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Panther Pages, April 12, 2024

Happy Spring PHE Families:

Students did a great job of keeping their bodies safe while also getting to see a rare eclipse on Monday.  Thanks to our teachers and staff for educating everyone on how to protect their eyes!

I’m really proud of how hard our 3rd-5th graders have been working during CMAS testing. We try to do the testing in short chunks which are spread out during the week to minimize the disruption and stress for students.  Give your student an extra hug though if they need one after these days!  Thanks to the staff for all their hard work and extra student support this week.

Sign up for the Earth Day Beautification event and thanks for everyone’s support with the Super Mega Awesome Dance Party later this month!  Enjoy the weather this weekend!  

-Ken Burdette, Principal

PHE Earth Day Beautification Project - April 21

Our school's 2nd annual event is coming up in two short weeks! Join us on Sunday, April 21 from 10:30am-1:30pm to help plant new trees and spruce up existing spaces. Bring the whole family to volunteer as we need all of the help we can get to make an impact on our beautiful school.

  • Artists (and the art inclined!) are needed to paint our fun hopscotches that are fading away.

  • Can't come the whole time? Come for however long you can - even an hour is great!

  • Can't come but still want to help? This year we need bags of tree planting soil, which can be purchased at Home Depot or a local garden store. (Drop off Fri 4/19 or bring to event day of)

YMCA Information for the 2024-25 school year

Out of school time (OST) registration for the 2024-2025 School Year is opening soon:

- April 16, 2024 - Registration opens to YMCA staff, members, current OST participants - April 23, 2024 - Registration opens to the general public

Update from Mrs. Horeis in PE:

This past week in PE class, we had a special guest, Ben Jacobs.  Ben is the father of 3 Park Hill students and co-owner of Tocabe restaurant - a Native American eatery.  He is also on President Biden’s Council for Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Did you see this post in the previous Panther Pages? were so excited to have Ben in the gym at Park Hill this week teaching some of the classes about the Native American game of stickball and creating videos for all students to see!

What is Stickball? Well, first ask your kids to see what they learned! Stickball is similar to Lacrosse but there are 2 sticks for each player and you are aiming at a post with a fish at the top. Check out this video the students watched!  Stickball

Lost and Found

Our lost and found pile is once again heaping!  Please have your student check for any lost belongings.  We will be donating unclaimed items on April 18 at the end of the day!

Anti-Idling Campaign

This spring we partnered with the Regional Air Quality Council to lead an anti-idling education and outreach program at our school to better the air quality around Park Hill School and do our part for our regional air quality.  We feel this is an important measure to help ensure the health of our students and community.  

As part of PHE's Anti-Idling Campaign, we are asking parents and families to electronically sign a pledge to commit to taking part in the Anti-Idling campaign.  Pledge link:

Mindfulness at Park Hill

This week we are focusing on managing and “disappearing” anxiety. This technique uses breath work, a focus point, and visualization to reduce anxiety any time. Children are invited to imagine the sensation of anxiety in their bodies as an ice cube melting. It is a very effective way to come back to calm.  Here is this week's video, Disappearing Anxiety.  You can access the entire video library HERE.

If you have questions or suggestions, reach out to me at or 303-898-9496.  ~Liz Rutledge

3rd & 4th Grade Performance Set Design

The third and fourth grade drama class Greek mythology plays in April are in need of some additional set pieces and props.  Please review the sign up genius to see if there is something you could provide.  Thank you to all parents who have already contributed!

DPS Community: 2nd Annual DPS Climate Summit

Greetings and Happy Earth Month!

If you know of any students looking for ways to celebrate Earth Month, the DPS Students for Climate Action are hosting their second annual DPS Climate Summit on Friday April 19, from 4PM-7:30PM at East High School.  Whether you're a seasoned sustainability champion or new to the game, all are invited to learn and build a sustainable future together. All grade levels are welcome!

Join students, staff, and community members as we empower each other to make a difference by learning how to contribute to climate action, hone leadership skills, and find your place in the District's Climate Action Plan.  You won't want to miss this inspiring event - register today!



From the sponsors, Dee & Steve Ciancio: Get rid of your unwanted electronics from computers, laptops and printers to monitors, keyboards, peripherals, old phones, and more (sorry, no tube TVs or monitors)... plus on-site paper shredding for all your sensitive paper records. Recycling is FREE. Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the East Parking lot at PHE!!

PTSA Super Mega Awesome Dance Party!

It’s time to get our dancing shoes on and launch the 

Super Mega Awesome Fundraiser! 

This is our school’s STUDENT LED fundraiser. Not only does it help the school, it builds leadership skills and community for our students, and helps them accomplish something bigger than they imagined!

This fundraiser is student-led but depending on the age of your child they might need a little guidance once they get home. That is where we need YOUR HELP as a parent. The links below contain information and a social media post (for parents to share) with all you need to know to get started. 

Hopefully your students also brought home a paper version of this flyer and a cool water bottle sticker. 

If you have collected a cash donation, you can have your child drop it into the “coin drop” in the classroom.

Digital Student Flyer:

Social Media Post:

Please reach out to the SMA Dance Party Crew with any questions:


Below are directions for ordering your 2023-24 PH Yearbook:

  • Purchase a Park Hill Elementary yearbook here.  (You will need to create an account and enter your name and select your role as "Parent" or login using your account from last year.)

  • PH yearbook cost is $32.33

  • Deadline for ordering a yearbook is Friday, 4/26

*Please consider donating an extra book or two for a student who cannot afford one.  Our goal is to provide as many students, and all graduating students, a yearbook!


Parents of 5th graders may also opt to order a tribute (Treering calls this a "recognition ad") for their graduating student.  Tributes are for 5th graders only.  There is a helpful attachment meant to guide parents attached to this email to help with accessing the tribute and a photo and text are both permitted.  

Park Hill Night at the Rapids! 

Following an in-person assembly featuring our very own Rapids players, students brought home fliers about the next Park Hill Night at the Rapids, Saturday April 20th! If you don’t have the flier, the info is below:

PTSA Calendar:

  • April 13 - 14: COPTA Annual Convention

  • April 20: Park Hill Night at the Rockies

  • April 22 & 23: Chook RNO

  • April 26th: SMADP

Community: Children’s Art School

The Children's Art School Spring classes will offer BUZZ FLUTTER FLY on DPS Teacher Professional Day,

Friday, April 19, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Young artists will explore how to invite nature's wild creatures that fly and flutter into a garden. Design Hummingbird Fountains, Bird Houses and a Fluttering Butterfly with sunlight wings. Receive Color Ins to help identify your new creature friends and seeds to plant that Momma Butterflies will love! Preregistration is requested at and 303 369-7956.  Ages 7+.  Fee $45.  Location: Children's Art School, 2290 South Clayton Street, Denver, CO 80210

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