From The Director
I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s really winter, but I will be the last person to ever complain about the mild temperatures we’ve had lately. The nicer weather is great for the kids as they are able to enjoy outside recess and PE activities, as well as a break from their masks when they are outside. We will take the milder weather for as long as we can!
Speaking of milder temps, everyone is finding it hard to know exactly how to dress. Kids come in layers, which is great, but by the end of each day…and week…the pile of lost and misplaced clothing items grows into a small mountain. The staff works hard to identify and return lost items that are labeled to their appropriate owners, but not everything lost can be reunited with its owner. If you have a few minutes this weekend (we may all be inside as winter temps are returning), please look over your student’s sweatshirts, jackets, and sweaters, in particular, to ensure they are properly labeled with your child’s FIRST and LAST name, not just their initials. This will allow the PCK staff to return items to their rightful owners more quickly, thus saving you a trip to PCK to sift through mounds of lost items.
The second semester is also a good time to review dress code requirements with your child, specifically:
- Hair length for boys. We’re seeing lots of hair that is either too long and touching the back of shirt collars, or too long and falling into the face.
- Skirt lengths for girls. All skirts, skorts, and jumpers must fall at or below the finger tips when arms fall naturally to the sides. If a skirt is a little bit shorter than that, please layer with leggings.
- Dress down clothing also has a dress code. Current fashion trends are not well-aligned with our dress down day dress code. Please review the details with your students.
- Earrings, dangling ones to be more specific, are never allowed. This is a safety concern whether it’s a normal dress code day or a dress down day.
- Clothing should be neat, clean, and without rips or tears.
Thank you for labeling your child’s uniform items, and checking to make sure your child’s uniform and dress down day clothing is dress code compliant. We appreciate your support.
Now, back to our nice, mild winter where it only snows on the weekend. 😉 Great football watching weather!
No School On Monday
PCK is closed on Monday, January 18 for the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
Reading 101 For Parents – New Time
Reading is the most important skill we teach, and it is also the most complex. When is a child a good reader? Our teachers in K-3rd grade focus a great amount of energy on teaching the different components of reading, but we need parents to team with us to create strong readers.
Please join Johanna Harth, our Vice Director for Academics, and Ellen Hall, our Tier Two Intervention Manager, for an evening of information and Q & A regarding PCK’s reading program. Reading 101 For Parents will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 19 from 5:45 – 6:45pm – please note the new time. The topics will include:
- When is a child a good reader?
- The importance of learning to read before 3rd grade
- The components of reading and the steps to comprehension
- Our job: to teach your child to read. Your job, and the most important one: to teach your child to love reading!
- Classroom instruction and WIN groups
Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels by tomorrow, January 15, at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Google Meet link. You will need a gmail address to join the call, and may use your student’s school account if needed.
You can submit questions in advance using this form. Questions need to be submitted by tomorrow, January 15.
See You At Tokyo Joe’s Tonight!
Our January Spirit Night is TONIGHT, January 14, from 4:00 – 8:30pm at the Parker Tokyo Joe’s. This is a fantastic opportunity to show your support for our school while enjoying great Signature Bowls, sushi, and small bites. Be sure to mention PCK, bring in this flier, or enter the online coupon code SCHOOLFUND.
Come Claim Your Lost Items
Our lost and found is overflowing! Please stop by the school between 9:00am – 2:00pm by tomorrow, January 15, to see if we have anything belonging to your family. All lost and found items will be outside the main entrance to the school. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Don’t Miss Your Chance To Order A Yearbook
The last day to order a yearbook for your student is March 15. Yearbooks were automatically ordered for all students in the past, but this year each family must place their own order. Yearbooks are $19.65 plus tax, and can be ordered here.
A Chance To Say Goodbye
As we prepare to say goodbye to Mrs. Aplin when she retires at the end of the school year, we are cooking up several fun ways to recognize and thank her for all she has done for PCK in her 19 years as our School Director. If you and/or your student would like to give her a card, share a special memory, post a picture, or otherwise share your appreciation for her, please drop it off at the front desk of the school. We will be making a special bulletin board commemorating her service and all we have accomplished under her leadership. You can bring things any time as we will be adding to the board throughout the semester.
Connecting With Character
The character trait we are focusing on this month is obedience – doing my duty with a good attitude. Students learn that obedience includes:
- Following instructions quickly.
- Completing what they are expected to do.
- Having a cheerful attitude.
- Going the “extra mile.”
- Never obeying a wrong command.
There are no Home Links this week.
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at last week’s virtual character assembly for demonstrating outstanding character:
Alex W. – respect, generosity, obedience
Ashlynn A. – respect, responsibility, ready to participate, patience
Brooklyn S. – respect, self-control
Ella B. – responsibility, determination, hard work
James A. – respect, courage, generosity, obedience
Jesse D. – generosity, loyalty, compassion
Lucas F. – ready to participate
Owen K. – courage
These students may wear their character shirts to school (with uniform pants or skirts) on the first Friday of each month. If your student received a shirt that doesn’t fit and has not yet worn it, have him/her exchange it for a different size with Mrs. Daniels.
Way to go, character leaders!
Congratulations, Apple Award Nominees
Congratulations to PCK’s two nominees for the Apple Awards. Breanna Warburton, our REO teacher for grades 5 – 8, and Kelly Amick from our lunch team will represent our school at the awards ceremony later this semester. Congratulations, Mrs. Warburton and Mrs. Amick! Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a PCK staff member for this recognition. It is such a meaningful way to let our team know how they impact your children.
It’s Not Too Late To Donate
The Foundation at PCK’s Annual Giving Campaign runs through January, so if you haven’t yet made a donation there is still time. You can donate by:
- Texting “pckgala” to 56651. Follow the prompts to make your donation.
- Donating online at PCKGiving.com.
- Dropping off a check at the front desk or mailing it to The Foundation at PCK, 11661 Pine Drive, Parker, CO 80138.
- Seeing if your employer matches your donation at https://doublethedonation.com/PCK.
If you have already donated, thank you! The funds raised in this campaign will be used to continue our THEO and REO programs this semester since our COVID Relief Funds expired in December.
A Full Day of Monday Fun
PCK will be closed on Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, but our Core Care Club will be open for a full day of fun! If you need full-day care for your child, please click here to access the Core Care Club website for registration. The fee of $50 per student covers all activities and snacks. Please send a lunch for your student. If you have questions, contact Vinny Ortega.
News From Our Littlest Learners
Ever wondered what POP (PCK Online Preschool) is like? Here is an excerpt from a lesson that you can try at home:
As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, you may be wondering how to introduce the ideas of diversity and cultural differences with your child. Many of our teachers use an egg activity to open the discussion.
For this activity, you will need a white egg and a brown egg, and a plate to crack the eggs onto. Talk with your child about the colors of the eggs. Are they different? What do they think the eggs will look like on the inside?
Help your child crack the eggs open onto a plate or into a bowl. Talk about what they see. Are they the same or different?
Sometimes what’s on the outside doesn’t show us what’s on the inside. This is the same with people, too! Everyone looks different from everyone else. Everyone has different skin, eyes, and hair. Compare your qualities with your child’s. How are you different? How are you the same?
Thank You To Our Safety Dads
Thank you to Rion Buswell, Stephan Aguirre, Marc Suhanyi, and Brandon Miller for being this week’s Safety Dads. We are so grateful that you spent the day with us. We appreciate you more than you know.
We have lots of openings for Safety Dads this semester. Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
Did You Know These Facts?
Thank you to Mike Mockus for creating this PCK Fast Facts sheet for us. Check it out for at-a-glance facts about our school.
Thank you to the Pettinato family for bringing our staff delicious bagels last Friday morning. What a great way to end our first week back!
A huge thank you to @crossnetgame for the generous donation to the PCK PE Department. We are excited to add this fun and recreational game to our curriculum that students will be able to utilize inside and outside of school.