Panther Pages, December 3, 2021

*New* Park Hill Equity Corner:

We are excited to announce a new section within the Panther Pages that will be dedicated to our focus on Equity at Park Hill Elementary. The content will come from a variety of contributors.  We are building two collaborative working groups of parents, teachers, and administration.  The Black Excellence Committee meets once per month and is dedicated to fostering equitable educational opportunities and access for Black students and families.  We are also in the process of establishing a working group dedicated to Equity and Inclusion as a whole for Park Hill Elementary.

In today’s Panther Pages, our Black Excellence Committee would like to share the following articles and resources with our PHE community:

  1. Chalkbeat Article: Overview of the What and Why of Black Excellence in DPS
  2. NEA Article: We Need to Teach the Truth About Systemic Racism, Say Educators

Park Hill Elementary is committed to this work. Each week, we will include information, resources, and/or school updates related to our work around Equity, Inclusion, and Black Excellence.

-Ken Burdette and Maggie Bixby

Park Hill Elementary Annual Gift Card Drive

We are collecting gift cards in $20 increments to the following businesses:  Safeway, King Soopers, Walmart, and Target.  This money will be used directly to support current Park Hill students and families for the Holidays.  Donations can be delivered to the main office.  Donations are appreciated and optional – there is no obligation or requirement.  This is an act of charity and service to those in need.

If you or someone you know is in need of these types of supports, please reach out to the school. The best contacts are Principal Burdette, Asst Principal Bixby, and our school psychologist Julia Wigert.  All information and requests will be kept confidential.


Holiday Giving Opportunity for the Unhoused

Currently, there are around 35 individuals in the temporary shelter behind Park Hill United Methodist Church. As we approach winter, many of those individuals have needs and are looking for some additional support. The organizers of the shelter (Colorado Village Collaborative) have graciously put together a list of each individual’s current wish list. If you are interested in sponsoring an individual and providing for them this holiday season, please send an email to Ashley Banister (


Grounds Update

Please note that we have a broken slide on the playground.  DPS is aware of this concern, and a new slide has been ordered.  As with most things right now, we are unsure of the shipping timeline. We hope to have a new slide by early 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In addition, Principal Burdette has spoken to the DPS Grounds Dept regarding the condition of our field.  Unfortunately, the field was not watered over the summer, and now it is basically a patch of dirt and dust.  We are in-line to install sod or turf this coming Spring, and will keep our community posted once we know more.


Report Cards are available

Report cards are now available for your children through the Parent Portal link at  Questions about specific grades should be directed to the appropriate teacher.


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 through 5th, 7th, and 9th).  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.

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.  Please contact our 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. 


Discounted tickets to ‘Camp Christmas’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ 

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is proud to partner with Denver Public Schools and The Denver Public Schools Foundation. Use promo code DPSFUND to enjoy an exclusive discount for new and old holiday favorites. Visit to purchase tickets today.


University of Denver activities:

Winter Break – School Days Off Sports Camp

Learn to Play Basketball