From The Director

As part of the charter school community, I feel it is important for all of us, staff and parents alike, to stay aware of issues that could cause challenges for charters in Colorado. I want you to be aware of a bill that will soon be introduced at the Colorado State Capitol that could hurt Colorado’s charter schools in numerous ways. You can get a summary of the issue in this article published in The Colorado Sun, and see some of the details provided by the Colorado League of Charter Schools in my message here. Please join me in telling our legislators, “Don’t ‘fix’ something that isn’t broken.”

Colorado already has the second strongest charter school law in the nation because of our focus on accountability, flexibility, and high-quality schools. This bill tries to change that by adding regulations and making new processes that will:

    • Cost charter schools more money to remain open;
    • Push decisions into the district court instead of allowing our publicly-elected school boards to be the experts;
    • Challenge parent choice and add extra requirements on charter schools that don’t apply to all public schools;
    • Put politics above what is best for our students.

The Colorado League of Charter Schools has prepared this quick email action alert you can use to contact legislators, or you can call them using the League’s phone script and the numbers listed below. 



Key legislators to call:

House Speaker KC Becker: 303-866-2578
House Majority Leader Alec Garnett: 303-866-2911
Bill Sponsor Representative Shannon Bird: 303-866-2843
House Education Committee Chair Representative Barbara McLachlan: 303-866-2914
House Education Committee Vice Chair Representative Bri Buentello: 303-866-2905

Other House Education Committee Members:

Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet: 303-866-2945
Representative James Coleman: 303-866-2909
Representative Janet Buckner: 303-866-2944
Representative Tony Exum: 303-866-3069
Representative Cathy Kipp: 303-866-4569
Representative Lisa Cutter: 303-866-2582
Representative Mark Baisley: 303-866-2935
Representative Perry Buck: 303-866-2907
Representative Jim Wilson: 303-866-2747
Representative Colin Larson: 303-866-2927
Representative Tim Geitner: 303-866-2924

Thank you for joining me in this effort, and for your support of charter education. I am always so thankful for your willingness to come together at a time like this to make our collective voice heard.


Mrs. Aplin

Congratulations, Readers!

Our third grade Battle Of The Books Team took second place in Parker! They put in a lot of work to learn the specific details of ten different books, and they did an amazing job. We are PCKProud of you!

Please Do Your Part To Make Carpool Work For Everyone

image of a red carWe know you know all that we are about to remind you of, but lately we’ve received complaints from parent drivers about some concerns with carpool. As a general reminder, please understand that every PCK parent has a busy schedule with things to do and places to be after school. Being in a hurry does not excuse unfriendly, disrespectful, or unsafe behavior.  Also, don’t forget that traffic laws apply to all public roads around the school.

Attention north carpool loop drivers: When arriving for afternoon carpool, all drivers must get in line behind the cars already waiting for pick-up. Please remember that drivers with a green 3:10 sign must leave “holes” in the line to avoid blocking streets and driveways. These are not spaces for other drivers to cut into the line. If you have a green 3:10 sign and arrive between 3:10 and 3:20, you are welcome to pass cars displaying a yellow 3:20 sign and join the end of the green 3:10 line. Please display your sign by standing it up on the driver’s side of your dashboard while waiting so others can find the end of the line. Once you enter the PCK parking lot, please move your sign to the passenger side of the dashboard so our carpool workers can easily read it.

All north loop cars with a yellow 3:20 sign that arrive before 3:20 need to form a line starting at Creektop Avenue. The end of this line should be obvious.

Attention south loop drivers: DO NOT arrive early and stop to wait anywhere on Pine Drive, including the left turn lane into the school. Putting your hazard lights on does not make this a safe or legal option, and you block the daycare busses that need to get into our parking lot. If you arrive before 3:10, you must drive past the school and return at the correct time. Waiting on Pine Drive (in any lane) is illegal and you are subject to ticketing by the police.

Help Your Daughter Handle Girl Drama

arrows form a circleOur Parent Education Series continues tonight, March 5 at 6:30pm with a session on Helping Your Daughter Handle Girl Drama. Because girls typically place a high value on relationships, they often experience conflict, hurt feelings, and “drama.” Learn how to guide your daughter through these situations in a way that helps her build strong conflict resolution skills, as well as good friendships. This session is led by Dianne Daniels, PCK Character Coach.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. Remember, you can log one hour of volunteer time for every Parent Education Series session you attend.

Our International Festival Was Worlds Of Fun

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make our International Festival a success. The booths, food, and entertainment were amazing, allowing our students and families to learn a lot. We couldn’t have done it without the dedicated effort of our preschool staff, Spanish staff, parent booth hosts, and middle school student volunteers. We truly appreciate all you did to create this memorable experience.

Thank you to the following parents for hosting booths:

China – Ira and Jennifer Ling
Egypt – Ragya ElKassaby and Amira Moharrem
Vietnam – Dao Duong
Peru – Gaudy Jimenez
The Netherlands – Chris and Erin Allen
Scotland – David Goode
India – Suchi Patel, Suganya Ramachandran, Arun Ramani, Hari        Shanmugam, Nishaa Lakshmanan, Varsha Agarwal.
Mexico – Lizandy Navarro, Hugo and Madai Santana-Roman
Nepal – Dibesh and Deepika Shrestha
France – Lynda Leslie and Eliane Levy
Belarus – Alicia Fielding

Our fabulous dancers were Shrim Patel, Trusha Patel, Suganya Ramachandran, Asha Arora, Payal Diwanji, Nirali Shah, Jagruti Topiwalla, and Nishi Prasad.

Thanks also to our student Show Stoppers: Khushi Topiwalla, Ayaan Shikhar, Adarsh Arun, Akarsh Arun, Krisha Arora , Shreen Patel, Kaanav Patel, Arjun Patel, Akshar Patel, and Anaya Shah.

Photo of Indian dancers at International Festival.

Kicking Around The Idea of Trying Out For Girls Soccer?

Tryouts for the PCK Girls Soccer team are next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00pm. All girls in 7th and 8th grade are welcome to try out. See this flier for more information.

Calling Candidates For Our Board Of Directors

Two Board of Directors positions are open for election this spring. Please take a look at the Board Member Considerations to review what serving on the board entails. If you are interested in running, please submit a Letter of Intent along with a brief bio including your prior experience, interests, and any special expertise you would bring to the Board, as well as a head shot photo to the PCK Board. The deadline for submitting your Letter of Intent is April 1st.

Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK! Elections will be held Tuesday, April 21.

The Competition Is On In Our Reading Challenge

Our library reading challenge for 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades has begun!

Please see the information packet that went home in last week’s Thursday Folder for details. If your child is interested in participating, the forms and drop-off boxes are in the hallway near each grade level.

The competition runs March 2nd – April 9th. Students must complete a form for each book read. The bulletin board near the library shows the total minutes read (updated weekly) and which grade is in the lead to win a pizza party. One student per grade level will win a Kindle Fire.

All who participate become better readers!

We Need Auction Items For The Gala

From The Foundation At PCK: Do you have a fun item you can donate to our auction? Gift cards, ski tickets, golf foursomes, vacation rentals, event/show tickets, and sports memorabilia all make great online auction items. We are trying to shake things up again this year and the online auction format is just the start. We’ll be promoting these items earlier than ever. If you are a business owner, a donation is a great way to promote your product or service to other PCK families. Donations are tax deductible AND count towards your volunteer hours. Also, be on the look out for a Sign-Up Genius to donate one of forty $20+ bottles of wine to earn volunteer hours AND a dress down day for your child.

Don’t forget to get your tickets while early bird pricing is still available.

Please follow us on Facebook @foundationatpck for special offers from our sponsors and updates on the event.

Sponsor Spotlight

Hello PCK Families – 

My name is Luke Ross and I am the proud father of three little ladies. Two are at PCK now – 1st grade (go Jayhawk) and pre-school (cheers to Ms. Wooten). Our youngest is just two years old. My wife, Rebecca, and I attended the Gala for the first time last year. We enjoyed it so much, I decided to become more involved and join the Foundation. With 11 more years at PCK, I felt the need to not only support my little ones, but also find a way to raise extra money to put toward this amazing school. I am a mortgage lender and work for Highlands Residential Mortgage. With over 13 years in the mortgage industry, I take great pride in helping people finance their homes. If any of you — our PCK families — choose to work with me to finance your home, I will donate $500 back to the school in your family’s name. Together we can not only accomplish your lending needs and goals, but also provide a great gift to our beloved children’s school. 

You can reach me at lukeross@highlandsmortgage.com or call or text 303.875.9959

New Minecraft Clubs Starting Soon

minecraft logoAfter Spring Break, we have two new Minecraft Clubs starting. Students in grades 2-3 can join on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15pm starting March 31. Those is grades 4-5 can come on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:15pm starting April 2. The fee is $60. See this flier if your student is interested in participating. You can register here.

We Are Lock-Down Pros

Today we had our District-supervised lockdown drill where we follow our normal lockdown procedures and members of the Douglas County Security Team check each room to see how we do. As usual, the Security Team was very impressed with what a great job our students do with their drills. We were done more quickly than expected and everything went smoothly.

Calling For Pictures From Your Mobile Devices

Image of an emoji with a camera saying CheezeWe are fast approaching the submission deadline for our school yearbook. Please share any classroom candids or school event pictures you have taken throughout the year. We are interested in everything from special events, to holiday concerts, to field trips, to class parties, and more. 

We don’t yet have many photos of:

  • 2nd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • Boys Basketball Team Photo
  • Boys Soccer
  • After School Clubs
  • Spirit Nights

Uploading from your mobile device is easy – you can use this link on your mobile web browser, or get the OneDrive app from the App Store.

Click “Sign in” in the upper right corner. Log in with the email address pckphotos@hotmail.com, and the password: cougars80138 

You can click the box “Keep me signed in” to avoid having to log in each time. To upload photos, scroll to the appropriate folder and click on it to open. Then, click the three dots on the grey menu bar. Select upload from the menu, and then click files. You will then be prompted to select from your photo library on your mobile device to select the pictures to upload.

The app is similarly easy to navigate. Just select the “MicroSoft OneDrive” app from the app store and login with the same credentials as above. Once in the app, select the folder that describes your pictures and open the folder. Then, press “+” and “upload” to select the pictures to upload.

If you need additional help, please feel free to contact our parent schoolbook editor, Sarah Gustashaw, at gustashaw@comcast.net or 972-670-8716. Thank you!

We Love Our Substitute Teachers, And We Need More!

We are looking for substitute teachers. If you have a teaching license and a CDE Sub license, you can apply through our website. If you do not have a license and are wondering if your experience might qualify you to be a substitute, please contact Heather Newbrough.

Volunteer To Be A Safety Dad

Thank you to Sam Jenkins for volunteering to Stand Up For Safety this week. We truly appreciate all you did to help us.

We have many openings for Safety Dads in the coming weeks. If you have already been a Safety Dad and would like to do it again, we would love to have you! You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.


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