From The Director
Happy Belated Veterans Day! It was our honor to recognize our veterans yesterday with a virtual assembly, video presentations, and discussions within the classrooms. We were sad to not be able to host our usual Veterans Day assembly, complete with special guest veterans, but we took the time to remember and reflect on all that our veterans and their families have done for our great country. During the week leading up to Veterans Day, the students heard stories and bios during morning announcements about veterans who are related to students within our community. Many of our students stood and were recognized in their classrooms for being part of the family of a veteran.
During these challenging times, Veterans Day provides a wonderful reminder of how we, as Americans, have a long history of persevering through adversity and standing together during difficult times. The personal sacrifices made, along with an unwavering commitment to serve the common good, reflects the strong character and patriotism of our veterans and active duty military. It is always humbling to see the love of country, true bravery, and a passion to protect our freedoms at home and abroad so clearly evident in our veterans.
To all PCK veterans and their families, please accept my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your service, sacrifice, and bravery. You are among the true heroes of our day, and I, for one, am thankful our students are able to learn from your shining example. In the words of Ronald Reagan:
“We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” — Ronald Reagan
Thank You For Your Donations!
Thank you to everyone who donated to yesterday’s red, white, and blue dress down fundraiser! We raised $974.30 for Homes For Our Troops. Way to go, PCK!
Last Call For Butter Braids
Today is the last day to get in those orders for delicious Butter Braids! It is not too late to set up your personal seller account here.
Once your account is set up, you are all ready to start ordering. This sale raises money for PTA events and services to our school community. Delivery will be Thursday, November 19 at afternoon carpool. A huge thank you to Tricia Calandra for spearheading this effort!
Everyone Loves Pizza Night
Our November Spirit Night is next Thursday, November 19th at the Parker Papa Johns Pizza. 20% of sales will be donated to our school, and the event runs all day. Can we say pizza for breakfast? When ordering, mention or enter online promo code SCHOOL2 so the school receives credit for your order.
Carpool Reminder – Please Don’t Wait on Pine Drive
If you are in the South 3:10 carpool window, please do not arrive early and wait on Pine Drive in ANY lane. Stopped cars in either the right or left turn lane can block the busses that are supposed to enter our lot before afternoon pick-up begins. Additionally, sometimes we have parents picking up students for PCK-sponsored sporting events who have been asked to enter the lot before carpool starts. Cars stopped on Pine make it impossible for these drivers to do what we have asked. Thanks for helping to make sure everyone can get where they need to be on time.
Holiday Food Drive To Help Our Neighbors
PCK’s National Junior Honor Society is holding a holiday food drive to benefit the Parker Task Force. We are asking our families to donate one specific item per grade level. Collections will be held in each classroom next Tuesday, November 17 through Thursday, November 19. If you would like to participate, please send in the following item based on your student’s grade level:
Kindies: instant mashed potatoes
1st Grade: canned green beans
2nd Grade: canned corn
3rd Grade: canned cranberry sauce
4th Grade: canned pie filling
5th Grade: canned cream of mushroom soup
6th Grade: corn bread mix
7th Grade: canned chicken stock
8th Grade: jarred or canned turkey gravy, or pre-made pie shells
Additionally, if you would like to donate a frozen turkey, please drop it off next Friday morning, November 20, during carpool. This is the only time we can accept turkey donations. Grocery store gift cards are also accepted and will be used to purchase turkeys.
On Friday morning, NJHS students will assist with the delivery of our donation so they can help unload items and receive a tour of the facility in order to understand how the Parker Task Force serves our community. Mr. Steve Budnack with the Parker Task Force is very grateful for PCK’s support because the level of need this holiday is expected to be high. Thank you helping us care for our neighbors!
New Square One Art Deadline
The deadline for ordering Square 1 Art has been extended to Wednesday, November 18. Square One Art turns your child’s artwork into special keepsakes that make wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends, and also helps support our art department. Your items will still arrive at PCK before Christmas break. You can order online at square1art.com/shop.
Calling All Safety Dads
Thank you to Matthew Henderson and Brandon Miller for being this week’s Safety Dads. You are awesome and we can’t thank you enough for spending the day with us.
We need more Safety Dads in the coming weeks. There are plenty of openings, and dads consistently tell us it is a fun day! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
Figuring Out Thanksgiving
If your family is struggling to balance holiday traditions with current health restrictions, this article may help. It offers ideas for making a holiday plan as a family and how to keep things special (albeit different) for your children.
Tips For Using THEO
When using our THEO program to watch live-streamed classes due to an extended absence, please make sure your student:
- Follows PCK dress down day guidelines;
- Mutes the microphone upon entering the meeting;
- Uses the chat feature for appropriate, on-topic conversations only;
- Uses appropriate classroom behavior.
Breaking these rules will result in a fee to be paid in the form of a white chocolate americano coffee, payable to Mrs. Myers. 😉
What Parents Need To Know About Teen Drug Use
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is offering a parent webinar as part of their Y.E.S.S. (Youth Education and Safety in Schools) program. This is a highly regarded program that PCK parents have found helpful for many years. On November 19, you can join a Zoom call from 5:30 – 7:00pm to learn about teen drug use. Get information here, and RSVP via email here in order to receive the link for the call.
Connecting With Character
Congratulations to the following students who earned character awards last week:
Ava H. – Ready to participate, flexibility, patience, self-control
Hadley G. – Patience, attentiveness
Jackson A. – Respect, ready to participate, patience, self-control
Kaden L. – Respect, responsibility, patience
Madyson J. – Respect, ready to participate, generosity, compassion
Malayla B. – Respect, ready to participate, positivity
Merin P. – Initiative
Reagan D. – Courage, generosity, compassion
Thomas L. – Ready to participate, generosity, compassion
Well done, character leaders! Students who earn character awards may wear their shirts on the first Friday of each month.
Vision and Hearing Screening Tomorrow
Some students will undergo vision and hearing screening tomorrow, November 13. Please see this letter for more information, including which students will be screened.
News From Our Littlest Learners
Fall assessments and parent/teacher conferences are a great way for parents to hear from teachers about how their little one is doing in class. For some of our students, this school year is their first year in school ever! Preschool & Junior Kindergarten teachers have been working hard on assessing all of their students. Reports are going home this week. Your child’s teacher will contact you should a conference be needed.
Our Monday morning got a bright start when the Pettinato family brought our staff donuts! Thank you for thinking of us and for starting our week off in such a tasty way.