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Screenagers Movie – December 1st – 5:30 p.m.

Elitha Donner will be hosting this important movie for parents December 1 in the Multi-Purpose room at 5:30 p.m. The movie is free (Included with each ticket are a hot dog, chips, drink, and treat) Register for tickets at this website.

Here is the trailer for the movie

Who – Parents and teenagers
What – Screenagers Movie
Where – Elitha Donner Multipurpose Room
When – Thursday December 1, 2016 / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Why – Better understand your child and their use of digital devices

About The Film
“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.”

More Information is available here. 

Eat at BJ’s Restaurant Wednesday November 16

snip_20161115073045You can support the Elitha Donner PTA and skip fixing dinner Wednesday November 16 by eating at BJ’s Restaurant in Elk Grove. Your child should of brought home a small flyer (Available Here) which will give Donner a 20% donation of your food bill on Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. & 10:00 p.m. Just present the flyer to your server when ordering your food.

Thursday December 1 – Mark Your Calendar Now


Elitha Donner will show an important movie that all parents should see. Mark your calendars now so you do not miss this special event.

Thursday December 1

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Donner Multipurpose Room

Cost – Free

Appropriate for Adults and teens

Click here for more information and to reserve your seats

Red Ribbon Week Poster Winners

square-1redribbonlogopmsA winner was chosen for each class in grades three through six. Grade level winners were awarded prizes. Check out the slideshow to view the winning posters.

Grades 4-6 Intensive Intervention Instructional Materials for Reading Preview Day

All parents, students, teachers, administrators, and other community members are welcome to review the grades 4-6 intensive intervention instructional materials to support reading skills that will be piloted in classrooms throughout the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Robert L. Trigg Education Center
Room: Café Express
9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Informational Flyers Below.

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer

Vietnamese Flyer

Hmong Flyer

Eat @ Rubio’s Thursday October 6th

Tired of fixing dinner every night? Step out out on Thursday October 6th and let Rubio’s cook for you and the family.

With the attached coupon Rubio’s will donate 20% of your dinner bill to the Elitha Donner PTA.

Come out for a good cause and support your child’s school.


Walk/Bike to School Day – Wednesday October 5th

BTSD_2inch_ColorAttention all Elitha Donner parents! Please consider walking or biking to school with your children. On Wednesday October 5th Donner will be celebrating the day with special activities and you can help by introducing your child to the idea that he/she can walk or bike to school instead of a riding in a car. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School there are many benefits for both you and your child.

“Encouraging your child to walk or bike to school is a way to instill in him or her the active habits that can contribute to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. But in addition to health benefits, there are intangible benefits as well. Many parents who have participated in a Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day say that the active trip to school has been a valuable way for them to spend time with their children and to socialize with other parents and neighbors.”

Attendance Awareness Campaign – September 2016


With summer coming to a close and fall just around the corner, the doors of countless schools across our nation will be opening and ushering in the start to another school year. In Elk Grove, roughly 62,000 students from pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) through 12th grade will be coming through our schools’ doors with excitement and determination to make this year a memorable experience. September is Attendance Awareness Month. Countless educational researchers across this country have pinpointed “school attendance” as a leading indicator for whether students are successful or not in our classrooms.

Research indicates that negative attendance trends begin as early as 4 years of age in pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) and often these patterns follow students as they matriculate through school. According to the Attendance Institute, students that are Chronically Absent (students missing 10% of school) in Pre-K are over five times more likely to continue this trend into kindergarten. This is a critical point to consider because the new Common Core Standards are built on the assumption of perfect attendance. Research shows that having students begin their academic lives with a commitment to being at school every day results in these students being more likely to continue these habits. Also, this research indicates that there is a clear correlation between student attendance and student performance in the classroom.

According to research from the Attendance Institute, “Missing as little as 5 days of school has a negative impact on GPA, test scores and graduation.” It is important to appreciate that regardless of the reason “why” a student is missing school does not change the impact on learning. This may cause the student to miss critical aspects of their academic development, and may ultimately lead them to not meeting key learning benchmarks as they matriculate through school. In fact, many educators now look to “reading on grade level in 3rd grade” as a key performance predictor for future academic success.

The importance of good attendance follows all students through their academic lives as they matriculate through all grades. As students reach middle school, research indicates that 67% of all course failures are the result of attendance issues. Furthermore, the research also shows that as little as 5-9 absences a semester can drop a student’s GPA from 3.0 to 2.7. Lastly, attendance is the number one predictor of dropout and graduation rates. The importance of strong attendance habits begin the moment a student enters school and follows them throughout their educational lives.

Please join Elk Grove Unified School District in making school attendance for all students a priority. Elk Grove Unified School District joins school districts across this nation in embracing this commitment to our students and celebrating Attendance Awareness Month Campaign on all our campuses during the month of September. Please discuss with your child the importance attendance has in every aspect of their life and most assuredly being present and prepared every day at school.



Accessing Reading Wonders and Think Central Online Curriculum

Students can now easily access assignments, activities and test results in the Wonders Language Arts and California GoMath Think Central programs by using the Elk Grove Unified Classlink Portal.

Open a web browser, and type http://portal.egusd.net

Click Sign In with EGUSD/Google Username, i.e. 99999999@egusd.net and the EGUSD computer password for the Student.




Measure M November School Bond – How It Will Help Donner

The Elk Grove Unified School District Facility Master Plan identifies up to $11.8 million of facilities improvement needs at Elitha Donner Elementary School over the next ten years.

To address these needs, and facilities needs identified across the District, a school facilities bond, Measure M, has been placed on the November 2016 ballot. If Measure M is approved by the voters, the proceeds will be used to upgrade and modernize facilities to provide 21st Century learning environments at all schools.

Priorities identified at Elitha Donner Elementary School:

 Major building systems upgrades including heating and air conditioning, roofing and alarms or intercom
 Security measures including camera systems and fencing
 Technology improvements
 New shade structure(s)
 Restroom renovations
 Playfield and playground improvements
 Drinking fountains
 Interior and exterior paint
 Carpeting and flooring improvements

Project priorities will be determined by the Board of Education.Approval of Measure M does not guarantee all needed improvements will be completed due to the unpredictable nature of
construction costs and the uncertainty of State and developer mitigation funding sources.

School Bond Measure M Planning Project Frequently Asked Questions

The Facilities Master Plan is available here

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