Friday, January 6, 2017

News Year's Goals
We were excited to welcome students back this week!  Students were happy to share how they spent their break.  Several students identified celebrations and things they wanted to accomplish in the New Year.  They wrote goals to help them remember where they wanted to be a year from now.  

"My New Year's goal is to practice being kind and to sleep better."

More Students Explore the S.T.E.A.M. Lab
Fifth graders were the first to open our science and engineering lab in December.  This month students in all grade levels will have the opportunity to collaborate, problem solve and apply math concepts through robotics.  Kindergartners' enthusiasm was palpable as they learned how to program robots Dash and Dot to move and speak.  We are excited for all students to have the opportunity to create and code this month.

Gold Rush Parent Communication Survey
We are looking for ways to improve our communication.  Click here to complete a parent survey regarding how you receive information best by Wednesday, January 18.  The school will use your feedback to improve the ways we share information.

Chambers Road Full Expansion Opens Monday, January 9th 
It was great to see many students use the new pedestrian bridge across Chambers Road!  The traffic light at the previous crossing has been removed so the pedestrian bridge is the only safe access across the road.  A full traffic switch over to four lanes is scheduled for Monday, January 9th.  Please help us ensure students' safety by ensuring your child is aware of the need to use the bridge.

Elementary Progress Reports (EPR's) Released December 17

Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs) were released on Saturday,  December 17th,
through Parent Portal.  You are still able to access your child's report card using the directions below.

·  Go to the Gold Rush Website
·  Select the Parent Resources Tab

·  Select Elementary Progress Report (EPR).  Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.

·  Then click "view Elementary Progress report" under your child's picture

Upcoming Events
* January 9: PTO Meeting @ 8:45- Gold Mine Room
* January 11: Parent Coffee Talk @ Cimarron for Incoming 6th Grade Students
* January 13: No School - Professional Development Day 
* January 16: No School - Holiday
* January 19: SAC Meeting @ 4:30 - Gold Mine Room

Electronic Thursday Folder
 Chick Fil A Dine-In Fundraiser -Click here for flyer

Gold Rush Elementary Chess Club -Spring session forming. Click here for flyer.
2017-18 Enrollment Confirmation Survey- Please complete by January 6th
If you haven’t already completed the enrollment survey for 2017/2018, please take a minute to fill it out now by clicking here. This survey will help us plan for the upcoming school year and ensure your child's classroom placement.  Thank you!

Attention 5th Grade Parents
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9am, Cimarron Middle School is hosting the next Parent Orientation/ Coffee Talk opportunity for future 6th grade parents to gain more information about the exceptional student learning experiences at Cimarron Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year. This informal event will allow you to learn about Cimarron's middle school academics, transitions, athletics and activities. Please click on the link to sign up for this opportunity.

Upcoming Community Events
            -National Western Stock Show
Apple Award Nominations
We love to recognize our outstanding Gold Rush teachers and school staff for the amazing job they do with students every day.  Click here  to nominate your favorite teacher, administrator, educational assistant, office staff or other staff member.  The nomination window will remain open through January 13, 2017.  For more information about Apple Awards click here.
Opt In to Receive Text Messages
Be sure your info is current by logging on to Parent Portal and updating your contact preferences. Make sure Text (SMS) is checked for any phone number/message type that you want to receive texts for. Opt in your phone number with School Messenger. Text ‘Y’ to 68453
Field Trip Information -If your class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!