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Panther Pages, October 27, 2023

Happy Friday Park Hill Families,

Fall feels like it is upon us with the leaves and weather changing. A reminder that our students are outside nearly every day so please make sure they are equipped with the right gear for the next few months - jackets, hats, gloves, appropriate footwear (please label everything).

I want to thank all of our teachers who put in extra time the past few weeks with conferences and meeting with families and students. I hope this was an opportunity for families to get a solid picture of where their students are academically. There is a lot of the school year left, and it is our mission to get all of our students on a successful path for the remainder of the year and going forward. I would encourage families to stay involved and current with your student’s homeroom teacher and any of their Intervention, GT, Special Education, and/or Behavioral Health teams as well.

Enjoy this weather before it turns and have a safe Halloween!

Ken Burdette, Principal

Reminder: Halloween Parade Information - Oct 31

* Parade starts at 1:45 (3rd-5th) and 1:50 (PreK-2nd)

* Parade will start through the Basketball court, head South towards 17th, and proceed around the perimeter of the school in a clockwise motion.

* Students may come to school in their "base" costumes. Any accessories (make-up, cape, inflatable) may be put on 15 minutes prior to the parade.

* Costumes - No weapons, no gore. Only wear masks when outside for the Parade - not to be worn inside.

* Parents should not come into the room prior to the Parade unless specifically invited by the teacher. Parents may come after the Parade for class parties

* Food for parties should be pre-packaged with ingredients on the label.

* Ms. Nonino is doing a Flash Mob with 5th graders at the onset of the Parade.

Art Fundraiser

A reminder that all Art Original Works Fundraising brochures went home last week and all online orders are due November 1st. This year's fundraising money will go towards art supplies, paint, and new paint brushes.

FYI on previous fundraising Original Works efforts: Our kiln is fully funded (A big THANK YOU! from Ms Pravacek) and we are just waiting for a final inspection for installation.

Mindfulness at Park Hill

This week we are focusing on generosity, another aspect of Mindfulness. When we are kind to others, WE get a benefit! Watch for children to be more kind this week. You can find more details in the video description.

As a supplement to the in-person sessions, you can watch the video "Generosity” with them. You can access the entire video library HERE. If you have questions or suggestions, reach out to me at or #303-898-9496. ~"Miss Liz"

Liz Rutledge

Middle School Tours

Some schools have already started tours! Here’s a list of commonly attended middle schools for PHE 5th graders to consider. This is by no means comprehensive though so please do your research!

Bill Roberts K-8 school Denver Green School -(720)424-7480

Office need: Youth pants for K-2nd students

We could use some spare pants for students that have spills or accidents. We only need smaller sizes at this time. If you have anything that you can pass along, we would be really appreciative.

Daylight Savings change - Fall Back on November 5

The daylight savings time change will be on November 5. Clocks will fall back one hour. Enjoy these last few evenings of later sunsets!!


TESSA 130th Anniversary Celebration Dinner


In celebration of 130 years of Park Hill Elementary, join us for a curated, multi-course dinner with pairing on Sunday Nov 5th, hosted by Park Hill parent owned Tessa Delicatessen, and your very own PHE Principal Ken Burdette. We will dine and cheers to 130 years of PHE excellence. Tickets are $130 each, and a portion goes back to our school! Seating will be limited. This will be a very special event! Make it a date night, or a night with friends.

Park Hill Night at the Rapids Recap

Park Hill had a great showing with over 80 tickets sold, and $405 coming back to the school! If you have any photos from the evening and would like to share with us so we can share on our social media pages, email them to Go Rapids!

Call for Committee Service!

Thank you to all who expressed interest. We still could use help with Restaurant Night Out and Yearbook. Contact the board if you can help with those committees!

School Directory - Information needed!

Fill out this form to help us generate class lists and a school directory. You get to choose how and where your info gets shared.

Park Hill Auction - Feb 23rd 2024

The auction committee is up and running! One thing the committee needs currently is a great DJ! Is that you? Do you know someone? Still want to get involved? Email Liz and Rolf at

We are 4 months away from the PTSA’s biggest fundraiser. Check here for weekly updates. Theme and more details coming soon. In the meantime, our 2024 Auction Webpage is coming alive!

2023 - 2024 PTSA Calendar

  • There will be NO PTSA Meeting in October, but we will be contacting those who expressed interest in committee volunteerism.

  • Saturday October 21st: Park Hill Night at the Rapids

  • Nov 5th: 130 celebration dinner at Tessa

  • Feb 23rd 2024: The Park Hill Elementary School Auction!

  • April 26th: Super Mega Awesome Dance Party!

Members’ corner:

Stay tuned for more updates in upcoming Panther Pages

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