Walnut Acres PFC eNews, April 26, 2022
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What's Happening at Walnut Acres - April 26, 2022

Mark Your Calendars!
5/2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week
5/4 - Walk & Roll to School Day
5/9-13 - Darcie Jones Book Drive
5/16 - Walnut Acres PFC Spring Golf Outing
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2021-2022

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Walk-A-Thon Fundraising & Shoe Donations 
Thank you to everyone who helped make last Friday's Walk-a-Thon a success! Online fundraising and shoe donations for Sports Basement will be accepted until Friday, April 29th.
 
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Walk/Bike To School Day - Wednesday, May 4th 

Join us in ditching the car and walking or riding your bike to school on May 4th!

The optional meet up spots to walk or bike with other Walnut Acres students will begin at 7:20 with a departure time to school at 7:30. Otherwise you can walk or bike to school with a buddy and/or your family! There will be additional bike parking out on the blacktop.
 
The meet up spots are:
• Cafeto Drive/Arbolado Drive
• Cascade Drive/Wiget Lane
• San Antonio Drive/Los Felicas Ave
• Ebano Drive/Grande Camino Drive
 
Area parents are encouraged to plan to meet at these intersections and join your children in riding or walking. This is an important opportunity to gather as a school or community, encourage physical activity, and promote safety in your neighborhoods and near schools. 
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You Are Cordially Invited to a Parent Only Cocktail Hour
The Walnut Acres PFC wants to thank you for your support and participation this year. Join us for a parent only cocktail hour to celebrate our successes and share thoughts for having more fun next year.  Bring an appetizer or a bottle of wine and share an evening with our amazing school community. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Date: Wednesday, May 4th
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 PM
Address: 450 Blackstone Court
 
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Library News
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and the Walnut Acres Library is preparing for the last days of school! The last week to check-out a book will be May 9 - 13. Please remember to check at home and in backpacks for Walnut Acres Library books that need to be returned. All library books will be due back by Friday, May 20th.
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The Walnut Acres Art show is back! 

Get ready to close out the year with an evening of fun and creativity at the 2022 WAE Art Show on Tuesday, May 24th from 6-8pm. There will be class displays as well as individual artwork so encourage your kids to start making, painting, drawing, sculpting, and gluing their own unique pieces! 

More details to come on entry form submissions and guidelines. 

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Recycle Club Update

To celebrate Earth Day all WAE 1st-5th graders should be bringing home a packet from Recycle Smart which challenges the kids and their families to make small, but meaningful sustainability changes. Help your child(ren) to participate in the "Zero Waste Challenge" at home for the chance for our school to receive a grant from the World Wildlife Fund. Please return the "Earth Warrior Carbon Calculator" page to your student's teacher on Thursday 4/28. Easy challenges include tallying every time someone composts food scraps or refuses "single-use plastics" such as straws or plastic utensils. Go even further with the challenge and make it a fun, family competition between members to see who can tally the most! Also, there are fun challenges to help kids grow an old potato or ends of a green onion into a new plant! 
 
Meanwhile, the Recycle Club has been working hard behind the scenes at WA to keep it clean! Our dedicated group of 4th and 5th graders has been holding monthly school clean ups. 

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Terracycle Announcement

The Recycle Club is proud to announce we are resuming collection of limited amount of recyclables through Terracycle. Start collecting Garnier hair care product empty containers and all Colgate products container (including difficult to recycle toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes) and bring it with your CRV donations at the beginning of the month. Please follow the helpful tips when bringing them to school with your CRVs:

  • All bottles/cans must be clean and dry. Please remove as much of the contents as possible with a used napkin
  • No aerosol canisters will be accepted. Please dispose of them properly.
  • Please only bring Colgate or Garnier items!
  • Separate each company's items from one another (i.e. one bag for Colgate items, one bag for Garnier items)

Thank you for supporting our composting and recycling efforts at Walnut Acres. Every small positive action counts.

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Walnut Acres Spring Golf Tournament

Please join us for the Spring 2022 Walnut Acres Elementary School PFC Golf Outing at Oakhurst Country Club on Monday May 16th,  to help raise funds for our kids! We will be able to do a Shotgun start this year starting at 11AM with registration open at 10AM. We will be playing a 4 person Net Scramble with prizes going to the top 3 teams. We will  have a few other games as well such as Closest to the Pin and Long Drive. Event is priced at $175 per person or $700 for a Foursome. Price includes Golf, range, and a boxed lunch & beverage during the round. 

Purchase your tickets on Konstella

Visit www.walnutacresgolfouting.com for more information.  

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2nd Grade Parents - May is Your Month to Host Drive-Thru!
2nd Grade Parents:
 Please help us this month in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As in previous years, 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 2nd Grade Drive Thru sign ups. 
And all of the Walnut Acres Dads and Grandpas, remember that Fridays are for YOU!  Come help out at Drive-Thru line.  It’s an easy way to get involved in the school community!

Important Message! Please make sure to drive SLOWLY in our Walnut Acres School Zone and please observe all “No Parking” signs.  It’s crucial for the safety of students and for accessibility for our Special Needs students!

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Lunch Duty volunteers needed
The sign-ups for lunch duty volunteers have been extended through the rest of the school year. We need parents daily to help supervise students during lunch and on the playground to make sure they play safely, as well as assist in cleaning the tables between student lunch shifts. A sign-up for Wednesday shifts was also added on Konstella.*A reminder that to volunteer on campus, you must be fingerprinted, have a current TB test AND be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with your proof of vaccination on file with the office. TB tests are good for four years. Parents of 4th & 5th graders - it may be time to redo your TB test! The Minute Clinic at CVS Pharmacy on Bancroft Rd. does walk-in TB tests. For more information on volunteering check out the MDUSD website.*

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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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Drive Thru safety reminders:

  • For your safety there is NO pedestrian traffic thru/across the car line
  • Pull up to a volunteer for assistance getting your student out of the car
  • Do NOT get out of your car 
  • Have your child ready (goodbyes said, back pack ready) to exit curbside
  • Do NOT go around other cars if you are "empty"
  • Do NOT park in the drive thru line
Remember to respect and observe no parking zones/red areas (there is no parking across the street from school between signs during school hours) and handicap areas.