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Donner Receives Another PBIS Award

Teachers and administrators alike work hard everyday to maintain our positive behavioral interventions and supports.

The California PBIS Coalition has recognized Donner for its efforts once again.

Read more below from our award letter.

September 1, 2019

Dear PBIS Colleague,


On behalf of the California PBIS Coalition, we are pleased to recognize Elitha Donner Elementary School of the Elk Grove Unified School District for successful PBIS implementation at the PLATINUM level. Your school is a recipient within the California PBIS Coalition’s System of Recognition, reflecting excellence in the measurement of fidelity as well as your efforts in implementing the core features of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. 

To acknowledge this honor, your school’s name will be displayed on the California PBIS Coalition webpage and posted at the 4th Annual California PBIS Conference in Sacramento on October 28-29, 2019. To view this webpage click here. Also included is an official electronic emblem which we encourage you to post on your school website and in all staff email signatures to celebrate your success.

The level received reflects the award you applied for or the level for which you were qualified.  If you did not meet the requirements of the level you applied for, the CPC Committee evaluated your application for other levels to determine the appropriate level of recognition.

We sincerely appreciate your hard work and commitment toward implementing PBIS with fidelity and creating the conditions to maximize academic and social behavioral outcomes for ALL students. We will be sending out the official California PBIS Coalition press release soon. Congratulations again on this outstanding recognition!


The California PBIS Coalition

California PBIS Coalition


Ice Cream Anybody? Mark Your Calendars Now!

PTA News – August 2019


THIS FRIDAY, August 16th, the PTA will host a movie matinee, Wonder Park, 12:30-2:35 PM. Permission slips are included in communication folders and/or can be picked up in the front office. Completed permission slips and $5/fee (includes snack, popcorn, and bottled water) are due NO LATER THAN end of the school day Thursday, August 14th. Permissions slips must be completed IN FULL. Parent volunteers are needed to manage the event successfully. Please indicate on the permission slip if you are able to volunteer your time.


I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice scream! Our annual Back to School Donner Dinner at Leatherby’s is Tuesday, August 27th. This year, Leatherby’s extended our fundraiser hours from 3-10pm! Now you can grab an ice cream cone after school or have dinner and dessert there as a family! We always look forward to this night with students, staff, family and friends all celebrating the beginning of a new year at Donner! We’ll see you there!


Are you interested in being more engaged in Elitha Donner Elementary? The PTA still desperately needs to fill several open board positions for the school year. Open positions include: Vice-President, Fundraising, Membership, Programs, Hospitality & Parliamentarian. No experience necessary. If you have questions about being a board member, inquiries regarding a specific position, or are  prepared to self-nominate, please emails at  elithadonnerpta@gmail.com.


Have you seen our new tie-dye spirit wear t-shirt? Fridays aren’t just fun anymore! They’re groovy! Order forms can be returned with payment (EXACT cash or check made payable to “Elitha Donner PTA”) to your classroom or dropped off in the front office. Orders will be filled once a week, by the PTA, and sent home with your child.


Do you always wish you could buy spirit wear in person? You’re in luck! On Thursday, August 16th, the PTA board will be selling spirit wear, snacks and drinks from 5:15-6:45pm at Back to School Night for A-Track and PALSS. Cash, Check and Credit Accepted! All tracks are welcome to come purchase spirit wear!

Contact Info:

Like us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ElithaDonnerElementaryPTA.  Need to get in touch with us? Email us at elithadonnerpta@gmail.com!


  • 8/15 A-Track & PALSS Back to School Night
  • 8/16 Track Change Movie Matinee: Wonder Park
  • 8/27 Donner Dinner: Leatherby’s 3pm-10pm
  • 9/2 Membership Drive Begins
  • 9/26 Donner Dinner: Panda Express
  • 9/27 Multicultural Rally and PTA General Meeting
  • 10/10 Donner Dinner: BJ’s

2019 – 2020 Back To School Information

BACK TO SCHOOL Information

Kindergarten Orientation

Letters will be mailed to all incoming Kindergarteners.

Grades 1 – 6 Back to School

Tracks B, C, & D – Tuesday, July 16TH

Track A – Thursday, August 15TH

Classroom Presentations

Primary Session: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Grades 1st  – 3rd)
The ¾ combination class will be at 6:05 – 6:35 p.m.
Intermediate Session: 6:05-6:35 p.m. (Grades 4th – 6th)

Please note:  There is only 1 session.

Join us for Back to School Night.  Meet your child’s teacher and learn about the year’s expectations.  Please visit our informational booths before or after your classroom presentation to see many of the opportunities available at Elitha Donner.

Due to limited seating and the importance of the information provided, we ask that only parents attend the classroom sessions. 

Childcare will be provided in the MP Room. 

Upcoming End Of Year Events – 2019

6/06/2019 Thursday • Open House, Tracks A, B & C

6/07/2019 Friday • AR Barbecue – Tracks A, B, & C

6/13/2019 Thursday • 5-Star Family Recognition Dinner

6/21/2019 Friday • 13th Annual Talent Show

6/24/2019 Monday • End-of-the-Year Awards Assembly – Track A – 8:30 a.m

6/25/2019 Tuesday • End-of-the-Year Awards Assembly – Track B – 8:30 a.m.

6/26/2019 Wednesday • End-of-the-Year Awards Assembly – Track C – 8:30 a.m.

6/27/2019 Thursday

• Kindergarten Promotion – Track A 8:45 – 9:15 a.m., Track B 9:30 – 10:00 a.m., Track C 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

6/28/2019 Friday

• 6th Grade Promotion – Tracks A & C – 8:30 a.m.

• Last Day of School – Tracks A, B, & C

• Track Change/Minimum Day – School Dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

• Report Cards Go Home – Tracks A, B & C

Testing Season Is Here


If you ever wondered what the standardized tests are like that your children take each Spring this link will explain all you need to know about them.

For parents of English learners this link tells about the test for those students.

SEVA Teachers of The Week – Guillermo Ramirez & Kevin Broxton

Congratulations to Elitha Donner fifth grade teachers Guillermo Ramirez & Kevin Broxton who are featured on the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium website  for their work with students after school in learning how to create educational videos. Click here and here to see videos describing Guillermo & Kevin.

PTA Events At A Glance

Mark your calendar for upcoming events from the Elitha Donner PTA that include:


• 4/25 ALL DAY Spirit Day/Night, MIKES DINER

• 4/30 Autism Awareness Month – Silent Disco (in the quad during lunch recesses)

• 5/1 Track Change MOVIE MATINEE: TBD

• 5/2 SAVE THE DATE: MATH NIGHT hosted by Mathnasium

• 5/31 CHUCK E CHEESE Spirit Night

Helicopter Parents Have Moved on to a Snowplow

We all want what is best for our children no matter what their age or situation but can we go to far in trying to help them?

Read the latest thought on this topic here.

Be Aware of How Your Child Uses Connected Devices

We have all heard of the many ways children can communicate with a cell phone or tablet but do you know the latest method? It is pretty clever because it uses the same thing students in all grades use to type up their assignments. Read more here to understand why it is more important than ever to know what your child is doing when online.


On Thursday, February 21, bring the entire family and join the Elitha Donner PTA at Family Movie Night. A general PTA meeting will start the evening at 5:30 PM with the movie to follow. Pizza by the slice, beverages, and candy will be available for purchase. FREE POPCORN for all in attendance. Families are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows and camping bag chairs to enjoy the movie. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT, DROP OFFS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Appropriate dress attire required.

Dinner @ Chick-fil-A Tuesday January 29, 5 pm – 8 pm

Bingo With Santa Thursday December 13th

Eat Out & Help Donner Wednesday November 28th

Schools Closed Friday November 16

Elitha Donner Elementary and all Elk Grove Schools will be closed Friday November 16.

Click on image below for more information.

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