Panther Pages, November 12, 2021

Park Hill Parents:

Happy Friday!  Hope this message finds you well.  This week, I wanted to share some articles regarding the overall well-being of students across the nation.  While we are confident at PHE that our students will be able to overcome any learning loss related to the pandemic, we are noticing that socially and emotionally some of our students are having a hard time. This is normal and to be expected. Nonetheless, we thought it would be beneficial to share these articles and perspectives with parents. They are short reads, intended for those few free minutes we find in an average day.   Have a great weekend!

Ken Burdette – Principal

‘Squid Game’ concerns

We have seen an uptick in violent imaginative play on the playground and in the classroom.  Some of the play has been based off of an adult tv ‘survival game’ where participants win or are eliminated in violent manners.  While the play on campus has not been physical, we are concerned with some of the themes of violence in the games.  We have noticed these concerns all the way down to our 1st grade classrooms.

Please be mindful of what your kids are watching at home on their screens and consider having a conversation with your kids about the violence they are seeing in the media they watch. Here’s a helpful starter:


No School on Friday, November 19th

Per the email from the district earlier this week, there will be no school on Friday, November 19th.  The following week is Thanksgiving Break where students will also be off from school.  Please mark your calendars and make childcare plans accordingly.


COVID Vaccine Clinics and sign ups

Children ages 5+ are now eligible for COVID vaccinations.

Here are some resources that parents have had success with if your Pediatrician does not have any openings.

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

CDPHE Colorado Vaccine Sign-Up

DPS is offering vaccination clinics from 4-7pm at various locations on the dates below:

DPS Location Vaccination Clinic Date for First Dose
Evie Dennis Campus Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m.
West High School Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln High School Nov. 17 from 4-7 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson High School Nov. 17 from 4-7 p.m.
South High School Nov. 18 from 4-7 p.m.
Skinner Middle School Nov. 18 from 4-7 p.m.
Garden Place Elementary Nov. 19 from 4-7 p.m.

HOW TO REGISTER: Online (the quickest option!):

To register for a vaccine, please click the link below and follow instructions for scheduling an appointment.


If you do not have a MyChart account, you will need to create one. Please use your personal email to create your mychart account. Once in MyChart you will be able to schedule your vaccine appointment.  Note: If you need login or support help, call MyChart support at 303-602-4380

By Phone:

If you don’t have access to MyChart, you can schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-8958. Please listen to all options. Phone wait times may be long, but we want to help get your vaccine appointment scheduled as soon as possible. You can also call your local SBHC to schedule your vaccine appointment.


Cubscout’s Pack 286 is recruiting new members!

Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and girls (kindergarten through fifth grade) and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness.

For more information, Please contact Cubmaster Allee Whitt 970-901-8300 or Asst. Cubmaster Shaun Driscoll 303-229-0674


Upcoming Nurse Screenings

Denver Public Schools will provide free vision, hearing, and dental screenings for all students in all grades this year (Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th).

***However, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic’s effects on the universal screening process the past two school years, ALL DPS students (ECE-12th) will have the opportunity to receive screening the school year of 2021-2022.

The screenings are NOT an assessment or an evaluation and do NOT replace professional exams. Mass screening is considered best practice to identify students who may be at risk for health concerns affecting the student’s ability to learn, and who may need extra support to reach academic benchmarks.

Your student will receive screenings in the following areas:

Vision, Hearing, and Dental. Resources are available for DPS enrolled students.

You must notify your school nurse directly should you wish to REFUSE/OPT OUT of any of the free screenings for your student.

The health screening components of vision and hearing will be completed at your child’s school on:

Dates:  December 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th with Recheck day on the 10th.

Please contact your school nurse for any questions or concerns about the health screenings.  Parents/guardians of students who were absent or who did not have optimal hearing, vision or dental screening results will be notified in writing regarding the results. 


Mask reminder

Students should come to school wearing a mask and it’s helpful if students can keep a spare mask (or 2) in their backpacks.  We have been handing out ~50 masks daily to students that have not been coming to school with a mask or have had their masks break during recess/class.  Your support with this effort would be greatly appreciated!


New Visitor Check-in system

If you are volunteering or otherwise on the Park Hill campus as a visitor you will be asked for your drivers license as a part of our campus safety.  We have a new screening software system that checks visitors against a database of known offenders.  Volunteers will still need to submit a copy of their COVID vaccine cards to and register with DPS here.


Art Classroom Fundraiser

The Original Works Art Fundraising Brochure with a photo of your child’s self portrait was sent home this week.  Your child’s original artwork will be coming home in November. If you would like to order, the instructions for ordering are on the back of the brochure. Profits from this fundraiser will be used for a new kiln for the art room! If you have questions, they can be directed to


School Days Off! Sports camp at DU November 22-24 (Thanksgiving Break)

During School Days Off, campers ages 5-11 have the opportunity to try multiple sports and activities in a fun, active environment while experiencing the NCAA Division I varsity fields, courts and rinks that the University of Denver Pioneers call home. Activities include basketball, soccer, rock climbing, ice skating, swimming, lacrosse and more. Specific camp schedules vary by day and are dependent on facility availability and weather conditions.  Registration for 2021-22 School Days Off is now open!

For more information about School Days Off, please contact our staff at 303-871-3845 or  Enjoy School Days Off? You may also be interested in our Learn to Swim, Learn to Skate and Learn Gymnastics programs!


Thanksgiving Break Art Garage Classes *Free if able to attend all classes*

Come join The Art Garage at Stedman Elementary this Thanksgiving Break to explore the visual arts! Students will explore a variety of art materials, story telling, art vocabulary and so much more!  Students will experience tactile mediums through process based art as well as complete final projects ready to display.

Register: Call The Art Garage, 303-377-2353 or Email At the time of registration a fee of $25/family is due. Those students that attend all 3 will be refunded the registration fee on the last day.  Please reach out to Art Garage if you have any questions or financial constraints.  K-2nd grade class and 3rd-5th grade class.

Dates: Monday through Wednesday, November 22nd – 24th

Time: 8:15am – 3:15pm