The First Walnut Acres' eNews of 2020! Check it out!
Tue, Jan 14 2:53pm

What's Happening at Walnut Acres -
January 14, 2020

Mark Your Calendars!

1/14        PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
1/16        Science Fair Project Forms Due
1/20        Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
1/30        3rd Grade Show "Go Fish"
2/3          TK/K Registration Info Night - MUR 6pm
2/4          TK/K Registration
2/6          Science Fair 6:30pm-8:00
2/10        Teacher In-Service Work Day - NO SCHOOL
2/11        PFC Meeting - 7pm MUR
2/14        School Recess - NO SCHOOL
2/17        President's Day - NO SCHOOL


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

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I thought public education was free. Why am I being asked to donate?

We fundraise to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of our children’s education at Walnut Acres. Over 80% of our PFC budget is used for staff positions that would not exist at Walnut Acres Elementary without PFC funds.

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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After School Enrichment Classes 

There are still spots available in a few of the After School Enrichment Programs.  Specifically, Soccer, Basketball and Bricks 4 Kids.  Classes start next week!  Click HERE for signup forms.

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Science Fair Forms Are Due By This
Thursday, Jan. 16th!

WALNUT ACRES STEM & Science Fair, Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Get ready for the 2020 STEM and Science Fair! Walnut Acres students, grades K-5, are encouraged to think like young scientists and submit a project in any science-related or engineering field.  Entry forms are due on January 16th!  Click HERE for the form and make sure you send your child's form to sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net and/or drop it in the Science Fair box in the office before the 16th.  For more details and resource ideas check out the STEM & Science Fair PFC Page HERE.
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 Is Your Wine Rack Overflowing?

 Is your wine rack overflowing with too much wine purchased or gifted to you during the holidays? If so, it’s perfect timing to donate wine for our 2020 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 - a large bin is by the porch) or 2761 San Antonio Drive in Walnut Creek.

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Auction Is Coming!  Here's How You Can Help!
 
 Walnut Acres Auction needs your help!!! The PFC depends on a strong Auction to fund 1/4 of our annual budget.  The money we raise at Auction this spring will determine how many of the current programs we are able to sustain in the next school year.  Help us avoid program cuts and even build on our already strong support for all that is possible at Walnut Acres by contributing items, experiences and wine to the Auction. For information on what kinds of donations work, please visit the Auction Site HEREOnce you are ready to donate an item (you don't need to have the physical item in hand, you just need to provide a description of your donated item), go HERE to log your donation.
 
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1st Grade Parents -
January is Your Month to
                        Host Drive Thru 

1st Grade Parents: For the month of January, 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 1st Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

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5th Grade Families!
Yearbook Ads Deadline - January 31st  

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.

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net 

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 Orientation for parents of incoming Kindergarten and TK students will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 3rd. TK and Kindergarten registration day will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in the school Library. Registration is by appointment only.
For more information click HERE

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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 that are interested in the opportunity to be more involved with a variety of the PFC groups 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

Recycle Club News

A big thanks to everyone who has dropped off empty chip bags, bar wrappers and pouches to be recycled via TerraCycle last week. Please be informed there will be a regular TerraCycle collection in the same week as the CRV collection, first full week of every month. Drop off will be in the same spot as the CRV drop off, to keep it fast and simple. There will be a marked can for "CRV" and one for "TerraCycle". You can find more information HEREThanks for your support.
Also, don't forget to save up those cans and bottles. Next recycle collection will be February 3rd-7th. 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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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.  Don’t delay untill the end of the school year, there’s plenty of winter and early spring opportunities to take advantage of!  Consider hosting an indoor playtime, Bounce Away at Pump it up or Sky High Sports, Red Carpet Movie Night, College Hoops and March Madness Tournament, Super Bowl, Bbbrrrrave the Outdoors, Valentine’s Making Party, Celebrate Spring!  There are so many ideas and fun opportunities just waiting to be hosted.  So gather a few friends and get 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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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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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!