Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break, No School

  • Dec 21 - Jan 4: Winter Break, No School
Updates for Community
Dear Hallett Families,

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, I want to tell you how very thankful I am for this community. Thank you for trusting us with your children. Thank you for getting through these difficult times with us.

We are transitioning to fully remote learning after the break, beginning Monday, November 30th. Please continue to stay in contact with your child(ren)'s teacher and let us know if there is any way we can make this transition easier for you.

Thank you for being with us. Continue to take good care.

With love,

Dominique Jefferson
Turkey Trot
Though it looked different this year, we were glad to still participate in-person AND virtually for the annual turkey trot! Thanks Mr. Fresquez!
Thank You!
We are grateful to the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. South Suburban Denver Chapter for their generous donation of Chromebooks and books for our students and Discovery Link. What an honor!
Important Note From Ms. Yvonne & Front Office
As we begin planning for the rest of the school year, we wanted to share information with families who would like to change their learning option (either in-person or virtual) for next semester.

Elementary school families with students in grades K-5 can request a change to their current learning option the week after Thanksgiving break. The window to make a change will be open Monday, November 30.

Elementary families who don't take action will remain enrolled in their current learning option through the end of the 2020 / 2021 school year.

Much like this semester, we are hoping to be able to offer in-person learning for all elementary students next semester, along with 100% virtual option, but it will depend on current health conditions at the time. Therefore, families enrolled in the in-person option are choosing that they want their student to attend school in-person as much as possible as soon as the health conditions allow through the end of the school year. Families that don't feel comfortable having their student participate in in-person learning for the spring (through May 2021) should be enrolled in the 100% virtual option.

If you would like to request a change to your current learning option, please complete the Learning Option Update form on the Parent Portal by December 6th. You can also call the school's front office at 720-424-6070 to request a paper form or you can request the changes over the phone.

Please keep in mind that the office staff will be working remotely, so please leave a message and the office staff will return you call as soon as possible.

We will make every effort to accommodate change requests for families who need it. Families who put in a request for a change to student's learning option can expect to receive confirmation from us after December 7th.

Again, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
We want to extend our deepest thanks to the community of The House of Worship Center who so generously provided over 100 Thanksgiving boxes for our families. We are overwhelmed with gratitude!
**Important Remote Learning Center Updates**
**Hallett will no longer be a Remote Learning Site through Discovery Link. Hallett Families can use the code: grantsite2020 to participate in one of the 30 locations for free. If you are having issues registering, please contact dia_bryant@dpsk12.org

Discovery Link families, 

As COVID-19 conditions change in Denver, we are adjusting our programming to prioritize the health and safety of our students and families.DPS announced the difficult decision to shift all K-12 grades and programs to remote learning, beginning on Monday, Nov. 30 through the winter break. ECE families will receive supports for at-home instruction, but we will not be offering full remote learning for ECE students. This means that Discovery Link will not offer before and afterschool programs and shift to offering Remote Learning Support Centers for elementary school students. Registration opened yesterda, November 19th at 6pm.

Please click here to register for Remote Learning Support Centers, which will be available at 30 locations for families who need support from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m with a capacity of 30 students per site. The majority of locations will cost $16 per day, with 8 grant-funded locations being provided free to families who attend those schools. Spots at Remote Learning Support Centers are limited, and available on a first come, first-served basis. 

Families should remove days from their calendars and accounts will be credited for before and afterschool fees through Dec. 18. If you have questions, please contact discovery_link@dpsk12.org

Sites offering Remote Learning Support: Barnum, Isabella Bird, Bill Roberts, Bradley, Brown, C3, Carson, Colfax, Cowell, DCIS Fairmount, DLS East, Eagleton, Ellis, Inspire, Kaiser, Lincoln, McKinley Thatcher, McMeen, Monroe, Polaris, Sandoval, Slavens, Southmoor, Steck, Steele, Swigert, Teller, Trevista, Valdez, Willow.

Familias de Discovery Link,

A medida que cambian las condiciones de COVID-19 en Denver, estamos ajustando nuestra programación para priorizar la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y familias. DPS anunció la decisión difícil de cambiar todos los grados y programas de K-12 al aprendizaje remoto, a partir del lunes 30 de noviembre hasta las vacaciones de invierno, lo que significa que Discovery Link no ofrecerá programas de antes y después de la escuela y pasará a ofrecer Centros de apoyo de aprendizaje remoto. El Registro se abre hoy, 19 de noviembre a las 6 p.m.

Haga clic aquí para registrarse en los Centros de apoyo de aprendizaje remoto, que estarán disponibles en las 30 ubicaciones para familias que necesitan apoyo de 7 a.m. a 4 p.m con una capacidad de 30 estudiantes por ubicación. La mayoría de las ubicaciones costarán $16 por día, con 8 ubicaciones financiadas por subvenciones escolares que se proporcionarán gratis a las familias que asisten a esas escuelas. Los cupos de registro en los Centros de soporte de aprendizaje remoto son limitados y están disponibles por orden de llegada.

Las familias deben eliminar los días de sus calendarios y se acreditarán las cuentas antes y después de clases hasta el 18 de diciembre. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con discovery_link@dpsk12.org.
Free Covid Testing
Through the end of the year, COVIDCheck Colorado is now offering free testing to anyone in Colorado. This means that leaders, educators and staff can go with household members and invite other community members to test and help slow the spread of COVID.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, CDC has many recommendations for staying healthy. In preparation for potential gatherings, COVIDCheck Colorado recommends scheduling a test before Thanksgiving as well as several days after to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please schedule your test and encourage your team to sign up online as well. 
Lastly, reducing the burden of influenza this year will be critical to support the already overburdened hospital systems and healthcare providers. COVID-19 and the flu are both contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. There is a vaccine to help prevent the flu, please see a vaccine finder tool to find a location near you. Please encourage staff to get a flu vaccine to keep themselves and the community safe.
Cold vs. Flu vs. Covid-19
Feeling sick? Many of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, which can make it hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. They are both contagious respiratory illnesses that are caused by different viruses. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or others, we recommend you get a COVID-19 test.  

Free testing for DPS students will be available for same day appointments, including Saturday, with a 24-hour turn around at the following Denver Health locations:
  • Federico F. Pena Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care
  • Lowry Family Health Center
  • Montbello Family Health Center
  • Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute
Food & Other Assistance
Please see the letter above about weekend food bags. If you are interested please fill out this form or contact Ms. Talvy at brittany_talvy@dpsk12.org or 720-424-6099.

Important: If your family is struggling in ways that we might be able to support, we hope you will reach out. We have access to many resources that might be helpful and would appreciate knowing how we can best meet the needs of our families. Please fill out this survey and we will be in touch:

**Family Resources Survey: https://forms.gle/E1Cnt5Y8M12V1TNq8 **
The Brave of Heart Fund
Brave of Heart Fund at E4E Relief, created by the New York Life Foundation in partnership with Cigna Foundation provides financial grants to families of eligible healthcare workers, healthcare volunteers, and healthcare support staff such as foodservice workers and pharmacists, who lost their lives in the fight against COVID-19. 
If you have lost a family member who is a healthcare worker or if you know of any affected families, please tell them about the Fund. More information and to apply.
Emergency Assistance
Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact the lives of Denver families, DHS is now offering emergency/disaster assistance payments up to $4,000 to qualifying residents.
These payments can be used for a variety of reasons – to cover rent or pay the mortgage, to pay for mental or medical care, to pay for home or auto repairs, to pay for food or school supplies, and more. To qualify, one must be:
  • TANF Broad-Based Eligibility Criteria for Disaster Aid: Denver resident
  • Household is determined to be ineligible for public assistance programs;
  • Annual household income is under $75,000;
  • Eligible child in the household (according to state rules and regulations);
  • Lawfully present in the country; and
  • Has a need for services directly relating COVID-19-related emergency
The program is open until funds are exhausted. To apply, go to Colorado.gov/PEAK and apply for Colorado Works/TANF. Please note that because this is a unique and temporary program, the “Am I eligible?” feature will not distinguish between this program and the regular Colorado Works/TANF programs. We encourage anyone with questions to call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to speak with a customer services representative.
Colorado Storms Youth Basketball (through I9 Sports)
*opportunities for coaches and players!
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