Thursday, August 25, 2016

Welcome to the DCIS Connect Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
August 25–31, 2016

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)

Welcome to the 2016–2017 school year! Every Thursday, you'll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It's also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

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Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to

  • FREE PIZZA! DCIS students, faculty and staff: Dine in at Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 11 am–10 pm, and get one free pizza or other menu item when you show your school ID or the flyer found here.
  • DCIS TRAVEL CENTER opens Monday, Aug. 29.
  • PTSA LEADERSHIP DINNER: Sunday, Aug. 28, 5:30–7:30 pm. Want to meet other parents and learn about leadership opportunities? Find out more and RSVP here.
  • DCIS CONNECT COMMUNICATIONS TEAM MEETING, Tuesday, Aug. 30, Racine's, 650 Sherman St., Denver, 6–8 pm. Anyone interested in supporting and expanding communications at DCIS is welcome. RSVP here.

  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT! Tuesday, Sept. 13. More details soon!
  • 2017 SPRING BREAK LONDON TRIP PARENT MEETING for 8th–12th graders: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium. Contact for more info.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SOFTBALL PRACTICE: Tuesday, Sept. 6,  and Thursday, Sept. 8, 3:30–5 pm 
  • DCIS FAMILY NIGHT: Tuesday, Sept. 20. Details in next week's newsletter.
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2–4 pm; applications due Oct. 23.

Advocate…helper…collaborator…humanitarian…philanthropist…influencer…leader…supporter…  If any of these words describe you or what you aspire to be, DCIS has some wonderful and fulfilling ways for you to be involved. To "raise your hand," click on the appropriate link below, and the PTSA will add you to the mix:
Want to become a PTSA member by paying dues online? Annual dues are $10 for adults, $5 for students. (Please put the name of the member(s) in the Purpose field.) Click here to pay for your membership.

SOFTBALL (Middle School Girls)
Want to play softball? Join us for practice on the DCIS field on:
  • Sept. 6, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Sept. 8, 3:30-5:00 pm
A completed physical form by a student's doctor or local clinic is required prior to participation. Forms are required for all DPS sports, and can be accessed by clicking:  
Completed forms can be turned in at practice or emailed to Coach Lineman at Don't hesitate to reach out with questions. It's going to be an exciting season ... come out and join us!
The Young Artist Studio is the free after-school activated space at the Center for Visual Art (open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm). Located in the Art District at 965 Santa Fe Drive, this off-campus Metropolitan State University of Denver gallery offers access to contemporary art, high-quality materials and instruction, and a space just for young artists. Additional information and registration here.

Our sincerest thanks to James, Brennon and the rest of the custodial staff for their collaboration in getting our school ready for the new year, which included lots of moving, debris removal, cleaning and polishing, and assisting with the School Beautification Team on its various projects.
Nominate Someone for a Shout-Out
If you see a student, staff or family member demonstrating one or more of the DCIS Phoenix values (integrity, high expectations, diversity, collaborative culture, reflection), consider nominating them for a Shout-Out in our next newsletter. Send an email to indicating the person's name, what they did, what Phoenix value that demonstrates and your name. Feel free to include a photo too! You can also nominate via the DCIS Connect app under Submit>Shout Out.


We've moved! The Travel Center is now located in room 204. But our services are the same: help with finding appropriate travel opportunities, facilitate exchanges, provide support for our DCIS exchange students, offer short-term hosting opportunities and promote all things global!

New Hours of Operation
  • Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
  • Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Stop by or make an appointment to "talk travel"!

Be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website for up-to-date information on school trips, travel scholarship opportunities, US State Department Programs (full stipend!), Lunchtime Information Sessions, and more. Please "Like" the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page for information, photos, student travel, as well as interesting tips and facts about travel!


SUMMER IN EUROPE? START HERE: Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable not-for-profit program of 3-week to 3-month short-term language immersion and cultural exchanges for children and teens (between 9 and 17) to learn French in France, German in Germany and Spanish in Spain. Open to qualifying English-speaking students in Colorado and the US.
Information meeting on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2–4 pm (Sam Gary Library, Stapleton: 2961 Roslyn St., Denver, CO 80238). Everyone welcome. RSVP here.

Sign up for our newsletter here or start your adventure by applying here. Applications due by Sunday, Oct. 23. Learn more at Adolesco's website

Host families are needed to accommodate Yamagata Prefecture College of Agriculture (YPCA) students for a weekend. Sept. 2–5 (Friday evening through Monday morning) 
Are you interested in:
  • Welcoming Japanese college students (ages 19–21) into your home?
  • Sharing your life and talking about American culture?
  • Enjoying your weekend with visitors?
  • Making friends with young people from Japan?
Then please consider hosting 2 students per family (they can share a room). You would need to pick them up and drop them off at a designated meeting point in Denver and provide 3 meals a day, and would receive a $200 stipend (2 students/3 nights). For more information about hosting, please contact Yumi or Maki at MEM Travel, Inc., 303-295-1300 or
Students, parents and staff: Submit your best guess to the question below. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card! The winner will be announced in next week's DCIS Connect newsletter.
The favorite vegetable of Mr. Muñoz, DCIS social studies teacher, is:
     A. Brussels sprouts
     B. Corn on the cob
     C. Nopales (cactus)
     D. Tomatoes  
To submit your answer and enter the contest, click here.

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