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.
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 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!
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.
Monday, March 6
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Come learn what your child is learning in their classroom!
We hope to see you there!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or about volunteering with Tellerpalooza! – Emily Port and Kristina Reilly
|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|
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.
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 email@example.com to RSVP and for the location.
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!
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.
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 www.apexfunrun.com. 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!
A friendly reminder that registration for Girls on the Run is OPEN! The season starts the week of March 6th. Sign up here: www.girlsontherunrockies.org or message firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
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!
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!
Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Outdoors at Capitol Heights Faith Communities
1100 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206
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:
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”
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 email@example.com. Please keep in mind that space is limited!