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.
- November 7-11 - East Campus - Book Fair - Please help us sell books at our book fair. Sign up here.
- November 10 - West Campus - Thanksgiving/Veteran's Pie Day Volunteers Needed - We need pies and pie servers for the Thanksgiving/Veteran's Day celebration at West campus. Sign up here.
- November 11 - East Campus - Thanksgiving Luncheon. The cafeteria staff could use some help with the extra load associated with the Thanksgiving luncheon at East. Sign up here.
- 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.
- Ongoing: EAST Lost and Found Maintenance - We need help checking the lost and found at EAST, straightening it up and giving Caleb items with names to be returned to the correct child. It takes about 15 minutes to do. Ideally, we would like several volunteers to each help once a month during a designated week. If interested - please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
On Halloween (), both DLS campuses will be having morning events to celebrate this fun time of year! Students will be allowed to dress up, and each homeroom class will have a Halloween breakfast and a small craft/activity that will be coordinated by teachers and room parents.
Per DPS, clown costumes are banned at all DPS schools and property this year. This includes clothing, masks, and makeup. Why? Read more here.
Endorphin Fundraiser November 5th
Calling All Cyclists and Kid Ninja Warriors!
Join Chris Lindley for a donation-based Functional Indoor Cycling class at Endorphin (DLS Platinum Sponsor). This is a fun, hard-hitting, innovative, indoor cycling like nowhere else in the world! Get full-body sculpting, work your core, and take your performance to the max. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Denver Language School PTA. Our Lowry studio features Real Ryder bikes. SPD clips shoes or sneakers both work on all bikes. All levels welcome! Sign up here.
Robin Riley and Corina Lindley will be running a Ninja Warrior training for kids (ages 5 and up) at the same time/location. Sign up here.
Location: Endorphin Lowry 7555 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Price: $18 for adult class, suggested donation $10 for kids class
For liability purposes and system restrictions, each kid will need their own account to sign up for the kids' class.
To create an account, just go to myendorphin.com and click on "Member Sign In."
Have You Donated to the Staff Gift Fund Yet?
Would you like to show your appreciation for your child’s teachers and school staff? You know, the people who dedicate their days to your child’s bright future and prosperity? Please contribute to the Staff Gift Fund.
The fund is used to provide gifts for all teachers and staff members throughout the school year. We request each family donate $50 per child to the fund, but welcome contributions of any size. This year for the winter/Chinese New Year gifts, the PTA will give Fitbits (~$85 each) to all staff members to support their efforts in the new Wellness program.
Thus far we have collected less than half of our goal (see thermometer above) of $25,800 for the year for our 100+ staff members. Please either submit your donation online or send a check made out to DLS PTA to school in your child’s Friday Folder. Please note on either Paypal or your check that the money is for the Gift Fund.
The adults-only, Ski Chalet-themed, Direct Giving party will be on Saturday, November 12 from
Can’t make the party? No problem!
Go here to give online:
To learn more, visit http://www.dlspta.org/donate.
More than 15,000 employers will match employee donations – does yours? So far this year more than $2500 has been donated by Janus and Google Benevity – huge thank yous to both the corporations and their generous employees!
We’re thrilled to announce that Back on the Rack is partnering with DLS to benefit the DLS community! Back on the Rack is a children’s consignment store / boutique with high quality clothing and toys.
1. DLS Corner
Back on the Rack will carry DLS used uniforms, new and used Spirit Wear, water bottles, and magnets year-round. When your kid suddenly grows an inch or two, you can still purchase used uniforms!
2. Toy Fundraiser
Swimming in too many toys? Done with that baby gear? Bring your gently used toys to Back on the Rack on behalf of DLS and 45% of the sale of the toys will be given to DLS.
If this works well, they may expand to accept clothing as well, but for now, clothing donations should continue to be put in the Red Apple Recycling schoolhouse in front of DLS East.
3. Helping Needy Families
The owners of Back on the Rack are coordinating with DLS Administration to provide uniforms, clothes, and shoes to DLS families in need.
How can I help?
Huge thanks to Back on the Rack for supporting our DLS Community!
Your Kiddo in Europe
this Summer? Adolesco Youth Exchange.
ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE is a flexible and affordable not-for-profit program of 3-week to 3-month short-term language immersion and cultural family-to-family exchanges for kids (between 9 and 18) to learn French in France, German in Germany and Spanish in Spain - open to qualifying students in Colorado and the US.
Upcoming Restaurant Nights
November 9: Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria
654 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246, Wednesday, November 9 from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. 20% of purchases will support DLS - click here to share the Facebook event with your family and friends.
December 9: Steve's Snappin' Dogs
3525 E. Colfax Avenue (@ Monroe Street), Denver, CO 80206, Wednesday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 15% of purchases will support DLS - please share with your family and friends!
January 9: The Kitchen Next Door Glendale
658 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246, Monday, January 9 from 5:00 -9:00 p.m. 50% of purchases will support DLS - please share with your family and friends!
Support DLS With Your Shopping
Did you know that you can support DLS just by shopping? Here are a few ways:
Be sure to tell your friends and family about these easy ways to support DLS! For more information, visit the Shopping page.
Please Save Your Box Tops for Education
Each pink box top, found on many products, is worth 10 cents when clipped and turned into the school. It adds up quickly; last year, Judit Varga coordinated the school’s efforts and raised $1,200. The goal is to earn $1,400 this year. Students can deposit box tops in collection boxes in their classrooms.
There will be three competitions to collect the most box tops this year, each with surprise rewards, so start saving them now! Learn more about the program and participating products at BTFE.com. Have any questions? Contact DLS West co-coordinator Tiffany Briseno or school coordinator Judit Varga via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join DLS and Fundraise with Mabel’s Labels to help keep the Lost and Found Clean!
Visit www.campaigns.mabelslabels.com and search for Denver Language School to order your labels today!
Page last updated 27 October 2016
Support the Staff Gift Fund!
This year for the winter/Chinese New Year gifts, the PTA would love to give 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. 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.
Thank You for Making the Night Market a Success!
Dear Denver Language School Families,
Thank you for attending the First Annual DLS Night Market! It was a fantastic gathering of the community and showcased the best of what I love about this school: its people. The administration, staff, teachers, and DLS families old and new all came out to make it a lively and fun-filled event.
I want to personally thank everyone who pitched in to help with this project. It could not have been a success without the helping hands of many individuals. It warmed my heart to see such a great collective group making immersion language a priority in their lives and community. It takes a village to raise a child and to put on a Night Market.
I would like to acknowledge a few people who put their time and energy into this event:
Night Market Chairs: Jennifer Malchiodi, Sarah Hines
Night Market Committee Members: Amanda Breault, Victoria Grotewiel, and Heather Gonzalez.
All the Room Parents who made the carnival booths a sell out!
Mandarin Room Parents: Johanna Garten, Heather O’Neil, Kara Nance, Jen Powers, Maggie Yang, Lisa Ku, Julie Feeny, Lily Chang, Katie Goldman, Melinda Anderson, Becky Redfern, Celeste St. John Larkin, Bett Adink, Austin Pyle, Amy Cathey, Rachel Gummerson, Anne Davis, Jennifer Dorosz, Elena Andronora, Bridget Mehaffey, Jennifer Frank, Miriam Berg, Kate Kelley, Leonor Perez, Wendy Sheehan, Katey Harmon, Mary O’Hara, Yingpei McIntyre, Lauren Galpin, Amanda Shaw Newsome, Carrie Nelson
Spanish Room Parents: Yvana Pryor, Nicole Tartaglia, Reno Wenz, KC Haycraft, Erika Norton, Shelley Cooper, Susan Somerset, Valentina Vannoni, Pamela Morton, Sabrina Coleman, Kristy Frechette, Lindsey Hicks, Kathryn Blackburn, Erin Bertoli, Kristie Joseph, Megan Zacher, Nicole Lopez, Jen Gordon, Jenn Jeanneret, Kera Murphy, Carina Smith, Elizabeth Klopper, Cristine Kortsch, Mandy Allison, Kelly Osuna, Susan Gallo, Carolyn Valentine-Rapp.
All the parents who helped out with the class booths and silent auction baskets
Bake sale coordinator: Heidi McKernan and the bake sale donations: Amy Hanson, Annie, Babette Hudson-Tsao, Camilla Modesitt, Caren Elenowitz, Carina Smith, David Bochmann, David Mason, Diana Lopez-Atencio, Emily Garcia, Erika Kessenger, Janis Herbst, Krista Lavonas, Laurie Romero, Meridythe Emmanuel, Stacy Hemstreet, Tiffany Briseno, Trina Seefeldt, Wendy Jacobs,Yun Newton, Yingpei McIntyre
Special thanks to David Bochmann for towing and manning the pop up light.
Decorating committee: Diana Lopez-Atencio, Lorena Lopez-Stokeld, Lisa Peloso, Lucinda Young, Miriam Berg, Amanda Shaw-Newsome
Our wonderful performers who donated their time and talent: Jordan Sondrup Rowse from Remixx Fitness, Caleb Reed, SuCh Soul Singer, Neighborhood Music Stapleton teachers Lily Cooper, Kenny Martin, Adeline Mann, Kalia Bethany, Drew Bradley, Ritmos de mi Peru, Moose Mamet
All the volunteers who helped the day of the event: Annick Nadeau, Tiffany Briseno, Maria Casaverde-Marin, Stephanie and Peter Motyka, Amy Klemt, Anna Nicotera, Nicole Myers, Molly Ferensic, Amanda and Kevin Breault, Nate Shinn, Jim Malchiodi, Babette Hudson-Tsao, Christy Wilson, Theresa Helbach, Jayme Willie, Mindee Forman, Kristine Thomas, Susie and Peter Grant, Victoria and Reggie Grotewiel, Tonia Seidel, Judit Varga, Lucinda Young, Linda Van Dyck, Barbara Price, Leslie Nemeth, Lisa Peloso, Lorena Lopez-Stokeld, Madhavi Gupta-Dyen, Renee and Robert Allen, Bernadette ODoherty, Kim Stewart, Kim Hresko, Chris Wera, Cyndi Leslie, Jennifer Gordon, Celeste and Dave St. John-Larkin, Stephen Liu, Jessie and Peter Liu-Ernsting, Rebecca Terlisner, Chelsea Monahan, Erin Mitchell, Stacie Knapp, Mark Han, Jennifer Haynes, Emily Clark, Jennifer Jeanneret, Denise Kray, Janel Sandvik, Samantha White, Yun Newton, Andrea Taylor, Yuanting Zhang, Stephen Konieczny, Doug Seligman, Lyndsay Taylor, Robin Riley, Jessica Leonard
Sponsors of the PTA: Speedpro Imaging for signage, Neighborhood Music Stapleton for performances, vendor booths by Endorphin, Hand and Stone Massage, Backyard Soda Company
Also a thank you goes out to the DPS security, custodial, and administration at George Washington H.S for letting us use their campus!
Ann Konieczny, PTA President
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 September 9, we highlight mathematics teacher Luis Rodriguez. In 2015, the PTA contributed $5000 towards the Learning and Leadership program which awarded Luis a scholarship to further his studies as an educator. Luis writes:
I'm so grateful to DLS and the PTA for helping support me financially as I get my master's in math education from the University of La Rioja (Spain), and improve my knowledge. This program has been engaging and challenging me, and I'm learning a lot about how to engage the students in learning math and how to support the students. I am graduating in January and it is my hope that I can use this to make DLS students engage, love and be successful in math. Thanks a lot, DLS Community!!!
For more stories on how the PTA spends its money, click here.