ATTENDANCE & ABSENTEEISM
We have activated the attendance auto dialer. If your student is marked absent at school, you will receive notification through the auto dialer. Therefore, PLEASE notify the school office (it is not sufficient to just tell your child’s teacher), when you know your child will be absent from school, or more than 15 minutes late. If you know your child is at school, but you receive an absence notification, please notify the office immediately. There are multiple ways to notify the office of an absence. You may stop by the office, call the Main School Phone and attendance line – 720-424-4910, or download the Park Hill Elementary mobile app. and report your absence there.
*If your child is late, it is required that parents/guardians come into the office with your child to sign them in for the day. If you do not accompany your child, they will be considered tardy (unexcused).
Please review the attendance & absenteeism guidelines as listed in the Parent Handbook:
In order for students to receive the full benefit of their Park Hill education, daily attendance is the first and most important step. The school calendar is published and distributed before the commencement of the school year and parents are asked to schedule any travel within the dates that classes are not in session. Please notify the school if your child will be absent or tardy by phoning the school attendance line at (720)424-4910 or using the school app. This should be done each day a child is absent.
Park Hill has an attendance and tardy policy in accordance with the Colorado School Attendance Law and Denver Public Schools’ “Denver Plan.” These guidelines allow for roughly 10 absences during the course of a school year. Every month the school social worker reviews student attendance and sends letters to parents for those students whose absences are excessive. The definition of “excessive” changes throughout the school year based on number of school days but parents can expect to receive the first letter after 5 absences or 5 tardies.
If absences are chronic, excessive, unexcused, or otherwise of concern a child and their family may be referred to truancy court. Excessive tardiness and early withdrawals are also subject to truancy law.
If it is necessary to pick up your child from school during the school day, please go to the office to sign out your child. Teachers are instructed not to release children from the classroom or playground without authorization from the office. This procedure is followed to protect your child and to hold classroom interruptions to a minimum. A child will not be released to anyone who is not listed as an emergency contact for the student or to anyone under 18 years of age, unless the school’s office has been notified in writing or by phone by the parent.
NEW PROCESS FOR POTENTIAL WEATHER DELAYS
Winter weather is right around the corner – and there is a new process for potential weather delays.
If a Weather Delay is called by the district, all schools (regardless of start time) will be delayed by two hours.
DPS is committed to informing families about school closures or delays as early as possible – with the goal to make the call by 5 a.m.
The decision to delay or close will be made by the superintendent. That decision is based on expected accumulation of snow, the size of the storm and its duration. The superintendent, transportation director and other district officials assess local & national weather projections and an independent weather service. Leaders also confer with City of Denver plowing schedules, CDOT and neighboring school districts before making the call.
When inclement weather reaches the metro area, members of the DPS Department of Safety and Facility Management teams visit sites checking on the impact of the weather in and around our schools. That information is shared with DPS leadership and is used in the decision-making process.
For more information, visit the Denver Public Schools Transportation Department Website.
VOLUNTEERING AT PARK HILL
ALL adult volunteers (i.e. Junior Great Books, Reading groups, Kiss & Drop, TAC, Classroom Volunteers, adults who regularly go on fieldtrips, Crossing Guard, etc.), who volunteer here at the school on a consistent basis, must register as a DPS Volunteer on the DPS Volunteer Portal. Go to http://face.dpsk12.org/volunteer-services/#1478234668663-65006aee-220d to register.
MAGNET PROGRAM TESTING
For students in grades 1, 3, 4 or 5 who are interested in Magnet Program testing, the application deadline is November 1, 2019. For more information about this and for the application, see the following link: https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/gifted-talented/
Please contact Mary Lauth if you have any questions. Mary_Lauth@dpsk12.org
LOST & FOUND
Lost & Found is busting at the seams! If your student is missing a coat, lunch bag, etc., PLEASE come by to check for their item(s).
PLEASE REFER TO THE COMMUNITY BOARD (ACROSS THE HALL FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE), TO GET THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION REGARDING EVENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, CAMPS / ENRICHMENTS FOR STUDENTS, COMMUNITY MEETINGS, FAMILY RESOURCES, ETC.
October Events for Families and Kids at the Park Hill Branch Library:
- STEM Program: Halloween Card with Circuits & Lights
Saturday, October 19, 3:00 pm
Make a light up Halloween Card. We’ll be using copper tape, LEDs, and paper to craft some frightful and festive cards. Ideal for ages 6 and up.
- Upcycled Spooky Castle
Monday, October 21, 10:30 am
Create a not-so-scary castle using recycled materials. Ideal for ages 3-8 years with an adult.
Leave the past behind and Fall into your best year yet and get Mindfulness, Happiness and HeartMath® tools to fill your resilience toolbox.
Park Hill Elementary Mindfulness Instructor and former Panther parent, Liz Rutledge, is co-facilitating a wellness workshop with Dr. Cyrina Bullard of Catch Happiness October 11th from 1:30-4:30pm at Galvanize in the Golden Triangle (1062 Delaware St., Denver, CO 80204).
Imagine yourself having clarity, focus and feeling empowered to navigate life’s challenges…more positively, mindfully and resiliently! We will also help you design a vision for a life you will love and bring more happiness to your life.
Click here (https://w3fall.eventbrite.com/) for more details and to register. Space is limited for this event.
Local Denver business, Poparuba, is providing delicious gluten-free cake bites!
For more information, please feel free to reach out to
Liz Rutledge (303-656-9188, SustaiableThree@gmail.com,
October 14: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm – 4th Grade field trip to Governor’s Mansion (Strumor, Ms. G.)
October 14: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM – 4th Grade field trip to Governor’s Mansion (Demos, Euser)
October 16: 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Parent / Teacher Conferences
October 17: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Parent / Teacher Conferences
October 18: NO SCHOOL for students – Parent / Teacher Conference Day
October 21: NO SCHOOL for students – Planning / Assessment Day
October 22: NO SCHOOL for students – Planning / Assessment Day
October 23 – 24: Fifth Grade to Balarat (Ash, Cowen, Ferguson)
October 25: Last Day to Turn in Fifth Grade Talent Show Audition Videos
October 28 – 29: Fifth Grade to Balarat (Mills)
October 31: 9:15 am – 12:30 pm – Ms. Neale’s Kindergarten Class to DMNS
October 31: 9:15 am – 1:30 pm – 1st Grade to Denver Center of Performing Arts
October 31: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – 3rd Grade to Denver Zoo
October 31: 1:30 pm – School Halloween Parade with class parties to follow
November 5: 5:00 pm – Close – Restaurant Night Out @ Trattoria Stella (3201 E. Colfax Ave)
November 8: 8:00 am – Coffee with Ken in the Panther Cafe
November 8: 10:30 am – 2nd Grade to DMNS
November 13: Individual Picture Retakes
November 14: 4:00 pm – CSC Meeting
November 14: 5:30 pm – PTSA Meeting
November 19: Thanksgiving Lunch in the Panther Café