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EGUSD Parent Night on the Common Core State Standard Meeting tonight

Reminder:

EGUSD Parent Night on the Common Core State Standards On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Elk Grove Unified School District will host a Common Core State Standards informational night for EGUSD parents. The event will cover an introduction to Common Core State Standards and answer the following questions: • What are the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics?

• How will the Standards better prepare students for today and tomorrow? The information night will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Board Room at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove 95624).

For more information about EGUSD’s implementation of CCSS, visit http://blogs.egusd.net/ccss/.

Donner News: Week of January 10-20

SCIENCE FAIR AND INVENTION CONVENTION – Looking for something for the kids to do over the winter break? How about starting a science fair project or creating a new invention. This year’s school site science fair and invention convention takes place on Thursday, March 13, 2014. First place winners and all inventions will advance to the district science fair and invention convention to be held March 27th -28th. All students on an accelerated contract are encouraged to participate. (Packets are available from your child’s teacher or in office.)

GETTING TO THE CORE OF THE MATTER

The Elk Grove Unified School District is committed to ensuring that our staff, parents and students understand the changes taking place with the Common Core State Standards. To further these efforts, the District has developed a new newsletter “Getting to the Core of the Matter” that will be distributed monthly from now through April. (See attached to read the first volume of Getting to the Core of the Matter) EGUSD Getting to the Core of the Matter Volume 1 (.pdf)

Llegando a Conocer lo Principal Concierne El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Elk Grove está comprometido en asegurar que nuestro personal, los padres y los estudiantes comprendan los cambios que están pasando en las Normas Comunes e Importantes del Estado. Para adelantar estos esfuerzos, el Distrito ha desarrollado un boletín de publicación llamado “Llegando a Conocer lo Principal Concierne,” y será distribuido mensualmente desde ahora hasta agosto. Por favor haga clic en el documento pdf de enseguida para leer el primer volumen de Llegando a Conocer lo Principal Concierne. EGUSD Getting to the Core of the Matter Volume 1 doc-Spanish (.pdf)

Donner News: Week of December 16 and January 2

December 18th (Wednesday) “WINTER BAND CONCERT” – Join us for our school’s Winter Band Concert at 5:30PM in the MP Room.  Our beginning and intermediate band students have been practicing and practicing.  Now they are ready to show off their amazing musical talents.

December 19th (Thursday) “BOOK SWAP” / TRACK C – All C Track students are encouraged to participate in the Donner Book Swap this Thursday. Students will have the opportunity to look for a book during their lunch recess.  All students can participate even if they did not bring in a book to swap.  We ask that “Book Swap” books be returned to the school office when children are no longer interested in reading them.

(We are continually accepting books for the book swap.  Please bring in any new or gently used books that your child no longer reads or is interested in.  This allows us to provide other children with new and exciting books to read and your child benefits from finding a new book as well.  Each track will participate in the book swap prior to going off track.)

December 20th (Friday) “SPIRIT WEAR DAY” This Friday is a spirit wear day!  The weather has gotten colder.  Did you know you could get a Donner sweatshirt for a reduced price just in time for the holidays?  If you would like to purchase new spirit wear, order forms are available in the office.  The spirit wear race is closer than ever this year.  Help your class win the week’s spirit contest by wearing your spirit wear or Donner colors this Friday.

Friday, December 20th – Track Change Minimum Day

Kindergarteners are on the AM schedule 7:40-11:11am.

1st – 6th grade students are dismissed at 12:40pm.

**December 23rd – January 1st / “Winter Break”**

January 2nd – (Thursday) – “SCHOOL RESUMES – TRACKS A, B, & D”

YEARBOOK – Don’t miss this money saving opportunity to get your 2013-2014 school yearbook.  Now through December 20th yearbooks are only $18.00. Yearbook prices will be $25.00 after December 20th due to order commitments.  Yearbook envelopes are available in the school office for your convenience.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL – The primary role of the School Site Council is to assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of our Plan to Achieve Bold Goals.  The Plan to Achieve Bold Goals focuses on enhancing targeted areas of our curriculum and other key aspects of our school environment.  The Plan to Achieve Bold Goals is supported at our school by a joint committee of teachers and parents as the School Site Council (SSC).  Parents are elected to act as representatives for the school and teachers volunteer to serve on the School Site Council.  We are looking for 2 interested parents that would like to be a part of this year’s School Site Council.  (Please see the attached letter of application for additional information or to apply.)

SCIENCE FAIR AND INVENTION CONVENTION – Looking for something for the kids to do over the winter break?  How about starting a science fair project or creating a new invention.  This year’s school site science fair and invention convention takes place on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  First place winners and all inventions will advance to the district science fair and invention convention to be held March 27th -28th.  All students on an accelerated contract are encouraged to participate.  (Packets are available from your child’s teacher or in office.)

 

 

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), we’re making history by doing the Hour of Code in our computer lab. For more information visit: http://code.org/learn or check out this video on http://code.org.

 

Red Ribbon Week

October 28th (Monday) – “DON’T SWEAT DRUGS” WEAR A SWEAT SHIRT. The classes with most students wearing a sweatshirt will be the day’s spirit winner. Help your class be the week’s overall winner. 

October 29th (Tuesday) – “THE POWER OF PINK” WEAR ANYTHING PINK.  The classes with most students wearing something pink will be the day’s spirit winner.  Help your class be the week’s overall winner. 

 “AR TEST TAKING” Our school’s LIBRARY is open for ALL students (whether on or off track) to take AR tests from 1:30-3:00PM.  No Library services are available during this time.

 October 30th (Wednesday) – “YES I CAN BE DRUG FREE” BRING IN A CAN OF FOOD. The classes with most students who bring in at least 1 can of food for the Kids Can Food drive will be the day’s spirit winner.  Help your class be the week’s overall winner.  Students are encouraged to bring in as many cans as possible.  All additional cans will be counted for the Kids Can class contests. “Red Ribbon Week – Drugs are Junk Free Throw & Poetry Contest”

 October 31st (Thursday) – “DRUGS CLASH WITH MY STYLE” WEAR CLOTHES THAT CLASH…DON’T MATCH. The classes with most students wearing clothes that CLASH will be the day’s spirit winner.  Help your class be the week’s overall winner. “Red Ribbon Week –Door Decorating Contest”

 November 1st (Friday) “SPIRIT WEAR DAY” This Friday is a spirit wear day!  Have you been noticing some new Donner Spirit Wear being worn on Fridays?  That’s right there are some new styles on campus.  If you would like to purchase new spirit wear, order forms are available in the office.  The spirit wear race is closer than ever this year.  Help your class win the week’s spirit contest by wearing your spirit wear or Donner colors this Friday.

EGUSD encourages students to “Map Your Future”

Parents and students will have an opportunity to map a path to college and careers at the Elk Grove Unified School District’s first annual Map Your Future: K-12 Career Pathways Exposition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8 at Monterey Trail High School.  The event is offered through a partnership between EGUSD, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and Elk Grove Economic Development Corporation.

The event will feature 14 of California’s industry sectors, which include agriculture and natural resources, energy environment and utilities, engineering and architecture, health science and medical technology, information and communication technologies, and manufacturing and product development.  These industries have been identified by Elk Grove and Sacramento leaders as having the greatest potential for growth. 

 At the event, current and former EGUSD career academy and pathway students will be available to speak with and answer questions from students and parents.  Teachers, counselors and school and district administrators also will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance on applying for an EGUSD academy or pathway.  Representatives from post-secondary educational institutions also will be available to provide information about how EGUSD’s career academies and pathways connect with college and business partners will be on hand to offer insight into the local labor market.

 Thanks to a generous donation from the City of Elk Grove, the first 500 participants will receive $3 vouchers to use at food trucks that will be at the event. 

 

Donner News: Week of September 30-October 4

October 2nd (Wednesday) – “WALK TO SCHOOL DAY” -  In an effort to promote environmental awareness, as well as physical fitness, we are asking our students to either ride their bikes or walk to school this day. As always, in an effort to promote safety, we ask that students who choose to ride their bikes wear an approved safety helmet and follow all safety rules; and all walkers walk with a friend or family member and only cross streets at designated areas.  Better yet, join one of the walking school buses.

 All Donner students will receive FREE Breakfast between 7:30-7:55AM

Come shop at the Farmer’s Market – Fresh produce will be on sale at a reduced price.

A “Walk to School” spirit rally will take place at 8:15AM in the quad.  The Harriett Eddy Middle School Band and Elitha Donner’s own Spirit and Student Unity Rally Team featuring Splash our school Mascot will help to kick off the morning’s events.

Then join us from 8:50 – 11:00AM for our “Health and Safety Fair” organized by staff and parents with the help of local businesses. The fair will feature a rotation schedule of stations emphasizing exercise, healthy eating safety, community awareness, and environmental awareness:

  • Zumba
  • Martial Arts
  • Elk Grove Unified Police Services and CSD Fire Safety
  • EGUSD Food and  Nutrition Services

 October 3rd (Thursday) “BOOK SWAP/ TRACK D”– All D Track students are encouraged to participate in the Donner Book Swap this Monday. Students will have the opportunity to look for a book during their lunch recess.  All students can participate even if they did not bring in a book to swap.  We ask that “Book Swap” books be returned to the school office when children are no longer interested in reading them. 

(We are continually accepting books for the book swap.  Please bring in any new or gently used books that your child no longer reads or is interested in.  This allows us to provide other children with new and exciting books to read and your child benefits from finding a new book as well.  Each track will participate in the book swap the Thursday before they track off.)

October 4th (Friday) “SPIRIT WEAR DAY” – This Friday is a spirit wear day!  Have you been noticing some new Donner Spirit Wear being worn on Fridays?  That’s right there are some new styles on campus.  If you would like to purchase new spirit wear, order forms are available in the office.  The spirit wear race is closer than ever this year.  Help your class win the week’s spirit contest by wearing your spirit wear or Donner colors this Friday.

 TRACK CHANGE MINIMUM DAY – Friday, October 4th

Kindergarteners are on the AM schedule 7:40-11:11am.

1st – 6th grade students are dismissed at 12:40pm.

 

 

 

 

Donner News: Week of September 24-27

 September 27th (Friday) “SPIRIT WEAR DAY” – This Friday is a spirit wear day!  Have you been noticing some new Donner Spirit Wear being worn on Fridays?  That’s right there are some new styles on campus.  If you would like to purchase new spirit wear, order forms are available in the office.  The spirit wear race is closer than ever this year.  Help your class win the week’s spirit contest by wearing your spirit wear or Donner colors this Friday.

 “PTA MOVIE NIGHT” / Friday, September 27th

Dinner begins at 5:30PM – Movie begins at 6:00pm

Join us and enjoy an evening out at the movies for free!  Pizza and other treats will be available for purchase.  There is a free raffle drawing during intermission.

 “RUNNIN’ FOR RHETT” – Our school’s newest after school academy for 3rd – 6th grade students is sponsored by Runnin’ for Rhett.  Participants will spend the next 5 weeks preparing for the RUN BECAUSE YOU CAN 5k on Sunday, November 3rd in Downtown Sacramento.  Look for sign up information coming home with your child.  All students participating in the 5 week program and running the race will be automatically signed up.  (Permission forms are attached) Running for Rhett Permission Slip+R4R story (pdf)

 Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to run with us.  Learn more about the event and sign up information at: www.runbecauseyoucan.org.

 Come out on race day to cheer on all our runners or join the race and run with us!

 “WALK TO SCHOOL DAY” – Walk to School Day is coming Wednesday, October 2nd.

We are in need of volunteers to help set up and take down the decorations, supervise event areas, walk with the students, or come and enjoy the presentations with your child. We can use your help the day before Walk to School Day or the day of the event. If you are interested please email Mr. Jackson at [email protected]  or call the school at 683-3073.  It’s a great day to volunteer!

 

Want to help but are unable to do so at the event donations of ½ pint water bottles store bought muffins or donuts and whole fruit, such as bananas, grapes, oranges, etc. would be much appreciated Donations can be dropped off at the office any time before the event.

 

Donner News: Week of September 16-20

September 16th (Monday) “WELCOME BACK – TRACK B”

 September 17th (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 every Tuesday.  Library services are NOT available on this day.

 September 20th (Friday) “SPIRIT WEAR DAY” – This Friday is a spirit wear day!  Have you been noticing some new Donner Spirit Wear being worn on Fridays?  That’s right there are some new styles on campus.  If you would like to purchase new spirit wear, order forms are available in the office.  The spirit wear race is closer than ever this year.  Help your class win the week’s spirit contest by wearing your spirit wear or Donner colors this Friday.

 SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, September 25th – Minimum Day for Staff Development.  All kindergarten will be on the AM Schedule 7:40-11:11AM. 1st – 6th grades are dismissed at 12:40pm

 THANK YOU FROM YOUR PTA!- The PTA would like to send a very warm Thank You to all of the Elitha Donner families and staff for their awesome support!  It has been great seeing and meeting a lot of you on campus and at our recent fundraising events.  Hopefully you had a fun time at the Ice Cream Social two weeks ago.  We sure did!  Our Donner Dinner this past Monday at Chipotle was a huge success, bringing in over $500 to support our school’s assemblies. 

 Another fundraising campaign we are participating in is the GiveWith.Target program.  With each on-line vote, our school will receive $1.  These funds can be used for much needed school supplies for our classrooms.  Simply go to GiveWith.Target.com and submit your vote for Elitha Donner Elementary.  To participate in this campaign you must have a Facebook account, and can vote multiple times.  (See the attached flyer for more information)
GiveWithTarget_Flyer (.pdf)

 We would also like to express our appreciation for your support at this week’s Book Fair.  Our PTA extends a huge Thank You to everyone that has become a member of PTA and has purchased Spirit Wear.  All funds raised benefit the school and the students.  If you haven’t already joined the PTA, it’s not too late.  We always welcome new members.  Membership forms can be found in the school office or by clicking on this link http://blogs.egusd.net/donner/files/2011/01/PTA-membership-packet-2013-2014-23in22z.pdf  . Thank you for your continued support!!!

 EGUSD ATTENDANCE CAMPAIGN IS BACK – It’s a new school year– and that means it’s once again time to kick off the Attendance Campaign!  If you come to school every day in September, you are eligible to win a free admission pass to Fairytale Town or free tokens from Chuck E. Cheese’s.  And don’t forget about the Perfect Attendance Bike Giveaway!  It’s back for an 8th amazing year.  For each month of perfect attendance, elementary school students will earn an entry into a drawing for a brand new bike and helmet at the end of the school year.  It’s that easy!  So keep coming to school – and it could be you spending a day at Fairytale Town or Chuck E. Cheese’s – or riding off in style on your new bike! (See attached flyer for more information) Bike Giveaway Flier (.pdf)

 WALK TO SCHOOL DAY – Walk to School Day is coming Wednesday, October 2nd.

We are in need of volunteers to help set up and take down the decorations, supervise event areas, walk with the students, or come and enjoy the presentations with your child. We can use your help the day before Walk to School Day or the day of the event. If you are interested please email Mr. Jackson at [email protected]  or call the school at 683-3073.  It’s a great day to volunteer!

 Want to help but are unable to do so at the event donations of ½ pint water bottles store bought muffins or donuts and whole fruit, such as bananas, grapes, oranges, etc. would be much appreciated Donations can be dropped off at the office any time before the event.

 

Donner News: Week of September 9-13

Our school’s LIBRARY is CLOSED for the Book Fair. 

Library hours will resume next week.

September 10th (Tuesday) “READING OASIS – A COOL PLACE TO DISCOVER HOT BOOKS” - Open from 9:00AM-3:00PM.  Join us at our annual book fair.  Additional information can be found on our http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/elithadonner

 September 11th (Wednesday) “READING OASIS – A COOL PLACE TO DISCOVER HOT BOOKS” – Open from 9:00AM-3:00PM and again for an “A COOL PLACE TO DISCOVER HOT BOOKS” Evening” from 5:00-7:00PM.  Hot dog dinners will be available for purchase for $3.00 – includes chips and a drink and Root Beer Floats for $2.00. A great time to visit the book fair with the entire family! Donner Dinner Night Flyer – Chipotle (.pdf)

 September 12th (Thursday) “READING OASIS – A COOL PLACE TO DISCOVER HOT BOOKS” - Open from 9:00AM-3:00PM.  Join us at our annual book fair.

 September 13th (Friday) “READING OASIS – A COOL PLACE TO DISCOVER HOT BOOKS” LAST DAY – Open from 9:00AM-1:00PM.  Join us at our annual book fair.

 “CONSTITUTION DAY SPIRIT RALLY” – Wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE this Friday and join us as we celebrate our Country’s Constitution.  The rally will begin at 8:15AM in the school quad.  

 “LAGUNA CREEK CARDINALS FOOTBALL” – Are you ready for some football?  Wear your Donner spirit wear and get in free at any home game of the Laguna Creek Cardinals.  (See attached flyer for specific dates) Laguna Creek Cardinals – 2013 Schedule – Donner (.pdf)

 “DONNER DINNER NIGHT” – Join us this Monday evening, September 9th at Chipotle  Mexican Grill on Laguna Blvd. – Elk Grove, CA 95758 from 6:00-9:00PM.   All proceeds from our “Donner Dinner” nights raise funds for our assemblies!  Let someone else do the cooking this Monday evening and help our school at the same time.  (Remember to show the flyer when ordering.)

NEW ELK GROVE UNIFIED DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP WEBSITE – Please see the attached flyer to learn more about the latest Elk Grove Unified School District website.
DigitalCitizenshipWebsite – NewlstterArticle (.pdf)