Walnut Acres PFC eNews, September 28, 2021
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What's Happening at Walnut Acres - September 28, 2021

Mark Your Calendars!
10/5   Picture Day

10/6   Walk/Bike to School Day
10/7   Ice Cream Social 5-7pm
10/9   Community Service Day
10/11  Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
10/13 Dine & Donate at Round Table Pizza
For the entire calendar, please see: PFC Key Dates 2021-2022

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Picture Day is October 5th
Pictures will be held in the MUR on Tuesday, October 5th. Order forms will be coming home this week. Keep your eyes out for more information from Principal Luong and Lifetouch to follow later this week. 

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Walk/Bike To School Day - Wednesday, October 6th 

Join us in ditching the car and walking or riding your bike to school on October 6th!
The optional meet up spots to walk or bike with other Walnut Acres students will begin at 7:20 with a departure time to school at 7:30. Otherwise you can walk or bike to school with a buddy and/or your family! There will be additional bike parking out on the blacktop.
The meet up spots are:
  • Cafeto Drive/Arbolado Drive
  • Cascade Drive/Wiget Lane
  • San Antonio Drive/Los Felicas Ave
  • Ebano Drive/Grande Camino Drive
Area parents are encouraged to plan to meet at these intersections and join your children in riding or walking. This is an important opportunity to gather as a school or community, encourage physical activity, and promote safety in your neighborhoods and near schools. 

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 Come one, come all to the 2021 Ice Cream social!  Join your fellow Walnut Acres families on Thursday, October 7th for FREE ice cream sundaes, music and a chance to have fun with your friends and make some new ones. Please note, we have an updated time. The event will now be held from 5-7pm!  We'd like to extend a big thank you to those of you who have signed up to bring supplies and help at the event. We are still looking for volunteers to set up, serve and break down. This event cannot happen without the help of the amazing parents of Walnut Acres parent community.  If you can spare 30 minutes, please sign up today!

Looking forward to seeing you all on October 7th.

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Jag Fund Update

Congratulations!  We are 60% of the way to our $160,000 goal! Let's keep going! Meeting our goal is the only way to ensure that our students have access to math and reading intervention specialists, classroom assistants, STEM and science lab instructors, a psychologist intern, on-site tech support, Art Awareness Program, classroom supplies, and more. We really are supporting EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY. Thank you to all the generous donors who have already contributed to the Jaguar Fund! If you haven't had the chance to give yet, please click here to make your donation today. The recommended amount is $65/per month, per child, but every single donation of any amount truly makes a difference. And don't forget to ask if your employer matches donations - this is FREE MONEY that doubles the impact of your donation! Visit our Jaguar Fund webpage and use the Double the Donation widget to find out if your company participates in Corporate Matching. It’s quick and easy! Thank YOU for investing in our kids.

All donations to the Jaguar Fund are tax deductible (Tax ID # 94-2398637).

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Community Service Day is October 9th
 Help us work around the Walnut Acres campus doing planting, blacktop painting, cleaning tables & playground equipment, and other tasks from 8:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, October 9th
. There is something for every age, interest and ability! Sign up here
Please bring: Small garden tools (rake, shovel, trowel), paint brushes, broom/dust pan, rags/sponges, bucket, trash pick-up tools (trash grabber & bags), extension cords, and a pressure washer.
Questions? Contact communityserviceday@walnutacrespfc.net 

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4th Grade Parents- October is Your Month to Host Drive-Thru!

4th Grade Parents: Beginning Friday, October 1st, 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 4th Grade Drive Thru sign ups.
Next month, November, will be hosted by 3rd Grade Parents!  Stay tuned for the November 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!

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Openings in Fall Enrichment

On-campus fall enrichment classes are off to a great start. Here is an update on the current openings & one new class:

  • 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.
  • Instrumental music is now open to 3rd graders for guitar & percussion only. Classes are on Wednesdays and begin on September 29th.  Use this link to register.
  • A NEW after-school enrichment class, Mindfulness Practices and Art Expression" will be starting on 10/5. In this class, K-5 students will learn to express and manage their emotions through mindfulness practices such as proper breathing techniques, how to identify/redirect emotions, and kid-friendly meditations and expression through art. This class will be presented alongside a Professional Psychotherapist with extensive training in Early Childhood Education and Human Development. The cost is $140 for 7 classes, and includes all materials. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 2:45-3:45 in classroom B4. 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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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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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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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.