Panther Pages, March 4, 2022

Greetings PHE Parents and Families:

I hope this message finds you well.  As you know, we are working collaboratively to return to a “new normal” at school and in our district.  Today marks the end of our first week without the mask mandate.  Thus far, we have not seen an increase in Covid or illnesses, with two known positive family cases and one positive staff member case. These numbers are in line with what we have experienced over the past weeks.  We will continue to keep you updated in our weekly Panther Pages, as will the district through its weekly communications.

I also want to take a moment and share my sincere gratitude for our school and our community.  Last Friday, the PTSA led by Sylvia Doud, Emily Insalaco, and Courtney Swearingen, hosted a very successful Auction. It was a great party with 400+ people joining us at the zoo! We raised $215,000 through the incredible generosity of PHE families and the community! THANK YOU! As the largest fundraiser held by Park Hill Elementary, the auction results exceeded our goals and the money raised will be used to benefit every student at PHE. Thank you to those of you who volunteered your time and talents to make the auction a success! Thank you to those who donated items and events to the auction – we could not have had such success without you!

Have a great weekend.

-Principal Burdette

Report Cards for 2nd Trimester Available

Report cards are now available for your children through the Parent Portal link at  Please see the attached tutorial if you are unfamiliar with the Parent Portal.  Questions about specific grades should be directed to the appropriate teacher.


Park Hill Equity Corner

25 Alternatives to the “How Was Your Day?” Parent Question

A note from our No Place for Hate Committee:

The Kindness Campaign was one of the best things to happen this year. We think that all students are kinder because of it. There were a lot of funny moments too! Everyone’s voices sounded so funny over the loudspeaker as we read our morning kindness quote. Also, we could barely get the Kind-o-Meter to stand up because of all the tickets. Overall, it was a giant success. Make sure to ask your child how they showed kindness in the month of February. Please see the Kindness Campaign presentation at the end of the Panther Pages put together by our No Place for Hate student group!


Healthy Start Times – Impacts to Park Hill

Many of you have likely seen the recent emails and text communications from DPS about possible changes to start times beginning in the 2023-24 school year.  These changes are driven by studies recommending later start times for adolescent aged children.  DPS is looking to align middle & high school start times to support these findings.  Proposed changes within several of the proposed options include earlier start times for elementary schools (as early as 7:30am) and elimination of most bus services for certain schools, including Park Hill.  We strongly encourage families to learn more about the proposed changes and impacts to your student and family.

Healthy Start Times Information link

Survey link


Park Hill Parent Training: Supporting Students Who Show Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Hello Park Hill Families! My name is Debbieann Santana and I am a school psychology intern. I am working with Julia Wigert, the school psychologist, to deliver a community presentation about anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. Attendees will learn what families can do to support children showing signs of anxiety and depression, as well as be able to recognize the signs of suicide and key actions they can take to prevent suicide. This presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, April 14th at 4:00pm or on Thursday, April 2lst 6:00pm.  Register today using this google registration form.


Safety Lessons in grade levels 3-5

From our school psychologist, Julia WIgert: Hello Park Hill families! As part of an overall plan to implement safety and prevention strategies, the Park Hill school psychologists will be providing a 20-minute safety lesson for each class in grade levels 3-5 during morning meetings in the month of March. This lesson will emphasize the importance of breaking the code of silence by talking to a trusted adult any time a student sees the need to prevent something from happening or to protect someone from harm.  We will go over the difference between “tattling” and reporting and emphasize the importance of sharing concerning information with adults.  We will also suggest Safe2tell as a resource to utilize when a trusted adult is not available or when it’s after school hours. Adults can use Safe2Tell too!  For more information on Safe2Tell, check out this family Information letter.  Also, here is the same information in Spanish.  Thank you for supporting this messaging and fostering a positive and safe school culture at Park Hill Elementary.  For more information, please call Julia Wigert at 720-424-4962.


Denver Outdoor Sports survey

The Denver Parks and Rec department is looking for feedback about the future of outdoor adventure and alternative sports in Denver and the DPR mountain parks.  If interested, you can complete their survey at



May 6th: 5 – 7pm, World Arts and Cultures Festival. 1st and 2nd Grades will perform music and dance, All Grades Art Show and Zimbabwean Music and Dance Performance.  We need parent volunteers from each class to help with costumes!  Please contact Ms. Nonino:

May 11th: 5 & 6 pm, 3rd Grade Music and Theatre Performance (Tinga Tales from West Africa)

May 12th:  5 & 6pm, 4th Grade Music and Theatre Performance (Tinga Tales from West Africa)

May 18th:  6pm, 5th Grade Poetry Slam Performance (Cowen/Mills)

May 19th:  6pm,  5th Grade Poetry Slam Performance (Ash/Ferguson)


Performance Update!

With guidance from the district and CDC, we are happy to share that we are planning all performances to be on the stage in the Park Hill Auditorium this spring! Please continue to look for updates about your student’s upcoming performance.


Voices Rock: Denver’s Original Youth Rock Choir

Wednesday nights—Starting April 6

3rd/4th/5th graders from 5:00pm—6:00pm

6th/7th/8th graders from 6:15pm—7:15pm

Where: JCC Denver (OUTDOOR courtyard) – 350 S Dahlia St


No Auditions • No Pressure • No Music Experience Necessary

Registration and additional Information: