Walnut Acres PFC eNews, September 10, 2019
Tue, Sep 10 8:45am

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - September 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!
9/17     PFC Meeting in the Library - 7pm
9/17 & 9/18   Student Photos
9/25     Sing-out 8am-9am
10/2    Walk/Ride to School Day
10/12  Community Service Day
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2019-2020

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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 minimum 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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Chill Out Zone Parent Volunteer Needed

The Chill Out Zone at Walnut Acres is a place for all students to come and CHILL and have fun. Open once per week on Mondays in the library during lunch recess, it is an indoor space for creating, making, and play. Along with our school counselor Joanne Finn, parent volunteers will help with art and crafts projects, games, Legos, and fun. Volunteers are needed Mondays during lunch recess time from 11:40-1:00pm. If you are interested, click HERE for the Konstella sign-up or email Joanne Finn, Walnut Acres Counselor, at: finnj@mdusd.org.

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

Fifth Grade Parents: For the month of September, 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 5th Grade Drive Thru sign ups.

Drive Thru Schedule:
September: 5th Grade
October: 4th Grade
November: 3rd Grade
December: 2nd Grade
January: 1st Grade
February: 5th Grade
March: 4th Grade
April: 3rd Grade
May/June: 2nd and 1st Grade

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        City of Walnut Creek “Idle Free” campaign

  From the Recycle Club: Maybe you have noticed a "Idle Free" sign in         the pick-up/drop-off zone the past couple of days. The City of Walnut   Creek is promoting the “Idle Free” campaign in our community. Idling happens whenever a vehicle’s engine is left running when it is parked. This is a common occurrence at schools when parents wait in their cars to pick up children. Emissions from vehicle idling contribute significantly to air pollution and public health problems. Please support our efforts and turn off your vehicle while parked for more than 30 seconds.

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Library Volunteers Needed

Do you love books? Then the Walnut Acres Library needs you! The Library utilizes parent volunteers throughout the school year to assist the librarian with book circulation, sorting and shelving books, and helping students find books for check-out. Volunteers shifts are every other week for approximately one hour throughout the school year during your students’ class time in the library. The classes that are still in need of volunteers are listed below. If interested, please contact Dulce Conley or Vickie Palmer, Library Co-Chairs, through Konstella or library@walnutacrespfc.net.

Proctor: Wednesday 11:15-12:15 
McGoldrick: Thursday 12:00-1:00 
Buechotte: Thursday 12:30-1:30 
Carella: Thursday 8:30-9:30
Arenson: Friday 8:30-9:30
Myers: Friday 9:15-10:15
Aring: Friday 11:30-12:30

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Sign up for Community Service Day
Saturday, October 12 - 9 am to 12 pm. Please join us to beautify Walnut Acres campus! There is something for every age, interest and ability! For a list of projects and online registration, click HERE.  Many hands make light work.

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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.  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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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

**If you were at the Ice Cream Social last Friday, please up load your photos to the yearbook committee.  Instructions on how to do that can be found HERE.

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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: $60 each
Buy tickets now! At https://www.biddingowl.com/NorthgateHighSchoolP
Come join in the fun and support Northgate academic programs!!