What's happening at Walnut Grove?
 
SEPTEMBER
   23      Recycling Day
   23      Fun Run Pep Rally
   28      Picture Day
   30      Fun Run



We are excited to continue teaching our kids the school rules!!

The kids have all learned how to apply our new Roadrunner Rules and love earning their Rewards for their model behavior. The learning process is ongoing so we continue to encourage these 3 R's while at school and home.

Always talk with your child about the 3 R's (Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn) and ask your child
"What have you done today to apply the Roadrunner Rules?" and
"What does being Responsible, Respectful and Ready to Learn look like at home and at school?"





National PTA Reflections


What is the PTA Reflections Program?
The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students in preschool through grade 12. The program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students, by encouraging them to create works of art in the areas of visual arts, literature, photography, musical composition, dance choreography, and film production.  The Reflections program was established 40 years ago by PTA. More than 500,000 students nationwide participate through their local PTA each year.
 
Who can participate at Walnut Grove Elementary?
Students in grades K-5 can participate in the Reflections Program. All entries are due (in the office) by the end of the school day on October 5.

How many entries can students submit?
Students may submit an entry in any of the six art areas listed below. Students can enter more than one work of art in the same area, however, you will need to attach a filled out entry form for each art entry. You can make copies of the entry form. Only ORIGINAL works of art are accepted and must relate to the annual Reflections theme. Students are NOT allowed to submit collaborative/team entries. Only one student name is allowed per entry formThis year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly". The categories are: Literature, Photography, Musical Compositions, Visual Arts, Film Production, and Dance Choreography            
 
What is the judging process?
All entries are judged in artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the media, and interpretation of the theme (Let Your Imagination Fly). In order to prevent bias in judging and a conflict of interest, judges are selected from the community and are knowledgeable in their assigned art area. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions for Walnut Grove are as follows:  Primary (K-2) and Intermediate (3-5). 
 
One winning entry in each art area by grade division will be selected based on points obtained on the judging rubric. Winning entries will then be submitted to the next level of judging.
 
Are Walnut Grove students recognized for participating in the Reflections Program?
Yes, all student participants at Walnut Grove will receive a Reflections participant ribbon. Students with winning entries will be recognized in a special school ceremony (date TDB) and will be presented with a certificate of achievement and recognition ribbon. At this ceremony students and families will have an opportunity to view student art work.
 
Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning should not be the emphasis.
 
How can parents and teachers support their students in the Reflections program?
Encourage your students to participate in this well-established arts program. There are multiple ways students can express their artistic skills. Entry rules and forms will be provided to all students. Parents should explain the rules to their child for the art area he/she chooses to participate in. Plan to set aside some time for your child to work on the project, provide appropriate materials, and make sure your student's work is original and with minimal parent or teacher involvement.   Teachers are also welcomed to provide class time for their students to work on their Reflections art project.
 
Supporting the PTA Reflections Program is one way you can increase student achievement, foster student talents, and promote the arts in your home, your school, and your community. 
 
To submit an entry, please refer to these 2 documents:  Consent Form and Entry Form.

For more information, visit the California PTA website or contact Jen Stimson, stimsonjen@gmail.com.


Paying for school items has never been easier with our new school online payment website.  By using the Future Fund School Store site, you can pay for all kinds of things, such as Coloma, Birthday Window, School Supplies, PTA Memberships, special events, fundraising and a variety of other things throughout the year.

Check out HERE to check it out and/or to purchase any of the items shown on the website.



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If you have missed any of the PTA's Roadrunner newsletters, you can access them in our newsletter archives. And then sign up for our Walnut Grove mailing list to make sure you receive news from our school. We also recommend signing up to receive school district messages via the Pleasanton school district's E-Connection.