Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Welcome to Kindergarten






             My name is Stephanie Brown and I will be your child’s Kindergarten teacher.  Kindergarten is the first year of formal education that a child receives, and I am honored to be part of the journey with you and your family.  This year your child will develop into a reader, writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a good friend, and a student!  Talk about new beginnings!  I am continually amazed by the brilliance of 5 and 6 year olds!  They learn quickly, are curious, and have fun doing so.  They truly are amazing! 
            Throughout the year your child will learn many academic concepts.  We will learn about letters, words, and numbers.   Students will do tons of reading, writing, and math. We will study the relationship between the earth and sun, force and motion, and lots about animals.  We will learn about the 7 continents, how to be a good citizen and a little about the sequencing of historical events.  Most importantly, we will work hard to establish a love for learning, thinking, and how to be part of a classroom community. 
            I am sure you are curious about me, as I will be spending lots of time with you and your child. I earned my teaching degree from the University of Northern Colorado, then immediately earned a Masters Degree in Literacy from The University of Colorado at Boulder.  In 2004 I became National Board Certified in Literacy.   I have been teaching for 17 years, with 13 of those years at the Kindergarten level.  In addition to teaching Kindergarten I have worked as a reading specialist in first grade, and currently serve as the RtI specialist (Response to Intervention Specialist) here at Gold Rush for Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th.   I love Kindergarten, the newness, the energy of both students and families, the incredible amount of learning that occurs is inspiring. 
            Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am married and have three children.  Ellianna is 16 and will be a Junior at Legend High School.  Clara is 13 and will be in 8th grade at Cimarron Middle School.  Kellen, will be 8 in October and will be in second grade here at Gold Rush. In my spare time I enjoy doing anything outdoors, exercising, practicing yoga, traveling, learning, and carpooling my children to and from their activities. I love a challenge and enjoy learning anything new.  
I look forward to working with you and your child in the upcoming school year!  If you have questions over the summer, please feel free to email me at Stephanie.brown@dcsdk12.org.

Important Dates and Info

 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 1st! 

Monday, July 18th – Monday, August 1st – Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In will open at 12:01 AM on Monday, 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 Friday, August 5, or the first day of school.  All students must register via Online Express Check In by August 1st.  For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:
·       GRE Registrar Anita Rudman: anita.rudman@dcsdk12.org or 303-387-7700
·       GRE Administrative Assistant Janis Panico: janis.panico@dcsdk12.org or 303-387-7700
·       Student Data and Information Services Summer Hotline: 303-387-0016
·       Business Services: 720-433-1244
·       IT Support Center: 303-387-0001

Monday, July 18th - Class Placement
Starting July 18th you can click here to access parent portal.  You will be able to view your child’s teacher by selecting your student and clicking on the schedule tab.
Friday, August 5th - Meet Your Teacher
Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Friday, August 5, 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 between July 18th to August 1st  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 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 Friday, August 5th
9:30-9:55
10:00-10:25
10:30-10:55
11:00-11:25
11:30-11:55
Monday, August 8th -  First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Monday, August 8th.  Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony.  Each teacher will have a sign with her name on it.  On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20-8:30 and walk directly to their classrooms.  Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students.  This rolling start will ensure a smoother, safer start to the day.  School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.    
Click here for the 2016 2017 Split Fall Break Modified 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 17th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 17th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:00-6:30PM & 6:35-7:05 PM.  
Thursday, August 18th or Friday, August 19st – 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 either August 18th or August 19st 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 18th – August 1st to select your assessment day and time.  The password again is digger.  Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on either August 18th or August 19th.  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 18th and 19th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

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