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

School Pictures

School pictures should have come home with your child this week if you ordered them.  Lifetouch will return to Park Hill on November 12th for retakes.  If your child missed their picture day earlier this month or you would like to get retakes, please mark down the retake date.  Children who would like a retake will need to return their original pictures on the day of the retakes.

School Activity Fees

Thank you to all the families that have paid their student activity fees this year.  There are still more than 20% of students with unpaid fees for the year.  These fees help to directly fund field trips and other special activities.  The PTSA will close the link next Friday, October 29th.

Hello from your Park Hill Elementary MTSS team!

Park Hill is implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), which is a framework for integrating levels (or tiers) of academic, social/emotional, and behavior support to promote the success of all students. The ultimate goal of MTSS is to provide high-quality instruction and the degree of support each student needs to be successful.

Park Hill screens all students to identify students needing additional support. Additionally, parents and families may raise concerns and request a conference with a school-based team. For student’s needing additional support, a school-based team uses a problem-solving process to develop and implement evidence-based interventions and monitor student response. Team membership varies depending on the student’s needs but should include individuals with knowledge of the student, grade-level expectations, the problem-solving process, evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions, progress monitoring, and diagnostic assessment. A school team typically includes an administrator; teacher; family member; and specialists such as interventionists or the school psychologist.

The school identifies students as needing additional support through screenings for literacy and social/emotional functioning, curriculum-based assessments in the classroom for math, attendance records, and/or through observations by the classroom teacher. If your child needs additional support, you will receive an invitation to participate in a conference with the school-based team and you will receive feedback on how your child is responding to targeted and/or individual interventions.

If you have any questions about the implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) at Park Hill, please contact Julia Wigert, School Psychologist, at 720-424-4962.

5th Grade Field Trip – *NEW*

5th Graders will be attending a play (A Midsummer Nights Dream) at East High School on Wednesday, October 27th.  They are planning to walk to the play, so please make sure your student has the appropriate shoes, jacket, and other accessories for the walk.

¡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.

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.