Walnut Acres PFC eNews: April 11, 2023
Tue, Apr 11 3:22pm

What's Happening at Walnut Acres -April 11, 2023


Mark Your Calendars! 



4/18: PFC Meeting on ZOOM 7 pm 

4/21: International Fair 4-7 pm

4/27: Walk-a-thon

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 


African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) meeting - The meeting will be held Monday April 17th, 6 PM at Riverview Middle School in room 415 (Black Family Resource Center). We will be focusing on Social Media Safety for African-American students and families. Many disputes in our schools stem from inappropriate use of social media and this gathering will give students and parents the tools to effectively utilize this medium properly. The session will be facilitated by Ms. Monique Turner, executive director of Family Purpose. Family Purpose is one of our MDUSD contracted intervention services dedicated to developing healthy relationships that foster trust, empathy, and respect.  Feel free to share the flyer with the parents of your African-American students. https://familypurpose.org/


Noon Monitors: We have ONE opening for noon monitors! If you have anyone interested in this position, please have them reach out to Principal Ashton. 

    • Position 1: M/T/Th/F 11:10-1:10 pm 
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Walnut Acres International Fair


***Signups end this week to host a table!***


Time is running out to host a country table or contributing to a performance of some sort. SIGN UP HERE! Remember, you do not have to be from, or have any origins from a country to host a table. You can choose a country you have always wanted to learn about! If you notice another family has signed up for the same country, join them! The more the merrier. If you don't see your country on the list, let us know and we will add it.  

Calling all Performers!!! The International Fair Needs You!


Please consider performing at the International Fair. It's a simple & spectacular way to showcase our community's many cultures & the deep pride that goes with them. 

Stuck on Ideas? Try one of these: Teach us your favorite word, show us a popular cultural dance step, sing your National Anthem (or another traditional song), do a Popular Sports Cheer (i.e., a World Cup soccer chant)

No performance is too small, and you don't need to be a table ambassador to share the stage. What will you do?


Contact: Amanda Regenstein on Konstella

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Recycle Club ( our WAE 4th+5th Grade GREEN TEAM

Plastic Free Lunch Day USA is coming on April 19th!

Since this is a Wednesday our Walnut Acres Green Team kids have decided to celebrate it on Friday April 21st instead - Parents, Kids, Teachers, Staff - come join us and help us to make this a successful “Plastic Free Lunch” for Walnut Acres Elementary.

For inspiration and/or more information CLICK HERE! Have questions or are looking for suggestions? Ask our 4th and 5th grade Green Team or email sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net.


Jaguar Fund

We are heading into the final few months of the school year and the Jaguar Fund has reached 85% of our $175,000 goal. Please help us raise the remaining $25,000 by donating today! Reaching our goal is the only way to ensure our students have access to the wonderful programs and support staff at Walnut Acres. This includes math and reading intervention specialists, classroom assistants, STEAM and Science Lab instructors, on-site tech support, Art Awareness Program, Science & Art Fairs, and more. Let’s work together to ensure our kids are receiving an amazing educational experience!


And don't forget to ask if your employer matches donations - this is FREE MONEY that doubles the impact of your donation.


Donations can be made through Konstella here: DONATE NOW


Thank you for investing in Walnut Acres! Together we shine!


Northgate High School Flea Market


New Families Committee

The Walnut Acres PFC New Families Committee is here to welcome all new families by sharing important information and answering questions. Please join the Konstella "New Families 2023-2024" social group where we will help you prepare for the new school year with a summer checklist, important date reminders, summer playdates, a New Families Orientation and more. You can also email us at newfamilies@walnutacrespfc.net. We look forward to meeting you! 


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March is 4th Grade 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:

March: 4th Grade 

April: 3rd Grade 

May: 2nd Grade


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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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