From The Director
“Thank you” does not begin to cover the gratitude I feel for our PTA and the Foundation. The selfless members of our PTA (including all of our wonderful Classroom Coordinators) have not missed a beat in finding ways to care for the PCK staff and community, despite this year’s unusual circumstances. We not only appreciate the tangible things like the Chick-fil-A lunch and the coffee on our in-service day, but it also means so much to our entire staff to know PCK parents are supporting us with their positive attitudes, their notes, cards, gifts, emails of encouragement, and with their time. Our community is strong, and we are so grateful to the PTA for making sure a vibrant, caring community continues here at PCK.
Additionally, the Foundation is hard at work getting organized for our annual fundraising season, raising money to help assist with the financial needs of the school. This year, these extra funds will be especially helpful because of the cut in funding, the expected mid-year rescission, and the extra expense of hiring additional REO staff. COVID Relief Funds (CRF) have been very helpful, but unfortunately, they expire in December…and we still have the second half of the year to go. Another meaningful way the Foundation uses funds raised is to offer a teacher grant program twice per year. The grants provide funds for special classroom items requested by teachers that would not be possible given the general operating budget. The Foundation has also provided the money for big-ticket needs such as the elementary science lab, our new hand washing stations, and security radios for most of the staff.
Like many fun activities lately, the Foundation’s annual Fund Run had to be canceled this year, but the Foundation is currently planning an equally fun, socially distanced Dance-A-Thon to raise important funds for the school. Watch for details in the Thursday news about this new event coming soon. The Foundation will also be launching the Annual Giving Campaign shortly after fall break, with all the money raised going directly into our school to help maintain our programming excellence.
The tireless efforts of these two powerhouse groups of parents are a key part of what makes PCK so special. When the going gets tough, these two groups keep going, and they have earned the admiration, and appreciation, of us all. Thank you!
With great appreciation,
With Deepest Sympathy
Our community is heartbroken this week at the passing of Mrs. Miller’s husband, Keith, from a sudden aortic dissection. He was known and loved by many of our staff, and we mourn alongside the Miller family. There will be a service at 4:00pm on Monday, October 5, and all are welcome to watch the live-stream of the service. A greeting link will be available so you can express your sympathy to the family from the on-line broadcast.
In order to support Mrs. Miller during this difficult time, we are collecting donations to provide a cleaning service for her. If you would like to contribute any amount, you can bring cash or a check (made out to Karen Langton, our PTA president) to the front desk of the school. You can also donate via Venmo (@Karen-Langton) or PayPal (to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please specify “Miller Cleaning Service” on your donation.
Keeping Others Warm This Winter
The annual Coats for Colorado coat drive is happening this year, and there are several collection sites around Parker. You can donate new or gently used coats for men, women, and children in need. See this flier for drop-off locations and details.
Connecting With Character
Here are this week’s Home Links for students in grades K – 4 doing the Second Step program in Character Coaching. Home Links give you a framework for talking with your student about the skills being learned in class, and they are tools for reinforcing the skills at home. Please disregard the line asking for your signature. You do NOT need to sign and return these. Just enjoy doing them as a family while talking about character at home.
Kindergarten (for weeks starting 9/21 and 9/28)
First grade (for the week starting 9/28)
Second grade (no Home Link this week)
Third grade (for the week starting 9/28)
Fourth grade (for the week starting 10/1)
Say Hello To Jodi McCarthy
While her face is familiar from subbing at PCK, Jodi McCarthy is now on staff as a member of our Tier Two Intervention team.
Mrs. McCarthy grew up in Texas and moved to Parker during high school. She earned a BA in psychology and a MA in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in literacy from the University of Colorado. She taught first and second grades in Thornton for six years before taking time off to stay at home with her three boys (Connor, age 16; Jack, age 12; and Alexander, age 9).
After subbing at PCK for the past three years, Mrs. McCarthy is very excited to be part of the PCK staff and teaching full-time. She loves that through subbing, she already knows many of the students and staff.
She has been married to her husband, Jason, for 17 years. In her free time, she enjoys attending her sons’ baseball games, watching college football, or reading.
We are glad to have you on the team, Mrs. McCarthy!
Shannon Carter Joins Our Kindergarten Team
It may not be possible to list all of the things our new kindergarten aide does for the team, so it helps that Shanon Carter likes being active. Her children, now in first and third grade, have been at PCK since they were 3 years old. She said, “I have always loved the positive community at the school, and I love being a part of that and working with the amazing students and staff at PCK.”
Mrs. Carter has a financial background with a degree in accounting and finance. She is also a CPA.
She loves spending time with family (including her golden retriever) running 5Ks with her son, and doing anything active such as skiing, hiking, baseball, and soccer.
Welcome to the PCK team, Mrs. Carter!
News From Our Littlest Learners
One of the many benefits of being part of a larger school is that our preschool and junior kindergarten students can visit the science lab. It’s so exciting to see baby chicks and other animals on a mini-field trip right in our own building!
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to Jonathan Thiessen, Wes Mountain, Charlie Miller, and Zerrel Appel for being this week’s Safety Dads. We are so thankful for the time you took to serve our school.
We are excited to continue our Safety Dad program this year. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
Thank you to the Lewis family for the great individually-wrapped snacks you brought for our staff. They are delicious pick-me-ups that really keep us going throughout the day.