May 11th Thursday Folder

Posted 05/11/2017

Dear Teller Families,

You may have heard about a new Netflix series titled 13 Reasons Why. The series is about a high school student who takes her own life. Although the series is fictional, young people may relate to the experiences shared in the series. 13 Reasons Why is popular amongst middle and high school students. Yet, we are hearing from school districts across the nation that some younger people are viewing the shows as well. We do not recommend this series for elementary-aged students. I am writing to inform you about 13 Reasons Why and its possible impact on our students. Again, 13 Reasons Why is gaining popularity. We have concerns that the series may increase thoughts of suicide among students.

The show is based on a novel and the story of 17-year-old girl who takes her own life. She leaves behind 13 recordings explaining the reasons why she chose to commit suicide. While the show brings up the importance of talking about suicidal thoughts, it portrays situations where youth are dealing with serious issues, from bullying to sexual assault, without getting support from adults.

Denver Public Schools teaches the Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum in sixth and ninth grades across the district. We also have mental health staff available for our elementary schools. The SOS curriculum focuses on supporting students to identify warning signs of depression or thoughts of suicide and to make a report to a trusted adult for support. Our school psychologists, school nurses, social workers and counselors are trained in suicide prevention and supports and, unlike some of the adults in 13 Reasons Why, take all reports seriously.

You may wish to discuss the series, or thoughts of suicide, with your student. Talk to your student about what they can do if they have a friend who is expressing thoughts about hurting themselves. As we discuss in the SOS curriculum, teach your student to acknowledge if they have a problem, be caring and tell an adult. Remind your student that there is help available if they ever feel sad or depressed. Be sure your student has the hotline numbers listed below.

Please consider the age and developmental stage of your student before allowing them to watch the show. We do not recommend that students with a history of suicidal thoughts, depression or mental health concerns watch 13 Reasons Why. If you do allow your child to watch this series, we recommend you watch it with them and discuss it afterwards.

If your student has warning signs of depression or suicide, don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk. Instead, it decreases the risk by providing an opportunity for help.

If your child needs assistance, please reach out to your school mental health staff.

Helpful Resources
Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 844-493-8255, or Text TALK to 38255
National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255
Safe2Tell at 877-542-7233
Trevor Project Hotline for Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth 866-488-7386

National Association of School Psychologists Considerations for Educators:

Dear Teller families,

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to let you know that I have been given the opportunity to continue my work and my relationships at Teller Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year. I will be continuing in my current role as GT Specialist.

We have work to do to push our progr+am to new limits, and I know that Mrs. Bates is committed to ensuring that the HGT/GT program is able to flourish and thrive now and in the future.

So many of you have stopped me in the hall, written me notes, and sent me emails. I have appreciated your kind thoughts and sentiments. Thank you so much for making it so hard to leave Teller, and so easy to stay!

Rivian Bass

5th Grade Balarat Trip – Medication Forms needed!

Our 2017 Balarat field trip is just around the corner. I am writing you to learn about any medications that your child takes at home. As we will need doctor’s orders if you would like those medications to be given during this field trip. I have attached the general medication order that you can take to your child’s doctor. Keep in mind these need to be returned to the school as soon as possible with both your signature and your child’s medical provider’s signature. Should you have questions, feel free to contact me by phone or email.

Emilie Law RN, BSN
Rachel Compton-Overbey, Health Tech
Phone: (720) 424-3588

If you know your student will need to take medications that aren’t currently on file at school while on the Balarat Trip, you can print the attached forms out and bring directly to your doctor.

Student Med Treatment Release Agreement - Eng 17-18

Medication Release SPANISH

Asthma Action Plan - Albuterol Med Order
Anaphylaxis Action Plan -Epinephrine Med Order



Teller Field Day is coming soon!  Please join the students, staff and community on Wednesday, May 17th for sports, games and fun.  The 3rd, 4th, 5th graders will have field day 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.

The Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd graders will have field day 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Please help our students be prepared for the day with proper shoes and clothing, water bottles and sunscreen. See you there!

ECE will be having their own “Fun in the Sun” day on Friday, May 19th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. You can join them for lots of water fun on the field!

Garden Cleanup!!

Red wellied feet digging the veg patch over with a garden fork. Close-up with narrow depth of field, focussed on bridge of the fork.

Teller Students and Teachers are excited to start planting in the Garden starting the week of May 8th.   In order to do that they need YOUR HELP!

If you are planting your own garden this spring and have an extra plant or seeds to donate please let us know!   We would also love some flower bulbs for fall planting if you are cleaning out your beds and have extra.

Please contact the garden leader Jennifer Baptiste at or 617-947-5315 with questions.

Yearbooks are still available – for a limited time only!!


We still have some yearbooks that haven’t been claimed! If you’re interested in a Teller 2016-2017 Yearbook, you should come in to the Office and order one ASAP!

Save the Date: Registration for 2017-18 School Year

Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year: all families must complete registration – you can either complete it online (instructions to come), or you can come in person on one of the two dates below:

  • Tuesday, August 8th  from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9th from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The office staff will be returning from summer break on July 31st.
Reminder post cards should be received the first week of August.

 Teller Music Program Announcements:

Hello First and Second Grade Families,

On Tuesday, May 16th the 1st and 2nd grade students will present A Celebration of Color and Sound from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.  This show will begin with our 1st grade students who will present original group compositions to represent moods.  They will be wearing costumes made from pipe cleaners that they created in art to add the color to their performance.  We are asking that the students wear either black or white shirts without writing to complement their costumes.

This performance will begin at 4:00 PM.  Students will meet outside the 1st grade classes on the first floor in the hall after the bell rings for the end of the day.  We will get them in costumes and lined up.  1st Grade families may go directly to the auditorium to await the performance.  The first two rows as well as the side row will be reserved for the 1st grade classes.  The rest of the seating will be available for families.  The show will begin promptly at 4:00 and should only last a half an hour.  After the show the 1st graders will take their costumes with them and will need to exit the auditorium.   Then we invite you and your family to proceed to the gym for our art show where you can view and purchase your child’s original art.

The second half of our program will be presented by our 2nd grade.  The students have prepared three contemporary rock songs as well as boxes to represent their songs and personalities.   2nd grade students need to report to the auditorium at 4:45.  Mr. Oginni and Ms. Amster’s classes will go directly to their seats in the two rows and side rows in the auditorium and Mrs. Ptaszek’s class will go directly to their places on the stage.  Once all the 2nd graders are in place we will begin our show promptly at 5:00 PM.  This show should only last a half hour.

2nd Graders, please do not enter the auditorium until after the 1st grade show is over this way we do not disrupt their portion of the show.  We ask that 2nd grade families that get to the show early please come to the art show in the gym first starting at 4:00  and then proceed to the auditorium when the 1st grade show is letting out.

Students in second grade can wear their favorite outfit to represent them.

Remember don’t forget to stop by the All School Art Show in the Gym anytime from 4-6 PM!!!!

Thank you all so much for your support.  If you have any questions please contact me at or you can call me at the number below.

Thank you,
Jennifer Bartos
Theater and Music Specialist
Teller Elementary

1st and 2nd grade poster

May 23 is the “Concert on the Playground” from 5:00-7:00
We will have our final choir, band and violin’s concert.  This will be an outdoor concert weather permitting.  We will perform on the playground.  Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy some amazing Teller music.  We will also present all the awards for the 2016-2017 after school music programs.  We ask that families bring a cookies to share following our concert to celebrate our amazing students.

Talent show poster


Teller Elementary Art Show – May 16th




East High Arts Walk – Thursday, May 11th


Kids Yoga Flyer

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!

Contact Kristina Reilly at for info about volunteering with Tellerpalooza!

You can purchase ticket packages here.

Wall-Of-Wine-1 (5)

5th Grade Continuation


5th Grade Continuation will be on Wednesday, May 31st from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Morey Middle School Auditorium.

We’re excited to celebrate our outstanding 5th graders, and give them a proper send-off as they transition to Middle Schoolers!

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday, May 12th
    • 9:15am to 1:00pm 1st Grade to the Denver Zoo
    • 5:15pm to 7:15pm Teller Choir Sings at the Rockies Game
  • Monday, May 15th
    • 1:00pm to 3:00pm 3rd Grade Author Visit
    • 3:15pm to 4:15pm Tiger Voices
    • 5:00pm to 8:00pm DCTA Bargaining Meeting
    • 5:30pm to 6:30pm 3rd Grade Author Visit
  • Tuesday, May 16th
    • 7:15am to 8:00am 5th Grade Pomp and Circumstance Practice
    • 4:00pm to 4:40pm 1st Grade Celebration of Color and Sound
    • 5:00pm to 5:40pm 2nd Grade Celebration of Color and Sound
    • 4:00pm to 6:00pm All School Art Show
    • 6:10pm to 7:00pm PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, May 17th
    • 7:40am to 8:15am Volunteer Breakfast
    • 8:30am to 11:30am Field Day for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
    • 12:30pm to 2:30pm Field Day for Kinder, 1st and 2nd Grades
  • Thursday, May 18th
    • 5th Grade to Balarat
    • 7:15am to 8:05am Jazz Band
    • 3:15pm to 4:15pm Advanced Band
  • Friday, May 19th
    • 5th Grade back from Balarat
    • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 3rd Grade Field Trip to DMNS
    • 3:15pm to 4:00pm Beginning Violin
    • 3:15pm to 4:45pm Intermediate Violin
  • Monday, May 22nd
    • 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tiger Voices
  • Tuesday, May 23rd
    • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Girl Scouts
    • 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Teller Concert on the Playground
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Navigators
  • Wednesday, May 24th
    • 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Teller Talent Show Auditions
  • Thursday, May 25th
    • 7:15 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. Jazz Band
    • 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Teller Talent Show Auditions
  • Friday, May 26th
    • Favorite Character Day
    • 1:00pm to 2:30pm ECE Fun in the Sun
    • 3:00 p.m. Talent Show Results Posted
  • Saturday, May 27th
    • 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tellerpalooza at the Bluebird Theater