Park Hill Friday Folder Bulletin, March 16, 2018

*On Monday, March 19, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests. PLEASE send your student to school on time, having had a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast.  The assessments begin at 8:00 am sharp.  Set your student up for success!


Dear Park Hill Parents and Community,

As you all know, Jake Higdon and Heath Weddle with their Auction Committee put on a record setting auction last month. There were over $155,000 in bids submitted. Of that, Heath has collected $153,000 in payments. This includes $2500 for our neighboring elementary schools, made possible specifically by your generosity and belief in supporting all schools in Park Hill. This is a mind-blowing amount and we want you to know what we are doing with some of the money you have entrusted to us.

  • Parent Education Classes – One of our lowest scores on the school’s Parent Satisfaction Survey is in regards to our school offering parent education opportunities on a regular basis. Good News – That changes now with our introduction of Parent University. Each month we will offer a different workshop for parents on various topics. Starting April 5, Rebecca Acosta, our Spanish teacher, will teach Spanish classes – see below for more information. In addition, look for a class on how to work with your child and their finances later this spring.
  • Additional Paraprofessionals – First and fifth grade will get additional paras next school year.  Thank you for helping make this happen!
  • School Safety – Another issue parents are concerned about it School Safety, particularly getting to campus. We heard you and we have implemented a Kiss and Drop lane that serves on average 70 cars a day. That is 70 less cars on Fairfax, thus making the perimeter of the campus much safer when coming to school in the morning. Next year Will Stockton will roll out a Safety Patrol with fifth graders to continue to improve getting our students to school safely while teaching character and the satisfaction of public service.
  • Additional School Safety Updates – from our Principal, Ken Burdette.
    • Each morning after the bell rings, we have a staff member who walks around the exterior of the school and checks each door to ensure it is closed securely and locked.  This staff member reports back to me each day.
    • Our office staff has increased the level of security in regards to monitoring the doors and “buzzing” people in.
    • We no longer have our doors on timers – meaning, the doors no longer automatically unlock at the beginning of the school day or at dismissal time. Doors remain locked.
    • I make it a point to get to know the people (and trucks) that are doing construction in the alley.  I am constantly scanning our surroundings and aware of what is going on.
    • We have requested the installment of additional cameras on the west side of our school.
    • All visitors must sign in and get a guest pass, and our volunteers now wear PHE lanyards when in the building to identify themselves.
    • We continue to teach kindness and ROAR in our morning meetings and our assemblies.

I realize these are only a few measures in the scheme of things. However, I firmly believe that every little bit helps when keeping our children safe. Thank you for your help and support in this very important endeavor.

Thank you all for your generosity and support, not just at auction, but also throughout the year. Our community is a big reason why our school is successful. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments please email Beth or myself.

My best to you,

Michelle Scott
PTSA Co-President


On March 19, at 1 p.m., Park Hill fifth graders and their parents will have a chance to hear Paula Burger’s story. Born in 1934, Paula Burger was just eight years old when the Nazis sent her and her family to the Vilna ghetto in Poland. Her father escaped and joined the famed Bielski partisans. However, before he could get his family out, Paula’s mother was taken away and killed. Paula’s father arranged to rescue her and her brother, and they survived the war in the Naliboki Forest. Paula immigrated to the U.S. in 1949. She shares her story often to students and organizations about how she was able to survive the war. Her hope is that her story will help people become more compassionate and inspire them to reach out to those suffering pain and loss. “There was no rhyme or reason why we should have survived, except to tell the story,” says Paula.
Fifth grader Anya Nitczynski learned about Paula’s story and others when she visited the Mizel Museum in Denver as part of her research for her choice project on the Holocaust. She has helped organize Paula’s visit to Park Hill Elementary School. Anya’s family will be making a donation to the school to help cover the costs of Paula’s visit, and asks that you consider making a donation too, either to the school or to the Mizel Museum, whose mission is to promote social justice with unique educational programming, cultural exhibits, and events. Visit the Mizel Museum website to learn more about its programs: The generation that experienced the Holocaust will be gone soon; we are lucky to have Paula visit and tell us her story.

SPANISH CLASSES FOR PARENTS: Better Late Than Never Español with Maestra Acosta – April 5 at 6:30 pm.

This class will be for beginners or those with a little experience who would like the opportunity to communicate more in Spanish. We will meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the PHE library,  beginning April 5th. We will acquire conversational language, practice work and travel-related communication, but ultimately the class will be tailored to meet the needs of our students.  I adore teaching Spanish to Park Hill kids and I look forward to expanding our program to our wonderful parents ¡Hasta Pronto!


It is time to get excited about Park Hill’s annual FundRun that will take place on May 4! As we prepare for this student lead event, we are looking for parent volunteers. Volunteer dates are April 6, April 20, April 27, and May 4. Please reach out to Sarah Foster if you are available for a few hours on any of those days. You can help us by preparing student packets, counting donations, running the fruit table, getting popsicles, and more. This is such a fun event, and we would love your help! Contact:


The First Tee Golf program from City Park Golf will come teach golf skills to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students during their PE classes. The golf unit will be from April 20 to May 7. Each student will receive three PE classes worth of golf lessons.  In order to fund grants that pay for this program, the First Tee program needs permission slips from the parents. This is just to prove to their First Tee Home Office that they are working with real kids at real schools. The students’ personal data will not be shared and they will never contact the families. They have a DPS Partnership Agreement allowing them to receive this information and the information they receive is confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Horeis at or Erica at

Here is an online registration. You do not need to login, but just fill it out. 


  • CampChamp: CampChamp (Owner / Founder is a Park Hill family) is a Denver based startup that makes finding and registering for summer camp easier for parents. CampChamp currently has over 8,600 camp sessions that you can search and filter based on the criteria that are important to you (e.g. age, date, location, activity). It is Expedia for summer camp!

Best of all, CampChamp will donate $15 to Park Hill for every camp booked through CampChamp with the special code PARKHILL entered as the Promo Code at checkout (expires 4/30/18).

  • Join the DPS district Accountability Committee. Apply by visiting HERE.  The mission of the District Accountability Committee (DAC) is to assist in the improvement of Denver Public Schools by advising the Board of Education on the adequacy and cost effectiveness of educational programs and policies.
  • Soccer Electric Summer Camps: You can register now at:  http:/

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


Per the Discovery Link website, registration for 2018-2019 before and after school programs at all Discovery Link sites will occur:

  • April 16th-27th for all returning students, their siblings and previously waitlisted families
  • May 7th-11th for all new families

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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March 19 – 22: CMAS / PARCC Language Arts (ELA) Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
March 21:  9:15 am – 1:30 pm – Fourth Grade (Ms. Seward and Mr. Corcoran) to South Platte Park
March 22:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm – MI to Access Gallery
March 22:  10:00 am – 11:45 am – Kindergarten and First Grade Opera Field Trip to Montview
March 26 – 30: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Spring Break
April 2:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Planning / Assessment Day
April 3:  9:15 am – 12:30 pm – 5th Grade to Water Treatment Plant
April 4:  9:15 am – 12:30 pm – 5th Grade to Water Treatment Plant
April 9:  ECE to Park Hill Library
April 10 – 12:  CMAS / PARCC Math Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
April 12:  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – PTSA Meeting in Library
April 13:  Second Grade (Ms. Euser and Ms. Kline) to Denver Art Museum
April 17 – 19:  CMAS / PARCC Social Studies / Science Testing for 4th and 5th
April 18:  4th Grade Music Concert
April 19:  Kindergarten (Ms. Neale) to Denver Art Museum
April 27:  April 13:  Second Grade (Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Orth) to Denver Art Museum
April 27:  Shakespeare Festival