Walnut Acres PFC eNews, January 4, 2022
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What's Happening at Walnut Acres - January 4, 2022

Mark Your Calendars!
1/5 - Return to School
1/17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
1/18 - PFC Meeting on Zoom
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2021-2022

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COVID Testing Options
 Mt. Diablo Unified School District will distribute free at-home COVID tests to students on Tuesday, January 4th, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on a drive-through basis via the driveway between Monte Gardens Elementary and the MDUSD office located at 1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord. After Tuesday, students may pick up a test at their school site when they return on Wednesday, January 5th.
In addition, MDUSD is teaming up with testing partner PMH Labs to offer free PCR tests to students and staff Tuesday, January 4th at the Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, in Concord on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies run out.

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Winter Spirit Wear Sales end January 14th

In case you missed out this Fall (or just need more), the Walnut Acres PFC is offering a Limited Winter Sale of 2021 Spirit Wear.

Orders are currently being taken for "Together We SHiNE" shirts and "ROAR" zip hoodies. Masks and water bottle stickers are limited to our remaining stock on hand so only limited sizes and quantities are available for purchase at this time. Get yours before they sell out! 

All items can be purchased through Konstella. Sale ends Friday, January 14th. 

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2022 STEM & Science Fair
The Walnut Acres STEM & Science Fair is Thursday, February 10th. Walnut Acres students, grades K-5, are encouraged to think like young scientists and submit a project in any science-related or engineering field. Projects can be as varied as their interests: sports, music, art, rocketry, animals, psychology, food, computers, the environment or whatever intrigues them. Through their projects, students discover the exciting world of science and learn the basics of scientific exploration.

Entry Forms are due January 14th in the office. Refer to the Konstella Announcement for full details

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1st Grade Parents - January is Your Month to Host Drive-Thru!
1st 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 1st Grade Drive Thru sign ups.
 February, will be hosted by 5th Grade Parents!  Stay tuned for the Drive-Thru sign up!
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. One of our teachers almost got hit by a parent last month.  Luckily it was not a child.

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Lunch Duty volunteers needed
The sign-ups for lunch duty volunteers have been extended through November. 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.
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Want to share your amazing pictures for the yearbook?

  1. Go to: www.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"

The Yearbook team is searching for two people shadow and train to take over as yearbook leads for the 2022-2023 school year. If interested, please contact: yearbook@walnutacrespfc.net.