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 



Friday, May 19, 2017




Celebrating Creativity
Students are expressing creativity through their writing.  Kindergartners are sharing what is special about themselves.  Students in first grade are researching insects and using what they know to create one that would adapt.  Second graders are writing poems about favorite objects, people and events.  After studying fairy tales, third graders are writing their own.  Students in all grade levels are thinking about their word choice and ideas.  They are also thinking about the unique structures and styles of this type of writing.  We have enjoyed reading students' great work!

Kindergarten - All About Me


Who has blue eyes and loves sports? I do!  
My name is Evan and I am six years old. 
 I like toys, food and candy.  I want to be a race car driver.



Second Grade Poetry


Rocking Chair
By Brock Dismang

The old rocking chair,
With all of its glory.
Rocking back and forth
Like its trying to think of something he forgot.



GRE Mathematicians Compete Nationally
We had an opportunity to celebrate students who participated in Math Olympiad.  Students who participated in this before school activity competed in national math competitions.  Students put their problem solving strategies to the test as they solved complicated, multi step problems.  In addition to receiving participation awards, several students received patches and pins for competing on a national level.  Fifth grader, Morgan Underwood, was highlighted for scoring in the top two percent!  We thank teachers Mrs. Barta, Ms. Dalceri and Mrs. Anderson for organizing this opportunity for students.




Welcoming Future GRE Kindies 
We had the opportunity to welcome our incoming kindergartners Thursday evening.  Students met their teacher, toured the school and learned about their first year.  We cannot wait for our newest members of GRE to start!




Learning From Legend High School
Legend High School students wrote and performed a play titled Colors that highlighted the importance of being a good friend.  Our fifth graders enjoyed seeing former Gold Rush students. They also engaged in a meaningful conversation about bullying and friendship.  We thank our high school students for sharing their talents with us!




School Advisory Committee - Open Positions
We enjoyed seeing new faces at our school advisory committee meeting this week!  As you recall, this committee provides input and ideas regarding our building priorities, budget, safety procedures etc.  We meet once a month for an hour.  We are holding a special meeting on June 1 to elect voting members and roles.  Please know that all parents are welcome to attend all meetings.


Field Day Volunteers Needed
We are looking forward to field day on May 30 (Kindergartners) and May 31st (students in grades 1-5).  We are still looking for parent volunteers to run stations on both days between 8:45-10:30 AM and 10:30 -12:00 PM.  If you are interested and available, please contact Mrs. Warner at karen.warner@dcsdk12.org.


Yearbooks Are Hot Off the Press
Parent volunteer, Reggie Zeece, and art teacher, Mrs. Dazzio, facilitated a yearbook club this year and we are happy to say that our yearbooks are complete!  Students will receive their yearbooks on June 1st.  We will sell remaining yearbooks on a first come first serve basis on Friday morning, June 2 at 8:00AM. Parents must be present. Yearbooks are $20 each and will be sold one per family- checks only.


 Parent volunteer Regi Zeece was recognized for her work on the yearbook. She was really
 passionate about including kids in decisions and made sure every student was represented.


An Important Notice About Student Fees


Please take a minute to be sure you have paid all of your student fees. You can log on to RevTrak and sign in with your Parent Portal credentials. If you participate in the free and reduced lunch program and show unpaid fees on your account, that means you don’t have a letter on file in the office. Please send a copy of your letter to jpanico@dcsdk12.org. Thank you!

Upcoming Events
* May 22 & May 23: Outdoor Education - Grade 5
* May 24: Sale Day - Grade 3
* May 26: Legend High School Graduation / 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
* June 2: Last Day of School / Kindergarten Graduation



Friday, May 12, 2017

We Wish our Gold Rush Moms a Wonderful Mother's Day!


Fourth grade students nominated their mothers for Time Magazine's Mother of the Year Award.


Students celebrated their mothers' greatest qualities. 


Junior Achievement 
Fifth graders had the opportunity to learn a variety of economic principals through the Junior Achievement program Monday.  Students discussed a variety of topics including supply and demand and competitive pricing.  They also learned about the importance of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking.  Students enjoyed learning these concepts from members in the business community.  We thank parent, Mr. Cohrs, and fifth grade teacher, Ms. Lautenbach, for organizing this event.  We also thank members from Grant Thornton for facilitating activities.  



Celebrating our Retirees
We celebrated our retirees this week at the District retirement celebration.  Each teacher was celebrated for her accomplishments and incredible contributions!  We thank the following retirees for all that they've taught us over the years: Mrs. Rossi (grade 1), Mrs. Hurley (Reading Specialist), Mrs. Woolums (Grade 2), and Mrs. Holtzer (Grade 4).



Award Winning Librarian 
Our Librarian, Mrs. Golish, was recognized by the Rotary Club for her incredible work.  We couldn't agree more that she is an asset to our school and the greater Parker community!  We thank Mrs. Golish for her ongoing efforts!



Incoming Kindergarten Orientation
We look forward to welcoming our incoming Kindergartners next Thursday, May 18, at 6:30.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our future Gold Rush students to learn about our school, meet their new teacher and visit their classrooms.





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Upcoming Events
* May 12: Spring Concert @ 7:00 PM
* May 17: Math Olympiad Celebration @ 7:45 AM
* May 18: SAC Mtg @ 4:30-5:30 PM / Kindergarten Orientation @ 6:30-7:30 PM
* May 22 & May 23: Outdoor Education - Grade 5
* May 24: Sale Day - Grade 3
* May 26: Legend High School Graduation / Beauty and the Beast
* May 27:  Beauty and the Beast
* May 30: Kindergarten Field Day / Used Book Sale
* May 31: Field Day - Grades 1-5 / Used Book Sale
* June 2: Last Day of School / Kindergarten Graduation











Friday, May 5, 2017

Celebrating Our Staff
This week we had the opportunity to celebrate our amazing staff!  Teachers were showered with cards, flowers, caffeine, sweets and kind words.  We thank the PTO for organizing events throughout the week.  We also recognized our Gold Rush Apple Award recipients - Registrar, Anita Rudman, and Technology Coach, Megan Fleet - who were celebrated at the District ceremony Thursday evening.  In addition, we recognized the following teachers who are retiring at the end of this school year:  Mrs. Rossi (Grade 1), Mrs. Woolums (Grade 2), Mrs. Hurley (Reading Specialist) and Mrs. Holtzer (Grade 4).  These exceptional educators will be greatly missed by our entire school community.



Gold Rush Elementary's Apple Award Representatives

Spotlight on Science
Students in all grade levels have been having fun exploring several different science concepts. Students have been following the process of inquiry in all grade levels.  Inquiry ensures that students learn through questioning, hands on discovery and testing rather than traditional lectures.  There are several examples of this throughout the building.  Kindergartners, for example, put Newtons' Laws of Motion to the test Friday during their egg drop.  They created containers to protect their egg that were then dropped from the roof of the school.  Students graphed how many whole eggs remained and analyzed which contraptions were successful and why.  First and third graders are focused on life science.  First graders are observing live meal worms and caterpillars as they learn about insects. Third graders are comparing the life cycles of growing plants and live chickens and tadpoles. Students are excited to observe real world life cycles and test out theories and their own ideas.








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Update on the NoroVirus 
We are continuing to clean the building before, during and after each school day to ensure that classrooms are sanitary.  We are also in daily communication with the District and following all procedures from Tri-County Health.  The District is monitoring staff and student attendance daily.  Our overall number of absences is relatively low and the numbers are decreasing significantly since last Friday. 

We ask that you continue to support students' health and well being by keeping your child home for 48 hours from the final symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea and 24 hours from the child's last fever.  If we are aware that a student is returning to school prior to these identified time periods we will send them home again.  It is essential that we adhere to these guidelines.  As always, please continue to remind your child to wash his/her hands.  It is also a good practice to continue to wash your child's lunch box and water bottle in hot soapy water. 


Upcoming Events
* May 8: Junior Achievement - Grade 5 
* May 9: PTO Meeting @ 8:45 AM
* May 12: Spring Concert @ 7:00 PM
* May 17: Math Olympiad Celebration @ 7:45 AM
* May 18: SAC Mtg @ 4:30-5:30 PM / Kindergarten Orientation @ 6:30-7:30 PM
* May 22 & May 23: Outdoor Education - Grade 5
* May 24: Sale Day - Grade 3
* May 26 & May 27: Beauty and the Beast
* May 30: Kindergarten Field Day / Used Book Sale
* May 31: Field Day - Grades 1-5 / Used Book Sale
* June 2: Last Day of School / Kindergarten Graduation










Friday, April 28, 2017

Increased Number of GRE Students with Norovirus-like Symptoms
Please see the information below that was emailed previously today regarding student illnesses.

We have seen an increased number of students with norovirus-like symptoms. This has led to several student absences in recent days. Because of this, DCSD’s special projects team is at the school today conducting a thorough deep-clean of the entire building. Additional measures are also being taken to ensure surfaces and items more likely to have regular hand contact be cleaned more frequently. Finally, there will be an increase in hand sanitizer available throughout the school.

What is norovirus?
Norovirus is highly contagious and is typically spread person-to-person or through airborne particles. Symptoms include a low-grade fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea and headache. The illness typically lasts 1-2 days, but can be longer.

When can my child return to school?
Your child should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Additionally, at least 48 hours must have passed since your child had diarrhea and/or vomiting.

What can I do to stay healthy?
Students, staff and families should continue to practice these health tips from the Center for Disease Control:
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people

Click here for additional information from our partners at the Tri-County Health Department.


Gold Rush Has Talent!
Gold Rush students can do it all!  They can sing, dance, play instruments, tell jokes and more! Students demonstrated all of their impressive skills during our talent show Friday.  We were impressed with their gifts and confidence.  We hope you will be able to join us this evening at 7:00 PM for the final show.  A special thank you to Mrs. Petty and Ms. Warner for organizing this event!




World Class Writers
Students in grades K-5 are sharing their expertise through their writing.  Kindergarten students researched an animal from the African Savannah and they published their learning in all about books. Second graders were writing like scientists.  They recorded guiding research questions for a force and motion lab report.  Students then wrote their hypothesis stating whether a toy car would travel farther on carpet or tile.  In a detailed materials, procedures and conclusion section, students explained why their initial thinking was correct or incorrect.  Fifth graders are researching Colonial America and conveying the unique differences of this time period in informational essays.  We are impressed with all students' writing!

Kindergarten Experts
All About Books on African Animals


 "Giraffes eat grass, leaves and drink water.  Giraffes are herbivores."



"Female baboons stay with their moms for their whole lives."



Second Graders Write Like Scientists




While completing several experiments, second graders wrote a science lab documenting how they conducted their experiment and what they learned about force and motion.



Fifth Grade Essays on Colonial America

By Edward Armstrong

After researching several different elements of Colonial America, students write like historians in their informational essays.



Students Review Safety Drills & Reminders
We had an opportunity to review several safety drills this week.  We practiced a fire drill and it was our best one yet.  After reviewing our current practices with District personnel we moved our meeting location to the field.  The students adjusted to this safer location with ease.  After the fire drill, classroom teachers reminded students of the following safety practices:


* If you are not in your classroom during a lockdown, go to the nearest classroom.
* If you are in the bathroom during a lockdown remain in the stall with your feet raised.
* If there is an emergency in the classroom and the teacher is unavailable, get an adult or push the emergency button.

Procedure for Delayed Dismissals
With spring comes unpredictable weather. I wanted to take this opportunity to review our delayed dismissal procedures that could result from lightening at the end of the day. According to District protocol, you can expect the following:

-Delayed dismissal will be called if lightening is detected within six miles.
-You will receive an email and text around 3:20 PM.  The message will ask you to come into the building at 3:30 PM and sign your child out of his/her classroom. Be sure you are registered to receive text messages (see information below).

According to District protocol, parents/guardians or other adults over the age of 18, who have been given permission in Infinite Campus and your emergency dismissal form, may pick up their children/younger siblings during a lightning delay at their own risk. Siblings under the age of 18 coming to pick up a younger sibling will be asked to stay in the building and will NOT be released.

-Students who attend BASE or after school activities in the building will attend their regularly scheduled activity. 

-Bus riders will be called to the gym and will be loaded onto buses when it is safe to do so. Transportation will ultimately ensure a safe arrival by dropping students off to waiting parents at bus stops.  

-Walkers and bikers will be dismissed when the weather is clear.

-If the weather does not clear by 3:45 PM, please come and sign your child(ren) out in the gym. All students must be picked up by parents and/or adults listed on your emergency contact information.

Registering for District & School Text Messages
Douglas County School District and Gold Rush provide parents with emergency information via text message. Parents need to opt-in in order to receive emergency communication this way. Click here for instructions to set up your text messaging preferences. Emergency notifications will also be posted on our school app. Download our app today!


Gold Rush has a new mobile app!  This is a great tool for getting all things GRE at your finger tips.  Click on the following links to download this app.






THANK YOU GRE Volunteers 
We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their contributions to Gold Rush!  Your time and efforts make our school a better place.  We appreciate all that you do!  A special thank you to our PTO for their ongoing work. Please stop by the office and get something from our "appreciation station"!


Class Placement
Just a reminder that parent input for class placement is due to Jenny Brown today.  She will accept feedback via email through the weekend.  Please see prior blog posts for additional information regarding our class placement process.

Upcoming Events
* May 1 - May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week
* May 5: First Grade Field Trip - Botanic Gardens & Kindie Egg Drop
* May 9: PTO Meeting @ 8:45 
* May 11: Fifth Grade Goes to Cimarron