Archive for October, 2018


From The Director

Thank you to all parents who have come (or will be here tonight) for Parent-Teacher Conferences. The time our teachers spend with you is valuable in making sure we are doing everything we can to help your child love learning. However, if a question or concern ever comes up, please know that you do not have to wait until conference time to address it. Please send your child’s teacher an e-mail and get your questions answered right away. We truly value our partnership with you, and we want the lines of communication to be open throughout the school year.

Mrs. Aplin

Our Annual Giving Campaign Is Underway

The Foundation at PCK does an amazing job raising money for our school. We are grateful for the hard work our Foundation members put into making sure our students and staff have the “extras” they need for an exemplary school experience. Please click here to see a letter from the Foundation on this year’s Annual Giving Campaign.

Dress Down Tomorrow

Friday, October 26 is our All School Dress Down Day for the last Friday of the month.

Carpool Tip Of The Week

image of a red carPlease make sure your carpool sign is in your front windshield before entering the PCK parking lot, and please leave it in place throughout the entire carpool process. If you do not have a sign, or if you need an additional one, please stop by the front office. 

Also, please help us keep everyone safe by only having your student enter and exit your car from the passenger side. Car seats for younger children should not prohibit your student from using the passenger side door. Thanks for your help with this!

Learn How To Teach Your Child Resiliency, Grit, And More

arrows form a circleJoin us on Thursday, November 1 for the next session in our Parent Education Series, The Importance of Failure: Removing The Bubble Wrap and Fostering Resiliency, Delayed Gratification, and Grit In Your Children, taught by Johanna Sandis, Ph.D. This class helps parents understand why the instinct to protect our children may actually prevent them from developing important qualities such as self-confidence, self-reliance, resilience, and more. Parents will also learn how to help their children develop the ability to delay gratification and grow their grit and determination.

This free class runs from 6:30 – 7:30pm at PCK. Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at

Treats For Our Troops

Thanks to the coordination of two 6th grade students, Lily B. and Amanda M., our students have the opportunity to share some of their Halloween candy with our troops overseas. Sometimes the soldiers get to enjoy a sweet treat while they work, but often they give candy to local children as a way to connect with them and bring a little happiness into their war-torn areas. Here’s how we can help:

What: PCK students donate some of their Halloween candy (non-chocolate varieties are preferred since chocolate melts in hot climates).

How: Bring candy donations in a clear zippered bag to school for collection. Candy donations will be boxed and shipped to our military overseas. Two PCK dads are assigned to different units, so we will try to ship our boxes to them.

When: Bring your candy donations on Thursday, November 1 during morning carpool.

See the flier here.

It’s Butter Braid Time!

Butter Braid order forms went home today. All orders are due Thursday, November 8. You can pick up your order during afternoon carpool the following Thursday, November 15, however, if you have a large order we ask that you pick it up from the main entry of the school at 2:45 on the 15th. All morning kindergarten orders should also be picked up at 2:45 on November 15.

PCK After-School Music Theater (grades 4 & 5) Proudly Presents:

Saturday, November 17th

11:30am & 2:30pm

Tickets are $8.50 each and benefit the PCK Music Department

To Purchase Tickets Click Here!

Elf the Musical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684

PTA News

  • Don’t forget to drop off any used uniform donations during parent-teacher conferences today. The PTA drop off bin will be just past the front office in the seating area. Any plaid or PCK sweatshirt will receive a 20% off coupon to redeem at the upcoming used uniform sale on Saturday, November 10. In your donation, please provide your name and email address, and the coupon will be emailed to you (one coupon per family/donation).

  • Trunk Or Treat is coming on October 31st. If you are interested in hosting a “Trunk” please let your classroom coordinator know as soon as possible.

  • Thank you to all the families that came out to Chick-Fil-A. We had an amazing turn out!

  • Thank you to everyone who turned in Box Tops. Grade level winners will be announced soon.

  • Our next Spirit Night is November 14th at Colonna’s Pizza. We hope to see you there!

All Veterans Are Invited

stars and stripes

On Friday, November 9, we will honor all veterans of the US Military at our annual Veteran’s Day observation. If there is a Veteran in your family or circle of close friends, please invite him/her to join us. Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels, and include the name of the Veteran and the number of people coming to the event. A light breakfast will be served at 8:00am, followed by an all-school assembly at 8:30. Veterans who would like to visit a classroom to talk for about 10 minutes on their service experience, and perhaps share a piece of equipment or special keepsake from their time of service, are invited to do so following the assembly. If your Veteran would like to visit a classroom, please sign up here.

New Minecraft Club Starts Next Month

minecraft logoWe have a new Minecraft club for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders beginning next month.

Where: Mrs. Henderson’s tech lab
When: Wednesdays from Nov 7th to Dec 10th from 3:15 to 4:30
Cost: $15

Register through the PCK Webstore.

Students will need to bring their own laptops on club days and check them into the tech lab by 7:50am for safekeeping.

Square 1 Art Is Here

Our students have been busy creating their one-of-a-kind art for the Square 1 Art program. This is the art fundraiser where you can have your child’s artwork reproduced on useful and personalized keepsakes. Square 1 Art lets every child feel like an accomplished artist while raising funds for the art department. The students who completed their artwork before the deadline will have their packets by October 26th. All orders need to be placed by November 14th.  

Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins

Click here to learn about one app our Educational Technology Specialist recommends for parents, and one he suggests kids avoid.

Character Coaching Connection

Find out what your student is learning in Character Coaching with this quarter’s Character Coaching Connection newsletter.

Plans Are Underway For the International Festival

image of a globe with figures around the perimeter holding handsPCK’s International Festival Planning Committee is seeking cultural entertainment for our International Festival on March 8, 2019. If you are involved with or know of a dance/musical group that might be interested in performing here at PCK on the 8th, please contact Kristi Resler at  We are looking for 3-4 small groups of dancers or musicians to provide short performances for our students and families. Each group would perform once at a designated time during the Festival.

Additionally, we are seeking PCK parents willing to host a ‘country booth.’  Each booth will feature a different country, and include information, artifacts, costumes/traditional dress, and food samples. A 7th grade student  will be assigned to each booth to partner with the parent volunteer, and these students will research and create the educational presentation for their assigned country. If you would like to host a booth, please RSVP to Kristi Resler @ by November 16th.

*Please note, the email link to RSVP was incorrect last week. If you previously tried to contact Kristi Resler about participating in the International Festival, please send a new message to We apologize for the inconvenience.

Basketball Tryouts


After school tryouts for the PCK boys basketball team are Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th.
Girls basketball tryouts are Wednesday, November 7th and Thursday, November 8th. Please see Mr. Cruz or Mr. Minshall if you have any questions about tryouts.

Lunch Workers Needed

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.

Today Is The Last Day To Register For Love And Logic 

Our popular Love and Logic class is back for another year at PCK, with the same beloved facilitators, Bobbie Heit and Pauline Denning. The class starts October 30 and runs on Tuesdays through December 4 from 6:30-8:30pm. The class is $55 per person or $70 per couple. Get the details, including registration information here. You must pre-register for this class.

Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their drawings in our Yearbook Cover Contest. The theme of the book this year is “Beyond Words.” All entries are due next Friday.  Get the entry form and all of the details here.

Congratulations, Champ!

Last weekend, Brennan Draper (7th grade) became the Colorado Middle School State  Cross Country Champion out of approximately 500 middle school boys. An accomplishment like that truly takes dedication, perseverance, and grit. Congratulations Brennan!

You can read more about the competition and see another great picture of Brennan here.

Thank you!

Thank you to Betina Graf for bringing Dunkin’ Donuts for the teachers and staff. They were a wonderful treat we all enjoyed!

Thank you to Lauren Anderson for treating our office staff to a box of delicious Enstrom’s toffee. It was a big hit!

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