Thursday, May 25, 2017
Top 5: Your Favorite Snapshots from the School Year
Our kids are at the heart of our Shared Core Values, our Denver Plan 2020 goals and our vision, Every Child Succeeds  -- so it's no surprise they were front and center in nearly every one of your favorite snapshots from the school year. Check out the Top 5 photos you submitted above, and click here for a Facebook album of all the photos that were submitted. Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Sophie Glover at Isabella Bird Community School!

1. "This is my favorite picture from this school year. I teach ELD at Isabella Bird Community School, which has a newcomer center. This picture shows a Syrian refugee reading to students (two of whom are also refugees) from Congo, Eritrea and Ghana." -- Sophie Glover, Isabella Bird Community School

2. "Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos visited the International Academy of Denver at Harrington and worked with our second graders on a project known as the Blue Trees Project." -- Allison Scott, International Academy of Denver at Harrington

3. "Just a unique photo of Erik Hurst teaching on a Balarat snowshoe trip to Butler Gulch. Nature is the ever-changing classroom -- especially with the weather!" -- Elaine VanDeWege, Balarat Outdoor Education Center

4. " Teaching the whole school definitely has its challenges, but it's also so rewarding knowing each student in the building and getting to be a part of their musical education. Bringing grade levels together for concerts is one of my favorite parts of my job as the music teacher at Cory Elementary!" -- Amy Polete, Cory Elementary

5. " Sixth graders from DCIS Montbello learn about microorganisms at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science." -- Ryan Cronshaw, DCIS Montbello
Top 5 Callout: My Big Win This Year Was ...
What was your big win this year? Did you conquer your first 14er, continue your education and professional development or have a breakthrough moment in the classroom? Send your personal success stories and celebrations from the school year to newsletters@dpsk12.org. We'll select the Top 5 responses and one person will win a giveaway prize!
Tell Families About the Free Summer Food Service Program for Kids
The need for nutritious meals doesn't stop during summer break. That's why Food & Nutrition Services is participating in the 2017 Summer Food Service Program. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all kids 18 and younger during summer break at participating schools. 

The Summer Food Service Program is an easy and convenient way for any child to receive a healthy meal during the summer, regardless of income and with no registration required. Adults may also purchase a meal for only $3. A list of participating schools can be found here; families can find a participating school in their neighborhoods where everyone will have access to meals. As you prepare for summer break, please share this valuable information with families in your network. 
Check Your Pay Stub for Changes
Effective May 31, the Earnings section on your pay stub will reflect a change in the name of Flex Dollars to Benefit Credits for eligible employees. The line description that previously said "FLEX$$" will now appear as "BENEFIT$."

Benefit Credits (formerly Flex Dollars) are the DPS contribution to offset the cost of the medical, dental and vision insurance you choose. The contribution amount varies by employee association and the hours you are scheduled to work . Click here to learn more. 

For more information on reading your pay stub, visit  Financial Services on The Commons  and access the "How to Read Your Pay Stub" video under "Quick Links." If you have any questions, please contact HR Connect at  connect_humanresources@dpsk12.org .
Double Discount Alert: Tickets for the Rockies and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'
Show the Colorado Rockies -- and Team DPS -- a little love at 6:40 p.m. tomorrow, May 26, at Coors Field. Discounted tickets -- $12-$24 for Upper Level and Lower Level seats -- are available for Friday's game with the  St. Louis Cardinals, and a portion of every ticket sold benefits the DPS Foundation. Use discount code DPS to buy your tickets now Can't make tomorrow's game? Get your tickets for the next DPS Appreciation Night with the Rockies  on June 16. 

You can also check out the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' (DCPA) National Theatre production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," the 2015 Tony award-winning Best Play. To show its appreciation for our educators, the DCPA reserved a limited number of tickets for the June 15 matinee (2 p.m.) at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. 

Tickets are $35 and include your admission, a drink ticket, a special gift (to be picked up on June 15 before the show) and a $4 donation to the DPS Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit www.denvercenter.org, select the 2 p.m. performance on June 15, enter code DPSFUND, select the Parterre Section and choose from the Group $35 seats (pink).
Review Purchasing Policy Changes and Attend a Workshop to Learn More
If you facilitate purchases for your school or department, this news is for you. The Board of Education has approved a policy change on purchasing guidelines effective July 1. Check out a comparison of changes here or in the summary below: 
  • For purchases under $3,499: Pcard is the preferred method of payment in accordance with district policy.
  • For purchases $3,500-$149,999: Two price quotes must be obtained for all purchases including professional services that are not under current contract.
  • For purchases over $150,000: Formal competition (bid or RFP) is required, including contract modifications.
To learn how these changes can increase purchasing flexibility  and  timely invoice processing  for your department or school, attend a workshop. Sessions will be from 8-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. June 16, Aug. 9, Aug. 14, Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 at the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St.  For more information, contact Ellen Zachary in Strategic Sourcing, visit the  training library   on The Commons or click here
 
Look for more information on training, reference materials and a schedule of important roll-out dates. If you have questions, contact StrategicSourcing@dpsk12.org
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Priscilla Shaw Rahn
Teacher, DCIS at Montbello Middle School
Equity
 
"In addition to teaching at DCIS at Montbello, Priscilla Shaw Rahn has served as chair of the Asian Education Advisory Council for at least a decade. She orchestrates an annual awards ceremony each year to recognize and celebrate Asian students, teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators. The money raised at this event helps fund college scholarships for students. This is a true example of living our Shared Core Value of Equity.  In addition to this, Priscilla collaborates with the Asian community to provide an annual field trip, and hosted the first meet and greet for Asian teachers across the district. She is a great part of DPS!"

-- Pat Hurrieta, Culture, Equity & Leadership Team
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