3/11/21

From The Director

Take #2 on spring break! Who remembers Friday, March 13, 2020? It was the day before spring break 2020 officially kicked-off in Douglas County, and (little did we suspect at the time) it turned out to be the last day of in-person learning for the 2019-20 school year. Covid-19 was just starting to become a concern in Colorado, and I was headed to Arizona for a warm weather reprieve. Not one of us had any idea what was to come that next week, month, and school quarter ahead. Oh, how our lives have changed since then! Well, here we are one year later, on the brink of spring break 2021. There seems to be a cautious optimism in the air and, perhaps, the promise of a more normal spring break for everyone this year. And, I feel confident in saying we are definitely continuing in-person learning after the break. 

Spring break is always a notable milestone in our school year, and it was circumvented last year by Covid and the closure of schools through May. Normally, we start our break in the dark of winter and, when we return, daylight savings has ushered in spring! There is a new energy in the building, with CMAS assessments and preparation for end-of-year culminating activities in the works. Everyone is eager for the upcoming summer months, and the time just flies to the end of May. Our last day of school this year is May 27th (May 21st for our 8th graders). At that point, we will all breathe a collective sigh of relief and give a BIG cheer that our Covid year is over! We can also feel proud of our efforts to keep our school open 5-days/week for in-person learning, and we will absolutely celebrate the fact that we SURVIVED it all! 

As you and your family prepare for the coming week of spring break, I hope you will take time to stop, reflect, and take stock of what you’ve learned and accomplished this past year. How have you grown? Have you learned anything new? Have your children gotten stronger/grittier? Have your children become more independent? Flexible? Adaptable? What else has changed? What will you do differently going forward? So much to think about during this wonderful upcoming period of rest and reflection called spring break.  

May “Spring Break (Take #2) 2021” be all that you hope and need.  Enjoy!

Mrs. Aplin


We Value Your Input

Our annual parent survey is a valuable tool we use to help guide decisions about future programs and initiatives in our school. Please take about 10 minutes to let us know what is working well this year and how we can improve. It is completely anonymous. The survey closes this Friday (tomorrow), so please submit yours today.

Also, the PCK Board of Directors would like your input on the background, experience, and qualities you would like to see in our deputy director. Please submit their brief survey by Wednesday, March 17.

Thank you for sharing your comments and suggestions with us!


We Are PCKProud Of Mrs. Aplin

Mrs. Aplin was awarded the School Leader Lifetime Award by the League of Charter schools at this year’s annual Charter School Conference last week. 

As a long-time supporter of charter school rights in Douglas County, Mrs. Aplin has worked tirelessly to have the charter voice be heard, and to secure equitable treatment of our schools. She received this award in recognition of her work not only at PCK, but also on behalf of all Douglas County charter schools when advocating for equitable distribution of mill levy funds, as well as her ongoing leadership in the Douglas County Alliance of Charter Schools.

We are so fortunate to have been led by such an inspirational, energetic, and talented director for so many years!

Click here to see the award announcement and Mrs. Aplin’s acceptance speech.


Dress Down Donation Change

We apologize for any confusion you or your students may have had with today’s dress down day. It was originally planned as a fundraiser for our girls basketball team, but their season ended earlier than expected so we eliminated the donation aspect of the day. We hope your students had fun wearing their sports gear today!


Thank You To Our Safety Dad

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Thank you to William Danner for being this week’s Safety Dad. We appreciate your big smile and the time you took out of your day to be an extra set of eyes and ears around our school.

We need 4th quarter Safety Dads! Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts – many dads sign up again and again because they enjoy their time with us. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.


Don’t Forget The Fork

When packing your student’s lunch, please remember to include a fork or spoon if needed (and remind students who pack their own lunches to include utensils). We only have plastic ware for students who order hot lunches. Thanks for your help!


We’ve Got The Moves

Mrs. Aplin helped our kindergarteners learn some new dances in PE.

Our students are having a blast learning fun dances in PE as they prepare for Dance Fit! Please see this letter from the Foundation At PCK with details about the event, including a preview video on what your student will do on event day.

 


Don’t Miss This Month’s Cougar Cast

Learn about this month’s character trait of determination, the discovery of a rare dinosaur embryo, International Women’s Day, and using Minecraft as an educational tool in the latest episode of Cougar Cast.


Snacks = Happy Testers

image of snack food packagesCMAS testing can work up quite an appetite, and our students love getting special snacks during test week. We will start testing after spring break, so it is time to start collecting snacks to feed our hungry students. If you can donate snacks, please sign up here. Thanks for your help!


Connecting With Character

Wordle containing words such as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, and many others.This month we are focusing on the character trait of determination: overcoming obstacles in order to reach my goal. Students are learning how to set measurable goals and how to work through the challenges that may get in their way.

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at last week’s virtual character assembly for demonstrating outstanding character that goes above and beyond expectations:

Anayah W. – Ready to participate
Caitlin F. – Courage, forgiveness
Carden S. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Cassie T. – Respect, responsibility, obedience
Connor R. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate, patience
Connor T. – Respect, flexibility, patience
Dillon I. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Eily H. – Respect, responsibility, obedience
Elliana R. – Forgiveness, obedience
Jamie W. – Flexibility, obedience, compassion, diligence
Jessie S. – Respect, diligence, enthusiasm
Kinglsey C. – Courage, perseverance
Mason Z. – Respect, ready to participate, forgiveness
Meilin W. – Perseverance
Miranda S. – Ready to participate, generosity, patience
Noah O. – Responsibility, self-control
Shazana F. – Respect, responsibility, positivity
Sofia R. – Compassion
Tashi M. – Respect, ready to participate, flexibility, obedience
Trey H. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Veronica M. – Respect, responsibility, obedience
Weston M. – Patience, forgiveness, honesty
Zahra S. – Respect, compassion

Way to go, character leaders! These students may wear their character award shirts with uniform pants/skirts on the first Friday of each month.


Stand Up Desks For Sale

We have five stand up desks available for $50 each on a first-come, first served basis. They attach to the top of an existing desk or table. Please contact our front desk at 303-840-7070 or reception@ckcs.net if you would like to make a purchase.


News From Our Littlest Learners

Have a great spring break!


Enjoy Your Spring Break

Stay safe in the coming snow storm, and enjoy your time off from March 13 – 21. We look forward to seeing everyone back for a great 4th quarter on March 22!

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