April 5, 2018
Students at DCIS at Montbello learn about the principles of design.
Join the Strengthening Neighborhoods Steering Committee
Interested in leading on integration and inclusion efforts in DPS? As part of phase two of our Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative, we're forming a steering committee  to advise DPS on how to implement  recommendations  designed  to  increase integration and inclusion in all of our schools, and effectively address issues associated with the declining number of school-aged children in impacted areas of the city. 

We're recruiting approximately 40 people to meet several times a year and connect this work back to their local communities. Download this flier with more details about the steering committee, and apply below by Thursday, April 12. If you have questions, please contact Dustin Kress.

Top 5 Callout: Spring Break Snapshots
Whether you flew overseas, crossed state lines or trekked into the mountains, we'd love to see the photos you captured of your spring break adventures. Send your favorite spring break snapshot and a short caption to  newsletters@dpsk12.org . We'll publish the Top 5 responses in next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!

Enroll in a Voluntary Retirement Plan During Open Enrollment
It's never too early to start planning for retirement. You can enroll in a voluntary retirement plan any time during the year, including during Open EnrollmentApril 23-May 11. All benefits-eligible employees must take action during this year's Open Enrollment, which means it's the perfect time to look at your benefit options -- including retirement plans.

We've improved our 403(b) and 457 plans by consolidating our multiple-vendor model to a single-vendor model. We have selected VALIC as our sole voluntary retirement plan vendor, effective July 1, 2018. These plans offer employees the opportunity to save additional pre-tax contributions for retirement. That's important because not every employee will work at DPS long enough to retire under PERA. In addition, PERA is not designed to replace your full pre-retirement income and you may want to save additional money for retirement. 
 
Visit thecommons.dpsk12.org/403b for more information, an FAQ and a calendar of dates that VALIC representatives will be onsite to talk with you about your retirement options. 
Vacation Planning? Give Input on the 2019-20 DPS Calendar
We want your input on the 2019-20 school-year calendar. Complete the survey below to share your preferences on school-year start and end dates and fall, Thanksgiving and winter break times. In addition to 
state requirements, contractual obligations and community needs, your feedback  will inform the Calendar Advisory Committee's recommendations on the 2019-20 calendar. The survey is open through Friday, April 13

Update Your Email Signatures and Business Cards with Fresh, New Templates
Tell Team DPS who you are with our new branded email signatures and business cards. It's all part of our branding efforts to build cohesion and credibility as one DPS. Start by sprucing up your inbox with a refreshed email signature. Not only do our new signatures look great, they're also easy to customize and fully mobile responsive. Choose from multiple options based on your preferences and get detailed instructions on how to customize and install your email signature by referencing this guide.
 
You can order updated business cards through Ricoh. The new full-color design is bright and engaging, and is available as a one-sided or two-sided business card. Fill out a business card order form with your details and submit to Ricoh to place your order. Have questions or need support? Email marketing@dpsk12.org.
Paraprofessionals: Apply Now for Summer Employment with Discovery Link
Keep our kids excited and engaged this summer through Discovery Link Summer Camp and Summer Academy. Apply now for an open position to serve more than 1,600 students at 17 locations. Applicants do not need to be certified teachers but must have experience working with kids. Perks include paid professional development and free Summer Camp enrollment for your children at the site where you work while you are employed with the department. The eight-week curriculum is also provided and designed to create fun, collaborative learning environments. Log in to Infor HR, click on Opportunities and search 26307 in the job ID field. If you have questions, contact Briana Evans.
You're Invited: DPS Belong End of Year Celebration
Learn more about DPS Belong groups
from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  April 25 at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton during a year-end celebration. This is your chance to connect with current Belong members, learn what groups have been up to this year and find the right group for you! 

DPS Belong is a network of employee-built groups focused on fostering diversity and inclusion. These groups are open to join and are great for team members who are interested in connecting with others from similar backgrounds and experiences. RSVP below.

Living Our DPS Honoree
 
Dawn Lewallen
Librarian, Skinner Middle School
Fun
 
"Mrs. Lewallen, our librarian, goes above and beyond for our students at Skinner Middle School by living our Shared Core Value of Fun. She organizes after-school activities -- including Harry Potter day and Duct tape crafts -- and brought the beloved book fair back to Skinner. Mrs. Lewallen also hosts many contests throughout the year for our Learning Families. Currently she has a contest called Take a Peep into History, where the students make dioramas around an important historical event or date and use candy Peeps to bring the event to life. In February, Mrs. Lewallen created a singing competition called The Skinner Voice. She held weekly practices leading up to the event and even had guest judges score the performances. She is also always creating new displays for the library. Mrs. Lewallen lives all of our Shared Core Values -- but she exemplifies Fun."

-- Joshua Duran, Skinner Middle School

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