From The Director
As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary this month, I am incredibly proud to look back and reflect on all that we have done in the past 25 years. Not only have we offered an exceptional education to our students, but we have also provided a warm, nurturing school home for them. We have given our staff an inspiring and supportive place to work, and have created a thriving community for our families. There is a lot to be proud of, and I am so thankful for everyone who has played a part in our success.
In honor of our 25th Anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of just 25 of our many accomplishments. We hope you enjoy this look back at where we have been, and feel inspired about all we can do in the next 25 years.
- We moved from an innovative idea to an actual school when our doors opened on September 6, 1994 with 164 students.
- Technology class became part of the school day in 1998 when we hired our first tech teacher.
- 11661 N. Pine Drive became our new home in 2000.
- Since 2001, PCK has earned a John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award every year that the award was given.
- Our School Director, Teri Aplin, was hired in May, 2002. She has led our school significantly longer than any previous Director.
- In 2004, our first addition added space for the middle school, as well as our stage. We also moved our play area from the parking lot to our current “back yard.”
- PCK’s first musical production, Forty-five Minutes From Broadway opened in 2005. Students have performed in 22 more PCK musicals since then.
- Readers got involved in the fun of Battle Of The Books in 2008. Our teams won the District championship in 2009, and area championships in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. This year our 5th grade team took 2nd place in the District!
- Our first Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award was earned in 2010, and we’ve received the award every year since.
- In 2010, PCK students began participating in area math competitions. We have had a vibrant Competitive Math Club ever since.
- Our middle school got its own space when we built the two-story addition to the building in 2011.
- Younger children joined the PCK family when our preschool opened in 2011.
- Exceptional middle school students could join the National Junior Honor Society when we received our NJHS charter on November 8, 2011.
- 3rd grade teacher Lisa Sitzmann won a personal financial literacy grant in 2011 for her M&M budget program. She was awarded with a class set of ipod touch devices to use with her program.
- Instilling a love of reading in our students climbed to a new height when our resource teachers launched our Literacy Night program in the fall of 2012. It has been a multi-grade annual (sometimes more than once a year) event ever since.
- In 2013 our Boys Soccer team won the championship with an undefeated season. They went on to repeat this feat in 2014, 2015, and 2018.
- As part of our commitment to developing future leaders of character, we built upon our existing character education program with the hiring of our Character Coach and the addition of weekly Character Coaching in every K-6 classroom in 2015.
- PCK was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2016.
- Our 2016/17 game-themed yearbook, PCKopoly, won the “Best Yearbook Award.”
- In 2017 PCK was recognized as a National School Of Character.
- The building known as the 5th/6th Grade Wing, which also houses our beautiful Sports Gym, opened in 2017.
- Students and their families got a chance to explore cultures from around the world when our annual International Festival started in 2018.
- The PCK Preschool’s outdoor classroom was built (and featured on 9News) in 2018.
- Through the years, and through very lean budget years, we have always supported the Music, PE, and Art programs. Not only have we never cut staffing or classes, but we have purchased instruments and materials every year, increased staff, and improved our physical facilities to accommodate these subjects. We firmly believe that cultured American citizens need foundational knowledge in these subjects and that children need a well rounded education with outlets of expression in different areas.
- The 2018/19 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball teams went undefeated during the season and won the Championship, coached by Aundrea Waltz and Danielle Frare.
Imagine what this list will be like in another 25 years! I am looking forward to seeing what the future brings.
25 Good Deeds Dress Down Day Change
The dress down day for completing the 25 Good Deeds challenge was changed due to MAPS testing. Students may dress down, while wearing the sticker they received when they turned in their 25 Good Deeds sheet, on Monday, May 20. Please remind your students that they must wear their stickers in order to dress down that day.
Supplies Needed For Field Day
There are some items we need to help make Field Day the best it can be. Please check this SignUpGenius to see if you can help. Thanks!
Don’t Forget To Sign A Field Day Waiver
Our PE Department is excited to have a Ninja Nation course at our Field Day! The students in 1st – 7th grades will absolutely love this fun experience, but they can only participate if you submit an online waiver. You can access the waiver here.
Summer Reading Challenge
Students in grades K-4 will participate in a Summer Reading Challenge. Please check your student’s Thursday Folder for details.
Adopt A Flower Bed With PCK
We are partnering with the Town of Parker to help keep Discovery Park clean by adopting several flower beds. We are looking for volunteers to help weed, deadhead flowers, pick up trash, and keep the mulch tidy in beds near the front entrance of the Parker Library. Many hands make light work, so please see this SignUpGenius and volunteer to help! While you are there, stop by the library to keep a fresh supply of books for the Summer Reading Challenge and summer reading homework.
Please Check Your MySchoolBucks Account
We still have some families with unpaid school fees. Remember, these are now listed in MySchoolBucks, not in RevTrak. Please log into your MySchoolBucks account to double check your balance. You will be unable to register for the 2019-20 school year if you have unpaid fees from this year, so please double check your balance today. Thank you!
Do We Have Something That Belongs To You?
Before the end of the school year, please come check our lost and found. We have LOTS of sweatshirts and jackets, and an assortment of lunch boxes, water bottles, hair accessories, and other items. Anything left on the last day of school will be donated to charity, so please make sure you have all of your family’s items.
Join The Foundation For A Meet And Greet Tonight
If you are interested in getting involved with The Foundation, please join us for an informal meet and greet tonight, May 16th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Takoda Tavern. Drinks and appetizers are provided, so please RSVP. Additional details are posted on the Foundation Facebook page or you can email Amy DeNicolo at firstname.lastname@example.org to be contacted directly. You can RSVP by emailing or texting Amy at (303)906-6527, or through the Facebook page.
King Soopers has changed their Community Rewards Program, committing $10 Million to local non-profits! Now you no longer have to use reloadable King Soopers cards to support PCK. It’s as simple as logging into your loyalty card account at www.kingsoopers.com/account/communityrewards and search for “The Foundation at PCK” or enter our school id: RV124. Every time you shop and use your loyalty card or enter your phone number at the register, you help contribute to PCK!
- Please join the PTA and PCK staff in celebrating our 25th anniversary and the last spirit night of the year at Skate City next Thursday, May 23 from 5:00 – 7:00pm. This is a private PCK-only skate party! See the Thursday Folder fliers for more details.
- Thank you to everyone who brought in Box Tops. We will announce the winners next week. A special thank you to Stephanie Clarke for organizing this event for us.
- Thank you to Junz (a PCK-family-owned local restaurant) for providing the Friday lunch for our Staff Appreciation Week. It was a great end to a wonderful week.
- Please take 2 minutes to complete this survey about the PTA and our events this year. Thank you in advance for your input.
- Coming soon! The PTA is excited to announce that we will be offering new Spirit wear for the 2019-2020 year. Watch for more information to come.
- Would you like to share your love of PCK with other families? The PTA is looking for a few volunteers to help connect new and current PCK families throughout the year as Ambassadors. This is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours, and many of these hours can be completed at home. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jen Maxwell.
- Attention incoming 7th and 8th graders! The PTA is looking for a few students to be “Eduardo,” our school mascot, next year. Come help us with carpool on spirit nights, the open house, the pool party and many more fun PTA events. Students earn community service for this time. Please email the PTA if you are interested.
Spirit Day Schedule
To celebrate the end of another great school year, we have some fun Spirit Days scheduled. This schedule is for our students in kindergarten through 7th grade. 8th grade has a separate Spirit Week schedule.
Thursday, May 23: 50’s style dress (you can also wear this to the Skate Party)
Friday, May 24: White, hunter green, or navy blue (PCK colors for all-school photo)
Tuesday, May 28: Class/grade choses own theme
Wednesday, May 29: Assigned colored shirts for Field Day
Please review our dress down policies and avoid the following: shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh, ripped or torn clothing, bare midriffs, tank tops, and slip-on sandals/flip flops. Leggings should be covered with a long shirt. Remind your student that dress code violations are given on dress down days when necessary.
Summer Brain Gain
Don’t let your student suffer from the dreaded summer “brain drain.” Instead, get a brain gain! We have several programs available this summer to help students keep their skills sharp while having fun.
House Bill 1032 Won’t Impact PCK
You have probably heard news reports about HB 1032, which impacts the way schools present sex education. The bill allows charter schools to obtain a waiver, so PCK’s health program will not change. You can see a summary of the bill here, and it includes a link to the full bill.
Talking To Your Kids About School Shootings
If your child is still processing the recent shooting at STEM Highlands Ranch, this article may help. As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher if additional assistance is needed.
Get The Infinite Campus Update
A new, updated version of Infinite Campus is now available for download in the App Store and in Google Play. Both student and parent versions are available with access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements, and more. The current version of the Infinite Campus app will no longer be available starting in June.
Congratulations, PCK Alumni!
PCK graduates Alina Mali and Lander Murray were recognized at Legend High School last week. Alina was named 9th grade Choir Student Of The Year, and Lander was named 9th grade E.D.G.E. Student Of The Year (E.D.G.E. is a cross-discipline project-based learning program). Way to go!