5/7/20

From The Director

Dear PCK Parents,

As we begin preparations to wrap-up the 2019-20 school year, I would like to try something new (for us). I will be hosting a school-wide End-Of-Year Town Hall meeting via Google Meet live stream next Thursday evening, May 14 from 7-8 p.m.  All parents are encouraged to attend via this link: 

Watch the live stream here.

During the Town Hall, Mrs. Harth and I will address the following topics:

  • Recap of the Remote Learning period, including lessons learned and how we are now prepared to quickly adjust in the future should this ever become necessary again (we all hope not!)
  • End-of-Year plans
  • Next year’s budget and the impact of the COVID-19 shut down on our funding
  • Summer – Summer school and general building updates related to health, safety, and general maintenance
  • Fall – what we know, and what we don’t know at this point, and how we are planning;  also, how teachers will address the “COVID and summer slide”
  • Q & A – parent questions are invited through this form.  We will review all questions collected and address the most common questions asked.

The 2019-20 school year is ending in the most unusual way (one for the books, for sure!), and our desire to stay connected to the PCK community and keep everyone informed is stronger than ever. I hope you will join us for this final year-end wrap-up on May 14th.

I look forward to meeting with you next Thursday evening.

~Teri Aplin


Updates From The Specials Teachers

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

Kindergarten: Geometric Circus Seal
Grades 1 – 3: Junk Mail Birdhouse Collages
Grades 4 – 6: Collagraph Robots

Character Coaching
Watch this video with your students (it has subtitles so you will need to read it to young learners) and discuss it as a family. What does each member of your family desire most? In what ways do you help others? What do you receive when you help someone? What do you do to make your family and community better? What does helping mean to each member of your family?

Library

Visit the library website for lots of reading ideas and news about the Reading Challenge.

Music

image of blue bubblesNeed a new song to sing while washing your hands?
Great for grades K-3.

PE
Virtual Field Day is tomorrow! See this information packet for details such as instructions, materials you’ll need, and more. You can also get information and see videos of the games on the PE website. And if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t miss this fun video from the PE team. This is going to be a fun-filled day you won’t want to miss!

Spanish
New lessons from the Spanish team (5/7/20)

Technology
Update from the Technology team (5/7/20)


Congratulations, Math Star

image of the word congratulations with colorful drops coming off of it.Our 4th grade honors math class participated in the annual Noetic Learning Math Contest. There were 3,692 4th grade participants nationwide. Our very own Amulya T. received a perfect score! She was one of only 51 students across the country to receive that score, and will be recognized as part of the National Honor Roll. Congratulations, Amulya! We are PCKProud of you!


You’re Invited To Scratch Parties

Image of cartoon characters marching with the words Scratch PartyMrs. Henderson is hosting scratch parties on Monday, May 11th and Monday, May 18th. Students will make fun games and animations. It will be a great way to socialize and enjoy 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.


A Message From The PTA

cartoon image of the letters PTA

“A huge shout out and Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all the teachers. The PTA is so bummed that we will not get to spoil our teachers and show them in person how much we appreciate all that they do for our students. This is a unique Teacher Appreciation Week, and we are more grateful than ever for our amazing teachers and their ability to overcome so many unpredictable circumstances. Although there is no way for us to give our teachers tangible gifts at this time, our teachers would love to receive a special video/email message from their students. There are also several ways to send “virtual gift cards” if you are inclined to do so.  We appreciate you and can’t wait to celebrate you in person as soon as we can!

Cleaning out those closets? Please remember the PTA is still collecting used uniforms for a sale before school starts in the fall. If you have items to donate please drop them off at one of the following locations….

Danner Family
11221 Jordan Ct

Simmons Family
19668 Culpepper Cir

DeNicolo Family
21565 Longs Peak Lane

We will have our monthly meeting via Zoom next Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30pm so we can vote on the incoming board. Please use this link to join the meeting.”


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.  


Child Care Is Available With Champions

If you are headed back to work under the new “safer at home” guidelines, Champions can help with your children. Champions is operating at Leman Academy near Stroh Ranch. For information, call Vinnie or Nicole at 720-636-3413 or visit their website.


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.


A Free Read For Mom And Dad

image saying Boredom BustersColorado Parent magazine is now online. You can read this month’s issue for free here. It has lots of information and advice related to life during “Safer At Home,” and ideas for summer vacations and camps  for when things get closer to normal.


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.


Our Artists Are Hard At Work

Students are loving the optional art lessons, and are creating some amazing masterpieces. Here are just a few samples of their work.

Students were challenged to make mandalas from things found at home for Earth Day.

Students are enjoying the extra time to spend on their artwork at home. This incredible piece was done by Aanya S. (5th grade).

You can’t help but smile while enjoying this happy town created by Anshu M. (5th grade).


Great Things Are Happening At Home

One of the Student Directors of Shrek, Edyee Mockus,
created this little guy. He’s a combination of Shrek and Mike Wozowski from Monsters Inc.

Many families are doing home improvements right now, and students can be a part of the action. Alex helped paint his mom’s office. Way to go!

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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