From The Director
Dear PCK Parents,
Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our second Town Hall meeting last Thursday evening. If you missed the live stream, the recorded version will be available starting tonight at 6:30 through tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. You can access the recording here.
Following last week’s Town Hall, I heard from a number of you. Your heartfelt emails requesting that PCK reconsider offering a remote education option for this coming year did not fall on deaf ears. It is very clear that a percentage of the PCK community is extremely uncomfortable returning to in-person learning this August and feel their concerns have not been heard or addressed satisfactorily. I want you to know that we understand and respect the dilemma we inadvertently created for some families within our community, and we are working to resolve this situation.
Going in to the Town Hall meeting, we knew from the parent survey that there was some interest in a remote education option for fall, but we struggled (and, honestly, still do) with the following:
a.) Knowing the quality of any remote option is sub-par compared to in-person learning and will create a skill gap when remote students return to the classroom and rejoin their peers who have been learning in-person,
b.) Having resources (teachers) to manage a remote option, because in-person learning will be going on and all of our staff is needed to sustain our normal operation and programs. This was not a constraint in the spring when all staff was 100% dedicated to remote learning.
c.) Helping parents understand that any remote option will NOT be the same as what we did in the spring, and will require parents to truly take over much of the teaching for their child. For working parents, this is extremely difficult, if not impossible.
However, given the anxiety and uncertainty this COVID situation has created, and the fear/concern some of you have about your child’s return to in-person learning this fall, Mrs. Harth and I are reevaluating our options. Please hear our hearts when I say we care about every PCK student and family — our community is a family — and our intent was never to cause undue stress or hardship within our community. As school leaders, our razor focus is always on our school mission, but I am also very aware that a quality academic program pales in comparison to concerns about individual health, safety, and the value of life itself. These are unprecedented times, and we all (myself included) need to listen carefully and respect the many voices, priorities and perspectives within our community. To that end, Mrs. Harth and I are working to create a remote education plan for this fall and we will share it with the PCK Board at our next meeting. If approved, we will provide information to parents within the next week or so. Clearly, there exists a tension between health/safety for all and high quality standards for education, but rest assured, we (along with the amazing PCK staff) will do our best to provide both.
Thank you for your faith in us, for hearing our hearts on this matter, and for your continued patience as we work through an overwhelming amount of ideas, input and expert advice from our staff, state health agencies, the governor’s office, CDE, and the district. Please continue to check the Thursday newsletter going forward for important updates about our fall re-opening.
PCK Is Hiring
We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:
- Substitute Teacher
- Elementary Teacher (Flex) – this position will be involved with remote education, details to follow.
- Health Assistant (no experience required – we will train for this position).
Also, our facility team is looking for one full-time person during the day to help clean/disinfect, and one to join the evening crew from 5:30 – 9:30pm. The hourly rate is $14.25/hour. Those interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From The Swamp To The PCK Stage
is presented through special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
July 31st- 1:00 and 6:00 pm
August 1st- 1:00 and 6:00 pm
Get your tickets for the live stream of our production here! You will get an access code at the time of your purchase that is good for viewing the show on one device. The presentation will be streamed in 1080p and will be directly connected to our sound system for optimum audio quality.
Tickets are available to the cast and crew starting July 24th, and will be available to the greater PCK community starting July 27th. When you buy your ticket, you will notice a button with the option to see the show in-person. That option is currently unavailable, but if we are able to have a live audience we will let you know as soon as possible.
Get A Shelf For Your 7th/8th Grader’s Locker
One key ingredient for success in the middle school is organization. A sturdy set of locker shelves can make a big difference for students.
NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) is partnering with LockerShelf to make shelves available to our students at a reduced cost. These sturdy, wide shelves (15 inches) sell for $40 on Amazon ($29 for the shelf and $11 for shipping). But you can pre-order a shelf for your child for only $30 and it will be here with his/her name on it at Back to School night.
Make middle school preparation easy and support NJHS at the same time by going to the PCK Webstore and ordering your locker shelves today.
Cool Off With A Hot Summer Read
We hope everyone is having fun reading this summer! Don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge for students in grades K – 4. Get the details here.
It’s Time For Back-To-School Shopping
Who doesn’t love a fresh new notebook and a sharp pencil? If you didn’t order a School Toolbox, you can get your student’s school supply list here. It is also on the home page of our website in the slider.