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January 15, 2019 E-news

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

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

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

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

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

deductible and feels great to help our school!

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

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

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Walnut Acres After School Enrichment Program, Winter, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

morning drive thru.  Click here to sign up!

For drivers using the morning drive thru/car line:

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

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

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

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Bake Sale!  Student Council Supports the STEM and Science Fair

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

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

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

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

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the Yearbook!

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee

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

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

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

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

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