From The Director
Dear PCK Parents,
We have begun our second round of MAP testing for the year. Students in all grades will complete mid-year assessments in reading, math and, in some grades, science over the next two weeks. These mid-year indicators provide important data to teachers about how each child is progressing (growing) within their grade level and in each content area. With concerns abounding coming into the 20-21 school year about the impact of the COVID spring of remote learning, the lack of 2020 CMAS data, and the normal summer slide, this year’s MAP data is especially important. All students were tested the first few weeks of the current school year, which allowed us to establish their baseline. By mid-year, we are hoping to see significant growth, and a trajectory that indicates each student will achieve a full-year of growth by year-end. If the recent round of DIBELS testing (reading assessment in the primary grades) is any indication, students are rebounding very well! In fact, hats off to our primary grade teachers, Tier-Two Interventionists, and parent partners for the excellent results many students achieved — we are very encouraged.
What these early indicators confirm for us is that our students are resilient! Their ability to adapt, adjust, and flex…and still learn…in spite of the crazy interruptions they’ve encountered since March, gives us all great hope. However, the work is not done. We need to continue to double down on our efforts to support, encourage, and reinforce student learning this year. Please continue to assist in the following ways:
- Read, read, and read some more with your student. For older kiddos, trips to the library or encouraging reading for pleasure will go a long way. Books make excellent holiday gifts, plus there is more down time to read. Don’t forget to check out our online Book Fair going on through Sunday.
- Spend time asking them about what they’re learning in school; discussions with adults are great teaching opportunities for kids. Ask your student to ’teach you’ something new or share their thoughts about something that interests them.
- If you notice your child is struggling or expresses frustration in a particular subject, let his/her teacher know immediately. This will allow the teacher to assess the situation and provide the appropriate support or direction here at school. We don’t want kids struggling unnecessarily.
Thank you, parents, for all you have done on the home front to ensure our students have the needed academic support and encouragement during this challenging year. Our goal, in spite of everything, is to close all ‘gaps’ by the end of the 20-21 school year. Thank you for your continued partnership…we appreciate all that you are doing!!
When Your Student Has The Sniffles
Please make sure you fill out a Student Absence Form each day your child misses school, in addition to calling the front desk. This form can also be found in the slider on the home page of the PCK website.
News From Our School Nurse
Please take a moment to read this update from our school nurse on monitoring symptoms and how long to keep your student at home. Thank you for your help in keeping our community healthy.
Don’t Miss Out – The Book Fair Ends Sunday
Our Virtual Book Fair closes on Sunday, December 6, so don’t miss your chance to order great books to keep your students reading. The best way to become a strong reader is to KEEP READING! Learn how the Virtual Book Fair works in this video tour. Shop for books in PCK’s fair here. Books make excellent Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, so feel free to share the link with grandparents or others who may want to get special gifts for your child. You can also gift teachers with books for their classroom libraries. If you have questions about the book fair, feel free to contact our librarian, Mrs. Wright, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stage Is Calling 6th – 8th Graders
Registration will open for participation in PCK’s Spring Production, Matilda the Musical, on Monday, December 14. The registration fee is $125 and includes most costuming and other show related expenses.
6th grade students can open enroll and will largely participate in the chorus, but may have some smaller roles once the cast list is finalized in Middle School. Auditions in grades 7 and 8 will be held via Google Meet on December 14th and 15th. Sign up for a time here, or on the Matilda Google Classroom.
Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Aplin will host a Google Meet on Thursday, December 10th, at 4:30pm to discuss how rehearsals will be different this year and the safety measures we are taking. Please join us by having your student login to their PCK account and pasting this link into the browser: meet.google.com/ndm-oebx-gfo. The session will be recorded if you’re unable to attend.
Showing Love One Can At a Time
PCK’s National Junior Honor Society has rescheduled the holiday food drive benefiting the Parker Task Force. It was originally scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving, but they will now collect food donations next week. Collections will be held in each classroom next Tuesday through Thursday, December 8-10. We are asking our families to donate the following items by grade level:
Kindies: instant mashed potatoes
1st Grade: canned green beans
2nd Grade: canned corn
3rd Grade: canned cranberry sauce
4th Grade: canned pie filling
5th Grade: canned cream of mushroom soup
6th Grade: corn bread mix
7th Grade: canned chicken stock
8th Grade: jarred or canned turkey gravy or pre-made pie shells
NJHS will have donation boxes for each classroom. Thank you for supporting them in this effort, and for caring for our neighbors in the Parker community.
News From The Foundation at PCK
This week we began our Annual Giving Campaign. The previous two weeks served as an excellent reminder of just how lucky we are to have an amazing teaching staff at PCK and how important these new programs are to keep our PCK community happy and healthy!
This year our fundraising is EXTRA IMPORTANT as funds raised are going toward supporting THEO and REO programs, as well as safety and health measures at PCK.
As Mrs. Aplin explained in an earlier newsletter, “This year, these extra funds will be especially helpful because of the cut in funding, the expected mid-year rescission, and the extra expense of hiring additional REO staff. COVID Relief Funds (CRF) have been very helpful, but unfortunately, they expire in December…and we still have the second half of the year to go.”
We’ve made donating this year easier than ever with three options:
- Simply text “pckgala” to phone number 56651. Follow the prompts to make and pay for your donation.
- Visit us online at PCKGiving.com and pay via bank draft or credit card.
- Drop off a check at the front desk or mail it to The Foundation at PCK, 11661 Pine Drive, Parker, CO 80138.
Don’t forget to check our FREE resource page to see if your employer matches your donation at https://doublethedonation.com/PCK.
Thank you for your support!
~ The Foundation at PCK
Nominate Amazing Staff Members For The Apple Awards
You can honor staff members who make a difference to your child with a nomination for an Apple Award. The Apple Awards recognize the exceptional work of Douglas County educators. There is one category for teachers, and one for other staff members. Get more information here. You can find Parker Core Knowledge under “Charter Schools.” Nominations must be submitted by December 20.
Showing Our Saturday School Spirit
This month’s Spirit Night is next Saturday, December 12th, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Chipotle at 18701 E. Mainstreet in Parker.
Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting Parker Core Knowledge to make sure 33% of the proceeds are donated to our school.
News From Our Littlest Learners
As the pandemic continues, more and more parents are looking for online learning opportunities for their children. If you have friends who would like an online option for their preschool-age child, have them contact us at 303-840-8461. POP (PCK Online Preschool) is an affordable way to enhance young children’s learning from the comfort of home.
Thank You To Our Safety Dads
Thank you to one of our Safety Dads who recently sent us his “Observations from a Safety Dad.”
- The teachers at PCK are passionate about their job and LOVE our kids….
- Our school is spotless and the people working to keep it so are working their butts off…..
- We have amazingly well-behaved kids at PCK….
- Some people drive too fast in carpool and need to put their cell phones away….
- Volunteering as Safety Dad is very rewarding and if you haven’t signed up, DO IT!…
- We are VERY fortunate to have in-school learning….
That is all….Have I mentioned that I LOVE our school?
Thanks Mrs. Aplin for all you and your staff do!”
Thank you to Jason Guthman, Marc Suhanyi, and Jose Estrella for being this week’s Safety Dads. You are awesome and we can’t thank you enough for spending the day with us.
We have lots of openings for Safety Dads in the coming weeks. Dads consistently tell us it is a fun day, and many sign up for multiple shifts! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
PCK Grads Rock the DECA State Qualifying Conference
We are PCK Proud of our former students who performed well at the recent DECA District 11 Conference! Abhay Purohit took 2nd Place in Principles of Marketing and he qualified for State. Omar Zeid is now a State alternate in Automotive Services. Congratulations, PCK grads!
A big, chocolatey Thank You to the Beck family for bringing our staff fabulous chocolates. You sure know how to make us smile!
We had breakfast covered when the Pettinato family brought yummy bagels and the Carter family brought delicious donuts. These treats were gobbled up quickly. Thank you for taking such good care of us!
Thank you to the Anderson family for bringing in individually wrapped snacks that help keep us going throughout the day.