Walnut Acres PFC Enews January 23, 2018
Tue, Jan 23 12:04pm
Walnut Acres Elementary

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - January 23, 2018
Check out the Community Announcements section at the bottom

Mark Your Calendars!
Jan 31 - Feb 2: Science Fair
Feb 5: Kinder Registration Info Night, 6 pm, MUR
Feb 6: TK/K Registration
Feb 7: 1st-5th Grade Registration
Feb 12: Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb 14: Sing Out, 8 am, MUR
Feb 19: Presidents' Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Feb 19: Start of Online Auction
Feb 20: PFC Meeting, 7 pm, Library
For the PFC Key Dates Calendar 2017-18, click here  

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MDUSD Spring Parent Events

MDUSD Special Ed Department Parent Workshops Presents: 
Understanding ADHD/ADD and Children
January 25th, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Presented by: Judy Marshall from CHADD of NorCal
Location: The Board Room, MDUSD Office, 1936 Carlotta Dr, Concord. 
To RSVP: Please call Hilary Shen at (925) 682-8000 or email shenh@mdusd.org
LCAP Speaker Series Presents:
Marijuana and Beyond: Teenage Drug Use in 2018
January 30th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented by: Dr. Danielle Ramo, Clinical Psychologist
Location: College Park High School, 201 Viking Dr., Pleasant Hill. 

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Winter After School Enrichment  Classes- Last chance to Sign Up!
Enrichment classes are held after school hours and are available on a first come/first serve basis for Walnut Acres students, grade K – 5. All registration is by mail directly to the class vendors.
You can still sign up for the following classes: 
Wednesday:  Basketball (Grades 1-5), January 24-March 28

Thursday: One on One Sports Dodgeball (Grades 1 - 5), January 25-March 29
Friday: Sarah’s Science - Toyology (Grades 1 - 4), NEW START DATE: Feb 2-March 23
Go to the Enrichment Page of the PFC website for more details.

Questions? Please email Kristen Gray at enrichment@walnutacrespfc.net.

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The 2018 Science Fair is Next Week!

Thank you for encouraging our young enthusiastic scientists to participate in one of Walnut Acres' favorite events, the Annual Science Fair! We have over 100 registrations and we are eagerly looking forward to meeting and learning from these young scientists. 

Science Fair Activity Schedule:
Wednesday, January 31: Deliver and Set-up Projects
MUR 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 1:  Science Fair Day!
Judging of Projects:  8:00 am - noon
Classes view Projects:  12:30 - 2:30 pm
Family Open House: 2:30 - 4:00pm and 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, February 2:
Classes view Projects: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Pick up Projects and Take Home:  2:30 - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 10:
Annual MDUSD Elementary STEM Showcase 9 am – 11 am

We need volunteer judges! We could still use a few more judges on Thursday morning from 8:00 - 12:00. No prior judging experience is required! A brief training and score sheets will be provided. Please sign up on Konstella now! The success of the Science Fair depends on parent involvement and we are ever grateful to the wonderful Walnut Acres community for always pitching in.

If you have questions, please contact Science Fair coordinators Marci Cole Ekberg or Vani Rajagopalan at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc. net. 

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Wine for Walnut Acres Please!

Consider giving a bottle (or a case!) of your favorite wine to the auction.  We depend on wine donations for partygoers to purchase for their tables on auction night.  Drop off at 115 Los Banos Ave or email Marisa Linquist to coordinate a pick up. ($20 minimum value per bottle please). 

Countdown to Live and Let Bid!

We’re in the final preparations, and there is so much to celebrate already:

- Congratulations to Katie Evans, winner of our Rent the Runway raffle for a gown of her choice to wear on auction night!  It’s time for everyone else to start planning your own glamorous look for this James Bond themed event, too!
- Thanks to 200+ individuals who purchased tickets already, the live auction event is sold-out!  Even if you don’t have tickets, everyone is invited to join the online auction in February – watch for updates.
- Want to do your part?  Check out the latest announcement on Konstella to learn how YOU can help during this final push to make this year’s most exciting fundraiser a great success! 

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Yearbook Deadlines 

5th Grade Families! The Deadline to put an Ad in the 2018 Yearbook is Wednesday, January 31!

Do you want to put a special message for your 5th Grader in the yearbook? Information on how to purchase and submit your personal ad can be found on the Yearbook page of the PFC website at http://www.walnutacrespfc. net/yearbook.  Create and pay for your ad no later than January 31st.

Order your Yearbook by April 15th!  Yearbooks are $30 dollars. They can only be purchased online this year. Please visit the yearbook page on the PFC website for information on how to order your book. Don't miss out on the memories!  

Share your School Photos with the Yearbook!  Students, parents and teachers can contribute photos to the yearbook staff by directly uploading them to the yearbook website for potential use.  You can share photos of field trips, classroom events, school and community events or shots of your children and their friends. The more you share, the better our book can be!  Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code: walnutacres 

Any questions please contact the yearbook committee at yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.    
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Walnut Acres Fundraising Event February 7th at Round Table Clubhouse

On Wednesday, February 7, the  Round Table Clubhouse on Treat Blvd. in Concord will host a Walnut Acres Day from 11 am to 9 pm. If you share that you are from Walnut Acres Elementary, 25% of your purchase will go directly to the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club.

Date: Wednesday, February 7th
Location: Round Table Clubhouse
2960 Treat Blvd. Concord
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Gather up your friends and head over!

Event includes take-out, delivery or dine-in purchases. No coupons or special offers will be accepted during this event. Remember to say you are with Walnut Acres PFC! The first 20 WA Families who order (call in or in person) will receive a certificate for a free personal pizza ($10 value).

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Drive Thru Sign Ups by Grade Level
Thank you to the 2nd Grade parents who stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the month of December. January is the 1st Grade parents' turn, and February is the 5th grade parents turn! Each month, a different class level is
responsible for helping at the Drive Thru.
CLICK  HERE for 1st Grade January sign ups.
CLICK HERE for 5th Grade February sign ups.  
We need 4 parents per day, Monday - Thursday. Fridays will continue to be Father Fridays with our awesome dads greeting the kids in the morning. Please sign up now - it's a short commitment  - just 20 minutes from 7:40 - 8:00 am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!
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Join the PFC Team Today
It's never too late (or too early for next year!) to join the PFC team! We have a few roles for you to consider today:
PEAK Representative 
The PEAK Education Foundation is a non-profit education foundation dedicated to the Northgate area with the purpose of raising funds to benefit Northgate schools and students. A member of each school community attends monthly meetings and acts as a liaison between the foundation and the school. If you are interested in learning more about PEAK and want to be involved in their efforts, this is a great way to help both our school and PEAK. Email Jill at president@walnutacrespfc.net to learn more.
Science Fair Lead "Apprentice"
Join this year's Science Fair crew to learn the ins and outs of running the fair. We will need some new leadership next year and this is a great way to get in and see what it's all about. If you love science and love seeing our kids experiment with cool stuff, this is a great job for you!  The Science Fair is coming soon... Jan 31 - Feb 2, so join the crew now! Email Marci and Vani at sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net.
Art Show Lead "Apprentice"
WAMOMA (Walnut Acres Museum of Modern Art!) is happening in March and it's a sight to behold! Our current Curator will lead the Art Show this year and is looking for someone to work with her this year and next. If you love ART and want to be a part of this cool and inspirational event, please contact Arsinoe Ferry at Arsinoe66@gmail.com.

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New Shop and Earn for Walnut Acres Amazon.com Link! 

Our Amazon.com link below will link you to the Walnut Acres Amazon Associates page, where you can place your Amazon orders, and up to 10% of your total will go directly to the school. Be sure to bookmark this page for future ordering: Amazon.com

Note: if you have previously ordered through the Walnut Acres AmazonSmile program, please change your bookmark to this Amazon Associates program link. It pays out a greater percentage than the AmazonSmile program.

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Lost and Found! 

We're only 2 weeks into the new year, but the Lost and Found bin is full already! Please have your student check for their coats and sweatshirts. There are lots of items there that they probably want to wear in this cold weather!

Boy Scouts Troop 810 Open House- Tuesday, January 23rd! 

Boy Scouts Troop 810 invites all interested 5th graders and their parents to attend our Open House on Tuesday, January 23 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.  The Open House will take place at Foothill Middle School  at 2775 Cedro Lane, Walnut Creek. Our scouts will be showing you how to put up a tent that stays up, how to pack a backpack and not make it so heavy you can't carry it up a mountain, and how to tie knots. Games and snacks will also be provided.  Come learn about the many things Troop 810 has to offer - monthly overnight camping trips, ziplining, snow camping, canoeing, just to name a few. This year we will be going to Emerald Bay and Wolfeboro for our summer camps.

Troop 810 is a boy led troop that values and promotes leadership development, community service, scout skills, fun and adventure. We were established in 1966 and have over 150 Eagle Scouts. We meet most Tuesdays evenings at Foothill Middle School.   For more information and to RSVP, please contact Dorene Soe at dalouie8@yahoo.com or 925-932-0733. We look forward to meeting you. You can also check out our website at http://www.bsa810.org/ 

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Watch the Movie Angst at St. Matthew Church, January 24th

Saint Matthew Church is hosting a FREE community-wide screening of the movie Angst to raise awareness around Anxiety. The movie features candid interviews with teens about anxiety, tools that help and hope. The screening is appropriate for children 10 and up. It’s produced by the same people that brought us Screenagers

ANGST Movie, Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm at St Matthew Church, 399 Wiget Lane.  Reserve your FREE tickets and view a trailer for ANGST here.   

For more Community Service Announcements, Click HERE to visit the PFC website.