Gold Rush Elementary School
January 11, 2019
GRE STUDENTS SPREAD PARKER TASK FORCE
FOOD SHARE PROGRAM
Gold Rush is currently piloting the first elementary service learning club through Rotary International called Interact. Currently 14 fourth and fifth graders are enrolled in the club. For their first local service project, students helped Cimarron Middle School replicate our No Waste Food Initiative.

Fourth and fifth graders traveled to Cimarron today and presented to all students during their lunch periods. Gold Rush students shared how in our first year we donated over 5,500 items to the Parker Task Force and filled 198 backpacks with food for children in our community. They shared that this was done by simply repurposing food that would have otherwise gone in the trash.

Gold Rush students were excited that Cimarron is joining our efforts. Given the significantly larger size of the middle school, students are confident that our combined contributions will help the growing number of Parker residents who access the Task Force.

We are proud of our students' leadership, drive and risk taking. To learn more about the Initiative, listen to students' presentation above.
MATH MENTORS PROMOTE LEADERSHIP & A LOVE OF MATH
Fifth grade math mentors design math games and activities for first grade students that they implement each Friday. This is an incredible opportunity for our oldest students to demonstrate leadership and promote an early love of math. Math mentors are driven to create activities that push students' to think deeply and flexibly about concepts. In addition to serving as academic role models, math mentors strive to build positive relationships with the younger mathematicians. In turn, our younger students appreciate the challenge and attention from their older peers. We thank our Professional Learning Specialist, Mrs. Barta, for organizing this mutually beneficial experience.  
LAST DAY TO NOMINATE A GRE STAFF MEMBER FOR AN APPLE AWARD
Nominations Due January 11, 2019
NEW DISTRICT RAPTOR SYSTEM
Douglas County School District (DCSD) recently rolled out the Raptor Visitor Management system at our school. This system is used by many schools throughout the district and state and will give us an additional layer of safety for our students. We are committed to protecting everyone at Gold Rush and this system helps support our commitment.

Here is how the system and our process will work:

Everyone who is visiting classrooms, joining kids for lunch, or attending a meeting or an event will have their ID/driver’s license scanned. The ONLY database that the Raptor system checks IDs against is the sexual predator database. This system does NOT check any other databases.

All DCSD schools will be using this same system very soon. Once you have scanned your ID at any school location, you will be saved in the system. Therefore, if you forget your ID in your car, DCSD schools that are utilizing Raptor will be able to look you up by your name.

All guests will be given a sticker to wear while they are in our school that is printed by this system. This sticker will have your name, the photo from your ID, and the date and time. For our frequent guests, we will try to save printing costs by placing your Raptor ID in a protective badge sleeve so you can reuse the sticker throughout the year. Each new school year we will rescan all IDs for the current school year.

Please remember to bring your ID with you next time you visit the school so we can scan it and get you logged into our system. If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I’ll work to find an answer for you.
OPTING IN FOR EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGES
A number of our parents and guardians who have signed up to receive text alerts have not opted in to the system. This means you will not receive text alerts until you complete the registration process. Please confirm that you have selected to receive text messages in your Infinite Campus account. The next step is critical: Send a text to 68453 with the message “YES”

If you do not complete the registration process as outlined above, you will NOT receive emergency text messages. If you need further information regarding emergency messaging, please visit  https://tinyurl.com/textdcsd .

Our entire staff is committed to maintaining a happy, healthy and safe learning community for everyone! Thank you for your ongoing support
UPCOMING EVENTS


* January 14 - Spelling Bee for 4th & 5th Graders @ 2:00
* January 17 - SAC Meeting @ 4:30-5:30
* January 18 - No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
* January 21- No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
* February 1 - Sock Hop


Gold Rush Elementary | 12021 S. Swift Fox Way Parker CO 80134
Main Line 303-387-7700 | Fax 303-387-7701 | https://gre.dcsdk12.org/