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May 07, 2021 Friday Letter
Posted 5/7/21

May 07, 2021 FRIDAY LETTER VOLUME 3, NO.43


Walnut Acres Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team

We are excited to report that Walnut Acres School’s 4th grade Odyssey of the Mind team won NorCal State Champion of their group in April and now is competing in the virtual World Finals! The team worked very hard in the last five months to develop and practice their story. 

Please congratulate the team (from left):

Sarah Niederer (4th grade)                                        Anna Yang (4th grade)

Alicia Yao (3rd grade)                                                  Matilda Rees (4th grade)

Catherine Huang (4th grade)                                     Sofia Simon (4th grade) - the boot is real, and we incorporated into the performance!

  In the background - parents cutouts by Sarah.


    WPonyWhite Pony Express Event   “All of us taking care of all of us”white pony

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, White Pony Express in collaboration with Mt. Diablo Unified School District hosted a celebration event at Mt. Diablo High School. The purpose of the White Pony Express event was to celebrate the incredible work in our district communities since 2013. Food Rescue has been their main focus and they have delivered over 15 million pounds of food to support local communities.  White Pony has also supported our students and families for many years as well. It was such a wonderful day collaborating once again to support 500 families in our community. We also were fortunate to have special guests attend from Governor Newsom’s office, Mayor Tim Mcgallian of Concord and Mayor Sue Noack of Pleasant Hill, Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark, and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Trustees, President Cherise Khaund, Trustee Linda Mayo, and Trustee Debra Mason. Our families received food, clothing, diapers, games, chocolate, and flowers to celebrate such an incredible milestone. Mt. Diablo Unified School District would like to thank White Pony Express for our continued partnership supporting our school district families in our education community.                                                                                                                                                                                 

-You’re Invited-

Tuesday’s Webinar:  Parents of Teens and Tweens

mental health

MDUSD's Open Conversations About Mental Health Series continues with a sixth Webinar on Tuesday.

     Free and open to all—Explore new topics together with our panel of mental health professionals, and pick up practical skills, remedies, and tools that can make all the difference in everyday life. Preview the discussion prompts below, and join us on Tuesday evening, from 5:00PM - 6:15PM on Zoom. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available, and audience members may choose to participate and interact, or watch only. Our panel is also taking questions in advance to help guide future discussions. Click here to register in advance for this webinar.Webinars of various topics are scheduled through June. Click here to view the full schedule and watch previous webinars

  • 05/11/2021 Parents of Teens and Tweens
  • The panel will be answering the following questions
    • How do I support a disengaged teen?
    • How can we support the differences in our children?
    • How to help your teens find their own identity and create positive peer influences?
    • How do we successfully support our teens transition back to in- person learning?
    • How do I foster independence with my teen/tween?
    • How do I encourage resilience  in my teen?

When: Tuesday from 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Ticket Cost: $0.00 - (Free/Sponsored)



In honor of "School Lunch Hero Day", we ask you join us in celebrating the day and how the School Lunch Hero Day was created. We provided "School Lunch Hero" facemasks to show our staff appreciation for their hard work this last 15 months. Our cafeteria staff are all a true "School Lunch Hero". Check out our Food Services website to watch a short video. Thanks for your support.



We hope you enjoy your weekend and celebrate the special Mother's in your life