Panther Pages, May 6, 2022

Happy Friday Park Hill families:

Thank you for all of your support throughout this week as we prepared for our super mega awesome dance party !  We had a great time this afternoon and appreciate the amazing community we have here at Park Hill Elementary.

I do want to share that at 12:15 pm today, our school was placed on a lockout by DPS safety and DPD. This was due to activity on Colfax, which is within proximity of our school. At no point was our school in any direct danger. However, with the mindset of safety first, we brought our students inside until we got the “all clear” signal from the district. Your student might share this with you over the weekend, and we wanted you to know what had transpired.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Enjoy the beautiful weather.

-Ken Burdette, Principal

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.

 

Park Hill Equity Corner

The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee in partnership with the Black Excellence Committee is working to gather some information to align our priorities and goals with those of our community members. It would be very helpful to our planning for next year, if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey: https://forms.gle/rGuz9xw8s1JHF6GP6

The survey is anonymous and will take about 3-5 minutes to complete. Our goal is to get feedback from as many parents as possible so that we can work to provide resources, activities and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to all members of our PHE community. Thank you so much! If you would like more information about joining either of these committees please email  margaret_bixby@dpsk12.org

 

Early Bird Registration OPEN for Fall 

Early bird registration for the 2022-23 school year is occurring now through May 20. This needs to be done for EVERY STUDENT (ECE-5th in the fall) returning to Park Hill. This is the annual process of providing and updating student and family information on file, including emergency contacts, health information and more. Registration can be done online at this time. Online registration can only be completed by the parent/guardian listed in the primary household of the student record.  Please look through the instructions below as getting to the right registration area can be confusing!!

Steps for Completing Online Registration:

  • Login to Parent Portal at https://myportal.dpsk12.org/ using Chrome or Firefox browsers
  • Click Log In
  • Click Sign In (Enter your Parent Portal Username and Password)
  • Click ‘See All Apps’
  • Click ‘Online Registration’
  • You will bring up the Infinite Campus website – Scroll down; click ‘More’
  • Click ‘Online Registration’

If you have difficulties, please contact the office (720-424-4910).

 

Yearbook Orders for 2021-22 school year

Yearbooks are available for purchase this year.  Please send cash or a check made out to ‘Park Hill PTSA’ along with the completed yearbook form which is attached to the school office.  The deadline for ordering is May 9th. PTSA will not be ordering extras if you miss this deadline.

ECE-4th grade: click here for the order form

5th grade: click here for the order form

Questions? phpanthersyearbook@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

News from PHNEE!

Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) is a group of engaged parents and community members working to ensure that all students attending our neighborhood’s elementary schools get a quality education. We host a community event virtually on the second Wednesday of each month to share ideas, hear from experts, and build a community of support for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools. Join us for this free monthly event on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. Colorado State Board of Education member Lisa Escarcega will be joining us. Register here. No ongoing commitment is required. To learn more about PHNEE, check out our monthly newsletter here.

PHNEE is also excited to announce 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! You can sign up here or scan the QR code above and we will send you a passport as soon as they are available. 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 project 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!

 

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.

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.

 

SAVE THE DATES!!

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

1st and 2nd Grade 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

3rd Grade Wednesday, May 11th

  • 5:00pm Neuberg/Main
  • 6:30pm Connelly/Gates

4th Grade Thursday, May 12th

  • 5:00pm Strumor/Euser
  • 6:30pm Demos/Goloskewitsch

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

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