Past DCIS Connect Newsletters (2017-18)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

September 14-20, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

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Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DCIS Foundation Scholarship Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:30-1:20 pm, MUN Room
  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion (CEI) Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6 pm
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast);
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent Meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • YIA Destination Japan Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4-5:30 pm, Harvey Park
  • DPS Superintendent Parent Forum: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 9:30-11:30 am, National Western Stockshow, InfoEspanol
  • Senior College & Scholarship Night: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4-5:30 pm, Kepner

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Mandatory 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Regional Parent Socials: Friday, Sept. 22 (Southwest); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Sunday, Oct. 1 (Southeast)
  • Boys Soccer Game: Monday, Sept. 25, 4-5:30 pm, Kunsmiller
  • Picture Day: Monday, Sept. 25-Tuesday, September 26
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4-5:30 pm, Bible Park
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4-5:30 pm, Bible Park
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:50– 9 am
  • PTSA Fundraising and Events Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 pm
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • DCIS Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • PTSA Fall Bulb Sale: Monday, Oct. 9, Fall Bulb Sale Orders Due
  • PTSA Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way”, DCIS Cafeteria

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Families,

We are so excited about Back to School Night and our new format! We will begin in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m., then move to advisement classrooms for 25 minutes for some general information specific to each grade level. Then for the last part of the evening, we will have an “Open House” format where parents can go and meet any/all of their child’s teachers. The idea is for parents to be able to meet and greet their child’s teacher, put a face to a name, check out the classrooms, etc. There will not be time for individual parent conferences, but there will be time to say hello and have teachers and parents meet each other. We will be hosting parent/teacher conferences in October. Look for details soon.

As a reminder to all families who may qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, please complete the application form here.

  • There are many benefits to families and students who qualify for this benefit. Here are a few of the benefits:
  • A reduced price or a free lunch
  • AP Exams (for high school) at the reduced cost of $15 instead of the full cost of almost $100
  • Application fees waived for almost all colleges and universities—normally it costs between $50-$100 just to be able to apply to a college
  • The school receives an additional $500 per student who qualifies, which we use to provide additional services to lower income students
  • Reduced prices for student travel trips
  • Much more!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night!

Sincerely,
Theresa McCorquodale

YEARBOOKS

Pre-order your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in December, so get yours now!  You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contact Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visit room 216A anytime.  We accept cash/check in person, or credit cards online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote, and a baby picture) are due by 3 p.m. on December 8.  Please email your items (JPEG or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com

RAISE YOUR HAND …

PLEASE VOTE FOR COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE PARENT MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES
Voting is now open for Collaborative School Committee Parent Representatives. Voting will be online and will close Monday, September 18, at 4:00 pm. You can access ballots in English or Español.

There are three candidates nominated for two Parent Representative positions. The CSC includes parent, staff, and student representatives who work on the school improvement plan, evaluate school data, provide strategic direction for DCIS, and provide guidance on and evaluation of the school budget. Please make your voice heard for DCIS and vote!

PTSA BOARD ELECTIONS
The PTSA became aware of an oversight in our Board elections last spring. We are holding elections again this fall to ensure that everyone interested has the opportunity to throw their hat in the ring to be nominated for election to our Board.

  • Elected Board positions are:  President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • State PTA requires that all elected Board members be 18 years of age or older.
  • The existing PTSA Board (Karen Mortimer, President, Terri Porter, Vice-President, Edmond Horsey, Treasurer, and DawnMarie Gallardo, Secretary) has elected a Nominating Committee of Tanya Tribelhorn, Karen Herbert and Vivian Masket.
  • Nominees need to be PTSA members (having paid the membership dues – $10 adults, $7 students).  This can be completed by taking a check made out to the DCIS PTSA to the school office or dues can also be paid online via this link (put your name and “membership” in the Instructions to Seller box).
  • Nominations may be submitted via email to tribelhorns@comcast.net through September 29, 2017
  • After receiving all nominations, the Nominating Committee will select and nominate one eligible person per office and present their slate of four candidates at the October 10th PTSA meeting.
  • At the next PTSA meeting, Tuesday, November 14th, the slate (four nominees – one per office) will be presented and additional nominations can be accepted from the floor.
  • Election ballots can only be completed by PTSA members.

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-5:30pm, meet at the PTSA table before Back2School Night to discuss teacher’s grants. Please see here for the applications under consideration, and please encourage YOUR teachers to apply.

FALL BULB SALE

This Thursday, at Back to School Night, the PTSA will be kicking off our fall fundraising campaign, a bulb sale!  We have a great web site set up for online orders and hard copy order forms will be available Thursday or at the school office.

Parents, friends and family can buy bulbs for beautifying their own gardens, but they can also buy bulbs for beautifying our school.  For orders placed for the school, the shipping address is Dayana Quintana, DCIS PTSA, 574 W. Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 and your order will also be eligible for a tax-deduction.

50% of the proceeds from all bulb sales will go to the PTSA.  Our campaign goal is to raise $1200, but the more we raise, the more we can do for our kids!  Our campaign will run through October 9th.

Please visit our website, order some bulbs for your garden and the school, and post our campaign to your social media accounts!  Thank you DCIS families!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

NEW COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade

12th GRADE POST-SECONDARY COACH: NOTE TO SENIORS
Hey DCIS! My name is Aly Bortle, and I will be your Post-Secondary Coach this year! I will be here for the entire day Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B in the main office. My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let’s find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let’s make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more!
Email: ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org

SENIOR COLLEGE & SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
Wednesday, Sept. 20

5:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
Representatives from the following universities and technical college will be present.
• Metro State
• Emily Griffith Technical College
• University of Denver
• University of Colorado, Denver
• Community College of Denver (pending)

They will be discussing their admission process and how to navigate college applications. Even if you are not planning on attending any of these schools, it is a great time to get information about the overall application process and ask questions.

*Students: Event may be used as a special event (dependent on reflection)

DCIS FAFSA NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct. 4

5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Walk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.

Documents to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and Social Security card (if applicable): Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive federal aid. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for institutional aid in Colorado. Parent does not need to be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Birth dates: month/day/year (parent AND student)
  • 2016 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • Parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • 2016 untaxed income records (if applicable)
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Disability benefits records
  • Date and year parents were married and/or divorced
  • Savings and checking account dollar amounts (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN number (parent AND student, if previously applied for)

You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go here. Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS- PSAT/NMSQT
Deadline approaching! Sophomores and juniors can register to take the PSAT/NMSQT test, happening on October 11, 2017. The test is optional and measures college readiness, provides practice for the SAT, and most importantly can unlock college scholarships for juniors with qualifying scores.

  • The cost is $16, payable to the main office before school, at lunch, and after school.
  • The deadline to pay for this test is Friday, September 15th. We are unable to accommodate any late payments!

Current sophomores and freshman will have the opportunity to test next year as juniors and sophomores.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Advisor: School official, usually assigned by your college or university, who can help choose your classes and make sure you are taking the right courses to graduate.
Source: https://www.universitylanguage.com/guides/college-terms-and-phrases-to-know/

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

10th GRADE SPRING TRAVEL-MANDATORY PARENT MEETING
We’re hoping that all 10th grade families will join us on Thursday, September 21 at 6pm in the Auditorium to discuss the spring travel week options–Canyonlands and Local–for 10th graders.  Pizzeria Locale has generously offered to host a fundraiser for this travel experience on the same evening–stop in at their 6th and Broadway location any time between 4-10pm and let them know you’re with DCIS.  50% of proceeds will go toward the 10th grade travel experience!

AnchorYIA 2019 DESTINATION JAPAN
Youth in Action (YIA) is a local nonprofit organization that helps Denver-area teens become hardworking, responsible leaders. The program includes Japanese language and culture study, community service and fundraising, culminating in a month-long cultural exchange trip to Japan in June 2019. Open to students grades 6-12. Interested students and parents should attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, at Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver. To find out more about this dynamic group and how to apply, please call JoAnne Harada at 720-217-2160, email her or visit the YIA website.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Bilingual (Spanish-English) parents will be in attendance at each of these events, and we’re aiming to have a DCIS administrator at each one too. Parents are welcome to attend any and all socials, not just the one in their area. Please join us on one or more of the following evenings:

  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver.
  • Southwest: Friday, Sept. 22, 6–8 pm, Brent and Sarah Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St., Denver
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, DawnMarie Gallardo’s home,1005 Mariposa St., Denver.
  • Southeast: Sunday, Oct. 1, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver.

To RSVP for one or more of the socials, click here.

SPORTS …

Schedules for middle school cross country and boys’ soccer can be found here.

High school athletes and their families can find out more information about this season’s opportunities by contacting the athletic director where students want to participate. A complete list of DPS high school athletic directors can be found here.

Of course, if anyone has questions or needs additional information, please contact John Tricarico, DCIS Assistant Principal.

DENVER WEST CROSS COUNTRY
This sport is a great way to MAKE FRIENDS, get in shape, be involved, socialize, compete and HAVE FUN!

  • Every day after school at 3:45 in the Butler Building at West High School
  • Email Coach Joey with questions

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

September 7-13, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team MeetingThursday, Sept. 7, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Cross Country MeetFriday, Sept. 8, 4-5:30 pm, Harvard Gulch Park
  • Regional Parent SocialsSunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast);Friday, Sept. 22 (Southwest); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast).
  • Boys Soccer GameMonday, Sept. 11, 4-5:30 pm, Henry Middle School
  • DCIS Fall Play AuditionsMonday & Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, 3:05-4:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (audition sign-ups on auditorium door); call-backs on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3–5 pm
  • Cross Country MeetTuesday, Sept. 12, 4-5:30 pm, Fred Thomas Park
  • Open House for Prospective StudentsTuesday, Sept. 12, 7:50-9 am
  • Parent-Principal Coffee en EspanolWednesday, Sept. 13, 8:45-9:45 am, DCIS Community Room

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion (CEI) MeetingThursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6 pm
  • Back-to-School NightThursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent MeetingMonday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • YIA Destination Japan Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4-5:30 pm, Harvey Park
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4-5:30 pm, Kepner
  • Mandatory 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • DCIS HomecomingSaturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art WalkFriday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • PTSA MeetingTuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way”, DCIS Cafeteria

AnchorBACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6–7:30 pm
We hope all parents will join us for Back to School Night next week. We’ll start in the auditorium at 6 pm for a welcome and some general information from our administrative team. Then you will move on to your child’s advisement class to learn about how your child’s adviser can support your child this year. In addition, you’ll learn about grade checks in Infinite Campus (IC); DCIS requirements for school service, community service and special events; and much more! Finally, we will switch to an “Open House” format to end the evening, during which you can walk around and meet/greet all your child’s teachers. Hope to see you there!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Our campus has been affected by the news that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) might end. Many of our students are worried and even scared about what it might mean for them and for their families if DACA ends. This potential legislation affects a large number of our very own DCIS students. One bright spot this week was the event that took place on Tuesday. Middle school students participated in a walk around the school  building, made signs, and posted them around the school in support of DACA. It was important to our school community to give our middle school students a safe and supervised way to learn about DACA if they were interested and share their support for fellow students, without leaving campus. Meanwhile several high school students participated in an organized, safe and spirited walkout, culminating in a rally on the Auraria campus with over 2500 students from all over Denver. All events were closely monitored by adults, and yet allowed student voice to thrive. If you would like more information about DACA, here are some resources for you, so that you will be able to discuss this with your child.

What is DACA? 

Rights for DACA Recipients although the program ends

What DACA recipients should do next?

In other news, teachers are getting ready for Back to School Night next week on September 14 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there. In the meantime, ask your student about what they are learning in school!

  • Ask your 6th grader about their math notebooks including colorful charts and cool foldable cut outs, complete with important math facts.
  • Ask your 7th grader about the Reformation in Europe and ask them to share the rap about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.
  • Ask your 8th grader about the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Soon they will be doing a project highlighting one of the Articles in this document.
  • Ask your 9th grader about the Five Themes of Geography. If you’re lucky, they might sing you the song.
  • Ask your 10th grader about their writers’ notebook and why it is called “finger exercises.”
  • Ask your 11th grader about their Passage proposal. Soon they will be holding committee meetings to get their proposal approved, so that they can begin writing their Passage paper.
  • Ask your 12th grader about their Senior Service Project.

There are so many great projects planned for our school.

Thank you for sending your child to DCIS. Your children are an inspiration to me every single day.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Bilingual (Spanish-English) parents will be in attendance at each of these events, and we’re aiming to have a DCIS administrator at each one too. Parents are welcome to attend any and all socials, not just the one in their area. Please join us on one or more of the following evenings:

  • Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver.
  • Southwest: Friday, Sept. 22, 6–8 pm, Brent and Sarah Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St., Denver
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, DawnMarie Gallardo’s home,1005 Mariposa St., Denver.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver.

To RSVP for one or more of the socials, click here.

DCIS IN THE NEWS

DCIS High School received an Honorable Mention for the Colorado Succeeds Prize, which is touted as the state’s most prestigious awards and recognition event honoring transformational public schools and educators. Read more about it here!

PRINCIPAL CONNECTION … 

Ten parents met with DCIS Principal, Theresa McCorquodale, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, for the first monthly Parent-Principal Coffee. Ms. McCorquodale will hold another monthly gathering in Spanish, which will be next Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8:45–9:45 am.

These gatherings, which have no agenda, are a prime opportunity for parents to talk about what’s working and what’s not, to ask about school goings-on and policies, and to share ideas with the principal. In this first one, for example, discussions covered the new cooling units in the school, glitches in Infinite Campus, the new Dean of Culture and “The DCIS Way,” the students’ DACA protest on Tuesday, the school’s dress code, the calmer and more welcoming environment in the middle school, Lunch Bunch, class sizes and how to get DCIS stickers (hint: come to Back to School Night on Sept. 14!).

The gatherings in English are the first Tuesday of every month (the next one is Oct. 3), from 8:15 to 9:15 am in the DCIS Community Room (103). The meetings for Spanish speakers will mostly be the second Wednesday of every month, with a couple of variations during the second semester (exact dates will be announced as the time draws closer). Hope to see you there!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

PTSA PARENT INVOLVEMENT FORM
In case you missed the opportunity at registration to complete a Parent Involvement Form, it’s not too late!  And, you can do it online!  The DCIS PTSA is a fun-loving and motivated group of parents who love DCIS and work hard to help DCIS be the best it can be.  Want to raise your hand?  Just click here:  English   Español

COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE PARENT MEMBER VOTING
Watch your email for a link to the ballot, coming out later this week.

PTSA FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS COMMITTEE
The PTSA Fundraising and Events Committee will have its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 7, 6–7:30 pm in the DCIS Community Room (103). We look forward to meeting new committee members! Snacks and child care provided.

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6 pm, meet at the PTSA table before Back to School Night. Call or text Marie at 303-913-4845 to RSVP, or send her an email. Click here for the CEI welcome letter.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

NEW COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade

12th GRADE POST-SECONDARY COACH: NOTE TO SENIORS
Hey DCIS! My name is Aly Bortle, and I will be your Post-Secondary Coach this year! I will be here for the entire day Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B in the main office. My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let’s find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let’s make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more!
Email: ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org

SENIOR COLLEGE & SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
Wednesday, Sept. 20

5:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
Representatives from the following universities and technical college will be present.
• Metro State
• Emily Griffith Technical College
• University of Denver
• University of Colorado, Denver
• Community College of Denver (pending)

They will be discussing their admission process and how to navigate college applications. Even if you are not planning on attending any of these schools, it is a great time to get information about the overall application process and ask questions.

*Students: Event may be used as a special event (dependent on reflection)

DCIS FAFSA NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct. 4

5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Walk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.

Documents to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and Social Security card (if applicable): Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive federal aid. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for institutional aid in Colorado. Parent does not need to be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Birth dates: month/day/year (parent AND student)
  • 2016 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • Parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • 2016 untaxed income records (if applicable)
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Disability benefits records
  • Date and year parents were married and/or divorced
  • Savings and checking account dollar amounts (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN number (parent AND student, if previously applied for)

You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go here. Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Academic year: The school year that begins with autumn classes. The academic year at most US colleges and universities starts in August or September.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

NYC THEATER TRIP
All theater fans! Caroline Kerswill is organizing a trip to New York City for summer 2018. There will be a preliminary informational meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

BRAZILIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HOSTING 
Open your home to a Brazilian student this Thanksgiving! US-Brazil Connect is looking for 10-12 host families for a two-week exchange with exceptional Brazilian high school students. This life-changing opportunity enables these students to see snow for the first time and experience the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving, as well as any other family traditions or activities you’d like to share with them! In return, you’ll learn about life in the recent Olympic host country, and build a relationship that will last a lifetime. The visit will be Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Check out this website or email for more information.

SPORTS …

Schedules for middle school cross country and boys’ soccer can be found here.

We are not able to have a softball team this year because a coach could not be found last spring in time for the transportation schedule to be finalized for the league. We hope to have a team in 2018-19.

High school athletes and their families can find out more information about this season’s opportunities by contacting the athletic director where students want to participate. A complete list of DPS high school athletic directors can be found here.

Of course, if anyone has questions or needs additional information, please contact John Tricarico, DCIS Assistant Principal.

DENVER WEST CROSS COUNTRY
This sport is a great way to MAKE FRIENDS, get in shape, be involved, socialize, compete and HAVE FUN!

  • Every day after school at 3:45 in the Butler Building at West High School
  • Email Coach Joey with questions

DENVER WEST BOYS BASKETBALL
Workout Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 – September 30th (2:00-3:45PM)
  • Friday, September 1st – September 30th (5:30-7:00PM)
    Where: West Main Gym
    Questions? Contact Mike Brookhart (303)-589-6046

EXTRACURRICULARS …

CHALLENGE 5280 TEAM
The Challenge 5280 team is searching for teammates (students in 9-12th Grade).  If you’re interested in dedicating 3-5 hours per week on social justice work at DCIS, please contact Lucero (12th grade), Jocelyne (11th grade), Kiaya (11th grade) or Ms. FD (Room 217A).  Curious about the 5280 Challenge?  Check out these videos highlighting last year’s winning DCIS team, as well as the competition.

NHS APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Due September 20, applications are available from Mr. Brown (Room 215) or Mr. Pomponio (Room 216B)

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

August 24-30, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pmSee sign-up link below.
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/Social: Friday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions)
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30–7 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fall Play Auditions: Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, 3:05-4:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (audition sign-ups on auditorium door); call-backs on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3–5 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest).
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent Meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Homecoming: Friday, Sept. 29, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver

AnchorBACK-TO-SCHOOL TACO NIGHT

Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!Coming to Taco Night? If you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at dcis.dpsk12.org). We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food.

Hope to see you there!!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks for a successful first week of school! We are off to a great start. We began the week with an “Eclipse Event,” with 750 students out on the field to witness the momentous occasion. Very exciting.

We now are getting into the groove of school routines and policies, and students have done an excellent job all week of following the rules. We are making an intentional effort this year to focus
on clear systems, The DCIS Way, and it is working. Ask your child about The DCIS Way.

Looking ahead, we have Taco Night on Friday, Aug. 25, and Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you at both of these events.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Congratulations to Alison Gaty and Sophia Tribelhorn for winning the Poetry To Go Competition through the Columbine Poets of Colorado. They were two of only eight students from around the state to win the contest. Their poems will appear on RTD buses for the rest of 2017, so keep an eye out for them when you’re riding the bus!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION TOURS
If you would like to see what the school beautification team has been up to and what their vision is for the future, sign up for one of their tours this Friday, August 25.

ADULTING 101
Do you have a skill or trade? Are you great at budgeting or thrift shopping? Can you woodwork, cook or garden? Would you like to share your superpower with a wonderful group of young people? Ms. Iversen’s advisement is looking for community members to teach us how to adult! We will choose topics such as budgeting, interviewing and bike maintenance (and more!) and try to learn these skills so we can be more self-sufficient adults. Contact Ms. Iversen if you or someone you know is interested in helping out!

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS …

If you’re still trying to figure out whether your child can ride the school bus, check out the guidelines from the DPS Department of Transportation here. For bus routes and schedules, click here.

CARPOOL CONNECTION

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We’re working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we’ll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:

  •  Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver. Please call/text 303-641-4146 or email  edmond.horsey@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. Please email gkmortimer@gmail.com, or call/text 303-910-6698.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. Please email cre8tiveink@gmail.com, or call/text 303-656-8123.
  • Southwest: TBD
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, 1005 Mariposa St., Denver. Contact details to come.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

NYC THEATER TRIP
All theater fans! Caroline Kerswill is organizing a trip to New York City for summer 2018. There will be a preliminary informational meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

BRAZILIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HOSTING 
Open your home to a Brazilian student this Thanksgiving! US-Brazil Connect is looking for 10-12 host families for a two-week exchange with exceptional Brazilian high school students. This life-changing opportunity enables these students to see snow for the first time and experience the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving, as well as any other family traditions or activities you’d like to share with them! In return, you’ll learn about life in the recent Olympic host country, and build a relationship that will last a lifetime. The visit will be Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Check out this website or email for more information.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES …

Know about other after-school or extracurricular opportunities for DCIS students? Email us and we’ll include them in this section next week!

ART WORKSHOPS
Check out this fantastic, FREE, after-school opportunity, right in our neighborhood! The MSU Denver Center for Visual Arts offers studio time and exhibitions:

Young Artists Studio: Free hands-on workshops for youth ages 11-21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm
 (new days and times)
An inclusive and diverse community, we welcome youth from throughout the metro area who are interested in learning a variety of media and exploring contemporary themes through art. In the studio we practice the skills and self-efficacy of creative leaders and encourage each other to make great original work. Exhibitions at the CVA inspire the themes, media and cultures explored in the workshops. Participants may drop-in or register on-line. More information and session dates available here.

The studio is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive, about a 15-minute walk from the school. If you’re interested in your student being part of a buddy system to walk over there after school, please email Mili Sandoval, DCIS parent of a 6th grader.

EXHIBITIONS, TOURS AND EVENTS
Visit the CVA to see spectacular exhibitions during First and Third Friday art walks, public events and programs for youth and families. Immersive tours and hands-on workshops for students, educators, families and community groups encourage curiosity, playfulness and creativity. Please register to bring a community group or class to visit our gallery.

  • We begin this fall with Water Line, an exhibition focused on the loaded issues of water to promote stewardship, advocacy and activism. Artists address the Colorado River basin, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, pollution in our oceans and rivers, rising sea levels, the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and more! (Aug. 4–Oct. 21)
  • In November and again in April we welcome MSU Denver’s culminating BFA student exhibitions. The work is fresh and exciting and not to be missed!
  • In early 2018 we are proud to host an exhibition of the work of Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Denver Chicano artist and professor at MSU Denver. CVA will be draped with murals as well as smaller pieces from throughout his career. (Jan. 12–March 24)

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

August 31-September 6, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm. See sign-up link below.
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/Social: Friday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions)
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30–7 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fall Play Auditions: Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, 3:05-4:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (audition sign-ups on auditorium door); call-backs on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3–5 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest).
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent Meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Homecoming: Friday, Sept. 29, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver

AnchorBACK-TO-SCHOOL TACO NIGHT

Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!Coming to Taco Night? If you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at dcis.dpsk12.org). We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food.

Hope to see you there!!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks for a successful first week of school! We are off to a great start. We began the week with an “Eclipse Event,” with 750 students out on the field to witness the momentous occasion. Very exciting.

We now are getting into the groove of school routines and policies, and students have done an excellent job all week of following the rules. We are making an intentional effort this year to focus
on clear systems, The DCIS Way, and it is working. Ask your child about The DCIS Way.

Looking ahead, we have Taco Night on Friday, Aug. 25, and Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you at both of these events.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Congratulations to Alison Gaty and Sophia Tribelhorn for winning the Poetry To Go Competition through the Columbine Poets of Colorado. They were two of only eight students from around the state to win the contest. Their poems will appear on RTD buses for the rest of 2017, so keep an eye out for them when you’re riding the bus!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION TOURS
If you would like to see what the school beautification team has been up to and what their vision is for the future, sign up for one of their tours this Friday, August 25.

ADULTING 101
Do you have a skill or trade? Are you great at budgeting or thrift shopping? Can you woodwork, cook or garden? Would you like to share your superpower with a wonderful group of young people? Ms. Iversen’s advisement is looking for community members to teach us how to adult! We will choose topics such as budgeting, interviewing and bike maintenance (and more!) and try to learn these skills so we can be more self-sufficient adults. Contact Ms. Iversen if you or someone you know is interested in helping out!

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS …

If you’re still trying to figure out whether your child can ride the school bus, check out the guidelines from the DPS Department of Transportation here. For bus routes and schedules, click here.

CARPOOL CONNECTION

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We’re working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we’ll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:

  •  Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver. Please call/text 303-641-4146 or email  edmond.horsey@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. Please email gkmortimer@gmail.com, or call/text 303-910-6698.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. Please email cre8tiveink@gmail.com, or call/text 303-656-8123.
  • Southwest: TBD
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, 1005 Mariposa St., Denver. Contact details to come.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

NYC THEATER TRIP
All theater fans! Caroline Kerswill is organizing a trip to New York City for summer 2018. There will be a preliminary informational meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

BRAZILIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HOSTING 
Open your home to a Brazilian student this Thanksgiving! US-Brazil Connect is looking for 10-12 host families for a two-week exchange with exceptional Brazilian high school students. This life-changing opportunity enables these students to see snow for the first time and experience the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving, as well as any other family traditions or activities you’d like to share with them! In return, you’ll learn about life in the recent Olympic host country, and build a relationship that will last a lifetime. The visit will be Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Check out this website or email for more information.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES …

Know about other after-school or extracurricular opportunities for DCIS students? Email us and we’ll include them in this section next week!

ART WORKSHOPS
Check out this fantastic, FREE, after-school opportunity, right in our neighborhood! The MSU Denver Center for Visual Arts offers studio time and exhibitions:

Young Artists Studio: Free hands-on workshops for youth ages 11-21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm
 (new days and times)
An inclusive and diverse community, we welcome youth from throughout the metro area who are interested in learning a variety of media and exploring contemporary themes through art. In the studio we practice the skills and self-efficacy of creative leaders and encourage each other to make great original work. Exhibitions at the CVA inspire the themes, media and cultures explored in the workshops. Participants may drop-in or register on-line. More information and session dates available here.

The studio is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive, about a 15-minute walk from the school. If you’re interested in your student being part of a buddy system to walk over there after school, please email Mili Sandoval, DCIS parent of a 6th grader.

EXHIBITIONS, TOURS AND EVENTS
Visit the CVA to see spectacular exhibitions during First and Third Friday art walks, public events and programs for youth and families. Immersive tours and hands-on workshops for students, educators, families and community groups encourage curiosity, playfulness and creativity. Please register to bring a community group or class to visit our gallery.

  • We begin this fall with Water Line, an exhibition focused on the loaded issues of water to promote stewardship, advocacy and activism. Artists address the Colorado River basin, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, pollution in our oceans and rivers, rising sea levels, the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and more! (Aug. 4–Oct. 21)
  • In November and again in April we welcome MSU Denver’s culminating BFA student exhibitions. The work is fresh and exciting and not to be missed!
  • In early 2018 we are proud to host an exhibition of the work of Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Denver Chicano artist and professor at MSU Denver. CVA will be draped with murals as well as smaller pieces from throughout his career. (Jan. 12–March 24)

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

August 17-23, 2017

WELCOME TO ALL!

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • First Day of School: Monday, Aug. 21
  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm 
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/Social: Friday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions) (see below for more info)
  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest) (more info below)
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver

BACK-TO-SCHOOL TACO NIGHT

Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!Coming to Taco Night? If you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at dcis.dpsk12.org). We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food.

Hope to see you there!!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

We are so excited to welcome your children to the 2017-18 school year! We have been busy making plans, strengthening schoolwide systems and planning engaging lessons for your students all week. We can hardly wait until Monday!

As if the first day of school weren’t exciting enough, the near-total solar eclipse is happening the same day. Given the significance of such a rare scientific event, we have arranged to have the entire school experience the eclipse safely. At 11:26 am students will go to their advisement classes, where they will receive instructions about viewing safety and a pair of official eclipse viewing glasses that our awesome Science Department had the foresight to order for the entire school, way back in May. Students will spend 30 minutes on the field with their advisement classes and then break for lunch. Students who wish to continue viewing the eclipse during lunch may do so, but we will continue to require that they wear the viewing glasses.

You will receive more information later this week about out eclipse viewing plan. Wishing you and your students a great “last week of summer” before the first day of school on Monday.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

CARPOOL CONNECTION

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We’re working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we’ll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

PARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:

  • Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver. Please call/text 303-641-4146 or email  edmond.horsey@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. Please email gkmortimer@gmail.com, or call/text 303-910-6698.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. Please email cre8tiveink@gmail.com, or call/text 303-656-8123.
  • Southwest: TBD

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook