From The Director
Happy New Year 2018! I hope you all had a wonderfully restful winter break. The PCK staff is rested too, and ready for a busy and exciting second half of the school year.
I have just a few ‘first of the year’ housekeeping items to share today:
- PCK’s carpool process is still under close scrutiny, so I respectfully ask that every parent, grandparent, nanny or neighbor who picks up students in the afternoon honor their student’s designated carpool window. Please do not arrive early as we need to avoid stopping and stacking on Pine Drive. Thank you for your cooperation.
- SAVE THE DATE: February 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm. PCK has received a grant to show the internationally acclaimed documentary, SCREENAGERS. We are very excited to bring this important film to the attention of parents and students, particularly as more and more information is coming out about the addictive nature of tech devices, particularly with children. More information about the movie, and details about the showing will be forthcoming. If you’d like to learn a bit about the film, or about the doctor who produced it, check out the following link: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/in-screenagers-what-to-do-about-too-much-screen-time/ I hope to see you at the showing on February 22nd.
- In response to parent feedback, and to reinforce the value of spending quality time together as a family, PCK will sponsor several ‘NO HOMEWORK’ Family Nights throughout the school year. Our hope is that PCK families will use these HOMEWORK-FREE school nights to simply enjoy being together. NO HOMEWORK nights might include a relaxed dinner as a family, plans for a special family outing (ice skating, ice cream run, picnic in the park), reading, doing a puzzle or playing board games together. No matter how you choose to spend the evening, no one will have to worry about homework. Starting this semester, and continuing into the future, PCK will set aside three nights per semester as NO HOMEWORK nights. Please mark the following dates on your family calendar for the upcoming semester: February 14th, April 11th and May 16th. These will be our three NO HOMEWORK nights this semester. We hope all PCK families enjoy these stress-free family-oriented evenings.
- Calling all PARENTS who work outside the home…I want to hear from you in my first-ever conference call FOCUS GROUP on January 23rd from 12-1 p.m. (hopefully this is a convenient lunch hour time period). The focus for this particular group will be to gather information from our working parents about how PCK can better serve you. We know it can be difficult to participate in many school activities and events, or even to stay up-to-date on important school information, and I would like to hear your thoughts, frustrations, and suggestions about how we can make it easier for you to connect. If you are a parent who works outside the home, and you would like to participate in the conference call, please RSVP with Laura Parkes at 303-840-7070. She will confirm with call-in details once you RSVP. Thank you!
Finally, we have many sporting events, Battle of the Books events, music theatre events, classroom activities, field trips and other special events coming up soon. The PCK PTA has a very fun slate of family events scheduled for January and February, so keep an eye on our school calendar. It’s shaping up to be a busy, productive semester, and I look forward to seeing/interacting with all of you in the coming months.
After a nice break, we want to refresh everyone’s memory with a few carpool reminders:
- All parents/grandparents/nannies who pick up students in the south loop (the one by the main entrance to the school) during the 3:10 afternoon carpool wave must arrive within their assigned 10-minute carpool window. We CANNOT have cars arriving before 3:10 and stoping on Pine Drive to wait for carpool to start. The Douglas County Sheriff has squad cars patrolling the area and they may ticket anyone stopped on Pine Drive unless the carpool line is active and moving.
- Everyone must display a carpool sign and you may only enter the parking lot during your assigned carpool window. For example, if you have a yellow sign, you may not enter the lot before 3:20. If you arrive early you will be directed to move around the block and return during your carpool window. Arriving at the correct time keeps the carpool process flowing smoothly and helps prevent backups on Pine Drive. Your student will not be outside and ready to go if you arrive early.
- Please remember to review the carpool process with nannies, grandparents or other friends who might occasionally pick up your student.
- Finally, remember that our parking lot is a cell phone-free zone. Please help us keep everyone safe by giving your full attention to driving. When we all work together, the carpool process runs smoothly, quickly, and safely.
STEM Challenge Using LEGO Starts Next Week
If your K-2 student loves LEGOS, building things, or tackling fun engineering challenges, then check out this after-school class starting next Friday, January 19. Get the details here.
Get Your Game On
Join us at the Parker Field House on January 21 from 11:00 – 2:00 for sports, games, and lots of fun. Get all of the details here! We also need volunteers to make this an amazing day for everyone. You can sign up using the link on the flyer.
Help Support PCK Family-Owned Businesses
Many of our PCK families own local businesses. Please refer to our PCK Business Owners Guide when making purchases or scheduling services.
Also, our PTA is looking into holding a Vendor Fair/Craft Show this spring. If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Jen Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15.
Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy Returns February 1
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their next Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy on February 1, 2018, at Charles Schwab in Lone Tree. This is a very informative and practical event that helps parents learn how to keep their kids safe online, how to manage their child’s electronics, and how to set healthy limits with social media and other online activities. There will be a resource fair from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and the presentation will run from 7:00-8:30.
Registration is now open. See this flyer for the registration link.
Several families brought in holiday treats for our staff right before the break. Thank you to the Leeper family for the plate of goodies, the Preston family for the box of chocolates, the Groetken family for the chocolates, the Derrick family for the basket of breads and popcorn, and the Hathaway family for the cinnamon pecan rolls. You all made sure we left for the break with full and happy tummies!