Friday, January 23, 2015

New Instruments Arrive!
Students were excited to create music with our new instruments purchased with Digger Dash funds.  Fifth grade students composed their own cannon and performed their piece with a partner using the new drums.  Third graders practiced collaboration as they performed music as an ensemble.  We thank our families and the PTO for our instruments!

Responding to Reading
Students in grades K-5 are working on writing about what they read.  Students are learning how to communicate their understanding of a text, evaluate a piece of literature and support their opinions using evidence from the text.  Writing about reading also allows students to practice articulating how they are using the higher level thinking strategies, such as determining importance, questioning, inferring and synthesizing, to help them better understand what they read.  Several of our older students are using technology, including Edmodo and Google docs, to respond electronically.  We are proud of all of our students’ hard work!  

Town Hall Meeting: Future Capital Needs for the District
The District is hosting a local town hall meeting on Thursday, January 29, at 7:00 PM at Legend High School to discuss the capital needs for the District.  Capital needs include building repairs, maintenance and restructuring due to overcrowding. Presenters will share several options for funding, all of which directly impact our schools.  I strongly encourage you to get informed and provide your feedback to the District.   Click here for additional event details and here for the presentation.

Battle of the Books
Students in grades 3-5 competed in the school level competition of Battle of the Books.  Participants read several new stories and tested their understanding of these texts.  While only some teams will advance to the next round at the Parker Library, we congratulate all students!

Order Your Yearbooks Through March 1
Order your Yearbook today!  Here’s how: 
* Click here to log on to RevTrak
* Select Elementary Schools, E- L, Gold Rush Elementary
* Go to Additional Items.
Click on Parent Portal to see if you already ordered a yearbook in the fall.

Pre-Registration For the 2015-2016 School Year
Please complete the following pre-registration form for the 2015-2016 school year by clicking here.  Your information helps in the planning for the coming school year. 

Mark Your Calendar 
·      February 5 – SAC Meeting @ 5:00-7:00 PM
·      February 6 – Sock Hop
·      February 18 & 26th – Parent Teacher Conferences

Community Events
·       January 10-25 - National Western Stock Show
Save up to $6 per ticket PLUS up to $4.50 in service charges- purchase tickets online using the promotional code DOUGCO
·       January 31 - Denver Nuggets Night- purchase tickets online!
·       March 6 - Colorado Mammoth Night- purchase tickets online!
Tickets are just $15 and there are NO taxes or fees through this offer. The first 200 tickets purchased will be upgraded to the lower level. Visit and select your school.