From The Director

Happy New Year 2020! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break. The students sure seemed excited to be back at school on Tuesday (you might have been excited for them to be back, as well), and the staff was happy to welcome them back for the second half of our 2019-20 school year. Students and staff are rested, healthy, and eager for the learning ahead.  

Tonight, our Parent Education Series features Dr. Molly White from the Legacy Center of Parker, who will speak on the topic of ‘The Gift of Failure’ — helping parents develop kiddos with GRIT.  We are expecting a good number of parents for tonight’s session from 6:30-7:30pm in the Middle School Commons, so be sure to come early. Doors will open at 6:15. There is national concern surrounding the growing numbers of kids who do not possess the necessary coping skills and problem-solving strategies needed to handle everyday challenges and disappointments…basically, they lack true GRIT. I hope you will find time to join us for this interesting and timely discussion tonight.  

I look forward to seeing you tonight.

Mrs. Aplin

Welcome New Staff Members

welcome to the team imageJoin us in welcoming two additions to the PCK community! Please introduce yourself to Kelly Johnson the next time you check in at our front desk. She is the mother of two PCK students who are excited to have their mom working at the school. Our Resource Team is thrilled to have Kayla Allen join them, and we know our students will love learning with her. Welcome to the family, Kelly and Kayla!

Our Front Desk Has A New Address

When you email our front desk, please send your message to frontdesk@ckcs.net. Feel free to use this address for general questions or attendance information.

Attendance Reminders

When students are sick or need to be absent from school, please call to report your child’s absence. Additionally, teachers appreciate a quick email from parents letting them know a child will be out. Longer absences (Special Request Absences) only require the initial notification, and not a daily phone call or email. You can access the attendance line by calling 303-840-7070 and listening for the attendance line prompt.

Also, if you must pick your child up early for an afternoon activity or appointment, we kindly ask that you pick them up BEFORE 2:45. This helps us avoid the end-of-the-day chaos that can occur when we’re trying to release kids to parents AND prepare for carpool at the same time.  Thank you for this consideration.

It Is Fun To Volunteer At PCK

Do you need volunteer hours? The art room always needs volunteers in every grade level. You can find the art Sign Up Genius by going to the PCK home page, click on volunteer, and then general. We hope to get all days covered through the end of the year. Also, the art department needs yarn. If you have any to donate, please send it in with your student next week.

We are also looking for help in our lunch room. Lunch volunteers help students find seats, open food items, and clean up. It is also a nice way to see your child in the middle of the day! You can sign up here.

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.

Upcoming Parent Education Sessions

arrows form a circleIf you sent in an RSVP for The Gift of Failure led by Teri Aplin and Molly White, we look forward to seeing you tonight at 6:30 in the Middle School Commons.

Next Tuesday, January 14, we have a session called Early Math Learning from 5:30 – 7:00pm. This is targeted to parents of kindergarteners, but all are welcome. The session is taught by Amber Gardner, our Instructional Math Coach for teachers.

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 The Upcoming Fun

Our amazing PTA has some great events planned in January and February:

    • Used Uniform Collection NEXT WEEK, January 13th-17th. Please include your email with any donations of sweatshirts or plaids to receive a 20% off coupon. Those who donate plaids or sweatshirts will also be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the Dennis uniform store! Make sure all donations are within PCK dress code guidelines, clean, and gently used.
    • Enjoy a meal out when we have a Spirit Night at Chipotle from 4:00 – 8:00pm on January 22. We will have a Tokyo Joe’s Spirit Night on February 20.
    • Watch for details coming soon on our next Mother/Son event on January 25th from 12:00 – 3:00pm.
    • A Father/Daughter event is scheduled for February 29th. Save the date and watch for details to come soon.

Put Unwanted Gift Cards To Good Use

New Coding and Minecraft Clubs Are Starting

Several new technology clubs are starting in 2020. Get the details here. Our girls in grades 3 – 5 will especially love the free Girls Who Code club.

Share Your Home Country At Our International Festival

Image of a globe made of flags from around the world with figures holding hands around it

We need your help for our upcoming 3rd Annual International Festival. We are looking for more countries to be represented, in addition to the countries that have already committed. 

You may be wondering what hosting a Country Booth will entail. Here’s the scoop: On Friday, February 28th, all you need to do is bring items that are specific to your country. You can wear traditional dress, and may prepare samples of a traditional dish to share with those who come to the festival, if you wish. Our 7th grade class will create a poster for your country with pictures and bits of information. Your time commitment will be 3:00 – 6:00pm that day. You’ll have a chance to meet all of the guests and talk to them about your country. 

Additionally, we are looking for about 30 minutes of entertainment (traditional song, dance, etc). 

If you are interested in hosting a Country Booth or providing entertainment, be sure to RSVP to kresler@ckcs.net by Friday, February 14th.

MLK Day Camp at Lifetime Fitness

day camp imagePCK will be closed on Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day, and Lifetime Fitness is offering our students a special rate on their day camp. Get the details and registration information here.

Cubing Competition at PCK

image of a Rubix CubeOne of our 8th grade students, Sam Koch, is organizing a cubing competition at PCK on February 15. Registration, due by February 6, is free for PCK students. Get the details here.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Casey Reinke, Greg Howell, John Bennett, and Andrew Malatesta. We truly appreciate the time you took to help us this week.

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


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