Elitha Donner Elementary School

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Elitha Donner Elementary School

Donner’s Winning Volleyball Season


The 2016 volleyball season was a season to remember. All of us worked hard to become awesome team players and at the same time developed friendships that will last a long time. These valuable players are Rachyl Benavides, Marlaina Begaye, Chase Daniel, Kaylene King, Jannelle Jay, Anthony Dobie, Maddie Surette, Angadveer Singh Cheema, Pablo Luna and the coaches Mr. and Mrs. Matsumoto and Angelo. This team has come out with a great streak of 13-1. Yes, there have been sicknesses floating around, some causing teammates to miss games, but even through those hardships, we have had each other’s back from game 1. “We have played some great schools and great teams, but we have managed to come through and be the victors of either having a score of 25-9 or 27-25.” said Maddie Surette one of the team’s second year players. The first day of practice, well coach knew that most of us were great athletes, but we had never picked up a volleyball in our lives. Let’s just say an athletic work in progress. We did come through unlike the first day of practice. “I always teach the team how to do the basic thing of playing the sport of volleyball correctly, pass, set and spike. This team learned that quickly, so I asked for a bit more topspin on the ball. The team conquered that move too. So, I started asking the taller kids to start blocking. Sure enough not only did the taller kids grab that skill, also some of the shorter kids, something I never expected. We ended up teaching this team so many things, they were from all sorts of levels from elementary school to even some college drills and of course everything in between.” said our coach Mr. Matsumoto. Half way through the season, we had decided that we would take the team to Sheldon High for a tournament. Unfortunately, Rachyl could not make it because she had a soccer tournament to go to. We ended up pulling the win after three difficult games against Joseph Sims, Stone Lake and for the championship Herburger. We finished off the great season with back to back wins of three games against Union House and Castello.
We have been blessed with such amazing coaches. They have coached a great thirteen years. Though this was their last year coaching I do hope that you will come out to watch the Donner Dolphin games that will happen for many years to come. These coaches have taught the teams to play the game of volleyball correctly. Teaching the students to pass, set and attack. Thank you coaches, you will forever be one of the greatest coaches to ever coach at Elitha Donner Elementary School!!

“I had so much fun this season so shout outs to all my teammates for helping me out and supporting me because let’s just say I wasn’t the best.” said Rachyl.

Written by Maddie Surette with editorial help from John Gable.

Bike To School Day May 4th

BTSD_2inch_ColorMay is National Bike Month and Bike to School day falls annually on the first Wednesday in May. On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, we encourage all students and their families to pump up their tires, strap on their helmets and bike to school.

The benefits to biking are enormous. According to research, students who take an active means of transportation to school have higher levels of concentration, academic performance and regular attendance than their counterparts who travel by car. Other benefits include: improved student fitness, decreased traffic congestion around schools and in parking lots, cleaner air and a stronger sense of community.

In order to further motivate students to bike to school, we are offering FREE HELMETS to any student who may not have a safe helmet. Helmet fitting will be conducted on Thursday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 3 from 2:45-3:15 in Mrs. Nelson’s room, G9. All students who come during that time will be fitted for a helmet, which we would like to see in use on Wednesday, May 4th!

Bike To School Day Poster

Eat @ RedRobin to Help Donner

logo-flat-2Enjoy eating at RedRobin? Sign up for the Red Robin Royalty Program also known as Burgers For Schools and every time you eat at RedRobin they will donate a portion of your check to Elitha Donner. Through April 24th RedRobin will donate 4 times the usual amount.


10th Annual Talent Show – June 10th 8:30 a.m.

Join us as we watch many of our amazing students and teachers at this entertaining event. You may be seeing or hearing the nation’s future America’s Got Talent or The Voice winner!
Audition times and all information is located here


School Accountability Report Cards Available


April 1, 2016

School Accountability Report Cards Available

The current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available online at the Elk Grove Unified School District website at http://www.egusd.net/schools/sarcs/index.cfm. Both a long detailed format and a short executive summary are posted for parents to learn more about the schools in our community.

Each school’s SARC summarizes the school’s mission, goals, accomplishments, and highlights the school’s unique programs. In addition, state law requires that the SARC contain all of the following: demographic data, school safety and climate for learning information, academic data, school completion rates, class sizes, teacher and staff information, curriculum and instruction descriptions, postsecondary preparation information, fiscal and expenditure data.

The federal No Child Left Behind law requires that SARCs contain reports concerning the “adequate yearly progress” of students in achieving state academic achievement standards; Title I Program Improvement status; graduation rates at the secondary level; and the extent to which “highly qualified” teachers are teaching core academic subjects.

A hard copy of these reports can be requested by visiting your child’s school office. Additionally, these reports have been translated in Spanish and Hmong at schools with large populations of families who speak these languages. Any questions regarding the SARCs can be answered by your child’s principal or by contacting Learning Support Services at 686-7712.

Eat @ the Habit Burger Grill Wednesday March 30

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The Elitha Donner PTA is holding a fundraiser at the Habit Burger Grill on Wednesday March 30 from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Enjoy delicious Charburgers, sandwiches, salads and shakes while helping the Donner PTA. Present the HabitFlyer and 20% of your receipt will be donated by the Habit Burger Grill. Check out the Habit menu here.
Habit Hours & Address
Habit on the Map

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.

Eat @ Chili’s – Wednesday March 2nd – Help Donner

Donner Dinner Flyer - Chilis
Let Chili’s do the cooking while they support Elitha Donner Elementary School at the same time. With each flyer presented or displayed on your phone, on Wednesday Chili’s will donate 15% of the event days sales back to Donner.

The Elitha Donner Elementary School Give Back Event is:
March 2, 2016
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
only at:
Elk Grove
7410 Laguna blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
916-478-2478 http://www.chilis.com


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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