From The Director
Is it spring break yet? The past week has been a crazy one, with COVID-19 monopolizing a good portion of our time and attention. My fervent hope is that this spring break will provide a much needed respite for students, parents and staff. If you’re traveling, I wish you safe journeys, and if you’re staying home, I wish you rest and rejuvenation. Either way, this break is just what we ALL need… time to slow down and take a deep breath. For those families planning to travel over the break, you can get information about travel restrictions and safety protocols here.
Many students, at every grade level, are expressing concern over COVID-19. This anxiety is not only distracting students, it is also disrupting lessons as students frequently draw class discussions back to the topic of illness. Our teachers and staff are doing their best to put students at ease, but we ask for your help as well. Over the break, please reassure your children by explaining that the number of people in Colorado with COVID-19 is very small, far fewer than the number of people with the flu. The vast majority of those who contract COVID-19 make a full recovery quickly.
As you know, the best way students can protect themselves and others is to cover their coughs and sneezes, wash their hands regularly, and stay home when they aren’t feeling well (with any illness). When possible, and especially over the break when the television or radio may be on more than normal, please help your student avoid the constant news coverage of this situation. They have a hard time understanding the number of cases in proportion to our total population, and the ongoing reporting can be unsettling. Thanks for your help in putting young minds at ease so they can focus on learning when they come back to school.
Over the break, I will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its potential impact on PCK. Should anything of significance change regarding our normal operation following the break, I will notify you immediately. Meanwhile, our building will undergo another deep cleaning. When students return from the break, our building will be clean and ready for “business as usual.”
Have a wonderful, safe, restful, and enjoyable spring break!
Spring Break Has Sprung
We hope all PCK families have a fun spring break. The school is closed Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20. We will resume classes on Monday, March 23.
Spring break is a great time clean jackets/lunch boxes/backpacks/etc., and to help your younger students practice tying their own shoes and zipping up their coats.
Have a great break!
Dress Down For Dalton (And St. Patrick’s Day)
Tomorrow (Friday) we have a $1 “green” dress down day in support of The Dalton’s Moon Foundation. Students may dress down in green for a donation of $1 or more.
In 2016, Legend High School senior Dalton Levine passed away from a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. His memory lives on in our community because of his generous spirit, positive attitude, and gift for the performing arts. Dalton was an excellent student and graduated on time and with honors despite undergoing six surgeries and over 20 rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments. His high school advisor said, “He had a positivity about him that you wouldn’t expect from someone his age. His legacy of positivity, not looking at the small stuff, and caring for others will live on in the school.”
All proceeds from our dress down day go to the Dalton’s Moon Foundation, which supports the oncology department at Children’s Hospital, Dancers Against Cancer, and provides 15 scholarships to local high school students.
We Still Need CMAS Snacks
Our students and teachers are so thankful to everyone who brings in snacks for CMAS testing. These extra snacks really help keep the kids going. If you already signed up to bring snacks, thank you! Please make sure you drop them off at school this week. If you have not yet signed up and are able to help, please see this Sign Up Genius. All snacks must be at PCK no later than Monday, March 23. Remember that every $25 you spend on your donation counts as a volunteer hour. Thanks again for your help!
Volunteer To Be A Safety Dad
Thank you to Jason Guthman, Jesse Shaw, and Craig Neuman 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.
No Left Turns
If you use our north carpool loop, please remember that left-hand turns from Centennial Drive into our parking lot are not allowed during morning or afternoon carpool (7:35 – 8:00am and 3:05 – 3:40pm). They back up traffic, and when drivers turn left they cut in front of everyone who followed the process correctly. In the afternoon, you may see our carpool workers allowing certain cars to skip the line and turn left. These are people working in our after school programs or with previously scheduled meetings. Please help us keep carpool moving smoothly for everyone. Thanks for your help!
Fairy Tale Magic Comes Alive In Shrek The Musical
Tickets for PCK’s production of Shrek The Musical are on sale now. Get yours today by clicking here. Performances are at 1:00pm and 6:00pm on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Our Great Character Moves Mountains
At last week’s character assembly, our fearless hikers, Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Daniels, finally made it to the top of the mountain! There they met Ashi, Abigail, and Demitri, and discovered that while they all encountered difficulties on the way up, they used diligence and enthusiasm to stick with their goal. These character traits led to their success. Now they begin the journey back down the mountain; sometimes reaching your goal means you’re only half-way done!
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for leading with great character. They may wear their character shirts on the first Friday of each month. If the shirt they received is the wrong size, have them exchange it with Mrs. Daniels.
Abby O. – Ready to participate, flexibility, honesty
Aiden C. – Tidiness
Connor R. – Compassion
Elliana R. – Respect, responsibility
Jaxon H. – Diligence
Kael U. – Respect, responsibility, diligence
Kilian P. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Lauren F. – Respect, obedience
Meesha K. – Diligence
Olivia T. – Respect
Raeley C. – Diligence
Sofia R. – Diligence
Way to go, character leaders!
See You At Our Next Spirit Night
Our next Spirit Night is on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-10:00pm at the Black-eyed Pea on Crown Crest Boulevard in Parker. Make sure you mention PCK to your server so the school gets a portion of the proceeds. Thank you to our PTA for organizing our Spirit Nights.
Girls Who Code Rock
The PCK Girls Who Code Club has met every Wednesday at 7:00am since January 15. Our technology teachers are so proud of these girls! They got out of bed early for nine weeks in order to code their own games and program robots. This week they celebrated with muffins and tea while discussing the book The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch. They also had a little fun on Hourofcode.com. The group was such a success that the girls asked us to offer it again in the fall. Way to go, girls!
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.
Use Spring Break To Take The Lead In Our Reading Challenge
Our library reading challenge for 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades is well underway. As of last Friday, 4th grade is in the lead for the pizza party.
Students, make sure you keep reading and recording your time over spring break. This is a great time to finish some wonderful books!
The competition runs until 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. If you have questions or need help, please contact Mrs. Wright.
All who participate become better readers!
Do You Have A Donation For The Gala Auction?
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. If you signed up to donate a bottle of wine, please remember to meet in the Centerpark Loop parking lot to deliver it during afternoon carpool today.
Please follow us on Facebook @foundationatpck for special offers from our sponsors and updates on the event.
Please note, the Foundation follows PCK’s schedule. We are working on a plan for how to proceed with the Gala if PCK is closed due to health concerns. Refunds will be available if necessary.
Comprehensive Pain Group
From The Earth Day Committee
Earth Day is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to see all the things you have been doing since last year. Soon you will be able to enter your photo contest submissions to earn a dress down day! When you head off on spring break and hopefully get to spend more time outside, remember to take your camera with you so you can get out there and take some pictures!
Registration Is Open For EDGE Summer Camps
Students and teachers in the EDGE Program at Legend High School have designed an amazing second summer of EDGE Camps. All camps are designed for students currently in grades 5-8. Camps are hands-on, project-based, and created to help students gain critical thinking skills while having a blast at camp. Check out this flier for more information on the camps offered and how to enroll.
Smile For The Camera, 8th Grade
We still need current photos and baby pictures from a number of 8th graders for our yearbook. You don’t want to be left out of this special tradition recognizing our graduating students, so please get your photos turned in today.
The Force Is With A PCK Grad
PCK graduate Evan Garneau, now a senior at Valor Christian High School, came back to his old middle school this week to show students the lightsaber he built from scratch. He explained how he used a 3D printer, circuitry, coding, and more to create a saber with realistic sound effects and changing colors. Thanks to PCK parents Jessica Berry and Lesley Martin, 9News was at the school to get the scoop, so you can see Evan in action here. He credits the strong math and science foundation he built at PCK for setting him on the path to success. We are PCKProud of Evan and his accomplishment!
New Minecraft Clubs Starting Soon
After 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.
Calling For Pictures From Your Mobile Devices
We 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-670-8716. Thank you!