“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” -Anonymous
Greeting and Happy Spring Walnut Acres Families!
There is much excitement involved at Walnut Acres as the end of the school year is just around the bend. The PFC board members have been busy throughout the year and are now involved in planning for the next school year on all aspects of support and volunteerism.
You’re invited! The Parent Faculty Club invites you to an informal coffee in Room A-1 (next to the school office) on Thursday morning, April 10th from 7:45am-9am. This is a great opportunity to learn more about volunteering on the PFC and how you can get involved. If you are not able to attend the coffee because you are heading off to work or have prior commitment please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I, along with the current board members, are happy to answer questions or provide you information about the various board positions available. All parents have the opportunity to find a place to help within our school and our volunteers are a vital part of Walnut Acres‘ success!
The next PFC meeting is schedule for Tuesday, April 15th at 7pm in the school library. As I mentioned before, the next two PFC meetings will be an essential part of planning for the next school year. We will present the proposed 2014-15 PFC Budget, discuss the Jaguar Fund donation and go over the open board positions. The May PFC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20th at 7pm. I look forward to working together on these important decisions to support Walnut Acres’ success in the coming school year!
What an amazing Auction and special thanks to all of the families who were part of the process. We are excited to report that through our community’s collective generosity and hard work, the PFC raised $92,000 for our children!
I am truly proud of the wonderful community of Walnut Acres families who so generously share their time and talent, donate and work hard to provide our children enriching experiences and help support Walnut Acres to continue to manage the high standards we want for our kids. Thank you and have a safe and memorable Spring Break!
Graciously your 2013-14 President,
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” -Nido Qubein
Dear Walnut Acres Families,
From a PFC perspective, the first half of this school year was very successful due to all levels of support from our families and parent volunteers. The Jaguar Fund, our annual donation drive, has raised over $130,000 to date. An amazing effort from all the families who participated and corporate donations!
You’re Invited to the Auction! The PFC along with the Auction team is excited to offer its first online auction which began on February 24th and ends on March 8th, 2014 at 9pm. Please take time to visit http://walnutacres.schoolauction.net/jaguar to see what items the auction has to offer and be sure to share the link with family and friends! We are so grateful to the auction team for their dedication and creative efforts to make this year’s upcoming auction “An Evening in Hollywood” an evening to remember.
While these large fundraisers provide the bulk of our annual budget, we cannot forget how important our other programs and fundraisers are. We are fortunate to generate 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.
What I hope this says to all parents is that everyone has the opportunity to find a place to help within our school. Whether you lead or help on a small or large event or oversee an ongoing program, EVERY single parent is important to Walnut Acres’ success.
Please join us for the next PFC meeting on March 18th at 7pm. Be sure to note that the next few PFC meetings will be an essential part of our planning for next year’s programs, activities and most importantly the 2014-15 PFC budget. All parents are welcome and encouraged to be part of the planning process!
We are extremely lucky to have families that show so much generosity to our school and also to our community. Thank you again for your continued support of our school. Cheers to a wonderfully successful second half of the year and I hope to see you at the Auction on March 14th!
Respectfully your 2013-14 PFC President,
"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." -Charles R. Swindoll
Happy New Year!
The 2013-14 school year is in full swing and we are a school community to be proud of. The second half of the school year will promise to be as memorable and important. Walnut Acres is a very active school with many fun and enriching activities throughout the school year. For this, we depend heavily on our volunteers and it would not be possible without their time and talent.
Speaking of things to come, please mark you calendars for the following events!
The winter enrichment program is now available to register online and is scheduled to begin on January 28th. There are a few changes to the program enrollment and more information is listed on the PFC website.
Calling your young scientist to the Walnut Acres Science Fair. It is always such a treat for our kids to participate and we are looking forward to viewing all of the displays on February 6th!
***Coming Soon*** The 2013-14 Auction Team has been busy planning this year’s auction since the beginning of last summer. We are so grateful to the auction team for their dedication and strong efforts to make this year’s auction “An Evening in Hollywood” an event to remember. The PFC is excited to offer its first online auction beginning at 6am on February 24th though March 8th, 2014. Please take time to visit http://walnutacres.schoolauction.net/jaguar to see what wonderful items the auction has to offer. Please be sure to share the link with family and friends near and far! The all-star auction team is rolling out the red carpet on March 14th, so make sure to buy your tickets before they sell out!!!
You're invited to join us for the January PFC meeting scheduled on January 14th at 7pm in the Walnut Acres library. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend the PFC meetings every month to find out about the current programs and events that make our community so great.
Please check the PFC website for more information on these and other upcoming community events! As always, thank you to ALL our wonderful volunteers, parents, families, staff and kids who make Walnut Acres shine!
Sincerely your 2013-14 PFC President,
“We are what we are because of the hard work, insights and achievements of countless others.” -Karen Armstong
Thank you for your ongoing support to Walnut Acres and the PFC!
October was a fun filled month at Walnut Acres and the PFC has been busy. Over the past several weeks, we’ve had parent volunteers in charge of Jaguar Fund, the Student Directory, Gift Wrap, Book Fair, Carnival and Red Ribbon Week and continue to work hard planning many of our upcoming events.
The Walnut Acres Children’s Theater presents “Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids”, a 1st-4th grade musical production on November 8th and 9th at 7pm. Come support our young and talented actors!
ARRGH, we be calling your little readers! The Read-a-thon begins on November 3 and extends through Thanksgiving break. You’ll find information in the packets sent home with your child on Friday, November 1. This is a wonderful opportunity to slow down during this busy holiday season and take time to read with your budding readers.
We hope we haven’t overwhelmed you with our fundraisers and community events. The PFC has scheduled a number of smaller fundraisers and events that may offer something for every family. Thank you to all who participated in the Gift Wrap fundraiser and Book Fair.
Currently, the Jaguar Fund participation level is at 70% and is well on it’s way to our goal of 100%. It’s not too late to contribute! Donations and corporate matches are accepted all year and any amount is appreciated.
Tis the season to begin holiday shopping! Please check the Shop and Earn for School link on the PFC website for participating online vendors. A simple click on the vendor’s logo will forward you to their page and a small percentage of your online purchase will be donated to the Walnut Acres PFC. It’s easy and free money to Walnut Acres. Happy shopping!
In our October PFC meeting we had Kim Harris, acting president of PEAK, share more about their program and encourage families to participate in their largest fundraiser, The Turkey Trot on November 28th. More information can be found on the PEAK link under Community Announcements of our PFC website. Let’s show them our support!
You’re invited to our next PFC meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm. We always hope for a full house! This is a great opportunity to listen and ask questions and all parents at every grade level are welcome to attend. Be informed, be active and be your child’s biggest fan!
Save the date for our Walnut Acres Holiday Party on December 3rd! All Walnut Acres parents, teachers and staff are invited and encouraged to bring a treat to share. Please check the PFC website and enews for more information on these and other current events.
Cheers and best wishes to you and your family for safe and happy memories this holiday season!
2013-14 PFC President
PFC President’s Message
"We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.”
-Orison Swett Marden
As I walk my boys onto school grounds every morning and join all the families and staff of our Walnut Acres community, I am reminded of what a wonderful place our children come to learn. Ultimately, this would not be possible without strong teachers and the generous and continuous support through volunteering and donations made over the years by our parents. THANK YOU!
With Dr. Dowd’s strong leadership, we are moving toward educational excellence in both 21st Century Learning and Common Core Standards. I want to thank the teachers for welcoming and explaining to our parents the importance of these programs during Back to School night. Hearing about all the wonderful learning and fun activities the kids will be doing this year truly makes me so excited for all students at Walnut Acres.
Many committees and parent volunteers are diligently working to bring our kids the funds and experiences they deserve. Special thanks to our room parents and room parent committee chairs for working closely with our teachers to fill the many volunteer positions in the classroom and for our PFC community events.
The Jaguar Fund campaign is well under way toward it’s year long journey of achieving 100% participation from all of our families. At currently budgeted levels, your PFC spends a total of $550 per child each year to support programs, personnel and materials at Walnut Acres. For the 2013-2014 school year, the PFC is committed to providing classroom and science aides, vocal music, and technology support in the classroom all of which are vital to the success of our children. For those who have not had an opportunity to donate to Jaguar Fund, it is not too late! Jaguar Fund donation forms can be found in the school office and on the Walnut Acres PFC website. Again, the PFC’s goal is 100% participation which will allow us to continue to offer these enriching and supportive programs for each and every one of our students at Walnut Acres.
I hope to see you and your family at the Walnut Acres Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 20th. I also invite you to our next PFC meeting scheduled on Oct. 15th at 8:15am! Please check the PFC calendar and website for more information about upcoming events.
As always, thank you for sharing your invaluable time and talent!
Your 2013-14 PFC President,
Greetings Walnut Acres Families!
Welcome back to the 2013-14 school year! Many of the PFC volunteers have been busy planning over the summer and this year promises to host many fun activities for your family. We look forward to keeping you informed with the bi-weekly “enews” newsletters and the PFC website. I encourage new families to sign up for enews as soon as you can. It is an invaluable resource for current events happening at Walnut Acres and in our community.
Jaguar Day was a great success and we hope you and your family were able to attend this festive day. We still have spirit wear and yearbooks available for purchase. You will find the forms at the school office. New this year is the “Shout Out” opportunity for families to post a few words of encouragement for their student, faculty member or even their child’s class in the School Directory. Please check the PFC website under Directory Advertising for the Shout Out form. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your invited to the Back to School Breakfast on the first day of school. Please stay for coffee, tea and pastries after you send your student off to their classroom. It is a great way to reconnect with parents and friends.
Thank you for sharing your time and talent with the PFC. We as a community are dedicated to support the relationship between the Walnut Acres faculty, staff and parents all to sustain the level of excellence we expect for our children. Cheers to a year full of great learning and memorable experiences for our students!
Your 2013-14 PFC President,
August 9, 2013
PFC President's Message
As President, I want to welcome you to the Walnut Acres Parent Faculty Committee (PFC). As a parent of a child at Walnut Acres, you are automatically considered a member of the PFC.
The Walnut Acres PFC is dedicated to support the relationship between faculty, staff, parents and its wonderful students. There are many ways to get involved! We offer support through fundraising, hospitality, community activities, enrichment programs and communication via enews and the PFC website.
The new school year is fast approaching and I can assure you our many volunteers have been busy planning for the 2013-14 school year! I invite all of you at attend Jaguar Day on August 22nd. It is a great opportunity to obtain your child’s class assignment, purchase spirit wear and yearbooks and learn more about the numerous volunteer opportunities.
As you register, make sure to provide your contact information for the directory and take a look at our "All In One" form. We are proud to continue to acknowledge in our published Donor List and hand out a Jaguar Fund sticker to those families who contribute any amount to the JAGUAR FUND, the Walnut Acres education fund. We encourage every family to participate and 100% of the Jaguar Fund gifts go directly to our school to fund many of the programs and activities necessary for our children’s education.
I hope you also consider joining us for our first PFC meeting of the school year on August 21st at 7 pm in the Walnut Acres Library. This is a great place to have any questions, suggestions, and comments addressed as our wonderful principal Dr. Dowd always attends. Click here for the 2013-14 school calendar. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you on Jaguar Day!
Your 2013-14 PFC President,
June 21, 2013
Dear Walnut Acres Families,
Greetings and Happy Summer! The end of the school year is always a great time to reflect on all the wonderful programs and activities we hosted throughout the year. Our fundraisers and activities were all successful for the simple reason that the Walnut Acres community is filled with wonderful parents who generously share their time and talent in so many ways. I’d like to take a moment to call out a few activities that went above and beyond for our wonderful school.
First, thank you to the many volunteers who helped organize, plan and work on the 2013 “Havana Nights” Auction and for the parents who attended and participated in the event. The Auction team’s commitment and hard work along with the generosity of those who participated helped raise over $86,000.00 for the Walnut Acres PFC!
We also want to thank Fran Doggett and Melissa Sunbury for their commitment to “The Jaguar Fund”. They are happy to report that the Jaguar fund raised close to $130,000.00 for the PFC!
Finally, the PEAK program generously donated a check in the amount of $4,876.81 to provide additional support of our programs. PEAK is a non-profit education foundation dedicated to preserving and enriching students’ learning experiences in our local schools in Walnut Creek.
Planning for the 2013-14 school year is already in process. Parents have volunteered to chair many of the much-needed programs on the PFC and there are still several open positions should you want to get involved.
Please check the PFC website for more information about open positions, important dates and for the updated school year calendar. The PFC website is a great resource in addition to the Enews messages sent out on a weekly basis.
I am looking forward to working with many of you in the coming school year. I have much to live up to succeeding Nicole Padoan as President. She along with Anna Saunders, Terri Lindeman and Denise Flynn were an essential part of how well the PFC is structured and has run these past few years.
The next PFC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 at 7pm in the school library. Jaguar Day is Thursday, August 22 form 2-6pm. I hope that I will have the privilege of seeing you at both events. Thank you again for a fantastic school year and here’s to 2013-2014 being equally the same! Enjoy your summer!
Sincerely, Monica Chang
2013-14 PFC President
This is a very exciting time of year and we have several
events going on at Walnut Acres which promote our kids as readers this
month. Our Book Fair is this last week of October,
running from October 29 until November 2nd, and is the perfect
opportunity to get wonderful books into the hands of your readers.
Following the Book Fair is also our annual Read A Thon, one
of our seven fundraisers for the year. Our goal is 100 percent participation on any level from every single
Walnut Acres family. We hope you will
consider participating and walking beside your child as they set about to get
lost in the world of books. Kelly
Gallagher, an educator and the author of many books in Education, including “Readicide,”
notes that the greatest indicator of whether a student will go to college is
how well and how often they read. That
is a sobering statement, but even more powerful than that is what books and
reading can do for our kids. Books allow
our kids to take a deliberate stance toward engaging and responding with their whole
hearts and minds. Enter the reading zone
and stretch their imagination, live other lives, and learn about their own,
find prose and poetry so well written it knocks them out, experience and understand
problems and feelings they might never know, find stories that make them happy
and feed their soul, consider how writers have written and why, acquire their
knowledge, ask questions, escape, think, travel, ponder, laugh, cry, love and
To round out these next few months of reading, we as a PFC
also recognize the need to support not only the kids, but our parents as they
raise 21st century readers.
Supporting our children in their reading goes beyond having them read aloud
to us or asking them questions about the plot of the book. That said, join us for the first of what we
hope to be several topics of discussion which will allow us to “dig deep” as
parents into ways that we can build our students’ reading lives for the 21st
century. This discussion will take place
at our next PFC meeting on November 13th at 7 p.m. in the Walnut
Acres library. We are hoping to pack the
house and take our first steps in this together. See you there!
It is hard to believe that it is already October and school is in
full swing. It’s one of the most exciting
times for a school and its students and this year is no different than any
other in proving that we, the parents, staff and community surrounding Walnut
Acres are devoted to educational excellence for each child at our school.
In order for us to be up and running as we are, many committees
and parent volunteers have completely mobilized to bring our kids the funds and
experiences they deserve. Volunteer shifts have been filled with hundreds of
volunteers and the Jaguar Fund has begun its year long journey towards 100
percent participation from ALL of our families, at any level.
During a time when both funding and volunteers are in short
supply, thanks are due to so many parents and staff members. Our school benefits in too many ways to name
from contributions of time and money. I thank each and every one of you for all
In particular I would like to thank the following people who have
started us off “right” with a warm welcome to new and returning families:
Day – Monica Chang and Marita Louw
Jaguar Fund – Melissa
Sunbury and Fran Doggett
Back to School Coffee
– Julie Connolly and Christina Contreras
T-shirts – Jen Watson
Ice Cream Social –
New Families Welcome –
Lori Woodworth, Anna Saunders and Alison Brassinga
Room Parent Chairs –
Cecilia Santiago and Karen Williamson
Directory Layout and
Advertising – Doris Kawakami and Misa Siemons
Gift Wrap – Traci Olson
and Yvonne Ortega
In closing, I would like to thank all of those families who have
generously contributed to our Jaguar Fund campaign. For those who have not,
please know that it is never too late, and no amount is too small. The number
one goal of the PFC this year is to see 100% of our families contribute time
and financial resources to our school.
Remember that membership into the PFC (Parent Faculty Club)
is automatically granted to the parents of children attending and faculty of
Walnut Acres. We need each and every one of you to stay committed to excellence
for our kids.