Sunday, August 12, 2018

First Week

I am so excited about the upcoming year! We had a great first two days of getting to know you activities and talking about how we can apply a Growth Mindset in everything we do inside and outside the classroom.  We will continue this discussion next week as well as how to apply it when we are working in the different subjects. This summer, as I was watching CBS Sunday Morning, a wonderful 3 minute piece came on that was the epitome of giving effort and growing your brain. Here is the piece if you are interested: Going the Extra Length. Enjoy! 

Here are some upcoming happenings that will be taking place next week...

Wednesday, August 15th is Back to School Night

Session 1: 6:05-6:35 PM
Session 2: 6:40-7:10 PM
           
Back to School Night will give families an overview of the grade level curriculum, homework practices, information on math resource guides, and general classroom procedures.

Tuesday, August 28th is our Assessment Day
           
Students will come to their scheduled time slot to complete reading and math assessments.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Dear Families,


Hello and welcome back!! My name is Kelly Broecker (pronounced Breker) and I am so excited
that I am going to be your child’s teacher for the 2018-2019 school year at Gold Rush. I cannot
wait for this year to begin so that we can get to know one another and have a fun, successful year
of learning!


Growing up in Colorado, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. 18 years ago I stepped into
my first classroom and haven’t looked back. Education is my passion and watching your children
grow to be strong, independent critical thinkers is why I teach. I have a BA in History from Colorado
State University, my Elementary Educators license from Metropolitan State College of Denver and
my Masters in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. I’ve taught both 4th and 5th grades over
the past 18 years as well as one of those years as an instructional coach. Last year was my first
year at Gold Rush and I couldn’t have asked for a better community and school to be a part of.


My family and I live right here in Parker. I love teaching in the community where I live.  It allows me
to stay connected to my children and the entire Parker community. I am married to my husband
of 18 years, and we have two wonderful daughters. Emily, 15, is a Sophomore at Chaparral High
School, and Abby, 13, is an 8th grader at Sierra Middle School. Both of our girls play soccer
and Abby runs track as well.  As a family we enjoy watching soccer, walking our dog Izzy,
and hanging out together during any free time we have! My own hobbies include reading,
rooting for CSU Ram Football, walking to enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery, and of course,
watching my girls play soccer.


Here is information from Dr. Brown’s back to school letter regarding the beginning of the school
year. Please read to the end as I know this is a lot of information, but it is important:


Wednesday, July 18th – July 31st  Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In will open on Wednesday, July 18.  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 6, 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:


Monday, August 6th - Meet Your Teacher
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 Monday, August 6, 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 18th through July 31st and 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 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.


Meet Your Teacher Times on Monday, August 6th


8:45-9:15
9:15-9:45
9:45-10:15


Thursday, August 9th -  First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, 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 also have a sign with their name on it.


Friday, August 10th - Rolling Start to the School Day Begins
On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own
between 8:20 AM-8:30AM and walk directly to their classrooms.  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 will need to walk their children into the building using the west
entrance and sign their child in.  School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.
Click here for the 2018 - 2019 Conventional Calendar
Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day
Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.
Wednesday, August 15th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday,
August 15th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  
The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from
5:45-6:00 PM.  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.
Tuesday, August 28th – 1 Assessment Hour
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths
and needs each child will come to school for one hour only on August 28th to complete
reading and math assessments.  The assessments administered allow educators to alter their
instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.
Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 18th – July 31st to select an
assessment time for your child.  The password is digger.  Because we value the information
we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on August 28th.  
Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing
location.  Students will conclude their assessment hour in the gym where your child take his/her
school picture.  Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on
August 28th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.


I am looking forward to meeting you on August 6th so we can kick-off our year! Please feel free
to contact me anytime at kelly.broecker@dcsdk12.org. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Best regards,

Kelly Broecker




My family and I in Manzanita, Oregon!