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. 


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 - 15 hours per year

Volunteers Needed: 
  • October 1 Night Market Bake Sale - Home-baked or store-bought baked goods are needed. Individually labeled and wrapped items will be consumed at Night Market and families can bring home whole cakes and pies. Anything that is delicious is welcome; cookies, cupcakes, breads, brownies and pies. If you know how to bake gluten-free or vegan - please donate! Anything containing nuts should have a red mark on the label to alert those with allergies.  

    Please drop off donations on September 30th at DLS East or DLS West. 

    Volunteer to provide baked goods for the Bake Sale. Click here

    Please contact Heidi McKernan with questions about the bake sale at heidijoymckernan@gmail.com or 720-323-3430.
     
  • October 1 Night Market –
    • Help out the day of the event.  Click here.
    • Provide items for us to use at the event.  Click here.
    • Other miscellaneous jobs. Click here.
       
  • October 6th - Skate City Chaperones - Help chaperone this fun event.  We especially need people to ride the bus from the East Campus. Click here.
     
  • October 7th - Teacher Conference Lunches - We need food and people to help set up and clean up.  Click here.
     
  • Arrival and Dismissal Helpers -   Click to volunteer at EASTcampus or WEST campus. 
     
  • East Campus Lunch Room Helpers - 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 volunteers@dlspta.org.

Please send an email to volunteers@dlspta.org if you are interested in other volunteer opportunities.


Upcoming PTA-Sponsored Events

Keep an eye out for and share upcoming events and view past events through our Facebook page as well, at https://www.facebook.com/dlspta/events.

Youth Farmers Market

The Youth Farmers Market is back for the 3rd year! It will be run by the Green Team/Garden Club and volunteers. All proceeds go back to the DLS Garden!
 
Dates for the Market:

  • Saturday, 10/1 during the Night Market at George Washington High School
  • Thursday, 10/6 - at DLS East 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10/13 - at DLS East 3:15 p.m.

Located on the small playground - south side of DLS East building. Cooking Demonstration by Slow Food DenverProduce from the DLS Celebration Community Garden and local Colorado farms. Support from Denver Urban Gardens and Slow Food Denver.


DLS Night Market October 1

We hope you are looking forward to our first school-wide event THIS SATURDAY!

The First Annual DLS Night Market

Saturday October 1, 2016 4-8pm

George Washington High School

655 South Monaco Street
Denver, CO 80224

The following helpful information will make your night easy & fun:

Overview Night Market map

Detailed Night Market map

Performances will be a large part of the festivities. Our children will be singing, drumming, and performing that evening. If your child is performing, please note the following:

Attire: All students performing should please wear their DLS Uniforms! (They are welcome to change after their performance if they want to do so.)

Location: Children should assemble in the Outdoor South Courtyard of GW High School in the performance tent. There is a lawn area for spectators, so please bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the performance.

Time: Please have your students at the performance tent in the south courtyard at the following times:

  • K-4 students 4:00 p.m.
  • 5-8 students in musical theater/DLS choir 5:00 p.m.
  • 5-8 students in orchestra 6:30 p.m.

TIME             PERFORMANCE

4:10-4:15      Kathy Benzel, Principal, Denver Language School

4:15-4:30      Peruvian Dance Troop

4:35-4:55      Stapleton Neighborhood Music-Grades K-4

5:00-5:20      Remixx Hip Hop and Zumba

5:25-5:35      Children's Musical Theater and DLS Choir

5:50-5:55      Kathy Benzel, Principal, Denver Language School

6:00-6:30      Taiko Society - Japanese Drummers

6:35-6:55      Lily Cooper, Jazz Piano

6:55-7:00      Chinese Lion Dance

7:00-7:15      Kenny Martin, Cello, Playing with the DLS Student Orchestra

7:20-7:30      Moose's "Take A Bow" Improv 

7:30-8:00      SuCh Soul Singer


FOOD:

The following food trucks will be available in the north courtyard:

  • Dinner: Taj Palace, Tacos Latapatia, Roll It Up Sushi, A Taste of the Philippines, Edible Crickets!
  • Beverages and Desserts: Jumping Jitters Coffee Truck, Backyard Soda, Sweet Cow Moo Mobile.
  • There will also be a bake sale in the indoor vendor area, and the DLS Green Team will have a Farmers Market booth!

VENDORS:

  • There will be 25 different vendors selling goods such as clothing, art work, jewelry, and books.
  • Face Painting
  • PTA will be selling Water Bottles/Spirit Wear/magnets and other items
  • Silent Auction
  • Direct Giving table

***Vendors will accept cash or credit cards.


CARNIVAL BOOTHS:  

Booths will be located outside on the south courtyard. Fourteen different carnival games with prizes awarded to the winners. Ducks, squirt guns, ping pong and Robin Riley with Bounce will be there.

Tickets need to be purchased for all carnival booths. Cash/check preferable, but credit cards accepted.

  • Tickets - 50 cents each
  • Wristbands - $15 for unlimited carnival games and two balloons.

  • All carnival booth games = 1 ticket
  • Balloon Artist = 4 tickets

Any questions please contact, president@dlspta.org. We look forward to seeing you there and making this event a success!

We encourage all our families to attend the community events. Financial assistance is available for families facing financial hardship. Please email Sara Heim-Smit, Student Support Coordinator, at sara@denverlanguageschool.org. Enquiries will be kept in strict confidence.


Make Sure Your Student Counts!

Wednesday, October 5, is the October Count Day this year. What does that mean? All students present at the school are counted, then the numbers are submitted to the Colorado Department of Education, and the school receives funds based on those numbers. (More information here.)

Since this is where our funding for the next year comes from, it is INCREDIBLY important that your student attend school that day. If you know for a fact that s/he will be absent, please email teresa@denverlanguageschool.org as soon as possible. If your child is ill that day, s/he will still be counted, there's just a lot of paperwork involved for the teachers, so we want to ease their burden as much as possible.


Skate City Night - October 6th



Skate City, at 15100 E Girard Ave, Aurora, CO 80014, will be opening its doors to DLS on Thursday, October 6th from 4-6 pm. We encourage students and parents to come to this exciting event. Before signing up, please consider:

  • Cost - $4.50 admission, $2.00 skate rental, at least $5 for snacks (or bring your own food).  Kids will be hungry! 
  • Your child’s ability – children who cannot tie their own shoes or skate independently must come with a parent or guardian.
  • Transportation – There will be limited bus seats available from both campuses on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order of permission slips received. Permission slips were sent home with last week’s Friday folder and are due by Monday, October 3rd. When your child’s bus seat is confirmed, you will receive an email.  Alternatively, parents may drive their own children and no forms will be required.
  • Pickup time is 6pm sharp – remaining children may be conscripted into rogue roller-derby teams.  

 Sound like fun? Please pre-pay for your child and register for the bus here.
 
We also need parent chaperones. Sign up here.


School Fundraiser Contest - Box Tops for Education - Deadline October 12!

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 $1200. 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, each with surprise rewards. The first submission deadline is October 12 - start saving them now! Learn more about the program and participating products at BTFE.com. Still have questions? Contact DLS West co-coordinator Tiffany Briseno or school coordinator Judit Varga via email jvarga23@yahoo.com or phone 303-507-3119. 

Have You Donated to the Staff Gift Fund Yet?

Several weeks ago notes were sent home with information about the new Staff Gift Fund. The fund is used to provide gifts for all teachers and staff members throughout the school year. We request that each family donate $50.00 towards the fund; however, families may opt not to participate or to give as much or as little as they would like. 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.

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, so if you feel like you can or want to give more to make this effort possible, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your support!


Direct Giving Kick Off


What IS Direct Giving? Well, the answer is in the name. A family contributes any amount of money and it goes directly to the school. The Denver Language School PTA organizes annual Direct Giving Parties.  They are fun, build school community, and are an opportunity to learn what the PTA does to improve our children’s overall education. Our unique language immersion charter school model comes with an extra burden of costs. For every student, there is a $700 gap between what the state provides the school and the school’s budget needs. This funding is needed for things such as teaching assistants in every class, 4th grade curriculum translation, and visa expenses for our native-speaking teachers, to name a few.
 
This year, the kick-off party is the first annual DLS Night Market – see story below.
 
Look for more information as the date approaches for the adults-only Ski Chalet Direct Giving party on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 6-10pm.
 
We encourage every family to contribute to DLS by donating time, money, or both. Donations are 100% tax deductible. No donation is too small. Click the buttons to donate.
 

    

 
To learn more, visit http://www.dlspta.org/donate.


Corporate Matching


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!

If your corporation offers matching funds, please direct the funds to the Denver Language School PTA, not to the school itself, to ensure the school actually receives the matched funds. Any questions or issues with the process? Contact treasurer@dlspta.org.


Lunch at East Cafeteria – Farm to Table


Did you know that lunches are prepared from scratch each day using produce grown in the school garden? And that bread is baked on site? And that meals are prepared following USDA nutrition guidelines for sugar and calorie content? Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver would be proud*, and is planning a visit to the cafeteria this year**! Why not let your student try school lunch?  Also, don’t forget that breakfast is free each morning with choices of milk, juice, fresh fruit and 4 different food options. Want to have a look at the kitchen yourself? Contact Jackie Lima at jackie@denverlanguageschool.org for a tour.
 
*True
**Not true, unfortunately


Upcoming Restaurant Nights


October 19: GB Fish & Chips

5325 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80220, Wednesday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 20% of purchases will support DLS - click here to share the Facebook event with your family and friends.

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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:

  • 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, including the Night Market on October 1. 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!

  • Visit http://www.4ourschool.com/?org=dlspta to shop at hundreds of popular stores through 4OurSchool, including the Gap, Best Buy, Gymboree, Old Navy, Target, and Macy’s. Some stores donate up to 20% of your purchase! 

  • Are you missing that cool DLS magnet? Get yours for $5 at the front desk of either campus or at the Night Market on October 1.

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


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 28 September 2016

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Summer Volunteer Thanks


Many thanks to all of the volunteers who worked hard over the summer for our school - your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Various Summer Projects
Silver Medals for their time and effort: Claire Forman, David House, Pamela Morton, Peter Motyka, Kellie Dotson, Heather Gonzalez, Babette Hudson-Tsao, Miki Kim, Milena Lopez, Lorena Lopez, Jen Powers

Gold Medals for more time and effort: Pam Campos, Nate Hanson, Amy Hanson, Amy Klemt, Karen Klein, Moose Mamet, Lisa Peloso, Amanda Breault, Susie Grant, Victoria Grotwewiel, Julie Feeny, Maria Casaverde, Mindee Forman, Wendy Green

Double Platinum for even more time and effort: Sarah Hines, Ann Konieczny, Jen Malchiodi, Lisa Peloso

Restaurant Nights
Lorena Lopez

New DLS Sponsors
Austin Pyle

IKEA Furniture Assembly
Ethan Davis, Jen Newton

DLS Board Members (who are also parents)
Carter Davidson, Doug Elenowitz, Kenneth Ho, Lisa Peloso, Rebecca Rogers, Matt Wagner

August Meet & Greet
Maria Casaverde, Emily Clark, Megan Eliassen, Mindee Forman, Susie Grant, Victoria Grotwewiel, Madhavi Gupta-Dyen, Amy Klemt, Ann Konieczny, Ginger McLaughlin, Nicole Myers, Suzette Riddle, Melissa Steele, April Voas, Christy Wilson, Peter Wilson

August Registration/Uniform Sales
Mariah Aldinger, Amanda Breault, Maria Casaverde, Mindee Forman, Wendy Green, Theresa Halbach, Sarah Hines, Ann Konieczny, Jen Malchiodi, Ginger McLaughlin, Leonor Perez, Tonia Seidl,  Wendy Sheehan, Melissa Steele, Jayme Willie, Christy Wilson, Kristine Thomas

School Supply Delivery
Kellie and John Dotson; Krey, Leah, Peter, Susie, and Will Grant; Victoria Grotewiel; David House; Babette, Jensen, and Lydia Hudson-Tsao; Moose and Soli Mamet; Amelia, Eloise, Peter, and Stephanie Motyka

A special HUGE thanks to Kellie Dotson, Susie Grant, and Babette Hudson-Tsao, who delivered all the school supplies at DLS West and spent a very sweaty 3.5 hours hauling boxes up and down stairs to make our kids’ first day a success!

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 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!!!



The September 1 spotlight is on visual arts teacher Robin Bresnahan. In 2015, the PTA contributed $5,000 towards the Learning and Leadership program which awarded Robin a scholarship to further her studies as an educator. 

Robin writes:

I'm so grateful to DLS and the PTA for helping support me financially as I get my master's in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies as well as a principal license through CU Denver. This program has been engaging and challenging and I'm learning a lot about what good teaching looks like, how to create systems and protocols to support student achievement, and how to get a school to run like a well-oiled machine that has a vibrant and thriving culture. I graduate in December and it is my hope that I can use these skills to make DLS an even better place to work and to attend school!

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