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WELCOME TO THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR!

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Nov 29 - Dec 15: Toys for Tots, Toy Drive

December 9: Pastries with the Principal for parents - 8:00am

December 10: Read-a-thon Winter Wonderland Cocoa Party

December 15: 6pm-6:30pm Fireside Chat with Mr. Burstein (Zoom)

December 17: Shortened Day (K: 11:20am, 1st-5th: 12:25pm)

December 17: Friday Flicks - after school until 2:30pm

December 20 - January 2: Winter Break - No School

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Hello Panther Families,


As we conclude the first half of the school year, students and staff are continuing to get back into "normalcy." Distant learning feels like a memory, but we continue to work with students helping them build stamina to write, read, and engage in class. As a parent during distance learning I was able to help my children with their schoolwork and watch them learn. Many times, this meant I would help them find the correct answers and rewrite words to ensure they spelled everything correctly. As much as I believed my nurture approach helped them, allowing them to struggle and fail would have had more of an impact on their ability to learn. The importance of struggling, or productive struggle, allows children to develop strong habits of mind, such as perseverance and thinking flexibly, instead of simply seeking the correct solution. Productive struggle promotes comprehension and mastery. It gives students a variety of options to solve a problem and lessens their dependency on being given answers. Going from distance learning back to a full time school routine was difficult and continues to provide new challenges. Talking with your children about their struggles and giving them praise and support when things get difficult will help them become more resilient. Encouraging your child to do their best and give their full effort can have the greatest impact on their education and increase their ability to be resilient when things get tough.


Winter Wonderland Cocoa Party:

We met both goals reading 100,000 minutes and raising $15,000!!! On Friday, December 10th we will have our Winter Wonderland party to celebrate all your hard work. All students will get hot cocoa and cookies (provided by PERC) and the top readers of each grade will get to turn Mr. Burstein into a snowman... It should be quite a snow for all. PERC will be looking for volunteers so please be on the lookout for the PERC Newsletter or sign up here.


STREAM Lab Volunteers Wanted:

We are looking for volunteers to help out in our STREAM Lab during lunch recess. If you are available to volunteer regularly at least one day per week we would love to have you help our students explore and share their creativity! If you are interested, please email Mr. Burstein.

All volunteers need to be sure to take the short Volunteer Training Module.


12 Days of Kindness:

Kindness is free to share and something anyone can give. As we finish our final 12 school days of 2021, we will be participating in a 12 Days of Kindness school event. Classrooms will have the opportunity to do something kind for their peers, families and Parkmead staff. I encourage all families to find their own acts of kindness or participate in the Parkmead challenge. I have attached the Kindness sheet below if you would like to participate with your family.


Parent Education Series:

December 6 , 6:30-7:30 PM

Having Difficult Conversations - Registration

This session will focus on how to capitalize on opportunities during school breaks to navigate uncomfortable conversations with your developing tween. Learn strategies for recognizing your child’s secret curiosities, practice healthy communication techniques, build space for a deeper connection and be introduced to practical resources to assist in navigating potential conversations.


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


Mr. Burstein

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The Importance of Productive Struggle
Burstein Announcement 11/19

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TOYS FOR TOTS

We will be collecting new toys in the bins at the Magnolia Drive drive-thru, now until December 15. Please consider donating to children in need. Thank you!

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GIFT CARDS

We are once again collecting gift cards for needy families in our Parkmead Community this holiday season. The box is in the office. Any cards accepted! Deadline is December 15.

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Covid Testing

Expanded COVID Testing Hours from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM at Tice Creek.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u23YqC9Xdwjrmn4OYoQcff3cosl-O6bm/view?usp=sharing

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ATTENDANCE

Phone number: 925-944-6863

Email: pmattendance@walnutcreeksd.org


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 one week PRIOR to leaving to set up an Independent Study Contract.

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Fundraising Update for November

WCEF had its best-ever November in the 38-year history of the foundation! More than $180,000 was raised in just one month for programs like TK-5 science lab, electives like French at WCI and Spanish at Tice, and the Wellness Center at Las Lomas. All because of you. Thank you to all who have given!

Let's keep this going. If you haven't yet donated, you should have received our postcard in the mail. Let's make sure no student has to wish for a well-rounded education. Join us and donate.

For matching information, click here

Get Your Christmas Tree at Honey Bear Trees!

Haven’t gotten your Christmas tree yet? Head on over to Honey Bear Trees for trees, wreaths, and garland to add some holiday decor to your home. 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.

Open from 9am - 9pm, 7 days a week, now - December 24 (cash or check only).

Winter Break Opportunity for Virtual Driver’s Training for Teens!

Our partner, Bay Area Driving School, has dates open during Winter Break for virtual driver’s ed to ensure your teen can check that requirement off their to-do list! December 27-30, 9am-12pm. To sign up, call Bay Area Driving School at (510) 886-1016 and mention WCEF, or click here.

WCEF benefits with a give-back from this partner!

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Community Flyers

Click Here. For flyer submission please email jrohrer@walnutcreek.org

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