Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School

Elk Grove Unified School District

Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School

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Year Round First Day of School

Revised E.G.U.S.D. 2020-2021 school year calendar

The EGUSD Board of Education acted late last night at its regular meeting to approve revisions to the 2020-2021 school year calendar. The year-round track calendars were impacted by these revisions. Please note that the Board of Education did not take any action regarding any plans for the upcoming school year except the calendar revisions. The Board meets again on June 30 at 6 p.m.  To take a look at the revised calendar please click on the following link:

First Day of Distance Learning

Happy First Day of Distance Learning!

While perhaps not exactly what we all were hoping for, it is with pride and a great big cheer that we are ALL together again today! Through the blessings of technology and the hard work of lots of heroes, including our EGUSD technology services department, our teachers, our curriculum team, our families, and our boys and girls (!!!), we are back up and running now! Please take a minute today to thank a hero – someone who is working hard to keep us all safe, healthy, and productive while we stay at home to keep our community well!

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Expanded Meal Service During School Closure – Begins Monday, April 20

Dear McGarvey Families,

First, I want to express my gratitude for our EGUSD Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) team for their responsiveness to our community’s need for meal service during school closures. They have been amazing. We began this week with the bus service that has been providing meals to three schools between 10:30a – 12:45p each day. Amazingly, this route has been so popular that FNS are no longer able to support this using the bus. Yesterday, between the three sites, they served 440 students, each with lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day.  Incredible!  Because they cannot load that many meals on the bus, FNS have decided to expand their service.

Starting on Monday, April 20th, FNS will provide service at McGarvey for both the Sunrise and McGarvey communities:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.           Monday – Friday             McGarvey Drop-Off/Pick-Up Lane

The service will continue as a drive-through meal service using the McGarvey drop-off/pick-up lane. For those who have not yet taken advantage of this wonderful program, children must be present to receive meals for the initial meal pick-up. This is so FNS staff can validate the number of children in the household.  Once validated, parents do not need to bring the children; they just need to have the validation form. For those who have participated this past week, the validation you already have is acceptable.

Together, we will get through this!  I am here if you have any questions, concerns, or happy thoughts

Be well,

Mike Gulden, Principal

Principal’s Message – Welcome to Distance Learning: Grant Everyone the Grace to Be a Work in Progress

Greetings Griffin Families,

I hope this message finds you and your families well, near and far.  As you are probably well aware by now, our Elk Grove Unified School District distance learning begins formally for elementary students on Monday, April 20. While across our district Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will be working with packets of instructional material, our first through sixth grade children will be working with their teachers using the Google Classroom platform. If they haven’t been in touch already, your child’s teacher will be sending information about what distance learning will look like for your McGarvey student.

I know this is new territory for you as well as your children and for our teachers. That’s OK. And we will be OK.  My most important message to you, to our students, and to everyone on my staff is this – grant yourself the grace to be a work in progress. We are all learning as we go because this is a new experience for us all. We will make the best of the abbreviated time we have for teaching and learning in the rest of this school year. We will make adjustments as we move forward. Success will run alongside failure. And that’s OK. Together, we will forge this new path circumstances have handed us. Please say it with me – we will be OK.

The health and well-being of your families is our main concern during this time. If timelines and due dates need to be re-arranged, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We understand that things are very fluid right now and that stress levels are high because events have taken us out of our routines and wrested them from our control. I can’t wait to see kids and to get back to our sense of normal! We will get through this together, but until then if I can be of service, please don’t hesitate to email me at I hope you all are continuing to be healthy and safe.

Be well!

Mike Gulden, Principal

Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School

TK and K Distance Learning Packets – Online Printable Versions Available

Use this link to access printable pdf versions of the Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten distance learning instructional packets:



What Distance Learning Might Look Like for Your 1st-6th Grade Student

Elementary Student (1st-6th)
  • Each family will create their own daily routine or “Bell Schedule”.
  • Students will check in once per day any time before noon.
  • Anytime before noon (12:00 p.m.) every weekday, the student logs in to the EGUSD ClassLink Portal; opens Google Classroom and checks-in one time using a Google Form for attendance. (Note: Distance learning allows for greater flexibility for families juggling multiple schedules.)
  • Student works on assignment(s), which may include watching a pre-recorded video, reviewing a presentation, answering a quiz or doing self-guided practice from a workbook or other online tool. Students need to pay attention to assignment due dates. (Note: Student work will often be self-paced throughout the week and completed on the computer. If a project is to be completed from physical items, written out on a piece of paper or demonstrates solving a math problem, a student may take a photo of it and submit it to the teacher in Google Classroom.)



Elk Grove Unified and Robert J. McGarvey Elementary continue to welcome and enroll students for this school year and the next (2020/2021). While our schools remain closed to the public, we have developed the following drop-off, e-mail/mail or fax process for completed enrollment packets:

·         Parents and/or Guardians can go online to download and print the New Student Welcome and Enrollment Packet

·         Parent/Guardians who do not have access to the New Student Welcome and Enrollment Packet or who cannot print it, can contact the school via phone (793-3400) or email ( to make arrangements to pick up a packet and complete it at home.

·         If a parent and/or guardian is unsure of their school attendance area, they can visit our District’s website here to search by address.

·         Once the enrollment packet is complete, the parent and/or guardian may email ( or call the school office (793-3400) for an appointment to drop off the New Student Welcome and Enrollment Packet. Parents can also scan and email, mail or fax the documents to the school of enrollment. Please visit the District’s website for a list of schools and the school’s website where you can find the school’s address and contact information.


  •  It was good to see so many Griffins picking up Chromebooks this morning!  Mr. G and Mrs. Lal and I will be checking out devices again on Wednesday and Thursday. We look forward to seeing you then if you are picking up a Chromebook.
  • If your student really needs a Chromebook, go to your home EGUSD high school: Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove High School, Florin High School, Franklin High School, Laguna Creek High School, Monterey Trail High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Sheldon High School and Valley High School.  Our site is Pleasant Grove, however you may check out the Chromebook at any of the pick up sites.

·         For health and safety, the Chromebook check-out will be a drive-thru process to adhere to social distancing guidance.

·         Student(s) must be present in the car to receive the device – 1 per student maximum

·         Please write on a paper, have or know the Student ID number for each student

April 7th: Grades 5 & 6  Last names A-L 9:00 am-1:00 pm | M-Z 1:30 pm-6:00 pm

April 8th: Grades 3 & 4  Last names A-L 9:00 am-1:00 pm | M-Z 1:30 pm-6:00 pm

April 9th: Grades 1 & 2  Last names A-L 9:00 am-1:00 pm | M-Z 1:30 pm-6:00 pm

EGUSD Student Chromebook Distribution Process for Distance Learning

March 30, 2020

Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families:

As we prepare for providing instruction remotely and online, students will need a computer type device and an Internet connection for online access to the EGUSD Distance Learning platform. Devices you currently have at home that connect to the internet should be sufficient for student work. For example, your devicescan be a Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook, Linux PC, or an iPad. Starting April 1, 2020 through April 9, 2020, EGUSD staff will check-out Chromebooks to students that need a device for distance learning. We are asking families to only check out EGUSD Chromebooks if you really need one. The Chromebooks that you check out will require Internet connectivity to work.

Chromebook Checkout Distribution Plan 

What you must bring to Check-out a Chromebook:

  • Student must be present in the car to receive the device – 1 per student maximum
  • Student ID Card for each student
  • If you do not have a student ID card, please make sure you know the student ID number and name of teacher(s)

Dates of Deployment

  • April 1, 2020 – April 9, 2020

Checkout Process

To comply with County and State guidelines, we will use a drive-thru style check-out system based on the first letter of your child’s last name.The check-out process of Chromebooks will be done in two phases: one for Grades 7-12 and one for Grades 1-6. Chromebook check-out service will be at each comprehensive High School (See below). Please go to your regional High School if you need to check out a Chromebook at the proper time.

Locations (Regional High Schools)

  • Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove High School, Florin High School, Franklin High School, Laguna Creek High School, Monterey Trail High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Sheldon High School and Valley High School.

Alternative Education students may report to the following locations according to the Secondary schedule:

      • William Daylor High School: Check-out at Florin High School
      • Calvine High School: Check-out at Monterey Trail High School
      • Las Flores & Rio Cazadero High School: Check-out at Valley High School

Times & Dates for Checking-Out a Chromebook:

Secondary Students (grade 7-12) Schedule

Grades Last Name Start A – L Last Name Start M-Z
April 1 12 & 11 9:00am – 1:00pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm
April 2 10 & 9 9:00am – 1:00pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm
April 3 8 & 7 9:00am – 1:00pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm

This is only for secondary students. If you have multiple students in secondary, please come at your oldest child’s time slot. If you have a child in Secondary and Elementary, you will need to pick up Secondary during the above time, and then come again at the Elementary time slot.

Elementary Students (grade 1-6) Schedule

Grades Last Name Start A – L Last Name Start M-Z
April 7 6 & 5 9:00am – 1:00pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm
April 8 4 & 3 9:00am – 1:00pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm
April 9 2 & 1 9:00am – 1:00pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm

This is only for Elementary students. If you have multiple students in Elementary, please come at your oldest child’s time slot.

*Jessie Baker and Elk Grove Charter students will follow their school’s process for accessing devices.

Internet Connectivity

If you do not have Internet connectivity at home, EGUSD is working with T-Mobile to acquire hot spots for families that need it. These hotspots will only work with EGUSD Chromebooks. Obtaining hot spots during this pandemic is extremely difficult in the quantity we need. More information will be coming soon on this part.

Here is a list of suppliers offering discounted Internet services for qualifying families:

Other area providers:

Thank you for your support and patience during these challenging times. In Elk Grove Unified, we want to see every student in every Google Classroom, learning in every subject, every day. Our goals for high-quality instruction, monitoring and assessing student progress, student and staff wellness and family and community engagement continue as does our promise to close the achievement gap. We will get through this together.

EGUSD Leadership

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