Friday, November 7, 2014

Candy for the Troops
Our students donated tubs and tubs of candy to troops who are currently serving over seas.  Students even raised enough money for shipping with their crazy hair day.  We couldn’t be prouder of our kids!

School Advisory Council (SAC)
The SAC committee reviewed our spring TCAP results, our school improvement goals for the year and parent data regarding the beginning of the year events.  We celebrated the fact that we were meeting expectations for student achievement and growth in reading, writing and math.  In math we exceeded in the area of growth.  As you recall, student achievement refers to the number of students who score proficient and advanced where growth focuses on the amount students grow in all categories. 

In an effort to strengthen our practices even further, we set the following school goals for this year:

1) Implement three Lucy Calkins’ units with fidelity (narrative, information, opinion) and naturally integrate the 4c’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity) and 21st century skills (financial literacy, civic responsibility, global awareness, problem solving, systems thinking) into instruction.
2) Implement reading comprehension in all content areas (literacy, social studies & science).

These goals will increase the rigor of instruction and allow us to meet each child’s unique needs. Click here for additional information presented at the meeting.

Teachers Plan Writing Together
Grade level teachers have been working as teams to plan students’ new writing genre.  After Thanksgiving break, kindergarten and first grade students will be working on informational writing, or writing about a topic in which they are experts.  Students in grades 2-5 have started opinion writing.  They are crafting their arguments and supporting them with detailed reasons and evidence.  Teachers collaboratively scored students’ preliminary writing and they used this data to alter their instruction to meet their students’ individual needs.  We look forward to sharing their writing with you in the coming weeks!

Thanksgiving Feast- Reservations Required
Our Thanksgiving Feast is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday with your child and school community.  Join us at our annual event on November 20.  You can make your reservation and pay by clicking here to log on to RevTrak. Choose Elementary Schools, E- L, Gold Rush Elementary, Field Trips. Select Thanksgiving Feast to purchase additional tickets for family members.  The cost for adults and siblings is $4.00 per meal. Students MUST use their lunch accounts. Please bring your printed receipt as your meal ticket.

Kindie Round-Up- Save The Date!
If you have an incoming kindergartener for next year, please plan to attend our Gold Rush Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, December 10th, from  5:00 – 7:00 PM. Building tours will be held at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.  

Book Fair
Come to Sir Readalot’s Castle to shop for new books.  Our fall book fair is scheduled on the following days and times next week:

Monday, November 10 @ 8:00-5:00
Tuesday, November 11@ 8:00- 7:00
Wednesday, November 12 @ 8:00-5:00
Thursday, November 13 @ 8:00-7:00
Friday, November 14 @ 8:00-5:00

We will have a special event on Thursday Nov. 13 from 4:30- 7:00 PM. Legend National Arts Honor Society will be at the fair doing a free craft with students and their siblings!  Clifford the Big Red Dog will also be there for pictures and hugs!  Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Community Night @ Texas Roadhouse
* Monday, November 10 @ 4:00-10:00 PM
* 10% of sales to GRE 
* You *MUST* have a flyer for your purchase to count!

* Click here to print a flyer