A few furry -- and scaly -- friends of Team DPS.
May 2, 2019
Celebrate Our Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week
DPS is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6-10, and you know what that means: discounts, giveaways and celebrations!

Every day next week, teacherappreciation.dpsk12.org will be updated with new giveaway winners, quotes from our kids, video profiles of our educators and many more ways we're showing our educators some love. Check out the toolkit to find ways to celebrate our educators, and don't forget to share your Teacher Appreciation festivities on social media using #DPSLovesTeachers. 

Our community partners are also offering discounts to all educators now and throughout May. Visit the discounts page on the Teacher Appreciation site for information on discounts from: Aveda Institute; Brewability; Café Miriam; Colorado Cider Company; Colorado Symphony; Factotum Brewhouse; Illegal Pete's; Las Delicias; Little Man Ice Cream; Rooted Heart Yoga and Wellness; Runner’s High; Spanky's Roadhouse; Walter's 303 Pizzeria and Publik House.

Don't forget to show your DPS ID badge to redeem these discounts. Be sure to check back May 6 for more celebrations, happenings and giveaway winners as we honor our incredible educators!
Top 5: Pet Photos
One thing is certain: Team DPS loves our pets! It was hard to choose only five to feature above, so make sure to check out the gallery of all the fuzzy, goofy and sweet pets that bring our team members joy.

Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Alison Comer !
5. "Danny Zuko is a four-year-old sweetie and former stray who swapped his leather jacket for a bow tie when he was adopted from the Dumb Friends League. He loves naps, laps and treats." -- Brandi Holten, Accountability Research and Evaluation

4. "Bruzer Brody is the center of our family! He is 11 years old and his personality outshines them all. This snapshot captures his excitement for his first boat ride." -- Jane Lineman, Department of Social Work and Psychological Services

3. "Rocky the bearded dragon, choosing just the right book!"
-- Arielle Walker, Barnum Elementary

2. "Hillary often helps our first-graders learn how to analyze peer work and give productive feedback!" -- Justine McWhorter, Trevista at Horace Mann

1. "Wesley and Winston are the two best dogs anyone could ever ask for! We are so lucky they are a part of our family! They love their little brother and they love sharing his 'Boppy'!" -- Alison Comer, Data Quality Management
Top 5 Callout: Your Most Memorable Teacher
As Teacher Appreciation Week kicks off next week, we are asking members of Team DPS to think back on their most memorable teacher. Submit your stories of your most quirky, brilliant or influential teacher and be entered to win a giveaway!
Don’t Leave Money on the Table -- Enroll in a Health Savings Account
DPS’ annual Benefits Open Enrollment is happening now! Visit thecommons.dpsk12.org/openenrollment to take action and you will be entered to win a $250 prize.

Enrolling in benefits? Don’t forget to enroll in an HSA! 
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are savings accounts that let you put aside tax-free dollars to pay for health care costs. If you are enrolled in one of our six Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CDHPs), you are eligible for a Health Savings Account. When you open an HSA, DPS automatically contributes $27.92 to your account every pay period (twice monthly), even if you do not make any contributions from your paycheck. And, each year the money in your HSA rolls over. All you need to do is sign up during Benefits Open Enrollment.
Join a Free Medicare Seminar May 21
Whether you’re about to retire or already enrolled in a Medicare health plan, knowing more about your Medicare benefits can give you an advantage. Join a free seminar -- presented by Kaiser -- from 4-5 p.m. on May 21 at 1617 S. Acoma in room 113 to learn more about your Medicare plan options.

This free seminar for DPS team members and retirees covers:
  • How Medicare works: Parts A, B, C and D.
  • How to know if you're eligible for Medicare.
  • When to enroll in Medicare or switch plans.
  • How your coverage can change when you retire.
  • What to do if you plan to continue working after age 65.

Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot. If you have questions, email staffwellness@dpsk12.org.
Share the Paraprofessional Hiring Event with Your Network
Do you know anyone interested in working in one of our schools? On May 14 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Bruce Randolph School, we are hosting a job fair for all paraprofessional, before- and afterschool care and summer camp openings. These positions are all important and critical supports for our students, teachers and schools.

Schools will be offering on-the-spot interviews and members of our Special Education team will be there to talk to candidates about jobs in Special Education as well as paid summer training we will be offering to new paras in autism and affective needs classrooms. Refer someone and you may be eligible to earn a $125 referral bonus! 
Perks at Work: Gym Discounts
Support your well-being by taking advantage of one of DPS' many gym discounts, including 25% off annual membership rates at Denver Recreation Centers, up to $75 off joining fees at the YMCA and $10 off monthly rates at Orange Theory Fitness. Check out all the gym discounts  here  and start saving today.
 
Want to learn more about other discounts and services? Visit the  Well-Being Resource Center  to see all of the supports available to members of Team DPS.
Living Our DPS Honoree
Janet Damon
Specialist, Library Services
Equity

"Janet Damon is relentless in her pursuit of our Shared Core Value of Equity and is always seeking to expand reading and literacy opportunities for our students. This past year, she heard from a principal in the far northeast that their school didn't have a library. Janet immediately began collaborating with that principal and developed a mobile library, carting in hundreds of books. Not only did this effort get more students reading and talking about books, but it’s also filling a need for both DPS and the community.

Additionally, Janet exhibits leadership in a number of employee and student advocacy opportunities, such as the Belong Women of Color group and African-American Young Ladies Summit. Janet offers a warm presence and is consistently developing innovative ways to engage more young women and DPS team members to feel like they belong. Finally, her social media presence is AMAZING. She is always sharing out new films and books that touch on timely topics, bringing those thoughts to her various communities throughout DPS. Janet is, simply put, incredible."

-- Ben Mckee, Communications
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