Monday, August 8, 2016

Opening Flag Ceremony
We enjoyed kicking off our first day of school with our opening flag ceremony!  We loved seeing our students and parents shine.  A special thank you to parents Leah Shafer, Donald Kaelin and Darren Rahn! Thank you also to Biff Gore! 

Click here to watch a clip of the ceremony featured on Fox 31.

It was a great first day of school!

Students Give Back
Four students thought about how they could make a difference with the money they raised from their lemonade stand this summer and Gold Rush was the first place that came to mind.  Levi, Jaden, Aiden and Myles wanted to give back to GRE by donating their profits.  The boys are excited to fund additional playground equipment with the money they made.  We thank the students for their thoughtful contribution and making our school an even better place!

Assessment Day Schedule for August 18 & 19
We are excited to get to know your child’s instructional strengths and needs during his/her assessment hour on either August 18th or 19th.  Please review the checklist below for an overview of the hour.

__ Review your child’s assessment day & hour in CanyonCreek.  Password = digger

__ Arrive 15 minutes prior to your child’s assigned testing hour.

__ Please walk your child inside the building.

__ Check in kindergartners in the kindie hallway with a staff member.  The staff member will
      escort the child to his/her testing location.

__ Check in students in grades 1-5 outside of the gym.  A staff member will escort your child to
      his/her testing session at the beginning of the testing hour.

__ At the end of the testing hour, students in grades 1-5 will meet their parents in the gym.  
     They will be waiting at their grade level table.  Kindergarten students will meet their parents
      in the kindie hallway where they originally checked in.

__ Students will take their picture in the gym with their parents.  

__ Teachers will share your child’s results with you during fall Parent Teacher Conferences. 
      Additional information regarding conferences will be posted in upcoming blogs.

** Students attending BASE will be escorted to their testing session and returned to BASE.  These students will take their picture at the beginning of the day.

Go For the Gold Assembly
Students reviewed what it looks like to Go For the G.O.L.D. in an assembly Friday.  Kids watched students' videos highlighting what Giving respect, Owning your actions, Listening and Learning and Doing your best does and doesn't look like  throughout the school.  Students also discussed opportunities that lie in tackling problems head on after reading the book What to do With a Problem.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all 3rd and 5th grade students on September 12 - 14.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  The result of these tests will serve two functions.  First and foremost, the scores will be used to inform instructional practices in the classroom.  The scores will also be used as ONE component to determine gifted programming.  

Testing will take place in the morning, and we ask that you avoid scheduling appointments during the testing window.    

Elective testing for students can be done at grades 1, 2 and 4.  If your child demonstrates the need for advanced programming, you can request he/she be tested on those same dates.  Please contact Kristi Barta, our Gifted and Talented Facilitator, by August 20th, if you would like more information or if you would like to request testing (303-387-7711 or

Delayed Dismissal Procedure

In the event of a delayed weather dismissal, you will be alerted via phone, email and text. If you are picking your child(ren) up, please come into the building at 3:30PM and sign out from his or her classroom.

Students 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.

Walkers and bikers will be dismissed when the weather is clear.  If the weather does not clear by 3:45 PM, please come and sign your child(ren) out in the gym. Students must be picked up by parents and/or adults listed on your emergency contact info.

Follow Us on Twitter!
In addition to our blog, webpage and Facebook page GRE now has a twitter handle!  Follow us on @greelementary

Upcoming Events
* August 16 - PTO Mtg. @ 8:45AM
* August 17 - Back to School Night for Parents Only @ 6:00-6:30PM & 6:35-7:05PM
* August 18 & 19 - Assessment Days - Students Come for 1 Hour Either Day
* August 18 - SAC Meeting @ 4:30 PM Click here for the Agenda

Friendly Reminders
* Dogs are not allowed on school grounds.
* Please use the cross walk before and school.
* Please do not pull around other cars in the car loop.
* If you took pictures of the first day of school, please send them to
* Don't forget students take their pictures during their assessment day on either August 18 or 19.
   Click here for Life Touch flyer.

Electronic Thursday Folder Information
Important Information about Vision & Hearing Screenings
Fundraising Night at Freddy's
PTO Spirit Wear Flyer
Golden Ticket Theatre Glee Club
-Click here for Glee Club Flyer
-Click here for Golden Ticket Theatre Website
Recorder Consort
GRE Choir