From The Director

Happy New Year to all PCK families!  I hope your 2019 is off to a great start!  

The start of any new year is always exciting because it offers hope, anticipation, and for many,  a renewed sense of energy or purpose. Here at PCK, that’s exactly how the staff is feeling! We start the second half of the 2018-19 school year with the same passion and commitment to quality in education as we did in August. There is still so much to do that we are all filled with a strong sense of urgency to jump right back in…every minute counts! The second half of the school year also finds us focused on a strong finish to the year, while at the same time beginning preparations for the new school year to come. It is a busy time, without a doubt.

I am in the process of collecting feedback from the staff and asking about their intent to return to PCK next year. The mid-point in the year is always a good time for feedback and, if needed, course correction, and knowing the staffs’ intentions for next year allows me to begin recruiting for possible open positions. Additionally, I am interested in hearing from parents about how the school year is going — what’s working, what’s not, and what questions you may have about anything PCK. All feedback gathered helps us make mid-year course corrections, if needed. I will host open Coffee Talks on three separate days and times in hopes of maximizing participation while accommodating different parent schedules, including our working parents.  Coffee Talks will be held on:

    • Tuesday, January 29 from 2-3 p.m.


    • Wednesday, January 30 from 8-9 a.m.


  • Thursday, January 31 from 12-1 p.m. via Conference Call

If you would like to participate in one of these three Coffee Talks, please RSVP with Mrs. Parkes at the front desk at lparkes@ckcs.net. Your participation is encouraged and all comments/feedback welcome.

Finally, to highlight a few important upcoming dates for you to keep on your radar, please make note of the following:

    • January 15 – Parent Education Series: The Importance of Failure: Removing the Bubble Wrap and Fostering Resiliency, Delayed Gratification, and Grit in Your Children


    • January 24 – Parent Education Series:  Helping Your Daughter Manage Girl Drama


    • January 30 – No Homework Night


  • February 12 & 13 – Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

If you would like to attend one of the Parent Education Series events, please RSVP with Mrs. Daniels at ddaniels@ckcs.net.  

We’re off and running…happy to be back with the students and eager to embrace the second half of our school year. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always very willing to meet with you.


Mrs. Aplin

Help Your Child Be More Resilient

arrows form a circleDon’t miss The Importance of Failure: Removing the Bubble Wrap and Fostering Resiliency, Delayed Gratification, and Grit in Your Children, presented by Joanna Sandis, Ph.D. This free class (rescheduled from November) helps parents understand the importance of allowing their children to fail from time to time as they develop self-confidence, self-reliance, delayed gratification, and grit. Join us next Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 pm. Please note there is no child care available for the Parent Education Series. Please RSVP to ddaniels@ckcs.net.

The following week we will have a session on Helping Your Daughter Manage Girl Drama presented by PCK Character Coach, Dianne Daniels. If you would like to learn how to guide your daughter through social ups and downs, you won’t want to miss this session on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30. Please RSVP to ddaniels@ckcs.net.

It’s Time For A Spirit Night!

Join us on January 17th at Canes Chicken from 4:00-8:00pm for a Spirit Night. You get a yummy dinner and PCK gets a portion of the proceeds. Don’t forget to mention PCK to the cashier!

Parent Travelers Wanted

PCK has an exciting Middle School elective called Around the World. Students in this elective will “travel the world” by exploring the cultures of different countries. We are looking for guest speakers who can share personal experiences and insight from other countries. Presentations can vary from 15-50 minutes. If you have a connection to another country and would like to be a guest speaker in this class, please contact Mrs. Thompson at cthompson@ckcs.net. Thank you!

Get Ready For “Dinner And Darts”

The PTA is hosting a fun mother/son event at PCK on Saturday, January 26th from 4:00-7:00 pm. “Dinner And Darts” will feature a dart war game, along with an obstacle course, games, and dinner. 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 15 on the PTA Web Store for $20/couple and $5 for each additional child. Tickets must be purchased in advance – they will not be available at the door.

If mom is not available that night, kids are welcome to bring a grandmother, aunt, or family friend to enjoy the fun. If you have any questions about the event, please e-mail the PTA.

There are some fun ways to help with this event. Check out the Sign-Up Geniuses below to see how you can be involved.



Board Game Donations


New LEGO Club Starts Next Wednesday

A new session of LEGO Club starts January 16 with Harry Potter Magical Engineering With LEGO. The 8-class session runs from January 16 – March 13 from 3:15 – 4:45 for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Get more details and registration information here.

Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins

We have a special edition of Tech Talk this week to help you secure and add parental controls to any new devices your children may have received in December. Learn about some great options based on your comfort level with technology here.

Introducing My School Bucks

When you click on PCK Web Stores to make a school purchase, you will see something new. We joined DCSD in transitioning from RevTrak to My School Bucks for processing payments on things like field trip fees, lunch beverage cards, after-school activities, athletics, and more.

You will need to create a My School Bucks account (unless you already have an account for a student in a neighborhood school, then you just need to add your PCK student to your account) using your student’s name and either birthday or student ID number. Click here for instructions on how to set up an account.

PLEASE CONTINUE ORDERING LUNCHES THROUGH WHOLESOME FOOD SERVICES, NOT MY SCHOOL BUCKS. You will see an option for “Meal Accounts” in My School Bucks, but this is only for schools using DCSD Nutrition Services for their lunch provider. PCK only uses Wholesome Food Services, so lunches must be ordered through them directly.

If you have questions about My School Bucks, please contact Sandy Higgins or Sheree Gerhard.

Nominate An Outstanding Teacher/Staff Member For The NEW Apple Awards

DCSD recognizes exceptional teachers and staff members across the District with the Apple Awards. This year there is a new, easier nomination process, and a celebration for the nominees that honors their hard work and achievement in a fun way. Get the details on the new process here. You can nominate a PCK teacher or staff member who has made a difference in your child’s life at www.foundationdcs.org/nominate until January 11, 2019.

Girls Summer Camp Registration Is Open

All girls who will be in 6th – 8th grade next year are invited to register for Shine Girl Summer Camp. This program is designed to help middle school girls build self esteem, self advocacy skills, confidence, trust, and good friendships. Get more information, including registration details, here or at goshinegirl.com.

Did You Know…

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One of the electives PCK Middle School students can choose is Early Childhood. The 7th and 8th graders visit the PCK preschool to read and do special projects. Here is what one PCK mom had to say:

“My youngest daughter is in the PCK Jr. Kindergarten and she raves about how much she loves it when the middle schoolers come visit her classroom and do special projects with her class. It is seriously the highlight of her week and she loves each of them so much. She turned five yesterday and she was very excited to show me the handmade card some of her MS friends made for her birthday.”

We are fortunate to have students in preschool through 8th grade all in the same location so they can learn from, benefit from, and enjoy each other.



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