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Donner News: Week of November 10-14

DONNER NEWS:
November 11th(Tuesday) –VETERAN’S DAY OBSERVED/SCHOOL HOLIDAYSchool Resumes on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
 
November 14th (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. Congratulations to last week’s spirit winners, in primary Mrs. Tepolt’s Class and in intermediate Mrs. Welsh’s Class.
 
CANS FOR KIDSThank you, Donner Elementary, for all of the cans we have collected in just 4 weeks! We will continue collecting until this Friday, November 14th! Bring in those cans to be counted for your classrooms!
 
The leading classes this week are…in primary, Mr. Patton’s 1st grade class with 200 cans, and in intermediate… Mrs. Patton’s 6th grade class, with 485 cans! As a school, we have collected 2,112 cans as a school, so far! There is still this week to get in as many as possible! Thank you for all of your donations to our community families.  

DONNER NEWS: RED RIBBON WEEK ACTIVITIES

Monday, October 27th – Friday, October 31st

October 27th – (Monday) “WELCOME BACK TRACK D” – School resumes for all “D” Track students.1st -6th grade students / 8:10AM – 2:30AM

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.

BOOK FAIR – “SIR READALOT’S CASTLE – ENTER THE KINGDOM OF BOOKS!” – Open from 8:00AM-3:00PM and again for an “ENTER THE KINGDOM OF BOOKS” in the 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! http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/elithadonner

 “TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS” The classes with most students’ wearing a sports team shirt will be the day’s spirit winner. Help your class be the week’s overall winner.

October 28th (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.

BOOK FAIR / LAST DAY – “SIR READALOT’S CASTLE – ENTER THE KINGDOM OF BOOKS!” – Open from 7:40AM-3:00PM – Don’t miss the last opportunity to purchase books and support your school’s Accelerated Reader and STAR Literacy program.

October 29th (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 30th (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”Sign the Red Ribbon Week Pledge Poster with a Friend

October 31st  (Friday) “LOVE YOURSELF. BE DRUG FREE.” Wear RED for Red Ribbon Week. The classes with most students wearing RED will be the day’s spirit winner.  Help your class be the week’s overall winner.

“RED RIBBON WEEK RALLY – This Friday is our Red Ribbon Week Rally!  Join us in the quad at 8:15 as we announce our Red Ribbon Week celebration winners.  That’s right wear red this Friday if you want to be in the school picture for red ribbon week.  – School appropriate attire only.

Donner News: Week of October 21-24

October 21st – (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.

October 23RD – (Thursday) – “SIR READALOT’S CASTLE – ENTER THE KINGDOM OF BOOKS!”- Open from 8:00AM-3:15PM.  Join us at our annual book fair.  Additional information can be found on our http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/elithadonner

October 24th – (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. Congratulations to last week’s spirit wear winners in primary, Mrs. Tomlinson’s class and in intermediate, Mrs. Sipula’s class.

 

Track Change Minimum Day

This Friday, October 24, 2014

All Kindergarten on the AM schedule 7:40am-11:11am

1st – 6th grades are dismissed at 12:40pm

 

“SIR READALOT’S CASTLE – ENTER THE KINGDOM OF BOOKS!”

 Open from 7:40AM-1:15PM.  Join us at our annual book fair.

Additional information can be found on our http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/elithadonner

Donner News: Week of Oct 3rd-10th

        

October 3rd – (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. Congratulations to last week’s spirit winners! In primary a tie between Mrs. Tomlinson’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Banuelos’ class and in intermediate was Mrs. Welsh’s class…again!

 Last week’s spirit wear winners were Mrs. Tomlinson’s class and in intermediate was Mrs. Welsh’s class.

 Track Change Minimum Day This Friday, October 3, 2014

All Kindergarten on the AM schedule 7:40am-11:11am 1st – 6th grades are dismissed at 12:40pm

 This is NO “MOVIE MATINEE” this Friday.  All students will be going home at 12:40pm unless they are participating in an after school academy.


 

October 6th – (Monday)“WELCOME BACK TRACK C” – School resumes for all “C” Track students.

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

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 notin the classroom before the 2nd bell.

 

October 8th (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:

o   Dance

o   Martial Arts

o   Elk Grove Unified Police Services and CSD Fire Safety

o   EGUSD Food and  Nutrition Services

o   And more…

 October 10th (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 this week’s winner!

 

 

EGUSD’s Board of Education to hold Community School Board Meetings

Please join the Elk Grove Unified Board of Education at a Community School Board meeting in October.To ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, the Board of Education’s Community Budget Meetings are intended to engage the public in a transparent and collaborative process.

 

The objectives of these meetings are to:

•      Provide information about the Local Control Accountability Plan and Common Core State Standards;

•      Engage the public in the Local Control Accountability Plan process; and

•      Recognize Service Learning projects.

 

Six of the meetings will be held on the same night – October 21. A seventh meeting will be held on October 28. All of the meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will include a presentation about the district’s budget as well as time for questions and answers.  The public is invited to attend any one of the meetings.

The public meetings will be held at the following locations:

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School – Multipurpose Room

8691 Power Inn Road Elk Grove, CA 95624

Board Member: Jeanette J. Amavisca

 

Pleasant Grove Elementary School – Multipurpose Room

10160 Pleasant Grove School Road

Elk Grove, CA 95624 Board Member: Priscilla S. Cox

Adreani Elementary School – Multipurpose Room

9927 Wildhawk West Drive

Sacramento, CA 95829 Board Member: Carmine S. Forcina

 

Franklin High School – Theater

6400 Whitelock Parkway

Elk Grove, CA 95757 Board Member: Steve Ly

 

Prairie Elementary School – Library

5251 Valley High Drive

Sacramento, CA 95823 Board Member: Chet Madison, Sr.

 

Florin High School – Theater

7956 Cottonwood Lane

Sacramento, CA 95828 Board Member: Anthony “Tony” Perez

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Laguna Creek High School – Multipurpose Room

9050 Vicino Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758 Board Member: Bobbie Singh-Allen

 

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Donner News: Week of 9/8-9/12

September 9th – (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.

This will be the last month this service will be available - unless we are able to find additional parent volunteers.  If you have an hour on one or more Tuesday’s a month from 2:00-3:00pm and would be willing to assist our students in taking AR tests, please let our office know before the end of September.

September 12th – (Friday) “CONSTITUTION DAY SPIRIT RALLY” Starting at 8:15am in the Quad – Wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE this Friday and join us as we celebrate our Country’s Constitution.  Only students wearing a combination of red, white, AND blue will be counted for the spirit wear race.  (Elitha Donner Distinguished school shirts are a great way to make it count.)  All visible combinations of clothing will be accepted.

Last week’s college day spirit wear winners were again Mrs. Banuelos’ class and in intermediate was Mrs. Welsh’s class.

“MOVIE MATINEE” – Looking for something to do this Friday after school on the minimum day?  Our school’s PTA is sponsoring a movie matinee. For only $5 per student you get Admission to the movie, bottled water & bag of popcorn. The movie is from 12:45-2:45pm.  All students must be picked up by 3:00PM.Movie Matinee Sept 12 lego movie (.pdf)

If you want to watch the Lego movie after school on Friday have your parent complete the permission slip and send in the $5 dollar fee by Wednesday, Sept 10th.  Permission slips will be sent home in your communication folder and are available in the front office. Movie Matinee Permission Slip (.pdf)

HARRIET EDDY MS / WRESTLING CLUB: This year Harriet Eddy Middle School is opening the wrestling club up to elementary school students in grades 3 through 8. We are looking forward to a fun year. A Joseph Sims parent, Jonathan Stein, is coaching the team this year. His contact information is on the flyer and he is happy to answer any questions. (See attached flyer for more information.) Eddy Wrestling handout(.pdf)

SMARTER BALANCED FOCUS GROUP – The California Department of Education is looking for interested parents and students to participate in a focus group to gather feedback regarding spring 2015 SBAC testing on September 17 from 6-8pm at the Sacramento County Office of Education. Interested parents should contact Dawn Speaks at 209-468-5959 by September 12.

 

Common Core State Standards Survey

As the Elk Grove Unified School District enters its third year of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), we are seeking your feedback and input on the communications and supports that we are providing families. We will use this information as part of our continuous efforts to improve the communication tools and resources that we provide.

Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73QSB5C.

As a reminder, the Common Core State Standards are an updated set of academic standards that have been developed with the intention of unifying learning expectations for students across all states. Common Core State Standards bring strong advantages to students in California and in the United States. First, by unifying the expectations, assessments of educational quality and the federal funding that is based on such assessment will be more equitable. Second, students throughout the United States will be in a better position to compete with students throughout the world for university admission and for jobs in a global market. Finally, these standards define kindergarten through twelfth grade learning that will ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education and careers.

With the implementation of the CCSS, California will move from the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessment system to a new system in the 2014-2015 school year. This new system will be referred to as the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP). Within this system, students will take assessments referred to as Smarter Balanced Assessments, which includes shifting from paper-and-pencil tests to computerized assessments starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The new assessments are designed to meet federal and state-level accountability requirements and provide teachers and parents with timely and accurate information to measure and trace individual student growth.

EGUSD will continue to share information about CCSS and the new testing system throughout the school year.

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Donner News: Week of 8/25-9/5

DONNER NEWS:                     

Week of 8/25-8/29

 August 26th - (Tuesday)“FALL PICTURE DAY / TRACK A” Please look for picture information in your child’s communication folder.  Pictures must be purchased prior to your child be photographed.  All student pictures will be taken for the school yearbook and awards. (See the attached flyer for more specific information or to order on line) Elitha Donner TRK-A (.pdf)

 

August 28th - (Thursday) – “PTA GENERAL MEETING / 50’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL”- Join us for this FREE exciting event!  We will “Twist and Shout” our way through the 50’s, 60’s and beyond from 5:15-6:30PM.   Donner Gear, and yearbook pre-orders will be available for purchase.  Students must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.  (See the attached flyers) Ice Cream Social Flyer (.pdf) Root beer donation flyer (.pdf)

 NEEDED: 2 liter bottles of Root beer –

Please bring donations to the school office prior to Tuesday, August 27th.

 August 29th - (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. Congratulations to last week’s spirit winners! In primary a tie between Mrs. Tomlinson’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Banuelos’ class and in intermediate was Mrs. Welsh’s class…again!


Week of 9/1-9/5

September 1st - (Monday) – “Labor Day Holiday – No School”

School Resumes on Tuesday, September 4th

September 5th (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?  Maybe the college your parents attended?  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 will feature different colleges throughout the school year.  Our students will learn 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.

 

Donner News: Week of August 18th-22th.

August 19th – (Tuesday) – “DONNER DINER NIGHT”@ CHILI’S – “Join us for our first “Donner Dinner” of the school year at Chili’s, next Tuesday, August 19th!  They offer a variety of delicious foods and beverages, plus it is right around the corner!  So take a night off from cooking & doing dishes and help our school raise money for your child’s school supplies & assemblies.  Just show the attached flyer and our school will get credit for both DINE-IN and TAKE OUT orders the entire day.  We look forward to seeing you there!”  (Flyer Attached)Chili’s Donner Dinner fundraiser 8-19-14 (.pdf)

August 22nd – (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. Congratulations to last week’s spirit winners! In primary a tie between Mrs. Luna’s class and Mrs. Banuelos’ classes and in intermediate was Mrs. Welsh’s class…again

EGUSD’s Superintendent Search Survey

The Elk Grove Unified School District’s (EGUSD) Board of Education invites the community to participate in the process of selecting the next superintendent by taking an online survey.  The survey can be found in English, Spanish, Green Hmong and White Hmong at http://www.egusd.net/news/spotlight/index.cfm.

 The Board has launched a search to find the best superintendent to meet the needs of a diverse and growing district of over 62,000 students and 5,000 employees.  EGUSD is the largest district in Northern California and the 5th largest in the state. In June, Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D., announced his retirement as of September 12, 2014. Ladd is the 5th superintendent in the District’s 55 year history.

 The information gathered will give guidance to the Board on the attributes that the community feels are important to consider in the next superintendent. In addition, the information provides an opportunity for the Board to receive valuable communication on the direction of the school district. Lastly, the comments, suggestions, and recommendations will be given to the newly selected superintendent as a reflection of EGUSD.

 The Board has hired a professional search firm, McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, to assist in finding a new leader for our District.  Representatives from the search firm will lead the community discussion and analyze the survey results. For more information and updates, please visit the EGUSD website at www.egusd.net.

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