EDMS Community Newsletter

September 13th, 2021


Happy Monday Toro Families! We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to take on another week. Please check below for our weekly updates. We have some community gatherings happening this week with EBAC (formally ELAC) and PFC as well as our weekly Coffee w/ Clausen. We hope you will join us for one or all of them. Have a great week!


PFC will be on site on Wednesday, 9/15 to sell EDMS Toro Lanyards for students. They will have a table set up a lunch and lanyards will be for sale for $5.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept 15-Oct 15th. Students will be engaging in lessons around these topics throughout the month in various classes. Please click here for some articles celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Happy Yom Kippur to those who celebrate.

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.

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School pictures happened on Tuesday, 9/7. If you did not yet order your photos and would like to, the link is below. Please use your student's ID number to log in. Make-ups have been scheduled for Friday, Oct 22nd. We will send out reminders as we get closer.



It has been so great to see students toting their own Chromebooks around campus and the pride and responsibility they are showing taking care of their devices. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SIGNED UP FOR THE CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE PLEASE DO SO ASAP. Information can be found below.


The district has posted updated COVID-19 K-12 Student Guidelines on its website that outline the steps students should take if they have COVID-19 symptoms or come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Below is a chart that explains what to do if a student comes into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on vaccination status. It is critical that your student stays at home if they are feeling ill or have any COVID symptoms. All schoolwork will be accessible via Google Classroom from home. It is imperative that we keep our community safe by staying home when we do not feel well and students will have the opportunity to keep up with their classwork while they are at home.

ALL STUDENTS WHO EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS OF COVID19 MUST ISOLATE AT HOME FOR 10 DAYS. (students may return to school on Day 11 and when no longer symptomatic & have been fever-free for 24 hours (without medication). Once you receive the results of a negative test you can bring in a paper copy of the results or screenshot and text them to 925.414.1773 (please be sure student name and test result is visible in the screenshot)

We would also like to remind you that COVID-19 vaccines for people ages 12 and older are available through Contra Costa Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, John Muir Health and at other locations in the community including CVS, Walgreens and the Bay Point Family Health Center.


A new COVID testing schedule will begin on Monday, September 13th. This schedule will allow the testing company to staff more nurses at fewer sites, minimize the disruptions of daily school activities on fewer sites, and address the new requirements of testing for high school athletes and others. As we find lines getting long, we will communicate with the testing company that will provide additional nurses. The MDUSD website will be updated on Friday of each week with the testing schedule for the following week.

The new 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

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RESCHEDULED for Wednesday 9/29 in order to attend the District DLAC meeting prior to our meeting.


Our first PFC meeting of the year is happening this week on Wednesday, 9/15 at 6:30. We will be meeting in person and will have an online (Zoom in) option as well. Please click above to join.


Every Friday at 8:30 join us for Coffee w/ Clausen to ask questions, make suggestions, and share ideas. We will be holding this VIRTUALLY to make it easier for more people to participate. Please join us. Please click here to join.


Aeries/Homelink is the best tool to monitor your child’s academic progress and attendance. We recommend you check Aeries at least once a week. 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. Conveniently, there is an option to have Weekly Progress Reports emailed to you. Instructions for the Weekly Progress Reports can be found in written form here.

On Friday we reviewed a few study tips for our Toros. Parents can help by checking your child’s backpack and making sure they are staying organized. Being organized is key to success in middle school, where most students first encounter multiple teachers and classrooms on a daily basis.

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Upcoming Dates/Events

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Wed Sept 15th: ELAC Meeting 5:00 [VIRTUAL]

Wed Sept 15th: PFC Meeting 6:30 [VIRTUAL & IN PERSON]

Fri Oct 8th: Minimum Day Dismissal 12:16 Last Day of Quarter 1

Mon Oct 11th: No School Teacher In Service Day

Fri Oct 22nd: Make up Pictures

Tues Oct 26th: Minimum Day Dismissal 12:16 Staff Professional Development