Friday, January 27, 2017

What Is Math?
Gold Rush teachers had the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of mathematics.  Jo Boaler spoke about what math looks like in the real world.  She stated that math was not about speed or answering questions with only one right answer.  While many of us do not think about math as a creative subject, she shared mathematicians really visualize what the math represents, use several strategies to solve problems, and justify their reasoning.  As educators and parents we can further students’ deep understanding of math concepts by asking the following probing questions:

·      How do you know your answer is correct?
·      Why does your answer make sense?
·      Why does your strategy for solving the problem work?
·      Can you make a visual representation of your thinking?
·      Can you solve/draw your solution in a different way?

Gold Rush teachers with Jo Boaler.  Stanford professor and author of Mathematical Mindsets.


Thinking Deeply About Reading
Students at all grade levels practice the following thinking strategies to comprehend what they read:  

·      Creating Mental Images
·      Determining Importance
·      Making Connections to Self, to Texts and the World
·      Questioning
·      Inferring
·      Synthesizing
·      Monitoring Comprehension

As adult readers we use these same strategies to understand complex text.  This week kindergartners were drawing mental images they created as they read.  They discussed how they used certain details from the book to draw their pictures and how their pictures helped them understand what was happening.  Second graders were working on determining the most important information from the story.  They were analyzing the events from a story to determine the author’s message. 




Wish Week
Students had a fun time this week as they participated in Legend High School’s Wish Week!  Students were excited to dress up in the same theme as the older students.  We were excited to raise money to support a student in need.



Supporting Our Own - Barnhart Family
While we are supporting a child through Legend High School's wish week, a need within our own school community has arisen.  As you may be aware, the Barnhart family tragically lost their home in a house fire.  Many people have already sprung into action to help this GRE family, including our PTO.   If you are also interested in helping, we are currently collecting gift cards to grocery stores, restaurants, target etc.  Donations can be left with the front office.  We send the Barnhart family our thoughts as they navigate through this difficult time.


Upcoming Events
* February 1: Harlem Wizards @ Legend High School 
* February 1: Full Day Kindergarten Deposit for 2017/2018 opens. Go to the RevTrak store for link.
* February 3: Sock Hop
* February 17: No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
* February 20: No School - Holiday

Electronic Thursday Folder January 26, 2017
Under The Lights Flag Football
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Sock Hop
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First and Second Grade Families- A Letter from Your Special’s Teachers
            -Click here to open letter with information about your student’s special’s showcase!
Legend High School Presents The Harlem Wizards VS Our Very Own Parker Team
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Upcoming Community Events
            -Saturday, March 3 @ 7 p.m.: Denver Nuggets Community Night vs. Calgary Roughnecks. Tickets are $15/$23. Event flyer and ticket ordering info will be available soon on our website. 
            -Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents, The Secret Garden. For discounts on all performances between April 21 – May 7Click here and enter promo code DCSDFUND.  Promo code is good for price levels A, B, & C.
            -Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 OR Sunday, June 4 the DCSD community can enjoy a fun-filled day of rides and attractions at Elitch Gardens for only $27.99 (reg. $49.99).  *Purchase your ticket before 5/31 and receive a free return ticket to the park valid mid-August through mid-October!* Ticket ordering info will be available soon on our website.

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


Friday, January 20, 2017

What Is Your Everest?
Modern day explorer, Colin O'Brady, spoke with intermediate students about his experience climbing the highest mountain on each continent including Mount Everest.  Students were inspired by his accomplishments and personal story.  As a young adult, Colin overcame a medical set back while traveling abroad.  He shared how setting small personal goals allowed him to later climb the worlds' highest peaks.  Colin challenged each student to find his/her "own Everest" and he assured them that anything is possible by taking one step at at time.








Gold Rush Spelling Bee 
We were proud of all of our students who participated in the school spelling bee!  Students were confident as they competed at the school level.  Fifth grade student, Jackson Cohrs, will move forward to compete at the District level.  We thank third grade teacher, Mrs. Castro, for working with all students who participated.





Wish Week: Making A Child's Dream Possible
Gold Rush is excited to participate in Legend High School's Wish Week next week!  All schools feeding into the high school are sponsoring Rayne, a seven year old girl with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  Gold Rush students can bring change each day if they wish to participate in Legend's spirit events.  All proceeds will contribute to Rayne's dream of going to Disney World for her birthday in April.  We look forward to joining other schools and making Rayne's dreams come true!

Monday, January 23  * Ski & Summer Looks
Tuesday, January 24 *  Farm & Western Wear 
Wednesday, January 25 * Sports Day
Thursday, January 26 * Anything Disney
Friday, January 27 * Pink & Blue - Rayne's Favorite Colors


Battle of the Books
We are proud of all of the students who participate in Battle of the Books!  Students who participate in this club read several books and compete with other schools to share their knowledge of what they read.  We are excited to have a third and fourth grade team and a fifth grade team move on to the next level of the competition.  We thank Mrs. Golish for making Battle of the Books possible!



PTO Recognizes Students' Character
PTO worked with classroom teachers to recognize one student who went above and beyond at each grade level.  Teachers nominated several students and PTO representatives selected the winner.  We are proud of students' leadership and hard work.






Engineering Challenges Students to Apply Math Concepts
As you recall, one of the things teachers learned last Friday is how students can use robots to solve complex math problems.  Students used robots to demonstrate their learning and test their answers to math problems involving area, perimeter, multiplication, fractions and measurement.  Teachers enjoyed learning all the ways that they could use coding to enhance and engage students in this content area.






Upcoming Events
* February 1: Harlem Wizards @ Legend High School 
* February 3: Sock Hop
* February 17: No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
* February 20: No School - Holiday

Electronic Thursday Folder

Legend High School Presents The Harlem Wizards VS Our Very Own Parker Team
            -Click here for flyer

Sock Hop
            -Click here for ticket presales- don’t wait in line!     
            -Click here for more information

Upcoming Community Events
-Now through January 22: National Western Stock Show Days! Get discounted tickets for a variety of exciting events! For calendar and info on purchasing tickets, click here
-Saturday, January 21 @ 7 p.m.: Denver Nuggets Community Night vs. L.A. Clippers. Tickets are $19/$51. Two alternate games also available $40/$16 with a portion of sales going back to your school.) *Purchase lower/club level tickets for any of these games and get a free Denver Nuggets hat!* Informational flyer here. Order tickets here.
-Saturday, March 3 @ 7 p.m.: Denver Nuggets Community Night vs. Calgary Roughnecks. Tickets are $15/$23. Event flyer and ticket ordering info will be available soon on our website. 
-Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents, The Secret Garden. For discounts on all performances between April 21 – May 7, Click hereand enter promo code DCSDFUND.  Promo code is good for price levels A, B, & C.

-Friday, June 2Saturday, June 3 OR Sunday, June 4 the DCSD community can enjoy a fun-filled day of rides and attractions at Elitch Gardens for only $27.99 (reg. $49.99).  *Purchase your ticket before 5/31 and receive a free return ticket to the park valid mid-August through mid-October!* Ticket ordering info will be available soon on our website.