Friday, April 15, 2016

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 (

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.

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!

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


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:  

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:

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: