Dear Families and Students of Walnut Acres,
Welcome back to the 2019-20 school year! I hope you had a restful summer and are ready to begin another great year. Thank you to the families who attended the Meet and Greet the Principal in July. It was a pleasure meeting everyone.
There are changes to the staff. Please welcome Beth Beuchotte (1stgrade), Doug Martila (SDC), Preet Sohdi (psychologist), Deanna Nixon (librarian), and Nicki Clarke (SDC). Chloe Park (long term sub office manager), and Marika Reisinger (long term sub attendance clerk) have done an amazing job running the office. Amanda Graves switched from fourth to third grade while Mariteresa Arenson moved from second to fourth grade. Heather Garcia Roy will be teaching a TK-K class. The TK-K team and I have thoughtfully placed students who can work more independently into this class since there will be two grade levels. Our first grade teacher, Melanie McGoldrick, will be out until the end of September due to health reasons. We already have an excellent long-term sub that has agreed to take the job. I will announce her name as soon as the paperwork has been completed. We wish Ms. McGoldrick a speedy recovery.
A few other changes also occurred over the summer to improve our campus. The district upgraded our Wi-Fi network, providing better access to more computer programs and software. Thanks to the passage of the measure bond, there is now a new fence along the side of the school parallel to Ebano Dr. Trees have been trimmed, classrooms cleaned, and floors waxed. Thanks to your support and donations, we have purchased 8 flat screen monitors and 17 iPads for classroom use.
We are excited to dive deep into math instruction and learning this year as teachers attended a math training on August 8 and 9 for our newly adopted math curriculum, Bridges. We thank all of you for supporting us in this new endeavor.
I invite you to attend Jaguar Day, 8/12/19, 3:00- 7:00 PM. This is a great time to meet other families, sign up to help with the Parent Faculty Committee events and activities, and find out your child’s class assignment. But first, remember to update your personal information on the district Homelink if you have not already. You can do this by visiting:https://net.mdusd.org/parentportal/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx. You will not receive your child’s classroom assignment until your personal information has been updated. Assistance with Homelink will also be available on Jaguar Day. If you are a new family, or have a student who is enrolling at Walnut Acres for the first time, please go to the office through Monday, August 12 to get your verification code to enter your new student in HomeLink. You will need to show a photo ID (such as a driver's license) to receive the letter that contains your verification code.
Below are important dates for the month of August:
8/12 Jaguar Day 3:00-7 PM
8/13 New Student Brown Bag Lunch (Grades TK-5)
8/15 Back to School Coffee 8:00 AM, First Day of School
8/20 PFC Meeting Library 7 pm
8/20 4th Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7 pm
8/21 5th Grade Back to School Night 6-8pm
8/22 TK/K Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7 pm
8/27 3rd Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7pm
8/28 1st Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7 pm
8/29 2nd Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7 pm
School starts on 8/15. I look forward to seeing everyone on campus!
Ms. Lang Luong