COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
WHEN: Tomorrow Friday, February 10th
WHAT: Come meet some DGS families and enjoy a cup of coffee.
WE ARE A COMMUNITY
In light of recent statements and policies that may affect members of the Denver Green School community, the partners (and teachers) want to reiterate our commitment to the acceptance, safety, and inclusion of ALL MEMBERS of our school family. We remain, as ever, dedicated to all of our students, parents, and community members. We are a richly diverse school, and we are deeply grateful to all of you for your participation in our journey. We stand in solidarity and we echo the recent statements made by Superintendent Boasberg and Mayor Hancock.
HOLIDAYS AT DGS
At DGS, we have over 27 countries represented and students and cultures from all over the world. We are extremely proud of our diversity and do our best to celebrate this diversity throughout the year. We are often asked how we celebrate holidays like Christmas, Valentine's Day or other holidays and the reality is that we don't celebrate these holidays. It's a way for us to respect all the cultural differences we all have at DGS. It also gives us the opportunity to do things the "DGS Way." Instead of it being about candy and cards that might make some students feel left out, we try to turn these festive times into inclusive celebrations--like Harvest Fest and Friendship Week and Pajama Parties. We hope you can understand how we have chosen to celebrate these events throughout the year and ask you to respect the decision by not bringing in candy, cupcakes or Valentines Day cards. You can get in contact with your students teacher to see what they have planned for the day.
PARCC TESTING 3RD-8TH GRADE
If students would like to use their own headphones for PARCC testing, they must bring their headphones to the PARCC Infrastructure test on March 13th. The PARCC test itself begins April 10th. Teachers will count how many headphones students brought in on March 13th. For students that do not have headphones the school has inexpensive, relatively low quality headphones for students to use.
8TH GRADE PARENTS
Reminder, parents! Our 8th graders will be participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP Tuesday, on February 14th. Learn more about the assessment HERE. Participation is essential for understanding what students across the country have learned in school; we have a goal of 100% attendance for 8th graders on Tuesday!
APEX FUNDRAISER UPDATE
Thank you again for all of your help collecting the pledges from the Apex Fun Run! Right now, we have collected 70% of the money and our goal is 100%. Remember every dollar collected this year is helping us to purchase more technology at DGS. Please help us by making sure that all sponsors have paid online or by check. You can check to see who has paid by going to the “My Pledges” tab for your student at www.apexfunrun.com. Also, letters were sent home today with more details. Keep in mind any class that reaches 100% collected will be earning a special class award from the PTA. If you have any questions about pledges or need your student’s access code, please contact the school or email Apex at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for making this a great success and helping us reach our goal!
2017 DGS SKI CLUB
The Ski and Snowboard Club still has space available and is looking for more participants. The Second trip registration deadline is this Friday, February 10th. Our second snowboard trip is Friday, February 24th. New participants must sign up online and bring the waivers and payment to the main office. Returning participants, please pay if you haven’t already. This club gives students the opportunity to learn and enjoy skiing and snowboarding. The rest of this years trips to Loveland Ski Area will take place on Friday, Feb 24, and Mar 17. For more information click here. Direct any questions to email@example.com.
DGS DAD'S CHILI COOK-OFF
WHEN: Friday, February 24th
TIME: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
WHAT: Come prepared with your best pot of chili and all the fixings that you will need to win the grand prize! Share your creation with our DGS community and have fun meeting and socializing with other DGS families. Everyone will then vote on his or her top three chili choices!
**Contact Dan Flannigan at Danimal52@hotmail.com with questions or to volunteer to help make this event a success!
DGS ARTS FUNDRAISER
WHEN: March 3, 2017 -- 5:30p-7:30p
WHY: Providing leadership opportunities for students in the arts while advocating for both Art and Music.
COST: $15/singles ; $25/couple
The first ever DGS Arts Fundraiser will be happening on Friday, March 3rd. The night will be completely run by the students of the Arts Honor Society. Join us for an Italian dinner date night and a show! All proceeds will go directly towards the arts programs and the continuation of the advancing programs. This night will be a great night to spend an evening with your date, having a meal together with the DGS community, celebrating the arts and child care will be provided. We will have a silent auction of ceramic items and donations for instruments needing repairs. We will send out RSVP forms in next weeks Thursday folder Please plan to come join us on this wonderful evening!
DGS AFTER SCHOOL SPANISH CLUB
Attention 3rd and 4th grade parents. DGS is re-opening our after school Spanish Elective to 3rd and 4th graders beginning on February 14th and ending May 18th. DGS teacher, Leah Kent, will teach this class from 3:45-4:40 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $3 per class for a total of $78. This sign-up sheet can be printed and returned to the main office with payment to sign up for the class. We will also have extra copies in the office.
THIRD GRADE PARENTS
Third grade will be hosting a parent forum and a student performance on Feb. 16th from 4:00-5:30 in the 3rd grade classrooms. We will start with students performing their skits on settlers, Native Americans, and bison. Then Ms. Detmer, and Ms. Yonkus will be talking about literacy and math in 3rd grade. We will close the evening with a short Q & A about PARCC testing, since many families will be experiencing the state tests for the first time. Please join us for the event- food, beverages, and childcare will be provided!
Parent teacher conferences are coming quickly! Conferences begin Tuesday, February 21st and the last day for conferences will be Friday, February 24th. Mark your calendars!
Thank you Sports fans! It has been a wonderful basketball season, thank you to all parents and students for your participation.
Who: 7th and 8th graders
What: Football Tryouts
When: Feb 21-24
There are still over 100 spots available for more information click here.
Soccer season starts soon. If you are a middle school girl make sure you see Mr. Leventhal for any physical forms and contracts to play soccer. The season will start in mid march. Keep your eyes on Thursday folder for updates as the season approaches.
GET YOUR DGS GEAR
We now have an additional option for ordering DGS gear. It's an online store to get great DGS Sweatshirts, and T-shirts you want in the exact color and size you want. You can go online here to look at our options, Place an order and you can even pay online the website is secure. The online DGS Gear Store is now open and will remain open through Sunday, February 12th. The merchandise will be available by late February. The school will also order some additional gear to have available throughout the spring. So check out the website and place your order before Feb 12th. Don't be left out!
AFTER SCHOOL ROBOTICS
After Spring Break Discovery Link will offer Robotics,Coding, Ozobot combo class for Grades 5+. All registrations must be made through Mr. Harvey. The class is limited to 12 students.
SPRING DISCOVERY CAMP
Sign up for the Spring Discovery Camp on March 27th-30th. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Lunch will not be provided. If you have any questions regarding Spring Discovery Camp please contact Harvey Mccarthy at Harvey_mccarthy@dpsk12.org.
When: April 3rd
Where: McMeen Elementary
Families can register here
If your child is eligible for Summer Academy 2017, a registration packet went home last week. We are excited to offer summer learning to students and hope those who are able to take advantage of the opportunity! If you have any questions regarding Summer Academy, please contact Liz Dawson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (720) 424-7496.
DENVER URBAN GARDEN
The Denver Urban Garden Is Offering Free Seedlings To Families Who Qualify! Grow a Garden (formerly known as the Seeds & Transplants Program) ensures that in-need individuals, families, seniors and groups have access to the necessary seeds, seedlings, and know-how to grow a successful, productive vegetable garden. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 10th. For more information click here. Para español haga clic aquí.
SPROUT CITY FARMS
Just like the groundhog, we're starting to come out of hibernation! We are excited to support the Arts Department with some delicious veggies at their date night dinner on March 3rd, and to plan some fun family farm activities for Community Day on April 22nd! Til you see us active out in the field again, here are a few reminders: Save the date for the 7th annual Sprout Down!! Our spring kickoff fundraiser will be Wednesday, March 15th from 5-8:30pm at the Mercury Cafe. As always, this event is family friendly and includes:
- tasty bites from local restaurants
- live music
- silent auction
- beer & wine pull
- fun for the whole family
Signup is open for 2017 CSA shares from the farm! Become a member and get tasty farm-fresh food each week from summer through fall. Shareholders in the CSA program support the farm by buying a share (the price breaks down to about $20/week) and in return they receive an equally divided portion of each week's harvest from late June to late October. In 2016, each member's share was about 150 pounds of farm-fresh veggies over the course of the season, plus pick-your-own herbs and flowers each week. We also partner with other local farms and food producers to bring you as much local food as we can (see all the options below). Signup on our website here and let Farmer Meg know if you have questions!
- Veggie, herb, and flower shares ($425)
- Work shares (volunteer on the farm a total of 40 hours in exchange for a half-price share)
- SNAP/EBT shares (pay weekly with your EBT card, receive a share for less than half the price) and Sponsored shares (offered free of charge to qualifying families)
- Fruit shares from Ela Family Farms ($150)
- Egg shares from High Plains Food Co-op ($55 or $105)
- Coffee shares from Pablo's ($250)
- Bread shares from Great Harvest ($135 or $270)
- Meat shares from High Plains Co-op and Locavore Delivery (starting at $99)
- Mushroom shares from Mile High Fungi ($60 or $120)