It’s Always Hard To Say Goodbye

Please join us in wishing all the best to four staff members who are leaving PCK this month. Laura Parkes, our receptionist, has taken a job at Children’s Hospital with a schedule that better fits her family’s needs. We will miss her friendly smile at our front desk! Our school psychologist, Mark Karas, is retiring. We hope he thinks of us while he’s enjoying the golf course. Steve Bender and Ken Brzuziwski from our facilities team are also leaving. We are thankful for all of their hard work to keep things humming in our buildings. We will hire a facility management company to handle our daily maintenance needs going forward. We will miss these members of the PCK family and are grateful for their contributions to our school community. Be on the lookout for a few new faces in 2020.

Stop By The Lost And Found

Please check our lost and found before winter break. Many students will miss their coats, hats, gloves and other items that are currently waiting to be claimed.

Save The Date For The International Festival

Image of a globe made of flags from around the world with figures holding hands around itYou won’t want to miss our International Festival on Friday, January 24. This annual event is one of our highlights of the year as we learn about the different cultures and backgrounds that make up our PCK family. Watch for more information coming soon.

If you would like to host a country booth at the festival, please contact Kristi Resler.

The Gift of Failure

arrows form a circleJoin us for the next session in our Parent Education Series on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30pm. Teri Aplin and psychologist Molly White will present The Gift of Failure. We all want our children to succeed, but kids learn important lessons from their failures when properly guided through the experience. This powerful workshop will help you know when to let your child take risks and how to make the most of the lessons that come from facing adversity.

Molly White, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst at Legacy Comprehensive Counseling and Consulting in Parker.

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!

Spirit Night At Portofino’s

Join us for a PCK Spirit Night at Portofino’s Pizza and Pasta from 4:00 – 8:00pm on Monday, December 16. Be sure to mention PCK when you dine in or take out so our school gets a portion of the proceeds.

We Are Grateful For Strong Character

At last week’s Character Assembly on the trait of gratefulness, our hikers got lost while excitedly taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. Thankfully, Miss Sara came along with a map and a compass, and Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Daniels were grateful for her help and her attention to detail.

The following students were recognized for going above and beyond in demonstrating strong character.

Anushka A. – Compassion
Ben C. – Respect, Patience, Self-Control, Obedience, Compassion
Ben D. – Compassion
Cassie T. – Responsibility, Obedience
Cooper S. – Responsibility, Honesty
Dylan B. – Perseverance, Hard Work, Progress
Dylan E. – Ready to Participate, Flexibility, Patience
Eli D. – Compassion
Ishaan K. – Attentiveness
Jackson S. – Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Ready to Participate, Attentiveness
Jackson S. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Jamie W. – Attentiveness
Keagan R. – Respect, Flexibility, Courage, Attentiveness
Ryan S. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Sarah P. – Attentiveness
Tashi M. – Respect, Ready to Participate, Attentiveness
Teagan W. – Responsibility, Attentiveness

Keep up the great work, Character Leaders!

Coding and Minecraft Clubs Start in January

Several new technology clubs are starting in 2020. Get the details here. Our girls in grades 3 – 5 will especially love the free Girls Who Code club.

Thank You From The PTA

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped during the Winter Market. It was a huge success and it was so incredible watching the students shop and put so much thought into their gifts. An extra special thank you goes to Mrs. Wright who so graciously gave up her library space and time for the shop and was there everyday helping. She is truly one of the hidden gems at PCK. Again, thank you!

News From The Music Department

Registration is open now for our spring production of Shrek The Musical
Students in 6th grade may open enroll for participation in the Chorus. Students in 7th and 8th grade need to register via MySchoolBucks AND complete a character audition. Please see the Music home page for links to register and sign up for an audition. The show will run April 17th and 18th.

SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www. MTIShows.com

Holiday Concerts
Our students have been working hard on their upcoming holiday concerts. See the concert schedule here. They are excited to show you what they’ve learned!

Just A Few Friendly Reminders
PCK music and theater performances are very popular, and with good reason! The students and staff work hard to put on performances the whole family can enjoy, including grandparents and those with mobility issues. With that in mind, we kindly ask the following from our audiences:

          • We appreciate when cell phones are turned off and put away. Enjoy the performance! Some things are meant to be ‘experienced,’ and not recorded.

          • Please remain quiet during performances. It is very disruptive when the audience is noisy, and unfair to our hardworking performers.

          • Please keep all family member attendees, including ALL siblings, with you at all times. Young attendees should not be running around or playing on the sides of the gym or in the halls before, during, or after any PCK performance. This is for the safety and viewing pleasure of all attendees!

          • For concerts during school hours, please refrain from pulling younger/older siblings from class. This is disruptive to the class overall. Longer performances are generally scheduled at night and on weekends when the whole family can attend.

        • Please tell all of your friends and family members driving themselves to a performance that they may not park in the townhouse lot across from the school. If they park in that private lot, or if they park anywhere other than a designated parking spot, they may be towed. They may park in the small lot on Centerpark Loop if the PCK lot is full. Also, do not park within five feet of any driveway or intersection. We highly recommend carpooling.

Thank you for helping us model the same appropriate audience behavior we teach here at PCK! 

Love And Logic Is Back In 2020

If you missed the Love and Logic course this fall, you have another chance to get this powerful training in February. We use Love and Logic principles at school, and parents have great success using them at home as well. The course will run on Mondays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm from February 3 – March 9. You can learn more about it and register here.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Jarred Quintana, Narsing Metpally, Dennis Pieper, Jonathan Paddock, and Liam Clarke. You help us 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.


Peace In Any Language

If you are in our preschool, stop by room 105 where Mrs. Bezdek and Mrs. Leslie asked parents to write words that represent “peace” in their home language. They created a beautiful bulletin board to display these words and languages.

Christmas Greetings From Our P.E. Team

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