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Panther Pages, January 12, 2024

Greetings Park Hill Families:

Those of us that are lucky enough to get to be outside during lunches and recesses this past week can attest that Winter is fully here.  While Winter isn't the favorite season for many, it is the season for one of my favorite PTSA events of the year (and also our largest fundraiser).  Our annual PHE Auction Fundraiser is scheduled for February 23 - so please mark this date down on your calendar!  We have been talking about the Auction at the latest PTSA meeting and Coffee with Ken, but I will be sending out more information about why this event is so important to your students.

I wanted to highlight today the work our school psychology team is doing for students. With the funds from last year's auction we were able to bring on a 2nd school psychologist, Cat Sennott to join Emily Ward. This has freed up the team to work with more students and develop some really fun, innovative programs. Given all the challenges students have facing them in this day and age, I am really thrilled that we can offer these supports.

Stay warm and enjoy this extended weekend.

Ken Burdette, Principal

Reminder: No school on January 15

There will be no school on Monday, January 15 in observation and celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.

Enrollment: SchoolChoice is Open

The SchoolChoice window opened January 11.  Families can rank their preferred schools for their children to attend during this time.  This is required for 5th grade students continuing on to middle school, incoming kindergarten and ECE-4 students or those looking to transfer to another DPS school.  The Choice window is open until February 12 @ 4pm. Elections can be made at any point during the window. Pre-Enrollment forms are available on the website for new DPS students.

Equity Corner

Marade on January 16

Pre-K, Kinder and 1st grade students are busy preparing for the annual Martin Luther King parade (Marade) on January 16.  The parade will start at Turtle (WH Ferguson) Park at 9:45am and from there make their way to Montview Church where Dr King spoke 60 years ago.  Students will meet up with other students from Park Hill schools during the event. Parents are invited to participate!  In solidarity with our Primary grades, our PHE students in grades 2-5 will march around the school perimeter on Tuesday, Jan. 16th, at 10am.  For additional information on MLK events in Denver, please visit:

Lost and Found 

Please have your student come check the lost and found if you are missing anything. We have lots of jackets, hats, gloves & water bottles piling up!

Mindfulness at Park Hill

This week’s Mindfulness practice is about having a supportive item to hold while meditating at home. Whether a favorite stuffed animal, a comforting blanket, a beaded necklace, a gemstone or other smooth rock, a worry stone, favorite book, etc., this is a simple way to encourage grounding and centeredness. It is a good practice to have some routine - especially when winding down for bedtime and a "breathing buddy" can support that.  As a supplement to the in-person sessions, you can watch the video "Breathing Buddies” with them:

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

Middle School Tours

Bill Roberts K-8 school                 Odyssey School of Denver

PTSA Notes from our Auction team:

Do you have a wine, beer, or liquor connection? The auction committee is seeking donations from distributors, retailers, producers, enthusiasts, and anyone else that wants to contribute. 

We are hoping to acquire 200+ bottles of wine of varying value for a fun game of chance - the wine pull! Unique bottles of wine or liquor are also appreciated for our silent auction. And finally, we need help stocking our bars! If you have any connections or anything to contribute, contact

Date Reminder: Feb 23rd 2024, 6pm

Register Here  if you haven’t already! It is a free event, but advance registration allows us to plan correctly for food, space and to have our event run as smoothly as possible, down to all the fun details we set up for you! And this year, with mobile bidding, you’ll want to have yourself registered and ready to go! You can also use the link above to add items and experiences you want to donate! Remember, this is our BIGGEST fundraiser!

It’s “Restaurant Night Out” season! Support these local favorites and raise money for PHE! Share these with friends and neighbors as well!

Shop At Spinelli’s on Tuesday 1/16 and raise $ for our school!


Get Dinner at Tessa on Friday 1/26 and raise $ for our school! 

Mention Park Hill when you order between 2pm and 8pm on Friday January 26th and 10% of those sales will come back to the school! 

2023 - 2024 PTSA Calendar

  • January 12Th: Coffee w/ Ken - AUCTION TAKEOVER

  • January 16th: Spinelli’s Grocery Givebacks

  • January 26th: Tessa Delicatessen Restaurant Night Out

  • Feb 23rd 2024: The Park Hill Elementary School Auction!

  • April 26th: Super Mega Awesome Dance Party!

Community Items

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is offering a great opportunity for families in the Denver area to experience a child-appropriate, PAY WHAT YOU CAN, professional improv show! 

“Mad Librarians” is an improv comedy series appropriate for kids and families. 

About the Series:

Whenever this team of buttoned-up librarians hears about a fantastic new book, they go wild. In each episode, buttons go flying as the MAD LIBrarians craft a new book title based on your suggestions and then—right before your very eyes—they act, sing, and shout that book out full-blast.   

Come visit the library that can’t ever keep quiet…no matter how hard it's terribly serious and wonderfully silly librarians may try.”

Dates & times 

January 27th 1pm & 3pm

February 3rd 1pm & 3pm 

February 10th 1pm & 3pm

Savoy Denver

2700 Arapahoe St

Denver, CO  80205

United States



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