Friday, May 31, 2013

Highlights of the Year
Reflections on My First Year
It is hard to believe that my first year at Gold Rush is quickly coming to a close.  I guess the phrase - time flies when you’re having fun – really is true!  In looking back on the year,  I can tell you that I was honored to have had the opportunity to serve your family and our school community!  The children who attend Gold Rush continued to amaze me with their ability to think critically, demonstrate caring and compassion and solve problems creatively.  I was equally impressed with our teachers’ commitment to our students and their desire to better their professional practice.  Your contributions to our school were also clearly evident in your willingness to volunteer in the classroom, serve on school committees and participate in PTO sponsored events.  I truly believe that students, families and staff members’ collaborative efforts make Gold Rush the incredible school that it is!

There are so many things to celebrate this year.  As a staff we worked together to define what we want students to know and be able to do in the area of reading across grades K-5.  We worked with national reading expert Stephanie Harvey, studied best reading practices, developed common reading assessments and implemented common terminology and reading comprehension strategies across all grade levels. 

We also provided additional intervention and enrichment opportunities to students across grades K-5, especially in the areas of reading and math.  Teachers did this by having students apply reading strategies in texts that were at students’ individual reading levels.  We did this as a school by expanding our small group reading and math intervention groups into the intermediate grades.  It has been exciting to watch teachers’ implement these meaningful instructional strategies in the classroom and see the impact these practices have had on students’ academic achievement.

I am also proud of the social and emotional support that was provided to all students.  As a school we continued to encourage positive behavior by naming and reiterating what it looks like to “Go for the Gold” in all areas of the school.  We proactively discussed wellness and anti bullying efforts in student assemblies and carried out positive school traditions such as the Digger Dash, Sock Hop and Field Day.  These experiences are memorable and support students’ social, emotional and physical development.

The end of a school year always marks a transition for some staff members, whether that be retirement, staying home with a new baby or starting a new venture outside of education.  We wish the following staff members the best of luck in their new endeavors next year: Mrs. Conrad, Ms. Alvey, Ms. Shulte, Ms. Jones and Mrs. Billings.  While we will miss each one of these staff members greatly, we look forward to welcoming several new staff members next school year.  We have hired extremely talented educators with many years of experience.  I look forward to sharing more about each of our new staff members in our fall blogs!

Goals for the 2013-2014
Next year we look forward to several new initiatives that will support student learning.  Here are a few of the highlights…

·      We will be reducing class size by adding classroom teachers in grades 3-5!

·      We will implement new reading and math assessments three times a year that will track student growth and provide teachers with instructional goals for individual students!

·      We will discuss what we want students to know and be able to do in the area of writing next school year and how we know when a student has mastered certain writing concepts!

·      We will continue to monitor student growth and provide individualized enrichment and intervention!

Class Placement Process
We thank you for your input regarding your child’s classroom placement for next year.  You will receive an email the middle of  July directing you to your Parent Portal for information regarding your child’s new classroom. The email will also include a link to Canyon Creek online conference scheduling. Once you receive this information you will be able to sign up for your child’s Goal Setting conference, which will be held on either August 12th or 13th.

Report Cards & Top Dog
You can view your child’s report card on your parent portal on June 5 @ 4:00PM.  In addition to your child’s report card, he/she may receive a “Top Dog” certificate.  “Top Dog” certificates are awarded to only those students who go above and beyond to demonstrate what it looks like to “Go for the Gold”.  You may click here to see positive behavior that those receiving this honor must display in all areas of the school each and every day. 

Kindergarten Registration
If you have a child or know of a child who will be attending kindergarten at Gold Rush this fall and he/she is not registered for school yet, please contact our registrar, Anita Rudman, at 303 387-7707 as soon as possible.

Mark Your Calendar
·      Wednesday, June 5th – Last Day of School
·      Click here for the 2013-2014 Modified Split School Xalendar

Field Day
Students enjoyed participating in our annual field day!  See pictures of students participating in this honored school tradition below.  We thank your physical education teacher, Mrs. Oday, for making field day possible!  Our kindergarten students look forward to their field day on Monday, June 3rd.

Lost & Found
Please check the Lost & Found which is displayed on the stairs overlooking the library. All items will be donated to charity on June 5th.

School Supply Pre Packs On Sale!
GRE PTO has arranged for us to offer prepackaged school supplies as a convenience to you. Go to, type “Gold Rush Elementary” into the “Find Your School” field. Pay online through Edukit’s secure website. Order by June 10 for best pricing. A full color flyer went home in your student’s backpack today.

GRE Summer Office Hours
June 6- July 5             CLOSED
July 8- Aug 2              9:00AM- 12:00PM Mon & Wed
Aug 5- Aug 8              8:30AM- 11:30AM and 12:30- 3:30PM Mon- Thurs
CLOSED Fri, Aug 9, 2013
August 12 & 13                      Goal Setting Conferences-
regular office hours 8:30AM- 4:30PM

ONLINE CONFERENCE SCHEDULING: July 17 through Aug 1, 2013

ONLINE CHECK IN: July 17- Aug 1, 2013