Walnut Acres PFC eNews, November 19, 2019

Post date: Nov 22, 2019 3:21:45 AM

What's Happening at Walnut Acres -

November 19, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!11/19 PFC Meeting - Library 7pm11/18-12/2 Read-A-Thon "Saddle Up & Read!"11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL!12/3 PFC Holiday Party

12/2-12/5 Toy & Clothing Drive

12/9-20 Parent/Teacher Conferences

12/12 4th Grade Show "December in Our Town"

12/18 Sing Out

12/23-1/6 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL!

1/7 Return to School

1/14 PFC Meeting - Library 7pm

1/20 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- NO SCHOOL!

For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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The Jaguar Fund donation request of $650 is too big for our budget.

Did you know that you can make recurring payments in Konstella? Konstella will automatically charge your credit card each month. That could be a payment of $65/month for 10 months.

Still haven't donated to Jag Fund? Through parent donations, the PFC is able to fund many of the things that make our school unique. Check out the PFC website for more information and please help us meet our goal. The suggested donation is $650 per student, which can be contributed in monthly payments if you prefer. Donate Now

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Lost and Found - TODAY!

Our Lost and Found items will be laid out on the picnic tables Tuesday, 11am-3pm.

On Wednesday, the Student Council will lay the items out from 12:30-2pm, collect all remaining items, and donate them to the fire victims in the Napa area.

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Saddle Up & Read! Read-a-Thon!

November 18th-December 2nd

Have your child lasso up some good books, kick up their heels and read all while earning money for the school. The Read-A-Thon is one of the PFC's largest annual fundraisers that challenges students to use their most important academic skill, READING, to directly support their school. If you didn't receive an email with your child's 99pledges link (check your junk folder) or didn't receive a reading envelope, please email readathon@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Annual Toy and Clothing Drive

Get ready to clean out your closets and go Marie Kondo for a good cause! Monday, December 2nd through Thursday, December 5th Walnut Acres will be collecting gently used toys and clothes for families of Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point. The families use these items to help give gifts for the holidays or for their personal use. Items to be collected include new or gently used toys (with all pieces intact), games, clothes, warm jackets, shoes, kitchen items, jewelry and home decor. Items may be dropped off in front of the main office 12/2-12/5.If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Balistreri at stephb26@yahoo.com or communityservice@walnutacrespfc.net.

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Join the Walnut Acres PFC as we celebrate the Holidays and our amazing school community with an adults-only affair at the lovely home of Ryan & Catalina Franklin. Official invite to come with more details!

Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or a bottle of wine to share with your fellow Walnut Acres parents and our lovely teachers.

All Walnut Acres parents and teachers are invited!

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Short Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held December 9-13 and December 16-20, 2019. We will have early dismissal both weeks. Please see the chart below for each grade level’s dismissal times. Teachers' will contact you regarding your appointment times.

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Auction Team Needs Your Help!

Hello Parents! Tickets for the Live Auction Gala sold out quickly, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the Auction Action!!EVERYONE (parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors) can shop for incredible deals and exclusive experiences through the Online Auction. The Online Auction will run from Feb 21, 2020 - March 2, 2020 and raises money to keep programs like Reading and Math Intervention and the STEM lab running. We Need The Help of The Entire Parent Community!A successful auction depends on GREAT auction items and experiences. Parents, we need YOUR help in securing donations of gift cards, tickets to events, goods, services, or a unique experience like a behind-the-scenes tour or other event.

Click here to find out how you can help!

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2nd Grade Parents -

December is Your Month to

Host Drive Thru

2nd Grade Parents: For the month of December, please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As like last year, we are having each class level help out at the Drive Thru during specific months. We would appreciate 2-4 helpers each day. Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning, 7:40 - 8:00 am? If so, please sign up!

Click HERE for the 2nd Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

Every first week of the month Mike Jahnke brings the recycling donated by YOU to the Martinez recycling plant and brings back cash $$ which is then donated to our Recycle Club. Thank you Walnut Acres parents for donating your recycling cans and bottles last month. Next Collection will be December 2nd-6th bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone.

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Buy your 2019-2020 Walnut Acres Yearbook

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

  1. Go to: www.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".

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net

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Kid and Parent Buy-In Parties Needed

Interested in a fun way to support our school? We need you! We are looking for hosts for Seasonal/Winter buy in parties for all grade levels! Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and host an activity to celebrate the season. Autumn has so much to offer: hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts, costumes, changing colors of leaves, sports and more!

Consider hosting a kids party/movie night, an afternoon of ice skating, a winter holiday craft day, Frozen 2 movie outing, ring in the new year with a kids New Year’s Eve party, or indoor play time at a local facility. Our team can help with planning and making your party idea a reality!

All money from ticket sales of buy in parties goes directly to our PFC – so get party planning! It’s for the kids! Contact Sarah Waters at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

Don’t forget that PARENTS like to have FUN too! If you’re interested in hosting a parent buy in party, contact Danielle Getty at parentbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

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Math Kangaroo Registration is Open

This year, the competition will take place all over the world on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Registration is now open online at Math Kangaroo Registration.

To register your student, log into your account (or create a new one if you don't have one already.) Once you log in, click on the 'By invitation' tab right above 'Participation Centers'. Enter one of the following invitation codes: CAWALNU0003518@20MK (3 pm session) or CAWALNU0003528@20MK (7 pm session). Then click 'enroll', and follow the instruction for payment ($21 per child). The last day of registration is Dec 15, 2019. If you have trouble with registration or would like to know more about Math Kangaroo, please contact Chao Yang at chaoathome@yahoo.com.

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Registration for the 2020 Walnut Creek Little League Season is Now Open!

We invite you to join Walnut Creek Little League for the 2020 Baseball and Softball season! Baseball, Softball and Challengers teams are now forming for the Spring and Summer. Take advantage of early registration and sign up today!

  • Early Registration ends 12/18/19

  • Late Registration fees apply after 12/18/19

  • Registration closes on 1/2/20

Let’s Play Ball! Register HERE Please Note: Walnut Creek Little League has a new web address! We can now be found at: www.WCLittleLeague.org

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The 27th Annual Turkey Trot is here- Run, jog, walk or volunteer to help support Northgate schools and have fun at this community tradition!

Thanksgiving and the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot are fast approaching! You can help support Northgate schools by running, jogging or walking in the race - and you can save money by registering early! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest! Participating is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday. Race sponsor, FORMA GYM has named PEAK Education Foundation - which supports all 5 Northgate schools - a beneficiary for the 8th year in a row. PEAK will receive a donation back for every participant when you use the fundraising code“PEAK19” at registration. Don't forget to use the code!

The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 am at Civic Park.

For more information and to register CLICK HERE. Volunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand. Click here to volunteer

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