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Walnut Grove Roadrunner

Week of September 21, 2014


Walnut Grove Office

(925) 426-4250


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 Room Parent Meeting

Multicultural Fair Meeting

Picture Day

Recycle Day

Parent's Night Out

Order from Farmigo

Online Auction

Box Tops for Education

Thank You for Donation Drop-off Events


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School Board Candidates Forum

Free Parent Event

Essay Contest




24 - Fall Picture Day

       Room Parent Meeting

       Multicultural Fair Mtg 

26 - Recycle Day

       Online auction begins


3 -  Parent's Night Out

10 - Reflection entries due

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Attention Room Parents


Thanks for volunteering to help your teacher and class this year!


We will have an informational meeting on room parents and room parent duties.

Date: Wednesday, September 24
Time: 9:15 am 
Place: Room 402

Please make sure to sign in at the office. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Paden.

Multicultural Fair Informational Meeting

Interested in helping with the first 
Multicultural Fair at Walnut Grove?  

Come to our informational meeting.

What: Multicultural Fair Discussion Meeting
When: Wednesday, 9/24, at 2 pm
Where: Room 402
What's Happening at the Grove
This year Fall Picture Day will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

Portraits will be taken of all students for school records, class photos, and for the option to purchase photos of your student.  

Make sure you are camera-ready!

Recycling Day

Friday, September 26, 2014, is the first Recycling Day of this school year.

Please bring your collected plastic bottles and crushed aluminum cans (in separate bags) to the front of the school Friday morning at early drop-off: 8:15 am.  

Make sure to label your bags with your teacher's name, so the appropriate class receives the recycling money.


Walnut Grove's
3rd Annual Parent's Night Out


Date: Friday, October 3

Time: 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Place: Handles Gastropub, 855 Main Street
in Downtown Pleasanton


The ticket price of $20 includes the following:

  • 1 non-alcoholic drink (you can upgrade to an alcoholic drink for $3--last year tickets were $25, so this is a bargain)
  • Appetizers
  • A live band (featuring local musicians)
  • 1 raffle ticket--prize is (4) 1-Day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets valued at $600.
A Wine Pull will take place from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Purchase one bottle for $30 or 6 bottles for $150.
Various gift cards will be included with some bottles.

All proceeds from Parents Night Out will go directly to Walnut Grove School.

Please come out and join the Walnut Grove community on this fun-filled evening.

Advance tickets are $20 each.
(Note: Tickets at the door will be sold for $25.)

There are 2 ways to purchase tickets:
  1. Go to the Walnut Grove front office, fill out this form, and leave it with a check in the Parents Night Out box.
  2. Purchase tickets online at
You will receive an email confirmation once your ticket has been purchased.

For questions, please contact Jen Skinner.
Fundraising for Our School
to buy farm-fresh products from Farmigo!
This year, our fifth graders are working on a project to help supplement the cost of their field trips.  
We have partnered with a company called Farmigo. 

Farmigo will deliver farm-fresh products to our school site. We believe that this partnership with Farmigo will provide a leadership opportunity for our 5th graders to coordinate and deliver the food, promote healthy living and food connections to our WG families, and help supplement the cost of planned 5th-grade field trips. 

We would really appreciate your help in getting this program started. This is how it works:
  1. CLICK HERE to view the WG Farmigo website.  
  2. Customers order products online by Sunday night. 
  3. Products are delivered to school every Wednesday.
  4. Customers pick up produce in designated area or 5th grade will deliver products. (We are still working this part out.) 
Our first Walnut Grove delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24.

All orders need to be submitted online by MIDNIGHT on Sunday, September 21.

**  For your first order, Farmigo is offering a coupon. The coupon is for $10 off any $20 order. Use this coupon code: SCHOOLSBACK

To shop with Farmigo, CLICK HERE.


Walnut Grove Online Auction

Friday, September 26 to Saturday, October 4


Get ready! The Walnut Grove online auction begins on Friday, September 26, and runs through Saturday, October 4. All proceeds will go directly to Walnut Grove.

A separate email will be sent out later this week with the auction link to let you know that the auction is live!

There are many wonderful items to bid on, including the following:
  • A reserved parking spot at Walnut Grove
  • Opportunities for students at each grade level to be "Principal for a Day"
  • Front row seats at the fall & spring school musicals
  • Fun activities for students to spend time with their teachers after school
  • Hotel stays in San Francisco
  • Great seats for local sports events 
  • Tickets for local museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Gift cards for local stores and restaurants
  • Photography sessions and private voice lessons
  • Kid party opportunities -- art, super science, henna designs, and video game truck
  • And much, much more! 
If you have questions (or if you would like to donate some last-minute auction items), please contact Samantha Riegels.



Thank you to everyone who turned in
Box Tops!

 Congratulations to the following winners:


Sakura Yanagawa - K - Peterson
Caleb Bowers - 1st - Bury
Garrett Molitor - 2nd - Wisniewski
Niko Glafkides - 3rd - Lim
Ryan Sale - 4th - Martin
Matthew Glenn - 5th - Hilton
Our next drawing will be on October 15,
so please keep turning in your Box Tops in the collection box outside the school office. Remember to place your Box Tops in a ziplock bag clearly labeled with your child's name, teacher's name, and grade.
PTA News and Appreciations



THANK YOU to everyone who came to last week's donation drop-off events. Thank you for dropping by to meet other Walnut Grove families, and thank you so much for your generous donations of bottles of wine or gift cards. 


Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use as part of the wine pull fundraiser at the PTA's Parent's Night Out event on Oct. 3!


We also want to especially thank the Walnut Grove families that hosted the donation drop-off events:

Karen Braga

Kym Gentry-Peck

Angela Gervasoni

Kathy Greth

Andrea Stokoe

Stephanie Scheider

Erin Shimy

Jen Skinner

Lisa Williams

Grace Yeung


If you are interested in hosting a donation drop-off event in your neighborhood, please contact Denise Delamain.


Calling All Artists! 

The PTA Reflections art program is back! 

Every Walnut Grove student is encouraged to enter one or more pieces of art in the categories listed below.

The National PTA's Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and become involved in the arts.


The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is 

"The world would be a better place if..."


Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the following categories:

  • Dance choreography
  • Film production
  • Music composition
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Visual arts
In late October, Walnut Grove will have a small ceremony acknowledging every student's artwork entry. More information, including rules for entry and entry forms, can be found on the California PTA website.


Deadline to drop off WG Reflections entries:
Friday, October 10 in the office.

Contact Amy Paden for more information.

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Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Place: Pleasanton Unified School District Board Room, 4665 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton

The Pleasanton PTA Council and the League of Women Voters of Livermore-Amador Valley are co-sponsoring a School Board Candidates Forum, Monday, October 6, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Pleasanton Unified School District Board Room, located at 4665 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton.

All 4 candidates -- Jeff Bowser, Joan Laursen, Mark Miller and Paige Wright -- have been invited to participate. There are 2 open trustee seats for the Pleasanton school board in the November election.

"One of the PTA's most important objectives is to educate our members and the public on issues that affect children," says Pleasanton PTA Council President Katie Brunner, "to that end, the Pleasanton PTA Council is hosting this forum to allow community members to learn more about each PUSD School Board candidate's knowledge of issues affecting our students' education. As a nonpartisan and nonsectarian organization, we do not support or oppose any of the candidates but rather encourage the public to learn about the candidates and the issues, and to cast an informed vote."

The forum is open to the public and will be recorded. The schedule of telecasts and/or webcasts will be announced at the event.

The moderator, provided by the League of Women Voters, will give each candidate an opportunity to briefly address the audience, and then they each will be asked a series of questions. Members of the audience will then have an opportunity to ask additional questions.

For more information, please contact the Pleasanton PTA Council at

The Pleasanton PTA Council began in 2003 as an umbrella group for all PTAs in Pleasanton. The mission of the PTA is to represent their members and to empower and support them with skills in advocacy, leadership, and communication to positively impact the lives of all children and families.
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The Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee presents a

Free Parent Event:
Anxiety, Attention, Learning & Behavioral Challenges

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Pleasanton Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 5001 Case Ave., Pleasanton, CA

You won't want to miss the highly sought-after developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Brad
Berman, as he discusses important issues that impact both the home and school life of our children.

For more information and to register, read the
Community Involvement
Enter the P-Town Life short essay contest!

Your Happiest Moment. Do you remember a time someone or something really made you smile? Tell us about it!

Open to students in grades 3-12. 
The essay has a 1000-word limit.
Deadline for submissions is September 30.

For more information, visit the P-Town Life website.