January 12th Thursday Folder

Posted 01/12/2017

This year, our Assistant Principal, Sabrina Bates is participating in a leadership program called Learn to Lead. This program was designed to support the development of a pathway of qualified leaders ready to assume leadership positions and positively impact student learning in Denver Public Schools.

One opportunity the program offers its residents is an “acting principal experience.” Over the next two weeks, Sabrina will take over the leadership of the school while the current principal, Jessica Downs, is off-site.

Please welcome Principal Bates, and feel free to reach out to her with any questions and/or concerns you may have.

Teller Open House

Join us for the Teller Open House on Thursday, January 19th from 5:30 – 7pm and get to know our learners! You can see the band rehearse, go on tours of the school (led by the responsible 5th graders), meet staff and teachers, check out our amazing science fair submissions, and enjoy refreshments! We’ll have a staff member available to answer questions about the Choice and Enrollment process, and to take applications, too!



CHOICE Round 1 opens January 5th, and closes on January 31st at 4pm.

Are you unsure if you need to fill out a CHOICE Application for your student? See below, or email Gabby at gabrielle_herndon@dpsk12.org.

Who needs to complete a CHOICE Application:

  • All students entering ECE
  • All students entering Kindergarten
    • (if you’re a current ECE family moving up to Kindergarten, this doesn’t mean you’re ‘reapplying’; we just need to have the application/paperwork on file – you will have a spot with us for Kinder!)
  • All 5th graders transitioning to MIDDLE SCHOOL!
  • All families new to DPS
  • Anyone that would like to transition to a new school for the 2017-2018 school year

It’s important to remember – if you “Choice Out” of your neighborhood school, you will lose your Neighborhood School priority! The school you are assigned through the Choice process becomes your new ‘Neighborhood School’ (see Gabby with questions).

Discovery Link – Welcome to Our New Program Specialist, Laurel!

DL Newsletter


Enrichment Session 2 – Catalogs available NOW!

Registration for Enrichment Session 2 opens on Monday, January 17th and will close on January 31st. We’re sending home Enrichment Catalogs that include all available classes, so families will have the chance to review their options over break. When Registration opens, you’ll be able to register online through the Teller website, or you can submit a paper registration form, which will be available in both the Teller office and the Teller Discovery Link Office.

Enrichment Session 2 Course Catalog


Love and Logic Classes – March 1st, 8th and 15th

Head and Heart Parents will be offering a 3-week class at Teller! This class is open to both Teller parents and other parents in the community. We will have FREE CHILDCARE available at Teller during classtimes for kids of ECE age and up. If you’re interested in taking advantage of childcare during the class, you’ll need to RSVP to Gabby by no later than the Friday before each class, either by phone at (720) 424-3563 or email at gabrielle_herndon@dpsk12.org. Please keep in mind that space is limited!

  • The classes run from 6pm to 9pm
  • We will provide a light snack (kids should eat dinner beforehand)
  • Kids must be school-aged (ECE and older)
  • The class costs $ to register for, but childcare is FREE
  • High School Volunteer hours available if they help with childcare! We’ll have sign off on volunteer sheets!

Love and Logic Class







Dear parents,

This winter season, The Gathering Place, who serves women and children who are experiencing poverty or homelessness is in need of our help.

As a library project, we would like to help by collecting children’s winter clothing – jackets, sweaters, pants, boots, and mittens, as a great opportunity to teach our students the magic of giving by involving them in the process of cleaning out closets and choosing clothing in good shape to donate at the library, letting our old things have a new meaning in someone else’s life.

We’ll be collecting new socks and underwear, as well as diapers, baby food and baby wipes by classroom in order to help as much as possible.

The library will be accepting donations from Monday, December 12th thru January 27th (except during winter break) from 8 am through 3 pm. You may leave your donations at the library.

Grade level donation requests:

ECE/Kindergarten – Baby Food

1st Grade –   Baby shampoo / bath wash

2nd Grade –   Diapers (sizes 4,5,6 and pull-ups)

3rd Grade –    Baby wipes

4th Grade –    New toddler socks

5th Grade –    New toddler underwear

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

Thank you in advance,

Vanessa Renner – Teller Library


Announcing the Teller – Apex Fun Run!

We are excited to announce a new event and fundraiser this year called the Teller – Apex Fun Run! The Apex Fun Run will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, January 31st at 2:00pm where they will receive pledge kits.

Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to hear about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness in the classes.  

The Apex Fun Run is for every student regardless of financial giving. All students will receive Apex bands, race-day lap counters, and team awards. We invite all parents to come to the Apex Fun Run and share in this great event!  The times for the Apex Fun Run are as follows:

  • Fun Run 1: Friday, February 10th @ 8:30am  (ECE, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades)
  • Fun Run 2: Friday, February 10th @ 9:35am  (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades)

More information will be coming home next week!

crossing guard

Volunteer as a Crossing Guard!

Teller is in very real need of additional volunteer crossing guards in the morning and afternoon. If you are able to help out for a few minutes a day between 7:45am-8:15am or 2:55pm-3:15pm, please let Dee know, or sign up right now. You’ll be helping to keep all of our kids safe!


This summer, Teller will be one of the Summer Academy sites! We’re very excited to have this opportunity to host learners from our school and community, in order to help support language and literacy development. Some Summer Academy registration forms have already been sent home with students, and more will be sent home in the next couple of weeks. If you lost your registration form, don’t panic! We have extras in the Teller office. If you’re interested in having your student attend, please complete the form and return it to school as soon as you can.

Summer Academy this year will run from June 12th – July 7th. If you have a student that qualifies for the Summer Academy who also has a younger sibling, they are welcome to come as well, as long as they’re school aged!


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 16th
    • NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • No Tiger Voices
  • Tuesday, January 17th
    • Enrichment Session 2 Registration Opens
    • 7:15am Morning Band
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 3:15pm Basketball Practice
    • 3:15pm Beginning Band
    • 4:15pm Girls Scouts
    • 6:00pm Navigators
    • 6:10pm PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, January 18th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
  • Thursday, January 19th
    • 7:15am Jazz Band
    • 3:00pm Student Council Meeting
    • 3:15pm Advanced Band
    • 4:00pm Basketball Game at Teller
    • 5:30pm Teller Open House
  • Friday, January 20th
    • “Street Store” Donations for the Gathering Place due to the Library
    • Fire Safety Day at Teller
    • 9:00am Teller School Tour
    • 3:15am Shakespeare Practice
  • Tuesday, January 24th
    • Last day to open a Parent Portal Account for CHOICE Round 1
  • Tuesday, January 31st
    • CHOICE Round 1 Closes