August 2016

posted Aug 5, 2016, 11:47 AM by Vice President Communications
Greetings Walnut Acres families! 
I want to welcome you to the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Committee (PFC).  As a parent of a child at Walnut Acres, you are automatically considered a member of the PFC.  The Walnut Acres PFC is dedicated to supporting the relationship between faculty, staff, and parents through fundraising, community activities, enrichment programs and communication.
The new school year is fast approaching and our volunteers have been busy planning for the 2016-17 school year!  I invite all of you to attend our first PFC meeting of the school year onAugust 16th at 7 pm in the Walnut Acres MUR.   This is a great place for questions, suggestions, and comments to be addressed as our wonderful principal Dr. Dowd always attends.  
Our New Parent Orientation begins at 6pm right before, enabling new parents to stay for the PFC meeting as well.
Don't miss Jaguar Day on August 18th, 3-7pm! There you can get your child’s class assignment, purchase spirit wear and yearbooks, pick up pre-ordered school supplies, sign up to volunteer, and donate to our Jaguar Fund.
We are proud to continue to acknowledge in our published Donor List those families who contribute any amount to the Jaguar Fund, the Walnut Acres education fund. 100% of the Jaguar Fund donations pay for teacher aides, computers, music, art supplies, reading specialist and more.
On Friday, August 19th we hold a new student orientation for grades 1-5.  Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy while meeting students from your grade who will show you around!
And finally, on the first day of school August 22nd, parents are invited to our Back to School Coffee by the picnic tables after dropping your kids off.
Here's some more key information to get you ready for school:
  • Communication via Konstella - Konstella is our online parent directory, where we also list all announcements, events and signups all in one convenient place.  I highly recommend using their free mobile app!    Most people have been invited to Konstella, but please be sure to add Directory details (don't forget your spouse and other caregivers) and you can add your child's classroom when you find out on Jaguar Day.  (our enews summary messages will be sent this way from now on, so there's no longer a separate list to sign up for) .   Questions?  Contact Adam at
  • For returning parents, you'll notice some new things this year:
    • There will be no Live Auction "gala" event.  We will still have our Online Auction, focused on Buy-in Parties and Teacher Treats.   Look for party signups at Carnival!
    • Our Jaguar Fund ask will be $650 per student.  This is a voluntary contribution, and remember that there's no need to carve out $ in your budget for a Live Auction event this year.  
    • Readathon and Book Fair will be held in the fall, just in time for holiday shopping.
    • We are adding Walkathon in spring 2017!  Thanks to Tracy Pajer and Brooke Giddings for leading the way for this new fundraiser that will focus on exercise and healthy lifestyles.
Thank you and enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation!
Cherise Khaund
PFC President 2015-17