It was so great to see all the smiling faces last week.  We had a great start to the school year and I am looking forward to the days to come to continue to get to know you and your kiddos. 

A few upcoming events.  For those who won't be able to attend Back to School Night, I will upload the presentation to my blog for you to see.

Wednesday, August 15th is Back to School Night

Session 1: 6:05-6:35 PM
Session 2: 6:40-7:10 PM
Also, Jenny Brown, the principal, will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM. 

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

Family Survey

Please take a moment to fill out this survey so I can get to know you are your family a bit more! (It's the same one that was emailed out.)

Welcome Letter

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  I am so excited to be back and to get to know all of these new kiddos and families.  Fifth grade is going to be an amazing year full of learning, growth, partnerships, new experiences, and fun.  We have some great learning experiences to look forward to, which include a dissection, pushing ourselves in our writing abilities, growing as mathematicians, using technology regularly and purposefully, and a fun-filled day at Outdoor Ed.

A little about myself professionally: I went to college at Cal Poly, and still to this day think it's one of the greatest places on earth.  I studied education there with an emphasis in biology.  I stayed there an additional year to earn my teaching credential.  I then moved down to Valencia, CA where I taught fourth grade.  When I moved to Colorado, I knew that Douglas County was a great fit for me.  This will be my 16th year teaching in total, and my eight here at Gold Rush Elementary.  I have since received my Masters Degree in education and am still often taking classes on weekends and over the summers.

Personally, I am originally from a small town outside of Santa Barbara and try to get home to visit family at least once a year; not only for the love of family, but to get my fix of the beach.  I have two great children who both be attend Gold Rush: Gavin (5th grade) and Rylah (3rd grade).  I love living in this great state because of all there is to do.  I’m often found hiking, going to concerts, dancing, camping, finding fun restaurants, snowboarding, and just being outside in general.

My biggest news, if you haven't already heard, is that I am getting married!!  Mark Hagerty and I will be getting married over Fall Break in the beautiful Colorado mountains.  We are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends this fall, and when I return, I will be Mrs. Hagerty.

Prepare to see a lot of growth this year in your kiddos both academically and emotionally.  Fifth grade is a year to build character and prepare for the years to come.  I believe in pushing students to find that intrinsic motivation and inner love of learning.  In this class we work hard and have many discussions that help develop critical thinking skills, systems thinking, and global awareness all the while being inquisitive, having fun, and building strong relationships.

Please enjoy these last few days of summer and get ready for a great year!  I look forward to meeting you and forming great relationships.

Feel free to email me at any time for any reason: adalcerri@dcsdk12.org

Your teacher,
Ashley Dalcerri