Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:
It was wonderful to see many of you at Back to School night!  You are able to view the principal's presentation below. 


video

You can click on the image above or click here to view the principal's Back to School presentation.


SOLAR ECLIPSE: 
We are excited to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.  We will provide protect eye wear so that students are able to view this rare event safely.  If you purchased glasses that you want your child to wear, the glasses must have the following ISO number clearly visible (ISO 12312-2 International Standard).   We are looking forward to this incredible event!




COGAT TESTING:
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all 3rd and 5th grade students on September 6 - 8.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  The result of these tests will serve two functions.  First and foremost, the scores will be used to inform instructional practices in the classroom.  The scores will also be used as ONE component to determine gifted programming.  

Testing will take place in the morning, and we ask that you avoid scheduling appointments during the testing window.    

Elective testing for students can be done at grades 1, 2 and 4.  If your child demonstrates the need for advanced programming, you can request he/she be tested on those same dates. This is the only time during the year that this testing is offered.  Please contact Kristi Barta, our Gifted and Talented Facilitator, by August 25th, if you would like more information or if you would like to request testing (303-387-7711 or kjbarta@dcsdk12.org).


DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP SPIRIT WEEK:
We are fortunate that each student at Gold Rush has his/her own device.  In grades K-2 students have their own ipad and in students in grades 3-5 have lap tops and chrome books.  Teachers are committed to using their devices to enhance direct instruction.  Part of having a device is learning how to be digital citizens.  Students in all grade levels will learn how to use their tool safely and responsibly.  Students and teachers will dress in spirit wear that aligns to the daily theme.





GRE SUPPORTS THE TASK FORCE:
This week we donated vegetables from the school garden to the Parker Task Force.  Next week students will begin saving unopened, prepackaged food that would have otherwise gone in the trash.  This otherwise wasted food will be donated to the Task Force on a weekly basis.







Upcoming Events
* August 21-25: Digital Citizenship Week
* September 4:  No School Labor Day
* September 15: Western Night
* September 22: No School - Teacher Training
* September 28: Parent Teacher Conferences
* September 29:  Digger Dash

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Friday, August 11, 2017

First Days Of School
We had a wonderful first two days of school!  We were excited to come together as a school community for our opening flag ceremony.  We thank Mr. Eagan and the Marines for presenting the colors, our Brownie troop for saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the following students for their leadership:  Nick Farley, Ryan Zayaz, and Jack Nottingham.





Wednesday, August 16th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 16th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  The principal will share school celebrations, upcoming goals and tips for helping your child at home from 5:45-6:00 PM in the gym .  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.

Going For the GOLD in Parker
We kick off each school year with student assemblies that teach students what it looks like to "Go for the G.O.L.D." (Give respect, Own your action, Listen and learn and Do your best). This year we are excited to demonstrate these character traits in our community. Gold Rush is partnering with the Parker Task Force, which currently serves over 400 families in need. In the coming weeks we will collect unopened, prepackaged food (cheese sticks, milk, yogurt, fruit, chips etc.) that students did not eat and did not want to take home or save for snack. This food, that would have otherwise been thrown away, will be donated to the Parker Task Force on a weekly basis. We know that our young kids can make a big difference and that this small act will greatly impact local families.







Click here for our student presentation.




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Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders
Thank you for keeping our drop off and pick procedures safe for all students by adhering to the following:

PLEASE
*Supervision does not begin until 8:20 AM.  Do not drop off students before then.
* Only drop off in our car loop or park and escort your child through the cross walk.
* Only cross at the crosswalk (parents and students).
* Pull all the way forward.
* Have students ready to exit your car.
* Have students exit at curb side only.
* Remain in your car and allow staff to assist students.
* Refrain from using your cell phone while in the car loop.
* Remember pets are not permitted on school grounds (even cute ones).


Thank You!
We thank the Armstrong family and our boy scouts for sorting and delivering our Edukits!  



Upcoming Events
* August 15: PTO Mtg. @ 8:45 AM

* August 16: Back to School Night - Parents Only
                     5:45-6:00 PM Pointers form the Principal
                     6:05-6:35 PM  Teacher Session 1
                     6:40-7:10 PM Teacher Session 2

* August 17: SAC Meeting @ 4:30-5:30 PM

* August 17 & 18: Assessment Hour

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome Back!

We are excited for school to start next week!

August 2017


Monday, August 7th - Meet Your Teacher
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Monday, August 7, and drop off school supplies.  We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one of the times shown below by clicking here for our online scheduler.  The online scheduler is now open and the password is digger.  Each time slot is reserved for a maximum of six students.  The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or wish to align siblings’ times.  If you ordered an Edukit, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.
Sign Up For One of The Following Times on Monday, August 7th


9:30-9:55
10:00-10:25
10:30-10:55
11:00-11:25
11:30-11:55


Please don't forget to bring your emergency dismissal and student directory forms.



Thursday, August 10th -  First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, August 10th.  Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony.  Each teacher will have a sign with her name on it.  

On the second day of school, students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20-8:30 and walk directly to their classrooms.  Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students.  This rolling start will ensure a smooth start to the day.  Parents of preschool students will need to walk their children into the building using the west entrance and sign their child in.  School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM.    
Click here for the 2017 2018 Conventional Calendar

Student Medications

Please bring your child's medications and doctor's order directly to office on either Meet Teacher or the first day of school. Click here for the medical authorization form.


Rolling Start to the School Day 8:20 AM-8:30 AM

We would like to continue a rolling start to the school day next year.  Instead of having students line up outside of the building each morning, students will enter the building from the main entrance between 8:20-8:30 AM and report directly to their classroom.  Teachers will supervise students in the classroom as they begin their morning routine.  We believe that this new routine will allow for a more natural transition to the start of the school day.

During Meet Your Teacher, parents will have an opportunity to show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.  Students will meet their teacher in their line outside of school on the first day of school where they will participate in a flag ceremony with their class.  Classroom teachers will then review how students will walk to their classroom on the second day of school.  On Friday, August 11, students will enter the school between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students to their classrooms that need additional assistance.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents:

1) DO NOT drop off their child before 8:20 AM
2) Say good-bye to their children outside of the building.

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:20 AM so it is essential that students do not arrive prior to that time.

General Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures




ALL students should be dropped off and picked up in the parking loop in the front of the school.
In order to ensure students’ safety, please do not use Summit Fox as a drop off or pick up location. When entering the parking loop please pull as far forward as possible and have students exit or enter your vehicle curbside as soon as traffic stops.  Adults in orange vests will unload or load students along the curb (see the map above) and monitor crosswalks.  Please be courteous of other drivers and indicate when you are exiting the lane.  The parking loop is a moving lane so cars are not able to park on the loop.  If your children require extra time exiting your car please park in the parking lot.
At dismissal ALL students that are being picked up in the car loop wait by the wood fence near the front playground.  Adults supervise students and assist them into their cars.  Please do not leave your car unattended at this time.  
Safety in our parking lot is our number one priority. Please remember that we are welcoming and dismissing over 600 students.  Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, August 16th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 16th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  I will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM.  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.
Thursday, August 17th or Friday, August 18st – 1 Assessment Hour
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 17th or August 18th to complete reading and math assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher at the end of the second week of school allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.

Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 17th – July 31st to select your assessment day and time.  The password is digger.  Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on either August 17th or August 18th.  Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location.  Students will conclude their assessment day in the gym where your child take his/her school picture.  Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on both August 17th and 18th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

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Upcoming Events
* August 7: Meet Your Teacher
* August 10: First Day of School & Opening Flag Ceremony @ 8:30
* August 16: Back to School Night
* August 17: SAC Meeting @ 4:30-5:30
* August 17 & 18: Assessment Hour

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Friday, June 2, 2017


Have a Wonderful Summer!




Summer Reading Matters
One of the most important things that you can do with your child this summer is read.  Reading over the summer matters!  As you can see below, even 20 minutes a day impacts students' academic achievement.



Spring Elementary Progress Report (EPR) Released June 5 @ Midnight

Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete students' spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs). EPRs will be released to parents on Monday, June 5th, at midnight through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.

· Go to the Gold Rush Website - gre.dcsdk12.org

· Then to Parent Resources

· Then to EPR. Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.

· Then click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture

As you recall, the progress report card includes the four elements of the Douglas County School District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum. In addition to reporting out on how well your child is progressing in each content area (reading, writing, math, social studies and science), you will receive information regarding how well he/she is progressing on the 4cs (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and select 21st century skills (resiliency, problem solving, civic responsibility, health and wellness, global awareness and systems thinking). 

Gold Rush teachers are also using the District's grading scale shown below to describe students' growth.

"Exceeds"

Indicates a high level of achievement; it communicates that a student has a strong understanding of content/concepts/skills taught during the semester and can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.

"Meets"

Indicates that a student demonstrates understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support. Student makes few major errors or omissions when demonstrating concepts/skill.

"Approaching"

Indicates that a students requires moderate support to demonstrate understanding of concepts/skills. Demonstrated understanding of concepts/skills is inconsistent or infrequent indicating a partial understanding of the content/concepts/skills. Errors or omissions in work are more frequent.

"Does Not Meet"

Indicates that a student seldom demonstrates understanding of concepts and skills taught during the semester. Student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning of concepts and skills and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating understanding.

You are able to view your child’s information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D. It also includes general classroom comments and individual student comments. The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum, all subject areas and specials. You are also able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas under the comprehensive view. You are able to access both views by clicking on the links at the top of the screen. 


2017 -2018 Start of School Events
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, Gold Rush will continue to hold assessment days on August 17 and 18.  Next year all students in grades K-5 will start a full day of school on Thursday, August 10, 2016.  Each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 17 or August 18 to complete classroom assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher after they have been in school for a few days allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual strengths and needs.

August 2017




Parents will be able to sign up for an assessment day and time using the online Conference Scheduler starting mid July.   You will receive a link to the scheduler via email with your express check in information.  Because we value the information we are obtaining on these days it is imperative that all children complete the assessments on either August 17 or August 18.   At the end of your child’s assessment hour your will meet your child in gym where school photos will be taken.

We continue to believe that it is essential that students meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are asked to also sign up for a 25 minute time slot on Monday, August 7, to visit your son/daughter's classroom.  Please see the times available below.  You may bring your child’s school supplies with you.   Previously purchased Edukits will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Meet Your Teacher Times Monday, August 7th
9:30-9:55
10:00-10:25
10:30-10:55
11:00-11:25
11:30-11:55


During Meet Your Teacher, parents will have an opportunity to show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.  Students will meet their teacher in their line outside on the first day of school (Thursday, August 10), where they will participate in a flag ceremony with their class.  Classroom teachers will review how students will walk to their classroom on the first day.  On Friday, August 11, we will resume our rolling start and students will enter the school between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students to their classrooms that need additional assistance.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents:

1) DO NOT drop off their child before 8:20 AM
2) Say good-bye to their children outside of the building.

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:20 AM so it is essential that students do not arrive prior to that time.

Schedule
Monday, August 7: Meet Your Teacher
Parents show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.
Thursday, August 10: First Day of School
Students meet their teachers in a line outside for an opening flag ceremony.
Teachers show their students how to walk to their classroom.
Friday, August 11: Second Day of School
Students walk to their classrooms between 8:20AM - 8:30AM.
Parents say good-bye outside of the building.

Bell Schedule
8:20 AM First Bell
Signals that students can enter the building.
Cross walk supervision begins.
Students should not arrive to school prior to this bell.

8:30 AM Start of the School Day

8:35 Tardy Bell

Summer Office Hours 2017
June 3- July 5  Closed
July 5- Aug 2   9:00AM- 12:00PM (Mon & Wed Only)
Aug 3- Aug 9   8:30AM-11:30AM  12:30 PM-3:30PM (Mon - Thurs)
Aug 10             School is in session- regular office hours 8:00AM- 4:00PM

July 25- August 7-  ONLINE CONFERENCE SCHEDULING & ONLINE CHECK IN OPEN


Friday, May 26, 2017




End of Year Celebrations

Students are celebrating their own growth this week. Students in several classes performed readers' theater plays to showcase their fluency, or ability to read accurately and with expression. Several other students shared their writing with their families. We have enjoyed seeing students' growth and look forward to similar celebrations next week.






Outdoor Education



Fifth grade students enjoyed bonding over ropes courses, zip lining and games during outdoor ed.



Spring Elementary Progress Report (EPR) Released June 5 @ Midnight

Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete students' spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs). EPRs will be released to parents on Monday, June 5th, at midnight through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.

· Go to the Gold Rush Website - gre.dcsdk12.org

· Then to Parent Resources

· Then to EPR. Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.

· Then click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture

As you recall, the progress report card includes the four elements of the Douglas County School District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum. In addition to reporting out on how well your child is progressing in each content area (reading, writing, math, social studies and science), you will receive information regarding how well he/she is progressing on the 4cs (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and select 21st century skills (resiliency, problem solving, civic responsibility, health and wellness, global awareness and systems thinking). 

Gold Rush teachers are also using the District's grading scale shown below to describe students' growth.

"Exceeds"

Indicates a high level of achievement; it communicates that a student has a strong understanding of content/concepts/skills taught during the semester and can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.

"Meets"

Indicates that a student demonstrates understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support. Student makes few major errors or omissions when demonstrating concepts/skill.

"Approaching"

Indicates that a students requires moderate support to demonstrate understanding of concepts/skills. Demonstrated understanding of concepts/skills is inconsistent or infrequent indicating a partial understanding of the content/concepts/skills. Errors or omissions in work are more frequent.

"Does Not Meet"

Indicates that a student seldom demonstrates understanding of concepts and skills taught during the semester. Student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning of concepts and skills and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating understanding.

You are able to view your child’s information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing and math) and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D. It also includes general classroom comments and individual student comments. The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum, all subject areas and specials. You are also able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas under the comprehensive view. You are able to access both views by clicking on the links at the top of the screen. 

Field Day Events & Schedule
We are all excited for field day next week!  Fifth grade students used the problem solving process, known as design thinking, to create this year's games and activities.  After defining the purpose of field day, students ideated, or brainstormed, numerous possibilities.  They then tested out their activities and directions with kindergartners.  We hope you will join us for this honored tradition.  Please see the schedule below for dates and times. 

Tuesday, May 30 @ 8:45-10:35 AM- All Kindergarten Classes

Wednesday, May 31- 5th Grade, 4th Grades, Castro, Russel & Shepperd @ 8:45-11:30 AM

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Meredith, Moore & Meier @ 12:45-3:00PM


GRE Yearbooks Will Be Distributed on Thursday, June 1
Students will receive their yearbooks on June 1.  Please check your Revtrak account to see if you pre-ordered one.  There will be a limited number of additional books available for $20 on FridayJune 2, at 8:00 AM.  These yearbooks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Parents MUST be at school to purchase one per family.  Checks should be made out to GRE.


Upcoming Events
* May 26: Beauty and the Beast
* May 27:  Beauty and the Beast
*May 29: NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
* May 30: Kindergarten Field Day / Used Book Sale
* May 31: Field Day - Grades 1-5 / Used Book Sale
* June 1: 2nd Grade Field Trip - Woolums & Graham / Special SAC Mtg @ 4:30-5:30 
* June 2: Last Day of School / Kindergarten Graduation / 5th Grade Slideshow