Team members submitted their favorite photos from eclipse and first-day-of-school festivities. 
Top 5: Eclipse and Back-to-School Photos
Wow -- we received more than 50 photos from eclipse and back-to-school festivities! We created a Facebook album so you can see them all, in addition to the Top 5 featured above. Congratulations to our giveaway winner,  Human Resources Partner Sherry Martin. The rest of our Top 5 photos come from:
  • Steve Pulver at Ashley Elementary (2)
  • Paul Iwancio in the Professional Learning Center (3)
  • the team at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (4)
  • Robert Mike at Creativity Challenge Community (5)
Check Out the New Cost-of-Living Toolkit
The cost of living in Denver is on the rise and DPS wants to make sure you have the resources you need. Human Resources has consolidated local and national information on topics including housing, neighborhood profiles, student loan forgiveness, exploring the city and more. Whether you're a Denver native or a newcomer, the cost-of-living toolkit will help you navigate the Denver landscape.
 
You can find the toolkit on The Commons in the Benefits Resource Center. Also, join the Facebook group "DPS - Housing Exchange" to connect to the DPS community and find housing, roommates and advice, or help others do the same. 
Top 5: Summer Vacation Photos
Still holding on to the last little bit of summer? Let's relive the fun! Send us your favorite photos from your summer vacations or staycations. We'd love to see where you traveled, how you beat the heat and how you re-energized! Send your photos to newsletters@dpsk12.org. We'll select the Top 5 and one person will win a giveaway!
Help Houston: Donate Children's Clothing and School Supplies
Nearly 50 of Houston Independent School District's (HISD's) schools have been flooded, and many families are taking shelter in schools with less damage. Children do not have extra clothes or school supplies and need our help.
HISD has an immediate, urgent need for children's clothes and school uniforms of all sizes that are clean and in reasonably good condition. It also has a need for school supplies. 

All clothing and supply donations should be immediately sent to:

Delmar Stadium
2020 Mangum Rd.
Houston, TX 77092

Please ask families to make clothing donations at back-to-school nights and back-to-school events. You can also make a donation to the HISD Foundation by  clicking here
Sick Leave Bank Enrollment is Open Sept. 1-30
Eligible employees who are not currently enrolled in the Sick Leave Bank can enroll Sept. 1-30 by completing this form and submitting it to Human Resources. DPS Total Rewards offers eligible employees in a position that accrues sick leave the option to enroll in the Sick Leave Bank, which provides employees additional sick days when they are on an extended personal illness leave and have exhausted their accumulated paid leave. Click here to learn more about Sick Leave Bank eligibility and policies.
 
If you are already enrolled in the Sick Leave Bank, there is no action required to stay enrolled. This is the last year Sick Leave Bank enrollment will take place in September; beginning April 2018, enrollment will only take place during new hire enrollment and the annual open enrollment period.
Sharpen Your Skills, Reach Your Goals
DPS Skills classes are back! With a full schedule designed to help you with professional development, skills classes are a great way to build individual knowledge in topics such as 
micro-aggressions communicating with influence  and  managing conflict . These skills classes serve as an important resource to succeeding in your personal goals, as well as supporting our district priorities. Choose one or choose them all!  Register here for these free, DPS-facilitated courses.
Apply for an A to Z Fund Classroom Grant for Teachers
School-based team members: Don't miss your opportunity to apply for an A to Z Fund Classroom Grant for Teachers. The DPS Foundation offers A to Z Fund grants to support innovative programs or projects that further enrich the learning experiences of DPS students. Each school can submit one grant application per funding cycle. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Click here to review application guidelines and to apply. School support teams are encouraged to share this with teachers and school leaders! Act fast -- applications are due 5 p.m. Sept. 27. 
Living Our DPS Honoree

Eric Love
Principal, Escalante Biggs Academy
Equity

"Escalante Biggs Academy's principal Eric Love has created a culture of belonging at our school. It takes leadership and role modeling from the top to accomplish such an open, inclusive and welcoming environment, and Eric displays this with a genuine, easy style. He models the essence of Equity with all staff, students and families.  We have a very diverse team and at every meeting or gathering, you can look around and see persons of different races, cultures, colors, genders, lifestyles and languages intermixed at every table and always in differing combinations of individuals from day to day. There is never the 'boys table' or the 'Spanish language table.' It is a genuine pleasure to be working at Escalante Biggs with Eric."

-- Myra Coyle, Escalante Biggs Academy

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.
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