Bradley Messenger 5.3.24

Posted 05/04/2024


  • Bradley was awarded the 2023 John Irwin School of Excellence AwardThe John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Framework reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. Way to go Bradley staff and students!
  • The Bradley Farm and Food Forest beautification is well on its way!  Last month we installed our 120 tree plum orchard. These trees should begin to bear fruit in 2 or 3 years. We also had several class groups and volunteer groups from Family and Community Engagement out to help clean up the farm perimeter and plant trees along the fenceline. Once the major irrigation project is complete, we are planning on planting melons and acorn squash in June, to be harvested in September once school is back in session. This spring also saw the installation of a Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) Food Forest at the entrance of the farm. This area will be maintained by volunteer tree keepers from DUG. Later this fall, DUG is planning on planting the second half of the food forest.  
  • IB Student Led Conferences: Today’s student led conferences were successful! It was great to see student’s explaining their work to parents and guardians. Thank you for joining your students today!
  • Symphony Spotlight: We had a 13 piece symphony perform this week. Students were mesmerized by this amazing performance. Ask your student what they liked best!

Note from Jodie Leatherman, Assistant Principal:
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you that I have accepted a position outside the district for next year in order to be closer to my family.  It has been an honor to be an integral part of the unique Bradley community for so many years.  Thank you for the opportunity to teach and lead in such an amazing school! 

The position for the Bradley Assistant Principal has been posted on the Denver Public Schools website.  We will be working closely with our hiring committee and the Collaborative Director for our school to fill this position.  If you know of anyone who would be a great candidate, please encourage them to apply or to contact Mrs. Ulery with any questions.

School News

  • Thank you to the PTO for the AMAZING lunch today!!! We are so loved!
  • DPS Early Bird Online Registration: Early Bird Registration: This year the Early Bird window will be Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 24.  At the beginning of each school year, ALL DPS families will need to complete the Online Registration. The Registration (FKA Annual Family Update) registration is ONLINE ONLY and is REQUIRED FOR ALL DPS FAMILIES!  Registration can only be completed by the parent guardian listed in the primary household of the student record. Parents/guardians must have an active DPS Parent Portal account; check for an active account or create an account at For instructions on Online Registration, please find a step-by-step guide HERE.
  • Lost & Found: Please check and have your student check the lost and found area for missing items. The L&F area is gathering new items daily!
  • Bradley Yearbook: Order your Bradley yearbook now through TreeRing! You get to customize 2 pages which makes your yearbook SPECIAL to YOU! See the flier HERE  or follow this LINK to order.
  • Irrigation System Update: The irrigation system installation is underway.  The handicap ramp will be closed for another week.  The access from the parking lot to the blacktop will still be closed.  Please use other entrances/exits to access the blacktop.  There is handicap access available on the south end of Elm Street if needed.  
  • DPS Summer Connections: The registration deadline for Summer Connections 2024 has been extended to May 12. If you are interested in registering, please register through the Parent Portal or call 720-423-1797 for assistance.  Spaces are still available at the following locations: 
  • Center for Talent Development at Greenlee.  
  • Farrell B. Howell ECE-8.  
  • Swansea Elementary. 

Students will get to preview their upcoming grade’s content and enjoy enriching activities such as Legos week, inventor’s week and a field trip. The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and requires a commitment to all five weeks of the program, which runs from June 17 to July 19. Visit the Summer Connections site for more information.

  • Skate City Summer Card: As the countdown to the end of the year I’m sure is in full swing, it’s that time again for summer skating and the Skate City Summer Membership Card Program! With costs continuing to rise in all aspects of our daily lives, we want to be able to see the students and families within our communities be able to enjoy a fun, healthy, and safe activity to enjoy throughout the summer months at a discounted rate. With a $5 summer membership card, anybody can skate all summer long for just $1 admission, AND your school earns back $2 for each card sold! Over 28,000 summer cards were sold just last year, and already seeing families ask about them again this year… Below you will find all the details regarding the summer membership card program and getting your school set up to offer the cards to the students, staff, families, and friends. Skate City Summer 2024
  • ELCSports Summer Camp – Space Still Available! Extended Learning and Community Schools is proud to launch their first-ever sport-focused summer camp at South High School! These weekly camps will help students build athletic skills and prepare them for ELCSports – DPS’ only district-run elementary sports league. For more information and to register, click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to
  • VOLUNTEER: Volunteers in the school must fill out the DPS Volunteer form each year and must be cleared before volunteering in the classroom. DPS Volunteer

IB Learner Profile of the Month
The Learner Profile for the month of May is “Reflective”. Students who are reflective give thoughtful consideration to their learning and experience.  They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Activities for Parents:

  • Spend some time reviewing your child’s report card with them.  They should have the opportunity to look at this document and consider it well. Discuss it with them and truly consider their thoughts and their strengths and areas for improvement. 
  • As we begin to wrap up this school year, have your child take some time to think about what they have learned this year-both socially and academically.  Have them create goals for themselves to continue the growth and reflection process. 
  • Attend IB Student Led Conferences on May 3rd, so that your child can reflect on the different learning experiences they have had the opportunity to engage with!
  • May IB Attitude

News from the Nurse:

  • For students who are ill, please call the Attendance Line at 720.424.9398. After three days of illness, you need to provide a doctor’s note to be able to keep excusing the absences.
  • ILLNESS SYMPTOMS- If your student has a fever or exhibits any symptoms related to COVID-19 or any other infectious disease they must stay home and avoid coming to school. Anyone with a fever or vomiting must remain home and fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication. Please continue to call the attendance line to report absences. 
  • Students who present these symptoms at school will be sent home (Fever, vomiting, coughing, cruddy/runny nose, etc.)
  • NUTS: Please make sure that you don’t bring items with nuts into the classroom, as we have students with allergies to nuts.
  • MEDICATION: If your student needs medicine during the school day, please contact our nurse Shayla Marak at 720-424-9394 to discuss the necessary paperwork.


  • CSC Meeting – May 8, 2024 at 3:30pm in the Bradley library
  • CSC Family Input Form: give CSC feedback, questions, thoughts, etc. Family Input Form

PTO Happenings:

  • A “Unique” dines out is scheduled for May! We are doing a 4 day takeout only event with Unique Indian Cuisine at 2245 S Colorado Blvd from May 6th through May 9th. Just mention Bradley or show the flier when you pick up your order (online or phone orders), and they will donate 15% back to Bradley. 303-756-0744 
  • PTO needs YOU we are looking for more volunteers! Please click the link to see where you can help
  • Check out the PTO website for full details and future meeting dates. 

Discovery Link:

    • Discovery Link: Discovery Link Summer 2024 English & Spanish Flier Join Discovery Link for K-5 summer camp at these locations: Bromwell | Denison | Dora Moore | Isabella Bird | Lowry | Slavens | Swigert | Valdez | Willow Summer In the City 2024 Registration Opens January 23rd Camp Dates: June 10th – August 2nd, 2024 Camp Time: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm Camp Cost: $55.00 Per Day
  • Interested in Discovery Link for your ECE student next school year?  Fill out this survey to express your interest.

Community News:

  • DU Summer Camp: Greetings from Brains and Motion Education! My name is Muneeb Abedi with Brains and Motion Education. We are thrilled to announce that this summer, we are hosting captivating STEM camps right at Denver University. Our aim is simple yet profound: 
    • More avenues to explore their interests.
    • Next-generation STEM content, fostering innovation and curiosity.
    • A secure and enjoyable environment where they can make the most of their summer break.
    • Flier for more information
  • Eisenhower Rec Center: Kids get free access to Denver recreation centers, swimming  pools, and cultural facilities where they can participate in healthy, safe and fun activities after school, over summer break, and on weekends! See what’s happening at the Eisenhower Rec Center and learn about the MY Denver Card! March My Denver Card Events

Upcoming Important Dates to Remember

May 6 – 10 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 – Early Bird 2024-25 Online Registration BEGINS (How to Register)
May 8 – CSC Meeting – 3:30pm – Library
May 9 – Session 4 After School Enrichment ENDS
May 9 – PTO General Meeting – Library 3:00pm

May 20 – Mrs. Collins’ class – Geometry Rocks 3:00pm
May 21 – Ms. Nicola’s class – Geometry Rocks 3:00pm
May 23 – Ms. Harrison’s class – Geometry Rocks 3:00pm
May 23 – Discovery Link Family Night 5:30-7:30pm
May 24 – Early Bird Online Registration ENDS
May 27 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
May 31 – Field Day (3rd-5th AM; K-2nd PM; ECE TBD)
June 4 – 5th Grade Continuation (Time TBD)
June 4 – ECE 4’s Continuation 9am – 10am
June 5 – Kindergarten Continuation (Time TBD)
June 5 – End of 3rd Trimester/Last Day of School (Dismissal 11:15am)
June 7 – Main Office Closed