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Panther Pages, April 7, 2023

Happy Friday Park Hill Families,

Thank you for your support these past days with the heaviness of school safety and the overall well-being of our students. Moving forward, we will continue to implement safety measures that will benefit students, staff, and families. One immediate adjustment will be that all parents and visitors to the school during the hours of 8:25am - 3:45pm will need to use the Front Door on E 19th Ave only - we will no longer permit parents and visitors to use the buzzer system at the back door. This will be a learning process over the next few weeks for some, and that is ok! Our top priority is the safety of our school community.

Wishing you a safe and relaxing weekend in this beautiful weather.

- Ken Burdette, Principal

Super Mega Awesome Dance Party Kickoff

It’s time to get our dancing shoes on and launch the Super Mega Awesome Fundraiser! This week, the Student Leadership Committee has been in your student’s classroom to talk about the fundraiser and how it works. This fundraiser is student-led but depending on the age of your child they might need a little guidance once they get home, so that is where we need YOUR HELP as a parent. Attached you will find an extra flyer with all of the information you need to know to get started. Today your student will also bring home a paper flyer and a cool water bottle sticker. Please reach out to the SMA Dance Party Crew with any questions:

Yearbook Order Form

The Yearbook Committee has been working all year on creating a wonderful yearbook for your children! Yearbook sales are occuring NOW through April 21. Please order books now for your student, as we will not be ordering extra books. The cost of the book is approximately $30, including tax. 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")

  • 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: you will be invited to add a tribute (for an additional $15) for your graduating 5th grader. Tributes are for 5th grade students only and the cost of the tribute goes to PHE's PTSA. We're working on linking this to the yearbook purchase for ease, but wanted to get this info out now!

Principal’s Account low

We often keep a reserve fund ("Principal's Account") with Mr Dennis in the Cafeteria. This allows any and all students to eat hot lunch each day, regardless of economic status or how much money they have in their account. We typically keep $300-$500 on hand in this account. Currently, the account is at $0, and Mr Dennis has graciously been serving all students regardless. This account has historically been funded by the generosity of families in the community. If you want to contribute to this account, you can drop off a check or cash in the main office. Please note, this is not tied to any fundraising efforts at PHE or the PTSA. This is strictly related to Lunch.

School Lunch Reminder

If your student eats hot lunches and you don’t have your account set to automatically replenish, please check your account. We have a significant number of students that have a balance. Please contact the front office if you have any questions or concerns.

CPR Training

Over Spring Break, 44 staff members took part in an optional CPR certification training. This training was made possible from PTSA contributions! Thanks for the support and to our staff members for taking time out of their break to support our students' health needs.

Home Social and Emotional Skills Materials

The Kindergarten students are learning the Lessons from the Bright Butterfly (for children 3-8 years old). It explores the life cycle phases of the butterfly represented as these important social and emotional skills:

  • A Growth Mindset

  • Happiness

  • Mindfulness

  • Resilience

  • Visioning

The effectiveness of most of the tools and techniques taught are evidence-based. Plus, doing daily activities with the Bright Butterfly will encourage your child to create happy, healthy habits and inspire them to learn something new every day. You can connect with them and introduce some of these activities into your daily life as well! Please enjoy a 50% discount on the course exclusively for families: Click here. Use this promo code at checkout: BRIGHTBUTTERFLY

Yours in Wellness, Liz Rutledge and Dr. Cyrina Bullard

Reminder: School Beautification project this Earth Day

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:30am - 1:30 pm for our school’s Earth Day School Beautification Project. Bring your shovels, garden trowels, and wheelbarrows. We will be planting trees and shrubs, mulching, and touching up some paint. City Floral is giving us a 20% discount on the plants we have selected and will have them set aside for purchase. Whether you can come and help, purchase a plant from our wish list, or both, please sign up here. Thanks to all of those that have already signed up!! Questions? Contact Rachel ( and Natalie (

Reminder: Mark you calender: 4th & 5th Grades Present A Visual Art and Music Collaboration of ‘Moon Dance’

Wednesday May 3rd: Thursday May 4th:

Cowen 5pm Ferguson 5pm

Ash 6pm Mills 6pm

Wednesday May 10th: Thursday May 11th:

Orth 5pm Demos 5pm

Goloskewitsch 6pm Euser 6pm



Today is the kickoff for our Super Mega Awesome Dance Party. This is the last PTSA school fundraiser for the year. This is a school-wide, student-led fundraiser that will run from today through the 27th. Check out the flyer at the end of the Panther Pages for more details!

As a thank you to all of the students for their hard work, the SUPER MEGA AWESOME DANCE PARTY will be held on April 27th! Mr. Dennis will treat the students to Blackjack Pizza and a treat during their normal lunch hours. Later in the day (See below) the Dance Party begins. Your family is welcome to join us in this celebration.

Super Mega Awesome Dance Party Schedule

When: April 27th

  • 4th & 5th 12:55 pm - 1:25 pm

  • ECE, K & 1st 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

  • 2nd & 3rd 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Where: Field/Playground behind the school

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

Organizing Against Gun Violence

Park Hill Elementary parent, Jessica Rush, is working with a group of anti-racist women to organize against gun violence in our community. The group is planning an event for June 5th and is looking for more parents and community members to get involved. You can sign up below for more info coming out in the next few weeks.


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.

Earth Day Events

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, through school beautification and electronic recycling! Then celebrate that evening with the Rapids!

Park Hill Night at the Rapids!

Join us for another night out cheering on our very own Colorado Rapids! This year it will be Saturday April 22nd, Earth Day (soccer balls are spheres, the earth is a sphere - coincidence?)

PTSA Meeting and Coffee with Ken

Next week is the monthly PTSA meeting on Monday evening, followed by Coffee with Ken on Friday morning. These are wonderful ways to stay engaged and informed and to ask questions of your PTSA and school leadership teams.

Our next PTSA meeting is Monday, April 10 · 5:30 – 6:30pm in the school library. Or you can join virtually.

Google Meet joining info:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 218-301-1384‬ PIN: ‪862 141 384‬#

Childcare WILL be available

Our next Coffee with Ken is Friday, April 14 · 8:40 – 9:40am in the school cafeteria. Or you can join virtually.

Google Meet joining info:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 551-444-6080‬ PIN: ‪808 083 017‬#

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