Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School
November 12, 2020
Greetings! I hope this finds you all well and healthy. This edition of the Community Update is packed with information that we hope is helpful and informative. On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of meeting with our DMHS Education Foundation. We discussed the efforts needed to support the Foundation’s mission to provide access for all students to take the trips that are historically a part of DMHS life. The DMHS Education Foundation serves to assist families in need and works, holistically, to bring down the cost of these important experiences to an affordable and accessible level for all. Though we have not been able to embark upon our typical trips and journeys since Covid hit, we know that there will come a day when we will resume traveling. The DMHS Educational Foundation is seeking your partnership in moving the mission forward. In particular, the Foundation is looking for DMHS parents/guardians who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, members who are willing to support annual traditions, passive fundraising and to assume key leadership positions in the organization. If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation, or becoming a partner in this work please email me (CORI_HERBST@dpsk12.net) or Carol Delong (Carol_Delong@dpsk12.net) and we will be sure to follow-up and connect you to a DMHS Ed Foundation parent representative.
We are now about half-way through the second quarter and the DMHS staff is beginning to plan for the second semester. We are hopeful to see positive trends with our health data which enable us to return to some form of in-person learning. While we continue to be hopeful, we know it’s also important to focus our efforts on continuing to engage students, and provide them remote learning that incorporates the Montessori approach. If you are looking for ways to support your child’s Montessori education at home we encourage you to visit this link. While not an exhaustive list, it offers some ideas to support your students. Again, thank you for your partnership and commitment to DMHS! I hope you enjoy a fantastic weekend. Cor
Note from Carol
|FREE COVID TESTING for families and students
COVID Check Colorado testing sites (which includes several DPS testing sites along with sites in other metro areas) are now open to the public free of charge! You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. This is great news for our families and students!Register here: https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe
This is being sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the registration is open for appointments starting today!
If you have a DPS hotspot that is not being used, we kindly ask that you return it to the school. We have several families requesting hotspots, but due to a district shortage are unable to get more until all unused ones are returned.
ASCENT PROCESS for High School Students is now open!
Click here for eligibility and application information and to schedule time for students to learn more about a free year of college through ASCENT.
DMHS Education Foundation
As Cori mentioned, The DMHS Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to be board members and help with the Silent Auction. As we approach the holidays, another way you can help support the foundation by shopping with our AmazonSmile account: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2460518
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
High School Town Hall to discuss cameras on in zoom classes will be held on Monday, November 16 at 5 pm
Special ELA PAC Meeting On Wednesday, December 3 at 5:30 pm before our regular monthly CSC ELA PAC meeting at 6 pm We are inviting all of our ELA parents to attend this meeting and will be providing resources on self care, rental assistance and immigration rights. The zoom link is here: https://zoom.us/j/98212387411 Interpretation in Spanish will be provided.
VanGogh Photography will be at DMHS on Wednesday, November 18 from 11 am – 3 pm for an optional picture day.
Students will have the opportunity to come to school to get a student picture ID and to have their picture taken for the yearbook. It is totally optional, and for the health and safety of our community, we ask that you to follow these guidelines:
You can also order picture packages online! Please see the form for details.
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Enter your school code: 30041601
Other Information and Resources:
We recently received information that DPS is partnering with a statewide agency, Left Behind Workers Fund, to support and process applications for rental assistance for families. If you are in need of guidance and/or assistance, please take a look at the below information:
Anyone that has received an eviction notice can reach out to Office of Financial Empowerment and Protection for guidance: 720-944-2498
Left Behind Workers Fund (LBWF) is an organization that was created during the pandemic to help those who are unable to receive a stimulus check or government assistance.
DPS families can contact the FACE Department at 720-423-3054.
Anyone can reach out to 2-1-1 for other rental assistance programs.
Denver Public Schools is providing free weekday breakfast and lunch meals to any child 18 years or younger at curbside locations throughout the city. Pickup is available M-F 11:00 am – 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Learn more at