Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, April 13, 2018


A message from Principal Burdette


Believe it or not, the school year is almost over and it is time to start preparing for the 2018-2019 school year.  After careful consideration, we have decided to change our approach to ordering the Student School Supplies. Our Leadership team has worked to implement a very specific plan with our academic scheduling and organization, and the school supplies that students use play an important part in this.  For example, we intentionally use only red folders for reading and blue folders for math. This is part of our school-wide AVID plan.

So what does this mean for you as parents? We are still offering you the opportunity to buy your school supplies through the school and the PTSA, and strongly encourage you to do this.  It is my hope that all parents take advantage of this opportunity.  The cost for your student’s supplies will be $40.  This is significantly cheaper than doing your own shopping in August, and it saves you valuable time.  It will also ensure that students have the correct supplies (colored folders, expo markers, etc.) that each student will need in 2018-2019.  We will order bulk supplies this May from our suppliers, which is why the cost is much better than individual shopping.

We are asking that parents pay the $40 cost by May 31 (last day of school). The cost will increase to $45 after the May 31 deadline. You can purchase all your students’ supplies online using a credit card or electronic check at You can also pay by cash or check by returning the attached order form with your payment to the black PTSA mailbox in the front office by Ms. Ann.

Thank you in advance. By taking care of this now, you will not need to worry about purchasing individual school supplies in August – we have you and your child covered.  (See order form near the end of the bulletin)

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask me or speak to your child’s teacher.

Ken Burdette
Principal, Park Hill Elementary
5050 E. 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220


This week your child brought home a parent/guardian survey from DPS. The survey results directly affect Park Hill’s end-of-year report card (SPF). The survey also provides the school with valuable information we can use as we continue to strive to make Park Hill the best school in Denver. For instance, last year school safety was a concern mentioned by parents. In response, we implemented a ‘Kiss and Drop’ lane to increase safety and reduce traffic during drop off time at the school. We also implemented more safety measures within the building such as having all volunteers wear a lanyard identifying them as volunteers, and routine outside door checks verifying all doors to the building are locked at all times. In last year’s survey, parents also asked for more parent workshops.  PTSA is in the process of rolling out ‘Parent University,’ created especially to provide educational opportunities for parents.

Please return the survey to your child’s teacher or return it directly to DPS using the provided self-addressed postage paid envelope. Surveys are due by May 4.


Money Talks – April 17 from 6:00pm to 6:45pm.  Laura Olmedo of Five Peaks Capital Group, LLC will lead us through a discussion regarding our children earning money, saving money and their spending choices. Childcare provided by our PTSA. Please sign up at


On April 26 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, our PTSA is sponsoring a safety related workshop on Bully-proofing Children given by Michelle Anthony Ph.D. Michelle is a developmental researcher, a DPS elementary school teacher and mother to three children. She has also co-authored several books including Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades. To learn more about Michelle, click here:

Childcare and a pizza supper will be provided. Please sign up at


The First Tee Golf program from City Park Golf will come teach golf skills to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students during their PE classes. The golf unit will be from April 20 to May 7. Each student will receive three PE classes worth of golf lessons.  In order to fund grants that pay for this program, the First Tee program needs permission slips from the parents. This is just to prove to their First Tee Home Office that they are working with real kids at real schools. The students’ personal data will not be shared and they will never contact the families. They have a DPS Partnership Agreement allowing them to receive this information and the information they receive is confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Horeis at or Erica at

Here is an online registration. You do not need to login, but just fill it out.


Have you checked your student’s lunch account balance lately?  PLEASE go to to pay any balances and to make sure there is enough money in his/her account to finish out the school year (May 31, 2018).

DEE & STEVE CIANCO’S “Spring Cleaning” RECYCLING DAY – Saturday, April 21 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

For a 5th year, Steve and Dee Ciancio have engaged Data Destruction to provide secure electronic recycling and on-site paper shredding for Park Hill School families and neighbors. FREE Recycling is available for desktop computers, laptop computers, monitors, keyboards and mice, cell phones, cameras, desktop printers, cables, peripherals and accessories (no tube TV’s or large appliances). Hard drives will be removed, data wiped, and shredded at Data Destruction’s facility. All materials will be recycled with environmentally sensitive methods.  Donations for recycling will benefit Park Hill School PTSA. Donors will receive FREE cookies and coffee – with our compliments – on-site at the event!  


Don’t forget to start collecting donations for this year’s FundRun event on May 4. Please refer to your child’s FundRun packet for details or reach out to your teacher for more information.  The Park Hill Prize Patrol will make its rounds on Friday, April 20 to collect donations and award prizes to students who contribute.  Remember, it does not matter how large or small the donation, it all helps us reach our goal of $30,000! Encourage your child to get involved and help raise money for their school!  Donations can also be made online via our school website,  Thank you for supporting our fantastic school and community.


Ever wonder who takes care of the chickens at our school?  Hopefully YOU!  The Park Hill Chicken Co-op is currently comprised of about seven families, and we are looking for new members.  Membership requires caring for our five chickens one day a week for only a few months out of the year.  It’s a bonding and educational experience for a family, teaching kids the importance of sustainability and self-sufficient living in an urban environment.  And those fresh eggs. . . an added bonus (so delicious)!  Please email Robyn Longfellow at to learn more.


Camp Venture 2018
70 Days! It may sound like it is a bit away, but summer camp will be here before we know it. 70 days until Summer Academy at Discovery Link kicks off and our campers start an awesome summer full of adventure, friendships, and FUN! Attached is our first countdown to camp to help show off what awesome things we have planned for our campers coming to Discovery Link after Summer Academy this summer. Our team has worked hard to make sure summer is planned full of great activities to keep our campers excited and wanting to come back every day. In this edition of countdown to camp, you can find a detailed list of the field trips planned for our Summer Academy students. If you have not registered yet, that is okay! Our sites still have room available and we would love to see you! REGISTER HERE (Google Chrome and Firefox work best) for a summer full of adventure! Please feel free to contact us at our Discover Link offices at 720-423-1781 if you have any questions at all. Hope to see you for the best summer yet!


  • Denver School of the Arts is offering a Spring Drama Day and multiple Summer Camps including Theatre, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing, Sewing, Makeup, Dance, Auditioning, Percussion, Jazz, Horn, and more! You can find more information about these opportunities on the community board outside the office.
  • Brandon J Scott Photography is offering a Headshot Event on 4/20 and 4/21, by appointment only, and offered at $100 (a 20% discount- only for PHE families!).


April 17 – 19:  CMAS / PARCC Social Studies / Science Testing for 4th and 5th
April 17:  6:00 pm – 6:45 pm – Parent University – Money Talks – Library
April 18:  9:15 am – 2:15 pm – Third Grade (Gates and Connelly) Walking Tour and Spaghetti Factory
April 18:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Ms. Miller’s Kindergarten to Turtle Park
April 18:  MI Special Olympics
April 19:  9:15 am – 2:00 pm – Kindergarten (Ms. Neale) to Denver Art Museum
April 19:  6:30 pm – Parent Spanish Class in the Library
April 21:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Electronics Recycling Day
April 26:  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Four Steps to Bully-Proof Children Workshop
April 27:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Second Grade (Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Orth) to Denver Art Museum
April 27:  8:30 am – 1:30 pm – MI to Graland
April 27:  Shakespeare Festival
April 27:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Parents Night Out (see flyer below)
April 30 – May 4:  Enrichment Classes End This Week
May 1:  10:00 am – 1:15 pm – First Grade to Butterfly Pavilion
May 2:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Fifth Grade to Courtrooms to Classrooms
May 2:  5:30 pm – Fourth Grade Music Performance (see classroom times below)
May 4:  FundRun
May 9:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Fifth Grade Concert and Showcase
May 10:  5:30 pm – PTSA Meeting in the Library
May 11:  9:15 am – 2:15 pm – Third Grade (Main and Shomaker) Denver Walking Tour

Supplies order form

Spring 2018 PNO!

Returning student questionnaire 2018-19

Park Hill School Office Staff
Office Hours 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Main School Phone and attendance line – 720-424-4910, or download the Park Hill Elementary mobile app. and report your absence there.

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