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Panther Pages, December 9, 2022

Happy Friday Park Hill,

We are excited to continue the annual gift card drive this year. Last year we were able to raise several thousand dollars and help provide extra support to families at our school. This is completely voluntary and we know there are many other worthy causes, but this is a nice way to support our PHE community during this season. Please see the details below.

We were informed that Denver Water will be working around the school starting this Saturday. They don’t plan to shut off any water during school hours, but their presence around the neighborhood is likely to add congestion during pick-up and drop-off. Please try to leave a few minutes earlier if you are planning to drive to school. Thanks in advance!

- Ken Burdette, Principal

Park Hill Elementary Annual Gift Card Drive

This December we are collecting gift cards in $20 increments to the following businesses: Safeway, King Soopers, Walmart, and/or Target. This money will be used directly to support current Park Hill students and families for the Holidays. Donations can be delivered to the main office. Donations are appreciated and optional - there is no obligation or requirement. This is an act of charity and service to those in need. We ask that all gift cards be brought by the end of day on Wednesday, December 14th.

If you or someone you know is in need of these types of support, please reach out to the school. The best contacts are Principal Burdette, Assistant Principal Bixby, the front office and our school psychologist Emily Ward. All information and requests will be kept confidential.

Pre-enrollment window open

Pre-enrollment helps us get all of the information the district requires to get new students ready for enrollment. The pre-enrollment packet can be found on the front page of the website. This is requested only for new students to DPS or those transferring back into DPS from another school.

We do not need actively enrolled students to complete this information. Please send completed packets to

Lost and Found Clean Out

On Friday, December 16th we will be cleaning out the lost and found. If you think you may have something there, we encourage you to have your children search through or parents are welcome to come take a look during school hours.

Report Cards are available on Parent Portal

Report cards are now available for your children through the Parent Portal link at Questions about specific grades should be directed to the appropriate teacher. If you need your child’s student ID number (it is the same as their Chromebook logins so many students have them memorized) you can contact the front office.

University of Denver - Learn to Play Basketball Camps

Series 3 Dates: Jan 10 - March 18, Classes meet for 60 minutes, one day per week

Level 1 (Grade K-5): Players will develop the FUN-damental movement skills and build overall motor skills in a fun and dynamic way through the game of basketball. Participants will learn the foundational skills and rules of basketball in a noncompetitive and focused environment with highly trained and experienced coaches.

Level 2 (Grade 2nd -5th): Building from the foundational skills learned from Level 1, participants will progress towards building a strong aerobic base while further developing their basketball skills. The curriculum will focus 60% of the time on developing individual skills, and 40% will be spent on team-oriented play (2 on 2, 3 on 3, 5 on 5, and learning fundamental basketball plays)

Altitude All Sports

Winter Programs Begin in January!

League Basketball (7-11 year olds): Program (Mondays & Wednesdays) allows kids practice time with their team along with seven games during the season and playoffs at various NE Denver location(s). $230/child. 20 spots left! Basketball Skills (4-6 year olds): Program helps kids learn the basic skills of basketball through structured drills and fun games. Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 or 5:30 to 6:30 at Moorhead Rec Center. $200/child.


Instagram Giveaway

On Monday, December 5th we will start our first Instagram Giveaway! Follow along and learn how to win $100 worth of Park Hill Merch! The winner will be announced at the PTSA meeting on Monday, December 12th.

PTSA Meeting - December 12th, 5:30 pm

Enter through the front of the school, we will be meeting in the library.

Childcare needed for PTSA Meetings

In order to continue to offer childcare during our PTSA meetings, we are looking for volunteers to watch kids while their parents participate in the meetings. Volunteers must be 18+. You can sign up here.

Coffee with Ken - December 16th, 8:45 am

This is your chance to hear all about the Auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year! Why do we need to raise so much money? Buy-a-share, Teacher Time, Class Basket, oh my! Do I need to bring cash? Do kids attend? How can I get involved? Bring all of your questions for Ken and the Auction chairs to answer. And mark your calendar for the auction itself on 03.03.23. Over 400 adults attended last year, it’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

Auction Meeting

The next meeting for PHE Auction Committee is December 18th at 5pm at Fiction Brewing.

Holiday Gifting

By now you should have received an email from your room parents. They are collecting optional group gifts via venmo or the Park Hill Elementary Holiday Gifting Page.

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