Walnut Acres PFC eNews, August 27, 2019
Tue, Aug 27 8:44am

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - August 27, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
8/27   3rd Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7pm
8/28   1st Grade Back to School Night 5:45-7 pm
8/29   2nd Grade Back to School Night  5:45-7 pm
9/2     LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL
9/4     Dine & Donate @ Jack's Urban Eats
9/6     Ice Cream Social 6-8pm

9/17   PFC Meeting in the Library - 7pm
9/17 & 9/18   Student Photos
9/25   Sing-out 8am-9am
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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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 preferDonate Now 

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EMERGENCY KITS ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY!

Every student at Walnut Acres needs an Emergency Preparedness Kit that is kept in the classroom and would be used in case of an emergency. If you would like to order a pre-made kit, the deadline to purchase one is THIS Friday. Click HERE to purchase.

If you have opted to make your own kit, please deliver it to your child's classroom by this Friday.  For more information and to find a copy of the form that needs to be included with your kits, check out Emergency Preparedness on the PFC website.

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SPIRIT WEAR– Get it While You Still Can!

The deadline to order Spirit Wear is this Friday.  Get it before it is too late.  Click HERE to order now!

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             ICE CREAM SOCIAL

 I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

All Walnut Acres students and families are invited to the FREE ice cream social on Friday, September 6th from 6pm to 8pm.  We are once again grateful for the generosity of the Walnut Acres Children's Center for their donation of all the ice cream! Come to the Walnut Acres courtyard for ice cream, toppings, and our traditional live entertainment by the Northgate High School Marching Band (many of them are Walnut Acres Alums!).  The band should arrive around 6:30-6:45.

Watch for the Konstella sign up for volunteer scoopers and toppings servers.  If you're looking for a super fun volunteer opportunity - this is it! Guaranteed smiles all around.  See you there!

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FALL ENRICHMENT
Fall Enrichment registration is now open! Go to the enrichment page HERE to sign up. Classes begin the week of September 16th and will run until Thanksgiving. Sign up by September 6th to reserve your space. Please note classes that do not meet the mininum enrollment will not occur, so register for classes with friends!
MONDAYS:  Chess, Animation Drawing
TUESDAYS: Basketball
WEDNESDAYS: Flag Football
THURSDAYS: Toyology
FRIDAYS: Bricks 4 Kids
 We are working on getting some new vendors for next term including language offerings like Spanish. What would YOU like to see in our enrichment schedule? Email your suggestions to Kristin Shopp at vpactivities@walnutacrespfc.net.

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5th Grade Parents- September is Your Month to Host Drive Thru

Thank you to those parents who have stepped up to open doors and greet our students at the Drive Thru during the first few days of school. Each month, a different class level is responsible for helping at the Drive Thru. September is the 5th grade parents!

Click HERE for 5th Grade Drive Thru 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 - 8:00am, but it makes a huge difference in getting our school days off to a good start!

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 Drive Thru Procedures

  • 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

 For a full list of guidelines check the PFC Website HERE or ask Cathy Canillas or Sarah Waters.

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Buy your 2019-2020 Walnut Acres Yearbook NOW for $25!  Price goes up to $35 after October 31st

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.comand enter school code: 10053

Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

  1. Go to: www.hjeshare.comEnter 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".

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net

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Host a Kid or Parent Buy-In Party - Help Raise Funds for the PFC! 

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in hosting a Buy-in Party at Jaguar Day. We are still in need of more party hosts.  Hosting a kid or parent buy-in party is a great way to get involved and help raise much-needed funds for many of the wonderful extra programs offered at Walnut Acres Elementary. Moreover, they are lots of FUN for the kids, parents and the hosts! 

If you would like to be a party host or find out more information, please reach out to Sarah Waterfor Kid Buy-in Parties at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net or, Danielle Getty for Parent Buy-In Parties 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.

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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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles?

A big thank you to Mike Jahnke for collecting our recycling every month. Every first week of the month Mike brings the recycling donated by YOU to the Martinez recycling plant and brings back cash $$ which is then donated to our Recycle Club. We will be putting this money to good use to make our school a more sustainable school. September 9th-13th bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone 

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News from the Recycle Club/Sustainability Committee
In case you missed the news last school year, Walnut Acres won the Leadership Award for Achieving a 75%+ Recycling Rate last year. YAY WALNUT ACRES! Way to go!!! You can marvel at the plaque in the MUR, on the wall to your left right by the entrance.
 
 
On Jaguar Day PlanetRenu was able to fit out lots of our parents with sustainable lunch packaging. And they donated 10% of the proceeds back to our PFC. We just received a check for over $70 thanks to our parents all wanting to help our planet and make their kids lunches more eco friendly. We are in this together! Thank you for making our school a greener place!
 
New volunteer information:
We have not forgotten about you! If you signed up on Jaguar Day to volunteer for the Recycle Club stay tuned, there will be an email coming to your mailbox in the next week. Thank you for signing up, we appreciate it very much!
If you want to get to know our team in the meantime, check out the PFC page HERE
For question please email us to sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net.
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Northgate’s Oktoberfest Fundraiser –
      October 5th– Get Tickets NOW!

Oktoberfest tickets are on sale today and are open to all schools in the feeder pattern!! This is Northgate PFC’s biggest academic fundraiser of the year and tons of fun! Casual dress but also a costume contest if you want to be festive. Beer and wine will be served and we are excited that food this year will be catered by the new Walnut Creek Bierhaus German restaurant with family style seating.  

When: Saturday, Oct 5th 6pm
Where: Shadelands Art Center
Cost: $50 each until 9/1 when they will go up to $60
Buy tickets now! At https://www.biddingowl.com/NorthgateHighSchoolP
Come join in the fun and support Northgate academic programs!!