Thursday, September 25, 2014

Digger Dash Friday, October 3rd
We hope you are able to cheer on our students as they run during our Digger Dash!  Digger Dash is our annual fun run that raises money for our school.  We hope to purchase a climbing wall, musical instruments and art supplies with the funds raised.  Please see our "race times" below. 

9:20-9:35 Stretching (Preschool and Kindergarten)
9:35-9:50 Race Begins (Preschool and Kindergarten)
9:40-9:55 Stretching (1st and 2nd grades)
9:55-10:25 Race starts (1st and 2nd grades)
10:15-10:30 Stretching (3rd & 4th grades)
10:30-11:15 Race begins (3rd and 4th grades)
11:05-11:20 Stretching (5th grade)
                                                     11:20-12:05 Race starts (5th grade)

Focus of our Teacher Work Day
Teachers across grades K-5 collaborated on our two primary school goals on Friday, which are implementing the Lucy Calkins’ writing program and planning instructional units that naturally align multiple content areas. As you recall, Gold Rush adopted Lucy Calkins’ writing program last fall. It is exciting to see the benefits of this program already! Teachers in all grade levels noticed that students are writing more and the quality of their writing has increased because of our work last year! 

As is the case when a school adopts any new curriculum, implementation is a multiyear endeavor. We hope to build on our work from year to year by sharing our practices across grade levels. We believe additional discussions around instruction and assessment will strengthen our writing instruction even further.

Teachers also examined how they can strengthen instruction by making connections across content areas. Teachers discussed how thinking strategies that are often taught in reading (i.e. summarizing, analyzing, synthesizing and inferring) can also be taught in writing, math social studies and science. We believe that making these connections more explicit will further students’ use of these strategies and increase the rigor in all subject areas.

Dress the Part for Gold Rush's Own School Video
On Tuesday, September 30, the District will be filming a video that will highlight how Gold Rush is unique.  Help us show pride in our school by having your child wear either our school colors (red, gold and black) or a Gold Rush t-shirt.  We will post our video on our blog and website as soon as it is complete.

October 2 @ 5:00 -6:00  - School Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting
October 3 - Digger Dash
November 4 - Correction on the District Calendar - School is in Session 

Parent Opportunity
Trying to work through the struggles of parenting? Wanting to make sure your kids are set up for success? As parents, we have an awesome task and can sometimes feel as though we are novices in an overwhelming mission. So, in order to help you feel encouraged and supported, Parent University is now enrolling parents in classes on the DCSD website!

Click here to check out some of the course offerings for this semester, which include bullying prevention, cybersafety, study skills, college prep, school finance and many others. Also, if you have suggestions for classes, you’ll find an area to submit your ideas for the following semester. We welcome your input and participation! These courses are designed to be a resource for parents, driven by parents!