Friday, October 21, 2016

The Town of Parker will be closing Red Sky Dr on Monday, October 24th from 9AM to 3PM

Digger Dash Celebration!
We recognized our Digger Dash winners today.  The fastest boy and girl from each class got to silly string the Principal and Assistant Principal.  A golden shoe was also awarded to the fastest class at each grade level.  We thank the PTO, our parent volunteers and high school students for making this event possible!  We send a special thank you to Angel Zayas and Christine Armstrong for their efforts.  Digger Dash pledges are due on October 28th and all funds go toward robots that students will create and code.  Click here for a parent survey for Digger Dash.

Spotlight on Math

Students in all grade levels are communicating their strategies and reasoning with others in math. Students routinely share the different ways they problem solve, while their peers ask them to clarify their thinking and explain how their approach helped them.  Students often look for patterns while computing and many times they use what they know about smaller numbers to help them solve more complex problems.  For example, second graders are looking for combinations of 10 (example 5 + 5) when solving larger addition number strings (5 + 5 + 3 + 4).  Students in the older grades are using what they know about smaller multiplication problems to help them figure out larger ones.  For example, they are using what they know about 10 X 12 and 2 X 12 to help them solve 12 X 12.  

Students are also creating visual representations of numbers to build their number sense, or understanding of the value of numbers.  In third and fourth grade, students create arrays to represent the value of a multiplication problem.  Fifth graders created a cubic meter prior to estimating the volume of their classroom.

Students' ability to visualize, find and use patterns and demonstrate their reasoning by explaining their thinking are best practices supported by leading mathematicians (Boaler, 2016).  I am impressed with students' critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

Canned Food Drive Oct 24- Nov 11
Gold Rush is teaming up with Legend High School for their annual canned food drive.  All food will be donated to the Parker Task Force.  The High School will provide the winning class with a Pie Party courtesy of the Village Inn! Click here for flyer.

New Calendar in 2017-2018
The School Advisory Councils from each of the Legend High School Feeder Schools approved a calendar change for all feeder schools in 2017-2018.  As you may recall, the current split-modified calendar presented academic and extracurricular conflicts for secondary students.  In addition, the current calendar challenged all schools' ability to adhere to hiring timelines and provide professional development opportunities throughout the school year.  After reviewing faculty and community survey data, each of the School Advisory Councils unanimously approved the new conventional calendar for 2017-2018.  Click here for the new calendar.

Halloween Events
Halloween is right around the corner and students are already asking how we will celebrate at Gold Rush.  Halloween breakfast parties will be held on Monday, October 31, from 8:40-9:45.  It is recommended that party treats be balanced with nutritious options and limited sweets.  Our school parade will follow at 9:30-9:45 AM.  See the parade route below.  Students who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities can rejoin the class at 9:45.  We will resume with a normal school day schedule at that time.

We encourage students to be creative with their costumes, but safety remains our number one priority.  Please adhere to the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

* Students should come dressed in their costume and bring a change of clothing.

* Costumes can not be demeaning, offensive or promiscuous.

* Face paint, face masks and weapons are not permitted.

Upcoming Events
* October 21: Legend High School Safe Trick-Or-Treat @ 6:00-8:00 PM
* October 31: Halloween Breakfast Parties & Parade @ 8:40-9:30AM
* November 8: No School - Voting Day / Teacher Professional Development
* November 16: Thanksgiving Feast - Details to Come 
* November 14-18: Book Fair
* November 21-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break
* November 30: Cimarron Middle School Parent Orientation/Coffee Talk @ 8:00AM

Electronic Thursday Folder
Earn Bonus Box Tops With This New APP!
            -Click here for flyer
 GRE Canned Food Drive- Oct 24- Nov 11
            -Click here for flyer
 DCEF Opportunities for kids
            -Roller-skating Class- click here for flyer
            -Youth Inline Hockey League- click here for flyer
 Once Upon A December Boutique
            -Click here for Craft Fair Flyer
Elite Basketball Camp
            -Click here for flyer
Golden Ticket Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast!
            -Click here for information and how to enroll.
 Legend High School Ornament Sale- Support Our Feeder High School!
                -Click here for flyer
 DCSD Community Night with The Avs!
            -Click here for flyer
 Pumpkin Palooza at Legend High School
            -Click here for flyer
 Field Trip Information
            -If your class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!
 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.