Friday, May 20, 2016

Students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to challenge themselves in the area of math by participating in Math Olympiad.  Math Olympiad fosters a love for math by engaging students in national problem solving competitions.  This year two Gold Rush Students scored in the top 2% of students in the country on their challenges.  We are proud of all of the children who participated, and we thank Mrs. Barta, Mrs. Rayens and Mrs. Ms. Schwartz for facilitating this club.

8:20 AM-8:30 AM
In an effort to improve our practices, we would like to initiate a rolling start to the school day next year.  Instead of having students line up outside of the building each morning, students will enter the building from the main entrance between 8:20-8:30 AM and report directly to their classroom.  Teachers will supervise students in the classroom as they begin their morning routine.  We believe that this new morning routine will allow for a more natural transition to the start of the school day.

During Meet Your Teacher, parents will have an opportunity to show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.  Students will meet their teacher in their line outside on the first day of school where they will participate in a flag ceremony with their class.  Classroom teachers will review how students will walk to their classroom on the first day.  On Tuesday, August 9, students will enter the school between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students to their classrooms that need additional assistance.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents:
1) DO NOT drop off their child before 8:20 AM
2) Say good-bye to their children outside of the building.

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:20 AM so it is essential that students do not arrive prior to that time.

August 5: Meet Your Teacher
Parents show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.
August 8: First Day of School
Students meet their teachers in a line outside for an opening flag ceremony.
Teachers show their students how to walk to their classroom.
August 9: Second Day of School
Students walk to their classrooms between 8:20AM - 8:30AM.
Parents say good-bye outside of the building.

Bell System
8:20 AM First Bell
Signals that students can enter the building.
Cross walk supervision begins.
Students should not arrive to school prior to this bell.

8:30 AM Start of the School Day

8:35 Tardy Bell

Students are donning their inventors’ caps in both art and technology.  In technology class, students are engaging in the process of inquiry as they identify a real world problem and design a solution.  Students are able to use any technology program /tool to craft their invention and share it with others.  Students have created a wide variety of creations, including noise-canceling earplugs that deter even the loudest crying sibling, a t-shirt that will prevent heat stroke and a smart car that prevents texting and while driving.

Students in art are learning from cartoonists Rube Goldberg who illustrated complex machines designed to complete simple tasks.  His cartoon below shows his version of a self-operating napkin.  Students have enjoyed collaborating on their own unique machines.  They have anticipated how they would have to work through failed attempts along the way. 

Students participating in Golden Ticket Theater performed the Lion King and it was outstanding!  We were impressed with the child’s ability to sing, dance and act!  We hope that you attend a show this weekend.  Showtimes are the following: 

Friday, May 20th at 6:30PM
Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 PM & 6:30PM

Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they are working on spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Monday, June 6th, at midnight through Parent Portal.  You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.
·          Go to the Gold Rush Website -
·          Then to Parent Resources
·          Then to EPR.  Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.
·          Then click "view Elementary Progress report" under your student's picture

As you recall, the new progress report card includes the four elements of the Douglas County School District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum. In addition to reporting out on how well your child is progressing in each content area (reading, writing, math, social studies and science), you will receive information on how well he/she is progressing on the 4cs (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and select 21st century skills (resiliency, problem solving, civic responsibility, health and wellness, global awareness and systems thinking).  

There ar two primary differences between the fall EPR and the spring version.  The District adopted a consistent grading scale that is shown below.

·                 "Exceeds" indicates a high level of achievement; it communicates that a student has a strong understanding of content/concepts/skills taught during the semester and can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.
·                "Meets" indicates that a student demonstrates understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support. Student makes few major errors or omissions when demonstrating concepts/skill.
·                "Approaching" indicates that a students requires moderate support to demonstrate understanding of concepts/skills. Demonstrated understanding of concepts/skills is inconsistent or infrequent indicating a partial understanding of the content/concepts/skills. Errors or omissions in work are more frequent.
·                "Does Not Meet" indicates that a student seldom demonstrates understanding of concepts and skills taught during the semester. Student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning of concepts and skills and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating understanding.

You will also notice two ways to view your child’s information.  A new highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards in the areas of reading, writing and math and how your child met our school expectations of Going for the G.O.L.D.  It also includes general classroom comments and individual student comments.  The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all four elements of the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum in all subject areas and specials.  You are also able to view any additional comments for the specific content areas.  You are able to access both views by clicking on the links at the top of the screen.  
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 8, 2016.  Each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 18 or August 19 to complete classroom 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 strengths and needs.

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 18 or August 19.   At the end of your child’s assessment hour your will meet your child in gym where school photos will be taken.

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 5, to visit their classroom.  Please see the times available below.  You may bring your child’s school supplies with you.   If you purchased an Edukit it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Meet Your Teacher Times
Friday, August 5th

May 20th and 21st- Golden Ticket Theatre presents "The Lion King, Jr."
Friday, May 20th at 6:30PM
Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 PM and 6:30PM
May 26th- Field Day Grades 1- 5
May 30th- NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
May 31st- Field Day Kindergarten and Preschool
June 1st- End of the Year Picnic- 5:00PM- 7:00PM
June 2nd- Last day of school

Lend A Hand Back to School Supplies
If you are in need of school supplies for next school year, the Douglas County Educational Foundation is offering Lend A Hand: Back 2 School Supply Drive for Douglas County Children-  Register by clicking here

Spanish Club for 2016/2017
PTO End of the Year Picnic Golden Ticket Theatre Presents Lion King, Jr. 

PTO 2nd Annual Used Book Sale

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: