Greetings Park Hill Families:
I hope this message finds you well. Needless to say, this was a very unusual week. The unexpected snow day on Thursday came as quite a surprise. In addition, we continue to face an uphill battle with Covid and the Omicron variant. As shared in a prior message on Monday, we take the health and safety of our students very seriously. We have modified our approach to lunch, and have increased our safety and cleaning protocols in the school.
In all transparency, we have had many absences this week. We have averaged 10 staff members out each day, some due to positive cases and some due to sick family members. We have also averaged close to 100 students absent each day. This is an extremely high number, but it is for the right reasons. Some of our students are Covid positive, some are experiencing symptoms, and some are doing it out of precaution. We thank all of our parents for the extra measure of caution, as we strive to keep our students safe and our school doors open. Please continue to report any positive cases to our Main Office.
Have a great and safe weekend.
-Ken Burdette, Principal
Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday on January 17th
Please mark your calendars and plan appropriate childcare for the upcoming MLK holiday on Monday, January 17th.
Park Hill Elementary Equity Corner
We have started a new committee/group at Park Hill to help share experiences and resources to encourage our community to learn about the many differences that make each and everyone of us unique and special. Stay tuned for regular updates from this group. We hope to share resources, ideas and exciting experiences that students are having in their classrooms.
We’d like to start the year off with sharing some resources about how we talk about each other and how we talk about people that are different from us.
People First Language started as a way to speak more respectfully about people with disabilities, but the ideas can be adapted to anyone who is different. It is a good reminder to all of us to think about the person first before you classify them based on something that is different from you.
- Instead of “he is wheelchair bound” say “He uses a wheelchair to help him get around”
- Instead of “she is homeless” say “her family is experiencing homlessness right now”
- Instead of “he’s autistic or he’s learning disabled” try “he has autism or he has a learning disability”
More People First Articles: https://www.disabilityisnatural.com/people-first-language.html
People First usage examples: https://odr.dc.gov/page/people-first-language
Resource for parents to share with kids: https://nebula.wsimg.com/07ff3147582a2b7c1dd5404791dc477b?AccessKeyId=9D6F6082FE5EE52C3DC6&disposition=0&alloworigin=1
Finally, the recent book by Sonia Sotomayor talks about a variety of other differences like diabetes, asthma, etc and has some good messaging for starting conversations about differences.
Enrollment Updates and Virtual Tour video
Please tell your friends and neighbors unfamiliar with the school registration process that Pre-enrollment is open and that the School Choice window will be opening on January 14th. These families can pre-enroll now to get their student ID numbers which will be needed for access to the School Choice website. Please follow this link for details and forms on how to pre-enroll: https://parkhillelementary.org/pre-enrollment/.
Once pre-enrolled, ALL ECE, Kindergarten and transfer students will then need to make their enrollment decisions once the School Choice window opens on January 14-February 15. Families that live in the neighborhood with ECE, Kindergarten or transfer students that plan to send their children to PHE in the 2022 school year still need to complete the School Choice enrollment even if they are not planning to Choice into other schools! Details can be found on the DPS Choice website at https://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/.
Also, families can also view the Park Hill Virtual Tour which is now on the website if they are not familiar with the school: https://parkhillelementary.org/about-us/school-tours/.
Denver School of the Arts Drama Day!
Students Grades 3rd-6th are welcome at the Denver School of the Arts on Sat. January 8th from 8am-1pm! They will attend five forty-five minute long workshops taught by Junior/Senior Theatre Students. Students choose the class they want to go to every session. There will be snacks for sale at registration. See the attached flier.
Music and Dance Request for Volunteers
3rd and 4th Grades are beginning their performance unit on the East African “why” Tinga Tinga Tales in music/dance classes! Ms. M and Ms. Nonino are in need of volunteers to come in and work with student groups. Please reach out to them if you are interested at:
Colorado Children’s Chorale Auditions
Colorado Children’s Chorale has auditions coming up for our Spring portion of the season. In person auditions will be held January 8th and 22nd. We will also be taking video submissions through January 29th. Please see here for more details on auditions. https://www.childrenschorale.org/sing/come-sing-with-us/ If you have a student from 2nd-5th grade who loves to sing and dance, please come audition.