From The Director
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We are now pushing hard towards our next big break in December, and there are so many great things happening between now and then. This is, indeed, a very busy time of year for everyone.
In the past day or so, we’ve had a few questions about the police presence (cars) in our parking lot this week, and I want to assure everyone all is well. As you know, we have a School Marshall (Douglas County Sheriff deputy) who visits our school throughout the day M-F. Each officer walks the perimeter of the school and throughout our buildings checking to ensure all is well. Yesterday, we did have a concern that turned out to be nothing, so you may have seen a police car or two in the parking lot around PM carpool. Today, we had another visit by a Sheriff’s deputy, but this time it was to present the Y.E.S.S. program to our middle school students. So, lots of activity, but nothing to be concerned about. Everything we do is designed to err on the side of caution and keep our students, staff, and buildings safe at all times. Our security cameras, secured perimeter at all times, and a very vigilant community of staff and parents helps us all stay safe here at school.
Speaking of security, with the passage of ballot measures 5A & 5B, security enhancements to all DSCS schools was one of the needs identified under the bond measure. Beginning in January, PCK will begin using a new visitor management system called Raptor. Raptor is a web-based software application that aides schools in tracking their visitors. Not only is Raptor an effective and efficient method for tracking visitors, it also goes beyond conventional applications by utilizing available public databases to help improve campus security. By using the new Raptor system, we will be able to produce visitor badges with pictures, and electronically check all visitors against registered sexual offender databases and/or internal campus alerts. This enhanced security measure provides another level of protection for our students and staff. Additionally, there is a volunteer management module included with the Raptor system which we are excited to implement once the new system is operational. Please stay tuned for additional information about our Raptor implementation, including plans to register all PCK parents.
Finally, a sincere thanks to all parents who supported 5A & 5B on the November ballot. We are so very thankful for your support, and will soon share with you the PCK Board’s plans for the new bond and mill levy funds. And, as always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything, please do not hesitate to bring them to our attention. Similarly, if you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, by all means, please say something. It takes a village…or, in our case, the PCK community, to keep everyone safe and secure.
A New Science Lab Is In The Works Thanks To You!
An update from The Foundation At PCK:
Thank you so much for all of the amazing, and much appreciated, donations given towards the PCK Annual Giving Campaign! Throughout the campaign this year, we hope the information about funding, donations, and how we use your gifts in our charter school has been helpful as we continue to strive for excellence at PCK. Please click here to learn more about how we are working towards completing the vision of the elementary science lab.
Don’t forget…..ALL families that make a donation by Friday, December 7 are entered into a drawing for the chance to park front and center for one month!
To donate, please click below:
Learn About Resiliency and Bullying Prevention From A Nationally Recognized Expert Tonight
The Parker Area Counselors for Prevention group has created the Healthy Teen Series to bring information to families on needs such as adolescent development, ADHD, substance abuse prevention, and resiliency.
This month Brooks Gibbs, a social-emotional educator, will present on the topic of resiliency and bullying prevention. Many of his anti-bullying strategies are taught at PCK. Families are invited to attend this event tonight, November 29 from 7:00-8:30pm at Legend High School’s auditorium.
Don’t Miss The Craft and Vendor Fair
PCK’s Craft and Vendor Fair is this Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Come check out the great products made and/or sold by PCK parents.There will be over 40 crafters, local businesses, vendors, and food. Find unique gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday list. Get the flier here.
The PTA is looking for volunteers to help at the Fair. Please see how you can help and sign up here.
Save The Date For Your Student’s Holiday Concert
‘Tis the season for our Music Department’s annual holiday concerts. All parents are invited, and you won’t want to miss this special tradition.
Middle School Band – December 13th at 2:15pm
3rd Grade – December 14th at 2:15pm
4th Grade – December 14th at 4:15pm
Kindergarten (Full Day Only) – December 20th at 2:15pm
6th Grade Band and Choir – December 20th at 4:15pm
1st Grade – December 21st at 9:00am
2nd Grade – December 21st at 10:00am
Our Art Department is in need of cardboard paper towel tubes and newspaper. If you have these items to donate, your child can bring them to the art room.
Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins
In this month’s Tech Talk, Mr. Robbins explains content filtering, including what PCK blocks student access to and why.
Send Us Your Christmas Card
PCK would love to display your family Christmas card in our lobby. Whether your card is silly or traditional, please include us on your mailing list!
Yearbook Cover Contest Winners
Congratulations to this year’s yearbook cover contest winner, Holly Vuolo. Our 2nd place winner is Rylatt Murray, and 3rd place goes to Naisha Singh. Great job, artists! Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry – they were beautiful.
Nominate An Outstanding Teacher/Staff Member For The NEW Apple Awards
DCSD recognizes exceptional teachers and staff members across the District with the Apple Awards. This year there is a new, easier nomination process, and a celebration for the nominees that celebrates their hard work and achievement in a fun way. Get the details on the new process here. You can nominate a PCK teacher or staff member who has made a difference in your child’s life at www.foundationdcs.org/nominate until January 11, 2019.
The next PTA meeting is December 11 at 6:30pm. All are welcome.
When The Weather Outside Is Frightful
As winter approaches, please remember that when DCSD has a delayed start, PCK will be on a 90-minute delay with classes beginning at 9:30am. Morning carpool will begin at 9:05. Our school day will end at 3:10pm and afternoon carpool will run as usual. To find out if DSCD is closed or on a delayed start, please consult the Snow Line at (303)387-7669, the DCSD website, or major news outlets. Please do not call PCK as we are unable to remotely update our outgoing phone message at this time.
Tell Our Newly-Elected Legislators About The Value of Charter Schools
With new legislators heading to Colorado’s Congress, we want to make sure support for charter schools keeps moving forward with bipartisan support. The Colorado League of Charter Schools makes it easy to stay on top of legislative issue impacting charters, and to encourage state leaders to support charters at an equal level with neighborhood schools. Please see this message from the League, and use the pre-filled letter form to contact your representative asking for charter support.
March Into The Legend High School Band
7th and 8th grade students and their parents are invited to an informational meeting about middle school participation in the Legend Marching Band and Color Guard. The meeting is at 7:00pm on December 13 in the Legend High School band room. If you are interested and live in the Legend feeder area, you can get the details here.
Thank You From The Troops
Some of the Halloween candy we sent to our military members overseas has already made it and is being enjoyed by members of our armed forces and the children they meet. One of our PCK parents, Brian McReynolds (the tall man standing next to “Ops” in the photo) sends a big “Thank You” from all of the members of his troop for sharing your candy so generously.
Did You Know…
PCK is the top elementary and middle school in Douglas County and the 5th in the state according to schooldigger.com. We are proud of our hardworking students, teachers, and staff who have earned this distinction.
A HUGE THANK YOU goes to all of the volunteers who helped make Elf Jr. such a success! Kellie Hodgson was an incredible Volunteer Coordinator and coordinated the following parents: Narsing Metpally, Jennifer Craven, Stacey Slupek, Shelby Wooten, Laura Lawritson, Marcie Kessel, Kim Diede, Corey Yanzito, Susan and Scott Schoenig, Brenda Dykstra, Soyeon Hong, Bettina Graf, Jody McCarthy, Chaitanya Chilukoori, Ashley Morris, Heather Chapman, Erin Dobkin, Amy Martin, Kendra Repstine, Craig Myers, Suzanne Velasquez, Aundrea Waltz, Josephine Bouthillier, Ellie Nelson, Mrs. Nelson and the Special Effects Makeup Elective.