EDMS Community Newsletter

May 9th, 2022

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Upcoming Dates/Events

Tues, 5/10: Party Permission Slips Due

Wed, 5/11: PFC Meeting Last Mtg of the Year 6:30 [in person]

Fri, 5/13: 6th/7th Grade End of the Year Party @ EDMS 3-5pm [permission slip required]

Mon, 5/16-Fri, 5/20: State CAASPP Testing MTTHF Dismissal at 12:16. Wed normal schedule

Wed, 5/25: 5th Grade Parent Night @ EDMS 5:30

Wed, 5/25: Open House Time 6:00

Fri, 5/27: 8th Grade End of the Year Party @ Mt. Mike's and Clayton Valley Bowl [permission slip required]

Thur, 6/2: Last Day of School 8th Grade Promotion 9:00am @EDMS


We hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for another week as we wind closer to the end of the school year. May is also AAPI Heritage Month and students are marking the month by learning how we can address hate speech and racism throughout our community. This is also a good opportunity to remind students of the diversity we have represented on our campus. Progress reports are in the mail and should be arriving early this week. We have our 6th/7th grade party on Friday and we are getting ready for our week of testing next week. We will send out a separate special edition newsletter specifically for CAASPP Testing. please be sure to check below for important info. As always if you have any questions please let us know. You can email Mr. Clausen at clausenc@mdusd.org.

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End of the Year Celebrations

Permission slips for our End of the Year events are due TODAY to the Wellness Center. They can be found by clicking the links below and may be emailed to grantjk@mdusd.org before the end of the day today.

6th/7th Grade Party Friday 5/13

8th Grade Bowling Night Friday 5/27

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Our 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on the last day of school June 2nd starting at 9:00am. The ceremony will be held on the field behind El Dorado and parents will have access to the field through the gate on the corner of Mendocino and Concord Blvd. No access will be available through the school. Please limit the number of family members attending in order to provide space for all of our families. More information will be sent home with students in the coming weeks. Families will need to provide their own seating for this event. Seating will be provided for the students.
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This year we are returning to normal for our annual state assessments (CAASPP). Students will be testing the week of May 16th to May 20th. Students will take each assessment in the morning and then be dismissed at 12:16 each day. Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri dismissal will be at 12:16. Wednesday will be a normal Wednesday schedule with dismissal at 1:00. We will be sending out a special Testing Newsletter at the end of next week in preparation for the assessments. Please see the schedule above for your reference. Please click for more information from the CAASPP website.

Electronic Devices Policy (**airpods/bluetooth headphones/earbuds and phones**)

Possession of electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and headphones (of any kind, type or style) by a student at school is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who does not follow the pertinent school and classroom rules, district rules, and/or following:

  • Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, Tablets, video players, earbuds, AirPods, any and all game electronic playing devices, cameras etc.) may only be used before and after school . This policy is known as the “Bell-to-Bell” rule.

  • Use of cell phones is prohibited in the locker rooms and bathrooms at all times.

  • The district/school shall not be responsible for the loss of or damage to, a cell phone, or any electronic device brought on campus. Students should report their lost possessions to the front office in case they are turned in.

  • We strongly recommend that all electronic devices are safely secured and put away.

  • If a student's device is seen out and confiscated multiple times, their grownup will be required to come and pick up the device.



Coffee w/ Clausen returns this week at 8:30 on Fridays. You can click here to join. Come and hear about all that is happening at EDMS and ask any questions you may have.

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Peer tutoring is now available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2:50-3:50. Students need a signed permission slip to attend. Please ask your Toro to pick up a permission slip from the Wellness Center, if you would like them to participate. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Finch or Ms. Grant.


Almost everyone knows someone who has or had a mental illness. The number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing. Building strong bonds and connecting to youth can protect their mental health. Schools and parents can create these protective relationships with students and help them grow into healthy adulthood, Below are a few tips for parents/guardians and families:

  • Validate and acknowledge feelings

  • Teach health coping skills to manage feelings

  • Communicate openly and honestly with your child/ren

  • Supervise your adolescent and facilitate healthy decision-making

  • Spend time with their adolescent enjoying shared activities

  • Become engaged in school activities and help with homework

  • Communicate regularly with teachers


Please see the new guidelines from the MDUSD below that were sent out to the community this week:

Dear MDUSD Families,

Recently, Contra Costa Health Services updated their school contact tracing guidelines to allow for a Group Tracing Model which will identify GROUPS who shared the same indoor airspace for at least 15 mins within 24 hours of someone with COVID-19. This is in contrast to the Close Contact Tracing that identified individuals who were within 0-6 feet of a case for 15 minutes or longer in a 24 hour period. A comparison between the different models can be found here.

We acknowledge that moving away from the traditional way of contact tracing may be frightening for some, but CDPH has provided the group tracing option because it is a quicker and broader response to cases identified in school settings, and individual contact tracing is no longer considered effective in limiting transmission of the Omicron variant.

Using the Group Tracing Model will allow students to continue in all parts of K-12 education unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID 19. The CDPH has made this decision based on science because of the shorter incubation period and increased transmissibility of the current variants. MDUSD continues and will continue to have various COVID-19 mitigation measures in place at every school site.

A Few COVID Reminders:

  • The Federal Government has announced that residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests: https://special.usps.com/testkits. Please order yours today!

  • Students exhibiting any symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or infection history, must stay home. Students should be assessed for symptoms every day before coming to school.

  • Group Contact Tracing letters will be sent to:

    • All students who spent time with other students for more than 15 minutes indoors, or engaged in any other indoor activities, with a person who has tested positive. Schools will not be sending out individual close contact letters.

  • Using the Group Contact Tracing method, all students, regardless of vaccination status without any symptoms, identified as a contact in a supervised school setting, do not need to quarantine at home. If you do receive a group tracing contact letter, please do the following:

    • Your student may return to school as long as they don’t have symptoms.

    • Continue to monitor your student for symptoms.

    • Strongly recommend testing on day 5, but you do not need to share negative results from a school exposure for your student to return to school. Please only share a positive test result in this circumstance.

  • If your student(s) test positive, regardless of vaccination status, they must stay home and isolate. Whether they have symptoms or not, they must test negative on or after day five (5) in order to return to school.

  • MDUSD COVID Testing continues to happen across our district 6 days a week. For more information, please visit www.mdusd.org/covid.

MDUSD testing locations have seen an increase in the number of individuals taking advantage of our testing opportunities. As a result, there may be a delay in obtaining results. We continue to work with the lab that we contract with to speed up the delivery of test results.

The MDUSD team will continue to work with both County and State Health Departments to prepare new guidelines based on the recommendations from them as things change. We appreciate everyone that has taken the proper steps to keep our community safe. Thank you!

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Did you know you can update your emergency contacts on Aeries/Homelink? Aeries/Homelink is also a wonderful tool to monitor your child’s academic progress and attendance. We recommend you check Aeries at least once a week. There is an option to have weekly progress reports emailed to you as well. Check out our video by Ms Emily on how to set up an account if you have not yet created a parent account. You can find the video and access Aeries/Homelink from our El Dorado Website or click here.
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