Hallett Community News: 9/10/21

Posted September 10, 2021

Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • Monday, September 27: No School
  • Tuesday, September 28: Spirit Wear Order Forms Due
  • Friday, October 15 – Monday, October 18: Fall Break, No School.

Dear Hallett Families,
It may have been a short week, but it was one that was packed with play, learning, and community!
We are proud of all of our Hallett Hawks as they continue to follow all of our health and safety guidelines in order to keep our learning environment safe for everyone. You can help by:

  • Sending your student to school with their mask! Masks must be worn inside (covering the nose and mouth).
  • At home reinforce the importance of frequent hand-washing.

Out of an abundance of precaution families are not yet permitted to visit our classrooms. Continue to meet your child(ren)’s class on the playground at arrival and dismissal. Parent volunteers are allowed in the building. You can find information on how to volunteer below.

Lastly, don’t forget to order your Hallett spirit wear! You can order t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and masks! Information and order forms are below!

Thank you for another wonderful week. We can’t wait to see you on Monday! Have a great weekend.

With love,
Dominique Jefferson

In This Newsletter:

Black Family Advisory Council

Join the Black Family Advisory Council to make positive changes for Black students and families in Denver Public Schools!

How to get involved:

  • Join our discussion with the new DPS superintendent on the needs of our community. Sign up here
  • Fill out our interest form and we will get you added to our communications to join our next meeting. Sign up here

Follow us on social media: @DPS.BFAC

Email us: DPS.BFAC@gmail.com

Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering this year at Hallett, visit DPS Volunteer Services and please email our Dean of Culture Kelsey Rogstad at Kelsey_Rogstad@dpsk12.org. In your email please include: 

  • Days of the week you can help
  • If you have preferred classroom

Cultivating Genius in Black Students

You are invited to join virtually for a special one-night-only event Wednesday, September 29 from 4 to 6 pm EST as we engage in a thought-provoking conversation focused on Cultivating Genius Within Black Children.
Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, will deliver the keynote address.
Dr. Muhammad’s keynote will provide interactive and foundational experiences of culturally and historically responsive education to teachers and leaders. The talk will blend history, theory, and practical/engaging approaches for understanding and implementing culturally and historically responsive education (CHRE) instructional practices. Dr. Muhammad will demonstrate researched-based equity practices and offer pedagogical examples of the lesson and unit plans.
The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by P.R.I.D.E. Director Dr. Aisha White and featuring Dr. Muhammad and Bekezela Mguni, a queer Trinidadian artist, radical librarian, and educator with more than 15 years of community organizing experience in the Reproductive Justice movement.
The webinar starts at 4 pm ET and is completely free! All you have to do is register here to participate via Zoom.
Don’t forget to attend! This event is one-night-only and will not be available as a recording.

Virtual Library

Did you know that your student has access to tens of thousands of books and audiobooks online? This is an incredible tool that your student and family can use to read as many books as you could possibly want. Don’t miss out on this resource! (You can also add the Denver Public Library to your profile to access even more titles)
To learn how to use this app, please watch the video below. (English & Spanish options below)

Order Your Hallett Spirit Wear!

Download the Order Form

Download the order forms to the left, and pick out your Hallett spirit wear!To order:

  1. Select Adult or Youth, and the sizes next to the items you wish to order.
  2. If applicable select the color.
  3. Indicate how many of each item you wish to order.
  4. Multiple the Quantity by the Unit Price for the Amount
  5. Add up all numbers in the Amount column for the Total.
  6. Please turn in your order form, along with your payment to Ms. NàDea in the front office. Cash only please!

Order forms are due by Tuesday, September 28!!

Food Resources

DPS Access to Meals

Free Meals for All Students 18 Years and Younger Will Extend Through the 2021-22 School Year!

All students enrolled in Denver Public Schools will have access to breakfast and lunch meals at no cost, regardless of free and reduced meal eligibility. A la carte options (second entrée, milk, bottled water, snacks, etc.) will be available for purchase at school sites. Adult meals may be purchased, $3.00 for breakfast and $4.50 for lunch. For students who select a school lunch, they will go to the cafeteria line and choose from a variety of entrees and fruit/vegetable sides. Students will enter their student ID at the cashier only if they purchase a la carte items.
Families who would like to get meals for children at home may go to their nearest school cafeteria and request meals for children 18 years and younger.

Families are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application to be eligible for additional family benefits and school funding, including items such as fee waivers, EBT benefits, and to ensure proper funding for schools.

Pink Pantry Totes of Hope

Pink Pantry Totes of Hope is teaming up with the staff of Hallett Academy and the Food Bank of the Rockies to offer a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for students over their weekends and extended breaks, free of charge. Bags will be distributed at dismissal by the buses on the last school day before the weekend or break.

Any child enrolled in Hallett Academy is able to receive these weekly bags of food.

If you feel like your family is in need from this program, we encourage you to sign up by filling the form out below and returning it to school or you can fill it out electronically. Only one form is needed per family, but include information for each child on the form below. This information is kept confidential. Once your family is signed up, they will receive bags of food each week until they leave the school or until you no longer wish to participate.

We encourage you to take advantage of this program for your family and your students.

Questions or concerns? Please contact:

Brittany Talvy, School Psychologist 720-424-6099 or at Brittany_talvy@dpsk12.org

To complete this form electronically please click:

https://forms.gle/4mPvo4tfEwKYRJeW9 or download the form here.

FACE Center

The FACE Centers offer free wraparound services to community members 16 or older in order to obtain critical life skills to increase their economic self-sufficiency and the academic achievement of their students.

The FACE Centers offer a variety of multi-generation services at one location, making it convenient for families to benefit from multiple services offered in their school community. Participants do not have to be DPS parents, all services are open to all community members.


  • GED Classes
  • Workforce development: Job placement, resume building, workforce training, interview preparation
  • DPS Hiring Pipeline: for jobs available in Food Services Department, Facilities, Paraprofessional and more!
  • English Classes
  • Financial LiteracyCitizenship classes
  • Computer classes
  • Early Literacy classes
  • Legal Clinics and Workshops
  • Basic needs assistance
  • Social Emotional Support
  • Free Childcare during all classes

FACE Center – Johnson Elementary School

1850 South Irving St. Denver, CO 80219 Phone: 720.424.2970

FACE Center – John H. Amesse Elementary School

54400 Scranton St. Denver, CO, 80239 Phone: 720.424.2961

Free Basketball Camp

Free basketball camp Sept 25th from  DPD/Gold Crown Basketball Camp and Mentorship Program Launch for ages 9-13. 

 *Eventbrite is the platform we are using to sign up kids. It’s a sales based program and references the word “tickets.”  

The registered youth are not required to present a ticket at any time.This data will be used to confirm participation and track the number of registered youth.Password: Pazen