From The Director

Dear PCK Parents,

Thank you to all of you who took the time earlier this month to share some feedback with us via the 20-21 annual Parent Survey.  We had over 379 parents respond to our 37 question survey, and this past Monday I shared a summary of the results via video. You can watch the video presentation here, and a link to the recording is also available on the homepage of our website. If you prefer the Reader’s Digest version of the results, here they are:

Overall themes:

  • Parents are very happy that we are open for in-person learning and appreciate all the effort that has gone in to keeping our doors open to students.
  • Parents appreciate all of the various health and safety layers in place that allow PCK to remain open to in-person learning.
  • Many parents appreciated the fact that we offered a remote learning option this year.  Some of the challenges with our REO program during the first semester were also noted.
  • Parents are very eager for school operations to return to ‘normal.’
  • Parents miss being able to volunteer at school this year, and look forward to reconnecting with our community next year.
  • The virtual opportunities we offered for parent-teacher conferences, parent education sessions, and other general meetings were appreciated.  Many parents expressed a desire for us to continue offering these virtual options in the future.
  • Hand washing stations in the lunchrooms were a big hit with parents, as well as our emphasis on more hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day.  Additionally, many parents mentioned that they like the fact that we have been checking student temperatures upon arrival each day.

Quick Stats:

  • 95% of respondents believe our health protocols were sufficient this year.
  • 96% of respondents feel their child is physically safe at school.
  • 95% of respondents feel their child is emotionally safe at school.
  • 93% of respondents feel informed and believe the amount of communication they receive is just right; 2% feel it is too much; 5% believe it is not enough.
  • 62% of respondents rely on the weekly news for their information, and 32% rely on push emails.  Only 4% use the school website, and 3% use teacher websites.
  • 35% of respondents had children who used THEO this past year.  Of the 35%, 82% felt it was very helpful, and 64% would like us to continuing offering some form of THEO in future years.
  • 82% of respondents liked the virtual conference format, specifically citing its convenience, flexibility, and elimination of the need to arrange for sitters.
  • 15% of respondents had children who participated in our Core Care Club.  Of that percentage, 90% rated the experience as satisfactory to excellent (with 56% rating it as excellent).

Other General Comments:

  • Some parents would like to see PCK explore/use more digital resources to lessen the backpack load.
  • Requests were made to restore middle school electives (always part of our plan after this year).
  • Some suggested that Homework Club be a regular part of Core Care Club, not a separate program.
  • Many parents would like to see PCK continue to encourage parents to keep kids home if they are not feeling well in order to monitor symptoms.
  • Some parents would like more virtual options for meetings and viewing school events.

Comments On Our Staff:  There were too many to summarize (186 total comments for teachers and staff received), but they were overwhelmingly glowing, appreciative, and positive.  We are working to disaggregate the comments so that we can share them with specific teachers.  Thank you so much for your encouraging words and appreciation.

All Parent Survey feedback has been shared with the PCK Board, and ideas/suggestions for future improvements and/or changes will be considered over the coming months.  Thank you, again, to all parents for helping us through your feedback to continually improve our programs, processes, and operation.  

Mrs. Aplin

Thank You For Supporting Dance Fit

Our students had a fantastic time with our Dance Fit fundraiser. They loved the Sports City Now videos that introduced them to real kids athletes who display amazing character, and they had a blast learning new dances in PE. Thank you to all parents who donated and/or helped students get pledges, to the Foundation at PCK for doing a fabulous job organizing the fundraiser, and to the PE department for making this such a fun event for our students.

Congratulations to our top-earning classes, all in 3rd grade! In third place, Mrs. Robbins’ class got to spray her with Silly String. In second place, Ms. Sitzmann’s class got to “mummy-wrap” her in toilet paper. Our first place class, Ms. Kurtz’ class, got to dance with Mrs. Aplin during their Dance Fit event. Congratulations, top classes!

We have raised $43,000 so far, and pledging is STILL open at funrun.com through next Tuesday to help us reach our goal of $50,000. Thanks again for your support!

Looking For Science Lovers

5th grade is in need of four more Science Fair judges. They will be judging in three categories based on 5th grade standards: Physical, Earth and Space, and Life. Everything will be online this year. The judging dates are May 10th – 13th, and the judges have a whole week to view the experiments at their own pace. The experiments will be in Power Point form, and presentations from the students will not be a part of the process. We cannot have any 5th grade parents participate, so if you have a younger student this is a great chance to see what the Science Fair is all about. If you are interested, please email Jennifer Gauthier, 5th grade teacher, at jgauthier@ckcs.net. Thank you!

Calling All Candidates

We are now accepting letters of intent for three open board of directors positions. 

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, a brief bio including your prior experience, interests, and any special expertise you would bring to the board, as well as a headshot photo, to the PCK Board. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 9. Voting will be done online on April 20.

Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK! 

Charter Schools Need Your Help

Did you know that the current political climate in Colorado, and across the nation, is growing increasingly hostile towards charter schools? There is a lot of misinformation about how charters operate, how we are funded, and why we are so successful. This misinformation influences legislators and voters, and as charter school supporters we need to organize and work together to make sure decision makers have accurate facts about our schools and do not pass anti-charter legislation.

We are partnering with the Alliance of Douglas County Charter schools and are looking for a group of passionate charter parents willing to be proactive in protecting PCK and our fellow charters from harmful legislation. PCK is also partnering with the Colorado League of Charter Schools through their ACT Advocacy Network to bring a series of trainings to our families. The trainings will build your charter school knowledge and your advocacy skills so that we can leverage our collective power as part of the Douglas County charter school community to protect charter gains and make sure PCK and all DCSD charters can continue to provide the highest quality education for our deserving students.

In the first one-hour training, you will learn about charter myths and facts, and what makes us unique. This is perfect for any PCK parent, and especially those who are new to PCK or those with younger students in preschool through first grade. We need to build your charter knowledge! Whether you would like to be a part of our parent advocacy group or not, the information in this session will come in handy when your friends and neighbors ask you about what makes your charter school so special. Please join us!

What:  Charter School Basics

Where: On-line via Zoom

When:  Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00pm – this session is for Parker Core Knowledge families only


A Great Place To Learn Makes A Great Place To Work

Part of what makes PCK such a strong school is our amazing staff. We have several open positions for the 2021-22 school year posted on our website. If you or someone you know is interested in a position, shares our culture of excellence, and is committed to our high standard of character, an application can be submitted from our Employment page. Please direct any questions to Heather Newbrough at hnewbrough@ckcs.net.

PCK Summer Camp Is Coming!

Get ready for a summer of fun with Core Care Club’s new summer camp! Camps run from 8:00am – 4:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays the weeks of June 8, 15, 22, and 29, as well as the weeks of July 13 and 20. Come for a day, a week, or all summer! Every week has a different theme, and each includes outdoor activities, water games, and lots of fun. Get ready for events like walking field trips and bike days! See the daily schedule here.

Registration is now open, so sign up through your Jackrabbit account or contact Vinny Ortega at vortega@ckcs.net. Space is limited so sign up today! Camp is open to PCK students starting in kindergarten (incoming kindergarteners are welcome), and will accommodate students participating in summer school. The cost is $50/day, with a $25 registration fee that covers a camp t-shirt and a safety wrist band. Snacks are included, but campers will need to bring a lunch.

News From The PTA

Planning Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3rd – 7th. If you are interested in planning/volunteering for this fun week, please join the April 14th PTA Zoom meeting at 6:30pm. We love our amazing teachers and are looking forward to spoiling them!

Join the Zoom meeting at:

Meeting ID: 820 5740 2740
Passcode: PCK2021

Spring Used Uniform Sale
Mark  your calendars – the PTA Spring Used Uniform Sale is on Saturday, April 17th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The sale will take place under the covered awning right outside of the PCK Sports Gym. Please wear a mask. There is still time to donate uniforms! Please send them into school with your students. There is a collection bin by the front office. A sign up for volunteers will be released next week. Thank you!

Math Help For Parents

If you student struggles with math homework, watch this recording of last week’s Parent Education Series session. You need to be logged into your student’s PCK Google account to be able to see the recording. In this session, Johanna Harth, Jenni Zajac, Lisa Church, Jenn Gauthier, and Stephanie Harper held a panel discussion to give parents helpful advice on how to assist students with math homework across all grade levels. 

It’s School Toolbox Time

It is hard to believe it is already time to order School Toolboxes for next year! If you would like to avoid the hassle of buying your student’s school supplies this summer, you can order a School Toolbox and have your supplies waiting for you at PCK at our Open House in August. See this flyer for details. Ordering is available now at schooltoolbox.com (even though the flyer says ordering starts April 19).

Thank You To Our Safety Dads

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Thank you to Phillip Duran and Chris Wooten for being this week’s Safety Dads. We appreciate the time you took from your busy week to help us out!

We still 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.

Stand Up For Stand-Up Desks

We have two remaining stand-up desks for sale. They are $50 each and attach to an existing table or desk. Please contact the front desk at 303-840-7070 or reception@ckcs.net if you are interested.

News From Our Littlest Learners

Our Mission 

To build an early foundation of knowledge and skills by providing stimulating opportunities for children to grow and learn in a safe, caring preschool environment. 

Our Philosophy

Every child has the ability to learn and the sooner we begin their formal instruction, the further they can go. We also believe that experienced teachers understand that they must “meet students where they begin” and then move forward in a very intentional way to help each child achieve important developmental goals.

Small class sizes, centers, one-on-one time with teachers, whole group instruction, small groups, and outdoor play will keep students challenged and enjoying learning.  

We believe this early training will pay dividends in terms of improving kindergarten readiness in students.

Needing New Uniform Pieces?

image of a plaid skirtIf your student’s pants or skirts are getting too short and you don’t find what you need at the PTA’s Used Uniform Sale, it might be time for a visit to Dennis Uniforms. Click here to see their current shopping guide.

We Are Planning For Next Year and Beyond

As we look forward to next school year, please let us know if you are NOT planning on returning to PCK (other than graduating 8th graders), or if you have new additions to your family that need to be added to our list. Please email Sara Mundt at smundt@ckcs.net if either situation applies to your family.

Thank You!

Thank you to Kelly Anderson for bringing our staff warm, homemade cookies today. They were an amazing treat! Thanks for taking such good care of us.


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