From The Director
Calling All Dads! Will you help us this year and Stand Up for Safety? With school safety on everyone’s mind these days, I am asking PCK dads, in particular, to join us onsite one day per year…per dad…during the school week to provide an added layer of protection while students are in school. The goals of this initiative are simple:
- More eyes and ears to enhance school security and help reduce bullying types of behavior.
- Provide positive male role models for our students as dads demonstrate by their presence that parent involvement in education is important.
Dads who Stand Up for Safety may be asked to spend their time onsite reading to students; patrolling the school perimeter, entrances and hallways; assisting with carpool and recess; having lunch in the lunchroom with our students; and helping us manage larger school/class events. Just the presence of more dads onsite adds to our overall sense of safety and security. All dads who elect to Stand Up for Safety will be asked to watch a short school safety and procedures (SRP) video prior to volunteering, and all dads who participate must be registered as PCK volunteers in Raptor.
It will be our pleasure to give a big shout out to our volunteer dads each day during morning announcements, and I know students will be so proud to have their dads helping out in this important way. Dads, will you help us out by volunteering to Stand Up for Safety this year? You can sign-up using the following link:
Please initially sign up for one day per dad. If we have days that don’t get filled, we will let you know and will open the sign up for dads who would like to volunteer on additional days.
As I mentioned during Back-to-School Night, I am 100% committed to providing the safest, most secure school environment for our students, staff, and parent community! Thank you, in advance, for supporting our community-wide effort by volunteering to Stand Up for Safety!
Dress Down Tomorrow
Tomorrow is our first dress down day of the year. We have a school-wide dress down day on the last Friday of every month. Students do not need to wear uniforms on dress down days, but do need to adhere to our dress down day dress code.
Happy Labor Day!
We hope you enjoy the long Labor Day weekend with the day off on Monday. If you are planning to pick your student up early on Friday to get a jump on the weekend, please understand that our elementary students will be in the FunD Run assembly from 2:15 – 2:45 and we will be unable to call elementary students for early dismissal during this time. This includes the siblings of 6th graders returning from Science Camp. If you arrive during this time, you will have to wait until 2:45 to get your child. If you have a previously scheduled appointment, please plan to pick your student up before 2:15 or after 2:45. Thanks for understanding the challenges of pulling students from an assembly.
Start-Of-Year Carpool Reminders
Our carpool process is off to a good start and is already flowing more quickly. However, we can make it even a faster with a few friendly reminders:
- In the morning, please have your child get out the first time you stop with the line in the unloading area. Do not allow your child to stay in the car to be dropped closer to the door or at the front of the unloading area.
- Please make sure your child is ready to get out of the car when you arrive at school. Backpacks should be with your child, not in the trunk or a different part of the car.
- In keeping with traffic law, please come to a complete stop at the stop sign when leaving our parking lot (both exits have stop signs). Also, remember there may be cars continuing past our lot and not turning in (especially on Centennial Drive). Don’t assume all cars are turning in.
- Please be on the lookout for pedestrians. We may have people walking through the lot going to or from their parked cars, or unexpected circumstances that put people in the wrong place. Please drive slowly and stay alert for the unexpected.
If you use the north loop, please remember:
- No left turn into the parking lot from Centennial Drive during either morning or afternoon carpool.
- Please follow the posted speed limit and one way direction on Centerpark Loop.
- N3:10 drivers – if you arrive early and are first in line for carpool, please observe the “No Parking” sign posted near the corner of Center Park Loop and Centennial Drive and start the line behind the sign.
Thanks for helping us keep things moving!
Don’t Miss Our Early Literacy Panel Discussion
Our 2019-20 Parent Education Series kicks off next Thursday, September 5, with a panel discussion on early literacy at 6:30pm. Panelists include teachers from our preschool, kindergarten, first grade, resource team, and our Vice Director In Charge of Academics. Learn how to make the most of reading with your child, including how to select the right material, motivate reluctant readers, and make reading fun. Feel free to bring your questions for our reading experts and be ready for a vibrant discussion on reading with young children. Please note our Parent Education Series sessions are for parents only, and childcare is not provided.
Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels.
The Fun Starts Tomorrow With Our FunD Run Assembly
Our annual FunD Run assembly is tomorrow, August 30. It is a high-energy way to get everyone excited for our September 13 run. You received an email on Wednesday with details, but information will also be coming home tomorrow. This fun event is a student favorite! Get the details here.
Do You Have Financial Expertise?
The PCK Board of Directors is exploring different financial options to fund various capital projects included in our Master Capital Plan. We are seeking parent volunteers who either work in the financial sector and/or have a strong financial background (finance, bond brokers, etc.) to help the Board explore potential financing options. This new finance subcommittee would lend their financial expertise to the process of vetting bond/loan options over the next several months, ultimately making a recommendation to the Board. If you are interested in participating, please email the Board and a member will be in touch with you shortly.
Get Faster Updates Via Text
If you would like to receive updates and notifications via text message from PCK and DCSD, please log in to your Infinite Campus account and click on “More” in the left-hand column. Navigate to “Family Information” and review your contact information. Make sure you click the box to select SMS (texts) for emergency and school notifications. The next step is critical:
- Send a text to 68453 with the message “YES”
If you do not complete this registration process, you will not receive text messages, including emergency notifications. If you need further information regarding emergency messaging, please visit https://tinyurl.com/textdcsd.
Building Brains With LEGO
LEGO Club is back with Intro To STEM Using LEGO. The new school year means new building projects, so sign up for the fun! The club runs after school on Mondays from September 9 – November 4 for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Get the details here. Click here to register.
Make A Difference At PCK On The SAC
The PCK School Accountability Committee (SAC) is looking new parent members for the 2019-20 school year. The SAC is responsible for soliciting parent input, representing parent voice, and making recommendations to the PCK Administration in the areas of school climate/culture and safety/security. The SAC meets monthly with Mrs. Aplin, and there could be some additional work outside of monthly meetings. If you would like to join the SAC (or even visit a meeting or two to check it out), please join us for the fall kick-off meeting on September 12 at 8 a.m. in the PCK conference room. Please remember that all parent volunteers must first be set up as volunteers in Raptor. Hope to see you on the 12th!
PCK Cares Helps Feed Hungry Kids
Last weekend, 52 middle school students and 40 adults from PCK joined members of the community in a Feed My Starving Children food packing event. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that packages nutritious, easy-to-cook, non-perishable food packets that are sent to populations in need around the world. We helped pack 272,160 meals, which will feed 746 kids for a full year! PCK Cares will also volunteer at the next Feed My Starving Children event at Parker United Methodist Church on Sept 27 and 28. There are still spots available for more middle school students and parents to join us. Contact Susan Bennett for details.
Congratulations, 6th Grade Reading Winner
Ashlyn Eckert won the 6th grade drawing for the summer reading challenge. She won an Amazon gift card. Congratulations, Ashlyn!
Homework Help Is Available After School
If your student needs some extra support with homework, PCK’s middle school National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is here to help.
For students in kindergarten through 4th grade, NJHS members are available from 3:15 – 4:15pm to help with organization, completion of homework, and studying for tests. To register, send an email to email@example.com with your child’s name and the days of the week your student is available. The cost is $10 per session, cash only.
Our 5th through 8th grade students can get help from Mrs. Bender or Mrs. Harper every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:15 – 4:45. Students may stay for whatever portion of this time works with their schedules. These sessions are purchased through the PCK Web Store for $15 each, or you can buy a bundle of 12 sessions for $150. Contact Laurie Bender or Stephanie Harper with any questions.
Being A Soccer Referee Is A Kick!
Our Athletic Department needs a boys soccer referee for the fall season. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Mr. Cruz for more information.
Our Middle School boys soccer team will allow some 6th grade boys to try out for the team. Please contact Mr. Cruz if interested.
Stay Connected With Directory On Tap
Our handy on-line directory is managed by Directory On Tap (DOT). This is an easy way to get in touch with the parents of other students to arrange play dates, carpools, and more. The information published in the Directory includes the parent names, student name(s), phone number, address, and email you gave when registering for the school year. If you do not want to be included in the directory, you may opt out here. If you choose to opt out, you must complete the form by Friday, August 30. The directory includes an alphabetized list of all PCK families, as well as class rosters, and will be available in early September.
Our Hearts Are With The Singh Family
It is with deep sorrow that we inform the PCK community about the recent death of one of our Preschool parents. Smita Singh passed away unexpectedly last Friday, August 24. Her two children are enrolled in our Preschool and Jr. Kindergarten programs. Please join us in offering our sincere condolences to the Singh family in this time of sorrow.