From The Director
The start of the 20-21 school year feels a bit like a whirlwind, doesn’t it? As soon as one plan is made, new information comes out to change it, and it can be hard to keep up with everything that is going on. Please know that we are doing our very best at PCK to avoid giving you speculative information. Sometimes that means waiting longer than any of us would like to share information, and needing to make quick adjustments to both our mindsets and our schedules to accommodate the changes. We truly appreciate your flexibility and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. For the latest information, see our Back To School 2020 FAQ.
A recent change you may have heard about is Douglas County’s decision to go to a hybrid learning model. This has students attending school in-person two days a week and working remotely three days a week. As a charter school, PCK is not required to follow the district model. We are free to create our own learning plan, and our students will learn either in-person or remotely (REO) five days a week. PCK is not adopting the hybrid model. We believe our plan offers the consistency and routine that allows the best learning environment for our students, and best meets the needs of our parents and community.
For those interested in learning about our Remote Education Option (REO), we are holding a virtual information meeting tonight at 6:30pm. You can participate via Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 634 074 2326
Tonight’s virtual meeting will provide an overview of how the REO program will work, clarify parents’ role in the remote option, and address how student progress will be monitored. You may ask questions using the chat feature in Zoom. If you already know your child will return to school in-person, you do not need to attend this meeting.
Shortly after the meeting, you will receive an email with the form you will use to select in-person or REO learning for the 20-21 school year. We understand that this is a difficult decision for some families. Please understand that no matter which option you select, your child is a valued member of the PCK family and we will serve every student to the absolute best of our ability, no matter how or where they learn. We respect your choice in this matter, and honor you as members of our community.
Express Check-In Is Open
ALL families attending PCK, whether in-person or remotely, must complete Express Check-In. This is the on-line process in which you provide emergency contact information, health information, pay school fees, and much more. Every student must be registered through Express Check-In before August 6.
Please remember, you will NOT select in-person learning or REO (Remote Education Option) in Express Check-In. When you are directed to a page that asks your preference on this, note that it is not for charter schools and you should not complete that page. Only use the form you receive from PCK via email tonight to select in-person learning or REO. It is a separate form and is not part of Express Check-In. You can access Express Check-In here.
School Start Dates
We will kick off the 2020-21 school year for all students (in-person and remote) on the following dates:
Monday, August 17 – grades 6, 7, 8
Tuesday, August 18 – grades 3, 4, 5
Wednesday, August 19 – grades 1, 2
Thursday, August 20 – Kindergarten
Please be sure to send your student’s personal school supplies, a mask, and a lunch (or order hot lunch) on the first day of school. Hot lunch service starts on Tuesday, August 18, so students in grades 6 – 8 must bring lunch from home on Monday. August 17.
Don’t Miss Our Open House
Although it will look differently this year, we are excited to host our annual Open House. Please see the email you received today for details on what to expect and what to bring.
Please arrive at your designated time based on grade level and the first letter of your last name. This will help us keep a safe number of people in each area and allow for social distancing. Classroom visits will not be available during the Open House, but teachers will be sending videos of their classrooms so students can get excited about their future rooms. Additionally, we ask that only one parent accompany each student, please do not bring siblings, and everyone must wear a mask (all ages).
We will greet students and parents from each grade level in the following time windows:
- First Grade – 8:00 – 9:00 am – Events Gym (main building)
- Second Grade – 9:30 – 10:30 am – Events Gym (main building)
- Third Grade – 11:00am – 12:00 pm – Events Gym (main building)
- Fourth Grade – 8:00 – 9:00 am – Sports Gym (5th/6th building)
- Fifth Grade – 9:30 – 10:30 am – Sports Gym (5th/6th building)
- Sixth Grade – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Sports Gym (5th/6th building)
- Seventh Grade – 9:30 – 10:30 am – Middle School Commons (upstairs in main building)
- Eighth Grade – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Middle School Commons (upstairs in main building)
- Kindergarten – 1:30 – 3:00 pm – Events Gym (main building)
Within the hour designated for your grade level, please:
- Arrive at the top of the hour if your last name begins with A – H.
- Arrive at quarter past the hour if your last name begins with I – M.
- Arrive at half past the hour if your last name begins with N – S.
- Arrive at quarter til the hour if your last names begins with T – Z.
This will help us maintain an appropriate number of people in each space at any given time.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on August 6th!
PCK Emails Are Safe
When we send email messages to large groups, such as the whole school or an entire grade level, we use a DCSD-wide system called SchoolMessenger. Over the summer, SchoolMessenger began only recognizing email addresses ending in dcsdk12 as coming from within the district. You probably noticed that messages from the school now contain the warning, “**CAUTION: This email originated from outside Douglas County School District. Use caution and judgment in responding to this message.**” The DCSD tech help desk has been notified of this issue, but until it is resolved, please know that messages coming from PCK are safe and you can ignore the warning. If at any time we have a reason to believe our email system is compromised, we will notify you immediately.
Make Sure You Register For Carpool
Please make sure you register for Carpool through Express Check-In before arriving at the Open House on August 6. We call our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up process “Carpool,” so you must register and get a sign for your car, even if you only drive your own family. Every car going through our after-school pick-up line must have a sign designating which carpool loop and which time window you are assigned based on the grade of the youngest rider in your car, and you must register in order to get a sign. If you haven’t already registered for Carpool, please do so today.
News From The PTA
Our Used Uniform Sale is Sunday, August 9 from 2:00 – 4:00pm on the covered patio of the Sports Gym (5th/6th grade building). You may park in the small lot off Centerpark Loop and walk up to the 5th/6th grade building if you like. This is a great time to get gently used uniform items at great prices.
Don’t forget to stock up on spirit wear before the new school year starts! See our selection of fun shirts, sweatshirts, and more here. Please remember these items are for dress down days and for both students and parents to show their school spirit around town. They are not part of the PCK dress code.
If you are new to PCK and would like to receive the monthly PTA newsletter, please email the PTA and ask to be added to the list.
Stay Informed With The Latest Charter School News
There are many challenges to charter schools at both the state and local level, and we need all the engaged advocates we can get! Earlier this year there were attempts in the Colorado General Assembly at legislation that could have negatively impacted charter schools. The outbreak of COVID-19 disrupted these attempts, but it is expected that the legislation will be reintroduced next year.
The Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN) keeps parents informed of issues impacting charter schools, including legislation, trends, and ways you can help advocate for charters like PCK. We encourage all parents to stay informed on charter issues in Colorado. Sign up here to get updates from COCAN.
Safety Dads Will Be Back!
We are excited to continue our Safety Dad program this year. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
PCK Is Hiring
We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:
- Substitute Teacher
- Substitute Teacher
- Substitute Teacher (we really need subs!)
- Kindergarten Aide (part time)
- Elementary Teacher (Flex) – this position will be involved with remote education, details to follow.
- Core Care Club Program Aide
- Core Care Club Program Leader
Also, our facility team is looking for one full-time person during the day to help clean/disinfect, and one to join the evening crew from 5:30 – 9:30pm. The hourly rate is $14.25/hour. Those interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.