From The Director
Parents and students had a wonderful time Tuesday night at our First Grade Literacy Night.
At our ‘Camp Read S’More’ we had six different stations for the students, who were thrilled to come to camp in their pajamas. Each classroom station demonstrated in a unique way the value and joy of reading. First grade teachers and Resource Teachers creatively developed special themed rooms for the students: reading in tents with “finger-lights,” fishing for high frequency words, s’more snacks around a (digital) campfire while listening to a story, a fire-fly craft, and solar star gazing in our new Science Lab planetarium. The “Reading Trading Post” provided students with a brand new book to take home and read with parents.
While students were busy with the teachers, parents enjoyed a very special time listening to Gary Johnston, a retired teacher and a fabulous education speaker. Gary’s inspirational talk is about encouraging the love for reading at home by reinforcing a positive association between reading and special time spent with parents. This message truly conveys our urgency to team up with parents in a joint effort to teach our 1st graders to read and to love reading.
The teachers and staff of ‘Camp Read S’More’ also had a wonderful time because it always warms our hearts to see students enjoying the camp activities and, most importantly, enjoying READING!
Thank you to everyone who brought food and breakfast supplies to help make our Veterans Day event a success. Thank you to Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Waltz in our music department, and Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Fitzrandolph in our art department, for working with students to create the beautiful music and artwork for the morning. Additionally, a big thank you goes to Melanie ParkerHaase for serving as a hostess, to Karen Langton for being our photographer, and to Jodi McCarthy for organizing the Boy Scouts for the flag ceremony.
We had a 9News photographer here thanks to Jessica Berry. Two different clips aired about our student presenters. One featured 5th grader Kassidy Terrill and her essay, “Freedom Is Not Free.” The other highlighted several of our second grade students and their thoughts on why they are grateful for our military. We are PCKProud of all of our student presenters who did an amazing job sharing their thoughts, insights, and words of appreciation.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who donated to our Homes For Our Troops dress down fundraiser on Monday. We raised approximately $750. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Square 1 Ordering Extended
The deadline to order items online featuring your child’s artwork has been extended until midnight on November 20. See the catalog that went home last week for ordering details.
Do You Have LEGOS To Share?
Ben Morris, a former PCK student, will be collecting LEGOS for the LEGO Replay program as part of his Eagle Scout project. The LEGOS will be distributed to non-profit organizations such as Teach for America and The Boys and Girls Club. If you would like to donate your used or new LEGOS, there will be a donation box in the front of the school each day for the next two weeks. If you have any questions, please email Ben at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
North Carpool Loop Reminders
If you use the north carpool loop, please remember that left turns into the parking lot are not allowed during either the morning or afternoon carpool period.
Also, please do not block any street access or driveways. When you arrive at PCK in the afternoon, please queue at the end of the line for your window. If you are in the yellow 3:20 window and are lined up before 3:20, please allow those in the green 3:10 window to pass you and join their line. If you are in the green 3:10 window and you arrive after 3:20, you may go through the small parking lot on Centerpark Loop and wait for the staff member to wave you through to the PCK parking lot. Please do not cut in front of others waiting in line in your carpool window. Keeping your colored carpool sign on the driver’s side of your dashboard while you wait will help.
Thanks for helping us keep things moving so everyone can drop off and pick up their students in a timely manner!
Free Art Classes Coming In 2020
Starting in January, the Parker Artists Guild will hold free art classes at the Parker Hobby Lobby for students in grades 4 – 8. You can get the details and registration link here.
Butter Braid Orders Due Today
Today is the last day to turn in your Butter Braid order forms and payments. Orders can be picked up at PCK on Thursday, November 21. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Calandra at 303-517-5482 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to our PTA for organizing this!
From The Foundation At PCK
The Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing and we really appreciate all of your generous donations. Please check your mailboxes for information about this year’s campaign and pledge cards. This is the second of three fundraisers The Foundation does each school year. Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $50,000. For each $75 donation you give, your name will be entered into a drawing for a parking spot for a month! We hope you had a chance to check out our posters at parent/teacher conferences showcasing some of the amazing educational tools these fundraisers provide for our PCK kids.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
Let your creativity run wild while you earn volunteer hours! The Foundation’s Gala Committee is currently building our grade level basket teams. This is a fun way to get involved, meet other PCK parents, and participate in some healthy competition. Please RSVP here and come to an informative meeting on Tuesday, November 19 to learn more about how you can be part of the fun!
News From The PTA
Our next PTA meeting has been rescheduled due to the first grade literacy night. The new date is Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm in the middle school commons. We will discuss the Holiday Shop as well as upcoming spring events. We would love your input!
Our next Spirit Night will be Saturday, November 23 from 11:00am – 8:00pm at the newly remodeled Chick-Fil-A. Make sure you mention PCK to the cashier so we get a portion of the proceeds.
The PTA is excited for our first Holiday Shop this year. The Shop will run the first week in December and we need volunteers to help the students shop. See how you can help here.
Be About Bliss Food Drive
Our middle school National Junior Honor Society is once again collecting food for Be About Bliss, a nonprofit organization that provides food to families in need through their children’s schools. This year their goal is to provide a winter break food kit for every student at four Colorado schools, including Boston P-8, which we fully supported last year. Many children who receive free lunches at school do not have access to meals during school breaks, so these food kits are very important.
Each grade level is assigned a different food item so PCK can offer complete food kits to these families. Please see this flier for the items we need.
Thanks for helping make sure kids around Colorado have plenty to eat during the holidays.
Do You Like Online Sale Sites?
Our theater department needs help selling the set pieces from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. If you like posting and selling things online, please contact Mrs. Myers. She would love some help getting these pieces sold!
Yearbook Photographers Needed
If you have a camera/smartphone and attend school events, please sign-up to be an official school photographer for 2019/2020 Yearbook! We need several volunteers to cover all the events at our active school. Please sign up in the slots below which detail the events and the assignment. All assignments can be tracked as volunteer time and count towards your annual commitment.
Please email Sarah Gustashaw at email@example.com or text her at 972-670-8716 if you have any questions. Additionally, if you have any issues uploading, please feel free to send pictures directly to Sarah via email or text.
Also, we are looking for candids so feel free to email or text those with a brief description directly to Sarah.
To upload your shots go to:
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
To upload pictures:
- Click on the Folder Name where you wish to upload your photo.
- Click Upload at the top to transfer your photos.
- Now you can directly drag and drop your photos to the upload box or click “select them from your computer” to navigate to where you have stored photos on your personal computer and transfer them for viewing.
Without you our yearbook would be empty, so thanks in advance for your work!
A New Session of LEGO Club Is Starting
All students in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to register for the next session of LEGO Club! It will run on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:45 from November 18 – December 16. The cost is $90. Click here for more information, including where to register.
The PCK 4th and 5th Grade After-School Theatre Program Proudly Presents…
November 23rd at 11:30am and 2:30pm
Tickets are $10 each and benefit the PCK Music Department.
DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.
is presented through special arrangement with and all
authorized performance materials are supplied by
Music Theatre International
423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212)54104684 Fax: (212)397-4684
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Mark Larson, Zach Frey, and Tony Smith. You are a huge help to us and we appreciate you!
You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.
Great Job, Lacrosse Champ!
Congratulations to second grader Dylan Brink (pictured on the far left) and his Parker Hawks lacrosse team for capping off an undefeated season by winning the 2019 Fall Lacrosse League Championship game last month. Way to go, Dylan!
If your student is interested in playing lacrosse, feel free to contact Jeff Brink, Dylan’s dad, who is a Hawks lacrosse coach.
With Deep Condolences
We are saddened to share the news that one of our PCK parents, Scott Wright, passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time, and the PCK family mourns along with them.