Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, April 20, 2018

Dear Park Hill families,

As we have been communicating with you, DPS has been working extraordinarily hard and in partnership with superintendents across the state to press our state government to restore education funding to our schools and ensure our students and our educators receive the supports and compensation they deserve.

The statewide teachers association, the Colorado Education Association, is planning a statewide rally of educators on Friday, April 27, to advocate for greater state funding and expects that many of our teachers will participate. As such, we have been working with our teachers on a plan that will have as minimal an impact as possible on our students and families.

DPS has decided to schedule an early release day on Friday, April 27. The planned early release will not impact student meals. We are committed to feeding every child, every day, so bagged lunches will be available for every student on April 27.

The planned early release day will not impact the African-American Young Ladies’ Summit or the 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival. The Shakespeare Festival will follow its regular schedule. Please note an important correction – Shakespeare participants will have transportation back to the school from the festival.  Parents will need to pick their students up at the school between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm.

Our schedule for Friday, April 27:
Park Hill will have a normal start time of 7:55 am.  We will dismiss at 11:45 am (3 hours earlier than normal).  Transportation will remain in place for students who require it at 11:45 am.

  • Our cafeteria will still provide lunch for students.

ECE and Kindergarten schedule:
Our ECE afternoon class will be cancelled on April 27. Our Kindergarten classes will release at 11:45 am with the rest of the school.

Afterschool and enrichment activities:
We strongly ask that parents pick up their students at 11:45 am, as the building will be understaffed and teachers will not be in attendance.  However, if you absolutely cannot accommodate this one-time request, Mr. Burdette will have a team at the school to supervise students until the normal dismissal time of 2:45 pm. This will likely consist of watching a movie in the auditorium or playing outside.

  • All Enrichment classes are cancelled.
  • Discovery Link will have its program starting at 2:45 pm, as per normal schedule.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 720-424-4910 or at


Ken 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)


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.


Earth Day is right around the corner and it is time once again for the fifth annual Earth Day Community

Cleanup for Park Hill and the surrounding areas. The cleanup will be on Monday, April 30. This is a wonderful way to enhance the mission of teaching our children the importance of advocating for our community. This not only provides a service to benefit everyone but also builds the character of our children.

Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if you are able to volunteer to walk with a group of students to help in this effort. It would be ideal if three parents could volunteer from each class and a 4th to supply the otter pops for that class. A definitive schedule for your child’s class will be sent home next week. Each class will be going out for approximately one hour. Thank you for your support with this collaborative effort to unify all students towards a common goal!


Thank you to those students who submitted donations today!  The Park Hill Prize Patrol today, as a special thank you for their hard work, were here to greet them. Contributions are helping us to reach our goal of raising $30,000 in the name of Park Hill Elementary!  We are getting there and have collected $12,323.81 thus far!! Your child still has time to collect donations.  Please have your child participate in this fun event by asking friends, neighbors and family for assistance. The Park Hill Prize Patrol will collect donations and award prizes again on Friday, April 27. Donations can also be made online via our website,

FOUR STEPS TO BULLY-PROOF CHILDREN WORKSHOP – April 26 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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:

A pizza supper sponsored by Mici starts at 5:15 pm. The PTSA will provide childcare starting at 5:50 pm. Please sign up at

ART FOR YOUR SOUL – May 2 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Have you met our amazing art teacher, Lynn Pravecek? She fills the art room with positivity and creative energy. She has offered to open her art room to parents on May 2 for a fundraiser to support our art program. For $25, you get to spend time with Lynn and share her art supplies. You will fill your creative soul while making gorgeous art. Buy your ticket at Thank you to Helen O’reilly for organizing this event!


Please see the flyer at the end of the bulletin for specifics.  A couple things to note:

  • The Planetarium will be open during this family night with three FREE showings
  • This is a completely FREE family night
  • Entrance is limited to the students, teachers, and their families of the schools involved in the LASER program

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!


Also known to more than a few of us as our Movie-less Movie Night! We will gather on the playground and field to spend the evening together celebrating the end of another fabulous school year. It’s BYOP(icnic) with DPS grills set up on the blacktop for your use. A fro-yo truck is scheduled for the evening. Bring your backyard gear and games. Heath will DJ the kids’ dance party. It’s the most fun you can have without a movie! A big thank you to Heath Weddle and Jake Higdon for putting this together like the amazing event coordinators they are!




April 21:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Electronics Recycling Day
April 23:  8:15 am – 1:30 pm – Fifth Grade to the Zoo
April 25:  8:15 am – 5:00 pm – Fourth Grade to Rockies Baseball Game
April 25:  Black Jack Pizza for lunch in the Panther Cafe
April 26:  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Four Steps to Bully-Proof Children Workshop
April 26:  6:30 pm – Spanish Class for Parents
April 27:  8:30 am – 1:30 pm – MI to Graland
April 27:  11:45 am – Early Release Day
April 27:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Shakespeare Festival
April 27:  9:15 am – 11:00 am – Ms. Neale’s Kinder class to Park Hill Library and Turtle Park
April 27:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Parents Night Out (see flyer below)
April 30 – May 4:  Enrichment Classes End This Week
April 30:  Earth Day Community Cleanup
May 1:  Second Round of Choice Begins
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:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Art for Your Soul
May 2:  5:30 pm – Fourth Grade Music Performance (5:30 pm – Seward and Strumor, 6:30 pm Corcoran and
Ms. G.)
May 3:  6:30 pm – Spanish Class for Parents
May 4:  FundRun
May 9:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Fifth Grade Concert and Showcase
May 10:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Second Grade (Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Orth) to Denver Art Museum
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
May 16:  9:15 am – 2:00 pm – Third Grade to Botanic Gardens
May 16:  9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Kindergarten walking trip to the Zoo
May 17:  6:30 pm – Spanish Class for Parents
May 18:  5:00 pm – Movie-less Movie Night

2018-2019 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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