From The Director

Whether you say “bienvenido,” “bienvenue,” “swaagat,” or “ahlan wa sahlan,” we “welcome” all to tomorrow’s 2nd Annual International Festival. Our Preschool and Spanish Department team up to bring our students and families a glimpse of what life is like in the many countries of origin represented within the PCK community.

PCK is so fortunate to have families from countries all around the world, including Argentina, Belarus, India, Japan, Zambia, and many more. Having students with different backgrounds and experiences adds a richness to our school culture that is invaluable, and having parents who are willing to present at our Festival and share some of the foods, clothing, and pastimes of their countries of origin helps us all gain a greater understanding and appreciation for people from other parts of the world.

Our students will visit the Festival during the school day, and families are invited from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Children receive “passports” that help them keep track of the countries they visit. You will see what life is like in certain countries using our Google Expeditions virtual reality players, enjoy dance performances, savor the tastes of the world through food samples, and much more.

I encourage all families to come enjoy tomorrow’s Festival, then go home and discuss what you’ve learned and what you appreciate about each country. It is likely that your student knows children from some of the countries you visit at the Festival, so ask what your child knows about those places. We encourage our students to ask respectful questions of each other with an eagerness to learn. For example, we have many students who bring lunches of home-made ethnic delicacies. When a friend brings something unfamiliar, we hope our students will kindly say, “please tell me about that – I have not tried it before.” There is a good chance your student will come home telling you about a friend’s lunch and asking if you can find a restaurant serving that type of food so your child can give it a try.

To all of the parents sharing your heritage at the Festival, I extend a heartfelt thank you. Your willingness to teach others about your background, culture, and experiences strengthens our understanding of each other and helps us build a more vibrant community. Thank you for taking the time and effort to enrich us all.

See you tomorrow at the International Festival,

Mrs. Aplin

Congratulations, Battle Of The Books Team!

Our 5th grade Battle Of The Books team (Carly A., Ryker B., Sahasra C., Austin E., and Kellen M., with coaches Joey L., Titus D., Jaydeen P., Jack M., Sana F., and Claire S.) won the Parker area championship last night in their battle against Prairie Crossing. They now move on to the district level competition. This is an amazing accomplishment since these students have to answer very specific (and often obscure) questions about 10 different books. Way to go, team!

photo of battle of the Books team

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Is Tonight! 

Join us tonight, March 7th at Chick-Fil-A. Don’t forget to mention PCK so the school gets 30% of the proceeds. Hope to see you there!

Our Students Love Pi

images of the pi symbol and a piePi Day is fast approaching on March 14 (3.14). This year, middle school students will visit elementary classrooms to talk to them about this famous and important irrational number. PCK celebrates the day by selling pieces of pie during lunch for $1/slice. Money raised is used to purchase math supplies. Many volunteers are needed to make this day run smoothly. You can purchase or bake pies, serve during lunch, buy supplies, or collect money. Use the following link to volunteer:


Don’t Miss Screenagers

kids using a cell phonePCK is hosting a screening of the documentary film Screenagers on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. This film offer suggestions on how parents can help their children navigate the digital world. Click here to see the movie trailer. To RSVP for this free event, please click here.

PCK Celebrates Earth Day 2019

April 22nd is Earth Day. Following a successful program in 2018, we are once again proud to host our week-long celebration focused on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. During the Week of April 15th, students will expand their environmental learning through classroom teaching, hands-on projects, and crafting recycled art. Students are also encouraged to participate in our Earth Day Photo Contest and “How I Care for Our Earth” activities to win prizes. The celebration will culminate on Earth Day and include in-classroom visits by local environmental professionals and a special appearance by Mayor Mike Waid!

Details on Earth Day events will be forthcoming in the Thursday folders and future newsletters.

All students are invited to submit an original photo, taken this school year, to the Earth Day Photo Contest. All entries must be submitted using this Google Form by 10:00pm on April 14th. Get more details here. You can see sample photos here.

Premier Basketball Club Is Coming To PCK

image of a basketball in a netAttention all 3rd-5th grade girls! Premier Basketball Club is holding free basketball classes at PCK starting March 13. No previous basketball experience is needed. The five free classes will be held on March 13th, 20th, 27th, April 3rd, and 10th from 3:15 – 4:15pm at PCK.

Register for the free classes at www.coloradopremierbasketball.com. Go to “registration” and select “Parker Location,” then select “Parker Core Knowledge Clinics.” If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cruz.

Check The PCK Business Directory The Next Time You Need A Service Provider

The next time you need your car repaired, an insurance quote, a gift for someone special, or any other service, check the PCK Business Directory to see if one of our parents can meet your need. We love supporting our PCK families! The link to the Business Directory is on the right-hand side of the PCK home page below the calendars.

Way To Go, Character Leaders!

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized in last week’s Character Assembly:

image of students who received a character award

Anika S. – Responsibility, Positive Attitude
Elin M. – Patience, Discretion
Ella S. – Determination, Diligence
Jackson S. – Respect, Obedience, Compassion
Jaxyn W. – Generosity, Compassion
Keagan R. – Respect, Self-control
Samreen K. – Respect, Responsibility, Self-Control, Obedience, Discretion

Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins

If you are worried about the Momo Challenge (or if your child keeps talking about it) learn more about it in this week’s Tech Talk.

News From The Foundation At PCK

Gala tickets are now available! Get yours here.

The Gala is coming up next month and through the generous donations of our PCK families, businesses, and staff, we have some wonderful auction items so far. There is still time to donate and we need your help. Do you need a tax deduction and have a timeshare, vacation home, or sporting event/show tickets you would be willing to donate? Do you have a business that would like exposure to our PCK community through a donation to our online silent auction? Have you donated to your child’s grade/class auction basket or contacted your classroom coordinator to see how you can contribute? Please send in your donations by Monday as we are putting baskets together Monday evening! Donations can be dropped off at the front desk (please specify your child’s grade/class) or contact erik.preston@gmail.com to make arrangements for pickup.  There will be a Kona Ice Party for the grade whose basket(s) raises the most money at the Spring Gala Silent Auction! 


photo of students in front of a Kona Ice truck

“The 6th graders Got This!”… love their confidence!

We’d like to thank our newest sponsor, Loon Creek Builders, for sponsoring PCK’s 25th Anniversary Memorabilia!  The first 25 Gala ticket purchasers won a free “Silver” Anniversary mug. Additional mugs are available for purchase with your Gala tickets…limited quantities are available so order now! You can get information about the event here.

photo of PCKs 25th anniversary mug

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Check Out Our Amazing Artists

Several PCK students have their art exhibited at the Parker Library. The display is in the upstairs conference room and runs through April 12th.

Also, we have the results from the PCK Art Show People’s Choice voting that took place during parent/teacher conferences. The winners are:

1st place: Teagan W. and Alex W. (tie)
2nd place: Zach L.
3rd place: Zane C.

1st Grade
1st place: Aliza D.
2nd place: Natalia L.
3rd place: Sophia T.

2nd Grade
1st place: Nanami M.
2nd place: Bhavya T.
3rd place: Jesse D.

3rd Grade
1st place: Emerson R.
2nd place: Emmeline B.
3rd place: Nicholas C.

4th Grade
1st place: Sophia B.
2nd place: Ryan H.
3rd place: Sienna Z.

5th Grade
1st place: Tyler C.
2nd place: Ruchi B.
3rd place: Ryker B.

6th Grade
1st place: Amanda M.
2nd place: Sierra D.
3rd place: Elizabeth P.

Congratulations, Artists!

Health News From Our School Nurse

This is a health alert from the School Nurse Consultant to inform you that PCK has had some families reporting positive Influenza A tests in their students, which is consistent with the rest of the Douglas County School District. PCK absences have not been excessive and it is not considered an “outbreak.” Please see below for more information about Influenza and “Flu-like illness” (which is likely Influenza but is not tested and confirmed).


Influenza (flu) is a contagious viral illness caused by the influenza virus and should not be confused with “stomach flu” (viral gastroenteritis). Influenza causes community-wide outbreaks every winter, usually from November through March. In general, healthy children tolerate influenza well and suffer only a few days of discomfort. Persons most at risk for complications from influenza are infants, the elderly, and those with certain chronic underlying medical conditions.


  • Fever (typically sudden onset)
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting may occur


1-4 days (usually two days) from when exposed to becoming sick


The influenza virus is spread from person to person primarily by respiratory droplets created by coughing or sneezing. Transmission may also occur through contact with contaminated surfaces, hands, used tissues, or other articles soiled by nose and throat secretions.


Infected persons are contagious from 24 hours before onset of symptoms to 5-7 days after the onset of symptoms. Children may be contagious for longer than seven days.

In order to decrease the spread of Influenza and “Flu-like illness” at PCK, please review the following:

  • Getting a yearly flu vaccine (it not too late!) is good prevention.
  • Please keep your students home when sick, especially with flu-like symptoms!
  • Children/students/staff with flu-like symptoms should be excluded from childcare/school/work until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Teach your student to cover their nose and mouth with shirt sleeve or a tissue when they cough/sneeze, and to throw away the tissue after they use it.
  • Teach your students to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth, and to avoid sharing cups and eating utensils.
  • Wash hands often and adequately-for at least 20 seconds, washing the front and back of hands and all of the fingers! This is the best defense!!

For more information:

CDPHE Colorado Flu Report

Flu Guide for Parents

We Don’t Want To Say Goodbye

If your student will not be returning to PCK next year, please notify our front office as soon as possible (except for graduating 8th graders). We will miss you!

Please Bring Your ID

As we roll out our new Raptor check-in system, we use your photo ID to get you set up in the program. Unfortunately, there are some parents who have been set up but the system did not capture your photo from your ID. Please bring your drivers license when you come to the school, even if you have presented it before, so we can make sure you are correctly and completely set up in the system. Thank you for your patience while we get this up and running!

Mrs. Aplin Meets The Creator Of Core Knowledge

Mrs. Aplin had the distinguished honor of meeting E.D. Hirsch, the founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation and creator of the Core Knowledge curriculum, when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Charter Schools at the Colorado Charter School Conference last week.

photo of Teri Aplin with E.D. Hirsch

Thank You!

We are SO very appreciative of Nathan Gandolph for clearing the snow from the blacktop in our backyard last weekend so our kids could go out to recess. THANK YOU!








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