Friday, September 1, 2017

September Happenings on Team Meier

Upcoming Dates:
  • Friday, September 22nd- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
  • Friday, September 29th- Digger Dash
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break

Curriculum Update:

During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • Learning the routines and rituals that will make Reader’s Workshop successful
  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words
  • Building our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time
  • Identify and discuss story elements- character, setting, problem, solution and identify beginning, middle and end in stories
  • Recording our thinking while reading

Our first writing unit is Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions). By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why
  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

Our first Investigations Unit is called: Coins, Number Strings and Story Problems. During this unit students will focus on the following:
  • Introduce Math Tools and classroom routines-using Number Lines and The 100 Chart
  • Understand if order matters when adding two or more numbers together
  • Adding and subtracting within 20 using known facts to solve problems
  • Begin to develop fact fluency within 20
  • Compare two quantities
  • Coins
  • Time
  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems, share strategies for solving and ways to record

Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member. We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities (including classrooms).


Each student was given a spelling inventory to identify areas of strength and areas to work on. Students were then divided into groups based on their unique needs. Each week your child will come home with a list of words based on a spelling pattern. Please practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Welcome to Team Meier!

Hello all!

Welcome to Team Meier! I hope all of you have enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to the start of the school year in just a couple weeks! I am so excited to welcome your child to 2nd grade and look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Here are a few quick things to share with you about the start of our school year, plus a few notes about myself to help you get to know me a little better.

  • Meet Your Teacher: This event will be held the morning of Monday, August 7, from 9-12:00pm. You may sign up for a time slot online by Tuesday, August 1st. Click here to login. At this event, your child will bring in their school supplies, label them with certain labels I have already created, and place them in the correct locations around the classroom. Beginning of school year prep, done! ;) They will also get a chance to meet and talk with me, and explore their classroom a bit. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

  • Assessment Dates: School will not be held on Thursday, 8/17 and Friday, 8/18. During these days, teachers will be meeting with each student for one hour to evaluate their reading and math levels. (Make sure to get those 20-30 reading minutes in each day during the rest of the summer. It makes a BIG difference!) You may sign up online by Tuesday, August 1st, here: Online Express Check In  Click here to login.

  • Parent Info Night: On Wednesday, 8/16, I will be hosting an "Information Night" for my parents in our classroom. There will be two 30 minutes sessions offered, 6:00pm and 6:30pm, which will each be purposefully prepared with useful information about our classroom, routines, homework, grades, volunteer opportunities, behavior expectations, etc. I highly encourage ALL families to send at least one family representative to one of these sessions.

  • School Folder: Starting on the first day of school, your child will bring a RED TAKE-HOME FOLDER home with them. Please have a parent/legal guardian SIGN THIS FOLDER EACH NIGHT. This folder will be a precious piece of information for you. It will hold our monthly event calendar, including the week’s specials schedule and library dates, homework, a monthly spelling word list, behavior notes and finished work. Set your minds now for using and signing this folder each night! ;)

  • Water Bottles and Snacks - I allow each child to keep a water bottle on their desk each day. Unfortunately, because of ants, we are only allowed to have water and no other liquids. (Nothing flavored; juice, gatorade, flavoring drops, etc.) We also have a morning snack each morning. Please supply your child with a healthy snack they may bring in and eat. Great ideas include crackers, fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. We do not allow cookies or any sugary treats for a snack, as this makes writing time (that directly follows snack time) very interesting! ;)
*Your child is welcome to bring a 2nd snack in to eat toward the end of the school day, but this is not required.

  • About Mrs. Meier: Last but not least, a little about myself and my family! I am a Texas born & raised southern sweetheart that loves early childhood education and has a passion in helping little minds think deeply and achieve big things! I graduated from the great Texas Christian University (Go Horned Frogs!) and I am looking forward to starting my 10th year of teaching. I love to have my students work as a team in our classroom, and will often refer to our group as “Team Meier” throughout the school year. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the harp ( and getting outside in this beautiful state of Colorado as much as possible. My husband, Steven, is an orthodontics resident here at the University of Colorado and is about to start his 3rd (and final) year of residency. (It's been a long road!) We have three daughters, Gabi (9 years) and identical twins Grace & Kate (6 years) who currently attend Gold Rush. We are all excited about this upcoming school year!

Please let me know if I can be of any help answering questions you may have about the beginning of the school year, before we see “y’all” at Meet-the-Teacher on Monday, 8/7!

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer,
Lauren Meier
Team Meier

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

GRE Back to School Parent Letter

Repost: From the Desk of Jenny Brown

July 15, 2016
Dear Gold Rush Families,
I hope you are having a great summer! We are eagerly awaiting the start of another wonderful school year!  I want to provide you with important information regarding the start of the year.  It is my hope that this information will make you aware of upcoming events and timelines.
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 Monday, August 7, or on 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: or 303-387-7700
·       GRE Administrative Assistant Janis Panico: 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
We know that your child is eager to know who his/her new classroom teacher will be!  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. You can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email by the end of the month.
Monday, August 7th - Meet Your Teacher
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  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.  Each time slot is reserved for a maximum of six students.  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
Thursday, August 10th -  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.  Parents of preschool students will need to walk their children into the building using the west entrance and sign their child in.  School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.    
Click here for the 2017-2018 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 16th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 16th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:00-6:30PM & 6:35-7:05 PM.  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.
Thursday, August 17th or Friday, August 18st – 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 17th or August 18st 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 17th and 18th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
We look forward to seeing your family in August!  Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation!
Jennifer Brown