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How Parents Can Model Better Screen Time Behavior for Their Kids

The article linked below helps adults understand how they can help their own children.

Here are the main points from the article

“Put your phone away whenever possible when you’re with your kids.”

“Stop using the phone as a pacifier — for you or your kid.”

“Before you post a picture or share a cute story about your kids on social media, think twice and get their permission if possible.”

“Don’t use technology to stalk your children.”

How Parents Can Model Better Screen Behavior for Their Kids

Mindshift by KQED

News For 2019 – 2020 School Year

Our school will remain on a year-round 4 track calendar. It will be necessary to make some involuntary track changes. These track changes will be instituted based on registration date and time. Although we do not like to make involuntary track changes, it is required so that we are able to maintain as many students as possible on our campus. Every effort is made to avoid “offloading” students to other schools. As we work through the process of assigning children’s teachers for the upcoming school year, every attempt will be made to accommodate our families’ schedules and requests in regard to specific tracks.

Track change request forms for the 2019-2020 school year are being accepted. These requests are honored based on space availability on a particular track and by date/time in the order received.

Track and teacher assignments will be available on
Friday, June 28th after 4:00 PM.
All classes will posted in front of the office.

Kindergarten Schedule
AM Kindergarten 8:05 AM – 11:36 AM – Tracks C & D
PM Kindergarten 11:04 AM – 2:35 PM – Tracks A & B

1st – 6th grade Schedule
8:05 AM – 2:35 PM

Friday, June 28, 2019: Our office will close at 2:00 PM
July 1-July 5, 2019: Office is closed.
July 8-12, 2019: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
July 15, 2019: Return to regular office hours.
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM ~ M-F
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM ~ Minimum Days

Kindergarten Registration Info. for Year-Round Sites: 2019-2020 School Year

Incoming kindergarten families: No need to stand in line to retrieve a year-round elementary kindergarten registration packet for the 2019-2020 school year!  Please complete and return the below registration packet with supporting documentation by February 13, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in order to receive a priority track selection number.  If the packet is returned after this date, you will miss the Randomized Kindergarten Track Selection Process which will result in placement according to space availability.

2019-2020 Year Round Registration Packet
2019-2020 Year Round Registration Packet – Español

Common Sense Media – A Parent Resource

Common Sense Media is a great website resource for parents to find current information on a variety of topics. Here are a few that may interest you.

Cell Phone Parenting

Screen Time

Privacy and Internet Safety

Cyber-bullying, Haters and Trolls


Academic Talent Search @ Sacramento State

Students from Elitha Donner Elementary are invited to participate in Sacramento State’s Academic Talent Search (ATS) Program! ATS provides 4th-9th graders (grade level as off January 1st, 2017) with over 100 fun, interactive, and unique summer courses in a collegiate environment. Courses cover traditional subjects as well as new and creative topics not always available in regular school.


In the past 35 years, more than 44,500 students have participated in ATS, and last year, ATS granted over $29,000 in financial aid scholarships and testing fee waivers to students. ATS is a self-supporting, non-profit program that receives no University, state, or federal funding.


ATS summer courses are specially designed for two age groups: grades 4-5 and grades 6-9 (4th graders will not be in classes with 9th graders). Current 4th and 5th graders can explore hands-on classes designed to encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills while engaging with other students who share their enthusiasm for learning. Current 6th-9th graders can accelerate their learning in traditional subjects and discover college majors and potential career paths as they gain self-confidence and independence in a university environment. ATS students have access to university facilities like the library, student union, and campus eateries!


To join in on this fun and educational opportunity, students simply take a short exam that automatically qualifies them for the program and no test preparation is required since it is not a “pass or fail” exam. You MUST take the test to qualify for ATS, but you don’t have to apply if you change your mind. Elitha Donner Elementary will be offering the ATS Exam on Friday, February 3 at 1:15 pm . For more information about signing up to take the test, click on the document links below or email Brenda Plath

2017 Information for Students & Parents

2017 ATS Sign Up Form

Screenagers Movie – December 1st – 5:30 p.m.

Elitha Donner will be hosting this important movie for parents December 1 in the Multi-Purpose room at 5:30 p.m. The movie is free (Included with each ticket are a hot dog, chips, drink, and treat) Register for tickets at this website.

Here is the trailer for the movie

Who – Parents and teenagers
What – Screenagers Movie
Where – Elitha Donner Multipurpose Room
When – Thursday December 1, 2016 / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Why – Better understand your child and their use of digital devices

About The Film
“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.”

More Information is available here. 

Thursday December 1 – Mark Your Calendar Now


Elitha Donner will show an important movie that all parents should see. Mark your calendars now so you do not miss this special event.

Thursday December 1

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Donner Multipurpose Room

Cost – Free

Appropriate for Adults and teens

Click here for more information and to reserve your seats

Immunization Clinic – Friday July 15th 2016

The Elk Grove Unified School District Student Support and Health Services will be holding an immunization clinic on Friday, July 15, 2016 for students in grades Kinder-12 (see attached flyers in multiple languages). Families must meet the eligibility requirements as stated and a legal guardian must be present. Clinic will be held at the Education Center.

Immunizations provided for families who:
 have no health insurance or insurance that does not cover vaccines
 are Medi-Cal eligible
 are American Indian or Alaskan Native
If your child has health insurance please make an appointment with that provider to have your child immunized.
• All immunizations required for school entry will be provided for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
• A parent or legal guardian must accompany child.
• Bring your child’s Immunization Card (yellow card) or “Out of Compliance” letter from the school. NO appointment needed.
• Families will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Vaccine quantities are limited.

Immunization Clinic Information:
Friday – July 15th, 2016
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Robert L. Trigg Education Center
9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Board Room

July15 2016 EGUSD Immunization Clinic Flyer.doc–Spanish

July 152016 EGUSD Immunization Clinic Flyer – Chinese

July 15 2016 Tuesday EGUSD Immunization Clinic FlyerEnglish

July 15 2016 EGUSD Immunization Clinic Flyer-Hmong

July 15 2016 EGUSD Immunization Clinic Flyer_Vietnamese

Automated Attendance Calling System Updates

Starting Monday, March 21st, 2016, Elitha Donner Elementary School will be introducing two new features to the new automated attendance calling system. In addition to calling you on your home and cell phones when your child is absent from school and the absence has not been cleared, we will also include Texts and Email alerts.


Text Messages:  The opt-in process for Text Messaging will take place around 10am on Monday, March 21st, 2016.  You will receive a text asking you if you would like to opt-in to alerts from Elk Grove Unified School District.  Please reply with a Y to opt-in, or do not respond to opt-out.  Opting In will also allow you to receive Text Messaging for other District Notifications, in addition to Attendance Notifications. If you opt-in, and you receive an Attendance Notification via text, please contact your school during regular school hours to ensure they have correct information regarding your child’s absence.


This is what the Opt-In message will look like:

From 675-87

Elk Grove Unified School District alerts.  Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info.  Msg&data rates may apply.  Msg freq varies. Shoolmessenger.com/txt


Actual Attendance Notifications will look like this:

Elk Grove Unified School District marked your student as absent today. Please contact the School Attendance Office for details about the absence. Thank You


Email Messages:  In addition to the regular phone calls, you will also receive Emails letting you know that your child was absent from school. If you receive an Email, please contact your school during regular school hours to ensure they have the correct information regarding your child’s absence.


This is what the Email message will look like:

Hello, this is a message from Elitha Donner Elementary School calling to inform you that your student <<First Name>> was absent today.  Please contact the Elitha Donner Elementary School office at 916-683-3073 to clear the absence, or send a signed note upon your student’s return to school.  If you have already contacted the school, you may disregard this message.  Thank you.

Superintendent’s Message to Parents and the Community


Superintendent’s Message to Parents and the Community






Parent Preview Nights – High School Mathematics Proposed Instructional Materials

Elk Grove Unified parents, students, teachers, administrators and other community members are invited to preview the high school mathematics instructional materials that were piloted in classrooms throughout the district and have been recommended by the Secondary Mathematics Steering Committee for adoption.  Two preview nights are scheduled, one in January and one in February.

The first preview night will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 29th. The second preview night will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 2nd.

Both preview nights will be held in the board room of the Robert L. Trigg Education Center – 9510 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624.

Download the flyer:

English Green Hmong | White Hmong | Spanish | Vietnamese


Secondary Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Request Forms for students currently enrolled in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades for the 2014-2015 school year will be accepted for the following high schools: Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove, Florin, Laguna Creek, Monterey Trail, Sheldon and Valley.

Parents are invited to attend informational open enrollment meetings at 6:30 p.m. on January 28 at Monterey Trail High School in the multipurpose room or at 6:30 p.m. on February 2 at Sheldon High School in the multipurpose room.

To apply for Open Enrollment, parents/guardians should complete one Open Enrollment Request Form for each student. Parents can get the form from schools, by calling the Secondary Education office at (916) 686-7706 or going online to www.egusd.net.


See attached document for more information. Secondary Open Enrollment Parent Letter (.pdf)

Sacramento Covered and Dignity Health Insurance Enrollment Events.

With the Affordable Care Act, more individuals and families now have access to Dignity Health providers and services through Covered California health plans.

147496DH_ACA-Flyer_sacramento covered _disclaimer_p1 (.pdf)


Donner News: Week of 1/19-1/23

January 19th – (Monday) MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – SCHOOL HOLIDAY – School will resume on Tuesday, January 20th.

January 20th – (Tuesday) – “AR TEST TAKING”Our school’s LIBRARY is open for ALL students (whether on or off track) to take AR tests from 2:00-3:00PM.  No Library services are available during this time.

January 23rd (Friday) “SPIRIT WEAR DAY” This Friday is a spirit wear day.  Help your class win the week’s spirit contest by wearing your spirit wear or Donner colors this Friday. Your class could be the next surprise spirit prize winners just like the 6 classes that won December’s “Show your Donner Spirit” movie winners. They enjoyed watching “Rise of the Guardians” last week.   Way to show your Donner pride!

 JEANS DRIVE – January 20th – February 14th

The Elitha Donner Elementary National Honor Society (NEHS) is teaming up with Harriet Eddy Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) to participate in a nation-wide program called “Teens for Jeans.” This program donates jeans to homeless children and teens in our local area. Jeans will be collected through February 14th(See attached Flyer for specific information)
jeans  (.pdf)

EVERY DAY SHOPPING EARNS $$ FOR ELITHA DONNER ES – Do you like to shop?  Whether you like to shop in stores or on-line, you can earn$$$ for Elitha Donner ES buy signing up or using a special link for many stores including AMAZON.  Check out the attached flyer and see how easy it is to earn money for your child’s school without any additional cost to you.  Share the information with friends and family! (See attached flyer)Everyday Shopping Earns Money for Elitha Donner- flyer (1) (.pdf)



Donner News: Week of December 22-January 2

**December 22nd – January 2nd / “Winter Break”**

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year!

January 5th – (Monday) – “WELCOME BACK TRACKS A, B, & D” – School resumes for all “A, B, & D” Track students.

1st -6th grade students / 8:10AM – 2:30PM

AM Kindergarten / 7:40AM – 11:11AM

PM Kindergarten / 10:59AM – 2:30PM


A warning bell rings at 8:05am. Students will be marked tardy if not

in the classroom before the 2nd bell.


January 6th – (Tuesday) – “AR TEST TAKING” Our school’s LIBRARY is open for ALL students (whether on or off track) to take AR tests from 2:00-3:00PM.  No Library services are available during this time.


January 9th (Friday) “COLLEGE SPIRIT WEAR DAY” – This Friday is college spirit wear day!  Do you or your family have a favorite college you like cheering for when watching sports on TV?  Or maybe just a college you may be interested in attending?  Haven’t thought about it yet?  Now is the time!  If you don’t have a college shirt in your closet, ask your parents or other family members if they have a college shirt you can wear.  If you want your shirt to count for your class’ spirit count, make sure it has the college name or logo prominently displayed.


As part of our college to career program, Elitha Donner has been featuring different colleges throughout the school year.  Our students are learning interesting facts about colleges throughout the United States.  Need to clean out the closet or clean off those shelves?  Donate your college memorabilia or items to be used during our spirit rallies.


EVERY DAY SHOPPING EARNS $$ FOR ELITHA DONNER ES – Do you like to shop?  Whether you like to shop in stores or on-line, you can earn $$$for Elitha Donner ES buy signing up or using a special link for many stores including AMAZON.  Check out the attached flyer and see how easy it is to earn money for your child’s school without any additional cost to you.  Share the information with friends and family this holiday season!  (See attached flyer)Shopping Earns Money for Elitha Donner- flyer (.pdf)


YEARBOOK – Don’t miss out on getting your 2014-15 school yearbook.  Yearbook envelopes are available in the school office or check out the attached flyer to see how you can order your child’s yearbook on line. (See attached flyer)Yearbook reminder (.pdf)







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