Archive for August, 2018


From The Director

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those who attended our Back-to-School nights last week and this week (Kindie parents are on for tonight).  There is always so much to share in such a brief time slot, but I wanted to summarize some of the General Session highlights for those who could not attend.  

Key Initiatives for 2018-19 include:

  • Safety/security – a security audit and security enhancements that will include a new parent/visitor check-in system, and, depending on the audit recommendations, some additional fencing, staff training, and cameras for our building.
  • Facility Upgrades –  the original wing of our building is aging and, understandably, will soon need a new roof and HVAC units (summer 2019, most likely).  This is a considerable undertaking and expense, but one the Board has been planning for in recent years. Additionally, we hope to complete the Elementary Science Lab in the current Champions location, as well as exploring some other facility upgrades (such as new bathroom tile in the original wing).  Finally, the Board is exploring possible adjustments to the new building classroom space.
  • Absenteeism – in response to a growing concern about the number of elective absences (non-medical/illness related) we are experiencing each year, I asked all parents to review the Special Request Absence Policy. Additionally, we introduced something new this year, the Late Testing Lab, for students who need to make up tests or quizzes due to absences.  The lab will be open and staffed M-F from 2:50 – 4:00 p.m. This will alleviate the need for teachers to spend their limited lunch or plan periods giving make-up tests and quizzes.
  • Technology – with two new teachers, a new Tech curriculum, and several new class sets of tech equipment (New Google Expedition Kits, and a class set of iPads), the Tech department will be humming.  I also asked for parent volunteers who work in the Tech fields to join a parent Tech Advisory Committee. The committee will serve as a ‘Think Tank’ for us, with parents of various expertise sharing their ideas and thoughts about PCK’s Tech program.  If you work in the Tech industry and are interested in joining us, please shoot me an email at  Our first meeting will be sometime in mid-September.
  • Volunteerism – with the goal of reaching 100% parent participation, we will be working to provide easier access and, hopefully, greater opportunities for parents to volunteer at PCK.  Please read the attached Wall Street Journal article that highlights the research about the benefits of parents volunteering at school.  I encouraged all parents to have a plan/make a plan for satisfying their 20-hour/family volunteer commitment this year. Our Parent Volunteer Planning Tool can help.

Finally, Mrs. Harth shared the 2018 CMAS results for PCK.  To say that we are SO PROUD of our students and teachers is an understatement! Our kids grew so much and did so well, placing 1st in DCSD in English/Language Arts (Grades 3-7, with our 8th graders in the #2 spot), 1st place in Math (Grades 3-8, and #2 in 8th grade Geometry), and 1st place in Science (only Grades 5 & 8 took the Science test).  These results speak VOLUMES about the hard work and effort put forth by our students, teachers, and you, their parents! And, Mrs. Harth was also quick to point out that PCK had the highest percentage of students who met or exceeded expectations in ALL categories, ALL grades. We could not be more proud. This tells us all that our program and processes are working well to deliver the results you expect from a School of Excellence.

Thanks again for joining us for Back to School Night 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mrs. Aplin

Please Welcome Our New Technology Teachers

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Sasha Henderson and Mr. Zachary Marchetti, our two new Technology teachers who started this week. We will resume a full Technology class schedule for all grades next Tuesday.  

Carpool Tip Of The Week

Attention NORTH Carpool Loop drivers: Please remember that left turns into our parking lot are not allowed during afternoon carpool (the only exception is for those parking and staying at the school, such as workers in our Champions program or those helping with after-school activities).

If you are assigned to the N3:10 green window and you arrive after 3:20, you may go through the small parking lot near the park on Center Park Loop and wait for the carpool worker stationed at that corner to wave you through. Do not cut through the park if arrive during your designated carpool window.

Thanks for doing your part to keep our carpool process running smoothly and for keeping everyone safe!

We Love Our Parents!

In an ongoing effort to help support and partner with our amazing PCK parents, our 2018 Parent Education Series kicks off next Thursday, September 6, with a free presentation called Family Structure and Academic Success: The Importance of Age-Appropriate Expectations, Routines, Physical Needs, Family Involvement, and Building A Love of Learning. This class helps families learn how to best prepare their children for academic success by understanding developmental milestones, using age-appropriate routines, understanding the importance of sleep and nutrition, and much more. It is presented by Johanna Sandis, Ph.D., Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychologist. It will run from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Middle School Commons at PCK. Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at so we have enough chairs set up for everyone.

Middle School Elective Fees Are Due

The fees for 1st Semester Middle School Electives have been posted and can be paid by going to the PCK Webstore and clicking on the “Infinite Campus Registration Fees” button. Thank you for paying your fee at your earliest convenience. 

Come Cheer On Our Runners

We are excited about our upcoming PCK K-6 FunD Run fundraiser and want to share the details with you. This event is more than just a fundraiser – it will be an all-student participation activity during school hours that will be fun, promote good fitness, and drive school spirit.  

We are trying to raise $28,000 and we can’t do it without your help. The funds will benefit all of our students.

Students attended the Kick-Off Assembly last Friday and should have brought home their pledge sheets. This year’s goal is only $75 per student – easily attainable! The best strategy is to help your student start finding sponsors right away.

  • 8/24/2018: PCK Fund Run Kick Off Assembly – Pledge collection begins
    • Help your child(ren) by sponsoring them for the PCK FunD Run and helping them find other sponsors like grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, and family friends.
    • Go to to easily send out emails to potential sponsors, make online pledges, and check online totals.
      • User name: core
      • Password: cougar
    • Check out the back of the pledge sheet and the website for the cool prizes that your child(ren) can earn.
  • 9/7/2018: PCK FunD Run Date
    • Your child(ren) will run/walk as many laps as they can around the fun track in their 30 minute run slot. The track is 1/16 of a mile (16 laps =1 mile).  Students average 25-30 laps with a 50 lap max.
    • You are welcome to come out and cheer your students on. Please park on Center Park Loop and use the access road to the 5th/6th Grade Wing to enter the field. Please note: while parents may check in at the field, if you wish to leave with your student you must check him/her out at the front desk in the main building.

Check out our video clip at:

PCK Costume Clean-Up Sale

It’s time to make some room in the theater costume closet! Plan ahead for Halloween, Castle Day, Pirate Day and all the other fun dress-up days at PCK.

The sale is Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 am – 12:00pm in the PCK parking lot (if weather is an issue the sale will be in the Events Gym).

Mrs. Myers is also seeking some parent volunteers to help her prepare and manage the sale. Please email her directly at if you’d like to help.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For… Yogurt!

Join us for the first PCK Spirit Night of the year at Swirls on Mainstreet in Parker on September 19. This is a fun way to connect with other families while raising some money for our school. Just mention PCK when you pay and our school will get a portion of the proceeds. Thanks to our PTA for organizing our Spirit Nights. 

PCK Library “Mark Your Place” Bookmark Contest

Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade library classes are invited to participate in our Mark Your Place bookmark contest. Students will receive the contest details during their library class. We are looking for original designs about books, reading, or the library. The entry deadline is September 14, and there will be one winner per class. We look forward to seeing our students’ creativity!

Sports Photographer Needed For Yearbook

picture of a cameraOur school has several official sports teams and we like to include photos of these groups in the yearbook. Pictures are usually taken right after school during a practice or before a game, and should only take 10-15 minutes.  A phone camera is all that is needed, and we can work around your schedule. If interested, please contact Joey Dame at: Remember, time spent taking pictures counts towards your required volunteer hours.

Enjoy A Treat At Home Games

Starting September 12, drinks and snacks will be sold at home sports games. Come to the concession window in the Sports Gym to see the selection. Items range in price from $1 – $2, and all proceeds go toward the middle school trip to Washington D.C. (sales from each game will be earmarked for the students volunteering in the concession stand during that game). Come support your Cougar athletes, and enjoy a treat at the same time!

Did You Know PCK Has A Photo Sharing Site?

Through our Skydrive site, we have the ability to upload or download pictures so we can share them with each other and have them available for our yearbook. Missed an event? Check the website to see if another parent may have caught your child in action and download the pictures to your home computer. Attended an event? Help out another parent by uploading your pictures to the website so others can see what they missed. As an added bonus, shared pictures are our main resource for our yearbook photos, so upload those pictures today! Here’s how:


Windows Live I.D.:

Password: cougars80138

You Are Invited!

PTA Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 11
6:30 pm
Middle School Commons

Come meet our new PTA board and find out how you can get involved with this great organization. Light refreshments will be served.

Join The Fun At Lunch

Have you ever:

 – Wondered who your child sits with at lunch?

 – Wished you could get a sneak-peek at your child during the day?

 – Wanted to work part-time, at an amazing place like PCK, on the same days your child is at school?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then we have the answer for you! Our hot lunch provider, Wholesome Food Services, is hiring lunch servers for PCK. If you would love to work at the school during lunch, this is a great opportunity. Please contact Kathy Keithline at  or Heather Newbrough at for more information.

Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to the PTA for hosting another wonderful PCK Pool Party! Thank you for all you do to make this such a fun way to kick off another great school year.

Thank you to Kelly Anderson for treating our staff to fruit and dips, and to Betina Graf for bringing Dunkin’ Donuts. We love having fun and tasty treats and appreciate you thinking of us!

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