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 - 15 hours per year

Volunteers Needed: 
  • 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 volunteers@dlspta.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 volunteers@dlspta.org.
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.


Support Denver Language School PTA on Colorado Gives Day and Make Your Direct Giving Donation Go Further!


We hope you will think of us on Colorado Gives Day! This 24-hour movement, taking place December 6, 2016, is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund proportionally boosts every dollar donated.
 
For example, if we receive 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, we will receive 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.
 
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. For every student at DLS, there is a $700 gap between what the state provides the school and the school’s budget needs. Your support helps us with things such as teaching assistants in every class through 4th grade, curriculum translation, and visa expenses for our native-speaking teachers, to name a few.

To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to http://www.dlspta.org/donateIt is recommended that you schedule your donation early! Please note, if you are doing a monthly recurring donation consider scheduling it for the 6th day of the month. Therefore your December donation will automatically fall on Colorado Gives Day!

When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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How: Donate online at ColoradoGives.org on December 6, 2016, or schedule your donation in advance!

Why: To strengthen the state's nonprofits through online giving and our school's ability to support students and families in the best ways possible.

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


Corporate Matching


More than 15,000 employers will match employee donations – does yours? So far this year more than $2,500 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.


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 only about 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.


Warm Clothing and Gift Drive

 

 


The DLS PTA is hosting a warm clothing and gift drive for the holiday season to support our students and families in need. Last year DLS families provided clothing, gifts, and gift cards to 18 fellow DLS families. You can volunteer to "adopt" a family or child in need and purchase gift cards, presents, and warm clothing.
 
If you are interested in donating an item(s) or "adopting" a family, please contact Mandy Allison (maacarson@gmail.com or 801-647-6446) by Friday, December 2nd at the latest. We anticipate having up to 20 DLS families in need this year. Thank you for your generosity!
 
Also make your calendars for our annual December holiday event! Please join us for a PTA general meeting and gift wrapping gathering on Thursday, December 15 at 8:15am in the DLS East cafeteria. 


Shop at The Bookies Dec 5-12, Benefit DLS 

 


Shop The Bookies locally owned bookstore for all your upcoming holiday gifts, birthday gifts, etc. Shop between December 5th and December 12th and raise money for DLS! The Bookies is offering to donate 20% of all sales to DLS when you mention you are shopping for the school. This is a win win for everyone. When shopping in store if you pay with cash or check, you receive a 15% or 10% with credit or debit discount. Again, just mention the school. The Bookies is located at 4315 E Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80246. http://www.thebookies.com/


Seeking Host Families for Up with People from Jan 27 – Feb 27

 Up with People is a unique, non-profit global education, community service, leadership and performing arts program that takes students from around the globe on a 6-month multi-continent tour.  About 150 students from 22 different countries will travel to a new destination each week, living with local host families for a true cultural immersion experience.  Members will spend a few days each week working with local community members on various volunteer and service projects.  They will also be a part of a live, high energy, family-friendly show featuring songs and dances from around the world and Up with People original music.
 
Up with People’s cast will arrive in Denver on January 27.  We are looking for host families for one or more of our cast members from January 27 – February 27 who can provide:

  • A place to sleep
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Limited local transportation
  • Open atmosphere to share cultures and customs

Host families will receive complimentary tickets to our show. If you are interested or would like more information, speak with DLS’s own alumnus, Caleb Reed, or visit www.upwithpeople.org/hostfamilies.
 
Website links:
General information: http://www.upwithpeople.org  
Program Overview: http://www.youtube.com/uwpontour    
Show Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp-PIQ3hjMw&feature=youtu.be


Rising Sun Distillery Tours


Rising Sun Distillery generously donated tours of its facility, including a spirits tasting for the Direct Giving Silent Auction. We have a few spaces still available, so if you were unable to attend the party on Saturday, you can still get in the fun! The tours are $10 a person. They are on Saturday, December 3rd at 3pm and Saturday, February 4th at 3pm. If you are interested, please email volunteers@dlspta.org with the date and the number of slots you are interested in. We'll contact you to arrange payment. 


Culture Garden Market

Culture Garden Market had a booth at the Night Market and would like to contribute to the DLS PTA.  Shop there, use the coupon below, and help DLS!
 


Exciting New DLS-Back on the Rack Partnership!


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?

  • When you need DLS gear, visit Back on the Rack’s DLS Corner.

  • Bring your gently used uniforms and toys to Back on the Rack (in the Leetsdale Shopping Center at 600 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80246) to donate on behalf of DLS.

  • Tell your family and friends! 

Huge thanks to Back on the Rack for supporting our DLS Community!


Got Snacks? Donate Them to the School

The school provides snacks for students who occasionally forget their own. Now all of the extra snacks are gone. Do you have non-perishable student snacks that need a good home? Please bring them to the office at each campus.


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!


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. 

Apply NOW for 2017 and 2018 exchanges - see www.Adolesco.org/pre-application - email colorado@adolesco.org


Upcoming Restaurant Nights


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!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/denver-language-school-at-next-door-glendale-tickets-27736029210

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!


February 22: Lucky Cat

7559 E Academy Blvd., Denver, CO 80230, Tuesday, February 22 from 3:00-9:15 p.m. 20% of purchases will support DLS - please share with your family and friends!

March 15: Chipotle on Monaco

820 S. Monaco Pwy. Denver, CO 80224, Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. 50% of purchases will support DLS - please share with your family and friends! (Does not include gift cards.)



April 24-29: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cherry Creek

1685 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite #Q3, Denver, CO 80210, The week of April 24-29 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. on Saturday). 20% 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. 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.

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 jvarga23@yahoo.com.

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Support the Staff Gift Fund!

This year for the winter/Chinese New Year gifts, the PTA is giving 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.


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


SpeedPro Imaging

Three Week Kitchens


Gold - $1,500
 


Silver - $750

Backyard Soda Company

Interested in becoming a DLS sponsor?




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:
  • Shift Workspaces - Sibila Lantzy
  • Molson Coors Brewing Company - Carlos and Valentina Vannoni
  • Torchy's Tacos
  • Holland and Knight Law Firm - Leah Capritta
  • Kim & Lauran Catering - Lauran Knight
  • Volume Rate Liquors
  • Rising Sun Distillery - Dawn and Sol Richardson
  • Imagination Station Preschool -  Mark and Jennifer Frank
  • United Airlines Flight Simulator - Hobbs Family
  • Cakes by Lena (Hobbs)

Thank You to Legendary Baking

A big thank you to Legendary Baking for providing 24 pies to the DLS West Pie Day celebration. Why can’t every day be pie day?
 


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!

Sincerely,
 
Wendy Green & Maria Casaverde Marin
Volunteer Coordinators
volunteers@dlspta.org
 
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 murphy1300@gmail.com or Amy at amybramlet@hotmail.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.

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.