Upcoming Events:

September:
19 - School Smarts Family Night
29 - Fun Run

October:
11 - Walk to School Day
18 - Make-Up Picture Day
25 - Red Ribbon Day
27 - Recycling Day
27 - Monster Mash
31 - Halloween (Minimum Day)

School Smarts

Walnut Grove is offering parents the opportunity to participate in the School Smarts program.  School Smarts is a parent engagement program with an operating principle of inclusion — reaching across all parent groups and bringing them together in support of their common interest in helping children succeed.  It's an award winning program that helps parents understand the education system and thus helps their children succeed in school.

The program offers a seven-session parent academy that educates and empowers parents. Topics include understanding the education system, communicating effectively, advocating for a quality education, and the importance of parent involvement.
The program’s operating principle is inclusion and the curriculum is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Each session includes instructional art activities that reinforce key lessons, which helps build a sense of community and underscores the importance of a complete education that includes the arts.

Why School Smarts?
The School Smarts Parent Engagement Program began as a pilot in 13 elementary schools in four school districts in 2010. It currently operates in collaboration with more than 30 school districts and 100 schools and has been expanding – and is available to all elementary schools in the state as additional school districts become aware of the program. Evaluation results show that:
  • Participation in the School Smarts academy helped parents improve understanding of the K–12 school system and what they can do at home to support their children
  • Generally, parents indicated greater willingness and desire to attend school-wide meetings and began demonstrating leadership through involvement and advocacy
  • School Smarts created a sense of community for parents from diverse backgrounds
  • Parents appreciated meeting school leaders and their school principal as part of the program, felt more secure in their relationships with school personnel, and gained confidence in asking questions
  • School districts reported more parents who felt comfortable and informed to participate in school decision-making, including the LCAP
  • Graduates served as leaders in their local PTAs and on school and school district committees.
To find out more about why this important program matters, click here.

How do you get started? 
As an introduction to the program, we invite you to attend the School Smarts Engagement Family Night taking place on September 19th from 6:30-8:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room.   This is a family event, so the entire family is invited. Dinner will be served.  There will be a fun family art project, childcare will be provided and you can learn all about what School Smarts has to offer.  

If you would like to attend the event on September 19th, please RSVP online here:  WG School Smarts PEN - RSVP

If you have any questions, please contact the Walnut Grove School Smarts facilitator, Shajilk Kammili at shajil.kk@gmail.com


Reflections Art Program

The Reflections Art Recognition Program for the 2017-2018 school year theme is "Within Reach".

The Reflections Art Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students that provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages (Preschool to Grades 12) to unleash their creative talents and be inspired, express themselves imaginatively in their artwork and receive positive recognition for their original works of art.  In addition to this, the Reflections Program increases community awareness of the importance of the arts in education.

To participate, students must complete the Entry Form (located on this website link), Consent Form (Consent Form required for Dance Choreography, Film Production and Music Composition entries only) and submit an original piece, inspired by the annual theme, for the Reflections Program.

All entries must be submitted in accordance to the rules and turned in by the due date to be considered.  The deadline to turn in entries will be sometime in October.  Our reflection showcase will be scheduled in late October or early November.

The art areas for this year are:
Dance Choreography
Film Production
Literature
Music Composition
Photography
Visual Arts

Special Artist Division:

The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students with physical, cognitive or mental health challenges.  These students will follow all general and arts category rules, but may submit an entry in the grade devision most closely aligned to their cognitive or functional abilities.

Reflections Program Levels
Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by the National PTA. 

Some selected unit entries are then chosen to move from the school to the council level, where select entries from all Pleasanton PTA schools will be showcased at the Firehouse Arts Center (excat date coming soon). Some entries are then chosen to move to the District (Alameda County) level, then state and finally at the National level.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Paden.