Thursday, July 19, 2018

Important Information

Welcome to First Grade!

First grade is such a special year, full of learning and new adventures! I can't wait to meet my class and begin our journey together! I'm looking forward to a fantastic year!

If you'd like, you can read more about me on the "About Me" tab.

Please take a moment to read over the following important dates and add them to your calendar:


From the desk of Dr. Jenny Brown:

July 11, 2018
Dear Gold Rush Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! We are eagerly awaiting the beginning of the school year. I want to provide you with important information regarding the start of the year. It is my hope that this information will make you aware of upcoming events and important timelines.

Wednesday, July 18th – July 31st Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In will open on Wednesday, July 18. Click here to login. You will use Online Express Check In to update your contact information, pay school fees and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Please note that some of the forms need to be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher Day on Monday, August 6, or the first day of school. All students must register via Online Express Check In by July 31st. For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:

· GRE Administrative Assistant Anita Rudman: 303-387-7704

· GRE Registrar Christi Dismang: 303-387-7707

Wednesday, July 18th Class Placement
We know that your child is eager to know who his/her classroom teacher will be. Starting July 18th you can click here to access parent portal. You will be able to view your child’s teacher by selecting your student and clicking on the schedule tab. You can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email by the end of the month.

Monday, August 6th - Meet Your Teacher
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school. Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Monday, August 6, and drop off school supplies.

We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one of the times shown below by clicking here for our online scheduler. The online scheduler will be available July 18th through July 31st and the password is digger. The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or wish to align siblings’ times. If you ordered school supplies through the PTO they will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.

Meet Your Teacher Times on Monday, August 6th

Thursday, August 9th - First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, August 9th. Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony that begins at 8:30 AM. Click here for a map of your classroom location for our opening ceremony. All teachers will also have a sign with their name on it.

Friday, August 10th - Rolling Start to the School Day Begins

On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20 AM-8:30AM and walk directly to their classrooms. Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students. Our rolling start ensures a smooth start to the day. Parents of preschool students will need to walk their children into the building using the west entrance and sign their child in. School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.

Click here for the 2018 - 2019 Conventional Calendar

Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day

Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.

Wednesday, August 15th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 15th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM. The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM. We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.

Thursday, August 28th – 1 Assessment Hour
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs each child will come to school for one hour only on August 28th to complete reading and math assessments. The assessments administered allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.

Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 18th – July 31st to select an assessment time for your child. The password is digger. Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on August 28th. Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location. Students will conclude their assessment hour in the gym where your child take his/her school picture. Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on August 28th. Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

We will also be releasing a new website in the coming weeks. Our website address will remain and you will be rerouted. We hope you enjoy our new platform!

We look forward to seeing your family in August. Enjoy the remainder of your summer vacation!


Jennifer Brown


2018 Beginning of the Year Schedule

Monday, August 6: Meet Your Teacher: 
Parents show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.

Thursday, August 9: First Day of School
Students meet their teachers on the front blacktop for an opening flag ceremony by 8:30 AM.
Teachers show students how to walk to their classroom.

Friday, August 10: Second Day of School
Students walk to their classrooms between 8:20 AM - 8:30 AM.
Parents say good-bye outside of the building.

Tuesday, August 28: Assessment Hour
Students take classroom assessments for one hour.
Students take their picture at the end of their assessment hour.

Bell Schedule

8:20 AM First Bell
Students can enter the building.
Crosswalk supervision begins.
Students should not arrive to school prior to this bell.

8:30 AM Start of the School Day

8:35 Tardy Bell

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Dear First Grade Families,

Welcome to first grade at Gold Rush Elementary! My name is Mandy Miller and I will be your child's first grade teacher this year. I am looking forward to a year full of learning and partnering with you to ensure your child's success.

I would like to take this opportunity to share some information about myself with you. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Last year I enjoyed teaching 2nd grade in Douglas County and I am eager for a new school year to begin. Teaching 1st grade has always been a dream of mine and I am so excited to be able to do it at Gold Rush!

I was born in South Carolina and lived in Utah and California before my family moved to Denver in 2006. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, watching movies, baking, trying new restaurants, and enjoying all this wonderful state has to offer!

Just as I am sure you are curious about me, I am curious about your child! I would love a chance to learn a little about your first grader before the school year starts. As such, I am asking you to please email me a short letter to tell me a little bit about your child. This letter could include interests (both in and out of school), strengths, needs, learning style, motivators and anything else that could help me get to know your child. I would also love if you could include a picture to help me put a face with the name! Please send these by August 1st if possible. Thank you in advance!

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your child! Please do not hesitate to email me at if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to an amazing year together!

Mandy Miller