Friday, February 1, 2013

Highlights of the Week
Spelling Bee
On Monday, sixteen fourth and fifth graders participated in the Gold Rush spelling bee.  The children approached the microphone with confidence as they spelled challenging words in front of their peers.  We were extremely proud of all of the students who participated!  They took the event seriously and gave it their best effort!  Our top speller, Rachel Davidson,  and her grandmother Irene are pictured below.  Rachel is moving on to compete in the District spelling bee and we wish her the best of luck!  We also thank third grade teacher, Mrs. Castro, and building resource teacher, Mrs. Barta, for making the spelling bee possible!

Battle of the Books
The final round of the Battle of the Books competition also took place this week.  Students in our intermediate grades were challenged to answer questions about several books that they read for the competition.  We are pleased to have thirteen third through fifth graders advance to the next round, which will be held at the Parker Library next week!

Teachers Collaborate on Reading Outcomes
During our weekly staff development sessions teachers shared grade level expectations and practices in the area of reading with their colleagues at other grade levels.  Teachers appreciated the opportunity to share their practices with those who taught the grade level before and after them.  We were excited to see how our reading outcomes and classroom experiences prepare students for the next school year.  Teachers look forward to continuing to share their work across the grade levels in the future!

Mark Your Calendar
·      PTO Meeting - Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30 in the Gold Mine Room

·      The State of Gold Rush Parent Meeting - Thursday, February 7, @ 7:00 PM        
     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.

·     Book Fair - February 25 - March 1st  
    Sock Hop – Friday, April 19th @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

If you are interested in volunteering for the PTO email:

Parking Lot Etiquette
Please wait in line in the car loop and refrain from pulling around other vehicles. Your patience allows us to ensure the safety of our students. As always your cooperation is appreciated!

Yearbook Pictures Needed
Click here to learn how to submit pictures to the Gold Rush yearbook.