Urgent Message From Principal Burdette

Dear Park Hill Families,

In alignment with Denver Public Schools, Park Hill Elementary will be closed this Friday, April 27.   Originally, this day was scheduled to be a half day in an effort to support the teachers and the state-wide rally for increased school funding. However, due to a concern district-wide regarding the number of available staff members, DPS has decided to close all schools for the day.

A few very important notes:

* School is officially closed on Friday, April 27. Unfortunately, this means we will not be serving breakfast or lunch.

* Discovery Link WILL have a program on Friday, April 27, for all registered Discovery Link students from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Please look for a communication from our DL team.

* The 5th grade Shakespeare Festival is ON.  Please look for a note from Ms. Mills with additional details.  Fifth graders who are participating in this event please be here on time.  Ms. Mills and her team will follow the original plans. Buses will be provided both ways.

* Parents Night Out (PNO) is still ON for Friday night. Our PTSA is hosting this event, and has sent a separate email to all of our families.

* Fund Run Information:  FUND RUN COLLECTION CHANGE!  Hey there, Fund Runners!  Due to the cancelling of school on Friday, envelopes with this  week’s donations need to be turned in by THURSDAY APRIL 26!  Prizes  will be given and winning classes announced on Monday.  Remember, you’re  competing for Homework Passes this week!  Your class still has a chance
to win the Pizza Party!  Thanks for your hard work!  We’re already 30% of our way to our goal.  Keep going, Park Hill Panthers!

We know that this change in schedule causes a serious inconvenience to many of our students and families. Please accept my apology for these last minute changes.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding of PHE as a whole.

Sincerely,

Ken Burdette
Principal, Park Hill Elementary
5050 E. 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
720-424-4910

Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, April 20, 2018

Dear Park Hill families,

As we have been communicating with you, DPS has been working extraordinarily hard and in partnership with superintendents across the state to press our state government to restore education funding to our schools and ensure our students and our educators receive the supports and compensation they deserve.

The statewide teachers association, the Colorado Education Association, is planning a statewide rally of educators on Friday, April 27, to advocate for greater state funding and expects that many of our teachers will participate. As such, we have been working with our teachers on a plan that will have as minimal an impact as possible on our students and families.

DPS has decided to schedule an early release day on Friday, April 27. The planned early release will not impact student meals. We are committed to feeding every child, every day, so bagged lunches will be available for every student on April 27.

The planned early release day will not impact the African-American Young Ladies’ Summit or the 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival. The Shakespeare Festival will follow its regular schedule. Please note an important correction – Shakespeare participants will have transportation back to the school from the festival.  Parents will need to pick their students up at the school between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm.

Our schedule for Friday, April 27:
Park Hill will have a normal start time of 7:55 am.  We will dismiss at 11:45 am (3 hours earlier than normal).  Transportation will remain in place for students who require it at 11:45 am.

  • Our cafeteria will still provide lunch for students.

ECE and Kindergarten schedule:
Our ECE afternoon class will be cancelled on April 27. Our Kindergarten classes will release at 11:45 am with the rest of the school.

Afterschool and enrichment activities:
We strongly ask that parents pick up their students at 11:45 am, as the building will be understaffed and teachers will not be in attendance.  However, if you absolutely cannot accommodate this one-time request, Mr. Burdette will have a team at the school to supervise students until the normal dismissal time of 2:45 pm. This will likely consist of watching a movie in the auditorium or playing outside.

  • All Enrichment classes are cancelled.
  • Discovery Link will have its program starting at 2:45 pm, as per normal schedule.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 720-424-4910 or at ken_burdette@dpsk12.org

Sincerely,

Ken Burdette
Principal Continue reading Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, April 20, 2018

Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, April 13, 2018

!!!SCHOOL SUPPLIES INFORMATION!!!

A message from Principal Burdette

Parents,

Believe it or not, the school year is almost over and it is time to start preparing for the 2018-2019 school year.  After careful consideration, we have decided to change our approach to ordering the Student School Supplies. Our Leadership team has worked to implement a very specific plan with our academic scheduling and organization, and the school supplies that students use play an important part in this.  For example, we intentionally use only red folders for reading and blue folders for math. This is part of our school-wide AVID plan.

So what does this mean for you as parents? We are still offering you the opportunity to buy your school supplies through the school and the PTSA, and strongly encourage you to do this.  It is my hope that all parents take advantage of this opportunity.  The cost for your student’s supplies will be $40.  This is significantly cheaper than doing your own shopping in August, and it saves you valuable time.  It will also ensure that students have the correct supplies (colored folders, expo markers, etc.) that each student will need in 2018-2019.  We will order bulk supplies this May from our suppliers, which is why the cost is much better than individual shopping.

We are asking that parents pay the $40 cost by May 31 (last day of school). The cost will increase to $45 after the May 31 deadline. You can purchase all your students’ supplies online using a credit card or electronic check at iheartparkhill.com. You can also pay by cash or check by returning the attached order form with your payment to the black PTSA mailbox in the front office by Ms. Ann.

Thank you in advance. By taking care of this now, you will not need to worry about purchasing individual school supplies in August – we have you and your child covered.  (See order form near the end of the bulletin)

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask me or speak to your child’s teacher.

Ken Burdette
Principal, Park Hill Elementary
5050 E. 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
720-424-4910 Continue reading Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, April 13, 2018

Parents Night Out – Friday, April 27, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Fall session was so successful that we are bringing it back for Spring! Hit the town while your child comes back to school for a crazy fun night! Like in the fall – ALL students 1-5 will be together. Kindergartners, Preschool, and potty trained siblings will be together in a 1st grade classroom. Our main activities will be a dance in the cafeteria, movies in the auditorium, games in the gym, a quiet room for board games and reading, and painting with Ceramics in the City! If the weather is nice; we might even have some outside blacktop games. Your child will have so much fun – they won’t even know you are gone! Don’t wait too long to sign up– space is limited!

Login to your myschoolanywhere.com account (our school directory website) and click the online store button in the top header to sign up and pay. (Not in our school directory? Sign up here: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=ParkHillElementary20264) You can also return the attached form with cash or check to the black mailbox in the front office.