March 2nd Thursday Folder

Posted 03/02/2017

Student Opportunities

Dear DPS Community,
There have been several cases of the Mumps virus reported in Colorado within the last few weeks. We are sharing the attached Mumps alert so that you have information on the signs and symptoms of this virus and ways to stop it from spreading.
Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with the saliva of an infected person, such as by sharing cups or eating utensils. Mumps exposure may occur in any public place such as churches, schools, grocery stores and recreation centers. It is important that only students who are symptom-free of illness attend school.
The best way to prevent students from catching the Mumps is to have them immunized with the MMR vaccine. There are many local agencies that provide free or low cost immunization clinics. For more information regarding these clinics or your student’s immunization record(s), please contact the school nurse.
DPS has not been notified of any outbreaks within our schools, so we are hopeful that the impact to our community will be minimal. We maintain close communication with the state and local public health agencies. We will provide you with additional information as it becomes available.
Thank you,
Student Equity and Opportunity


Important Notice to Parents and Guardians
February 10, 2017
The school administration would like to inform you about an increase in mumps cases in Colorado. As of February 8, there have been 27 cases of mumps in Colorado, and this number is expected to grow. In order to minimize the spread of mumps in schools, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has asked us to provide the following information.
Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling of one or more salivary glands, a low-grade fever, and headache. Typically, persons with mumps have swelling of the parotid gland located in the cheek area near the ear and at the back angle of the jaw. Some people with mumps infection will have no symptoms at all. Severe complications from mumps are rare, but can include swelling of the brain, inflammation of the ovaries or testicles, or deafness.
Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with the saliva of an infected person, such as by sharing cups or eating utensils. Symptoms of mumps usually develop 16 to 18 days after being around someone with mumps. People infected with mumps can spread the virus from 2 days before through 5 days after gland swelling develops.
Please contact your child’s healthcare provider if your child develops any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck. If the health care provider thinks your child has mumps, he/she can be tested for mumps and must stay home for 5 days after gland swelling begins.
All students (kindergarten through 12th grade) are required to have two valid doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine for school entry, unless a vaccine exemption has been filed. MMR vaccine is usually given at 12-15 months of age with another dose given at school entry (4-6 years of age). Persons born prior to 1957 probably had mumps disease and are likely immune to mumps.
Please review your child’s immunization record to make sure your child has the right number of valid MMR vaccinations (1 vaccine if in pre-school and 2 vaccines if in kindergarten through college). If you need assistance locating your child’s immunization record, contact your healthcare provider or call the Colorado Immunization Information System at 303-692-2437 or 1-888-611-9918. Contact your child’s health care provider or local health department if your child needs an MMR vaccination.
People who have received two doses of the MMR vaccine are about nine times less likely to get mumps than unvaccinated people when exposed to mumps. However, some people who receive two doses of MMR can still get mumps, especially if they have prolonged, close contact with someone who has the disease. If a vaccinated person does get mumps, they usually have less severe illness than an unvaccinated person.
If mumps affects your school and your child is not appropriately vaccinated, he/she could be excluded from school for 25 or more days depending on how many people have mumps at the school.

Class Picture Day on Wednesday, March 15th



Class Pictures are coming up! Order forms will go home next Thursday, March 9th.

All students will be included in the class picture, even if they’re not ordering a picture themselves. Please help them look their best!


For the Safety of our Students and School, we ask that all visitors use the Front Door and CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE.

Please don’t let people in at any doors in the school – you can politely ask them to go to the front door to be buzzed in, so we can be sure that all guests can check in at the office. This is to promote the safety of all students (including your own!). Please help us do our best to protect our school.

Math Night at Teller


Monday, March 6

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come learn what your child is learning in their classroom!

  • Grade-level teachers will discuss what math looks like for each grade level in the library
  • Parents are welcome to visit your child’s current grade-level and/or next year’s grade-level
  • Scholars can come and play fun math games

We hope to see you there!


East High School performing Hairspray


Come out and support East High School’s Theatre Company! They will be performing “Hairspray” on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7:00pm, and again on March 5th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $8 for students, and $15 for adults. You can purchase tickets using the link below:

“Hairspray” tickets

Save The Date for Tellerpalooza 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 for more info or about volunteering with Tellerpalooza! – Emily Port and Kristina Reilly



Trimester 2 Awards Ceremonies – Monday, March 20th

Award Ceremony Times and Locations
ECE 9:15am to 9:45am In the Classroom
KG See Teacher for Times In the Classroom
1st 10:30am to 11:00am Auditorium
2nd 9:50am to 10:20am Auditorium
3rd 12:45pm to 1:15pm Auditorium
4th 2:15pm to 2:45pm Auditorium
5th 1:30pm to 2:00pm Auditorium


GT Testing – Round 2!


If you’re seeking to have your student participate in the GT/HGT Testing coming up, please visit the link below to register for the GT/HGT test this spring.

Sign Up for GT/HGT Test Here


Teller PTA Fundraising Committee Wants to Hear from You

All parents, caregivers, and staff are invited to take 5-7 minutes to provide some feedback on how we are doing this year in our Teller fundraising efforts. We’d love to find out more about what you like and don’t like and hear your suggestions for improvement for next year. The survey will be up through the March 24th. Paper copies will be available in the office also. Thank you in advance for your contribution! Contact with any questions or additional feedback.


Fundraising Feedback Survey

Teller PTA Fundraising Committee Meeting

Do you have great ideas? Come share your brilliance and give your feedback directly to our committee. Join us on Saturday, March 18th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. We’ll be reviewing upcoming fundraising events and volunteer opportunities. All are welcome to attend. Contact Kelly Bruen at to RSVP and for the location.


2017-2018 PTA Elections

Are you passionate about what happens at Teller? Do you want to meet other parents who share that passion and have FUN? Consider helping our kids and our school in one of the most rewarding ways and Run for 2017-2018 PTA Executive Office!
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The Teller Backpack Friends need donations and volunteers!


The Teller Backpack Friends does a phenomenal job of supporting and providing necessary items to members of the Teller Family that are in need. They collect food items, toiletries and baby products to send home with families each week, to help ensure that our scholars and their families aren’t lacking over the weekend and breaks.

Some of the items that are consistently needed are: Dollar Store sizes of peanut butter, jelly and cereal. Safeway for dried milk. They always need smaller sizes and no glass – they put it all to good use; but these requirements work best for the children. Any fruit or fresh veggies are a real treat. We have 69 people in our program They’d like to say thank you for everything our community does! All donations should be dropped off at the Backpack Room, which is on the 2nd floor, just past the office, near the elevator.

If you’d like to sign up for a volunteer shift, dates and hours that need volunteers can be found on the SignUp Genius HERE. 


APEX Fun Run Pledges

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Apex Fun Run! Right now, we have collected 62% of the money pledged, our goal is 100%. Please help us by making sure that all sponsors have paid online or by check. You can check to see who has paid by going to the “My Pledges” tab for your student at Letters were sent home in the Thursday Folders this week to those who have additional sponsors that have not yet paid. If you received a letter and have already paid, please disregard. Thanks for making this a great success!

 Girls On the Run – Registration OPENGirls on the Run

A friendly reminder that registration for Girls on the Run is OPEN! The season starts the week of March 6th. Sign up here: or message for more details!

Discovery Link Camp Announcements

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It’s almost March and that means Spring Break is right around the corner! Laurel, our program specialist, will be running camp at Bromwell Elementary from March 27th – March 30th (no camp Friday March 31st). Register here!

Additional camp locations can also be found on the Discovery Link Website.

Non-contact Day- April 3rd. The Monday after spring break is a teacher prep day, but there will be a Discovery Day available- with a field trip to the Denver Zoo!

Register here!

Summer Camp! Registration packets are available on the Discovery Link website and registrations will be accepted starting March 1st. They can be handed in at the Discovery Link office in the cafeteria during program hours or to Gabby at the front desk.

Don’t forget to check out our first annual Summer Opportunities Fair on March 15th from 6-8pm to learn more about summer camp options for your child in the Denver Metro Area! Over 25 providers will be in attendance, so far!


2nd Annual Congress Park Earth Day Festival

Green Team_0Think Globally, Act Locally!

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Outdoors at Capitol Heights Faith Communities

1100 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206

About the Festival

Congress Park Neighbors Green Team presents a free Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public, and will be held outdoors at Capitol Heights Faith Communities on 1100 Fillmore Street. This year’s theme is “Think Globally, Act Locally!”

The Earth Day Festival is an important part of our team’s efforts as part of the Denver Sustainable Neighborhood Network. At the festival, we’ll be showcasing the projects we’ve started and recruiting volunteers to expand their reach. This is a wonderful chance for neighbors to come out and meet each other, and learn what we can each do to make an impact in our neighborhood. The festival will feature art, music and hands-on activities at exhibitor booths.

Many thanks to our Summit Sponsor, Capitol Heights Faith Communities, for providing meeting space and venue space for the festival and Green Team.

Reminder: School Drop-Off Zone

Please drop students off on Jackson Street at the DOUBLE GATES TO THE PLAYGROUND.

Please observe the following directions to ensure a safe and secure drop off for all students:

  • Cars must be traveling south on Jackson St
  • Please avoid Garfield Street if at all possible (see map for drop off approach paths.)
  • Students  should be on the passenger side of the vehicle and be prepared to jump out quickly upon arrival.
  • Cars should stop only long enough to allow student(s) to safely exit the vehicle.
  • Parent/adult/driver MUST remain in the vehicle.
  • Cars exiting drop off should continue to 10th before turning west to avoid other school traffic.DropOffMap-01

 Download the Teller App


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”

16-17 Yearbook ad flyer

Summer Opps Fair

 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 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 sign off on volunteer sheets!

Love and Logic Class

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 2nd
    • 7:15am Jazz Band
    • 3:15pm Advanced Band
  • Friday, March 3rd
    • 9:30am 4th Grade to Ameritowne
    • 10:00am ECE to CanLand
  • Monday, March 6th
    • 4:00pm Family Math Night
  • Tuesday, March 7th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 5:00pm CSC Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 8th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 6:00pm Love and Logic Parenting Class (Free Childcare!)
  • Thursday, March 9th
    • 3:15pm Student Council
  • Monday, March 13th
    • 1:30pm 4th & 5th Grade Author Visit in the Auditorium
    • 5:00pm DCTA Bargaining Meeting at North HS
  • Tuesday, March 14th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 9:30am Mazooji/Evans Field Trip
    • 3:15pm Chess Club
    • 4:15pm Girl Scouts
    • 6:00pm Navigators
  • Wednesday, March 15th
    • 7:20am PiQ Math
    • 6:00pm Love and Logic Parenting Class in the Library
    • 6:00pm Summer Camp Fair in the Cafeteria
  • Thursday, March 16th
    • 9:00pm Kinder Field Trip
  • Friday, March 17th
    • ECE Students ONLY – No School