From The Director
We are halfway through the 2019-20 school year and, like any good football game, half-time is a great time to stop, gather some feedback, and then course correct if needed. In that spirit, I invite you to share your thoughts with us about two very important subjects: Homework and School Safety. Below you will see two separate links. Each link takes you to a mini-survey that corresponds with one of these two topics. Please take a few minutes to give us some feedback. The beauty of mid-year feedback is that we have time to make changes for the remaining half of our year. Our more comprehensive parent survey will come out later this winter.
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us. The PCK SAC will review all feedback and make recommendations regarding appropriate changes/adjustments. In the meantime, enjoy the half-time show – LOL!
Mrs. Aplin and the PCK SAC
The Earth Day Planning Committee is Worlds Of Fun
The Earth Day planning committee is looking for volunteers. They meet monthly through April, but do not require much time outside the meetings. Get more information here.
Support Your Child’s Positive Body Image
You won’t want to miss the next session in our Parent Education Series when Molly White, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Legacy Counseling in Parker, will present on helping kids build a positive body image and self esteem.
Outside sources bombard our youth daily with messages regarding body image. Learn about your role in promoting a positive image and how you can help support your child.
This session is Thursday, February 6 at 6:30pm. Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend. Don’t forget you can log one hour of volunteer time for each Parent Education session you attend!
Used Uniform and Gift Card Collections End Tomorrow
If you have uniform items to donate, please send them in with your student tomorrow. There are collection bins at both entrances to the school. This is the last day of our used uniform collection week. Please include your email with any donations of sweatshirts or plaids to receive a 20% off coupon that you can use at the next Used Uniform Sale. Those who donate plaids or sweatshirts will also be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the Dennis uniform store. Make sure all donations are within PCK dress code guidelines, clean, and gently used.
Also, if you have any unwanted gift cards you’d like to donate to the Spring Gala and Auction, please send those in tomorrow as well. Students can give them to their teachers for collection.
Cheer On Our Cougars Tomorrow Night
The PCK Girls Basketball Team is invited to play at half time at the Douglas County/Chaparral Girls Varsity game tomorrow night. All students and staff are invited and can get into the game for FREE, by showing their student/staff ID at the door. Come support your local high schools and GO COUGS!
When: Friday, January 17th at 7:00 pm
Where: Chaparral High School
Additionally, the girl’s basketball team is hosting a “Parent’s Night Out Basketball Camp” at PCK for all kindergarten – 5th grade students on January 24th from 5:00 – 7:30pm. The cost is $20 per student. This is a fundraiser for the team. Get the registration form here.
Testing Kids Are Hungry Kids
Our CMAS testing starts later this spring, and our hard-working testers work up quite an appetite. They love getting special snacks between tests. Please see this Sign Up Genius for more information and to volunteer to bring snacks.
Tickets For Moms, Dudes, And Darts Go On Sale Tomorrow
Moms and sons will have a great time together at our Nerf dart war on January 25, 12:00 – 3:00pm. You can bring your own Nerf gun or use one available at the event. All darts are provided. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and will be available until January 23. Tickets must be purchased in advance at MySchoolBucks.
We’re Buzzing About Our Spelling Bee Winner
Congratulations to Morgan Dudnick (6th grade) for winning our school spelling bee! There was some tough competition as our spellers competed in 31 rounds over two days. Morgan moves on to the District spelling bee on February 8 at Castle Rock Middle School. Christian Dudnick (8th grade) is our alternate. We are PCKProud of you!
Reading For The Win
PCK’s 3rd grade and 5th grade Battle of the Books teams both won their school battles this week and now move on to District battles where they will compete against teams from other schools. These students read 10 books and were asked very detailed questions about each one. It is a fierce competition – these students know their books! Way to go, readers!
Tooting Our Horn For One Of Our Own
Congratulations to Josiah John (6th grade) for qualifying for the District Honor Band. Josiah will represent PCK in the french horn section as he plays with students from 30 middle schools. This is a great honor and a meaningful experience for young musicians. Great job, Josiah!
Take A Break From Cooking Next Wednesday
Join us for a Spirit Night next Wednesday, January 22, from 4:00 – 8:00pm at the Chipotle on Mainstreet in Parker (the address is 18701 Mainstreet). Be sure to mention PCK to the cashier so the school gets portion of the proceeds.
Our Great Character Sure Is Impressive!
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for demonstrating great character above and beyond normal expectations. Way to go, Superstars!
Akarsh A. – Flexibility, Generosity, Patience
Faith O. – Patience, Compassion
Garrett E. – Respect, Patience, Self Control, Obedience
Kendall T. – Gratefulness
Lincoln R. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Molly R. – Respect, Ready to Participate, Patience, Obedience
Tallie T. – Gratefulness
Teagan L. – Orderliness
Calling All Art Lovers
Our annual Art Show is right around the corner and we need volunteers to help label, hang, and take down our student pieces. Get more information and sign up here.
LEGO Club Is Back
A new session of LEGO club starts on January 27 for students in grades K-3. It runs on Mondays through March 30 from 3:15 – 4:45. Get the details and register here. A spring session for grades K-5 will start in April. You can learn more here.
Late Arrivals Need To Be Signed In
If you drop your child off at school at 8:00am or later, please come inside to sign your child in at the front desk. Remember that students need to be in their classrooms by 7:55am to hang up their coats and backpacks, and get their supplies ready for the day. Class starts promptly at 8:00am.
New Coding and Minecraft Clubs Are Starting
Several new technology clubs started this week. Get the details here. Our girls in grades 3 – 5 will especially love the free Girls Who Code club.
Share Your Home Country At Our International Festival
We need your help for our upcoming 3rd Annual International Festival. We are looking for more countries to be represented, in addition to the countries that have already committed.
You may be wondering what hosting a Country Booth will entail. Here’s the scoop: On Friday, February 28th, all you need to do is bring items that are specific to your country. You can wear traditional dress, and may prepare samples of a traditional dish to share with those who come to the festival, if you wish. Our 7th grade class will create a poster for your country with pictures and bits of information. Your time commitment will be 3:00 – 6:00pm that day. You’ll have a chance to meet all of the guests and talk to them about your country.
Additionally, we are looking for about 30 minutes of entertainment (traditional song, dance, etc).
If you are interested in hosting a Country Booth or providing entertainment, be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 14th.
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Jesse Shaw, Sree Nair, Michael Berry, and Marc Thomas. Your help is appreciated more than you know.
You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.