From The Director
Welcome back and Happy New Year, PCK! We are excited to have everyone back at school, ready for a strong, healthy second semester. It has been so nice seeing all the smiling faces of our students back in the building. I know it sounds silly to the students, but we really do miss them over the breaks.
With all the focus on Covid last semester, you may not know that we introduced a new character curriculum to the students. The new curriculum is called Second Step, and we received grant funds to purchase this comprehensive character, SEL (social-emotional learning), and anti-bullying program. So far, we are very pleased with how the students are responding to the new material. Our kindergarten through 4th grade students have regularly scheduled lessons that focus on not only character development, but also social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, healthy conflict resolution, problem solving skills, and more. The curriculum uses a variety of teaching tools including games, songs, puppets, videos, and more to reinforce each lesson. If you have students in kindergarten or first grade, ask them about Sally the Snail and Pierre the Puppy. Our young learners absolutely love their new puppet friends! You can learn more about what your student is covering in Character Coaching with the Home Links in our Thursday newsletter. These give you a glimpse at the curriculum, as well as activities to do at home as a family to reinforce the lessons taught at school. You can also learn more about the Second Step curriculum here.
While our older students are not using the Second Step curriculum at this time, we are now sharing ideas and strategies from the program over our morning announcements so all students can benefit. Due to our social distancing efforts, our 5th – 8th grade students have been unable to hold their monthly character discussion groups, so we hope these little nuggets of wisdom on the announcements will give them an opportunity to think about how they demonstrate the strong character they have been cultivating over their years at PCK. We continue to hold out hope that we can resume the small group discussion time later this year.
This has certainly been a year where we’ve seen our students’ growing character on display. The flexibility, perseverance, and compassion they’ve shown in the midst of challenging circumstances is impressive, and we love seeing the character lessons we’ve taught shining through. We are so PCKproud of our students!
I am confident that we will continue to see evidence of the growing character in our school this semester, and in the years ahead. We are character-ready for a great second half of the year!
Reading 101 For Parents
Reading is the most important skill we teach, and it is also the most complex. When is a child a good reader? Our teachers in K-3rd grade focus a great amount of energy on teaching the different components of reading, but we need parents to team with us to create strong readers.
Please join Johanna Harth, our Vice Director for Academics, and Ellen Hall, our Tier Two Intervention Manager, for an evening of information and Q & A regarding PCK’s reading program. Reading 101 For Parents will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 19 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. The topics will include:
- When is a child a good reader?
- The importance of learning to read before 3rd grade
- The components of reading and the steps to comprehension
- Our job: to teach your child to read. Your job, and the most important one: to teach your child to love reading!
- Classroom instruction and WIN groups
Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at email@example.com to receive the Google Meet link. You will need a gmail address to join the call, and may use your student’s school account if needed.
You can submit questions in advance using this form. Questions need to be submitted by Friday, January 15.
News From The PTA
Our January Spirit Night is next Thursday, January 14, from 4:00 – 8:30pm at the Parker Tokyo Joe’s. This is a fantastic opportunity to show your support for our school while enjoying great Signature Bowls, sushi, and small bites. Be sure to mention PCK, bring in this flier, or enter the online coupon code SCHOOLFUND.
The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30pm, and everyone is invited to join us online. The PCK PTA promotes parent involvement and cohesion to bring our school community closer. We also plan and execute activities and events for the PCK community. Join us to connect with other parents while staying informed.
Zoom Meeting details:
Meeting ID: 839 1264 2644
Come Claim Your Lost Items
Our lost and found is overflowing! Please stop by the school between 9:00am – 2:00pm tomorrow, January 8, to see if we have anything belonging to your family. All lost and found items will be outside the main entrance to the school. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
What Can Get Lost, Broken, Or Just Plain Gross?
If you guessed “face masks,” you are right! Please make sure your child has an extra mask in his or her backpack for those unexpected mask emergencies. Thank you!
Connecting With Character
This week our 1st – 4th grade classes are resuming the Second Step SEL (social-emotional learning) program. You can use the Home Links below to help your child review and practice what is taught at school. You do not need to sign or return them.
It’s Not Too Late To Donate
The Foundation at PCK’s Annual Giving Campaign runs through January, so if you haven’t yet made a donation there is still time. You can donate by:
- Texting “pckgala” to 56651. Follow the prompts to make your donation.
- Donating online at PCKGiving.com.
- Dropping off a check at the front desk or mailing it to The Foundation at PCK, 11661 Pine Drive, Parker, CO 80138.
- Seeing if your employer matches your donation at https://doublethedonation.com/PCK.
If you have already donated, thank you! The funds raised in this campaign will be used to continue our THEO and REO programs this semester since our COVID Relief Funds expired in December.
Last Call For Full-Day Care
PCK will be closed on Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. If you need full-day care for your child that day, please click here to access the Core Care Club website, then complete the interest form. If enough families are interested, we will offer a full day of fun for $50 per student. Please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible.
Two questions about when students can return to school after symptoms or an exposure have come up lately. Click here to get the details from Debbie Smith, our school nurse.
News From Our Littlest Learners
Happy New Year from all of us in preschool to all of you! Enrollment for the 2021/2022 school year is open, so let your friends and family know. All they need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll walk them through the enrollment process.
Thank You To Our Safety Dads
Thank you to Patrick Whitehorn and Erik Glenn 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 this semester. Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.