Annette Vasquez at Columbine Elementary is one of many
valued office support team members throughout DPS.
April 25, 2019
Benefits Open Enrollment is Underway; Take Action Today
Benefits Open Enrollment is underway and ends May 10. Visit and click the green "Enroll Now" button to access the Benefits Enrollment Site to make your selections. Take action early and you will be entered to win a $250 prize!

Need help selecting benefits? View the 2019-20 Benefits Enrollment Guide and Open Enrollment FAQ. You can also attend an upcoming benefits pop-up fair, featuring enrollment labs and the opportunity to meet with our benefits providers and the Employee Wellness Team:

  • 4-6 p.m. tonight, April 25 at Evie Dennis Campus in the West Commons.
  • 4-6 p.m. April 30 at Manual High School's Cafeteria.
  • 6-8 p.m. May 2 at South High School's Cafeteria.
  • 4-6 p.m. May 8 at Bear Valley International School at Henry Campus Cafeteria.

Benefits-eligible team members will receive email, phone call and text message reminders until completing Open Enrollment.
Top 5: Office Support Shout-Outs
Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day, and our inbox was full of shout-outs for our outstanding office support team members. Click here to read all of the shout-outs we received. Congratulations to our giveaway prize winners, Evonne Edwards and Stephanie Carpenter at Bradley Elementary !
5. "We have the best Administrative Team at DCIS at Fairmont . They organize, assist, plan, solve, simplify, coordinate and probably do a 100 other amazing things to keep our workplace running smoothly!"
-- Veraliz Fernandez De Barbano, DCIS at Fairmont

4. "I'd like to shout out Karla Garcia for all of her hard work to make sure there is a cohesive flow to the school day. She gets us amped up with the call for our morning huddle, shares the love and passion for students, and makes sure no one is off-task. Thank you, Karla, for all that you do at HCAS!" -- Nycole Bradshaw, Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences

3. " Monica Sanchez and Daisy Acosta are the best. They are kind, hardworking and have a great sense of humor. You have a challenging job and you do it well!"
-- Thais Simoes-Pryor, Barnum Elementary

2. "I want to give a shout out to Daniella Hernandez at Dora Moore. Daniella is the rock of the school. She always greets students, parents, staff and community members with a smiling face and positive attitude. She never turns anyone away when they are looking for assistance. She is a leader, a supporter and a friend. She lives the DPS Shared Core Values. We are so lucky to have Daniella at our school!" -- Sara Ramirez, Dora Moore

1. " Evonne Edwards has been at Bradley for more than 30 years. She has been a constant source of help, knowledge, compassion and encouragement for so many teachers, staff, parents and children over the years. She is retiring this year and our school will definitely feel the void."
-- Stephanie Carpenter, Bradley Elementary
Top 5 Callout: Pet Photos
Do you have a furry friend at home that brightens your day? Whether you have a cat, dog, bunny or lizard -- we want to see your best pet photos! Submit your photo here and be entered to win a giveaway!
Share Your Good News
Do you have a success story? Is your team doing something we should all know about? Do you want to recognize a teacher or student for their work? Share your good news and let Team DPS know what's happening at your school or in your team!

Remember these tips for a great submission:
  • Put yourself in our readers' shoes and share the details they may want to know.
  • What makes this announcement stand out?
  • Be sure to include the first and last name of any DPS team members included.
Sign Up for Spring DPS Skills Classes
There is still time to take advantage of free DPS Skills classes this year! These three-hour workshops focus on personal and professional development in areas such as self-care, nutrition, conflict management and more.

Reserve your space for one of the remaining classes this year:

  • Creative Conflict: April 30
  • Nutrition, The Recipe for Wellness: May 1
  • Navigating Change: May 14
  • Radical Self Care: May 21
  • Foundational Bias: May 28
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership: May 29
  • Bias 2.0: May 30

Skills classes are available to all DPS team members. Learn more and register for a course here .
Get Your Tickets for DPS Night at the Ballpark
Mark your calendar for DPS Appreciation Night at Coors Field -- at 7:10 p.m. on June 1 -- when the Colorado Rockies play the Toronto Blue Jays. Two dollars from each ticket will benefit the DPS Foundation. Click here to purchase tickets using promo code DPS.
Note Deadlines for End of the Fiscal Year
If you have purchasing responsibilities for your team, take note! The 2019 Year-End Cut-Off Memo and Calendar has important cut-off dates for accounting, budget, purchasing, strategic sourcing and warehouse transactions to help team members stay on top of important year-end deadlines.
Perks at Work: Cost of Living Toolkit
Human Resources has compiled a Cost of Living Toolkit, which includes information on local housing, childcare, public transportation and more. The toolkit includes Denver-area neighborhood information and profiles to help find the neighborhood that is right for you. Whether you're a Denver native or a newcomer, this resource will help you navigate the Denver landscape.

Looking for a roommate? Join the Facebook group " DPS - Housing Exchange" to connect to the DPS community and find housing, roommates, advice and more. 
Living Our DPS Honoree
Abigail Sprau
Teacher, Barnum Elementary
Accountability, Fun

"Abby Sprau always demonstrates our Shared Core Values of Accountability and Fun! She stepped in to support our students during a challenging time by volunteering to take over a class for the remainder of the year. Not only is Ms. Sprau seen having Fun with her class, but also having Fun with the whole school during CMAS. She organized root beer float parties for students who attended CMAS daily, as well as surprise treats for every student -- a motivating incentive! Barnum Elementary had such a Fun vibe during CMAS testing and all year thanks to Ms. Sprau! We all appreciate your Accountability and Fun!"

-- A rielle Walker, Barnum Elementary 
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