Barney Ford Elementary

Weekly Update: February 15, 2024

02/15/24, 5:32 PM

Dear Families,


Happy long weekend! Tomorrow is a planning day for teachers and there is no school for students. Monday is President’s Day. School resumes on Tuesday at 7:45. Please remember to send your student ready to learn in their school uniform. 

Multicultural Family Night: Thursday 2/22

Our next Family Fun Night is Thursday, February 22. Join us for a pizza dinner, African drumming, and Polynesian Dance. We hope to see you at this Black History Month and Pacific Islander Celebration.


Staff Spotlight: Chris Martinez

Chris Martinez is our hardworking and flexible facilities manager. He arrives at Barney Ford every morning at 5:30 to make sure our sidewalks are clear, the building is safe, and ready for learning. Chris was born and raised in Denver.  He’s been with DPS since 2016. He likes the supportive community at Barney Ford and how the staff pitches in to help. Outside of school, he enjoys driving through the mountains with his Spotify playlist cranked up.

Attendance Update

Our attendance rate reached 88.9% last week, short of our 95% goal. 4th grade had the best attendance at 92.7%. We want all our students to be Attendneace Heros!

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 16: No school: Teacher Professional Development
  • Feb 19: No School: President’s Day
  • Feb 20: 5th Grade Field Trip: History Colorado Museum
  • Feb 22: 4th Grade Field Trip: History Colorado Museum
  • Feb 23: Dollar Dress Down Day

View the February calendar here.

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Free After School Meals from Tasty Food!

Denver invites youth, ages 5 - 18, to enjoy FREE breakfast, lunch, supper, and/or a nutritious snack. Tasty Food meals include up to five food groups that are low in fat and prepared fresh. No ID or registration is required, just show up and eat. Bring some friends for some fun!

Find your nearest site and stay updated HERE.


DPS’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team: a comprehensive list of meals, housing, mental health, and other resources to share with students and families in English and Spanish.

Rent and Utility Assistance

The Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance (TRUA) Program assists eligible households with:

  • Rental Assistance – Up to 6 months of rental assistance may be provided to an eligible household within 12 months (calendar year). This may include rental arrears, the current month’s rent, and one future month’s rent.
  • Utility Assistance – This program provides utility assistance to Denver Water and/or Xcel Energy (electric, gas) for renters and homeowners. Utility assistance may be provided to eligible households one time per utility within 12 months (calendar year).
  • Relocation Assistance – This may include a security deposit, the first month’s rent, and application fees. The deposit and first month’s rent will count as one month each toward the 6-month maximum.

Migrant Support