Spring Book Fair and Parent Teacher Conferences

The Spring Book Fair is coming soon! Our Spring Book Fair is scheduled for March 12th – 16th. Book Fair hours are 7:30 am -4:30pm Monday and Wednesday, 7:30am-6:30pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 7:30am-2:00pm Friday.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings we will have a book scavenger hunt  and Gold Rush staff pet matching game for students. Come join us!
Purchases at the Book Fair directly benefit our school library, and as usual we will have Teacher Book Wish Lists available if you would like to purchase a book for your students classroom!
If you are unable to make it to the fair, you may also order through the online book fair March 7th – 20th: http://www.scholastic. com/bf/goldrushelementary1
All books ordered at the on-line fair during the fair will be shipped to the school for free and delivered to your students classroom.
Our Book Fair success is due to the wonderful volunteers. If you are able to volunteer we would love to have you sign up!
We are once again using SignUpGenius to organize our volunteers. Please consider helping out, the students love seeing parents in the school.
Please click this link to see our Sign-up: www.SignUpGenius.com/ go/4090C44A4A828A75-spring1
PTO is cooking dinner for the teachers!  Thursday March 8th & 15th, PTO will be bringing in Chick-fil-A for the teachers to enjoy during their conferences.  We are asking for parents to help round out the meal with sides, desserts, drinks, etc. We will also treat the teachers to breakfast on the Friday mornings after conferences.
If you are not up to cooking/delivering items, we will be accepting cash donations that will be used to purchase remaining items.  Money may be dropped off at the office.
Please contact a PTO member if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support!

Sock Hop February 2nd


We are in need of lots of goodies for our cake walk.  We are looking for cookies, cupcakes, brownies, anything you would like to bake or even buy.  Please sign up at:



We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help take money at our Sock Hop on Friday February 2nd from 6 pm to 8 pm.  We have high school volunteers to help with activities, but they are not allowed to take money.  You will be helping take quarters for the cake walk, money for dinner or selling items at our Candy Shop.  The shifts are in half hour increments to ensure that you will be able to spend some time with your family at this event. Please sign up at:



Thank you again for your help and support!  Without your help, we cannot run these events!

The Wild West Book Fair is coming to Gold Rush!

The Wild West book fair is coming to Gold Rush and we are looking for some volunteers to help wrangle books.

In addition to school hours, we will be open before and after school, as well as during the feast and learning fair.

If you can spare even an hour please consider helping out.


We look forward to seeing you there!


The week of our Book Fair we will have local authors at the fair.
Author Roni Wing Lambrecht from Castle Rock will be available to sign and discuss her book Parenting at your best: Powerful Reflections and Straightforward Tips for Becoming a Mindful Parent
Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday 3:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 3:30pm-6:30pm


Author Craig Kaley  will be available to sign and discuss his book Money Athletics: Your Game Plan to a Financially Fit Tween.
Monday 3:00pm-4:30pm
Tuesday 3:00pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 11:00am-1:30pm


PTO Character Awards Presented Today

GRE PTO was proud to partner with Total Orthodontics in Lonetree for recognizing students for outstanding character, good citizenship, and core values in the classroom.


After winter break, PTO distributed nomination forms to every teacher from kindergarten to fifth grade. Those nominations were turned in last week and reviewed at the PTO Board Meeting on Wednesday where one student from each grade level was selected to receive the award.

In partner with Total Orthodontics, the children were recognized this morning during morning announcements and called to the office to receive their award and have their picture taken. In addition, Total Orthodontics presented each child with a $25 gift card to Target for their achievement in the classroom.

We look forward to our partnership with Total Orthodontics to provide Character Awards to our students twice a year, with the next awards being given in April or May following a new round of teacher nominations.

We congratulate the following students:

Kindergarten, Bobby Donohoe: “Always a friend to everyone. Always does his best and puts others before himself. A great helper. Does great work, is kind, caring, and helpful even when no one is looking.”
First Grade, Mary Armstrong: “Mary is an exceptional student and classmate! She is always listening, participating, and doing her very best! She is also kind and helpful to everyone!”
Second Grade, Brady Bliesmer: “Brady is taking the initiative to be an independent learner. He is challenging himself to try new strategies that he has never used before and taking risks in the classroom. Brady is such a responsible learner that he uses his free time to finish class work because he cares about learning and wants to do his best!”
Third Grade, Gavin Binder: “He is always striving to do the right thing during every part of the school day. He is excited to learn and brings other materials from home to help enhance what we are learning about in class. He is seen as our class geologist. He gets along with everyone and is a great friend.”
Fourth Grade, Kendelle Hansen: “Kendelle is a very kind student! She always is pushing herself to be a better student. She makes all those around her better because of her kindness and perseverance.”
Fifth Grade, Emma Poole: “Emma is a very compassionate student. Often I find her taking time out of her recess or personal time to check on her peers when they are having a rough day. No matter how difficult a situation is, she is a ray of sunshine to those around her. Our world needs more people like Emma!”