5/14/20

From The Director

Dear PCK Parents,

I am looking forward to meeting with you (virtually) for our End-of-Year Town Hall tonight, and I want to thank everyone who sent in questions for the Q & A portion at the end. We received just over fifty questions in total, and, given the similarities among the questions, I should be able to address most of them during the Town Hall presentation tonight. There were a few questions that were unique compared to the others as they were more specific to end-of-the-year closing information. Please see the responses below:

Q – What is the last day of classes for students this year?
A –  Friday, May 22nd will be the last official day of classwork for students. The following week will be a time of returning school items and picking up personal belongings from the building. You should have received the schedule for your appointed time and date based on your student’s grade level. The scheduled time is important so that we can maintain social-distancing and keep everyone safe. We ask that one parent per family come to the school to pick-up and return items.

Q – As a Charter school, do we have the ability to open/reopen if /when we choose?
A – Technically, yes, but in matters pertaining to school safety, health, and security we believe it is important to align with DCSD recommendations.

Q – What staffing changes will there be next year?  Who is leaving or changing positions?
A –   Leaving:  Bre Warburton and Laura Miller (both may sub for us next year)
Retiring:  Deb Carr and Bonnie Becker
Changes: See box below

Resource
Teacher

New to Staff

Mathias

Hanna

RT

New to Staff

McCarthy

Jodi

RT

Moved from 3rd

Holton

Sarah

1st Grade

New to Staff

Heltemes

Ashley

1st Grade

Moved from RT

Pieseski

Becca

3rd Grade

Moved from RT

Robbins

Sarah

4th

New to Staff

Gillen

Allison

6th

Moved from RT

Allen

Kayla

Q – Can make-up assignments be graded sooner? 
A – Teachers are doing their best to not only teach and grade work as it is returned on schedule, but with the grace given around completion deadlines, teachers are receiving work almost around the clock. They are grading and posting assignments as fast as they can. Thank you for your patience.

Q – If we order the School Toolbox supplies for the 2020/2021 school year and in-person learning is not allowed, will we be issued refunds
A – We are currently looking into the matter and will let parents know.  If refunds are not offered, the Toolbox supplies will be yours and could be picked in August for use at home.

Q – What is happening with graduation plans for our 8th graders?
A –  Due to social-distancing guidelines and restrictions on the size of group gatherings, we are unable to hold a traditional 8th grade ceremony this year. However, we do have plans in the works to recognize our graduates and celebrate the milestone in a modified manner. The graduation committee is still hoping to host a late summer party for all graduating 8th graders at PCK.

Most of the other questions I received will be addressed during the Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. tonight. Please click here to tune in. 

Best,

Mrs. Aplin


Updates From The Specials Teachers

Art
Projects for this week (get details on the art web page or on Google Classroom):

Kindergarten: Make salt dough
Grades 1 – 3: 3D Paper Strip Challenge
Grades 4 – 6: Salt dough shoe print sea turtle

Also, students can use their art to make someone’s day! 5th grader Grace Carroll is collecting photos of art, cards, letters, or other things students create to cheer up the residents and employees at Senior Care Center. Her dad works there, and can share the photos students send in through a slide show in the facility’s main lobby. Due to COVID-19, we can not send items directly to the building. Please encourage your student to take some time to draw or paint a picture and write some words of hope and encouragement to this portion of our community that is the hardest hit by the virus. Take a photo of the work and send it to carrollfamily070707@gmail.com by next Friday.

Character Coaching
This week, Mrs. Daniels challenges every student to send a hand-written letter in the mail (no email or text messages) to a friend or family member in order to spread love and encouragement. Watch this video for inspiration. If your students doesn’t know how to write a letter or address an envelope, this video can help.

Library

Visit the library website for lots of reading ideas and news about the Reading Challenge. Remember, the Reading Challenge ends MAY 22nd!

Spanish
Keep practicing your Spanish! (5/14/20)

Technology
Watch this fun video from the tech teachers. (5/14/20)


Thanks For A Fantastic Field Day

Last Friday’s Field Day was a great success with 222 participants! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and sent in pictures. It looks like students (and parents) had a great time playing the games, and it was a nice day to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here are just a few of the many great pictures we received:

photo pf a girl walking while balancing a ball on a spoon

 

photo of a student flying a paper airplane

 

photo of a boy throwing a ball into paper bowls

 


Yearbooks Have Shipped!

image o the word yearbook surrounded by colorful brush strokesWatch your mailbox for your yearbook. They have shipped from the publisher and will arrive soon. Your yearbook was sent to the primary address you listed in Infinite Campus.


Attention Parents of 5th Graders

image of a staff of music notesSelections for 6th Grade Band and Choir are due by Friday, May 15th. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out this Google Form. Class descriptions and details about what instruments students may choose are also in the link. If you have already responded and your child is unsure of what instrument they’d like to play in band next year, Mrs. Myers will be contacting you after the 15th to start making arrangements to meet with you. 


We Are Itching For Another Scratch Party

Image of cartoon characters marching with the words Scratch PartyMrs. Henderson is hosting another scratch party on Monday, May 18th. Students will make fun games and animations while socializing and enjoying some time together remotely. If your student would like to participate, please email Mrs. Henderson and she will send you the Google Meet link.


Don’t Miss Your Chance To Register For Robotics Camp

We have two amazing robotics summer camps planned to help kids have fun while learning useful design and programming skills. Get the details here. You can register through our Web Store by June 1.


Look For The Good In Every Day

image saying Boredom BustersEven when we are “safer at home,” we can still find bright spots in each day. Gratitude and appreciating the simple things in life are key to having a good attitude and staying well. Parents and students alike can use this cute card to look for highlights of the day.


Looking For A Carpool For Next Year?

We partner with Way to Go to assist families with carpooling to and from school. PCK encourages carpooling for your convenience and to reduce the volume of cars going through our carpool lines.

We send our student roster to Way to Go, including parent and student names, grade levels, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (the same information provided in our student directory).

Way to Go sends participating families information on accessing a personalized list and map identifying the families living closest to them. Your information will only be shared with PCK families. Way to Go will not sell it to other businesses, agencies, or third parties. Likewise, we ask families to treat the information with privacy.

There is no obligation to participate. This is simply a great resource to meet nearby PCK families.

If you would like to “opt out” of this process and not have your information sent to Way to Go, please complete this form to decline.  


Get Love And Logic Free

If you have never taken a Love and Logic class, or if you are ready for a refresher, you can now join the online class for free! PCK uses the Love and Logic philosophy at school, and parents report great success when they use it at home as well. To get the free class you must register here before May 15.


Our Family-Owned Businesses Need Your Support

Many PCK families own businesses in our community. We want to help them by shopping local whenever we can. Please check the PTA Facebook page often for profiles on businesses owned by our families. Also, use our PCK Business Directory to find providers within our school family.


The Calendar Says It’s Spring, But It’s Time To Order For Fall

Skip the back-to-school crowds at the store this summer and order your child’s school supplies through School Toolbox. All the supplies your student needs will be waiting on his/her desk at our Open House in August. Learn more about School Toolbox from this flier, and order by June 7 at www.schooltoolbox.com.


Great Things Are Happening At Home

The Langton girls made special deliveries to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week (with appropriate social distancing, of course!).

 

Our students are still hard at work, even in kindergarten. Way to go, learners!

 

The Berry kids are helping take care of their aunt’s horses while they are home.

 

The Spika family did a 60-day challenge to learn something new every day, including baking a cake from scratch. What a great idea!


If you have a funny, encouraging, or inspiring story about your time at home that you’d like to share with the PCK community while we are apart, feel free to send it to ddaniels@ckcs.net. Some stories/photos might appear in future issues of our newsletter!

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