Community Update 11-12-20

Posted 11/13/2020

Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School 

COMMUNITY UPDATE

 November 12, 2020

Cori’s Note
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!
HOTSPOTS 

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

Please see email from Leah for more details . Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/99501906973

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.  

Picture Day

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:

  • Students will need to use the Health Screener to check-in prior to entering the building, ideally before they leave to come to the school.
  • Students should wait outside the front of the building 6 feet apart until DMHS staff  invites them in
  • Masks worn snugly at all times (except when your picture is being taken)
  • Students with last names A-F should come between 11 am -12 pm 
  • Students with last names G- M should come between 12 – 1 pm 
  • Students with last names N- S should come between 1 – 2 pm
  • Students with last names T- Z should come between 2 – 3 pm
  • Students will need to leave campus as soon as their picture is taken. 

You can also order picture packages online!  Please see the  form for details.

For easy ONLINE ORDERING

Go to: www.orders.vangoghco.com/prepay

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.

  • Families need to be able to demonstrate a loss of at least 20 working hours during or after April 2020 due to COVID shut downs.
  • Families can receive up to $7,500 for rental assistance from April 2020 to the current month (including the month of November, potentially December).
  • Families not on traditional leases (subletting, no contract signed) can apply, but further documentation will be needed (written statements from owner of property).
  • Late fees or unfixed payments (utilities that change each month) cannot be paid for. 

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 

www.dpsk12.org/food-distribution.