Panther Pages, September 17, 2021

Happy Friday Park Hill Families:

Thank you all for another great week of school. I do want to inform you that we have had a total of five positive Covid cases. These cases have been spread out among students and staff, including a guest teacher and a DPS support partner. They have also spanned over all grades. Thankfully, these cases did not result in a mass quarantine for any class or grade. If your child was impacted or exposed, you would have received notification from me. As always, you can reach out to our office team with additional questions.

In light of this, I want to bring to your attention once again the importance of wearing our masks and wearing masks properly that also fit us properly.  When it comes to the question of quarantine or not, it often has to do with length of exposure as well as whether or not the parties were wearing their mask correctly. Please continue to remind your children about the importance of this, and send them with a mask that fits them properly. We do have extra kid size masks here at school. Also, if it is a reusable mask, I highly recommend washing it at least a few times each week.

Thank you!

Ken Burdette, Principal

After School Enrichment Signup TODAY

Signups will be today at 4pm.  The sign up period ends September 24th or when each course fills up – whichever is first. Enrichments are planned to begin on the week of September 28th and continue until the 2nd week of December.  If your child is participating in an enrichment – please send the ‘Release of Liability and Emergency Form’ attached in Thursdays Enrichment Update email to or bring it to the main office.

Important Volunteer Update

If you are currently volunteering or plan to start volunteering in the near future, DPS is now requiring proof of full vaccination against COVID.  This includes all parents/guardians on field trips, after school activities, or any other volunteering with Park Hill students.  The website to register as a volunteer is:

Please send a copy of your COVID immunization documentation to as well.

Helmets and Bike Racks

We love to see so many students riding their bikes, scooters, and other wheeled forms of transportation this year. On that note, please make sure your child has a properly sized helmet that they are wearing while on school grounds.

Park Hill is looking to add 1-2 more bike racks. If you have any contacts in regards to getting bike racks or can help install once we do, please send an email to Principal Burdette at

Picture Day

School picture day is Tuesday, October 5th & Wednesday, October 6th.  Flyers will be sent home on Monday with your child.  You can go online and order now. with your Student’s School ID number or Picture Day ID: EVTJCVWQM

New Kindergarten Daisy Girl Scout Troop Now Forming at Park Hill!

If you have a Kindergarten girl and are interested in learning about Girl Scouts, please join us for an informational family meeting tomorrow morning, September 18 at 10:00 on the Park Hill playground.  Can’t make it?  Send an email to or contact Molly Wink at 720-837-8088 or Brienne Morris at 970-376-5300 (text or call) for more information.  We’d love to have your G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) join us in Girl Scouts!

Girls on the Run – Openings on another team!

The Park Hill teams are completely full. Did you still want your kid to do Girls on the Run?  No worries, The City Park team would welcome any additional girls. They meet on Monday/Wednesday from 3:30-5 PM by the Museum of Nature and Science. If you have any questions about the team, contact the Site Coordinator/Coach for the group, Kodi at or

Student Activity Fee

Thank you to the families that have paid their activity fees or contacted the office for scholarships. Field trips are starting next week and the fee covers field trips and associated transportation and virtual learning expenses.  Please pay your student activity fees ($40 per child) HERE if you have not yet done so. We will also accept checks or cash in the school office. Please email Ann Kurth in the office for scholarship information.

Absence Reporting Reminder

Please use the Park Hill App (available for iOS or Android in the link below) for reporting your child’s absence.  Alternatively, you can call the main office line (720-424-4910) or email to report an absence.  Please report absences in the morning or in advance as this helps save a phone call from our front office staff.  Please do not email responses to School Messenger as these do not get sent to the office.

Park Hill Gear

Park Hill gear will be available for purchase at the Direct Giving / Movie Night on Friday, October 1st.  Families not able to attend will be able to order gear via an order form to be sent out at a later date. More info to come as the Direct Giving / Movie Night approaches!

HGT/GT testing for grades 1,3,4 and 5

The fall testing nomination is now open through October 15. The application is available online at When you get to the site, scroll down until you see ‘Interested in Magnet Testing?’

This nomination form is for families seeking Gifted and Talented (GT) identification and/or placement at a Highly Gifted Magnet Site. This series of cognitive tests provide us with information for potential HGT or GT identification. Qualifying scores will be put into a body of evidence as 1 data point toward identification. Ultimately 3 qualifying data points are needed for formal identification.

The testing will occur at Park Hill Elementary during the testing window of October 25 – December 3, 2021. Remember the deadline for applications is October 15, 2021.

All kindergarteners and 2nd graders in DPS are given a different HGT/GT test and therefore do not need to apply.  Contact Mary Lauth, Park Hill GT teacher, with questions.

Phones/Smartwatch Devices at School

We have been seeing an uptick in students’ use of phones and smart watches here at school.  We understand that parents want to be able to communicate with their children and know that they are safe. But, because these devices are becoming disruptive in our classrooms, we are adopting a 0% tolerance policy for use during the school day (unless authorized for a medical reason by the nurse).  If your student is found using a device like this during school hours, it will be confiscated and you will be asked to come to the school to pick it up.  Thank you for your understanding.