Elitha Donner Elementary School

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Elitha Donner Elementary School

Grant Contest – Help Harriet Eddy

Help Secure $15,000 for Harriet Eddy Middle School
A new grant program from Treasurer John Chiang and ScholarShare plans to award $300,000 to California’s K-8 public and charter schools in 2017.

Harriet Eddy is competing for a $15,000 grant to fund audio communication projects. Be sure to vote for our school today by visiting MyScholarDollars.com and help us secure these funds!

Please visit this link to vote. You can vote once per day.

Please spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.

See flyer for more information

School Accountability Report Cards Available

Donner Summary Report Card

Donner Full Length Report Card

The current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available online at the Elk Grove Unified School District website. 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, post secondary preparation information, fiscal and expenditure data. The federal 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.

Head Lice Information From Our School Nurse

Head lice occur commonly among school-age children. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and anyone can get them. Lice do not transmit infections and do not pose a risk to a person’s health. Lice can be passed from person to person by direct head-to-head contact or by sharing clothing with lice on them. Head lice can cause itching and are most commonly found on the back of the head, neck, or behind the ears.

The Elk Grove Unified School District has a “NO LIVE HEAD LICE” procedure. This means when a student is found to have live head lice, the parent is notified. The student is sent home from school. The parent is instructed to treat their student for lice before returning to school.

Readmission is contingent on the student passing a head lice re-screening.

We recommend that you periodically check your student’s and other members of your household for lice. If your student or anyone in the household has head lice, complete the following instructions listed below.

Treatment for Head Lice
Several medicated shampoos or cream rinses are effective at killing lice. Products containing permethrin or pyrethrins are available over-the-counter. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions found on the product label. It is recommended to re-treat after 7-10 days to assure that no eggs have survived. Consult your healthcare provider if you are having difficulties getting rid of your child’s head lice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your healthcare provider or the credentialed school nurse.


Paula Gonzalez, MS, RN/PHN
Elitha Donner Elementary School Nurse

Head Lice Information Flyer


Dream Big With Sacramento Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers commissioned the creation of an IMAX movie in order to engage children and get them excited about engineering. The local chapter is sponsoring a showing of Dream Big (see flyer attached) and offering Kinder-12th grade students free tickets. Use this code K12ENGINEER when ordering on line for free student tickets.

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2017-2018 Open Enrollment

The Elk Grove Unified School District Board approved 2017-2018 Open Enrollment for the following sites listed below:

Due dates and details of the Open Enrollment plan are available below

Open Enrollment Flyer Announcement

Open Enrollment 2017-18 Flyer Announcement Spanish

Open Enrollment 2017-18- Flyer Announcement Hmong

Open Enrollment 2017-18- Flyer Announcement Vietnamese

· Cosumnes Oaks High School — 9850 Lotz Parkway

· Elk Grove High School — 9800 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.

· Florin High School — 7956 Cottonwood Lane

· Laguna Creek High  School — 9050 Vicino Drive

· Monterey Trail High School—8661 Power Inn Rd.

· Sheldon High School—8333 Kingsbridge Dr.

· Valley High School—6300 Ehrhardt Ave.

· Harriet Eddy Middle School—9329 Soaring Oaks Dr.

· Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School—8691 Power Inn Rd.

· Samuel Jackman Middle School—7925 Kentwal Dr.

· Joseph Kerr Middle School—8865 Elk Grove Blvd.

· Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School—8365 Whitelock Pkwy.

· James Rutter Middle School—7350 Palmer House Dr.

· T. R. Smedberg Middle School—8239 Kingsbridge Dr.


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

EXPLORE: Map Your Future – 1/26/17

Mark your calendars. You are invited to join students, families, local businesses, and post-secondary partners at EXPLORE: Map Your Future: K-12 Career Pathways Exposition on Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the SES Hall, 10428 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, 95624.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about how EGUSD’s career academies/pathways and their community partners prepare our students for college and career success. It will be a fun and informative way to add another tool to your instructional resource kit.
The event is appropriate for children of all ages and will include interactive activities to ensure their engagement and expose them to a variety of career paths.
Below is a flyer for information or go to www.EGUSDExplore.com. IT’S LIVE NOW!
We hope to see you at Map Your Future!

MYF17-Flyer Stars.pdf

Growth Mindsets to Maximize Learning

The Laguna Region is proud to sponsor a powerful presentation for all parents and families:  Growth Mindsets to Maximize Learning  See below for more information on presentation dates and how to sign up.  Don’t miss this exciting FREE opportunity.

PRESENTER: Emily Diehl, National Speaker and Trainer
WHEN: January 18, March 23 & April 27, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Marion Mix Elementary
4730 Laguna Park Drive, Elk Grove 95758
Phone: 916-509-8877

The Laguna Region Growth Mindset Parent Nights.pdf


Winter Holiday Ideas

gi_82874_common-sense-sealThe folks over at Common Sense Media have many ideas for parents. Here are a few that may help you this holiday season:

20 Best Family Movies for 2016

8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Holiday Gift Guide


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