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Panther Pages, January 5, 2024

Greetings Park Hill Families:

We are excited to have all of our staff and students back and get everyone off to a strong start in 2024.  All of our staff are re-energized and ready to jump right back into studies. I personally am looking forward to all of the fun this Spring brings with performances, field trips and school projects and more! 

Please keep an eye out for upcoming 2024-25 Enrollment information, volunteering opportunities, and events!

As always, we appreciate your collaboration and support!

Ken Burdette, Principal

PHE wins a Climate Champions grant

A group of students in Mr Ferguson’s 5th grade classroom submitted a grant application through the district for additional  bike racks, locks, and storage areas.  We are excited to share that they received the full funding for the grant with proceeds totaling $11,049.  The students did an amazing job of putting together a complex application in a short period of time.  We are excited to see the results of their hard work!

Enrollment: SchoolChoice opens next Thursday

The SchoolChoice window will open January 11 at 10am.  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 from January 11-February 12.  Elections can be made at any point during that window.

A reminder that Pre-enrollment is now open for the 2024-25 school year.  The pre-enrollment packet can be found on the front page of the website.  This is requested only for new students to DPS (including ECE-4 and Kinder) or those transferring back into DPS from another school.  We do not need actively enrolled DPS students to complete this information.  Please send completed packets to

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!

Please join us for our next Black Excellence Committee on January 8 at 4pm.  Please check in at the office or join us online at:

After School Enrichment signup is Wednesday, January 10 at 10am

As a reminder, the Enrichment signup will be next Wednesday morning.  We will send out an updated Enrichment list with links to each vendor to signup and register for their course.  This is an optional opportunity.  Families interested in a scholarship are encouraged to reach out to Principal Burdette as we have a limited number of scholarships available. Students in ECE, Kinder, and 1st grades will be escorted to their enrichment by a staff member.  Please double check all times and dates for Enrichments as they are all slightly different.

Curious as to what your kid is doing in PE?

Check out these pictures from the Fall and Winter of 2023!

Middle School Tours

Bill Roberts K-8 school                 Odyssey School of Denver


This next week is an AUCTION TAKEOVER! 

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

Join us for Auction Meeting takeovers next week! 

Join us Monday Jan 8th for an All About Auction PTSA meeting, 5:30 in the school library or virtually.

Join us Friday Jan 12th for an All About Auction Coffee with Ken (actually, coffee with the auction team), 8:20 in the school cafeteria or virtually. 

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!

Thank you to all who shopped at our Book Fair! 

We’ll update earnings as soon as we hear from The Bookies (who are moving to their new location) 

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 January 16th and fundraise for our school! 

Get Dinner at Tessa on Jan 26th and fundraise 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 8th: PTSA Meeting - AUCTION TAKEOVER

  • 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!

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