Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017

These past seven days have been wonderful! Your children are eager to learn and have done a fantastic job setting up our classroom expectations and look-fors. Back to School Night and Assessment days were a success too! Thank you to the families who were able to come to Back to School Night, and for those of you that weren't, I sent home the packet that I handed out.  If you would like the slides, just let me know! One important thing that I forgot to mention that night is about homework:

  • Homework: 50 minutes a night should be expected in 5th grade. If your child is frustrated with the math homework, please write me a note or email, and I will help your child the next day. That goes for any homework that gets to the frustrating point for your child. By the time they are at that point, continuing to work on that subject will not result in learning that night. Homework is meant to be a review of what has been learned, not to become a frustrating time for all parties involved. Thank you for your help in this!
Any and all classroom expectations, homework policies, and so on can be found on my blog under Policies and Procedures. 

We've also written our Class Mission. When I get to school tomorrow, I'll post it on the blog. 

This week is Digital Citizenship Spirit Week.  A flyer came home on Wednesday outlining Spirit Week.  Here is a quick recap:

  • Monday: Wear your favorite sports team shirt or jersy
  • Tuesday: Wear crazy socks and/or shoes
  • Wednesday: Twin day!
  • Thursday: Dress as your favorite Super Hero (please leave masks and weapons at home)
  • Friday: GRE spirit wear
I will be updating our curriculum corner in a couple of weeks so that you can support what we are doing in school, at home. In the meantime, continue to work on math facts. Your child will be bringing home their Reading and Math Log on Monday. I will model for them how to fill it in so that they will know what to do.  It will be due on Friday. Please note, 100 minutes can be spread over the entire seven day week if you so choose. However, I will only be sending home the log on Mondays. 

Tomorrow will be an exciting day at GRE and around the world. Students will have the opportunity to view the eclipse using protective eye wear provided by Mrs. Brown (thank you!!). We will be talking in depth about the eclipse before and after it occurs. Students will be reading articles and watching videos to prepare them and then we will have a discussion about it when we come back inside. I am thrilled we are getting this opportunity to watch and learn about the eclipse! 

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me via email or call the school. 


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Back to School!!

I'm looking forward to meeting families tomorrow! Here is some important information for this first week of school as well as information on next week.  Have a great week!

Monday - August 7th

Meet your teacher! Please show up with your supplies at the time you signed up for. I can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our classroom!!

Thursday - August 10th

First day of School!! Meet me on the blacktop by my name.  I will be there ready to see you! We will have the flag ceremony and then enter the building to begin our day together. Families are welcome to stay for the flag ceremony.

Friday- August 11th

Second day of school and the rolling start begins. Here is information about drop off and pick up from Dr. Brown on the principal's blog.

We would like to continue a rolling start to the school day next year.  Instead of having students line up outside of the building each morning, students will enter the building from the main entrance between 8:20-8:30 AM and report directly to their classroom.  Teachers will supervise students in the classroom as they begin their morning routine.  We believe that this new routine will allow for a more natural transition to the start of the school day.

During Meet Your Teacher, parents will have an opportunity to show their child how to walk to his/her new classroom.  Students will meet their teacher in their line outside of school on the first day of school where they will participate in a flag ceremony with their class.  Classroom teachers will then review how students will walk to their classroom on the second day of school.  On Friday, August 11, students will enter the school between 8:20 AM and 8:30 AM.  Staff members will escort students to their classrooms that need additional assistance.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents:

1) DO NOT drop off their child before 8:20 AM
2) Say good-bye to their children outside of the building.

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:20 AM so it is essential that students do not arrive prior to that time.

For more information on drop off, please click here.

Wednesday - August 16th

Back to School Night for parents only

We will host two back to school sessions in our classroom: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM. I will be going over policies and homework requirements for the year. Dr. Brown will be sharing celebrations and information about the school year from 5:45-6:00. I hope to see you there!

Thursday & Friday - August 17th & 18th

Assessment Day - 1 hour time slots

From the principal's blog:

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 either August 17th or August 18th to complete reading and math assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher at the end of the second week of school allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will 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 your assessment day and time.  The password is digger.  Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on either August 17th or August 18th.  Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location.  Students will conclude their assessment day 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 both August 17th and 18th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Dear Students and Parents,

Hello and welcome back!! My name is Kelly Broecker (pronounced Breker) and I am excited that I am going to be your child’s teacher for the 2017-2018 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!  

I am a fourth generation native to Colorado.  I was born in Denver, grew up in Crested Butte, and moved to Arvada for High School.  I stuck with the Colorado theme when I went to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and received my BA in History.  From there I began to pursue my true passion: teaching. I received my Elementary Educators license from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2000 and my Masters in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction in 2009.  I first began teaching in Adams 12 School District in 2000 where I taught 4th and 5th grades there for seven years before moving to Parker with my family in 2007.  I helped open and taught 4th grade at Mammoth Heights Elementary for eight years.  However, in 2015-2016, I stepped out of the classroom to pursue another passion of mine, which was coaching and mentoring teachers my last year at Mammoth Heights. However, I missed my students way too much and I went back to the classroom at Aspen Crossing Elementary in Cherry Creek where I taught 4th grade.  In total, I’ve spent 17 wonderful and blessed years in education. I am thrilled to be returning to Douglas County and teaching 5th grade at Gold Rush this year!  Education is my passion and watching your children grow to be strong, independent critical thinkers is why I teach.

As I said before, we 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 17 years, and we have two wonderful daughters. Emily, who is 14, will be attending Chaparral High School as a Freshman, and Abby, who is 11, will be attending Sierra Middle School as a 7th grader. 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, running, rooting for CSU Ram Football, walking to enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery, and of course, watching my girls play soccer.

As you know from the GRE website and our principal’s emails, our beginning of the year meetings will be just like last year.  We will be having a meet the teacher event on Monday, August 7th and the first day of school for everyone will be Thursday the 10th.  Every child will need to have a scheduled time for completing math and reading testing on our school-wide assessment days, August 17th and 18th.  

I look forward to meeting you on August 7th so we can kick-off our year! Please feel free to contact me anytime at Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best regards,

Kelly Broecker