Gold Rush Elementary School
January 24, 2020
  Students in all grade levels participated in the worldwide hour of code this month. It has been exciting to watch students at all grade levels program! Programming is a great opportunity for students to think creatively. When students code they are challenged to innovate and explore different patterns and sequences. This activity also requires perseverance and problem solving. Gold Rush fifth graders used this as an opportunity to demonstrate leadership as they shared their expertise with kindergartners. Students have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about computer science. For additional coding resources that you can do at home click here.
Gold Rush promotes student leadership within our community. We remind students that even young people can bring about meaningful change. We share that small acts of friendship can have a lasting impact on others. Gold Rush has several student clubs that are committed to leadership, including Student Council, Young Rotarians and Garden Club. 
We also come together as a school community to support others. Here are a few examples of how Gold Rush students, staff and families have made a difference:
* GRE students collected 4,700 cans for the Parker Task Force in November!
* GRE students donate uneaten, non perishable food daily to the Parker Task Force through our No Waste Food Initiative!
* GRE students spread our No Waste Food Initiative to Cimarron Middle School!
* GRE students formed the first Elementary Rotary Club in the world!
* GRE students collected $1,500 and 86 Kits for Kids! These medical supplies will be sent around the world in March!
* GRE students purchased 178 turkeys for the homeless through the Denver Rescue Mission!
* GRE students bought 2 buddy benches to our playgrounds so all students would have a friends during recess!
Gold Rush also partners with Legend High School to support the Make a Wish Foundation. Last year Gold Ruh students raised over $5,867. We are excited to partner with the high school again February 13 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.

Click here for more information regarding the benefits of the Foundation. I will share additional information about spirit events and opportunities to get involved in future blogs.
We were extremely excited when the books that we purchased through Digger Dash donations arrived after winter break. As you recall, we raised approximately $25,000 for K-5 classroom libraries from our all school fun run. Grade level teams have been feverishly unpacking and inventorying these new resources and many books are already in students’ hands. All books should be in classrooms by the end of the month. We thank our families and the PTO for their generous donations. These books are engaging and directly aligned to our literacy curriculum. We know that this resource will have a meaningful impact for all students.
As always, safety is our number one priority. This requires patience and understanding each day as we welcome and dismiss almost 700 students. As we return from break please adhere to the following reminders:
* Only enter the parking lot through the entrance
* Have your child ready to exit your vehicle curbside
* Only use the car loop or designated parking spots for drop off (no bus loop)
* Wait in the car loop lane on Swift Fox if you are dropping off or parking
* Do not enter oncoming traffic lanes at any time
* Always use the crosswalk
Please know that the Parker Police will be monitoring drop off and pick up in the coming weeks.
Donate items for cake walk at :
January 31: Sock Hop @ 6:00-8:00 PM
February 6: 1 & 2 Performance ( Additional Information )
February 13: 1 & 2 Performance ( Additional Information )
February 14: No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
February 17: No School - Presidents' Day
Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 |