Park Hill Friday Folder, February 1, 2018


 Enrichment Classes will begin Monday, February 5, with all classes ending the week of April 30.

Our outdoor/sports classes will start the week of March 5.  There is still time to register for outdoor enrichment.  Registration ends on February 9.

Due to low enrollment, the following classes have been cancelled:

  • Fashion Meets Arts-Combo
  • Bluff Lake

In order for your child to participate in the Enrichment Program, please complete Release of Liability Waiver and Turn in to the office no later than Monday, February 5.

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

See below for class list 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.  

 Park Hill School Enrichment
Winter/Spring 2018 Course Offerings
February 5 -May 4*
(Outdoor Sports March 9-May 4)


Sticky Fingers Cooking (1st-5th) 2:45-3:45 Teacher’s Lounge
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 Gym

Sticky Fingers (K-2nd) 2:45-3:45 Teacher’s Lounge
Rhythm & Percussion with Sound Math (K-5th)  Room #124 2:45-3:45 
Lift-Off Using Lego (K-2nd) Room#216 2:45-4:15
Golf Squad (1st-5th) (Session March 6th-May 2nd) Hallway outside of gym (Outside) 2:45-3:45
Spanish Book Club (K-2nd) Room # 206 2;45-4:00


KidStage (1st-5th) (Final Performance at 5:30 on Friday 4/20) Auditorium 2:45-4:30
Street Soccer (1-3rd) (Session March 7th-May 3rd)Blacktop at Basketball court 2:45-3:45
Art Garage (K-2nd) Room# 125 or 126 2:45-3:45
Art Garage (3rd-5th)  Room#111 2:45-3:45
Digistar Make –a-Movie Workshop (1st-5th) Room#101 2:45-3:45
Mighty Movement 2:45-3:50 Hallway Outside of Gym (Outside)


Radiant Beginnings Yoga (K -5th) Room#304 2:45-3:45
Violin (DYAO) (2nd-5th)  Room# 306 2:45-3:45
Mad Science – Make It Matter (1st-5th) Teacher’s Lounge 2:45-3:45
Sports Spectacular (K-2nd)&(3rd-5th)(Session March 9th-April 27th) 2:45-3:45 Outside on Field
Cheyenne Fencing (K-5th) 2:45-3:45 Gym


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


The SchoolChoice enrollment process for the 2018-19 school year has begun!  You have until February 28, 2018 at 4 p.m. to make your choice selections.

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.

Remember, the entire SchoolChoice process is 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.  You may follow the detailed instruction below to access the online application and complete the SchoolChoice process:

SchoolChoice Navigation for Families

Access the online SchoolChoice application at (

– If you have a Parent Portal account and know your login credentials, proceed to step 7.

– If you do not have a Parent Portal account, you can still participate in the SchoolChoice process by creating a SchoolChoice account. Follow the steps outlined below:

Creating a SchoolChoice Account

  1. Click on the Create a SchoolChoice account link.
  2. Enter a valid email address and a desired password, confirm your password in the third line, and then click Create account. There are no specific password requirements.

A confirmation will be sent to your email, and you will be see the below screen. You must go to your email to verify your SchoolChoice account.

You will receive an email from If you do not see the email in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk email. Click the CLICK HERE to verify your email.  You will be directed back to the SchoolChoice login page.

Once your account is verified you will be able to Sign in using your email and newly created password.

  1. Click Let’s Get Started to create your Family Profile.
  2. Enter your information then click Next. All the fields with an asterix (*) are required. You must input at least one phone number.
  3. After clicking Next, the system will verify whether the entered address is a validated student address. You may be asked to confirm or validate your address. If not, continue to Step 6.

5A. To Confirm Address, make sure the pin is in the correct location for your address. In the example below, the system recognized “E 47th Ave” and not “East 47th Ave.” Select Confirm and continue to Step 6.

5B. The system will flag addresses if the unit number is missing (apartment, suite, etc.), if the zip code isn’t recognized, or if the address is business instead of residential. If the address was entered incorrectly, click Fix Address to return to the previous page and correct your address or click Use Address to continue.

  1. On the next screen, enter your student’s information.

NOTE: If your student is a current DPS student and you enter your student’s ID, the information must be an exact match to the information in IC: First Name, Last Name, Birth Date and Student ID must all match.

If the entered information does not match your student’s IC record, you will receive an error message like the below. If you receive the error message, you can contact your student’s school or Choice Office to determine what the error is, or click Create New Student to move forward.

6B. If your student resides at a different address than you do, click New Address. Otherwise, proceed to 6C.

6B.1. Type in the new address, select with whom the student resides from the drop down menu, then click Next. Refer to Step 5 for address verification.

6C. If you are the parent/guardian of more than one student, click Add Another Student. Otherwise, click Next and proceed to the next step.

If at point you are directed to the Family Profile page upon creating your student profile, click Home and proceed to step 7.

  1. If you have a Parent Portal account, you will be directed to the Home page upon signing in. Here you can begin an application for a student by clicking Add New Student Application.

You are then able to see all of the students in the household. Select the student that will participate in Round 1, verify the following information, then click Next.

The system will identify your student’s Projected School and Neighborhood or Zone School. These schools will be designated by a blue box in the school list as well. You can filter the schools by clicking Distance or by schools that you designated as your Favorite through the School Finder tool.

  1. Select up to 5 schools for which to apply.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
  3. Rank your schools with #1 being your most preferred choice. You may only select each school once. Note: To reorder schools, you must return the selection back to the phrase Select School. Once the schools are in your preferred order, click Next.

Choice Application

Answer all of the required questions in each dropdown application. You can Save Progress at any time to return to the application at a later point. If you click Next and are not routed to review your school selections, then scroll back through your application to ensure all required questions were answered.

Note: only ECE 4 applicants will see the ECE 4 Application section.

  1. Click Next to continue.
  2. Review your selections, and then click Submit.
  3. You will have one last opportunity to review your choices; please ensure they are in the right rank order and the application is for the correct student. Click Submit when finished.

After the application is submitted, you will be redirected to the Home page where you can view, edit or cancel the schools that were selected for a student.

You can also begin a new application for a different student from this screen by clicking Add New Student Application and following the Choice Application instructions.

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


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!!


Hey everyone!  We are getting so excited about the upcoming I Heart Park Hill Auction, held on February 24 at the Park Hill Golf Course.  This is a free event and open to our entire community, so please remember to invite your friends and neighbors, even if they don’t have any affiliation to our school!  Here are a few quick updates:

Book your babysitters now!  This is an adult only evening, so get that babysitter lined up so you can enjoy a fun evening with your Park Hill peeps!

Start thinking about your costume!  Costumes are not required, but encouraged!  You will be entering Studio PH, which will be just as swanky as Studio 54!  70s, 70s, 70s!  Show us your best 70s style, baby!

Yard signs!!  If you have an I Heart Park Hill yard sign, new or old, please put it out! We want to blanket our neighborhood about this terrific event!  We have a few yard signs left, so if you are interested in putting one in your yard please text Jake Higdon with your address, 214-674-8157.

Buy-A-Shares!  Our Buy-A-Share parties are going to be better than ever this year!  What’s a Buy-A-Share, you ask?  A Buy-A-Share party is a theme party in the neighborhood!  You simply “buy” a “share” (ticket) to the party.  It is a great way to build our PHE community and these parties are SO fun!!  However, you can’t buy these online.  You must be present at the auction to sign up and they are first come, first serve.  We have new parties added to our classic, most popular parties this year!  College Kegger, Kentucky Derby, Amazing Race through Park Hill, are just a few teasers.  The full list of parties and dates will be shared next week, so be on the lookout!  Special thanks to all of our Buy A Share hosts!!  You really stepped up this year and we appreciate you doing this for our school!

Teacher Time!  Our teachers have also stepped up their game with their Teacher Time offerings!  What’s Teacher Time, you ask?  Teacher Time events are special activities planned and paid for by our awesome teachers for our kiddos.  These are also only available for sign up at the auction; first come, first serve.  The full list of Teacher Time will also be released next week.  Special thanks to all of our teachers for their additional contribution to our school!  Park Hill Teachers Rock!!!

Kids Movie Nights!  Every grade will have at least two movie night parties, hosted by our awesome parents!  These are available for purchase the night of auction, so make sure you get there early!  Kids Movie Night dates and details will be shared next week, too. will be going LIVE very soon, so stay tuned!  You will be able to register for our auction (avoid the lines!), buy restaurant gift cards (you’re spending money there anyway, why not have that money go towards our school?), and buy tickets for our AMAZING RAFFLE!!!  We have a great raffle item in store for you!  But you’ll have to go to to find out what it is!  Tease, tease, tease…..

Enjoy the long weekend and get excited for our annual I HEART PARK HILL AUCTION!!!!!!!

Auction Solicitation Letter

PTSA MEETING – Thursday February 8 at 5:30

Please join us for the monthly PTSA meeting in the school library at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday February 8, 2018.  Two of our biggest annual fundraisers – the auction and the FunD Run are approaching fast!  The agenda is attached below, and we would love to see you there!  Childcare provided.

COFFEE WITH KEN – Friday February 9 at 8:00 am

The next Coffee with Ken will be held in the school cafeteria after drop off on Friday February 9.  This month’s meeting will be open format with Principal Ken Burdette available for informal discussion of issues of importance to the Park Hill community.   We are fortunate to have a principal who is committed to open communication, so please take advantage of this great opportunity!


The new Kiss and Drop program continues to gain steam.  We want to thank David, Michelle, Will, Brad, Emily, Catherine, Brian, Marne, Aisha, and Alexis, the dedicated volunteers who have braved the cold each morning to help get our kids safely dropped off.  If you’ve saved some time because of the Kiss and Drop lane, or your walk was a little safer and you’d like to give back, please sign up as a volunteer!


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

  • Red Shield

Please refer to the Community Board for more information regarding Red Shield, their Spring Break Camp offerings, Kids Night Out, their adult boxing program, and other fun events.

  • 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!


February 1:  The SchoolChoice Application will be available ONLINE only through February 28, 2018
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 26:  9:45 am – 11:45 am – Kinder to Tiny Tots – Inside the Orchestra
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 9:  8:00 am – Coffee with Ken in Panther Cafe
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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