Friday Folder Bulletin, February 13, 2020

Dear Park Hill families:

We will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments on March 24, 2020. These assessments focus on the knowledge and skills our kids need for success in our global economy, including skills such as analytical thinking and the ability to solve complex problems. The CMAS assessments focus on four different content areas depending upon the grade your child is in:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) and Math – 3rd, 4th, 5th grade
  • Social Studies- 4th grade
  • Science – 5th grade

We want to help parents and families with information to support student success during this time. These assessments will give our teachers critical information to help our students be on track for college and career readiness and help us understand whether our students have the necessary skills to succeed after high school.

Calendar: Please see the testing dates below. We ask parents and families to ensure their children get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast every day, but especially on assessment days. In addition, if there are doctor’s appointments or other appointments that need to be made, we hope this calendar will help you to make those appointments on non-assessment days.

Volunteers: Please also note on testing days we cannot allow volunteers on certain floors of our building. This is to adhere to the ethics and other policies set forth by DPS and the State of Colorado to maintain a secure testing environment.

Attendance: All students should be in school on-time, all day and every day, regardless of whether assessments are occurring or not. Important teaching and learning happens in between testing, so it is imperative that students are here. Our expectations remain around vacations and we expect parents to continue to plan vacations around the DPS calendar.

Make-Ups: Students do best when they are in their classroom environment for testing. In the event that your child has to miss a test session, they will have to make up the test another time and will be pulled during their instructional time to do so. To prevent disruption to your child’s and other student’s day, please make sure that your child is at school every day and limit their absences to only when they are sick.

We appreciate your support during this time. Assessments, including CMAS as well as those taken throughout the year, are vital tools for teachers to support student success. There are online resources to help parents and families support their students during CMAS testing, located at If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Thank you, and go Panthers!

Ken Burdette & Maggie Bixby
Park Hill Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Mon 3/23 Tues 3/24 Wed 3/25 Thurs 3/26 Fri 3/27
No session today ELA- 1(3rd, 4th, 5th) ELA-2(3rd, 4th, 5th) ELA-3(3rd, 4th, 5th) Make Ups 
(3/30-4/3) Spring Break
(4/6-4/10) Math Review

ELA Make Ups 

Mon 4/13 Tues 4/14 Wed 4/15 (4th and 5th Only)
Thurs 4/16 AM and PM Fri 4/17

(3rd, 4th, 5th)

Math -2

(3rd, 4th, 5th)

Math- 3

(3rd, 4th, 5th)

Social Studies (4th)

Science (5th)

Social Studies (4th)

Science (5th)

Social Studies (4th)

Science (5th)

(4/20-4/24)  Math Make Ups 

We try to send students outside every day for recess. We check the temperature / wind chill and generally will go out if students won’t get wet and the temperature is appropriate.  Please make sure you send your student dressed appropriately to be outside for up to 30 minutes at a time. We are all aware of how fast the weather in Colorado can change so students should always have access to a coat, hat, pair of gloves and boots in their backpack. 

R.A.D.A. ~ Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. 
A book Club at the Denver Public Library that has rotating locations. The R.A.D.A. book discussion series provides a safe space to discuss some of the issues and movements of the day with respect and compassion. 

Upcoming Sessions – Talking with Kids About Race:

How do we talk to the children in our lives about race, social justice and equity? In this discussion-based workshop series, adults will explore their own messages about race, and discuss strategies that engage children in meaningful dialogue. Workshops are facilitated by members of Denver Public Library’s Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book discussion group and are ideal for parents, caregivers and educators. Drop in for a single event, or attend them all.   

Saturday, February 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sam Gary Branch Library
This session will focus on current events and children’s media 
Saturday, March 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Park Hill Branch Library
This session will focus on microaggressions

I Heart PARK HILL AUCTION – FEBRUARY 21 from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm at The Hangar at Stanley
So you’ve heard we’re having an auction. Maybe you have some questions? We have got you covered! Check out our Auction Primer for everything you need to know about this year’s I Heart Park Hill Auction. While you are there, pre-register to attend, and avoid the lines!

I Heart Park Hill Subasta – 21 de febrero de 6:30 a 11:30pm in The Hangar at Stanley
Así que has oído que vamos a hacer una subasta. ¿Tal vez tienes algunas preguntas? ¡Te tenemos cubierto! Echa un vistazo a la Subasta Primer para todo lo que necesita saber acerca de I Heart Park Hill Subasta de este año. Mientras esté allí, preregístrese para asistir, y evite las colas!

One meaningful way you can help contribute to PHE (whether you are able to attend the auction or not) is through Cash for Paras. If you have $10, 20, $30 or more, no contribution is too small, and the money raised in this fund goes directly to funding our teacher support staff, an invaluable resource we are lucky to have.

Just ask your students and the teachers – they love their paras and with the larger class sizes, teachers are better able to meet the needs of their students with their para’s support. One of our beloved paras is Ms Jenna, the Pied Piper of Park Hill! We asked some of the second grade students what makes Ms. Jenna so special and they replied:

“She’s nice, she’s kind, she’s generous and she listens to me.”
“She helps us learn to compromise.”
“She helps me when my teacher is busy and I don’t understand stuff.”
“She makes coming to school fun and I love her!”
To contribute to Cash for Paras online, go to and register.

I Heart Park Hill Subasta – 21 de febrero en el Hangar de Stanley
Una forma significativa de contribuir a la PHE (independientemente de que pueda asistir a la subasta o no) es a través de Cash for Párrs. Si usted tiene $10, 20, $30 o más, ninguna contribución es demasiado pequeña, y el dinero recaudado en este fondo va directamente a financiar nuestro personal de apoyo docente, un recurso invaluable que tenemos la suerte de tener.

Simplemente pregúntale a tus alumnos y a los profesores: les encantan sus paras y con los tamaños de clase más grandes, los profesores son más capaces de satisfacer las necesidades de sus alumnos con el apoyo de su pará. ¡Una de nuestras queridas paras es la Sra. Jenna, la flautista de Park Hill! Preguntamos a algunos de los estudiantes de segundo grado qué hace a la Sra. Jenna tan especial y ellos respondieron:

«Es amable, amable, generosa y me escucha».
«Ella nos ayuda a aprender a comprometernos».
«Ella me ayuda cuando mi profesor está ocupado y no entiendo cosas».
«Ella hace que venir a la escuela sea divertido y la amo!»
Para contribuir a Cash for Paras en línea, vaya a y regístrese.

The last day we will accept Pre-enrollment paperwork here in the school office is today, Thursday, February 13, before 3:00 pm.  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 your Parent Portal credentials 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.

If your student is going into 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.

The SchoolChoice enrollment process for the 2020-2021 school year will close next Tuesday, February 18, at 4:00 pm.

DPS School Choice


Girl Scout Troop 68346
Come support PHE’s Girl Scout Troop 68346 (first graders) this weekend as they sell cookies to raise money to go camping this summer.  This is the first year selling cookies for this new troop. They will be at King Soopers at 1355 Krameria on Saturday, Feb 15, from 9:0- am – 11:00 am, and Sunday, Feb 16, from 10 am – 12 pm.  Thank you in advance for your support!

While you are at King Soopers, support PHE when you buy groceries and use your King Soopers card.  Make sure your account is linked to PHE by enrolling here.

Liz Rutledge, Park Hill Elementary’s Mindfulness teacher is hosting her fifth Winning Wellness Workshop on February 26th from 1:30-4:30pm along with her colleague, Cyrina Bullard of Catch Happiness.

They teach nervous system-calming techniques to help with stress, difficulty sleeping and focusing, and confidence.

Do you want tools to feel more calm, focused and clear? How about some guidance on achieving your goals and dreams? In our workshops, we teach scientifically proven tools and techniques to empower you to handle the bumps in the road of life with more ease. Early Bird tickets are $47 and this special pricing ends 2/15! Then, prices go to $68. Please join us! Start here:

Please email with questions.

February 14:  NO SCHOOL for students – Planning / Assessment Day (Happy Valentines Day)
February 17:  NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day
February 18 – SchoolChoice Process Closes @ 4:00 pm
February 21 – Park Hill Silent Auction @ the Stanley Marketplace
February 27:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Kindergarten Classes to JCC (Tiny Tots:  Music of the World)
March 2:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Ash and Ferguson 5th grade classes to DMNS
March 8:  Daylight Savings Time Begins – Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour
March 11:  9:15 am – 2:00 pm – First Grade to Arvada Center
March 18:  Fourth Grade Music Concert
March 30 – April 3:  NO SCHOOL – SPRING BREAK
April 6: – NO SCHOOL for students – Planning / Assessment Day
April 7:  Students Return to School from Spring Break
April 28:  Fifth Grade Music Performance