Walnut Acres PFC Enews, October 9, 2018
Tue, Oct 9 3:19pm
Walnut Acres Elementary

What's Happening at Walnut Acres  - October 9, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!
10/10 Walk and Bike to School Day

10/13 Community Service Day
10/16 PFC Meeting, Staff Lounge, 8:15 a.m.
10/17 iClickSmiles School Picture Make-up Day
10/19-20 CUYT's Jungle Book, 7:00 p.m.
10/22-26 5th Grade Walker Creek Trip
10/31 Sing-Out 8:00-9:00 a.m. 
    For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2018-19 

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Wednesday is Walk and Bike to School Day!
Please join us for Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 10 by leaving the car at home and walking or rolling to school! It is a fun way to celebrate safe, non-polluting ways to get to school as well as a way to help build our children's independence!
Kids are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and decorate their bike, scooter, or skateboard for a chance to win a mystery prize for the best decoration!
Check in is at the front of the school and off Wiget Lane by the MUR. Get a  sticker and enter a raffle to win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

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Saturday is Walnut Creek Community Service Day- Join us at Walnut Acres!

Join us on Community Service Day, Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Projects include: gardening/clean up; repainting the map & checkerboard on the playground & buddy benches; painting a red cross on the emergency supplies shed; and cleaning up books in the library.

We have such a great supportive community! Our sign up is at 100% with 40 participants. But since some volunteers can only stay part of the morning due to other family obligations, we could still use extra hands. Please contact Caroline Clerempuy if you want to join at communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net. If you’ve already signed up, or wish to sign up, please let me know if you can be a Crew Leader to guide volunteers and oversee our projects. Sign Up Here.

Plan to Participate?  7:30 a.m. Free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Community Center. • 8:30-8:45 a.m. Volunteers arrive at the school and check in by the lunch tables in front of the school office (waiver mandatory – one per family - prior to working on projects). • 9:00 a.m. Project work begins. What to bring: gardening tools, paint brushes, masking tape and work gloves. Some snacks and water will be provided (while supplies last); however you’re welcome to bring your own water bottle (eco-friendly) and a snack. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Bring your waiver (one per family). Waivers will be also available at the check in station at the school. Let's show our JAGUARS volunteer spirit! 

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4th Grade Parents! Sign up to Volunteer at Drive Thru this Month!

For the month of October, 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 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!   

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 iClickSmiles School Photo Makeup Day
If you missed the Walnut Acres School school photo day for your class, or you are unsatisfied with the results, you can register for the Walnut Acre's  School Photo Makeup day. Click here to register.
The Walnut Acre's photo makeup day is October 17th.
The deadline to sign-up for the Makeup day is Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 p.m.

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Curtains Up Youth Theatre Presents
The Jungle Book
Come watch our Walnut Acres 3rd and 4th grade performers in a fabulous performance of The Jungle Book!

Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 * 7:00 pm in the MUR * Doors open at 6:40 pm * Tickets are $8 and will be sold at the door.  

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What happens on October 31st?

Prices Go Up for the 2018-19 Walnut Acres Yearbook! Buy it now for $25, or for $35 after October 31st. Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 10053 to purchase with credit or debit card. 

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The Walnut Acres Book Fair is coming!  

All your favorite books will be available for purchase in the MUR from November 5-9.  It’s the perfect time to stock up - right before the Read-A-Thon starts - and you'll be raising money for our school at the same time!  Watch this space for open hours and volunteer opportunities.  Email bookfair@walnutacrespf c.net for more information.  

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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

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Intradistrict Transfer Request for the 2019-20 School Year

Beginning Monday, October 15 through November 15, 2018, the district will accept Intradistrict Transfer Requests. Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting transfer to another MDUSD school. All applications must be made online through the MDUSD website.    

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Parent School Volunteer Requirements

For the safety of our children, all school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. Please visit www.bit.ly/MDUSDVolunteers for more information.

  1. You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD.  If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or see the MDUSD website for partner labs here). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you must return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading).
  2. You must have fingerprints on file with MDUSD - please click here for details of how to schedule with MDUSD or for their requirements to use outside fingerprint vendors.

If you are unclear of your fingerprinting or TB status, please check in with the Walnut Acres office.

Walnut Creek Little League

Registration for the Spring Season of Walnut Creek Little League opens October 1, 2018.

  • Registration late fees begin 12/18/18
  • Registration closes on 1/2/19 and waitlists begin
  • Baseball tryouts are 1/12, 1/13, 1/19, 1/20
  • Softball tryouts are 1/26

Please go to: Walnut Creek Little League The link to registration is on our website. 

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Join in The Great Highlands Hunt, Saturday October 20th

Clues to find ~ Puzzles to solve~ Tasks to complete ~ It’s time for an adventure! Bring your clever brains and comfy shoes. Saturday, October 20. Check in anytime between 4:00-5:45pm Cost: $10/person for ages 5+, ages 4 and under are free Adult supervision required – this is not a drop off event.   Starting Location: End of Lawson Ct., Crossings Neighborhood, Concord, CA Parking is very limited, so please be courteous of neighbors and PLEASE DON’T block ANY driveways.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY 5TH GRADE CAMP SIGN UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5AE2DA64-thegreat
Questions?  highlandscampcorner@gmail.com

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Did you know that the Cub Scouts now offers Family Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouts is now accepting girls! If your family would like to have a single Scouting experience, then Cub Scouts might be for you. Cub Scouting is for children in grades K-5, and the goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide variety of outdoor activities and educational programs. Our Pack has fun all year participating in service projects, camping, overnighters, and our annual Pinewood Derby! Local Pack 210 will now form girl "Dens", so if you are interested, please contact our Membership Chair, Sarah Waters at sarahsin70@hotmail.com. 

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Northgate Area Choral Music Festival

October 25, 2018 7 pm
Northgate High School Gym
Please join us for a fun evening of joyful singing featuring choirs from Bancroft, Highlands, Valle Verde and Walnut Acres Elementary Schools, Foothill Middle School and Northgate High School.
Doors open at 6:45 pm; Concert starts at 7:00 pm
The concert will conclude by 7:45 pm
Walnut Acres students in third, fourth, and fifth grade are invited to participate in this event.

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Homework Help Program at the Ygnacio Valley Library! 

Are you an elementary or middle school student that needs help with homework? Our Homework Help program employs local high school students to help you with your homework! There is no registration, drop-ins are welcome, and it's free!  Meet in the meeting room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on most Thursday afternoons. Check the Walnut Creek website to confirm dates. 

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Registration is OPEN for the 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot - A Community Tradition!  

The 26th Annual Forma Turkey Trot, will be here before you know it and registration is open! Register early for best pricing. This family fun event, brought to you by Forma Gym, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and show support for your schools! There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K Run* and 5K run or walk, and festival areas with costume contest!
The race takes place Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, 8:00 am at Civic Park.
Last year, the Turkey Trot raised over $15,000 for PEAK Education Foundation schools, (Northgate, Foothill, Valle Verde, Bancroft and Walnut Acres) and this year we hope to raise even more by having lots of students and parents participate.
For more information and to register click here.
Volunteers are also needed to help on race day and a few days beforehand.  If you are available to help, please email peakoffice@yahoo.com and put "Turkey Trot Volunteer" in the subject line.

Fast & Sweet - you're home in time for football, turkey and pumpkin pie!