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.

  • The online Google application will be available October 15, 2018 – November 15, 2018, for the 2019-2020 school year. The link can be found at mdusd.org, under either the Student Services Department page or the Parent and Community Parent Portal  or click here.
  • Completed online applications for grades 1-12 must be submitted between October 15th and November 15th, 2018 for school year 2019-2020. No online applications will be accepted after the November 15, 2018 deadline. Intradistrict requests for Kindergarten will be accepted starting February 18, 2019 through March 18, 2019. 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 …


  • Attention: Conference Schedule

    We will have an alternate schedule for the two weeks prior to winter vacation. The school schedule is in place from 12/10 – 12/21 at the following times: Transitional Kindergarten                Every day        Early Friends   8:15-11:17 a.m. Late Friends    9:36-12:38 p.m. Except 12/21, when everyone comes on Early Friend schedule.   Kindergarten                                                              […]

  • Noon Supervisor Needed

    We need one more noon supervisor. Please tell neighbors or consider this 7 ½ hour position for yourself. It’s a great middle-of-the-day job for work-at-home parents. Anyone interested is welcome to apply on EdJoin or contact me at 925 959-1333.

  • Recycle Grant – We Need Your Vote

    We have written another recycle grant for $1500 that is assigned according to community votes. Please vote for project #5 by 11/30 on the Contra Costa Republic Services website and ask your family and friends to do the same on the website www.ContraCostaRecycles.com or click here to go directly to the voting site. Remember, vote for #5. […]

  • Focus Group Wants You

    If you have an interest in being a member of our focus team please contact Mr. Lee at herblee@yahoo.com or me at dowdc@mdusd.org. The focus teams will discuss items related to some of our survey statements and sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes will be scheduled for 1/19. 

  • 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, […]



Principal’s News Letter …

  • November 2018

    Welcome to the Holiday Season Walnut Acres Parents, Infusing Life Skills into Our Holiday Events Halloween was an exciting celebration at school, and our little ghosts, monsters, and princesses tell me they had a good time. We can be proud that the vast majority of our students are able to make good behavior choices on […]

  • October 2018

    Happy Halloween month, Walnut Acres parents! As I wrote this month’s update, our children were repainting our US map and checkerboard, cleaning library books, sweeping, raking, pulling weeds, and picking up trash as part of Walnut Creek Community Service Day. Thanks to Caroline Clerempuy with help from Courtney Wasserman for leading this community service opportunity […]


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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 Mollie Strain (M-F)

Rediet Kifle (Wednesday and Friday)

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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