Panther Pages, May 14, 2021

Good Afternoon Park Hill Families:

I hope this message finds you doing well. Once again, I would like to reiterate my sincere appreciation for your support and generosity with our Dance Party fundraiser last Friday. It was a huge success, and we rely on this type of support to effectively run our programs and staff within the school.

In addition, and on a more serious note, I have noticed an uptrend with students picking up inappropriate language and racially insensitive concepts from social media, and bringing these to school to share. This includes videos seen on TikTok and YouTube, as well as TV programming more suitable for teenagers and up. As you might expect, this leads to curiosity within our students, especially when they do not know what a word or a topic means, and especially not having the proper context for it. Please take a moment or two and speak with your children around what they are watching and what they are taking away from it. This includes the use of racial slurs that they have heard as well as racially insensitive topics. In the fall, we will offer various parent workshops around these very topics and conversations. This is in support of our Black Excellence Plan and our commitment to equity and inclusion.  Please be on the lookout for more as we move into next year.

Ken Burdette, Principal

Continuation Schedules and Plans

  • Kindergarten – Certificate distribution the week of May 24-27 during dance class performances. Kindergarten will also do a car parade from 1:30-2:00 pm on Thursday, May 27.
  • 5th Grade Field Presentations on May 27:  

Cowen & Mills @ 9:00           Ash & Ferguson @ 9:45. 

The 5th grade car parade will beginning @ 10:50:

  Cowen – 10:50                      Ash – 11:10

Mills – 11:00                            Ferguson – 11:20

Office Support Position Available at PH

Park Hill is looking to hire someone to work in the front office next school year. This will be a part time position – 3 days per week, 7 hours per day.  Responsibilities include answering phones, answering the door, editing and/or drafting and sending school communications, updating the school website and phone app., drafting the weekly Panther Pages newsletter, record keeping, taking stock of and ordering office supplies, assisting teachers/paras with office equipment, providing basic first aid to students when the nurse is not available, etc.

Requirements for the position:

  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • The ability to multitask
  • Close attention to detail
  • Confidence with word processing and spreadsheet skills (Google Docs, Google Sheets)
  • The ability to handle sensitive confidential information
  • Willingness to collaborate and work within a team environment
  • The patience to deal with Mr. B 😉

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Principal Burdette directly at Ken_Burdette@dpsk12.org.

Before/After School Care YMCA Registration

Registration for before/after school care with the YMCA will open on Monday, June 14.  We will send out a link before then.  Please note, we believe that the YMCA will be able to increase enrollment next year by 50%, provided the Covid situation does not escalate.

Join the Coop Group

Do you like fresh eggs? Park Hill Chicken Coop Co-Op needs volunteers!

The Park Hill Chicken Coop Co-op, located in the garden at Park Hill Elementary, is in need of 3-4 new families to volunteer to care for our chickens. The commitment is one day a week and the rotations are two-months. The responsibilities are light (AM/PM check-in), there is no membership fee and you get to keep the fresh eggs!  If you’ve ever considered having a coop of your own, this is a great way to learn the tricks of the trade and get your dose of country in the city, while avoiding chicken poop in your own backyard. There’s also a great team of volunteers to back you up if you help or if you need to miss a volunteer day.  Interested families should contact Robyn Longfellow at rwellfellow@gmail.com. Background check through DPS is required.  Don’t be a chicken – join the coop group today!

Early Bird Registration for Next School Year

Preparing for Early Bird Registration

Parents will have the opportunity to complete the Early Bird Online Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year starting on April 26 through May 21(only 2 weeks to go!).  If you are not able to complete by these dates, you will have another opportunity after July 26. Please note that only a parent/guardian in the primary household can complete online registration for students.

Registration (which is the next step after pre-enrollment or returning to Park Hill for the next year) is mandatory for all students at all grade levels.  To complete the Online Registration, you will need an active parent portal account. To create a parent portal account you will need your student’s ID number, and then go to myportal.dpsk12.org to create the account.  When you login to Parent Portal, use browsers Chrome or Firefox to complete Online Registration.

Please either call the school office at 720-424-4910 or email Ann Kurth at ann_kurth@dpsk12.org or Elizabeth Hebbard at elizabeth_hebbard@dpsk12.org, if you need the student ID number(s) for your child(ren).  

Early Bird Online Registration – April 26, 2021 – May 21, 2021

Once you have logged on to your parent portal account, follow the steps listed below to start the registration. 

🖱 Click See All Apps

🖱 Click Online Registration

🖱 Scroll down; click More

🖱 Click Online Registration

2021 – 2022 School Supplies

Park Hill’s Leadership team has worked to implement a very specific plan with our academic scheduling and organization, and the school supplies that students use play an important part in this. For example, we intentionally use only red folders for reading and blue folders for math. This is part of our school-wide AVID plan. 

We are offering you the opportunity to buy your school supplies through Educational Products, Inc., and strongly encourage you to do this.  It is our hope that all parents take advantage of this opportunity.  The cost for your student’s supplies will be $55.  This is significantly cheaper than doing your own shopping in August, and it saves you valuable time.  It will also ensure that students have the correct supplies (colored folders, expo markers, etc.) that each student will need in 2021-2022.

Please see the flyer below for information on how to order your student’s school supplies. Notice the price increase after June 1. Starting June 2 through June 27, supplies will cost $60.

*Kits are customized to the teachers of Park Hill Elementary, and will be distributed to students on the first day of school.   https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/login.aspx?

Denver Public Library’s Summer of Adventure

It’s time for a new adventure! Register for Denver Public Library’s Summer of Adventure, the FREE program that encourages youth from birth to 12th grade to grow, learn and have fun.

Registration for Summer of Adventure begins May 25. To learn more or sign up call 720-865-1111, visit https://denverlibraryadventures.org/ or drop by your local Denver Public Library branch. You’ll get a printed Adventure Guide to inspire your own reading, making and exploring along with a prize to get you started. 

School Based Health Centers (SBHC) Open in the Summer

  • Denver Health School-Based Health Center at Place Bridge will be open June 1st- August 20th from 7:30-4:30 (5 days/week)

Denver Health School-Based Health Center at Florence Crittenton will be open June 1st-June 30th from 7:30-4:30 (Tues/Thurs)         SBHC Website