Nov. 2, 2017
Teammates and kids lived our Shared Core Value of Fun during Halloween festivities this week!
Top 5: Halloween Costume Photos
Our team members and kids lived our Shared Core Value of Fun at Halloween festivities this week, and showed off  all the silly, spooky, kooky, creative Halloween costumes they conjured up. The Top 5, pictured above, are:

5. Maj. Scott Lynch dressed as Gru from "Despicable Me" and North High School Army JROTC cadets were Gru's Minions. -- Maj. Scott Lynch, North High School

4. The Denver Center for 21st Century Learning (DC21) staff coordinated costumes and dressed as superheroes. -- Esmeralda Lopez, DC21

3. Lea Porter in the Academics and Innovation Office dressed up as Lady Peacock -- Lea Porter, Academics and Innovation Office

2. Lauren Carr in Postsecondary Readiness dressed in an inflatable T-Rex costume. -- Brenda Bott, Postsecondary Readiness

1. Specialized Service Providers at Teller Elementary dressed up as teachers on summer vacation. -- Giveaway prize winner Sabrina Bates, Teller Elementary
Top 5 Callout: What did You Want to be When You Grew Up?
About 4,000 of our eight graders are going to explore exciting career options on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the annual 8th Grade Career Fair -- and the sky's the limit for our kids! When you were their age, what did you want to be when you grew up? Send your response to and we'll publish the Top 5 responses in next week's newsletter. One person will win a giveaway prize!
It's Your Last Chance to Win a $5,000 King Soopers Gift Card or one of 150 Prizes
Support the DPS Foundation's A to Z Fund through Amp the Cause's 2017 A Million for What Matters Raffle. Raffle tickets are $10, and you'll be entered to win one of more than 150 prizes, including a $5,000 King Soopers gift card and a $2,500 King Soopers fuel gift card. The deadline to buy your tickets is midnight, Thursday, Nov. 9, and the prize drawings will be on Nov. 10. 

Purchase as many tickets as you'd like to increase your chances to win -- and benefit our kids in the process! All money raised through the raffle will support the DPS Foundation's A to Z Fund, which provides grants to schools for programs and activities that go beyond school budgets. Buy your tickets today!
How are You Supporting Our Communities this Holiday Season?
The holidays are a time to give back -- through clothing and toy drives, canned food collections or volunteer outings. What are your schools or teams doing to support our  families, kids and communities this holiday season?  The Communications team is compiling these stories to share on, The Commons or on our social media channels. Write to and tell us how you're giving back; then, keep an eye our communication channels to see if your story has been featured!
Healthy Holiday Habits = a Chance to Win a $125 Gift Card
Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge and stay on track with your healthy habits. You'll receive weekly tips for battling holiday temptations, maintaining balance and engaging in healthy behaviors. 

To participate, enroll in Weigh and Win and complete your pre-holiday weigh-in Nov. 15-22 and post-holiday weigh-in Jan. 1-8  at any Weigh and Win kiosk location . If you maintain your weight within one pound or lose weight, you'll be entered to win prizes, including 10 $125 Amazon gift cards and 10 $25 Amazon gift cards. 

As a bonus prize opportunity, if you maintain your weight, you will receive an email from Weigh and Win. Forward that email to and you'll be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards.
Brush Up on Your Skills with Free DPS Skills Classes
DPS Skills classes are available for you this fall. Explore your leadership strengths, learn to spot micro-aggressions, craft compelling digital stories, or discover the recipe for wellness. 
These free, DPS-facilitated classes provide opportunities for you to learn and grow with others throughout the district. Unsure what Skills class is right for you? Check out this  blog  for quick tips from each of our Skills classes!
Well-being Behaviors are a Part of Our Shared Core Values
With our goal of supporting the whole child, it is important to also highlight our steps to support the whole educator. During Our DPS Day on Aug. 16, team members were given the opportunity to vote on new well-being behaviors to add to our Shared Core Values behaviors. With that feedback, the new behaviors were finalized and the Board of Education passed a whole educator resolution that aligns to our work supporting the whole child. View the new well-being behaviors here and read more about the board resolution here
Living Our DPS Honoree

Robert Maestas
Facility Manager, DCIS at Ford

"Ask any student at DCIS at Ford who Mr. Bob is and they'll tell you right away. He's the jovial guy out front in the morning giving high fives and fist bumps as they walk on to campus. He's the one in the cafeteria chatting and joking with students as he keeps everything clean. He's the one when a student is having a bad day who will take time out to sit and talk with them. Mr. Bob is truly living our Shared Core Value of Fun every single day.

Bob takes pride in the work he does as a Facility Manager, making our building one of the best in the district. But his greatest value is the daily connection he makes with hundreds of kids. School for our students is a better place because of Bob."

-- Jim McKenney, DCIS at Ford

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.
Nov. 7 or Nov. 8:  Equity Boot Camp
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