From The Director

Happy Anniversary! As we enter the last month of the 2018-19 school year, we are also wrapping up our 25th year as a school. We are proud to be the oldest charter school in Parker, and we are celebrating our anniversary in style.

PCK was started by a small group of parents who wanted a school that offered the content-rich Core Knowledge curriculum, foreign language, and strong parent involvement. Through their hard work and dedication, Parker Core Knowledge Charter School opened its doors on September 6, 1994 to 164 students, nine teachers, and a handful of support staff. Today, we have 702 students, 28 classroom teachers, 12 specials teachers, seven resource teachers, and various support staff in the classrooms, as well as the Learning Lab team and the front office staff. We also have a School Director, Vice Director, Preschool Director, and a 10-member Board of Directors.

Over the past 25 years, PCK has not only grown in size, but also in excellence. We are exceedingly proud of our students’ academic achievements, but we are also thrilled to see their growing character, artistic and theatrical abilities, and athletic distinction. One of the greatest compliments we consistently receive is from the area high schools who rave about the preparation, ability, and character of the PCK graduates they have in their halls.

To celebrate our 25 years of excellence, we are doing something special every day throughout the month of May. Some days will focus on our students (yesterday they all received bracelets they can wear to school every day through the end of the year), others will include things for parents, and some involve our whole PCK family. We also have some special events planned, including a skate party hosted by our PTA, and a very special Field Day (please make sure you sign the waiver so your child doesn’t miss out on the fun). Keep an eye on the newsletter this month for more information about our celebration.

Of course, we never would have achieved 25 amazing years without your support. Year after year, PCK parents are one of our greatest assets, and I don’t have the words to express how much I appreciate all of the time, effort, dedication, and love you have and continue to pour into our school. Your involvement in our community has always been one of our critical success factors and, thus, you are included in our celebration. I look forward to reflecting upon and celebrating our collective accomplishments this month.

Again, Happy 25th Anniversary!

Mrs. Aplin

PCK Surveys Close Tomorrow

It is time for all parents to complete our general and staff surveys. The general survey is for all parents to give feedback about overall operations at the school. We asked you to complete the same survey earlier in the year so we can measure our progress over time. The staff surveys allow you to anonymously tell us what you love about you child’s teacher(s) and where we can improve. Please note the separate surveys for elementary and middle school staff. We take your feedback seriously and use it to make improvements to our programs and operations. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion before the surveys close tomorrow, May 3.

General Parent Survey

Elementary Staff Survey

Middle School Staff Survey

Students Can Strut Their Stuff At The PCK Talent Show

All students in grades 3-8 are invited to perform in the PCK Talent Show at 6:00pm on May 20th. All participants are required to attend a rehearsal on Friday, May 17th from 3:00-5:00pm.

Please upload a highlight video of your talent and fill out the registration form using this link. Students must register by May 13 in order to participate.

This event is sponsored by the PCK Junior Thespian Society.

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.

It’s Time To Order Your School Toolbox For Next Year

image of school supplies

If you would like to skip the back-to-school shopping crowds and hunting for hard to find or out of stock items, order a School Toolbox. All of your student’s school supplies will be waiting in the classroom when you come to our Registration Open House in August. Get the details here, and order at schooltoolbox.com.

Field Day Fun Is Coming, But You Must Sign A Waiver

Ninja Nation logoOur PE Department is excited to announce that Ninja Nation will have a ninja warrior 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.

Carpool Reminder

image of a red carPlease do not arrive early for your afternoon carpool window. If you are in the south loop and get to school before your time window, you must pass the school and come back at the correct time since stopping on Pine Drive is prohibited by traffic law. If you are in the north loop and arrive early, please make sure your carpool sign is clearly displayed so those arriving for their scheduled pick up time know they can pass you and enter the parking lot during their window. Please also share this information with grandparents, nannies, or anyone else who may pick up your child. Thanks for your help!

 6th Grade Band and Choir Concert

photo of band instrumentsEveryone is invited to our see how much music our students have learned this year on Tuesday, May 21st from 4:15 – 5:00pm.

Please remember to follow the PCK parking guidelines around the neighborhood and on Centennial Drive. Parking is available in designated spaces around the loop on Centerpark Loop. We are never to park on Centennial Drive or in the town home complex. Thank you!

Congratulations, Math Club!

great job imageThe Middle School Competitive Math Club competed in the Purple Comet! Math meet in early April. It featured 2,818 teams from 55 countries. The competition was broken into middle school and high school contests, then was further divided by school size. Our students faced off against 499 teams from around the world. They placed 63rd overall, 28th in the United States, and 2nd in Colorado! The team consisted of Eshaan Sharma, Deepaksh Kalra, Bryce Wetzel, Noah Williams, Gustav Blom, Sam Koch, Neeil Gupta, Pranith Bhat, Parker Berry, and Kadin Le.  Congratulations, boys! We are PCK Proud of you!

Way To Go, 4th Grade Math Stars!

photo of Alex and AiyaOur 4th graders recently competed in  the Noetic Learning Math Competition, with over 8,000 participants from 47 states. PCK students Alex Malatesta and Aiya Sayatovic were in the top 8% of 4th graders across the country! They each earned a spot on the National Honor Roll for their high scores. Congratulations, Alex and Aiya!

You Can Participate In DCSD Strategic Plan Discussions

Over the past few weeks, the Douglas County community has provided valuable input into the DCSD strategic planning process. In March, approximately 300 community members and 500 staff participated in facilitated conversations where they provided feedback about Douglas County School District. That input was used to craft questions for an online survey.

In early April, over 30,000 staff, community members and students participated in that online survey, which helped outline community priorities for the upcoming strategic plan.

Now, community members are encouraged to attend an upcoming meeting to learn more about how community input is being incorporated into the creation of DCSD’s new strategic plan. Attendees will learn about the strategic plan themes that have been generated from community feedback, and have the opportunity to provide input into the Strategic Plan Framework.

No RSVP is needed to join one of the following meetings:

Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Legend High School
22219 Hilltop Road, Parker

Castle Rock
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Castle View High School
5254 Meadows Drive, Castle Rock

Please help us make sure the PCK voice is well represented at one of these upcoming community conversations. It is important for our community members to provide input and insight into this plan. 

Warm Up For Placement Auditions For The Spring Musical

icon from Shrek the MusicalIncoming 7th and 8th graders who want to participate in next year’s spring musical, Shrek, need to audition on May 14 or 16. The purpose of the placement audition is to assess the student’s range, and to discuss goals and areas to work on before the character auditions in December. Roles are not cast until December, but through this process Mrs. Myers can place students into the appropriate level elective class (Lead or Cameo/understudies) for the second semester. Students will need to choose and prepare to sing one of the following songs for their gender and provide their own accompaniment on their device. All auditions are videoed for educational purposes. Please click the links below to sign up for a time, and as always, if you have any questions please email Mrs. Myers.

Never Fall In Love With An Elf – from Elf
Notice Me, Horton – from Seussical the Musical

I’m Calm – from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum
Stronger – from Finding Neverland (either Barrie or Hook)
Live By The Hook – from Finding Neverland (either Barrie or Hook)

Sign up for an audition time slot here:

May 14th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4CAAAF23A31-310500
May 16th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4CAAAF23A31-3105001

Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins

If real life was just an elaborate episode of Sesame Street, then 2019 would be brought to you by the word “Privacy.” In an effort that further cemented the relevance of this word in modern society, consumer advocate groups convened in the nation’s capital on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to create a sensible data privacy bill. A precedent for such legislation was established last year when the European Union passed its own legislation aimed at protecting users’ privacy.

I’m not a political scientist, so I don’t know if, when, or how effective the privacy laws our government devises will be at dissuading companies like Facebook from doing things that Facebook does. What I do know is that nobody – particularly not parents – should wait for legislation to start being proactive about how their information is shared on the Internet. At PCK, we review all applications and websites thoroughly before creating student accounts for them; we recommend you do the same with your children, whether you are downloading an educational game for them to play after they’ve finished their homework or – in the case of older students – signing them up for a service that lets them play video games online.

To help you get started, here are a handful of resources you can use to begin on the long, unending journey to protect your child’s privacy on the internet:

  • Reading Terms and Conditions – A (mostly) friendly guide to reading Terms and Conditions, the first step to protecting your family’s privacy.
  • Common Sense Privacy Program – A handy website that evaluates applications. The focus is on education, but the information is generalizable enough that you can apply it elsewhere.
  • Who Has Your Back? – This feature is a little out of date (it was published in July 2017), but it’s a good example of how the biggest companies frequently mishandle user data.

We know better than most that there’s nothing less exciting than reviewing the pages and pages of legalese that make up most Privacy Policies, but we promise it is worth it if you can help your child or another family member avoid the next big data scandal to rock the country.

Bring In Your Box Tops

image of Box Tops for Education symbolsPlease send in your clipped Box Tops For Education. Make sure they are not expired, and put them in a zippered baggie with the number of Box Tops, your child’s name, and the teacher’s name written on the baggie. The class that collects the most Box Tops will win a prize! There is a collection box near the front desk. Thank you!

Want To Get Involved With The Foundation At PCK?

If you are interested in getting involved with The Foundation at PCK, we’d love to answer your questions and get you connected. Please join us for a meet and greet on Thursday, May 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (place TBD). Additional details will be posted on our Facebook page or you can email amy_drilling@msn.com to be contacted directly.

Lunch Room Help Needed

image of two kids holding lunch traysIf 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.

We Have A Winner

Thank you to everyone who submitted a design for the FunD Run T-Shirt Contest. Congratulations to Sienna Zoz in Mrs. Seaback’s fourth grade class for submitting the winning design! The FunD Run will be held in September.

Nothing Stops Our Girls Soccer Team

photo of girls soccer team in the snow
The snow on Tuesday didn’t slow down our girls soccer team. They won their game despite the cold, wet conditions, and continued their undefeated season in style. Great job showing persistence and determination in action, girls!

Thank You!

A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make our spring musical a success by bringing snacks, drinks, and helping at each show. Without these volunteers, our shows would not be possible!

Specifically, thanks to the following parents: Corey Yanzito, Bill Kallergis, Loy Englehardt, Shannon Wald, Teresa Taylor, The Pieper Family, David Goode, Cindy Whitmore, Jen Oldham-Curtiss, Angie Jackson, Nathanael and Rachel Koch, Jessica Berry, Preethi Muralidar, Eugenia Jaeger, Lisa Smith, Teresa Lazuran, Doreen Sternkopf, Lisa Dolin, Melissa Edwards, Betsey Koch, Gretchen Halker, Janice Moore, Laura Parkes, Michelle Ermentraut, Kristi Fitch, Amy Martin, Yvette Fonda, Laura Saba, Lauren Anderson, Keri and Neil Dermer, Donna Lantz, Julie Barrus, Jaime Thomas, Craig Hoven, Sanya Richardson, Kasey John, Marlene Warr, Dawn Ferrell, Casey Biggers, and Suzanne Velasquez.

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