From The Director
Getting real for a moment…In light of last week’s shooting tragedy in Parkland, FL, I want to let you all know that the safety and security of every PCK student and staff member is a responsibility that I never take for granted. Every morning when you drop your student(s) off with us at carpool, we have an implied agreement that we will return them to you safely at the end of the day…tired, but safe. You count on this and I want you to know that the trust you put in us, in our system and our security, is of paramount importance.
By way of reminder and encouragement to you that safety is always in the front of our minds, I thought I would review some of our safety policies and practices:
~On a daily basis, we maintain a secured perimeter. This mean all outside doors are locked and all parents and visitors must be let into the building by a staff member.
~On a daily basis, all parents and visitors must sign in at the front office where they are given a green security sticker to wear.
~On a daily basis, teachers or recess aides accompany our students from one location to another; they are never unsupervised when traveling as a group.
~On a daily basis, our security cameras are rolling both inside and outside the building, and we monitor student travel between our two buildings.
~On a daily basis, our staff remains alert to anything that might seem ‘off’ or suspicious, especially in our parking lot and backyard areas.
~On a daily basis, cars without a red, yellow, or green carpool tag are directed to park and pick up their student(s) at the front office.
~Several times on a daily basis, the Douglas County School Marshals walk our building, both inside and outside, and once per week one of our amazing parent volunteers (who also happens to be a police officer) donates his time to hang out and monitor our building.
~On a near weekly basis, we practice our Standard Response Protocols (SRPs), with evacuate, lockdowns and shelter in place drills. All drills are logged with the district.
~Annually, the PCK staff is trained on the four SRPs, and periodically during the year the staff receives updates on various safety related issues.
Additionally, DCSD’s security department provides resources and guidance to all schools, including charters. The Security team is ALWAYS available to provide advice or guidance about safety/security matters, big or small, and we consult with them regularly about safety questions. If you ever see or hear anything that causes you concern here at school, please do not hesitate to let me know. The more of us that remain vigilant, the safer we all will be.
Thank you for supporting our safety and security measures.
P.S. I was scheduled to resume my series on our parent volunteer organizations, but I felt this topic was timely and important given recent events. I will write about the Foundation at PCK next Thursday.
Come See Screenagers Tonight!
Don’t miss our screening of the documentary film, Screenagers tonight at 6:30 pm. This movie, directed by a physician, explores the impact of a digital world on our kids and how parents can help them navigate it. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors – all are welcome. Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up. We have a Parent Guide that will be passed out tonight, and will also be distributed in next week’s Thursday Folders. All PCK parents in attendance will receive a dress down day pass for their student(s). See the trailer here.
Our 5th – 8th grade students will see the student version of the film on Friday, so be prepared for a meaningful discussion with your child by seeing the move for yourself tonight. There will be very limited parking tomorrow and we will not have chairs set up for the student viewing, so parents are asked to see the movie tonight, not tomorrow during the day.
Our Readers Rise To The Top
Congratulations to the 4th and 6th grade Battle Of The Books teams for going undefeated in the inter-school competitions. Both teams move on to the quarter finals next week. Great job!
PCK Girls Soccer Tryouts
All PCK girls in 6th – 8th grade are invited to try out for the girls soccer team. Tryouts are next Monday, February 26, at 4:00 pm ON the PCK field. Contact Mr. Cruz with any questions.
Chess Club Starts March 1
If your 2nd-8th grader is interested in chess, give the PCK Chess Club a try! The club meets Thursday mornings from 7:00 – 7:45 am starting March 1. Click here for details. To register/pay, please go to the PCK WebStore and click on Extracurricular Activities, then Clubs.
Get Your Sock Hop Tickets Today
The PCK Sock Hop is coming on Saturday, March 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Events Gym. In addition to the dance, you can have fun with photo opportunities, a cake walk, and food trucks. Tickets are only $5 per person or $20 per family. Tickets are available now through the PCK Webstore and will not be available at the door, so buy yours today! Get the details here.
Looking For A Way To Volunteer?
Our PTA is looking for new members. All time spent helping with the PTA, including being at the meetings, counts towards your volunteer commitment. This is not only a really fun way to help the school, but it is also a great way to get to know other PCK parents. It is a nice option for parents working outside the home since most meetings and events are in the evenings or on weekends. Please contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.517.5482 if you are interested or would like more information.
Can You Send In Some Snacks?
Hot Lunch News
After Spring Break, we will have a new hot lunch vendor. Wholesome Food Services offers a variety of lunch options to meet many dietary needs, including gluten free, vegetarian, and whole grain choices. They also have selections from local restaurants we think our students will love. Additionally, pizza will be an option with Wholesome Food Services, so we will no longer have “pizza days” from Papa John’s.
Our current vendor, My Kid’s Lunch, has already issued refunds for lunches ordered past March 16. Please watch for your refund and contact My Kid’s Lunch with any questions about your account.
Ordering information will be available soon, so please watch for details in the PCK Weekly News.
Jump Rope For Heart Dress Down Days Next Week
Our Physical Education classes are wrapping up their jump rope unit in partnership with The American Heart Association, and we would like celebrate with two $5 Donation Dress Down Days. All students K-8 may donate and dress down next Tuesday Feb 27, and Wednesday Feb 28 when donating $5 per day to the American Heart Association. Students must follow dress down day rules and guidelines. All donations will be collected by the classroom teachers, and delivered to the PE teachers.
FunD Run T-Shirt Design Contest Entries Are Due Tomorrow
Students can help kick off the spring FunD Run by submitting their best t-shirt designs. Entries are due tomorrow and can be turned in at the front office. Get the details here. Next year the FunD Run will be in the fall, so the Foundation will select one design for the spring run, and one for next fall.
PCK’S New Tech Club Starts Next Week
If your 3rd – 6th grader loves technology, check out the new Tech Club coming to PCK.
- Location: PCK Desktop Tech Lab
- Dates and Time: 3rd and 4th graders: Every Tuesday from February 27th to April 17 from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. except March 20 (Spring Break) 5th and 6th graders: Every Thursday from March 1st to April 19 from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. except March 22nd (Spring Break)
- Cost: $20.00 for the entire session
- Students will learn fundamental programming concepts including the use of variables, loops, conditional logic and event handling. Pseudocode design, binary, troubleshooting logic, and computer science career paths will be introduced throughout the club session while students design and code a final project. On the last day of club, students will demonstrate their final programming project.
- Club Leader: Whitney Holland
Registration is now open on the PCK Web Store.
Club leader Whitney Holland believes that the skills developed in learning to code enable children to be successful in all of their future endeavors. She has spent the last 12 years in space systems manufacturing as a software and systems engineer. She has a Bachelors in Computer Science and multiple certifications in the Java programming language.
Save The Date For The 2018 PCK Gala
Enjoy a fun-filled evening out (without the kids) on Saturday, April 28, 6 – 10pm, while raising money for PCK.
Girls On The Run Is Racing To PCK
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls are invited to join Girls on the Run starting March 5th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30-4:30. Registration opens February 5th. For more information about the program go to www.girlsontherunrockies.org. Questions or want to coach? Ask Sarah Holton at email@example.com.
PCK Has A Hockey MVP
Congratulations to Carter Haycraft and his Arapahoe Warriors Bantam A Navy team for winning the championship in the Littleton Presidents’ Day hockey tournament! Carter was also awarded the tournament MVP. Way to go, Carter!