Walnut Acres PFC eNews: December 13, 2022
Tue, Dec 13 12:02pm

What's Happening at Walnut Acres - December 13, 2022

Mark Your Calendars!
12/22-1/6: Winter Break - No School
1/9: Return to School  
1/16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
1/17: PFC Meeting on ZOOM 7 pm

2/9: Science Fair

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


  • Parking Lot: Please remember that the Walnut Acres parking lot is for employees only.Do not park in the employee parking lot. We have staff that come-and-go and work at multiple locations so while spots may appear open, they often are not. Our staff has assigned parking spots and lately have had a difficult time parking. 
  • Centralized Enrollment -The TK/Kindergarten Registration calendar is now available! MDUSD is currently anticipating being in their new Enrollment Center (previously Diablo Community Day School) attached to Willow Creek Center, prior to the start date. Student Services will still provide Elementary sites with Kinder Registration packets should families come in to request them and we ask that sites provide us with their school specific forms for distribution, at least 2 weeks prior to their registration date. WALNUT ACRES Registration Dates: Tuesday March 21, Wednesday March 22, Friday March 24. 


  • Morning Supervision: Our Morning supervision teachers are noticing a lot of kids already on the blacktop at/before 7:40am.  Please remember that no student is to be on the blacktop until 7:45am
  • Updated Staffing:
    • Noon Monitor: We are hiring 2 more noon monitors! It’s 10 hrs/week from 11:10-1:10 M-F. If you are interested in this position please contact Principal Ashton. 
    • Instructional Assistance (IA): We are still hiring for 1 IA position, if you are interested in joining our school part time please reach out to Principal Ashton directly.
    • Welcome Jessica Streeter, Jennifer Hammond, and Vicki Palmer to the IA team. Principal Ashton has also moved forward one more candidate for hire. 
    • Enrichment Support 4th/5th Teacher: Welcome Mrs. (Lisa) Taylor to Walnut Acres! She will be our new 4th/5th grade Enrichment/Science Lab teacher! She started on November 18th. 
    • Vocal Music: Still Open
  • MDUSD African American Advisory Council (Share with Families) - MDUSD is excited to announce that our next AAPAC (African American Parent Advisory Council) meeting will be December 20th, @ 6PM. We will have a celebration focusing on the seven principles of Kwanzaa. 
  • 1) Umoja = Unity 
  • 2)Kujichagulia = Self-Determination 
  • 3) Ujima = Collective Work and Responsibility 
  • 4) Ujamaa = Cooperative Economics 
  • 5) Nia = Purpose
  • 6) Kuumba= Creativity 
  • 7) Imani = Faith 

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NHS Broncos Boosters Annual Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for Sunday, December 18th from 9am-12pm at Boundary Oaks. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for self-taken photos from 9:30-11:30. Raffle for multiple NHS sports-themed baskets and toys of all ages to be held around 11:30, need not be present to win. Admission tickets can be purchased HERE and raffle tickets will be sold via credit card at the door! No reservations. Spread the word! Please send questions to stacyhallett@gmail.com

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Sustainability Committee

WAE Recycle Club is still looking for a volunteer to bring the collected CRV cans and plastic bottles to the recycling center. We are looking for a parent with a pick up truck or similar to bring the CRV collected to the center about every 3 months.


Thank you for your consideration. Please contact the recycle club if you have any questions and would like to help out sustainability@walnutacrespfc.net


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Math Kangaroo

Last chance to register for Math Kangaroo contest: Discounted registration closes December 15th and all registration closes December 31st. The nation-wide contest takes place on March 16th with possibility to participate right here at Walnut Acres. Optional free practice sessions offered by site manager at Walnut Acres library starting December 2nd. See instructions on how to register at Walnut Acres and other information on Math Kangaroo Konstella social group or PM Oksana Sobol on Konstella.

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 2nd Grade Parents - December is your Drive Thru month!

2nd 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!

2nd Grade Parents and Caregivers sign up HERE  

Here’s what to expect in the coming months in terms of the monthly volunteer schedule:
January: 1st Grade 
February: 5th Grade 
March: 4th Grade 
April: 3rd Grade 
May: 2nd Grade 

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!

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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 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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Managing your Konstella Notifications

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