What's New at Walnut?

May 1, 2016

Principal's Message

People of all ages are spending more and more time online. At Walnut, we consider digital fluency and digital citizenship to be important components of a rich education. We are actively training students to use technology as a resource, and additional funding through Measure I ensures that our students are exposed to current tools and programs. Keeping our students safe, however, is fundamental. While CVUSD has strong firewalls, nothing is impenetrable. As a result, we purposefully teach computer safety and lay strong ground rules for students to follow as they use the Internet for research and communication. I recently came across an article in EdTech Review, in which author Anindita Mishra offers great discussion topics for parents and educators of elementary-aged children:

  1. Asking for permission before using a device
  2. How to close all tabs and why it isn’t safe to click on pop-ups (because of virus attacks or disturbing content)
  3. 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.
  4. Bedtime is for stories & lullabies and cuddling with parents, so say bye-bye to video games after dinner
  5. 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.


PTA Information--May

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 j4frazier@gmail.com.

Meet a Walnut Staff Member--Ms. Robinson

We are fortunate to have Yvonne Robinson as Walnut's computer site technician. Ms. Robinson grew up in Simi Valley and now lives near the beach in Ventura. She loves gardening and spending time with her three grandchildren. Here's a fun fact--Ms. Robinson enjoys skateboarding and flying gliders! Obviously, she has a flair for technology, and her favorite subject in school was math. Over her last 15 years a computer site technician with CVUSD, she has seen many changes and advances in the technology available for students and staff. Ms. Robinson has been instrumental in setting up the new devices purchased with Measure I funds, including a classroom set of laptops and two new Promethean Active Panels (see photo below). According to Ms. Robinson, her favorite part of working at Walnut is helping people. We all rely on her to solve problems with a smile!

Important Dates

May 2-29: CAASPP State Testing, grades 3-5

May 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

Walnut Elementary School

Walnut is a little elementary school with a BIG heart, where every student is valued and encouraged to develop a lifelong love of learning. We believe in developing the whole child, so we invest in the visual and performing arts, technology, and physical fitness in addition to traditional academics. Walnut has an active PTA, School Site Council, and English Language Advisory Council. Each of these groups of parents and community members would LOVE to have YOU join them in making sure Walnut provides the best possible learning environment for students and families. Please contact us if you'd like to know more. --Mrs. Wall, Principal