Park Hill Friday Folder, September 22, 2017


Friday Folder News:


Despite being early in the year, we are noticing a significant number of sick kids staying home from school and many others that continue to be sent home daily. Illnesses have varied between stomach virus and fever with flu-like symptoms, both of which are very contagious. We are making a conscious effort at school to minimize the spread of germs and ask that you partner with us in doing the same at home. Although these may be common sense, the following suggestions serve as good reminders.

*Encouraging sick students to stay home from school.  Students who have a fever, feel nauseated, are vomiting, or have diarrhea, or have an uncontrolled cough / difficulty breathing, should stay home. Please be especially cautious before sending a student who is “not acting like themselves” or “who doesn’t look right”.

Promoting Hand washing. Important times to wash hands are after using the restroom, before eating snacks and lunch, after playing outside, or when hands get dirty from activities. It may seem like frequent hand washing takes a lot of time out of our day, but it takes a lot longer to take off 3 days of school or work to recover from illness!

We appreciate your help in getting and keeping our kids well.

Wendy Harper RN,
Park Hill Elementary School Nurse
Phone 720-424-4915

Park Hill School Spirit Week – September 25 – 29!

Mark your calendars for our Park Hill School Spirit Week – September 25-29! This is an opportunity for our students – plus teachers and staff – to show their pride in our school and community. Please remind your student that they can wear school-appropriate accessories/outfits for each of the following theme days:

Spark Change

If you are a Third, Fourth, or Fifth Grader and are interested in becoming a Student Leader for Spark Change, please complete the application (see at end of newsletter) and return to your teacher on Monday, September 25.

As a Spark Change Student Leader at Park Hill, you will be the most important piece of the program.  You will lead and inspire other students to participate in change collection, show compassion and respect for issues throughout your community, represent your student body during research, and make decisions about where all of the change collected will be spent!

Spark Change Student Leaders will commit to meeting one day every other week during lunchtime from October to April.   During this time, you will work with other Student Leaders to plan and discuss ways to make this year’s Spark Change a success, research non-profit organizations, possibly create service-learning projects, and take action!   For more information, go to

 After School Enrichment

Enrichment starts Monday, September 25 and goes through December 8.

In order for your child to participate in the Enrichment Program, please complete the attached Release of Liability Waiver and Turn in to the office no later than Monday, September 25.

Please pick up your child ON TIME and check with your vendor for final pick up times and dates.

See class list below for class locations.  Also, please check the board outside of the office for any class room/location changes, especially if it is a bad weather day.  


Sticky Fingers Cooking (3rd-5th) Teacher’s Lounge 2:45-3:45
Street Soccer (1-4) Blacktop on B-Ball Court 2:45-3:55
KidStage (1st-5th) (Final Performance 12/4; 5:30pm) Auditorium 2:45-4:30
Bluff Lake Explorer (K-5th) Room #113 2:45-3:45

Sticky Fingers (K-2nd) Teacher’s Lounge 2:45-3:45
Rhythm & Percussion with Sound Math (K-5th) Room #124 2:45-3:45
Intro to Stem with Lego (K-2nd) Room #216 2:45-4:15
Golf Squad (K-5th) Meet outside of the Gym (note, last day of class 11/14)2:45-3:45
Spanish (1st-3rd) 2:45-3:45 Room #206

KidStage (1st-5th) (No class 12/6; Final class 12/7 and Final performance 12/7; 5:30pm) Auditorium 2:45-4:30
Street Soccer (K-3rd) Blacktop on B-Ball Court 2:45-3:55
Art Garage (K-2nd) Room #112 2:45-3:50
Art Garage (3rd-5th) Art Room #111 2:45-3:50
Digistar (1st-5th) 2:45-4:00 Room #307
Mighty Movement Academy (3rd-5th) 2:45-3:50 Hallway outside of Gym

Radiant Beginnings Yoga (K -5th) Room #118 2:45-3:45
Violin (DYAO) (Beginning 2:45-3:45 and Intermediates 2:45-4:30) (2nd-5th) Room #212
Mad Science – Energy Forces and Light (1st-5th) Teacher’s Lounge 2:45-3:45
Sports Spectacular Program (K-2nd) and Dodge Ball (3rd-5th) Outside on Field 2:45-3:45


Chess Wizards (K-5th) 2:45-3:45 Room #304
Stem Challenge with Lego (3rd-5th) Room #306 2:45-4:15
Knitting Club (2nd-5th) 2:45-4:00 Library (South Side)
City Strings Guitar (1st-5th) Room#217 South 2:45-3:45
Enshin Karate (K-5th) Gym (ends November 18th) 2:45-3:45

*(Verify Session Dates with each Vendor)

Contact Veronica Ware at if you have any questions.

Greater Park Hill Foodbank

Park Hill Community:

GPHC will be continuing the weekend food program this school year, in an effort to reduce food insecurity for students and provide additional nutritional support to help them be successful at school. The program provides a bag of food consisting of two breakfasts, two snacks, and at least two lunch items, including a fruit and a vegetable. Bags will be delivered to Park Hill Elementary on Thursdays for distribution to children on Thursday and/or Friday at the end of the school day.

Every student at Park Hill Elementary is able to participate in the program.  We only require a parent/guardian signature on the parent/guardian consent form to enroll in our program. Any family with a student at Park Hill Elementary may opt in or out of the program as they wish.

See the end of this bulletin for the parent/guardian consent form.

If you have any questions, please call:

Claudia (lead volunteer, weekend food program) at 720.837.9190
Sierra E. Fleenor (Executive Director of GPHC) at 303.388.0918

*Calling All Volunteers! Park Hill Elementary is collaborating with GPHC Food Pantry to help with the weekend food program this school year.  We need your help to ensure food bags be delivered to the school so our kids can take them home! Please go HERE for more details and to sign up to volunteer.

In addition, in our ongoing commitment to support the Greater Park Hill Foodbank, we will be collecting canned foods and dry goods in a round purple bin located in the cafeteria.

Thank you in advance for your donations!

October Count

Count Day for the State of Colorado – October 2, 2017

October Count is the official student membership count for all Colorado public school districts mandated by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  On the official Count Day, we ask each of our students to sign a class roster or create an assignment as proof that they attended school on October 2.

If your student is absent on the 2nd due to illness or being out of town, they can still be part of the official count by returning to school before October 9th.  Children absent on the 2nd of October will be asked to complete an assignment the day they return to be submitted as proof of their attendance with us.  If your student has an appointment, such as a dental appointment, please bring them into school either before or after their appointment as they can be counted if they attend for any portion of the school day on the official count day.  Thank you for bringing your children each and every day we have school.

Each classroom with perfect attendance will receive five special ROAR tickets and an extra recess at the discretion of their teacher.  Help your children receive those rewards.

For every student eligible in Denver Public Schools, the district receives an annual average of $7,200 per pupil in operating revenue.  Park Hill School receives approximately $4,000 of that revenue for each student we have at our school.  The value we place on each of our students is priceless.

Save the Date – Fifth Grade Talent Show

The Fifth Grade Talent Show is scheduled for November 16th!!  We need parent volunteers to run and facilitate this awesome event!  If you are interested, please sign up at

Fifth graders interested in participating in the Talent Show need to return the Talent Show Entry and Rules form by October 6.  Please visit the music class website at to download the form.

Park Hill PTSA News:

Direct Giving/Movie Night A Great Success!

A huge thank you to everyone in our community for their support of our school!  The Direct Giving/Movie Night last week raised almost $29,000, and counting!  If you would still like to contribute, please visit this LINK.  In addition to financially supporting the school, it was awesome to see our whole community get together to enjoy a gorgeous late summer evening.  Thank you to Jake Higdon and Heath Weddle for planning and organizing this fantastic event and to all the donors and participants!

Online Store Closing September 24

The Park Hill Elementary online store will be open through the end of the weekend and will then close until after the first of the year.  Order your t-shirts and sweatshirts now, and they will be delivered to the school in early October.  SAI Team Sports.

Book Fundraiser at Fiction Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company, at 7101 E. Colfax, is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary on Saturday Sept. 30 from 1-11pm. Festivities include a fundraiser dunk tank from 1:30-6pm, $2 per ball or 3 for $5, with proceeds supporting Park Hill’s Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Program. RIF provides each student with new reading-level-appropriate books of their choice. Come dunk someone for a good cause!  (Rumor has it that Principal Ken Burdette will be making an appearance in the dunk tank).  For more information go to  Park Hill Kindergarten Parents, Christa and Ryan Kilpatrick own Fiction Beer Company.

Auction Kick-off

Come one, come all – it is almost time to start the extensive planning for this school year’s PTSA Auction! This year’s kick-off meeting will be on Sunday October 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Station 26 Brewery (7045 E. 38th Avenue). There are many opportunities to volunteer in a variety of capacities — helping acquire auction items, marketing the event, obtaining sponsors, etc. It is also a great way to meet and have some fun with other members of the Park Hill community, so please join us to learn what you can do to help!

Office Hours 7:30 am to 3:30 pmPark Hill School Office Staff
Main School Phone and attendance line – 720-424-4910

Upcoming Dates

September 25 – 29:  School Spirit Week (read further to find out the daily themes)
September 25 – 29:  Enrichment Classes Begin
September 27:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Third Grade to DMNS
September 27:  9:30 am – 12:45 pm – MI Special Olympic Bowling
October 3 – 4:  Individual Pictures Taken
October 4:  9:00 am – Tours Begin for New Prospective Families
October 4:  9:30 am – 12:45 pm – MI Special Olympic Bowling
October 5:  9:45 am – 12:00 pm – ECE to Botanic Gardens
October 5:  9:15 am – 1:00 pm – Kindergarten to Berry Patch Farms
October 5:  Fifth Grade (Mills and Ash) to Clyfford Still Museum
October 8:  4:00 pm Auction Kick-off Meeting at Station 26 Brewery
October 11:  9:30 am – 12:45 pm – MI Special Olympic Bowling
October 12:  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – CSC Meeting
October 12:  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – PTSA Meeting
October 18:  9:30 am – 12:45 pm – MI Special Olympic Bowling
October 23:  Fifth Grade (Mills and Cowen) to AmeriTowne
October 24:  Fifth Grade (Ash and Shockley) to AmeriTowne
October 26 – 27:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher planning and assessment day

 Spark Change – Student Leader Application for Third Fourth and Fifth Grades

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