From The Director
Despite the winter-like weather we had at the beginning of this week (or maybe because of it), I know we are all looking forward to summer. At the end of every school year, I tell our students to do two things over the summer: read and have fun! This summer, we are making it easy for your child to do both of these at PCK.
Our Summer Skills Sharpener program helps students strengthen or maintain their reading and/or math skills so they can gain ground over the summer and avoid the “summer slide.” This program helps kids hit the ground running when they come back in August. When students feel confident at the beginning of the school year, it truly sets the tone for a strong and successful year ahead.
New this year, we are offering a PCK Summer Camp through our Core Care Club. Camp weeks are scheduled to coincide with our Summer Skills Sharpener sessions to make it easy on parents. Each week of camp features a different theme so kids can have fun all summer long. Whether your student is into rainforest animals, LEGOs, the Olympics, or something in between, there is a week to fit every interest. There will be games, crafts, sports, and other fun activities. Campers will also get to enjoy special events such as walking field trips, “bike days,” water games, and more. You can sign your camper up for a specific day, week, or all six weeks this summer.
Best of all, students can participate in both Summer Skills Sharpener and Summer Camp. Both programs run on the same days (Tuesdays through Thursdays) so students participating in Summer Skills Sharpener in the morning can join the fun at camp in the afternoon. You will find additional details about both programs in the newsletter below.
We hope you’ll join us for a summer of fun at PCK!
No School Tomorrow
Tomorrow is a teacher work day to review our spring testing data and make plans based on that information for next year. Students get the day off. See you Monday!
Congratulations To Our New Vice Director
After a very competitive search for PCK’s next Vice Director, we’re proud to announce that Mr. Trustin Thompson has accepted this position, and will be serving alongside next year’s School Director, Mrs. Johanna Harth. We are so grateful to have Mrs. Harth’s continued leadership for the next two years during this transition before she retires.
This was a difficult decision that involved multiple interviews with impressive, qualified internal and external candidates. Many parents are familiar with Mr. Thompson as a 6th grade teacher at PCK for the past nine years. Some may have even seen him last week at Kindergarten orientation, as he has young children at PCK just beginning their journey.
Before joining PCK, Mr. Thompson taught grades 7-12 at a school in California and helped students who struggled academically get back on track. He holds two master’s degrees in the field of education and administration.
We admire his unwavering passion and commitment to PCK. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Thompson into this new role.
PCK Board of Directors
Time To Return All Library Books
Please look around your house, car, and student backpacks for any library books that need to be returned to PCK. You might be surprised at how quickly the prices are rising on some books, and we would hate for anyone to get an unexpected replacement book charge. Please have your student return all PCK library books as soon as possible.
We’ve Got Spirit – And A New Spirit Team
Tryouts for PCK’s new Spirit Team are next Wednesday, May 19; Thursday, May 20th; and Monday, May 24th from 3:30-5:00pm. Tryouts are open to all boys and girls currently in grades 5 – 7. Prior to your child trying out, please submit the FREE registration form in MySchoolBucks. Parents need to pick-up their children on Center Park Loop (near the Sports Gym) at 5:00 pm.
We are looking for a volunteer to take the lead with our School Toolbox orders and fundraiser. The School Toolbox program benefits PCK and the PTA. We need an individual to work alongside the current program lead for the 2021-2022 school year, then take over the program entirely at the end of the year. This volunteer opportunity requires dedication throughout the year with various on- and off-campus tasks. If you are interested, please contact Allison (the current program lead) at email@example.com.
Drone Photo Rescheduled
Our overhead photo has been rescheduled for NEXT Thursday, May 20. Please have your student wear a white uniform shirt for the photo. Thank you!
Come Check Our Lost And Found
The lost and found is overflowing with sweatshirts, water bottles, and even one shoe! Please make sure all of your family’s belongings are claimed before the end of the school year. Items left behind will be donated. Please also remember to label EVERYTHING your child brings to school with his/her first and last name.
Check Out Our Duck-Cam
We have ducklings in our elementary science lab and they are our newest YouTube stars! Check out our PCK Duckling Cam to see the action. The live stream will typically run from 4:00pm – midnight, and you can watch videos from previous days. If our ducklings happen to be taking a break, tune in another time.
Summer Is Made For Reading
We will have our own summer reading contest at PCK, but students can also sign up for the summer reading program through Douglas County Libraries. If enough of our students sign up, we could win $500 for the PCK library! Plus, students can use the same books to win prizes through the DCL program AND our summer reading raffle. More information on PCK’s summer reading contest will be coming soon, but you can sign up for the DCL program today at https://dcl.org/summer-reading/registration/.
Thank You, Safety Dads
A huge thank you to Lokesh Thakkalapatti and Eric Johnson for being this week’s Safety Dads. We truly appreciate the time you took from your week to be an extra set of eyes, ears, and hands around the school.
We still have some openings for Safety Dads this month. Come spend the day at school helping with recess, carpool, lunch, and other needs as they arise, as well as making sure our perimeter is secure. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
Connecting With Character
This week, many of our students have been learning about wisdom, our trait for the month of May. We define wisdom as applying truth to my daily decisions. This means students put their knowledge into action. Students learn to listen to their parents and teachers, learn from their mistakes, choose friends carefully, consider the consequences of their actions, and ask, “What is the right thing to do?”
From the PTA
May Spirit Night
We are excited to announce our May Spirit Night at Santortas. This new restaurant is owned by PCK’s very own Santana-Roman family! Stop by the restaurant at 19250 Lincoln Avenue (at the southeast corner of Lincoln and Parker Road, near Dunkin’ Donuts) any time from 10:30am – closing on Thursday, May 20th and mention PCK at check out. Santortas will donate a very generous 40% of the proceeds to support the PTA (thank you, Santortas!). We hope to see you there to enjoy the authentic and delicious Mexican tortas.
Longmont Dairy Update
A special thank you to Genie Yu Hamilton for taking the initiative and leading the Milk Caps For Moolah project with Longmont Dairy for the 2020-21 school year. We do not have a current total on the number of milk caps received, but the collection box is full! We are no longer accepting caps for this school year. Earlier this year, the PTA received a donation of $109.50 from Longmont Dairy for the caps we collected. Thank you for your efforts, Genie, and thank you to each PCK family that sent in their caps.
Submit Your Video Send-Off
We are creating a video for Mrs. Aplin with messages from our students and parents, past and present. We hope this will be a video she can cherish after she retires from PCK.
Please find a cozy spot with good lighting, uniforms are optional, and ask your child three questions about Mrs. Aplin. Feel free to send in well wishes and anything your child says that will make us all smile! We will be making a montage, so not everything that is submitted will be used.
Please record in LANDSCAPE (not portrait).
Possible questions to ask and answer on your video:
- What is something Mrs. Aplin always says?
- What will Mrs. Aplin do with her time once she is retired?
- What will you miss the most about Mrs. Aplin?
- What would you like to thank Mrs. Aplin for?
Please record your video and post it to the PCK Folder here.
User name to enter/Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for video submissions is May 17.
PCK Theater Is Back!
The PCK Music Program is PROUD to announce the return of live, in-person performance!
May 14th and 15th @ 1:30 and 6:30pm
Tickets are $12.00 and are available at ckcs.seatyourself.biz.
Tickets were initially offered to the parents of the cast and crew, and now we welcome you, the PCK community, to get your tickets to enjoy this socially distanced performance. All patrons will be temperature screened upon entry and must wear a mask at all times.
Matilda the Musical, based on the Roald Dahl classic, is brought to life through the brilliant collaboration between Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly. Matilda, raised in a home where she is unloved, learns to overcome her circumstances by re-writing the ending to her own story. Matilda’s world is magical, and her love for reading helps her understand her special gifts and propels her into a life and family she deserves.
ROALD DAHL’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www. mtishows.com
Thank You From The Foundation
As we close out the school year, on behalf of The Foundation, I want to thank each family again for your generosity this year. We started this school year off knowing that the COVID relief funds PCK received to support additional expenses for cleaning, staff, THEO, and REO programs would expire in December 2020 and fall short of what was needed to keep our school open this year. This could have jeopardized many programs that make our school special and ensure our children get the best education possible.
We met our fundraising goals through the Fall Online Auction and Annual Giving Campaign, and are thrilled to tell you we met the needs of our PCK community AND were able to provide the same level of funding we needed this spring through Dance Fit and community programs such as Amazon Smiles, King Soopers Gives Back, and AFW’s donations. We are able to replace a lot of technology and give support to our teachers and staff through our biannual Teacher Grant Program.
Some items we were able to fund this school year include:
- Technology – several Chromebooks, laptops, 20 iPads, and tech for the 2021/ 2022 school year
- A token of appreciation for PCK staff earlier this year
- New Securely software for the next three years to monitor online activity for upper grade levels to ensure our kids are staying on task and safe while online
- Funding for the Science and Tech departments to create a Science News Production Team
- Funding for additional bells so music education could continue without singing
- Kindergarten and Middle School received new books and supplies for enrichment activities
- The PE Department received new equipment
- The lunchroom will receive an electric warming unit.
We asked a lot from you this year and we truly appreciate your support. A huge thank you to our parents, teachers, and staff for getting us through this crazy year! And a huge thank you to our sponsors for being flexible and generous with your contributions!
We tried some new fundraising ideas this year and we would love your opinion. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey so we can best represent you next year.
The Foundation is currently seeking new members and volunteers for next year. If you are interested in joining us or looking for ways to meet your volunteer requirements, please contact me anytime.
Have a great summer,
Keep Skills Sharp Over The Summer
PCK’s Summer Skills Sharpener Series gives students math and language arts support over the break in June and July. Whether your student needs help in these areas before moving on to the next grade level, or you want to prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” these classes can make a big difference for kids. We apologize that the July dates posted last week were incorrect. Get the details and correct dates here.
Have Fun In The Rainforest This Summer
Sloths, monkeys, parrots… who doesn’t love rainforest animals? The first week of PCK’s summer camp program is all about these fascinating creatures. Games, crafts, and activities will make kids feel like they’re in the wild! See our flyer for details on each week’s theme, then register here or contact Vinny Ortega at email@example.com with questions. Space is limited so sign up today!
News From Our Littlest Learners
Next Thursday and Friday are the last days of school for our precious preschoolers and our joyful junior kindergarteners! This has been a year to remember and from all of us in the preschool to all of you, we are grateful for every single family in the Preschool!
Parker Science Day
There is a free Science Day in Discovery Park (by the Parker Library) this Sunday from 9:00am – 1:00pm with exhibits and interactive demonstrations. Click here for the schedule of events and to register.
Flowers Brighten The Day
Our staff absolutely loved the “Flower Market” the PTA set up at the end of Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. The leftover flowers were donated to an assisted living center so those residents were also able to enjoy the beautiful blooms. Thank you, PTA, for this wonderful gift to our staff and members of our community, and thank you to the Duong family for arranging and delivering the flowers to the assisted living center.