Staying busy and optimistic through unprecedented times.
March 26, 2020
Top 5: Tips from Team DPS on Social Distancing
As we all navigate through the new health precautions and social-gathering restrictions and do what we can to practice social distancing, we asked Team DPS how you're passing the time at home. Thank you to all team members who shared their stories and tips! Check out our Top 5 below, and read all of the stories here .
5. "T ime is the gift of this situation for parents and kids. Little ones grow up so fast! Teenagers move out fast! Involve children in measurement and show them the science of cooking, or do a puzzle together! Or, plant a pine cone and see if you can sprout a tree. This too shall pass, so enjoy the time together. Kids learn from everything we say and do and y ou are teaching them how in a crisis, to be the calm in the storm." --  Angie Brown, Bradley International

4. "Denver's own Kindness Yoga is livestreaming their classes! The first three are free; otherwise it's only $25 per month. Having something on my 'schedule' each day has helped bring a bit of normalcy back ... and I get to practice next to my dog!" -- Kristen Morse, Columbian Elementary

3. "I am using this time to exercise and work on my house. I'm also finally caught up on laundry! Wahoo!" -- Amy Somermeyer, Oakland Elementary

2. " My family has been spending our social-distancing time by working together to build my husband's Star Trek USS Enterprise. It was a Christmas gift he has had for a while and it takes a long time to build. It has been a fun project to work on together! When that is done, we have a Lego Movie 2 House and Yoda to build!" -- Nadine Penn, Escalante-Biggs Academy
1. " Kepner Beacon teachers have created teacher Instagram accounts to catch up and check in with our students over break, offer them homework help, and entertain them and ourselves by 'going live.' Excited to use this feature to finish our read-aloud novel once we start online learning after the break!" -- Lindsay Bienz, Kepner Beacon Middle.
Top 5 Callout: Cooking Through Crisis

With all this time at home, we hope you're enjoying the opportunity to cook up some favorite recipes, or create new ones! What’s cookin’ at your place? Send us a photo of your favorite meal or stories about the recipes you’re using, and we'll share them in next week's newsletter.
Protect Yourself from COVID-19-related Fraud
As COVID-19 continues to impact our city, state and the world, there has been an increase in coronavirus-related fraud. These fraudulent attempts often come in the form of emails that are trying to trick users into visiting malicious websites and providing personal or financial information.
DoTS has seen phishing attempts such as fake “survival guides,” malicious infection statistics websites, messages impersonating official organizations, fake medical supply offers and false employee/work guidelines.
Here are a few reminders to help protect yourself from fraud during this time:
  • DPS communications about COVID-19 will always come from a email address.

  • Never click on links in unsolicited emails or provide personal or financial information inside an email.

  • Help protect others by reporting suspicious emails, either by clicking the “Report Phish” button or forwarding the email to

  • When working remotely, install all operating system and software updates for your DPS devices.

For more information and resources, visit The Commons.
Living Our DPS Honoree
Now More than Ever: Nominate Someone for Living Our DPS
Preparing meals, handing out computers and building virtual teaching plans -- are just some of the incredible things members of Team DPS are doing to support our students during this difficult time. And even though we may not be meeting together in person, it’s never been more important to recognize others who are living our Shared Core Values.

Have you noticed a colleague or small team living one of our Shared Core Values? Nominate them for Living Our DPS and they may be featured on The Commons and here in a future edition of Team DPS Weekly. Nominate today and check back weekly to see who we're recognizing!
Members of our wonderful custodial staff who have been working hard at Bruce Randolph (from left to right): Lenora "Orale" Vallejos, Mary Garibay, Jose Garcia and Shelby Gallegos
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