Gold Rush Elementary School
August 9, 2019
WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START!
Opening Flag Ceremony
We have had an incredible start to the school year! We were excited that many of our families were able to join our opening flag ceremony. Students welcomed others and shared inspirational songs during this celebratory event.

I am proud to share that students have already settled into their daily routines. They have spent our first few days developing new friendships and learning classroom procedures. These opening activities are setting the stage for a great year!

We hope you will join us at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 21, to learn more about the upcoming year. You are welcome to attend either the 6:05-6:35 PM or 6:40-7:10 PM parent session. The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM. Just a reminder that this informative event is for parents only. We hope to see you there!
GOING FOR THE G.O.L.D.
Our school's positive behavior system emphasizes behaviors that allow all members of our community to feel safe. Each day we remind students to "Go for the G.O.L.D. ," or Give respect, Own your actions, Listen and Learn and Do your best! We explicitly teach students what these character traits looks like and sound like in different areas of the school. In addition to practicing these behaviors in the classroom, students learn how to demonstrate them in the hallways, cafeteria, playground and specials. Students who are caught exhibiting these traits are awarded golden tickets. Golden ticket winners are entered in a school raffle where the coveted prize is a school elevator pass.

First through fifth graders ended the week with a Go For the GOLD assembly. Students in each grade level engaged in collaborative activities that required them to demonstrate these behaviors. Students used teamwork, for example, to get their whole class on the climbing wall, transfer a ball across the gym and pass a hula hoop throughout the grade level. At the completion of each activity students reflected on how they demonstrated respect, owned their actions, listened and learned and did their best. Practicing the positive behaviors that keep our school emotionally and physically safe was a fun and meaningful way to end the week.
DROP OFF & PICK UP PROCEDURES
ALL students should be dropped off and picked up in the car loop in the front of the school.  In order to ensure students’ safety please do not use Summit Fox as a drop off or pick up location. When entering the car loop please pull as far forward as possible and have students exit or enter your vehicle curbside . Adults in orange vests will unload or load students along the curb and monitor crosswalks. Please be courteous of other drivers and indicate when you are exiting the lane. The car loop is a moving lane so cars are not able to park in the loop. If your children require extra time exiting your car please park in the parking lot and walk your child.
 
At dismissal ALL students that are picked up in the car loop wait under the shade structure on the front playground. Adults supervise students and assist them into their cars. If your car is in the car loop lane please do not leave it unattended at anytime. Students will be called out to your car. We ask that you pull to the front of the pick up line.  
 
Safety in our parking lot is our number one priority. Please remember that we are welcoming and dismissing over 650 students. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated!
DELAYED DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
 A delayed dismissal is usually caused by severe weather. You will be alerted of a delayed weather dismissal via phone and email. You can also receive a text if you opt in at the District level. Click here to do so.  

During a delayed dismissal we ask that you sign your child out in his/her classroom at 3:30 PM. Students attending BASE and after school activities located in the building will go to their intended location at 3:25 PM. Bus riders will be called to the gym and will be loaded onto buses when it is safe. 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. Students must be picked up by parents and/or adults listed on your emergency contact information. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

ASSESSMENT HOUR & PICTURE DAY AUGUST 27
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, every child will come to school for one hour only on August 27 th 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.
 
Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on August 27 th . 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 will take his/her school picture. Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on the 27 th . Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
UPCOMING EVENTS
August 12: First Day of School for Kindergarten - 8:20-8:40 AM
August 12: Tears & Cheers Breakfast - 8:45 AM @ Cafeteria
August 13: PTO Meeting - 8:45 AM @ Gold Mine Room

August 21: Back to School Night @ 6:05-6:35 PM or 6:40-7:10 PM
August 23: Western Night @ 5:00-8:00 PM
August 27: Assessment Hour
Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 | https://gre.dcsdk12.org/