Thursday, October 25, 2018

DCIS Connect (Oct. 25-31, 2018)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

October 25-31, 2018

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


  • Italy Trip Meeting: TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 pm, DCIS (follow signs to meeting location in the school) 
  • Middle School Halloween Dance: Friday, Oct. 26, 6-8 pm
  • SOS: 6th Grade, Monday, Oct. 29, 2 pm, DCIS Community Room
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room


  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Nov. 1, 8–9:15 am
  • Japanese Culture Day: Saturday, November 3, 1-5 pm, University of Denver Sturm Hall
  • School Picture Retakes: Monday, Nov. 5, 8 am–3 pm
  • 8th Grade Career Fair: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 am–3 pm, National Western Complex
  • SPF Forum with Principal McCorquodale: Learn about our most recent School Performance Framework results and related plans, ask questions and hear what other parents have to say. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6–7 pm, DCIS Cafeteria. Spanish interpretation provided. More info to come.
  • SOS: 9th Grade, Monday, Nov. 12, 2 pm, DCIS Community Room
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Nov. 12, 4-8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play: "Nosferatu: The Legend of Dracula," Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17, 6-8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee: Thursday, Nov. 15, DCIS Community Room
  • Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23; school resumes Monday, Nov. 26
  • 8th Grade Open House: (for current 8th grade students and families) Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium 

We need parents to chaperone at and provide snacks for the Middle School Halloween Dance and Haunted House TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 26, 6-8 pm. Parents can drop off snack donations in the office today or tomorrow (Thursday or Friday) or at the dance on Friday evening with Ms. Rodriquez. If you would like to chaperone, either email Ms. Rodriquez to let her know or just come with your student to the dance — the more the merrier! The cost for the dance is $5, and each visit to the haunted house is $1. It is a crazy good time, and the kids have a ton of fun! All are welcome to join us.

Looking for families to host students from Brazil, Nov. 17–25. Please email Linnea Chruscielski at US-Brazil Connect or call her at 720-338-8839 if interested. You can also sign up online here.


The following trips are on the books and looking for participants. Please email any of the teachers listed for more information.
New trips forming! There will be an important parent/student informational meeting about the Italy trip TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 pm at DCIS. If you are interested or have any questions or are just curious about the trip, please check out the flyer and come to the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested, please contact Dave Tabano for more information.

Also, CIEE is looking for participants for its high-quality programs for high school students. Last year, DCIS, currently the only CIEE partner school in Colorado, sent eight students to France, Ghana, Ireland and Japan and gave them a total of almost $25,000 in scholarships! Follow this link to learn more.

Building on the success of last year's Dia de los Muertos carnival, Su Teatro's Cultural Arts Education Institute (CAEI) will host Altares Vivos (Live Altars) for the Day of the Dead on Friday, Nov. 2, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. All the events for Dia de los Muertos are family-friendly and will include performances by local musicians, El Teatro VolARTE and Aztec dancers. Youth-oriented activities will include games, face painting, theater workshops, performances, and arts and crafts for all (including sugar skull decorating and papel picado creation). There will be plenty of Mexican hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and other candy and treats on hand.

Su Teatro needs your help to make this event as successful as it can be. Join us Nov. 2, 4–9 pm, for some FREE fun (and special event credit for students!) and to help out if you can (community service credit for students!)! If you'd like to volunteer, please email
Mayra or call 303-296-0219.

A day of giving is a great way to start off the holidays while benefiting your community, earning community service credit and having fun! Join Philanthropy Field Trips and History Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 am–noon, to:
  • Decorate bags used to deliver meals to people with life-threatening illnesses for Project Angel Heart
  • Make kindness cards for families torn apart by immigration detention, who are being reunited by Casa de Paz
  • Make toys for rescued dogs through 2 Blondes All Breed
  • Put together care packages for the Close to Home Network
  • Create thank-you cards for firefighters and others
The Blue Bench will have a resources table where older kids and their families can learn more about healthy relationships and boundaries through games and information. 

All participants will receive FREE admission to the museum, which has some wonderful exhibits, including Play Ball! Sign up here to get all the details, or call Michelle at 720-854-8401 for more information.

Tami Schmidt: Middle school
Melisa Springsteen: High school last names A-J
Ted Brugman: High school last names K-Z

8th Grade Parents: Your student recently took a Career Cluster assessment in Naviance, which enabled them to discover careers and opportunities in a field of interest. These results are going to be used in the upcoming weeks as all DPS 8th graders will attend the districtwide career fair on Tuesday, Nov. 6. There, they'll have a fantastic opportunity to meet with various businesses and organizations and to visit with representatives from various DPS high schools, as the time to decide where they will enroll for 9th grade is quickly approaching. They'll also be able to talk with postsecondary institutions and colleges at the fair, so they can begin to connect how their interests, aptitudes and pathways can be applied to their education after graduation from high school.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, is Colorado Free College Application Day!!! Students can apply to Colorado colleges for free if they click Submit on any applications they complete on this day. More info here.
Missed FAFSA Night? Check out 
other FAFSA Nights in the district
Other Senior Stuff
November 15, 16, 17 at 6 pm in the Auditorium  
Buy your tickets online or at the door. Students $5, Adults $8




DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook 
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

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