Panther Pages, April 22, 2022

Dear PHE Families:

As shared in a previous email(s), we have seen an increase in the number of positive Covid cases, as well as overall illness.  We approximate we have 30 active student cases, and 5 adult cases.  We also have numerous students out for other illnesses and symptoms.  While policies and protocols have changed since February, we strongly encourage mask wearing for students and adults during this current stretch of sickness.  It is not required, but we fully support and have free masks for any students who wish to wear one.  If your child has any symptoms, please let us know and remain home until symptom-free.

Overall, I am proud of our students for their perseverance and hard work, especially with CMAS testing in grades 3-5.  Our PHE students have remained in good spirits and are enjoying this final stretch of school before Summer.   Thank you for your ongoing support. Please let us know how we can further serve you and our PHE students.

-Ken Burdette, Principal

Super, Mega, Awesome Dance Party 2.0

“We like to move it, move it”! Let’s get the thermometer to MOVE, Panthers. This week marks the first collection period of the student-led SMADP 2.0 fundraising efforts. From now until May 6th, we will watch the thermometer rise as we raise funds for Park Hill Elementary. Don’t forget that your student’s class can earn prizes each week for raising the most money and that all donations will go towards a school-wide effort of raising $60,000! Did we mention that there will be a Super Mega Awesome Surprise should we hit our goal?! To donate, please have friends and family visit www.parkhillptsa.com or make a check out to Park Hill PTSA!  Wondering what funds raised will go towards? PHE plans to use a portion of the funds raised to add to our Mental Health support team, including a Psych Intern and Practicum student, as well as to increase nursing staff to 5 days per week.  Additional funds may also go to beautifying the school grounds.

 

Spring Recycling Event – THIS SATURDAY APRIL 23 (1-4pm)

Dee and Steve Ciancio’s Spring Electronics & Paper Recycling Event is Back!  Celebrate Earth Day 2022! Bring us your old computers, laptops, printers, flat-screen monitors, ink cartridges, old phones, stereo equipment – anything electronic (except for CRT TVs and monitors) and any paper records on Saturday, April 23 to get your Spring cleaning in high gear. Once again, we have teamed up with Data Destruction to responsibly recycle electronics and shred paper on-site! Recycling is FREE, but we are accepting donations for Park Hill School PTSA to thank them for the use of their grounds.

DATE: Saturday, April 23, 2022

TIME: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

PLACE: East parking lot of Park Hill School, 18th & Fairfax Street

Plus, back by popular demand, Dos Gringos Taco Truck (the stars of our “Farewell to Summer Party” last September) will be on-site serving delicious tacos to all Park Hill PTSA recycling donors, so join us for the good of the planet and the party! Complimentary soft drinks will also be served.

 

PHE 2021-2022 Yearbook Are Coming!!

We are working on a yearbook for PHE 2021-2022 Year! We are planning on doing physical, hard copy yearbooks this year for all students to enjoy! We will also be offering Tribute Pages for purchase. More to come in the next few weeks.

We need to get an idea of how many students/families will be interested in purchasing yearbooks this year. We have some amazing photos taken by a lot of students and there will also be the option for students to get their friends to sign their yearbooks too!  Please complete the survey so we can see how many to order – no later than Wednesday, April 27th.  We are estimating a price of ~$15-20 (varies depending on order size).  To help us get a better approximation of how many to order, please complete our survey here if you have an interest.  Please also be on the lookout for an email and a flyer coming home with your students for ordering details in the next few weeks.

Soccer Electric Camplify

PHE Community Partner SOCCER ELECTRIC is teaming up again with Denver East High School and other local partners to organize the 8th annual “CAMPLIFY” summer soccer camp June 6 – 10 @ Denver East High School and Sie Film Center. Campers play games and develop their soccer skills with experienced soccer coaches at Denver East High School’s varsity soccer stadium in the mornings, followed by outdoor ART / STEM sessions, and then age-appropriate movies at the Sie Film Center. Campers receive a tee shirt and a ball, and will be assigned to small training groups based on soccer experience. A portion of camp proceeds support PHE.  Visit soccerelectric.com for more information and registration links.

 

University of Denver: PASS Camp

Pioneer Athletic Super Summer (P.A.S.S.) Camp is a weekly sports and wellness summer camp for campers ages 5–11. Entering its 28th summer at DU, P.A.S.S. Camp is a DU summer tradition for the University and the Denver community.  P.A.S.S. Camp focuses on sportsmanship, teamwork and the fundamentals of sports. Campers will have the opportunity to experience the NCAA Division I varsity fields, courts and rinks that the Denver Pioneers call home.

P.A.S.S. Camp is offered on a weekly basis, not daily. School Days Off presented by P.A.S.S. Camp is hosted on days when local schools are out of session. We provide all required sports equipment, and all camp activities take place on the University of Denver campus.  Registration for 2022 P.A.S.S. Camp is now open for all participants!  Financial Assistance Available! https://ritchiecenter.du.edu/sports/2020/5/5/pass-camp.aspx

 

Camp DI Colorado

Science camp….Arts camp….which one to choose? We have it all!. Destination Imagination teaches students to combine the Arts and Sciences in open-ended academic challenges in a really fun and engaging ways. In this camp, students will work for a week in teams to solve a challenge and present their solution on Friday. Along the way, they will learn stagecraft, research strategies, building, storytelling and technical skills to help them create a unique presentation. The Destination Imagination process teaches students risk taking, leadership, and teamwork, as well as how to make their own choices on how and what to learn. This camp represents a yearlong Destination Imagination experience in just one week. Our campers come back year after year asking for more. We offer one of the best summer camps in Denver and space is limited. Sign up today.

In June 2022, DI Colorado is hosting a LIVE summer camp. Keep your kids creative energy going with this safe, challenging and unique camp. You won’t find this experience for your kids anywhere else in Colorado.

The week will be a true-to-DI experience with campers solving a week-long challenge while learning storytelling, staging, prop building and much, much more. Whether they are planning on joining a DI team in the fall or not, the skills they learn this week will enhance all their other activities.

Camp DI

Opt-In for 2022-23 Bus Transportation NOW OPEN

The Transportation Opt-In Program is live now through June 30. If your student is eligible and requires DPS Transportation services for the 2022-23 school year, opt in via Parent Portal click here for instructions.  If families do not opt in by the June 30 deadline, their student may experience a delay in service.  If you need your student’s ID number – please call the PHE office at 720-424-4910 or email: ann_kurth@dpsk12.net. Questions? Email transportation@dpsk12.org.

 

Kindergarten Graduation Information

Parents are invited to participate in their children’s graduation from Kindergarten!  Events will be outside on the back playground (weather permitting).

– Wednesday, June 1st from 8:40-9:25am for Neale and Kennedy

– Thursday, June 2nd from 8:40-9:25am for Miller and Maes

 

The Kindergarten Car Parade on June 2.  Families are encouraged to participate along with their students in the car parade.  Families can decorate their car (or bike) and circle around the school while their fellow students cheer their accomplishments. Children whose parents cannot attend will remain with their teacher.

  • Miller – 1:30 pm
  • Neale – 1:40 pm
  • Kennedy – 1:50 pm
  • Maes – 2:00 pm

Route:  Cars should begin by turning off Montview Blvd onto Dahlia St (South) and proceed East along 19th Avenue to Fairfax St. Cars will then turn right (South) on Fairfax St. to continue the parade towards 17th Avenue to end the parade.

Additional Notes: Please adhere to the time slots of your child’s class to create a consistent traffic flow. However, siblings are welcome to come together at one time if easier.  In addition, it would be helpful if you could write your child’s name on a sheet of paper or poster board and display through the front/right car window.

 

5th Grade Continuation Information

5th Grade Outdoor Presentations on June 2:

Cowen & Mills @ 9:00am

Ash, Ferguson @ 9:45am

Parents can bring a chair or picnic blanket for the ceremony.

The 5th grade car parade will start @ 10:50am:

– Cowen – 10:50 am

– Mills – 11:00 am

– Ash – 11:10 am

– Ferguson – 11:20 am

Route:  Cars should begin by turning off Montview Blvd onto Dahlia St (South) and proceed East along 19th Avenue to Fairfax St. Cars will then turn right (South) on Fairfax St. to continue the parade towards 17th Avenue to end the parade.

How: We need all families to come through the parade in their cars. If using a car is not possible for this day, we ask that families use bikes in a safe manner.

Additional Notes: Please adhere to the time slots of your child’s class to create a consistent traffic flow. However, siblings are welcome to come together at one time if easier.  In addition, it would be helpful if you could write your child’s name on a sheet of paper or poster board and display through the front/right car window.

 

Summer Connections

Summer Connections is a free, full-day summer school opportunity through Denver Public Schools. All students that will be enrolled in 1st through 5th grade for the 2022-23 school year are eligible to participate.  Licensed teachers will be teaching literacy, math, science, art, and career exploration. Students will engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for 60 minutes each day. They will engage in social emotional learning every day, as well. There will also be fun events throughout the summer at the school and on field trips!  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided at no charge.

Registration is open through April 29, 2022. Applications are first-come, first-served. Once capacity is reached at a school, students will be placed on a waitlist.

  1. Log into your Parent Portal account
  2. Select “Summer Connections” in the top navigation bar
  3. Complete the application

If you don’t have access to the Parent Portal, complete this form to register.

Dates: June 14th through July 22nd. Summer Connections runs for six weeks.

Location: Palmer Elementary

995 Grape St, Denver, CO 80220

9:00am-4:40pm

 

SAVE THE DATES!!

Below are the performance times for our upcoming World Arts & Cultures Festival.

May 6, 2022

3:00PM Zimbabwean Music & Dance Company (All school assembly on the blacktop.  Parents are welcome to attend!)

Student Performances (in the Auditorium)

4:00PM Wiant/Goodwin

4:45PM Peterson/ Orth

5:30PM Harris/Oxman

6:15PM Boyer/Kline

– Students should report to their classroom 15 minutes before their scheduled performance time to get into costumes.

– Students should wear a base layer under their costumes (Leggings or shorts and a tank top or tight tee shirt for girls, shorts and a tank top or tight fitting tee shirt for boys.  Solid colors like white, grey, tan, black or blue please.)

– Check out the student artwork from around the world displayed in the hallways!

Students must return costumes to their classrooms before going home!

Thank you to all of the amazing parent volunteers!

– Please reach out to Ms. Nonino or Ms. McClelland with any questions.

May 11th:  3rd Grade Music and Theatre Performance (Tinga Tales from West Africa)

  • 5pm Main/Neuberg
  • 6pm Connelly/Gates

May 12th:  4th Grade Music and Theatre Performance (Tinga Tales from West Africa)

  • 5pm Euser/Strumor
  • 6pm Demos/Goloskewitsch

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

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