From The Director

Will you vote in the upcoming school board election? I hope so. Elections matter, and your vote does make a difference. 

Last winter, PCK joined the Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools, and we continue to be active members, because charter schools like ours now comprise over 21% of the students in DCSD schools. The Alliance, led by charter school leaders and board members from across our district, allows charter schools to advocate with a unified voice on district and state issues that impact our students and communities (examples include charter renewals, safety and security in charter schools, and policy waivers, just to name a few).

However, school leaders and board members cannot do this advocacy work alone. We also need our amazing, dedicated, and involved parents to help us advocate for our kids. I would like to encourage every PCK parent to sign up to join this important network of charter parents, staff, and leaders across our District. The more charter parents are ‘in the know’ about issues affecting charter schools, the more proactive we can be and the better it is for our school. 

We also need to be knowledgeable when voting in the upcoming School Board election on November 5. The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Dan Schaller, VP of State and Local Policy at the League of Charter Schools:  

“You don’t need us to tell you this, but local school boards matter! The decisions they make have serious implications for your school and the future of charter schools in general. That’s why it’s critical to make sure you and your school community are ready to engage in the upcoming elections taking place on November 5.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know who the candidates in your district are and where they stand on issues impacting your school? There are a number of ways to get involved, but there is one thing you MUST NOT DO — SIT ON THE SIDELINES.

The Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools is hosting a DCSD School Board candidate forum at Parker Performing Arts Charter School on October 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend and meet the local school board candidates vying for two open board positions. Hear their responses to questions that are important to you. You can even send in questions you have for the candidates, and, time permitting, the moderators may ask.”  

To RSVP for the candidate forum, please click here.

For more information about how you can get involved with charter advocacy, feel free to reach out to Dan Shaller at dschaller@coloradoleague.org. If you would like to join the Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools, please email info@dougcoalliance.org.

And, don’t forget to vote in our local election on November 5th.

Thank you for joining the effort in support of our kids!


Mrs. Aplin

Raising Awareness of T1 Diabetes

In tomorrow’s Character Assembly, our students in 1st – 4th grade will be learning about type 1 diabetes (formerly called juvenile diabetes). Several students in our school are among the 1.25 million people living with this disease. In the assembly, students will learn that type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with lifestyle or eating habits, but is a condition in which the pancreas stops making insulin. It is not contagious, and while there isn’t a cure yet, it is managed with insulin injections and pumps, as well as with food. At PCK, many of our students with diabetes use monitors that alert the patient, parents, and our health room through a cell phone app. Peers may wonder why these students are allowed to carry phones and have extra snacks when others are not. We hope this brief presentation in our assembly will help answer some of those questions and our students will gain a greater understanding of this disease.

We will also have a blue dress down fundraiser on Thursday, October 24 to raise money for the Barbara Davis Center in Denver, which cares for type 1 diabetics, conducts world-class research, and is constantly searching for a cure for diabetes. The character trait we are focusing on in October is compassion, and November is National Diabetes Month, so this is a great time of year to wear blue (the official color of National Diabetes Month) and raise both awareness of this disease and money for continued research. Students may dress down in blue for a donation of $1 or more on October 24, and all donations will go to the Barbara Davis Center.

Join Us In Saying Goodbye

As you may have heard from your student, Zach Marchetti, one of our tech teachers, is leaving PCK. He has an exciting opportunity to lead experiential learning projects with high school students in Denver Public Schools. His last day at PCK is Friday. 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.

Congratulations, PCK Artist!

PCK 5th grader Sienna Zoz was selected as a finalist for the DCSD Nutrition Services Art Contest. Her artwork will be displayed at the Taste of DCSD Open House tonight, October 3, from 4:30 – 7:00pm at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch. Congratulations, Sienna! We are PCKProud of you!

Health. Moves. Minds Winner!

Throughout the month of September, PCK students and their families were invited to participate in the Health. Moves. Minds Wellness Challenge. Students in grades K-6 received a calendar of fun activities to do at home to get moving for a healthy mind and body.

This challenge helped to promote healthy habits, fuel active minds and teach kids to thrive physically and emotionally. Our goal was to improve the whole person, and our school community, with this wellness challenge. 

Students who completed all of the tasks and had a parent sign off on the calendar were entered into a drawing for a prize. Congratulation to our winner, Charlie Wooten, in third grade!

Thanks From The PTA


A student challenged Miss Donovan to walk with books balanced on their heads. She got a little help from Ms. Kurtz.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Fall Festival! We hope you had a great time and enjoyed connecting with the PCK community in a fun way.

Special thanks goes to the families who made the amazing games for us:

Zappanti Family- Ker Plunk

Maisonet Family- Plinko

Gandolph Family – Nerf Target 

Thanks also to everyone who donated to Bicycle Colorado through the dress down fundraiser and the Staff Challenge at the Festival. We raised about $1,100! We couldn’t have great events like these without your help, so thank you!

The giant Ker Plunk game was a big hit with our students.

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.

Bullying vs Normal Peer Conflict

arrows form a circleOur 2019-20 Parent Education Series continues at 6:30pm tonight, October 3 with a session called Bullying vs Normal Peer Conflict: What’s The Difference and What Should Parents Do. In this session, you will learn how to tell when your child is developing/practicing normal conflict resolution skills and when there is something more serious going on. You will also learn how to guide and support your child through both types of situations. You may log one volunteer hour for each Parent Education Series session you attend.

Please note our Parent Education Series sessions are for parents only, and childcare is not provided.

Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels.

Volunteer Yearbook Photographers Needed

If you have a camera/smartphone and attend school events, please sign-up to be an official school photographer for the 2019-20 yearbook. We need several volunteers to cover all the events at our active school. Please sign up on this Sign Up Genius. The slots detail the events and the assignments. All assignments can be tracked as volunteer time and count towards your annual commitment. Be sure to upload your shots to the following site:   

Site: http://skydrive.live.com

Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com

Password: cougars80138

To upload pictures:

  1. Click on the Folder Name where you wish to upload your photo.
  2. Click Upload at the top to transfer your photos.
  3. Now you can directly drag and drop your photos to the upload box or click “select them from your computer” to navigate to where you have stored photos on your personal computer and transfer them for viewing.

Please email Sarah Gustashaw at gustashaw@comcast.net with any questions.

Without you, our yearbook would be empty, so thanks in advance for your work!

Mark Your Calendar

Our next Spirit Night is Wednesday, October 9 from 4:00 – 9:30pm at Texas Roadhouse in Parker. Make sure to tell your server you are with PCK so our school receives a portion of the proceeds.

Get Ready To Chill At The Book Fair

Our Arctic Adventure Book Fair is on it’s way! Be looking for fliers, notifications, and opportunities to volunteer very soon. A great new feature is ewallet. This allows you to create an account, specify the amount of money your child can spend, and you can avoid sending cash.

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.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to the dads who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety as our Safety Dads this week: Daniel Sharpe, Michael Buoniconti, James Brunner, John Ferg, and John Zappanti. We are so thankful for your help! 

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


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