Gold Rush Elementary School
February 7, 2020
First and second graders did an exceptional job Thursday evening in their musical performance. They performed several songs and dances that celebrated the arts. They also displayed their artwork that reflected the theme of art awareness. Their performance allowed them to demonstrate what they have learned in the specials areas and conveyed an appreciation to their audience. We are proud of students' enthusiasm and talent and we thank Mrs. Warner, Mrs. Petty and Ms. Dazzio for making the event possible. We look forward to the second evening of performances on Thursday, February 20!
Students are learning the art of collaboration and debate. In third grade students are clearly identifying an opinion and backing their thinking with at least three well supported reasons. Students are writing about topics that they feel passionate about. For example, I have received several letters from students recommending changes for our school. I have been impressed with the thought and reasoning students have demonstrated in their pieces.

Fifth grade students are taking their work a step further by researching both sides of a real-world issue prior to taking a stand. As they read a variety of nonfiction texts they are citing evidence that best supports their reasons for or against an issue. Students are exploring a wide range of topics including whether animals should be kept in zoos, which type of exploration is more relevant - space or sea, and whether water bottles are helpful or harmful.

Students engaged in a flash debate as their culminating activity. They did a great job clearly supporting their side with reasons, citing research and expert testimony, anticipating and addressing counter claims and listening and rebutting the opposing side. It was fun to watch students so engaged and passionate as they applied their learning!
Gold Rush will partner with Legend High School to support the Make a Wish Foundation. Last year Gold Rush students raised over $5,867! We are excited to partner with the high school again February 18 through February 22. This year the Legend Feeder is supporting a sixteen year old girl named Allie who has a serious heart condition. We are supporting her wish to travel to Egypt. Learn more about this student above.

We will follow the High School's spirit week. Students can bring change to participate. See the specific events below and thank you for helping us make a difference in Allie's life!
February 14: No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
February 17: No School - Presidents' Day
February 18: Wish Week Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
February 19: Wish Week Spirit Day - Hat Day
February 20: Wish Week Spirit Day - Dress Like a Skittle
February 20: 1 & 2 Performance (See Schedule Below)
February 20: Wish Week Spirit Day - Wish Week or GRE T-Shirt
1st & 2nd Grade Specials Program
Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 |