From The Director
It’s that time of year again…time for the ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY! The annual survey is all about continuous improvement, and even a National Blue Ribbon School like PCK is never ‘done’…there are always aspects of our program, our community, our staffing, our communication, or our overall operation that can be tweaked and improved. In order to do that, we need to hear from you. The PCK SAC will review all feedback and make recommendations about possible improvements for our school. I encourage all PCK parents to take a few minutes to share your thoughts, ideas, and constructive comments with us. Thank you!
On a safety note, we had our supervised lockdown drill yesterday afternoon, and it went very well. While longer than our usual practice drill, the DCSD security team went room to room and gave advice/suggestions about where students were located in their space for optimum safety. Additionally, the officers spoke briefly to each group about the importance of practice drills and following teacher/staff instructions. The students were AWESOME, in spite of the length of the drill, and sat quietly with their teachers. Our students who were outside when we called the drill also did a great job of quickly moving out of sight. It is sad that we live in a time where this sort of drill must be practiced by school students and staffs all across America, but I do believe we are safer because we practice.
We did notice during yesterday’s drill, and the ensuing conversations that followed, that some children have a heightened sense of anxiety these days about their own safety…not just at school, but in general. Many of our students hear and see more (on TV, in the news, and through social media) than they can truly comprehend at their age, and this no doubt plays into their feelings about their own safety and security. Any opportunity you have to ask your own child about his/her fears or concerns, and then to reassure them that PCK has many known and unknown (to them) safeguards in place to keep everyone safe at school, may help alleviate some of their fears. Additionally, please remind your student that issues of safety and security are never joking matters. We do not want younger students frightened by insensitive comments by older students who may see, hear or know more.
If your child is feeling especially anxious, and you feel he/she needs some additional support here at school, please let his/her classroom teacher know about your concerns.
Dress Down Day To Support Juvenile Diabetes Research
This Friday, March 9, students may dress down in exchange for $1 to support Type 1 Diabetes research. One of our students with Type 1 Diabetes organized this fundraiser. He will be helping collect donations at the front door tomorrow, and invites other students with diabetes to join him in manning the collection buckets.
Flu Season Isn’t Over Yet
We have students coming to school when they aren’t feeling well. Whether they have a cold, the flu, or another virus, they unintentionally spread those germs to other students and staff members. Let’s work together to keep our school healthy by allowing sick children to stay home when they aren’t feeling well, as outlined in our PCK Parent Handbook:
“4.11 – MEDICAL NEEDS
The school will utilize reasonable precautions to ensure a healthy environment. To ensure the health of students, please keep your child home if s/he has one or more of the following symptoms:
- a fever of 100 degrees or more
- sore throat
- stomach pain
- conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- vomiting and/or diarrhea
Be sure your child is free of the symptoms mentioned for at least 24 hours before returning him/her to school. Some communicable diseases require a longer exclusion from school.”
Please note that a child must be fever-free without a fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil for a full 24 hours, not just over-night, before returning to school. Thanks for doing your part to help keep our students healthy. Click here for more information from our school nurse.
Register With Our New Hot Lunch Vendor
After Spring Break, we will have a new hot lunch vendor called Wholesome Food Services. Get more information here, then click on the link to www.wholesomefoodservices.com to create an account. When you “add a profile” and are asked to enter the school name, please type it out until you see a drop-down menu of schools, and select Parker Core Knowledge from the list. Do not allow autofill to populate the school name. If you have questions about the registration or ordering process, please contact Wholesome Food Services using the Contact Us function on their website, or the contact information on the attached flier.
Congratulations to Our 4th Grade Battle of the Books Parker Champions!
Our 4th grade team won the Parker Finals last night, meaning they beat all of the other teams in Parker in their age group. This is an amazing accomplishment because the competition is very stiff and these kids know their books. Next week they will compete against the winning teams from Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree. Come to the PACE Center next Wednesday, March 14 at 5:00 pm to cheer them on to victory!
Have a Spirited Scoop At Coldstone
Our next PCK Spirit Night is Wednesday, March 14, at Coldstone Creamery. 15% of your purchase gets donated to our school, so stop by for a scoop any time between 11 am – 10 pm. This would be a perfect stop after the Battle of the Books competition! Click here for the flier.
Pi Day is Next Wednesday
Our students are getting excited for next Wednesday’s Pi Day! This is always a much-anticipated annual celebration. On March 14th (3.14), the students can bring $1 to purchase a piece of pie during their lunch period. The money is used to support our math department. We still need at least a dozen more volunteers and many more pies. You don’t have to know how to cook – the Village Inn chocolate pies are always the biggest hit and the first to disappear. Remember, each $25 you spend counts for 1 hour of volunteer time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Patsy Stewart at email@example.com. Please sign up here to bring pie and/or volunteer to help make this an extra special Pi Day. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49abab29a75-piday2015
Calling All Crafters, Artists, and Pinterest Fans
We are in need of a group of parents to help our art department with some projects for the Gala. If you enjoy artistic, crafty, creative projects, please contact Mrs. Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
News From The PTA
Would you like to hold a Board position for the PTA? Nominations will be taken at the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 pm in the Middle School Commons. Please come if you are interested.
Is your freezer getting low on Butterbraids? We will have another sale after Spring Break! More info will be coming soon.
Mark your calendar for PCK’s first Craft/Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 – 2:00 pm. in the Events Gym. Come check out 40+ local crafters and vendors.
Please Come Check the Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is overflowing once again. Please stop by and check for any items your child might be missing. Also, please put your child’s first and last name (not initials) on all coats, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, and other items that come to school.
Mad Science Presents: Earth Science Explorations!
From the outer reaches of our atmosphere to the bottom of the sea, get ready to explore our planet like never before in this exciting new after school program. See the world through the eyes of a grasshopper and learn to spot the differences between insects and other arthropods. Discover how plate tectonics and volcanoes shaped the surface of the Earth. Explore the diversity of life beneath the surface of the ocean, and learn what causes lightning and how weather occurs. Weekly courses will cover a wide range of Earth Science concepts including Entomology, Marine Biology, Geology, Meteorology and more. Pack your bags and get ready for some Earth Science Explorations!
Time: 3:10-4:15 PM
Dates: 3/7/2018 – 4/18/2018
Great Character Continues at PCK
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their outstanding character at last week’s Character Lab assembly:
Aahan J. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Abby M. – Responsibility
Aiden G. – Compassion and Dependability
Allyson M. – Respect, Ready to Participate, Self-Control
Ben D. – Honesty
Cambree M. – Diligence
Connor B. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Generosity
Daniel G. – Respect, Self-Control
Darby S. – Ready to Participate, Flexibility
Haley M. – Diligence
Jack B. – Generosity
Kailee M. – Patience
Leo S. – Responsibility
Macie S. -Respect, Ready to Participate
Mia L. Respect, Hard-Working
Nanami M. – Thoroughness
Nick M. – Forgiveness
Nicolas S. – Forgiveness
Owen K. – Responsibility
Ruby S. – Loyalty, Helpfulness
Sophia R. – Diligence
Teagan L. – Flexibility, Forgiveness
TJ M. – Respect, Positivity
Tyler C. – Initiative
Tyler H. – Ready to Participate
Zariyah A. – Forgiveness
Help Us Stop The Sniffles
With the cold and flu season upon us we have run out of tissues. If you would like to donate tissues to the school please send them in with your students. They can be dropped off at the front desk.
A Resource To Help Keep Your Kids Safe Online
If you have been looking for help with web filtering and parental controls for your child’s electronic device, check out securly.com.
Can You Send In Some Snacks?
Get Your Tickets For The 2018 PCK Gala
Join us for the third annual Spring Fundraising Gala at The Colorado Golf Club on Saturday, April 28 at 6:00 pm. Enjoy an adults-only evening with appetizers, dinner, dessert, silent and live auctions, and live musical performances. Get your tickets here today before the price increases on March 19, 2018.
It takes an army to put together big events like the Sock Hop. We are grateful for all of our wonderful volunteers, including:
~All of our bakers who brought some very special treats for the cake walk.
~The Hardy family, the Sabeh family, and Mike Calandra for their unfading support.
~Kristen Blackburn, Michelle Ibarra, Andrea Simmons, Jennifer Goss, Kellie Hodgson, Madison Pieper, Erin Allen, Ainsley Groetken, Kinzie Cuba, Grace Hutchison, Michael Gaskill, Brian Rowan, and Lourdes Reisdorph for their help with this event.
~The PCK staff for their support of this community-building event.