Enews - March 26, 2019

Post date: Mar 26, 2019 7:2:15 PM

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - March 26, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

3/27 Sing Out, 8-9:00 AM, MUR

3/27 3rd Grade Performance, "Go Fish" 7:00 PM, MUR

3/29 Cesar Chavez Day - No School

4/1-5 Spring Break- No School

4/8 Walk-A-Thon Fundraising Begins!

4/12 Walk-A-Thon Family Fun Run, 7:15-7:45 AM

4/16 Walnut Acres Band and Orchestra Performance, 6:30 PM, MUR

4/16 PFC Meeting, 7PM, Library

4/19 Walk-A-Thon

4/24 Sing Out - Volunteer Appreciation Event, 8 - 9 AM in the MUR!

4/26 International Fair, 4-7:30 PM

For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19

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Please Complete the California Healthy Kids Survey Before Spring Break Begins!

The California Department of Education requires that all districts assess school climate and parent engagement. To meet this requirement, the district is again requesting that parents/guardians and community members complete the WestEd’s California Healthy Kids Survey. Go to: www.mdusd.org for the link to the survey, which can can be taken in English or Spanish. All responses should be submitted online.

The survey window closes March 31, 2019. Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your input about Walnut Acres to MDUSD, and ultimately, to the CA State Department of Education.

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Register for Spring After School Enrichment!

We are pleased to offer a selection of activities to enhance your children's mental and physical development. Classes begin between April 8 and 15 and run through the end of the school year. Register by Friday, April 5 to ensure your spot: Spring Enrichment Schedule


Black Dragon Chess: Learn to play this fascinating game in a supportive environment.

Bricks 4 Kids: Design and create movable machines.


Soccer: Improve your soccer skills while having fun!

Girls on the Run: Ongoing running class for girls


Flag Football: Learn this engaging and challenging game!


Toyology: Build toys to learn scientific concepts.

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Save the Date(s)! Our Walk-A-Thon is Just a Jog Away!

Fundraise: April 8-19

Family Fun Run: April 12, 7:15-7:45am, practice with your kids

Walk-A-Thon: Friday, April 19

More details to come! Watch your email for a link to 99Pledges, family fun run sign-ups, and a volunteer sign-up for the event.

Wellness is for the Kids!

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PFC Volunteer Want Ads

Why Should U Volunteer with the PFC?

-U had a great time with your friends at the Gala Auction Evening, and you want it to happen again next spring

-U love PFC-run community activities like the Back to School Coffee, the Ice Cream Social, the Book Fair, Read-A-thon, Walk-A-thon, Open House festivities and more

-U support academic events like the Science Fair, the Art Show, the International Fair, monthly Art Awareness in every classroom, and After School Enrichment Programs

-U think it’s important to have math and reading intervention specialists, science aids, TK-1st instructional aids, vocal music, and site techs for the Co-Lab. Over 82% of the PFC budget goes to these salaries

-It's rewarding, it's for the kids, and it's fun to volunteer at Walnut Acres

-All of the Above! All it takes is parent volunteers, like YOU! Please check out some of our open roles, or email Brooke at vpcommunications@walnutacrespfc.net, or Jill at president@walnutacrespfc.net to secure your favorite volunteer position for next year!

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3rd Grade Parents! Please volunteer at Drive Thru for the month of April! CLICK HERE to sign up.

For the month of April please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.

We need 4 helpers each day, dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays!

Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you! CLICK HERE to sign up.

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Parent and Kid Buy-in Party Tickets Available!

Calling all golfers and merrymakers…Great parties await for you to attend! Sip, socialize, sourdough, succulents, summer bbq, halloween, and swing that golf club! It’s hard to speakeasy! Come find out how much fun we put in to fundraising. Get more info on all of our fabulous parties and purchase your tickets here.

Golf Tournament Deadline Alert!!

The Golf Tournament Benefitting Walnut Acres is coming up on Friday, April 12 at Boundary Oaks Golf Course. Sign up as an Individual or Foursome! Sign-up deadline is Sunday, March 31.

Questions? Contact the Buy-in Party Team.

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NEW DATE! The International Fair: Small World, Big Dreams, has been moved to Friday, April 26. Please mark it on your calendars!

New this year: Wonderful performances by our students, as well as some terrific raffle items! If you'd like to get involved (and make sure your country of origin is represented), please sign-up HERE. We need lots of help with the event as well as donations of specific items.

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Do You Have Old Color Markers to Recycle?

Since the end of last year Walnut Acres has been part of “Colorcycle”. We have been collecting dried up markers in the classroom. Please check your home for old markers you would like to keep out of the landfill and recycle them in the “Colorcycle” boxes provided in your kids’ classroom.

If you can’t find the box in your kids’ classroom, ask the teacher or send a message to sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Share Your Pictures with the Walnut Acres 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".

  6. 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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SAVE the DATE: Walnut Creek Community Service Day is Saturday October 12, 2019

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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.

March 26th: "How Parents Social Media Presence Affects Their Children and School Communities"

Part of the MDUSD LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

Speaker Series. This session will take place at College Park High

School from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Feeder Pattern Instrumental Music Concerts: March 26 and 27

4th and 5th grade BAND members will join other instrumentalists in a feeder pattern concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 3/26.

ORCHESTRA members will do the same on Wednesday, 3/27.

Both concerts will be held at the Northgate High School gym. Students are asked to arrive at 6:30 PM for a short rehearsal. Performers should wear concert clothes, white on top & black on bottom.

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Documentary “Straws” will be shown at Northgate

Walnut Acres Recycle Club is working in collaboration with the Foothill ECK Club and the Northgate Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) to organize a public showing of the documentary “Straws”. This event will take place at the Northgate Little Theatre on April 12th from 6 - 7:30 PM. All Walnut Acres, Foothill, and Northgate families, as well as residents of the neighborhood are invited. Stay tuned for more information.