Panther Pages, January 20, 2023
Happy Friday PHE Families:
While it may have been a shorter week given the Monday Holiday and the Wednesday Snow Day, it was still quite the busy week. Thank you to all of our students, teachers, and parents who participated in the Park Hill Marade on Tuesday. Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students were able to partner with students from our neighborhood schools in honor of Dr. King and our commitment to equity. Our 2nd-5th graders participated in a PHE Marade around our school as well.
In addition, we successfully completed our semester-required Emergency Drills on Tuesday. We recognize these drills may be scary to some students, parents, and even staff; nonetheless, they are required, and our students and staff handled these extremely well.
Hope everyone has a restful weekend, and look forward to seeing you back on Monday.
- Ken Burdette, Principal
Enrichments begin next week
If your student is enrolled in an Enrichment for this Spring, the courses begin next week. Kindergarten and 1st grade students have a paraprofessional that will hand deliver them to their appropriate classroom. Student pickup will be on the back playground. Please double check your Enrichment dates and times to make sure you pick up your student on time!
Kindness Campaign - Hey Park Hill Families!
From our 5th Grade students: This year we are doing another Kindness Campaign. Maybe your students told you about it from last year. The Kindness Campaign is just one of the ways we spread kindness around the school. Each classroom gets a pad of “Kindness Slips,” where whenever you see someone spreading kindness around the school, you write it down. The campaign is going to run for about four weeks, starting 2/1, ending 2/28. There will be prizes for people that show kindness. This is how it works: The kindness slips will be passed around the school and every day, starting 2/1, there will be a kindness quote read aloud on the loudspeaker. The Kindness Campaign is to show kindness throughout the school. We are angling for more kindness, and less trying to win. Last year too many people were focused on winning, not kindness, and we want to change that. There will be a video posted on the PHE website where students will define what kindness means to them, and how they’ve seen kindness around the school. This year we are going to make sure every class participates in the Kindness Campaign, and no student goes unnoticed. We are also making sure everyone knows about the KIndness Campaign, so more kindness will be spread. To do this we are going to display the Kindness Slips around the school. There will be a frozen treat at the end of the campaign, for everyone. Thank you! - 5th Grade CARE Committee
DPS School Choice and Universal Pre-K windows open
The DPS SchoolChoice and Universal Pre-K (for ECE only) windows are open through February 14th. As a reminder, SchoolChoice is the process where families rank their enrollment choices. The front office sent out a guide for families via email to help with the School Choice process. Please make sure your student gets enrolled properly for their upcoming grade next school year. Families should login to the DPS SchoolChoice website with their DPS Parent Portal credentials.
!!Save The Date!! - World Arts and Cultures Festival
Please save the date for the 1st/2nd grade multicultural performances! Students need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their performance time. More information to follow regarding what students should wear. Please reach out to Ms. Nonino or Ms. McClelland with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, March 15 Thursday, March 16
5pm Peterson/Kline 5pm Wiant/Goodin
6pm Wren/Holly 6pm Harris/Oxman
Save the Date - CMAS testing April 11-13 & 18-20
For 3rd-5th grades: CMAS testing is scheduled for April 11-13th and April 18-20th this year. We strongly encourage families to try and have their children in class and on-time for these days. If it is possible to avoid scheduling conflicts during these dates we would appreciate it. We will provide more information about CMAS testing as the dates get closer.
Community: Children’s Chorale Auditions
Is your student interested in singing with the Children's Chorale? Auditions for this season will be held January 21st. We will also be taking video submissions throughout January. Please see here for more details on auditions. https://www.childrenschorale.org/sing/come-sing-with-us/
PTSA Family Tech Talk
Technology is changing fast, and many of us are struggling to stay one step ahead of our kids. Please join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 pm for a presentation and Q&A (hosted by an Internet safety expert from global cybersecurity leader Trend Micro) about the risks kids today face online. We’ll cover social media and gaming insights, privacy and security issues, and more. Zoom link to follow in the coming weeks.
Super Mega Awesome Dance Party (SMADP)
Mark your calendar for this wicked fun student-led fundraising event. The 3 weeks of fundraising lasts from April 3rd - 21st and at the conclusion we want to say thanks by hosting the Super Mega Awesome Dance Party on April 21st!
-More details to follow
-Families are welcome to join the dance party
-As always, volunteers are always appreciated: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084CABA723A57-super
Park Hill Night at the Rapids! - Save the Date
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?)
Amazon Smile is going away
Amazon smile let us know they will be discontinuing their charitable program after February. Thanks to all who raised funds for Park Hill in that way. If you’re looking for another option, Givebacks is a fantastic and flexible alternative!
Help Needed for PTSA Meetings
Childcare: 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.
Snacks:We would like volunteers to bring snacks to our PTSA meetings. Please sign up here.
Park Hill Auction - March 3rd
Hey Party Animals! Registration is live for our March 3, 2023 Park Hill Auction! Please note that each attendee will need their own registration. It only takes 2 minutes to complete and once you are registered, take time to browse our Auction catalog to preview some of our items and experiences!
Do you (or someone you know) have a vacation home? Would you consider donating a vacation to the Park Hill Auction? As the donor you decide on blackout dates, how to reserve, the length of stay, and how to market the property. Please consider helping out the auction as a Great Getaway donor! It is a great way for us to continue supporting education at Park Hill!
Please visit: iheartparkhill.com for registration and to donate
Have any questions, have an item to donate, or want to brainstorm an idea? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz and Courtney