Hallett Academy Community News: Friday, November 6

Posted November 6, 2020

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Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • Monday, November 9: No In-Person Instruction (Asynchronous Learning Day)
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Dec 21 – Jan 4: Winter Break, No School

Community Updates

Dear Hallett Families,

I know anxiety has been high in our communities as COVID-19 cases are on the rise and we await national election results. I am grateful to be a part of such a resilient, courageous and strong community. 

As soon as we know that our school will be impacted by decisions at the District or City level, I will be sure to let you know. Until then, we will continue to work hard as a team to ensure our students are safe and growing.

Thank you for being with us. Continue to take good care.

With love,
Dominique Jefferson

No In-Person Learning on Monday, Nov 9th!

Please remember that there is NO in-person instruction on Monday, November 9th. All K-5 learners will be participating in Asynchronous learning.

Again, there will be no in-person instruction (including ECE) that day.

Anchored in Literacy Kickoff!

Black Dads Story Time and Book Club

Anchored in positive representation, Black Dads Story Time and Book Club is a virtual space dedicated to celebrating Black fatherhood and offering a way for students and families to share joyful, affirming stories read aloud by Black fathers and grandfathers in Denver Public Schools. 

Fathers and grandfathers will share a read-aloud and ask questions to help students connect with the stories and the joy of reading! Storytellers will share their own love of reading and model lifelong learning for young readers. 

Next Reading Session: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5-6 pm

We invite students and their family members to join in this virtual session, facilitated by Black fathers and grandfathers. The session will include a book read-aloud, followed by an engaging activity with participants.

Register HERE

Food & Other Assitance

Please see the letter above about weekend food bags. If you are interested please fill out this form or contact Ms. Talvy at brittany_talvy@dpsk12.org or 720-424-6099.

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:

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.

Technology Reminder

Please remember to send your child with his/her device every day. Given these uncertain times, you never know when your child will need to work remotely.

Emergency Assistance

Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact the lives of Denver families, DHS is now offering emergency/disaster assistance payments up to $4,000 to qualifying residents. These payments can be used for a variety of reasons – to cover rent or pay the mortgage, to pay for mental or medical care, to pay for home or auto repairs, to pay for food or school supplies, and more. To qualify, one must be:

  • TANF Broad-Based Eligibility Criteria for Disaster Aid: Denver resident
  • Household is determined to be ineligible for public assistance programs;
  • Annual household income is under $75,000;
  • Eligible child in the household (according to state rules and regulations);
  • Lawfully present in the country; and
  • Has a need for services directly relating COVID-19-related emergency

The program is open until funds are exhausted. To apply, go to Colorado.gov/PEAK and apply for Colorado Works/TANF. Please note that because this is a unique and temporary program, the “Am I eligible?” feature will not distinguish between this program and the regular Colorado Works/TANF programs. We encourage anyone with questions to call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to speak with a customer services representative.