From The Director
What a crazy last couple of days! I’m sure recent events that resulted in the closure of schools all across the Denver-metro area on Wednesday also prompted conversations on the home front that many of you wished you didn’t need to have with your children. These are hard conversations to have, especially with younger children. We want them to be aware, but we don’t want them to be afraid, and this is a tough balance to strike. How we respond to their questions, concerns and fears has everything to do with how safe and secure they feel, and how able they are to return to their normal routines. Thank you for taking the time to talk with your children before they returned to school today. When our doors opened at 7:35, it was business as usual around our building and the students seemed happy to be back to school.
With all the heightened security these past few days, I want to share some very exciting news with all of you. The PCK Board of Directors is working on plans for a front entry remodel this summer. The purpose of the remodel, which had nothing to do with this week’s events but is nonetheless very timely, is to create a more secure front entry to our building. Most new schools being built today have an entry vestibule for parents and visitors that is outside of the secured perimeter where students and staff are located. Our current entry system has us buzzing people into our secured perimeter before they are checked through Raptor. The Board’s goal is to modify the entry to enhance the overall security of our building. Funds for this project will come from the new Mill Levy that was approved last fall by Douglas County voters. Other security enhancements are also on the horizon, again thanks to new Mill Levy funds. Our goal, the District’s goal, and your goal for school safety are all very much aligned — keeping students and staff safe at all times to the best of our abilities; the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
In closing, I just want to say that I was thankful many of our students had already been picked up on Tuesday when we had to move into a secured perimeter posture, but the students and staff who were outside for the last wave of our carpool were superstars! Everyone reacted quickly, calmly, and as trained. It was a smooth shift, and I was thankful for everyone’s laser focus on safety. Thank you, as well, to all the parents who sent us emails of thanks and encouragement Tuesday night and Wednesday. Your support is always appreciated by the staff.
No School Tomorrow
Friday, April 19 is a staff in-service day, so there will be no classes. Enjoy the day off!
Due to the school closure on April 17, we will have CMAS testing on Tuesday, April 23. Please make sure your student is well rested, fed, and ready for another great day of testing.
Do You Get Texts From PCK And DCSD?
If you would like to receive notifications via text message from PCK and DCSD, please select to receive text messages in your Infinite Campus account. The next step is critical:
- Send a text to 68453 with the message “YES”
If you do not complete the registration process as outlined above, you will NOT receive text messages, including emergency notifications. If you need further information regarding emergency messaging, please visit https://tinyurl.com/textdcsd.
Congratulations, New Board Members
Thank you to everyone who voted in our election to seat two new members to our Board of Directors. Congratulations to Jessica Berry and John Faries! We appreciate your willingness to serve our school in this way.
A heartfelt thank you to outgoing Board members Rebecca Murray and Jeff Johnson. Rebecca is currently our Board president, and she also served as the president of our PTA. Jeff is our current vice president and has been a part of two building projects. Both are tremendous volunteers, and we truly appreciate all they have done for our school during their years of service.
Thanks For A Fantastic Gala
The Foundation At PCK wants to thank everyone who attended the Gala, participated in the Online Silent Auction, contributed to teacher’s tickets, and/or donated to the event. We had record attendance this year and raised over $56,000! We would like to congratulate the 6th graders and their parents on winning the Kona Ice Party. There were so many 6th grade donations we had to use an entire table to display your classroom baskets!
If you won items on the Online Silent Auction and have not collected them, please see Laura at the front desk. 25th “Silver” Anniversary Mugs and PCK Magnets for families who donated will also be distributed tomorrow so please check your kiddos’ backpacks. We are continually striving to make each year’s event better than the last, so please take a moment to complete our brief survey.
Finally, we have been asked by a handful of PCK parents about getting involved with The Foundation next year. We love your enthusiasm and will be hosting an informal meet and greet in May for anyone interested in working with The Foundation and/or the Gala. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be included on the email list.
Keep up with everything the Foundation is working on through our Facebook page.
Enter Your Design For The FunD Run T-Shirt Contest
All students in kindergarten through 6th grade may enter their original designs for our 2019 FunD Run shirts. Get the submission details here. All designs must by turned in to the front desk by Monday, April 22.
Artisan Pizza Spirit Night Rescheduled For Wednesday, April 24
A huge THANK YOU to Artisan Pizza for their flexibility and willingness to reschedule our Spirit Night once again. Our first one was canceled due to weather, and the second was canceled due to the District-wide closure and canceling of all after-school activities. We know this wonderful, locally-owned family business goes to great lengths to accommodate Spirit Nights for schools, and the cancelations create staffing challenges for them. These challenges, however, do not diminish their willingness to work with us and provide a fun night out for our school community. Thank you, Artisan Pizza!
The new date for our Spirit Night at Artisan Pizza is April 24. Make sure you tell the cashier you are with PCK so we get a portion of the proceeds. See you then!
News From The PTA
- Our next Box Top collection will be April 29 – May 10. It’s time to get clipping! Watch for details coming soon on how the collection will work.
- Staff Appreciation Week starts May 6th. Watch for more details to come, but start thinking about how you can say “thank you” to staff members who have made a difference to your child.
- Keep your eyes open for an exciting announcement coming soon from the PTA!
Lunch Room Help Needed
If you are looking for ways to finish off your 2018-19 volunteer commitment (20 hours per year per family), you can help in our lunch room! This is not only a great way to earn volunteer hours, but you also get to work with other fun parents and staff while getting to know kids at PCK. See this Sign Up Genius for the last two months of school.
Thank You, Joey Dame!
Since 2013, PCK parent Joey Dame has served as our yearbook coordinator. She has developed so many creative themes, including Dr. Seuss, Hero Headquarters, Journey Through The Years (for our 20th anniversary), and our 2016/17 award-winning game-themed yearbook, PCKopoly. Not only is she extremely creative and talented, but our staff and the various photography studios we’ve worked with over the years have commented on how nice she is and how easy she is to work with. Joey is retiring from her role as yearbook coordinator at the end of this year, and leaves very big shoes to fill.
We can’t possibly thank you enough, Joey, for the hours of hard work you have put in to making such wonderful keepsakes for our students. They are true treasures. Thank you!