From The Director
We are so proud to announce… that last year our 8th graders AGAIN scored #1 in the State of Colorado on their PARCC Science assessment. This is a testimony to the entire science program here at PCK, and it’s about to get even better!
Two years ago, the Foundation at PCK generously donated $100K to PCK’s science program. Half of that money was spent in the middle school to habilitate one of the two science labs and augment the science equipment used by our MS students. The hands-on, lab-based nature of our middle school science program not only sparks interest in the field of science, it also serves as excellent preparation for the demands our students encounter in high school and (we hope) beyond. We have dreamed of bringing this hands-on science lab model to our elementary students, and will now use the remaining funds from the Foundation to partially fund this new project. Click here to see the concept board.
This year, we are preparing to convert the current “Champions” area into a multipurpose elementary science lab for our younger students. Construction on the new lab will begin in early 2019 and wrap up before the end of the current school year. The new lab will feature the following:
- A designated classroom area
- A custom demonstration table, complete with the ability to simulate many of the earth’s physical features
- Multiple sinks and work areas
- Locked storage for science equipment such as microscopes, simple machines, and scales
- Multipurpose area for other school gatherings.
We are very excited about all the possibilities this new elementary science lab will afford our students. However, as exciting as the new lab concept is, we do not have sufficient funds remaining from the original donation by the Foundation to completely outfit the new elementary science lab with all the items in our plan. Our vision for this new lab includes the following items that the Foundation is currently raising money to help provide:
- Hydroponics equipment
- A live (seasonal) chicken coop (outside)
- Habitat stations
- Circuitry wall
- Projected planetarium
- Furniture for the lab classroom and multipurpose area
Through your continued generosity during the 2018 Annual Giving campaign, we hope to be able to complete our elementary science vision and present our students with an exciting, fully functioning science lab by next August. Imagine the possibilities…
Thank You For Your Support
The Foundation At PCK wants to THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE DONATIONS THAT ARE COMING IN! We cannot thank you all enough for the generous support that you have shown for the education of our students at Parker Core Knowledge.
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Thank You To Our Veteran’s Day Volunteers
Our Veteran’s Day event last Friday was a great success thanks to the help of many PCK families who made sure our Veteran’s knew how much we honor and value them. Thank you to everyone who brought food, juice, and paper goods for the breakfast. A huge THANK YOU goes to Dao Duong and the Dody family for their help with set up, greeting our guests, and cleaning up. The Boy Scouts who performed the flag ceremony did an amazing job, and we are thankful for them and for their leader, Jodi McCarthy. Thanks to the middle school band for playing for us, and to Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Waltz for all of their hard work preparing the musicians and running the videos and sound system. Blaise Singer put up the beautiful boards featuring the posters students made to introduce their friends and family members who served in the military, and thank you to Karen Langton for taking pictures of the event. To Tracy Keil we offer a very special thank you for arranging our wonderful speaker and the military vehicles that visited our school last Friday.
All Parents Worry, But Some Things Aren’t Worth It
The next free class in our Parent Education Series is Things Parents Worry About (But Don’t Need To) presented by PCK Character Coach, Dianne Daniels tonight, November 15 at 6:30pm. Learn why it is okay when kids cry, lose, miss out on things, or don’t master certain skills, and how you can use these situations to create powerful learning opportunities that lead to a more peaceful home life. Once you free yourself from worrying about those things, you will have more energy to focus on the four traits you should be giving extra attention. Find out what they are in this engaging class for parents with children of all ages. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Us Take Care Of Those In Need
Tomorrow is the last day to donate to Coats For Colorado. The coats are distributed to needy families throughout the state and can make a difference in the lives of those receiving them. Over 2 million coats have been donated and distributed to those in need since this program began. The coats are cleaned by Dependable Cleaners and then given to charitable organizations around Colorado. Their biggest need is for coats in children’s sizes and adult X-Large sizes. Donation boxes are located at both entrances to PCK. This program is being run by the 7th grade members of PCK’s National Junior Honor Society. Please consider cleaning out your closets and blessing someone this holiday season.
Our NJHS students have also partnered with Be About Bliss to collect food for students in need. Get all the details and find out what food item your child’s grade level is collecting here. All donations need to be in by November 20.
Thank you for your generous support of these two worthy causes.
Middle School Event Coordinator Needed
We are looking for a parent (or a team of parents) to coordinate middle school events such as the upcoming holiday and Valentine’s dances. The coordinator does not need to do all the work, but rather helps to organize the volunteers and oversee the process. The coordinator will not handle 8th grade graduation – we already have a team hard at work on that special event. If you are interested, please contact Wendy Eckert at email@example.com.
Are You Good With Kids And Want To Work At PCK?
We are looking for a paid recess aide to work two days a week (Fridays plus one other day). Recess aides must be kind and friendly, yet also firm and able to handle student issues with confidence. They have strong conflict resolution skills and are good problem solvers. The recess period runs from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm and works with students in 1st through 8th grade. If you are interested in applying, please use the PCK K-8 application found on the Employment page of our website.
Learn About Resiliency and Bullying Prevention From A Nationally Recognized Expert
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 evening event on November 29 from 7:00-8:30pm at Legend High School’s auditorium.
PCK After-School Music Theater (grades 4 & 5) Proudly Presents:
Saturday, November 17th
11:30am & 2:30pm
Tickets are $8.50 each and benefit the PCK Music Department
Elf the Musical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684 MTIShows.com
Don’t Miss The Vendor Fair
PCK’s Vendor Fair is Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Come check out the great products made and/or sold by PCK parents. It is a great chance to find unique gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday list. Thank you to the PTA for organizing this special event.
Congratulations 5th Grade Football Champs!
5th graders Quentin Cuba and Cruz Crandall are on the same Hawks football team, and their team won the Arapahoe Youth League Super Bowl in their division last weekend! Josiah John and Tag Meyer are 5th graders on a different Hawks team, and they also won the Super Bowl in their division. Josiah has been on a winning team for the past five years! Congratulations, boys!