Dear Park Hill Parents:
Thank you for your patience, help, and support with the two days of Inside Morning and inclement weather last week. I fully recognize that it may have felt chaotic, and may have left you a bit unsure. I also recognize that this is new to some of you. Please note, this is nothing new to Park Hill. We’ve had several Inside Mornings in years past, but this one came a bit earlier in the season and therefore our planning was rushed. I want to take this time to assure you that we have a game plan moving forward and that your student(s) will be safe and make it to class on time with a trusted adult.
On Inside Morning days, which occur when the weather is below freezing or there is rain or snow in the air, we ask all students to enter through the cafeteria doors up until 7:55 AM. If we know in advance it will be an Inside Morning, we will send an email the night before. We will also put signs on our exterior doors.
Once inside the cafeteria, all second through fifth grade students will go to the auditorium to wait with our staff members. They are welcome to get breakfast first if desired. From the auditorium, there will be a staggered dismissal to the classrooms, with fifth grade going first, then fourth, then third and second grades. This will help with the traffic in the hallways.
The kindergarteners and first graders will remain in the cafeteria. There will be assigned tables for both first grade and kindergarten. Again, we will have those areas properly staffed with Park Hill team members.
The first graders will dismiss early, around 7:50 AM, with either their teacher or a para professional. They will walk directly to class at this time. This will help keep the cafeteria and the hallways less congested. Any first graders arriving into the cafeteria after 7:50 AM will be escorted to class through the hallways.
The kindergartners will remain in the cafeteria until the bell rings at 7:55 AM. They will then be escorted to class with either their teacher or their classroom para.
Anyone arriving after 7:55 AM, which is the time of the first bell, may enter through either the cafeteria or the main doors. Tardy slips will still be required after 8:00 AM as per normal school rules.
In all circumstances, we will ensure that students are safe and that they get to class with a Park Hill team member. I am asking that you trust us in doing so, as I believe this will work if we stick to the plan. Please keep in mind that we have over 700 students in the building, so regardless of how we approach this, it will be crowded and it will be noisy. We ask that you leave your student(s) to the are of our trusted team members in the cafeteria, as space and safety concerns make this a necessary hand-off point for the bad weather days. With less people in the space, the children will be calmer and the day can begin on a positive note. Thank you for your trust in this matter, and please remember that we always have the best interest of your student(s) at heart.
Thank you in advance,
Ken Burdette, Principal
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.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE AND PARTIES
We will celebrate Halloween on October 31 with a parade starting at 1:30 pm and classroom parties afterwards. We ask that you do not send your children in costumes depicting blood and/or gore or with any type of play weapon of any kind (guns, knives, light sabers, slingshots, bows and arrows, axes, swords, etc.). In addition, we ask that we have NO CLOWN costumes please. Remember that masks should be off while walking or biking to school for safety. It is best if your child comes to school in regular school clothes and then changes into their costumes at the designated time given by the classroom teachers.
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.
KING SOOPERS LOYALTY CARD PROGRAM
King Soopers has changed their Community Rewards program so that you no longer have to preload gift cards in order for their parent company, Kroger, to donate 5% of our spending to school. Just go online to register your loyalty card and then 5% of everything spent with that card will automatically be donated to Park Hill Elementary. Follow the directions below:
Step 1: Go to website – https://www.kingsoopers.com/account/communityrewards/
Step 2: Sign in to your account (or create a new account with your email and King Soopers loyalty card #)
Step 3: Search for Park Hill Elementary PTSA (TE037)
Step 4: Select Enroll
Congratulations, you have successfully enrolled in the Community Rewards program and 5% of your purchases will support Park Hill Elementary!! Remember to scan your loyalty card (or enter your associated phone number) every time you shop at King Soopers in order for your purchases to count towards our school.
ALTERNATIVE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
If you need after school childcare, but were not able to get your child into the Discovery Link program here at Park Hill, here is an option to check out:
Red Shield (Salvation Army) – 303-295-2107; 2915 N High St, Denver, CO 80205. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“This program is incredible. Red Shield has assisted homework time for the first 30-40 minutes with the children. They provide two snacks per day and will they keep children up until 6:30 pm. Red Shield offers enriched programing and has an incredibly attentive and knowledgeable staff.” – Park Hill Parent
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
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.
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 13: 9:30 am – 11:00 am – 5th Grade (Cowen) to Clifford Still Museum
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – 5th Grade (Ferguson) to Clifford Still Museum
November 14: 9:30 am – 11:00 am – 5th Grade (Ash) to Clifford Still Museum
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – 5th Grade (Mills) to Clifford Still Museum
November 14: 4:00 pm – CSC Meeting
November 14: 5:30 pm – PTSA Meeting
November 19: Thanksgiving Lunch in the Panther Café
November 19: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm – Fifth Grade to Young AmeriTowne
November 25 – 29: NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2: Students return to school from Thanksgiving Break