Hallett Community News: 10/22/21

Posted October 22, 2021

Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • Friday, October 29 – Halloween Block Parade
  • Monday, November 22 – Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break, No School for Students
  • Monday, December 20 – Monday, January 3: Winter Break, No School for Students

Dear Hallett Families,

It is that time of year again in Colorado where it can be 70° and sunny one day, and then the next we are bracing for snow! Be sure to read the district’s weather delay policy below so that you are prepared for our first snow this school year.

As we get ready for the end of the month, we are excited to celebrate Halloween next Friday, October 29! The celebration will start during school, with students and staff encouraged to wear costumes (please no toy weapons) Then, at the end of the school day we invite families to join us for our Halloween Block Parade! You can find more information about the parade below.

But the Halloween fun doesn’t stop there! That Friday evening McAuliffe International School has invited Hallett families to Trunk-or-Treat at their school! You can find details for that event below.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

With love,
Dominique Jefferson

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Update on Spirit Wear Orders

We have been informed that due to shipping delays that our spirit wear items will not be fulfilled within the original 2-3 week timeline. At this time we have been told that it will late November is when we will likely receive orders. We are in touch with our vendor on a weekly basis and will keep everyone updated!

DPS Weather Delay Process

New for this school year, all schools (regardless of start time) will be delayed by two hours if a Weather Delay is called by the district.

We are committed to informing families about school closures or delays as early as possible – with the goal to make the call by 5 a.m.

The decision to delay or close will be made by the superintendent. That decision is based on expected accumulation of snow, the size of the storm and its duration.

The superintendent, transportation director and other district officials assess local & national weather projections and an independent weather service. Leaders also confer with City of Denver plowing schedules, CDOT and neighboring school districts before making the call.

When inclement weather reaches the metro area, members of the DPS Department of Safety and Facility Management teams visit sites checking on the impact of the weather in and around our schools. That information is shared with DPS leadership and is used in the decision-making process.


How will I know if my child’s school is closed or delayed?

DPS announces closures or delays via the following communications tools:

  • Automated calls and emails – Families who provide phone numbers or email addresses to schools will receive a phone call and/or an email announcing any closure or delay due to inclement weather.
  • Bus Bulletin, DPS’ new tool automatically informing parents of any school bus delays. Learn more or sign up here.
  • News media – DPS immediately notifies news media for inclusion on their weather closing or delays lists.
  • DPS homepage – Closures and delays are announced via a red “alert” banner across the top of the district homepage at www.dpsk12.org.
  • DPS social media – Announcements to close or delay school will quickly be posted to Facebook @Denver Public Schools and Twitter @DPSNewsNow.
  • District closure/delay hotline – A message announcing the closure or delay will be left on the school district’s closure hotline at 720-423-3200, as well on the DPS Transportation Services hotline at 720-423-4600.

What goes into the decision to close or delay a school?

The decision to keep schools open, to delay them or to close them during winter weather is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of DPS students and their families. Schools are not only vital places of learning for students, but they also provide nutrition, health care, counseling and essential support services. Whenever possible, DPS strives to keep schools open. If schools are closed, all school-related activities that day – athletics, performances – are also canceled.

What happens with other activities, such as after-school sports, if schools are closed?

If schools are closed, all school-related activities that day – athletics, performances – are also canceled.

What is a weather delay? How does it impact Discovery Link?

New for the 2019-20 school year, all schools (regardless of start time) will be delayed by two hours if a Weather Delay is called by the district.The end time of the school day will not change.

Discovery Link programming, available at many of our schools, will also be delayed by two hours, beginning at 8:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. Please know that Discovery Link is available only for enrolled students.

What if I need to go to work before the delayed start time?

We encourage families to seek out alternative childcare. If you are concerned about your ability to do so, please connect with your school leader in advance of a delay. Note that before school Discovery Link programming will still occur (beginning two hours later) however these programs are only available to already enrolled students due to state licensing restriction

What time will buses arrive during a delayed start? 

You can expect your bus to arrive about two hours later than it would arrive on a traditional day.

What is the impact of a two-hour delay on afterschool activities?

Unless it is otherwise communicated, afterschool activities will still happen on days when there is a two-hour delay.Updates will be posted on the dpsk12.org homepage.

What if I have another question?

Please submit questions to communications@dpsk12.org; frequently asked questions will be added to this list.

Halloween Celebration: Friday, October 29

Students are allowed to dress up for Halloween on Friday, October 29! ( Please do not send your student with any type of toy weapon as part of their costume.)

At 3:30 p.m. that day we will have a Halloween Block Parade! Students will parade around the outside of the school building, parents are welcome to join us!

If there is inclement weather, then students will parade around the halls of Hallett.

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

We are looking for a Teacher & Paraprofessional to join our amazing team!! If you, or someone you know, is looking to join a team of talented educators dedicated to making learning joyful, call our front office today! 720-424-6070

Counseling Resources

The University of Colorado Denver Student and Community Counseling Center clinic provides counseling services for children, families, and individual adults for DPS at a rate of $10 per session provided by our Masters-level counselors.

COVID-19 Decision Tree

As schools continue to receive calls about positive COVID exposures and test results, we want to make sure you are aware of the COVID Decision Tree used by DPS to quarantine or isolate students. PLEASE keep us apprised of exposures, test results, etc. We would like to continue in-person learning for as long as possible for our students, and we need your help to do so. Keeping sick children home is important for doing that. Thank you for helping us with this.

Fresh Produce for All Families Every Friday!

Fresh Produce for All Families Every Friday!

Free fresh produce will be available after school on the basketball courts for all Hallett families! Produce is provided by Food Bank of the Rockies and will be available on a first come first basis.

Other non-perishable food will be available on Fridays for pick-up as well!

Friday Powersacks

Dear Hallett Families,

This school year your student will receive and bring home a large “Powersack” of food, which is being provided by your friends at Food for Thought!

We are a grass-roots group of neighbors who want to make sure every student has meals to eat over the weekend! We hope this bag will help provide meals and snacks for your student and your family each weekend. All funds for this food are privately funded with great passion. Please be respectful of the contents of the bag! Help us by ensuring all the food gets to your home or a family in need. We are very cautious of ‘expired’ dating. Please review the attached documents to understand how these dates are determined. If you don’t need the food in this bag, please pass it on to another family member or neighbor in need.

Your student will receive a Powersack every other Friday during the school year. Students will receive the Powersack on the following dates Friday:

9/24, 10/1, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3 and 12/17.

We welcome your feedback! Please let us know what you think of our program! You can reach us at info@foodforthoughtdenver.org. If you have additional questions feel free to contact your School representative, Brittany Talvy at 720-424-6099 or brittany_talvy@dpsk12.org

We wish you and your student(s) a productive and fun school year.

Bob Bell


Food For Thought – Denver



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 to students at dismissal on the last school day before the weekend or break. Occasionally there will be fresh produce and food available on Friday on the playground by the basketball courts.

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. 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


Click here to download the form | Fill out online: https://forms.gle/4mPvo4tfEwKYRJeW9

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
Notes from the Front Office

Up-to-Date Contact Information

Parents, please make sure that the office has updated contact information. If you have changed your phone number or address, please contact the school office at 720-424-6070. It is frustrating for the staff to have to contact you only to find out that your number or the numbers of emergency contacts are no longer valid.
After School Pick-UpParents, it is extremely important that you be on time to pick up your child from school in a timely manner. School releases at 4:05, please arrive at the school no later than 4:15.
We do understand that there will be instances where you may be late. Please be considerate and contact the school office if you know you will be delayed in picking up your child.  Contacting the school office on a daily basis to advise that you will be late is unacceptable.  
If you would like information about the before and / or afterschool program, please let us know and we will send you the information.

Change in Pick-Up Plans

If you are changing how your child is getting home for the afternoon, please contact the school prior to 3:30 so that we have time to get notifications out to the student as well as as to their teachers.


If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office to advise.  If we do not hear from you, then your child will have an unverified absence.

Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Rent Assistance
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)

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