From The Director

We’re just one day away…from Fall Break! Thank you all for a great first quarter (is it just me, or did it really fly by quickly?). Our start this year was a bit bumpier than we like due to construction issues, both ours and Douglas County’s, but your patience, encouraging words and willingness to flex on a dime when needed helped tremendously! Thank you. In recent weeks, our operation has felt more ’normal,’ with routines beginning to take hold and our students settling down into the work of the new school year. Fall Break is always perfectly timed to give everyone a much needed respite from what sometimes feels like a frantic start to the school year. When we return from the break, everything will settle back into place quickly and our year will hum along.  

Just as things start to settle down around here, we plan to shift our entire lunchroom operation from the new building back up to the main building over the break. The Events Gym, as we now call it, will become the new lunchroom each day from 11 – 1:15. This shift makes sense on several fronts, namely easier movement of students between classes and lunch, eliminating schedule conflicts for PE when lunch is in session in the new Sports Gym, and the basic preservation of our new wood floor in the Sports Gym. The change in location will also allow us to use the entire Sports Gym for indoor recess during the cold winter months. The Events Gym will be divided into a lunchroom (on the North side) and a multipurpose area on the South side.  When we have special events such as musicals, talent shows, assemblies, etc., we can still use the entire Events Gym and not interfere with our PE classes. The PE teachers’ current office will become our new serving/food prep area because there is water access in this office. Finally, the floor in the Events Gym is thoroughly broken in, and daily mopping will not be an issue.
That’s all for now…Have a wonderful Fall Break. We will see you on October 16!

The Fall Festival Was A Big Hit!

Thank you to all the folks who contributed to our first Fall Festival! The weather was perfect and we saw lots of smiles and painted faces. It took an army to pull off an event of this size, and your help is very appreciated.

We are so fortunate to have a hard-working, creative PTA coordinating amazing events like the Fall Festival for us. These events truly contribute to the sense of community that makes PCK such a special place.

Thank you to Tricia Calandra, Heather Chapman, Allison Sabeh, Cheryl Hardy, and the rest of the PTA for all of the time and energy you put in to making the Fall Festival such a success.

  • Thanks to our event chairs, including Allison Sabeh, Cheryl Hardy, Lara Malatesta, Andrea Simmons and Janice Moore. 
  • Kudos to DJ Drew Malatesta for groovin’ tunes and judging the pumpkins.
  • Thank you to the Blackburns for making us some great lawn games.
  • Thank you for all the baked goods, candy donations and snacks!
  • Thank you to ALL the volunteers who gave us part of their day to help. This event was a success largely because of you.
  • Huge appreciation to the staff that helped us and those who braved the dunk tank. 
  • Thank you to the Foundation and Board for all their hard work to provide such a fantastic, new facility to host this event.


Picture retake day is Thursday, October 19.

If you are unhappy with your original pictures, please have your child bring your full picture packet to the retakes. If your child missed the first picture day and is being photographed for the first time this year, a flier will be sent home the Monday before. Please send the order form in with your child. 

The Book Fair is Coming!

Get out your cowboy boots and ride on over to the PCK Book Fair October 25 – November 3.

Get details and sign up to volunteer here: www.scholastic.com/bf/pck

A Reminder to all Parents  

All of our sports teams enjoy playing in front of the PCK community. However, students of all ages who stay after school to watch a sporting event MUST be accompanied by an adult. This is for their safety and our accountability. Parents can either pick their child up during regular carpool, or from Champions a bit later, and then proceed to the Sports gym to watch the event. Recently, we have had a number of siblings attending sporting events unaccompanied by an adult. The sibling playing the sport may not be the designated supervisor of the younger student. Thank you for helping us keep all of our students safe.

High School Information Night

Middle School Families – Please save the date for the High School Information Night Open House on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Area high schools will have representatives here to answer your questions, and PCK alumni will be available to speak first-hand about the transition from PCK to high school. This annual event is a great source of information for our families as they begin exploring high school options.

Join In A Free Cross Country Race

All PCK students ages 7-14 are invited to a FREE Cross Country race at Sierra Middle School (two blocks from PCK) on the morning of Saturday, October 14hosted by the Parker Panthers. If your student is interested in running the race, registration information should be sent to Mr. Thompson at tthompson@ckcs.net (Name of student, male or female, and year of birth) by Thursday, October 12. The race distance varies by age, from 2K-4K (1.24 miles – 2.48 miles).  More details are in the linked flier.

Learn New Skills To Stop Power Struggles With Your Kids

PCK is once again offering a 4-week Parent-Child Interaction Therapy workshop starting October 17. Get the details here: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

The annual yearbook cover contest has begun. 

The theme this year is a depiction of social media as it reflects use in student’s lives and through the school. All entries are due Oct. 27th. Your student can stop by the art studio for more information on guidelines and tips.

Please Check Our Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing! Please make sure you child has his/her sweatshirt, coat, and lunch box. If you don’t see it at home, it is probably in our lost and found. PLEASE make sure your child’s first and last name are in all sweatshirts, jackets and lunch boxes so we can return lost items directly to their owners.

Photographer Needed

Once a month we have a character assembly where students are recognized for demonstrating great character. We would like to have a group photo taken of these students each month. If you are available to come to the assemblies and take pictures, please email Dianne Daniels at ddaniels@ckcs.net. Assemblies are usually the first Friday of the month from 8:10 – 8:45.

New Staff Spotlight: Meet Drew Robbins (Technology)

Drew Robbins is a technology teacher from Presque Isle, Maine. Actually, he is from a lot of different places: Las Vegas, NV; Bossier City, LA; Colorado Springs, CO; Batesville, AR; and Carbondale, IL. When Drew isn’t traveling across the United States or teaching his classes, he is probably sitting on his couch playing video games or watching Chicago Cubs baseball while Ponce, his adorably large cat, sits on his lap.  Sometimes he rides his bike with his wife, but he doesn’t do that nearly as often as he does the other, lazier alternative.

Thank you!

The art department would like to recognize and thank Leisha Curtis for her expertise in hanging several pieces of student artwork in the new building. They look beautiful!

PCK wouldn’t be the school it is without all of our amazing volunteers. We would like to thank our top five volunteers for the months of August and September. These volunteers will (or already did) receive a small token of our appreciation in Thursday folders this week:

Craig Hopkins
Janice Moore
Rebecca Murray
Renee Derrick
Kristen Blackburn

Suzanne Velasquez
Kammi Beck
Kim Anderson
Heather Chapman
Heather and Matt White

We would also like to recognize those who have already put in over 40 hours of volunteer time at PCK so far this year. These volunteers will also receive a small token of appreciation in Thursday folders this week:

Patricia Calandra
Craig Hopkins
Lauren Anderson
Rebecca Murray

Congratulations to Craig Hopkins – he won the “PCK Volunteer of the Month” parking spot for the month of October.

Be sure to enter your volunteer hours every month so we can recognize you. We appreciate our PCK volunteers!

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