Principal Phone Call ~October 12

On Tuesday, October 14, Katy Myers from the Montessori Junior/Senior High School will be hosting an information night fro prospective families at Denison from 5:30-7pm.

Dear Denison Families,

Please join us on Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 in the Denison Library to learn about Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School and
why Montessori Adolescent Education is a great choice for 7th grade! You will also learn about the school choice process for 2015-2016, including the ability for Denison 5th grade students to reserve a 7th grade spot at DMHS for the 2016/2017 school years.

Principal Katy Myers will discuss the DMHS curriculum, program, transportation, new location, assessment and the tremendous success the DMHS students experienced last year. She will also share how the program has evolved from our initial culture building work to the current strong academic and whole child program in place today.

All students and families are welcome to attend.

 

There will be a PAC meeting at 9:00 on Friday, October 17.

At the request of students and teachers, there will be an opportunity for elementary students to choose between going straight to their classrooms at 8:45 or going outside for 15 minutes of morning recess time. Coach Brian will be supervising them. All students who want to eat breakfast will need to do so before going to their classrooms or going outside. All students still need to enter through the front doors and walk through the main hall. Students may not be dropped off on the playground. Primary drop-off will remain the same.

On Tuesday, October 28 from 5:30-7:00 there will be a town-hall meeting to talk about what is happening at Denison. Members of the Collaborative School Committee and School Leadership Team will be available to answer questions. The focus of this meeting will be the full implementation of the extended learning time plan for next year and both authentic Montessori assessments and State Level Assessments. Childcare and translation will be provided.

Families of Denison Montessori has a few quick reminders:

We are still collecting items for the Winter Clothing Exchange. Please bring any items to the basket on the piano in the front lobby. The exchange will take place on Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28 before school.

Any other textiles not for the exchange may be deposited in the Little Red School House for our annual clothing drive with Red Apple Recycling.

The Fall Festival is just 2 weeks away on Saturday, October 25 from 1pm to 4pm.The Chili-cook off will not be held at this event and have been postponed to a later date. Please go to fdmontessori.com to sign-up to run booths or bring items for this fun event. There is also a sign up in the front lobby. We appreciate all of your support in making this event a success for our whole community.

Please make sure you are sending your children with appropriate outdoor gear so they can enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

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Principal Phone Call~ October 5

There will be a Denison Collaborative School Committee Meeting (CSC) on Tuesday, October 7 from 5:30-7:00pm.

I will be hosting a principal coffee with parents at 9:15 on Friday, October 10.

On Tuesday, October 14, Katy Myers from the Montessori Junior/Senior High School will be hosting an information night fro prospective families at Denison from 5:30-7pm.

 Dear Denison Families,

Please join us on Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 in the Denison Library to learn about Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School and why Montessori Adolescent Education is a great choice for 7th grade! You will also learn about the school choice process for 2015-2016, including the ability for Denison 5th grade students to reserve a 7th grade spot at DMHS for the 2016/2017 school years.

Principal Katy Myers will discuss the DMHS curriculum, program, transportation, new location, assessment and the tremendous success the DMHS students experienced last year.  She will also share how the program has evolved from our initial culture building work to the current strong academic and whole child program in place today.

All students and families are welcome to attend.

Please save the date for the fall festival, which will be on Saturday, October 25 from 1pm to 4pm.

Denison has been approved for the DPS Crossing guard program. We are looking for 2 people in the morning and 2 people in the afternoon that would like to be crossing guards.   This position is for 1-2 hours per day and pays minimum wage. It is open to parents, grandparents and community members. Please contact me if you or someone you know is interested.

Daphne Hunter, retired principal from Lincoln Elementary School, will be working with us at Denison on Mondays and Tuesdays while we are in the hiring process for secretary II and Assistant Principal.

Daphne Hunter Biography

I have worked in the Denver Public Schools as an educator since 1973. First, as an Elementary School teacher for sixteen years. In my last year as a classroom teacher I was awarded a very prestigious award for being an outstanding teacher, the Denver Teacher Award.   I then served as an assistant Principal at Teller Elementary and Columbine Elementary schools and for eighteen years I was an Elementary School Principal, at Barrett Elementary, Barney Ford Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary/Montessori School. One of my greatest achievements was being instrumental in adding a Montessori program at Lincoln Elementary that increased enrollment from approximately 100 to now over 350 and becoming one of the top schools in the district academically. I was nominated for the National Distinguished Principal Award. I retired from the Denver Public Schools in July of 2007 after 34 years of service.

Despite being retired I have continued to work as a Denver Public Schools Principal Substitute and have served as Interim Principal/A.P. at Montclair, Knight Fundamental Academy, McKinley Thatcher, and Ana Marie Sandoval Elementary schools. I have served as a member of the Mile High Montessori Board of Directors.

Thank you for getting your children to school on October 1. We only had 9 students absent that day and this greatly reduces the work of Denison staff to validate our actual students numbers.

Please make sure you are sending your children with appropriate outdoor gear so they can enjoy the beautiful fall weather

 

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OCTOBER COUNT DAY IS TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 1)

Tomorrow is October Count Day.  This is the day when the budget is set for the school district.  Please make every effort to have your children at school tomorrow at 9am.  Any student who arrives after 9am or is absent will miss being counted.  This results in a lot of extra work for you child’s teacher and for Denison’s staff.  We look forward to seeing every single student tomorrow… and every day.

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Principal Phone Call~ September 28

A letter went home in your Friday folders saying farewell to 2 respected members of our community.  Mr. Paul’s last day was Friday and Denise’s last day will be on Tuesday.  Please join me in saying farewell and wishing them the greatest success in the future.  The Personnel Committee and I are in the process of interviewing for a Secretary II and an Assistant Principal.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Due to the beautiful weather this week, Families of Denison Montessori is postponing the Winter Clothing Exchange for a couple of weeks.  Please continue to bring in your infant through adult-sized outgrown coats, boots or gloves.  We will update you when a date for the exchange has been decided.

Denison will be having a fundraiser during the whole month of October with Red Apple Recycling.  Please put any fabric item that you are getting rid of during fall cleaning in the little red house outside of the school and Denison will get a donation based on the total weight of our collection.

Please do not park or drive through the staff parking lot.  This creates a very dangerous situation at dismissal as children are walking across the lot entrances to get to their cars.  If you are in carline, please stay in your car and continue moving forward.  Please do not park on the school-side of either Colorado or Yates.  Thank you.

On Monday, September 29, we will be hosting our first Skate City event.  It will have a broncos theme so wear orange and blue and you will receive a free orange crush!

On Thursday, October 2, Shannon Helfrich, a trainer of Montessori Teachers will be giving a presentation to parents about the Importance of Spoken Language.  Dinner will be provided prior to the presentation, at 5:30 in the lunchroom.  The presentation will begin at 6pm in the library.  Childcare will be provided for children 2 and older and translation will also be provided.

Please make sure your child is getting to school on time.  We continue to see a number of students in the office signing in late every morning.  Our attendance goal is 96% this year, we remained at 95% this past week.

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Principal Phone Call~ September 21

Please remember that there is no school for Primary students on Monday, September 22.

The Upper Elementary classrooms will be visiting Balarat this week for an overnight camping trip.  If you have any questions about this, please see your child’s teacher.

There will be an additional Collaborative School Committee meeting on Tuesday evening.  The exact time and the agenda will be posted on the website by Monday afternoon.

All activities within the school day, including Suzuki violin are free.  We have had students telling us that they did not sign up for Suzuki because of financial concerns.  If you or your child are interested in participating in our free Suzuki program, please see Bettina or contact Alice and she will get you a sign-up form.

This week, Denison will have a winter gear exchange in the front lobby during drop off.  Please bring in your infant through adult-sized outgrown coats, boots or gloves.  Even if you don’t have anything to donate, please feel free to come and take what your family needs.

On Thursday, September 25, we will be planting bulbs in the front beds.  Bring your children and your favorite shovel and help us make the front of the school beautiful for the spring.

On Monday, September 29, we will be hosting our first Skate City event.  It will have a broncos theme so wear orange and blue and you will receive a free orange crush!

Please make sure your child is getting to school on time.  We continue to see a number of students in the office signing in late every morning.  Our attendance goal is 96% this year, we have not met this goal any week this year but we are getting better at 95% this past week.

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