From The Director
I hope you would agree with me that we have some pretty AMAZING teachers and support staff here at PCK! These dedicated professionals pour themselves into their respective jobs of teaching and supporting our students day in and day out. Many of our staff spend time after hours tutoring, prepping for lessons or individual interventions, and meeting with parents and Admin about specific student concerns. They truly LOVE your children, and their passion for helping every single child succeed, in my mind at least, is beyond remarkable.
Every year the Foundation for Douglas County Schools celebrates the transformational impact of DCSD’s amazing educators and staff through the Apple Awards. Parents and students alike are encouraged to nominate an outstanding teacher or support staff member, and each spring the Foundation holds a special awards ceremony, the Apple Awards, to recognize those that stand out among their peers. Each school is allowed one nominee to represent their school, and I would like to encourage ALL of our families to take a minute to nominate one of your favorite PCK teachers or support staff members. The nomination window closes on December 22nd, so there is still time. Please use the following link to access the online nomination form: Apple Award Nomination Form.
There are many more deserving teachers than the Apple Awards will ever be able to recognize, but my hope is the PCK community will put forth the effort and shine a spotlight on a few of our outstanding teachers and/or support staff here at PCK. It will be my honor to attend the Apple Awards ceremony in April and recognize one of our amazing superstars. Will you help me by nominating one of the PCK staff? And remember, the more specific and detailed you can be in your nomination, the better. Share personal stories or examples, and let your admiration and respect for our staff shine through. If it were up to me, all of our staff would be Apple Award winners!
Thank you for your support.
A Note From Mrs. Aplin On Carpool
Our carpool process is coming under increasing scrutiny from neighbors around PCK, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, and the Douglas County Transportation department. The recent spike in scrutiny stems primarily from complaints about safety issues on Pine Drive when our carpool overflows and causes cars to stop in the right lane prior to entering our parking lot. I have consulted with the district’s Head of Safety and Security, and I have also discussed residents’ concerns with Erin Kane, our Interim Superintendent. While any significant changes/improvements to the current situation will take some time to analyze and implement, there is one short-term solution that will help tremendously: Effective immediately, I need all parents who use the south loop during the 3:10 and 3:20 carpool waves to make it a priority to arrive on time within their assigned 10-minute carpool window. We simply CANNOT have cars arriving before 3:10 and parking on Pine Drive while waiting for carpool to start. The Douglas County Sheriff will have squad cars patrolling the area, and I’d hate for any of our families to receive a ticket.
Similarly, with the 3:20 wave, it is so much more efficient from a flow standpoint if cars can keep moving. Yellow signed cars may not enter the lot before 3:20, and we will direct you to move around the block if you arrive before 3:20. For all concerned, this is #1 a general safety issue, and #2 a respect for the process issue. If everyone complies with the process, it should flow as designed, and this will help prevent any sort of significant safety issues on Pine Drive.
Finally, please review the carpool process with nannies, grandparents or other friends who might occasionally pick up your student, and put down cell phones upon entering the PCK lot. We want to keep everyone safe, and we want our carpool process to run efficiently. I am convinced that by working together, we can make it work the way it should.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Used Uniform Collections Next Week
All next week we will collect used uniform pieces in blue bins at each entrance to the school. If you have clean, gently-used uniform items no one is wearing, please donate them for our upcoming sale in January.
Save The Date For The PTA Family Fun Event
Sunday, January 21st
11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us for a variety of games for all ages at the Parker Fieldhouse! More details, including registration information, will be provided in early January.
Kids Get Creative With Crayola:World of Design
A new after-school class is coming to PCK in January. Students will use the design process to solve real-world problems, and will experience sketching, sculpting, story-boarding, collage art, mixed media, and more. Get the details here…
Next Lost and Found Donation Day: December 22
All items left in Lost and Found on December 22 will be donated. Please make sure you check for any missing items when you are here for your child’s holiday concert or party.
PCK Is Proud To Present…
May 4th and 5th, 2018
Registration is now open for participation in this spring’s musical production. Grades 5 and 6 may open enroll, and will largely participate in the chorus. Grades 7 and 8 need to register for participation, enroll in the Show Choir elective, and audition for their characters on December 18th and 19th. Audition signups and details are on the music room doors.
A registration fee of $125 covers most costuming and production associated expenses. To register simply click this link: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Registration
Questions? Just email Mrs. Myers!
Pizza Is Back!
Are You Done Scooting?
The Music Department is looking for a used Razor Mod Scooter (any color as it will be painted) for our upcoming production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. If your child has one but is done playing with it and would be willing to donate or sell, please email Mrs. Myers at Kmyers@ckcs.net.
PCK Athletes Take Top Honors
Third grader Aria ParkerHaase took 1st place all-around in her division at the USA Gymnastics Level 3 Colorado State Championships last weekend. She trained hard for this all year and her determination and dedicated work paid off. Way to go Ari!
Thank you to the Bangs family for the delicious bread you brought in for the staff. Everyone loved it!
At least one staff member had popcorn for lunch the day Lauren Anderson brought in a giant tin of it. It quickly disappeared as everyone enjoyed it. Thank you!
Thank you to the Coors family for the fabulous basket of goodies. We love being spoiled and that basket truly had something for everyone.
Baker extraordinaire Kelly Anderson brought in delicious orange rolls. Thank you for sharing your gift of baking with us.
Thank you to Mackenzi McKee for the yummy and beautiful cake balls. What a sweet treat from a sweet student!