From The Director
PTA!…PTA!…PTA! This parent-led organization deserves its own cheer! As the official community-building arm of the school, the PTA Board and parent volunteers work tirelessly to plan, organize and deliver a variety of fun, family-friendly events for the PCK community at large. From the annual Back-to-School Pool Party, to other wonderful events like the Fall Festival, Family Fun Day, Movie Nights, the Sock Hop, Used Uniform Sales, Butter Braids, Toolboxes, and the new PCK Family Business & Vendor Fair coming this spring, PTA members keep us engaged as a school community. Each event is specifically designed to bring our students and families together, or to provide a valuable service to our community. The cost for most events is intentionally kept low (these ARE NOT fundraisers) so that the largest possible number of students and families can participate. The PCK PTA’s focus is different from other PTA’s in that they are wholly focused on community building rather than fundraising, and they do a great job of helping our parents get to know one another and enjoy being part of the PCK family.
Like the PCK Board, the PTA is also facing turnover in its leadership this spring, and current PTA board members are looking for new parents who are willing to jump in and lead our PTA into the future. If you enjoy planning events, meeting new people, and helping families within our community connect with others, the PTA is a perfect fit for you! The PTA is also a great way to serve our school community, log some volunteer hours, and get to know many of PCK’s wonderful families. Don’t be shy…attend a PTA meeting, raise your hand and volunteer to lead a project or help with an event…it’s easy.
For more information about the PTA, please contact Tricia Calandra, PTA President, at email@example.com, and/or attend an upcoming PTA meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday night (2/13) at 6:30 p.m. in the MS Commons. All parents are welcome.
Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Next Week
If you haven’t already signed up for a conference with your child’s teacher, you can sign up here. Conferences are next Tuesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 15. We have early dismissals on both days. Carpool will begin at 1:10, so if you are normally in the 3:10-3:20 window, you will pick up between 1:10-1:20 on Tuesday and Thursday. If you normally pick up at 3:20, please be at the school at 1:20. The 3:30 window will start at 1:30 both days. Please call the PCK front office if you have questions about this schedule.
Mark Your Calendar For A 4-Day Weekend!
PCK will be closed next Friday, February 16, and Monday, February 19 for the President’s Day holiday. Enjoy the long weekend!
PCK Has Award-Winning Students and Staff
Congratulations to all PCK students, staff, and families for once again being awarded the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. Only 11 schools in Douglas County were awarded the John Irwin, which recognizes schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time.
The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award goes to schools showing exceptional growth. This is a difficult award for high-performing schools like PCK to receive because we already do a great job, but our hard-working students continue to put forth their very best and keep growing. Only 9 Douglas County schools received this recognition.
We are the ONLY charter school to receive both awards. The hard work and dedication of everyone in the PCK family shines in all that we do, and these awards are a great reminder of what we accomplish every day here at PCK.
Math Club Students Make It To State
On February 3rd, PCK’s Competitive Math Club went to the regional MathCounts competition on the campus of the University of Denver. Months of preparation went into the toughest rivalry in the state. Congratulations to the 3 students who will advance to the state competition in March: Sanjit Patil, Eshaan Sharma, and Joon Cho. Great job, Math Club – we are so proud of you!
One Day, One Awesome New Gym, TWO PCK CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to both the girls AND boys basketball teams on your SMAC Basketball Championships. Both teams played last Thursday and both walked away with the win. Way to go, Cougars!
Character Counts At PCK
Hats off to all of the students recognized for their outstanding character at last week’s assembly:
Amulya T. – Self-control
Ayush P. – Responsibility, Courage
Blake B. – Ready to Participate, Self-control
Cameron C. – Self-control
Cohen A. – Helpfulness
Corinne M. – Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Eshanth M. – Patience, Self-control
Evan J. – Self-control
Jaiden Myers – Self-control
James G. – Self-control
Jessica H. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Jodi C. – Responsibility, Self-control
Jude C. – Courtesy
Julia R. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Self-control
Kyle D. – Helpfulness
Lucas B. – Self-control
Lynsey J. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Makenna L. – Patience, Honesty
Mia L. – Self-control
Reid D. – Determination
Savannah R. – Helpfulness
Sophie D. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Sophie L. – Self-control
Tyler S. – Respect, Responsibility,
Zaine R. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
The Middle School Book Fair Is Next Week
Get Jumping For Jump Rope For Heart
As part of an ongoing unit in the month of February in the elementary school Physical Education classes, Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Minshall have partnered with The American Heart Association and Jump Rope for Heart to bring PCK students the knowledge and joy of being physically active and fit. In celebration of this, we would like the students to take part in two $5 Donation Dress Down Days to celebrate the end of their Jump Rope for Heart Unit. All students K-8 may donate and dress down on the two days, donating $5 per day to the American Heart Association. We ask students to please follow dress down day rules and guidelines. Jump Rope Dress Down Days are Tuesday Feb 27, and Wednesday Feb 28, 2018.
If you are willing, please allow your child(ren) to dress down on both days and give a small donation to benefit the AHA. All donations will be collected by the classroom teachers, and delivered to the PE teachers.
Thank you for your help in this process!
Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Minshall
Student Docents Needed For The Art Show
The Art Department is looking for enthusiastic students who love art and are willing to greet families at the school art show on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15. The shifts will be about 2 hours. Email Mrs. Barker as soon as possible if your student is interested in volunteering.
The PCK Art Show for kindergarten through 6th grade will be displayed during parent-teacher conferences on Feb. 13th and 15th. We encourage parents to plan on coming before or after their child’s conference to look at all the artwork displayed on the bulletin boards in the main building. The Art Show will continue through March 1st.
The FunD Run T-Shirt Design Contest is Back!
Students can help kick off the spring FunD Run by submitting their best t-shirt designs. 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. Entries are due by February 23 and can be turned in at the front office. Get the details here.
Our Middle School students volunteer hundreds of hours to our community through our PCK Cares program. Last week a group of students spent the evening playing board games, giving manicures, and visiting with the residents at Victoria House in Parker. We love the generosity and compassion our students share with our community!
A Note From The Board On Gym and Field Rentals…
We have a beautiful new gym and field that are open for business! The PCK board has carefully written a policy and implemented a process for renting the PCK facilities. We recognize that PCK families have given a lot of time and money to our amazing school, and we want to make sure our own families are given the opportunity to rent our facilities. We also want to make sure our process protects our school and our investments. Before using our facilities, renters must apply to be a registered renter. This application process allows us to ensure that our facilities are being used by responsible groups. Once a person becomes a registered renter, they will have access to our online rental calendar and will easily be able to reserve and pay for rentals online at any time.
Parking is a key issue in using PCK facilities. When we obtained permits for our new facilities, we were granted permits with the assumption that traffic and parking in the neighborhood would be unchanged. We do NOT want to risk losing usage of our own facilities. Please make sure you and your teammates park in the PCK parking lot when using our facilities, and NOT in the neighborhood or private parking lot in Center Park Loop. Our neighbors are very diligent in helping us monitor the parking and traffic.
If you or your group are interested in renting PCK facilities, the policy can be accessed from the main PCK website under the main left tool bar under “Rent Facilities” or you can read the new policy in its entirety here. Within the policy, there is a link to the application to become a registered renter. Any questions regarding facility rentals, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to share our new facilities with our PCK family and the community while raising additional revenue for our school.
PCK’S New Tech Club Starts Soon
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.
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.
Get Out Your Poodle Skirts and Rolled Jeans
We are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize the Sock Hop scheduled for Saturday, March 3. Please contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.517.5482 if you can help. This is a fun event and volunteering is a great way to get to know other PCK parents.
Yearbook Photos Needed
We need your help! The yearbook deadline is right around the corner and we need photos to fill the pages. We are in great need of pictures at EVERY GRADE, plus band, choir, Battle of the Books, girls basketball, theater, and Family Fun Day. To contribute, all you have to do is upload your pictures to the school’s photo website, Skydrive.
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
If we do not get more pictures added to Skydrive, our yearbook is going to be very empty. Remember, time spent uploading counts towards your volunteer hours. If you have any problems uploading, please email your pictures directly to Joey Dame at email@example.com.
Save The Date For Screenagers
On February 22, PCK will host a special showing of the documentary film Screenagers – Growing Up In The Digital Age. This critically acclaimed film explores the impact of technology and personal devices on children. The movie was directed by a Seattle doctor and filmmaker who uses her own experience with her children as a basis for the story. The movie will start at 6:30 at PCK. See the trailer here.