Archive for February, 2021


From The Director

A penny for your thoughts! I don’t hear this phrase much anymore, but my grandmother was famous for using it whenever she wanted to initiate a conversation with me or my siblings. She would invite us to sit with her on the couch or at the table, make the offer, and then sit back while we talked. Oh, what she must have learned about us during these exchanges. Well, now it’s my turn…a penny for your thoughts! It’s time for our annual Parent Survey, and the PCK SAC (School Accountability Committee) has a new survey ready to send out to all PCK families on March 1st. 

I think we can all agree this has been a most unusual year, and the SAC decided the regular Parent Survey was not appropriate for comparison sake, so they created a new one. The new survey touches on key areas of importance to our school community, and provides a number of opportunities for your free-form comments. The goal is to gather input from the parent community, our stakeholders, in order to better understand what worked well this past year, what could have worked better, what new programs or practices were introduced that should be continued, and what we have learned from our unique and challenging Covid year. We are especially interested in how you feel your child handled and adjusted to all of the changes. The PCK staff will also complete a similar critique at year-end so we can capture valuable lessons learned and any other new ‘practices’ that were born of necessity, but have broader, lasting benefit for our school. Your input, along with that of the staff, will inform future improvements.

The Parent Survey will be open for two weeks, March 1st – March 12th, closing just before Spring Break. I kindly ask that you take a few minutes to provide us with some feedback. On Monday, March 29th, I will share the survey results with our community.

A penny for your thoughts,

Mrs. Aplin

Google Classroom and Infinite Campus for Parents Is On

The snow won’t stop tonight’s virtual Parent Education Series session on Google Classroom and Infinite Campus! Join us at 6:30pm to learn the ins and outs of these tools and how parents can use them to keep track of their students’ progress. This session will be led by Drew Robbins, one of our middle school math teachers who has also taught 5th grade and technology at PCK.

Use to join the Google Meet. You will need to log in with your student’s PCK account in order to access the meeting. This is the same login you used for parent-teacher conferences.

Enjoy Berry Blendz Next Thursday

Due to today’s weather, our Spirit Night at Berry Blendz Mainstreet is rescheduled for next Thursday, March 4th from 3:00-6:00pm. Twenty percent of net sales will be donated to PCK. Please click here for the flier.

Spring Break Fun At PCK

If you are looking for a fun-filled way for your student to spend spring break (March 15-19), our Core Care Club is here to help! Simply visit the C3 web page and complete the spring break interest form. The action-packed, camp-style programing planned for this week is sure to make it a break kids will remember.

Quench Teacher Thirst Next Thursday

The PTA is sponsoring a Rory’s Diner Lunch on Thursday, March 4th for PCK teachers and staff. Rory’s will cover the meal, but the PTA is inviting families to contribute drinks and sweets. Please click here for details and to sign up.

Get Warmed Up For Dance Fit

In just three weeks, the Foundation will kick off our Parker Core Knowledge Dance Fit on March 22nd. 

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for additional student and teacher laptops, and continued support for the THEO and REO programs. Get all of the details here.

Key dates to remember:
Donating opens on – 3/8
Kickoff Day- 3/22
NEW EVENT DAYS – K-6: 3/29; Middle School: 3/30 

Volleyball and Soccer Tryouts Are Coming Soon

Girls in grades 6 – 8 can try out for PCK’s volleyball team on Monday, March 1 and Friday, March 5 from 3:15 – 5:00pm. Details about tryouts and volleyball open gym are available here. See Ms. Brownell for more information.

Open turf sessions for those interested in trying out for the 6th – 8th grade boys or girls soccer teams are running now. Students must be registered on MySchoolBucks before attending an open turf session, though there is no fee to participate. Get details on the open turf sessions and soccer tryouts here.

Our Yearbook Needs Your Photos

Our yearbook editor needs any pictures you have taken of your kiddos this school year.  She is accepting photos from all grade levels, but especially needs candids from grades 3 – 6. You may also upload photos of your student participating in remote learning.

Here’s how to upload your photos so they can be used in the yearbook. Uploading from your mobile device is easy !

STEP 1:  Choose the One Drive app from the App Store and download onto your mobile device.

STEP 2: At the app sign in page, type:

STEP 3:  Enter the password: cougars80138

NOTE: You can click the box “Keep me signed in” to prevent having to login each time.

STEP 4: To upload photos, select the appropriate folder and press the folder to open it. Then, click the plus button on the upper right blue menu bar. Select upload from the menu and then click photos and videos. You will then be prompted to select from your photo library on your mobile device to select the pictures to upload.

We need all photos by February 28. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact our parent schoolbook editor, Sarah Gustashaw at or call/text 972-670-8716. Thanks for your assistance!

Congratulations, Mrs. Smith

Our school nurse, Debbie Smith, has been nominated for a 2021 Hall Of Fame Award from the Colorado League of Charter Schools in the category of Most Valuable Charter Contributor. She is certainly valuable to us, and we can’t thank her enough for going above and beyond this year monitoring student and staff symptoms, keeping us up-to-date on COVID protocols and recommendations, and helping us with quarantines. Winners will be announced on March 5. We are rooting for you, Debbie!

Share Your Well-Wishes

We are planning a special bulletin board to say thank you to Mrs. Aplin for her 19 years of leadership and service to our school. If you and/or your student would like to give her a card, share a special memory, send in a photograph, or otherwise share your appreciation for her, please drop it off at the front desk of the school and we will add it to our board. Thanks for helping us send Mrs. Aplin off in style as we let her know how much she means to us all.

Connecting With Character

Wordle containing words such as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, and many others.Our 1st – 4th grade students are working through a unit on managing strong emotions, while our kindergarteners are learning how to identify feelings. You can find out what your student is learning in Character Coaching using the Home Links below. These make it easy for you to talk about character with your student and reinforce lessons at home. These do not need to be signed or returned to school.

1st grade – no Home Link this week
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade

Help Support Colorado Charter Schools

The ACT Advocacy Network is an action-oriented group of public charter school families, staff, and community supporters working to strengthen and support charter schools throughout Colorado. Across our state there are 261 public charter schools serving over 130,000 students, or approximately 15% of all public school students in Colorado. The changing environment in Colorado and across the country requires us to grow and strengthen our community of charter school advocates. Efforts will be focused on state policy, district initiatives, and on electing school board members and state legislators who agree that ALL Colorado children deserve access to high-quality public school options, including charter schools.

Please see this article on what ACT is doing in Colorado. If you are already a member, please click the link in the article to update your communication preferences. If you are not yet a member, you can select the link to join today.

News From Our Littlest Learners

Mrs. Haithcoat and Mrs. Kelly’s classes are 100 days smarter! They celebrated their 100th day of school on Monday.

Thank You To Our Safety Dads

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Thank you to Greg Howell, Ken Holck, and Matt Halker (who volunteered but got snowed out today) for being this week’s Safety Dads. We appreciate you taking the time to be an extra set of eyes and ears around our school.

We have lots of openings for Safety Dads this semester. Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.

Thank You

Thank you to Laura Erhuy for bringing our staff an assortment of Girl Scout cookies. We love cookie season! Thank you for sharing with us.







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