Gold Rush Elementary School
August 22, 2019
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night Thursday! We welcome the opportunity to share our goals for the year and our classroom routines. I enjoyed sharing the slideshow above as it highlights our incredible start to the year. It also demonstrates elements essential to our mission, namely thinking critically, taking risks, honoring differences and caring for others.
BOUNCE PAGES HELPS PARENTS WITH MATH HOMEWORK
We adopted a new math curriculum this year called Envision. We will continue to build students' conceptual knowledge of math concepts and their ability to problem solve using multiple strategies using this resource. Envision, which is currently used at Cimarron Middle School, also provides additional materials to support students with a range of math knoweldge.

We know from research that how parents talk with their children around math can affect their academic achievement either positively or negatively. We encourage you to foster a mathematical mindset at home by making math fun, honoring mistakes and talking positively about your own math abilities and how we teach math.

Bounce Pages is an online app that links parents to videos that demonstrate how concepts have been taught in the classroom. Once you download Bounce Pages you can scan either the video or the eye icons located on the top of the page. These links open to videos that students have watched in class that explain the multiple strategies taught in class. Parents can use these videos to understand strategies that they might not be familiar with. They can also have their students review if he/she is unclear. See additional information about this app below.
STUDENTS SET GOALS FOR THE YEAR
Goals setting allows students at Gold Rush to challenge themselves academically and socially. We encourage students to set goals around trying new things and improving a passion or talent. Goals are also set around serving as a friend or leader within our school community.

As you can see from our school's reading and writing beliefs below, goal setting is inherent in our school values. In the classroom educators and students work together to set individual academic goals that allow them to develop their critical thinking. Ongoing targeted feedback, continual reflection and goal revision are also essential components of the process. The video above shows some students' goals for the year.
ASSESSMENT HOUR & PICTURE DAY
AUGUST 27
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, every child K-5 will come to school for one hour only on August 27th 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. Your child's results will be shared with you during fall parent teacher conferences.
 
Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on August 27th. Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location. Kindergarten students will meet their teacher outside their classroom doors.

Students will conclude their assessment hour in the gym where your child will take his/her school picture. Kindergarten families will meet their parents at their classroom doors. Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on the 27th. Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

NEW COUNSELOR ANN FITCH
My name is Ann Fitch and I am the School Counselor at Gold Rush Elementary. I am so excited and honored to be joining this amazing GRE family! This will be my 11th year as a School Counselor, all here in Douglas County. I am committed to encouraging, supporting, and empowering our students to become their best selves. My primary task is to help ALL students become better learners by providing a comprehensive and developmental counseling program that meets their Social Emotional Learning. 

I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons using the MindUp and Learning to Breathe curriculums, collaborating and working as a team with parents and staff. I speak a language of hope and blend respect, empathy, curiosity, humor, creativity, and patience when working with students.

Support provided can be therapeutic, but the role of a school counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy. I am able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance. I am a resource similar to the school nurse in that she can provide help, but refers out for more serious issues. Licensed mental health counselors are the appropriate resource to provide ongoing therapy sometimes needed by families and children. I am happy to provide these referrals to you, if you ever need them.

As the counselor, I have the privilege of providing support to every student at GRE. Confidentiality is respected, unless they plan on hurting themselves, hurting someone else, or someone is hurting them. Although I do not require parent consent, if you would like to request I meet with your child for a specific concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

I am thrilled to be here, and I thank you for the support you have shown me by valuing your child’s mental health. I look forward to a great school year and getting to know all our wonderful students at GRE!

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL REMINDERS

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping students safe during arrival and dismissal. Please see additional safety reminders below.


* Morning supervision begins at 8:20 AM.
Please do not drop students off prior to this time.

* Please move your car seat to the passenger side of the car so students can exit curbside.

* Please do not bring dogs on school grounds.

* Please do not park in the handicapped parking unless you have a permit.

* Please do not move into oncoming traffic to pass cars.
You will be ticketed.

* Please always cross at a crosswalk that is staffed with a crossing guard.

UPCOMING EVENTS
August 23: Western Night @ 5:00-8:00 PM
August 27: Assessment Hour & Picture Day
September 2: No School - Labor Day
Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 | https://gre.dcsdk12.org/