Welcome Back 2018-2019 Panthers!

August 1, 2018

Dear Park Hill Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I am very excited for the upcoming school year and to continue this important work in such a special community. Our school thrives on a great teaching staff, amazing students, and very supportive and involved families.  Please take the time to connect with our active PTSA if you are new to our school or are returning and are looking for a way to get more involved. Each classroom also welcomes volunteers and will have a room parent for additional support and communications.  Jen Moylett (Assistant Principal) and I thank you in advance for your ongoing support of Park Hill and all our students.  

As is customary in education, we have a few staff changes for the 2018-19 school year.  It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce our newest staff members: Jenny Oxman to our 5th grade team, Lorena Otreraas our ESL instructor, Lauren Nonino as our Dance teacher, and Kim Tarte as a Special Education teacher. We appreciate their commitment to Park Hill and to our 710 students (ECE – 5th grade).  

The building looks great thanks to the hard work of our custodial team led by Fred Parker. We appreciate the hard work of his crew, including Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Morgan.  They did a great job working over the summer and ensuring we are ready for the start of the school year. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated team that supports our students and their daily learning.

PLEASE NOTE THIS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL RETURNING AND NEW FAMILIES (including registered Kindergarten and ECE students):   All students need to complete the registration process either on-line by August 6th or in person on August 14th and 15th between 7:30am and 4pm.

We are encouraging families to complete the registration process this school year on-line by August 6ththrough parent portal. If you are not signed up for parent portal follow these steps:

1.     Visit https://myportal.dpsk12.org

2.     Click on the “Getting Started” tab.

3.     Fill out the online form completely.  You will need an email address to complete the process.

If you are unable to register on-line, we will have a paper registration day in the Park Hill cafeteria on August 14th and 15th from 7:30am to 4pm.

Please mark your calendars for these PTSA-sponsored events to start our year:

New to Park Hill Families Happy Hour – Wednesday, August 8 4:30 p.m. Oblio’s Pizzeria
Playground Clean Up – Monday, August 13 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
ECE, Kindergarten, and First Grade Meet and Greets Tuesday, August 14th (meet in cafeteria in case of rain):

4 p.m. – ECE Lemonade Playdate – meet outside on ECE playground

5 p.m. – Kindergarten Lemonade Meet and Greet – meet outside on the playground

6 p.m. – First Grade Lemonade Playdate – meet outside on the playground

Second and Third Grade and Fourth and Fifth Grade Lemonades Wednesday, August 15th(meet in cafeteria in case of rain):

5 p.m. – Second and Third Grades Lemonade Playdate – meet outside on the playground

6 p.m. – Fourth and Fifth Grades Lemonade Playdate – meet outside on the playground

Schoolwide Back to School Night and Social – Thursday, August 23rd: Come meet our wonderful teachers and principal, see old friends and meet new ones! Teachers will be in their classrooms reviewing important information for the upcoming year during the two different sessions.

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Social on blacktop behind school (meet in cafeteria in case of bad weather)

5:30-6:00 p.m. – First Session with teachers in their classrooms  

6:15-6:45 p.m. – Second Session (repeat from first session) with teachers in their classrooms


GRADES 1 – 5:   Monday, August 20th from 7:55 am to 2:45 pm   
KINDERGARTEN:   Tuesday, August 21st from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm


We encourage you to volunteer at our school and become part of our active parent organization. We welcome your help and support. Please contact Ann Kurth at 720-424-4910 (Ann_Kurth@dpsk12.org) if we can be of help. Use our website and our app to keep informed about upcoming calendar items as we continue to go as paperless as possible (www.parkhillelementary.org).   We will strive to send all school information in just one Friday email blast to our families. Our PTSA meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm, and our CSC meets the third Thursday of the month at 4:00pm. Looking forward to a great school year with you and your family!


Ken Burdette