Thursday Folder Bulletin, April 26, 2018


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.


Last fall, Park Hill Students collected $2,014.63 (almost entirely in coins) to support Oceans and Natural Disasters.  Student Leaders have decided to distribute the collected funds in three ways:

  • Team Rubicon – provide a $1,000 grant to provide disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, domestic or international.  Team Rubicon pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with civilian volunteers (first responders and medical professionals) to provide services beyond immediate disaster relief.  Field Operation Coordinator, Travis Widder, a Team Rubicon volunteer (and paid firefighter), will accept a check on Team Rubicon’s behalf.  For more information, please visit:
  • Ocean First Institute – provide a $1,000 grant to promote ocean conservation through research and education.  Their goal is to educate and empower future generations by connecting youth (as young as middle school) with the wonders of the ocean and the importance of hands-on conservation through programming that highlights scientific exploration.   In addition, Oceans First Institute’s headquarters is located in landlocked Colorado!    As part of the grant, Park Hill Elementary will name a tagged shark in the ocean.  Student Leaders will collect shark-naming votes from classrooms on Wednesday, May 9.  Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, the Executive Director, shared that the grant will significantly impact their small $50,000 annual budget and is happy to accept it on Ocean First’s behalf.  For more information, please visit:
  • Salvation Army – promote a weeklong Non-Perishable Food Drive Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11.  The number-one natural disaster in Colorado is a house fire and the Salvation Army offered a way that we can directly support the local community and those impacted by house fires and other natural disasters.  Please bring in Non-Perishable Food Items starting Monday, May 7.  For more information, please visit:

We will hold a school wide celebration on Friday, May 11 to present the grants, give the food, and carryout Mr. Burdette’s promise of doing the ice bucket challenge and spray-painting his hair for meeting the school wide goal of raising over $2,000.  Please join us in the celebration on the blacktop Friday, May 11 at 1:30 pm for ECE-2nd and 2:10 pm for 3rd-5thThank you for your support in making Spark Change a success for Park Hill!


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. 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!

Earth Day Community Clean Up schedule for Monday, 4/30:

ECE – at teacher’s discretion
Kinder – 1:30 pm
1st – 2:00 pm
2nd – 8:15 am
3rd – 8:05 am

Parents – Please feel free to come walk with your child’s class to help beautify Park Hill and the surrounding area in honor of Earth Day!


Hey there, Fund Runners!  Due to the cancellation of classes on Friday, we collected envelopes with this week’s donations today, Thursday, April 26.  We will award prizes and announce winning classes on Monday, April 30.  Thank you for your hard work!  We are already 30% of our way to our goal.  Keep going, Park Hill Panthers!

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!

FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – May 2 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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


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!


  • DISCOUNTED GOLF LESSONS – The First Tee Program has been teaching golf skills to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in PE classes. First Tee is offering discounted golf lessons through the same program! Normally, golf lessons are $130 for six lessons, but they are offering the same classes for only $10.  Please see the attached flyer.


April 27:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Colorado Education Association Statewide Rally
April 27:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Shakespeare Festival
April 27:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Parents Night Out
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 in Library
May 4:  FundRun
May 7 – May 11:  Spark Change Non-Perishable Food Drive for the Salvation Army
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:  1:30 pm – ECE to 2nd Grade Spark Change Blacktop Check Presentation
May 11:  2:10 pm – 3rd to 5th Grade Spark Change Blacktop Check Presentation
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 in Library
May 18:  5:00 pm – Movie-less Movie Night
May 22:  Field Day for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
May 23:  Field Day for K, 1st and 2nd
May 23:  9:00 am – 12 pm – Third Grade (Shomaker and Main) to Balarat
May 23:  Restaurant Night Out at Oblios
May 24:  Field Day Rain Date
May 24:  6:30 pm – Spanish Class for Parents in Library
May 24:  Restaurant Night Out at Oblios
May 29:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Fifth Grade Skating Field Trip
May 29:  Second Grade Classes to Denver Museum of Nature and Science
May 29:  1:00 pm – Ms. Neale’s Kindergarten to Nuggs
May 30:  9:00 am – Fifth Grade Continuation
May 30:  10:00 am – Kindergarten Graduation (Maes and Miller)
May 30:  11:15 am – Kindergarten Graduation (Levy and Neale)
May 30:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Third Grade (Connelly and Gates) to Balarat

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Returning student questionnaire 2018-19

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