Nov. 16, 2017
The Contemporary Learning Academy mixes learning with fun at family nights.
Top 5: What are You Thankful for?
With Thanksgiving next week, we asked what you're thankful for -- and you didn't hesitate to share your attitude of gratitude with us! The Top 5 responses are below, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Lauren McClanahan in Family and Community Engagement. Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving break!

5. " I am thankful for school secretaries with great senses of humor, because there are those days when it's great to have someone who can make you smile." -- Charles Wiesbrook, Teller Elementary

4. " I have deep gratitude for the Nursing Services team that truly embodies the DPS Shared Core Values in their day-to-day practice." -- Christy Haas-Howard, Nursing and Student Health Services

3. " I'm thankful for growing up in DPS and playing sports for John F. Kennedy High School, then being able to teach and coach alongside my former coaches and learn the right way to approach the profession.  The model they set for me has paved the path for me to be successful, and I would love to be able to do that for our young teachers and coaches." -- John Andrew, Athletics

2. " I am thankful for my massive and tight-knit, wild and crazy, loud and hilarious, complicated and fun family, and for whatever adventures this holiday season will bring for us!" -- April Joy Freudenberg, Student Equity and Opportunity

1. "I'm thankful for everyone in this picture (right) who support our students and families. This photo was taken after the grand opening of the Center for Family Opportunity at McGlone Academy. Most of them had been running around giving tours, serving food, dressing up as The Cat in the Hat or leading activities with kids for hours after working a full day in their schools. I am thankful for a team that pulls together to make things happen for kids; it's what gets me up every day." -- Lauren McClanahan, Family and Community Engagement
Share a List of Holiday Resources for Families and Kids
This holiday season, we're compiling a list of free holiday meals, gift and clothing giveaways, food assistance organizations and child care resources for our families and kids who may need them. We know this is valuable information for our communities this time of year, so please share this holiday resource page with families and other educators. 

Do you know an organization that provides one or more of these services that isn't on the list? If so, email office_communications@dpsk12.org and provide an attachment or a link to more information so we can share it with families. Happy holidays!
'I Give for Team DPS': Win Lindsey Stirling Tickets 
Win tickets to see violinist and performance artist Lindsey Stirling.
Participate in the DPS Foundation's I Give for Team DPS employee giving campaign by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and you could win two tickets to see Lindsey Stirling at the 1stBank Center on Dec. 9, courtesy of AEG Live Rocky Mountains! Make a one-time donation hereNo contribution is necessary to qualify for prizes. Click here for more information on I Give for Team DPS. 

The winner of last week's drawing for two Broncos tickets is Brad Yohe, project manager in the Department of Technology Services. He's been donating to the I Give for Team DPS campaign since 2014! 

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.
Get Involved with New DPS Belong Groups 

DPS Belong offers a space for team members to connect with others who have similar backgrounds and experience, and to better understand how we can all serve our students. Learn more about groups that have already been formed and sign up  here.
Win a $125 Amazon Gift Card in the Healthy Holiday Challenge
The deadline to  complete your pre-holiday weigh-in and  join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge is Wednesday, Nov. 22. During the challenge, you'll receive weekly tips for battling holiday temptations, maintaining balance and engaging in healthy behaviors. To join, enroll in Weigh and Win  and complete your pre-holiday weigh-in by Nov. 22 at any Weigh and Win  kiosk location . You'll also complete a post-holiday weigh-in Jan. 1-8. 

If you maintain your weight within one pound or lose weight, you'll be entered to win prizes, including one of 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, which you can forward to  staffwellness@dpsk12.org  to be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards.
Register Now for the Dec. 8 Creating Connections
Register for the Dec. 8 Creating Connections session and enjoy a Friday full of individual and team activities that connect you to our DPS mission, vision and values. Who will you meet at Creating Connections? Check out this blog post to find out!
Discount Alert: Avalanche Tickets for Dec. 1 or Jan. 15
Get discounted tickets to DPS Community Night with the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 1. Tickets start at $25, and a portion of every ticket sold will benefit the DPS Foundation. Purchase tickets 
here . Can't make the Dec. 1 game? The Avs are also offering discounted tickets to the Jan. 1 match with the Anaheim Ducks. Get your tickets today!
Living Our DPS Honoree

Desiree LeClair
Pathways Data Analyst
Collaboration

"Desiree has always been an amazing support to schools, but this year she has truly lived the Shared Core Value of Collaboration with our pathway students and schools. Many students who come into the pathway family have unique and complicated transcripts and credits.  Desiree goes above and beyond to ensure that pathway counselors and school leaders understand the transcripts. 

Regardless of where students come from or the language their transcript is originally in (French, Vietnamese or Spanish), Desiree can read and make sense of them all. As a result, we can quickly get students scheduled in the correct courses so they can continue their journey toward graduation. I can't tell you the relief our students feel when we are able to say we have someone who can make sense of the transcript and credit situations they face. She is absolutely amazing!"

-- Wauneta Vann, Respect 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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Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
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