Community Update November 19, 2020

Posted 11/19/2020

Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School 

COMMUNITY UPDATE

 November 19, 2020

Cori’s Note

I hope this finds you well, healthy and in good spirits as we head into the break. A reminder that there is no school next week (11/23-11/27). I hope the break offers an opportunity for our community to ‘disconnect’ a bit, find the time to get outside, enjoy the amazing fall weather and time for rest and relaxation. I have three books that I’ve been waiting to crack open…I can’t wait!

Though we should always practice gratitude throughout the year, the upcoming break is a time when we traditionally focus on giving thanks and appreciation. I am grateful for our amazing students and you – our awesome families. And…I would be remiss if I didn’t call out how absolutely and incredibly thankful I am for our staff. Being an educator right now, more than ever before, is challenging work. It is work that comes from the heart, is personal and matters so very much. The DMHS staff is an incredible crew of dynamic, dedicated and passionate people who truly love and care for our children each and every day. Please join me in celebrating our staff by contributing to this  kudo board where you can share your appreciation for all our amazing teachers do.

Before signing off for the break, please be sure to check out this ‘Save-the-Date’ for the upcoming virtual DMHS Silent Auction which is set to kick-off on Friday, December 11th. Details will be shared about how to login and bid in the coming weeks! Last week I shared information about the Foundation and want to, again, share that the Foundation is seeking  families and community to become involved. If you are interested in joining in the fun (and this is a SUPER fun crew of folks), please reach out to me, Carol Delong or parent Dan Logan at dalogan@deloitte.com.

Have an amazing break, stay well and be safe. ‘See’ everyone back on Monday, November 30th! 

 

Note from Carol   

As we enter the November break, I would also like to reiterate Cori’s expression of gratitude for our amazing Community.  Our community of supportive and caring students, families, and staff is such a blessing, especially during these challenging times.

NOVEMBER BREAK  is November 23-November 27

We are now  past the halfway point of quarter 2.  Please use some of the time next week to check your student’s schoology and help them check up on any missing assignments.

Special ELA PAC Meeting On Wednesday, December 2  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.  

DMHS FARM SCHOOL VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION Thursday,  December 3 at 6 pm

If you have family and friends who are interested in coming to DMHS next school year, please help us spread the word about our virtual information session.   Interpretation in Spanish will be provided.  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96333130598

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.  https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe

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.   

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


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.