Thursday, January 17, 2013

Highlight of the Week
While your children are preparing for a long weekend, Gold Rush staff members are excited to continue their work in the area of reading on Friday.  This year teachers have been working on creating common grade level outcomes in the area of reading that incorporate best reading practices and state and district standards.  On Friday we will consider how our current outcomes prepare students for the 21st century.  The National Educational Association and Douglas County School District have identified the following criteria as essential for our children’s future: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.  We will reflect on our work to date and identify ways that we incorporate the 4 Cs into our classrooms.  I look forward to sharing our progress with you in future newsletters!

Parent Coffee: School Goals & the Future of Gold Rush
* Tuesday, January 22nd, @ 9:15 AM in the Gold Mine Room
Please join me for our parent coffee next Tuesday morning. The focus of the meeting will be on our accomplishments for this school year, our goals for the remainder of the year and our vision for the future.  I look forward to sharing with you many celebrations and outlining several future initiatives.

School Security
We have had to alter several school practices to accommodate our now locked front entry to the school. Please help us keep our school safe by following the practices outlined below:
* Arrival
Students should arrive at 8:55 AM when supervision begins. Be mindful of the weather and dress your child appropriately.
* Deliveries
Students should be prepared each day with backpacks, library books, water bottles, lunches, etc.  Delivery  of these items to classrooms will be at 10:00AM and 2:00PM only. Please use Thursday folders to deliver BASE calendars, lunch account money, payment for clubs, tuition, etc.
* Communication
The office will check phone messages at 10:00AM and 3:30PM. All messages for students must be received by 3:30PM.
* Before school clubs and groups
If your child participates in a before school club/group, please arrive on time and line up outside the main door. The adult in charge of the group will meet the group at the door and let them in to the building.
* After school clubs and groups
If your child participates in an after school club /group, the adult in charge of the group will bring your students out through the main doors as a group and hand them off to you. Please be on time for pick up.

* No School  - Monday, January 21st – MLK Jr. Day