From The Director

Happy early Valentine’s Day! Love is certainly in the air at PCK today. The school is a sea of red, pink, and white dress down day outfits, complemented by beautiful valentine boxes and bags everywhere around the building. We haven’t even begun the parties but the kids are already buzzing with excitement, happy to give and receive valentines from their classmates. It does my heart good to see the students so happy.

As the PCK community prepares for the upcoming four-day weekend, complete with Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day celebrations, I will just share a few of my favorite ‘loves’…

I love…our students! They are a source of joy, energy, and delight each and every day. I love their smiles, their hugs, their natural enthusiasm for learning, and their sweet, sweet hearts. The students are truly at the ‘heart’ of PCK’s community.

I love…our staff! Wow, I cannot imagine a more dedicated, hard-working, and caring team of professionals. Every day they demonstrate their commitment to one incredible common goal…providing the highest level of academic instruction for each child, and nurturing the development of essential building blocks for learning. They love their students and are so passionate about helping every child succeed. They are truly the ‘soul’ of PCK.

I love…the PCK community of parents and families. This year has been a challenging one for all, but there are so many silver linings. The outpouring of support and encouragement parents have shown for the staff has meant the world to us! I feel the partnership between home and school is stronger than ever, and I know for a fact we could not accomplish all that we have (and will continue to accomplish) without the love and support of our beloved community. Thank you for the grace, patience, flexibility, and trust you have shown in spades this year. You are our ‘dedicated partners,’ and we are forever grateful.

I love…the amazing experience I have enjoyed leading this school with Mrs. Harth over the many years we’ve been working together. I will retire at the end of this year at peace just knowing that she is continuing our traditions and preparing the next generation of PCK leaders to carry on the strong culture of excellence and academic accomplishment PCK is so well known for within Douglas County. The school will be in great hands with her at the helm next year. I whole-heartedly endorse and applaud the PCK Board’s two-year transition plan for our school. We agreed early on that our mutual goal was to ensure the smoothest possible transition of leadership for our school, staff, and community long-term, while at the same time carefully considering, and ultimately selecting, the right replacement to carry PCK into the future. The plan the Board put forth today will allow the appropriate time to transfer knowledge, values, and essential core tenants to a new leader or leaders.   

Finally, and simply, I love PCK! This is one incredible school no matter how you slice it. #PCKproud!

Wishing all PCK families a very Happy Valentine’s Day,

Mrs. Aplin

Enjoy the Long Weekend

There is no school tomorrow, February 12, or Monday, February 15 for the PresidentsDay weekend. Our Core Care Club is also closed on these days. Be sure to watch the Core Care Club website for full-day options when the school is closed, and sign up early if you are interested in child care for your student.

We “Love” Our Students’ Creativity This Valentine’s Day

The Valentine boxes our students brought today were absolutely amazing! We love seeing their creativity and are so thankful they could have fun with today’s celebration.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! It’s Castle Day

Our fourth grade kings, queens, jesters, jugglers, musicians, and jousters had a glorious time at Castle Day today. They did an amazing job with their acts while demonstrating some of what they learned about the Middle Ages. Great job, 4th grade!

Girls Volleyball Is A Hit

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.

News From The PTA

Our February Spirit Night is Thursday, February 25th from 3:00-6:00pm at Berry Blendz Mainstreet, in the Safeway shopping center. Twenty percent of net sales will be donated to PCK! Please click here for more details. 

Spirit Wear vs School Uniform

We have fantastic spirit wear available from our PTA. These fun shirts, sweatshirts, etc. are great for dress down days, sporting events, or wearing around town. However, they are not part of our regular school uniform. The only approved uniform sweatshirts are purchased through Dennis School Uniforms or our middle school sweatshirt ordering process. Thanks for helping your student follow our dress code!

Google Classroom and Infinite Campus for Parents

You’ve no doubt heard your student talk about Google Classroom, and when your child learned remotely this year you probably saw it. But are you comfortable helping your child navigate this virtual space? Do you know where your child needs to go to find assignments and turn them in? How do you know if your student is missing an assignment? When should you check Google Classroom and when should you log into Infinite Campus? At PCK, we use both Google Classroom and Infinite Campus, but they serve different purposes. Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 25 for a virtual parent education session on 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.

Please RSVP to ddaniels@ckcs.net to receive the Google Meet link. 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.

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: pckphotos@hotmail.com

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 gustashaw@comcast.net or call/text 972-670-8716. Thanks for your assistance!

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.

We Are Jumping For Heart Health

kids heart challenge logoWe have officially kicked off Kids Heart Challenge (KHC, formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) with the American Heart Association. All month, students in grades K-6 will be learning how to stay heart-healthy, how exercise helps your brain, and how we all can help defeat heart disease. At the end of the month we will have our yearly dress down days for all students in grades K-8; for $2 your student can dress down on Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24. All money raised will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Thank you for all your continued support of PE and all our students’ health. We look forward to an exciting and fun-filled month!  

The PE Team-

Mr. Minshall, Ms. Brownell, and Mr. Huebner

Connecting With Character

Wordle containing words such as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, and many others.Congratulations to the following students for being recognized for their outstanding character at last weeks assembly:

Ashi K. – Flexibility
Ashley H. – Responsibility, self control, and obedience
Emery K. – Obedience
Emma D. – Responsibility, patience, obedience
Harrison M. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate, patience
Isabella D. – Responsibility, ready to participate, obedience, compassion
Liam G. – Respect, ready to participate, obedience
Mia H. – Obedience, compassion
Molly R. – Obedience
Pransh D. – Respect, ready to participate, obedience
Preslie B. – Obedience
Rylann P. – Obedience
Sydney J. – Obedience, gratefulness

Help Us Celebrate Our Graduates

We are forming an 8th grade graduation committee to start planning a fun send-off for our high school-bound students. Any parent who would like to learn more about being part of this group can attend a virtual information meeting next Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00am using this link:  https://meet.google.com/dxe-gczu-ygu?hs=224. You will need to use your student’s school account to access the meeting.

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

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Enrollment for the 2021/2022 school year is open, so let your friends and family know. We have less than 15 preschool spots still available; 3 in our Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoon class, 8 in our Tuesday-Thursday afternoon class, and 3 in our Tuesday-Thursday morning class. Anyone interested can simply email preschool@ckcs.net and we’ll walk them through the enrollment process. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Thank You To Our Safety Dad

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Thank you to Kyllion Chafin for being this week’s Safety Dad. 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.







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