From The Director
Welcome back! I hope you all have recovered from the ‘cyclone snow bomb’ and other memorable spring break adventures. Are you ready for spring? I know I am; it’s been a long, cold winter and this School Director is eager for warmer weather and lots of beautiful Colorado sunshine!
Looking ahead, the last two months of the school year promise to be busy and jam-packed with special end-of-the-year programs, activities and events…including some fun surprises as we celebrate the completion of our 25th year as a DCSD charter school. Additionally, we will enter our standardized testing season which, whether you love it or hate it, is important in the overall evaluation of our academic program. We rely on the testing data to help us identify programmatic strengths and weaknesses, and we ultimately use this data to improve our instructional programs and strategies. Data from standardized state tests, along with our own internal assessments and MAPS data, is what allows teachers to monitor your child’s academic growth and development and, where indicated, make adjustments to help ensure their continued success. We respectfully ask that you ensure your child is in attendance throughout our testing window, and that you try to limit tardies and mid-day appointments. This will help us tremendously, and I thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
Successfully managing these final months will require great stamina, and we must help our students gear up…train…and prepare for the final push to the end of May. A few tried and true strategies for students include:
- Plenty of rest. The power of a good night’s sleep should not be underestimated!
- A commitment to stay the course and finish the year strong! This is a great opportunity to exercise perseverance and diligence.
- A good, protein-rich breakfast before coming to school each morning. Students need to fuel up in order to maintain focus and concentration. Additionally, a healthy snack and full lunch will get them through the rest of the day.
- Fresh air and fun. Balance is good and helps students maintain perspective.
- Encouraging words go a long way towards helping students approach their day with confidence and a positive attitude. I like to call it a daily ‘pep talk’ for peak performance throughout the day. My favorites include: ‘I believe you will do well today because I believe in you,’ ‘You can do anything you put your mind to doing,’ and ‘You are a hard worker and I’m so proud of you.’
Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our students healthy, engaged, and focused on finishing the year strong. I am confident the 2018-19 school year will go down as one of our best ever! I also look forward to our end-of-the-year celebration marking the completion of TWENTY-FIVE amazing years as a Douglas County charter school.
I could not be more PCK PROUD, and I hope you are too!
Dress Down Day Tomorrow
Since tomorrow is the last Friday of the month, it is an all-school dress down day. Please remember to follow our dress down day dress code.
Get Your Tickets For Newsies
Tickets are now on sale for PCK’s production of Disney’s Newsies. See what happens when boys trying to make a living selling newspapers go on strike. With memorable songs and impressive choreography, this show is fun for the whole family.
The show is Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, with show times at 1:00pm and 6:00pm, and a dinner option available each night. Get your tickets here. Don’t wait – tickets are going fast!
After-School Homework Help Is On The Way
Beginning April 2nd, PCK will pilot After-School Homework Help sessions for students in 5th – 8th grades. Sessions meet every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:45pm through May 23rd, with the exception of April 9 – 10. Each homework session costs $15. To purchase sessions, go to the PCK Web Stores on the PCK home page, select “School Store,” and sign into My School Bucks. You will see the option for After-School Homework Help sessions in My School Bucks. You may pre-purchase up to 14 sessions. Homework Help will be held in Mrs. Bender’s room (203) upstairs in the middle school wing, and students may drop in for the full 90 minutes or whatever portion of that time works with your child’s schedule. Mrs. Harper will supervise on Tuesdays and Mrs. Bender will supervise on Wednesdays. If your student is struggling with homework and is looking for extra help, please consider taking advantage of these Homework Help sessions.
Lunch Room Help Needed
If you are looking for ways to finish off your 2018-19 volunteer commitment (20 hours per year per family), you can help in our lunch room! This is not only a great way to earn volunteer hours, but you also get to work with other fun parents and staff while getting to know kids at PCK. See this Sign Up Genius for the last two months of school.
Congratulations, Battle Of The Books!
Our 5th grade Battle Of The Books team competed in the District Finals yesterday and took second place, missing only one question in the final round. What an amazing accomplishment! These students became experts in 10 books and competed in numerous battles, answering very specific, detailed questions about the books to make it to the District Finals. Way to go, team! We are proud of you!
Minecraft Club Starts April 9
Students in 2nd – 5th grade may join PCK’s Minecraft Club. The club meets on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15pm in Mrs. Henderson’s tech lab. Registration is due by April 5 through the PCK Web Store. Get the details here.
If Your Student Lost Something, We Probably Found It
Our lost and found is bursting at the seams! Please stop by the school in the next week to see if any of your family’s items are there before our next donation day. Please also remember to label EVERY item your child brings to school, including coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, balls, lunch boxes, etc. with both first and last name (and teacher’s name if possible). Please do not use initials – they do not help us return items to your student.
Register For The Summer Skills Sharpener Series
Don’t let your student be a victim of “summer brain drain,” instead, get a summer brain GAIN! Register for the PCK Summer Skills Sharpener Series for math and language refreshers. Get the details here, then register through the PCK Web Store.
See Screenagers Tonight
If you RSVP’d to see Screenagers at PCK, don’t forget we are showing it tonight! The film starts at 6:30 pm, and will be followed by a discussion time on how we can implement what we learned with our own families. We will be in Mrs. Eckert’s room, which is the last classroom on the left in the upstairs Middle School.
Holocaust Survivor Shares His Experience With Students
On Monday, our seventh grade students heard a powerful, first-hand account of the holocaust from 90-year-old Jack Adler. Mr. Adler survived two Nazi ghettos and three concentration camps during World War II. 9News came to PCK to hear his story, and you can see their report here.
It’s Butter Braid Time
Keep an eye open for your Butter Braid order form. Stock up on these delicious pastries for Easter, Mother’s Day, or just a fun family breakfast. The sale starts today, and order forms are due April 11. Braids will be ready for pick up at PCK on Thursday, April 18.
Calling Candidates For Our Board Of Directors
Two Board of Directors positions are open for election this spring. Please take a look at our Board Member Considerations to review what serving on the board entails. If you are interested in running, please submit a Letter of Intent along with a brief bio and picture to the PCK Board. The deadline for submitting your Letter of Intent is April 9th.
Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK! Elections will be held Tuesday, April 16th.
It’s Pizza Time!
Our next Spirit Night is April 10 at Artisan Pizza. Remember to mention PCK to the cashier so our school gets a portion of the proceeds.
Start Clipping Your Box Tops
Our next Box Top collection will be April 29 – May 10. It’s time to get clipping!
Vaccine Needed For All Students Entering 6th Grade
Colorado Law requires that all students in grades 6 – 12 have a booster of the Tdap vaccination, protecting them against pertussis (Whooping Cough) as well as tetanus and diphtheria. Even if your student has had the DTaP immunizations as a child, immunity wears off as children reach 10 or 11 years of age. Students who become ill with pertussis must be excluded from school for at least for 5 days during antibiotic therapy. Infants and small children who contract pertussis from school age siblings can become seriously ill.
One dose of Tdap vaccine is required for students at 6th grade entry. If your child is already in 6th – 12th grade and hasn’t had a Tdap booster, please contact your doctor. For more information regarding immunizations in Colorado, please visit the following link: Immunizations resources from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Students with non-medical exemptions must have a new exemption form signed by parents every school year. Exemption forms expire each year on June 30. Here is a link to the NonMedical Exemption form which can be printed, signed and returned to school after July 1st.
For information on Tri-County Health Department immunization resources, go to Don’t Wait! Back to school immunizations
To make an appointment at Tri-County Health Department to receive vaccinations, go to TCH-immunization clinics.
A New Session Of LEGO Club Starts April 3
All little Skywalkers in grades K-3 are invited to join Jedi Engineering With LEGO. Get the details and register here.
PCK Celebrates Earth Day 2019
April 22nd is Earth Day. Following a successful program in 2018, we are once again proud to host our week-long celebration focused on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. During the Week of April 15, students will expand their environmental learning through classroom teaching, hands-on projects, and crafting recycled art. Students are also encouraged to participate in our Earth Day Photo Contest and “How I Care for Our Earth” activities to win prizes. The celebration will culminate on Earth Day and include in-classroom visits by local environmental professionals and a special appearance by Mayor Mike Waid!
All students are invited to submit an original photo, taken this school year, to the Earth Day Photo Contest. All entries must be submitted using this Google Form by 10:00pm on April 14th. Get more details here. You can see sample photos here.
Students are also invited to submit a photo to demonstrate or share how they care for the Earth as a part of the “How I Care For Our Earth” contest. All entries must be submitted using this Google Form before Thursday, April 18th. Students may use images from past activities, but the pictures must have been taken within the current school year. All entries will earn a dress down voucher to be used on Thursday, April 25th.
You’re Invited To The 5th Grade Guitar Concerts
As part of our music curriculum, all 5th grade students learn to play the guitar. Each class has a concert next week, and everyone is invited! The concerts are in the Events Gym, and the doors open at 2:00pm.
Kennedy’s class: Monday, April 1st
Frare’s class: Tuesday, April 2nd
LaFramboise’s class: Wednesday, April 3rd
On Saturday, March 16, students from our Middle School, along with some of their parents, collected food for the Parker Task Force at the Stonegate King Soopers. They collected 53 boxes full of food, $480 in cash donations, $40 in gift cards, and 148 gallons of milk. Thanks for serving our community, Middle School!
Do You have Extra Candles?
The PCK Art Department is in need of taper candles or tea lights. If you have any you aren’t going to use, please send them to art class with your child. Thank you!
Please Bring In Your CMAS Snacks
If you signed up to bring CMAS snacks, please drop them off at the front desk as soon as possible. Thanks for your help!
Don’t Miss The Spring Gala
The Spring Gala is only two weeks away! Great activities are planned for this fun adults-only night out. Get the latests details here.
It’s not too late to get tickets. Get yours here. You won’t want to miss this evening of food, drinks, and fun at the Colorado Golf Club. The event runs from 6:00-10:00pm on April 12. Get your tickets today!
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Interested In Hosting An Exchange Student?
ASSE International Exchange Programs (https://asse.com/) is looking for loving families to welcome foreign exchange students into their homes. Host families are needed for the 2019-2020 school year. There may also be an opportunity for short term hosting over the summer.
Hosting a student from another part of the world is a life-changing experience that creates a long lasting friendship. You can choose a student from a specific country and find one who has interests similar to your family. Schools fill up their exchange student spots quickly, so the sooner you choose a new son or daughter, the better. Students have medical insurance and spending money.
Please contact Tracy Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-560-1430 for more information.
See Our New Floor When You Visit The Events Gym
In February, PCK received the gift of a floor refinishing for our Events Gym using a new restoration product from Bona. Learn about our new floor and see before and after pictures here.
A HUGE Thank You to Bill Kallergis for welding our major set piece for Newsies, and to Loy Englehardt who created the production animations. These men have spent countless hours on these major components of our show, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. Thank you!