Walnut Acres PFC eNews, December 10, 2019
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What's Happening at Walnut Acres -
December 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

12/9-20  Parent/Teacher Conferences 
12/12     4th Grade Show "December in Our Town" 
12/18     Sing Out 
12/23-1/6 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL!
1/7         Return to School
1/14       PFC Meeting - Library 7pm
1/20       Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- NO SCHOOL!
1/30       3rd Grade Show "Go Fish"

For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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I thought public education was free. Why am I being asked to donate?

We fundraise to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of our children’s education at Walnut Acres. Over 80% of our PFC budget is used for staff positions that would not exist at Walnut Acres Elementary without PFC funds.

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 prefer. Donate Now  

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Math Kangaroo Registration Deadline is this Sunday (12/15)!

This year, the competition will take place all over the world on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Registration is now open online at Math Kangaroo Registration.
 
To register your student, log into your account (or create a new one if you don't have one already.) Once you log in, click on the 'By invitation' tab right above 'Participation Centers'. Enter one of the following invitation codes: CAWALNU0003518@20MK (3 pm session)  or CAWALNU0003528@20MK (7 pm session). Then click 'enroll', and follow the instruction for payment ($21 per child). The last day of registration is Dec 15, 2019. If you have trouble with registration or would like to know more about Math Kangaroo, please contact Chao Yang at chaoathome@yahoo.com.

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Reminder...
Short Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held this week and next week.  We will have early dismissal both weeks. Please see the chart below for each grade level’s dismissal times. Teachers' will contact you regarding your appointment times.

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WALNUT ACRES STEM & Science Fair, Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Get ready for the 2020 STEM and Science Fair! Walnut Acres students, grades K-5, are encouraged to think like young scientists and submit a project in any science-related or engineering field.  Entry forms are due on January 16th!  Click HERE for the form and make sure you send your child's form to sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net and/or drop it in the Science Fair box in the office before the 16th.  For more details and resource ideas check out the STEM & Science Fair PFC Page HERE 
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5th Grade Families!
Yearbook Ads Deadline - January 31st  


Congratulate your 5th grader and express your pride and love with an ad in the 2020 yearbook.

Size: 1/8 page: $20

- Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code: 10053
- Click "Buy a Yearbook Ad"
- Click the Yearbook Ad tab, choose an ad size and click "Continue with Order" and follow the prompts to purchase your ad.  Then create and submit it after purchase.

Any questions contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net 

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5th Graders Yearbook Cover Contest

ALL Walnut Acres 5th grade students are invited to enter the yearbook cover contest. Theme is Mission Walnut Acres I'm Possible.  Entries are due by December 20th 2019.  More info can be found HERE

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2nd Grade Parents -
December is Your Month to
                        Host Drive Thru 

2nd Grade Parents: For the month of December, please help us in the Drive Thru line as we open doors and greet students while they are arriving at school. As like last year, 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 the 2nd Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

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Auction Team Needs Your Help!
 
 Hello Parents! Tickets for the Live Auction Gala sold out quickly, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the Auction Action!!
EVERYONE (parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors) can shop for incredible deals and exclusive experiences through the Online Auction. The Online Auction will run from Feb 21, 2020 - March 2, 2020 and raises money to keep programs like Reading and Math Intervention and the STEM lab running. 
We Need The Help of The Entire Parent Community!
A successful auction depends on GREAT auction items and experiences. Parents, we need YOUR help in securing donations of gift cards, tickets to events, goods, services, or a unique experience like a behind-the-scenes tour or other event.  
Click here to find out how you can help!
 
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Got Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles? 

Save up those cans and bottles from all the holiday festivities!  Next recycle collection will be January 6th-10th. Bring your cans and plastic bottles (please, no glass) to the monthly collecting station by the drop off zone. Every first week of the month Mike Jahnke brings the recycling donated by YOU to the Martinez recycling plant and brings back cash $$ which is then donated to our Recycle Club. 

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Kid and Parent Buy-In Parties Needed


Interested in a fun way to support our school?  We need you!  We are looking for hosts for Seasonal/Winter buy in parties for all grade levels!  Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and host an activity to celebrate the season.  Autumn has so much to offer: hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts, costumes, changing colors of leaves, sports and more! 

Consider hosting a kids party/movie night, an afternoon of ice skating, a winter holiday craft day, Frozen 2 movie outing, ring in the new year with a kids New Year’s Eve party, or indoor play time at a local facility.  Our team can help with planning and making your party idea a reality! 

All money from ticket sales of buy in parties goes directly to our PFC – so get party planning!  It’s for the kids!  Contact Sarah Waters at kidbuyinparties@walnutacrespfc.net

Don’t forget that PARENTS like to have FUN too!  If you’re interested in hosting a parent buy in party, contact Danielle Getty 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.  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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Registration for the 2020 Walnut Creek Little League Season is Now Open! 

We invite you to join Walnut Creek Little League for the 2020 Baseball and Softball season! Baseball, Softball and Challengers teams are now forming for the Spring and Summer. Take advantage of early registration and sign up today! 

  • Early Registration ends 12/18/19 
  • Late Registration fees apply after 12/18/19 
  • Registration closes on 1/2/20 
Let’s Play Ball! Register HERE  Please Note: Walnut Creek Little League has a new web address! We can now be found at: www.WCLittleLeague.org
  
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