Thursday, July 12, 2018

Welcome to 2nd Grade

Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Welcome to Gold Rush Elementary! My name is Catherine Graham and I will be your child’s 2nd Grade Teacher. My goal as your child’s teacher is to foster a love of learning while valuing individuality and striving to meet the needs of each student. I am committed to ensuring a quality of instruction that is both developmentally appropriate and challenging for each student.  I am very excited to meet you and your child.

This will be my 18th year teaching in Douglas County. I graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. I then went on to complete my Masters Degree through the University of Colorado (Denver) in Curriculum and Instruction and obtain my teaching license.

This August I will have been married to my husband Kelly for 20 years. We have three beautiful daughters McKenna, Kendall and Delaney. McKenna is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Legend High School. Kendall is 13 years old and is an eighth grader at Cimarron Middle School. Delaney is 7 and is a 2nd Grader here at Gold Rush. We also have Dakota a Gold Retriever Puppy! Our family enjoys outdoors activities such as camping, hiking, swimming and skiing. All three of my girls are soccer players so we spend a great deal of time on the soccer field! In my spare time I enjoy running, going to Orange Theory and one of my favorite hobbies is to scrapbook. 

Please mark your calendar for the following important dates:
·       Families are welcome to come visit our classroom, meet me and drop off your labeled  school supplieson Monday, August 6th. Please sign up for a time slot by clicking here for the  On Line Scheduler use the password digger and then use the student look up tab
·    Our First day of school is Thursday, August 9th
.   Wednesday August, 15th Back to School Night for Parents Only. We will offer 2 sessions 6:05-6:35 & 6:40-7:10
      
.   We will not have class on August 28th. Each student will come to school for one hour to complete reading and math assessments. Please sign up for a day and time between July 18th and July 31st by clicking On Line Scheduler.  Because we value the information we are obtaining on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete the assessments on this day.  Please bring your child to the gym and teachers will bring students to their testing locations. Students will conclude their assessment day by having you accompany them to take their school picture.  Our Before and Afterschool Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on both August 28th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

I also believe that in order for success to occur the student, parents, teacher and the school must collaborate to provide an optimum learning experience.  I look forward to forming a partnership with you that is positive and supportive.  If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact me via email Catherine.graham@dcsdk12.org. I look forward to meeting everyone!

See you soon!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Catherine Graham