From The Director
Today I was reminded just how important it is to have connections. Every day we interact with our family, friends, neighbors, classmates and strangers, but do we really ‘connect’ with them? I think that is a great question, especially given the device-dependent world we live and work in these days. If you ask any psychologist, they will tell you that we all need personal connections…to feel loved, valued, appreciated, heard and supported. Unfortunately, for many, experiencing a genuine connection with others is becoming harder and harder.
Here at PCK, we want to truly connect with our students, our families, and with each other, and we are very intentional in our efforts. Authentic connection with our students is the cornerstone to our ability to reach them and teach them. PCK teachers and staff make a point to greet students with a smile whenever they see them, and we also make a point to look each student in the eye and call them by name whenever possible. Teachers stand at their classroom doors or in the hallway cheerfully greeting students when they arrive each morning. I hope you will also agree that our carpool workers are friendly and helpful as they greet students upon arrival at school each day.
In the classrooms, students have opportunities to demonstrate personal strengths/skills through leadership roles, learn how to give and receive compliments, and to positively work towards resolution of peer issues…all within the safety and support of the classroom community. We work hard to treat one another with respect and we actively practice good manners, sending a strong message that we care about each other; this is how we begin to truly connect with one another.
The PCK staff continually strives to create a caring and supportive environment for students. Why? Simply put, it’s because the staff knows how important it is for each and every student who enters our building each day to feel welcome, valued and respected. Students (and parents) don’t care how much a teacher/staff member knows until they know just how much that teacher/staff member cares…about them! If there is ever a need, we want our students to feel safe and secure enough in our support to share their concern. We want to have an authentic connection with our students.
On a personal note, I absolutely LOVE our students! Each PCK student is so very special in his/her own way, and I cannot imagine a better place to work than here at PCK with all of them. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: “You all are raising some AMAZING kiddos, and it is our privilege to educate them, to connect with them, and to love on them while they are in our care!” Thank you for entrusting us with them!
No School Tomorrow
Tomorrow is a staff in-service day, so there are no classes. Enjoy the day off!
Hope You Enjoyed The Myth Buster Email Today
If you didn’t see the email The Foundation at PCK sent out today on how money is allocated to charter schools, make sure you look for it.
The Foundation at PCK does an amazing job raising money for our school. We are grateful for the hard work our Foundation members put into making sure our students and staff have the “extras” they need for an exemplary school experience. Please click here to see a letter from the Foundation on this year’s Annual Giving Campaign.
Tonight’s Parent Education Series Session Is Canceled
Unfortunately, tonight’s class on The Importance of Failure: Removing The Bubble Wrap and Fostering Resiliency, Delayed Gratification, and Grit In Your Children, taught by Johanna Sandis, Ph.D. has been canceled because the instructor is ill. We will reschedule it as soon as possible. Please watch weekly newsletter for a new date.
The next scheduled class in our Parent Education Series is Things Parents Worry About (But Don’t Need To) presented by PCK Character Coach, Dianne Daniels on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30pm. Learn why it is okay when kids cry, lose, miss out on things, or don’t master certain skills, and how you can use these situations to create powerful learning opportunities that lead to a more peaceful home life. Once you free yourself from worrying about those things, you will have more energy to focus on the four traits you should be giving extra attention. Find out what they are in this engaging class for parents with children of all ages. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Veterans Are Invited
On Friday, November 9, we will honor all veterans of the US Military at our annual Veteran’s Day observation. If there is a Veteran in your family or circle of close friends, please invite him/her to join us. Please RSVP by tomorrow, November 2, to Dianne Daniels, and include the name of the Veteran and the number of people coming to the event. A light breakfast will be served at 8:00am, followed by an all-school assembly at 8:30. Veterans who would like to visit a classroom to talk for about 10 minutes on their service experience, and perhaps share a piece of equipment or special keepsake from their time of service, are invited to do so following the assembly. If your Veteran would like to visit a classroom, please sign up here.
Lost and Found End-Of-The-Month Donation Day
Due to the number of items lost on Wednesday, we are delaying our end-of-the-month donation day until Monday. Items in our lost and found will be donated at the end of the day on November 5, so please come by and check for anything that might belong to your family.
Dress Down For Homes For Our Troops
On Tuesday, November 6, we will have a Red, White, and Blue Dress Down fundraiser for Homes For Our Troops. For the past 10 years, PCK has supported this organization that builds adaptive homes for soldiers who are severely injured in the line of duty. On Tuesday, students may dress down for a donation of $1or more. All proceeds will be presented to a representative from Homes For Our Troops during our Veteran’s Day assembly next Friday.
Thanks For A Fantastic Trunk-Or-Treat
Thank you to every parent who put together a “Trunk” for our Trunk-or-Treat. They were absolutely amazing and our students loved them. Thank you for your creativity, your hard work, and your willingness to brave the chilly afternoon!
Butter Braid Orders Due Next Week
All Butter Braid orders are due next Thursday, November 8. You can pick up your order during afternoon carpool the following Thursday, November 15, however, if you have a large order we ask that you pick it up from the main entry of the school at 2:45 on the 15th. All morning kindergarten orders should also be picked up at 2:45 on November 15.
Updates From Our PTA
The next Used Uniform Sale is Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 – 10:30am in the Champions area at the school.
All PCK parents are invited to our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30pm in the Middle School Commons.
Mark your calendar for our next Spirit Night on November 14th at Colonna’s Pizza. PCK receives a portion of the proceeds that night.
PCK After-School Music Theater (grades 4 & 5) Proudly Presents:
Saturday, November 17th
11:30am & 2:30pm
Tickets are $8.50 each and benefit the PCK Music Department
Elf the Musical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684 MTIShows.com
Don’t Miss The New Minecraft Club
We have a new Minecraft club for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders beginning next week.
Where: Mrs. Henderson’s tech lab
When: Wednesdays from Nov 7th to Dec 10th from 3:15 to 4:30
Register through the PCK Webstore.
Students will need to bring their own laptops on club days and check them into the tech lab by 7:50am for safekeeping.
Square 1 Art Is Here
Our students have been busy creating their one-of-a-kind art for the Square 1 Art program. This is the art fundraiser where you can have your child’s artwork reproduced on useful and personalized keepsakes. Square 1 Art lets every child feel like an accomplished artist while raising funds for the art department. The students who completed their artwork before the deadline received their packets last week. All orders need to be placed by November 14th.
PCK Girls Volleyball is #1!
Congratulations to both PCK girls volleyball teams. Both A and B Teams were undefeated this season. The A Team won the championship game against C2E (10-30-18) and clinched the SMAC Conference Title. We are so proud of your hard work and amazing accomplishment, girls!
PCK Student Teaches Teachers
Will W. (4th grade) addressed the District principals and administrators at their monthly meeting this morning. He told them seven things he wants teachers to know about kids. He did a great job!
Helping Those Impacted By Hurricane Michael
Our recent dress down day fundraiser to help those recovering from Hurricane Michael raised $1,313. Thank you to 4th grader Aanya S. for organizing this, and to all who donated so generously!
Congratulations To A Great Artist
Our very own Kassidy T. (4th grade) was a finalist in the 2018 Cities And Towns Week Poster Contest. There were over 125 entries in the contest. She received a certificate of recognition from Parker Mayor Mike Waid. Congratulations, Kassidy!
Way To Go!
Congratulations to Austin E. (5th grade) and his Colorado Rapids youth soccer team for winning first place in last weekend’s Silver A division. Great job, Austin!
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Book Fair a success. Volunteers decorated, set up, provided treats for teachers, served as cashiers and assistants, and tore down the Book Fair. Our volunteers are the best!
Thanks to Jake and Sasha Marsh for getting our staff in the Halloween groove with the yummy ghost cookies.
Breakfasts were better this week thanks to Becky Hunt and the delicious muffins she sent in for our staff.