Park Hill Friday Folder, November 10, 2017

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A great, big, huge thank you to all our staff and volunteers who helped make our Thanksgiving lunch a success! Whether you donned an apron to dish up dessert, wiped down tables, or directed people where to find silverware, you are why we are able to do this each year. Thank you!

An extra special thank you to Dennis, our Lunchroom Manager, and his crew, for all of their cooking and preparation weeks before the event.  We appreciate you!!! TALENT SHOW

A reminder that the Fifth Grade Talent Show is next week on Thursday, November 16.  Act I will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by Act II at 6:30 pm.  Please come to support our talented Fifth Graders as they sing, dance, joke, perform, etc.


Included in your Friday Folder is a copy of our school’s School Performance Framework (SPF).  On the main page, you will note that our school scored a “Green – Meets Expectations” rating from Denver Public Schools.  We are very proud to once again be recognized as a premier elementary school in the Denver area.  In addition, we are particularly proud of the fact that we increased our Academic Gaps indicator to a score of 53.36%, which also equates to a “Green” rating.

On the second page, you will find a mini breakdown of the Academic Gaps.  This brings two notes to the forefront of discussion: First, we recognize that we still have a lot of work to do to move from a very good school to a great school, and second, these indicators are 2-year measures, and our 2017 data far outpaced our 2016 data.

I had the opportunity to go into greater detail regarding the SPF at our last Coffee with the Principal. If you were unable to attend and still have questions about the SPF and the indicators measured, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at or in-person.


The Annual Spaghetti Dinner & First Grade Winter Concert is on Wednesday, December 6.   This long-standing Park Hill Elementary community event allows families to meet, eat, and enjoy the 1st grade musical dance performance, 1st grade art show, and book fair.  Everyone is welcome!

What you need to know about the dinner!

Tickets are $5 per person (children under two eat free).

Two seating times are available in the school cafeteria:

  • Early Seating 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm (suggested for Glick/Wiant classes before their 6:30pm concert)
  • Late Seating 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm (suggested for Boyer/Peterson classes after their 5:30pm concert)
  • Meal includes Noodles & Co. pasta and meatballs, Tables green salad, Oblio’s bread sticks, and Cake Crumbs dessert. (Mac & Cheese and gluten-free pasta options available)
  • Pre-purchase your tickets to the Spaghetti Dinner at  

PLUS!  ANYONE can enter a drawing to win dinner for two at Panzano and a one-night stay at Hotel Monaco (1 entry for $5, or 5 entries for $20)!  You do not have to be present to win.

Please contact Erika Gipson at for volunteer opportunities or questions.


Please visit the Park Hill Elementary Website to learn about several community resources for the Holidays and year round.  You can also find this information under the ‘Parents’ tab on the Park Hill website and select the ‘Community Resources’ menu item.


Spark Change collection is officially underway!  Students will be collecting change during the month of November.  Student Leaders have voted that this year Park Hill Elementary will support Natural Disaster and Ocean non-profits.  Please refer to the letter sent home (below) for more details and support your student in collecting change to spark change!


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! 



Park Hill is participating in the 15th annual Turkey Up, a Park Hill tradition of sharing food with local families in need at Thanksgiving time.

Here are the requested items by grade level:

ECE and K:     canned fruit
1st:                   chunky soup, chili or stew
2nd:                   tuna or peanut butter
3rd:                   canned veggies
4th:                   rice or dry beans
5th:                   pasta or mac and cheese

Please refer to the Turkey Up form below for more detailed information on how you can contribute, and how to sign up to receive a turkey and some groceries for Thanksgiving this year.

Park Hill PTSA News:

Reminder:  Class Auction Baskets Due – November 11
Hopefully, you have heard from your room parent about putting together a class basket.  Please remember to contribute this week if you have not already.  Baskets are a huge part of our annual school auction! An enormous thank you to Brooke Chesebro for tackling the herculean task of gathering

Parent’s Night Out! November 10 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm
It’s that time again!  You have worked hard all week – it is time to give yourself a break while helping the school.  Hit the town while your child comes back to school for a totally NEW experience! This year – Students grades 1-5 will do activities together. Younger kids will be in a kindergarten classroom where the environment is familiar to them and they’ll get their fair share of the pizza.  Our main activities will be a dance in the cafeteria, movies in the auditorium, games in the gym and painting with Ceramics in the City! 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!  Signup online here: or there is a sheet at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to Amy Hyde, Amanda Griffin, and Heath Weddle for organizing Parent’s Night Out!

Parent’s Night Out Volunteers – November 10th at 5:30
Want to rock out at the glow stick dance party with your kids? How about sock races in the halls? Maybe you want to hang with the kinder and ECE kids to remind you of a kinder, gentler time when your kids were smaller? You can do all of that and more when you volunteer to help out at Parent’s Night Out! Bonus: your kids get to attend for FREE! Did we mention the pizza? There will be some pizza. Sign up here:


November 10:  5:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Parent’s Night Out
November 13 – 17:  Vision and Hearing Screening
November 15:  10:30 am – 1:30 pm – First Grade to Denver Center for the Performing Arts
November 16:  Fifth Grade Talent Show in the Auditorium – 1st Act 5:30 pm, 2nd Act 6:30 pm
November 16:  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – CSC Meeting in the Library
November 20 – 24:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Thanksgiving Break
November 30:  9:15 am – 12:45 pm – Fourth Grade (Seward and Corcoran) to Tesoro Cultural Center
November 30:  Last day to turn in Spark Change donations
December 1:  9:15 am – 12:45 pm – Fourth Grade (Goloskewitsch and Strumor) to Tesoro Cultural Center
December 4 – 8:  Book Fair in the Library
December 4 – 8:  Enrichment Classes End
December 5:  10:00 am – 2:30 am – Fourth Grade to History Colorado
December 5:  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Middle School Information Night
December 6:  First Grade Music Concert and Spaghetti Dinner
December 8:  9:15 am – 12:45 pm – Ms. Miller (Kindergarten) to Disney on Ice

Park Hill School Office Staff
Office Hours 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Main School Phone and attendance line – 720-424-4910, or download the Park Hill Elementary mobile app. and report your absence there.

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Turkey Up letter 2017

Turkey Up Nomination 2017

Turkey Up  letter (Spanish) 2017

Turkey Up Nomination (Spanish) 2017