Thursday, August 22, 2019

Back to School Night

Back to School Night

If you were unable to attend Back to School night or needed to share the information with someone who wasn't able to make it, here is the presentation that I gave. Please let me know if you have any questions. One area I would like to expand on is homework. For 5th grade, it is 50 minutes per night or less which includes reading, math worksheet, and spelling or word study. If you are consistently going over the 50 minutes (and not by choice in reading) please let me know so that I can figure out a solution. Students have all week to complete their 100 minutes of reading. They don't have to do it in one night, they just have to complete it throughout the week according to their own schedule. Also, if your child is struggling with the math homework, please sign it and send it back to school with them the next day. I will help them, no Oops ticket will be given because they did not understand the concept. Also, math homework will be differentiated and your child may be asked to do only certain numbers.




Western Night

Western Night is tomorrow night! Have a blast hanging out with your neighbors and the GRE community from 5-8.

Assessment Day - August 27

One more reminder about assessment day. It is on Tuesday and it is also picture day. I sent home picture order forms with your student today. If you would like pictures that day, please make sure your child brings the order form with her/him. They will be with me the entire hour and then will meet you back in the main hall of the school. Remember, students do not have school this day except for the hour that they will be with me. I will take attendance based off of the hour that they are there.

Again, please let me know if you have any questions regarding the information on the slideshow.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August Part 1 Update

I am so excited about the upcoming year! We had a great "two weeks" of school. Our first couple of days consisted 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've also talked about "The Power of Yet" and how important this is when beginning to set goals in the classroom so that we can do our best this year. Last summer, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning, and 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 this week...


Wednesday, August 21st is Back to School Night
Session with Dr. Brown: 5:45-6:00
Mrs. Broecker's Sessions
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.

Friday, August 23rd is Western Night from 5:00-8:00

Tuesday, August 27th is our Assessment Day
Students will come to their scheduled time slot to complete reading and math assessments.



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Welcome to the Gold Rush 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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. 19 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 19 years as well as one of those years as an instructional coach. This will be my third 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 19 years, and we have two wonderful daughters. Emily, 16, is a Junior at Chaparral High School, and Abby, 13, is a Freshman at Chaparral High School. Both of our girls play soccer. 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, exercising, walking to enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery, and of course, watching my girls play soccer.

I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures this summer! Here’s a sneak peak of mine. :)
   
My family and I at the World Cup Games in Paris, France this summer!


My family in front of the Alps near Salzburg, Austria


My girls and I in front of a statue of Joan of Arc in Reims, France.


Have a great rest of your summer and I can’t wait to see you August 6th!

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 17th – July 31st Online Express Check-In

Online Express Check-In will open on Wednesday, 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 the Emergency Dismissal form must be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher Day on Tuesday, 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:

GRE Registrar: Christi Dismang
christi.dismang@dcsdk12.org 303-387-7707
GRE Administrative Assistant: Anita Rudman
anita.rudman@dcsdk12.org 303-387-7704


Tuesday, August 6th - Meet Your Teacher Grades 1-5

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 Tuesday, August 6th, 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 below by clicking here for our online scheduler. The online scheduler will be available July 17th 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 Tuesday, August 6th

8:45-9:10

9:15-9:40

9:45-10:10

10:15-10:40

Thursday, August 7th - First Full Day of School Grades 1-5

The first full day of school for students in grades 1-5 is Thursday, August 7th. 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 have a sign with their name on it.

Thursday, August 8th - Rolling Start to the School Day Begins for Grades 1-5

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 is in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM.


Click here for the 2019 - 2020 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 21st – Back to School Night K-5 (for Parents Only)

Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 21, 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 27th – 1 Hour Assessment & Picture Day Grades K-5

In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, every child will come to school for one hour only on August 27th 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 17th – 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 27th. 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 will take his/her school picture. Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on the 27th. 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,



Mrs. Broecker

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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. 19 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 19 years as well as one of those years as an instructional coach. This will be my third 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 19 years, and we have two wonderful daughters. Emily, 16, is a Junior at Chaparral High School, and Abby, 13, is a Freshman at Chaparral High School. Both of our girls play soccer. 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, exercising, walking to enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery, and of course, watching my girls play soccer.

More to come toward the middle of July!

Warmest regards,
Mrs. Broecker