From The Director
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” and it is also one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year! It’s busy, it’s crazy, but it is also filled with so much excitement, anticipation, and plenty of love and laughter! As a staff, we have been overwhelmed once again by your generosity in gifts, cards, and goodies (all fat free, right?). Thank you for thinking of us during this busy holiday season.
As we wrap up the first semester and prepare for the upcoming holiday festivities and winter fun ahead, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful winter break. May you find time amidst the chaos to relish the simple pleasures of spending time with family and friends, giving and sharing, and enjoying the natural beauty of the season! If we’re lucky, we might even—dare we hope—have a white Christmas this year!
On behalf of the entire staff, we wish each and every PCK family much love, joy, and peace in the coming year.
See you back on January 9th!
Join Us In Saying Goodbye
When your students return to school after the break, they may notice some different faces around PCK. Mrs. Tomlin will not be returning to her 2nd grade class while she helps her family following the passing of her mother. Miss Kroskob has already joined the 2nd grade team and is off to a great start with those students. We are currently interviewing candidates to fill the Resource Teacher vacancy Miss Kroskob left when she moved to 2nd grade.
Additionally, Mrs. Dukes (middle school science) and Mr. Taylor (technology) are not returning after the break. Both are leaving PCK to pursue new opportunities in the business arena. Mrs. Reifsteck will move from middle school math to middle school science, and we have hired Carey Holms as a long-term sub for Mrs. Reifsteck’s math classes. Heather White will be the long-term sub for Mr. Taylor’s classes. We are actively searching for permanent teachers for technology and middle school math.
We are sad to see these members of our team leave, but we hope you will join us in wishing them well in their new endeavors.
Please Make A Stop At Our Lost and Found Tomorrow
All items left in Lost and Found will be donated over the break. Please make sure you check for any missing items when you are here for your child’s holiday party or concert.
The PCK Character Coaching Connection is Available
Learn what your student is doing in Character Coaching and how you can practice the traits at home with our PCK Character Coaching Connection newsletter available here.
Congratulations PCK Writers!
PCK has two finalists in the Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers writing contest. Gustav Blom and Kyla Hopkins (both in 6th grade) are our two finalists. There were 560 entries and only 8 finalists per grade level.
They are invited to:
-An all-day workshop (and station tour) facilitated by an instructor from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a journalist at the Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver.
-An awards luncheon for all finalists and their families. Winners are announced and special prizes awarded. Winners’ stories are published on the Rocky Mountain PBS website.
Congratulations, Gus and Kyla!
5th Grade Treats 12 Children This Christmas
Madison Pieper and Grace Yanzito challenged the 5th grade to sponsor 12 kids from the KYGO Christmas Crusade for Children. Boy did our 5th grade families step up to the plate! Thanks to the gifts and monetary donations, all 12 kids received every item on their lists. The Christmas Crusade for Children is a program where metro law enforcement officers bring the joy of Christmas to underprivileged children and foster positive relationships with the communities they serve. Way to go 5th grade, and thank you for organizing this, Madison and Grace!
Used Uniform Sale Over The Break
Stop by the school Saturday, January 6, 9:00-10:00 a.m., for the PTA Used Uniform Sale. Pick up some items for the spring semester. The sale will be set up outside the Events Gym.
Enjoy A Spirit Night Full of Yummy
Skip cooking on Wednesday, January 10 and head to Panera for a PCK Spirit Night from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. After dinner, the fun continues at Orange Leaf where we also have a Spirit Night. Remember to show the attached flier at Panera, and drop your yogurt receipt in the designated bucket at Orange Leaf so PCK receives a portion of the evening’s proceeds.
Chess Club is Making a Comeback This Spring
Chess Club is coming back for 2nd – 8th graders, and will tentatively meet Thursday mornings before school, 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. starting February 15. Registration information will be sent out in January. Click here for more details.
Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy Returns February 1
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting their next Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy on February 1, 2018, at Charles Schwab in Lone Tree. This is a very informative and practical event that helps parents learn how to keep their kids safe online, how to manage their child’s electronics, and how to set healthy limits with social media and other online activities. There will be a resource fair from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and the presentation will run from 7:00-8:30.
Registration information will be available in January, or go to the Douglas County Sheriff’s website for details.
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…
Eagle Scout Project Makes PCK More Beautiful
As part of earning his Eagle Scout badge, Logan White (8th grade) designed, organized and completed a service project in which he led a team of scouts and adults in refurbishing portions of the PCK backyard. Logan’s project included more than 175 hours of planning and work. Congratulations, Logan! Thank you for making PCK a part of your journey to Eagle Scout!
A Fun Reminder
The next few days are sure to be busy ones for everyone. This short article reminds parents of the importance of greeting our children well, and includes a link to a list of 99 ways to compliment your child. Enjoy the list – your kids will appreciate it!
Many thanks to the Marsh Family for the wonderful basket of fun and thoughtful gifts.
Thank you to the Pettinato family for the delicious holiday treats, Lauren Anderson and family for the great plate of goodies, Janice Moore for the yummy snacks, Jennifer Weddig for the wonderful Duffey Rolls and coffee, Kelly Anderson for the cookie bark and k-cups (perfect on a snowy day), Ashley Morris for the tasty bagels, the Dykstra family for the lovely treats, and the Dudnick family for the fabulous bundt cakes. Our staff loves all the flavors of the season, and we appreciate you sharing your family favorites with us.