From The Director
The PCK staff is back! Teachers and staff arrived on Monday and hit the ground running. We are all so excited to be back in the building and eager to get this new school year started. Our Open House today was an important first step in our moving forward process, so, thank you to all who attended. I know it looked and felt a bit different from years past, but it was important to us to see our students and give them a more personal welcome back. Classroom teachers will be emailing a video of their classroom for students to enjoy (if they didn’t show them during the Open House), since students and parents were unable to see any of the rooms today.
As we continue to finalize plans for safely reopening PCK the week of August 17th, I wanted to give everyone a little update on how our remote vs. in-person numbers fell out for the coming year:
- In-person 578
- REO 122
- Withdrew from PCK 4
Interestingly, the REO numbers were pretty consistent across the grades, which resulted in our in-person class sizes dropping 4-6 students per classroom on average. This will allow for even greater distancing within each classroom.
On the REO front, REO teachers are working with grade level staff to organize materials for student work packets, which will be available for pick-up sometime next week (date/time TBA). We are also providing additional training for our REO teachers and those classroom teachers whose lessons will be streamed or recorded. Parents of REO students can expect to receive a Parent Agreement that will need to be signed and returned before collecting materials for REO students next week. REO teachers will be reaching out to students/parents next week.
Our new health protocols continue to evolve, and we are more confident than ever in the health protections we will have in place when students return. Staff began their initial training on our new protocols this week, and will have two additional sessions before school starts. On the school safety front, I plan to continue the Safety Dad program into the coming year. Dads…we need you! If each PCK dad would be willing to commit to being our Safety Dad for one day during the coming school year, we will be set. With some of our new health protocols, schedule changes and re-routing of students throughout our property, we would appreciate the extra eyes on safety. It is as important as always that we maintain all of our current safety protocols. If interested, please click here to get more information and to select your date.
Finally, just to provide a quick staffing update, one of our long-standing Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Koppenhafer, has decided to retire. We are extremely fortunate that Martha Wright (former PCK Kindergarten teacher and current librarian) has agreed to step in and fill the vacancy. I’m happy to report as of today, the staff slate is full for the 20-21 school year.
We can’t wait to have students back in the building starting on August 17th! We are planning a staggered start-up schedule, so keep a close eye on any and all communication from the school in the next two weeks. I apologize for the flurry of communication here at the end, but we want you to have all the information you need to address your questions, prepare you for our first days, and to let you know how excited we all are for the new year to begin. Thank you for your patience and grace.
Registration Is Open For Core Care Club
Our new before and after school program is called Core Care Club, or C3. C3 offers not only before and after school care, but also a homework club, and supervision for students waiting for preschool siblings.
If you need full-day care next week, C3 is available. Here are the details:
- Drop off is from 7:30am – 8:00am. We will not accept students after 8:00am.
- The cost of the Full Day program is $50 per day.
- We will receive children through the door on the east side of the building (next to the preschool entrance).
- Snacks will be provided. Lunch needs to be sent from home with each student.
- We have a stacked day that will feature themed activities, reading, recess, art, and gym.
- Registration will be open for the Full Day program next week until 6:00pm Friday night.
- Pick up is from 3:30pm – 4:00pm at the east door (the same door where you dropped off).
You can learn more about C3 here, and you can register here. Our Registration Guide walks parents through the registration process. If you have questions about the program, or if you need help navigating the C3 web registration process, please reach out to Vinny Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need volunteers to weed our garden and the stairs leading to the garden. If you and/or your middle school student are available, please check in at the front desk on Wednesday, August 12 and/or Friday, August 14 any time between 9:00am – 3:00pm, and ask for Misty Jenkins.
Please bring your own gardening gloves, trowel, and a garbage bag. Also remember that masks are required inside the building.
The Used Uniform Sale is Sunday
Our Used Uniform Sale is this Sunday, August 9 from 2:00 – 4:00pm on the covered patio of the Sports Gym (5th/6th grade building). You may park in the small lot off Centerpark Loop and walk up to the 5th/6th grade building if you like. This is an opportunity to get gently used uniform items at great prices.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please sign up here.
School Start Dates
We will kick off the 2020-21 school year for all students (in-person and remote) on the following dates:
Monday, August 17 – grades 6, 7, 8
Tuesday, August 18 – grades 3, 4, 5
Wednesday, August 19 – grades 1, 2
Thursday, August 20 – Kindergarten
Please be sure to send your student’s personal school supplies, a mask, and a lunch (or order hot lunch) on the first day of school. Hot lunch service starts on Tuesday, August 18, so students in grades 6 – 8 must bring lunch from home on Monday, August 17.
Time To Start The Back-To-School Bedtime Routine
If your student’s sleep schedule has been altered since March, don’t wait until the night before school starts to get back on track. Adequate sleep is a key to academic success. Here are some resources from SlumberYard you can use to help your child fall asleep more easily. The resource guide has apps listed first, followed by tech-free recommendations. Sleep well!
We are proud to announce our new PTA board:
- Karen Langton, president
- Dawn Danner, vice-president and treasurer
- Kelly Zappanti, secretary
Thank you so much for your willingness to serve our school, Karen, Dawn, and Kelly!
Our first Spirit Night of the year is August 27 from 3:30 – 8:00pm at Swirls! Please be aware that Swirls has a limited capacity and you may need to wait in line outside. There is no indoor dining available at this time.
Stay Informed With The Latest Charter School News
There are many challenges to charter schools at both the state and local level, and we need all the engaged advocates we can get! Earlier this year there were attempts in the Colorado General Assembly at legislation that could have negatively impacted charter schools. The outbreak of COVID-19 disrupted these attempts, but it is expected that the legislation will be reintroduced next year.
The Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN) keeps parents informed of issues impacting charter schools, including legislation, trends, and ways you can help advocate for charters like PCK. We encourage all parents to stay informed on charter issues in Colorado. Sign up here to get updates from COCAN.
Safety Dads Will Be Back!
We are excited to continue our Safety Dad program this year. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.