Welcome to Walnut Acres. We are a dynamic learning community focused on preparing our children for leadership and success in the 21st Century. We have high expectations for all learners and we are working to promote content mastery aligned to standards, as well as creativity, critical thinking, communication, global citizenship, and collaboration. Our formative assessment practices support targeted instruction and differentiation, while our instructional strategies provide meaningful learning experiences. A rich performing arts and fine arts program as well as physical education and hands-on science learning opportunities complement our strong academic program. Our Character Counts program provides guiding principles to support our students’ social and emotional development. Walnut Acres is a dynamic community of talented, eager learners, dedicated, creative staff, and active, supportive families. The success of our school is a testimony to our shared vision and our united commitment to support our children to become the best that they can be. Collaboratively, we help to make Walnut Acres a wonderful place to learn and grow.

NEW: Our district is going green with our flyers. From now on all the school approved flyers will be available electronically for you to download by clicking on the Peachjar button to the right.

Current News …

  • 2016 Hour of Code @ WAE

               Here is what your students did during our fourth annual Hour of Code Week, December 5-9 TK – We used an app on the iPad called Kodable. I had several student accounts. This program can be purchased by the parents for $20 or wait for next year when I will create an account […]

  • 2016 Early Dismissal Conference Schedule

    The December 5th to December 16th early dismissal conferences schedule is as follows: TK/K :    8:15 p.m. to 11:17 daily early friends and 9:36 to 12:38 daily for late friends 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades:  7:55  to 12:59 p.m. M, T, TH, F  (Wed. pick-up is at 12:29 p.m.) 4th and 5th grades:  7:55 to 1:06 p.m. M, T, TH, F  (Wed. pick-up is at 12:33 p.m.)

Principal’s News Letter …

  • October 2016

    Happy October, Walnut Acres Parents, Your children constantly amaze me! The enthusiasm they shared during our recent ‘Kindness in Chalk’ Day and the chalk messages they produced were heartening. We will continue to emphasize life skills within our curriculum and at special events. We thank you for modeling life skills for our children. Thank you […]

  • September 2016

    Dear Walnut Acres Parents, Thank you for sending your student to us for another year of learning and growing together! 2016-17 is off to a great start with a total of 648 unique and wonderful learners. Accolades to all our active parents, and in particular our dedicated PFC leaders and volunteers for working with Walnut […]

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Office Staff …

Position Name eMail
Principal Dr. Colleen Dowd Send email

Office Manager Denise Calbeck Send email

School Secretary Amanda Smith Send email

Nurse Lori Oxman Send email

Speech Pathologist Ann Meuel Send email

Psychologist Lavinia Henlon (Tuesdays and Thursdays) Send email

Counselor Joanne Finn (Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday) Send email


There are so many ways to give to our school:

  • give based on a classroom project through Donorschoose If you are interested in checking out the requests or donating towards a classroom project, click here.
  • donate your lovingly used materials (check the district requirements for electronic items by clicking here)
  • donate everyday needed items such as paper, ink, tissues and other school supplies