Welcome

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.

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.

MDUSD is going online for Intra-district Transfer Requests for the 2018-19 school year. Intra-district transfers are transfers within schools in MDUSD.

  • Beginning October 17, 2017, the Online application can be found at mdusd.org, select Parent and Community and you will find the Intra-district application link in General News or click here.
  • For students currently enrolled in grades K-11 Online applications must be submitted between 10/17/17and 11/17/17 for the 2018-19 school year. No applications will be accepted after the 11/17/17 deadline.

Incoming Kindergartners for the 2018-19 school year parents/guardians must complete enrollment in their home school. Online applications will be accepted 2/19/18 through 3/9/18. Students MUST be enrolled at their school of residence prior to submitting a transfer request.

If you have a 5th grade or 8th grade student on a current Intra-district Transfer and you

would like to attend a Middle or High School outside your school of residence, you must apply for an Intra-district Transfer.

Current News …


  • Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

    MDUSD is looking for a nomination from each school site for Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year (TOY) 2018-19.  Administrators, teachers, parents, and/or students may nominate classroom teachers who have demonstrated a passion for teaching, an ability to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs, and teachers who connect with and support their school community. […]

  • HOPE – Donation Idea for the Holiday

    If you are looking for a local donation site, consider HOPE (Homeless Outreach Program for Education.) The program is designed to provide needed supplies to homeless and foster youth within our district. At this time of year, the HOPE team focuses on gathering holiday treats for local MDUSD children and teens. Check out the letter […]

  • California School Parent Survey

    California School Parent Survey, 2017-2018 Walnut Acres Elementary Your school needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about it. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school. This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and [...]
  • IMPORTANT – Classroom Volunteer Information

    Classroom volunteers MUST be fingerprinted. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER TO BE CLEARED TO VOLUNTEER IN OUR CLASSROOMS OR ATTEND FIELD TRIPS 1. CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR TUBERCULOSIS (TB) CLEARANCE 2. MAKE YOUR FINGERPRINT APPOINTMENT USING OUR ONLINE FINGERPRINT APPOINTMENT SYSTEM 3. COMPLETE OUR VOLUNTEER REQUEST FORM(in Spanish) TO MAKE YOUR FINGERPRINT APPOINTMENT ONLINE, […]

  • Importance of Attendance

      ATTENDANCE LETTER   August 14, 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians: The 2017-18 school year is beginning soon, and I want to welcome you as our partner in your student’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your student. We are asking all parents/guardians to help us ensure the […]



Principal’s News Letter …

  • March 2018

    Happy March Walnut Acres Parents, We are all engrossed in learning as we begin the last trimester of the 2017-18 school year. Students are being assessed to measure their progress on California Standards and the results of that work will be shared with you when progress reports are sent home on Friday, 3/16. Meanwhile, teachers […]

  • February 2018

    Happy Valentine’s Week to you Walnut Acres Parents! I experienced an amazing early Valentine’s treat recently and thought I would share it with you since you indirectly played a role. Last week I returned to our site following a tedious professional meeting full of bureaucratic but necessary conversations about policies, procedures, regulations, and financial woes. […]


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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



Donations…

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