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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Monday, May 15, 2017

CU South Denver Summer Coding Camps for Kids

CU South Denver {the Wildlife Experience} is hosting summer Coding Camps for kids. This is a great opportunity for your child especially if this is a topic they are interested in. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

GRE Creating Balanced Class Lists for the 2017-2018 School Year

From the desk of Principal Jenny Brown: 

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a difficult endeavor.  This process involves hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and other staff members.  We take this responsibility very seriously.  Our process for creating class lists is detailed below.

· Teachers identify the social and academic needs of each student.  They refer to existing data and record pertinent information to assist them in their decision-making.

· Teachers meet as grade level teams to form class lists that are balanced.  Balanced classrooms meet each student’s academic, social and emotional needs.  Teachers consider each child’s personality, academic strengths and needs and friendships.  Learning specialists and the specials team also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide feedback.

· Each grade level team types a draft of their class list, which is then submitted to me.  I review each child’s placement and ensure that all parent input has been considered. Classroom teachers approve any additional changes to ensure classes remain balanced. 

· Class lists are finalized in August to reflect the addition of new students.

This process is consistent across grades K-4.  Our 5th grade team collaborates with teachers at Cimarron Middle School to ensure students’ success in 6th grade.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balance that takes tremendous thought by professionals who know and care about your child.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is always to create balanced classes that promote the success of each child.  Please also know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons and that our process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, parents, and administrators, we are reluctant to make changes once this process is complete as moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire classroom. 

We do value parent input and welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs and learning style.  We will take into consideration all pertinent information that you share with me on or before FRIDAY, April 28th.  While we welcome your input, we cannot honor specific teacher requests.  Please put your thoughts in writing and address them to me (Jenny Brown).  I will accept either a letter or email (

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are in writing.  As you can imagine, I receive a great deal of parent input and verbal information is nearly impossible to track.  Further, please direct all of this communication to me, as I am ultimately responsible for reviewing final class lists in July when teachers are not available.