Park Hill Friday Folder, January 26, 2018


Next week (day/time to be determined), the DPS Department of Public Safety will help us run through our required safety drills including lockdown, lockout, inclement weather, and fire drill.  It is important that we practice these at least twice a year to make sure all of our equipment is working and we are following the correct procedures.  Please inform your children that this is a scheduled PRACTICE and ask them to please listen and follow directions from their teacher.


Snow finally fell in Denver! We want to thank The Stockton, O’Bryant/Ellis, and Boberg families plus one mystery gentleman for coming out late Sunday afternoon and clearing the snow from around the building, the sidewalks, the handicap ramp, and even a pass through the gutter so our kiss and drop kids wouldn’t step into ice getting out of their cars in the morning. Monday would have been a whole lot messier without their help. Thank you! If you would like to be on the Snow Crew – there are power tools!  Please email our co-PTSA president Michelle Scott at She will get you on the list to work the snow blower or drive the tractor/plow.  Speaking of Kiss and Drop, we also want to thank the dedicated volunteers who brave the cold each morning to get our kids safely to the sidewalk each morning. Thank you to Greg, Marcy, Britton, Brad, Will, Tina, Brian, Julie, Michael, Aisha, Alexis, Mike, Emily, and David! Thank you to our fearless leader, Principal Burdette, for stepping in as crossing guard too! If you have saved some time because of the Kiss and Drop lane, or your walk was a little safer and you would like to give back, please feel free to sign up as a volunteer!


The SchoolChoice enrollment process for the 2018-19 school year begins Feb. 1, 2018 and ends Feb. 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.

If your student is going into ECE, Kindergarten, or Sixth Grade, you will need to complete the choice process.  In addition, any DPS student who is not currently enrolled at a Denver Public School, or wants to attend a school other than their automatically assigned neighborhood school, must take part in SchoolChoice.

This year the entire SchoolChoice process will be 100% ONLINE (you may use your smartphone, iPad, laptop, PC, etc. to complete your SchoolChoice application).  We will offer Chromebooks here in the main office at Park Hill for those who do not have a way to complete the process at home, or who need assistance.

  • Find the best school for your student with the Great Schools Enrollment Guides (available at schools), the new School Finder online tool at, and by touring schools of interest.
  • Apply by using the new online application at between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.
  • Watch for your school placement notification in early April 2018.

The process will be easiest for families who already have an existing Parent Portal login because the new Choice system will auto-populate much of your information if you use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.  Please note it is not necessary to access the new SchoolChoice application through Parent Portal, it is just as easy to access it through the main DPS website at (just use your Parent Portal Username and Password to log in to the new SchoolChoice system).  If you do not have a Parent Portal login, do not fret.  Go to when SchoolChoice opens starting February 1 and you will be directed to create a new account.  If you are brand new to DPS, you will need your student’s proof of birth (birth certificate or passport), and proof of your address (Xcel bill, water bill, mortgage or lease). 

Need assistance? Contact the Office of Choice and Enrollment: call 720-423-3493 / email / visit



Enrichment registration ends Tuesday, January 30.  For our outdoor/sports classes that start the week of March 5, registration will end Friday, February 9.  Except for Kidstage, spots are available in all of the Winter/Spring 2018 Enrichment classes.

Pathway to Biliteracy: Spanish Book Club
Grades: 2nd-5th (1st graders with basic reading ability can join)
Enrollment Max and Minimum: Minimum 8 and Maximum 14

Please go to the Park Hill website and click on the Enrichment tab, then go to the bottom of the page and click on Park Hill School Enrichment Registration Packet Winter Spring 2018.2 for more details.  Before registering, please check the Park Hill School Winter/Spring Enrichment 2018 registration packet link on the Park Hill website for any updates and/or corrections.  The registration packet is a PDF file, so in order to register successfully, please retype each vendor registration link in your search engine space bar.

Contact Veronica Ware, if you have any questions.

Winter/Spring 2018 Course Offerings
February 5th – May 4th – Room Locations TBD


Sticky Fingers Cooking (1st-5th) 2:45-3:45
Street Soccer (1-3rd) (Session March 5th– April 30th) Blacktop B-ball Court 2:45-3:45
KidStage (1st-5th) (Final Performance at 5:30 on 4/30) Auditorium 2:45-4:30
Dance (1st-5th) 2:45-3:45
Bluff Lake (K-5th) 2:45-3:45


Sticky Fingers (K-2nd) 2:45-3:45
Rhythm & Percussion with Sound Math (K-5th) 2:45-3:45
Lift-Off Using Lego (K-2nd) Room 2:45-4:15
Golf Squad (1st-5th) (Session March 6th-May 2nd) 2:45-3:45
Spanish Book Club (2nd – 5th) 2:45-4:00


KidStage (1st-5th) (Final Performance at 5:30 on Friday 4/20) 2:45-4:30
Street Soccer (1-3rd) (Session March 7th-May 3rd) 2:45-3:45
Art Garage (K-2nd) 2:45-3:45
Art Garage (3rd-5th) 2:45-3:45
Digistar Make –a-Movie Workshop (1st-5th) 2:45-3:45
Mighty Movement 2:45-3:50


Radiant Beginnings Yoga (K -5th) 2:45-3:45
Violin (DYAO) (2nd-5th) 2:45-3:45
Mad Science – Make It Matter (1st-5th) 2:45-3:45
Sports Spectacular (K-2nd) & (3rd-5th)(Session March 9th-April 27th) 2:45-3:45
Cheyenne Fencing (K-5th) 2:45-3:45
Fashion Meets Art-Combo Class (K-5th) 2:45-3:45


Chess Wizards (K-5th) 2:45-3:45
STEM Challenge with Lego (3rd-5th) 2:45-4:15
Knitting Club (2nd-5th) 2:45-4:00
City Strings Guitar (1st-5th) 2:45-3:45
Enshin Karate (K-4th) 2:45-3:45

*(Please Verify Session Dates with each Vendor)


Many of you may have noticed that your child came home with a red “Be Park Hill Kind” bracelet last Friday.  Many of you may have also wondered what the purpose was behind the bracelet.  Last Friday, we held our first school-wide assembly of 2018. Our 5th grade Student Council members in addition to Mr. B. and Ms. M. lead these.  The message was to remind students that “it is always the right time to be kind”.  We talked with our students in each grade about kindness, showing ROAR, and treating others the way you would like to be treated.   We will continue to do so each day, as well as in our school-wide assemblies in the future.

The purpose of the bracelet was to remind students of this important message. Mr. B encouraged students to switch wrists with the bracelet every time they conduct a kind act towards someone, as this will be a positive and physical reminder of one’s kind actions.  Maybe a student will switch his/her bracelet to the other wrist 5 times, 10 times, 20 times, etc.  That was the challenge presented to students – how many kind acts can you do each day?

As parents and family members, please help us reiterate this message of being kind to one another and treating people the way you want to be treated.  As our Student Council members like to say, “It is always the right time to be kind.”

Thank you,

Ken Burdette


The 3rd Grade dance performance of Dancing Through the Decades is on February 7!  3rd Grade Students have been working hard to accomplish dance styles of different genres, as well as developing their own choreography.

Information for Performers:

Ms. Gates and Ms. Connelly Performance at 5:30 pm, in the auditorium.
Students need to meet in their classrooms at 5:15 pm.

Ms. Main and Ms. Shomaker Performance at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium.
Students need to meet in their classrooms at 6:15 pm.

Volunteer Sign-Up:


The 2nd Grade Music/Dance performance of A Straight Line Wonder date has changed!  The new date is Wednesday, March 14!

Information for Performers:

Ms. Kline and Ms. Orth performance is 5:30pm
Students need to report to classrooms at 5:15pm.

Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Euser performance is 6:30pm
Students need to report to classrooms at 6:15pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. McClelland via email  We look forward to seeing you there!!


Auction is quickly approaching (save the date!  2/24!), and we need YOUR help!  Please reach out to any restaurants or businesses you frequent regularly and ask if they would like to donate to our public elementary school’s auction.  Here is any easy form you can print and drop off with the manager.  The ask is super easy and most businesses love to support neighborhood schools.  It’s for the kids!  You may drop off donations at the school office.  Thanks for doing your part and making this our most successful fundraiser yet!  We Heart Park Hill!!!

Auction Solicitation Letter


CAMP 1 / 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER SOCCER AND A MOVIE CAMPJune 11 – 15 @ Denver East High School and Sie Film Center

CAMP 2 / 2ND ANNUAL “CAMPLIFY” June 18 – 22 @ McAuliffe International School / Smiley Campus

  • Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education Meeting

Don’t forget the Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education Meeting on Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 am. They are meeting at McAuliffe International (2540 Holly Street Denver CO 80207). Saturday’s topic is Park Hill Past to Future: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Education. Childcare and food will be provided. For more information, please visit their website at

  • 44th Annual Denver March Pow*Wow – March 23, 24, 25, 2018

Join Thomasina Rose Goodeagle, 2017 Denver March Powwow Princess for a special powwow weekend!


January 26:  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – First Grade (Glick) to Cake Crumbs
January 29:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Second and Third Grade walking to McAuliffe for Theatre Performance
January 30:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Registration Ends
February 1:  The SchoolChoice Application will be available ONLINE only
February 2:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Planning / Assessment Day
February 5:  Winter / Spring Enrichment Begins
February 6:  Class Pictures
February 7:  Third Grade Dance Performances
February 8:  PTSA Meeting 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in Library
February 19:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – President’s Day
February 20:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Planning / Assessment Day
February 24:  6:30 pm – 12:00 am – SILENT AUCTION
February 28:  8:15 am – Kindergarten Music / Dance Performance (Maes / Miller) in Auditorium
February 28:  9:15 am – 1:15 pm – First Grade to Arvada Center
February 28:  4:00 pm – Deadline to Submit SchoolChoice Application
March 1:  8:15 am – Kindergarten Music / Dance Performance (Levy / Neale) in Auditorium
March 2:  9:15 am – 12:00 pm – ECE to Arvada Center
March 8:  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – PTSA Meeting in Library
March 11:  Daylight Saving Time – Turn clocks AHEAD one hour
March 12:  RIF
March 13:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Fourth Grade (Ms. G. and Ms. Strumor) to South Platte Park
March 14:  Second Grade Music / Dance Performance
March 16:  NO ECE CLASSES – Professional Day for ECE Staff
March 21:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Fourth Grade (Ms. Seward and Mr. Corcoran) to South Platte Park
March 26 – 30: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Spring Break
April 2:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Planning / Assessment Day

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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