Friday, September 30, 2016

Students Create & Perform for Real Audiences
Students were sharing their ideas with real world audiences in both art and music this week.  In art students were sending their vision of the future to Google through the annual Doodle for Google contest.  This was an opportunity for students to be creative and learn that art serves multiple purposes.  In music students performed their own compositions for their peers.  They worked collaboratively to play as cohesive ensembles.  We commend students' hard work!




Parent Teacher Conference October 5
We thank the PTO and parent community for providing a delicious meal during our first evening of parent teacher conferences this week.  The dinner was greatly appreciated by all.  We are looking forward to our second parent teacher conference on Wednesday, October 5.  


Digger Dash October 6

We hope you will cheer us on Thursday, October 6, during our annual school fun run!  Donations will fund robots that all students will create and code.  You can click here to make a direct donation.  Please see our race day schedule below.




Upcoming Events
* October 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences
* October 6 - Digger Dash! 
* October 7-14 - No School: Fall Break
* October 19 - Gold Rush SAC Meeting @ Legend at 4:00-5:00  PM
* October 19 - Joint Legend Feeder SAC Meeting @ Legend at 5:00-6:00 PM


Electronic Thursday Folder


Yearbook Club
                -Yearbook Club Flyer
Jr. Titans Wrestling Club
            -Jr. Titans Wrestling Club Flyer
Chess Club has been rescheduled to October- don’t miss out! Sign up now!
            -Chess Club Flyer
Field Trip Information
            -If your class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield
            -Corn Maze & Hay Rides - Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 12 & 13, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
            -Friday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Center
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Events
            -"A Christmas Carol"  
            -Sun., Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.  OR  Thurs., Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
            -"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Musical"  
            -Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:00 a.m.  (Ticket availability limited)
            -"Finding Neverland"  
            -Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m.  (Ticket availability limited)

For more information on upcoming events and
links to purchase tickets,
click here.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Students Promote Citizenship
Primary grade students are urging others to be responsible citizens in their classrooms and throughout the school and greater community.  Students are using technology to share what they know about the importance of good citizenship with others.  First graders, for example, are creating posters using the See Saw application.  Students are turning their posters and voice recordings into QR codes and plan to hang them up throughout the school after winter break to remind others what it looks like to Go For the GOLD.  They also share why our actions are important.  We are proud of our students for helping promote a positive school culture!



Digger Dash Schedule
Ready, set....DASH!  We are all looking forward to our annual fun run - the Digger Dash - on Thursday, October 6.  Please see the schedule below for grade level race times.  Students in grades K-5 are all running for robots they will create and code.  We thank you for helping us reach our fundraising goals and hope you are able to cheer us on on race day!


Math Olympiad

After a very successful season last year, our Gold Rush Elementary Math Olympiad Team is ready to start up for the 2016-2017 year.  This team is designed for 4th and 5th grade mathematicians, but if your third grader is up for a challenge, we welcome them as well.  We will meet Wednesday mornings, starting on September 28.  Please view this flyer for more details and information.  Students were offered flyers in their classrooms, so your child may bring home a paper copy of the form.

Parent Teacher Conferences
We are looking forward to parent teacher conferences on September 27 and October 5.  We believe that your parent teacher conference is an opportunity to share your child's strengths and work together.  If you haven't signed up for your conference already, please do so by Saturday, September 24.  You can access the online scheduling tool by clicking here.  The password is "digger."

Yearbook Club
A new yearbook club for students in grades 3-5 will be held on Mondays after school starting October 17.  Look for the flyer with more details on September 29.


PTO Survey for Western Night
PTO would love to hear what you think about Western Night.  Click here to complete an online survey.  Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Target gift card.

Reminders
Please don't park in the handicap spaces unless you have a handicap placard. Violators will be ticketed. Thank you.

Upcoming Events
* September 27 - Parent Teacher Conference
* October 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences
* October 6 - Digger Dash! 
* October 7-14 - No School: Fall Break
* October 19 - Gold Rush SAC Meeting @ Legend at 4:00-5:00  PM
* October 19 - Joint Legend Feeder SAC Meeting @ Legend at 5:00-6:00 PM


Electronic Thursday Folder






After School Art Enrichment
The registration window for the fall session of after school art enrichment opens on September 26. Classes begin Thursday, October 20. Class will meet Thursdays after school. Space is limited so sign up early!  This first session topic will be will be creating sculptures with paper mache! 
-Click here for more information on Ms. Dazzio's blog. 
-Click here to sign up through RevTrak.

Chess Club Flyer

Field Trip Information
If you class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield- Corn Maze & Hay Rides 
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Center
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Events
"A Christmas Carol"  
Sun., Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.  OR  Thurs., Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Musical"  
Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:00 a.m.  (Ticket availability limited)
"Finding Neverland"  
Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m.  (Ticket availability limited)

For more information on upcoming events and
links to purchase tickets,
click here.

Field Trip Information
If you class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Mathematical Mindsets
Gold Rush teachers are discussing the text Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler.  Boaler identifies several essential elements of this content area, including modeling a mathematical mindset.  Boaler defines a mathematical mindset as a belief that anyone can learn math and be a strong mathematician.  She contrasts a mathematical mindset with a fixed mindset that suggests only some people are born with the ability to do math well.

Boaler argues that all children are capable mathematicians.  She cites brain research that shows brains are constantly evolving.  Research also notes that individuals develop synapses by making mistakes and those that have a mathematical mindset learn more from mistakes than those with a fixed mindset.  Boaler encourages teachers and parents to explicitly promote mathematical mindsets because they foster greater learning and a love of math.  She states, "if we believe that we can learn, and that mistakes are valuable, our brains grow to a greater extent when we make a mistake."

As teachers, we discussed the need to provide rigorous tasks that provide all students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes.  We also talked about the importance of valuing mistakes in the classroom.  In addition, teacher reflected on their own language and how they could be more deliberate in communicating that all students can be strong mathematicians.  Learn more about math mindsets by watching the video below.

 


Teaming for Technology
Classroom teachers at all grade levels are partnering with our technology teacher to ensure that technology is being used to enhance our curriculum.  Teachers planned lessons together and this week kindergartners and fifth graders are working together to integrate technology.  Kindergartners are using chatter pics to share what they learned about the rights, roles and responsibilities of effective citizenship.  Students in fifth grade are collaborating on shared google docs and google slides to identify a location for a company to harness a new renewable energy source.  It is exciting to see the excitement, critical thinking and collaboration that is occurring as a result of teachers working together.



Participating in Legend Homecoming Events
Gold Rush has enjoyed participating in Legend High School's homecoming events! We congratulate them on their win!


THANK YOU PTO
We thank the PTO for a wonderful Western Night!  We all had a great night! A special thank you to Angle Zayaz, Christine Armstrong and Kathy Santelli!


Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling
Conferences will be held on Tuesday, September 27th, and Wednesday, October 5th.  Parents will be able to schedule conferences beginning Friday, September 16th, at 4:00 pm.  Click here  to schedule your conference. The password is "digger".  Please be thoughtful of your teacher's schedule and other parents' conferences by arriving on time for your appointment.  Conferences are scheduled for 15 minutes and are limited to one per student.  

Student Count Day
We would like to remind you that Thursday, September 22, is student count day.  On this day student attendance is used to determine building funds. Please be sure your children are in attendance unless they are ill.

Upcoming Events
* September 19 -  PTO Community Night
* September 22 - Student Count Day
* September 27 - Parent Teacher Conference
* October 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences
* October 6 - Digger Dash! 
* October 7-14 - No School: Fall Break

Electronic Thursday Folder
After School Art Enrichment
The registration window for the fall session of after school art enrichment opens on September 26. Classes begin Thursday, October 20. Class will meet Thursdays after school. Space is limited so sign up early!  This first session topic will be will be creating sculptures with paper mache! 
            -Click here for more information on Ms. Dazzio's blog. 
            -Click here to sign up through RevTrak.
Chess Club has been rescheduled to October- don’t miss out! Sign up now!
            -Chess Club Flyer
Fundraising Night at Texas Road House
            -Texas Roadhouse Flyer
Field Trip Information
            -If your class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!