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Panther Pages, February 9, 2024

Good morning PHE:

The PHE Auction is quickly approaching!  Aside from this being our biggest fundraiser of the year, it is always a fun night where staff, parents, and community members can come together to support our educational mission here at PHE.  We have shared over the past few weeks of how the proceeds from this directly benefit all of our students through a variety of ways including mental health supports, reading and math interventions, gifted and talented studies, nursing, and full-time paraprofessionals in classrooms.  We do everything we can to stretch each and every dollar raised to supplement our tight budgets.

Our amazing PTSA team has been working hard to make this year’s event special. If you haven’t done so yet, please register on the Auction website, where you can get an idea of the buy-a-share themed parties and other fun items and opportunities that will be available that evening. In the PTSA message below there are opportunities to register for the auction, volunteer, donate items, and send along your old prom photos for the night of the event! This event is free to attend and welcome to anyone in the PHE community. 

Ken Burdette, Principal

No school on February 16 & 19

Please note the President’s day weekend is extended this year due to a Teacher planning day. There will be no school on  Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19.  Enjoy the break!

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is overflowing.  We will do a cleanout of everything next Wednesday, February 14.  All unclaimed items will be donated to a local school that is in need of coats and clothing.  Please stop by the school if you want to take a look for any lost items.  We’ve asked teachers to have their classes come by as well to look through items.

Equity Corner

Learn more about the DPS Black Family Advisory Council and the mission:

PHNEE - Special Event on February 10, 2024 - 50 years After Keyes - Register here

No YMCA on Monday, February 12

The YMCA before and after school programs are closed on Monday, February 12.  

Reminder: Enrollment & Planning for 2024-25

Thank you to everyone that has updated their enrollment plans in the SchoolChoice system for next school year!  We are asking K-4th grade families to login to the new DPS SchoolChoice system (with your DPS ParentPortal email and credentials) and let us know plans for the 2024-25 school year.

All 5th grade students continuing on to middle school, incoming kindergarten and ECE-4 students or those looking to transfer to another DPS school should be making their DPS school elections in the SchoolChoice system as well. The SchoolChoice window closes on February 12!

Reminder: Valentines Day Information

- Students may bring Valentines and pass out to classmates.  Each student in the class should receive a Valentine if their child is going to do this.  

- We are not dressing up in costumes, but festive attire is always welcome (ie - wearing red, hearts, valentines headbands, etc).

Mindfulness at Park Hill

This week’s and last week's Mindfulness practices used yet another helpful tool to aid in bringing about calm, focus, and coping...Breathing Sticks! Students were given materials and guidance to make these simple, yet colorful breathing aids. Made of two chenille sticks and five to eight beads, these Breathing Sticks give the students a tactical prop to guide their breathing practice.  This week, we reviewed the use of the breathing sticks as well as using fingers, breathing buddies, or hands on bellies to help with the Mindfulness practice.  We also discussed using whatever tool works best for them and many of them liked "Star Breathing".  You can watch the video "Star Breathing” with them as a refresher at home.  You can access the entire video library HERE.  If you have questions or suggestions, reach out to me at or #303-898-9496.  ~"Miss Liz"

Indiana Jones - Asia! 

This year Indiana Jones is traveling to the Continent of Asia!  We want to honor different families' heritage here at Park Hill!  Do you have a family connection or have lived in one of the many countries of Asia?  Let me know and I can have your child share one or two interesting things about their country.  Do you know some upbeat songs from that region?  If I can find the song on Apple Music, I can play it as the students travel the obstacle course. Or maybe bring in a picture of your child in the country or wearing traditional clothes?  Or anything else you can think of?  It is a PE class and things can get wild during Indiana Jones, so nothing of value should be brought in. Indiana Jones will run from Feb 27th to March 7th. You can contact Mrs. Horeis at

**For those of you who are new to Park Hill, Indiana Jones is a large obstacle course during PE classes, where students must try daring obstacles, such as swinging from ropes, balancing in unique ways and crossing “dangerous” terrain!


“Restaurant Night Out”

Thanks to all who supported Chop Shop and Park Hill on Feb 7th! Mark your calendars to support these local favorites next and raise money for PHE! 

  • February 27: Nuggs

  • March 12th: Esters

  • April 8: GB Fish and Chips

  • April 22 & 23: Chook


VOLUNTEER FOR THE AUCTION! Volunteer for the event itself! We need folks to help with registration, selling, set-up and clean-up. Here’s a link to our sign up: Volunteer for Auction Here

Register! Hopefully everyone is already registered. If you are attending, and have not, please do it now! Register Here  

It is a free event but everyone who will attend will need to register separately.

Wine and liquor donations: In lieu of class baskets, we’re asking parents to donate bottles of wine of varying value for a fun game of chance - 

Donation Questions:  Laurie Martin (

Send your old prom photos: Our Auction committee is asking for old prom photos for use during the event.  Please take a minute to dig them out and send them along to:

Other Questions: 

Committee Call: We could use one or two more yearbook folks, especially with younger kiddos. The ask: join for 2-3 meet ups this spring and help format photos in the yearbook program! Email

2024-25 Call for Board Service!

It's hard to believe it's almost that time! We’re looking for our next board members! If you're interested in PTSA Board Service, come to the meeting Monday or email us to discuss!

Nomination Forms will go out in the next Panther Pages.

PTSA Meeting:

Monday, Feb 12th, 5:30, school library

Agenda: Auction updates, Rapids Partnership, Board Service

Coffee With Ken: 

Thursday, Feb 15th, 8:20 am School cafeteria

Note the day: no school on Friday

PTSA Calendar:

  • February 12th: PTSA Meeting, 5:30, school library

  • February 15th: Coffee with Ken, 8:20, school cafeteria

  • February 23rd: Auction!

  • February 27: Nuggs RNO

  • March 12th: Esters RNO

  • April 8: GB Fish and Chips RNO

  • April 22 & 23: Chook RNO

Community Items

Children’s Art School offers classes on President’s Day - Feb 19

The Children's Art School's WONDERFUL WINTER ART classes have been expanded to include a BE AMAZING Program on DPS Teacher Planning Day Program on February 19 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at 2290 South Clayton Street in the University Park neighborhood.

Children's Art School

303 369-7956

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