From The Director

Charter schools need your help! As you saw in last week’s newsletter, we are hoping to form a small group of parents who are passionate about advocating for PCK and other charter schools at the legislative level. It saddens me to say that, despite the amazing strides made in recent years, the current political climate in Colorado (and across the country), is not particularly friendly towards charter schools…some might even describe it as hostile. Rumors and myths abound, and this misinformation negatively influences both legislators and voters. It is up to each of us, those who know the truth about how charter schools run, to work together to make sure legislators and voters have accurate facts and information about our successful charter schools.

An independent group of parents is not bound by the same rules our staff and Board members must follow regarding the sharing of information and opinions at election time. While the PCK staff and Board members are bound by Fair Campaign Practices laws that impose specific restrictions on what they can or cannot communicate during an active election season, parent advocacy groups are not. These parent groups are able to freely share information about candidates and ballot initiatives that may help or hinder the charter community. 

In order to inform our parent community and make sure accurate information is being shared, PCK is partnering with the Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools and the Colorado League of Charter Schools through their ACT Advocacy Network to bring a series of trainings to our families. These informational training sessions will give you insight into how charters are governed, funded, structured, and how they operate so that you will feel more confident sharing these facts with family members, friends, and neighbors. They will also build your advocacy skills so you feel comfortable speaking out in public support of our schools. If every charter school in Douglas County forms an active parent advocacy group, we can leverage our collective power and voice to make sure voters and legislators alike have accurate facts about Colorado charter schools. By working together we stand the best chance of protecting our schools. 

In the first one-hour training, you will learn about charter myths and facts, and what makes us so unique. This is perfect for any PCK parent, and especially those who are new to PCK and those with students in preschool through second grade. Whether you would like to be a part of our parent advocacy group or not, the information in this session will help 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

If you would like to be part of the parent advocacy group, please email me at taplin@ckcs.net.

Thank you for your ongoing support of PCK and all Colorado charter schools!

Way To Go, 6th Grade Writers!

Congratulations to our 6th graders who competed in the 34th annual Great Women in Engineering and Science Essay Contest. There were 172 entries from 21 schools in Colorado and Wyoming, and entries were reviewed by a panel of 10 volunteer judges. 

Congratulations to Austin Eravelly and Madeline Miller for earning spots in the top three! Winners will be announced at the Society of Women Engineers Rocky Mountain Section award ceremony later this spring. Top-placing students receive $75, $50, and $25 prizes in addition to a science kit and science book.

PCK also has four of the five total students receiving Honorable Merit Awards: 

  • Elliott Chung 
  • Aanya Shah
  • Kaylan Hong 
  • Isabella Terrill 

Additionally, 10 students are awarded with Honorable Mention Awards, and five of those are from PCK:

  • Lena Morris 
  • Josip Turk
  • Alex Malatesta 
  • Isaiah Han 
  • Anshu Metpally 

PCK is also one of five schools receiving the School Library Award for outstanding participation in the essay contest. This award provides our 6th grade classrooms with a library of reference materials on women engineers and scientists. 

Congratulations, 6th graders! We are #PCKproud of you!

PTA Has Something For Everyone

April PTA Meeting – Planning Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation week is May 3 – 7. If you have an interest in planning or volunteering for this fun week, please join the virtual meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 14th. We love our amazing teachers and are looking forward to spoiling them!

Join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 820 5740 2740; Passcode: PCK2021

Spring Used Uniform Sale
Mark your calendars, the PTA Spring Used Uniform Sale will be on Saturday, April 17 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The sale will take place under the covered awning outside of the PCK Sports Gym. Please wear a mask. There is still time to donate uniforms, so please send them to school with your student by next Wednesday. There is a collection bin by the front office.  Please see this flyer for details, including pricing. We hope to see you there!

Spirit Night at Crumbl Cookies
Stop by Crumbl Cookies in Parker (11153 S. Parker Road #B) from 4:00 – 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 21 for a sweet treat that also supports our school. See this flyer for a look at the yumminess that awaits.

Congratulations, Character Leaders

Congratulations to the following students for going above and beyond expectations in demonstrating strong character. They were recognized at last week’s virtual character assembly.

Aiden G. – Responsibility, self-control
Akarsh A. – Respect, responsibility, self-control, obedience
Anya S. – Responsibility, ready to participate, determination
Asher L. – Perseverance
Ashton A. – Responsibility, obedience
Blake J. – Honesty
Dawson N. – Respect, ready to participate 
Eli D. – Compassion, enthusiasm, joy
Isabelle J. – Respect, responsibility, courage
Isy W. – Flexibility, obedience
Kyron W. – Respect, responsibility, self-control
Maggie R. – Responsibility, patience, obedience
Mikaela S. – Determination
Nash N. – Respect, flexibility
Nora Y. – Flexibility, patience, compassion
Quinn H. – Flexibility
Ren G. – Respect, generosity

Way to go, character leaders!

The Deadline Is Tomorrow

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 tomorrow, Friday, April 9. Voting will be done online on April 20.

Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK! 

Video Volunteers Needed

Our PTA is planning an end-of-year party so families can say goodbye to Mrs. Aplin at her retirement. They are looking for a parent volunteer (or group of parents) who would be willing to put together a short video honoring Mrs. Aplin. If you are interested, please email pckpta@ckcs.net or karen.langton@outlook.com. Thanks for your help making this a special event!

Register Today for Charter School Basics

PCK is partnering with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and their ACT Advocacy Network to bring a series of trainings to our families. These trainings will help you understand the ins and outs of how charter schools work so you can share accurate information with your friends and neighbors. 

The first session is called Charter School Basics, and it uncovers the myths and facts about charter schools. It you are new to PCK or have students in preschool through second grade, you will find this particularly interesting. The hour-long virtual session starts at 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 14, and it is only for PCK families. Click here to register for the session.

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.

School Toolbox Time Is Here

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 Dad

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Thank you to Jeff Gragert for being this week’s Safety Dad. We appreciate your time and effort to help us out!

The weather is getting nice, making spring a great time to volunteer as a Safety Dad. 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.

News From Our Littlest Learners

For the last five years, we’ve been building our Tile Legacy Wall in the preschool. It all started as a way to commemorate the preschool’s 5th anniversary. Each year, we pick a theme and our students make beautiful art that is turned into tiles. This year is our 10th anniversary. Our own Ms. Haines has created a signature tile for the wall. Once we can have visitors in the building, be sure to stop by and enjoy the creative beauty.

Going Crazy With Prize Day Fun

Some of our classes earned a Crazy Hair Day last Friday for their fundraising efforts with Dance Fit. They had a great time and we loved seeing their creative hair styles!



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