Thursday, November 8, 2018

DCIS Connect (November 8-14, 2018)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

November 8-14, 2018

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

Hey parents! If you're a business owner who'd like to partner with the school or you're interested in helping us launch a program to approach area businesses as partners to support the school in various ways, please join us at the PTSA board meeting on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2-4 pm at Pizzeria Locale (meeting room), where community and family partnerships will be the focus.

Whether or not you can attend the meeting, if you're interested in being involved with this group, please take a moment to RSVP
here (even if you can't make it, we'll at least get your email address to keep you in the loop on future meetings, volunteer opportunities, etc.). Questions? Email Terri.


  • ADOLESCO Youth Exchange Info MeetingFriday, Nov. 5, 12:45 pm, DCIS Community Room
  • PTSA Board MeetingSunday, Nov. 11, 2-4 pm, Pizzeria Locale Meeting Room, everyone welcome
  • 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
  • Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23; school resumes Monday, Nov. 26
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8-8:45 am, DCIS Community Room
  • Collaborative School Committee: Note new date! Wednesday, Nov. 28, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
  • Cafe con la Directora: Thursday, Nov. 29, 8:30-9:15 am, DCIS Community Room
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-7 pm
  • 8th Grade Open House: (for current 8th grade students and families) Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium 
  • DCIS Drama presents "The R+J Effect": Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6-8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • PTSA Board MeetingSunday, Dec. 9, 2-4 pm, Pizzeria Locale, Meeting Room, everyone welcome
November 15, 16, 17 at 6 pm in the Auditorium  
Buy your tickets online or at the door. Students $5, Adults $8



Congratulations to the following students who had perfect attendance in the first quarter that ended on Oct. 18. They and their parents will get to celebrate their accomplishment with beverages and breakfast danishes on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8-8:45 am in the Cafeteria.

Lia FP.
Stella G.
Myla G.
Matthew K.
Camila K.
Ronald L.
Maria MS.
Caden M.
Beckett NG.
Saphira P.
Leo Q.
Omar R.
Noah S.
Juan C.
Amelia W.
Liliana AP.
Isaiah H.
Sophie L.
Bryan RI.
Jack C.
Peyton H.
Carmen P.
Owen S.
Mical V.
Lukas LJ.
Jesus RE.

DCIS is holding a Thanksgiving food drive to help support families in need in the DCIS community. If you can donate, please send some nonperishable food items with your student starting now through the end of next week (Nov. 16). Students should drop off their items in the collection bin in their advisement classroom. The top two advisements that collect the most items will have a donut party in their advisement on Friday, Nov. 16. Please contact Mr. Washington, Ms. Springsteen, Ms. Schmidt, Mr. Powell or Mr. Brugman with any questions. Thank you for helping to support families in need in the DCIS community!

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.


The November DenverRAP (Resource for Awareness and Prevention) Activity Calendar is out. Take a look at their calendar for all sorts of free family activities around town.

You can also have information about free activities happening in Denver sent directly to your phone by texting "DenverRAP" to 67076.

Meet the ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE rep in the Community Room at DCIS Baker on Friday, Nov. 9, at 2:45 pm for a pizza lunch and an info meeting about its AFFORDABLE exchange program for students in grades 6-12. Adolesco will match your child with a student about their age in France, Germany, Italy or Spain (your choice); you will decide exactly WHEN (whenever suits your family's schedule best) and for HOW LONG (6-12 weeks) you will exchange and host.

The next application DUE DATE is Friday, March 15, 2019, by 5 pm. Matches will be announced by May 2019. Once you are matched, you will have two summers — and the school year in between — to exchange and host. RSVP to Marie at so she can get a pizza count, visit or come to the Community Room to find out more about this exchange program that's open to middle-schoolers too! You can also contact Ms. Bishop in the Travel Center for brochures.

Arrangements are well underway for the 10th Grade Travel Week April 22-26, 2019! Your student has the choice of going to (1) Canyonlands, Utah OR to the YMCA of the Rockies just outside Estes Park, Colorado.

Regardless of the location your student chooses, the purpose of these trips is to have students experience nature and the natural world through the lens of a writer, historian, mathematician and scientist, and the experience will be woven into the 10th-grade curriculum by addressing the following question: "How has the relationship between human beings and the physical and natural world changed and stayed the same over time?"
We strongly encourage ALL 10th graders to go on one of the trips, and we have various fundraising projects underway to ensure that this opportunity is available to all our 10th graders regardless of ability to pay.

Mr. Saller will be the lead teacher for the trip to Canyonlands. The total cost for Canyonlands is $657, which includes:
  • A day trip rafting on the Colorado River
  • Hiking and scrambling up slot canyons to petroglyphs on top of a mesa
  • Sleeping in teepees under a night sky thick with stars
  • Time to explore Professor Creek and the riparian ecosystem
  • Time to relax, journal, read and hang out with friends
  • Creating strong, positive relationships with classmates
Ms. Sandlin will be the lead teacher for the trip to the Estes Park YMCA. The total cost is $285, and it includes:
  • Five days exploring Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and its surroundings
  • Four nights at the YMCA Estes Park lodge
  • Hiking into RMNP on day hikes
  • Outdoor education courses (such as ecology, survival skills and astronomy)
  • Creating strong, positive relationships with classmates
  • Time to relax, journal, read and hang out with friends
You can pay by check (made out to DCIS) or cash to Ms. Hoffman. She suggests the following payment schedule of $48/month for Estes Park and $110/month for Canyonlands (or you can pay in full at any time):
  • October 31
  • November 30
  • December 21
  • January 31
  • February 28
  • March 22
Please contact Marie Meyer if your student needs help with fundraising. We applied to the DCIS Foundation as a group for a scholarship (and this won't affect any individual DCISF application), and we are also accepting donations from our community. Thank you in advance if you are considering a donation! We know from past experiences that 10th Grade Travel Week is a transformational milestone for our students.

For 36 years ARCC Programs has been providing impactful experiences for teenagers in some of the world's most spectacular locations. This summer we are proud to offer 18 different service and adventure programs on six continents. ARCC summer programs combine meaningful, authentic community service with the thrill of international adventures for like-minded teens. Our unique partnerships around the world with local communities, nonprofits, schools, animal rehabilitation centers and other organizations allow our projects to be meaningful for both local communities and our student volunteers.
ARCC student groups are intentionally small, ranging from 12 to 18 students grouped by age. We pride ourselves on creating tight bonds where groups share their experiences for the entire length of the program. All of this leads to a tremendously successful group experience for ARCC students. Our leaders and instructors are exceptional individuals of extraordinary character and experience. Selected from many hundreds of highly qualified applicants, ARCC leaders are enthusiastic about serving others, and most important, working with teenagers and helping students thrive. ARCC summer programs are open to students in grades 7-12 and start at $2,995.

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Mr. Matsumoto and students from our Japanese program. First, a thank-you to Mr. Matsumoto and the PTSA, who arranged for the drummers from the Shumei International Institute to perform at one of our morning meetings — it was a beautiful thing!

Last weekend, Mr. Matsumoto along with PTSA reps and students represented our Japanese program at the Japanese Culture Day celebration on the DU campus — a great chance to highlight our program and to reconnect with former students.

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

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DCIS Website
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DCIS Drama Club Facebook 
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

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