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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

You’re Invited to EXPLORE: Map Your Future – Sept. 26 | 5 – 7 P.M.

What will your student be when he or she grows up? Has your child had the opportunity to see a wide variety of the future career options that are available to him or her? Did you know that the Elk Grove Unified School District offers many career-themed academies and pathways? Here’s your chance to find answers to these questions!

Students in 4th through 9th grades are invited to attend EXPLORE: Map Your Future, a family-friendly BBQ event to explore career academy and pathway programs (food is available while supplies last). This school year, Map Your Future will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Elk Grove Regional Park’s Pavilion Center, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Guests may arrive at any time during the two-hour window.

Also, attendees may reserve a spot on a District school bus if transportation is needed (at least one family member must ride with the student on the bus). The school bus will arrive at the event by 5:00 p.m. and will depart at the conclusion of the event at approximately 7:00 p.m. If interested, please sign up for the bus service by visiting this link

If you plan to drive, we encourage you to access parking at the Elk Grove Regional Park through Gate 10.

Want to read more about academy and pathway programs? Please visit: www.EGUSDexplore.com

Download the Event Flyer – English

Download the Event Flyer – Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese

Partner With Us – Parent LCAP Survey

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) believes that family and community engagement is a fundamental component to student success and achievement and appreciates your trust and commitment. We ask that you partner with us and share your hopes and dreams for preparing your student to be college, career and life-ready upon graduation.

As we work together to create our Local Control & Accountability Plans (LCAP), we encourage each and every family and community member within the Elk Grove Unified School District to provide us with their valuable input on how best to prioritize funding for programs and services by filling out the Parent LCAP Survey:

2019-2020 Parent Survey – LCAP Needs

LCAP Survey – English
Encuesta LCAP – Español
Ntawv Sojntsuam LCAP – Hmong
Khảo Sát LCAP – Vietnamese

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

EGUSD Parent Survey

The Elk Grove Unified School District has been administering the Parent Survey for over 20 years. We continually strive to provide the best education possible for all children. The Parent Survey is an important tool we use to evaluate our success in achieving this mission. The information parents provide through this survey will be used to make further improvements to our school and district programs.
2019 – EGUSD Parent Survey – English

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Elk Grove ha administrado la encuesta de padres por más de 20 años. Nosotros continuamos esmerándonos en proporcionar la mejor educación posible para todos los niños. Esta encuesta de padres es una herramienta muy importante para evaluar nuestro éxito logrando esta misión. La información que los padres proporcionan a través de esta encuesta se usará para realizar más mejoras a nuestros programas escolares y del distrito.
2019 – Encuesta para padres del distrito escolar unificado de Elk Grove – Spanish

Học Khu Elk Grove đang điều hành sự Thăm Dò Phụ Huynh từ 20 năm nay. Chúng tôi tiếp tục cố gắng cung cấp đầy đủ một nền giáo dục tốt nhất có thể làm được cho tất cả học sinh.  Sự Thăm Dò Phụ Huynh là một dụng cụ quan trọng chúng tôi dùng để đánh giá những thành quả của chúng tôi đạt được trong mục tiêu này. Những thông tin mà qúi vị phụ huynh cung cấp trong cuộc thăm dò này sẽ được dùng để cải tiến cho tốt hơn những chương trình của nhà trường và học khu.
2019 – Bảng Khảo Sát Phụ Huynh Học Sinh Học Khu Elk Grove – Vietnamese

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2019 – Elk Grove Unified School District Niamtxiv Daim Ntawv Sojntsuam – Hmong

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:

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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.

Lawsuit Forces California Department of Education to Release Student Private Personal Data

The California Department of Education (CDE) has been ordered by the courts to release to a nonprofit called California Concerned Parents the “protected personal information of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending, or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008.”
The Elk Grove Unified School District was never involved in the lawsuit or subject to any of the allegations in the suit.  The CDE is required by the court directive to turn over the personal records of all students it collects statewide. Data collected by the state from EGUSD is limited.
Click here to learn more and to file an objection. Parents have until April 1, 2016 to inform the court of their objection.

Digital Citizenship – Adults Need to Know More

If your children have access to a computer, smartphone or tablet you can help guide them as they travel online. Most parents would not let their children travel alone after dark in the real world and yet they often don’t know what their children are doing online. The online world can be a dark and scary place. The two resources below will help you and your children learn the facts of using any device connected to the Internet.

EGUSD Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Home Lessons by Grade Level

Although students at Elitha Donner learn digital citizenship throughout the school year, you can reinforce what they learn and guide them at home as well.


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