From the Director


Who remembers the old song:  All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth? What I always loved about this song was that the subject of the song (my two front teeth) was not something that could be bought in the store.  And, while certainly very tangible, it was also something that could not easily be acquired…the request stemming from a wish or desire in the heart of the child.  

After reading to our Kindies last week, I asked them to think about and respond to this question:  What do you most want or wish for this holiday season that ISN’T a ‘thing’.  It took them awhile, but they eventually understood what I was asking.  Their responses truly warmed my heart, as I know they would have warmed yours.  They mentioned ‘things’ such as:

  • “Love”
  • “My mom to feel better” or “My dad to feel better”
  • “Kindness”
  • “Everyone to be happy”
  • “To see/visit my grandparents”
  • “Snow”
  • “My family to be together”
From the mouths of babes…isn’t this what the holiday season is all about?  They get it! What do your kiddos most wish for this holiday season?   Ask them…they’ll tell you.
My time with the Kindies also got me thinking…What do I most want for all PCK students and families this holiday season?  Here’s my hope and my wish list:  
  • I hope all PCK families are safe, warm and content throughout the holidays.  
  • I hope they share hours of laughter and joy together, and enjoy a sense of peace and contentment that comes from simply being together as a family.  
  • I wish for blessings to be counted, silver linings illuminated, and opportunities to spread kindness to others are plentiful and embraced. 
  • I hope for family time spent reading, playing BOARD games, building snowmen or sledding down a hill (snow permitting, of course), or simply just hanging out together.
  • I wish for good food and special holiday favorites…just not too much – lol.
  • I hope each PCK child knows how much they are loved and how special they are.
  • I wish for good health, healing and rest for our students, parents and staff.
  • Most of all, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah!  
Thank you for a wonderful 2016.  See you next year!
Mrs. Aplin

Holiday Dress Down Tomorrow – Friday, Dec. 16

Friday (tomorrow) – PTA Happenings

Used Uniform Collection – Uniforms getting too snug or short?  Drop them off  Friday (tomorrow) in the blue bins near the entry doors.

PCK Spirit Goods will be available for sale tomorrow afternoon in the lobby area 2:00 – 3:00pm.  Please stop by and complete your holiday shopping!  Cash and/or checks accepted.

December Character Trait – Honesty


Definition: Being truthful in what I say and do

I will tell the truth, play by the rules, not exaggerate the facts, admit when I am wrong,

Parent Education Series


Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Y.E.S.S. instructors will help parents build their tool
box to become more familiar with their children’s use of technology/apps/cell phones and sites today’s youth frequently use.

DATE: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
TIME: 6-7pm
LOCATION: Parker Core Knowledge 

Download Flyer – complete details

Join us for a very informative evening. 

Dress Code Committee – Volunteers Still Needed

Are you interested in serving on the PCK Dress Code Committee? The PCK Board is seeking up to 3 parent volunteers to serve on a new Dress Code Committee.  Last month the PCK Board passed a new policy creating a dress code committee.  See the new policy below.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email the board

Dress Code Committee Policy: Each fall, the board shall appoint up to 5 members to the dress code committee, consisting of at least one board member, at least one staff member and up to three parents of current PCK students.  The committee will meet a minimum of twice per year in October and March.  Any potential dress code revisions must be approved by a majority of the Dress Code Committee and will then be presented by the Dress Code Committee at the board meetings in November and April (with possible extensions to the December and May meetings if additional information and/or discussion is needed).  Any revisions approved by a majority of the board will take effect on Jan. 1 or the first day of school in the fall.

All dress code proposals must go through the dress code committee.  Emergency dress code changes/clarifications can by proposed by the school director at any time, but will still require a majority board vote.

Mark your calendars!

PCK Annual State of the School Address 
Monday, January 9, 2017
6:30 in the Middle School Commons
Including an exciting announcement about our new building with drawings, pictures and plans! 

Mary Poppins Registration 

Calling all interested 5th and 6th graders, and those enrolled in the Show Choir Elective in Middle School, please register for Mary Poppins as soon as possible as rehearsals will start Jan. 3rd! Questions? Please email Mrs. Myers

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

Notable Students


Alyssa Daniels won a Golden Ticket Award from the Douglas County School district Career Connect Expo.  The 8th grade attended the Expo on Nov. 9th. 

Are you using your King Soopers/Safeway re-loadable gift cards?  Remember this is a NO COST and easy way to give back to our school.  PCK earns 5% on all monies loaded.  The fundraising possibilities are limitless!  We all have to eat and put gas in our cars.  If all of our PCK families spent $500 a month at the grocery store using their re-loadable gift cards this would net $138,000 annually to our school!!  Currently only 6% of PCK families participate.  PLEASE consider this NO COST and easy way to give back to our school.

Christmas is right around the corner!  What a great gift for a family member.  Please see the front office to purchase additional cards ($2.50 each).  If your card has been inactive for a significant amount of time, it may no longer work and you may need to purchase a new one.  If you have any questions about this program please contact Yvette Fonda at (303)257-5579 or yfonda@helmsbriscoe.com

Save the Date for the Annual Mother-Son Event!  

Sunday, January 22nd
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parker Field House

Join us for a variety of games for all ages – Flag football, Dodge Ball, Parachute games, Board games and more!  Details will be provided next month.  The PTA hopes to see you there!

Thank You

Thanks to Keith Miller and Craig Hopkins for helping count and deliver the food items to the Parker Task Force. 

To everyone who so graciously donated items during our Food Drive.  The numbers declare Parker Core Knowledge this year’s winner!
Parker Core Knowledge                4,655 
Northstar Academy                        4,253
The real winner is the Parker Task Force!! 

PCK won $3,000 from Cardel Homes! And, in the spirit of the season, PCK has decided to donate the winnings to the Parker Task Force.  Thank you to everyone!

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