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Lots of Things Happening at Walnut Acres -
February 11th, 2020

Mark Your Calendars!

 
2/11        PFC Meeting - 7pm Library
2/14        School Recess - NO SCHOOL
2/17        President's Day - NO SCHOOL
2/21        Online Auction Begins
 
2/26        Sing Out 8:00-9 AM
28,29       CUYT 5th Grade Show “The Little Mermaid”

3/2          Online Auction Ends
3/6,7       CUYT Winter Show “The Little Mermaid”
3/10        PFC Meeting Library 7 pm
3/13        Auction "Carnivale" Evening  
3/16        Teacher In-Service Work Day - NO SCHOOL
3/19        Art Show 6pm-8pm
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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Double the Impact of Your Gift! Does Your Company Match Your Donations?
Many companies offer a corporate matching gift program, allowing them to financially match donations that their employees make to nonprofit organizations. All you need to do is: 1) find out if your employer offers corporate matching and 2) submit your company’s matching form. Double the impact of your gift!
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. 
The only donation too small...is no donation at all. Please contribute what you can!  Donate Now 

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Walnut Acres STEM and
Science Fair 2020

Congratulations to all our Walnut Acres scientists who participated in the STEM and Science Fair. There was a vast array of experiments, inventions, models and demonstrations to enjoy Thursday night at the Open House. Student Council also hosted a baked goods fundraiser during the Science fair event.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as honorable mentions were announced to the school, and you can view the winners on the PFC STEM and Science Fair web page by clicking Here.

A BIG thank you to Carollo Engineers Inc. who served as the judges for the Science Fair 3rd, 4th and 5th grade projects. Their time spent with the students during the judging interview process was invaluable. Recognition also to the parents who volunteered their time with judging TK/K, 1st and 2nd grade projects, classroom runner, set up, break down and general logistics to help make the 2020 STEM and Science Fair a tremendous success. Great job to all - keep being curious!

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Have a Great Science Morning!
COME TO THE DISTRICT STEM SHOWCASE

Date: Saturday March 21st, 9 - 11am

All students are welcome to walk through the displays at Willow Creek Center. A good opportunity to see science exploration from other schools in the District. Students representing Walnut Acres at the Showcase are the 3rd grade 1st and 2nd place winners; 4th grade 1st place group invention winners along with 4th grade 1st place individual winner.  Also represented at the Showcase the 5th grade 1st place winner and 1st place winning group for the Chariot Challenge.

Location:Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord

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5th Grade Families!
Yearbook Ads Deadline Has Been EXTENDED!  


The deadline for your 5th grade yearbook ads has been extended until February 29th.  Be sure to congratulate your 5th grader and express your pride and love with an ad in the 2020 yearbook.
Size: 1/8 page: $20

- Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053
- Click "Buy a Yearbook Ad"
- Click the Yearbook Ad tab, choose an ad size and click "Continue with Order" and follow the prompts to purchase your ad.  Then create and submit it after purchase.

ALL GRADES - don't forget to purchase your 2020 yearbook

go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com
enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit card. 
Cost is $35 
Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net

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 Wine Donations Still Needed for Auction!

 Wine Donations are still needed for our Auction Gala Night! You can help make this evening successful and fun by donating wine for our event. We are looking to collect a wide range of red, white, bubbly and rosé wine selections ($15 and up) for our guests to enjoy. We are also hoping to collect some high-end bottles to generate extra excitement. We are grateful for your wine donations. Drop off locations: 933 Piute Court (off Quiet Place Drive), or 2761 San Antonio Drive in Walnut Creek. There is a container by the porch/door. Or for your convenience, email caro@astound.net if you wish for us to pick up your wine donation from your home.

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Countdown to Carnivale...

Our annual auction is just a few weeks away, and now’s the time to submit your donation!  We’re counting on our community for fun items that bring in the bids to fund the education our kids deserve.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate a fabulous bid item (we love vacation home access, hotel points, event tickets, behind the scenes tours/tastings, unused gift cards, and cases of wine!)
  • Call on family members, friends, or local businesses for a donation
  • Advertise your business in our auction program
  • Bake or bring a dessert for our live auction gala 

Remember, every dollar raised goes directly to fund programs that benefit our kids at Walnut Acres!

Simply fill out the online donation form – anyone can access, so feel free to share the link. Or contact auctiondonations@walnutacrespfc.net with questions.

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Kid and Parent Buy-In Parties Needed

Did you make a New Years resolution to volunteer more in 2020?  Here’s your chance to fill that goal!  We are looking for hosts for kid buy-in parties this year.  Everyone needs something to look forward to during the winter and early spring season and a party with friends from school that raises funds for school at the same time is the perfect event!
Consider hosting an indoor playtime, Bounce Away at Pump it up or Sky High Sports, Movie Night,  College Hoops and March Madness Tournament,  Bbbrrrrave the Outdoors, Celebrate Spring!  Want to get involved but never hosted before?  Let us know and we can walk you through the process - and even connect you with other families to work together! Or simply gather a few friends and get to party planning! 

Contact Sarah Waters at: kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net 
today!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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CUYT is proud to present our production of...

ALL SHOWS START AT 7:00PM. BOX OFFICE OPENS AT 6:15PM. Tickets on sale February 20 at noon.
-London Opening Night - Friday, February 28, 2020
-New York Opening Night - Saturday, February 29, 2020
-New York Closing Night - Friday, March 6, 202
-London Closing Night - Saturday, March 7, 2020
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5th Grade Parents -
February is Your Month to
                        Host Drive Thru 

5th Grade Parents: For the month of February, 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 5th Grade Drive Thru sign ups. 

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Help the School Nurse 

We need one more parent to help the school nurse with vision screening on Tuesday, March 3, 9:00-10:45 am. They will be fetching children and helping the nurse.  Please click on the link below if you are interested.
March 3rd: Sign-Up HERE
 

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ART SHOW IS COMING
MARCH 19TH!

The art show is around the corner! Please save the date for March 19th, 6-8pm. In addition to their class projects, students may also enter one individual submission. Encourage them to start dreaming now - drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media - whatever their artistic style and vision is. Deadline and submission details to come soon.

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Walnut Acres International Fair -
Small World; Big Dreams 
When: Friday, April 17th (4:00-7:30 p.m.)
Where: Walnut Acres Elementary School 

We am happy to announce that our 3rd Annual Walnut Acres International Festival will be on April 17th, 2020!

If you'd like to get involved (and make sure your country of origin is represented), please sign-up HERE.  Deadline to sign up is March 2nd!

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Recycle Club News


Our 4th and 5th grader Recycle Club members have been working hard on preparing posters about the environment and importance of recycling. Check them out on your way onto campus on the info board by the MUR.
A big THANK YOU to all our TerraCyclers. This month we were able to collect a whole bunch of chip bags, bar wrappers and food pouches. Take a look into our TerraCycle collection bin; this is what we will keep from entering into the Landfills and most importantly, those "non-recyclables" will get a new life as another product. 

Also, don't forget to save up those cans and bottles. Next recycle collection will be March 2nd-6th. Bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone. 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. 

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SAY IT IN LIGHTS! 

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, the greeting “Happy Birthday ‘Your Child’s Name’” will be on display on the Walnut Acres' electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice.  Click HERE to purchase. 

The deadline for submitting an order is one week prior to your child's birthday. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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2020-2021 PFC Committees

Are you interested in getting more involved with the fun committees and events that happen at Walnut Acres?  Is there an event or committee you have a passion for?  LET US KNOW!  The PFC board is beginning to look for some energetic parents interested in getting more involved for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information check this out! If you see something you fancy, drop a note to the VP of Communications at vpcommunications@walnutacrespfc.net.

Bronco Baseball Academy is back for our 20th season offering summer baseball camps in Walnut Creek! This summer we will again be offering four week-long camps at Foothill Middle School for kids ages 5-12 years old. Registration is open now, and our Early Bird Discount is available through the end of February. On March 1st, the cost of camp goes up from $275 to the regular rate of $350, so register today to reserve your spot at our discounted rate. Visit www.BroncoBaseballAcademy.com for all the details and to sign up today!