Early Dismissal On Parent/Teacher Conference Days

Parent/teacher conferences will be held remotely using Google Meet next Wednesday and Thursday (October 28 and 29). If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please visit the conference page on our website to sign up. Please note that you will need a gmail account in order to access the Google Meet. If you do not have a gmail account, you may use your student’s school account. If you have questions about conferences, please contact your student’s teacher.

Also, we will have early dismissals on both conference days next week. Lunch will not be served either day. Feel free to send a hearty snack if you think your child will need one. 

Afternoon pick-up will run in the same manner as always, just three hours earlier. You will use the same carpool loop you normally do, but if you typically pick up from 3:10 – 3:20, you will pick up between 12:10 – 12:20 next Wednesday and Thursday. The 3:20 – 3:30 window will run from 12:20 – 12:30, and if you normally pick up from 3:30 – 3:40, you will arrive between 12:30 – 12:40 next Wednesday and Thursday. If you have questions about how early dismissal works, please contact the front desk.

A Heads Up On Halloween Costumes

We are excited to hold our annual Trunk-or-Treat event next Friday, October 30. Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school that day. Remember that all students must wear their cloth face covering masks as they normally do, and everyone must wear one during Trunk-or-Treat, even with costumes that cover the face. Please make sure your student can breathe in his/her costume while wearing a cloth mask. 

As in past years, students may not wear costume masks during class time, and gory, scary, skimpy, or otherwise inappropriate costumes are not allowed.

Please make sure your student brings a bag to collect candy during Trunk-or-Treat.

We are looking forward to a great day enjoying this fun tradition!

Cooler Temps Mean We’ll Scan Inside

Since the forecast next week calls for chilly mornings, we will move our temperature taking operation into the entrance vestibules of the building. Our temporal scan thermometers do not operate well in the cold. We will have carpool workers outside to assist students getting out of their cars, but our temperature takers will be in the vestibules. You do not need to wait in the parking lot for your child’s temperature to be taken, but please make sure the ringer on your phone is turned on in case we need to call you back to the school.

We Are Becoming Experts At Change

Over the next month, some of our staff members are shifting positions. While it may seem like an odd time of year to make these changes, they are in the best interest of our students and staff, and may be seamless to our kiddos.

  • Martha Wright (currently teaching kindergarten) is returning to her former position as our librarian so we can hopefully reopen the library next semester.
  • Sarah Holton (our former 3rd grade teacher who is on maternity leave until early November) will be the new teacher for Mrs. Wright’s kindergarten class.
  • Laurie Bender (currently teaching middle school math) is retiring due to the CDC’s recently updated risk factors for COVID and some underlying health conditions.
  • Drew Robbins (currently teaching 5th grade) will be our new middle school math teacher. We are thankful to have someone in-house with the credentials and experience to take this hard-to-fill position on the middle school team.
  • Hanna Mathias (currently a Tier Two Interventionist) is joining our 5th grade team.
  • Allison O’Connell (currently a PCK substitute teacher) will become a Tier Two Interventionist. 

Thankfully, these changes can happen slowly and those taking on new positions will have at least two weeks to shadow the current teachers in order to meet the students and learn classroom processes. This will allow for the smoothest transition and least disruption for our students. Please join us in welcoming these staff members to their new positions!

Farewell, Mrs. Bender!

After 19 years of teaching middle school math at PCK, Laurie Bender is retiring at Thanksgiving. Mrs. Bender not only served as PCK’s math department head, but she coordinated the vertical alignment of math throughout our school, and served as the teacher leader for our National Junior Honor Society chapter. She has touched so many young lives as a teacher, mentor, role model, and friend. While all of us at PCK will miss her, we wish her the best and we know she will love spending extra time with her children and grandchildren. Thank you for all you have done for the PCK community, Mrs. Bender!

If You Use The North Carpool Loop…

Please remember that everyone needs to get in line on Centerpark Loop to enter the parking lot for afternoon carpool. Waiting in the main PCK lot or in the small lot off Centerpark Loop is not allowed. The 3:10 carpool line starts shortly before the intersection of Centerpark Loop and Centennial Drive, and you must wait for direction from a PCK staff member to proceed onto Centennial Drive. Anyone arriving early for the 3:20 window must form a line starting at the corner of Centerpark Loop and Creektop Avenue. Be careful to avoid blocking any intersections or driveways.

Also, a right-hand turn into the lot is required during both morning and afternoon carpool hours. If your student started in-person learning this week and you are not familiar with the carpool process, please call the front desk for information.

Download Our Directory App

Our school directory app is ready and can be accessed through the Directory On Tap (DOT) app. Install the latest app update on your mobile device from the App Store or Google Play Store. When you see the logon screen, the first step is to RESET PASSWORD. Your account has already been set up so no need to create an account. You will be prompted for a one-time code to be emailed to you. Enter your email in lower case as the user ID. The password must be a minimum of 6 characters.

You can see step-by-step detailed instructions with screen images here:


Your contact information comes from the Express Check-In data. If you have updates to your contact information, you may make them via the app.

Email directoryontap@gmail.com for any support questions.

News From Our Nurse

In early October, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment released updated guidance for COVID cases and outbreaks in schools. These align with the State of Colorado levels of protection (i.e. Safer at Home levels 1, 2, and 3, and Protect Our Neighbors). We are currently in Safer at Home level 2. The screening tool for parents and staff to determine if they should attend school has changed. Please review it here. When your student is home sick please refer to the return to school guidance for Safer at Home level 2 to determine when your student can safely return to school to avoid spread of infection. Please refer to the Tri-County Health Department information sheets when anyone in your family is instructed to ISOLATE because they have a positive COVID test or QUARANTINE because someone in your family has been exposed to an individual who has COVID.  The When to Quarantine page from the CDC is also very helpful in determining the quarantine period, and it offers different scenarios.  

Enter The Yearbook Cover Contest

Students are once again invited to enter our annual Yearbook Cover Contest. The theme of this year’s book is “Drawn Together.” Entries should be black and white so each student can color their own yearbook. Color may be used on cover submissions to highlight words and dates.

All entries must be turned in to Mrs. Barker by October 26 (note the new deadline), and must be accompanied by this form.

From The PTA

Spirit Night

Our October Spirit Night is TONIGHT at Dough Dreamery on Mainstreet in Parker from 3:00 – 9:00pm. All students, teachers, parents, friends, family, and neighbors are encouraged to come out and show their school spirit while enjoying dessert! We are partnering with Dough Dreamery for a full evening of spirit. Be sure to mention Parker Core Knowledge when ordering. We also get credit for online orders, so make sure you type PCK in the comments when you checkout at https://doughdreamery.com/ They will also do curbside pickup.

Milk Caps For Moola is Back!

If your family drinks milk from Longmont Dairy, please bring your clean milk caps to PCK. The PTA will receive 10 cents per cap! There is a collection box near the front office at PCK. For more information on the program visit longmontdairy.com.

PTA Butter Braid, Cookie Dough, and Coffee Sale Coming Soon!

This PCK tradition is back, and the sale starts next Thursday, October 29.  We will have seven flavors of Butter Braids, caramel rolls, Yumbana gluten free cookie dough in three flavors, and Coda Coffee K-cups in three flavors.

New for this year – online ordering! We will publish a link next week. You will also receive a traditional order form that you can use to keep track of any orders you get in person and then input on your device. This sale will be cashless, so if you collect cash from customers you can use the online ordering system to input and pay for your overall order, then reimburse yourself with the cash you collected. 

The sale runs October 29 – November 12. Orders will be available on November 19 for students to take home, or you can come pick up orders too large for your student to carry at 2:30pm outside the front door to the school. Please remember these products CANNOT be shipped. They will be delivered to school, then you will deliver to your customers. The product will arrive frozen and must be kept frozen.

All money raised from this PCK tradition goes directly to the school for PTA events.

Picture Retake Day Is Coming

Picture retake day is next Monday, October 26. Students who were absent or were participating in REO on the original picture day can be photographed next Monday. Students may also be photographed if they had a picture taken earlier this year but are not pleased with the image. Those being photographed are welcome to wear their uniforms or dress up for their pictures, but they may not dress down.

Students currently in REO will receive information from their REO teachers about having their pictures taken next Monday.

If your child will be photographed on the 26th, please see this important information from Van Gogh School Photographers.

Honoring Our Veterans

While we sadly can’t hold our traditional Veterans Day program this year, we will still honor those who serve, or have served, our country in the armed forces. If there is a veteran or current service member in your family, please send a brief biography of the person to Dianne Daniels by the end of the day today (October 22). Include the veteran’s

  • name
  • rank (if known)
  • branch of the military
  • student(s) name and grade
  • student’s relationship to the veteran
  • why your student is proud of your veteran.

These will be read on our morning announcements in the days leading up to Veterans Day.

Also, if you know a veteran who would like to receive hand-made thank you cards from our students, please send the veteran’s name and address to Mrs. Daniels by the end of the day today. We will let the cards sit for several days to make sure they are COVID-free before we mail them. Please include your student’s name and teacher in your email.

Check Out Our ChickCam

The four chickens in our elementary science lab are now YouTube stars! Check out our PCK ChickCam to see the action. The live stream will typically run from 4:00pm – midnight, and you can watch videos from previous days. If our chickens happen to be taking a break, tune in another time.

Connecting With Character 

Our kindergarten through 4th grade students are doing a four-lesson bullying prevention unit in Character Coaching. Please help your child understand the difference between bullying and normal peer conflict. When a student is mean or does something hurtful, it is not necessarily bullying. In order to be classified as bullying, the behavior has to be done repeatedly, on purpose, be one-sided (meaning only one student is being unkind and the other is not) and the student being bullied is unable to make it stop.

Use the Home Links below to learn what we are covering in class and to help reinforce the lessons at home. You do not need to sign these or return them to school.

1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade

Updates For REO Families

Watch for information from your REO teacher about the picture day and Trunk-or-Treat schedules.

Character At Home
Enjoy these Second Step character lessons with your students:

Kindergarten and first grade – Managing anger
Second and third grade – Managing anger
Fourth grade and up – Avoiding jumping to conclusions

News From Our Littlest Learners

Though many things have changed this year, one thing remains the same – our Annual Preschool Halloween Parade! Next Thursday and Friday, preschoolers can come to school in their Halloween costumes as their classes parade around on the sidewalk outside the Preschool at drop-off time. Preschool parents are welcome to stay and watch, and take as many pictures as they’d like. Nothing beats a little kiddo in a costume – it’s too cute for words!

Taking The 8th Grade Career Expo Online

Every year, our students attend the 8th Grade Career Expo. This year it is a week-long virtual event for all 8th grade students in Douglas County, running October 26 – 30. The Expo allows students to explore businesses and higher education organizations. Our students will enter an online “Expo floor” with virtual booths from approximately 50 organizations. Exhibitors were asked to answer some career-related questions of interest to 8th graders, and many companies answered in a video format that makes it fun and interesting for students to view. 

The goals of the Expo are:

  • To provide a career and college awareness opportunity to 8th grade students;
  • engage the business community to help shape our students’ futures; 
  • provide students with a better understanding of career opportunities and how their education can prepare them for future jobs.

We are excited for our students to participate in this annual event, even though it looks a bit differently this year.

PCK Leads The Pack

The Denver Business Journal recently ran a story featuring the top 25 public elementary schools in the Denver/Boulder area, according to Niche.com, and PCK made the list! You can read the full article here.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to Bobby Fielding, Bob Logan, and Craig Neuman for being this week’s Safety Dads. We really appreciate all you do to help our school.

There are plenty of openings in the coming weeks, and we’d love to have you spend the day with us! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.

Thank You!

Our staff was happily caffeinated on Wednesday thanks to the delicious coffee cart provided by the Foundation. The mid-week treat was just what we needed, and we are so appreciative of your thoughtful generosity.

A huge thank you goes to the Hoer family for supplying our staff with countless lunches of Cup O Noodles. On a chilly day like today, Cup O Noodles really hits the spot! Thank you so much for this much-appreciated gift.

We will be eating well for quite some time thanks to the wonderful assortment of snacks brought in by Kelly Anderson. You consistently take such good care of us, and we can never thank you enough.


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