Bundled up for the fall season at Schmitt Elementary.
Nov. 29, 2018
Refer Great Candidates to Team DPS, Earn a Bonus
We know that the best way to build strong teams is to recruit and retain great educators — and all members of Team DPS can support with the recruitment process!

Many of our best employees come to us through referrals from current members of the team. Here are some ways to participate:

  • Employee Referral Program: Earn a referral bonus for referring a paraprofessional, teacher, specialized service provider (SSP), school nurse and more. (Check out the list of eligible roles here.) As of Nov. 1, you can also earn a $125 referral bonus if you refer a new guest teacher. Stay tuned for more information to come on referral bonuses for fellows.

  • Recruitment/Hiring/Retention of Educators of Color: Achievement gaps continue to persist for our students of color, and we know having educators who look like our students is one of the best ways to address those gaps. Earn a referral bonus for referring a great educators of color! 

Recruitment is a Team DPS activity! Thank you for your support.
Top 5: How You Spent Thanksgiving Break
Whether you stayed nearby or traveled across seas, we hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break! Our poll results showed that Team DPS was split between "staycations" and traveling for the holiday. Check out the results to the question of how you planned to spend the break:
Flight to another country
Flight to a U.S. destination
Drive on a road trip
Nothing -- I am not leaving my couch
Top 5 Callout: How Do You Give Back?
During this season of giving, we want to know how members of Team DPS give back to our community. Whether it's volunteering to serve holiday meals, tutoring kids or fostering animals in need, tell us how you give back during the holiday season -- and year round!
CollaboRATE Survey Coming Soon
On Jan. 4, make your voice heard and strengthen your team by participating in CollaboRATE. This survey is one of the most important tools you can use to provide your leader, your team and DPS as a whole with confidential feedback that will be used to help Team DPS grow and improve. 

We heard your voice and made important changes that will aim to create a more inclusive and effective survey. Leader surveys have been shortened by almost 20% for the average teacher, and voluntary and confidential self-identification questions have been added. More information on these changes is coming soon.

For a general overview of the survey and FAQs, visit thecommons.dpsk12.org/collaborate
Check Out Resources on DPS' Food Purchasing Policy
If you have purchasing responsibilities for your team, take note! Winter break is just around the corner, and many teams are planning parties or holding strategy meetings for their work in the new year. When planning these meetings and events, make sure to follow DPS' policy for purchasing food, beverages, candy and snacks. As a reminder, purchasing food for a holiday party is not an allowable expense with district funds. 

Check out these resources on DPS' food purchasing policy:

Thank you for doing your part to prioritize our budget resources to support our Shared Core Value of Students First.
I Give For Team DPS Annual Employee Giving Campaign
Participate for a Chance to Win a Round-Trip Flight
Schedule your Colorado Gives Day gift with the DPS Foundation's I Give for Team DPS employee giving campaign and support DPS students to help ensure they have the resources they need to be successful! Participate by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and be entered to win a round-trip flight on United Airlines.

To participate, complete the form  here and return it to the DPS Foundation via email, in person or mail. Or, make a donation here. No contribution is necessary to qualify for prizes.
Last Chance to Win Colfax Marathon Relay Registration Discounts
This the last week to enter to win 50% off your registration for the Colfax Marathon Relay on May 19. DPS Wellness is giving away 20 discounted registrations for the relay. A relay team includes five DPS team members who each share the 26.2-mile race.
 
Enter the drawing by Friday, Nov. 30. You do not need to know all five members of your team yet, just your captain. Winners will be announced the week of Dec. 3. Good luck! 
Perks at Work: Discounts on Travel, Entertainment, Electronics and More with Beneplace
DPS team members have exclusive access to discounts on popular brands, retailers and services through Beneplace.

Log in or register here to access discounts on these things and more:
  • Dining
  • Electronics
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • Insurance
  • Sports and outdoor products

Visit www.beneplace.com/dpsk12 to get started.
Living Our DPS Honoree
Alli Kuhls
Classroom Paraprofessional,
Steck Elementary
Students First

"Alli has gone above and beyond the call of duty this year to live our Shared Core Value of Students First and be there for students in need! She strives to connect with all students on a personal level and she sets aside time in her day to engage in fun and creative activities with the kids. Alli is famous for her ‘fluffy slime’ recipe! She shows up each and every morning with a smile on her face ready to take on whatever the day may bring. We at Steck Elementary are all thankful to have her on our team!"

-- Emily Ward, Steck Elementary
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