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May 23, 2019
Top 5: Kid Quotes
Our kids always make us smile! Check out these
Top 5 Kid Quotes and read all of them here .

Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Becky Medina at Pascual LeDoux Academy!
5. "Kindergartner entering the health office, 'Nurse, I have the fever of PE and need to go home.'" -- Antoinette Schmitz, School Nursing

4. "You smell like my dad's girlfriend in Florida." -- Drew Pressly, International Academy of Denver

3. "Every Friday at Doull, we send home a tote bag of food with kids whose families need a little extra help through a program with Food Bank of the Rockies called, 'Totes of Hope.' We have a student who calls the program 'TOAST of Hope'. I don't have the heart to correct her because 'toast' kind of fits, too!" -- Carla Graeber, Doull Elementary

2. "Mrs. Laff, you have old in your hair!" -- Barbara Laff, Gust Elementary

1. "I just had a student ask me if the 'Chicken Nuggets' were playing tonight." -- Becky Medina, Pascual LeDoux Academy
Top 5 Callout: Favorite Picture from the Year
As we wrap up another school year, take a look back and send us your favorite photo of the year! From field trips to snow days, submit your best snapshot and be entered to win a giveaway.
Attention Paraprofessionals, Food Service Workers and Custodians: Wage Increases in 2019-20
As part of DPS’ three-year strategy to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, all DPS paraprofessionals, food service workers and custodians will receive an hourly wage increase in the 2019-20 school year. This increase is the first step in DPS’ commitment to increase compensation for these crucial school-support roles. 
 
Team members receiving a pay increase will receive a letter to their home address with more information about their individual pay. If you are a paraprofessional, food service worker or custodian, make sure your home address is up-to-date in Infor HR to ensure you receive your letter. Follow these instructions to update your contact information. 
 
Questions? Contact HR Connect at HR_Connect@dpsk12.org or 720-423-3900.
Discount Alert: Westword Music Showcase
Get your discounted tickets for the 25th Annual Westword Music Showcase on June 29. DPS educators have access to tickets at the discounted price of $42.50 with the code teacherlove. Click here to purchase tickets.
Last Call for Honor's Award Nominations
Tomorrow, May 24 is the last day to nominate members of Team DPS for a coveted Honor’s Award. If you work with a person or team who inspires you, take this opportunity to celebrate and recognize them by submitting a nomination:

  • Leadership Lamp Award: Our most distinguished award designed to honor our Shared Core Values champions.


  • Family Leadership Award: Recognize a parent or family of a DPS student who is making a positive impact in their school communities.
  
Nominations for all awards are due Friday, May 24, so don't wait -- nominate!
Final Reminder: End of the Fiscal Year Deadlines
If you have purchasing responsibilities for your team, take note! The 2019 Year-End Cut-Off Memo and Calendar has important cut-off dates for accounting, budget, purchasing, strategic sourcing and warehouse transactions to help team members stay on top of important year-end deadlines.
Perks at Work: Home-Buying Assistance with Landed
Join more than 30 colleagues at DPS who are taking advantage of DPS' partnership with Landed. Landed is a co-investment and down payment assistance program that helps educators purchase a home.

To learn more:
Living Our DPS Honoree
Shante McDonald
Bus Driver, Transportation
Students First

"Shante has been a DPS bus driver for 21 years and is always putting Students First. She is the only driver who picks up three students in wheelchairs. Shante is amazing with all of her students -- always greeting each one by name with a beautiful smile on her face! Shante and her husband were foster parents to five siblings, ranging from a baby to a teenager. Rather than watch them be split up into different families, they decided to adopt all five children! Shante is an incredible woman in her personal and professional life!"

-- Kimberly Gotori, Transportation
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