Sunday, April 16, 2017


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 25th.  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.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Field Trip

First Grade Field Trip
Denver Botanic Gardens – Friday, May 18th

Field trip Information:
On Friday, May 18th the first graders will venture to the Denver Botanic Gardens for an exciting day of plant discovery! This field trip will provide hands on experience and up-close examination of how plants grow, pollinate, adapt to different environments and function in our world to enhance the learning of our Science unit about Plant life cycles and adaptations.
  • The bus will depart GRE promptly at 9:15 AM and will arrive back to GRE no later than 2:00 PM.
  • Your child will need a sack lunch and a drink (disposable if possible). Please make sure the sack lunch is clearly labeled with your child’s name.
  • We recommend that your child wear sturdy walking shoes and sunscreen, as we will be outside for a large portion of the day.  

How do I register my child?
  • The cost for each child is $9.00

  • In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click here. Registrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip.

  • The registration deadline is Monday, May 14th.

  • Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.

  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 

  • No refunds.