From The Director

Dear Parents,

It’s (almost) a wrap! We are officially counting down the days until the 2018-19 school year comes to an end. The students have worked so hard, grown so much, and impressed us all with their talents, skills, determination, creativity, kindness, and initiative. We started the year with a huge focus on respect and good manners, and I have to say the results were nearly immediate. You all have the most delightful children! I have had more students open doors for me, greet me with strong eye contact, a smile, and a cheerful greeting such as, “Hello, Mrs. Aplin. How is your day going?” The words ‘please’ and ’thank you’ were heard in abundance across the building, from carpool and recess, to the lunchroom and classrooms. Our students rose to the challenge and knocked it out of the park. The focus on respect and good manners really set the tone for a positive school year…so much so that I think we’ll start with a focus on good manners again next year!

This summer will be another busy one around our building, with the following building improvement and security projects teed up to begin once the students depart:

  1. Replace all 17 RTU’s (heating and air conditioning units) on the original wing of our building. This project is being funded by the recent DCSD bond approved by voters last November! Thank you to all who supported 3A & 3B.
  2. Replace the roof on the original wing. This project is part of our scheduled building maintenance and is paid for with capital reserve funds.
  3. Update and remodel the student restrooms outside the Event’s Gym. This project is part of our scheduled building maintenance and is funded with capital reserve funds.
  4. Create a new Elementary Science Lab in the current Champion’s space. This project is funded in large part by the Foundation at PCK and is made possible through the generous donations of PCK parents.
  5. Remodel the main school entrance to create a new secured front entry vestibule.
  6. Remodel the lobby and middle school entrance as they relate to the new entry way.
  7. Add a second security door to the east building entrance. Projects 5 -7 are being funded by new Mill Levy funds. Again, thank you to all who supported 3A & 3B.

Due to all the construction, the front office will be virtually closed for the summer. Our summer school program will be housed in the 5th/6th grade building, with parking and access from Center Park Loop.  

Please look for a summer newsletter sometime in early to mid July with updates on our construction projects and information about Express Check-In, our Open House on August 8, and our Back-to-School Pool Party. If you need to reach us during the summer months, email will be the best way to do so. We kindly ask for your patience with our slower response time as many of us have vacations scheduled here and there.

In case you were curious, staffing changes for 2019-20 include the following:

  • Heather Brownell, PE/Health (Replacing Mr. Bauer)
  • Heather Chapman, Business Manager (Replacing Mrs. Gerhard)*
  • Heidi Cook, current Resource Teacher will join our Kindergarten team as the fourth Full-Day Kindergarten teacher (New position)
  • Andrea Duran, current Resource Teacher, moves to 5th Grade (Replacing Mrs. Kennedy)
  • Jennifer Gauthier, current Resource Teacher, moves to 5th Grade (Replacing Mrs. Frare)
  • Becca Pieseski, Resource Teacher
  • Pia Carey, Speech/Language Pathology Assistant
  • Martha Wright, Librarian (Replacing Mrs. Zellner)*
  • Two additional Resource Teacher candidates pending

*Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Gerhard and Mrs. Zellner on their upcoming retirement. We are grateful for their faithful service to PCK over the past 20+ years.

We also thank the other departing staff for their many contributions over the years. We wish them all well in their new endeavors!

Although we made a point this year to focus on respect and good manners, we never lost sight of the fact that academic growth for all students is always the overarching goal. Everything we do to educate and support our students is strategically designed to produce the desired results…strong academic growth and achievement year after year. The solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and character is built carefully, one day, one week, one year at a time. I am always so proud of the effort put forth by our students and staff, and this past year is no exception. Additionally, I am equally thankful for the support and encouragement PCK parents provide on the home front. Having a student at PCK is truly a family commitment. The impact of your involvement in your child’s education cannot ever be understated, and your investment in our staff and school community is equally vital. Thank you for the many, varied, and sacrificial ways in which you have invested in PCK this past year. I appreciate everything you have done on behalf of our students and staff, and I am so proud of what our collective efforts have allowed us to accomplish. There is virtually nothing we cannot achieve when we work together!

As we bring our 25th school year to a close, I can hardly believe twenty-five years have flown by so quickly. What started as a dream shared by a group of parents in 1994 has blossomed into one of the premier charter schools in all of Douglas County. We are twenty-five years old, and growing stronger with each passing year! I, for one, am grateful to our founding families for their vision of what excellence in education could be, and for their willingness to take a risk and start this wonderful school. Today, PCK leads the way in terms of academic excellence and character development. Our strong, healthy community places a premium on quality education and, together, we work hard to achieve it. I hope you feel the same sense of pride and accomplishment I do whenever I tell someone that my children attended PCK. Here’s to the next twenty-five years…may they be as exciting, rewarding, and amazing as the last twenty-five have been.

In closing, I wish you all a fantastic summer break! I look forward to seeing you back here in August, and I can’t wait for you to see all of the exciting changes that will occur over the summer months.

Happy Summer,

Mrs. Aplin

P.S.  I hope to see you ALL at our 25th Anniversary all-school Skate Party tonight from 5-7.  I sure hope I remember how to skate…

The Skate Party Is Tonight!

Join the PTA and PCK staff in celebrating our 25th anniversary and the last Spirit Night of the year at Skate City tonight from 5:00 – 7:00pm. This is a private PCK-only skate party! It is also Free Icee Night at Skate City. Check the Thursday Folder fliers for more details. We hope to see you there!

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

Ninja Nation logoOur 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.

A Reminder About Security

Parents, please do not open the external doors at PCK to anyone, even if you know the person. Everyone must be buzzed in from our front desk. We know it feels awkward seeing your friends at the door and not letting them in, but only PCK staff may open the doors. Thanks for your understanding and help with this, especially with all of the special events coming up that we get to share with our families.

Save At The Dennis Uniform Memorial Day Sale

If your student needs new uniform pieces for next year, you can take advantage of 15% off when you purchase online during the Dennis Uniform Memorial Day Sale. Get the details here.


School Supply Lists Are Here

Books and a colorful assortment of school supplies isolated on a white background

Here is the list of the school supplies your student will need in August. Students may bring these supplies to the Registration Open House on Thursday, August 8.

2019-20 School Supply Lists

Don’t forget that you can get all of your supplies through School Toolbox. When you order a Toolbox, all of your student’s supplies will be waiting in the classroom at the Registration Open House. Get the details here, and order at schooltoolbox.com. The last day to order is June 6.

Summer Reading Challenge

Students in grades K-4 will participate in a Summer Reading Challenge. Please check your student’s Thursday Folder for details. You can also print copies of the Challenge sheets by clicking the appropriate grade here: Kindergarten, First Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade.

All Middle School students are required to read and log at least 5 books during the summer. Get the handout with the requirements and log here. This can also be found on the Middle School page under English.

Adopt A Flower Bed With PCK

image of flowers and butterflies

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.

Save The Date

image of pool water with a ball in it and the words "pool party."Our annual PCK Pool Party, sponsored by the PTA, is scheduled for Saturday, August 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at H2O’Brien pool. All PCK families are invited!

Also, the PTA’s Used Uniform Sale and Popsicles on the Playground (a new event where families can meet, ask questions and find out more about carpool) will be July 20th.

Music Preference Form Due Tomorrow

Incoming 6th grade parents (existing 5th grade) need to complete their students’ Music Preference Form no later than tomorrow, Friday the 24th. Simply click the link to choose either Concert Band or Choir for the 2019-2020 School year.

Music Preference Google Form

Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins

image of an oval with images of technical devices inside, flanked by the works Tech TalkPublic perception may hold that summer is the quietest time of year at any given school, but this isn’t always the case at PCK! At this point, most of you are probably aware of the construction project that will make some much-needed changes to the main building, but none of you are aware of the other construction project that will see the PCK website get a similarly necessary facelift.

I’ve spent enough of my life on the Internet to know that change isn’t always welcomed with open arms, so I wanted to be transparent about why we are making changes. Though I think the general theme of our website is pleasant, some elements of the current layout require you, the user, to scroll a lot. Outside of social media, this is generally frowned upon. There was also a belief among many of us involved with the website that the navigation should be reworked to be more logical and, by extension, snappier.

How will this impact you, aside from forcing you to learn a slightly different layout than you are used to when navigating our website? It won’t, really, but there will be a brief outage in the summer that will prevent you from viewing the website. Currently, I’m targeting Friday, June 28, as the day when I will temporarily shut the website down to make improvements.

Though the main website will be down, you will still be able to access our teacher pages by typing in their URLs manually. Thankfully, these addresses follow a simple naming pattern, so if you don’t know the address you are looking for you can figure it out pretty easily. For example, if your student is moving up to the 2nd grade and you want to learn more about our 2nd grade team, you could go to 2ndgrade.ckcs.net. Likewise, the technology site is technology.ckcs.net, and the middle school website is middleschool.ckcs.net.

Please email any questions about this project to me directly at drobbins@ckcs.net.

And, since I won’t get another chance to say this: Have a wonderful summer break, and thank you for sticking with my writing throughout the 2018-2019 school year!

– Mr. Robbins

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?

lost and foundBefore 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.

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 each afternoon. 

The program works as follows: We send our student roster to Way to Go. It includes parent and student names, grade levels, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (the same information provided in our student directory).

Way to Go will send participating families information for 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. The information is 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 email Sandy Higgins to decline. Include your student names in the email please. 

Summer Brain Gain

image of a brain made of gears with works Summer Brain Gain over itDon’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.

There will be a summer reading club for incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students. Get the details here, and click here to register.

Summer math clubs will run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in June. Students going in to 2nd and 3rd grade can register here, and students entering 4th or 5th grade register here.

There are also Summer Skills Sharpener sessions available for math and language refreshers. Get the details here, then register through the PCK Web Store.

Congratulations, 5th Grade Science Fair Winners!

Last Friday, our 5th grade hosted their annual Science Fair. This event was the culmination of weeks of hard work, and our students did a fantastic job. Congratulations to the following students whose projects received top honors in their categories:

Life Science:
1st- Claire Stohlton
2nd- Luke Holck
2nd- Madison Sampson
3rd- Sahasra Chilukoori
3rd- Shaelen Terrio

Consumer Science:
1st- Ruchi Badiginchala
2nd- Lynsey Johnson
2nd- Kyle Ruffin
3rd- Ella Faries

Physical 1:
1st- Eunice Choe
2nd- Ayush Purohit
3rd- Carly Anderson

Physical 2:
1st- Haley McReynolds
2nd- Nathanael Trevey
3rd- Sean Guertin

Physical 3:
1st- Emily Hoer
2nd- Connor Thiessen
3rd- Shade Parkerhaase

PCK Writer Is Proud of America

Photo of Carly Anderson with a representative from the Elks Lodge5th grader Carly Anderson’s essay took 2nd place in the state for the “What Makes You Proud of America?” essay contest. An Elks Lodge representative came to the school on Wednesday to present her award. Great job, Carly – this is an amazing accomplishment!

We Are PCK Proud

photo pf Eshaan Sharma in front of the CU buffaloEighth grader Eshaan Sharma scored in the top 10% of students in the seven-state Rocky Mountain region on the PSAT 8/9 (the test given to students in 8th and 9th grades). He was recognized by the Center for Bright Kids at a special ceremony at CU Boulder on May 19th. What a great way to end 8th grade, Eshaan! We are so proud of you.

Way To Go, 4th Grade Volleyball Players!

photo of volleyball teamAyla Wooten and Madeline Miller, both in Mrs. Strobel’s 4th grade class, played an undefeated season of volleyball and won the CARA State Championship with their teammates this past weekend in Golden, Colorado. Congratulations, girls!

A Farewell Letter From Our Board President

Please take a moment to read this letter from our outgoing Board President, Rebecca Murray, as she finished her term and welcomes in new Board members.

Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to Robert Stone for picking up and mulching all of the limbs that broke off of our trees in the most recent snow. It was a huge help!

See You In August!

Our 6th – 8th grade students start the 2019/20 school year on Monday, August 12, and K – 5th grade start Wednesday, August 14. See you then!



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