Parent Letter February 10

Posted February 15, 2023

Dear Montclair Families…

Happy Friday

We are having a special craft day tomorrow Saturday the 11th. There will be a variety of Valentine’s Day projects to choose from. It will take place in the cafeteria from 10AM -12PM. See you there!

Message From our Enrichment team

We are looking for your empty cereal boxes! Mr. Horeis, our STEAM teacher, is looking for empty cereal boxes for an upcoming project.  You can drop off your cereal boxes at the Front Office.

Message From our Nurse Meg – Montclair School Nurse

Please remember to keep your students home from school when they have symptoms of illness.

We have seen an uptick in illnesses in schools that involve the respiratory system (cough, runny nose, sore throat and sneezing) and gastrointestinal system (stomach upset, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) of the body and we need those students to recover at home. If your student has any of these symptoms or a fever they need to be home until their symptoms have greatly improved, they can participate in school activities and they have been fever-free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the main office and speak to our front office staff. Thank you for your cooperation and have a wonderful weekend!

Pick-Up and Drop-Off 

School starts at 8:00 AM

School doors will open at  7:55 AM

School ends at 3:05 PM.  

If you are running late, please call the front office at 720-424-5380. 

Everyone entering the building please check in at the front desk. 

School Choice Round 1 is Here and ends on Tuesday Feburary 14th

DPS School Choice round 1 begins today, 1/13. The window is open from January 13th at 10 A.M to February 14th. If your child is in ECE or 5th grade, you must fill out a school choice application to ensure they have a spot in the fall.   To participate in SchoolChoice, families submit one SchoolChoice application per student, on which they rank their top schools in order of preference, up to a limit of 12. DPS then uses a computer algorithm that matches students to schools based on those preferences, as well as school admission priorities and available space.  

DPS Choice Enrollment Link

***UPK/School Choice Registration Open House

Need help applying for ECE-4 for the 2023-24 school year? Come see us on:

Saturday, February 11, 10 AM- 1 PM

Universal Preschool (UPK)

The process for applying to ECE is changing this year as we switch to Universal Preschool. This year, Colorado passed proposition EE, which grants all Colorado families to access 15 hours of early childhood education per week, per child. To apply for preschool for the 2023-24 school year, you must fill out both a UPK application and a DPS School Choice Application. 

Important Information about UPK Application Process

Complete the UPK app and make your school selections.

  • Submit income verification

Complete DPS SchoolChoice Round 1 application – There are no school selections– families will only select UPK.

  • Submit all documentation

DPS is not running its standard lottery and system for ECE4– the state-run UPK lottery will take its place.

There will be no waitlist for DPS SchoolChoice or UPK for ECE4 programs.

Click here for the UPK Website


We attempt to have outside recess every day when the weather allows. Please ensure your students have the proper clothing for cold and wet weather. This includes a hat, gloves, coat, and winter boots.  

Message for Parents and Guardians

Message form our Mental Health Department

On this week’s episode of the EDUCA Podcast, we interviewed Libby Malone and Grant Van Pelt, nationally-certified school psychologists for DPS.

Hear from Libby and Grant (in Spanish) about DPS’ approach to mental health as well as Colorado’s overall plan for addressing mental health days.

DPS is committed to the mental and physical wellbeing of its students and staff, and recognizes the impact that the mental health services team has within schools. Watch these important conversations in English and Spanish.

Mental Health Support Videos.

Student lunch visits

We welcome our parents and guardians to join their students for school lunch. Please check in before your student’s lunchtime and check out at the end of their lunch period. 

Guardians’ student early pickup ends at 2:45 PM 

Please pick up your little learners before 2:45 or after 3:05.

Message From The Front Office

If your child is out ill, please make sure to leave a message on the school’s attendance line and not with the health office. 

The automated absence call goes out at 9:30. If you have called to excuse your child, please note you may still receive the absence phone call. You are welcome to call the front office if you have any questions. 

PEAK – Parents. Educators. Kids. Organization 

We were excited to welcome community members, Parents, and teachers.  Our goal is to build community through events for all and fundraising to support the school and our enrichment programs.  Please join us for the next PEAK meeting on 1/25/22 at 3:30 pm in the library. On this month’s agenda; craft day events & scheduling, fundraising events, and committee organization for the 23-24 SY.  

Upcoming Events

February 11th – Valentine’s Craft Day

February 15th – PEAK Meeting 

DPS Parent Links:

My School Bucks

Lunch Application

Parent Portal


Lunch Menu

DPS 2022-2023 Calendar

Montclair Calendar

Translation & Interpretation

To request translation and interpretation services, please contact your school’s main office. Click here to see a list of schools and contact information. For questions, please email or call 720-423-3767.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Be well,

Susan and AJ