From The Director

Don’t do it! The next time you are tempted to ‘help’ your child out of a tough spot — forgotten homework, lunch left on the counter, proper uniform item not worn —  ask yourself this: What important life lesson will I cause my child to miss out on if I jump in and assist/rescue here? This is a tough one for us parents, isn’t it? We love our children, and we really want to help them be successful or prevent them from experiencing any pain/hurt/disappointment, etc. Unfortunately, sometimes our ‘helping’ them actually has the opposite effect. This article may shed some additional light on this topic.

Here at PCK, we believe children are actually quite capable… often more capable than we sometimes give them credit for. When we set the bar too low, our kiddos don’t have to try, and when we set it too high, we run the risk of frustrating them or setting them up to fail. However, when we set reasonable expectations for behavior, performance, attitude, etc., they may not always be comfortable, but they are more likely to grow in self-confidence, self-esteem and independence when they try and succeed on their own. Isn’t that what we desire for our children?   

PCK teachers are always on the lookout for these teachable moments throughout the school day. They, too, want to help your children, their students, grow in independence, confidence and grit. Sometimes we just have to stop ourselves from ‘helping’ too much. Give it some thought.


Mrs. Aplin

Dress Down Tomorrow

Tomorrow is our normal free dress down day for the last Friday of the month.

image of a diabetes awareness ribbonThank you to everyone who donated in today’s dress down fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes. We raised over $800 for diabetes research. Thanks for your help!

Early Dismissal For Parent/Teacher Conferences

image of two stacks of books and the words "Parent Teacher Conferences"Next Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have early dismissals for parent/teacher conferences. Afternoon pick up will follow our normal process, just three hours earlier. If you normally pick up in the 3:10-3:20 window, please arrive between 12:10-12:20. The 3:20 window will open at 12:20, and the 3:30 window will open at 12:30. We look forward to seeing you for conferences. If you have not yet signed up for a time slot with your student’s teacher, you can access the sign up sheets here.

Also, we will not have lunch periods on our early dismissal days. If you think your child will have a hard time making it to carpool without lunch, feel free to send a hearty snack.

Trunk Or Treat

image of an open car trunk full of candy and pumpkins with the words "Trunk or Treat"Next Thursday we will enjoy our annual Trunk or Treat festivities at 2:00. Students may come to school in costume that day. Please make sure costumes can be worn all day as there will not be an opportunity to change before Trunk or Treat. Students may bring masks for the event, but may not wear them at any other time during the day. Please remember that no weapons are allowed (including plastic costume/play weapons) and scary/bloody/gory costumes are not permitted.

Nominate A Staff Member Who Make A Difference

The Apple Awards are a way to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of the excellent teachers and staff members in the Douglas County School District. Winners are based on nominations from students and parents, and these nominations mean the world to our staff. Each PCK staff member pours into our students every day, and they are truly encouraged by your nominations for this honor. Please take a moment to recognize a PCK staff member who has made a difference in your child’s life with a nomination for an Apple Award. There are awards for teachers as well as staff members such as our office staff, support staff, and aides. Thank you for taking a moment to show your appreciation with a nomination! Nominations are due by December 1.

The PCK 4th and 5th Grade After-School Theatre Program Proudly Presents…

November 23rd at 11:30am and 2:30pm

Tickets are $10 each and benefit the PCK Music Department.

click here to purchase your reserved ticket


is presented through special arrangement with and all
authorized performance materials are supplied by

Music Theatre International
423 West 55th Street, New York, NY  10019
Phone: (212)54104684 Fax: (212)397-4684


In Honor Of Our Veterans

image of a US flag and the words, "Veterans Day"Our Veterans Day observation is coming up on Friday, November 8. All Veterans, active duty servicemen and servicewomen, and their families are invited 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.

If your student is completing a “Why I Am Grateful For Our Military” form, it needs to be turned in to the front desk by tomorrow. Please take some time 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! 

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.

The Book Fair Is Here!

logo for the Scholastic Arctic Adventure Book FairOur students are loving the Arctic Adventure Book Fair! They are able to tour the Fair and make wish lists today, Friday, and Monday. Purchases can be made from 9:00am – 9:00pm next Tuesday and Wednesday. The Fair will be open for sales during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

If you would like to order online or set up an ewallet, click here.

If you have questions or would like to help, please contact our school librarian, Mrs. Wright.

Class Photos and Retakes

Our photographer will be here next 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 Monday. All students must wear their uniforms.

Learn How To Help Your Child Manage Anxiety

arrows form a circleThe next session in our Parent Education Series is Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 pm. Mark Karas, our school psychologist, will present, “Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety.” Anxiety is a growing issue in students, and parents often don’t know the best way to help. If you would like to get some tips and ideas for helping your child, please RSVP here.

1st Grade Reads At “Camp Read S’More”

All first grade families are invited to a literacy night on Tuesday, November 12 from 5:30 – 7:00pm. At Camp Read S’More, students enjoy s’mores, games, songs, crafts, and more, while their parents learn how to help their children become strong readers. Get the details here.

Come Check Our Lost And Found

Our lost and found is bursting at the seams! Please swing by the school and check to see if any of the items belong to your family. Items left in the lost and found at the end of the month get donated to charity, so please make sure your students have all of their belongings.

Kids Night Out

Legend High School’s DECA Community Service Program is hosting a Kids Night Out with games, movies, and crafts on November 22 at Legend from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Parents may drop their kids off at 5:00pm at Legend High School where they will be supervised by 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.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to the dads who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety as our Safety Dads this week: Jason Goettsch, Cary Walko, Greg Skaradzinski, Jeremiah Daumer, and Lance Johnston. We truly appreciate the time you took to spend with us!

You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link. 


Thanks For Your Hard Work!

Over fall break, this wonder team spent three hours cleaning 550 student laptops and 18 carts that house the laptops. Their effort helps to keep our computers in tip-top shape and also helps stop the spread of illness. We all thank you for your amazing work, team!

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