Walnut Acres PFC eNews, October 18, 2022
Tue, Oct 18 11:49am

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - October 18, 2022

Mark Your Calendars!
10/17-28  Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/18      PFC Meeting on ZOOM 7 pm
10/31      Halloween Costume Parade
10/31-11/6  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
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2022-2023
Want to add PFC events to your personal calendar? Go to the Konstella calendar and click "Sync to My Calendar" (web) or "Sync" (mobile app). Never miss a PFC event again! 

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Principal Ashton's Announcements

Conference Schedule:



Transitional Kindergarten (AM)

8:00-11:00 AM

Transitional Kindergarten (PM)

9:00am-12:00 PM

Kindergarten (AM)


Kindergarten (PM)


Grades 1 -3


(recess & lunch time remains the same)

Grades 4-5


(recess & lunch time remains the same)

You Make A Difference Awards

MDUSD plan to resume our recognition of those people or groups who have gone far above the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of disabilities.  This event will be November 15th but nominations are due October 26th.  The nomination form is attached and can be sent to Melody Royal at RoyalM@mdusd.org. This event will recognize those who have gone above and beyond. This includes students, teachers, service providers, classified staff, community members or parents- essentially anyone who is worthy of nomination for this award.  Nominations will be reviewed and the selected award recipients will be notified by October 31.   

Halloween Parade!

We are excited to welcome parents back to campus for the annual Halloween Parade. The details are as follows: 
Date: Monday October 31st 
Time: 8:15am 
Location: School Blacktop within the Cones
Halloween Costumes: Please remember costumes cannot have masks or weapons during the school day. 

FREE online tutoring for students through CA State Library 

The California State Library provides free online tutoring for California K-12 students, available through public libraries. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards. 24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.  Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog. Link to program website.

Northgate High School Project Reach - Trunk or Treat on 10/22

Northgate HS Project Reach is a club that makes opportunities for service hours for students. They are hosting a Trunk or Treat on the 22nd of October from 3:30-6:30pm. The event will be held at the Northgate upper parking lot. 

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Dine & Donate

Take a night off of cooking and support our school at the same time!  Jacks Urban Eats will donate 20% of all purchases back to Walnut Acres on Tuesday, October 25, from 4-8pm.

Please be sure to mention Walnut Acres at check out in person or on the phone, OR enter the code “JacksFun” when checking out online! Visit https://grouprai.se/f232804 for more information.

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Recycle Club Updates
Help your child to be a superhero when it comes to lunch time. Check out the attached visual and discuss with your kids at home, so they are prepared to do the right thing when it’s time to discard off their compost, recycling and trash. Thank you for your support from home!
Plastic Lid Recycling for Tapitas Bank

Join us in supporting children with cancer in Mexico. Tapitas Bank was created by a group of college students in Mexico. They took over the task of bringing plastic lids to be recycled and use that money to support children with cancer. Any plastic lid helps (deodorant, medicine, detergent, juice, soda, oil, energy beverage, milk, and yogurt). On recycling days you will see a box that says “Tapitas Bank” please bring your lids and place them into the box or contact Griselda Oliver Bucio (griseldao@gmail.com) to coordinate pick up on any other day. 

Collection will be in September, October and November only. Lids will travel to Mexico at the beginning of December to be recycled. Your help will allow children with cancer to receive chemotherapy sessions, hotel stay, transportation and more.

Recycle Club Classroom Party Sets

Did you know Walnut Acres has reusable “party sets” you can borrow for classroom parties, school events and/or teachers lunches?

Party sets are located in plastic tubs in the teachers lounge. Sets consist of 34 plates, 34 bowls, 34 cups, 34 knives, forks, spoons, and 2 table clothes. Please make sure to wash dishes/table clothes before returning them. Have a guilt free party!

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Calicraft Social Night
Join us for a fun night out on Wednesday, 10/26 at 5pm at Calicraft  Brewing Co! Stop by for a quick "hello" or stay all night. You are welcome to bring your kiddos (Califcraft is kid-friendly), or get a sitter and enjoy some adult social time. As always there will be a food truck if you decide to stay for a bite to eat. 
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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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4th Grade Parents- October is Your Month to Host Drive Thru

4th 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!

4th Grade Parents and Caregivers sign up HERE

Here’s what to expect in the coming months in terms of the monthly volunteer schedule:

5th Grade: September & February
4th Grade: October & March
3rd Grade: November & April
2nd Grade: December & May
1st Grade: January

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!

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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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Managing your Konstella Notifications

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