3/26/20

From The Director

Greetings from PCK Remote! I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. The recent mandatory stay-at-home order puts everyone into a whole new mindset, but I trust in the resiliency, ingenuity and determination of our community to make this all work. We will continue to send out a weekly Thursday newsletter throughout our closure, and it will serve as the primary communication vehicle for streamlining communication from Specials teachers, PCK’s business office, and School Administration. We DO NOT want to inundate parents (our new auxiliary staff) with emails on a daily basis. We will leave the daily ‘pings’ for classroom teachers only.  

With our first week of remote learning almost complete, we’ve learned a few important lessons…

  1. Students are very adaptable and seem to be adjusting well to remote learning. They love seeing and hearing from their teachers online.  
  2. Teachers and parents are incredibly creative and resourceful. It’s been a STEEP learning curve for many of us this past week, but we are excited about the new skills we’re all acquiring.
  3. Parents cannot be expected to replicate a normal day at school. We absolutely understand that most of you are also working from home. Please know that we will continue our efforts to strike the appropriate balance between what we expect students to complete remotely and being realistic about how much time parents can spend supporting our efforts. You are vital to the success of our remote learning model, so please be patient with us as we continue to ‘adjust’ work expectations. We will get there.  🙂

As we continue to refine our ‘new normal’ here at PCK remote, please keep the feedback coming. I have appreciated the kind, encouraging emails from many of you this past week, and I know our teachers and support staff also appreciate hearing directly from you. Our past success as a school community has always been based on our strong partnership between school and home. This present situation is no exception, and I am 100% confident in our ability to not only meet this challenge, but to exceed all expectations as to how successful our remote learning model can be. We are, and will continue to be, PCK Proud throughout this COVID-19 crisis. 

On behalf of myself, Mrs. Harth, and the entire PCK staff, THANK YOU for all that you are doing to support our students on the home front. Some of you may discover a new career calling!  😉

Until next week…

Mrs. Aplin


A Note From The Spanish Department

All parents, please read this note from our Spanish Department for information on assignments and resources for practicing at home.


Keep The Music Playing

From our Music Department:

For kindergarten through 3rd grade, we have compiled famous songs to listen to, Core Knowledge songs to sing along with, and fun music games to play for each grade! Check out your child’s activities using the following links:

Kindergarten Music

1st Grade Music

2nd Grade Music

3rd Grade Music

For grades 4 – 8, we will post activities and lessons for students on Google Classroom. Please make sure your student accepts any invites to Google Classroom they’ve received and check for activities and lessons there. 


Let The Creative Juices Flow

Your student may receive art assignments through Google Classroom. You should have received information about this from your student’s teacher. Please help your child watch for Google Classroom invitations via email so he/she can keep up with projects and assignments.


Character At Home

One of the beautiful things about Character Education is it happens every day, even when students aren’t at school for Character Coaching class. Kids learn the most about character from you, their parents. Check here every week for discussion questions, activities, or games you can play at home to help your kids keep developing their strong character.

This week’s topic: Mean Teasing


School Spirit Is High Despite Spirit Night Cancellations

Image that says We've got spirit, yes we do. we've got spirit, how 'bout you?While our Spirit Nights in March and April have been canceled, you can still support our amazing school and teachers by making lessons at home fun, helping your students have a positive attitude, and sending notes about funny things that happen while homeschooling to your child’s teacher.

Also, if you get take-out food, please keep in mind the restaurants that have supported us with Spirit Nights in the past, including Junz, Tokyo Joes, Red Robin, Texas Roadhouse, and Chick-Fil-A. As of now, these businesses are still trying to stay open and would love our support.

We will get through this together with the amazing school spirit we are known for! #PCKProud!


Tips For Online Homework

Your student may already be having a hard time staying focused while doing schoolwork at home, so here are helpful tips from Dr. Delaney Ruston, creator of Screenagers. Also, here is a sample of a stay-at-home schedule from Beyond The Blackboard that may be helpful.

Our April Parent Education Series session on managing screen time is canceled, so we will have links to articles from Screenagers here on a regular basis. If you aren’t already subscribed to receive Tech Talk Tuesday posts from Screenagers, you can sign up through the link in today’s article. They are a great source of information on a wide range of topics related to kids and technology.


DCSD and COVID-19

For the latest information and resources available through DCSD during this school closure, please see the homepage of the Douglas County Schools website.

During the stay-at-home period, DCSD Nutrition Services will continue providing free breakfast and lunches in a grab-and-go format for any student 18 years old and younger. For distribution times and locations, as well as other resources available to our community, please visit www.dcsdk12.org/coronavirus.

You can also find ways to access community resources here.


No Boredom Allowed

image saying Boredom BustersBeing stuck at home does not mean kids have to be bored! Here is an article with a list of 29 fun things kids can do to entertain themselves with items you likely already have on hand.


Calling Candidates For Our Board Of Directors

We are still accepting letters of intent for the two Board of Directors positions opening this spring. Voting will be done online and will proceed as planned on April 21.

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 and 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 submissions is April 1st.

Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK! 


Laughter Is The Best Medicine

If you have a funny, encouraging, or inspiring story about your time at home that you’d like to share with the PCK community while we are apart, feel free to send it to ddaniels@ckcs.net. Some stories/photos might appear in future issues of our newsletter!


We Know PCK Students Aren’t Thinking This…

A Kentucky mom shared her son’s journal entry after she struggled to help him with math. 9News picked up the story, and you can read it here. We can all sympathize with this mom, and student, together!

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