Panther Pages, October 15, 2021

Greetings Park Hill Families:

I hope this message finds you well. Just a reminder that we are off school this Friday and this Monday. We are back on Tuesday 10/19.

Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have been able to participate in conferences so far. We appreciate your time and support in your child’s education.

Lastly, I want to provide a quick Covid update. Last week, we had one new case, and that case was at the kindergarten level. This week, we had one case in second grade. Families in both of those classes received email notices from the Office about possible exposures.  Compared to where we were just a few short weeks ago, we have seen a significant decrease in our positive Covid cases. We believe the measures we are taking here at school, in addition to the extra precautions you are taking at home, have made a huge impact.  Thank you for your efforts and we look forward to keeping a healthy and safe school environment for everyone.

Ken Burdette, Principal

No School for students on October 15th & 18th

Please mark your calendars and make note that students will not have school on Friday, October 15th and Monday, October 18th.

Opening for a 3rd Grade Paraprofessional

Park Hill is looking for a 3rd grade Paraprofessional.  You can email Principal Burdette if you are interested in the position.  Details about the job listing can also be found on the DPS website.

Halloween Parade Times

As mentioned last week.  The Halloween Parade is planned for Friday 10/29. This year’s parade will look a little different than past years.  We plan to stagger the parade by grade level to avoid a mass gathering of students.  Parents will remain outside the gates/fence/school but are welcome to watch their students and classmates.

Start and Stop times are as follows:

  • 2nd Grade – 9am – 9:15am
  • 1st Grade – 9:15am – 9:30am
  • Kinder and ECE – 9:35am – 9:50am
  • 3rd Grade – 9:50am – 10:05am
  • 4th Grade – 10:10am – 10:30am
  • 5th Grade – 10:30am – 10:50am

Students will need to wear their costumes to school (and will not be changing into/out of costumes), so it will need to be something that is appropriate for the day’s activities and recess (fyi – students can wear additional gloves or mask for the parade if it goes with the costume, but will not wear these inside).  Participation is optional and students will have another activity if they decide not to participate.

School Directory

If you would like to include your family in the school directory, please share your contact information using this google form. The directory is voluntary and if you complete the form you are giving consent to share your information with the Park Hill Elementary School community.  The google form will be open through Friday, October 22nd, at which point the complete directory will be shared with participants. The school directory is a private list; information may not be shared with third parties or used for sales or marketing purposes.

¡Hola Familias!

A message from Ms Acosta: This month in Spanish we will be learning about the wonderful tradition of Día de los Muertos. I’m so grateful that we will be able to install our community ofrenda at the school again. Please follow the link below for some ways that your students and family can participate and pay tribute to their dearly departed.

Traffic Update

Per Principal Burdette: We have noticed an increase in speeding and unsafe driving around Park Hill Elementary and in Park Hill as a whole.  While I realize most of the people reading this email are not the unsafe drivers, I must ask that we all do our part to keep our kids safe. This includes minimizing speeds, making full stops at Stop signs, and putting pedestrians first. If the traffic is too much to handle, please find an alternative route or park further away.  Lastly, if you feel you need to speak directly to an unsafe driver, please know you have my support and backing. We are all in this together. Also, a reminder that we have Kiss and Drop each morning on Elm street and 18th.

We were able to get another bike rack at school so there is more room.

Free COVID tests

CDPHE recently announced the Rapid-At-Home program in which they will ship free rapid antigen tests directly to homes. Students, families and educators can enroll in the program here. A couple important notes on the program:

  • Due to significant interest, there appears to be a several week delay in initial shipments after signing up.
  • These rapid tests are intended for ongoing screening; a rapid test cannot clear an individual with symptoms to go to school or clear someone from quarantine. Individuals can only be cleared with a PCR test at COVIDCheckColorado or your primary care physician.

Please Label Your Student’s Items

Please label everything that comes to school with your student. Lost & Found is filling up!  We will return to students items that are labeled.