Thursday, September 24, 2015

Teachers Prepare for a New Report Card
Teachers have been busy preparing for a new report card.  As you recall, the new report card will describe your child’s progress on the following four components of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum: World Class Outcomes, state content standards, 21st century skills (problem solving, resiliency, civic responsibility, health and wellness, systems thinking and financial responsibility) and the 4cs (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking).  Teachers have been working collaboratively to define each of these elements in terms of classroom instruction and assessment.  We look forward to providing you with additional information in future communication.



Student Council Coat Drive
Student Council will be hosting a coat drive October 1st   through November 30th.  Please bring gently used coats to school throughout the month of October.  Coats will be distributed to charitable organizations, homeless shelters and the thousands of Coloradans in need.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, September 29,th and Thursday, October 1st.  Click here to schedule your conference using the online scheduler.  The password is digger.  You will not be able to schedule conferences after Sunday, September 27th. Click here for additional information on how to access the conference scheduler.

Digger Dash
We are looking forward to our all school fun run, commonly known as the Digger Dash, next Friday morning.  Please see the schedule below for your child’s race time.  We hope that you will help us raise money for a new shade structure for our front playground and cheer us on the day of the run!  Click here for additional information regarding the event.



Upcoming Events
September 29- Parent Teacher Conferences
October 1 - Parent Teacher Conferences
October 2 – Digger Dash
October 9 – No School: Teacher Work Day

October 12-16 – No School: Fall Break

Parent University - Upcoming Classes
Destination Imagination Intro Session
September 28 @ 6:30PM
Cimarron Middle School Library

Raising EcoKids                    
September 29 @ 9AM     
Heritage Elementary School

Gifted & Talented 101            
September 30 @ 7PM                 
Castle Rock MS Library

Sports Injury Prevention       
September 30 @ 1PM     
SkyRidge Medical Center

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Student Highlights
Individual Goal Setting in Literacy
Teachers have been setting goals with individual students in the areas of literacy this week.  Teachers are using data from our Assessments Days, classroom observations and student feedback to celebrate individuals’ strengths and target areas that will foster growth.  During one on one conferences, students and teachers are discussing how they can monitor and work toward goals in these areas.  Teachers look forward to sharing this work with you during parent teacher conferences at the end of this month.

Student Council Hosts a Leadership Academy
Student Council representatives are participating in a leadership academy this Friday evening.  Students will discuss leadership styles and teamwork with Parkers’ Mayor, Mike Waid, and Legend High School students.  We thank Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Lautenbauch for their work with student council this year.



Digger Dash
We are looking forward to our all school fun run – the Digger Dash - on October 2nd.  Click here for additional information, including the fun run schedule, pledge forms, long distance donation forms and our tax donation form.  We are hoping to raise $30,000 for a new shade structure for our front playground.

Apple Awards Recognize Our Outstanding Teachers
We love to recognize outstanding staff members for their great work!  One way we do this is through the District Apple Awards.  You are able to nominate teachers and classified staff for this award through the DCEF website now until October 4th A finalist will be chosen to represent our school at the District gala in March.

SAC Highlights
Our School Advisory Council meets quarterly to discuss our school’s goals and progress.  We had our first meeting this week.  Click here for the presentation and click here for additional information regarding the role of SAC at Gold Rush.

Art Club
This year Ms. Dazzio is offering three after-school art enrichment sessions to first through fifth grades.  Each session runs 5 weeks. Registration dates for each session can be found here.  Sign up early as registration will close when capacity is reached. Registration for the Fall session begins Monday, September  21st.  

Parent Teacher Conferences
Fall conferences will be held on Tuesday, September 29th, and Thursday, October 1st, 2015.  Click here to schedule your conference using the online scheduler
.  The password is digger.  Click here for information on how to use the conference scheduler.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Gold Rush Shows Its Spirit
Students showed their pride for the feeder during the Legend High School homecoming parade.  They enjoyed marching and representing our school at this festive event.  We hope you are able to attend the football game this Friday at 7:00PM.  Remember that if your child wears his/her Gold Rush t-shirt he/she can get into the game for $1.00.




Fall Conference Scheduler
Fall conferences will be held on Tuesday, September 29th, and Thursday, October 1st, 2015.  Beginning September 14th through September 27th the online scheduler link will be open for you to select your conference date and time.  The password is digger.  Click here for information on how to use the conference scheduler.

Cogat Testing Schedule  
Third and fifth grade students will take the Cogat assessment Monday, September 14, through Wednesday, September 16.  Cogat is one piece of data that is used to inform instruction for individual students.  Students will test at the following times:

Grade 3 & Ms. Dalcerri @ 9:30
Grade 5 @ 10:45

We ask that you refrain from scheduling out of school appointments during these times.  We also recommend that your child get a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast each day.

Recognizing Outstanding Teachers
We love to recognize outstanding staff members for their great work!  One way we do this is through the District Apple Awards.  You are able to nominate teachers and classified staff for this award through the DCEFwebsite now until October 4th.  A finalist will be chosen to represent our school at the District gala in March.

Spanish Class
Spanish class starts next week! Click here for more information.

SAC Meeting
Our School Advisory Council (SAC), which is comprised of three parents, school administrators, one teacher and a community representative, provide feedback regarding our school goals and priorities.  Our first School Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 5:00-6:00 PM in the Gold Mine Room.  Click here for the agenda.

Upcoming Events
September 15: SAC Mtg. @ 5-6 PM in the Gold Mine Room
September 17: Picture Retakes – Click here for more information.
September 29 & October 1: Parent Teacher Conferences

October 2: Digger Dash

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Highlights of the Week
Harlem Ambassadors
Students not only enjoyed watching the Harlem Ambassadors shoot amazing baskets, but they also listened to several important anti-bullying messages.   They learned about the importance of teamwork and about treating others with respect.  We thank the PTO for funding this highly entertaining and important assembly!



Safety Drills
Safety is the number one priority of our school and District.  This week we had the opportunity to collaborate with members of the District security team as we reviewed our lockout and lockdown practices.  A lockout occurs when there is a threat outside of the building.  During a lockout students must remain in the building, but they are able to carry on with business as usual.  We engage in a lockdown when the threat is inside the building.  This week we practiced the lockdown drill and received positive feedback from outside security personnel.  When we practice the lockdown drill our new alarm signal will notify those outside of the building three times that we going into a lockdown via our outdoor intercom.  Please know that we will continue to practice all of our drills throughout the year.

Focus on Literacy
All students are digging into reading instruction and practicing essential thinking strategies that we use as adults.  Most students are learning how to monitor their comprehension.  This strategy requires students to check if they understand what they reading and apply a variety of corrective strategies if meaning breaks down.  Some "fix up" strategies include rereading and using picture clues.   I am impressed with how students are reflecting on their thinking while reading texts at their own level. 

Teachers have also been setting individual goals for students that are based on the assessment data obtained during assessment days.  Teachers will share your child’s particular strengths and areas of growth with you during parent teacher conferences at the end of the month.



Upcoming Events
·      September 7 – No School: Labor Day
·      September 8 – PTO Mtg @ 6:30-7:30 in the Gold Mine Room
·      September 9 - Legend Homecoming Parade @ 5:00
·      September 15 – School Adviosry Mtg @ 5:00-6:00 in the Gold Mine Room
·      September 29 -  Parent / Teacher Conferences

·      October 1 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Legend High School Homecoming
Support our feeder area High School by attending the homecoming parade this Wednesday at 5 PM. You can also attend the homecoming game on Friday, September 11, at 7-9 PM.  Students who wear a Gold Rush t-shirt will be admitted for $1.00.