Welcome! The mission of the PTO is to improve the education provided to DLS students by supporting the school and its activities. The PTO helps to fund a wish list of items from the school as well as many additional activities that make our school such a wonderful place. The success of the PTO is directly linked to the participation of parents, so we strongly encourage everyone to be involved each year. 



How do I get Involved?

The PTO is a volunteer-driven organization. There are many ways to be involved. There are activities that can accommodate any schedule and skill set. Each family is asked to volunteer 15 hours every school year. 
 
Click here to learn more.

Please volunteer!

Parent involvement at DLS school is the key to making our school the best it can be. Each family at DLS is required to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per year. Start volunteering now to be sure you reach this requirement.

  • Night Market Coordinators for Fall 2018. We are seeking new volunteers to help organize and coordinate our 2018 Night Market coming this Fall. Whatever your skill set, we can use it! Email Amanda at fundraising@dlspta.org to get involved and/or to get more information.  
  • Field Day - Parent volunteers needed to help with post-field day popsicle distribution on Wednesday, May 23rd at West and Thursday, May 24th at East!
    DLS West, May 23rdhttp://signup.com/go/KcDRXDC     DLS East, May 24th: Sign up coming soon!


Visit the Volunteering page for more information and opportunities!

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for and share upcoming PTA-sponsored events and view past events through our Facebook page as well, at https://www.facebook.com/dlspta/events.

Field Day Next Week: Volunteers Needed for Field Day Popsicle Distribution

 

 

Parent volunteers needed to help with post-field day popsicle distribution on Wednesday, May 23rd at West and for set-up, event help, and clean-up on Thursday, May 24th at East. Thank you!

          DLS West, May 23rdhttp://signup.com/go/KcDRXDC
          DLS East, May 24thhttp://signup.com/go/MqSpexC

NEW: Tell Us About Your Volunteerism

 

As the year closes, we would like to thank all of the DLS volunteers who contribute so much to our wonderful school. We know that many of you contribute in ways that we may not know about; ways that are not easily tracked in the traditional forms of sign up lists, committee membership, and volunteer logs.

If you, your friend, or loved one has volunteered for the school in any way that you think we may not know about, please submit this information through the form below. Thank you for letting us know about how you are helping the school! Form is open through Saturday, May 26.   

DLS Volunteer Recognition

NEW: Adults’ Night Out at DLS Parent-Owned Rising Sun Distillery, Friday, May 25

 

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The middle school travel parents are putting together a night of games, comedy, and drinks at Rising Sun Distillery (owned by DLS parents).

Our goal is to have a fun night with DLS parents, friends, and family while helping our kiddos get to Costa Rica and China. See you there!

          WhereRising Sun Distillery, 1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204
          When: Friday, May 25th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
          Cost: Suggested donation – $10

All proceeds go to the middle school travel trip. Checks, cash, and credit cards accepted at the door. Hope to see you there!

NEW: Venues Needed for 2019 DLS Cultural Events!

 

 

Please help DLS find venues to host our major events next year: Chinese New Year in February 2019 and Fiesta Hispanica in March 2019.

We are looking for a space with these characteristics:

  • Can hold around 1,700 to 2,000 people.
  • Theater-style seating with stage.
  • Located around one of our school buildings (Whiteman or Gilpin).
  • Spacious parking.
  • Budget up to $5,000 for each event, to include cost of lightning, sound booth, cleaning, and rehearsal time.

If you know of any options, email your ideas to Maria Casaverde by June 8th: maria.f.casaverde@gmail.com

NEW: Want to Perform in a Flash Mob at the DLS Night Market?

 

All levels of dance experience/ability welcome to join a choreographed flash mob routine to be performed at the DLS Night Market on September 22.

          Rehearsal details:

          Place - Bladium in Stapleton (south studio, downstairs)
          Days - Tuesdays, Aug 14- Sept 18 (6 weeks)
          Time - 6-9 yrs 4:30-5:30p; 10-14 yrs 5:30-6:30p
          Cost - $40 for DLS students, $80 for non-DLS
          Taught by - Jordan Rowse; on Fb @jordandancetheoryaym
          Payment - through Paypal (paypal.me/cjsrowse) or
          Venmo (@Jordan-Rowse) will secure your spot.
          Please include dancers name, email and age in the notes.

Space is limited to 20

Join us for Kinder Summer Playdates!

 

To all incoming Mandarin and Spanish Kindergarten families, join us for our Kinder Summer Playdates:

  • Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. to noon

Come meet fellow incoming Kindergarten students and their families! All events will be held at Crestmoor Park near the playground (southeast side).

We have a lot of new families from 1st and up, too, so we may have a meetup or two for the older kids. Stay tuned for details!

View the Facebook events (link to: https://www.facebook.com/events/621327301537400/)

UPDATED: Looking for Parent Leaders for Next Year

 

There are still a few open leadership positions for the next school year, and we’re also looking for Room Parents to work more closely with their class and teachers next year.

Why become a parent leader?

  1. Be among the first to know about all the goings-on at DLS.
  2. Make a difference in our kids’ education and help support our teachers and staff.
  3. Get to know your fellow parents - we have fun!

There are lots of ways to be involved as a parent leader at DLS, whether you’re looking for a one-time, short-term, or longer-term commitment:

  1. From the comfort of your own home
  2. In and with your kiddo’s classroom
  3. In and around our DLS and greater communities

Currently, the PTO is looking for the following board members and potential liaisons (1-2 year commitment):

  • School Support at Gilpin (1 person) to work with the fabulous Adam Tsai and with Whiteman School Support School Support officers are responsible for providing meals to our teachers during parent-teacher conferences, professional days, and for coordinating meals and other activities for Staff Appreciation Week in May.
     
  • School Support at Whiteman (1 person) to work with the fabulous Lucy Quintero and to coordinate with Gilpin School Support - see description above.
     
  • DLS Dads lead (1-2 people, not a board position)
     
  • Middle School International Trips liaison (1-2 people who have kids going on a trip)
     
  • Community Events chair (currently not a board position, but could change)

We’re also looking for some event/project leads and committee members (shorter time commitment):

  • Chinese New Year chair and committee (February)
  • Fiesta Hispanica committee (February or early March)
  • Silent Auction organizer (Saturday, October 27, 2018)
  • Used Uniform Sales committee (Registration and Meet-and-Greet nights in July-August)
  • Classroom Party Kids organizer (beginning and end of year)

And, last but not least, we need Room Parents for all grades in both programs! We won’t be able to assign room parents until the class lists come out in late July, but we please let us know if you would like to be a room parent.

Please email president.elect@dlspta.org if you have any interest in learning more about these open positions, and we look forward to working with you next year!

The DLS Dragon Boat Team Needs You!

 

 
The DLS Dragon Boat Team Needs A Drummer-in-Training! 

Do you have good rhythm? Do you enjoy leading a team? Along with new paddlers, the DLS Dragon Boat Team is looking for a drummer-in-training. No experience necessary! As drummer, you encourage the team, help set the rhythm of the race and have the best view in the house - all without breaking a sweat. You should be at ease on the water. And you should be comfortable being loud - so the paddlers in the way back of the boat can hear you in the middle of the race. Our current drummer is “graduating” soon and will provide training for the next drummer during this season’s practices and race days.  

"Such an amazing opportunity to develop great friendships and camaraderie with amazing people. Teams form bonds forever, and I appreciate everyone who was involved. 2018 can't come quickly enough! Where is my ibuprofen?"  

          - Doug Seligman, DLS Vice Principal

"Had sooooooo much fun Saturday, guys. So glad we decided to try this out.”

          - Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell  

"I am so glad this year I got over my fear of participating on a team that I have wanted to play with for at least the past 3 years. And actually did it!!! I am grateful for the friendships that I have deepened and the ones that are new. Grateful this was time I got to share with my family and my Agua Libre family."  

          - Tonia Seidl

"That was freakin’ awesome!"  

          - Freddie Tsao

Don’t pass up this great opportunity!  Email Lisa Peloso at lpeloso1@yahoo.com to join Agua Libre today!

Save the Date for the Night Market: 9/22!

 

We have a date for next school year’s Night Market: Saturday, September 22.  Mark your calendars now!

Please Donate To The Place Bridge Academy Uniform Drive

 

 

Many kids at Place Bridge Academy still need uniforms - can you help?

Place Bridge Academy is a local school that has more than 1,000 students in grades ECE-4 through 8th grade, 98% of who qualify for free or reduced lunch and 85% of who speak a language other than English at home. As a designated newcomer center, more than 60 different languages and over 40 different countries from around the world are represented in the student body.

Since PBA doesn’t have its own parent-teacher organization, DLS is reaching out to help support our neighbors with their needs.The kids at PBA wear uniforms, but many have just one or two that they wear throughout the week. The DLS PTO is continuing to ask for donations of new and used clothing in good condition for ages 4 through 13.

  • Khaki pants
  • Khaki shorts
  • Khaki jumpers
  • Polo shirts - white, navy blue, and baby blue colors only (no logo needed)
  • Athletic shoes in plain colors such as black or grey
  • Winter clothing and outerwear
  • Winter boots

There are collection bins at both DLS West and DLS East. Please make sure all clothing is washed and in good condition prior to drop off, and thank you!

UPDATED: "Wait Until 8th"

 

The Wait Until 8th pledge is a resource created to help parents delay giving smartphones to kids before they're ready. The pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade, with the idea being that, by banding together, there will be less pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.

Most grades have active pledges at DLS. To learn more and sign the pledge, visit www.waituntil8th.org.

Educational Outfitters Summer Sale

 


One of DLS’s uniform suppliers, Educational Outfitters, is have a summer sale.  Visit denver.educationaloutfitters.com to learn more.

NEW: Thanks Again to Our Night Market Sponsor: Rising Sun Distillery

 

Rising Sun Distillery is a DLS family owned distillery that opened in 2015 and specializes in Certified Organic Craft Spirits that focus on using Colorado and Western Region produce and grains to make traditional and unique spirits.  

Rising Sun Distillery has a tasting room that is open the public and capable of hosting your next moms night out, fundraiser or just an evening on the town.  The distillery hosts private parties as well as cocktail classes, painting and sipping nights, comedy, tours and happy hour. Rising Sun Distillery also sells its products in many neighborhood liquor stores.  

For more information please visit our website at www.risingsundistillery.comour Facebook page www.facebook.com/risingsundistilleryllc or call 303-534-1788.

Learn more about our DLS and Night Market Sponsors at http://www.dlspta.org/fundraising-committee/sponsors


Upcoming Restaurant Nights

June and July

MILK & CAKE
Wednesday, June 13th
AND
Wednesday, July 18th
                                                                                          11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
                                                                                          6345 E Hampden Ave, Suite 103
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MILK & CAKE is a self-serve yogurt bar and decadent treat factory, serving up world-class cupcakes, brownie-cakes and ice cream, and soft-serve frozen yogurt. MILK & CAKE has 16 flavors of delicious soft-serve frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbettos and more on tap daily, with over 50 flavors in constant rotation and an awe-inspiring topping bar that's sure to bring out the Mad Scientist in you. Their gourmet cupcakes are made fresh daily in-house, and the baker's flavors are forever changing. Mention Denver Language School and 20% of your MILK & CAKE purchase will benefit the DLS PTA. For those parents who have been requesting a South Denver location, this one’s for you on not one, but two summer days!
 

Support the Staff Gift Fund!
 


 

Through the Staff Gift Fund, the PTO handles the distribution of teacher and staff gifts three times per year (winter holidays, Lunar New Year, and Fiesta Hispanica/end of the year). We still need about $2,000 in contributions to meet our fundraising goal. Please show your appreciation for those who dedicate themselves to your child’s future and donate to the Staff Gift Fund. Recommended donation is $50 per student to the fund, but welcome contributions of any size and we understand that may not be feasible for all families.

You can submit your donation online or bring a check made out to DLS PTO to either campus and put it in the PTO lockbox. Please note on your check that the money is for the Gift Fund. Thanks for supporting our teachers and staff!


 Thanks in advance for your support!

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Donate to our School Online

To make a donation, please choose between a one-time donation or recurring donation. We use two different systems to maximize your donation and minimize fees paid by the school. Learn more about donating, corporate matching, and Colorado Gives Day on our Donate page.




Please Support our Sponsors!

Platinum - $2,000

https://www.bestnestwellness.com/

Back on the Rack logo

SpeedPro Imaging

Three Week Kitchens

Kumon Lowry



http://www.kidscentral.tv/index.html 

Gold - $1,500

Brain Balance

Silver - $750

Maybe yours?

Interested in becoming a DLS sponsor?



You Oughta Be In Pictures

 

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Mariam Garcia, our Yearbook adviser this year, wants to get as many awesome photos of our students and events as possible.

If you have some you think are great, please send them to mariam@denverlanguageschool.org along with a description of each picture submitted including names/grades of any featured students if possible.

Please make sure images are a decent size/resolution for printing purposes and that they're in focus. Not all submitted photos will be selected for print.


Milk Caps for Mooola Fundraiser

MILK CAPS for MOOOLA is a program sponsored by Longmont Dairy that helps students earn money for their school and students. Longmont Dairy milk caps are worth 5¢ each and are redeemable for cash.  We have boxes for collection at both campuses.  Please bring in your caps!


Support DLS With Your Shopping

Did you know that you can support DLS just by shopping? Here are a few ways:

Do You Have Your DLS Grocery Card Yet?

 

 

Please remember to support the PTA through the purchase of a King Soopers or Safeway reloadable shopping card. You purchase a card for $5.00, and there will be $5.00 on the card when you receive it. Simply load the card with additional funds at either Safeway or King Soopers and shop. Each time you reload your card, the PTA will receive a full 5% the purchase made with your loaded funds.

If you would like to buy a card, please email fundraising@dlspta.org

There are many ways to support DLS through your shopping. Visit the Shopping page on the PTA website for more details, and thank you!

 
You can raise money for DLS by simply changing the way you log on to Amazon.  Use smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2484152 and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase directly to DLS.  Learn more about AmazonSmile here.

  • Are you missing that cool DLS magnet? Get yours for $5 at the front desk of either campus or at Back on the Rack.

Be sure to tell your friends and family about these easy ways to support DLS! For more information, visit the Shopping page.


Corporate Matching

More than 15,000 employers will match employee donations – does yours? Last year more than $2,500 was donated by Janus and Google Benevity – huge thank yous to both the corporations and their generous employees! Any questions or issues with the process? Contact camilla@denverlanguageschool.org.


Bounce Stapleton – Gymnastics Lessons

Interested in gymnastics? Bounce is a gym run by DLS former gym teacher Robin Riley. Check it out!