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

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Panther Pages, November 5, 2021

Happy Friday Park Hill Families:

I hope this message finds you in good health and doing well overall.  I am happy to report that our Covid numbers are way down in the school.  While we have a small handful of students on quarantine, these are believed to be due to positive exposures in their personal lives and not positive cases within our building. I strongly believe our protocols are working, and we are very fortunate to have had such good weather where we can continue eating our meals outside. I continue to ask all of us to be safe and cautious in our daily lives in an effort to keep our school healthy and open.

In addition, I also want to remind everyone that this weekend is Daylight Savings Time. We push our clocks back one hour.  Please be mindful of this come Monday morning.

Have a great weekend!

Ken Burdette – Principal

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Panther Pages, October 22, 2021

Greetings Park Hill Families:

I hope this message finds you all doing well. Just wanted to provide a few brief updates as you head into your weekend.

– A sincere thank you to our entire Park Hill school community for your generous support during our Direct Giving campaign. We were able to raise over $30,000 to directly support your child’s education this school year. In particular, our kindergarten classes alone brought in $9000. This is simply amazing and we thank you for your generosity and support.

– In other news, we have two positive cases of Covid currently recorded at our school. Both individuals are in fourth grade, and the families have been communicated with. This is a significant improvement from where we were just a few short weeks ago.

– We are looking for a para professional to support our primary grades. This position can be part time or full time. Please email if you are interested.

– Specifically for 4th grade, we are eliminating the game of football from our recess and break times. Our students are continuing to work on sportsmanship and we need a little more time with that before we can bring football back into the equation.

Ken Burdette, Principal

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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

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Panther Pages, October 8, 2021

Dear Park Hill Elementary Families:

I wanted to share a highlight from this week in our Intermediate grades.  On Wednesday, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders were able to participate in the “No Place For Hate” kickoff, which included a zoom meeting and read aloud from Amanda Gorman. Her new book is entitled “Change Sings”.  The students read the book in class with their teachers, watched Ms Gorman read it aloud during the zoom kickoff meeting, and engaged in thoughtful and engaging dialogue in their class around kindness, inclusion, and equity (among other topics). If your child has not shared this with you, please ask them this weekend.

This work is tied to our larger commitment to Equity:

DPS Equity Statement: Racial and Educational Equity is our collective responsibility. We will achieve equity when we dismantle deeply rooted systems of oppression that have historically resulted in inequitable access and distribution of opportunities and resources for those who represent marginalized identities, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language and ability. We will create conditions where we all belong, are included, have clear purpose (why) and have the autonomy to lead in our respective areas. By creating these conditions, we will eliminate the predictability of success or failure for our students and team members.

Ken Burdette, Principal

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