May 2016

posted May 30, 2016, 8:12 PM by Vice President Communications   [ updated May 30, 2016, 8:12 PM ]

Hi Walnut Acres parents,

Can you believe this school year is almost over?  Thank you to all parents who held leadership roles on the PFC Board this year!  If you missed last week's PFC meeting, please look for a little thank you for your "co-mint-ment" in your PFC folder at school this week. 

Please give a warm welcome to our new 2016-17 Executive Committee members: Elise Lewis as Financial Secretary and Brooke Giddings as Secretary!

Thanks also to everyone who joined our new PFC 2016-17 Board.   See the full list here who were officially voted in last Tuesday.  Welcome to our team!

It was especially heartwarming to see our Community Service position filled during the PFC meeting right before our vote by Jessica Johnson, as I know ShoreAcres and Meadow Homes really count on our long-standing relationship of giving.  Thank you for your generosity of spirit!

Our 2016-17 budget is now official.  See it here.  It is a winning compromise of the initial proposed options: raising Jaguar Fund to $650 (instead of $800) while protecting from major cuts by keeping a small Online Auction.   (you may review the full PFC mtg budget handout here.)

Please note the following key changes from past years:

  • There will be no Live Auction "gala" event.  We will have an Online Auction, focused on Buy-in Parties and Teacher Treats.   Kid buy-in parties will be offered at Carnival!
  • Our Jaguar Fund ask will be $650 per student.  Please keep in mind 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.
  • There will be no Gift Wrap or Golf Fundraiser.

Our 2016-17 PFC draft calendar is now posted on our website here.  Event details are in the Konstella calendar, which you can link directly to your google calendar too.

I hope to see you all at Open House this Thursday night, where our wonderful students will display their work and talents!   Please pitch in to volunteer a short shift (click here) to set up or serve dinner - together we can keep those lines moving smoothly.

PFC Board members who are leaving your roles, please remember to meet up with the new person in your position before school is out to pass on any binders, USB drives and especially advice to them.

So much of Walnut Acres runs on the fuel of parent donations and volunteers, and it brings us together as a community in so many ways.  

Thank you all for everything that you do, and have an adventurous and rejuvenating summer!


Cherise Khaund

PFC President 2015-2017

"Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, for as long as you can." - John Wesley