Friday, April 29, 2016

GOLD RUSH HAS TALENT!
Students demonstrated their many gifts during the talent show.  We were impressed with students as they danced, sang and played musical instruments.  We are equally proud of students’ ability to perform with such confidence in front of their peers.  We thank Mrs. Petty for making the talent show possible!




MUSIC REINFORCES CLASSROOM CONTENT

Third and fourth graders reinforced what they were learning in the classroom through music.  Third graders performed a “Rock Concert” when they sang songs about what they were learning in their science unit around rocks.  Fourth graders also demonstrated their learning of Colorado history as they sang, danced and played recorders using music that highlights Colorado.  Students enjoyed the opportunity to share their learning with their parents in this creative way.  Again we thank Mrs. Petty for making this possible!



SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED
Gold Rush is looking for representatives to serve on the School Advisory Council  (S.A.C.) next school year.  The S.A.C. meets once a month to discuss important school topics including school goals, the budget, safety and community feedback.  Please see the S.A.C.’s mission statement and responsibilities below.   For additional information please feel free to contact our S.A.C. chair, Bruce Martin, at bmartin738@gmail.comIf you are interested in serving on this committee please email Jenny Brown by Friday, May 20.

GRE School Accountability Committee 
Mission Statement
The mission of the School Accountability Committee (S.A.C.) at Gold Rush Elementary School is to provide support to students and the school.  Parents, community members, students, staff and administrators collaborate in a safe and positive environment.  The S.A.C. ensures the community has a voice in the school and that students and staff are supported.  We strive to maintain a positive environment where ideas are exchanged and communicated in the best interest of the school community.

The S.A.C. is charged with the following:   
Making recommendations to the Principal regarding school spending.
Making recommendations to the Principal regarding opportunities for growth as noted by the school’s Unified Improvement Plan.
Assisting the school in increasing parent involvement at the school and feeder level.
Providing input and recommendations to the District Accountability Committee.

BRADBURY TRAIL PROJECT
The town of Parker is planning on completing Bradbury Trail. The project is set to begin on May 9th. Please note that the dirt social path south of Hitching Post Circle will be closed starting May 9th. The project should be completed by the time school recommences in the fall.

STUDENTS MATCH FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Student council organized a twin day to support the Dumb Friends League.  Students enjoyed dressing up in creative clothing while supporting a great organization.


EDUKIT SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS
Gold Rush Elementary offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2016/2017 year. EduKits are custom made for our school and therefore are not transferable to another school. Click here for ordering information.

UPCOMING EVENTS
May 2nd- 6th- Spring Book Fair
May 7th- DCSD Healthy Schools Mother's Day 5K- click here for flyer
May 15th- Rockies Appreciation Day for DC Schools- click here for flyer

THURSDAY FOLDER INFORMATION 

EduKit School Supply Order Form
Pop Warner Youth Football
Camp Read Alot 
Spring Book Fair- May 2nd- 6th
All For Books
Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd- 6th
Mothers Day 5K May 7th


Denver Outlaws Lacrosse (vs. Ohio Machine)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Tickets: $16.50 includes taxes and fees

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.denveroutlaws.com/dcef



Colorado Rockies Community Day (vs. NY Mets)

Sunday, May 15 @ 2:10 pm

Coors Field
2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

Tickets: $16 upper level, $23 lower level




Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Community Days 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3, 4, 5
Tickets only $26.99; purchase by 5/31 and receive another FREE ticket valid 8/15/16-10/16/16

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.elitchgardens.com/dcsd/

Thursday, April 21, 2016

STUDENTS CREATE CHANGE
As a part of their persuasive writing unit students are making recommendations on how to improve their school day.  Third graders met with lunch and recess staff to present their ideas and supportive reasoning.  Students anticipated the teachers' counter claims and prepared well reasoned rebuttals.  We are proud of students' creative thinking and writing!

POSITIVE PARTNERSHIPS
We appreciate our daily partnership with the Parker Police Department.  Police officers do an exceptional job connecting with students while they are patrolling school grounds.  This week Officer Graham spoke with second grade students during recess.



CHAMBERS ROAD ILLUSTRATION

The video below depicts what Chambers Road will look like at the completion of the expansion project next November.  There will be an approximately 20-30 foot gap between the road and the hill that sits at the top of our playground.  This meets the federal requirements for a safe space.  Please note the bike lane, tree lawn and sidewalk.  Feel free to contact Jenny Brown if you have additional questions or concerns.






UPCOMING EVENTS
April 29th- Spirit Day- Twin Day- click here for flyer
April 29th- Talent Show- 6:30PM
May 2nd- 6th- Spring Book Fair
May 7th- DCSD Healthy Schools Mother's Day 5K- click here for flyer
May 15th- Rockies Appreciation Day for DC Schools- click here for flyer

THURSDAY FOLDER INFORMATION 
Twin Day- April 29th
Spring Book Fair- May 2nd- 6th
All For Books
Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd- 6th
Mothers Day 5K May 7th

Colorado Mammoth (vs. Toronto Rocks)
Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Tickets: $20 includes taxes and fees
Link to purchase tickets: http://www.mammothtix.com/dcef  



Denver Outlaws Lacrosse (vs. Ohio Machine)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Tickets: $16.50 includes taxes and fees

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.denveroutlaws.com/dcef



Colorado Rockies Community Day (vs. NY Mets)

Sunday, May 15 @ 2:10 pm

Coors Field
2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

Tickets: $16 upper level, $23 lower level




Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Community Days 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3, 4, 5
Tickets only $26.99; purchase by 5/31 and receive another FREE ticket valid 8/15/16-10/16/16

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.elitchgardens.com/dcsd/

Friday, April 15, 2016

FOCUS ON SCIENCE
Kindergarten students put their knowledge of science concepts to the test this week during their egg drop.  Students used what they knew about force and motion and Newton's 3 laws of motion when they created containers that would protect an egg that was dropped from the roof of the school.  Students' canisters were creative and well designed.  I am happy to report that most eggs survived the fall!







GRE ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET!
We were excited to honor our parent volunteers this week! We appreciate all of the time that parents give to GRE.  Their efforts have strengthened students' experiences.  We believe they are all winners! If you didn't get a chance to see your name in stars, be sure to stop in and pick up a gift of our appreciation! 


Our Volunteers Are Shining Stars!
 Thanks for Making Gold Rush Brighter!


DELAYED DISMISSAL REMINDER
Spring is fast approaching and it is the time when we can experience volatile weather, especially at dismissal time.  This is just a reminder of our delayed dismissal procedures.  In the event of a delayed dismissal, if you are picking your child(ren) up, please come into the building at 4:00PM and sign out from his or her classroom.

Students who are attending BASE or after school activities that are the located in the building will go to their intended location.

Bus riders will be called to the gym and will be loaded onto buses when it is safe to do so. Transportation will ensure safe arrival.  They will drop off to waiting parents at stops, hold students until safe or drop in close proximity to their homes.

Walkers and bikers will be dismissed when the weather is clear.  If the weather does not clear by 4:15 PM, please come and sign your child(ren) out in the gym.


CHAMBERS ROAD UPDATE
I wanted to provide you with an update regarding the Chambers Road Project.  When the project is completed there will be a 30-40 foot buffer space between the roadway curb and the top of the hill that sits above our playground.  This meets the engineering requirements for a safe barrier.  Please contact Jenny Brown if you have questions or concerns.

CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS
Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and other staff members. We take this responsibility very seriously.  The process for creating class lists is as follows:

· Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

· Teachers then meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths and needs, as well as friendships, when they place each child. Learning specialists and the specials team also collaborate with classroom teachers and provide feedback.

· Each grade level team types a draft of their class list, which is then submitted to me.  I review each child’s placement and ensure that all parent input shared with me has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any additional changes to ensure classes remain balanced. 

· Class lists are finalized in August to reflect the addition of new students.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  In addition to working with Gold Rush faculty, our 5th grade team collaborates with teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balancing act that takes tremendous thought by professionals who know and care about your child. Please remember that our ultimate goal is always to create balanced classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents, and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete as moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me either on or before FRIDAY, April 29th.  While we welcome your input, 
we cannot honor specific teacher requests Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a hard copy letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is nearly impossible to track.  Further, please direct all of this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers are not available.

DROP OFF TIME
Just a reminder that morning supervision for students begins at 8:55 AM.  Please do not drop off until this time.  If your children are walkers, please encourage them to arrive no sooner than 8:55 AM. Thanks for your cooperation!


UPCOMING EVENTS
April 16th- 2nd Annual Legend Band Comedy Show- click here for flyer.
April 20th- SAC Meeting- 5:30- 6:30PM- click here for agenda
April 22nd- NO SCHOOL
April 29th- Spirit Day- Twin Day
April 29th- Talent Show- 6:30PM
May 2nd- 6th- Spring Book Fair
May 7th- DCSD Healthy Schools Mother's Day 5K- click here for flyer
May 15th- Rockies Appreciation Day for DC Schools- click here for flyer

THURSDAY FOLDER INFORMATION 

Papa Murphy's Dine In April 15th  
GRE Garden Club
LHS Go Green Spring Clean- April 16th

Colorado Mammoth (vs. Toronto Rocks)
Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Tickets: $20 includes taxes and fees
Link to purchase tickets: http://www.mammothtix.com/dcef  



Denver Outlaws Lacrosse (vs. Ohio Machine)

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Tickets: $16.50 includes taxes and fees

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.denveroutlaws.com/dcef



Colorado Rockies Community Day (vs. NY Mets)

Sunday, May 15 @ 2:10 pm

Coors Field
2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

Tickets: $16 upper level, $23 lower level




Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Community Days 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3, 4, 5
Tickets only $26.99; purchase by 5/31 and receive another FREE ticket valid 8/15/16-10/16/16

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.elitchgardens.com/dcsd/

 

Friday, April 8, 2016

WORLD CLASS WRITERS
Students across grade K-5 are doing an exceptional job expressing their knowledge and opinions in writing! Third grade students, for example, are proposing possible changes at school, in the community and across the nation as a part of their persuasive writing unit.  Students are supporting a topic that is of importance to them, such as instituting a clean up club at Gold Rush and getting bike racks installed in their neighborhood.  They are supporting their opinions with detailed reasons and addressing potential counter claims.  

Second graders are writing like scientists as a part of their informational writing unit.  They are detailing the steps of the scientific method that they are following as they complete force and motion experiments.  Our second graders are recording their guiding question, hypothesis, procedures and results with enough detail that others are able to replicate their experiment.  We are excited to learn from our writers!     




CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS
Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and other staff members. We take this responsibility very seriously.  The process for creating class lists is as follows:

· Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

· Teachers then meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths and needs, as well as friendships, when they place each child. Learning specialists and the specials team also collaborate with classroom teachers and provide feedback.

· Each grade level team types a draft of their class list, which is then submitted to me.  I review each child’s placement and ensure that all parent input shared with me has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any additional changes to ensure classes remain balanced. 

· Class lists are finalized in August to reflect the addition of new students.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  In addition to working with Gold Rush faculty, our 5th grade team collaborates with teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balancing act that takes tremendous thought by professionals who know and care about your child. Please remember that our ultimate goal is always to create balanced classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents, and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete as moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom.

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me either on or before FRIDAY, April 29th.  While we welcome your input,
we cannot honor specific teacher requests.  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a hard copy letter or email (jjbrown@dcsdk12.org).

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is nearly impossible to track.  Further, please direct all of this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers are not available.

YOUNG VOICES
Intermediate students enjoyed listening to Young Voices preform this week.  Young Voices is a children's choir that shared their passion of music with our students.  Thank you Mrs. Petty for arranging this opportunity!



STATE TESTING
Students in grades three and five will complete state assessments in April.  As you recall, students in grades 3 through 5 are assessed in reading and math using the PARCC assessment, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers.  Click here for additional information.  Fifth grade students take an additional science assessment called CMAS.  We ask that you schedule appointments outside of your child’s testing window.  We also recommend that your child gets a good night sleep and eats a healthy breakfast each day.


April 11 - 13
Grade 3 - Math @ 9:20-10:45 AM
Grade 5 - Science@ 1:45-3:45 PM
April 18 - 21
Grade 4 - Math @ 10:00-11:45 AM
Grade 5 - Math @ 1:45-3:45 PM

UPCOMING EVENTS
April 20th- SAC Meeting- 5:30- 6:30PM
April 29th- Spirit Day- Twin Day 
April 29th- Talent Show- 6:30PM
May 7th- DCSD Healthy Schools Mother's Day 5K- click here for flyer 
May 15th- Rockies Appreciation Day for DC Schools- click here for flyer



THURSDAY FOLDER INFORMATION


Lego Club
April 13th - May 25th
April 11th- May 16th