Welcome! The mission of the PTA is to improve the education provided to DLS students by supporting the school and its activities. The PTA helps to fund a wish list of items from the school as well as many additional activities that make our school such a wonderful place. The success of the PTA is directly linked to the participation of parents, so we strongly encourage everyone to be involved this year.
- Chinese New Year will be here before we know it! To pull off a fabulous show, we need lots of help. Please sign up to volunteer here. Spanish Parents - please consider helping during the show to enable our Chinese Parents to watch the show. They will return the favor! Click here for more details on Chinese New Year.
- New Computer Logging - There are 140 new computers at East that need to be logged so they can be put into use in the classrooms. This is an easy data entry job. We need 2-3 people to help for a couple of hours each during the school day. If you are able to help, please contact email@example.com.
- East Campus Lunch Room Helpers - The kids at East Campus need some further instruction on the art of disposing their lunch. We could use a volunteer for each lunch shift to help kids compost, recycle, and throw away - and learn a little about their impact to the Earth. It is also a great way to see your kid during the school day! Sign up here.
- Ongoing: EAST Science Room Supply Clean Up - The middle school science teacher needs ongoing help keeping the science room supplies in order. This is a task that will occur weekly. We'd love volunteers that could help with this on a regular basis. The work can be done at home - it just requires picking up the dirty supplies at East and returning them the next morning. Sign up here.
- We need volunteers for general help at both campuses. Stay tuned for sign-up opportunities, visit the Volunteering page for more information, or please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye out for and share upcoming PTA-sponsored events and view past events through our Facebook page as well, at https://www.facebook.com/dlspta/events.
Room Parent Meeting this Thursday, 1/19/17
Please join us at the next room parent meeting on Thursday, January 19th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Cheluna Brewery in Stanley Marketplace, located at 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO 80010. We will be discussing the upcoming Chinese New Year Celebration, Fiesta Hispanica, and the spring kickball tournament.
Support the Staff Gift Fund!
This year for the winter/Chinese New Year gifts, the PTA gave all staff members a Fitbit to support their efforts in the new Wellness Program. This expense is a bit larger than gifts in the past, as the Fitbits cost $85 each (for 100 people), so if you feel like you can or want to give more to make this effort possible, it would be greatly appreciated. These funds will also be used to purchase gifts for the end of the year and staff appreciation week. Click the button below to contribute to the fund. Thanks in advance for your support!
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Donate to our School Online
To make a donation, please choose between a one-time donation or recurring donation. We use two different systems to maximize your donation and minimize fees paid by the school. Learn more about donating, corporate matching, and Colorado Gives Day on our Donate page.
Please Support our Sponsors!
Platinum - $2,000
Gold - $1,500
Interested in becoming a DLS sponsor?
Please email email@example.com.
Giving Thanks for Direct Giving Party
The Direct Giving party on November 12th was a big success that couldn’t have happened without the help of our volunteers and those who donated food, drink and silent auction items. Our sincere gratitude to:
Thank You Volunteers!!!
What a way to kick start the school year! Because of your dedication and hard work, our school succeeded in putting on great activities like the Night Market, field trips, Halloween parties, Skate City and teacher lunches; our school runs smoothly thanks to our Lunch Helpers, Arrival/Dismissal volunteers & Room Parents.
We recorded around 600 hours of volunteer hours in the past 2 months. Remember to record your volunteer hours in the Volunteer Binders at both campuses, with your Room Parents and/or through VolunteerSpot.
Thank you so much for your commitment of time and energy to our school!
Wendy Green & Maria Casaverde Marin
We thank our volunteers:
Nate Addink, Renee Allen, Ryan Anderson, Melinda Anderson, Maya Armen, Skye Barker-Maa, Sarah Batt, Linda Beardsley, Amy Beasley, Kirsten Benavidez, Miriam Berg, Kathryn Blackburn, Laurence Bleicher, David Bochmann, Rebecca Bochmann, Shannon Books, Chris Bouma, Amanda Breault, Shannon Bring, Tiffany Briseno, Kendra Brown, Kelly Carmody, Chris Carson, Maria Casaverde, MaryKay Casey, Amy Cathey, Lily Chang, Emily Clark, Noel Crawford, Stephanie Crawford, Kim Davis, AJ DiPaulo, Jennifer Dorosz, Megan Eliassen, Stan Epshtein, Julie Feeny, Molly Ferensic, Amy Flakne, Mindee Forman, Jennifer Frank, Cameron Franson, Kristy Frechette, Emily Garcia, Johanna Garton, Dawn Gillard, Rachel Gimmerson, Katie Goldman, Heather Gonzalez, Jennifer Gordon, Susie Grant, Wendy Green, Victoria Grotewiel, Rachel Gummerson, Madhavi Gupta-Dyen, Rory Guzowski, Claudia Guzowski, Mark Han, Kristina Hasselkus, Jennifer Haynes, Stacy Hemstreet, Janis Herbst, Lindsey Hicks, Sarah Hines, John Hopper, Kim Hresko, Amanda Hubbard, Babette Hudson-Tsao, Christine Hunter, Jennifer Jeanneret, Kate Kelley, Miki Kim, Amy Klemt, Ryan Klen, Stacie Knapp, Denise Kray, Amberley Kropp, Adrian Kropp, CeCe Liang, Sally Lieb, Sarah Lind, Jessie Liu-Ernsting, Peter Liu-Ernsting, Nicole Lopez, Lorena Lopez Stokeld, Diana Lopez-Atencio, Jen Malchiodi, Betsey Maletz, Lisa Martinez, Jeff Martinez, Heidi Mckernan, Roberto Medina, Amy Miller, Chelsea Monahan, Pamela Morton, Stephanie Motyka, Angel Muse, Nicole Myers, Leslie Nemeth, Yun Newton, Mika Newton, Anna Nicotera, Jen Noonan, Bernadette O’Doherty, Sonja O'Leary, Heather O'Neil, Kelly Osuna, Brandis Pelletier, Lisa Peloso, Joey Philbrick, Antonia Pieracci, Barbara Price, Yvana Pryor, Becky Redfern, Andrea Reitzel, Tim Rooney, Janel Sandvik, Tonia Seidl, Thomas Seidl, Wendy Sheham, Lana Smith, William Smith, Felicia Soifer, Christie Spilsted, Celeste St. John Larkin, Stefanie Steggs, Kim Stewart, Matt Suskin, Alisha Sweeney, Erin Talburt, Andrea Taylor, Rebecca Terlisner, Kristine Thomas, Nicole Tartaglia Torrez, Di Tran, Adam Tsai, Linda Van Dyk, Judit Varga, April Voas, Matt Wagner, Katie Wagner, Chris Wera, Juliane Wera, Samantha White, Sarah Wilcox, Jayme Willie, Peter Wilson, Christy Wilson, Mary Wittemyer, Lucinda Young, Megan Zacher.
Update on Fundraising Efforts
Thank you to our summer fundraiser sponsors and attendees for helping support DLS! Here are some recent fundraising results:
Thanks again for supporting DLS with your shopping, dining, and activities!
The DLS PTA supports a wide range of projects and activities to benefit the school community and our students.
For October 21 we highlight Kindles for classrooms.
In the spring, the PTA purchased 6 Kindles for each K-5 classroom. All sorts of apps have been loaded on them for math & science instruction as well as chapter books in Spanish as well as iChinese readers for the Mandarin classes.
For October 14 we highlight Destination Imagination.
Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization primarily run by volunteers, whose mission is to prepare kids to be the innovators of the future. Destination Imagination teams are comprised of 2-7 members. Each team finds solutions to two separate types of challenges: team challenges and instant challenges. They present their solutions to appraisers in tournament-style settings. Students combine the arts, sciences and technology to develop solutions while learning 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage), stepping outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations, and building on their unique strengths.
Last year, the DLS PTA contributed towards the cost of travel for our team that qualified for the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. There were 17,000 attendees from 21 countries. DLS placed 5th out of 98 teams in the Instant Challenge and tied for 28th in the Team Challenge.
We need more parent volunteers to grow our program to allow more students to participate. Over the last 4 years, DLS has had 1-2 teams, but we would like to expand this great opportunity. If you are interested in becoming a Team Manager, please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com.
For September 30 we highlight Middle School Sports.
In 2015, the PTA contributed $13,000 to support middle school sports. These funds went to pay coaches, league fees, referee fees, transportation fees and some uniforms that will be reused in future years. Fall sports that were supported include flag football, volleyball & cross country.
The DLS Cross Country team ran its first race of the year last Friday in northwest Denver. Both the girls and boys teams ran well and will be back on the starting line again this Friday for another race!
For September 23 we highlight Middle School Robotics.
Last year, the PTA supported the middle school Robotic electives by funding robotics kits for the school. Both courses, Robotics I and II have been very popular with the students. Students work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems, and binary number systems.
For September 16 we highlight Chess Club.
About 120 DLS kids of every skill level play on the DLS Chess Team each year, coached by 20 parents, in perhaps the largest team in the Denver region. Each Wednesday, the kids learn the royal game, share chess lore and develop good sportsmanship as members of a team. Many students compete at regional and state tournaments in individual and team events. Last year, the DLS chess team took first place in all divisions in which it competed in 8 regional Colorado Masters Scholastic Chess tournaments and second place in both its divisions in the Colorado State Scholastic Chess Tournament.
Fifteen of our most dedicated chess players qualified for, and attended, the International Youth Chess Festival and Tournament in Las Vegas this past summer. Financial support from the DLS PTA enabled two outstanding children to compete in this tournament who otherwise would not have been able to do so. With their important contributions, the DLS Chess Team took home a fifth place trophy in the K-3 division on an international stage and made fond memories to last a lifetime. Our deepest heartfelt thanks go out to the PTA for making this trip possible for these youths and for helping make DLS the wonderful community it is. GO DLS DOLPHINS!
For more stories on how the PTA spends its money, click here.