EDMS Community Newsletter

December 6th, 2021

Upcoming Dates/Events

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

Tues, 12/7: Food Truck right after school at EDMS

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 wonderful weekend. It seems like winter is quickly approaching with these foggy, cold days we've been having. We have 2 weeks left before winter break and the end of the semester. Students should be working diligently to complete their work and make up any missing assignments before Dec 17th. Please check below for all the updates as we have a busy couple of weeks with a lot happening. Have a wonderful week and stay warm!


On Tues 12/7 students will be having a minimum day with dismissal at 12:16 in order for teachers to participate in professional development in the afternoon. Additionally, our PFC will be hosting a food truck from Mestizos Mexican/Filipino Fusion. They will be selling tacos and lumpia right after school. A portion of the proceeds goes back to EDMS.


Thank you to the ton of you who have completed our parent survey. If you have yet to do so, we would LOVE to hear from you! The survey window will close on Friday 12/10. Please click here to share your thoughts. [more information is below as well].


Please join us on Wed at 6:00 to talk about how to support students and adults with managing stress. We are excited to welcome the Center for Human Development to come and speak to our community about this very important topic (especially around the holidays). A flyer with more information can be found below.


As we finish this semester and look towards the Winter Break, we wonder how we can support families who may need a little more. There are community and District resources that we want to connect our Toro Family with to support everyone in feeling supported. Please let us know by reaching out to one of our counselors if you are in need of support, know a family in need of support, and if you would like to donate to support our families. (grantjk@mdusd.org) (finchk@mdusd.org)


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.


We have been talking to several of our Toros regarding the importance of diet, exercise, and sleep. Research has shown that the more of these lifestyle behaviors you improve, the better your physical and mental well-being. While brainstorming possible barriers to sleep with several of our Toros, many students mentioned drinking energy drinks. Caffeine is notorious for making it more difficult to fall asleep. Pediatricians advise against caffeine for children under 12 and against any use of energy drinks for ALL children and teens. They also suggest limiting caffeine to at most 100 mg daily for those 12-18 years old. That amounts to no more than two 12-oz cans of soda or one cup of 8-oz coffee per day.

Many sources of caffeine are hidden in products and we encourage our parents to educate their children about common sources of caffeine and how to read food and drink labels. Talk openly and freely about your child’s caffeine use to understand their ideas about the risks and benefits of caffeine. Reducing or eliminating caffeine consumption can directly improve sleep which can indirectly improve physical and mental health, and academic performance.


Please join us for our weekly chat with Mr. Clausen at 8:30 on Friday mornings. 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!

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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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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

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