Dec. 14, 2017
Emily Griffith Campus team members supported our students who are homeless, in foster care or in military families by providing warm clothing items through the annual Giving Tree.
Top 5: Your Favorite Thing About the Holidays
We asked you to share your favorite thing about the holiday season -- and it's no surprise that giving back to our kids tops the list! The Top 5 responses are below, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Kathy Boyd at Trevista Elementary!

5. " My favorite thing during the holiday season is choosing students from the Giving Tree and buying gifts for them! My daughter and I chose a child from Trevista Elementary to sponsor. It is so much fun shopping for little ones. -- Kimberly Hunter, Denver Literacy Fellows

4. " I love going back home to Arkansas to have Christmas with my family. We all open presents together at my parents' house. This year my son -- who was born in June -- and his cousin born in April will be our two new additions." -- Sara Nath, Steele Elementary

3. " I'm extra excited this year because we get to spend Christmas with my side of the family, and my boys get to see my childhood tradition of being with family and staying up until midnight on Christmas Eve to open presents!"  -- Rocio Slazar, McGlone Academy

2. " Growing up, we knew the holidays had arrived when mom busted out the Latin American Christmas carols and played them until we were basically singing 'Mi Burrito Sabanero' in our sleep. To this day, I don't feel 100% festive until I've exposed myself to enough hours of NiƱos Cantores belting out the classics!"  -- Lucila Maccagno, Denver Center for International Studies

1. "One of my favorite things about the holidays is the Giving Tree that Trevista Elementary sponsors. Every December, the staff, their family and friends, community organizations and the North Denver Optimist Club adopt a needy student and buy them gifts. This year, 170 children will be receiving gifts. It has become a wonderful holiday tradition!"  -- Kathy Boyd, Trevista Elementary
Top 5 Callout: Your Favorite First Semester Memory
With the 2017-18 school year almost half over, we'd love you to share your favorite memory from our first semester. Share your big wins, snapshots, funny stories and breakthroughs with . We'll choose the Top 5 for next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!
Report Phishing Attempts with a New Outlook Feature
The Department of Technology Services (DoTS) will be installing a new Outlook toolbar named 
PhishAlarm  to Windows computers to help prevent breaches caused by phishing. Team members will be able to use  the  Report Phish  button in Outlook to  report  to DoTS any  emails they suspect are phishing attempts that slipped through DPS' defenses

If you receive a suspicious email in Outlook that you think is a phishing attempt, select the message and click the  Report Phish  button. Then, delete the message. DoTS' InfoSecurity staff will investigate the message and take action to protect the DPS network. If you have questions, contact the DoTS Hotline at 720-423-3888. 
Your Voice Matters: CollaboRATE is Coming Soon
Starting Jan. 3, make your voice heard and strengthen your team by participating in CollaboRATE, DPS' annual all-employee survey. This confidential survey is one of the most important tools that you can use to provide your leader, your team and DPS as a whole with feedback that will be used to help Team DPS grow and improve. Strong leaders need strong advice, and with your help they -- and all our teams -- can challenge existing processes in support of positive changes that strengthen our efforts to ensure Every Child Succeeds. CollaboRATE will be open Jan. 3-12. For more information and FAQs, visit
Make it a New Year's Resolution to Attend Creating Connections
Before you leave for winter break, sign up for the next Creating Connections program on 
Jan. 24 . Attendees will have the opportunity to start  off  2018 on the right foot by creating a personal credo for themselves, practicing team-building skills and connecting with other team members across DPS. Guest teacher pay is available for program attendees. For registration information,  click here .
'I Give for Team DPS': Round-trip Flight and Sports Prize Pack Winners
The DPS Foundation is grateful to everyone who made the I Give for Team DPS annual employee-giving campaign a success!  Congratulations to  Albert Habercorn , a teacher at  Emily Griffith Technical College , who won last week's sports prize pack, and to  Deborah Maruyama , a teacher at  Skinner Middle School, who won a United round-trip flight . The prize drawings are over, but there's still time to support our kids by making an end-of-year gift here
Discount Alert: National Western Stock Show Tickets
The National Western Stock Show is offering discounted tickets to all Stock Show events Jan. 6-21, and a  portion of every ticket sold will benefit the DPS Foundation.  Save up to $4 per ticket, and there aren't any added ticket fees.  Purchase tickets  here with code DPS.
Living Our DPS Honoree

Nicole Bostel
Communications Specialist, Transportation

"Nicole Bostel on the Transportation team is a true ambassador for students and lives the Shared Core Value of Collaboration. She knows that when we all work together to provide families the most accurate information about our services, students benefit. Nicole led and collaborated with departments, schools and leaders to roll out +Pass. Her passion to ensure each student received their +Pass provided the Transportation team a sense of reward gained from supporting DPS students and families. 
As the communications specialist for Transportation, Nicole is a go-to for support and is dependable. She often says: 'I'm surrounded by people whose sole job is to support students. It's empowering to be part of a team that maximizes learning potential regardless of what role they play.' Whether Nicole is answering complaints from customers, leading the culture team or delivering socks to schools, she is consistent and does her job with a smile each day. Nicole serves as a true leader who models in her walk and talk what Collaboration looks like!"

-- Nicole Portee, Transportation

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.
Dec. 22-Jan. 5: Winter Break
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