What's New at Walnut?
May 1, 2016
- Asking for permission before using a device
- How to close all tabs and why it isn’t safe to click on pop-ups (because of virus attacks or disturbing content)
- According to a recent TTT study, 81% of the children between the ages of 8–16 years old indicate that they are active on social media networks. In light of this, it is important to ensure that they are only using age-appropriate sites to avoid risks of cyber-bullying.
- Bedtime is for stories & lullabies and cuddling with parents, so say bye-bye to video games after dinner
- Informing parents if someone bothers them online or they see a message that makes them feel uncomfortable
Technology can be a valuable part of the 21st century experience, but it is crucial that we as adults teach and model cyber safety.
Please join us on Thursday evening, May 12th, for a celebration of student learning! Meet in the MPR at 6:00 p.m. for a short presentation, and families will be dismissed from there to open classrooms. The Book Fair will be open throughout the event, and fourth graders will show off what they've learned with musical recorders. Everyone is welcome!
Walnut's Field Day is always one of our most popular student activities. Students in grades 1-5 will participate on Friday, May 27th. We are looking for parent volunteers who would like to help at the event. Upper grade students will take part in a variety of outdoor events from 9-11:15, and primary students (grades 1-3) will have their turn from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Please remember to apply sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes and clothing! Kindergarten students will have their own outdoor Water Day in June. Your child will bring home a flier with more information soon.
Walnut has purchased multiple computer programs that students may access from home. They are fun, educational, and leveled to provide the right practice according to your child's current abilities. Please continue to take advantage of these programs over the summer to prevent the dreaded "Summer Academic Dip." If students log on even a few times each week, they will keep their skills fresh and feel more confident as they begin a new grade level in the fall. Available programs include Achieve3000, Moby Max, and Fastt Math. Students use these programs regularly in their classroom and the computer lab, so they are familiar with the log-in process. In June, a letter will be sent home detailing how to access each program.
As we reach the end of the year, I would like to thank every family at Walnut for all you have done to make our school such a special place. From Monster Mash to Wildcat Strut, the 2015-2016 school year has been a great one. It’s not over yet!!! Next week, come support our library at the Book Fair. Open House on Thursday, May 12th is sure to be a great night. Please come to the General Association Meeting in the MPR to learn all about our successful year. Field Day on Friday May 27th is another fun opportunity for parent volunteers. Hope to see you there!
With your support this year, we once again, were able to help fund our Teaching Specialists, assist with Field Trips, put on educational and fun assemblies, and provide community building Family Events. As we plan for the new school year we are still in need of a complete PTA board, including a President. Without a President, PTA does not exist. Without PTA, all of the things listed above will come to an end. We hope someone in our Walnut family will find it within themselves to take on this job. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Frazier firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet a Walnut Staff Member--Ms. Robinson
May 2-29: CAASPP State Testing, grades 3-5May 4: Parent performance of 3rd grade musical, 9:00 a.m., MPR
May 5: School Site Council, 3:00 p.m., Room 22
May 9-13: Book Fair open all week, library
May 10-12: Fifth Grade Science testing
May 12: Open House, 6:00 p.m., MPR and Classrooms. Book Fair open.
May 19: Volunteer Tea, 10:00 a.m., MPR
May 20: Last day of Target Time, grades 1-5
May 23: District Band Festival, Newbury Park Cluster, 7:00 p.m., Kavli Theater
May 26: School Spirit Day--Future Day
May 27: Field Day, grades 1-5
May 30: Memorial Day, No School
May 31: Ecology Hip Hop Assembly
June 1: "We the People" Fifth grade, CLU
June 8: Fourth Grade Play Performance, "Eureka!" 8:45 a.m., MPR
June 9: Fifth Grade Culimination
June 9: Last Day of School, 12:30 p.m. dismissal