Ms. Chartier

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year. I am very excited to begin my thirteenth year of teaching and my second year here at Buffalo Ridge Elementary! I am looking forward to getting to know your child, as well as you. I believe in strong communication to be able to meet the needs of my students. I am pleased to be able to work for such a supportive and highly performing school. 

I live in Parker, Colorado with the love of my life, Jason, and our 4 children: Jaden (14), Aason (14), Austin (12), and Adysen (10).  When I am not teaching I like to stay active outside: camping, hiking, skiing, swimming, and spending time with friends and family. 

I graduated in May 2007 with my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in English from the University of Northern Colorado. I worked in a program that allowed me to be in the schools every morning and attend college courses in the afternoon. This program supported hands-on learning and I was able to take the knowledge I obtained and apply it directly into the classroom. This program gave me the confidence to enter the teaching field with high expectations for myself and my students. 

After teaching for several years, I decided to return to school and obtain my Masters Degree in Administration. This learning allowed me to gain a different perspective and it supported my continued growth in the education world. I graduated with this degree in December of 2015. 

 Some information you might find helpful about the fifth grade curriculum: This year in Social Studies we will focus on American History 1491-1781, U.S. Government, and States and Regions. This is a great way for the students to get to know about the wonderful country we live in. In Science we will learn many different concepts in the following units of studies: Physical, Earth, Life Sciences. 

My teaching philosophy stems from an individualized learning approach. I pride myself on creating meaningful positive relationships with all students, in order to meet their specific needs. Once I get to know your child, I can teach them to their strengths in order for them to succeed and strive to the best of their ability.

Along with all of the learning we will be doing, we will be having a daily snack. Please have your child bring a nutritious snack for a boost of energy. I do not allow candy, soda, or other sugary snacks. Please have your child bring a water bottle to keep in the classroom to keep hydrated and cool during the school day. I will be sending the water bottles home every Friday in order for them to get a “bath.”

Please click on the links embedded in the email and fill-out necessary forms. The students and I will come up with our classroom expectations as a team. I know that this will be a successful year for all of us and I am looking forward to working with you and your child. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email me at: swchartier@dcsdk12.org or call me at school: (303) 387-5575.