September 3, 2020

It was so great to see many of you last night at Back to School night! I think our first Virtual night was a success. Here is the presentation that I gave. The biggest take-aways for parents are:

1) In 5th Grade we foster independence at school and at home learning to prepare them for a successful career as a Middle Schooler and beyond.

2) Attendance on at home learning days is taken through completed assignments in Google Classroom. All learning done on at-home learning day should be marked as done in Google Classroom in order for the child to be counted as present.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Welcome Back!!


Dear Families,

Hello and welcome back!! I am so excited to see you all! My name is Kelly Broecker (pronounced Breker) and I am so excited that I am going to be your child’s teacher for the 2020-2021 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. 20 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 20 years as well as one of those years as an instructional coach. This will be my fourth 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 20 years, and we have two wonderful daughters. Emily, 17, is a Senior at Chaparral High School, and Abby, 14, is a Sophomore 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.

As we enter this year, I recognize that our classroom and school procedures will look different than previous years. Please rest assured that my number one priority is to keep everyone safe. As we experience this new adventure together, you can support our classroom by encouraging your student to maintain good hand hygiene and a positive, flexible attitude. I am here to support you and your family in all ways possible. Working together as a cohesive team will ensure that your child has a successful year as they prepare for middle school. Communication is very important to me and to the success of your child. E-mail is typically the best way to reach me. During the school year I will be working with our students during school hours, so if I am not able to respond immediately, I will do my best to respond after school or the following morning. I look forward to working with you and your child. This is their last year of elementary school and I want it to be a memorable and fun learning experience, despite the unique challenges we face. I can't wait for them to experience all of the fun and exciting lessons and activities that I have planned!

I am looking forward to meeting you and your student at our Meet the Teacher. Please CLICK HERE to sign up for a day and time. If you are not able to attend, or feel more comfortable meeting remotely, I am more than happy to chat via Google Meet. There are time slots allotted for virtual meetings only. If we need more of these time slots, please sign up closer to that 10:30 slot. It is supposed to be super hot that day and I would like to protect us all from the heat. Thank you for helping me out with this! Please remember that all family members MUST wear a mask while on school grounds and social distancing (6ft) from other families and all teachers is required at all times. Additionally, supplies should not be brought to the Meet the Teacher this year since we are not meeting in our classroom. If you could please also fill out this form (also found on my website) to help me get to know your child, I would appreciate it! We will talk at Meet the Teacher, but this will help give me information prior to meeting your child/children and you. If there is anything personal about your child that you do not want to share with other families around, please make sure to fill out the form so that I can learn more about your child. I've included a few pictures of our classroom so you are able to see where your child will be spending his/her day.

Have a great rest of your summer and I can’t wait to see you when Orientation Week starts August 17th! If you want me to add another email for you, please let me know.

Best regards,

Mrs. Broecker

Me with my favorite flower!!

My family and I near Salzburg, Austria in 2019.