Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year
We are excited for the 2021-2022 school year! Our students are the heart of our school, and we are eager to have them back in our classrooms.
 
We have been busy preparing for our return in August. Please read the information below for details regarding the beginning of the year.
We are looking forward to a great year together!



Click here for more information about the beginning of the school year.

Express  Check-In
All students must register for the upcoming school year using Online Express Check-In between Wednesday, July 14th, through Friday, July 30th. 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 the Emergency Dismissal form must be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher (Grades 1-5), Balanced Beginnings (Kindergarten) or the first day of school. For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:
 
GRE Registrar - Christi Dismang
 
GRE Administrative Assistant - Anita Rudman
anita.rudman@dcsdk12.org 303-387-7704

TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14
 
We know that your child is eager to know who his/her classroom teacher will be. Starting July 14th you can click here to view your child's teacher assignment in the Parent Portal. Click the schedule tab and then select your child in the upper right corner. You can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email by the end of the month.
MEET YOUR TEACHER & PICTURE DAY (GRADES 1-5 ONLY)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
8:30-8:45
8:55-9:10
9:20-9:35
9:45-10:00
10:10-10:25
10:35-10:50
11:00-11:15
11:25-11:40
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 Friday, August 6th, and drop off school supplies.  Students will take their school picture in the gym after they visit their classroom.
We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting, so we ask that parents sign up for one of the time slots shown above. Click here for our online scheduler, which opens July 14th and closes July 30th. The password is digger. The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or you wish to align siblings’ times. If you ordered school supplies through the PTO they will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL & FLAG CEREMONY (GRADES 1-5 ONLY)
MONDAY, AUGUST 9
The first full day of school for students in grades 1-5 is Monday, August 9th. Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony that begins at 8:30 AM. Click here for a map of your classroom location for our opening ceremony. All teachers will have a sign with their name on it. 
ROLLING START BEGINS FOR GRADES 1-5
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10
On the second day of school students will enter the building at their assigned locations between 8:20 AM-8:30 AM and walk directly to their classrooms. These locations differ from where students meet on the first day of school. Click here for classroom arrival locations. Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students. Our rolling start ensures a smooth start to the day. Parents of preschool students need to walk their children through the preschool playground to the preschool door and sign their child in. 
KINDERGARTEN ONLY
BALANCED BEGINNINGS/PICTURE DAY & FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Kindergarten students have a transitional start to the school year referred to by the District as Balanced Beginnings. Kindergarten students will meet with a small group of students on August 9th, 10th or 11th for two hours. Parents will drop their child off at their classroom's exterior door.
Students will get to know classmates and partake in engaging activities. Classroom teachers will begin to build community and learn individual children's social, emotional and academic strengths and needs.  Students will take their picture with their parents between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on their identified day.
Parents will need to click here to sign up for Balanced Beginnings. Times are designated on a first come first serve basis.
Kindergarten students’ first full day of school is Thursday, August 12th. A staff member will meet students at their classroom's exterior door between 8:20-8:35 AM. Kindergarten parents are invited to a Tears and Cheers Breakfast in our cafeteria at 8:40AM on August 12th.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
AUGUST 25 @ 4:30-5:00 PM & 5:10-5:40 PM
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 25th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 4:30-5:00 PM & 5:10-5:40 PM. The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 4:15-4:30 PM. We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.
BEGINNING OF THE YEAR EVENTS

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL
ARRIVAL
Gold Rush has had tremendous success with our rolling start! If you are returning to Gold Rush, you are aware that all students enter the building between 8:20-8:30 AM and head directly to their classroom. Grade levels/classrooms are assigned a specific entrance and all entrances are monitored starting at 8:20 AM by GRE staff.   
Classroom teachers will show students how to enter the building and proceed to his/her classroom on the first day of school. Additional adults will be present to support students our first week back.
It is imperative that students are not dropped off prior to 8:20 AM unless they have a previously scheduled meeting or activity as supervision is not available.
DISMISSAL
We also had great success with our staggered dismissal times for primary and intermediate students. Please see GRE’s dismissal schedule below.
3:20 PM
Students in grades K-2 are dismissed
3:25 PM
Students in grade 3-5 with siblings in grades K-2 are dismissed
 
3:30 PM
Students in grades 3-5 without siblings are dismissed
Buses for all students are dismissed
**Rolling carloop begins
Students in all grade levels will exit the building using the same door they used during arrival. Teachers in the primary grades will walk their students out and wait at their identified locations until all students have been picked up. Older students with younger siblings who walk home will meet at their youngest siblings’ class designated meeting area.  At 3:30PM all teachers will walk students to the shade structure on the front blacktop for our carloop.
Parents can park and meet their child at their teacher's identified location or use the rolling car loop. The car loop for all students will begin at 3:30 PM.

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Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.