Dec. 7, 2017
Team members shared their favorite Thanksgiving break photos.
Top 5: Thanksgiving Break Photos
From the City Park to Grand Teton National Park, our educators shared their favorite photos from Thanksgiving break. The Top 5 are below, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Jordan Zogler-Brown at High Tech Elementary.

5. " A bunch of the teachers from Cheltenham Elementary brought their family members and friends to run the Pumpkin Pie Race at City Park on the first day of Thanksgiving break. It was a fun morning, the weather was beautiful and the pie was delicious!"
-- Mary Ellen Cammilleri, Cheltenham Elementary

4. " I was lucky to spend Thanksgiving with my 90-year-old grandmother in Colorado Springs. She is truly amazing, and I love listening to her stories and spending any time I can with her." -- Adam Creapo, Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences

3. " While we were at Rocky Mountain National Park, I taught my fiancé how to make a snowman. He's from Texas and had never made one before. Since I'm from Michigan, I've had plenty of practice over the years!" -- Shelby Schulz, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

2. "W e had a reindeer, special delivered!" -- MaKenna Moreland, Cory Elementary

1. " I traveled to Grand Teton National Park to refill my bucket over Thanksgiving break. It was so beautiful and we saw an abundance of wildlife, including elk, a wolf and a fox." -- Jordan Zogler-Brown, High Tech Elementary
Top 5 Callout: Your Favorite Things about the Holidays
Whether its cookie swaps, gift-wrapping, family gatherings or singing along to KOSI's nonstop holiday tunes, we want to know what your favorite things are about the holiday season. Send your holiday faves to We'll choose the Top 5 for next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!
2018-19 Great Schools Enrollment Guides are Now Available
The DPS Great Schools Enrollment Guides for the 2018-19 school year are now available. These user-friendly guides are the go-to resource for information on all DPS schools, including location, program offerings, contact information and more. The guides also feature districtwide information on how to enroll, transportation, programs and more. Browse the guides in both English and Spanish  here.

Printed versions of the guides are also available. Visit your nearby DPS campus or contact the  Office of Choice and Enrollment Services for a hard copy.
Looking for Past Editions of Team DPS Weekly?
Newsletter archives for 2016-17 and 2017-18 are now available on The Commons, making it easier for you to search past editions of Teacher Weekly, Team DPS Weekly, Our DPS WeeklyManager Monthly and our Board of Education Update. Principal Weekly archives are also available to school leaders on Principal Portal. The archives are designed to give you the information you're looking for at-a-glance and help you find the past editions of newsletters you're looking for faster. 

Visit  to start looking through past newsletters. You can also find a link to the archive every week at the bottom of our newsletters. If you have questions or feedback, email .   
'I Give for Team DPS': Win a Sports Prize Pack or a United Round-trip Flight
Participate in the final week of the  I Give for Team DPS annual employee giving campaign and you could win  Nuggets tickets, a signed Nuggets jersey and a signed Colorado Avalanche hockey stick, courtesy of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment. Participate by 5 p.m. Dec. 8 for a chance to win.  Click  here  for more information on I Give for Team DPS.  M ake a one-time donation  here No contribution is necessary to qualify for prizes. 

The winner of last week's Broncos tickets was Bart Muller, who has been donating to the DPS Foundation since 2010.

Last chance to win a round-trip flight
Everyone who contributes through payroll deductions will have a chance to win a round-trip flight, courtesy of United Airlines.  Complete  this form  to have contributions deducted from your paycheck. The winner of the round-trip flight will be announced next week!
Have You Earned Your $200 Reward Through Well Aware?
Preventive care  is a vital part of your everyday health -- and the holidays are a great time to schedule preventative care screenings and take control of your health.  If you're enrolled in a Kaiser or Denver Health Medical plan, you can earn $200 through the Well Aware program by completing your preventative care screenings and a health risk assessment.  The d eadline to participate in the Well Aware program is May 10.  Check out the  steps to earn your reward  and start on the path to better health today! 
Living Our DPS Honoree

Christina Martinez
School Counselor, Noel Community Arts School

"At Noel Community Arts School, Christina Martinez goes over and beyond for our students by living our Shared Core Value of Integrity on a daily basis. She doesn't clock out when the bell rings and believes if there are students around, she is always a counselor. 

One time one of our students lost their phone during school. It was already after school when the student was trying to locate the phone. The student went to Ms. Martinez and asked her for help. It would have been easy for her to say, 'I am sorry, kiddo, there is nothing we can do.' Instead, Martinez took the time to find the phone and return it to the student. The parent of the student was so happy and shocked that Ms. Martinez went out of her way.

Christina also doubled our Thanksgiving baskets this year with a goal to support more families, and she personally made a basket for a staff member's sister who was going through a hard time. She is truly an asset to NCAS Middle School and DPS as a whole, and she deserves every bit of thanks and recognition."

-- Jennifer Perea, Noel Community Arts Middle School

Nominate one of your colleagues who you see living one or more of our Shared Core Values to be featured as a Living Our DPS honoree.
Dec. 22-Jan. 5: Winter Break
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