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April, 2014
***Latest News and  Events***

As the school year winds down new PTA officers are elected for next year, don’t forget to submit the 2014-2015 Officer List to the Colorado PTA office.  This ensures we have up-to-date contact information in order to communicate with you.  

Mark your Calendars!! 

Join Denver Council PTSA at Lakeside Amusement Park on Saturday, May 10 from 1:00-3:00 PM to kick-off the summer and celebrate PTA in our schools and communities.  All schools should have received discount ride coupons so your families can enjoy the summer at Lakeside.  These tickets may be used any day during the summer, in addition to May 10.  If your school did not receive enough tickets for your students and staff, please contact Dorolyn Griebenaw at or 303-477-4125 for additional tickets.

All local unit officers and committee chair persons are encouraged to attend the FREE PTA training session hosted by Denver Council PTSA.  The date this year will be Saturday, August 16, 2014.  More details and location will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

Register today for the 2014 Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition! The convention—June 19-22 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center—is your opportunity to network with more than 1,000 PTA members and partners and hear from experts in the PTA and education community in a robust offering of inspiring education sessions and special guest speakers. For more info on early-bird registration rates, hotel and travel, visit


Congratulations to the following PTA units recognized for membership enrollment at the 2014 Colorado PTA Convention on April 11, 2014:
Aspen Award
10% or greater increase in membership
Denver Language School  
Edison Elementary
Goldrick Elementary
John Cory
Lincoln Elementary
Park Hill Elementary
Slavens School 
South H.S. 
Teller Elementary
 Timberline Award– K-8 school with
 greatest percentage membership increase
Denver Language School


Here’s How it Works: Recruit and Report!

Jump start your membership push and get a chance to win $1,000 for your PTA. Get 14 members to join your local PTA between February 1 and May 31 and receive one entry to win $1,000 for your PTA. 

For every 14 members you recruit, attach one “Official National PTA 14 in ’14 Entry Form” to your State PTA membership dues report. Send the entry form(s) and your membership dues report to your State PTA Office.

Start recruiting now to increase your odds of winning.* 14 local PTAs will be selected to win $1,000 in June 2014. Drawing will be held at the National PTA Convention & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, June 19-22. *Limit 10 entries per PTA.

Your PTA could be a Winner! Download the entry form.

Questions? Download FAQs.

What's Happening Around Denver.....

Message from East High School Diversity & Inclusivity

“We live in a world today, where information is given and received in 15 second sound bytes.  Fifteen seconds is not much time to capture people’s attention.  Entertainment is one way to turn people’s heads, they will watch, listen and sometimes participate.  The definition of ENTERTAINMENT:  “Something that amuses, pleases, or diverts, especially a performance or show.”  Different people area amused, pleased and diverted by different things: Arts, Culture, Science, Technology, Literacy and more.  Edutainment: The act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains.  Parents have talent, brain-storm with them on how to use those talents to recruit members, engage students and plan events.  Stories are a wonderful means of edutainment, because everyone has a story to tell.  These are the methods we are using at East High School, to engage people in the conversation about diversity and inclusivity and to recruit new members.”

Marijuana and teens in Denver: What next?

Recently, Denver South High School led a pre-emptive effort to tackle some of the questions around Amendment 64 and Denver’s youth by hosting a discussion panel. The panel included a range of community members, from school-based health educators to special interest groups (both for and against Amendment 64), to members of Denver Health and the city attorney’s office.

The discussion was not only civil but informative, even if slightly daunting from a parent’s perspective. It highlighted that, although we have some sense of the dangers with respect to adolescent usage of marijuana, we as a community have neither put forth a uniform message as to why teenagers should refrain from using marijuana, nor have a concrete agenda as to how to handle the potential pitfalls (mental health, school-based regulation, or otherwise) related to its increased availability among teens in Denver.

Where do we go from here?

Carolyn HowardDenver
This letter was published in the March 8 edition of the Denver Post.

Note: This panel discussion was broadcast by CPR and then aired recently on NPR's program Here and Now. It has sparked national debate on how to handle legalization among the adolescent population both in terms of prevention/education and in terms of some of the pitfalls such as addiction and mental health issues.


                      Health & Wellness in DPS
Denver Council PTSA has adopted the following Health & Wellness policy:

Denver Council PTSA Position Statement on Healthy Lifestyles
Denver Council PTSA is committed to building healthy students, families and healthy communities and believes that DCPTSA has an important role to play in providing schools, parents, teachers, students and communities with the tools, resources and training to shape healthy school environments. 
Denver Council PTSA aims to advance the health of Colorado’s students in fulfilling that commitment.  DCPTSA ages to support and advance the health of Colorado’s students, families and community members by:
  1. Promoting the inclusion of Health and Wellness Chairs within local PTA units.
  2. Providing PTA school communities with the access to training and resources to foster health and wellness within school communities.
  3. Choosing partner organizations that align with and advance the National PTA and Colorado PTA health and wellness resolutions and position statements.
  4. Seeking funding to advance and support healthy school communities (students, staff, families).
  5. Advancing legislative, executive and administrative policies that support national PTA and Colorado PTA Healthy Lifestyles resolutions and positions.
Research shows healthy habits learned in childhood support proper growth and development of children’s bodies and brains to promote better health outcomes in adulthood.  Because mental and physical health are linked to learning ability and because good health is a critical predictor of future productivity, Denver Council supports schools in becoming places of learning that model, institutionalize and advance healthy habits among students in Colorado schools.
Fact:      Schools play a critical role in teaching children to become healthy, educated productive citizens.
Fact:      Healthy children learn more easily, miss less school, present fewer behavioral problems, have better attitudes and stay in school and graduate
Fact:      Healthy children are better prepared to become healthy adults who raise healthy families
Fact:      Good nutrition is critical to good health
Fact:      Physical activity strengthens children’s bodies, minds and self-esteem and improves mental health and academic achievement
Fact:      Comprehensive health and physical education ensures students are resilient, physically literate and given the skills and knowledge to be active for a lifetime
Fact:      Parents play a vital role in advocating for and helping schools implement Healthy Lifestyle best practices.

In fulfilling this commitment, Denver Council PTSA has partnered with Shawn St Sauveur, DPS Health and Wellness Specialist.  Shawn is the Health and Wellness Specialist at Denver Public Schools and his role is to help schools create initiatives around health and wellness and help schools build functioning wellness teams. He works with Principals, parents, staff, and students to find ways to make schools healthier. He has been a health educator for more than 15 years. Shawn has been a Health teacher teaching all grades K-12; with a strong focus at the High School Level. He has helped schools create fitness and health policies, developed all school movement programs and helped to get parents to be advocates for their children and their children’s school. Shawn is very passionate about Health and wellness and loves being a health educator. His favorite mantra is to “Practice what you preach”. 

Shawn will be joining the DCPTSA Board and providing amazing insight and programs for Denver PTAs. Please plan to attend fall training to hear from Shawn and get some ideas.

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