Kid Smart – before and after-school care now offered at Gust

Kids-SmART, Inc. is a company founded on the vision that every child deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. They deserve an environment where they are encouraged to discover themselves and are able to develop to their full potential. Kids-SmART also believes in a holistic approach where we feel open communication is important between the Kids-SmART staff, the child’s parents, their teachers, and the school administration to ensure the common goal of each child’s success in their educational growth. Kids-SmART provides these first-rate programs at a fee that is extremely affordable, and offers various discounts and payment programs for those who cannot otherwise afford it.

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Gust Community,

As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I want to welcome all new and returning families to our Gust Community! We are home of the proud Gust Tigers!

Gust is a wonderful school with a great culture of learning and a commitment to supporting the whole child; focusing on character and academic growth. Gust is staffed with highly effective teachers that joyfully work with our eager and talented students and our actively engaged parents/families.

My journey to Principal of Gust began as a young student of the Denver Public Schools and a proud graduate of George Washington High School. I completed my multiple degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and began my teaching career in DPS. I have taught at both the elementary and middle school levels which has afforded me varied experiences that have helped shape my beliefs about education. As I begin my 32nd year in DPS, I can say that I am a leader who deeply values relationships and collaboration and that school should be a place of joy, personalization, and rigor. We are charged with preparing our students for the future and the dreams they wish to pursue.

I am a native of Denver and a proud mother of two. My husband, children, and I enjoy our beautiful Colorado state by spending time in the mountains going hiking and snowshoeing. When we have the opportunity, my family also enjoys traveling and always looks forward to experiencing different areas of the country and world.

This year there will be new ways in which families may become involved at Gust and I look forward to spending time with all of the Gust families. Please watch for flyers with upcoming parent engagement opportunities!

With Best Regards,

Joanne P. Lander

DPS Back to School Website

DPS families can now access our new back-to-school website at, which offers comprehensive information to help families navigate the back-to-school process. DPS will also be sharing on Facebook and Twitter #Back2SchoolTools with important deadlines and information with families.

Gust Registration August 2 & 3

Please make sure you come and register your student to attend Gust.  Please bring proof of address, birth certificates and immunizations records with you to registration.  Remember the first day of school is fast approaching, the first day of school is Aug. 21st!


A Note from the Principal

Greetings Gust Community!  I want to begin by congratulating the 2017 Mile High Scholars:

Sinai Gonzalez, 5th Grade

Emerson Villeda-Galeano, 5th Grade

The award is given to students who exemplify leadership, respect and peer support.  “This program instills a sense of pride in the students’ achievements and their contributions to their school community,” Mayor Hancock said. “The students who are recognized as Mile High Scholars demonstrate the leadership skills and compassion required to compete and succeed.  This generation will ensure the long-term vitality of our great city. We are honored to recognize them for their accomplishments.” These students have received certificate packages that include a congratulatory letter from the Mayor, a Mile High Scholar Certificate, a bumper sticker, and several tickets to various cultural organizations and sporting teams!

Additionally, we want to thank our parents and students for their incredible work to be in attendance for and finish our end of year testing.  These tests are critical to helping teachers know what gaps exist and how to build off of existing knowledge.  

Our Gust Community Partnership group held their first annual Father-Daughter Dance last month which was a great success! 200 attendees enjoyed a DJ, photo booth, sweet treat buffet, ice cream and more. Each daughter received a tissue paper corsage when entering and were able to dance the night away with their special guy. Our next parent sponsored event is Mother-Son Bowling on May 12. Please watch for the notices sent home regarding the upcoming event details.

May 19 will bring the annual Gust Field Day. Grades 3, 4 and 5 will compete from 9:00-11:30.  Grades Kindergarten, 1, and 2 will participate in field day events from 1:00-3:15 with their peers, staff, and parents cheering them on! Join us to cheer on each of our  themed classroom teams!

On May 26 from 9:15-11:00, students will present their inquiry-based projects to peers, staff, and community at the Gust Science Fair.

On May 31 our Kindergarten students will have their continuation ceremony.  Ms. Allen’s and Ms. Wyman’s classes will start at 10:00 a.m.  Ms. Gomez’s and Ms. Liakos’ classes will begin at 1:30 P.M.  

On June 1, we will celebrate our departing 5th Grade.  The 5th Grade Ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. for Ms. Ellis/Walters, Mr. Rocco, and Mr. Roman’s classes.  The ceremony for Mr. McManus and Mr. Kolsky’s classes will begin at 1:00 p.m.  

The last day for students is June 2, 2017. The last day is a half-day and students will be dismissed at 12:30. Please make arrangements to pick-up students at 12:30.

For continuing families, the Gust Registration will be held as an Open House on August 2 and August 3.  On August 2 from 8:00 – 3:00 p.m. and August 3 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Please plan on attending one of the registration sessions in order to receive important information and to secure your student’s assignment at Gust.  The first day for students will be on August 21, 2017.  All students previously registered will be assigned a homeroom and have a teacher looking for their smiling face on the first day, so make sure to come in and get all of the paperwork completed prior to the official first day of school!  With that, I leave you all with best wishes for a safe and fun-filled summer, and look forward to greeting all of you again in August!


Joanne Lander



Nota de la Directora:

Nota de la Directora:

¡Saludos comunidad de Gust! Quiero empezar felicitando a los eruditos de Mile High de 2016:

Sinai Gonzalez, 5º grado

Emerson Villeda-Galeano, 5º grado

El premio se otorga a los estudiantes que ejemplifican el liderazgo, el respeto y el apoyo de los compañeros. “Este programa inculca un sentido de orgullo en los logros de los estudiantes y sus contribuciones a la comunidad escolar”, dijo el alcalde Hancock. “El premio se otorga a los estudiantes que ejemplifican el liderazgo, el respeto y el apoyo de los compañeros. Los estudiantes que son reconocidos como eruditos de Mile High demuestran las habilidades de liderazgo y la compasión necesarias para competir y tener éxito. Esta generación asegurara la vitalidad a largo plazo de nuestra gran ciudad. Nos sentimos honrados de reconocerlos por sus logros. Estos alumnos han recibido Una carta de felicitación del alcalde, Un certificado de reconocimiento del Mile High Scholar (término de inglés), una calcomanía y entradas a varias organizaciones culturales y equipos deportivos.

Además, queremos dar las gracias a nuestros padres y alumnado por su increíble trabajo para estar presentes en la escuela  para realizar y terminar las pruebas fin de año. Estas pruebas son fundamentales para ayudar a los maestros a saber las brechas existentes y la forma de fortalecer los conocimientos actuales.

Nuestro grupo Gust Community Partnership celebró su primer baile anual Padre-Hija el mes pasado, que fue un gran éxito! 200 asistentes disfrutaron de un DJ, cabina de fotos, buffet de dulces, helados y mucho más. Cada hija recibió un ramillete de papel de seda al entrar y fueron capaces de bailar toda la noche con su tipo especial. Nuestro próximo evento patrocinado por los padres es la Madre-Hijo Bowling el 12 de mayo. Por favor, observe las notificaciones enviadas a casa con respecto a los próximos detalles del evento.

El 19 de mayo será nuestro día anual de competencias de Gust. Los grados de tercero, cuarto y quinto competirán de 9: 00-11: 30 a.m., a partir de la 1: 00 a 3: 15 p.m. los alumnos de Kínder, primero y segundo participaran en este evento con sus compañeros, personal y padres animandolos. Únase a nosotros para animar a cada uno de nuestros equipos.

El 26 de mayo de 9:15 a 11:00 a.m. los alumnos mostraran a sus compañeros, personal docente y comunidad sus proyectos basado en la investigación en la Feria de Ciencias de Gust.

El 31º de may los alumnos de Kinder tendrán su ceremonia de clausura. Las clases de la Srta. Allen y la Wyman empezará a las 10:00 a.m. y la clausura de las clases de la Sra. Laikos y Gomez dará inicio a la 1:30 p.m.

El 1 de junio será la ceremonia de clausura de los alumnos de 5º grado que dará inicio a las 10:00 a.m. para las clases de la Srta. Ellis/Walters, Sr. Rocco, y Sr. Roman. La ceremonia de las clases de la Sr. McManus y Sr. Kolsky iniciara a la 1:00 p.m.

El último día de clases para los alumnos es el 2 de junio de 2017. Este día es solo mediodía y la salida será a las 12:30 p.m. Por favor haga arreglos para recoger a los alumnos a las 12:30.

Para las familias que continúan, las inscripciones de Gust se llevarán a cabo el 2 y 3 de agosto. El 2 de agosto de 8:00-3:00 p.m. y el 3 de agosto de 12:00-6:00 p.m. Por favor planee en asistir a uno de las sesiones de inscripciones con el fin de recibir información importante y para asegurar la asignación de su estudiante en Gust. El primer día para los alumnos será el 21 de agosto de 2017. Todos los alumnos matriculados con anterioridad se le asignará un salón de clases y tendrán un maestro que los buscarán en el primer día, así que asegúrese de venir y tener todos los documentos completos antes al primer día oficial de la escuela. Con eso, los dejo a todos con los mejores deseos para un verano seguro y lleno de diversión y espero saludar a todos ustedes de nuevo en agosto.


Joanne Lander



Colorado Rockies Tickets

We’ve had a lot of fun at Rockies games this year!  Gust will be selling tickets to one more Rockies game this school year.  Watch for a flyer to come home.  The game is Wednesday, June 21st against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:40pm.  Tickets are $5 each and order forms and money must be returned to Gust by Friday May 26th.  

Know Your Rights

Thank you to all the families and staff that attended our Know Your Rights meeting in April. We received requests to schedule another meeting, but this time we will hold the meeting in the evening! Our next meeting will be on May 9th at 5:30 in the auditorium.

Julie Gonzales from The Meyer Law Office will present regarding the following topics:

  •    Get answers to your questions regarding recent executive actions on immigration.
  •    Learn what to say, and what not to say, when interacting with police or immigration officials.
  •    Learn how to begin making an action plan for your family in case someone is detained.


Boletos para partido de los Colorado Rockies

¡Nos hemos divertido mucho este año en los partidos de béisbol de los Rockies. La escuela Gust estará vendiendo boletos a uno más de los partidos de los Rockies este año escolar. Este al pendiente del volante que se enviara. El partido será el 21 de junio a las 6:40 p.m. contra el equipo Arizona Diamondbacks. El precio por boleto es de $5 y el formulario del pedido y el pago deben de entregarse en Gust a más tardar el viernes 28 de mayo.

Conozca Sus Derechos

Gracias a todas las familias y personal  que asistieron a nuestra presentación de Conozca Sus Derechos realizada en abril. Hemos recibido peticiones para programar otra reunión, pero esta vez la realizaremos en la tarde. Nuestra próxima reunión  será el 9 de mayo a las 5:30 en el auditorio.

Julie Gonzales de The Meyer Law Office (término en inglés) presentará en referente a los siguientes temas:

  • Obtenga respuestas a sus preguntas sobre las recientes acciones ejecutivas en materia de               


  • Aprender qué decir y qué no decir, al interactuar con la policía o los funcionarios de         


  • Aprender cómo comenzar a hacer un plan de acción para su familia en caso de que alguien sea