Friday, September 21, 2012

Digger Dash
The count down to the Digger Dash is on!  With only seven days left before Gold Rush’s annual run/walk, I am sure the students are busy getting their last minute pledges.  We thank the PTO and our many volunteers who have already spent hours preparing for this event.  We hope you will be able to join us next Friday to cheer on the students on race day.  If you are able to volunteer during that day please click here.  You can see the schedule below for specific running times for each grade level.

7:30am – 9:00am         Setup
9:15am – 9:30am       (Division 1 – K-1st) Stretching   
9:30am – 10:00am     (Division 1 – K-1st) Race Starts 
10:00am – 10:15am   (Division 2 – 2nd-3rd) Stretching 
10:15am – 10:55am   (Division 2 – 2nd-3rd) Race Starts
10:55am – 11:10am   (Division 3 – 4th-5th) Stretching 
11:10am – 11:55am    (Division 3 – 4th-5th) Race Starts
11:55pm – 12:30pm    Cleanup
11:55pm – 3:00pm      Tally Pledges
Parent Teacher Conferences
We are looking forward to sharing your child’s progress this year during parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, September 27th, and Wednesday, October 3rd from 4:00-8:30PM.  If you haven’t already scheduled your conference, please click here . The conference scheduling window closes September 25th.

Staff Professional Development Day Monday
Gold Rush staff is looking forward to a professional development day together on Monday, September 24th.  We plan to continue our work towards implementing best reading practices in reading on this day.  Teachers will explore how to plan for reading instruction using a backwards design method.  Teachers will also share how they are teaching and assessing how students are thinking as they are reading.  Just a reminder… students do not have school on Monday due to the teacher workday.

Parent Coffee
Our next parent coffee will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 9:20-10:20 AM in the Gold Mine Room.  I hope to see you there for coffee and informal conversation!

PTO Push
Meals for Teacher Conferences
We will be providing a dinner for our wonderful teachers on both conference days (9/27 and 10/3). It is a great way to take care of our teachers and show our appreciation. Click here for additional details.

Box Tops for Education
Every month the class that brings in the most Box Tops will win a prize.  Last year the PTO was able to purchase several pieces of equipment for our Physical Education teacher with the money earned from Box Tops. Gold Rush also gets money just from parents registering at this site.  The deadline for this month’s contest is September 28th so clip your Box Tops and submit them in a Ziploc bag to your child’s teacher. It’s that easy!

Event Planning Committee
Do you love to plan events? Have creative ideas? Or just love to help our school? Become a part of the PTO’s event planning committee which will meet on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 – 7:30PM in the Gold Mine Room. Our spirit and fundraising events take a lot of volunteers to make it happen and we could use your help. Hope to see you there!  If you are interested please email: