April 26, 2018
Maria Alvarez, the office manager at Academia Ana Marie Sandoval, is one of many valued office support team members throughout DPS.
Top 5: Office Support Shoutouts
Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day, and you flooded our inbox with shoutouts for our outstanding office support team members. The Top 5 are below, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner Becca Kreidler at West Early College!

5. " The North High School main office team -- Shelley, Ruben, Natalie, Alma and Grisel -- is amazing. Running a high school office is no joke, and they keep our school moving. They support families, train student assistants and help us with all our needs." --  Kate Berger, North High School

4. " I so appreciate my team, Krystie Warlum and Daphne Jolley. They welcome families, support teachers and patiently approach every day with a positive attitude." -- Shelby Dennis, Swigert International 

3. " We are so lucky to have Ms. Teresa and Ms. Miriam in the front office at Palmer! They are always friendly, no matter what's happening. They are a steady, calm, kind presence that permeates the building. We would not be able to keep things running smoothly without them! " -- Caryn Pratt, Palmer Elementary

2. " The administrative team at Asbury, Stephanie and Teri, are two of the most hardworking, dedicated and thoughtful people. We flood them with questions every day, and they have a solution for every problem! They know every family and student, and constantly show their kindness to students who need some extra attention. They are the core of the school! " -- 
Nicki Fagan, Asbury Elementary
 
1. " Sylvia Rocha, the principal's secretary at West Early College, epitomizes our Shared Core Values. Her Accountability, Fun, Collaboration, and her commitment to Equity and putting Students First are rooted in her Integrity. She is always true to her word and true to her role as a teammate, an administrative professional and a part of the West Early College vision. Even among a cadre of incredible professionals, Sylvia shines." -- Becca Kreidler, West Early College

Top 5 Callout: 14er Photos
Scaling a 14er is a local rite of passage, and we'd love to see your snapshots from peaks all around the Centennial State. Send photos from your adventures hiking 14ers to newsletters@dpsk12.org . We'll feature the Top 5 responses in next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!

ICYMI: Classes are Cancelled on Friday, April 27
Due to significant anticipated teacher absences, DPS is cancelling all classes on Friday, April 27. (Innovation and charter schools can opt out of cancelling classes and decide to operate on a normal schedule.) This is still a working day for DPS staff, and teachers and others participating in the rally must work with their supervisor to take appropriate leave.  

As we have been communicating with you, DPS has been working in partnership to press our state government to restore education funding to our schools. The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is planning a statewide rally of educators on Friday, April 27, to advocate for greater state funding and expects that many of our teachers will participate.

Please work with your team leaders to determine your priorities and assignments for the day. If you plan to participate in the rally, please work with your supervisor to secure the appropriate leave approval.  

Act Fast: Open Enrollment is Open Now through May 11 
Open Enrollment -- the one time each year that team members can select, change or waive benefits -- is underway. This year is an active enrollment year. That means all benefits-eligible employees must take action by May 11 and enroll in or waive benefits during Open Enrollment.
 
We will be sending benefits-eligible team members periodic reminders to take action before the deadline. Stay tuned for emails from noreply@benefitscommunications.com . Don't want to receive reminder calls and emails? Take action now and select or waive benefits by logging on to the Benefits Enrollment Site.
 
If you need help choosing a plan, there are four more opportunities to get one-on-one support at one of our regional pop-up fairs Representatives from our benefits partners and our Employee Wellness team will be available to answer your questions, and benefits specialists will be there to help you complete Open Enrollment. Join us from:
Visit thecommons.dpsk12.org/openenrollment for more information, or contact Employee Services at 720-423-3900 or Connect_HumanResources@dpsk12.org
 
Discount Alert: DPS Appreciation Night with the Rockies 
Support our kids and the Colorado Rockies! Join the DPS Foundation for DPS Appreciation Night  with the Rockies  on June 1. Tickets are $14-$42 (a $24-$55 value). Can't make it June 1? Discounted tickets are also available for the May 27, May 28 and June 10 games. A portion of every ticket sold benefits the DPS Foundation. Click below to get your tickets!

Living Our DPS Honoree
 
Shawntel Abad
Office Support, Sandra Todd-Williams Academy
Fun
 
"Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day, and our secretary at Sandra Todd-Williams Academy, Shawntel Abad, is incredible! Shawntel is organized, professional, dedicated and lives our Shared Core Value of Fun. 

In the weeks leading up to Spring Break, she organized many fun activities to motivate our staff including: an estimation jar full of candy, a walking challenge with great prizes, new Sandra Todd-Williams Academy shirts for those who participated in the Parent Teacher Home Visit program, selling treats to students after school, organizing Spirit Days and buying wigs for office staff for Crazy Hair Day! Shawn has been a fantastic boost of enthusiasm and Fun at a time when our staff needed it most. We love and appreciate all that she does for us."

-- Leslie Harvey, Sandra Todd-Williams Academy

COMING UP:
May Discounts:  Rapids and DCPA tickets
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