Panther Pages, February 5, 2021

Happy Friday Park Hill Parents:

I hope this email finds you well. I am happy to announce that we have
successfully completed four weeks of in-person learning in 2021. Our students and staff continue to show great resilience, hard work, and a positive attitude each day. And our Remote students continue to rock it as well.

I would like to take a moment in today’s newsletter to share some
celebrations from our classrooms in honor of Black History Month. In Mrs. Miller’s kindergarten class, the students have been learning about inspirational Black educators from Denver, many of whom our public schools have been named after. In Ms Nonino’s dance class, students are watching a live performance presenting Black dance companies from around the country. Her students are also learning dances that represent Black communities and culture. Beginning each morning in third grade, our classrooms are discussing different civil rights movements in the SE region of America and highlighting inspirational Black figures. In addition, the students are doing a month-long study of Faith Ringgold. And, if you haven’t already seen it, please check out this month’s issue of the Greater Park Hill News. There is an entire spread, including an article written by our very own kindergarten teacher, Erika Neale, dedicated to the beautiful artwork that was created by students from around the neighborhood, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy. And, these are just a few examples of the work our teachers and students are doing.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I look forward to seeing you
back on Monday.

Ken Burdette, Principal
Park Hill Elementary

Smartwatch Devices at School
We have been seeing an uptick in students’ use of smart watches here at school. We understand that parents want to be able to
communicate with your children and know that they are safe. But,
because these devices are becoming disruptive in our classrooms, we are adopting a 0% tolerance policy for use during the school day. If your student is found using a device like this during school hours, it will be confiscated and you will be asked to come to the school to pick it up. Thank you for your understanding.