Friday, April 28, 2017

Increased Number of GRE Students with Norovirus-like Symptoms
Please see the information below that was emailed previously today regarding student illnesses.

We have seen an increased number of students with norovirus-like symptoms. This has led to several student absences in recent days. Because of this, DCSD’s special projects team is at the school today conducting a thorough deep-clean of the entire building. Additional measures are also being taken to ensure surfaces and items more likely to have regular hand contact be cleaned more frequently. Finally, there will be an increase in hand sanitizer available throughout the school.

What is norovirus?
Norovirus is highly contagious and is typically spread person-to-person or through airborne particles. Symptoms include a low-grade fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea and headache. The illness typically lasts 1-2 days, but can be longer.

When can my child return to school?
Your child should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Additionally, at least 48 hours must have passed since your child had diarrhea and/or vomiting.

What can I do to stay healthy?
Students, staff and families should continue to practice these health tips from the Center for Disease Control:
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people

Click here for additional information from our partners at the Tri-County Health Department.

Gold Rush Has Talent!
Gold Rush students can do it all!  They can sing, dance, play instruments, tell jokes and more! Students demonstrated all of their impressive skills during our talent show Friday.  We were impressed with their gifts and confidence.  We hope you will be able to join us this evening at 7:00 PM for the final show.  A special thank you to Mrs. Petty and Ms. Warner for organizing this event!

World Class Writers
Students in grades K-5 are sharing their expertise through their writing.  Kindergarten students researched an animal from the African Savannah and they published their learning in all about books. Second graders were writing like scientists.  They recorded guiding research questions for a force and motion lab report.  Students then wrote their hypothesis stating whether a toy car would travel farther on carpet or tile.  In a detailed materials, procedures and conclusion section, students explained why their initial thinking was correct or incorrect.  Fifth graders are researching Colonial America and conveying the unique differences of this time period in informational essays.  We are impressed with all students' writing!

Kindergarten Experts
All About Books on African Animals

 "Giraffes eat grass, leaves and drink water.  Giraffes are herbivores."

"Female baboons stay with their moms for their whole lives."

Second Graders Write Like Scientists

While completing several experiments, second graders wrote a science lab documenting how they conducted their experiment and what they learned about force and motion.

Fifth Grade Essays on Colonial America

By Edward Armstrong

After researching several different elements of Colonial America, students write like historians in their informational essays.

Students Review Safety Drills & Reminders
We had an opportunity to review several safety drills this week.  We practiced a fire drill and it was our best one yet.  After reviewing our current practices with District personnel we moved our meeting location to the field.  The students adjusted to this safer location with ease.  After the fire drill, classroom teachers reminded students of the following safety practices:

* If you are not in your classroom during a lockdown, go to the nearest classroom.
* If you are in the bathroom during a lockdown remain in the stall with your feet raised.
* If there is an emergency in the classroom and the teacher is unavailable, get an adult or push the emergency button.

Procedure for Delayed Dismissals
With spring comes unpredictable weather. I wanted to take this opportunity to review our delayed dismissal procedures that could result from lightening at the end of the day. According to District protocol, you can expect the following:

-Delayed dismissal will be called if lightening is detected within six miles.
-You will receive an email and text around 3:20 PM.  The message will ask you to come into the building at 3:30 PM and sign your child out of his/her classroom. Be sure you are registered to receive text messages (see information below).

According to District protocol, parents/guardians or other adults over the age of 18, who have been given permission in Infinite Campus and your emergency dismissal form, may pick up their children/younger siblings during a lightning delay at their own risk. Siblings under the age of 18 coming to pick up a younger sibling will be asked to stay in the building and will NOT be released.

-Students who attend BASE or after school activities in the building will attend their regularly scheduled activity. 

-Bus riders will be called to the gym and will be loaded onto buses when it is safe to do so. Transportation will ultimately ensure a safe arrival by dropping students off to waiting parents at bus stops.  

-Walkers and bikers will be dismissed when the weather is clear.

-If the weather does not clear by 3:45 PM, please come and sign your child(ren) out in the gym. All students must be picked up by parents and/or adults listed on your emergency contact information.

Registering for District & School Text Messages
Douglas County School District and Gold Rush provide parents with emergency information via text message. Parents need to opt-in in order to receive emergency communication this way. Click here for instructions to set up your text messaging preferences. Emergency notifications will also be posted on our school app. Download our app today!

Gold Rush has a new mobile app!  This is a great tool for getting all things GRE at your finger tips.  Click on the following links to download this app.

THANK YOU GRE Volunteers 
We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their contributions to Gold Rush!  Your time and efforts make our school a better place.  We appreciate all that you do!  A special thank you to our PTO for their ongoing work. Please stop by the office and get something from our "appreciation station"!

Class Placement
Just a reminder that parent input for class placement is due to Jenny Brown today.  She will accept feedback via email through the weekend.  Please see prior blog posts for additional information regarding our class placement process.

Upcoming Events
* May 1 - May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week
* May 5: First Grade Field Trip - Botanic Gardens & Kindie Egg Drop
* May 9: PTO Meeting @ 8:45 
* May 11: Fifth Grade Goes to Cimarron