From The Director

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all parents who participated in parent-teacher conferences last week. The teachers really enjoyed meeting with you, even though it had to be a virtual meeting this round. They all commented about how convenient it was, but also that they missed the personal interactions with you. Hopefully the COVID situation will improve by our next round of conferences in early 2021 so we can offer the in-person option again. It may also be that we add a ‘virtual conference’ option going forward for some of our parents who cannot easily get to the school for conferences. We shall see.

As we move into the second quarter of the school year, I am thankful we have been (and continue to be) able to remain open for business. It is so good to have the students here in the building with us. However, the reality, particularly with the recent uptick in cases all over Colorado, is that we will likely experience periodic quarantines from time to time. The silver lining is that while one cohort may need to quarantine, the remainder of the school continues to maintain a normal operation. This is our ‘new normal’ for this year.  

With all the recent focus on COVID, I want to assure all parents that safety is still a top priority. We continue with our weekly drills (most planned, but periodically we have a surprise), and our Safety Dad program is in its second year. If we have dads out there who have not yet signed up for a day as our Safety Dad, you can click here to do so. We love having the extra support and surveillance of our building and property. Plus, our Safety Dads are a big help at recess and carpool. Just having the extra focus on safety each day gives us all a greater sense of security. Finally, our SRO program continues with regular visits multiple times a day by our assigned officer from the Douglas County Sheriff. We appreciate how much this community continues to work together to keep us all safe.

Last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to our Foundation members for the recent Online Auction they held! There were some awesome items to bid on, and I hope you all were able to join in the fun. I appreciate all the time and effort the Foundation put into adjusting their fundraising efforts due to COVID. It’s hard when we cannot all be together, but the Foundation members are diligent (and creative) in their pursuit of our annual fundraising goals. Thanks to each and every Foundation member involved in this recent fundraiser, and thank you to all parents who bid…or simply donated…in order to help the school financially. If there was ever a year when the extra funds were needed, it is truly this year.  

As the holiday season approaches, we will continue to ask everyone — staff, students, and parents — to be faithful to our health protocols so we can all stay healthy and the school can remain open! This is our #1 goal for the year.  

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Aplin

No School Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a staff in-service day so students get the day off. Enjoy!

We Had A Trunk Full of Fun

Thank you to everyone who decorated trunks and sent in candy to make our Trunk-or-Treat a HUGE success! The weather was beautiful and the students were thrilled to be able to continue this fun tradition. The kids looked amazing in their costumes and we loved hearing their laughter! Thank you to everyone who made it happen!

And The Winner Is…

As we are every year, we were blown away by the creativity and effort that went into the trunks for Trunk-or-Treat. Judging was a very difficult task! The winners of the trunk contest are:

Tied for the funniest – Uniform Violation Jail from Mrs. Zajac’s class and Chicken Farm from Mrs. Puckett’s class

Most creative – Speedway from Mr. Thompson’s class

Staff favorite – Jurassic Park from Mrs. Miller’s class.

Please see your email for Monday’s message with pictures of the winners. Thank you to everyone who decorated a trunk. They were all fantastic!

Please Do Not Arrive Early For Carpool

While we appreciate efforts to be on time, we are having too many cars arrive early for afternoon carpool. Your students are not outside and are not ready to be picked up until your designated carpool window opens, and early cars are making it difficult for those arriving on time to pick up their students.

This is particularly an issue on the north loop where drivers in the 3:10 – 3:20 window can’t find the end of their line because drivers from the 3:20 – 3:30 window have arrived too early. On the south loop we are having issues with traffic backing up on Pine Drive with too many cars from our 3:30 – 3:40 window arriving early.

Our process works quickly and smoothly only when everyone works together and arrives within their time window. You actually have the shortest wait if you arrive in the second half of your ten minute period.

Also, please remember that left-hand turns are not allowed when exiting our parking lot onto Pine Drive during morning or afternoon carpool. A reminder sign is posted at the exit to our parking lot.

Thanks for your help in making carpool a safe and easy process for everyone!

Honoring Our Veterans

stars and stripesAlthough we sadly can’t hold our traditional Veterans Day event this year, we are still honoring those who serve our country in the following ways:

  • Students made cards we are sending to Veterans connected to families in our school.
  • Each morning we are sharing Veteran profiles submitted by PCK families, along with Veterans Day facts, on our morning announcements.
  • Next Wednesday, November 11, all students will have a Veterans Day presentation and discussion time in class. 
  • We have a red, white, and blue dress down fundraiser to support Homes For Our Troops next Wednesday.

We want to make sure our students remember the importance of honoring those who serve to protect our country and our freedoms. While it looks different this year, and we will miss sharing the morning with families and Veterans, please know our hearts are with all who serve.

Dress Down Day Fundraisers

We have two dress down day fundraisers in November. Next Wednesday, November 11, we have a red, white, and blue dress down day to benefit Homes For Our Troops. This non-profit builds homes specially adapted for Veterans with injuries received in the line of duty. We have supported this organization with the proceeds of dress down day fundraisers for over a decade! Students may wear red, white, or blue in exchange for a donation of $1 or more.

On Tuesday, November 24 we have another dress down fundraiser for the American Red Cross to help those impacted by the wildfires in Colorado. Students may dress down for a donation of $1 or more.

Thanks for supporting these worthy organizations!

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Order Butter Braids

It is not too late to order your Butter Braids, cookie dough, and coffee! Our PTA offers these items every year due to popular demand, and they will arrive in time for the holidays. All ordering is done online this year, so the PTA will not collect cash or checks. You can set up your personal seller account here. Please set up an account for each student in your family, including preschool, so we can track the money raised for K-8 and preschool. It is an easy, user friendly process. Once your account is set up, you can add your contacts so they can directly access the online store and place their orders. We want to be sure this is a safe, stress-free way to raise money and provide great products.

Place your orders by 11:00pm on Thursday, November 12. Delivery will be Thursday, November 19, at afternoon carpool.

Volunteers Needed  For Butter Braid Distribution

We need four volunteers to help with the sorting and distributing of Butter Braid orders on Thursday, November 19th. Please sign up to help here

The Square One Art Deadline Is Next Week

Last week you should have received your student’s Square 1 Art artwork, a catalog of items you can order, and an order form. Square One Art turns your child’s artwork into special keepsakes that make wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends, and also helps support our art department.

The example orders have been reprinted because they were too light. The better, darker versions will be sent home this week and will reflect the true quality of the products.

 All orders must be received by November 13. You can use the order form or place orders online at square1art.com/shop. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept late orders. Your items will be delivered by December 10. Thank you for participating in this fundraiser while preserving your child’s art on memorable keepsakes.

Calling All Safety Dads

Thank you to Kevin Ferm for being this week’s Safety Dad. You are awesome and we can’t thank you enough for spending the day with us.

We need more Safety Dads in the coming weeks. There are plenty of openings, and dads consistently tell us it is a fun day! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.

News for REO Families

Thank you to all who participated in last week’s conference call. We appreciate your feedback and your continued desire to help us meet the needs of our REO families.

Character At Home

Enjoy these lessons from Second Step with your students.

K – 1st grade – Managing disappointment
2nd – 3rd grade – Managing test anxiety
4th grade and up – Handling put-downs

We want to know if these character lessons are helpful and enjoyable for your REO students. Please use this short survey to share your feedback. All responses are anonymous.

What Parents Need To Know About Teen Drug Use

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is offering a parent webinar as part of their Y.E.S.S. (Youth Education and Safety in Schools) program. This is a highly regarded program that PCK parents have found helpful for many years. On November 19, you can join a Zoom call from 5:30 – 7:00pm to learn about teen drug use. Get information here, and RSVP via email here in order to receive the link for the call.

Full-Day Care Is Available Tomorrow

We have a staff in-service day tomorrow (Friday) so students get a day off. If you need full-day child care, our Core Care Club will be open from 7:30am – 4:00pm. The cost is $50 for the day. Please send a lunch with your child. For more information, please contact Vinny Ortega.

Congratulations, Artists

Please join us in congratulating Sienna Zoz for her winning entry in this year’s PCK Yearbook Cover Contest! Congratulations also go to Grace Yanzito and Emmeline Baird for their outstanding and artistic entries which will appear on the inside and back covers. Well done, artists!

Coming Tentatively This Spring For Grades 6 – 8

While it may look a little differently from past years, we are hoping to bring live performance back to PCK this spring with Matilda (see the US tour trailer here). Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Pack, and Mrs. Waltz are already solidifying plans for keeping students safe and within their cohorts while rehearsing. A parent meeting will be held via Google Meet in early December to more clearly communicate these changes to the program. Please watch the newsletter for the date. On Monday, Mrs. Myers announced the show to the 7th and 8th graders so they can begin their audition preparations. Audition requirements can be found on the Matilda Google Classroom (code: 63kreco). 6th grade will open enroll and will participate largely in the chorus, though there may be a few smaller roles available after the middle school is cast. 

Connecting With Character 

Our kindergarten through 4th grade students are doing a four-lesson bullying prevention unit in Character Coaching. This week we are learning how to report bullying to an adult. We encourage students to talk with the adult present when the issue occurs. For instance, if there is a problem at recess, we hope the student will tell a recess aide right away.

Use the Home Links below to learn what we are covering in class and to help reinforce the lessons at home. You do not need to sign these or return them to school.

1st grade
3rd grade
4th grade

Everyone Is Invited To PTA Meetings

The November PTA Meeting is next Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30pm. You can join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87437038416?pwd=MFJESmJRcENLZGtjNEZrZTY4ZHNMZz09

Meeting ID: 874 3703 8416
Passcode: Grace2020

The PTA needs YOU! The PCK PTA promotes parent involvement and cohesion as we meet, plan, and execute activities and events to bring the PCK community together. Connect with other parents while staying informed through the PTA. 

All parents are invited to attend the following meetings scheduled for the 2020-21 school year:

November 10th – 6:30pm
January 12th – 6:30pm
March 9th – 6:30pm
May 11th – 6:30pm

Vision and Hearing Screening Next Week

image of an eye chart and headphonesSome students will undergo vision and hearing screening next Friday, November 13. Please see this letter for more information, including which students will be screened.

Open Enrollment for Neighborhood Middle Schools

If your student plans to attend your neighborhood middle school next year, you must file an intent to return form by January 5th. The form can be found on the DCSD website under “open enrollment.”

News From Our Littlest Learners

POP (PCK Online Preschool) is different from the K-8 REO program. With POP, a parent becomes the child’s teacher with lesson plans sent from the preschool.

Here’s an example:

Leaf Land Art

Take your child outside today to go gather rocks, leaves, and sticks.  Let them find natural things of every shape and size, then bring them home or to an open space on the trail to make art.  Let your child experiment with the natural materials and build how they’d like.  This sort of play helps stretch the imagination, builds spatial awareness, and teaches children problem solving skills.

You can lay stones, sticks, and leaves into artful patterns with your child.  Check out this link to see how artist Richard Shilling makes his land art.

Check out this example of one student’s land art.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Anderson family for bringing in an assortment of individually wrapped snacks for our staff. We love getting treats and we sure appreciate the way you continually take care of us!


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