Welcome! The mission of the PTA is to improve the education provided to DLS students by supporting the school and its activities. The PTA 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 PTA is directly linked to the participation of parents, so we strongly encourage everyone to be involved this year. 


When you join the DLS PTA with your annual $15 fee, you make great events like Night Market and Kickball Tournament possible. Without insurance, purchased with PTA membership fee funds, fun PTA events cannot take place. 

How do I get Involved? 

The PTA 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. Joining the PTA counts as one hour - get started here!

What do you get when you join the DLS PTA with your annual $15 fee? Membership in a community dedicated to your child’s education and growth. Support the DLS PTA, the Colorado PTA, and your child’s community by signing up online here.

Please volunteer!

Volunteers Needed

  • PTA Executive Board - We're still looking for a President-Elect for this year (to be the PTA President next year) - could that be you? Email president@dlspta.org for more information.
    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.


    UPDATED: Night Market Fundraising Continues through November 4
     

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    Thanks to our DLS Community for a fantastic Night Market - we had fun and hope you did, too!

    While the event was a big success, our class fundraising contest still continues through November 4. Final fundraising numbers will be announced at that time, but as a reminder the top fundraising class at each campus wins a pizza party!

    The Mandarin Kindergarten class is currently in the lead at West and Spanish 3rd Grade is in the lead at East. NEW: All students who collect donations for their class will earn a squishy dolphin keychain!
     

     

    Additionally, the top two kid fundraisers at each campus will win a new Spirit Wear shirt AND a squishy dolphin keychain! (youth shirt pictured below - adult sizes available in different colors/styles for older kids)


      


    Checks for DLS PTA (note in memo line: NM Donation, kid name and class) can be taken to either campus, or donations can be submitted online here: http://bit.ly/DLSNightMarket2 Check your email for example language to ask friends and family.

    Huge kudos to our student vendors, who donated more than $300 – that’s a lot of slime, friendship bracelets, sculptures, and Harry Potter wands!

    Parents, did you have a blast? Do you have ideas on how to make it better? We would love to have you involved in the Night Market planning committee for next year! Please email fundraising@dlspta.org if you’re interested – planning begins in April for our 2018 Night Market.



    Huge Thanks to our Night Market Title Sponsor: Kumon Lowry!

     


    Thank You to our Platinum Night Market Sponsors

       

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    NEW: You Can Still Order the PTA's New DLS Directory Through October 23!

     

    If you didn't get a chance to order your copy of the PTA's new DLS Directory at the Night Market, you still can! (Delivery on November 1.)

    The Directory is 32 pages and features artwork from our K-2 students, ads from our sponsors, and contact information for the more than 500 DLS families who opted in.

              Cost:
     
              Print version AND electronic PDF: $10
              Electronic PDF:  Free (suggested donation $5)

    Order yours today at bit.ly/DLSDirectory17-18! Deadline to order a print copy is Monday, October 23, 2017.



    UPDATED: Join the DLS PTA! First Meeting November 16th

     

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    ​Joining the PTA is $15 for the year. We already have many families who have joined -- thank you!  

    ​Joining the PTA does not commit you to any meetings or work. Simply joining the PTA is an easy and great way to support the projects and activities we conduct throughout the year and to keep updated on our missions. It also gives you a direct vote in how we spend funds to support our school​.

    If you are willing to help the PTA this year, we can get you plugged into a big or small project.

    ​PTA General M​eetings are always open for all to attend, so please join us! Our first general meeting will be Thursday, November 16 at 5:15 p.m. at East(before Bingo and Pizza Night), where members will vote on the PTA’s budget and some changes to our bylaws, as well as learning about this year’s goings-on.

     

    Contact secretary@dlspta.org with any question​s.

    Sign up online at: http://www.dlspta.org/home/membership



    NEW: Bingo and Pizza Night on November 16

    Our ever-popular Bingo Night is back! We'll be playing in the DLS East cafeteria on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. All students and family members welcome!

    Join us and enjoy filling out your cards and scoring fun prizes. Teachers and administration will be calling the numbers. Pizza will be provided (plain cheese & pepperoni). Please bring a pot-luck side dish/dessert or drink to share. Come early for the PTA Meeting!



    UPDATED: Calling All Student Artists - Yearbook Cover Deadline November 17


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    We invite 3rd- 8th grade DLS students to enter their drawings in our Yearbook Cover Contest. The winning artwork will be displayed on the front cover of the 2017-2018 DLS Yearbook! Entries will be judged by our own DLS art teachers.

    Submit art on:

    1. 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper
    2. Vertical (portrait) orientation

    Entries must include:

    Tips for a good entry:

    1. Not a lot of white space – lots of color (including background)
    2. Mix up your medium (play with one or more of the following: crayons, watercolors, markers, etc. – no oil or chalk pastels, please)
    3. Use the entire sheet of paper (the bigger the better)

    Note the following:

    • Your design must be your original hand-drawn work - no computer images or coloring pages
    • Entries received after the deadline will not be considered 
    • Work not chosen for the cover may still be included somewhere in the yearbook or directory

    Yearbook entries due by: November 17, 2017

    Attach the form (filled out) from the flyer in your Friday Folder [ or download here ] to the drawing and return to the Yearbook Cover Design Contest box in the main lobby at East.

    WINNERS of the Directory Contest will be announced on November 1, 2017and winners of the Yearbook Contest will be announced December 1, 2017


    NEW: 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.



    NEW: New Spirit Wear Available at Back on the Rack

     
    Our new Spirit Wear and Gear was unveiled at the Night Market - did you get yours? If not, all items are now available at Back on the Rack (600 South Holly Street, #104 at Leetsdale) in addition to our used uniforms. DLS receives 100% of the profit!
     
    Additionally, they still have some of last year's adult Spirit Wear shirts (white/gray and gray/blue), some of the short plastic water bottles, the tall stainless steel water bottles, and DLS magnets. Get yours today! Last year's youth shirts with the red sleeves are sold out but may pop up used as kids grow out of them. 
     
    Back on the Rack also accepts toy and baby gear donations on behalf of DLS - when your items sell, DLS receives a percentage of the sale. (Normal consignment drop-offs require an appointment.)

     



    Clothing Drive for Place Bridge Academy

     

     

    Place Bridge Academy is a magnet school in the Denver Public School district that the Denver Language School PTA is looking to partner with. PBA has more than 1,000 students in grades ECE-4 through 8th grade.  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.

    The school does not have a parent teacher organization in place but has many needs. The DLS PTA would like to help with their most pressing request: clothing. The kids at the school wear uniforms, but many have just one or two that they wear throughout the week. We are asking 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
    The DLS PTA will have 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!


    Denver Language School Night at Skate City


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    Save the date for Denver Language School’s Neon Glow Skate Party at Skate City in Aurora on Wednesday, October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The whole facility will be DLS’s for the night. Bring friends and family! It’s $5 to skate, $2.50 to rent, and glow sticks are on sale for 50-cents. Hope to see you at Skate City! (Please note: with the later time of this event, there will be no busses from school.)


    NEW: Meet Our Sponsor, Kids Central

     

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    Kids Central is a nationally broadcast cable channel for children and families. Owned and operated by Condista Networks: a team of 4 entrepreneurs, including a Denver Language School Dad. Since the early 2000s, our company has launched Spanish-language TV channels in the U.S. and now we introduce our first English language channel, Kids Central. Television is a great escape. It’s fun to kick back and watch the latest show or the Broncos, but there should be some balance. Television is one of the most powerful communication and learning tools and we believe high-value, fun entertainment with learning opportunities is the core of our channel. Kids Central is our attempt to put that balance on TV: fun programs that still provide information and learning in both English and Spanish. Kids Central content is in English but all of our content is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Programming). We hope you and your kids enjoy the programs we have selected for the channel and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

    Kids Central is available in Denver through Comcast on channel 597. During the day, Kids Central programming focuses on kids 3-7+ years old.  During primetime, Kids Central opens the screen for the entire family in a block branded as Family Central.


    Deadlines Approaching for Adolesco Youth Exchange Program

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    Adolesco Youth Exchange is a nonprofit program that coordinates short term international family-to-family exchanges for kids ages 9 to 18. Applications are due October 31st for upcoming exchange programs to France, Germany, and Spain. To learn more about how it works, visit http://adolesco.org/howitworks/. Newsletter sign up at www.adolesco.org/contact. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 / marie@adolesco.org for more info.


    NEW: Do You Facebook? So Do We!

     

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    Do you find it hard to read all the news coming from the school? Our DLS PTA Facebook page cuts up news coming from both DLS and the PTA into bite-sized chunks. You’ll also find events you can share with your friends, such as restaurant nights, that benefit our entire community. You can set it so that you receive notifications whenever the page posts or whenever an event is added so you don’t have to keep a close eye on it.

    Not on Facebook? You can view and keep an eye on the page even if you don’t have an account.

     There is also an unofficial “Denver Language School Alumni and Friends”group for more informal conversations and questions. Join the conversation!

     Facebook questions? Email communications@dlspta.org. DLS-specific questions or school-related issues? Please contact your teacher or the school itself rather than post your question to Facebook.


    Upcoming Restaurant Nights


    Stay tuned for possible late June or July restaurant nights, but in the meantime, please add these two to your calendars to support our school!
     

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    CUBA CUBA Sandwicheria
    654 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246
    October 24, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
    Including Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

    This casual caribbean eatery serves up authentic fare and cocktails in a colorful setting both indoors and al fresco. Enjoy sandwiches made with Cuban bread, salads full of tropical flavor, plantains, empanadas, and plenty of garlic mojo. Pair these meals with a mojito, caipirinha, sangria, or pina colada served on a domino bar. 20% of your purchase will be donated to DLS when you mention the DLS PTA!


    November
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    2715 17th Street, Suite 103, LoHi

    November 133 to 9 p.m.

    Located in a former book binding warehouse, Recess Beer Garden is a beer garden and restaurant.  Fun for the kids, with outdoor games and firepits.  The menu features fancy pub snacks, sliders, and all sorts of mac and cheese varieties.  20% of your purchase will be donated to DLS when you mention the DLS PTA!


    December

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    Rubio’s Coastal Grill
    1390 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, 80222

    Wednesday, December 6 (times TBA)

    Fish tacos! Steak and chicken tacos. Quesadillas, bowls, and salads. Rubio’s is guaranteed to have something to satisfy every member of the family. 20% of your purchase will be donated to DLS when you mention the DLS PTA!
     

    January
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    3000 E. First Avenue in the Cherry Creek Mall

    Wednesday, January 11, 2018 , 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Bring the whole family down to the Cherry Creek Mall for pizza night. If pizza isn’t for you, they also have noodle dishes, salads, and a whole host of appetizers. Unlike our usual restaurant nights, this event requires an RSVP. 20% of your purchase will be donated to DLS when you mention the DLS PTA!

    Support the Staff Gift Fund!



    Through the Staff Gift Fund, the PTA handles Teacher Appreciation Week in February and the distribution of teacher and staff gifts three times per year. Show your appreciation for those who dedicate themselves to your child’s future and please contribute to the Staff Gift Fund. We request each family donate $50 per student to the fund, but welcome contributions of any size. We recognize staff at Chinese New Year, winter holidays, Fiesta Hispanica and at the end of the year.

    You can submit your donation online or bring a check made out to DLS PTA to either campus and put it in the PTA 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/

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    SpeedPro Imaging

    Three Week Kitchens

    Kumon Lowry



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    Gold - $1,500

    Brain Balance

    Silver - $750

    Maybe yours?

    Interested in becoming a DLS sponsor?


    Please Save Your Box Tops for Education

    Each pink box top, found on many products, is worth 10 cents when clipped and turned into the school. It adds up quickly; last year, Judit Varga coordinated the school’s efforts and raised $1,200. The goal is to earn $1,400 this year. Students can deposit box tops in collection boxes in their classrooms. 

    There will be three competitions to collect the most box tops this year, each with surprise rewards, so start saving them now! Learn more about the program and participating products at BTFE.com. Have any questions? Contact DLS West co-coordinator Tiffany Briseno or school coordinator Judit Varga via email jvarga23@yahoo.com.


    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:

    • Buy grocery store cards from the PTA for King Soopers or Safeway from the front office at either campus. They will be also available at PTA events. Load your card before you make your purchase and use your card at checkout – 5% will go to DLS! These cards never expire and have no fees. 
    • Visit http://smile.amazon.com and select Denver Language School as your charity to shop through Amazon.com - 0.5% will go to DLS!
    • 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 treasurer@dlspta.org.



    Bounce Stapleton – Gymnastics Lessons

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