From The Director

We made it! As of tomorrow, Friday, we will have completed the first quarter or, more importantly, thirty-seven days with school OPEN for in-person learning! Whew! I feel like that is a huge shared accomplishment, and I so appreciate how everyone has worked together to help us remain open for business. One down, three more quarters to go…WE CAN DO IT!

The students and staff are all very excited about the upcoming fall break. It feels a bit like we’re all running a marathon this year, and next week represents our first rest stop along the way. I’ve also had a number of questions about fall break travel and whether students need to quarantine upon their return. In the spirit of keeping our community healthy, and our school OPEN for business, I would ask all traveling families to evaluate the potential exposure factor associated with your fall break activities. If you believe there is a chance your student(s) may have been exposed (e.g. you visited a large gathering event, a theme park, or traveled to a hot spot area, etc.) then you may want to consider a self-quarantine for your child upon your return. We are happy to enroll your student in our THEO program in an effort to keep everyone safe. If you think your student might need THEO starting October 19th, I would encourage you to have them bring home all of their school books and materials tomorrow, before the break, just in case. That way they will be all set should they need to begin THEO on October 19th.  

Finally, I am happy to report we have 42 REO students returning to in-person learning following the break! We look forward to welcoming these remote learners back to school on October 19th.  The remaining 73 students will continue in our REO program for the rest of the 20-21 school year.  

As you all prepare for the upcoming fall break, I wish you all a week filled with some rest, relaxation, and safe/healthy fun. 

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Aplin

Have a Great Fall Break

Wishing everyone a fun and safe fall break, October 12 – 16. We will see you on Monday, October 19!

Looking ahead, we will have early dismissal days on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 for parent-teacher conferences. Please plan to pick your student up three hours earlier than normal on these two days. The 3:10 – 3:20 carpool window will run from 12:10 – 12:20, the 3:20 – 3:30 window will run from 12:20 – 12:30, and the 3:30 – 3:40 window will run from 12:30 – 12:40. If you need childcare that afternoon, please contact Vinny Ortega for information on our Core Care Club.

Please Arrive On Time For Afternoon Carpool

It is essential for parents to arrive within their designated carpool window each afternoon. Do not arrive early! Please do not wait for your carpool window in the parking lot of Joy Lutheran Church. We are getting reports of cars with PCK stickers and carpool signs speeding through the Joy Lutheran parking lot. Some of their preschool students and teachers have nearly been hit! If you arrive on time, you can simply get in line and easily pick up your student. When everyone arrives on time, our process works smoothly and quickly. Thanks for your help, and thanks for being a good neighbor to those around PCK.

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 23, and must be accompanied by this form.

Get A Taste Of Fall

Our next Spirit Night is at Dough Dreamery on Mainstreet in Parker, on Thursday, October 22 (the Thursday after fall break) from 3:00 – 9:00pm. They have three new cookie dough flavors for October: pumpkin cheesecake, monster mash (black velvet cookie dough with red marshmallow buttercream frosting and candy eyeballs) and vegan cake batter. Gluten free doughs are also available. Make sure you mention PCK to the cashier so the school gets a portion of the proceeds. Dough Dreamery is open for dine-in, take-out, and curb-side delivery.

Thank you to the PTA for organizing this Spirit Night!

Magic On Moon Night

Despite the moon being hidden behind clouds, our first graders had a fantastic time at Moon Night last week. They combined reading and science for an out-of-this-world evening that included a visit to our inflatable planetarium, peeking through telescopes, and reading fun. Thank you to all of the dedicated teachers who made this special event a success.

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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, October 22. 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.

Cougars Are On The Run

Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country team, and to Coach Beaumont, for coming in 2nd place at the Legacy Academy meet on Tuesday. Keep up the great work, and GO COUGS!

Minecraft Club Is Back

PCK’s third and fourth graders can once again join the Minecraft Club! It will run on Fridays from 3:15 – 4:45pm starting October 23. Watch for an email to third and fourth grade parents tomorrow with details. Registration will open at 4:00pm tomorrow, October 9.

Connecting With Character 

Congratulations to Addisyn M. and Sienna Z. for being recognized last Friday for their great character! Addisyn received a character award for respect, responsibility, generosity, patience, self-control, compassion, and kindness. Sienna received her award for initiative and perseverance. Great work, character leaders!

This month we are focusing on the trait of courage. Courage is overcoming fear so I can do what is right. Discuss the following questions with your family:

  • Why is courage important?
  • Who can you talk to when you feel afraid?
  • Courage means
    a. doing whatever you want
    b. ignoring danger
    c. standing for what is right
    d. never being afraid.
  • A courageous person helps those in need: True or False?
  • Imagine your friends are picking on someone at school. What could you say or do?

Kindergarten started a bullying prevention unit this week, and grades 1 – 4 will start it after fall break. Watch the newsletter after the break for Home Links from this important unit.

News For REO Families

We are looking forward to welcoming 42 students to in-person learning on October 19. If your child is one of them, please stop by PCK tomorrow, October 9, between 9:00 – 11:30 am to do the following:

  • Drop off your Chromebook, with the charging cord, if you borrowed one from PCK.
  • Drop off all educational supplies such as text books, work books, readers, math manipulatives, or other supplies you received from the school. These need to be bundled in a Ziplock bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • Bring all “community supplies” from your child’s grade-level supply list (ie tissues, paper towels, copier paper, etc.). The school supply lists are still current, and your student needs to have each item on the grade-level list. In kindergarten only, all supplies are “community supplies,” so they should all come to school on Friday. 
  • Pick up a carpool sign for your assigned carpool window (we call our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up process “carpool,” even if you only drive your own family). If you are new to PCK, you can also get a map of the carpool loops from the front desk.
  • If you would like to order hot lunch for your child, we recommend setting up an account with Wholesome Food Services before the 19th.

On Monday, October 19, please:

  • Use our normal carpool process for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Bring all of your child’s personal school supplies (notebooks, folders, pencils, etc). Make sure they are labeled with your child’s name.
  • Make sure your child has a mask, as well as a spare mask, labeled with his/her name.
  • Complete a health check each morning before coming to school. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or has any other COVID-19 symptom, please do not come to school.

Your student will receive a welcome email from his/her new classroom teacher this week. If you do not know who your child’s teacher is by Friday (tomorrow), or if you have any questions about starting in-person learning, please contact our front desk.

We are excited to see new and returning faces after fall break!

PCK Grad Is A Life Saver

PCK graduate Rylan Stone is literally saving lives with the medical transport company he founded. At only 19 years of age, he started Medi-Ops to provide a centralized dispatch center for ambulances, air-ambulances, stretchers, wheelchairs, ambulatory transport, and medical courier services. Learn more about his venture here. Way to go, Rylan! You make us PCKproud!

Dreaming of Ski Season?

Team Breckenridge Sports Club is a non-profit organization that has offered youth ski training in Breckenridge (and Summit County) for nearly 50 years, and is currently offer alpine, freeride, and big mountain skiing disciplines. Their mission is to provide youth athletes with the positive environment and balanced guidance that fosters self-confidence, embraces goals, and nurtures a lifelong love for the mountains and snow sports. If you are interested in learning more about their program, see this flier.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to Brian Benedict, Charlie Miller, Jeff LaGrange, and Ken Holk for being this week’s Safety Dads. We are very appreciative of your time and support.

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!

Thank you to the Hong family for treating our staff to a delicious lunch on Monday. It was fantastic, and your generosity is very much appreciated.

Thank you to the Pettinato, Godby, and Wald families for the delicious cookies. They were a big hit and disappeared quickly!

Thank you to Kelly Anderson for bringing our seasonal favorite – caramel dip and apples. You know the way to our hearts!


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