Archive for November, 2019


From The Director

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed! Three wonderful words that allow us to share what’s in our hearts. I am beyond grateful for all the wonderful students, staff, and families that make up the PCK community, and I am immeasurably thankful for the way in which this community works together to support our students and provide for the needs of our program and facility. Finally, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of all that happens here at PCK every year. As a school community, I cannot help but think that we are truly blessed beyond all measure! 

Wishing all PCK staff and families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday next week. I encourage you to stop for a moment and take stock of all that makes you feel grateful, thankful, and blessed this year.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PCK!



Dress Down Days

Since we are on Thanksgiving break the last Friday of November, we will have a dress down day this Friday, November 22 (tomorrow) as well as next Tuesday, November 26. Please remember our dress down dress code.

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day/Night

Come check out the newly remodeled Chick-Fil-A in Parker at our next Spirit Day/Night this Saturday, November 23, from 11:00am – 8:00pm. Be sure to mention PCK to the cashier so the school gets a portion of the proceeds.

News From The Music Department

Don’t Miss Alice In Wonderland this Saturday
Our 4th and 5th grade students will knock your socks off with their adorable presentation of this classic story. There are still a few seats available for our 11:30am and 2:30pm shows. Tickets are $10 each and benefit the PCK Music Department.

Click here to purchase your reserved ticket.

Registration is open now for our spring production of Shrek The Musical

Students in 6th grade may open enroll for participation in the Chorus. Students in 7th and 8th grade need to register via MySchoolBucks AND complete a character audition. Please see the Music home page for links to register and sign up for an audition. The show will run April 17th and 18th.

SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Holiday Concerts
Our students have been working hard on their upcoming holiday concerts. See the concert schedule here. They are excited to show you what they’ve learned!

Just A Few Friendly Reminders
PCK music and theater performances are very popular, and with good reason! The students and staff work hard to put on performances the whole family can enjoy, including grandparents and those with mobility issues. With that in mind, we kindly ask the following from our audiences:

      • Please keep all family member attendees, including ALL siblings, with you at all times. Young attendees should not be running around or playing on the sides of the gym or in the halls before, during, or after any PCK performance. This is for the safety and viewing pleasure of all attendees!
      • Please remain quiet during performances. It is very disruptive when the audience is noisy, and unfair to our hardworking performers.
      • We appreciate when cell phones are turned off and put away. Enjoy the performance! Some things are meant to be ‘experienced,’ and not recorded.
      • For concerts during school hours, please refrain from pulling younger/older siblings from class. This is disruptive to the class overall. Longer performances are generally scheduled at night and on weekends when the whole family can attend.
    • Please tell all of your friends and family members driving themselves to a performance that they may not park in the townhouse lot across from the school. If they park in that private lot, or if they park anywhere other than a designated parking spot, they may be towed. They may park in the small lot on Centerpark Loop if the PCK lot is full. Also, do not park within five feet of any driveway or intersection. We highly recommend carpooling.

Thank you for helping us model the same appropriate audience behavior we teach here at PCK! 

The Winter Market Is Coming

The PTA is holding a Winter Market the first week in December for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. This is a gift store set up in our school library and run by parent volunteers so students can do their own holiday gift shopping for family and friends during their library time.

Watch your Thursday folder for a budget envelope and a letter telling you more about the gift store program. This is a great opportunity to talk with your children about budgeting and the joy of giving!

Boys Basketball Coach Needed

image of a basketball in a netOur middle school boys basketball team needs a coach! The teams are ready to play, so if you like basketball, consider volunteering. You can get information on what coaching entails from Travis Cruz. If you know anyone who might be interested in coaching, please share the link to email Mr. Cruz.

Students Had Hands-On Fun At Our Tech Expo

Last week we held our first PCK Tech Expo. Companies brought in their products to let our students have hands-on experience with robotics, virtual reality, circuits, coding, and much more. The students had a blast and learned a lot about different forms of technology.

Thank you to the parent volunteers who made this event possible: presenters Matthew Bryant and Daniel Sharpe; volunteers Jason Cole, Tommy Han, Ed Mendez, Geeta Pandra, Erik Preston, and Seema Yelluru. 

Thanks also to our technology teachers, Sasha Henderson and Heather White, as well as our IT genius, Jeremiah Elfers, for coordinating this event for our students. We know it took a lot of hard work, and we appreciate all of your effort.

A Note To Our Book Fair Volunteers

Dear Book Fair Volunteers,

My enthusiastic thanks to every one of you for the many hours it took to make our book fair a success!  As with everything we do at PCK for our students, you are the key. Thank you for everything.

Mrs. Wright

Yearbook Cover Contest

Congratulations to this year’s yearbook cover contest winner, Holly Vuolo! Her fun drawing depicting our theme of “Adventure Awaits” will appear on everyone’s yearbook in May. Thanks also to Madeline Miller (1st runner up) and Grace Carroll (2nd runner up) for their beautiful submissions. 

Volunteer Painters Needed

We are looking for volunteers to paint the outdoor garden planter boxes. Volunteers must have a flexible schedule since we are working with the weather and temperature. Please contact Mrs. Barker with questions or to volunteer.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Let your creativity run wild while you earn volunteer hours! The Foundation’s Gala Committee is currently building our grade level basket teams. This is a fun way to get involved, meet other PCK parents, and participate in some healthy competition. Please sign up here to join in the fun!

Do You Have LEGOS To Share?

Ben Morris, a former PCK student, will be collecting LEGOS for the LEGO Replay program as part of his Eagle Scout project. The LEGOS will be distributed to non-profit organizations such as Teach for America and The Boys and Girls Club. If you would like to donate your used or new LEGOS, there will be a donation box in the front of the school each day for the next two weeks. If you have any questions, please email Ben at

Thank you for your support!

Camp Read S’more Was A Hit

Last week, our first graders enjoyed s’mores, crafts, and reading-related fun while their parents heard from a literacy expert on how to help their children love reading. Thank you to our first grade team and our resource teachers for all of their hard work on this memorable evening.

Butter Braids Go Home Today

Today (Thursday, November 21) is Butter Braid pick up day. Most orders will go home with your student during afternoon carpool. Large orders need to be picked up inside the school. If you have any questions or missed the large order pick up today, please contact Tricia Calandra at 303-517-5482 or  Thank you to our PTA for organizing this!

From The Foundation At PCK

The Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing and we really appreciate all of your generous donations. Please check your mailboxes for information about this year’s campaign and pledge cards. This is the second of three fundraisers The Foundation does each school year. Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $50,000. For each $75 donation you give, your name will be entered into a drawing for a parking spot for a month! We hope you had a chance to check out our posters at parent/teacher conferences showcasing some of the amazing educational tools these fundraisers provide for our PCK kids. 

Donations can be sent in with your pledge cards or done online here: Also, check to see if your employer matches donations here. Thanks again for your support!

Be About Bliss Food Drive

Our middle school National Junior Honor Society is once again collecting food for Be About Bliss, a nonprofit organization that provides food to families in need through their children’s schools. This year their goal is to provide a winter break food kit for every student at four Colorado schools, including Boston P-8, which we fully supported last year. Many children who receive free lunches at school do not have access to meals during school breaks, so these food kits are very important.

Each grade level is assigned a different food item so PCK can offer complete food kits to these families. Please see this flier for the items we need.

Thanks for helping make sure kids around Colorado have plenty to eat during the holidays.

Do You Love Selling Things Online?

Our theater department needs help selling the set pieces from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. If you like posting and selling things online, please contact Mrs. Myers. She would love some help getting these pieces sold!

Yearbook Photographers Needed

If you have a camera/smartphone and attend school events, please sign-up to be an official school photographer for 2019/2020 Yearbook! We need several volunteers to cover all the events at our active school. Please sign up in the slots below which detail the events and the assignment. All assignments can be tracked as volunteer time and count towards your annual commitment.

Please email Sarah Gustashaw at or text her at 972-670-8716 if you have any questions. Additionally, if you have any issues uploading, please feel free to send pictures directly to Sarah via email or text.

Also, we are looking for candids so feel free to email or text those with a brief description directly to Sarah.

To upload your shots go to:   


Windows Live I.D.:

Password: cougars80138

To upload pictures:

  1. Click on the Folder Name where you wish to upload your photo.
  2. Click Upload at the top to transfer your photos.
  3. Now you can directly drag and drop your photos to the upload box or click “select them from your computer” to navigate to where you have stored photos on your personal computer and transfer them for viewing.

Without you our yearbook would be empty, so thanks in advance for your work!

Love And Logic Is Back In 2020

If you missed the Love and Logic course this fall, you have another chance to get this powerful training in February. We use Love and Logic principles at school, and parents have great success using them at home as well. The course will run on Mondays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm from February 3 – March 9. Watch for details and registration information coming in January.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Andrew Stef, Jason McLeod, and Marty Mace. Next week we will have Gabriel Klein and Michael Berry. We really appreciate your help!

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

Way To Go, Champs!

Congratulations to Nick Moore, Nick Teerlinck, Brett Duffendack, and the Parker Hawks 6th/7th Grade AFC South team for their recent Super Bowl win! They beat Cherry Creek 12-0 which wrapped up their perfect, undefeated season with a record of 10-0. Congrats, Super Bowl champs!

Robotics For The Win

Two PCK students, Vrinda Gunda (4th grade) and Anshu Metpally (5th grade) are on a new robotics team that won the 2019 First Lego League regional competition. 

They competed against 47 other teams in the Southern Colorado qualifier in Colorado Springs last Saturday. They won the championship award and will compete for the state championship title on December 7. 

The teams are judged on robot design, programming, and presentation; robot execution and mission strategy; core values presentation; and innovative project presentation.

Congratulations, girls! We are PCKProud of you!

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