Marne Gulley, secondary literacy specialist, with her eldest daughter, a sophomore at Manual High School, acting as home chef with a crab boil. See more recipes from team members in our Top 5 below.
April 9, 2020
Top 5: What's Cooking? Food Love from Team DPS
Cooking and baking can be therapeutic, and as we continue to navigate through social-distancing and health precautions, we asked Team DPS to share your favorite meals or stories about the recipes you're using. Thank you to all team members who shared their stories and tips! Check out our Top 5 below, and read all the stories (and delicious recipes) here .
5. "I've been enjoying making homemade bread from the cookbook 'Bread Baking for Beginners.' Bread making is the perfect activity for days with lots of time, which is exactly what bread needs to proof, rise and do all the other things that make it delicious. This photo is of homemade focaccia, which was a big hit." -- Maria Marbach, Strategy and Program Management

4. "We have been watching 'The Great British Baking Show' and decided to give macaroons a try. The first batch did not come out right, so we plan to give them another try!" -- Nadine Penn, Escalante-Biggs Academy

3. " Ina Garten's Perfect Roast Chicken ! It’s yummy, easy, and budget-friendly because you can make your own chicken stock after! However, during a read aloud with my class, my oven got stuck on broil just as I put my homemade bread and this lovely chicken in, but gave us a 'virtual fire drill' for March! We laughed!" -- Sarah Smith, University Park

2. "A recipe in song -- I wrote this parody song after seeing a donated baseball bat-sized zucchini at work: " -- Paul Iwancio, Teacher and Leader Learning
1. "We made bread in a bag! I have had this on my Pinterest board for ages, and we finally had enough time to make it. Needless to say, we loved our fresh homemade bread with jam and honey!" -- Amanda Samland, Library Services
Top 5 Callout: Show and Tell - Mug Life!
With school and work moving to remote platforms, you may have been noticing lots of interesting coffee mugs sipped from during conference videos. Now it's time to show and tell! Send a picture of what  you're using to hold your favorite caffeinated beverages (or decaf!) and tell us the stories behind them.
Make Your Own Face Mask
As we all do our best to flatten the curve, it’s been recommended that we wear masks to stay safe, even homemade ones. In this video , our own Chief Operating Officer Mark Ferrandino shows us how easy this can be -- and all you need are two hair ties and a bandana! 
Spotlight on Benefits Open Enrollment: Sick Leave Bank
Mark your calendars! Benefits Open Enrollment is April 20-May 8, and all benefits-eligible team members must take action and enroll in or waive benefits.
 
Open enrollment is the only opportunity to enroll in our Sick Leave Bank (SLB) , which helps eligible team members secure paid time off in the event of an illness or injury, after using all of their accumulated vacation and sick time. Sick Leave Bank is DPS’ version of short-term disability (STD) insurance; and unlike STD plans offered by other organizations, DPS offers more paid days off through SLB and there are no extended waiting periods for benefits to kick in.
 
Learn more about all the benefits choices you have during open enrollment by visiting http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/openenrollment.
Prepare for Finance Infor Lawson and SSCM System Upgrades
Please note: Finance Infor Lawson and SSCM will not be available from April 10 at 5 p.m. - April 12 at 7 a.m. for a s ystem upgrade this weekend. During this time, viewing paychecks, accessing the Finance System, the Supplier Portal or Employee Self Service (W-4 or direct deposits) will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

While we are improving the system operations, there will be very little change for users. As a reminder, please use Google Chrome as your browser and allow pop-ups for the system to function properly and at optimal capacity. 
Living Our DPS Honorees
Times may be uncertain -- but Team DPS is rising to the challenge and living our Shared Core Values like never before! With so many team members stepping up during these times, we will be showcasing two Living Our DPS honorees each week to spotlight all the amazing work happening across the city. Congratulations and thank you to this week’s honorees! 
Dianna Guerrero
Facility Manager, Summit Academy
Accountability

“Ms. Guerrero makes our building the cleanest every single day. Summit has been 'Distinguished' or 'Meets' the past four years on the Quality Assurance rubric!

Ms. Guerrero also helped to get Chromebooks ready for distribution for 73% of our Summit students. She is holding her team and teachers accountable during this time where everything needs to be sanitized. She ensures disinfecting protocols are put in place.”

--   Juan Osorio and Robert Cusic, Summit Academy
Ellen Honeck
Manager, Gifted and Talented
Accountability 

“As soon as the coronavirus changed our work environment (but also before), Ellen jumped in. She created spreadsheets and new resources to share with all schools and students we support. Ellen started in-office communications to effectively coordinate efforts for our team. Ellen is unsurpassed in her commitment, motivation and organization to keep everyone accountable.
In her evenings she is making tons of face masks for those in need and for hospitals. She made them for many of us (and our families) that don't know how to sew."

-- Vanessa Ewing, Gifted and Talented
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