20 School Year

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

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Parent School Volunteer Requirements

For the safety of our children, all school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. Please visit www.bit.ly/MDUSDVolunteers for more information.

  1. You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD.  If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or see the MDUSD website for partner labs here). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you must return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading).
  2. You must have fingerprints on file with MDUSD - please click here for details of how to schedule with MDUSD or for their requirements to use outside fingerprint vendors.

If you are unclear of your fingerprinting or TB status, please check in with the Walnut Acres office.

Walnut Creek Little League

Registration for the Spring Season of Walnut Creek Little League opens October 1, 2018.

  • Registration late fees begin 12/18/18
  • Registration closes on 1/2/19 and waitlists begin
  • Baseball tryouts are 1/12, 1/13, 1/19, 1/20
  • Softball tryouts are 1/26

Please go to: Walnut Creek Little League The link to registration is on our website. 

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Join in The Great Highlands Hunt, Saturday October 20th

Clues to find ~ Puzzles to solve~ Tasks to complete ~ It’s time for an adventure! Bring your clever brains and comfy shoes. Saturday, October 20. Check in anytime between 4:00-5:45pm Cost: $10/person for ages 5+, ages 4 and under are free Adult supervision required – this is not a drop off event.   Starting Location: End of Lawson Ct., Crossings Neighborhood, Concord, CA Parking is very limited, so please be courteous of neighbors and PLEASE DON’T block ANY driveways.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY 5TH GRADE CAMP SIGN UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5AE2DA64-thegreat
Questions?  highlandscampcorner@gmail.com

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Did you know that the Cub Scouts now offers Family Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouts is now accepting girls! If your family would like to have a single Scouting experience, then Cub Scouts might be for you. Cub Scouting is for children in grades K-5, and the goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide variety of outdoor activities and educational programs. Our Pack has fun all year participating in service projects, camping, overnighters, and our annual Pinewood Derby! Local Pack 210 will now form girl "Dens", so if you are interested, please contact our Membership Chair, Sarah Waters atsarahsin70@hotmail.com. 

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Northgate Area Choral Music Festival

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

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Homework Help Program at the Ygnacio Valley Library! 

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

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot - A Community Tradition!  

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

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

Enews, September 25, 2018

posted Sep 25, 2018, 5:10 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - September 25, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
9/25-9/26 iClickSmiles School Picture Days

10/1 Auction Tickets Go On Sale
10/10 Walk and Bike to School Day
10/13 Community Service Day
10/16 PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15 a.m.
10/17 iClickSmiles School Picture Make-up
10/19-20 CUYT's Jungle Book, 7:00 p.m.
10/22-26 5th Grade Walker Creek Trip
10/31 Sing-Out 8:00-9:00 a.m. 
    For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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Last Chance! After School Enrichment Classes Begin this week!

Enrichment classes are starting this week and there is still time to get your kids involved in some fun, engaging after-school activities! Classes that still have space include:  After School DodgeBall, After School Hoops, Instrumental Music for 4th & 5th Graders and Legos: Ticket to Ride. To register and find more detailed class information please visit the Walnut Acres PFC website at Enrichment Programs.

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 “Midnight in Paris” Auction Tickets Countdown!

In less than a week, tickets to Walnut Acres’ exciting live auction gala go on sale!  Don’t miss this fabulous evening of dinner, dancing and celebrating our amazing school on Friday, March 8, 2019! 

Now is the time to:

  • Put your babysitter on notice and mark your calendars for March 8
  • Tell your most fun friends to request the same table
  • Brush up on your Parisian accent
  • Buy your tickets online beginning Monday, October 1

Watch for more details coming home and online later this week. Follow us on Instagram @walnutacresauction for the inside scoop!

We are also still asking for donations, and it’s easier than ever to submit online or via email.  Visit http://walnutacres.schoolauction.net/auction2019 to register your donation.

 If you have connections with local businesses or are interested in hosting a buy-in party or have another great donation idea, please let us know! Email Jon Gomez atauctiondonations@walnutacrespfc.net or visit www.walnutacrespfc.net/fundraisers/auction for more details. 

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Drive Thru and Drop Off Your Recycling: October 1 - 5
Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

NEXT WEEK, October 1-5, 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. 

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

4th Grade parents! Sign up on Konstella to greet students who use the Drive Thru in the mornings from 7:40 - 8:00 am. This is a quick and easy way to help make a difference in the mornings of both parents and students. CLICK HERE to sign up!    

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Walk and Bike to School Day - Wednesday, October 10

Parents and Kids!  Leave the car at home and walk, bike, or scooter to school! This is a
fun way to celebrate safe, non-polluting ways to get to school as well as a way to help build our children's independence! Kids are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and decorate their bike, scooter, or skateboard to win a mystery prize for the best decoration!

- Kids will check in when they arrive at school to get a sticker, and enter a raffle to win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble!
- Judging for the vehicle decoration will occur during the day, and the winner will find a prize on their bike, scooter, or skateboard after school!
- Volunteers needed to help with the morning's activities! Please sign up now onKonstella.

STREET SMARTS TIPS TO REMEMBER:

- Walk with a buddy
- Use crosswalks to cross the street
- Wear your helmet when riding
- Stop, Look, and Listen before crossing
- Ride on the right side of the road
- Use hand signals when riding
- Walk your bike or scooter when on school campus
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Community Service Day: Saturday, October 13

  • Volunteers still needed: Sign up rate to-date: 75% (30/40 volunteers). We need at least 10-15 more volunteers. We can use many hands, so invite your friends and neighbors too. We also need 2 crew leaders to guide volunteers with projects (1 crew leader for painting; 1 crew leader for landscaping), and 1 person to help at the check-in station.
  • Register Online: Online registration closes on Oct. 10, visit WC Service Day to sign up.
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 7:30 a.m. Start the Day with pancakes and a t-shirt! Free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Community Center. 8:30-8:45 a.m. Volunteers arrive at the school and check in by the lunch tables in front of main office (waiver mandatory prior to working on projects). 9:00 a.m. Projects work begins.
  • Fun Improvement Projects: projects include gardening/clean up; repainting the map & checkerboard on the playground & buddy benches; painting a red cross on the emergency supplies shed; and cleaning up books in the library.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring gardening tools, paint brushes, masking tape and work gloves, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • Please contact Caroline Clerempuy if you have questions:communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net

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Did you know that the Cub Scouts now offers Family Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouts is now accepting girls! If your family would like to have a single Scouting experience, then Cub Scouts might be for you. Cub Scouting is for children in grades K-5, and the goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide variety of outdoor activities and educational programs. Our Pack has fun all year participating in service projects, camping, overnighters, and our annual Pinewood Derby! Local Pack 210 will now form girl "Dens", so if you are interested, please contact our Membership Chair, Sarah Waters at sarahsin70@hotmail.com.
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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee
Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to the Birthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th.

Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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RECYCLE CLUB News!

With the help of Nathan (our helpful custodian), Marci C. Ekberg, and Monique Pickering (Recycle Club volunteering parents) the Walnut Acres Recycle Club kids have distributed blue recycling bins next to all the trash bins on our campus. And, we expect our composting bins to arrive in the next few weeks.

Please work with your children so that they know the right way to separate the recyclables from the garbage.

Helpful links to what goes in which bin:
https://www.recyclesmart.org/houses/blue-cart
https://www.recyclesmart.org/houses/green-cart
https://www.recyclesmart.org/houses/black-cart

If you have questions or suggestions, contact us at sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net. We are here to help! Thank you for helping to make our school more eco-friendly!

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Do you know about Measure J? 

This November, all registered voters within the Mount Diablo Unified School District will have an opportunity to vote on Bond Measure J which will help the district make essential upgrades to ensure student safety and support a 21st-century learning environment in our local schools.  
Specifically, Measure J will:

  • Improve student safety and campus security
  • Expand vocational and career technical education classrooms
  • Repair leaky roofs and replace outdated plumbing and electrical wiring
  • Upgrade fire alarm and emergency communications systems

If you’d like to learn more about Measure J, please visit the MDUSD website’s Bond Information web page or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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Buy your 2018-2019 Walnut Acres Yearbook NOW for $25!  Price goes up to $35 after October 31st.

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com

Enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit or debit card.

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

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

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Parent School Volunteer Requirements

For the safety of our children, all school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. Please visit www.bit.ly/MDUSDVolunteers for more information.

  1. You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD.  If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or see the MDUSD website for partner labs here). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you must return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading).
  2. You must have fingerprints on file with MDUSD - please click here for details of how to schedule with MDUSD or for their requirements to use outside fingerprint vendors.

If you are unclear of your fingerprinting or TB status, please check in with the Walnut Acres office.

October 6th: Run~Jog~Walk in the YoursHumanly 5K to support education both locally and throughout the world.

PEAK Education Foundation, which supports the 5 Northgate-area schools, and the MDUSD Education Foundation, which supports the entire MDUSD, are each partnering with YoursHumanly, for the 5KBreak a Sweat for Education run on October 6 at Heather Farm. You may register as part of the PEAK Team or the MDUSDEF Team. You'll be supporting education both at home and abroad.  

To learn more details about the race, Click Here

When registering, be sure to select either the PEAK Team or the MDUSDEF Team, or when it asks "How Did You Learn about the Race" during the registration process, select the team of your choice.

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Northgate Area Choral Music Festival

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

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot - A Community Tradition!  

The 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot, will be here before you know it and registration is open! Register early for best pricing. This family fun event, brought to you by Forma Gym, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and show support for your schools! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest!

The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 8:00 am at Civic Park.

Last year, the Turkey Trot raised over $15,000 for PEAK Education Foundation schools, (Northgate, Foothill, Valle Verde, Bancroft and Walnut Acres) and this year we hope to raise even more by having lots of students and parents participate.

For more information and to register click here.

Volunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand.  If you are available to help, please email peakoffice@yahoo.com and put "Turkey Trot Volunteer" in the subject line.

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

Enews September 11, 2018

posted Sep 11, 2018, 3:29 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - September 11, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
9/12 Sing-out, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

9/18 PFC Meeting, Library, 7:00 p.m.
9/25-9/26 iClickSmiles School Picture Days
10/10 Walk/Bike to School Day
10/13 Community Service Day
10/16 PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15 a.m.
    For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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Enrollment is Now Open! After School Enrichment Program Fall 2018

Walnut Acres Enrichment is proud to announce the fall line-up of after school classes. Registration opens today, September 11th, and classes begin starting September 17th.

Classes this fall include: Black Dragon Chess, DodgeBall, Hoops, Instrumental Music for 4th & 5th Graders, Legos: Ticket to Ride from Bricks 4 Kidz, and Toyology by Sarah’s Science. To register and find more detailed class information please visit the Walnut Acres PFC website at: http://www.walnutacrespfc.net/activities/enrichment-programs.

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Coming Soon: School Photos by iClickSmiles

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

Photos will be taken on: Tuesday September 25th
and Wednesday September 26th

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

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

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"Father Fridays" Needs Drive Thru Volunteers

Calling all dads!  Friday morning car line, "Father Fridays", is run by WAE dads from any grade level.  Help greet students and open car doors as they are dropped off to school on the last day of the week!  It's a short commitment from 7:40 - 8:00 am on Fridays!

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Thank you to the Drive-Thru Volunteers!

Give yourselves a pat on the back!  Drive Thru has been running smoothly in the mornings!  Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping out and to all of our drivers who are all being respectful and following the guidelines!  Keep up the good work keeping our students safe and making this a great way to start the day.

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Fifth Grade Parents! September is Your Month to Host the Drive-Thru! 

5th Grade parents!  We still need a few volunteers for the rest of the month of September!  Sign up on Konstella to greet students who use the Drive Thru feature in the mornings from 7:40 - 8:00 am. CLICK HEREfor 5th Grade Drive Thru sign ups.    

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Parent School Volunteer Requirements

For the safety of our children, all school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. Please visit www.bit.ly/MDUSDVolunteers for more information.

  1. You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD.  If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or see the MDUSD website for partner labs here). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you must return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading).
  2. You must have fingerprints on file with MDUSD - please click here for details of how to schedule with MDUSD or for their requirements to use outside fingerprint vendors.

If you are unclear of your fingerprinting or TB status, please check in with the Walnut Acres office. 

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We Need YOU on Community Service Day

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13 and help make our Community Service Day project a success!

 From 9 am-12 pm, we will be working on three main projects around the campus: landscape clean up; painting outdoors; and clean up library books. We can use many hands, so invite your friends and neighbors too. For a list of projects and online registration, visit www.walnut-creek.org.
Join us at Heather Farm Community Center at 7:30 a.m. for a free pancake breakfast, cooked by our local Lions clubs. If you come to the breakfast, you get a free, commemorative t-shirt, too! 

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Host a Kid or Parent Buy-In Party - Help Raise Funds for the PFC! 

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in hosting a Buy-in Party at Jaguar Day. We are still in need of more party hosts, especially for kid grade level parties. Hosting a kid or parent buy-in party is 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, parents and the hosts! For more information, go to About Buy-In Parties.

If you would like to be a party host or find out more, please reach out to Gosia Rees & Ging Lee for Kid Buy-in Parties, or Riva Bobrowsky & M'Lissa Fleming for Parent Buy-In Parties.

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Buy your 2018-2019 Walnut Acres Yearbook NOW for $25!  Price goes up to $35 after October 31st.

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com

Enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit or debit card.

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

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

Walnut Acres Cub Scouts Pack 210 Parent Informational Night

Interested in Cub Scouts? Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls of all grade levels, K - 5th. Walnut Acres' Pack 210 will be hosting a parent informational night on Monday, September 17th at the Ygnacio Valley Library from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the back meeting room. Come hear from our leaders about scouting, what our pack has to offer and get any questions answered.  Still interested?  Come sign up for Cub Scouts on Wednesday, September 19th at WAE from 6:45 - 8:00 pm, in the MUR!  Please contact Pack 210's membership chair, Sarah Waters, with any other questions.

Enews, August 28, 2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 4:02 PM by Vice President Communications

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - August 28, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
8/28 Back to School Night, 3rd Grade, 5:45-7pm

8/29 Back to School Night, 1st Grade, 5:45-7pm
8/30 Back to School Night, 2nd Grade, 5:45-7pm
8/30 Back to School Night, SDC, 5-6pm
9/3 Labor Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
9/5 Back to School Night, 4th Grade, 5:45-7pm
9/6 Back to School Night, TK/K, 5:45-7pm
                              For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19

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Spirit Wear FINAL DAY to order!

There have been a few last requests to order Spirit Wear so we have opened the Spirit Wear Sales Page for one last day. Order online by 9pm tonight! 

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Emergency Preparedness Kits

Every student at Walnut Acres needs an Emergency Preparedness Kit that is kept in the classroom and would be used in case of an emergency. If you have opted to make your own kit, please deliver it to your child's classroom by Monday, September 4.  For more information and to find a copy of the form that needs to be included with your kits, check out Emergency Preparedness on the PFC website.

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Thanks to all for a Great Ice Cream Social to start the school year!

Thank you to all who participated in the Ice Cream Social on August 24th!.  We served over 1,000 scoops of ice cream, most of them topped creatively for delicious sundaes.  The Ice Cream Social Committee would like to thank Walnut Acres Children's Center for their continued generous donation of the ice cream for this annual event.  Parents donated toppings for the sundaes, and really stepped up the options available - thank you!  The parent volunteers worked fast & furious helping scoop ice cream, serve toppings, and assisting with the set-up and clean up of the event. The Northgate Marching Band and Auxiliary put on a terrific show once again (they will also appear at the upcoming Walnut Festival Twilight Parade on September 15 in downtown WC). We are grateful to the Sustainability Committee/Recycle Club for their tremendous efforts in reducing landfill waste by sorting all the discarded items. We hope you saw old friends and made some new connections as you enjoyed this Walnut Acres tradition on a beautiful summer evening. Go Jaguars! 

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School Lunch Online Meal Payments

Did you know that there is a new place to pay for School Lunches? MDUSD is working with a new vendor, Titan School Solutions, where you can pay for your child's lunches online. Prepaid meal accounts help the lunch lines go faster and gives the students more time to eat, relax, and play. Sign up with Titan now!

If you previously had a MySchoolBucks account, any unused balance was automatically rolled over to Titan. Titan offers an automated system that notifies parents/guardians by email when their child's meal account balance falls below an amount set by the parent/guardian. Similar to MySchoolBucks, there is a convenience fee of $2.60 per transaction for using a credit card. Lunches at MDUSD elementary schools cost $3.25/meal. And, you can view the monthly MDUSD lunch calendars here!

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Parent School Volunteer Requirements

For the safety of our children, all school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. Please visit www.bit.ly/MDUSDVolunteers for more information.

  1. You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD.  If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or see the MDUSD website for partner labs here). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you must return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading).
  2. You must have fingerprints on file with MDUSD - please click here for details of how to schedule with MDUSD or for their requirements to use outside fingerprint vendors.

If you are unclear of your fingerprinting or TB status, please check in with the Walnut Acres office. 

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Fifth Grade Parents! September is Your Month to Host Drive Thru 

Thank you to those parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of August. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. September is the 5th grade parents! Watch your messages for an opportunity to help. 

CLICK HERE for 5th Grade Drive Thru 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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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

NEXT WEEK, September 4-7th 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 September 4-7th!

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We Need YOU on Community Service Day

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13 and help make our Community Service Day project a success!

 From 9 am-12 pm, we will be working on three main projects around the campus: landscape clean up; painting outdoors; and clean up library books. We can use many hands, so invite your friends and neighbors too. For a list of projects and online registration, visit www.walnut-creek.org.
Join us at Heather Farm Community Center at 7:30 a.m. for a free pancake breakfast, cooked by our local Lions clubs. If you come to the breakfast, you get a free, commemorative t-shirt, too! 

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Host a Kid or Parent Buy-In Party - Help Raise Funds for the PFC! 

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in hosting a Buy-in Party at Jaguar Day. We are still in need of more party hosts, especially for kid grade level parties. Hosting a kid or parent buy-in party is 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, parents and the hosts! For more information, go to About Buy-In Parties.

If you would like to be a party host or find out more, please reach out to Gosia Rees & Ging Lee for Kid Buy-in Parties, or Riva Bobrowsky & M'Lissa Fleming for Parent Buy-In Parties.

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Buy your 2018-2019 Walnut Acres Yearbook NOW for $25!  Price goes up to $35 after October 31st.

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com

Enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit or debit card.

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

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

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!

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