Sept. 6, 2018
Students at Isabella Bird Community School are staying fit with jump ropes!
Get Your Wellness On This Fall 
Are you looking for new ways to support your physical, social, emotional, spiritual and financial health? We are excited to kick off the school year with our fall wellness program lineup! Join in with some of the featured activities below:
  • Bring your family, friends and even your pup to the second-annual DPS back-to-school 5K walk/run at the Boulder Running Company. DPS team members will also receive 20% in the store all weekend long. Register  here .
  • Virtually travel the world with your teammates while tracking healthy behaviors and competing for prizes in the six-week Health Trails Challenge . Earn virtual miles by recording exercise, your fruit and vegetable servings, and gratitude. Register here .
  • Build movement into your workday with the Move at Work Program designed especially for DPS team members. To get started, visit and enter the password movedps .
  • Reduce stress and increase mindfulness with the SMART (Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques in Education) course. DPS educators receive 50% off the cost for the course, and teachers can earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). Learn more and register here .
Stay tuned to the Wellness page on The Commons  throughout the year for information on new programs and offerings to promote your health and well-being!
Top 5: How You Support Your Well-Being
Your stories of how you and your teams are prioritizing health and well-being are inspiring! Congratulations to  Maggie Sgier at Ashley Elementary, who won a giveaway sponsored by Employee Wellness. 

5.  "I help my sanity in the early morning hours by doing my meal prep on the weekends. Sometimes my kids even cook with me! It's a great bonding time as a family, and my mornings are much smoother when I can just grab my container of lunch and breakfast and go!" -- Kimberly Peters, Skinner Middle School 

4.  "Each morning before work I read two poems from Poems-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion. This delightful collection has both classic and modern poems that give me some relaxing moments before I set out for my day." -- Hilary O'Kelly, CEC Early College

3. "At Force Elementary, there is a group of us that sign up to do races together. Then, we do our training walks and runs together. We have done distances from 5K to half marathons!"  -- Bridgette M. Weiss, Force Elementary 

2.  "I leave my laptop and even my work bag at my desk during designated days of the week. I've found that if I leave those things behind, I am more present for my family and friends. And, I'm a much more balanced leader because there's a separation" -- Whitney Weathers, Manual High School 

1. "I try to support my own well-being by offering morning meditation to my co-workers. Knowing I need to be there for my staff keeps me dedicated to my own practice. We practice a different type of meditation every day of the week! Mondays are for loving kindness, Tuesdays we do breath work, Wednesdays we observe our thoughts, Thursdays we do a body scan, and Fridays are for moving meditation. I know this practice has already helped my school year start off great!" -- Maggie Sgier, Ashley Elementary

Top 5 Callout: Voicemail "Fails" 
Has your voicemail automatic transcription made you laugh lately? Share your funniest voicemail transcript goofs with and you'll be entered to win a giveaway!  
Get Your Copy of the 2018-19 Values-Based Programs Guide

The 2018-19  Values-Based Programs  guide is now available. Values-based programs were created for all members of Team DPS to connect, learn and grow, while providing the opportunity to develop as a leader in your role. Use this booklet as a resource to help schedule the programs you want to attend this year.

Upcoming programs include Skills classesAspire
 (Oct 3-4) and Creating Connections  (Oct. 24). Download the interactive digital booklet here or request hard copies for you and your team by emailing Samantha Silver
2018-19 District Map and Handbook for Families and Students Are Here

New resources for families, students and DPS team members are now available for the 2018-19 school year. 
  • Our new and improved Handbook for Families and Students provides families with a directory of resources, programs, services and policies -- and it's now easier than ever to navigate! Printed copies were delivered to each school. The handbook is also available online in English and Spanish; other languages will be available in mid-September.
ICYMI: Complete Mandatory Reporter Training
By Sept. 30, all team members must complete an important training session regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect to ensure we are able to best support the safety of our students.

Click here to log in to Learning Space with your DPS credentials to access the course.

We know this training is detailed, and our teams are here to support you with any issues or questions that may arise. We recommend bookmarking these guidance materials online so you have them at your fingertips in the future.

If you have feedback regarding the training, please reach out to

Perks at Work: Down Payment Assistance
Want up to $70,000 to help purchase a home? DPS has partnered with Landed, a San Francisco-based startup, to provide a down payment assistance opportunity to DPS team members.  The opportunity provides half of the 20% down payment on a home, up to $70,000 per household, to be paid back in the future. The assistance is available to all full-time employees who have been with DPS at least two years. 

To learn more about how it works, visit our  Down Payment Assistance page on The Commons or sign up on the Landed website for a representative to contact you.   

Living Our DPS Honoree
Rivian Bass
Teacher, Teller Elementary
Students First

"This summer, Teller Elementary opened its very own Gifted and Talented Summer Academy. Over the course of six weeks, we served 50 Magnet Eligible, Gifted and Talented, and Highly Gifted and Talented students. Rivian Bass was the foundation of this successful program and lived our Shared Core Value of Students First. She donated many hours of her own time to ensure our program was nothing short of amazing. Our students thrived as they learned about the art of math, competed in a mini-house challenge, embarked on a virtual voyage and shined as entrepreneurs during Mini Society. Teller is lucky to have such a passionate teacher on our team!"

-- Sabrina Bates, Teller Elementary

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