Hallett Academy Community News: Friday, November 13

Posted November 13, 2020

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Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Dec 21 – Jan 4: Winter Break, No School

Community Updates

Dear Hallett Families,

We have one more week of school until Thanksgiving break, and I am so grateful for all of you.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise at a rapid rate, I hope you continue to take the necessary steps to stay safe at home and while out. Please wear masks, practice diligent hygiene, and social distance as much as possible. 

DPS is meeting regularly with Denver Health officials, and 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. 
Thank you for being with us. Continue to take good care.

With love,
Dominique Jefferson

Pajama Day Friday, Nov. 20th

Let’s enjoy a day in our PJs while we learn on Friday, November 20th! In-person learners can show up in their comfy pajamas, and remote learners can stay in theirs!

Remote Learning Center openings

DPS prioritized our spots in the Discovery Link Remote Learning Centers for DPS staff who are currently required to work in our school buildings, including teachers, food service workers, paras, and bus drivers. 

But there are a few spots left at each of our sites (see left image), including Hallett. Remote Learning is 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and the cost is $16/day which is half of the cost of a regular full-day camp. Registration is first-come, first served for remaining spots. 

They ask that students bring their own lunch and water bottles. Families who enroll their students in remote learning support should ensure that students arrive with charged laptops and headphones to participate in remote learning. We will make sure to send technology home with students each night. Registration Cost is $16/day. If this cost is prohibitive to your family, contact discovery_link@dpsk12.org to see how we may be able to support. Please note that cost is subject to change after December if remote learning continues. I
f your child is not registered for Discovery Link, please click here to register. If your child is already registered for Discovery Link, please click here to select your calendar days for remote learning support. If you need to add access to a new site’s calendar, please email discovery_link@dpsk12.org.
To ensure proper staffing, you will have to be signed-up by Friday, November 13th by 3:00 PM.

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

Free Workshop – Caring for Grieving Kids

Hosted by Judi’s House, this workshop is tailored for parents, guardians, and adult family members. The workshop fosters increased understanding and connection for adults caring for grieving youth. Experienced grief counselors will share information about children’s common grief reactions, understanding of death, and coping in addition to reviewing helpful caregiving strategies. Register for one of the upcoming sessions:December 10th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST (English)December 10th, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST (Spanish)

Cold vs Flu vs COVID-19

Feeling sick? Many of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, which can make it hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. They are both contagious respiratory illnesses that are caused by different viruses. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or others, we recommend you get a COVID-19 test.  
Free testing for DPS students will be available for same day appointments, including Saturday, with a 24-hour turn around at the following Denver Health locations:

  • Federico F. Pena Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care
  • Lowry Family Health Center
  • Montbello Family Health Center
  • Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute

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.