From The Director

Whew! It’s been a busy day! We are hopping with all of the great things going on here at PCK, but I’ll have to tell you about them tomorrow. Please check back for my letter.

Thanks for understanding!

Mrs. Aplin

Is Your Daughter Dealing With Girl Drama?

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Our next Parent Education Series session is on Helping Your Daughter Manage Girl Drama, presented by PCK Character Coach, Dianne Daniels. If you would like to learn how to guide your daughter through social ups and downs at any age, you won’t want to miss this session on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30. Please RSVP to ddaniels@ckcs.net.

Meet Us Tonight

Join us tonight, January 17th, at Raising Cane’s Chicken from 4:00-8:00pm for a Spirit Night. You get a tasty dinner and PCK gets a portion of the proceeds. Don’t forget to mention PCK to the cashier!

Congratulations, Battle Of The Books Teams

Congratulations to all of the 3rd-6th grade students who participated in Battle of the Books. These dedicated students spent countless hours reading and learning their books, and many lunch breaks practicing for today’s competition. They all did a fabulous job. Both battles were very close – the 3rd/4th grade battle went all the way to the last tie-breaker question! In the end, our 3rd grade team (Maddie A., Ellie A., Eesha D.,  Emma L., and Therese M.; Alternates: Talyn W. and Amulya T.) and the 5th grade team (Carly A., Ryker B., Sahasra C., Austin E., Kellen M.; Alternates: Joey L. and Titus D.; Coaches: Jack M., Jaydeen P., Sana F., and Claire S.) won today’s battles, so they move on to compete against other schools at the Parker Library over the next several weeks. You can find the battle schedule here, and we encourage all students to support the PCK teams. If your student is interested in participating in Battle of the Books in the future, watching the battles at the library is a great way to learn how the process works. Congratulations, readers!

Send In Your Change To Help Kids Fight Cancer

image of hands holding coinsOur Middle School Student Council is holding a coin drive to help raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Our drive runs from Tuesday, January 22 to Friday, January 25. Each classroom will have a pizza box students can put their donations in, and if we raise at least $1,500 the class that collects the most money will get a pizza party thrown by Student Council. You can also click here to donate online. This video will help your student understand the importance of this effort.

Please Check Your My School Bucks Account Today

We have several families with unpaid school fees. Many of these fees are from the fall middle school electives. Please note that spring elective fees are being added to invoices this week. Make sure you are up-to-date with your payment by logging in to My School Bucks and verifying your account balance today. Get instructions for logging in to My School Bucks here.

Great Donations Make The Gala Auction A Hit

We are currently collecting donated items for our annual Gala auction. If you already have something to donate, please bring it to the front desk of the school. If you are out savoring a great dinner, enjoying a special shop, or thrilling to a new adventure, ask if that business would be willing to donate a gift card or item to our auction. Click here for more information and themes for each grade level. All donations need to be turned in by March 8. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mockus at mary@reactionweb.com.

Check Out Our Great Character!

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their outstanding character at last week’s assembly:

Ayush J. – Generosity, Compassion
Caitlin F. – Dependability, Kindness
Cassie T. – Patience, Obedience, Kindness
Paylin L. – 3 Rs, Compassion
Zariyah A. – Flexibility, Compassion

Way to go, character leaders!

Find Out What’s On Deck In Character Coaching

We are doing some heavy lifting in Character Coaching this quarter. Find out what your student is learning and how you can build character at home in this quarter’s Character Coaching Connection.

Congratulations, Honor Roll Recipients!

Last week our 6th – 8th grade Honor Roll recipients were recognized for their hard work and dedication. We are proud of the 117 students (35 in 6th grade, 37 in 7th grade, and 45 in 8th grade) with grades in the top 93 percentile who made honor roll. Congratulations, and keep up the great work!





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Thank You For Recognizing Our Amazing Teachers

Thank you to everyone who nominated a PCK staff member for an Apple Award. Lisa Church (2nd grade), Beata Gorodess (SPED), Ellen Hall (resource teacher), Stephanie Harper (MS science and math), Laura Lawritson (kindergarten and Spanish assistant), Laura Miller (1st grade), Krystal Myers (music), Marianna Obregon (Spanish), Lisa Sitzmann (3rd grade) and Trustin Thompson (6th grade) were all nominated. Our official PCK nominees representing our school at the awards ceremony are Lisa Church and Laura Lawritson. Thanks again for taking the time to recognize these outstanding teachers.

Parent Travelers Wanted

PCK has an exciting Middle School elective called Around the World. Students in this elective will “travel the world” by exploring the cultures of different countries. We are looking for guest speakers who can share personal experiences and insights from other countries. Presentations can vary from 15-50 minutes. If you have a connection to another country and would like to be a guest speaker in this class, please contact Mrs. Thompson at cthompson@ckcs.net. Thank you!

Get Your Ticket For “Dinner And Darts”

The PTA is hosting a fun mother/son event at PCK on Saturday, January 26th from 4:00-7:00 pm. “Dinner And Darts” will feature a dart war game, along with an obstacle course, games, and dinner. 

Tickets are on sale now at the PTA Web Store for $20/couple and $5 for each additional child. Tickets must be purchased in advance – they will not be available at the door.

If mom is not available that night, kids are welcome to bring a grandmother, aunt, or family friend to enjoy the fun. If you have any questions about the event, please e-mail the PTA.

There are some fun ways to help with this event. Check out the Sign-Up Geniuses below to see how you can be involved.



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Brassical Adventures Is Coming To PCK

Denver Brass will be at the PCK Preschool on February 2 presenting Brassical Adventures. This is a fun, interactive, no-need-to-sit-still event designed to inspire a love of music in children ages preschool through 2nd grade. Get the details here.

Art Needs

The Art Department is planning a few collaborative art projects and will need plastic water bottles and various colors of bottle caps. Please take off the label and send only clean bottles. Start collecting these at home to send to school the week of February 25. Thank you for your help!

When “Because I Said So” Doesn’t Work

Learn about the Beyond Consequences parenting model for children with severe behavioral or truancy issues. The class is held at Mesa Middle School in Castle Rock, with the first session starting next Tuesday. Get the details here.

Help For Families In Need

The Douglas County Community of Care Network is hosting “Strive To Thrive” on Tuesday, January 29 in Castle Rock. This event is for families facing hard times. Dinner is provided while various service organizations help families learn about resources for meals, clothing, emergency assistance applications, and more. You can learn more about this event here.

Did You Know…

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Every year, schools around the country celebrate parents’ right to choose the best education for their unique children during National School Choice Week (January 20-26, 2019). This year there are 559 celebratory events in Colorado alone! For Colorado news, event details, and more, click here. For a guide to school choice in Colorado, click here.




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