A Note from the Principal

Greetings Gust Community,

Our Gust Community Partnership meetings are in full swing! We meet at 9:00am to accommodate the “early birds” and at 3:30pm for those that prefer an afternoon meeting with child care provided by Gust. Our morning meetings include a student performance from a selected class that highlights our work with the Random Acts of Kindness program. Our next meeting is December 6 and will include students from Room 111.

Please remember that students need enough sleep to be able to handle the demands of their daily learning. Students ages 5-11 need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Please make sure that your child is getting enough sleep each evening.

There will be no school from Friday, December 22-January 5 due to Winter Break.

With that, have a safe Winter Break. Enjoy time with family and friends. We look forward to your child(ren)’s return to school on Monday, January 8, 2018. Remind your students of Gust’s expectation that they read (or are read to) at least 30 minutes each day…even when on Break!

Beginning in February, DPS is opening the School Choice enrollment process. If you’re interested in enrolling an ECE or Kindergarten student for the 2018-2019 school year,  applications will be available online (http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org) and at Gust on February 1, 2018. Fifth graders continuing on to middle school must complete a choice application for their middle school of choice. Please see the DPS Website for more information.


Joanne Lander, Principal


Nota de la Directora:

¡Saludos comunidad de Gust!

Nuestras reuniones de la Asociación Comunitaria de Gust están en pleno apogeo. Nos reunimos a las 9:00 a.m. para los “madrugadores” y a las 6:00 p.m. para aquellos que prefieren una reunión vespertina y habrá cuidado de niños proporcionado por Gust. Nuestras reuniones de la mañana incluyen el rendimiento académico estudiantil de una clase seleccionada que resalta nuestro trabajo con el programa Random Act of Kindness (acto de bondad). Nuestra próxima reunión es el 6 de diciembre e incluirá estudiantes de la Sala de Clase 111.

Recuerde por favor que los alumnos necesitan dormir lo suficiente para poder sobrellevar las demandas de su diario aprendizaje y poder lograr sus objetivos. Los niños entre las edades de 5-11 años necesitan al menos 10 horas de sueño cada noche. Por favor, asegúrese de que su hijo duerma lo suficiente cada noche.

No habrá clases del 22 de diciembre (viernes) al 5 de enero, debido al periodo vacacional de invierno.

Por consiguiente, les deseo unas vacaciones seguras de invierno. Disfruten el tiempo en familia y con amigos. Esperamos el regreso de su hijo(s) a la escuela el 8 de enero de 2018. No se olvide de recordarle a su hijo(a) de las expectativas de Gust, que lean (o les lean) por lo menos 30
minutos cada día… incluso cuando estén de vacaciones.

A partir de febrero, DPS abrirá el proceso de inscripción para la elección o preferencia de la escuela. Si usted está interesado en inscribir a un alumno de ECE o Kinder para el año escolar
2017-2018, las solicitudes estarán disponibles en línea (http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org) y en Gust el 1ᴼ de febrero de 2018. Los alumnos de quinto grado que van a la escuela de secundaria “media” o bachillerato (middle school), deben llenar una solicitud de elección (o preferencia) para escoger una escuela de secundaria.  Por favor visite la página web de DPS para más información.

Joanne Lander, Directora


Notes from the Assistant Principals


Morning Supervision & Child Care – Just a reminder about our morning supervision hours. Supervision will begin at 8:30.  Students are not to be at school or on school grounds prior to 8:30 in the morning, unless accompanied by an adult. If you need childcare before 8:30, please contact Kids Smart Inc., our on-site childcare provider at 720.550.6728.  Kids Smart provides childcare before school from 6:30-8:40 am and after school from 3:45-6:00 pm

Toys at School:  Please remember as we enter the holiday season that students are not allowed to bring toys to school, as they are disruptive to the learning environment. Additionally, toys brought to school that resemble a weapon, and weapons themselves, violate DPS Board Policies and Colorado Law. We would like to minimize the likelihood of students facing consequences regarding bringing non-approved items to school.

Celebrate Learning Ceremonies:  This month students will be celebrated for strong academic performance, attendance and for demonstrating our personal success factors at a Celebrate Learning Ceremony.  Students will receive medals and of course cheers and applause for their efforts!  

Best wishes during this holiday season,

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal

Gust Assistant Principals


Notas de los Subdirectores:


Supervisión en la mañana y guarderia de niños: Es solamente un recordatorio de de las horas de supervisión.  La supervisión comenzará a las 8:30. Los estudiantes no deben estar en la escuela o en el patio escolar antes de las 8:30 de la mañana, a menos que estén acompañados por un adulto. Si necesita cuidado de niños antes de las 8:30, comuníquese con Kids Smart Inc., nuestro proveedor de cuidado de niños en este sitio al 720.550.6728. Kids Smart provee cuidado de niños antes de la escuela de 6:30-8:40 a.m. y después de la escuela de 3:45-6:00 p.m.

Juguetes en la escuela: Por favor, recuerde que entrando la temporada de festividades a los alumnos no se les permite traer juguetes a la escuela, ya que son una interrupción para el ambiente de aprendizaje. Además, los juguetes traídos a la escuela que se asemejan a un arma y armas en sí, violan las políticas del consejo de DPS y la Ley de Colorado. Nos gustaría minimizar la probabilidad de que los alumnos enfrenten consecuencias por traer a la escuela artículos no aprobados.

Ceremonias de Celebración del Aprendizaje: En este mes, los estudiantes serán reconocidos por
su sólido desempeño académico, asistencia perfecta y por demostrar nuestros factores de éxito personal en una ceremonia de celebración del aprendizaje (Celebrate Learning Ceremony). ¡Los estudiantes recibirán medallas y por supuesto aplausos y aplausos por sus esfuerzos!


Nuestros mejores deseos durante esta temporada de vacaciones,

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal


Box Tops for Education

Thanks to you, Gust has earned over $1000 this year alone!  Please bring in any Box Tops for Education you may have clipped before November 30, 2017.  Please check the expiration date, and do not bring in any old Box Tops from before 11/1/2017, as they will not be accepted by the company that gives out the money.  Thank you

Box Tops para la Educación

Gracias a ti, Gust ha recaudado más de $1000 dólares este año. Por favor traiga todos los logotipos con el nombre de Box Tops for Education (término en inglés) que haya recortado antes de 30 de noviembre 2017. Por favor compruebe que la  fecha de caducidad y no traiga ningún Box Tops viejos de antes de 11/01/2017, ya que no serán aceptados por  la empresa que da el dinero. ¡Gracias!

A Note from the Principal

Greetings Gust Community!

Our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences have begun! Evening conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday,  November 2 from 4:00-7:15. If you are unable to attend, please make sure to connect with your child’s teachers to help guide progress for the coming months. There is no school for students on Friday, November 3.

November is the month when students will bring home their first Report Cards of the school year. On November 13, students will leave school with their Report Cards. Please have a conversation with your child about all of the information included in this report.

Our Gust Community Partnership group is working on many exciting 2017-2018 plans. We have monthly meetings with two times to choose from to allow for as many parents/guardians as possible. I hope that you have seen the multiple notices sent home and will join us at an upcoming meeting. Our translated meetings are at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with childcare provided for the evening meeting. The agenda is purposefully developed to be informative and engaging. At our November 1 meeting, parents will learn about our School Performance Rating and the Gust and District Whole Child Initiatives with a performance from Mr. Williams’. Due to Parent-Teacher Conferences, we will only have our morning meeting at 9:00 AM on November 1. Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 6.

It is exciting news that our School Performance Rating is Meets Expectations (Green)! Our Green Rating means that students are performing well on State and District measures. Kudos to our students and fantastic teaching staff for continuing to excel!

Our 2nd Annual Family Fall Festival was attended by over 400 adults and children! We enjoyed costumes, face painting, arts and crafts, Zumba, live reptiles and more!

On November 9, Gust will host a Multi-cultural Performance Night. RSVPs are needed to know how many families to plan for. Please contact the office if another RSVP form is needed for your family.

On November 14, Dorian Studios will be at Gust for picture retakes. Retakes are for students who were absent or are new to Gust.

Finally, staff and students will not have school November 20-24 for the Thanksgiving Break. I look forward to everyone’s return on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Thank you, Gust Community, for your support and involvement in your child’s classroom and overall academic experience.


Joanne Lander, Principal


From your Assistant Principals:

THANK YOU to all who participated in the Gust fall fundraiser by ordering products from the Believe catalog!  We raised more than $8,000 for the school.  The money earned helps to pay for field trips, Tiger Trait prizes, and medals for our Gust Celebration Assemblies.  The party bus and lunch reward for students who sold 15 or more items will be coming up soon.  Lucky winners will be transported by party bus to Chik fil A.  Permission forms will be sent home prior to the lunch.  

Also thanks to those families who came out to the Doghouse Tavern or to Pizzeria Locale in October to support Gust.  Watch out for more opportunities to support the school in the future!

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Keith Roybal

Brent Westrop

Gust School Fundraiser Event

Join us at the Dog House Tavern for a costume contest and Gust School Fundraiser.  20% of all food sales will go to Gust.  doghouse eng

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A Note from the Assistant Principals

Fundraiser update: A big “thank you” to those who have supported our recent Fall fundraiser!! Money from the fundraiser is used to support field trips and incentives in recognition of student achievements.  We expect the products and prizes to be delivered at the end of October or beginning of November and will send home a notice with the exact pick-up date and time.  Those students who sold 15 items or more will get to participate in our party bus to lunch (permission forms will be sent home) and those who sold 3 or more items will get to participate in a courtyard celebration.  

Opportunities to Support Gust this Month:  This year we are working with local businesses in order to provide additional fundraising support to Gust.  This month we have two fun events at local businesses that will also help us raise some money.  On Friday October 13th, from 5pm-8pm, please join us at The Doghouse Tavern, 3100 S. Sheridan Blvd.  The Doghouse will be giving 20% of all food sales for the entire day back to Gust.  As it’s Friday the 13th, they’ll also be having a scary costume party (with prizes!!).  On Wednesday October 17th, from 4pm-9pm, please join us at Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway. Pizzeria Locale will be donating 50% of every dollar spent by a Gust supporter back to our school.

Entering the building: After our morning bell rings at 8:45, our official point of entry is the office entrance located off of Yale Avenue. Please do not knock on the outside doors to be let in as this disrupts the learning that has begun in the classrooms and compromises building security.  At the end of the school day, ECE parents will not be let into the building until 3:15 and parents of students in all other grades will not be let into the building until 3:30, unless they are picking up their students early from the main office.

Safety drills:  Just a reminder that schools are required to hold monthly fire drills in addition to regular lockdown and shelter-in-place drills. These drills are an important part of practicing what to do in case of a real school or neighborhood emergency.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts and for keeping our Gust children safe!

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal

Gust Assistant Principals

De parte de los subdirectores:

Lo más actual sobre la recaudación de fondos: “Muchísimas gracias” a todos los que nos han apoyado en nuestra más reciente recaudación de fondos del otoño. El dinero recaudado es usado para apoyar con las excursiones e incentivos para reconocer los logros académicos de nuestros alumnos. Esperamos que los productos y premios sean entregados a finales de octubre o principios de noviembre y enviaremos un aviso con la fecha y hora exacta de la entrega. Aquellos alumnos que hayan vendido 15 productos o más llegarán a participar en nuestro autobús de fiesta para ir a almorzar (las hojas del permiso serán enviadas a casa) y aquellos que vendieron 3 o más artículos tendrán la oportunidad de participar en una celebración en el patio escolar.

Oportunidades para apoyar a Gust este mes: Este año estamos trabajando con negocios locales para proveer apoyo adicional para recaudar fondos para Gust. Este mes tenemos dos eventos divertidos en las empresas locales que también nos ayudarán a recaudar algo de dinero. El viernes 13 de octubre, de 5 pm-8pm, únase a nosotros en The Doghouse Tavern, 3100 S. Sheridan Blvd. The Doghouse estará dando Gusto el donativo del 20% de todas las ventas de alimentos. Como es viernes 13, también van a tener una fiesta de disfraces(con premios). El miércoles 17 de octubre, de 4pm-9pm, únase a nosotros en Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway. Pizzeria Locale donará el 50% de cada dólar gastado por un partidario de Gust a nuestra escuela.

Entrada al edificio: Después de que el timbre suene a las 8:45am, nuestro punto oficial de entrada es por la oficina, el cual se encuentra por la avenida Yale. Por favor, no toque las otras puertas para entrar porque interrumpe el aprendizaje que ya ha empezado en los salones de clase y compromete la seguridad del edificio. Al final del día escolar, los padres de ECE no serán admitidos en el plantel hasta las 3:15 y los padres de los alumnos en los demás grados no serán admitidos al edificio hasta las 3:30, a menos que estén recogiendo a sus hijos temprano en la dirección.

Simulacros de seguridad: Se requiere que todas las escuelas tengan simulacros mensuales sobre incendios, además de refugio en el lugar y cierre de emergencia. Estos simulacros son una parte importante para practicar qué hacer en caso de una emergencia real tanto en la escuela como en el vecindario.

Muchas gracias por apoyar nuestras recaudaciones de fondos y por mantener seguros a los niños de Gust.

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal


Sub-directores de Gust