February 15, 2016

posted Feb 23, 2016, 11:15 AM by PFC Webmaster   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 11:15 AM ]

Happy February, Walnut Acres Parents!

Your voice is requested!

IT'S TIME TO COLLECT YOUR INPUT about how well Walnut Acres is activating the 6 Cs

(Collaboration, Communication, Critical and Creative thinking, global Citizenship and Content

mastery), implementing the instructional practices we have been learning, and creating a safe,

nurturing, and challenging learning environment!

 Please take a few minutes to complete the survey on the front page of our school

website (or click here). Your opinion matters, so please take the time to  share your thoughts

with us by 2/26/16. We will also be collecting survey results from our students during

computer lab, and the data results will add to our progress analysis. As we do each year, the

survey results will be shared graphically on our website this spring for the public to view.

Meanwhile, compiled responses will support analysis of our current safety plan and school site

plan. (Both these plans are public documents on the district website.) The Safety Plan

enumerates annual goals to promote physical and social/emotional site safety as developed

by our school safety committee and School Site Council (SSC). This plan also details

emergency procedures.

The site plan, known as the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is a 3-year plan,

reviewed and approved annually by the SSC, which dictates budget development, professional

growth topics, and types of materials and supplies (including technology) to be purchased.

Three-year goals and annual objectives target our transformative vision and guide us to

appropriate budget expenditures to support our work.

 Your survey input will be valuable data as we analyze SPSA and Safety Plan goal

achievement, define our needs, and target next steps toward our 21st century

transformation to become a dynamic, student-owned, challenging, nurturing, 6-C

learning community.

The superintendent wants to hear from you, too!

Our Superintendent,  Dr. Nellie Meyer, also  wants your input regarding district goals. She

has been facilitating a series of meetings around the district to share the district LCAP (Local

Control Achievement Plan) and gather community input about these plans and potential

improvements to them. There are two meetings left this year, and  you are invited to share

your input at either of them as your schedule allows:

 Thursday 2/18/16 5:30 p.m. Willow Creek Center

Wednesday 4/6/16 6:00 p.m. Northgate High School

And the state has information for you...

California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) brochures are available to parents,

guardians, and other community members. The eight new brochures, four in each subject

area, are organized by grade spans (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and provide insights into what

students will be learning. The brochures were developed on behalf of the Consortium for the

Implementation of the Common Core under the leadership of the Curriculum Frameworks and

Instructional Resources Division of the California Department of Education and the

Sacramento County Office of Education.

The brochures on the mathematics standards showcase example problems, and the brochures

on the ELA/Literacy standards highlight the progression of learning through the grade levels.

Each brochure also provides suggestions for parents/guardians to support their students'

learning and a list of additional resources.

The brochures can be downloaded from the Sacramento County Office of Education Web page

individually and they are provided to you below:

English Language Arts/Literacy (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Mathematics (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

 Almost last, but not least...

My thanks to all who are planning to support the  PFC Auction on 3/4/16 at the Hilton! I

understand that the PFC savings funds (known as "Strategic Planning funds") have been

spent each of the last few years as the PFC continued to maintain a very high level of support

to our school with expenditures that exceeded intake. The Strategic Planning Committee has

now met and officially determined what PFC budget-watchers knew was coming: The savings

account is too small to continue drawing from the account for next year's PFC budget. They

recommend that the remaining funds be kept for a "rainy day" account. I realize that means

inevitable cuts to the 2016-17 PFC budget. I appreciate that parents are valiantly working to

make budget reductions as painless as possible with a very successful Auction.  I salute the

dedicated Auction leaders, the hard-working volunteers, and the many folks who plan to

support the event. I look forward to seeing you there.

What it's all about

One of our children wished me a Happy Valentine's Day early last week. I asked her why she

was sharing Valentine wishes so far in advance, and she responded that she had  so much

love inside her that  it would take more than one day to share it all!

I hope you and your beautiful children enjoyed a very Happy Valentine's Day and that you

appreciate that it will take a lifetime to share your love with one another. As the wonderful

psychologist Virginia Satir once wrote, "Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere

where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open,

and rules are flexible-the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family."

With affection,

Colleen Dowd,

Walnut Acres principal

PFC Webmaster,
Feb 23, 2016, 11:15 AM