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Hello Walnut Acres Families!

The red ribbon has become a symbol for the drug-free movement.  We want to make sure all Walnut Acres students are ready for Red Ribbon Week which starts Monday, October 27th. This is an annual event that the Walnut Acres community takes pride in participating in every October. Thank you for helping us launch this annual nationwide program and making anti-drug awareness part of your family.  Below is the flier that came home last week as a reminder for your students.

The National Red Ribbon Week for Walnut Acres will be Monday, October 27 – Friday, October 31. This campaign began in 1985 and is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live healthy and keep our children safe.


October 27 – 31, 2014

The 2014 Theme is “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free”

MONDAY Paint the Town Red wear as much RED as possible and “Band Against Drugs” as the Foothill Jazz Band will entertain the students during the lunch hour in the MUR for the kickoff to this week. Dr. Dowd will lead the students in the Pledge Against Drugs and students will tie red ribbons along the back fence.

TUESDAYToo Cool to do Drugswear sunglasses to show that you are too cool for drugs.

WEDNESDAYTeam Up Against Drugswear your favorite team shirt and team up against drugs.

THURSDAYUse Your Head, Don’t do Drugswear your hair as crazy as possible to show you use your head and don’t do drugs.

FRIDAYSay BOO to Drugswear orange and black and say “BOO” to doing drugs.

We invite our entire Walnut Acres community of staff, faculty, students and families to join in this celebration.

(***Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.)

Warm regards,

Your PEP Co-Coordinators

Julie Connolly and Laurie Light

PEP Needs New Parent Educators!

The Walnut Acres PEP (Parent Educator Program) team needs new educators to help teach in the classrooms.  PEP's group process promotes resiliency and healthy life choices in children so they can reduce the likelihood of using and abusing harmful substances in later years.

With its interactive format that engages children to learn resistance skills, positive peer interaction, self-esteem and responsible decision-making, PEP has long been supported by our administration and staff.

We welcome any parent who has a good rapport with children and a passion to help teach them how to stand up and make healthy decisions.

For further information and to answer any questions, please contact Julie Connolly or Laurie Light at We have immediate opportunities available!

PEP is happening in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade! 
PEP’s health promotion curriculum is designed to reduce risk factors faced by adolescents and to promote resiliency in them. The team-taught, experiental lessons emphasize positive peer interaction, decision-making, conflict resolution and resistance skills. Some of the lesson plans are being adapted to address the media and communication issues faced by our youth as well. The Parent Educator Program has long been supported by our administration and staff, and the curriculum is available to review if you wish to see the lesson plans.

PEP is taught by volunteer educators (parents) who have attended a comprehensive 21-hour training program through the Center of Human Development in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Three grades will receive PEP training this year.
2nd grade in the fall, followed by 3rd grade in the winter, ending with 4th grade in the early spring.
To get a deeper understanding of the lesson plans to be taught in your childs classroom, click on attachment below according to your childs grade.
Direct all questions regarding PEP to Julie Connolly or Laurie Light

Julie Connolly,
Sep 29, 2014, 2:03 PM