From The Director

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew

Never were there truer words than these! Here at PCK, we are very blessed to have so many parents who eagerly embrace their annual volunteer commitment, and for this I am always thankful.  

The PCK Board has made it an explicit goal this year to boost volunteerism here at PCK. Many, many families give over and above the twenty-hour/family/year commitment, but we can still do better…after all, we’re PCK, right?! With a goal of 100% parent participation, I am asking the following of all PCK families:

  1.  Please make a plan (you can use our volunteer planning form) for how you will meet or exceed your 20-hour volunteer commitment this year
  2.  Please complete the volunteer interest survey so that we can better direct specific volunteer opportunities your way based on your expressed interests.

Once we have collected parent interests, we will identify a coordinator for each interest group and that person will be the one to reach out to you whenever a need arises within your volunteer interest area. This will help increase the visibility of volunteer opportunities and, hopefully, increase the likelihood you find plenty of ways to plug in.

Thank you, in advance, for making volunteerism a priority this year by making a volunteer plan and completing our volunteer interest survey. The heart of our parent volunteers is truly a beautiful thing. Thank you!

Dress Down Fundraiser Tomorrow

Tomorrow students may dress down for a donation of $1 or more. All donations will go to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Michael. Donations will be collected at the doors tomorrow morning. This fundraiser was organized by Aanya Shah, a PCK 4th grader. What a great way to show the character traits of compassion and initiative, Aanya!

Get Ready To Smile on Monday

Monday, October 22nd is picture retake and class picture day. If you were unhappy with your child’s picture, please return your proof to your child’s teacher on or before Monday and we will make sure he/she is photographed on the 22nd. Because we are taking class pictures as well, please have your child dress in uniform.

If you would like to purchase the class picture for $10.00, please place your online order by Monday the 22nd.  

Google Classroom for Parents

google classroom iconOur Google Classroom for Parents session is tonight, October 18 at 6:30 pm in Lisa Church’s 2nd grade classroom. You have probably heard your child mention Google Classroom, but you may not know how students and teachers use it at PCK. Mrs. Church is a Google Certified Educator, and she will help you navigate the technology your child will use throughout his/her PCK career, including the Google Suite. If you have a personal laptop, please bring it for a hand-on experience.

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Tonight

Stop by the Chick-Fil-A in Parker any time tonight, October 18, for a great dinner and a chance to support PCK. Make sure you mention PCK when you pay so our school gets a portion of the proceeds. 

Box Tops Are Due Tomorrow

image of Box Tops for Education symbolsOur Box Tops For Education class contest ends this Friday, October 19th. The class with the most Box Tops per grade level will receive a treat for the class! Please send your trimmed Box Tops in a zippered baggie with the the number of Tops, your child’s name, and your child’s teacher’s name written on the bag. Bags can be dropped in the collection box near the front desk.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Next Week

If you haven’t already signed up for your fall parent-teacher conference, you can sign-up here. Sign-ups close tomorrow, October 19th. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students are dismissed at 12:10 on Wednesday, October 24, and Thursday, October 25 for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Carpool will run in the usual manner, just earlier in the day. If you are normally in the 3:10-3:20 carpool window, you need to pick up your student between 12:10-12:20. The 3:20 window will open at 12:20, and the 3:30 window opens at 12:30. If you need after-school child care on these days, please contact Champions.

Also, don’t forget to bring any used uniforms you’d like to donate when you come for your conference. The PTA drop-off bin will be in the front lobby area. If you donate any plaid or PCK sweatshirt you will receive a 20% off coupon to redeem at the upcoming used uniform sale on Saturday, November 10. Please provide a note with your donation including your name and email address so the coupon can be emailed to you (one coupon per family/donation).

Changes to the PCK Calendar

image of a calendarWe’ve recently moved our calendars to Google Calendar. Our old calendar system is no longer supported or updated, so when dates change they will not be reflected on the old calendar. Please use the calendar on the home page of the PCK website to check for dates and events. You will see links to the Events Calendar and the Sports Calendar. You may subscribe to these calendars to receive automatic updates in your own Google calendar. If you have an old calendar link, please stop using it today and delete the link. We also have future school year calendars posted on the home page of the school website, so please check these when making vacation or travel plans.

PCK After-School Music Theater (grades 4 & 5) Proudly Presents:

Saturday, November 17th

11:30am & 2:30pm

Tickets are $8.50 each and benefit the PCK Music Department

To Purchase Tickets Click Here!

Elf the Musical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684 MTIShows.com

Great Character Shines Brightly At PCK

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at this month’s Character Assembly for leading with their great character:

Drisha M. – thoroughness
Eily H. – self-control, obedience, helpfulness
Elizabeth K. – respect
Josh N. – courage
Kael U. – respect, helpfulness
Madeline M. – thoroughness

We Need a Few More Book Fair Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with our Book Fair! We still need a few more helpers on Tuesday, October 23 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. You can sign up using the link below:


Send In Your Poster For Veteran’s Day

Before Fall Break, posters titled “My Hero Is” went home in Thursday Folders. This poster gives students an opportunity to introduce a friend or family member who served in the United States military to our PCK family. Please help your child fill out the poster, color the two pictures at the top, and attach a photo or draw a picture on the bottom. Return your poster to the PCK front desk or to Mrs. Daniels by October 31.

Can You Help With Our Veteran’s Day Event?

stars and stripesVeteran’s Day is a big deal at PCK! We set aside a special morning to honor those who have served our country, and to hear from them about their experiences in the military. 

We are looking for many volunteers to help make our Veteran’s Day event a success. Please see the attached Sign Up Genius to see how you can help.

If there is a Veteran in your family, or a family friend, who would like to come to PCK for our Veteran’s Day event on Friday, November 9, please RSVP to Dianne Daniels. Include the name of the Veteran and the number of people coming to the event. A light breakfast will be served at 8:00am, followed by an all-school assembly at 8:30. Veterans who would like to visit a classroom to talk for about 10 minutes on their service experience, and perhaps share a piece of equipment or special keepsake from their time of service, are invited to do so following the assembly. If your Veteran would like to visit a classroom, please sign up here.

New Minecraft Club Starts Next Month

minecraft logoWe have a new Minecraft club for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders beginning next month.

Where: Mrs Henderson’s tech lab

When: Wednesdays from Nov 7th to Dec 10th from 3:15 to 4:30

Cost: $15

Register through the PCK Webstore.

Students will need to bring their own laptops on club days and check them into the tech lab by 7:50 am for safekeeping.

Plans Are Underway For the International Festival

image of a globe with figures around the perimeter holding handsPCK’s International Festival Planning Committee is seeking cultural entertainment for our International Festival on March 8, 2019. If you are involved with or know of a dance/musical group that might be interested in performing here at PCK on the 8th, please contact Kristi Resler at kresler@ckcs.net.  We are looking for 3-4 small groups of dancers or musicians to provide short performances for our students and families. Each group would perform once at a designated time during the Festival.

Additionally, we are seeking PCK parents willing to host a ‘country booth.’  Each booth will feature a different country, and include information, artifacts, costumes/traditional dress, and food samples. A 7th grade student  will be assigned to each booth to partner with the parent volunteer, and these students will research and create the educational presentation for their assigned country. If you would like to host a booth, please RSVP to Kristi Resler @ kresler@ckcs.net by November 16th.

Basketball Tryouts


After school tryouts for the PCK boys basketball team are
Monday November 5th and Tuesday November 6th.
Girls basketball tryouts are Wednesday November 7th and Thursday November 8th.

Lunch Workers Needed

Have you ever:

 – Wondered who your child sits with at lunch?

 – Wished you could get a sneak-peek at your child during the day?

 – Wanted to work part-time, at an amazing place like PCK, on the same days your child is at school?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then we have the answer for you! Our hot lunch provider, Wholesome Food Services, is hiring lunch servers for PCK. If you would love to work at the school during lunch, this is a great opportunity. Please contact Kathy Keithline at kathy@wholesomefoodservices.com  or Heather Newbrough at hnewbrough@ckcs.net for more information.

Crayola: Artist’s Passport Starts October 24

Embark on an around-the-world cultural adventure − explore far-off places and learn about the people who live there, from the Americas to Polynesia, from the cosmopolitan to the countryside! Experiment with Crayola® products, while trying art techniques developed by local artists and artisans. Make different masterpieces each week such as drums, masks, canvases, prints, buses, and more! Bring the unique creations home and build a globally-inspired art gallery.

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: 10/24-12/5/2018 (no class on 11/21)

Time: 3:15-4:15 pm

Grades: K-5

Price: $94

Please register online at: https://register.imagineartsacademy.com/colorado/

Watch For Your Butter Braid Order Form

image of a Butter Braid pastryButter Braids are back by popular demand! Order forms will go home October 25 in Thursday Folders so be on the lookout.

Love And Logic Is Coming To PCK

Our popular Love and Logic class is back for another year at PCK, with the same beloved facilitators, Bobbie Heit and Pauline Denning. The class starts October 30 and runs on Tuesdays through December 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The class is $55 per person or $70 per couple. Get the details, including registration information here. You must pre-register for this class.

Get Answers To Your Questions About 5A/B

Superintendent Thomas Tuckers and the Principals/Directors of several Douglas County charter schools, including our own Teri Aplin, will share information about school funding and how ballot initiatives 5A and 5B will impact DougCo schools. The presentation will be on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Pine Lane Elementary School at 6485 E. Ponderosa Drive, Parker, 80138. 

Would You Like To Bring A Trunk?

Im age of an open car trunk with a pumpkin and candy insideTruck Or Treat is Wednesday, October 31st. If you are interested in having a “Trunk” in this annual event, please let your classroom coordinator know as soon as possible.

Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their drawings in our Yearbook Cover Contest. The theme of the book this year is “Beyond Words.” All entries are due by Friday, November 3rd.  Get the entry form and all of the details here.



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