First Grade Learns How to Compare Numbers

KameaThe students in Ms. Feinman’s first grade class have been learning how to compare numbers using symbols. The students practiced with crackers (hundreds), pretzel sticks (tens) and skittles (ones) to represent numbers. Then they decided which numbers were greater than, less than or equal to each other. The students had so much fun using these hands on materials! These students are now experts on comparing numbers!







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Mrs.Weir’s Students get 900 Grant Ready for the Holidays

Mrs. Weir’s Visual Arts students, pictured below, sit with Superintendent Boasberg in front of their mural and School Board President, Happy Haynes.  What a wonderful way to start the Holiday Break!

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First Graders went to see The Nutcracker in a Nutshell!


On December 11th, First Graders went to see The Nutcracker in a Nutshell, at the Lakewood Cultural Center.  The Center was gracious enough to offer us a Scholarship, so students did not have to pay the full price.  The First Graders spent several weeks learning about ballet and The Nutcracker.  The students read and heard many versions of the Nutcracker.  They practiced retelling the stories, using a rubric created based on the new Common Core State Standards.  While at the Lakewood Cultural Center, the students watched several different dances from the Nutcracker and learned about pointe shoes.  The students were so engaged and excited during the show that they were sitting on the edges of their seats!  It was an amazing experience for everyone!  On December 14th, many students from First Grade and their families will be joining Mrs. Franklin and Ms. Feinman at the Paramount Theatre. They will be watching the full version of The Nutcracker!

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School Safety – Child Hit by Car

December 3, 2013

Dear Dora Moore families,sign-school

I would like to make you aware of an incident that occurred yesterday at 5:45 p.m. outside our school hours. One of our kindergarten students was hit by a vehicle while the child was attempting to cross 9th Avenue. The student suffered minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

Please take this opportunity to reinforce safety messages with your students. It’s important for students to always be cautious when walking to and from school and to take care when walking across the street. Below are a few traffic safety reminders to go over with your students.

Street Safety:

  • Cross at corners and use a crosswalk.
  • Be aware of all vehicles
  • Stop, look and cross with adult help. Obey traffic signals.
  • Be careful and make safe choices.

Safety is our No. 1 priority at Dora Moore, and I thank you for helping us to keep our kids safe while at school and en route to school.


Joan Wamsley

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Dora Moore Students Making News, Literally!


Congratulations to Dora Moore School students: Allie Driver, Layla Rankin, Mia Perez, Jennifer Pedroza, Jaida Key, Jessicka Franklin and to Ms. Brody for making news with Rocky Mountain PBS!  Your video was fantastic!

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Minor Bus Accident

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Nov. 5, 2013

Dear Dora Moore Elementary families,

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, during the afternoon routes home there was a minor bus
accident involving students headed from Dora Moore to their respective bus
stops. Fortunately, no students or individuals were injured, and everyone was
safely transported to another bus and on to their home bus stops.

Student safety is a top priority at Denver Public Schools and Dora Moore. Our school
and district staff is available for any support in this regard.

Please let me know if you have any questions. As always, thank you for your support of
our students and staff.

Joan  Wamsley
Dora Moore K-8

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House Tour Brings in an Estimated $20,000!

Thank you to the tireless work of our PTSA, volunteers, teachers, student ambassadors, sponsors and most importantly, our home owners, we had one of our best House Tours ever!  It was  a beautiful day to visit the spectacular Humboldt Island homes and the proceeds will greatly benefit the programs, students, and community of Dora Moore.

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Dora Moore is in the News!

Thank you to Nancy Foster, writer for Life on Capitol Hill and to our own Ms. Brody for getting us back on track with this wonderful publication.

Look for the article on page 29.

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We Need Your Help!

With the affordability of cellular and smart phones, we have seen an increase of these devices in the classrooms and throughout the building. While we recognize the peace of mind it may provide parents to equip children with these tools, it has become problematic to instruction and has increased student thefts. Cell phone use by students increases bullying behaviors via text and undermines student culture. If the students are taking an assessment, It may be cause for an invalidation. Dora Moore does not sanction the use of portable electronics at school, inclusive of cellular devices and request that they remain home.  Understanding our community’s needs, at a minimum, these devices must be kept in the student’s backpack or locker and are not to be on their person or in the classroom impeding instruction or school business. To assist with deterring thefts from backpacks and lockers(when sharing), we recommend the purchase of a small combination, suitcase lock to keep any personal items secure by locking backpack zippers.  These travel locks are available at Target, Wal-Mart, ACE Hardware, online at and other stores where locks are sold. They may cost anywhere from $3 to $15.

This coming week we will be diligently enforcing the No-Cell-Phone policy and ask that you support us by having conversations with your child about keeping the classroom bully and distraction free.  Students with cell phones may receive a lunch detention for this policy.  You will be notified if this occurs.  As a reminder, Dora Moore is not responsible for the loss or theft of any electronic devices nor are we able to provide resources in the recovery of such items.

Thank you for your support and understanding.


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Fun, Family and Food Made Math Night a Hit!

Thank you to all that joined us on Math Night for an exciting evening of activities and door prizes. Congratulations to all those that won the fabulous gift bags filled with items to stimulate the mathematical mind!

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