Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weekly Reminders 8/14-18


We had a great first week getting to know one another, learning about our classroom and our school. In math, we listened to the story "The Boy Who Loved Math" and analyzed the life of famous mathematician, Paul Erdos. From there, we listed qualities that make a good mathematician to draw upon throughout the year in our work. 



Homework, Due Tuesday, 8/22
Students brought home a pink sheet with what this week's homework assignment entails. Click here or on the 'Homework' tab of the blog if you need an extra copy.  

Ms.Meredith's Digital Paperwork
If you haven't already done so, please fill out the following online forms. {These only need to be filled out once.}

Scholastic Book Orders, Due Online 8/31
Ordering from Scholastic Book Orders is a great way to build up your at-home library. Books are often times less expensive than traditional book stores AND all purchases benefit our classroom. 

With every purchase, points are added to my account and I am able to use those points to purchase books that the students are interested in. 

To get started, click here or the 'Scholastic Book Orders' tab of the blog.  


Back to School Night, Wednesday 8/16
Our principal will share school celebrations, upcoming goals, and tips for helping your child at home from 5:45-6:00 PM in the gym.  

Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school during the following two Back to School Night sessions:
6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  

School Spirit Wear Orders Due, Friday 8/18
Items available to view at Back to School Night. 
Click here for flyer
Click here for order form.

Assessment Days, Thursday & Friday, 8/17 & 18
During one of these two days, your child will come in for an hour-long block to complete their reading and math assessments. Please refer to Principal Jenny Brown's blog for more detailed information. 

GRE Vision/Hearing Screening 8/21 & 22 A paper letter was sent home yesterday with further information. Click here if you need a fresh copy. 

School Wide Solar Eclipse Watching, Monday 8/21
The school was able to purchase protective eye wear for all students so that we can safely watch the solar eclipse as a school on Monday.
Did you know that Gold Rush has its very own app? Have all the information you need at your fingertips. Available in the Apple or Google Play Store. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

First Day of School Reminders

Just a note before our big day!

-We will line up on the blacktop. Look for the "Ms. Meredith" sign.

-Please bring a labeled water bottle. 

-Please bring one healthy snack. (No nuts)

-School lunch choices: Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich

-Our special for the week: P.E. 

-Bring in any registration forms the school still needs

-Fill out Ms. Meredith's digital paperwork if you haven't already done so. {These only need to be filled out once.}

I will see you all at the blacktop bright and early! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Get a Head Start!

To get started for this year, I just need a few things from you. Listed below are just a few forms to fill out. To help streamline the paperwork I have coming in, all of the forms will be accessed and filled out digitally.

Thank you for taking the time to complete these! I greatly value this information.

Click the below links on your phone or PC.

These forms only need to be filled out once.

P.S. Today I sent a special postcard in the mail to your child. Keep an eye out for that over the next few days.

See most of you on Monday!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

From the Desk of Principal Jenny Brown: 

July 14, 2017

Dear Gold Rush Families,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  We are eagerly awaiting the start of another school year.  I want to provide you with important information regarding the start of the year.  It is my hope that this information will make you aware of upcoming events and timelines.

Monday, July 17th – July 31st – Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In will open at 12:01 AM on Monday, July 17.  Click here to login.  You will use Online Express Check In to update your contact information, pay school fees and sign up for volunteer opportunities.  Please note that some of the forms need to be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher Day on Monday, August 7, or the first day of school.  All students must register via Online Express Check In by July 31st.  For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:
·       GRE Registrar Anita Rudman: or 303-387-7707
·       GRE Administrative Assistant Janis Panico: or 303-387-7704
·       Student Data and Information Services Summer Hotline: 720-433-0095
·       Business Services: 720-433-1244
·       IT Support Center: 303-387-0001

Monday, July 17th - Class Placement
We know that your child is eager to know who his/her classroom teacher will be!  Starting July 17th you can click here to access parent portal.  You will be able to view your child’s teacher by selecting your student and clicking on the schedule tab.  You can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email by the end of the month.

Monday, August 7th - Meet Your Teacher
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Monday, August 7, and drop off school supplies.  We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one of the times shown below by clicking here for our online scheduler.  The online scheduler will be available July 17th through July 31st and the password is digger.  Each time slot is reserved for a maximum of six students.  

The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or wish to align siblings’ times.  If you ordered an Edukit, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.

Sign Up For One of The Following Times on Monday, August 7th

Thursday, August 10th -  First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, August 10th.  Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony.  Each teacher will have a sign with her name on it.  On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20-8:30 and walk directly to their classrooms.  Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students.  

This rolling start will ensure a smooth start to the day.  Parents of preschool students will need to walk their children into the building using the west entrance and sign their child in.  School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.  

Click here for the 2017 2018 Conventional Calendar
Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day
Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.

Wednesday, August 16th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 16th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  I will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM.  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.

Thursday, August 17th or Friday, August 18th – 1 Assessment Hour
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 17th or August 18th to complete reading and math assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher at the end of the second week of school allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.

Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 17th – July 31st to select your assessment day and time.  The password is digger.  Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on either August 17th or August 18th.  Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location.  

Students will conclude their assessment day in the gym where your child take his/her school picture.  Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on both August 17th and 18th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

We look forward to seeing your family in August!  Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation!


Jennifer Brown
August 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DCL Summer Reading Program

Douglas County Libraries always has a great summer reading program. I've been doing it every summer since I was in 3rd grade (I STILL have my old library card!). 

I encourage you to sign up the whole family. They always have great incentives for reading over the summer and it helps keep the kid's minds sharp and ready for the new school year!

-Naomi Meredith


Readers @ Play Starts Soon! 

Our 2017 Summer Reading Program, Readers @ Play, begins on Saturday, June 3.

Kids 12 and under are encouraged to read for 720 minutes. They will receive a free book if they do. Summer Reading is for grown-ups, too! Readers ages 13 and up can read 900 minutes to finish and be entered into a gift card prize drawing.
Because you signed up last year, you already have a Wandoo Reader account and can pre-register for the program this year. Lucky duck!
Let's Get Started!

We heard you! New to the program this year: Family Management Tool.

With this new tool, you'll be able to manage all household accounts in one place — for example, logging minutes read, finishing the challenge, etc. 
Learn How Here! 

One last thing... 

Once you have registered, visit any Douglas County Libraries location starting Saturday, June 3, to pick up your registration prizes and log (if you prefer a paper log to tracking online).
Come one, come all for our Kickoff Party on Saturday, June 3, from 10AM-12PM. There will be carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, snacks and more.

During the party, you can pick up your registration prizes from Chipotle, Garden of the Gods, and Colorado Rapids.

Please let us know that you'll be attending by RSVPing below. 

Happy to help.

If you have any questions about the process, stop in to any of our locations to ask a staff member for help, call us at 303-791-7323, or email us
Summer Reading Tip
Access to books is the best way to combat the “summer slide.” Kids who have books around them find books they want to read. The more they read, the less they slide. Douglas County Libraries offers premium, exciting reading choices for all ages, all year long. Our staffers are excited to suggest their favorites too. Come to the library and fight the slide!
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