Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Parties and Parade
Fall is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner.  Children are asking about how we will celebrate Halloween festivities at Gold Rush.  Listed below is the information you may need to guide your child in appropriate costume selections!  I have also included specifics about parties and directions for those not wishing to have their children participate.

Halloween parties are “breakfast parties” scheduled for the first 45 minutes of the school day from 9:15- 10:00AM.  It is recommended that party treats be balanced and nutritious with limited “sweets.”  For those not wishing to participate in class Halloween parties, parents can choose to opt out, and it is an excused absence.  Students will be back to learning by 10:30AM and those students opting out will arrive at that time. 

Specific guidelines for Halloween costuming include:
1.  Students may come dressed in a costume, but must be able to change into school clothes for the remainder of the day after the party has ended.
                2.  Costumes may not be demeaning or offensive to self or others
                3.  The following will not be allowed:
                                • Face make-up
                                • Depiction of blood or guts
                                • Racist or promiscuous dress
                                • Weapons or facsimile of weapons (swords, guns, scythes)
                                • Accessories or props such as balls, bats, ropes, etc.
If a costume is deemed inappropriate, the child may be asked to change into school clothes.   When parties are complete at 10:00, we will have a parade around the school for 15 minutes.  Students will then return to class, change out of costumes and return to learning by 10:30AM.

GRE Teachers Attend A Writing Training
As you are aware, teachers across grades K-5 are currently implementing Lucy Calkins’ writing program to ensure that all children are able to write in a variety of genres (informational, opinion and narrative) and content areas (reading, science and social studies).  Our teachers were fortunate to attend a training lead by national expert Lucy Calkins prior to fall break.  They were excited to glean additional ideas from the author and they are already implementing them in the classroom.

Supporting our Troops
Student Council is organizing a candy drive after Halloween to support the troops.  Student leaders plan to send donated candy to those serving over seas.  In anticipation of this event, students raised money for postage with a crazy hair day.  We are proud of students’ leadership, spirit and compassion for others.

Feedback on our Start to the School Year
This year Gold Rush started the school year in a slightly different manner.  In order to gain and communicate information in a more timely and meaningful manner we implemented a Meet Your Teacher Day, Back to School Night and Assessment Days.  We also held fall conferences earlier than we have in the past.  We would value your feedback on these opening activities.  Click here to complete a parent survey.  Your input is greatly appreciated!

October 31 – Halloween Parade @ 10:00 AM
November 4 – School is in Session

November 20- Thanksgiving Feast