From the Director

Raising kids of strong character is an important job for any parent, but where do you go for help, guidance and new ideas?  Most parents default to the way they were raised, which, depending on your personal family circumstance, may or may not serve you well as a guide.  

As part of our Parent Education Series, PCK is pleased to host Mr. Kent Fahrenbruck on November 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the MS Commons.  Mr. Fahrenbruck has been a key character resource for us here at school. He is a member of the Strata Leadership team (formerly the Character First organization) in Colorado, and he travels throughout Colorado and the world delivering character training to various organizations.  Kent and his wife raised and home schooled five children, and they now enjoy spending time with their 12 grandchildren. Kent is excited to meet with PCK parents who are interested in beefing up their character development efforts at home.  

‘Raising kids of character’ is the topic of Mr. Fahrenbruck’s presentation on November 30th.  He will present core elements of an effective character development strategy, and he will showcase Virginia Dennison Smith’s new handbook for parents and teachers,’Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World’.  The topic and resources presented are sure to be of interest and benefit to all PCK parents.  

I hope you will join me for this informative presentation. And, because I believe all PCK parents will benefit from Mr. Fahrenbruck’s personal experience and wisdom, I would like to add an additional incentive for you to attend.  I will give a Dress Down Day of Choice certificate to every parent who attends this presentation.  

Please RSVP to Ms.Sara. 

All School Dress Down – Tuesday, Nov. 22nd

2016 Annual Giving Campaign – November 1 – 22 . . .  ONLY 6 Days left!

We are so thankful to the families that have already supported our campaign.  It is our hope that EVERY family is as thankful for our Blue Ribbon School as the families that have already supported us.  Being a Blue Ribbon School means that we are in the top one half of one percent of schools in the United States!  This pretty much designates us as the PREMIER P-8 school in Douglas County.  

However, we want EVERYTHING about our school to be PREMIER.  The annual giving campaign helps us purchase items that are not covered in our operating budget.  In the past, we purchased Apple/Mac mobile computer carts, Chrome Books, security cameras, signage and other PREMIER items for our school.  How much do you pay per month to drive your PREMIER car?  Will you consider giving the same amount to your child’s PREMIER school?  We are truly grateful for your continued generosity and support of our school.

Thank you to the following families who generously supported PCK in the 2016 Annual Giving Campaign over the past week:

Ashish Agrawal Phil & Susan Henderson Erik & Angela Preston
Hoon Bae & Heejeong Lee Craig & Patricia Hopkins Jennifer Quint
Kevin & Kammi Beck Michael & Kelli Hroncheck Doug & Kristi Resler
Michael & Irene Borisov Gaudy Jimenez & Shahram Joe Rozick & Amy Dotson
James & Jani Brunner Robert & Alison Kedrowski Steven & Laura Saba
Lucas & Katherine Carroll Matt & Tracy Keil Stacey Scaravelli
Daniel & Heather Chapman Chip & Cathy Kerkhove Josh & Ashley Scarlett
K.C. & Elissa Coors Tom & Donna Lantz Chris & Steph Schannuth
Stephen & Lisha Curtis Mark & Rachel Larson Andrew & Amber Shinn
Marcie & Toby Damisch Jon & Laura Lawritson Jon & Tara Shinnick
Stephen & Kayla Daniel Brian & Sarah Lewis David & Blaise Singer
Greg & Erin Dobkin Robert & Karen Marceau Tom & Jill Sprankle
Rodney & Erin Draper Henry & Michelle Martch Andrew & Jennifer Stef
Jeff & Amanda Duffendack Brandon & Trish Miller Brian & Doreen Sternkopf
Darrin & Brenda Dykstra Jonathan & Jayme Miller Ryan & Tamara Thiess
Ilya & Ina Dymov Scott & Stephanie Miller Daniel & Kathy Tollin
Loy & Tamara Engelhardt Jason & Rebecca Murray Steve & Julianna Treadwell
John & Shila Faries James & Susan Neill Rod & Stacy Wilkins
Bill & Sarah Gustashaw Tim & Lisa Nejedlo Russ Woloch & Nicole Webb
Matt & Gretchen Halker Susan O’Dell-Cunningham Jennifer Weddig
Tommy & Staci Han Patrick & Kim O’Toole  
Andrew Hartford Kristi Pengilly  

Participation reward:  If 75% of families participate, Mrs. Aplin will reward us with an ALL-SCHOOL dress down day!

Reserved Parking:  For every $300 you donate, you will get one chance to win reserved parking at PCK for a month.  There is one spot available in each of the following months: December, January, February, March, April and May.  The drawing will be held on November 22.


Spirit Night Tonight

Thursday, Nov. 17th
5:00 – 9:00 P.M.

All this week – NJHS middle school students are collecting “gently used” coats. Boxes are located at both carpool entrances. 

Open Enrollment into District School

Round One: November 1 – January 5

Round One applications are accepted for the following school year on a space available basis. Waiting lists, which are prioritized according to Board of Education Policy JCA/JFB-R, will be created if the number of applicants exceeds space available at the requested school. NOTE: Round One applications are NOT “first come, first served,” You may request open enrollment at any time up to January 5. Round One applications are granted on a space available basis. 

DCSD Website 


Technology classes at PCK use the International Standards of Technology Education, or ISTE, which are used as a guide for instruction all around the world.
These standards are regularly updated by ISTE the organization responsible for writing the standards, as well as, hosting an annual conference for educators from around the world. This past year the conference was in Denver, so all our PCK’s teaching staff had the option to attend.

One of the ISTE standards covers digital citizenship. Students at PCK learn to manage their own digital footprint. A digital footprint is the trail of information an individual leaves online from various online activities. Students learn that their online reputation will follow them throughout their lives. They understand that they should cautiously share personal information online, and have regular discussions with their parents about online activities.

PTA Reloadable Gift Cards
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Are you using your King Soopers/Safeway reloadable gift cards?  Remember this is a NO COST and easy way to give back to our school.  PCK earns 5% on all monies loaded.  The fundraising possibilities are limitless!  We all have to eat and put gas in our cars.  If all of our PCK families spent $500 a month at the grocery store using their reloadable gift cards this would net $138,000 annually to our school!!  Currently only 6% of PCK families participate.  PLEASE consider this NO COST and easy way to give back to our school.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  What a great gift for a family member.  Please see Ms. Sara at the front office to purchase additional cards ($2.50 each).  If you have any questions about this program please contact Yvette Fonda at (303)257-5579 or yfonda@helmsbriscoe.com

   Music Department Updates 

This Saturday, November 19th 
     Peter Pan Jr. Tickets are still available for the 5:30 P.M. show! 
Just click the link below to purchase your tickets!
Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is presented through special arrangement with 
      and all authorized materials are supplied by 
       Music Theatre International.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Script, music and all material © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Broadway Junior and MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection are trademarks 
of Music Theatre International. All rights reserved. 

Home for the Holidays
Grade Level Performances

Friday, Dec. 9th   
3rd Grade 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Gym
4th Grade 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Gym
6th Grade Band/Choir 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Gym
Monday, Dec. 12    
 5th Grade/Kennedy Holiday Open House 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Elem Lunchroom
Tuesday, Dec. 13    
  5th Grade/Bloyer Holiday Open House 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Elem Lunchroom
 Wednesday, Dec. 14     
 Middle School Band  2:15 – 2:45 p.m Music Room
 5th Grade/Warburton Holiday Open House 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Elem Lunchroom
Thursday, Dec. 15th    
Kindergarten 2:15 – 2:24 p.m.  Gym
Friday, Dec. 16th     
1st Grade 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Gym
2nd Grade 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Gym
Students are asked to dress up in festive Holiday attire, or wear their uniform to school.
Please consider carpooling to concerts as parking is limited.


Lost & Found



Is NOW located by the front entrance – take a look, all kinds of coats, sweatshirts, water bottles and much, much more!

Thank You

Turkey Drive –  58 turkeys were collected Monday for The Denver Rescue Mission.  4th grade won the grade level contest with 19 turkeys and will be getting donuts. Thank you for the donations!! 


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