Archive for April, 2020


From The Director

PCK is about to make history! And, we aren’t alone…PCK will join students from schools across the country for a fun, VIRTUAL, Field Day. We know how much our students look forward to Field Day, and we are so sad we can’t be together to end our year with this all-school event. Fortunately, the PE Team found an alternative. They believe it will offer a nice change of pace for our students during remote learning, and provide them with fun activities to get up and moving, away from their screens.  

The PCK PE Team connected with a group called OPEN (Online Physical Education Network), which is a national public service organization providing curriculum and training support to more than 90,000 teachers in all fifty states. Our PE Team will use OPEN’s resources and social media network to help us organize our participation in the first ever #NationalFieldDay on Friday, May 8, 2020. Regular classes will not be taught on May 8th in order to give students time to join in this online Field Day event.

I know what you’re thinking…how can our students compete remotely? Well, we are all about to find out. All #NationalFieldDay events are designed to be done indoors or outdoors using common household items. Students won’t need to purchase any specialized equipment or supplies. The younger students may need some assistance, but most students will be able to watch the demos or read the instructions, and then join in the fun. The PE Team will send out plenty of information prior to next week’s event, so be on the lookout for their crazy promo videos and supporting information. Let’s make history together by joining in the fun of #NationalField Day on May 8th. 

For questions, please feel free to contact our PE Team:  Heather Brownell, Travis Cruz, or Trevor Minshall.

I hope PCK families will participate together and enjoy a fun event for all!

Mrs. Aplin

Updates From The Specials Teachers

Projects for this week (get details on the art web page or on Google Classroom):

Grades K – 3: lesson on color theory and make a color wheel from items found at home
Grades 4 – 6: optical illusion

Character Coaching
This week’s character lesson is on diligence. We covered this trait earlier in the year, but we can all use a refresher as we finish the last month of school with excellence. It includes discussion questions, a game, and a fun video.

This week’s reading challenge results from Mrs. Wright. (4/30/20)


Mother’s and Father’s Days are quickly approaching. PCK students in grades K-5, let’s show your parents some love for all they have done for you! Click the link below to go to the PCK Music website for some great new songs to sing for them.
Mother’s and Father’s Day Songs


Check out  the PE website for details on Field Day, and don’t miss this video from the PE team.

Update from the Spanish team (4/30/20)

News from the Technology team (4/30/20)

A Year We Won’t Forget

Remote learning is on everyone’s mind right now, but we don’t want to forget all of the fantastic things we did earlier this year. That’s what our yearbook is for! Yearbooks will arrive in your mailbox at home in late May.

Special thanks to Sarah Gustashaw for being our amazing yearbook coordinator. We truly appreciate all of your hard work in creating this special keepsake, Sarah!

Congratulations To Our Earth Day Photo Contest Winners

Best Overall Photo by Jackson Tejchma, 1st grade

PCK has some very talented photographers in our midst! Thank you to everyone who entered the Earth Day Photo Contest. The submissions are all fantastic. Here are the results from the judges:

Best Overall Photo – Jackson Tejchma (1st – Miller – Tiger)

Kindergarten – 1st Grade
– 1st place – Ava Hackett (1st – Warburton)
– 2nd place – Meesha Kapoor (1st – Donovan)
– 3rd place – Ariana Spika (K – Koppenhafer)

2nd – 3rd Grade
– 1st place – Aliza Duong (2nd – Church)
– 2nd place – Monika Krupa (3rd – Kurtz)
– 3rd place – Lilia Lastar (3rd – Holton)

4th – 5th Grade
– 1st place – Austin Thiess (5th – Duran)
– 2nd place – Isabella Duong (4th – Seaback)
– 3rd place – Chyler Miller (5th – Robbins)

6th – 8th Grade
– 1st place – Dominik Krupa (6th – Becker)
– 2nd place – Jack Strahan (7th – Nelson)
– 3rd place – Grace Strahan (7th – Eckert)

You can see all of the winning entries here.

Thank you to our Earth Day Committee for organizing and judging this contest. We appreciate all of your hard work.

Looking For A Carpool For Next Year?

We partner with Way to Go to assist families with carpooling to and from school. PCK encourages carpooling for your convenience and to reduce the volume of cars going through our carpool lines.

We send our student roster to Way to Go, including parent and student names, grade levels, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (the same information provided in our student directory).

Way to Go sends participating families information on accessing a personalized list and map identifying the families living closest to them. Your information will only be shared with PCK families. Way to Go will not sell it to other businesses, agencies, or third parties. Likewise, we ask families to treat the information with privacy.

There is no obligation to participate. This is simply a great resource to meet nearby PCK families.

If you would like to “opt out” of this process and not have your information sent to Way to Go, please complete this form to decline.  

Child Care Is Available With Champions

If you are headed back to work under the new “safer at home” guidelines, Champions can help with your children. Champions is operating at Leman Academy near Stroh Ranch. For information, call Vinnie or Nicole at 720-636-3413 or visit their website.

Help Your Kids Keep On Learning

If keeping your student motivated and on task is a challenge as we enter the last month of school, see this article with 10 Ways To Motivate Your Child.

Sometimes You Just Need A Break

image saying Boredom BustersWhen your student needs a break but still has a lot of work to complete, opt for one of these short brain breaks. They are fun, get kids refocused, and only take a few minutes to complete.

Our Family-Owned Businesses Need Your Support

Many PCK families own businesses in our community. We want to help them by shopping local whenever we can. Please check the PTA Facebook page often for profiles on businesses owned by our families. Also, use our PCK Business Directory to find providers within our school family.

The Calendar Says It’s Spring, But It’s Time To Order For Fall

Skip the back-to-school crowds at the store this summer and order your child’s school supplies through School Toolbox. All the supplies your student needs will be waiting on his/her desk at our Open House in August. Learn more about School Toolbox from this flier, and order by June 7 at

Free Yogurt For PCK Families and Teachers

Swirls, on Mainstreet in Parker, is offering free frozen yogurt! All PCK families can enjoy a buy one get one free (up to 8oz) discount from April 30 – May 3 for mentioning this post. 

Also, from May 4 – 7, Swirls is honoring all teachers with free yogurt. Just show your school staff ID for up to 8oz free! Feel free to share the news with teachers you know from other schools.

Swirls has done a great job supporting us with past Spirit Nights. Now it is time to support them!

Great Things Are Happening At Home

One of the best parts of remote learning is enjoying the sunshine while working!

If you have a funny, encouraging, or inspiring story about your time at home that you’d like to share with the PCK community while we are apart, feel free to send it to Some stories/photos might appear in future issues of our newsletter!

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