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    New Families

    We are so happy to welcome your child to Walnut Acres! 
    We hope that your child and your whole family will soon feel right at home here at this wonderful school.

    The best way to stay up-to-date with what's going on at school is to sign up for Enews newsletters. These newsletters come out every two weeks and contain a digest of upcoming events and news from school. Click on the Enews link (under the COMMUNCIATION tab) to the left to register your email address. 

    You can get a real sense of the current direction of the school by attending the monthly PFC meetings. Everyone is welcome and you will gain a better understanding of how the school functions. Meetings are generally at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. 

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    SOME IMPORTANT DATES FOR FALL 2014:
    • Tuesday, Aug 19 -New Parent Orientation (Grades TK, K-5) 6PM in the MUR
    • Tuesday, Aug 19 - PFC Meeting 7 PM, MUR 
    • Wednesday, Aug 20 - TK/Kindergarten Playdate @ Arbolado Park 9:00-11:00 AM
    • Thursday, Aug 21 – Jaguar Day 1-5:30PM
    • Thursday, Aug 21 - TK/Kindergarten Family Picnic Playdate @ Arbolado Park 5:00-7:00 PM
    • Friday, Aug 22 - New Student Orientation and Brown Bag Picnic (Grades 1-5) 11:30-12:30
    • Monday, Aug 25 - School Starts/Back to School Breakfast
    • Back-to-School Nights 
      • Thursday, August 28-4th Grade
      • Tuesday, September 2-5th Grade
      • Wednesday, September 3- 3rd Grade
      • Tuesday, September 9-Kindergarten/TK
      • Wednesday, September 10-1st Grade
      • Thursday, September 11--2nd Grade

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    Events Explained: 

       Tuesday, Aug 19 -New Parent Orientation (Grades TK, K-5) 6PM in the MUR (Multi-Use Room...the cafeteria/auditorium) We will give an overview of what makes Walnut Acres such a remarkable school and also answer any questions you may have regarding your child's first year. If you already have a question or topic that you'd like us to be sure to cover, please hit reply and let us know. Following the New Parent Orientation Meeting, the Parent Faculty Club will be holding their first meeting of the year. You are encouraged to stay for that meeting as well. By attending PFC meetings you will not only get a real sense of the dynamics of the school but you will be able to play a part in ensuring that Walnut Acres continues to be a phenomenal place for our children to learn and grow. 

       Wednesday, Aug 20 - TK/Kindergarten Playdate @ Arbolado Park 9:00-11:00 Siblings are welcome, come to the park to meet some new friends! We will be setting up under the trees between the upper and lower play grounds. Hope to see you there!

       Thursday, Aug 21 – Jaguar Day 1-5:30PM    *This is the school registration day...don't miss it!*
Jaguar Day is the first opportunity to get your child's class assignment, order school apparel and yearbooks, sign up for volunteer positions such as library, room parent, lunch patrol, yearbook editing, and find out about the fun activities and events for the year ahead. 
It is also the time to donate to the Jaguar Fund, the primary source of funding to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of our students' education. The requested contribution to the Jaguar Fund is $450 per child. Entry will be through the Multi-Use Room (MUR) on Wiget Lane. Last names A-L 1:00-3:00pm Last names M-Z/Everyone 3:00-5:30

    What to Bring to Jaguar Day- You may want to bring cash and up to 4+checks. Checks are preferred to avoid credit card fees. VISA or Mastercard are also accepted for PFC payments (Jaguar Fund contributions, yearbook orders, emergency kits, and/or school merchandise) and MDUSD payments (hot lunch credits).  You may register for after school enrichment classes but payment can be made by check on the first day of class.

       Thursday, Aug 21 –TK/Kindergarten Family Picnic  @ Arbolado Park 5:00-7:00 Bring a picnic dinner to the park and come meet some new friends. Find out who else will be in your child’s kindergarten/TK class.

       Monday, Aug 25 - School Starts/Back to School Breakfast You will find out at Jaguar Day whether your child is in early or late slip, meaning whether their school day will be from 7:55-11:17 or 9:36-12:58. There will be a Back-to-School Breakfast for parents hosted by the PFC in the courtyard in front of the school office at the beginning of the school day (7:55 am). Those of you who get late slip will miss the breakfast social, but hey, you can sleep in! 

       Back To School Nights (BTSN), 5:45-7pm Back to school night is the an opportunity to meet your child’s classroom teacher and the room parent(s), the other families in the class and most importantly to sign up to volunteer in the classroom or for field trips and class parties. Please note that you will also need to bring your checkbook to pay for field trips, classroom party donation and also donate to Jaguar Fund if you have not had an opportunity during Jaguar Day. 

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    BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE: Recognizing that many parents need to arrange school pick-up/drop-off schedules well in advance of Jaguar Day, Walnut Acres Day Care provides on-campus childcare before and after school from 7:00am-6:00pm. You can register your child before you know their assigned schedule. Information about Walnut Acres Day Care can be found here: http://www.walnutacresdaycare.org

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    BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING: Here is a link to the updated school supply list: 

    https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwalnutacres-elementary.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F08%2F2014_2015School-Supply.pdf

    Something that isn't mentioned on the school supply list but that may be worth taking into account in your back-to-school shopping is that there is a school dress code. The details of the dress code are outlined in the Student Conduct Handbook which you can find here: 

    http://walnutacres-elementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/StudentHandbook12-13.pdf

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    TB TESTING/FINGERPRINTING: For the safety of our children, ALL school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a TB test. If you plan to volunteer in the classroom you should try to get that done before school starts. The teachers will need your help right off the bat! 

    STEP 1--Tuberculosis Testing
    *You must have completed a TB test that is less than 60 days old or have a TB test less than 4 years old on file with MDUSD. If you require a new or updated TB test, contact your physician or go to one of the following labs on a drop-in basis to complete the TB test (let the lab know it is for MDUSD-the cost is approximately $20). Remember to plan for the 48 hour test reading requirement (you MUST return to the lab within 24 hours for the test reading). 

    Muir Diablo Labs 
    Concord: 2231 Galaxy Ct. (925) 685-7744 
    Walnut Creek: 1981 N. Broadway, Ste. 190 (925) 932-7715 

    STEP 2--Fingerprinting
    • Pick up a Fingerprint Form from the office or go to the school website to download a form here: https://docs.google.com/a/walnutacrespfc.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=d2FsbnV0YWNyZXNwZmMub3JnfGhvbWV8Z3g6NDc2ZjQ1ZTFmNTlmOGZjMg
    For the form line state “field trip/classroom”, please fill the Walnut Acres School and your volunteer involvement at the school. 
    • Please remember to bring $32 in cash (exact change) or money order-no personal check or credit cards will be accepted. 
    • Remember, you MUST bring the Fingerprint Form and your TB test results to your appointment. MDUSD Personnel office (James W. Dent Education Center) is located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord.

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    FUNDRAISING: 
    Jaguar Fund 

    The Jaguar Fund is the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Club’s primary source of funds to bridge the gap between public funding and the true cost of the full educational experience we all want for our students at Walnut Acres.

    The recommended donation for the 2014 - 2015 school year is $450 per child. 

    The best time to give to the Jaguar Fund is at the beginning of the year at Jaguar Day on August 21st. Early donations make it easier for the PFC to plan their expenditures. However, donations are accepted throughout the year and can be turned into the Jaguar Fund box in the school Office.

    We know every family situation is different so the goal of the Jaguar Fund is to achieve 100% participation regardless of the dollar amount. No amount is too small, and it will make a difference for our school.

    The Jaguar Fund appeal is our largest fundraiser. We are fortunate to generate additional income from various PFC approved fundraisers such as directory advertising, gift-wrap, read-a-thon, the golf tournament, and eScrip & box tops for education, all of which round out our budget and are essential parts of our financial puzzle.

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    Safety Responsibilities

    Kindergarten parents are encouraged to walk your child to their respective classrooms. This is not necessary for the older grades. Walnut Acres has a designed Drop Off area and during morning drop off beginning at 7:45am parent volunteers run the drive-thru to facilitate the smooth and safe drop off in a timely manner. The morning parent volunteers direct the traffic , open car doors, and greet students.

    Drive Thru Guidelines

    • Drive carefully and slowly.
    • Respect the directions of the volunteers.
    • There is to be NO pedestrian traffic in the drive-thru. Parents are not allowed to walk their children from Cerezo Drive through the staff parking lot. This is extremely hazardous.
    • Drop off children only where there is a volunteer. Children should be ready to exit the car when you pull up. 
    • If you already dropped off your student, please don’t pass cars which are still dropping off or drive through the staff parking lot. We have had many near accidents from people doing this.
    • DO NOT park in the staff parking lot.
    • Stop at the stop signs. Remember pedestrian have the right of way, especially when they are our children.
    • DO NOT leave vehicles unattended in the drive-thru. This applies all day.

    We hope you and your child has an amazing first year at Walnut Acres! 
    Thanks if you have any questions please contact Anna Halverson or Christianna Cohen at newfamilies@walnutacrespfc.org