Walnut Acres PFC eNews, September 14, 2021
Tue, Sep 14 7:37am

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - September 14, 2021

Mark Your Calendars!
9/20   After school enrichment starts
9/21   PFC Meeting on Zoom- 7pm

10/5   Picture Day
10/6   Walk/Bike to School Day
10/7   Ice Cream Social 6-8pm
10/9  Community Service Day
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2021-2022

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Fall After School Enrichment
Fall After School Enrichment registration is now open! Go to the enrichment page HERE to sign up. Classes begin the week of September 20th and will run until November/December. Please note classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment will not occur, so register for classes with friends!
MONDAYS:  Chess, Bricks 4 Kidz
TUESDAYS: Basketball
WEDNESDAYS: Instrumental Music, Flag Football & Spanish

Beginning October 5th - Curtains Up Youth Theatre's Mini-Musical for 2nd & 3rd graders "The Story of The Jungle Book" Visit the CUYT page on our website for more information or email CurtainsUpYouthTheatre@gmail.com. Use this link to register.
 
We are always looking for new vendors to offer to our kids. What would YOU like to see in our enrichment schedule? Email your suggestions to enrichment@walnutacrespfc.net.

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL - New Date!

 I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

All Walnut Acres students and families are invited to the FREE ice cream social on Thursday, October 7th from 6pm to 8pm.  We are once again grateful for the generosity of the Walnut Acres Children's Center for their donation of all the ice cream! Come to the Walnut Acres courtyard for ice cream, toppings, and live entertainment by Walnut Acres parent DJ Ivan Garzon. 

Watch for the Konstella sign-up for volunteer scoopers and toppings servers.  If you're looking for a super fun volunteer opportunity - this is it! Guaranteed smiles all around.  Masks are required when not eating and extra safety measures will be in place. More details to follow!

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Maximize your Jaguar Fund donation with Corporate Matching!


Every Jaguar Fund donor wants to see their dollars working hard, and what better way to increase your impact than to double your donation through Corporate Matching! Did you know that over 18 million individuals work for companies that gift match, but an estimated $4 - $7 billion in matching funds goes unclaimed every year? Companies are ready and willing to give back to the community, so let’s make sure the students of Walnut Acres don't miss out on these funds!

It takes only a few minutes to submit a matching request through your company and it literally doubles your donation to the Jaguar Fund. Some companies even provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Please note that some employers require you to donate through their site in order to participate in their Matching Gifts program.

Don’t see the PFC on your company’s list? Talk to your HR department to add “ PARENT FACULTY CLUB OF WALNUT ACRES ELEMENTARY” with Tax ID# 94-2398637 to their list of qualified 501 (c)3 organizations they support.

Thank you to the many parents who have taken the time to pursue matching grants! It’s not too late to match your donation…or make a donation if you haven’t already! Click here to donate

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Save the Date! Community Service Day - October 9th
The City of Walnut Creek's Community Service Day is October 9th. Volunteer to help our Walnut Acres Community. Stay tuned for more details. Questions? Contact communityserviceday@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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5th Grade Parents- September is Your Month to Host Drive-Thru!

Fifth Grade Parents: For the remaining weeks of September, 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 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.

Next month, October, will be hosted by 4th Grade Parents!  Stay tuned for the October Drive-Thru sign up!

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!

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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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Join the Teacher Appreciation Committee!

Want to help us recognize and thank our amazing teachers? Join the 2021-2022 Teacher Appreciation Committee.  Commitment could be from purchasing some food items to helping decorate the teacher's lounge. Whatever time commitment you can contribute, we can support! Our teachers really appreciate it! If you have any questions - reach out to Alecia Farsight or Amy Thompson at teacherappreciation@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 2021-2022 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.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.

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