Walnut Acres PFC eNews, November 1, 2022
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What's Happening at Walnut Acres - November 1st, 2022

Mark Your Calendars!

11/7-10   Scholastic Book Fair
11/11      Veteran’s Day Holiday - No School
11/15      PFC Meeting on ZOOM 7 pm 
11/14-28 Read-a-thon  
11/21-25 Thanksgiving Break - No School
For the entire calendar, please see: 
PFC Key Dates 2022-2023
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Principal Ashton's Announcements

Picture Days are Friday 11/4 & Monday 11/7. Exact dates per class coming from your student's teacher! You can place your order at lifetouch.com after you receive the proof sheet. This sheet will have your student’s picture ID number. You may also use your student’s school ID number on their website. 

Now Hiring - Instructional Assistance (IA): Walnut Acres is hiring! Join us as an Instructional Assistant! Your working hours would be 8:00-11:15am M-F and you would be helping the teachers to support the students. Please fill out the below application(s) if you are interested. Email Lauren Ashton directly after you have applied. The IA position is general, and not grade level based, the interview team will make the decision on what IA supports which grades during the interview process. 

*This is a 1-3 Science Instructional Assistant position

MDUSD Intradistrict Transfers Grades 6-12 in 2023-2024 - The secondary intradistrict transfer application process is from October 15th-November 15th. The online application is up on our webpage mdusd.org/intradistricttransfers until November 15th for students that will be in grades 6-12 for the 2023-2024 school year. 

African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC): Click here to view a short video from our last October AAPAC (African American Parent Advisory Council) Meeting. MDUSD had African American parents from 8 different district schools TK-12. The meeting centered around family advocacy for school disciplinary matters. The meeting was facilitated by our very own Felicia Stuckey-Smith and was rich in content and conversation. In the video, you will receive a snapshot of real emotions expressed but also a call to action for African American parents to organize and support student achievement. These are powerful culturally responsive discussions that can lead to policies and procedures that address racial disparities in MDUSD. Families of African American students are invited  to be a part of the next MDUSD AAPAC meeting November 15th @ 6PM (Riverview Middle School) Rm. 415. 

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PFC Enrichment/Curtains Up Youth Theatre


Registration for the annual Winter Musical at Walnut Acres is still open!

 Curtains Up Youth Theatre still has space available in our musical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND!  Hurry to sign up now, before registration ends on November 8.  Come join the fun of being in a live, full-scale musical, on stage with all your friends!  

TO SECURE YOUR SPOT IN THE SHOW, complete the online registration survey HERE and please pay the deposit of $50/program by Venmo to CU YT (please note the space between the U and the Y) or mail a check to CUYT c/o Judy Ryken, 957 Chandler Ct. Concord, CA 94518.

-- Our Sing-Thru/Audition Workshop is November 8 from 2:45 – 3:45 pm.
-- Group auditions will be November 28-30 (please note all registered students will be cast in the show in one of two casts – auditions are only to help the directors assign roles).
-- Rehearsals run from early December through early March. Rehearsals are generally every Tuesday or Thursday, from 2:45 to 5:00 pm.
-- Two performances for each cast will be March 10, 11, 17, and 18. 

To learn more about our programs, visit the PFC Enrichment webpage: HERE

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 3rd Grade Parents - November is your Drive Thru month!

3rd Grade Parents: Please help us 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 grade 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!

3rd Grade Parents and Caregivers sign up HERE  

Here’s what to expect in the coming months in terms of the monthly volunteer schedule:
December: 2nd Grade
January: 1st Grade 
February: 5th Grade 
March: 4th Grade 
April: 3rd Grade 
May: 2nd Grade 

And all of the Walnut Acres Dads and Grandpas, remember that Friday’s 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!

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Recycle Club Updates

November CRV collection

Drop off your CRV plastic bottles and cans by the car line - Tuesday through Thursday (11/1 - 11/3 from 7:40-8:00am)

What can be recycled?:

  • Empty plastic bottles and metal cans
  • TerraCycle recycling - Garnier and Colegate empty toothpaste tubes, shampoo/conditioner/soap containers
  • Separate lids for Tapitas Bank

Please separate items into different bags.

Recycle Helper Needed

The Recycle Club is looking for a helper to collect and drop off collected CRV at the recycling center in Concord on Galaxy Way.  SUV or pick up truck needed. This would include taking plastic bottles and metal cans to the Recycling Center every 3 months or so (when enough CRV is collected).

The money will be used for ecological improvements at Walnut Acres to make our school greener. If you have questions or would like additional details, please contact Monique Pickering or Libby Oda at sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net

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 Buy your 2022-2023 Walnut Acres Yearbook NOW for $35!

CLICK HERE to order and enter school code: 10053

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"

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Lunch & Recess Duty sign-ups

 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. All volunteers must be cleared by MDUSD to help at lunch. Sign-up HERE

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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.
Is your child’s birthday during the summer? Consider a “half-birthday” greeting 6 months after their birthday.

The deadline for submitting an order is one week prior to your child's birthday.

Questions? Email Justin Pickering at marquee@walnutacrespfc.net

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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, backpack ready) to exit curbside
  • Do NOT go around other cars if you are "empty"
  • Do NOT park in the drive thru line

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