Panther Pages, February 11, 2022

Happy Friday PHE Families:

I am happy to report that our positive Covid cases have decreased significantly. We are currently in the single digits of known positive cases for our entire student and staff population.

It is with these decreased numbers throughout Denver that DPS is removing the required mask mandate in schools starting Monday, Feb 28th (the current policy expires on Friday 25th at the end of the day). Please note that as of Monday, Feb 28th, we will strongly encourage mask wearing when inside the building, but it will not be mandatory. This is for all students and staff.  I fully anticipate many staff and students to continue wearing their masks, and our teachers will remind students that it is strongly encouraged.  However, we will not force the matter.

A few key notes:

* At no point will any PHE staff member put a mask on a child’s face, even if a parent wants their child to wear a mask. Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about their desires and staff can help with reminders.

* Students will not be singled out or separated based upon their mask or vaccine status. For example, we will not seat the masked students on one side of the room and the unmasked students on the other side. This applies to vaccination status as well.

* Our sick policy will not change.  Students who are exhibiting illness symptoms need to stay home and be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

* I do not yet have an update on what this means for positive cases in the classroom, exposures, and/or quarantines. I will have an answer by 2/25.

I understand these policy changes may come with some new feelings and anxieties. As always, we will do our very best to keep your children safe. We will continue with distancing and sanitary practices just as we have been doing.

-Ken Burdette, Principal

School choice window Closes on February 15th

If you have a child who will be starting ECE, Kindergarten, or will be transferring to PHE in the fall (or starting middle school), the School Choice window is now officially open.  Please go in and make your selections prior to February 15thPlease note that even if you live in the neighborhood and your only selection is Park Hill Elementary you need to do this!  Please go to the school choice website: https://dps.schoolmint.net/signin.  You should login with your Parent Portal ID. Please contact the front office with questions or the School Choice hotline at 720-423-3493

 

Note from Ms. Horeis: Skateboarding in PE class

We are starting a skateboarding unit. We will be using helmets, wrist guards, and knee guards. I know there is some concern with students sharing helmets. There has never been a reported case of lice with the skateboarding helmets that are shared across the district. I did want to inform parents so that if your child does have lice or if you just want to be cautious, please feel free to bring your own helmet. Also, the helmets will be sprayed with a disinfectant between classes. Students will not be able to stand on the skateboard without wearing a helmet. Students are not allowed to bring their own skateboards. These are special skateboards that are designed for the gym floor. Why are we skateboarding in PE? Not all students enjoy team or competitive sports, but all students should be exposed to physical activities that they might find enjoyable. Skateboarding is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. It has been proven to increase balance, agility, coordination, and reaction time.

Park Hill Elementary Equity Corner 

9 tips teachers can use when talking about racism

https://theconversation.com/9-tips-teachers-can-use-when-talking-about-racism-140837

Girl Scout Cookies

Need Girl Scout Cookies? Come support PHE’s Girl Scout Troop 68346 (3rd graders) this weekend as they sell cookies to raise money to do fun activities like camping and horseback riding this summer.  They will be at Grape Expectations Wine and Spirits at 2270 Kearney St. on Saturday, Feb 12, from 1-5 pm and Sunday, Feb 13, from 12–4 pm.  They will have the new brownie-inspired cookie, Adventurefuls, on hand.  Supply is limited so come get it before it sells out!  Thank you in advance for your support!

Do you like fresh eggs? Park Hill Chicken Coop Co-Op needs volunteers!

The Park Hill Chicken Coop Co-op, located in the garden at Park Hill Elementary, is in need of 3-4 new families to volunteer to care for our chickens. The commitment is one day a week and the rotations are two-months. The responsibilities are light (AM/PM check-in), there is no membership fee and you get to keep the fresh eggs!  If you’ve ever considered having a coop of your own, this is a great way to learn the tricks of the trade and get your dose of country in the city, while avoiding chicken poop in your own backyard. There’s also a great team of volunteers to back you up if you help or if you need to miss a volunteer day.  Interested families should contact Ali Mickelson @ ali.mickelson@gmail.com. Background check through DPS is required.  Don’t be a chicken – join the coop group today!

Mark Your Calendars

Please note there will be no school on February 21-22, 2022 for President’s Day weekend. This will be a 4 day weekend, so plan your childcare accordingly.

Follow the PTSA on Facebook and Instagram

Follow the PTSA on facebook.com/ParkHillAuction or Instagram at instagram.com/pheauction for the latest information on this year’s I Heart Park Hill Auction. We will soon be posting previews of some of the auction items and buy-a-shares that will be available as well as some helpful tips for those attending the Auction for the first time.

Thanks for taking the time to read the Panther Pages.  Have a great weekend!!