Hallett Academy Community News: Friday, March 19

Posted March 19, 2021

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Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • Friday, March 26: All Students: No School
  • March 27-April 5: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • Tuesday, April 6: SchoolChoice Round 2 Opens

Community Updates

Dear Families,

We are excited to be a week away from Spring Break. Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL Friday, March 26th until Tuesday, April 6th. (Monday, April 5th is a No-Contact date for students.) I hope this is a good time for rest and connection.

For our 3rd-5th Grade families, we’ll be starting CMAS testing in April. The State of Colorado has applied for a waiver to reduce the number of tests given, but we are still awaiting word. All tests will be conducted in person, if your child(ren) are learning remotely, and you do not want them to come to school for testing, please be sure to email: julia_scott@dpsk12.org.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Dominique Jefferson

Carli Llyod at Hallett

Bags of Food

Hallett currently has extra food available for families. If you are in need, please contact Brittany Talvy: brittany_talvy@dpsk12.org.
If you are receiving bags of food but occasionally do not need the items, consider sharing them with neighbors or friends who may be able to use it.

Spring Enrichment Opportunities

During this upcoming spring season, we have decided to bring back in-person enrichments, though all will be held outside (weather permitting). 
Below are the options for Spring 2021 enrichments:

  • Tuesday (April 13th -May 25th): Mad About Hoops
  • Mad About Hoops is the #1 American hula hoop enrichment program to encourage and inspire young boys and girls to have a lifelong love of fitness, through the power of hooping. Each week the kids will learn cool hoop tricks, hoop dance moves, and partner moves! This class will improve balance and coordination while burning up to 400 calories per hour. Not only does hula hooping create healthy bodies, but it’s a great way of building self-confidence through creative movement! You’ll be so impressed with your hooper stars at the end of the semester, you’ll think they joined the circus!
  • Wednesday (April 14th-May 26th): Soccer Shots.
  • Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Our coaches are the best-trained in the business. Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. In addition, we provide an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents.
  • Thursday (April 15th-May 27th): Garden Club
  • Hosted by our own, Mrs. Jaya Roberts! Gardening fun! We will prepare the soil for the planting of flowers and veggies. As well as plant seeds and seedlings to flourish over the summer! Art projects will also be done to create a beautiful and colorful garden space. 

Since enrichments start at 4:00 PM, if you are a non-Discovery Link student, please feel free to register your child for Discovery Link as well, to ensure safety and care. Please use this link to register https://equity.dpsk12.org/extended-learning/enrichments/ If you have any other questions, please reach out to Antoinette “Toni” Foster at antoinette_foster@dpsk12.org


Dear DPS Community,

As we have shared over the past few weeks, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires all districts every year to administer Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) in English Language Arts (grades 3-8), Math (grades 3-8), and Science (grade 5, 8 and 11). The CDE expects us to administer CMAS to all students in person this year whether each student attends school in person or remotely. There will not be a remote testing option, so all students must come into the school to take the test. Our testing schedule will run from March 22 through April 30, 2021.

We believe there are multiple ways to monitor student progress, and this is one of them. We also understand that some families may not want their students to participate in CMAS. We requested that families who choose to opt their student out of testing complete the Assessment Opt-Out Form by Feb. 26. Although this deadline has passed, if a family still wants to opt their student out, families can do so by reaching out directly to their child’s school. Families have the opportunity to opt-out up until the day of the testing. Please note that we set the Feb. 26 deadline so that school leaders could plan for how many students are testing, determine staffing needs and prepare testing schedules that follow all health and safety guidelines.

In some instances, a school leader may determine that students who are not testing on a particular day will need to learn remotely for that day while testing is taking place. Because of our current health and safety rules, there may be situations where schools may not have sufficient staff to support both testing and non-testing students at school on the same day.

Additionally, our health and safety rules may impact the amount of students we can have in particular spaces. Each school will develop a plan that addresses their unique circumstances. Staff at your child’s school will share with you those details for students who are not testing and the schedule for CMAS testing. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your school or contact our Family and Community Helpline at 720-423-3054 or FACEHelpline@dpsk12.org.


Tamara Acevedo

Deputy Superintendent of Academics

Summer Camp for Hallett Students

Jump into Summer with Denver Public Schools and Extended Learning & Community Schools! 
Are you looking for fun and engaging experiences for your child(ren) this summer? Would you like your child to create those timeless memories and friendships that make summer so special? Look no further, it’s time to jump into summer with Denver Public Schools, Extended Learning and Community Schools (ELCS) Camps! Check out an awesome video of kids enjoying our programs here!
ELCS will be providing incredible summer experiences for youth at a variety of locations around Denver! All camps will provide fun summer programming based on weekly themes such as Superhero Adventure, Mythical Creatures, DL’s Got Talent, Supersized Sports, Ooey Gooey Science and Space! For registration information, camp locations and themes, please click here. We can’t wait to jump into Summer 2021 and start making memories that will last a lifetime with your child(ren). There are limited spots available, so register today!
Space is limited!

Note from the Front Office

If your phone number or address has recently changed, please contact the school office at 720-424-6070 so that your information can be updated in our system.  Without you advising of this information, the school has no way of knowing your information has changed. Thank you!

Financial Literacy

Discovery Link at Hallett has been teaching students about financial literacy basics. In an effort to provide an extension of this program to families we are wondering if there is interest in the community to learn about more opportunities within financial literacy. Please fill out this interest form so we can review responses and make a decision on whether this is an initiative that we want to pursue.

Financial Literacy Interest Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWOUjI_G-5Sn_tXBIZhVVFP4CVP-RsdNcim8lh_1Q8vjvTQw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628

Free Meal Delivery in Denver

Sign Up for Colorado Food Cluster Meal Deliveries:
Colorado Food Cluster (CFC) provides free meals to youth ages 6-18 in the Denver Metro Area (within 20 miles of downtown). Each student will receive a weekly delivery of 7 dinners and 14 snacks, including fruit and milk, until June 30, 2021.
Complete this form to enroll! https://www.coloradofoodcluster.com/sign-up-english

Free Clothing

Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD) provides FREE clothing to children and youth who are in need or in crisis. To shop, students must live in Metro Denver, be age 3 – 21 and be enrolled in school (remote or in-person) or working toward a GED.

Our wardrobe includes 5 outfits, 1 coat, 1 pair of shoes, 1 bra (optional) and 5 pairs each of new underwear and new socks. Students are invited to select clothing in a welcoming, store-like setting or can order a wardrobe for contactless curbside pick-up.’

We are very excited to have in person shoppers in our store and are taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. 

Take a look at our COVID-19 Safety Procedures to learn more.

For families who would prefer a contactless option, we are continuing to offer wardrobes via Curbside Service. This option enables parents and caregivers to request a wardrobe for any student in need, and our staff will shop on their behalf.

Families wishing to shop in person or request a wardrobe for pick-up should call us at 720-379-4630 or email us at appointment@clothestokidsdenver.org for an appointment. Up-to-date phone hours are on the Shop With Us page of our website. 

No Referral Required! No matter how families choose to shop, we have temporarily loosened our referral requirements and are providing wardrobes to anyone who says the young people in their households are in need of our services, no questions asked.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays – Fridays 9:00 – 4:00

Saturdays 9:00 – 3:00

Sundays & Mondays Closed

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.

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.