Friday Folder Bulletin, January 17, 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 – You can still pre-enroll your student now that the SchoolChoice process has begun.  It will make the choice process easier!!*

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.

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 is open 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 School Choice

Do you know where the dollars you donate to Park Hill Elementary go?

These dollars go toward funding many things that we take for granted and are fortunate to have at our school. This includes our paraprofessionals, crossing guards, and having a school nurse dedicated to OUR school 4 days/week with other trained individuals to help with medical needs every day. Families like mine, who have a child with daily medical needs that require close monitoring and skilled nursing care and intervention are beyond grateful to have this level of care available at our school. If you don’t already know, Wendy Harper is our school nurse, and she is beyond amazing!

When Type 1 diabetes joined our family last year, one of the first people we contacted was Wendy. We had no idea what the transition to school with this new diagnosis would look like. We were frightened and overwhelmed by all of the daily changes and challenges we now had to face. Wendy came to our house and sat with us through the tears, listened to our fears and concerns, and was a calming presence in the face of the scary unknown of this medical condition we knew very little about. She has been a guiding force, an enormous source of support, and has provided our child with high level care and attention, often going over and above with communication so that we feel assured that he is safe and in good hands while at school.

Our child is not the only one who benefits from Wendy’s outstanding abilities and compassionate attention. She is there for every child with a bump/scrape/bruise, a runny nose, a broken bone, and closely monitoring our children with asthma, allergies, diabetes, and a whole host of other medical conditions that uniquely impact our children’s and their family’s lives.

We are able to have a school nurse dedicated to our school because of the funding that our families contribute. The Park Hill auction is a driving force in acquiring the funding for these types of invaluable services that we need and are so lucky to have.

Stay on top of all auction related communication by following us on Instagram at PHEAUCTION and through the class Facebook pages!

Fourth Grade Performance of The Sneetches, by Dr. Suess, Thursday, March 12, 2020 Park Hill Auditorium

Cruise into Summer with Denver Public Schools!

Are you looking for fun and engaging experiences this summer?! Well then cruise into summer camps with Denver Public Schools – Extended Learning and Community Schools (ELCS). ELCS will be offering a variety of summer camps that enhance, explore, and engage all students’ interests. While building new relationships with other friends and supportive camp staff. Who’s ready to cruise into camp?! See our camp options below:

Discovery Link Summer Camp – Interested in a weekly summer program that offers multiple enriching themes and EXCITING FIELD TRIPS at various school-based sites across Denver? Then this camp is the experience you’ve been waiting for! Themes and field trips will differ depending on the site, to name some possibilities: Wonderful Water – Pirates Cove, STEM – Colorado Air and Space Museum, Superheroes – Jump Street, and Guided Discovery – Denver Zoo.

Enrichment Exploration Summer Camp – Are you looking for an eclectic variety of single subject offerings throughout the day?! Then the Enrichment Exploration Summer Camp is for you! This camp is a single subject a la carte Enrichment opportunity. Sign up for one to four blocks per week, featuring your favorite enrichment providers like Sticky Fingers, Art for Life Colorado, and Hero Sports just to name a few!

Specialty Summer Camps – ELCS is pleased to offer four specialized, one-month camps this year focusing entirely on content areas that advance student in Theatre, Technology, Art, and Sports. These camps will be partnering with reputable organizations throughout Denver, such as Colorado Ballet, Colorado Rockies, and the Children’s Museum. If your student is looking to really dive into a single subject for the week or month, then this is the camp for them!

For more information and how to register please visit our website by clicking here!


            When: Thursday, January 23 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 am

Questions:  Call 303-316-3944 or email

GPHC is presenting, sponsoring, or promoting the following programs and events in February. You can always find information on our events and programs at

Recycling, Composting and Trash in DenverWednesday, February 26th at 6:30pm

Park Hill Branch Library (4705 Montview Blvd)

Denver Recycles will present on the City’s services for recycle, compost, and trash collection in addition to seasonal programs and events. We will discuss how Park Hill can help promote best recycle and compost practices and reduce waste.  More information here.

Emergency Food Pantry Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm

GPHC (2823 Fairfax St)

Serving anyone with a Park Hill address. More information here.

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

  • Cereal (hot and cold)
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Canned Fruit
  • Toiletries
  • Individually packaged snacks

The Children’s Art School is for interested and talented young artists who want more in depth art education than is available in the traditional school setting.  We are in our thirteenth year. In the University Park neighborhood.  Many of our programs were originally developed for DU’s gifted University for Youth.  We are also an arts educator for the Denver Public Schools Community Resources Inc.

Our new website is

Junior Ski Patrol

January 20:  NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 20:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Registration begins
January 21:  9:30 am – 11:30 am – MLK MARADE – Kindergarten and 1st Grade
January 21:  Restaurant Night Out at Oblio’s
January 24:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Registration ends
January 27 – 31:  International Festival with the Mizel Museum – Park Hill School 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 13:  8:00 am – Coffee with Ken in the Panther Café
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