Thursday, May 28, 2015

Student Highlights
Students Create a School Garden
Mrs. Shepperd’s class applied their persuasive writing to several members of the school community, including myself, the PTO and the grounds committee, urging members to create a school garden.  After several months planning and budgeting for this project, the class completed the garden this week.  We thank Mrs. Shepperd and her students for their ideas and hard work.  Students from all grade levels will have the opportunity to participate in a garden club this fall.

Field Day
Students in first through fifth grade enjoyed field day this week!  This year students engaged in activities that required them to collaborate, communicate, think critically and be creative.  Students enjoyed helping others through an obstacle course, working together to move giant balls and building towers.  We thank our physical education teacher, Mrs. Warner, for organizing this amazing day for students!

Principal Expects a Baby Girl in November
I am excited to announce that my husband and I will be expecting a baby girl in November.  This will be our first child.  I look forward to the coming school year with your family.

Important Beginning of the Year Events
Assessment Days & Meet Your Teacher
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, Gold Rush will continue to hold assessment days the second week of school.  All students in grades K-5 will start a full day of school on Monday, August 10, 2015.  Each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 20 or August 21 to complete reading assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher the second week of school allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.

Parents will be able to sign up for a day and time using the online Conference Scheduler starting mid July. You will receive a link to the scheduler via email with your express check in information.  Because we value the information we are obtaining on these days it is imperative that all children complete the assessments on either August 20 or August 21.   Students will end their assessment day by having you accompany them to take their school picture.

We continue to believe that it is essential that students meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are asked to also sign up for a 25 minute time slot on Friday, August 7, starting at 10:00 AM to visit their classroom.  Please see the available times below.  You may bring your child’s school supplies at this time.   If you purchased an Edukit it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Meet Your Teacher Times for Friday, 7th.


Your child will receive his/her yearbook Wednesday, June 3rd.  Parents are able to come in and purchase one on Thursday, June 4th at 8:00 AM if they still need one.  We only have a limited amount of yearbooks remaining and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  The cost of yearbooks is $20.00 and parents are only able to pay by check.  We thank Mrs. Zeece for organizing our yearbook!

Used Book Sale
The PTO will be selling used books so stock up for summer! The prices of books will range from $0.50 - $3.00.

Upcoming Events
June 1 – First Grade Field Trip & PTO Book Sale @ 11:30-1:30
June 2 – K Field Day @ 9:15-11:00 AM & PTO Book Sale @ 4:00
June 3 – Second Grade Field Trip – Steckler & Murray Close 
June 4th
      Year Book Sale @ 8 AM
      K Graduation
     Fifth Grade Field Trip

      Last Day of School - Hawaiian Day

Friday, May 22, 2015

Third Graders Test the Concepts of Financial Literacy
Third grade concluded their study of financial literacy with Sell Day.  As students learned about the concepts of marketing and supply and demand they created their own product that they priced and “sold” today to their classmates and parents.  Students then reflected on which products sold out and why.  I was proud of students’ creativity, which was evident in their products and advertising.

Field Day Schedule
The theme for field day this year is Collaboration, Creativity, Communication & Critical Thinking At Work & At Play.  Students in grades 1-5 will participate on Thursday, May 28, and Kindergarten students are scheduled for June 2.  Please see the schedule below for specific grade level/teacher times.  Please email Mrs. Warner at if you are interested in volunteering.

Thursday, May 28 @ 9:15-12:15
Grade 4, Grade 5, Cieply & Meredith

Thursday, May 28 @ 1:00-3:45
Grade 1, Grade 2, Sheppard, Castro & Nolan

Tuesday, June 2 @ 9:30-11:15

 2016 Chambers Widening Project

The Town of Parker hosted an open house on Tuesday to talk about the Chambers Road Widening Project that will begin in spring of 2016.  As a part of this project, the Town plans to expand Chambers to four lanes (2-lanes southbound and 2-lanes northbound).  The Town also plans to build a pedestrian bridge to provide a safe route for students, families and community members.  The Town estimates that construction will be completed in the fall of 2016 and they plan on allowing cars to use the existing two lanes throughout construction.  The second and final reading of the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Town of Parker and the Douglas County School District for funding the pedestrian bridge will occur on June 1st at the Town Council meeting at 7:00 PM. 

Upcoming Events
·      May 26th – Outdoor Education: Grade 5
·      May 28th – Field Day: Grades 1-5
·      May 29th – Legend HS Graduation
·      June 1st – Summer Used Book Sale @ 11:30-1:00
·      June 2nd – Field Day: Kindergarten & Summer Used Book Sale @ 4:00

·      June 4th – Last Day of School & Hawaiian Day

Friday, May 15, 2015

Junior Achievement
Today students learned about financial literacy, entrepreneurism and work readiness through Junior Achievement.  Members from Richey May, Charter Communications and Grant Thornton facilitated activities that addressed these important life skills.  Students enjoyed having our special visitors and the activities they presented!  We thank Mr. Cohrs for bringing Junior Achievement to Gold Rush for a second year in a row and all of the members for sharing their expertise!    

Community Meeting Regarding Chambers Widening
The Town of Parker will review plans for the widening of Chambers Road on Tuesday, May 19, from 4:30-7:00 at Gold Rush.  This project is anticipated to begin in 2016.  Attendees will have a chance to review project plans and speak to design consultants and project managers.

Wellness Resources
As the school year is coming to a close, we want to remind you that our mission of ensuring that healthy students know when they need help and where to get help continues into the summer months. The summer can be both an anticipated and stressful time for students and their families. We want to ensure that families are supported over the summer. The Douglas County Youth & Family Resource Guide was developed by the Douglas County Youth Initiative to help coordinate local youth-serving efforts and assess the needs of the children in our community. This useful and extremely comprehensive resource is available at

Other useful resources to consult are:

Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and Gold Rush will do all we can to support every student’s well-being.  Please consider the resources offered on the  STUDENT WELLNESS website and determine if they may be appropriate for your family.

Calling All Box Tops
Please turn in all Box Tops by Friday, May 22nd for our final submission of the year.

Order School Supplies for 2015-2016 Today!
Get a head start for next year by ordering your school supplies through EduKits.  Click here for the link.  Orders are due by June 10th.  Kits will be delivered to your child’s new classroom before the first day of school.