From The Director

We are proud you chose PCK! Next week (January 26 – February 1) we celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW). NSCW is a nationwide effort that raises awareness of the options families have in K-12 education. Parents often use the week to search for schools like PCK for their children. We use the week to celebrate what makes us unique and to recognize our students, parents, and our entire staff for all of the hard work that goes into making PCK a school so many want to choose.

In that spirit, I want to thank you for choosing PCK and for sharing your wonderful children with us. Your choice and involvement in your child’s education play an essential role in our school’s success. I also want to thank all of our teachers and staff for their commitment to our students and to making PCK the best it can be. Most importantly, I want to recognize our incredible students, whose dedication to their own learning inspires all of us every day.

National School Choice Week also gives us a chance to show off our school spirit and spread the word about how we are making a positive difference in the lives of our students. Our 1st – 5th grade students will finish the statement, “I love my school because…” and those with the top three responses from each grade will receive a yellow fleece National School Choice Week scarf. We look forward to wearing our NSCW scarves and telling the PCK story during the week. We hope you will join us in celebrating!


Mrs. Aplin

Please Follow Traffic Signs

If you use the south carpool loop (the one that goes by the main entrance to the school) please remember you may not turn left onto Pine Drive during carpool hours. There is a sign posted at the corner of our driveway and Pine Drive to serve as a reminder. Avoiding left turns during these high-traffic times helps to prevent accidents and keeps our carpool process flowing smoothly so everyone can drop off and pick up their students as quickly as possible. Thanks for your help.

Help Us Keep PCK Healthy

cartoon image of a boy blowing his noseSome PCK students recently tested positive for either Influenza A or B, and also for Strep throat. If you’re wondering if your child has a cold or Influenza check out this link. Strep typically has symptoms of a sore throat and fever, but not always. For more information on Strep, click here.

The following suggestions help maintain a healthy school environment, keep children well, and stop the spread of illness.

    • Check your student’s health before leaving home, looking for symptoms of illness such as a fever of 100 or above, sore throat, diarrhea, cough, runny nose, nausea, vomiting etc. If your student vomits or has diarrhea in the morning, please keep him/her home until you determine if it was a one-time occurrence or due to illness.  This can really help decrease the spread of illness. 
    • Please do not give fever-reducing medication to a child with a fever and send him to school. Students with a fever should stay home until there has been no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil. 
    • Please keep students home when they have signs/symptoms of illness.

Students may return to school:

    • After 24 hours of medication for the following conditions:

        • Strep throat
        • Infected skin eruptions
        • Other conditions requiring antibiotics.
    • When the student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  
    • When the student has been free of diarrhea and vomiting for at least 48 hours.

The best way to prevent the of spread of illness is by:

    • Washing hands frequently, especially before eating
    • Staying home when sick.  

Thanks for helping us limit the spread of illness in order to keep students healthy and available for learning. 

Coffee Chat With Mrs. Aplin

All PCK parents are invited to an informal Coffee Chat on Tuesday, February 4 from 8:15 – 9:30am in the Middle School Commons. This is a time to ask questions and hear about things happening around the school. There is no set agenda – you are free to ask any questions you like about PCK, or just come listen to the discussion.

The Earth Day Planning Committee is Worlds Of Fun

image of a globe that says earth day across itThe Earth Day planning committee is looking for volunteers. They meet monthly through April, but do not require much time outside the meetings. Get more information here.

Support Your Child’s Positive Body Image

arrows form a circleYou won’t want to miss the next session in our Parent Education Series when Molly White, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Legacy Counseling in Parker, will present on helping kids build a positive body image and self esteem.

Outside sources bombard our youth daily with messages regarding body image. Learn about your role in promoting a positive image and how you can help support your child.

This session is Thursday, February 6 at 6:30pm. 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!

Don’t Miss Parenting With Love And Logic

If you were unable to attend the Love and Logic course last 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.

Register Today For Parent’s Night Out/Basketball Camp

Parents Night Out imageThe girl’s basketball team is hosting a “Parent’s Night Out/Basketball Camp” at PCK for all kindergarten – 5th grade students tomorrow night, January 24th, from 5:00 – 7:30pm. The cost is $20 per student. This is a fundraiser for the team. Get more information here. Registration is due TODAY, Thursday, January 23. Please complete this form to pay online if your child will attend the camp.

Last Chance To Get Tickets For Moms, Dudes, And Darts

Moms and sons will have a great time together at our Nerf dart war this Saturday, January 25, from 12:00 – 3:00pm. You can bring your own Nerf gun or use one available at the event. All darts are provided. Tickets must be purchased in advance at MySchoolBucks, and the deadline to purchase tickets is TODAY!

We also need volunteers to help make this a fun event for all. This is a great chance for dads to volunteer while moms play with the kids! Sign up here to volunteer:


We are also looking for board games to play during the event. If you can help by lending or donating a game, please sign up here:


Calling All Art Lovers

image that says art showOur annual Art Show is right around the corner and we need volunteers to help label, hang, and take down our student pieces. Get more information and sign up here. This is a fun way to get volunteer hours while seeing the amazing works of art our students create.

Testing Kids Are Hungry Kids

image of snack food packagesWhen CMAS testing starts later this spring, our hard-working students will work up quite an appetite. They love getting special snacks between tests. Please see this Sign Up Genius for more information and to volunteer to bring snacks. Remember that every $25 you spend on your donation counts as a volunteer hour.

Thank You From The Foundation At PCK

The 2019 Annual Giving Campaign has come to an end and The Foundation at PCK is so thankful for your continued support of our students, staff, and the ongoing success that PCK is known for throughout the city, county, state and nation! The support of our families allows PCK to remain a state-of-the-art school offering a BLUE RIBBON education to our children.

 Here are the results from our Annual Giving Campaign:

  • $23,550 Raised
  • $50,000 Goal
  • 18% of PCK Family Participation
  • 100% Appreciation from The Foundation at PCK!

For every $75 your family donated, your name was entered into a drawing for the reserved parking spot at PCK as our way of saying thanks for your support. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • January: The Gandolph Family
  • February: The Brandon Family
  • March: Wendy Stephens
  • April: The Malatesta Family
  • May: The Rowan Family

Magnets have also been ordered and will go home with your child upon receipt.

Thanks again for your continued support!

LEGO Club Is Back

image of Play Well logo with two interlinking gearsA new session of LEGO club starts on January 27 for students in grades K-3. It runs on Mondays through March 30 from 3:15 – 4:45. Get the details and register here. A spring session for grades K-5 will start in April. You can learn more here.

You Won’t Want To Miss Our International Festival

Make sure you stop by the PCK Events Gym on Friday, February 28 for our 3rd Annual International Festival. Students will visit the festival during the school day, and families can join in the fun from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Sample foods from around the world, and enjoy entertainment including Indian dancing and a mariachi band. Countries represented include Egypt, Vietnam, Scotland, Mexico, Belarus, and Peru. Get the details here.

Volunteers Needed For Middle School Book Fair

During our February parent/teacher conferences, we hold a middle school book fair. Many hands make light work, so we are looking for people to help set up, run, and clean up the fair. Get more details and sign up to help here.

Do We Have To Say Goodbye?

We hate saying goodbye to members of the PCK community, but we know moves and other factors lead families to different schools. If your student is not returning to PCK for the 20-21 school year, please notify the front office as soon as possible. You do not need to notify the office if your student is in 8th grade and is headed to high school.

The Future Of Science Is In Good Hands

Students are having a great time in our new Science Club, where budding scientists and engineers get hands-on experience in our lab.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Pramod Dimri, Cliff Fitch, Bobby Fielding, and Kyllion Chafin. We truly appreciate the time you took to be with us.

You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.


A Special Thank You

Thank you to the Thiess family for donating their wheel chair to the school. This will be extremely helpful when we have injured students, and we appreciate this generous gift.

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