From The Director

The recent tragedy at our DCSD neighbor, STEM Highlands Ranch, understandingly puts everyone on edge. Our hearts go out to the entire STEM community as they grieve, process, and eventually heal from the events of the past week. Given that safety and security are on everyone’s minds,  I want to take this opportunity to remind PCK parents that the safety and security of your children and our staff are always a top priority for us at PCK. In fact, we never stop looking for ways to improve upon current practices and expand the array of tools we use to protect the PCK family.

A primary need of our students is to feel safe and secure in order to learn and thrive at school, so we work closely with the Douglas County Security Team and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to make sure we stay up-to-date on the best security practices possible. Here is a brief overview of just some of the measures we take to ensure school-wide protection.

Secure Perimeter

Our exterior doors are locked at all times, creating a secure perimeter around our school. Doors can only be opened with a key or via remote release from our front desk when our receptionist views the person wanting to enter the building and determines that person belongs inside our building. We recently installed the RAPTOR system to screen all visitors, volunteers, and service providers prior to giving them access to the building. We also have an array of security cameras around our campus giving us a constant view of what is happening in and around the school.

Standard Response Protocols

We follow all Standard Response Protocols (SRPs) for lock out, lock down, evacuate, and shelter in place procedures. By following these DCSD established protocols, we know we are using the best practices to respond to emergencies, and first responders know what we are doing and where our students will be if they ever need to come to our aid.

The Douglas County Security Team comes to the school annually to review our drill procedures (which we practice nearly every week) and gives input on what we are doing well and where we can improve.

Because we drill so often, our students are well prepared to calmly handle any emergency – even those outside of school.

Staff Training

Before the start of every school year, the entire staff is trained on what to do in a variety of emergency situations. Most of our staff members, including all of our lunch and recess staff, are also CPR certified and receive basic training in handling medical emergencies until paramedics arrive. Additionally, our staff is scheduled to receive more in-depth threat assessment training this fall.

Constant Connectedness

We have a district-issued security radio that is always connected to the Douglas County Security Dispatch. Mrs. Aplin or another member of our Admin staff carries the radio at all time throughout the school day. If there is ever an issue anywhere in the district or Parker area, we are immediately notified and we stay in contact with security dispatch until the situation is resolved. In the event we have an emergency of our own, we will be directed to switch to a different channel on the radio for immediate private communication with first responders. This radio allows us to have up-to-the-minute information, and we follow all directions given us by district security authorities. Please note that sometimes inaccurate information is relayed through news or social media outlets. We will always follow the directions provided to us through official channels, and will communicate our plans and actions to you as quickly as we are able. If communication is not as timely as you might expect, there is usually a reason for the delay. Finally, we respectfully ask that parents please respond to our official communications, and not to information relayed through other sources, particularly social media.  

Student Well Being

We know that, above all else, our relationships with our students are what make them feel the most secure at school. All of our staff members strive to connect with each student, greet them by name, and show them their value.

We also expect students to treat each other respectfully. This is emphasized through our Character Coaching program, where students learn how to handle conflict and resolve disagreements in ways that honor each student. We strive to remove bullying of any kind at PCK.

If your student ever expresses concern over a situation at school, please notify your child’s teacher as soon as possible so we may be of assistance.

Any time you hear concerning information that could impact our broader school community, or if you want to anonymously report concern for a particular student, you can use Safe2Tell (1-877-542-7233) or Text-A-Tip (text to 274-637 and start your message with our school code: 1870.

If you or your student need immediate help, contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255.

Please rest assured that we will never stop in our efforts to keep your child safe. We will continue to work with the experts and follow their recommendations so both you and your child feel secure about their being here at school during the day.

By working together, by staying alert, and by caring about one another, we can all help keep our schools and our community safer and more secure.

Mrs. Aplin

Thank You!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an uplifting week of appreciation we’ve had! The PCK staff is overwhelmed by the love, support and generosity our PTA and PCK parents have shown us all week long. Staff Appreciation Week always comes at just the right time, and staff spirits are bolstered by the outpouring of love and encouragement we receive. Our students and parents truly re-energize the staff and ‘fill our buckets’ during this week of appreciation, and for that we are most grateful. The end of the year can be hard — hard to keep the students focused on learning when their thoughts and attention are already turning to summer fun — but after a week of being showered with notes, cards, flowers, coffee, and food, we know we can make it! Thank you for making us all feel so special. We have been so touched by everything you did for us this past week.

Happy Mother’s Day!

heart made of flowers with words saying Happy Mothers DayTo all of our moms, thank you for all you do. We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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!

Join The Foundation For A Meet And Greet

Takoda Tavern logoMark you calendars! Are you interested in getting involved with The Foundation? We’d love to answer your questions. Please join us for an informal meet and greet next Thursday, May 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Takoda Tavern. Drinks and appetizers are provided, so please RSVP so we can plan ahead for food. Additional details are posted on the Foundation Facebook page or you can email Amy DeNicolo at amy_drilling@msn.com 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!

Dress Down Days Are Coming

The end of the school year brings many dress down days, which thrills our students. Yay! Please take some time to 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

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.

Our Great Character Stays Strong

It may be the end of the year, but PCK students are still demonstrating their character traits on a daily basis. The following students were recognized in last week’s assembly for using their character in meaningful ways:

Abigail C. – Kindness
Alexandra K. – Respect, Responsibility, Patience, Helpfulness
Andrew C. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Obedience
Ashlynn A. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Perseverance
Ben C. – Respect, Flexibility
Ben S. – Respect, Generosity, Leader
Breyden H. – Respect, Compassion
Cameron A. – Respect, Self Control
Charlie W. – Kindness, Honesty
Dyanna B. – Responsibility, Cheerfulness
Elle S. – Courage, Compassion
Faith O. – Initiative
Grace B. – Respect, Patience, Self Control, Kindness
Hunter G. – Perseverance
Jack C. – Respect, Ready to Participate, Generosity
Jack M. – Respect, Flexibility, Generosity
Janki T. – Responsibility, Initiative
Jesse S. – Responsibility, Initiative
Katherine S. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Markus M. – Compassion, Helpfulness, Joyfulness
Meesha K. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Creativity
Milena G. – Cheerfulness, Enthusiasm
Raeley C. – Perseverance
Reid S. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate
Savannah S. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate, Patience
Weston M. – Respect, Responsibility, Ready to Participate

Way To Go, Artist!

Congratulations to 5th grader Ruchi Badiginchala for winning IREA’s Electric Safety Poster Contest to promote National Safety Month. The contest was open to students in grades 1 – 5. The winning posters earned $100 for the artists, and will be displayed in the lobby of IREA’s Sedalia headquarters and used in their print, electronic and social media channels. Great job, Ruchi!

News From The PTA

    • Thank you to everyone who has sent in box tops. Tomorrow, May 10th, is the last day of our collection, so if you still have any at home please send them in.
    • Thank you so much to all the volunteers who donated time or goods for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. It has been a great week and we couldn’t have done it without you.
    • Thank you so much to all the teachers and staff here at PCK for being fabulous and making PCK amazing for our kids.
    • The PTA is in search of Ambassadors! Would you like to share your love and excitement of PCK with other families? The PTA is looking for a few wonderful families that would be willing to help connect new and current PCK families throughout the year. 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.maxwell11@gmail.com.
    • Attention incoming 7th and 8th graders! The PTA is looking for a few students who would like 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. All students will earn community service for this time and we would love to have you. Please email the PTA if you are interested.

Check Out Our Gorgeous Recycled Art 

As part of Earth Day, our students created this collaborative art piece by painting, cutting, and arranging old water bottles. You can see this amazing creation hanging in our Events Gym.

photo of recycled art project

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.

Warm Up For Placement Auditions For The Spring Musicalicon from Shrek the Musical

Incoming 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

What You Need To Know About Measles

In light of the current measles outbreaks occurring both across the country and internationally, Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has provided this information for parents. It is also posted on the TCHD website.

NJHS Spring Community Service Project A Success

NJHS adopted Sox Place, a daytime youth drop-in center in Denver, for its spring community service project. Generous donations from PCK parents included over 50 backpacks filled with food, toiletries, and medical supplies. Thank you parents, and many thanks to the classroom teachers who collected and stored donations.

image of NJHS kids with Sox Place donations

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