April 13th Thursday Folder

Posted 04/13/2017

Dear Teller Families,

Welcome to spring! It has been a joy to be back in the building with our kids. We look forward spending the last 35 days of the 2016-2017 school year with our Teller children. This newsletter is full of very important information, so please take a few minutes to read it in its entirety.

Spring brings many changes, and over the past few weeks, Teller has experienced our fair share of changes. Keeping that in mind, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce to you our new and improved discipline policy. This is in response to feedback we received this year from parents and staff members, as well as to make sure our policy is in alignment with the district’s discipline policy. I spent time during our Staff Professional Development last week sharing this policy with facility members, school leadership personnel, and the Collaborative School Committee (CSC), to make sure everybody understands and is on board.

Now I would like all families to take the time to review this updated policy, found below. Our staff is sharing this information with students as well. As we plan for next year, we will guarantee that this policy is included in the Teller Family Handbook.

Our goals is always to promote and celebrate positive behavior. We are rededicating ourselves to recognizing positive choices made by our students. However, we as a staff have also committed to a standardized, consistent plan to address negative behaviors. Below is a summary of our discipline policy that is currently in place, including a non-exhaustive list of examples of various behaviors. You can view the entire discipline policy on the Teller Website by searching “Discipline Policy”. Additionally, you will see the steps in which all staff members at Teller will follow if needed.

Tier 1, Type 1 or Levels A-C Behaviors

  • Disrespect (talking back…)
  • Non-compliance
  • Class disruption (yelling, throwing things…)
  • Minor physical aggression (play fighting, rough play, pushing)*
  • Verbal insults, name calling, put-downs*
  • Language – profanity or vulgarity
  • Not doing school work
  • Dishonesty (cheating, lying…)

*If severe, these behaviors may need to be higher than a Tier 1, Type 1 or Levels A-C

Staff Protocol for Tier 1, Type 1 or Levels A-C Behaviors:

Step 1: Warning

  • Staff will ask for student’s side of story
  • Staff asks “How can I help you be successful?”
  • Staff will discuss next steps if the behavior continues (discuss Step 2)
  • Staff looks for positive behaviors to reward

Step 2: “Think About It” desk

  • Staff will give the student a verbal or non-verbal cue, to give an opportunity to correct behavior
  • Staff will remove student from main learning space to an individual desk or chair in the classroom
    • Taped on the desk will be outlines for returning to class after 5 minutes, if they’re prepared to do so calmly, as well as a poster with calm-down strategies for the student to use.
  • If the student refuses to move, staff will give them 1 minute – verbally telling them “I am going to give you a minute, but I need you to move because you’re continuing ______________(specific behavior.”
  • If the staff is still able to teach, lead the activity, or the class isn’t being disrupted, then they will continue to teach. If not, they’ll move on to Step 3.
  • Once the student has completed their break, the staff will tell them what will happen next if the behavior continues (discuss Step 3)
  • Staff will look for positive PRIDE behaviors to reward

Step 3: Consequence Assigned

  • Student will receive a Loss of Privilege and/or Community Service within the school
  • Staff will discuss what happens if the behavior continues (discuss Step 4)
  • Call home: staff reviews Steps 1-3 with parent – will give facts and explain consequences
  • Staff will ask parent if they’d like to talk to the student
  • Staff will tell parent about Step 4, which is an Office Referral if the behavior continues
  • Staff will ask if there’s anything they need to know to support the student
  • Staff will document the conversation, and will continue to look for positive PRIDE behaviors to reward

Step 4: Office Referral

  • Student is sent to the office with a completed Office Referral Form

Tier 2-6, Type 2-6, Levels D-F, or Habitual Tier 1 Behaviors

  • Habitual Tier 1 Behaviors: 3-5 incidents would be considered habitual
  • False activation of fire alarm
  • Possession of fireworks/firecrackers
  • Bullying: Level 1 – verbal or written aggression/intimidation
  • Harassment based on race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity or religion
  • Habitual disruption
  • Sexual Harassment (inappropriate words, inappropriate physical contact, indecent exposure)
  • Fighting that results in an injury or threat of physical harm
  • Destruction or theft of school property (including graffiti)
  • Severe defiance of authority/disobedience
  • Theft from an individual

Building Leader Protocol for Tier 2-6, Type 2-6, Levels D-F Behaviors or Habitual Tier 1 Behaviors

Plan A: No Serious Safety Risk or Follow Up from Tier 1 Behaviors

  • Student fills out a refocus form – This is what happened, This was my role, This is what I need help with.
  • Administrator will identify what behavior needs to be changed, and reset expectations for future behavior
  • Administrator calls home and informs parents about situation, solution and/or consequence
  • Administrator calls staff that initiated behavior management; student apologizes in order to move on
  • Administrator will document parent conversation

Plan B: Serious Safety Risk

  • Administrative discretion – suspension (in-school or out-of-school) and/or behavior plan
  • Administrator calls home and informs parent about situation and consequence
  • Administrator will document consequence and conversation

One of the bittersweet changes we encounter in the Spring is having to say goodbye to staff that are moving on to something new. Here are the changes in staffing for the 2017-2018 school year that we would like to share with you.

Nasreen Moloo (Kindergarten) – I have had a wonderful year at Teller Elementary getting to know families and staff.  Next year, however, I have accepted a position at a school in Stapleton.  It was a tough decision to make but one that allows me the opportunity to be closer to family.  I am thankful for all the friendships I have made here at Teller and hope to carry them with me.

Carly Evans (1st grade) – In mid-June, I will be moving back to Minnesota to be near my family. We will be moving back to the Twin Cities and am really excited for a new adventure! I am planning to continue teaching in Minnesota. It has been my greatest honor to work with so many Teller students and I will miss you all terribly. Thank you for the past 5 years!

Rebecca Sparks (3rd grade) – At the end of this school year, I will be moving to Pennsylvania to join my husband.  He has received a promotion within his company that began in mid-March.  I have enjoyed my time at Teller and plan to seek a teaching position at the elementary or middle school level for next year.

Sara Singh (4th/5th grade) – Next year I am excited to be transitioning to a slightly new role at Teller.  I will continue teaching literacy in the classroom, and look forward to “looping” up to 5th grade with my current 4th graders.  However, for the other half of the day I will be taking on a Senior Team Lead position.  I will be joining Haiti Johnson and Stephanie Star, two experienced STLs, as part of the Instructional Leadership Team.  My work will mainly involve supporting, coaching, and co-planning with current Teller teachers around literacy instruction and differentiation.

Rivian Bass (GT/HGT Specialist) – I have accepted a position as a half-time GT Specialist at Isabella Bird Community School in Stapleton. I am excited to bring the experience and ideas that I’ve gained here at Teller to a new GT Program. Working half-time will allow me to continue teaching, while also taking the opportunity to travel with my family.

Gabby Herndon (Secretary) – I am heading back to school! This summer I’ll be helping with the Summer Academy at McMeen Elementary, while attending classes in the evening, and starting this Fall, I’ll be going to Arapahoe Community College for Nursing. During my “free time” over the summer, I hope to spend as much time as possible up in the mountains. I’m going to miss my Teller kiddos, but I plan to stop by next year to check in on everyone.

We are working diligently to find the best candidates to fill the big shoes of our departing staff. Please help us show huge amounts of support and appreciation for all of our staff who are leaving. Every person in this building plays a vital role, and we truly have some amazing individuals that help make Teller the beautiful community that it is. Take a moment to say goodbye to those staff who have been important to your children during their time here.

Sabrina Bates
Principal Resident


Discovery Link UsageLaurel is building our enrichment catalog for next year and wants your input. If you are at all interested in participating in after school enrichment offerings, have in the past or might want to in the future if we only had something for your kiddo INCLUDING ECE OPTIONS, please fill out this short survey!  Thank you in advance!



Make sure to pay attention to the signs posted on the streets around Teller! They’ll let you know which side of the street is subject to street sweeping each day. Tickets for parking in a Street Sweeping zone are HEFTY!


Teller Spring Dance – TONIGHT: April 13th from 6pm to 8pm

Join us for “A Night In Paris”, where we can all dance the night away! There will be a DJ, a photo booth, and you can purchase pizza and a drink for $6! We can’t wait to see you all there!


DYE it Flyer


CSC Nominations

Serving on the CSC as a Parent Representative is an excellent way to understand and provide input on the processes and budget workings of the school as well as an opportunity to work closely with our principal and teachers. CSC Parent Representatives may serve for a one- or two-year term. A two-year term is highly recommended (and encouraged).
Please complete the attached form and return it to the Office by April 18th.

2017-2018 CSC Nomination Form


As part of the library projects, we are still in need of travel size items to prepare Chemo Care Kits for Kids. As you may know, we have partnered with the Children’s Hospital to help kids with cancer alleviate chemo side effects and make their stay at the hospital more pleasant.

This is a great opportunity to teach our students the magic of giving and caring by involving them in the collection process.

The library is still accepting donations this month thru April 28th from 8 am to 3 pm.

You may leave your donations in the library or in the office if students are testing in the library.

Grade level donation assignments:

K.-          Lip balm
ECE.-     Travel size hand sanitizer
1st.-       Travel size body lotion
2nd.-      I-tunes gift cards
3rd.-       Note pads / pens
4th.-       Cozy socks
5th.-       Straws

For more information, you can send an email to:  vanessa_renner@dpsk12.org

Thank you in advance,
Vanessa Renner
Teller Library


…is coming soon!!!

May 8 to May 12, 2017

Show your teacher appreciation by purchasing a

gift card tailored to their interests!

Is your teacher an outdoorsy type, spa-lover, traveller, DIY’er, foodie, techie, pet-lover, etc.?

There are so many retailers to choose from for every type of personal interest. Visa, Amex and Discover cards are available, too!

Simply go to: www.ShopWithScrip.com. At the very bottom of the page you’ll see a link for retailers by category. You can also request a list be emailed to you by contacting Lisa Aiken @ geezgirl@gmail.com

Email your order to Lisa by Monday, May 1st.

Cards will be available by Friday, May 5th.

Payment via cash or check will be accepted upon delivery.

Family Leadership Institute – Thursday, April 13th

We’d love to see many of our families attend the Family Leadership Institute and English Language Acquisition Districtwide Advisory Committee (ELA DAC), hosted by Family and Community Engagement (FACE) and ELA. The topic for this session is “Organizing Others.”
Families can join FACE and ELA from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St.
Free food, childcare and interpretation services are provided. Families can register here or email Lilian Pacheco to register. Families can also call 720-423-2277 to register.

Save The Date for Tellerpalooza – Saturday, May 27th!


Tellerpalooza will be Saturday, May 27th! Tellerpalooza is Teller’s largest fundraiser each year at the Bluebird Theater with Teller Bands, awesome local bands, games, food, a bake sale, and a “wall of wine”. More event details coming soon!

Do you like live music, throwing big parties and being a part of the community? Then we want you for the Tellerpalooza planning committee. The event depends solely on the parents and the community to make it a success. We have lots of open spots on the committee so you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. Contact Kristina Reilly at kreilly@groundfloormedia.com for more info or about volunteering with Tellerpalooza! – Emily Port and Kristina Reilly

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Teller has launched an app that features an event calendar, push notifications, news, absence notifications, and more! Be sure to download the app at the App Store or Google Play to stay-up-to date and WOW those Teller Tigers in your house with your use of technology. Search for “Teller Elementary”

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, April 13th
    • CMAS Makeups
    • 7:15am Jazz Band
    • 10:00am 2nd Grade to the US Mint
    • 3:15pm Advanced Band
    • 3:15pm Student Council
    • 6:00pm Teller Spring Dance
    • 6:00pm Tellerpalooza Planning Meeting
  • Friday, April 14th
    • CMAS Makeups
    • 9:30am ECE Field Trip to SPREE
    • 3:15pm Beginning Violin
    • 3:15pm Intermediate Violin
    • 3:15pm Shakespeare Practice
  • Monday, April 17th
    • 3:15pm Tiger Voices
    • 5:00pm DCTA Bargaining Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 18th
    • 7:15am Morning Band
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 12:45pm 5th Grade Science CMAS
    • 3:15pm Beginning Band
    • 3:15pm Chess Club
    • 6:10pm PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 19th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 9:15am Advanced Band Field Trip
    • 12:45pm 5th Grade Science CMAS
  • Thursday, April 20th
    • 7:15am Jazz Band
    • 9:00am Kindergarten Field Trip to DMNS
    • 12:45pm 5th Grade Science CMAS
    • 3:15pm Advanced Band
    • 5:00pm WaterWise Landscape Seminar in the Auditorium
  • Friday, April 21st
    • 3:15pm Shakespeare Run-Through
    • 3:15pm Beginning Violin
    • 3:15pm Intermediate Violin
  • Monday, April 24th
    • NO CHOIR
    • 3:00pm – 6:00pm Shakespeare Tech Rehearsal
  • Tuesday, April 25th
    • 7:15am Morning Band
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 8:30am CSC Constituency
    • 3:15pm Beginning Band
    • 3:30pm CSC Constituency Meeting
    • 4:15pm Girl Scouts
    • 5:30pm CSC Constituency Meeting
    • 6:00pm Navigators
  • Wednesday, April 26th
    • Ms. Amster’s class to Bear Creek Park
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 3:00pm – 6:00pm Shakespeare Dress Rehearsal
  • Thursday, April 27th
    • NO BAND
    • Mr. Oginni’s class to Bear Creek Park
    • 4:00pm Dinner offered before Shakespeare Presentation
    • 5:30pm The Tempest
  • Friday, April 28th
    • 9:00am – 2:00pm DPS Shakespeare Festival