Thursday, August 17, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (August 17-23, 2017)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
August 17-23, 2017


(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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  • First Day of School: Monday, Aug. 21
  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm 
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/SocialFriday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions)
  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS


  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)  
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm  
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest)
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver 
Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!  

Coming to Taco Night? If you haven't already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food. 

Hope to see you there!!

Dear DCIS Parents,

We are so excited to welcome your children to the 2017-18 school year! We have been busy making plans, strengthening schoolwide systems and planning engaging lessons for your students all week. We can hardly wait until Monday!

As if the first day of school weren't exciting enough, the near-total solar eclipse is happening the same day. Given the significance of such a rare scientific event, we have arranged to have the entire school experience the eclipse safely. At 11:26 am students will go to their advisement classes, where they will receive instructions about viewing safety and a pair of official eclipse viewing glasses that our awesome Science Department had the foresight to order for the entire school, way back in May. Students will spend 30 minutes on the field with their advisement classes and then break for lunch. Students who wish to continue viewing the eclipse during lunch may do so, but we will continue to require that they wear the viewing glasses.

You will receive more information later this week about out eclipse viewing plan. Wishing you and your students a great "last week of summer" before the first day of school on Monday.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We're working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you're interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we'll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or for more info.

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents' houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:
  • Southwest: TBD


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