From The Director
The cold and flu season is hitting Douglas County with a vengeance, and PCK is not immune. This week we have seen absences spike, particularly in kindergarten and first grade, but there are also students in other grades with reported illnesses. Our School Nurse has reviewed each of the reported cases and has confirmed a few positive cases of Influenza A or B and strep throat, along with other presumed viruses. Symptoms of these “other” viral illnesses include:
- A respiratory illness with fever, sore throat, cough and runny nose. This illness has kept students sick for 2-5 days. Some students with this illness were tested for Influenza since symptoms are similar but were negative for Influenza.
- A stomach-related illness with stomach ache, fever, occasional vomiting (maybe just once) and headache. This illness seems to be lasting 2-3 days.
We strongly encourage parents to monitor your children closely and, when in doubt, to err on the side of caution and keep them home if they have any of the aforementioned symptoms, even if they do not have a fever. Today we sent home 13 students with fever and other symptoms. Please remember that students with a fever must stay home for 24 hours after the fever has gone away without fever-reducing medication. Students who have vomiting must also stay home for 24 hours after they last vomited.
As you can imagine, several staff members are also struggling to stay healthy, and we are asking staff to adhere to the same protocols before returning to school after being sick. Additionally, the school is being diligent with cleaning, especially in the classrooms with many ill students, and is making arrangements for a deeper disinfecting cleaning over the next few days.
According to our nurse, the best things we can do to reduce the spread of illness is to wash hands frequently, and stay home when sick and until the fever and/or vomiting is gone for 24 hours.
Also, when calling in your child’s absence, please leave as much detail about the illness as possible. This helps us track the different illnesses and where they are in our building.
Thank you for your cooperation as we do everything in our power to keep both students and staff healthy during this peak in the cold/flu season.
Dress Down Day Tomorrow
Tomorrow is our regular dress down day on the last Friday of the month. Please remember our dress down day dress code.
Coffee Chat With Mrs. Aplin
All PCK parents are invited to an informal Coffee Chat on Tuesday, February 4 from 8:15 – 9:30am in the Middle School Commons. This is a time to ask questions and hear about things happening around the school. There is no set agenda – you are free to ask any questions you like about PCK, or just come listen to the discussion.
Kids Are Jumping For Heart Health
We are starting our Kids Heart Challenge jump rope unit in PE. This annual event not only promotes a fun form of physical activity while teaching students about heart health, but also raises money for the American Heart Association. Donations are due February 28, and our Kids Heart Challenge Event Day is March 13. You can learn about Kids Heart Challenge here, and your student can start gathering donations by signing up here or on the Kids Heart Challenge app available for iPhone and Android.
Many prizes are available, including discounted Denver Nuggets tickets and a chance to shoot hoops ON COURT for those raising $50 or more. Get details about this opportunity here.
Thanks for helping us build healthy hearts at PCK and across America!
Get Ready For The Gala
The Foundation at PCK is hosting our annual Spring Gala on April 25th at 6:00pm at the Colorado Golf Club. Check your email for a message sent earlier today about sponsorship opportunities. The Spring Gala is a great time to have fun, connect with other PCK families, and support our school!
Conferences Are Coming
Parent/teacher conferences are February 11 and 12. Watch your email for the link to sign up.
Please note we will have early dismissals on conference days. Class will end at 12:00pm and carpool waves will run at 12:10, 12:20, and 12:30. Please use your normal carpool loop on these days, but arrive three hours earlier than usual.
The Earth Day Planning Committee is Worlds Of Fun
The Earth Day planning committee is looking for volunteers. They meet monthly through April, but do not require much time outside the meetings. Get more information here.
Calling All Art Lovers
Our annual Art Show is right around the corner and we need volunteers to help label, hang, and take down our student pieces. Get more information and sign up here. This is a fun way to get volunteer hours while seeing the amazing works of art our students create.
Testing Kids Are Hungry Kids
When CMAS testing starts later this spring, our hard-working students will work up quite an appetite. They love getting special snacks between tests. Please see this Sign Up Genius for more information and to volunteer to bring snacks. Remember that every $25 you spend on your donation counts as a volunteer hour.
You Won’t Want To Miss Our International Festival
Make sure you stop by the PCK Events Gym on Friday, February 28 for our 3rd Annual International Festival. Students will visit the festival during the school day, and families can join in the fun from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Sample foods from around the world, and enjoy entertainment including Indian dancing and a mariachi band. Countries represented include Egypt, Vietnam, Scotland, Mexico, Belarus, and Peru. Get the details here.
Save The Date For Our Father/Daughter Dance
Our PTA is hard at work planning a father/daughter dance on February 29 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at PCK. Tickets will go on sale the week before the dance and must be purchased online. They will not be available at the door. Watch for more details coming soon!
Volunteers Needed For Middle School Book Fair
During our February parent/teacher conferences, we hold a middle school book fair. Many hands make light work, so we are looking for people to help set up, run, and clean up the fair. Get more details and sign up to help here.
Support Your Child’s Positive Body Image
You won’t want to miss the next session in our Parent Education Series when Molly White, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Legacy Counseling in Parker, will present on helping kids build a positive body image and self esteem.
Outside sources bombard our youth daily with messages regarding body image. Learn about your role in promoting a positive image and how you can help support your child.
This session is next Thursday, February 6 at 6:30pm. Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend. Don’t forget you can log one hour of volunteer time for each Parent Education session you attend!
Don’t Miss Parenting With Love And Logic
If you were unable to attend the Love and Logic course last 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. You can learn more about it and register here.
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Jeff Olson, Bobby Fielding, and, Jose Estrella. We truly appreciate the time you took to be with us.
You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.
Basketball Camp Scored Big With Our Students
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Parents Night Out/Basketball Camp supporting our girls basketball team. We had a great turn out and everyone had a fun evening.