Family Engagement

Denver JDS families are encouraged to take an active role in our school’s life.

Our students benefit immensely from strong family engagement. It is a cornerstone of Denver Jewish Day School’s philosophy and culture that enables our children to grow and thrive, and an important step we take in achieving our school’s mission. When family members are engaged in the school’s life, they feel not only more connected to their child’s learning process, but also to the community. Ours is a community that celebrates together and supports one another through tough times as well. We nurture that through family engagement.

Denver JDS strongly recommends that each of its families make a goal of engaging in school activities a minimum of 18 hours a year. Why 18? Eighteen is both symbolic and practical. In Jewish tradition, the number 18 represents the Hebrew word chai, meaning life. School engagement brings life to our community in countless ways. Practically, 18 hours can be easily broken down into two hours a month for the 9-month school year, offering families a convenient planning guideline. Of course, this time can be broken down into any increments that work for individual families.

We welcome any family members who wish to participate on behalf of their child or children: moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins … anybody who is significant in children’s lives.

What Constitutes Engagement

We believe being involved in your child’s education looks different for different families. For that reason, we offer a wide array of engagement opportunities  to meet a wide array of parenting philosophies and needs.  The following are some examples of school activities that take place annually, which families could “count” toward fulfilling engagement hours.

  • Attending parent-teacher conferences
  • Attending Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Attending the Denver JDS Annual Dinner
  • Attending a school-sponsored parent learning opportunity
  • Attending a school sports event
  • Attending a grade-level parent breakfast
  • Attending PTO’s back-to-school breakfast
  • Attending a holiday program
  • Attending school recruitment events as a Parent Ambassador
  • Volunteering in the classroom
  • Volunteering in the office
  • Volunteering for a PTO event
  • Serving on a board committee (such as development, finance, buildings & grounds or recruitment & retention)
  • Driving for a field trip
  • Working in the Denver JDS community garden

Is Family Engagement Required?

Our school strives to build a mutually responsible relationship with every family. Therefore, parents are not required to volunteer or participate for any set number of hours, but are strongly encouraged to get as involved as possible.


Ready to be a volunteer? Contact Sam Horoschak for assistance or additional information.