Hello Jaguar Families,
Wow, what a crazy and challenging 2019-20 school year! I am so thankful to our Walnut Acres Community for providing the bedrock of involvement and support. As you may have heard, the district is in the process of searching for a new superintendent. It is unfortunate that we are in this situation, but I’m sure the board and the district will find a replacement. Executive Director of Instructional Support, Jennifer Sachs, and Executive Director of Special Education, Dr. Wendi Aghily, will be stepping in as liaisons between the Board and the staff at this time. Chief Business Officer, Dr. Lisa Gonzales, and Associate General Counsel, Cesar Alvarado, will also continue to provide support and direction in their areas of responsibility.
In terms of schools reopening, Governor Newsom has postponed his delivery of the guidelines on how schools should reopen (or not). I think he finally has begun to understand the complexity of the fiscal, logistical, and educational planning that districts must go through to ensure people will be safe if schools reopen. Yes, that means we need clear guidelines, money, and safety supplies. MDUSD leaders, along with some teachers and administrators, will work out the details of various scenarios (full distance learning, hybrid model, or regular school) on how schools may reopen or not, and they hope to have clearer expectations by late July. I have signed up to be on the Educational Committee. I will communicate to the community and staff as more information becomes available.
Over the summer, the custodians will be completing their deep cleaning of the school. The Walnut Acres Children Center will be on campus with a smaller number of students. In addition to using their building, they will also be using classrooms K1 and K3.
Parent Survey (State of Technology End of Year)
If you have not already, please complete the 5 minute survey by June 4. It was sent to you on Konstella. Your feedback is valuable in helping us understand your needs and ways for us to improve on delivering distance learning.
Your child’s teacher had either included a hard copy in your child’s bag of belongings that you had picked up during Pick up Drop off. Some teachers emailed parents the report card. If you did not receive a copy of the report card and would like one, email me LUONGL@MDUSD.NET.
This year, due to budget reduction and Covid 19, there will be no teachers facilitating the summer reading program. However, you can check out our school website for a list of free resources that your child can access over the summer. Click on “Classes,” then “Intervention Support.” Scroll down to “Documents with Resources” and select “WAE Summer Resources 2020.” In addition to these resources, we encourage students to keep up with their reading over the summer.
Top 10 Recreational/Educational Activities for Kids in Contra Costa County with Social Distancing by Bryan Cassin Administrator, Alternative Dispute Resolution
When we think about summer fun with our kids, often we think of swimming pools, amusement parks, playgrounds, museums, and many other fun spaces that are typically filled with people. Given the presumed guidance to maintain social distancing through the summer, parents will need to be as creative as ever in setting up fun activities. Here are my top ten recommendations for local exploration this summer:
- Westwind Drive In Theater, 1611 Solano Way, Concord, CA 94520
- Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch, CA 94509
- Rock City, Mount Diablo State Park
- Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park, 18012 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583
- Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, 2701 Isabel St, Richmond, CA 94804
- Lafayette Reservoir
- Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline Park, 245 N Court St, Martinez, CA 94553
- Heather Farms Park, Rose Garden, 301 N San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
- Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley, CA 94561
- Tilden Regional Park, 2501 Grizzly Peak Blvd, Orinda, CA 94563
Many thanks to our community for an adaptive and compassionate response to a school year of unique and unprecedented challenges. As your first year principal in the crucible of the Covid 19 pandemic, may we reflect upon the gifts and losses we have come to know and value the spirit of community in all we do. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Be safe and healthy,