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. 


When you join the DLS PTA with your annual $15 fee, you make great events like Night Market and Kickball Tournament possible. Without insurance, purchased with PTA membership fee funds, fun PTA events cannot take place. 

How do I get Involved? 

The PTA is a volunteer-driven organization. There are many ways to be involved. There are activities that can accommodate any schedule and skill set. Each family is asked to volunteer 15 hours every school year. 
 
Click here to learn more. Joining the PTA counts as one hour - get started here!

What do you get when you join the DLS PTA with your annual $15 fee? Membership in a community dedicated to your child’s education and growth. Support the DLS PTA, the Colorado PTA, and your child’s community by signing up online here.

Please volunteer!

Volunteers Needed: 
  • Used Uniform Sale at Registration - July 28 and 31 - help Back on the Rack sell used uniforms (and get first dibs!) - click here to sign up
  • DLS Dads Group - sign up at http://bit.ly/DLSdads2017

  • 2017-2018 DLS Volunteer Interest Form - Please let us know what you might be interested in helping with this year - complete the form here (this is part of your DLS registration packet - indication of interest does not mean a commitment to a particular task)

  • PTA Executive Board - We're still looking for a President-Elect for next year - could that be you? Email president@dlspta.org for more information.

  • Chinese New Year Chair - We need someone to take the lead on coordinating our Chinese New Year celebration - email president@dlspta.org if you could help with that. (We have some volunteers and the two Chinese Liaisons help, but we need a point person.)
    Please send an email to volunteers@dlspta.org if you are interested in other volunteer opportunities.


    Upcoming Events

    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.


    Updated: Join Us for Kinder Summer Playdates


    To all incoming Mandarin and Spanish Kindergarten families, join us this summer for our Kinder Summer Playdates!


      • Sunday, August 6, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Come meet fellow incoming Kindergarten students and their families! All events will be held at Sunset Park, E. 2nd Ave Pkwy, Denver (Oneida St. & E. 2nd Ave. Pkwy.).

    Please sign up through SignUp.com for the next Kindergarten Playdate if you plan to attend – here’s how:
      1. Click here to access the invitation.

      2. Enter your email address. You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com, although DLS uses this platform for most volunteering, so you can if you wish… (Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.)

      3. Choose your spots, then SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

    There is no limit on how many participants we have.  We hope to see you there!

    NEW: Attention DLS Dads - Join Our Email List!



    If you are a father of a DLS student and want to be included in some of the fun activities we have planned for the coming year, please complete the short survey at http://bit.ly/DLSdads2017. Please email dlsdads@dlspta.org with any questions.


    NEW: Volunteers Needed to Help Sell Used Uniforms at Registration



    Back on the Rack will be running the Used Uniform Sale at Registration this year (July 28 and 31) and could use your help! Please click here to sign up to volunteer (and get first dibs on the used uniforms), and thank you!



    NEW: Buy Mabel’s Labels and Raise Money for the PTA



    Mabel’s Labels makes waterproof labels for clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunchboxes, containers, and more.  Better yet, 20% of each purchase goes to the DLS PTA.  


    Click here to shop.  



    Upcoming Restaurant Nights

     
    Stay tuned for possible late June or July restaurant nights, but in the meantime, please add these two to your calendars to support our school!
     
    August

    5135 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
    Thursday, August 24, 2017
    2:00-10:00 pm
     
    Celebrate the start of school and visit this family-owned ice cream shop with seasonal flavors, nostalgic styling, and patio seating. 15% of your purchase will be donated to DLS!
     
     September
    Park Hill location, 5325 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80220
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
     
    This DLS-family-owned restaurant is a casual counter-serve spot dishing up classic English eats in a festive setting with soccer on TV. 20% of your purchase will be donated to DLS!



    Please donate your gently used uniforms!



    As you enjoy your time off and prep for the next school year, please bring your gently used, clean uniform tops and bottoms to either campus – there are donation bins near the office at each school. As a reminder, ALL vintage and current logos can be used again next year as long as the uniforms are in good shape. (Please put any uniform tops or bottoms with rips and tears in the Red Apple Recycling bin at DLS East, and do make sure to wash any uniforms prior to donating them.)
     
    As a reminder, for 2017-2018, K-5 will wear blue shirts of any logo, 5th graders may wear white shirts for this one year only (next year 5th grade will just be blue), and 6-8 middle schoolers can wear either burgundy/red or white shirts. [ view full uniform policy here ]
     
    These uniforms will be sold at registration, back to school nights, and year-round at Back on the Rack (note: not all sizes and colors will be available – inventory depends on parent donations). New uniforms can be purchased through Impact We PrintDennis Uniforms, and Educational Outfitters.
     
    Spirit Wear shirts can be worn instead of a uniform shirt every Friday – these are sold by the PTA at school events (look for them at Registration in July) or at Back on the Rack year-round.

    Please email president.elect@dlspta.org with any questions.


    Fundraising Efforts in 2016-2017


    Thank you for supporting DLS financially this year - your dollars help our school succeed! 
    We raised $9,118.67 at the Kickball tournament last month - thank you for all your donations and fundraising efforts! For a breakdown of the PTA's income vs. expenses this year, see the graphic below. Other big events this year raised:

     
    Night Market $4,108.14
    Colorado Gives Day/Direct Giving $63,897.93
    Staff Gift Fund $16,500.00
    Restaurant Nights $3,500.00
    Grocery Cards $2,406.73
    Scholastic Book Fair $6,640.09
     




    Use Nanno Child Care App and Support DLS  



    Nanno is a new on-demand childcare app launching here in Denver to help parents find last-minute childcare by connecting them with available caregivers with whom they share a connection – whether through a friend, colleague, fellow parent, school, etc. The network is invitation-only, and Nanno has invited all Denver Language School parents and teachers to join the DLS “hub” on the Nanno network. When a member of the DLS network books or accepts a job through Nanno, Nanno will donate 10% of its revenue for that job back to DLS. The invitation went out to teachers a few weeks ago, and since then several have joined. If you’re interested in trying Nanno – as either a parent or a caregiver – please send an email to hello@nanno.com or visit their website at www.nanno.com to request an invite – or click here to find out more about how it works


    Support DLS With Your Summer Shopping



    Remember, over the summer you can still support DLS with your purchases at King Soopers, Safeway, Back on the Rack, Amazon, and more! Visit the Shopping page on the PTA website for more details, and thank you!


    Want to be a resource for new families or teachers?

     
    The PTA is setting up a resource list of parents who are willing to serve as a “mentor” for incoming families and teachers. This gives new parents a chance to connect with existing members of the DLS community and gives teachers who have moved from other countries a local touch-point for questions about Denver and U.S. culture.
     
    Interested? Please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7ZFHQQG. Questions? Email president.elect@dlspta.org.


    The PTA is Looking for Volunteers and Needs You!

     

    Thanks to everyone who joined the PTA for our informational coffee on April 6 - we’re excited about next year!

    We still have a few leadership openings for the 2017-2018 school year – does one of these sound like you or someone you know?

    All PTA executive board positions are technically open (except for next year’s president) until voted upon. Click here to view titles and descriptions for all positions. Particular needs that remain unclaimed and open at the moment:

    • President-Elect – Shadow the PTA President for a year, then become the president for the 2018-2019 school year (2-year commitment). Attend monthly PTA Exec Board Meetings and SAC (School Accountability Committee) meetings once a month.

    We’re not only looking for PTA Board Members (1-year commitment), but people to take the lead on our various activities and events if you would rather take on a shorter-term project. We still need:

    • Chinese New Year Chair (February) – Arrange for decorations, programs, and food trucks and coordinate volunteers on the night. Work with the program head and school on rehearsal needs and with room parents on costume needs. 

    In addition, we also need Room Parents for next year, which is a great way to get involved in your classroom and get to know your teacher better. You can be a Room Parent and also hold one of the positions above – there are two Room Parents per class.

    If you’re interested in any of these positions or have any questions, please email president@dlspta.org.

    If you’re interested in being a Room Parent for next year, please email mandarinsupport@dlspta.org or spanishsupport@dlspta.org with your grade and program.

    We look forward to working with you next year!


    Corporate Matching

    More than 15,000 employers will match employee donations – does yours? Last year more than $2,500 was donated by Janus and Google Benevity – huge thank yous to both the corporations and their generous employees! Any questions or issues with the process? Contact treasurer@dlspta.org.


    Back on the Rack


    Back on the Rack is a children’s consignment store / boutique with high-quality clothing and toys.

    DLS Corner

    Back on the Rack carries 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!

    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. 


    Milk Caps for Mooola Fundraiser


     

    MILK CAPS for MOOOLA is a program sponsored by Longmont Dairy that helps students earn money for their school and students. Longmont Dairy milk caps are worth 5¢ each and are redeemable for cash.  We have boxes for collection at both campuses.  Please bring in your caps!


    Page last updated 20 July 2017



    Support the Staff Gift Fund!

    Show your appreciation for those who dedicate themselves to your child’s future! Please contribute to the Staff Gift Fund. We ask each family donate $50 per student to the fund, but welcome contributions of any size. We give gifts to staff at Chinese New Year, for the winter holidays, Fiesta Hispanica, and at the end of the year.
     
    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 your check that the money is for the Gift 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.


    https://www.coloradogives.org/DenverLanguageSchoolPTA/overview 




    Please Support our Sponsors!


    Platinum - $2,000

    Back on the Rack logo

     


    Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

    Kumon Lowry

    Neighborhood Music Stapleton

    http://shiftworkspaces.com/

    SpeedPro Imaging

    Three Week Kitchens


    Gold - $1,500

    Maybe your business?

    Silver - $750

    Backyard Soda Company

    Interested in becoming a DLS sponsor?


    Teacher Appreciation Week Thank you

     
     
    Thanks to everyone who helped with teacher appreciation week and acknowledged our stellar staff -  the dedicated professionals who devote themselves to our students’ education and future. The coffee cart, massages, bouquets for the students, lunch and happy hour were a success. Thank you!


    Thank You for your Support on Colorado Gives Day!


    Colorado Gives Day was a huge success - we are at 90% of our fundraising goal for the year! If you weren't able to donate on December 6, there is still an opportunity to give - click the buttons below to make a recurring or one-time donation to DLS.

    https://www.coloradogives.org/DenverLanguageSchoolPTA/overview


     
    The DLS PTA supports a wide range of projects and activities to benefit the school community and our students. 

    For May 12 we highlight Teacher Mini Grants.

    All teachers at DLS have $200 each year to use as they see fit to support their classrooms. These grants are spent in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the class. For example, the 3rd-grade Spanish program classes joined forces at the beginning of the year to purchase butterfly kits for their students. Recently, Ms. Fatima purchased new books and dictionaries with her mini grant to support her 4th-grade Spanish students.



     For April 14 we highlight two DLS events that benefit from PTA support:  Chinese New Year and Fiesta Hispanica.



    DLS’s take on Chinese New Year, the biggest Chinese holiday of the year, is enough to wow even native Chinese audience members and bring them back to their childhoods.  Fiesta Hispanica’s energy, excitement, and brilliant colors embrace both Spanish and Latin American cultures.
     
    The pageantry, song, and dance are made possible, in part, by the PTA.  The PTA uses its funds to rent the performance spaces and purchase some of the decorations.  PTA volunteers oversee ticket sales, decoration of the stage, feeding teachers and students during the performances, and chaperoning students while not performing.
     
    Gwen, Eva, our wonderful teachers, and our group of talented kids impress us every year with their language, dancing, and singing skills!

    For more stories on how the PTA spends its money, click here

    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 jvarga23@yahoo.com.

    Support DLS With Your Shopping

    Did you know that you can support DLS just by shopping? Here are a few ways:

    • Buy grocery store cards from the PTA for King Soopers or Safeway from the front office at either campus. They will be also available at PTA events. Load your card before you make your purchase and use your card at checkout – 5% will go to DLS! These cards never expire and have no fees. 


    • Visit http://smile.amazon.com and select Denver Language School as your charity to shop through Amazon.com - 0.5% will go to DLS!
                     
    • Are you missing that cool DLS magnet? Get yours for $5 at the front desk of either campus or at Back on the Rack.

    Be sure to tell your friends and family about these easy ways to support DLS! For more information, visit the Shopping page.


    Bounce Stapleton – Gymnastics Lessons

    Interested in gymnastics? Bounce is a gym owned by platinum sponsor Endorphin and is run by DLS former gym teacher Robin Riley. Check it out!