Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to School 2017

My name is Hays Padrnos and I have the privilege of being your child's kindergarten teacher this year. I can not believe that we will start school in just a few short weeks! This will be my 14th year of teaching with 12 of those years being in first grade and kindergarten. I am one of those lucky individuals who knew what I wanted to be when I grew up from way back in first grade. I never wavered from that desire and started my teaching career straight out of The University of San Diego.  This is my 14th year of teaching because I also had the opportunity to stay home and be with my three daughters while they were young. My two oldest daughters will be a senior and a sophomore at Chaparral High School and my youngest will be a sixth grader at Pine Grove Elementary. I grew up on the coasts of Virginia and Northern California but also lived and taught in Las Vegas, Nevada for four years. When we moved to Colorado I taught for three years at St. Mary's Academy in Cherry Hills Village and then worked in DCSD on and off in different capacities for 8 years. I have lived in Parker for the past 18 years, and I feel lucky to call this beautiful state my home.

Here is a picture of me and my family on the beach where I spent many summers:

Being a kindergarten teacher is a true joy. Every day students make me smile, laugh and surprise me with their great capacity to learn and grow in one short year. I love being there as their journey into education begins and I believe that a large part of my job is to help them fall in love with learning and school so that they start off on the right path! This job also takes patience, a sense of humor, creativity and an absolute love of teaching; all qualities which I believe I possess. Two of my girls were in afternoon kindergarten and I remember that time fondly. We had time in the morning to spend together and then I dropped them off after lunch for the afternoon. I hope you and your child enjoys this schedule as much as they did. I am excited to be a member of the amazing Gold Rush Elementary community! Can't wait to meet my students in just a few weeks!

Here are a few things that are good to know as we begin:

In order for me to get to know you and your child please email me a letter and let me know a little bit about your child.  Please include anything and everything you think I should know about your child both academically and socially.   Please email me your letter by August 4th! My email address is   Please also feel free to email me with questions or concerns! 

Monday, July 17th – July 31st – Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In began 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, August 7th - Meet Your Teacher
Gold Rush believes 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. (Just FYI: We will be with Mrs. Brown's AM kindies as we share a classroom.) 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 can meet me on the front blacktop on the first day of school right outside the kindergarten door. Our school day is from 12:30 to 3:30.   
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.