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 …


  • 2018 Parent Survey

    Your input matters. Please tell us if we are meeting your child’s needs. Click below.

  • 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 …

  • September 2018

    Happy September, Walnut Acres Parents! During our first month of school, our dedicated teachers have concentrated on building a strong learning family in preparation for the academic challenges ahead. They have established a safe, happy classroom community through the development of a positive tone, routines and procedures, team building, and clear, rigorous behavioral and academic […]

  • August 2018

    Welcome Back Walnut Acres Parents! It’s the earnest voices and the exuberance of the children that call educators from lazy summer days to the flurry of school opening preparations. Early last week, a 5th grader came by to sneak a peek at school activities and offered to help because we looked like “we needed it”; […]


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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