From the Director

Grit to GREAT! I mentioned during Back-to-School Night in August that we will be focusing on helping all students become ‘grittier’ this year.  What is grit you ask?  Grit is defined as: Perseverance, passion,and stamina for long-term goals.  Kids today, many of them, seem to give up easily…they want problems solved instantly, obstacles removed from their path immediately, and they seem at a loss for what to do when life throws them a curve ball.  

During October, our character trait of the month is Determinationwhich I think we can determinationall agree is an important component of grit. Determination speaks specifically to the ability to stay focused on a goal, regardless of the opposition. We will touch on grit this month through our character activities, and I encourage all parents to use our monthly table tent to jump-start home-based discussions about the importance of determination and grit. As parents and school staff, we must work together to help our students develop the skills and the resolve to persevere in tough situations? 

Below are two links to articles about GRIT.  One speaks to the importance of instilling a ‘growth mindset’ in our children, rather than a ‘fixed mindset’, and the other focuses on what to look for in determining if you have grit. I found both interesting and I hope you will too. Periodically, throughout the school year, I will share additional articles and information I come across that shed some light on this important task of helping kids develop more grit.  Conversely, if you come across articles or resources on GRIT that you think other parents might benefit from, please pass them along to me and I will share with the rest of the parent community here at PCK.  Let’s work together to help all students become ‘grittier’ this year! 

High School Open House for 6th – 8th  students and parents

Parker Core Knowledge is hosting a high school information night for 6th – 8th grade students and their families on October 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. We are inviting representatives from all the local high schools, private high schools, and alternative high schools to be on hand to answer questions and provide information about their respective schools.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend together in order to explore the various high school options.  Last year was our first year hosting such an event, and it was extremely well received.  This year we hope to have even more students, families, and schools attend.  


Info Meeting – Thursday, Oct 27th at 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

1st – 4th Grades (Parents)

We are almost halfway through the first semester of the year, and it is time to check in with parents about our new GoMath program.  We have heard various comments about the new program from, ‘We love it’ to ‘It’s so different’ or ‘It takes so long for the kids to do their homework.’  We are prepared to hear parent comments about the new program, and to answer questions about how best to help your child with math at home.

Please consider joining us for this interactive session on Thursday, October 27th from 5-6:30 p.m. here at school.  Our Math Department Head, Mrs. Bender, along with one math teacher from each grade that uses the new math program, will be on hand to answer parent questions and share about their experiences with the students in class.

In order to ensure we select the appropriately sized space for our meeting, please RSVP with Mrs. Randazzo and be sure to indicate your child’s grade level.  We hope to see you on the 27th.

Mad Science After-School Enrichment Programmad_science_wheres_the_water


Mad Science is back! The fall session runs from 10/26 – 12/14 on Wednesdays at 3:10 – 4:15 P.M.

Happenings in Technology Class….

Technology and Core Knowledge classes join forces several times throughout the year by getting our students to work on integrated projects. The idea behind this is to extend what students are learning in the Core Knowledge curriculum through meaningful technology related project. 

For example, in fourth grade, as an extension of a unit they just completed in social studies around agricultural production around the United States, students are working on researching recipes and formatting a menu in technology class. Teams of students are assigned to a region and are tasked with creating a menu using formatting skills they are learning in technology classes.
In addition, Mrs. Becker’s sixth grade social studies students are working on creating a website for an Ancient Greek City. This project is an update of the same project which was previously done on poster board. Students research ancient Greece, extending and utilizing what they learned in Social studies as well as learn advanced skills on website creation using Google Sites.

Book Fair Shopping Continues




Online shopping continues through Oct. 14th ….. http://www.scholastic.com/bf/pck


 Spirt Nights (Days too!)


Join us for family, friends and delicious pizza!
10/20 – 10/22 (date change)

11am to 9pm (dine-in or take-out)

20 % of your purchase benefits
15626 Keystone Blvd. Parker Co. 80134, In the Stonegate Plaza

No other coupons, discounts or specials will be honored.

PTA PRESENTSmovie_night

Mark your Calendars!
Friday, 11/11, 6-8 pm


imagesGirls Basketball

  • Open Gym 7th & 8th Thursday Oct. 20, PCK Gym 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Open Gym 6th, 7th, 8th Friday Oct. 28, PCK Gym 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Tryouts Wednesday Nov. 2,  PCK Gym 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Friday Nov 4. tryouts extended if needed or used as first practice date

Boys Basketball 

  • Open Gym 6th, 7th & 8th  Friday October 21, PCK Gym  3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Tryouts TBD
  • Varsity team and JV team – 18 spots available between the 2 teams
  • Varsity – 7th and 8th
  • JV – 6th and 7th 

MS Outerwear Orders

(FORMS DUE 10/7, BY 3:00 PM)

You will receive your order approximately 3 to 4 weeks from the last day of the order period.  NOTE: Delays may occur due to high demand or other unforeseen circumstances that adversely affect product availability and/or production time.

2016 MS Outerwear Order Form

Questions ?? regarding Outerwear

Completed order forms, including payment, must be received in the main office no later than 3:00 pm on the last of the ordering period (see above for specific dates).

Becoming A Love and Logic Parent


Workshop for Parents of PCK Students

When: Tuesdays, November 1-December 6, 2016,      
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: PCK
Who: Bobbie Heit & Pauline Denning, (Teachers, Moms, Grandmothers, Love & Logic Facilitators)
Why:  • PCK is a L&L School – parents & teachers are partners in helping kids to become responsible learners . . . . 

Students can experience same expectations at home and at school.

 Parents can use the same techniques, words at home that teachers use at school.

Cost: $55/person OR $70/couple
Questions/Registration: Email or Call

Email- sisters2LandL@yahoo.com or call Bobbie 303.841.3540

Thank You

To the wonderful group of parents that provided dinner for the teachers last night. Conference days are long days for the teachers and they really appreciate having a nice dinner provided. Thank you all!

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Thank You

To the wonderful group of parents that provided dinner for the teachers last night. Conference days are long days for the teachers and they really appreciate having a nice dinner provided. Thank you all!

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