Friday, November 10, 2017

MANY REASONS & WAYS TO GIVE THANKS!
There are many reasons and ways to give thanks at Gold Rush.  Many students brought in a donation and wore a hat on Friday to raise money for Denver Rescue Mission's Turkey drive.  We will continue our Thanksgiving food drive for the Parker Task Force throughout next week.  This food drive is in addition to the ongoing No Waste initiative we started on September 5th.  I am proud to report that students have donated over 1700 prepackaged food items that would have otherwise been thrown away through our No Waste program!

Gold Rush will also celebrate Veteran's Day on Monday, November 13.  Students will write cards a create a school care package for those currently serving in the military.  If you are interested in donating any of the items shown below to you can send them in throughout the week.


Sunflower Seeds * Chapstick * Gum * Dental Floss * Q-Tips * Crossword Puzzles * Playing Cards * Sour Patch Kids * Toothpaste * Magazines

THANKSGIVING FEAST
Please join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Family Feast and Celebration of Learning on Wednesday, November 15.  Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with your child and view his/her great work in the classroom during Celebrations of Learning. 

We are also looking for volunteers.  Our flexible volunteer schedule allows you to enjoy lunch with your child and still help out.  View your child's schedule below and click here to volunteer.  Parents and siblings can pre-order tickets here.  Students will use their lunch accounts to order that day.  We hope you are able to join us!


Celebration of Learning & Lunch Schedule


Celebration  Lunch Teacher
10:30-11:00   11:00-11:20   Anderson, Graham & Meier
10:40-11:10   11:10-11:30   Steinher & Woolums
10:55-11:25   11:25-11:45   Zankey & Dean (Rossi)
10:55-11:25                   Brown & Marchese
11:35-11:55   Kindie Enrichment (Art Room)
11:25-11:55   11:55-12:15   Martino & Robart
11:35-12:05   12:05-12:25   Roon & Wilson
11:40-12:10   12:10-12:30   McMillan & Meredith
11:50-12:20   12:20-12:40   Russell & Shepperd
12:00-12:30   12:30-12:50   Dunker & Kramer
12:10-12:40   12:40-1:00    Poli & Westra
12:25-12:55   12:55-1:15    Broecker & Dalcerri
12:30-1:00 1:00-1:20 Hawk, Lautenbach & Rayens
12:45-1:15 Padrnos

STUDENTS REFLECT IN ART
Students created drawings that showcased mirror images.  We were impressed with their creativity!



THINKING DEEPLY IN MATH
Over 60 fourth and fifth graders are currently participating in our before school Math Olympiad program.  Math Olympiad fosters a love for math by engaging students in a national math competition.  This is an opportunity for students to problem solve and think critically.   Students complete challenging math problems both independently and in collaborative groups.  They are excited to share their divergent thinking and strategies.  We are proud of all the children who are currently participating, and we thank Mrs. Barta and Mrs. Anderson for facilitating this extra curricular opportunity.


SHOUT OUT FROM EVEREST
One of our students' parents recognized Gold Rush at the top of Mount Everest!




OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018-2019
Open Enrollment occurs between November 1 through December 1.  Families that wish to attend, but do not live within the Gold Rush boundaries must apply for Open Enrollment. Click here to apply.  Gold Rush will also host an open house on November 16 at 9:00 AM and November 28 at 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM. Additional information regarding open enrollment can be found on the District School Choice page.



2018-2019 ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION
It's hard to believe, but we are already starting to plan for next school year.  In order to assist us, complete the enrollment confirmation survey for your child(ren) by Friday, November 17th.  Please click here for the enrollment survey.  This will help ensure your child's classroom placement for next year.



UPCOMING EVENTS
* November 14: Open Enrollment Presentation @ 9:00 AM
* November 15: Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast
* November 15: Legend Feeder SAC Mtg @ 4:30-6:00PM & GRE SAC Mtg @ 6:00-6:30PM
* November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
* November 28: Open Enrollment Presentation @ 9:00 AM & 5:30 PM
* December 12: PTO Mtg @ 8:45 AM
* December 14: Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019

Friday, November 3, 2017


HALLOWEEN
Students enjoyed letting their creativity shine through their Halloween costumes!  They also enjoyed their Halloween parties and the school parade.  Several students went on to write personal narratives about the special day.  Check out a few students' great looks and work below.






Kindergartner Writing
I went trick or treating and I dressed up as an astronaut.


THANKSGIVING FEAST
Please join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Family Feast and Celebration of Learning on Wednesday, November 15th.  Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with your child and view his/her great work in the classroom during Celebrations of Learning. 

We are also looking for volunteers.  Our flexible volunteer schedule allows you to enjoy lunch with your child and still help out.  View your child's schedule below and click here to volunteer.  Parents and siblings can pre order tickets here.  Students will use their lunch accounts to order that day.  We hope you are able to join us!


Celebration of Learning & Lunch Schedule
Celebration   Lunch Teacher
10:30-11:00   11:00-11:20   Anderson, Graham & Meier
10:40-11:10   11:10-11:30   Steinher & Woolums
10:55-11:25   11:25-11:45   Zankey & Dean (Rossi)
10:55-11:25                   Brown & Marchese
11:35-11:55   Kindie Enrichment (Art Room)
11:25-11:55   11:55-12:15   Martino & Robart
11:35-12:05   12:05-12:25   Roon & Wilson
11:40-12:10   12:10-12:30   McMillan & Meredith
11:50-12:20   12:20-12:40   Russell & Shepperd
12:00-12:30   12:30-12:50   Dunker & Kramer
12:10-12:40   12:40-1:00    Poli & Westra
12:25-12:55   12:55-1:15    Broecker & Dalcerri
12:30-1:00 1:00-1:20 Hawk, Lautenbach & Rayens
12:45-1:15 Padrnos

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018-2019
The Open Enrollment window will be open from November 1st - December 1st. Families that wish to attend, but do not live within the Gold Rush boundaries must apply for Open Enrollment. Click here to apply for Open Enrollment. For more information visit the District School Choice page.



2018-2019 ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION
It's hard to believe, but we will be starting the planning process for next school year soon.  In order to assist us in this planning, complete the enrollment confirmation survey for your child(ren) by Friday, November 17th.  Please click here for the enrollment survey.  This will help ensure your child's classroom placement for the next year.



MEETING STUDENTS' INDIVIDUAL NEEDS IN MATH
Teachers in all grade levels are posing open ended tasks and questions as one way to meet students' individual needs in the area of math.  Open ended tasks have multiple solutions and allow students to approach the problem using different processes or strategies. They also allow students at different stages of mathematical development grow. Teachers will continue to develop and reflect upon these types of problems during our professional development day on Tuesday.

UPCOMING EVENTS
* November 7: No School - Teacher Work Day
* November 14: Open Enrollment Presentation @ 9:00 AM
* November 15: Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast
* November 15: Legend Feeder SAC Mtg @ 4:30-6:00PM & GRE SAC Mtg @ 6:00-6:30PM     
* November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
* November 28: Open Enrollment Presentation @ 9:00 AM & 5:30 AM
* December 14: Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019

Friday, October 27, 2017


STEAM LAB SUCCESS
Fifth grade students used robotics to answer the following essential questions:

Pulling: What makes objects move?
Speed: How can a car move faster?
Robust Structures: What other factors make structures earthquake resistant?
Metamorphasis: How do frogs morph?

In collaborative groups students chose one of the questions to examine that was most interesting to them.  Students then created robots to test their initial thinking.  As students continued to work, they made improvements to their robots and tracked how their improvements impacted their results. Students' critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration was remarkable!  All students will have the opportunity to create and explore in the S.T.E.A.M. lab this spring.




CRITICAL THINKING IN LITERACY
Gold Rush believes in fostering growth by challenging critical thinkers.  We know that it is essential for students to think deeply in all content areas.  National reading expert, Stephanie Harvey, affirms that the goal of reading is to comprehend.  She states that we create knowledge by thinking strategically about the information we read (Harvey, 2017).  Gold Rush teachers are committed to explicitly teaching the following reading strategies and creating classroom cultures of thinking. 

Monitoring Comprehension
Activating Prior Knowledge & Making Connection
Asking Questions
Inferring
Synthesizing & Summarizing

Students in all grade levels are using these strategies to better understand the text.  This week kindergarten and first grade students talked about how their schema, or background knowledge.  They identified what they thought they new about a topic prior to reading and reflected on how their thinking changed after they read.  Second grade students focused on making connections to what they read to better understand characters, problems and concepts presented in the text.




HALLOWEEN PARTY & PARADE ROUTE
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 8:40-9:30 AM.  It is recommended that party treats be balanced with both nutritious options and sweets.  Our school parade will follow at 9:30-9:45 AM.  The parade route is included below.  Students who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities can rejoin the class at 9:45 AM.  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.


COLLABORATIVE CUP STACKING
Students worked together in Physical Education to creatively cup stack.  Students were challenged to move buckets across the gym and stack them without using their hands.  Students were creative and used their feet and ropes to accomplish this task.  We are proud of their out of the box thinking and team work.








OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018-2019
The Open Enrollment window will be open from November 1st - December 1st. Families that wish to attend, but do not live within the Gold Rush boundaries must apply for Open Enrollment. Click here to apply for Open Enrollment. For more information visit the District School Choice page.

2018-2019 ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION
It's hard to believe, but we will be starting the planning process for next school year soon.  In order to assist us in this planning, complete the enrollment confirmation survey for your child(ren) by Friday, November 17th.  Please click here for the enrollment survey.  This will help ensure your child's classroom placement for the next year.

UPCOMING EVENTS
* October 31: Halloween Parade @ 9:30-9:45AM
* November 7: No School - Teacher Work Day
* November 15: Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast (Grade Level Schedule to Come)
* November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break

Friday, October 20, 2017

PEACEFUL SCHOOLS
Legend High School students, members of the Parker Rotary and our first graders participated in a Peaceful Schools program that focuses on character education.  Our older students and Rotarians read students books, such as One and Hey Little Ant, and engaged students in discussions and activities.  Topics that will be addressed over the next month include caring, showing compassion and cooperation, expressing feelings, celebrating diversity and resolving conflict.  This was an experience that benefited all participants.  We look forward to continuing this program in the coming weeks!











HALLOWEEN
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 8:40-9:30 AM.  It is recommended that party treats be balanced with both nutritious options and sweets.  Our school parade will follow at 9:30-9:45 AM.  The parade route is included below.  Students who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities can rejoin the class at 9:45 AM.  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.



OUR FABULOUS FRONT OFFICE
You may see new faces in the front office.  When Ms. Panico retired prior to fall break Mrs. Schwalick joined our team as the health and office assistant.  Mrs. Dismang is now serving as the school's registrar and Mrs. Rudman is our administrative assistant.  They all look forward to continuing to serve our school community.





LOCKDOWN PRACTICE
We had the opportunity to review our lockdown procedures and practice this drill with the District security team Friday.  After completing the drill, students continued discussions in their classrooms. Students were assured that schools are safe places.  Teachers also reminded students that they should go to the closest room if they are not in their classrooms.  In addition, they discussed remaining in a locked stall with their feet up if they were in the bathroom. 

The National Association of School Psychologists provides some tips for talking with children.  They provide seven suggestions shown below.   Click here for the full article.

1. Assure Children They Are Safe
2. Make Time to Talk 
3. Make Explanations Developmentally Appropriate
4. Review Safety Procedures
5. Observe Children's Emotional State
6. Limit Television Viewing
7. Maintain a Normal Routine




2018-2019 ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION

It's hard to believe, but we will be starting the planning process for next school year soon.  In order to assist us in this planning, complete the enrollment confirmation survey for your child(ren) by Friday, November 17th.  Please click here for the enrollment survey.  This will help ensure your child's classroom placement for the next year.

UPCOMING EVENTS
* October 31: Halloween Parade @ 9:30-9:45
* November 7: No School - Teacher Work Day
* November 15: Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast (Grade Level Schedule to Come)
* November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break


Friday, October 6, 2017



CELEBRATING THE DIGGER DASH
We were all proud of students' efforts during the Digger Dash!  We enjoyed running for additional robots for our school's STEAM lab.  On Friday the fastest students at each grade level transformed the Principal and Assistant Principal into ice cream sundaes.  We thank the PTO and our parent volunteers for making this event possible! 





COLLABORATING ON DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
Gold Rush administration collaborated with the Parker Police Department, the Town of Parker Traffic Engineer and District Planning and Security personnel on existing dismissal procedures.  While the police were comfortable with our current arrival procedures, we brainstormed several different options for dismissal.  This team reviewed different plans for rerouting traffic during pick up only.  Proposals will be revisited with this planning team and our School Advisory Council when we return from fall break.  


FIRST GRADERS PROMOTE CITIZENSHIP
First grade students are learning about the rights and roles of responsible citizens.  They wanted to share their learning with others and remind students what responsible citizens look like throughout our school.  Students created signs that show what it looks like to Go for the G.O.L.D. in different locations in our building. Their posters include a QR code that explains their thinking.  Check out a few student samples below.




CRAZY HAIR FOR HARVEY
When fifth graders heard about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey they were driven to act. They organized a crazy hair day to raise money for those affected.  Students and staff enjoyed showing their spirit and supporting a good cause.  Check out some of the crazy hair that shows up on Friday!





GRE ROCKS!
All students and staff decorated rocks for our school garden as a way to show our school pride.  The rocks demonstrate students' creativity and passions.  Click here to see a few samples.




NEW FROM TRANSPORTATION
Transportation is using a new Lets Talk app to respond to questions and comments from the school community.  If you have questions regarding bus routes, Z passes etc. consider reaching out using this tool.  The app can be found on the District website under the transportation page.


Click here for the Dialogue form

Transportation is also promoting the Z Pass + program that allows you to track your child's route. You will receive an immediate text message or email when your child swipes in and out once you register for Z Pass +.  There is no cost to this program.  Click here for more information.




THANK YOU!
A special thank you to our PTO and parent volunteers for our wonderful conference meals.  They were greatly appreciated!




UPCOMING EVENTS:
* October 9-13: No School - Fall Break
* October 16: School Resumes
* October 20: School Lockdown Drill Practice with the District @ 1:15
* October 19: SAC Meeting @ 4:30-5:30 in the Gold Mine Room
* November 7: No School - Teacher Work Day