Friday Folder Bullentin, January 10, 2020

PTSA is hosting a week long International Celebration in the North side of our Library. The Mizel Museum will be showcasing the Ceremonies & Festivals of the African American, Asian, Jewish, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, and Middle Eastern/Muslim cultures. The program explores both common and unique themes surrounding celebrations, special events and family traditions in various cultures. Discover the music, costumes, masks, dolls, food and community participation among the cultures presented. There are six traveling cases that will be set up in the library during the festival. Each classroom will spend about 45 minutes in front of the exhibits with a museum educator. S/he will walk the kids through the ceremonies and festivals. Like last year, the students will be able to touch and hold the different artifacts from the museum – it’s all hands on. The kids will get to experience everything the museum brings!

In order to combat hatred and genocide, it is important to understand the devastating effects of racism throughout history. A couple of years ago Anya Nitczynski (4th grade Felix’s big sister) and her family sponsored an Eyewitness to History visit with Holocaust survivor Paula Berger. It was incredibly profound and we found ourselves wishing more people could have shared the experience. We reached out to the Mizel Museum and, while Ms. Berger has passed away, we are delighted to have Sara Moses join parents and share her experience. We hope you will come to hear Ms. Moses. As time passes, the opportunity to learn from and personally engage with Holocaust survivors becomes increasingly rare. You will hear firsthand about the Holocaust and learn timeless lessons about resilience, courage, human dignity and living without hate.

The conversation is limited to parents and adults, but bring your students! Our amazing art teacher, Lynn Pravecek, is going to help children make fruit to hang from the ceiling of our imagined Sukkah – really the Panther Cafe – where we joyously celebrate our community each day.


*Pre-Enrollment – It’s not too late to pre-enroll your student before the SchoolChoice process begins*

If you have a student that will be new to DPS next school year, in order to participate in Denver Public Schools Choice process, families may pre-enroll their student now!  After you complete the pre-enrollment process we will send you a student ID number so that you can then create a Parent Portal account.  Using Parent Portal is the best way to complete the Choice Process starting January 15, 2020.

Go HERE to complete your Pre-Enrollment Paperwork.  You will need to fill out the paperwork and return it to the school office with proof of birth and proof of address, such as a lease or a utility bill.

*Current Students DO NOT need to do this.

The SchoolChoice enrollment process for the 2020-2021 school year will open on Wednesday, January 15, and will continue through Tuesday, February 18 until 4:00 pm.

If your student is going in to ECE, Kindergarten, or Sixth Grade, you will need to complete the choice process.  In addition, any DPS student who is not currently enrolled at a Denver Public School, or wants to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school must take part in SchoolChoice.

Please note, the entire SchoolChoice process will be 100% ONLINE (you may use your smartphone, iPad, laptop, PC, etc. to complete your SchoolChoice application(s).  For those who do not have a way to complete the process at home, you may go to the public library or come to the Park Hill Main office during school hours if you need assistance.

The process will be easiest for families who already have an existing Parent Portal login because the new Choice system will auto-populate much of your information if you use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.  Please note it is not necessary to access the new SchoolChoice application through Parent Portal, it is just as easy to access it through the main DPS website at (just use your Parent Portal Username and Password to log in to the new SchoolChoice system).  If you do not have a Parent Portal login, do not fret.  Go to when SchoolChoice opens starting February 1 and you will be directed to create a new account.  If you are brand new to DPS, you will need your student’s proof of birth (birth certificate or passport), and proof of your address (Xcel bill, water bill, mortgage or lease).

DPS SchoolChoice

Park Hill is starting to recycle more and starting a Compost program in our Panther Café!  Go to Park Hill Recycles for more information.

One of the main goals of Physical Education is to encourage kids to be Fit for Life! Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day to be healthy. Unfortunately, students do not get that opportunity at school every day, so they need to be active outside of school.  Also, children are developing habits now that can last a lifetime.

Each month (January to March), your child (1st to 5th grade) can bring home a Fit for Life calendar from PE. On the calendar, your child can keep a record of physical activities outside of school. They are able to fill in each day’s box with an activity.  There are outdoor and indoor physical activity ideas listed on the calendar, but any moderate to vigorous physical activity is great!

The children are to return the calendar at the end of the month with their name, their teacher, and your signature.  Students who bring the calendar back completed with at least four activities each week will be members of the Fit for Life Club and get a small prize.

Thank you for helping your children at Park Hill become FIT for Life! (Calendar at the end of the bulletin).


Uno de los principales objetivos de la educación física es animar a los niños para que estén en forma para toda vida. Los niños necesitan 60 minutos diarios de actividad física de moderada a vigorosa para ser saludables. Desafortunadamente, los estudiantes no tiene esta oportunidad en la escuela todos los días, así que necesitan estar activos fuera de la escuela.  Además, desarrollan hábitos que perduran en el tiempo. 

Cada mes, su hijo llevará a casa un calendario sobre “En forma para toda la vida” de educación física. En el calendario, su hijo puede llevar un registro de las actividades físicas/deportivas que practica fuera de la escuela. Su hijo puede llenar una casilla del calendario a diario con una actividad.  En el calendario se indican actividades físicas en espacios interiores y exteriores, pero ¡realizar cualquier actividad física moderada o vigorosa es fabuloso!  

Los niños deben entregar el calendario al final del mes con su nombre, número de salón de clase y la firma del padre.  Los niños que traigan el calendario completo con al menos cuatro actividades cada semana pasarán a ser miembros del club “En forma para toda la vida” y ganarán un pequeño premio.

Gracias por apoyar a sus hijos en Park Hill para que estén en forma para toda la vida.


Ongoing – Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm
2823 Fairfax Street
Serving anyone with a Park Hill address.
More information here

Here is a list of items that we currently need at the pantry:

  • Cereal
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Baking mixes/flour/sugar
  • Ensure
  • Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels

When:  Monday, January 13 at 5:30 pm (Middle School Specific)
Thursday, January 23 at 9:00 am
Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 am
Questions:  Call 303-316-3944 or email

When:  Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm
Where:  3480 Syracuse St., Denver, CO  80238

January 13:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Packet sent home via email (also posted on website)
January 15:  SchoolChoice Process Opens @ 8:00 am
January 16:  8:30 am – 5th Grade to Monet @ the Denver Art Museum
January 16:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Restaurant Night Out at Urban Air
January 20:  NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 21:  9:30 am – 11:30 am – MLK MARADE – Kindergarten and 1st Grade
January 21:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Registration begins
January 24:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Registration ends
January 27 – 31:  International Festival with the Mizel Museum – Park Hill Library
January 30:  6:00 pm – Sarah Moses – Holocaust Survivor Presentation (Adults Only)
January 30:  9:15 am – 1:15 pm – Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd Grades to the Colorado Ballet (Peter Pan)
February 3 – 7:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Classes Begin
February 4:  5th Grade to Denver Museum of Nature and Science Heart Lab
February 6:  10:30 am – 2:00 pm – Kindergarten to DCPA for Goodnight Moon
February 13:  9:15 am – 1:00 pm – 1st Grade to Skate City
February 14:  NO SCHOOL for students – Planning / Assessment Day
February 17:  NO SCHOOL – President’s Day
February 18 – SchoolChoice Process Closes @ 4:00 pm
February 21 – Park Hill Silent Auction @ the Stanley Marketplace