Panther Pages, May 27, 2022

Happy Friday Park Hill families,

This week’s tragic events in Texas weigh heavily on all of the teachers and staff at Park Hill.  We take very seriously the safety and well-being of all those on our school campus.  Please review the email sent out earlier this week by Principal Burdette discussing the safety procedures and policies we have in place as well as additional resources for families to help with discussing and processing these events.  Please reach out to the office or Principal Burdette if you have any questions.

It has been a busy time for all of our students the past few weeks with performances, field trips, Field day, and a variety of other programs. We hope all of our families have a restful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend (reminder: no school on Monday), and students are ready to go for the last few days of school next week!  Please double check all the dates and times below (and from your teachers emails) to make sure you know about all the special events next week.

-Front Office staff

Next year’s class lists

Class Lists will be posted at the front of the school on Friday, June 3 from 1-4pm and on June 6 from 7:30am-4pm.  A reminder that in order to protect student privacy, please do not take photos of the lists.

 

No school on Monday May 30 for Memorial Day

Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday and we will see students back on Tuesday, May 31st!

 

Park Hill Equity Corner

Juneteenth is officially a state holiday in Colorado

Rocky Mountain PBS, by Kyle Cooke

https://www.rmpbs.org/blogs/news/juneteenth-state-holiday-colorado-new-bill/

 

Medications in the office

If your student has medication in the Health Office, a parent or guardian will need to pick up all medications by 12:30PM on Friday, June 3rd. Medications cannot be sent home with students. If your child is participating in a summer program, these will not be automatically transferred. Parents will need to pick up the medicine from Park Hill and then give it to the summer school site on the first day. If you need to make alternative arrangements for pickup, please contact the nurse directly at 720-424-4915 or wendy_harper@dpsk12.org.

Medication Forms for the  2022-2023 school year can be found here:  https://parkhillelementary.org/health-office/

 

Yearbook Update

Per the PTSA, there has been a delay with the printing.  We are hoping to get them before the end of the school year, but we will come up with a distribution plan if they are not ready by June 3rd.

 

YMCA OST (before/after-school) program ends May 27

A reminder to families that use the YMCA before/after school program that their last day this spring is today, May 27. Please make appropriate childcare arrangements for the last week of school.

 

Update: Summer Chromebooks updates & Opt-out option

We were notified by DPS that all 5th graders and students participating in the Summer Connections program will need to take a Chromebook home this summer.  If you had previously opted-out your student and they are taking Summer Connections courses or in 5th grade, we will need to send a Chromebook home with them.

 

Get Your Summer Passport!

Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) is ready to launch the second annual Summer Passport Program! This project provides a way for families to learn more about the Greater Park Hill neighborhood and its rich history through a FREE, fun, family-friendly, COVID-safe activity for kids, parents, grandparents, and community members.

It’s easy to participate! For more information and to download a passport, click HERE. You can also pick up passports from the office or the locations listed below. On the passport, you will find a map of key landmarks in GPH and activities that can be accomplished at each location. The map includes every elementary school and library in our neighborhood as well as a number of local businesses. Pick a location, walk, bike, or scoot on over, and perform the activity described on the passport or get a small prize from a participating business. You can then “stamp” your passport and move on to the next stop.

The program runs from June 4 – August 15 so you have plenty of time to get to each stop. When you have completed the passport you can take a picture of it and email it to info@phnee.org or drop it off at the PHNEE office at 1961 Holly St. If you visit all 5 schools, both libraries, and at least 3 businesses you will be entered into a drawing for Grand Prizes including tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, gift certificates from Sexy Pizza and School of Breaking, a day pass to Elitch’s and much more! You can pick up passports NOW at: City Donuts, Park Hill Community Bookstore, Sexy Pizza, My King’s, DANG, Esther’s, Art Garage, Mighty Movement, Nestman Orthodontics, Pauline Robinson Library, and Park Hill Library. If passports run out at these locations, after June 4, you can pick one up at the PHNEE office at 1961 Holly Street. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

 

Reminder: Early dismissal on last day of school

A reminder to families that Friday, June 3rd is an early dismissal day.  The final bell will be at 12:25pm.  Please make plans to pick up your student(s) at that time or meet their bus at the early dismissal time.  There will be no lunch served that day.  Kindergarten and 5th grade both end on June 2nd after their respective car parades (details below).  ECE’s last day will be on June 2nd and will follow their normal schedules.

 

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. See information above for Parent Portal help!

Students are eligible for bus transportation if Park Hill is their neighborhood school and they live greater than 1 mile from the school.  Families that live outside the designated Park Hill boundaries are generally not eligible for bus services to Park Hill.  Historically, Bus routes are made available just prior to the start of school in August.  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.0

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 (Parents can bring a chair or picnic blanket):

Cowen & Mills @ 9:00am

Ash, Ferguson @ 9:45am

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.

 

School Supplies for Fall 2022-23 school year

Park Hill families are able to order school supplies for next year’s classes.  We buy school supplies in bulk which helps to provide a discount to families.  It is not mandatory to use this service, but we do encourage it as it saves families money and it also allows students to have similar materials.  Each kit is $55. The school receives a small portion of the sales from each kit.

Order Securely Online Starting Now thru June 12th!  Supplies are shipped to the school and students will receive school supplies on the first day of school.

  • 1. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks
  • 2. Enter the school ID, PAR387 (3 letters/3 numbers)
  • 3. Follow the directions to complete your order.  Choose the grade level your student will be next fall!
  • 4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

Supply lists are available through the link above as well if you would like to purchase them on your own.

For questions, please contact Catherine Powers catherine_powers@dpsk12.org or Ann Kurth akurth@dpsk12.net.

 

Children’s Art School – Summer courses

The Children’s Art School invites young artists to a summer of creative discoveries in six weeklong classes from June 13 to July 25, from 9am to 12pm (noon), 2290 S. Clayton St in the University Park neighborhood. Art smart classes master skills and challenge creative thinking including constructing a Fantasy Clay Castle and Print Press Surprises.  For summer schedule and registration information, visit www.artcreates.org.

 

Tween Boutique

“Tween Boutique is a clothing brand in your neighborhood that encourages TWEEN-age girls to attain confidence towards their outer appearance by identifying true beauty within. We now offer a venue for girls to discover who they are capable of becoming through our TWEEN acronym – Tenacious, Well Spoken, Educated, Esteemed, and Noble.  We are available by appointment only which gives girls’ exclusive attention for inner selfie reflections, shopping, and time to take pictures at our new and improved #Inner Selfie Studio. Book your Tween’s Birthday, individual Tween Time, or group Tween Time now!

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