From The Director
I love it when our students demonstrate character, and I am especially fond of the trait INITIATIVE. Therefore, I will usually go the extra mile to help bring a student’s idea to fruition.
Last week during our character assembly, 4th graders Tyler Carberry and Claire Stohlton presented the students with an opportunity to help an organization called Shiloh House. Shiloh House is a Littleton-based organization that is committed to partnering with Colorado families and Human Service agencies in a way that promotes family stability, helps families achieve their goals, and ensures continued access to community resources once Shiloh House services have been successfully completed. Tyler and Claire wanted to raise money to help this organization, and they came up with a small fundraising idea…with a twist! Their idea was to ask students to make a small ($1 or more) donation in exchange for…NO, not a dress down day…but rather an ELECTRONIC DEVICE day! Students who made a donation would be allowed to bring a small electronic device to school and play with it during lunch recess. Since this is normally not allowed, they thought students might really embrace the idea and, ultimately, help Shiloh House through their donation. So…we are going to try it. It’s a one shot deal, but I liked the novel approach these two 4th graders came up with to encourage participation. Here’s how it will work:
WHEN: Friday (tomorrow) 1/26
WHAT: Students who make a $1 or larger donation will be allowed to bring a small non-wifi dependent device to school and play with it at lunch recess. THERE WILL BE NO WIFI ACCESS to the PCK network (it can’t sustain that volume), so all devices must have independent wifi, 3G, and/or independent data plans. If not, the devices will not work. As a parent, if you have logged into the PCK guest network, please do not share this password with your student. The guest network is for parents and PCK guests only, and we do not share the password with students.
TYPES of DEVICES: We recommend small personal game devices, phones with data plans, or Kindle/Fire type devices. The kids will only have recess time to play, so something small and contained is recommended.
SAFETY & SECURITY of DEVICES: Given the number of students who may potentially bring devices to school on Friday, PCK cannot be responsible for lost or damaged devices. STUDENTS MAY BRING DEVICES AT THEIR OWN RISK.
All devices will remain in student backpacks until lunch recess, and then be returned to said backpacks after the lunch recess.
Thank you for helping me support student creativity, initiative, and compassion. Our kids love to help others, and every now and then it’s nice for them to enjoy doing something they don’t EVER get to do here at school. If you would like to learn more about Shiloh House, please visit their website at: https://shilohhouse.org/about/. All donations made by students will go directly to Shiloh House.
Did You Get A Delayed Start Notification On Monday?
If you want to receive e-mail/text notifications from PCK and DCSD, please review your contact preferences within Campus Portal to ensure the correct email address and phone numbers are listed. To review and modify your contact preferences, visit the Campus Portal on the web (not via the Campus Portal mobile app), log into your parent account, and click on the Contact Preferences option in the left hand column. Select the types of communication you wish to receive on each communication method. You can get details on how to update your preferences here.
PCK’S New Tech Club Starts Soon
If your 3rd – 6th grader loves technology, check out the new Tech Club coming to PCK.
- Location: PCK Desktop Tech Lab
- Dates and Time: 3rd and 4th graders: Every Tuesday from February 27th to April 17 from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. except March 20 (Spring Break) 5th and 6th graders: Every Thursday from March 1st to April 19 from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. except March 22nd (Spring Break)
- Cost: $20.00 for the entire session
- Students will learn fundamental programming concepts including the use of variables, loops, conditional logic and event handling. Pseudocode design, binary, troubleshooting logic, and computer science career paths will be introduced throughout the club session while students design and code a final project. On the last day of club, students will demonstrate their final programming project.
- Club Leader: Whitney Holland
Registration opens Monday, January 29 on the PCK Web Store.
Club leader Whitney Holland believes that the skills developed in learning to code enable children to be successful in all of their future endeavors. She has spent the last 12 years in space systems manufacturing as a software and systems engineer. She has a Bachelors in Computer Science and multiple certifications in the Java programming language.
Congratulations Apple Award Nominees
Hats off to PCK’s two Apple Award nominees! David Goode (middle school humanities) is our teacher nominee, and Sara Mundt (Student Service Specialist) is our support staff nominee. Both of these remarkable staff members go above and beyond to make PCK such an amazing place for our students to learn, grow, and thrive. The Apple Awards recognize excellent school staff members who make an outstanding contribution in Douglas County.
Thank you to all of the parents who filled out nomination forms for our staff. We truly appreciate the time and effort you took in recognizing the amazing people who serve your children here at PCK.
The Competition Heats Up In Battle of The Books
Congratulations to PCK’s 4th grade and 6th grade Battle of the Books teams. They won their Battles here at school and move on to compete agains teams from other schools at the Parker Library. We know both teams will do a great job. We are so proud of all of the students who participate in this program and invest their time in reading!
Girls Soccer Coach and Ref Needed
We need some parents to help with our middle school girls soccer team. If you would be interested in coaching or serving as a ref, please contact Travis Cruz.
-Tryouts are in March
-First game is April 4th
-Season ends the last week of May
This is a great way to get involved and help our middle school athletics program.
Girls On The Run Is Racing To PCK
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls are invited to join Girls on the Run starting March 5th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30-4:30. Registration opens February 5th. For more information about the program go to www.girlsontherunrockies.org. Questions or want to coach? Ask Sarah Holton at email@example.com.
Get Out Your Poodle Skirts and Rolled Jeans
We are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize the Sock Hop scheduled for Saturday, March 3. Please contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.517.5482 if you can help. This is a fun event and volunteering is a great way to get to know other PCK parents.
Yearbook Photos Needed
We need your help! The yearbook deadline is right around the corner and we need photos to fill the pages. We are in great need of pictures at EVERY GRADE, plus band, choir, Battle of the Books, girls basketball, theater, and Family Fun Day. To contribute, all you have to do is upload your pictures to the school’s photo website, Skydrive.
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
If we do not get more pictures added to Skydrive, our yearbook is going to be very empty. Remember, time spent uploading counts towards your volunteer hours. If you have any problems uploading, please email your pictures directly to Joey Dame at email@example.com.
Would You Like To Be A Vendor?
PCK’s 1st Vendor/Craft Fair will be Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Events Gym. If you would like to be a vendor please see the attached vendor flier and application form. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.
Save The Date For Screenagers
On February 22, PCK will host a special showing of the documentary film Screenagers – Growing Up In The Digital Age. This critically acclaimed film explores the impact of technology and personal devices on children. The movie was directed by a Seattle doctor and filmmaker who uses her own experience with her children as a basis for the story. The movie will start at 6:30 at PCK. See the trailer here.
PCK’s School Psychologist Says Yes to Y.E.S.S.
Hello PCK Parents,
I recently attended the Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy presentation that is open to parents next Thursday, February 1 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Personally, I think the program is much more informative and helpful than the official flier might lead you to believe. I found the information to be eye-opening and enlightening as to how smart phones and social/digital media is emotionally impacting our children and the high-risk safety factors they are exposed to.
Please take a moment to open the registration link and watch the short video there, then register for the event. If you don’t register, you will still be allowed into the event that night, but registering ensures there will be enough materials for everyone.
Mark Karas, Ed.S., NCSP
PCK School Psychologist
Calling Parent Travelers
PCK is excited to have a new middle school elective called Around the World. Students in this elective will “travel the world” by exploring the cultures of different countries. This semester, they have selected these countries:
North America – Honduras, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and Costa Rica
South America – Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela
Africa – Madagascar, Egypt, and Kenya
Europe – France, England, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Scandinavia, Germany, Hungary, and Czech Republic
Asia – India, China, Russia, Japan, Philippines, and Thailand
Guest speakers will provide personal experiences and insight into these countries’ cultures. They will be given information about what can/can not be included, and presentations can vary from 15-50 minutes. If you have a connection to any of these countries and would like to be a guest speaker in this class, please contact Mrs. Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kudos to the Family Fun volunteers! Thank you for coming out in the snow to make this event a success – Brenda Dykstra, Taryn Hamen-Johnson, Tom Hertzberg, Michelle Ibarra, Prashant and Yash Jadhav, Craig Kindred, Angela Rachubinski, Brian Rowan, and Sangeetha Tadimalla. We also appreciate our photographers who caught some great moments – Kim Anderson, Corey Yanzito and Linda Zoz. And to our mascot volunteers, we are so grateful – Corinne Marceau, Clay Smith and Jordyn Sabeh.