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Panther Pages, October 21, 2022

Panther Pages, October 21, 2022
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Happy Friday Park Hill Families!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and foliage! As the weather turns, we see more families choose to use their vehicles to drop off students. The area around the school can get quite congested around drop off and pick up times. A few suggestions:

  • If you are dropping off students, please use the Kiss and Drop lane on the West side of the school on Elm St. Dropping off in other places can lead to traffic snarls and force kids into crossing streets in an unsafe manner. The Kiss and Drop lane is supervised by an adult and staffed by our 5th grade students to make sure your children get onto the playground in a safe manner.

  • In general, please drive slowly, especially around the school grounds. Our streets are busy and kids can be hard to see and sometimes don’t follow traffic rules.

  • We have ample bike parking and love to see our students roll into school! Our sunny Colorado weather allows biking/skateboarding/scootering on most days.

  • If you are parking and walking your kids to the school, please allow a few extra minutes to park in an appropriate spot and follow traffic rules. We want to be a good neighbor and we have children and staff that require the use of handicapped and near to school parking.

Thanks for your assistance and enjoy the weekend!

-Ken Burdette, Principal

Entering Cold and Flu season

We have seen increasing cases of colds, the Flu, and Strep in the school over the past 2 weeks. Teachers and staff continue our policies from last year to vigorously clean and sanitize our spaces. We ask that if your child has a fever or is exhibiting new symptoms that students stay home until symptoms have improved and have no fever for 24 hours without medications.

Equity Corner

How a Colorado district changed its reading curriculum to better reflect students

4th and 5th Grade Families: CMAS scores

CMAS scores will be going home with students. Please check in with your students (or their backpacks) for an envelope with their scores.

5th Grade Families - Middle School Tour Openings

McAuliffe Middle School Tours - sign up

Bill Roberts MIddle School Tours - sign up

Reminder: Halloween Parade and Costumes

* Halloween falls on Monday, October 31st

* Students will come to school in minimal costumes. Any accessories can be added after lunch/recess.

* We will host an afternoon Halloween Parade. The parade will start at 1:30pm, with class parties and gatherings afterwards. More information to come from the room parents and teachers.

* Costumes may not include weapons or blood.

* Masks may be worn for the parade, but not during class time or lunch/recess.

* Please remember that cultures aren’t costumes. Follow this link for a flier that will help ensure we create a safe school community for ALL students on Halloween.

* We will hold a modified Specials schedule that day so every class still has Specials.

* Students can opt out and alternate activities are available.

Community Halloween Activities (see attached flyers) East High School - Trick or Treat Street Treat - October 27 from 4-5:30pm @ East HS Esplanade

Denver Parks & Recreation’s Haunted House & Carnival - Oct 21-22 & 28-29

  • WHEN: Fridays & Saturdays, October 14 -29

  • HOURS: Fridays- 4:00-8:00 p.m. Saturdays- 2:00-8:00 p.m.

  • WHERE: St. Charles Recreation Center 3777 Lafayette St.

Community Item: Park Hill Children’s Center offering Snapology (Lego©) course for Basic Engineers for ages 5-8

Does your little learner love to tinker and create new things, or are they the kind of learner who likes to break things apart to see what’s inside?

  • Wednesdays starting November 2nd through December 14th from 4:00-4:45pm

  • $105 for 7 weeks of engineering fun!

  • Children's Center staff can pick your child up from PHE at dismissal and provide a snack prior to session start for an additional $105.

  • Register by emailing


Restaurant Night MONTH Out

Reminder as we enter the last week of October: The entire month of October, any time your family orders from Scratch Kitchen using the promo code PARKHILL, Park Hill Elementary will get 10% of that sale.

School Sponsorship

We love our community and have openings for community businesses to sponsor Park Hill Elementary for this academic year. Do you have a business or know of someone who does? School sponsors receive advertising at the school, on the PTSA webpage, as well as in the newsletter, social media and on student t-shirts that are given to each student. There are four levels of sponsorship with different benefits associated with each. Please see this document for more information and email if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or know of someone who might be.


The PTSA is working on securing sponsorships so that every student at Park Hill Elementary gets a free Park Hill t-shirt! To ensure that your child has a shirt that fits, please complete this form for each student you have at Park Hill.

Discount Opportunity for the Park Hill community:

Pixar Putt is a uniquely themed, pop-up mini golf experience only in Denver through Nov 27th. They have provided a promo code, Howdy10, that will get you a 10% discount for up to 8 tickets!

Coffee with Ken sign up genius

We need volunteers to bring coffee and a light breakfast to our future Coffee with Ken discussions. Please sign up here.

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