Thursday, April 27, 2017
Students at Escalante-Biggs Academy enjoy a nutritious lunch. 
Benefits and Wellness Fair: Get Your Benefits Questions Answered, Sign Up for Fitness Classes and Free Massages, and Win Prizes
Do you need help navigating Open Enrollment? Questions about Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CDHPs), Deductible-HMOs, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or your retirement options?  The annual Benefits and Wellness Fair is your opportunity to learn more about DPS benefit options and get your questions answered. 

Additionally, you can participate in free fitness classes with Mile High Fitness, sign up for a free chair massage and enter to win a Fitbit and other great prizes.  Visit the Benefits and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at  Bruce Randolph, 3955 Steele St. 

Take your kids to the onsite Kidzone while you talk with representatives from DHMP, Kaiser, Delta Dental, VSP, Aflac, MetLife and more.   Enjoy free bagels and coffee before 10:30 a.m., and a ttend Open Enrollment and PERA presentations. You can also complete your benefits enrollment onsite in the computer lab.

Don't forget to sign up for a free biometric screening, too. Kaiser members can use the code DPS to  sign up here . Members of DHMP, Cigna, Aetna, United, Anthem BCBS, Tricare and Rocky Mountain Health can  sign up for a free biometric screening here . See you Saturday!
Top 5: Celebrating Administrative Professionals' Day
Emily Griffith High School's educators and students are grateful for the support of Kathy Choi, Mercedes Amador and Iris Alarcon.
Wednesday was  Administrative Professionals' Day and our inbox was flooded with shoutouts for our secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and administrative support professionals who do so much to support us and our kids. Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Haley Todd at Emily Griffith High School! Read the Top 5 kudos below:

1. " Iris Alarcon, Kathy Choi and Mercedes Amador are tremendous assets to Emily Griffith High School. They build encouraging, supportive relationships with our students to welcome them into our building each day, and they bring joy to every task -- each announcement, timesheet, mailing, dialer and all the ways they serve our students and staff each day."  -- Haley Todd, Emily Griffith High School

2. "Our team of Dana Cabonor, Karla Garcia and Jazmin Sandoval bring unlimited smiles and positive energy to our community every day at Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences. Our main office is the main lobby and our team interacts with students, teachers and families the moment they enter our campus.-- Sean Kavanaugh, Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences

3. " Veronica Montenegro and Maria Castro-Alvarez at Garden Place Academy wear so many hats and fill so many roles in order to make our school run. Sometimes they are nurses. Sometimes they supervise children. Sometimes they are translators. Sometimes they help students and staff find the supports and resources they need. The list could go on for pages! " - - Lauren Ritter, Garden Place Academy

4. "Quite often, office staff are assigned the duty of covering the health office when a nurse is not in the building. The office staff at Escalante-Biggs Academy has been amazing for me. Even with all of the work required to perform their own jobs, they go above and beyond to learn, practice and care for the unique needs of a pre-K program." -- Myra Coyle, Escalante-Biggs Academy

5. " Sherri Jones, the executive secretary for Transportation Services, is  a dedicated, hard-working lady who brightens everyone's days. Her positivity and friendly demeanor always put a smile on someone's face. She lives our Shared Core Values on a daily basis by approaching her work and interactions with others with Integrity. She models Collaboration because she successfully works with various DPS team members. She demonstrates Accountability for her work, and she always brings that touch of Fun!"  -- Fanny Tellez, Transportation Services

We couldn't fit all of the kudos we received in a Top 5 list, so here are all the other school-support teams who received shoutoutsJennifer Kelley, Dana Smith, Dania Mortimer and Donna Meister at Grant Ranch Elementary; Armando Geneyro and Liz Jagiello in the Department of Social Work and Psychological Services; Monica and Daisy at Barnum Elementary; Sheryl Frausto and Sheri Niko at Brown International Academy; and Julia Yacovetta and Esther Blackmon at Hamilton Middle School. 
Top 5 Callout: When Were You Grateful for Your Benefits?
Open Enrollment kicked off this week (and ends May 12) so we'd like to hear about a time when your DPS benefits came in handy. Did your Health Savings Account (HSA) save you a pretty penny in a pinch? Did your supplemental benefits -- Aflac, MetLife -- come to your rescue when you needed them most? Email us at about a time you were grateful for your DPS medical coverage or supplemental benefits. We'll choose the Top 5 responses and one person will win a giveaway. 
Discount Alert: Teacher Appreciation Discounts Start Next Week
DPS is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12, and some of our community partners are honoring educators the whole month of May with discounts, many of which kick off next week.

Visit for discounts. While you're there, take a look at last year's student voices and videos. Check the site again May 8 for more ways we are celebrating our incredible educators at DPS!

And don't forget to share your Teacher Appreciation events and celebrations on social media with the hashtag #DPSlovesteachers
Join CELT for the Final Two ED Talks of the Year
Don't miss the two final ED Talks of the year. Join the Culture, Equity and Leadership Team for:
Tap Into New Talents at DPS Skills Workshops 
The DPS Skills program offers a variety of professional development workshops designed to support all DPS team members. During these workshops, many of which are half days, team members have the opportunity to focus on personal and professional development while connecting with teammates across DPS. There are only a few classes left this spring:
  • Crafting and Delivering Dynamic Presentations: 1-4 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St., room 1035
  • Communicating with Influence: 1-4 p.m. May 23 at Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St., room 1135
  • Process Improvement -- White Belt: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 24 at Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St., room 935
  • (NEW!) Digital Storytelling: A four-session hybrid workshop that includes online and in-person meetings: May 1, May 11, May 18 and May 25.
To learn more and sign up for one of these classes, visit the Culture, Equity and Leadership Team's section on  The Commons
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Xiomara Sifuentes
Office Support III
Office of College and Career Readiness
" Xiomara Sifuentes exemplifies Integrity in her work every day, as she is extremely dependable and is the glue that holds our team together. With her friendly nature, she's the person who brings spirit to every holiday and is always the cheerful face of OCCR.
Xiomara acts with professionalism and authenticity in her leadership skills and is highly respected by our external partners. We are so grateful for her organization and how she keeps us on track. In addition to her normal job duties, she always makes sure that our team has the tools and resources to be successful.
Xiomara shows Integrity in the way that she collaborates with everyone and keeps Students First, even if that means stepping outside of her comfort zone. 
Xiomara goes out of her way to provide personalized service to our team and DPS. She takes the time to get to know each person on a personal level, and because of that, she has friends all over our building and the district. Xiomara is a rock star!"

-- Dr. Kim Poast, Office of College and Career Readiness
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