January 19th Thursday Folder

Posted 01/19/2017

Be Part of Something Big.

A morning vanilla latte costs $5. If you gave that up just once every two weeks, you could make a monthly contribution to Simply Giving and help keep great programs like these at Teller!  Your donation goes from the PTA into the school’s general budget, helping fund programs like art, music, drama, the library, and more. Sign up today: http://teller.dpsk12.org/donate/
Simply Giving. Simply Necessary.



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 – What’s Going On?

DL Newsletter

Childcare For No-School Days: Discovery Link Dismissal Days

Discovery Link offers full day programming on most DPS Teacher Planning and Assessment days (Discovery Days) and holds full day camps during several days of the holiday breaks (Discovery Camp). Learn More>

Enrichment Session 2 – Catalogs available NOW!

Registration for Enrichment Session 2 opened on Monday, January 17th and will close on January 31st. Enrichment Catalogs were sent home before break that included all available classes (these are also available in the link below). You can register online for your Enrichment classes by visiting the Enrichment page on the Teller website, or by clicking the link below. If you need assistance, you can always stop by the Discovery Link office after 2pm, or you can call or email Laurel, the Program Specialist.

Laurel: 720-424-3574

Email: laurel_hollenbaugh@dpsk12.org

Enrichment Session 2 Course Catalog

Enrichment Online Registration

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


LAST CHANCE to turn in donations for the “Street Store”! You can drop off donations to the Library, if you’d like to help support The Gathering Place in their quest to provide basic necessities for the homeless in Denver.

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



CSC Personnel Hiring Committee – Nominations Due 1/26

The CSC is seeking up to 2 committed, passionate parents to serve as representatives on our Personnel Hiring Committee.  No previous personnel hiring experience is required. The hiring committee is an annual advisory committee made up of the principal, 3 teachers elected by the staff and up to 2 parents appointed by the CSC members. If you are interested, please complete the form at the link below, and return to Gabby in the Main Office by 12:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 26th. For complete information and the form, please see:


Fun Run

Teller – Apex Fun Run is Coming. Kickoff is January 31st!

The Apex Fun Run fundraiser will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, January 31st at 2:00pm where kiddos will receive pledge kits.

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)

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.  

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!



Last Call for January Box Tops

Turn them in by the end of January to be counted! Please trim them, check expiration dates and put then in an envelope or sandwich bag with your teachers name on it, or they will be credited to the office! Send them to school with your kids, to turn in in their class or in the main office.

The Spring competition will start on Feb 1 and run through Friday May 26th. We will distribute clearly marked snack size ziplock bags in ALL Thursday folders early in Feb so look out for those (Inspired by Ms Guyer).

NOTE: With 369…The OFFICE is currently winning the “Pajama day and winners choice movie” prize…but they are not out of reach. Ms Kairys is in second with 332 and third place is Ms Sparks with 327…it is anyone’s game!!

Please ask your family, friends and neighbors for their box tops to help TELLER!

Every box top is worth 10cents for OUR school!

Here are the current standings for the school wide BOX TOPS competition.

Teacher Grade Dec Place
Becky Archuleta ECE
Mara Gras ECE 32 15
Nazreen Moloo K
Mallory Kairys K 332 2
Michelle Lang K 88 13
Ryan Archuleta 1st 196 5
Carly Evans 1st 206 4
Mariam Mazooji 1st 0
Siri Amster 2nd 136 8
Rachel Ptaszek 2nd 92 12
Sam Oginni 2nd 38
Rebecca Sparks 3rd 327 3
Juli Guyer 3rd 193 6
Stephanie Chesla 3rd 135 9
Claire Jimenez 4th 106 11
Lisa Bornstein 4th 157 7
Patrick Kraft 4th 0
Sara Singh 5th 112 10
Katy Sackett 5th 67 14
Rachel Slivnick 5th 0
Kandi Bergdoll MI 12 16
Office 369 1

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • Monday, January 23rd
    • 7:15am Citywide Band Rehearsal
    • 3:15pm Tiger Voices
    • 4:15pm Basketball Game at Amesse Elementary
    • 5:00pm PUBLIC CSC Budget Meeting (with Free Childcare!)
  • Tuesday, January 24th
    • Last day to open a Parent Portal Account for CHOICE Round 1
    • 7:15am Morning Band
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 3:15pm Beginning Band
    • 3:15pm Basketball Practice
    • 6:00pm Navigators
  • Wednesday, January 25th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 8:15am Ms. Guyer’s Class to Balarat
  • Thursday, January 26th
    • 7:15am Jazz Band
    • 3:15pm Advanced Band
    • 3:15pm Basketball Practice
  • Friday, January 27th
    • 9:00am Teller School Tour
    • 3:15pm Shakespeare Practice
  • Monday, January 30th
    • Fun Run Fundraiser begins
    • 7:15am Citywide Band Rehearsal
    • 9:30am ECE Field Trip to RAFT
    • 3:15pm Tiger Voices
  • Tuesday, January 31st
    • CHOICE Round 1 Closes
    • Enrichment Registration Closes