Walnut Grove Elementary

November Newsletter

School Hours: 8:30am - 2:50pm

Principal: Esteban Delgadillo

Associate Principal: Mark Jordan

Associate Principal: Jessica Graham

Secretary: Heather Wilkinson

Enrollment Clerk: Kathy Franklin

Attendance Clerk: Lori Larson

Family Resource Coordinator: Amanda Harding

6103 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661

Attendance Line: (360) 313-1440 or walnutgrove.attendance@vansd.org

Phone: (360) 313-3000

Fax: (360) 313-3000

Email: walnutgrove@vansd.org

Important Dates


11/11 - Veterans Day, no school

11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break, no school


12/23 - 1/3 - Winter Break , no school


1/20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

1/24 - Semester Break, no school


2/17 - President's Day, no school


3/30 - 4/3 - Spring Break, no school


4/16 & 4/17 - 2 Hour Early Release (12:50 release)


5/25 - Memorial Day, no school


6/9 - 2 Hour Early Release (12:50 release)

6/10 - Last Day of School - 2 Hour Early Release (12:50 release)

Early Release Every Monday

Walnut Grove will be releasing 40 minutes early on Mondays.

Nov: 4, 18, 25

Dec: 2, 9, 16

Jan: 6, 13, 27

Feb: 3, 10, 24

Mar: 2, 9, 16, 23

Apr: 6, 13, 20, 27

May: 4, 11, 18

Jun: None

*Students will be dismissed at 2:10pm

Fall Back

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday November 3rd.


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Get ready for winter weather

It’s time to start preparing for the possibility of snow days.

School closures and delays are decided as early in the morning as possible—by 5 a.m., if feasible. Early releases are decided as soon in the school day as possible. If a late start is declared the prior evening, we will attempt to announce the following day by 7 a.m whether schools will be closed.

If schools are closed or dismissed early, after-school and evening activities also will be canceled. Community use of schools will be canceled only if schools are closed.

In the event of an early release, families will be notified by phone call and/or email. Elementary students who ride the bus or walk will not be released until verbal confirmation about arrangements has been made with families.

The decision to close schools or delay opening them is not taken lightly. The safety of students and staff is a top priority.

How to find out about schedule changes

  • District and school websites
  • FlashAlert (must renew notification subscription every year)
  • VPS mobile app
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Call 360-313-1401 or 360-313-1000
  • Radio, TV stations and newspapers (will share information at their discretion)
  • Automated phone calls and/or emails may be sent if schools close early during the school day, or if the decision to close is made the night before.

If no information is posted, schools are operating on a normal schedule.

Snow routes

Snow routes have been developed for some VPS schools. These alternate, safer routes will be used when ice and/or snow create dangerous driving conditions on certain roads.

When snow routes are announced, there will be no service to some bus stops. Alternate bus stops will be used.

Making a backup plan

Do you have a backup plan if schools are delayed, closed or release students earlier than expected? For example, could you:

  • Adjust your work schedule?
  • Hire a babysitter or take the kids to daycare?
  • Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to watch the kids?

Holiday Assistance

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Please Use Our Attendance Resources

Attendance is important. We want your student here all day, every day. However, if your child will be absent or tardy please remember to call our attendance line or email our attendance email. We do ask that whenever possible, you avoid calling the main office to report absences or tardy's. As you can imagine, the office is very busy in the morning helping parents and students, treating injuries, checking in our substitutes, and handling staff needs. We appreciate your use of the services provided to report absences and tardy's.

24 Hour Attendance Message Line: (360) 313- 1440

Email: walnutgrove.attendance@vansd.org


ALL GO HOME CHANGES MUST GO THROUGH THE FRONT OFFICE. Please do not email or contact teachers with go home changes. Many times they are not available during the school day and they will not see your message until it is too late. We have a process to get the teacher and student notified of the change. However, it all begins with you notifying the office first.

Additionally, please do not take your student out of bus lines at the end of the day. This causes confusion and can lead to school staff searching for a student we think is missing. If you decide to pick up your student from school last minute, please come into the office and we will have them pulled off of the bus and brought in to you.

We appreciate your help in making the end of the school day run as smoothly as possible!

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Photo ID Required

Please bring your photo ID when visiting our school, and when you're picking your child up early from school. IMPORTANT: We CANNOT release a student without verifying your picture ID and confirming that you are the parent/guardian, or are on the approved pick up list. We understand that this may be inconvenient, but this rule is in place for the safety of your child.

Additionally, all visitors must use their photo ID to sign into our visitor system.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please go to

https://vansd.org/volunteer to start the process.

Medications in School

Medication orders must be renewed every school year.

To renew medication orders:

1. Have your child’s physician complete the Medication in School form (even for over the counter medications).

2. The clinic can fax the orders directly to the school at 360-313-3001.

3. Bring in your child’s medication and orders (if not faxed) before school starts. A good time is during Back to School Night or the week before school starts.

4. Medication should be in the original, unopened bottle

5. If the medication is for a life-threatening condition, the medication MUST be in the school office BEFORE your child can start school!

Life threatening conditions include:



Asthma (Some students)

Seizures (Some students)

Talk with your school nurse if you are unsure if your child’s condition is considered life threatening.

NOTE: Students are not allowed to carry any type of medication on them during the school day. This includes over the counter medications such as cough drops, cough medication, Tylenol, etc. A medication order must be on file for us to accept and dispense ANY medication. Please call the office at 360-313-3000 with any questions!

Our school will be completely rebuilt

Walnut Grove Elementary was built in 1952 and expanded over the years, including an extensive remodeling in 1996. Our school will be completely rebuilt by fall 2021 thanks to a bond measure. You can keep up with the progress and also sign up to receive email updates!

Follow the link below to learn more: https://vansd.org/reschools/project-school-walnut-grove/