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CRES PTA October News!


  • Vote Results! The top getting vote was for a music program at CRES, and we are still looking for someone to fill that role.  We’re hoping to provide a program that may include reading music, choir, and/or teaching the students how to play the recorder.  We are open to ideas!  The paid position would be approximately 15 hours a week.  If you have talent and time to spare, please contact Brenda Carmichael at
  • It’s not too late to join PTA!  Send cash or $15 check to CRES PTA in an envelope with your name, telephone number, and email address:  Attn: PTA Membership.
  • LAST CALL for business cards in the PTA directory.  For $50 you can advertise to all CRES families, who receive the directory for free.  Checks to CRES PTA and business cards due in the office (attn.: Nic Haviland) by Friday, October 10.
  • Accelerated Reader Trimester Treats will be awarded on Friday, November 7.  All students who have earned 1/3 of their AR point goal will receive a treat at the morning assembly!  Questions?  Ask your child’s classroom teacher.

The 2nd annual CRES Chili Cook Off to support the 6th grade outdoor education trip to Sly Park takes place this Friday, October 17, during the CRES Harvest Fun Fest!

If you have a secret family chili recipe that has been handed down for generations or just want to try a new recipe out on some willing tasters, then this is for you!  This is open to all chili cooks, not just those with 6th graders.  The more, the merrier!

To sign up for this year’s Chili Cook Off, please contact Anne Marie Wheeler ( who has courageously taken on the responsibility for helping raise funds for this year’s Sly Park trip.


  • Helpers are still needed to set-up and take-down the CRES Harvest Fun Fest on Friday, October 17.  Please contact Jeny Ryon-Luna if you’d like to help with this fun family event (!
  • Families or groups interested in setting up a Haunted House room at this year’s Harvest Fun Fest Haunted House, please contact Mr. Gulden (



  • 10/10/14, 6:45pm:  Movie Night at CRES – “Rio 2”
  • 10/14/14, 7:00pm:  PTA Association Meeting (agenda attached)
  • 10/17/14, 5:30-8:30pm:  CRES Harvest Fun Fest



  • 6th Grade Room Parents and volunteers who hosted September Staff Appreciation!



EGUSD’s Board of Education to hold Community School Board Meetings

Please join the Elk Grove Unified Board of Education at a Community School Board meeting in October.To ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, the Board of Education’s Community Budget Meetings are intended to engage the public in a transparent and collaborative process.


The objectives of these meetings are to:

•      Provide information about the Local Control Accountability Plan and Common Core State Standards;

•      Engage the public in the Local Control Accountability Plan process; and

•      Recognize Service Learning projects.

Six of the meetings will be held on the same night – October 21. A seventh meeting will be held on October 28. All of the meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation about the district’s budget as well as time for questions and answers.  The public is invited to attend any one of the meetings.

The public meetings will be held at the following locations:


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School – Multipurpose Room

8691 Power Inn Road Elk Grove, CA 95624

Board Member: Jeanette J. Amavisca


Pleasant Grove Elementary School – Multipurpose Room

10160 Pleasant Grove School Road

Elk Grove, CA 95624 Board Member: Priscilla S. Cox

Adreani Elementary School – Multipurpose Room

9927 Wildhawk West Drive

Sacramento, CA 95829 Board Member: Carmine S. Forcina


Franklin High School – Theater

6400 Whitelock Parkway

Elk Grove, CA 95757 Board Member: Steve Ly


Prairie Elementary School – Library

5251 Valley High Drive

Sacramento, CA 95823 Board Member: Chet Madison, Sr.


Florin High School – Theater

7956 Cottonwood Lane

Sacramento, CA 95828 Board Member: Anthony “Tony” Perez


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Laguna Creek High School – Multipurpose Room

9050 Vicino Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758 Board Member: Bobbie Singh-Allen


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Common Core State Standards Survey

As the Elk Grove Unified School District enters its third year of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), we are seeking your feedback and input on the communications and supports that we are providing families. We will use this information as part of our continuous efforts to improve the communication tools and resources that we provide.

Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the online survey at:

As a reminder, the Common Core State Standards are an updated set of academic standards that have been developed with the intention of unifying learning expectations for students across all states. Common Core State Standards bring strong advantages to students in California and in the United States. First, by unifying the expectations, assessments of educational quality and the federal funding that is based on such assessment will be more equitable. Second, students throughout the United States will be in a better position to compete with students throughout the world for university admission and for jobs in a global market. Finally, these standards define kindergarten through twelfth grade learning that will ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education and careers.

With the implementation of the CCSS, California will move from the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessment system to a new system in the 2014-2015 school year. This new system will be referred to as the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP). Within this system, students will take assessments referred to as Smarter Balanced Assessments, which includes shifting from paper-and-pencil tests to computerized assessments starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The new assessments are designed to meet federal and state-level accountability requirements and provide teachers and parents with timely and accurate information to measure and trace individual student growth.

EGUSD will continue to share information about CCSS and the new testing system throughout the school year.

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