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Panther Pages, March 17, 2023

Happy Friday Park Hill Families,

A few notes with the nicer weather… Please take a moment to label your student’s jackets, sweatshirts, etc. We are finding more and more discarded items throughout the school and most are ending up in the lost and found because we don’t know the owner.

Additionally, we are happy to see more students riding/rolling to school and using the school bike racks. Please be a role model to students and use the crosswalks, drive safely, and leave a few minutes early if you are planning to drive. Please thank our crossing guard, Nicole, and kiss-and-drop staff member, Ms Jenna, and her 5th grade team for their hard work this winter!

- Ken Burdette, Principal

School Beautification project this Earth Day

Getting Involved This Earth Day is as Easy as Coming to School!

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:30am - 1:30 pm for our school’s Earth Day School Beautification Project. This year we will focus on improving the outdoor spaces on the South side of the school - PHE’s “backyard” - and we need your help to make our big, audacious dreams come true! We have trees & shrubs that need planting, mulch that needs spreading, and overgrown sections that need weeding. This project is BIG and will make an immediate impact on our already beautiful school.

How can you help? Sign up to volunteer and/or bring a plant the day of here.

Bring your shovels, garden trowels, and wheelbarrows. We need a lot of volunteers, so make our project your Earth Day contribution this year!

“We want a shrubbery! One that looks nice… and not too expensive.”

Have no idea what we are talking about? Get your Monty Python quote refresher here. In all seriousness, we do have a wishlist of shrubberies and we hope you will consider buying one to help out. The more we can collect, the more of an impact we can make.



From the sponsors, Dee & Steve Ciancio: Get rid of your unwanted electronics from computers, laptops and printers to monitors, keyboards, peripherals, old phones, and more (sorry, no tube TVs or monitors)... plus on-site paper shredding for all your sensitive paper records. Recycling is FREE, but we are accepting donations for Park Hill School PTSA to thank them for the use of their facilities. More details and times to come!!

Family Resource

Tired of getting the same one word response from your kiddos when you ask about their day at school? Check out this awesome resource for getting more information out of your child and having more engaging conversations around school!

PHE College Spirit Day on March 24

In honor of March Madness, on Friday, March 24, Park Hill will be having a College Spirit Day. Kids are welcome to wear clothes with college logos on them, college jerseys, or colors from their favorite college team. -Park Hill CARE Committee and ROAR Team

Reminder: Summer Connections Registration Link is Live!

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is beginning enrollment for Summer Connections for all eligible families currently in kindergarten to fourth grade. The new EAL program will offer free classes in core subjects to enrolled students, allowing them to get ahead of critical course material and get a head start on the upcoming school year. For more information, please check out the Summer Connections website at To enroll your student in the free summer program, go to Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here. It is our understanding that Summer Connections spots may be limited and that they may be filled by those that enroll first. If you are planning to enroll, we would encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience.



Thank you, PHE Parents, Guardians and Neighbors for such a successful Park Hill Elementary Auction! We raised an estimated $220,000 before expenses ensuring Park Hill Elementary maintains the elevated services to meet the needs of our children. Congratulations and Thank You! We are at the tail end of reconciling all bids but if you log in to the auction site and notice something missing from your invoice simply email and we'll look into it for you. There are still a few items for purchase if you're interested! Visit the I Heart Park Hill Auction Catalog and search for the Buy Now banner!

Auction Feedback:

Attend the auction and have ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the Auction Feedback Survey by Friday March 24th to make our next auction even better!

Taylor Swift Winner:

Congratulations to Lana Cordes, winner of the Taylor Swift ticket raffle! Check out our social pages to watch the moment her name was drawn!

Earth Day

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, through school beautification and electronic recycling! See above sections for more details.

Park Hill Night at the Rapids!

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?)

LLS Visionary of the Year Candidate

Our very own Park Hill Mom is up for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2023 Visionary of the Year! Cara Schaarschmidt (you might know her as the towel lady from Grape Street Greeting Co) is one of four candidates nominated in all of Denver! Her team of other Park Hill Parents include Ali Van Skoik and Sarah Salvadore. Follow along on their journey as they fight against blood cancer:

Instagram: @caravolle

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