Thursday, November 8, 2018

November News!


Important Upcoming Dates




November 12th- November 16th:  Book Fair



Wednesday, November 14th:  
Learning Celebration and Thanksgiving Feast!  
We invite families to join us in the classroom so the children can share 
some of their recent learning with you.  After the learning celebration, 
you are invited to join your child in the cafeteria for a Thanksgiving 
feast! Our learning celebration will be from 11:10-11:40, with 
lunch/recess from 11:40-12:20.  You can pre-order lunch tickets at 
MySchoolBucks.com.  


Monday, November 19th-Friday, November 23rd:  
NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break! 

A Peek Into Our Classroom: Oct/Nov 




Reader’s Workshop

We are focusing on...

*Understanding that reading is thinking!
*Listening to our inner voice
*Leaving "tracks" of our thinking by making notes when we learn new things, make connections, or have a question about what we read (We use LOTS of sticky notes!)
*Become problem solvers who can use lots of strategies to decode and understand what we read 
*Continuing to build stamina and independence

You can help at home by:

*Keep up with the nightly reading routine
*Encourage students to "think aloud" as they read and share their questions, learnings and reactions to text
*Model asking questions as you read 
*Continue to support sight word and spelling pattern homework 


Writer’s Workshop

We are focusing on....

*Learning more about crafting small moment, narrative stories
*Making our stories come alive by making our characters talk, move and feel
*Telling our stories in small steps using transition words
*Using mentor texts and trying out some of the strategies we see other authors use 
*Beginning to edit our work for best spelling, upper/lowercase letter usage, and punctuation 

You can help at home by:

*Ask your child what they are writing about
*Ask what they are trying to make their stories "come alive" 
*Pick small writing tasks to practice correct letter formation and upper/lower case usage (when they are making sight word flash cards is a great time for this!)  

Math

We are focusing on...

*describing 2-D shapes according to attributes like sides and corners
*comparing, classifying, representing and building shapes
*combining shapes in different ways and noticing what shapes can be put together or taken apart to make new shapes
*continuing to build number sense and addition/subtraction (we will revisit this in depth again next unit)

You can help at home by...

*ask your child to find geometric shapes and describe them using our math language 
*continue to build number sense and practice counting and addition/subtraction skills 

Science /Social Studies

We are focusing on...

*we just wrapped up our unit on Pebbles, Sand and Silt.  Be sure to have your little geologists share their Geology Notebooks and all of their learning with you! 

*our next unit will be a Social Studies unit, focusing on the history of United States traditions and celebrations such as Thanksgiving, analyzing how things have changed over time 

You can help at home by...

*begin to talk about your family traditions and customs 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Important Information

BOX TOPS

Snip & Clip Box Tops for Gold Rush and earn cash for our school! Please collect your Box Tops and send them with your child to school by [insert date].
Each Box Tops is worth 10¢, and they can add up quickly! 50 Box Tops = $5 for Gold Rush to support various school activities.
The classroom that collects the most Box Tops by [insert date] will win a pizza party! Help our class win! It’s easy to raise $ for Gold Rush:
    1. Buy Box Tops products
    2. Snip and Clip Box Tops from packages
    3. Send them to school with your child in a Ziploc bag
    4. Submit by Oct 24th to me or place in our Box Tops collection box
Remember:
  • Box Tops already expired do not count
  • Trimmed Box Tops please – expiration date required
  • Box Tops Collection boxes will be located in each classroom or submit directly to me
Go to www.btfe.com/products for a complete list of participating Box Tops products











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:

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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: anita.rudman@dcsdk12.org 303-387-7704


· GRE Registrar Christi Dismang: christi.dismang@dcsdk12.org 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
8:45-9:15
9:15-9:45
9:45-10:15


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!

Kindly,

Jennifer Brown

Principal


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 mmiller3@dcsdk12.org if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to an amazing year together!

Warmly,
Mandy Miller