EDMS Community Newsletter

November 15th, 2021

Upcoming Dates/Events

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Wed, 11/17: PFC Meeting 6:30 [click here to join]

Fri, 11/19: Coffee w/ Clausen 8:30am [click here to join]

Fri, 11/19: Fundraiser Items Pick Up 2:30-3:30

Mon, 11/22-Fri 11/26: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Tues, 12/7: Minimum Day Teacher Professional Development Dismissal 12:16

Wed, 12/8: Parent University Night: Managing Stress [Project Success] 6:00 virtual (info below)

Wed, 12/15: Parent University Night: Mindfulness [Mindful Life Project] 6:00 virtual

Fri, 12/17: Minimum Day End of Quarter/Semester Dismissal 12:16

Mon 12/20- Tues 1/4: NO SCHOOL Winter Break


We hope you all had a great weekend. We are down to the last week before our Thanksgiving Break and the start of the Holiday Season. It is important for students to remember to remain diligent and keep working hard in all of their classes as the second quarter/first semester will end right before Winter Break on 12/17. Please note the upcoming dates above as well as the more detailed information below. Here at EDMS, we are celebrating how thankful we are for all of our students and all of the grown-ups supporting them. We all LOVE getting to work with your students and are very thankful we get to do this every day. We hope you all have a wonderful week and a wonderful break spending time with family and friends.


Progress reports are being handed out TODAY to students during their 7th-period class. You can also keep up with your student's progress on Homelink. Information about how to log in is below.


Please join us for our monthly PFC meeting this Wed at 6:30. We will be talking about all things happening around El Dorado as well as future events as we get into the Holiday season. We hope to see you there. Please click here to join.


On Friday, 11/19 from 2:30-3:30, non-frozen Otis Spunkmeyer items may be picked up in front of the cafeteria.


Mt. Diablo Unified School District is committed to making sure that all students arrive at school ready and able to learn. To supplement our services, our Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) is requesting donations for our holiday program to support our homeless students for the holidays. We are asking for gift cards where kids can make purchases. Please see the flyers below for more information.


Students are presented with the Toro Times each week and we wanted to make sure you all are kept in the loop with what info is being pushed out to them. You can click here to access the slides.

Please be sure to always check our school website here to keep up to date. Also, make sure that we have your current contact information to help you stay in the loop.

*If you know of someone who would like to receive this newsletter, have them visit our school website here and fill in their email address to subscribe to it.

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We want to hear from you and your student. You are all being asked to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education.

If you haven't completed the survey yet, please do so ASAP. We would LOVE to hear from you. Parents can click here to take the survey (or below) it should only take about 5 minutes and is available in multiple languages. Your input is important and will help shape our goals and plans here at El Dorado. We want to hear from ALL parents.

EDMS Healthy Kids Survey [PARENTS]

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Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting to transfer to another MDUSD school. TODAY is the LAST DAY to get your transfers submitted!

Online Application Request Periods for the 2022- 2023 School Year. The application for Secondary Grades 6-12 will be available: October 15, 2021 - November 15, 2021. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Elementary Grades TK-5 (including Two Way Dual Immersion and Bilingual Program transfer requests): February 10, 2022 - March 10, 2022

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The MDUSD website is updated on Friday of each week with the testing schedule for the following week.

The protocols are as follows:

- testing is ONLY for MDUSD students/staff and athletes will have priority

- preregistration online is no longer required

- for the safety of those on our school campuses, staff/children with notable active symptoms (congestion, fever, vomiting) will be turned away and should be seen by your health provider or at one of the locations noted on the MDUSD website under "Other Testing Locations"

To accommodate parents, other family members, and the community, our partners at PMH Labs will roll out a Saturday walk and drive-up testing center on the Concord High School campus from 8 am to 2 pm beginning Saturday, September 18th. It will be fully staffed with nurses and parking attendants to speed up the process for those needing testing, including those who may be symptomatic with active symptoms.


College Park High School: 3:30 - 6 pm

Northgate High School: 3 - 6 pm

Riverview Middle School: 3 - 6 pm

Willow Creek Center: 10 am - 5 pm

Ygnacio Valley High School: 3 - 6 pm


College Park High School: 3:30 - 6 pm

Mt. Diablo High School: 3 - 6 pm


Concord High School: 3 - 6 pm

Mt. Diablo High School

Willow Creek Center: 10 am - 5 pm

Ygnacio Valley High School: 3:30 - 6 pm


Riverview Middle School: 3 - 6 pm


Northgate High School: 3 - 5 pm


Concord High School - Testing offered by PMH Labs - 8 am - 2 pm



Please join us for our weekly chat with Mr. Clausen at 8:30 on Friday morning. Bring your questions, ideas, and suggestions and something warm to drink. We will be meeting virtually for the first semester in the hopes that we can meet in person starting in the new year. Please click here to join us this week!

COUNSELORS CORNER: Ms. Finch & Ms. Grant

Self-care is the actions individuals take to improve their physical, mental, and emotional health. It is important for all of us to practice self-care in order to maintain healthy relationships with ourselves and those around us. With the holiday season upon us, our mental wellness may be more difficult to maintain.

Research suggests that one aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually lift the spirits, and it's built right into the holiday — expressing gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. Through easy practices such as keeping a daily gratitude journal, writing letters of thanks, and meditating on the good we have received, we can improve our health and wellbeing and heighten feelings of connectedness. We invite our families to give it a try.

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