Walnut Acres PFC Enews, February 12, 2019
Tue, Feb 12 2:11pm
Walnut Acres Elementary

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - February 12, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
2/13 Dine and Donate at Jack's Urban Eats
2/14 Last Day for Girl Scout Water Bottle Wars Donations
2/15 School Recess- No School 
2/18 President's Day Holiday- No School 
2/18 Online Auction Begins
2/19 PFC Meeting, Library, 7:00 PM
2/21-23 Aladdin, 5th Grade Play, 7:00 PM
2/27 Sing Out, 8 AM
2/28-3/2 Aladdin, 5th Grade Play, 7:00 PM
3/4 Online Auction Ends
3/8 Auction Evening: Midnight in Paris
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 
 

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Support Our Dine and Donate at Jack's Urban Eats, February  13th,  4PM-8PM 
Jack's Urban Eats, located in the Orchards on Ygnacio Valley Road, will be donating 20% of the proceeds from Walnut Acres families back to the PFC. Show them a copy of this flyer to be included in the fundraiser. Jack's Urban Eats is Located at 2862 Ygnacio Valley Road in the Orchards. Please do not distribute flyers at or near the restaurant.

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Will Your Class Win an Extra Recess? 
Water Bottle Wars are in full swing, and so far, these classrooms are on track to get an extra recess... 
 K - Kading; 1st - McGoldrick; 2nd - Cowles; 3rd - Perham; 4th - Myers; 5th - Clark
But your class can take the lead by filling up the water bottle in your classroom with more spare change! Check out the Water Bottle Wars standings here to see where your class stands: http://bit.ly/waterstandings 
Our 5th grade girl scout troop organized Water Bottle Wars to raise money for our water fountain near the playground to get a water bottle filler & filter (and one for a a sister school, too).  They've counted up last week's change and so far have raised $342 out of their $1600 goal. Just bring in your change (or bills) to the water bottle in your classroom by THIS THURSDAY, Feb 14th. 
Who will win?!Each top fundraising classroom per grade level will win extra recess! The top 3 classrooms in the whole school will win special trophies! And, we all win with cleaner water and environment.  

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Walnut Acres Stem and Science Fair 2019

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 sold baked goods to fund raise for a larger reptile aquarium for Fergus the classroom turtle.

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 & Science Fair web page.

BIG thank you to Carollo Engineers, Inc who served as the judges for the Science Fair. Their time spent with the students during the judging interview process was invaluable.

Recognition to Kathy Vendel and her real estate team for their financial support and thanks also to the parents who volunteered their time with set up, break down and general logistics to help make the 2019 STEM and Science Fair a tremendous success. Great job to all - keep being curious! 

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Online Auction Begins February 18th!
Kickoff your President’s Day with a little shopping from home during the Walnut Acres Online Auction February 18 – March 4. The Online Auction is open to everyone and no tickets are required. This is your chance to bid on exclusive items at a great price all in the name of supporting our school. Watch for details and the auction link coming soon on Konstella! 

More Ways To Help...
It’s not too late to contribute to our LIVE auction on March 8th!  We still need donations of bottles (or a case!) of your favorite wine.  We depend on wine donations for auction-goers to purchase for their tables on auction night. Please consider donating a bottle. Wine donations can be dropped off at 115 Los Banos Ave or 1079 Springfield Drive. ($20 minimum value per bottle please).

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CUYT is proud to present... Aladdin 
Come support our 4th and 5th graders as they perform this classic!
 
London Cast Performances
Thursday February 21
Saturday February 23
Friday March 1
New York Cast Performances 
Friday February 22
Thursday February 28
Saturday March 2
All performances begin at 7:00 
Tickets will be available at the door each night or they can be ordered online. Go to the PFC website's CUYT page. Online orders are open through noon on Wednesday 2/20 and then again from Sunday 2/24 through noon on Wednesday 2/27. Place your order soon to secure the best available tickets. 
GENERAL SEATS ($8 each) - Best seats available will be assigned in the order that ticket orders are received. Tickets ordered online will be available for pick up at the box office table (outside the MUR) starting at 6:15 on the evening of the performance. 
Payment options:
Pay by Venmo to CU YT (note there is a space between the U and the Y)
Drop Checks to CUYT in the box in the Walnut Acres office by noon on the Wednesday prior to the show (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). If payment is not received, your order will not be filled. Please note that ticket sales are final and cannot be traded for another day once seats are assigned.  

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After School Enrichment: Girls On The Run is back at Walnut Acres!

Enroll your daughter in this fun group which inspires girls "to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." 
Feb. 25-May 10
Meets on both Tuesdays 4:00-5:15pm and Saturdays 9:45-11:00am
Grades 3-5:  Tuition $300, sliding scale available
www.gotrbayarea.org 

At Girls on the Run, we believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, and can change the world. 

Girls 3rd – 5th grades, come have fun with us and take part in games that help you feel positive and good!  This is NOT a competitive running program; it is a celebration of doing things you never thought you could.  Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. 

Join us each Tuesday and Saturday to move, jump, have fun and celebrate yourself!  The 10-week session includes healthy snacks at each lesson, a t-shirt, a water bottle and entry to the end of the season Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, May 5th in San Francisco. 

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The Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club presents
Art Show 2019 - Thursday March 14th

Attention all artists!  It's time to get ready for the annual Art Show happening on Thursday, March 14thThis is a non-competitive and non-fundraising event showcasing artwork from all grades at Walnut Acres.

For this event, the MUR will be transformed into a Modern Art Gallery where each class will be represented with artwork made during Art Awareness classes. In addition, we will also be displaying individual submissions by any student who wishes to participate. Drawings, sculpture, painting, fiber arts, mixed media, computer animation and collage are just some of what you can expect to see this year.

Students will tour the "museum" with their classes during school hours on Thursday March 14th. That evening, parents, family and friends are invited to attend the artists reception from 6pm-8pm. All artwork will be returned to the students.

Please note the following important dates:
Friday March 1st: Last day to submit entry forms
Wednesday March 13th: Artwork Due in the MUR before school
Thursday March 14th: Art Show tours and evening reception, 6-8pm 

Questions or want to volunteer to help at this fun event?
***Look for a Konstella sign up going out in the next week***
Contact Katie Reed and Sarah Lee, Art Show Coordinators
artshow@walnutacrespfc.net

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5th Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru for the month of February! 

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. It's a fun way to start the school day! Just like last year, each month a different grade will be asked to help out at the Drive Thru.
We need 4 helpers each day, dads are encouraged to join us on Father Fridays!
Can you help for 20 minutes in the morning? 7:40 - 8:00 a.m. If you've never helped, one of the Drive Thru coordinators (Cathy or Sarah) will be available to provide guidance. Thank you!  CLICK HERE to sign up!   

 

Walnut Acres Safety Reminders

When walking to/from school, please use sidewalks and crosswalks, DO NOT cut across car line

For drivers using the morning drive thru/car line:

  • Pull up to a volunteer for assistance getting your student out of the car (do not have your students get out early)
  • Do not get out or park your car 
  • Have your child ready (goodbyes said, back pack ready) to exit curbside
  • Do not go around other cars if you are "empty"

Afternoon drive though should flow as children are picked up.  
Do not park and leave your car unattended in afternoon car line.
The staff parking lot should not be used as a loading zone, parking area, cut through or to wave your children across the car line to find you.
For a full list of guidelines, visit the Drive Thru page of the PFC website.

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Small World, Big Dreams! March 22nd 

The 2nd Walnut Acres International Fair is happening on March 22! Let's face it-whether you just moved the United States, or your ancestors came here generations ago, most of us come from somewhere else!   We all have an interesting culture, and this is a unique opportunity to teach our children about our heritage as well as share the rich global diversity we have at our school with other families. Over 33 countries have volunteers for the fair, and we would love for you to join your country's team or start a new team if your country isn't represented yet. We are looking for all countries, but a few countries who currently have only one representative so far are: Argentina, Australia, Columbia, Estonia, El Salvador, France, Gambia, United Kingdom, Hungary, India, Holland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Palestine, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, USA.  Please sign up by February 25th:Country Sign Up

A parent-run event like this cannot happen without many helpers! We are seeking volunteers to ensure the fair runs smoothly as well as provide donations of drinks and other necessities. Volunteer Sign Up 

"Every person is a new door to a different world." Anonymous

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Share Your Walnut Acres Pictures with the Yearbook!

We know many of you take pictures at school events and would love to share them with the yearbook.  Please upload them to the yearbook website following these directions. Remember the more pictures we have from you the more pictures we have of your student!!

  1. go to: hjeshare.com Enter school code walnutacres
  2. Click "select images for upload". Click "Browse for Images".
  3. Locate our images, click on them, then click "Open".
  4. Enter the information for each image. Please include "grade(s) of students" and provide the teacher's name if known. For "student(s) shown", type N/A.
  5. Click "upload images".

Remember to buy your yearbook for $35.00 at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Enter school code: 10053 to purchase with credit card.

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Happy Birthday Wishes on the Marquee

Support the PFC and put a smile on your child's face! For $25.00, you can say “Happy Birthday (Your Child’s Name)" on the Walnut Acres electronic Marquee from 7am-9pm on your date of choice. To purchase, go to the Birthday Marquee Sales Page in Konstella. The deadline for submitting an order is the 25th of the month prior to your child's birthday. So if your child has a birthday on February 1st, please place your order by January 25th. Questions? Email Pat Mitsch at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net
 

From the Ice Age to The Simpsons: Meet Writer and Producer Mike Reiss 

Emmy-winning writer Mike Reiss will discuss his thirty years on THE SIMPSONS, with special emphasis on Jewish themes, episodes, cast members and celebrity guest voices.  Reiss will be coming to us directly from his engagement writing for the Oscars, so he should have some Oscar stories (and possibly swag!) to share.  
Monday February 25, 2019
7:00pm 
Congregation B'nai Shalom Social Hall
74 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA  
D'OH Nuts and Coffee will be served
Free Admission!
Open to the Whole Community, Everyone is Welcome!
Book Signing to Follow
RSVP: office@bshalom.org

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Have a great science morning!
DISTRICT STEM Showcase/Fair
Date:
Saturday March 16th, 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 and 2nd place group invention winners and 5th grade 1st place winner and 1st place winning group for the Chariot Challenge.

Location:
Willow Creek Center  
1026 Mohr Lane, Concord