Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day Fun!
We had a wonderful time spreading kindness this week!  Fourth graders made breakfast and Valentines boxes for others and students in all grade levels participated in a door decorating contest and kindness challenges.  We look forward to continuing to demonstrate kind acts throughout the school and community by Going for the G.O.L.D., or Giving respect, Owning our actions, Listening and Learning and Doing our best! 

Updates from the S.T.E.A.M. Lab
Second and third graders used robots Dash and Dot to practice math concepts.  Third graders used the robots to create as many polygons as they could with the same perimeter.  Students first created their shapes on the floor using masking tape and meter sticks.  They then used the robots to "walk" the perimeter to ensure they were the same.  Second graders played Capture the Kingdom.  The goal of this game is for Dash and Dot to land on, or capture, the cards that totaled the highest sum.  Students were required to collaborate, strategize and add with this activity.  Students in both grade levels enjoyed learning math in this engaging manner!

Math is More Than Memorizing
Research shows that high achieving math students see math as big ideas that are connected, rather than a set of procedures to be memorized.  Brain science affirms that students that are better at memorizing information do not have higher math abilities.  Jo Boaler asserts "we need students [in math to] ask good questions, map out pathways, reason complex solutions, set up models and communicate in different forms" (Boaler, 2015).  Gold Rush is excited to explore instructional practices that allow students to learn these research based math concepts this Friday during our Professional Learning Day.  Click here for Boaler's full article.

Spring Conferences
Spring Conferences will be held on March 8 and March 15.  Conferences are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your child's accomplishments and next steps.  You are able to sign up for conferences Monday, February 20th, using the Canyon Creek Online Scheduler.  The password is Digger.

Upcoming Events
* February 20: No School - Holiday
* March 2: 1st & 2nd Grade Performances
* March 8 - Spring Conferences
* March 9: 1st & 2nd Grade Performances & SAC Mtg. @ 4:30
* March 15 - Spring Conferences

Electronic Thursday Folders

 Art Enrichment Club- Heads up! Canvas club is over and another round of after school art enrichment begins this Spring. Clay Club registration begins on March 1 and classes begin on April 6. Click here to register- classes fill up quickly!

 Choir and Recorder Club Starting Soon!
            -Click here for more information

 Chipotle Dine In Fundraiser- Feb 16th
            -Click here for flyer

 2017 Douglas County Cotillion- In a world where kindness, courtesy and respect are often overlooked, JDW Cotillions is recognized as an authority in educating young people in the art of social dance and social skills training.
            -Click here for flyer and registration information

 Under The Lights Flag Football
            -Click here for link

 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!

 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 7, Click here and 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.

 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!