Principal's Message - October 14, 2019

posted Oct 14, 2019, 9:39 AM by Vice President Communications   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 10:18 AM ]

Happy October Walnut Acres Families!
Excitement is in the air! Please join the staff of Walnut Acres for the Halloween Parade on October 31 at 8:15am, on the playground blacktop. All parents are welcome. Please keep costume weapons and sharp objects at home. Costume mask should only be worn during the parade. The kids will be just too cute to talk about. Great photo opportunities! Hope to see you there!

This past weekend we had a wonderful Community Service Day: about forty school members and community partners rejuvenated the outdoor area by staining, cleaning, planting, and weeding among other things. We also centralized the placement of our emergency supplies to the shed marked with a red cross on the playground. We greatly appreciate your help! A special thank you goes to Caroline Clerempuy and Justin Trana for spear heading this important event.

Sing Out
The Sing Out will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8:00- 9:00 (8:00 3rd-5th grades, and 8:30 TK-2nd grades). We will be celebrating the life skill “Responsibility.”

Car Line at Drop Off
As drivers, please respect the car line in the parking lot. It is unacceptable to cut the line. Do not leave your car unattended in the car line. This can cause back ups into the street causing frustration and unsafe driving conditions. Also, do not park in the no parking
zones on the street parallel to the carline. This further backs-up the car line and the entire street. Pedestrians should use the marked crosswalk to avoid potential complications with automobiles.

No Dogs on Campus
This is a reminder to leave your four-legged family member at home.  In addition to allergy concerns, we cannot be certain how a dog would "act out or react" and the situation could spiral quickly out of control. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

CA ShakeOut
Walnut Acres students and staff will participate in this earthquake drill on Friday, October 18 at 10:25am. As a part of our safety plan, we hold monthly safety drills. During this drill, students will practice, “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” For Everyone Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
The Parent Advisory Council to the Superintendent (PAC) is comprised of parent representatives from each school. They meet with the Superintendent and other district staff on a monthly basis during the school year to help implement and monitor the elements of the Local Control Accountability Plan.  In addition, members also work
together to:

  • Identify common needs and goals among the parents/guardians of students enrolled in Mt. Diablo Schools and facilitate strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Provide the superintendent with feedback and insight from the parent’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of parents and their families are included as decisions are made in the district
  • Serve as an advisory group that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming, and provides opportunities for parent involvement on committees and task forces
  • Facilitate communication between and among the parents and parent organizations from different district schools and serve as a forum for sharing innovations and best practices from around the district

All parents are welcome to attend one or all the PAC meetings, which take place on Oct.17, Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Mar. 19, and May 21, 3:30- 5:00, at the Willow Creek Center on 1026 Mohr Lane in Concord. Childcare and light snacks are provided at all meetings. Please attend a meeting and represent Walnut Acres.

Future Events and Activities
10/15    PFC Meeting, 7pm, library
10/21-10/25 Fifth Grade Camp at Walker Creek
10/18    District English Language Advisory Council (DELAC)- 5:30pm, Willow Creek Center
10/ 24   School Site Council- 3:00- 4:00pm
10/25-26 CUYT 3rd/4th grade show “The Lion King”
10/29    Picture Make Up Day
10/30    Sing-Out 8-9am
10/31    Halloween Costume Parade - 8:15am
11/4- 11/8 Scholastic Book Fair
11/11    Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
11/19    PFC Meeting - 7pm, Library
11/18-12/2 Read-a-Thon