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Panther Pages, May 17, 2024

Happy Friday PHE Families:

I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying these Spring days.  Our building has been bustling with students, parents, special guests, performances, and countless other activities.  One of the more unique opportunities was shared by our 5th grade students. They took RTD downtown and met the Mayor and City Council reps.  

I wanted to pass along that we are using a small chunk of our fundraising dollars to upgrade some of the audio systems in our historic auditorium based on parent feedback.  While the stage was well designed for acoustics back in 1928, we look forward to modernizing things a bit. 

Have a nice weekend PHE.

-Ken Burdette, Principal

Last day of YMCA before/after care

A reminder that YMCA’s last day for this school year is next Friday, May 24.

Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run - Fall 2024!

Interested in coaching Girls on the Run?  It is a great program for girls and very popular at Park Hill. I am looking for a few more volunteer coaches for fall for our Girls on the Run program. If you want to find out more information about what is involved with coaching, contact Mrs. Horeis at and check out at this site:

Reminder: Early Bird Registration through May 24

Please take a moment to complete Early Bird registration for your student(s), if you haven’t done so already.  Registration is the annual process of providing and updating student and family information on file, including emergency contacts, health information and more. Registration can only be completed by the parent/guardian listed in the primary household of the student record.  Registration is mandatory for all families.  Thank you to the families that have completed this at this time!

Reminder: A Wrinkle in Time Performance & tickets

The Panther Players present their spring 2024 production of “A Wrinkle in Time” on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM. Embark with Park Hill Elementary 4th and 5th grade students on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic literary journey through the universe and time with characters Meg Murry, Charles Wallace, and a team of mysterious guides as they search for Meg’s father on a dark distant planet. Along the way, Meg might just find herself too. Use this link to RSVP for tickets:  A Wrinkle in Time - RSVP Link

Reminder: School Supply ordering for next year

Supplies are shipped to the school and students will receive school supplies on the first day of school.

2. Enter the school ID, PAR387 (3 letters/3 numbers)

3. Follow the directions to complete your order. Choose the grade level your student will be

next fall

4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

Supply lists are available through the link above as well if you would like to purchase them on your own.  Every student must have their own supplies. The deadline to be a part of the school bulk order is June 2. After this date the supply prices and shipping increase.

Reminder: New Attendance System for 2024-25

Next year we will be implementing a new Attendance system that the district rolled out last year.  We encourage parents to start using the system now, but the Google Form on the Park Hill website will still be active for the remainder of the year.  

We’ve found that the mobile app is the easiest way for families to access the attendance system.  Here is a quick guide on how to get this setup for the first time on your mobile device.  Note: This attendance system should work for other DPS schools and also gives access to grades and student related items.  Please take a moment to get the app setup on your phone now so you’re ready to use it when needed!

Mindfulness at Park Hill

This week's Mindfulness is about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment and the ability to control our own attention. Mindfulness is all about learning to control our attention. Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose. By practicing Mindfulness you get better at controlling your impulses. One of the best things our children can do for our future success is get better at controlling their impulses and attention. If you are short on time, skip to Part 2 (at the 5:20 mark in the video) or do this week's Mindfulness in two sessions. For younger students (K-1, you might want to just do the Mindfulness practice Part 2).  Here is this week's video, Present Moment Mindfulness.  You can access the entire video library HERE.  If you have questions or suggestions, reach out to me at or #303-898-9496. Liz Rutledge

Lost and Found

We will have the Lost & Found Items out during Field Day.  Please stop by and look through the piles.  Items will be donated by the end of the year (and maybe sooner if it continues to accumulate)


Field Day T-shirts:

Students received their Field Day shirts last week! Feel free to show your Panther pride by wearing them any time leading up to Field Day as well! AND please wear them for Field Day!

May 21 - Field Day (3rd-5th)

May 22 - Field Day (K-2nd)


Yearbooks are here! Please plan to pick up your yearbooks after school on Thursday May 23rd and Friday May 24th on the playground. If you didn’t order one, you still can and have it shipped directly to you via Treering. Note: All 5th Graders have a yearbook to pick up. 

We’d love your help distributing!

Time to talk 2024/25!

2023/24 is almost done (can you believe it?) and has been hugely successful. Did you know all PTSA activity is volunteer driven? Now is the time to consider ways to get involved to make 2024/25 even better, and to get what you hope to form our PTSA!

From now until end of year, we’ll provide committee info for you to consider, explore and possibly even express interest in! Please reach out to the current committee chairs themselves or to with any questions.


Here are our committees (with this years’ chairs and next years’ if known to be different):

Back to School Social Committee

Chair - Sara Labadie and Madelyn Reid

Event Date - week before school starts

Email - for now, use

This committee will be responsible for planning and executing New Parent Happy Hour and Back to School Social events.

New Parent Happy Hour (location TBD) - socialize with new PHE families, staff and PTSA members at a neighborhood restaurant. 

Back to School Social - Families are invited to meet their new teacher, explore their classroom and socialize with friends at our Back to School Social.

Direct Giving Movie Night

Chair - Jennifer Prom

Event Date - Early fall

This committee will assist in all the fun details that go into planning our Direct Giving Movie Night. Secure food trucks, organize movie logistics, or volunteer at the PTSA table.


Co Chairs - Rolf Eisinger and Liz Brodahl (this year) and Lana Cordes (2025)

Event date - Late February

Do you like to party? If so, volunteer to make our largest fundraising event a success. First auction committee meeting takes place in early fall, so please join if you have interest in learning more.


Co Chairs - Megan Dye, Madelyn Reid and Shannon Spezialy

Event Date - Late April

Do you like to dance? Come join the Super Mega Awesome Dance Party Committee in planning our annual student let fundraiser. 

School Beautification 

Chair - Rachel Taber, Natalie Schnall, and Maria Goldstein

Help keep our school beautiful year round by assisting in clean up before events, landscaping needs, etc.

Restaurant Night Out

Chair - Rachelle Reese 

Event Date - Year round

Assist in reaching out to local businesses for restaurant night out opportunities.


Chair - Returning members: Nina Le and Carolyn Pauls

Event Date - year round

Do you like digital layout? Help collect and organize pictures submitted via google drive and create the layout for the yearbook. 


Chair - Maria Goldstein

Event Date - year round

Help make our school a safe place for our students and staff!

Staff Appreciation 

Chair - Sarah Robinson - is she still doing this next year?

Event Date - year round, Staff Appreciation Week is beginning of May

Love on our staff! Assist in Staff Appreciation Week and making our staff feel our love throughout the school year. 

Room Parent

Chair - Irene Schiavo

Event - year round

Help your student's teacher by planning class parties, staff gifting, communication to your parents about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. An email will be sent out in August for room parent sign ups. 


Chair: Ben Seymour

Event - year round

Help offset expenses and engage and recognize our community partners!


Chair: Mollie Meeks

Event - year round

Help spread the word about our school, our events and fun engaging updates! New ideas welcome too!

Book Fair

Chair:: Mara Andersen led the team this year!

Event - Nov- Jan

Email: none currently - email

Coordinate with a book seller and school to run the fair, and coordinate book delivery if needed. We tried a new partner, The Bookies, this past year and are open to that same partnership or new ideas!

Technology and cyber-awareness? 

At the most recent Coffee with Ken, a suggestion came up around PTSA supporting tech and cyber security topics and education for our students and parents. This could be a new committee. Contact if you’re interested!

For now, explore, consider and ask questions. Next week, we’ll also share a Call For Service Interest form so you can start to express your interest on committee service!

PTSA Calendar:

  • Thursday May 23rd and Friday May 24th, after school: Yearbook Distribution

  • Wednesday, August 14th - New Parent Happy Hour 5p to 7p, Location TBD (Likely Abby Tavern)

  • Thursday, August 15th - Back to School Social 4p to 6p

  • ECE - 2nd Grade: 4p to 5p

  • 3rd - 5th Grade: 5p to 6p

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