Panther News

"Stay positive, Panthers....and don't forget to smile!"


Dec 5-9: Holiday Boutique, Room 8. Open at recess and after school.

Dec 9: Movie Night "Polar Express" for 2nd graders only. 6:30pm. Sponsored by PERC.

Dec 11: Registration for Winter/Spring PEP classes opens at noon.

Dec 12 -16: Winter Spirit Week. See calendar of dress up days below.

Dec 16: Friday Flicks-free for all students.

Dec 19 - Jan 2: Winter Break

Jan 3: Return to School


Happy World Cup Wednesday Panthers!

The students witnessed history Tuesday while eating lunch as they watched the US Men's Team make it to the Round of 16 in the World Cup! Their excitement levels and cheers were the best part (although the match was pretty good). We will continue to show matches throughout the tournament with tomorrows matchups with Spain vs. Japan and Germany vs. Costa Rica. The World Cup is about bringing people together from all over the world and sparking a nationalistic fuse inside each fan watching the game. This is a unique experience for everyone and it is a great way to learn about the world!

We only have 12 more school days before Winter Break and we have a lot happening. Our Leadership students are hosting a canned food drive through December 16th. Canned or boxed goods can be dropped off in the container out front. These items will be delivered to the Contra Costa Food Bank for families in need. We are also collecting gift cards in the office to donate to families for the holidays. Gift cards to any store and quantity are accepted and appreciated.

Parkmead is hosting a holiday boutique for students. This fun experience is run by PERC and allows students the opportunity to purchase low cost items for family and friends (as low as .25 cents). The boutique will be open Mon-Thursday at lunchtime and after school on Wed and Thursday. If you'd like to volunteer please sign up here.

Friday December 9th will be the 2nd grade Polar Express Drop-Off Movie Night. On Friday Dec 9 at 6:30pm all 2nd graders can be dropped off at the MPR for a free screening of the movie The Polar Express. 2nd graders can come in PJs and bring any blankets/pillows to make themselves comfy! Students will also receive a treat of hot chocolate and a cookie. Please check out the PERC Newsletter for more information.

These last few weeks before break will fly by so let's enjoy the final days of 2022! I hope to see everyone Friday for coffee with the Principal.

Stay positive Panthers, and don't forget to smile!

Mr. Burstein

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Burstein Announcements

Attention 5th Graders

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Love it? label it! (or lose it)

Please help us with our lost and found pile by labeling your student's items! This really helps to get the items back to the proper owner. Remember, all items are donated at the end of each month.


in the spirit of giving....

We are collecting gift cards (any amount to any store) to give to needy families in our own community. Please help us collect cards by bringing them to the office until December 14. Thank you!


PEP - After school classes

PEP Registration for Winter/Fall sessions is Sunday Dec. 11th @ noon through Monday Jan. 2nd @ 8pm. More details coming SOON!
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Phone number: 925-944-6863


Please call or email before 9:00am on the day of the student's absence. Available 24/7.

If you are planning to be away, or on vacation for 5 or more days, please contact Shelly in the attendance office 2 weeks PRIOR to leaving to set up an Independent Study Contract.

2022-2023 Academic School Year Calendar

Click HERE for the calendar


Click HERE for the monthly free lunch choices.

Access the Online Directory & update your PERC eNews subscription or contact info here:

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End of Year Giving

WCEF is closing out 2022 with $798,000 raised for the 2022-23 school year! Thanks to donors like YOU in our wonderful Walnut Creek community, we are able to provide educational opportunities and wellness support from TK-12.

Have you donated to WCEF this year? Programs that are not funded by the state—like weekly art, music, science lab; our libraries; electives in middle and high school; the Las Lomas wellness center—come at a cost. Your donations to WCEF make programs like these possible. Help us support all students, and ensure they don't have to hope for a great education. Donate today!

Deck the halls with Honey Bear Trees!

The always popular Honey Bear Tree lot is back and supporting WCEF! Located across from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Honey Bear Trees has beautiful trees straight from Oregon—and free honey with your purchase! Mention WCEF when you check out and Honey Bear Trees gives 20% back to our schools. Delivery available and plenty of parking!

Open from 9am - 9pm, 7 days a week, November 19 - December 24; cash or check only.

Sports Basement Holiday Shopping Event

There’s still time to take advantage of 20% off at Sports Basement! Looking for gifts for the athlete, skier, yogi—or a treat for yourself? Shop at Sports Basement from December 3-11 and Basementeers receive 20% off! Sports Basement is a proud WCEF sponsor!

Community Flyers

Click Here. For flyer submission please email