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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

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

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.

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

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.

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