From The Director
We’re almost there! Fall break starts tomorrow after school, and even though it seems we just started the 2019-20 school year, we are actually well on our way. Before everyone heads off for a week of rest and relaxation, I want to touch on a few points:
- The carpool situation in the north loop has improved dramatically since the beginning of school. Thank you to all the parents who use this loop for your attention to all of our communications, and your adherence to all traffic and parking signage in the area. I met with the heads of both the Lincoln Creek and Aspen Brook HOAs, and they shared the following with me.
- Blocking of driveways and parking in places that are specifically signed as NO PARKING areas are their biggest concerns.
- Parking in the Aspen Brook area (there are only 4 visitor spots and they are not ever meant for PCK guest parking) continues and frustrates the residents. This happens particularly during larger school events. They are also concerned about cars ‘waiting’ at the entrance to their development in order to ‘slip in’ to the carpool flow at PCK. This prohibits residents from easily accessing their driveways and homes.
I assured both HOA presidents that the PCK community is committed to obeying all traffic, parking and directional signage, and that we will continue to monitor parking during larger school events. Everyone’s cooperation is very much appreciated.
- As the weather gets colder it will become less desirable for students to be dropped off at the front entrance before 7:35am. Our new secured vestibule is relatively small, and allowing kiddos to gather in that area (because we can’t stand to see them outside in the cold) has some challenges…namely they block the entrance for staff and subs. Please aim to drop your student off as close to 7:35 as possible so that they can quickly enter the building. If you need to drop your student off early, please remember that Champions does provide before-school care that begins at 6:30 a.m.
- Parent-teacher conferences are later this month. We scheduled them later in order to give teachers more time to get to know each student, and his/her abilities, better. Teachers will share beginning of the year data with you during fall conferences, so please mark your calendar for October 29th and 30th. These are also early release days, so pick-up will be three hours earlier than your usual time (12:10, 12:20 or 12:30). Champions will be on hand earlier in the day to assist with coverage, should you need it.
- I just want to give a huge shout-out to all of our Safety Dads this past quarter! Thank you for volunteering. We have so appreciated the extra safety presence, and we have enjoyed getting to know our dads. If you wish to volunteer to be a Safety Dad, there are still plenty of spots open in the coming months (okay, we need super hardy dads for the winter months)! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Finally, I want to wish all PCK families a wonderful fall break. You know how it goes when we return…Halloween Trunk or Treating, Alice in Wonderland performances, holiday performances and parties, etc. It will be hectic, fun, and the weeks will absolutely fly by. Thank you to all PCK parents for a great first quarter! Our year is off to a wonderful start.
Have A Great Fall Break
PCK is closed next week for Fall Break. Enjoy the time with your family!
Parent/Teacher Conferences Are Coming
On the Monday after fall break (October 21) you will be able to sign up for your parent/teacher conference time slots. Sign-ups will open at 6:00pm on Monday, so watch for an email that morning with the link.
Winter Weather Is Here
What a difference a day makes! We all know Colorado weather can change quickly, so please make sure your student has a coat labeled with his/her first and last name, and remind your child to bring it every day. Unless it is actively snowing or raining, we go outside for recess when it is 23 degrees or warmer. It is better to bring a coat and not need it than to need one and not have it!
Join Us In Saying Goodbye
As you may have heard from your student, Zach Marchetti, one of our tech teachers, had his last day at PCK last Friday. He has an exciting opportunity to lead experiential learning projects with high school students in Denver Public Schools. Mr. Marchetti’s classes will be covered by long-term substitute Heather White. We will let you know as soon as a permanent teacher is hired. Please join us in wishing Mr. Marchetti all the best in his new adventure.
In Honor Of Our Veterans
Our Veterans Day observation is coming up on Friday, November 8. In today’s Thursday folder you will find an invitation for all Veterans, active duty servicemen and servicewomen, and their families to join us at school that morning for a continental breakfast and our Veterans Day assembly with kindergarten though 6th grade. If you will be joining us for the event, please RSVP to Dianne Daniels by November 1, and please remind everyone in your group to bring their drivers licenses for our Raptor check-in process.
In your Thursday folders you will also find a sheet titled, “Why I Am Grateful For Our Military.” Please take some time over fall break to talk with your students about the importance of our military and all that our service members do to keep us safe and to protect our freedom. Then your students can write in their own words why they are thankful for the members of our armed forces. Select writings will be posted on our Veterans Day bulletin board, and some may even be read in our Veterans Day assembly! Please have your students return their completed forms to the front desk by Friday, October 25.
If you would like to help with the breakfast for our Veterans and active duty servicemen and servicewomen, please get the details and sign up here.
Get Ready To Chill At The Book Fair
Our Arctic Adventure Book Fair is on it’s way! Check your Thursday folder for a flier with details. A new feature this year is ewallet. This allows you to create an account, specify the amount of money your child can spend, and you can avoid sending cash. You can learn more about it here.
The Book Fair runs from October 24 – 30. Student preview days are October 24, 25, and 28, and on October 29 and 30 the Book Fair will be open all day, including during Parent/Teacher Conferences.
If you have questions or would like to help, please contact our school librarian, Mrs. Wright.
New Hot Lunch Option
Students can now enjoy Firehouse Subs at lunch. Firehouse is replacing Wahoo Fish Tacos as one of our restaurant partners. You will find them on the ordering calendar when you buy hot lunch.
Class Photos and Retakes
Our photographer will be here on Monday, October 28 to take class photos. If your student missed picture day or if you would like to have your child’s individual photo retaken, these will also be done on the 28th. All students must wear their uniforms.
Many of our middle school students recently participated in a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack where they packaged meal bags and boxed them for shipping. During our shifts, we helped pack 272,160 meals which will feed 746 kids for a year! In just the past six years, Feed My Starving Children has packed over a million meals, and has cut deaths due to malnutrition by two-thirds in the areas it serves.
Leading With Our Great Character
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last week for their exceptional demonstrations of character:
Abigail F. – 3 Rs
Alea R. – Responsibility
Caitlin F. – Responsibility, Flexibility, Courage
Cannon C. – Responsibility, Flexibility, Self Control
Carter W. – Initiative
Daniel L. – Responsibility
Maddie A. – 3 Rs, Kindness, Positive Attitude
Meela N. – Compassion
Preston G. – Compassion, Enthusiasm
Reagan D. – Respect, Honesty
Tavey A. – Responsibility
Zach L. – Responsibility, Self Control
Great job, character leaders!
Spreading Kindness With Pinwheels
Our art department incorporated this month’s character trait of compassion into a recent project. Students made pinwheels to represent scattering kindness wherever they go, and parent volunteer Joann Gaskill made a bulletin board featuring the pinwheels to remind students to be the light in someone’s day. Come check out the board the next time you are in the school, and ask your students what they are doing to spread kindness.
Does Your Student Need Help With Homework?
NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) after school homework help is thriving this year. Currently, 19 students are receiving homework help throughout the week. Both the middle school and elementary students love the connection it gives them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name, grade level, and the day of the week your child is available to get homework help if you are interested. Don’t wait too long – our spots are filling up!
Kid’s Night Out
Legend High School’s DECA Community Service Program is hosting a Kid’s Night Out on November 22 at Legend from 5:00 – 8:0pm. The night will be filled with games, movies, and crafts. Parents may drop their kids off at 5:00pm at Legend High School where they will be under the supervision of student volunteers and teachers until 8:00pm. There is a $5 fee to provide pizza and drinks for the kids and the rest of the proceeds will go towards Legend’s DECA program and annual Wish Week (benefitting the Make A Wish Foundation). This is a great time to plan a date night or get some holiday shopping done!
Mad Science Is Back At PCK!
Mad Science enrichment programs transform laboratory science and STEM into fun, interactive learning experiences for children in grades K-5. Spectacular demonstrations, hands-on activities, and engaging discussions make learning about science fun for kids! Mad Science runs from November 6 – December 18 on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:15pm. The cost is $89. Get more details and registration information here.
Come Volunteer In Our Lunch Room
We are looking for parents to help out in our lunch room. Volunteers help students open lunch items, wipe down tables, and assist the lunchroom staff as needed. It is a fun way to see your child during the school day while helping all students have an enjoyable lunch. Get more details and sign up here.
Attention Parents of 8th Graders
We had a well-attended High School Information Night, and we are glad so many families were able to get more information about how to prepare for their next steps. If you weren’t able to attend, please check the Middle School website for information regarding the “8th Grade Transition to High School,” or see this flier.
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to the dads who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety as our Safety Dads this week: Jonathan Thiessen, Rod Draper, William Jones, and Matthew Larson. You make a big difference in our school!
You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.
A Special PCK Milestone
This school year, our very first class of junior kindergarteners are now in 7th grade. Candace Christopher is taking the middle school early childhood elective and is working with 4 year olds – the same age she was when she started at PCK. Connor Burke is another former junior kindergartener in the elective. We love seeing our students return to where their PCK journey began!
Congratulations, PCK Soccer Champs
PCK students Connor Dobkin (5th grade) and Caleb Young (4th) play soccer on the Real U11 Athletico team and were the champions of the Vail Valley Cup tournament last weekend! Great job, boys!
Way To Go, PCK Alumna
The DCSD Board of Education recognized 29 students as 2020 National Merit Semifinalists, including PCK alumna, Samyukta Vakkalanka! Congratulations, Samyu – we are PCKProud of you!