Friday Folder Bulletin, February 21, 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 

What do these three things have in common? They are all ways you should utilize to get home from the auction Friday night. Lyft has an actual stand at The Hangar (see pictured). A ride home on Lyft is going to cost you around $10. A DUI will cost you over $10,000. We’re telling you about these options because…

Thanks to generous donors, we have many free drink options available. All hosted beer is complimentary of Fiction Beer Company, owned by PH parents Ryan & Christa Kilpatrick. All Vodka and Bourbon drinks are hosted complimentary of Western Spirits (thanks Chad Karns!). All non-alcoholic drinks are also complementary.  Wine as well as any other mixed drinks will be available on a cash basis. We have a limited number of wine drink tickets, which are available to buy online and pick up at registration. These tickets are available to purchase with your bidder number and are a savings for you. Enjoy 2 glasses of wine for $12. Cheers!

¿Qué tienen en común estas tres cosas? Son todas las formas que debes utilizar para llegar a casa de la subasta del viernes por la noche. Lyft tiene un stand real en The Hangar (ver foto). Un viaje a casa en Lyft va a costar alrededor de $10. Un DUI le costará más de 10.000 dólares. Te hablamos de estas opciones porque…

Gracias a los generosos donantes, tenemos muchas opciones de bebidas gratuitas disponibles. Toda la cerveza alojada es gratuita de Fiction Beer Company, propiedad de los padres de PH Ryan & Christa Kilpatrick. Todas las bebidas Vodka y Bourbon se hospedan de forma gratuita de Western Spirits (gracias Chad Karns!). Todas las bebidas sin alcohol son gratuitas. El vino y cualquier otra bebida mixta estarán disponibles en efectivo. Tenemos un número limitado de entradas para bebidas de vino, que están disponibles para comprar en línea y recoger en el registro. Estos boletos están disponibles para comprar con su número de pujador y son un ahorro para usted. Disfrute de 2 copas de vino por $12. ¡Salud!

In years past, class baskets have been grouped together in their own category. This year, class baskets will be placed in the category that fits the theme of the basket. Our hope in making this change is that it will be easier to find items of interest by keeping like items together. 

En años pasados, las cestas de clase se han agrupado en su propia categoría. Este año, las cestas de clase se colocarán en la categoría que se ajuste al tema de la canasta. Nuestra esperanza al hacer este cambio es que sea más fácil encontrar elementos de interés manteniendo elementos similares juntos.


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 22, from 11 am -1 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 26 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 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 21 – Park Hill Silent Auction @ the Stanley Marketplace
February 26:  Pizza Day in the Panther Cafe 
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 24 – 26:  CMAS Testing (3rd – 5th grade)
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 9:  Classroom and Individual Photos Taken
April 13 – 17 – CMAS Testing (3rd – 5th Grade)
April 28:  Fifth Grade Music Performance