5/6/21

A Heartfelt Thank You For Spoiling Us

Every member of our staff sends a HUGE thank you to our families and the PTA for spoiling us so well during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. We are immensely grateful for your support and encouragement, and for all the ways you took such good care of us this week. We appreciate you!


Dress Code Clarifications

The PCK Board recently approved revised language in our dress code in order to make some policies easier to understand and enforce. For example, all skirts, skorts, and shorts “must fall past the fingertips when the wearer fully extends his/her arms and fingers at his/her sides.” Additionally, boys’ hair “must be neat and well-trimmed at all times, and fall above the shirt collar.” Please also make sure your student’s clothes are clean and neat each day. 

To make sure you are aware of all of our dress code policies, please take a few minutes to read our revised dress code.


Summer Is Made For Reading

Image of a sun reading a book, a palm tree, and the words "Summer 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/.


Don’t Forget To Wear White

Next Thursday, May 13, we are taking an overhead photo of our students outside on the field. Please make sure your student wears a white uniform shirt that day for the photo. Thank you!


Thank You, Safety Dads

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A huge thank you to Josh Rein, Jeremiah Johnson, and Erik Glenn 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

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized in today’s virtual character assembly for demonstrating exceptional character that exceeds expectations:

Abigail A. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Avery D. – Patience, loyalty, compassion
Camden O. – Patience, self-control, obedience
Crew K. – Perseverance, determination
Demi S. – Responsibility, patience
Easton I. – Responsibility, hard work
Julia R. – Forgiveness, compassion
Lilah R. – Respect, responsibility, flexibility, courage, patience

Way to go, Character Leaders! Keep your character strong over the summer!


From the PTA

PTA Teacher Appreciation Week
What a FUN week it has been so far! Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers; without YOU these events would not be possible. Special thanks to Dawn Danner and Rachel Larson for organizing Sunday’s decorating party, Rachel Larson and the spectacular “DJ Drew” Malatesta for hosting Monday’s carpool party (thanks for doing such a great job as our DJ, Drew), and the entire PTA Board for coordinating Tuesday’s breakfast. 

We are having the best time celebrating our wonderful staff.  They deserve all the love, this week and every day!


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:

  1. What is something Mrs. Aplin always says?
  2. What will Mrs. Aplin do with her time once she is retired?
  3. What will you miss the most about Mrs. Aplin?
  4. 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
Password: cougars80138

Please direct any questions to pckpta@ckcs.net.

 The deadline for video submissions is May 17.


PTA Used Uniform Sale
The May 15th Used Uniform Sale has been postponed to Sunday, June 13th, 2:00 – 4:00pm. We hope this is early enough in the summer for families to shop used, and still have enough time to fill any gaps at Dennis before the new year starts in August.

Please direct any questions to ckcspta@gmail.com.


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


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. Get the details here.


Learn To Be A Charter School Advocate

Have you wondered who makes decisions about public charter schools? Can you tell a powerful and concise story about why you chose a charter school for your child? Do you want to be able to directly and respectfully influence decision makers? Guess what – you can learn about all three! Join the Colorado League of Charter Schools’ ACT Advocacy Network for an on-line training on How to Be an Effective Charter School Advocate.

Together we can build a community of like-minded people to protect the things that make public charter schools unique, and promote policies and programs that help us serve our students even better.

Everyone is welcome, even if you did not attend the Charter School Basics session last month.

Tuesday, May 11
Morning: 9:00 – 10:00am, register
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00pm, register  

Wednesday, May 12
Morning: 9:00 – 10:00am, register
Evening: 6:00 – 7:00pm, register  

If you missed the first training on Charter School Basics, you have another chance to participate tomorrow.

Friday, May 7
Morning: 9:00 – 10:00am, register 


Do You Have Creativity To Share As An Art Teacher?

We are looking for a part-time elementary art teacher. Get the details here and apply on the PCK website. Additionally, we are looking for someone to teach a middle school art elective. If you are interested in learning more about the position, please contact Heather Newbrough

If you see other open positions posted on the PCK Employment page that you or someone you know may be interested in, apply online or contact Heather Newbrough with questions.


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 vortega@ckcs.net with questions. Space is limited so sign up today! 


School Toolbox Time Is Here

It is hard to believe it is already time to order School Toolboxes for next year! If you would like to avoid the hassle of buying your student’s school supplies this summer, you can order a School Toolbox and have your supplies waiting for you at our Open House in August. See this flyer for details. Ordering is available now at schooltoolbox.com.


News From Our Littlest Learners

Our school year is coming to an end. It has been a pleasure to watch our PCK Online Preschool (or POP) students grow and learn virtually. Our last online meeting will be Wednesday, May 12th, with a celebration on Saturday, May 15th.


Thank You

Thank you to the Pettinato family for bringing a delicious assortment of chips, pretzels, and chocolates for our staff last week. We love having these goodies to snack on and appreciate you thinking of us!

Our front office staff was treated to wonderful homemade banana bread courtesy of the Winsor family. Thank you so much for thinking of us and for the delicious treat! 

Thank you to the PTA and to everyone who brought sweets and drinks for our staff lunch today. We enjoyed it all and are so thankful for everyone who contributed. You are the best!

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