Enews May 2, 2018

Post date: May 03, 2018 2:28:16 AM

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - May 2, 2018

Check out Community Announcements at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation WeekMay 9: Walk/Bike to School DayMay 10: 1st Grade Performance, 7pm, MURMay 14-18: Darcie Jones Book Drive

May 15: Kindergarten Orientation Meeting, 6pm, MUR

May 15: PFC Meeting, 7pm, MUR

May 23: Sing Out, 8-9am

May 24: Open House Festival

For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here

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Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11

Remember to Thank Your Teachers next week...

Monday, May 7: Teachers and staff enjoy their beautifully decorated doors and breakfast in the lounge.

Tuesday, May 8: Each student brings a flower for class bouquet (vase provided by Room Parents).

Wednesday, May 9: Teacher/Staff Salad and appetizer luncheon.

Thursday, May 10: Each student brings a card, letter, or picture showing appreciation for their teacher.

Friday, May 11: Teacher/Staff dessert buffet.

For more details, watch for announcements from your Room Parents!

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That's A Wrap! Walnut Acres Walk-A-Thon 2018 We wanted to share some fun, final details from the 2nd annual Walk-A-Thon that happened on Friday, April 13. Together, we donated over $32,000 to the PFC. Thank you to Walnut Acres families, friends, and neighbors for your support! These funds will go directly to this year's staff salaries, art and science programs, and basic supply needs.

And how far did we walk and jog as a school? 580 students participated in the Walkathon on Friday April 13, and ran a total of 4,678 laps around our track. That equals out to 1,170 miles, or from Walnut Acres all the way to El Paso, TX.

Congratulations to Mrs. Cowles 4th grade class for the most laps, Mrs. Ng's 2nd grade class for the most fundraising, and Ms. Carella's 3rd grade class for most class spirit. All three classes will get extra recess and a Jamba Juice Smoothie Party this month.

Congratulations to the winners of the prize giveaways for fundraising! There were 57 winners, and prizes were sent home earlier this week.

And finally, a big thanks to parents Chantal Morrison and CC Pirtle for all of their hard work securing prize donations and company sponsorships for our event!

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5th Grade Girl Scout Troop 33086's Gift to Walnut Acres

Attention Walnut Acres Parents! Your kids may have already told you the amazing news, but on Wednesday, April 25 at the Volunteer Appreciation Sing-Out, the 5th grade Girl Scout Troop 33086 announced a special gift to Walnut Acres. They made recess even better by using their extra cookie sales money to buy 35 NEW playground balls! The troop wanted something to be remembered by when they leave Walnut Acres, and because there just weren’t enough balls to go around. Well listen up! In addition to the gift there will be a new checkout system! This will be put into place soon. For more information either ask your child or ask a Girl Scout of Troop 33086!

Thank you, Simone Leto, Girl Scout

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Next Week! Recycling at Pick Up- Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

All next week, May 7-11, we are collecting CRV-labeled aluminum cans and plastic bottles at morning drop off. No need to get out of your car - just hand us the bag (or open your trunk for us) as you go through the drive thru!

Every first full week of the month, we will collect CRV beverage containers (please, no glass) from you as you drop your child off at school. Recycled materials will be exchanged for cash at a recycling center and the proceeds will be used for playground supplies, and for Walnut Acres Recycling Club supplies and activities.

Drive Thru and Drop Off every morning May 7-11th!

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Walk & Roll to School Day is Coming!Wednesday, May 9 is Walnut Acres second Walk & Roll to School Day of the school year!

WHY walk & roll? It's fun, healthy, reduces traffic, it gives students responsibility, and builds independence! Click here to see event details and where Walk & Roll groups will meet to join a group near you. And, don't forget to check in when you arrive at school to be counted and get a prize!

Students are reminded to use Street Smarts to stay safe while biking, skateboarding, riding scooters and walking:


  • Wear helmets,

  • Ride on the right side of the road (go in the same direction as traffic),

  • Stop at red lights and stop signs,

  • Make eye contact with drivers,

  • When walking: Use crosswalks and Stop, Look, & Listen before crossing streets!

Parents are also reminded to use Street Smarts while driving in the 20 MPH school zone. Your children - and their classmates - are worth the extra time it takes to drive safely.

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level- 1st and 2nd Grade Parents!

Thank you to the 3rd Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of April. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. May is the 1st and 2nd grade parents! CLICK HERE for 1st and 2nd Grade May sign ups.We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!

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Curtains Up Youth Theater Camp, “Summer Magic,” June 18 - July 21

CUYT presents “Summer Magic,” a musical story that connects three great scenes from three great musicals. The production is open to students who have completed 2nd-5th grades at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Camp runs from June 18 through July 21 on Monday-Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 pm. (No camp June 29 - July 6.) Performances will be at 7:00 pm on July 20, and 21. Auditions will be held on June 11 and 12. For more information, or to sign up, go to the PFC website or click here. Payment is due by May 29.

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Noon Supervisor Position Open at Walnut Acres Elementary Hello Walnut Acres Community! Would you be interested in a Noon Supervisor job at school? We are seeking two kind and patient folks who want to help children be successful in the MUR and on both the 1st-5th and kindergarten playgrounds. Training will be included to support peace path and problem solving strategies with our students. The positions are 7.5 hours per week. One position is daily with hours from approximately 11:10-12:45 a.m. daily (less time on Wed.) The other position is M, T, Th, and F from 11:10-1:00 p.m. Salary begins at $13.43 per hour. Please apply on EdJoin if you are interested! If you have questions, give Dr. Dowd a call at 939-1333.

Join us at the 2018 MDEA Academy Awards- Buy Your Tickets by May 3rd!

Come celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of so many Mt. Diablo Unified School District superstars: teachers, students, parents, district employees, and community groups! Our own Mrs. Erdiakoff has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Walnut Acres parent / MDUSD Education Foundation President Cherise Khaund will be giving the keynote address.

** Purchase your ticket at http://bit.ly/ AcademyAwards18 **

Ticket sales end on May 3.

The evening includes appetizers, dinner and dessert made by Mt. Diablo High School students, as well as Mariachi Dancers and Show Choir entertainment by MDUSD students.

Date/Location: Thursday, May 10th, at Centre Concord.

Check-in begins at 5 p.m.

Appetizers/no host wine bar 5 - 5:45 p.m.

Dinner 6-7 p.m.

Presentations and student entertainment 6-8:30 p.m.

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For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.