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Panther Pages, April 21, 2023

Happy Friday Park Hill Families,

We are done with CMAS! A big shout out to all of our students for their perseverance and hard work. Please note that tomorrow’s school beautification project has been moved to Sunday due to inclement weather. We look forward to seeing our volunteers on Sunday. In addition, we are very excited about the upcoming Super Mega Awesome Dance Party next Thursday. Have a great weekend!

- Ken Burdette, Principal

School Beautification project moved to Sunday

Due to a high probability of a wet, snowy day tomorrow, the school beautification project has been changed to Sunday, 4/23 from 10:30am-1:30 pm. We can still use your volunteer help to plant ~50 shrubs and trees! We hope to see you there! Volunteer sign up here. The e-recycling event is still on for 4/22.

Updated: YMCA Signup for 2023/24 Before and After School care opens this month

- Registration for YMCA members and currently-enrolled OST participants April 24, 2023

- Registration for all others May 1, 2023

- Registration and more info can be found on the YMCA website

School Choice Update

School Choice Round 1 results are expected to be published April 21. Round 2 will open up on April 28. Round 2 applications are processed first-come, first-serve. There is no lottery in Round 2, but priorities are given. If the school has available space, your student will be approved and enrolled for next year. If a waitlist exists, your student will be added to the list in date and time order within your given priority, so waitlist positions may change up or down. If your student is accepted to a school in Round 2, any Round 1 school assignment is relinquished. You will remain on waitlists for any higher-ranked schools.

Next week is Spirit Week - April 24- 28

New PHE Staff Member

I am new to the Park Hill staff, so I wanted to introduce myself! My name is Temple, and I am a facility dog working with Ms. Emily Ward, one of our School Psychologists. I have been training my whole life for this job with the wonderful people at Canine Partners of the Rockies. I have a lot of work to do as the newest member of the PH Psych Team. I will help teach small group lessons in our office and occasional whole class lessons in classrooms. My main mission is to make everyone, kids and grown-ups, smile and feel better even on their worst days. It’s a “ruff” job, and I’m excited to do it!

I begin working full-time at Park Hill on May 12th! When I am able to meet you, you are welcome to say “hi” and ask to pet me. I love a good head scratch! If you are interested in helping me get settled into my new job as the sweetest and fluffiest member of the PH Psych Team, I made a wishlist of a few of my favorite items that I will need while I’m at school! I greatly appreciate any support from wishlist items to extra pets around the school!

Summer tutoring

The office has a list of staff members who have some availability to do summer tutoring. Times, compensation and other details will need to be coordinated by families and the staff members as this is not part of any DPS/PHE program.

Reminder: Yearbook Order Form

Parents! This is the last weekend to purchase a 2022-2023 yearbook! To purchase a Park Hill Elementary yearbook go here. (You will need to create an account and enter your name and select your role as "Parent"). If you are asked for a school passcode (this seems to be intermittent, so if you get through without one, great!), the passcode to enter is: 1016595744853031

*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. Parents of 5th graders may purchase a tribute for their graduating 5th grader. Parents can create a tribute from the Treering account by clicking on "Celebrate with an Ad." The size of all tributes will be 1/8 of a page (business card size) and can include text and a photo. Tributes are $15. Tributes are for 5th graders only! Questions: email

--The PHE Yearbook Committee.

Reminder: Kindergarten Graduation schedule

Friday, May 5 Thursday, June 1

10:30am - Lulu 10:30am - Miller/Bloch

11:30am - Neale

Reminder: Annual 5th Grade Talent Show

Thursday, May 25 - 6:30pm (PHE Auditorium)

Featuring music, dancing, comedy, theater, and so much more, this show is the last chance for the Park Hill fifth graders to put their diverse talents on display before they head off to middle school.

Reminder: 5th Grade Continuation schedule

Outdoor Presentations on Thursday, June 1 (Parents can bring a chair or picnic blanket):

9am- Cowen/Mills

10am - Ferguson/Ash

The car parade to follow:

11:00 - 11:10am - Cowen and Mills Car Parade

11:10 - 11:20am - Ferg and Ash Car Parade



Congratulations to our WEEK 1 WINNERS who won an extra recess!

  • ECE: Newman Morning

  • K: Lulu

  • 1st: Harris

  • 2nd Kline

  • 3rd: Gates

  • 4th: Goloskewitsch

  • 5th: Mills

Check out the WEEK 2 WINNERS by clicking on these links:


We are in our FINAL week of our fundraiser and we still have a ways to go on our $35,000 goal. The students are now competing to win a future doughnut party! So please remind you kids to get out there and help us reach our goal!



You and your family are invited to our dance party this Thursday April 27th (on the field) to celebrate everyone’s hard work throughout the fundraiser. Please check out this schedule to see when your child will be dancing. (Below) Finally, if you have a passion for dancing in inflatable costumes please be sure to stop by the DJ booth to pick one up. 😁

Super Mega Awesome Dance Party Information:

  • Thursday April 27th 2023

  • 4th & 5th: 12:55pm-1:25pm

  • ECE, K & 1st: 1:45pm-2:15pm

  • 2nd & 3rd: 2:30pm-3:00pm


Sign up HERE

Have a great weekend!

❤️ SMA Dance Party Crew: Shannon & Megan

Earth Day Events

Due to the weekend forecast, the School Beautification project has been moved to Sunday from 10:30am - 1:30pm. We hope everyone that signed up can still make it.



Join Us On Earth Day to get rid of your unwanted electronics – from computers, laptops and printers to flat-screen monitors* – keyboards, cell phones, hard-drives (drives are securely destroyed off-site), to game consoles, digital cameras, and batteries... yes batteries! Recycling Lithium ION batteries recovers important resources – lithium, nickel, and cobalt – that would otherwise need to be mined or harvested by environmentally damaging methods.

We’ll have on-site shredding for all your sensitive paper records. Recycling is FREE, Dee & Steve Ciancio are sponsoring all the costs for recycling services and the food truck – they are accepting donations to Park Hill School PTSA (cash or check) to thank us for the use of our facilities. Many recycling companies charge up to $25 per item... So, please be generous! Park Hill PTSA Recycling Donors will get FREE Tacos by Dos Gringo’s food truck at the event, with Dee & Steve’s compliments.

  • DATE: Saturday, April 22, 2023

  • TIME: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

  • PLACE: East parking lot of Park Hill School 18th Avenue and Fairfax Street

Park Hill Night at the Rapids!

Tickets are sold out! If you are going this weekend, you can check out a list of other families by looking at their website, scroll down to the “Who’s Going” section. 82 people from the Park Hill Elementary community will be in attendance!


If you haven’t paid already, please log in to or check your email for your statement. Payment can be made on the auction website or brought to the PHE office. Outstanding invoices will be run automatically on Mon 5/1 using the card provided at registration.

PHE Community Items

Community: PHE Parent and DPS parent interested in providing tutoring

My name is Seth Headrick, and I am a PHE parent of a 1st grader. My day job is as a middle school math classroom teacher, but I want to start offering math tutoring services to 3rd-5th PHE students. Contact:

Community: Sims-Fayola Foundation - Summer Academies for Young Men


Cost: FREE

Where: Wyatt Academy

When: June 20th - July 21st, 2023

Who: Rising 4th and 5th-grade boys who live in Denver County.

Days/ Times: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3:00 pm

Camp Focus Areas: STEM, Social-Emotional Skill Development, Story Telling,

Mentorship, Outdoor Education, Literacy/Reading Support, Hip Hop History and

Breakdancing, Career Exposure and Exploration, Robotics, Financial Literacy, Youth

Entrepreneurship, Podcasting, and Music Development

Email us at with any questions you have about either academy! See attached flyer for registration information.

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