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Panther Pages, April 26, 2024

Happy Friday PHE Families:

We wrapped up CMAS last week, and I greatly appreciate the work our students and staff did to get through the tests. It was nice to get to see students enjoy some popsicles and a bit of extra recess time to recover after their efforts.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help with school beautification on Sunday! Thanks to your efforts we planted 7 trees, repainted hopscotches, weeded and mulched the flower beds, and installed a new bench.  It was an incredible effort by everyone and we could not make such a big difference at our school without your help.  A huge shout out to Mr Chuck for all of the help he provided, and the constant care our facilities team has for our school grounds.

Third grade students put on performances this week and Fourth grade is in the queue for next week.  It's so much fun to see our students show their artistic skills during the shows! I recommend everyone take the opportunity to see them.

Finally, our PTSA is hosting the Super Mega Awesome Dance Party this afternoon. Fingers crossed that the weather holds out for us. Our staff are so incredibly thankful for our amazing PTSA volunteers and our students!!  A quick note - if you are pulling your student out after the party, please stop by the office to check-out.

Have a great weekend.

-Ken Burdette, Principal

New Attendance System for 2024-25

Next year we will be implementing a new Attendance system that the district rolled out last year.  We encourage parents to start using the system now, but the Google Form on the Park Hill website will still be active for the remainder of the year.  

We’ve found that the mobile app is the easiest way for families to access the attendance system.  Here is a quick guide on how to get this setup for the first time on your mobile device.  Note: This attendance system should work for other DPS schools and also gives access to grades and student related items. 

Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8

Bike to school day is coming up! Bike to school day is a day in the school year where kids bike and walk to school on Wednesday, May 8th. The 5th Grade Sustainability Grant Committee will have meet-ups and prizes. All you need to do is read and decide how to get involved.


Meet-ups are where kids and adults meet-up at a certain spot and bike to our school. We have three locations set up: 

  • Spinelli’s (4621 E 23rd Ave.) 

  • McAuliffe International School (Holly and 25th, Meet on the corner of 25th)

  • Nuggs (Colfax and Fairfax).

If you are out of the borders of Park Hill, don’t worry. You can drive to the closest meet up with your bike then bike from there. The meet-ups leave between 7:40-7:45 so be there a little early. From there you will bike to school and get a prize. (You can also ride from your house, if that works).


Like every special day at Park Hill, we will have prizes! We will have toys, no homework days and much, much more. First, you will bike to school and park your bikes. Then you will head to the first prize table you see. Once you are over there, the fifth graders will ask you what grade you are in. Once you say your grade they will tally your grade and you can pick a toy and head off to class. There are bigger prizes too! We will announce the class in each grade who biked the most and they can choose a cool class prize.  

Please come and support Park Hill’s environmental sustainability efforts and enjoy a morning walking or biking to school! 

- 5th Grade Sustainability Grant Committee

Not returning to PHE next year?

If you know that your student is not returning to a DPS school in the fall we ask that families complete a Withdraw Form for the next school year.  Please email completed forms to Ann Kurth (

Reminder: YMCA Information for the 2024-25 school year

Please see the registration opening dates for the YMCA Out of school time (OST) program for the 2024-2025 School Year. This program offers before and after school care at Park Hill during the school year.

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

Anti-Idling Campaign

Don’t forget to turn your engines off instead of idling! For saving fuel and reducing emissions, eliminating the unnecessary idling of personal vehicles would be the same as taking 5 million vehicles off the roads!

Mindfulness at Park Hill

This Mindfulness meditation (recorded on Earth Day 2021) is about finding our awareness of what a gift it is to live on Planet Earth. Science has shown that feeling connected to nature helps us feel more grounded, but also reduces depression and anxiety. This is a great meditation to do outside!  Here is this week's video, For the Planet (You can find it here: Earth Day Mindfulness ).  You can access the entire video library HERE.  The benefits of Mindfulness are many including a calm classroom, more focused students, less anxiety and better performance with regards to tests. People who practice mindfulness find they are more kind and generous to their fellow humans.  If you have questions or suggestions, reach out to me at or #303-898-9496.  Liz Rutledge

Save the date: Park Hill Elementary Field Day Events

May 21st, 2024 

8:40-11:15 am: 3rd-5th Field Day Events

May 22nd, 2024

8:30-10:30 am: 1st-2nd Field Day Events

1:45-2:45 pm: Kindergarten Field Day Events

Request for ProComp Trust Board position

Interested in supporting teachers, putting your fiduciary hat on, and lending your finance skills at some board meetings? The Teacher Compensation Trust Board (aka ProComp) is looking for a professionally qualified community member to join. Contact if you have questions.



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!!


Super Mega Awesome Dance Party!

Super Mega Awesome Fundraiser! 

See the flyer at the end of this Panther Pages!

We are in the final hours of our STUDENT LED fundraiser. 

Congratulations on our final week of fundraising! As of Thursday morning we have raised $32,614… We are so close to reaching our goal! We would love to see you at our Super Mega Awesome Dance Party (Today, Friday, April 26th). 

Online donations will close tonight at midnight and Week 3 Voodoo Doughnut Party winner will be announced on Saturday via social media.

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

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 today, 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 create a free tribute (Treering calls this a "recognition ad") for their graduating student.  Tributes are for 5th graders only.  An email will be re-sent to help you with the process.  

Deadline for 5th grade tributes is Friday 4/26

PTSA Calendar:

  • April 26th: SMADP

  • May 13th: PTSA Meeting 

  • May 17th: Coffee with Ken

Community Items

SOCCER ELECTRIC CAMPLIFY camps focus on fun, free play, skills work and small-sided games. Activities take place on a variety of playing surfaces, including blacktop, tiles, hardwood, concrete and grass.

*CAMP DESCRIPTION: We're teaming up again with the Denver Film, Denver East High School (2022 Boys Soccer 5A State Champs and 2023 Finalists), Stanley Marketplace and other local partners to organize the 10th annual “CAMPLIFY” (previously "Summer SOCCER and a MOVIE Camp") @ Denver East High School, Sie FilmCenter and Stanley Marketplace.

Campers play games and develop their soccer skills with experienced soccer coaches in the mornings (approx. 9am - 11:15am), followed by lunch in the shade (approx. 11:30am - 12:15pm), indoor / outdoor ART / STEAM sessions with expert teachers and short, closely supervised group walks for age-appropriate movies and STEAM activities (approx. 12:30pm - 4pm) / full camp schedule TBD and posted the week before camp.

Campers receive a tee shirt and a ball and will be assigned to small training groups based on soccer experience (coach / teacher to player / student ratio is 1:10 or better).

*2024 CAMP DATES / TIMES / Monday - Friday @ 9am - 4pm as follows:

     *REGISTER HERE FOR WEEK 1 (June 10 - 14): City Park / Denver East High School / Sie FilmCenter

     *REGISTER HERE FOR WEEK 2 (June 17 - 21): Stanley Marketplace 

     *COST: $595



  • Denver Film Society / Denver Film, a 501(c)(3) cultural arts organization, operates the Sie FilmCenter, the organization's year-round cinematic home, presents the annual award-winning Denver Film Festival in November and a series of smaller film festivals throughout the year. In addition, Denver Film produces the popular summer movies series, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

  • Dave Johnson @ Katie Adamson Conservation Fund (KACF) / ZOODIAC Kids! Join Denver-based Zookeeper, Wildlife Biologist, Conservationist, Children's Book Author, Animal Nerd and KACF Executive Director Dave Johnson and learn how KACF uses soccer and a passion for animals to work with communities around the world to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain. 

  • Artists in Residence @ The Art Garage / Movement + Art! Focus on dynamic movement, technical skills, music and creativity! Artists use their arms, legs and music to create art on a variety of surfaces, including pavement, grass and large paper too!  

  • Nature's Educators / Talon Talk! Discover the various types of birds of prey found all over the world, what it takes to care for a bird of prey, and learn how Nature's Educators is permitted to keep raptors.

  • Wildlife Protection Solutions / Animals in Virtual Reality!  Have you ever wondered how wild animals behave when there are no people around? Have you heard the sounds a white rhino can make? Do you know the special technique a warthog uses to enter its burrow?  With WPS 360° Virtual Reality you can travel to Africa and see the unique behavior of wild elephants, lions, rhinos and many more amazing animals. 

  • Young Filmmakers Workshop with Evan Kruse, Creative Director @ DIVERSE / Want to learn how to shoot and edit powerful videos that convey emotion and tell a story? This workshop goes over the basics of crafting compelling narratives as well as production and post production tips. By the end of the workshop, camplifiers will have a solid foundation in storytelling and video editing, which they can use to create their own engaging stories and videos.

  • SOCCER ELECTRIC is a My Spark Denver provider. Learn more and apply HERE / My Spark Denver is a partnership between the City and County of Denver, Gary Community Ventures and Mile High United Way.

  • Merit-based scholarships available / email questions, requests and camper nominations HERE.


*Our top priorities are camper safety, accessibility and total soccer experience: 100% OF CAMP PROCEEDS BENEFIT Denver SOCCER ELECTRIC Community Partners.

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