Community Newsletter: Friday, October 16

Posted October 19, 2020

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Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • October 16-20: Fall Break, No School
  • Wednesday, October 21: In-Person Learning begins for 4th and 5th Grade!
  • Friday, October 30, 4:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Dec 21 – Jan 4: Winter Break, No School

Dear Hallett Families,
It was so wonderful welcoming our 2nd and 3rd Grade in person learners this week and we look forward to welcoming back our 4th and 5th Graders after Fall Break. If you haven’t seen it yet, Ms. Ferrigan created a fun video explaining some of the changes you can expect if you will be joining us in person, so be sure to watch it above! There is some very fine acting in addition to the helpful information.

Superintendent Susana Cordova alerted families this week that DPS is delaying the in-person return of our middle and high school students because of rising numbers of COVID-19 in Denver. “Our health partners assure us that elementary-aged students are at a significantly lower COVID risk, and we all know that remote learning presents special challenges for elementary students and their families. As a result, we feel confident right now in continuing with our plans to open elementary schools to all grades next week. We have the support of experts at Denver Health in that plan.”
Your child’s health and safety is our highest priority. We will continue to do everything we can to keep our community healthy. Reminders about our safety protocols and expectations are below. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

Important: If your family is struggling in ways that we might be able to support, we hope you will reach out. We have access to many resources that might be helpful and would appreciate knowing how we can best meet the needs of our families. Please fill out this survey and we will be in touch: **Family Resources Survey: **

Free COVID-19 Testing

Free Covid-19 Testing for Students
Denver Health’s School-based Health Centers (SBHC) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) announced yesterday that students throughout the entire district will now have access to free COVID-19 tests at any of the four Denver Health testing sites, starting immediately.
Read HERE for more information.

Trunk or Treat

This year’s Trunk-or-Treat event will take place on Friday, October 30th from 4:30-5:30pm. (Mask-wearing and social distancing will be enforced) If you are able to donate bags of treats, please drop them off at the front office!

For questions, or if you are interested in helping please email:

Key Information for In-Person Learning

Please click here for important information on arrival, dismissal, and precautions we are taking to keep our students and staff safe.

Discovery Link

DPS Discovery Link has returned with reduced capacity to regular before and after school programming. Registration for Ages 5-5th grade opened on Wednesday, Sept. 16th. Families who have already enrolled their students in Discovery Link programming can register for the days their students will attend by clicking here. For families new to Discovery Link, please click here to enroll.
Only students who are attending in-person learning will be eligible to register and must attend school the days they attend before and after school programs. Students whose grades have not yet returned to in-person cannot attend before and after school.
Sites are limited to 60 students total including a maximum of 10 ECE students. Morning programming will begin at 6:30 a.m. and last until the school bell, and afternoon programming will begin at the school bell and last until 6:00 p.m. *Time subject to change. Cohorts will be no larger than 15 students to promote social distancing and will be split by grade when possible. Students will also be outside as much as possible, weather permitting. (Please note, Hallett can only accept students ages 5+)

Food Resources

If you are looking for food distribution sites near you, this website can be very helpful. Simply enter your zip code and it will show you options close to you. See additional emergency food locations below.

Don’t forget that breakfast/lunch pickup is FREE for ALL students ages 1-18 in Denver. Please be sure to stop by between 11am-1pm to pick up meals on regular school days.* Meal distribution is ongoing through both DPS and some local Recreational Centers. Please visit this page to learn more about locations and times for breakfast/lunch/dinner meal pickups or view the documents below. 

If you are in need of additional assistance, please be sure to contact our Family Liaison, Ali Larson at or by text at 303-242-6414.

Thank you for being with us on this journey.

With love,
Dominique Jefferson