From The Director
We are counting down the days until PCK students return! It’s hard to believe the last time we had a building full of students was March 13th, exactly FIVE months ago! We are more than ready to welcome everyone back to school, and get back to doing what we all do best…educating our students! We have missed them, and we’ve missed our community.
As we move forward to re-open our school with both in-person and remote learning, many of you have asked how you can best support our teachers and staff into the coming year. Here are a few thoughts:
- Generously give grace. We are all doing our best to navigate these challenging times of COVID protocols, while also trying to provide a quality education for all. Grace and patience are appreciated.
- Speak positively about our school. Take the opportunity to share all that is good and positive about PCK. Look for the silver linings.
- Even if you hate the masks, please encourage your child to be respectful and supportive of our efforts to keep our entire community safe. Students can do a lot to protect their teachers and classmates, and we want students to know they are critical to our efforts to avoid another shut down.
- Exercise an abundance of caution in matters of health this year. If your child or someone in your family has any of the COVID symptoms, please keep your child home for self-quarantine and let us know ASAP. This will allow us to take the appropriate measures to ensure other students and staff are not exposed.
- Send chocolate…eat chocolate…send more chocolate! Chocolate doesn’t cure COVID, but it sure makes most things more bearable.
As the new school year begins, let me be the first to say thank you! Thank you for your commitment to PCK, your faith in our ability to keep students and staff safe, and your desire to bet on the strength of our special community to not only face, but overcome, this current public health challenge. We are always stronger together, especially when we are working towards a shared common goal. This year our goal is two-fold:
1. Stay open, and
2. Resume delivery of a quality education for all.
Thank you for partnering with us to make it happen.
I know the start of the 2020-21 school year will look and feel a bit different than past years, but I can assure you one thing will never change: we love our students and we are SO happy to have them back at school.
Here’s to another great PCK year and facing giants together!
Are Your Students Ready For Carpool?
As you learned at the Open House, there are a few changes to our carpool process this year. Please make sure your student is ready to:
- Let you complete a health screening with a temperature check before heading to school (do not come to school if your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, a cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, head or muscle aches, a new loss of smell or taste, or has been exposed to COVID-19). If your child has any of these symptoms, this chart can help you decide what to do next.
- Have a mask on before getting out of the car in the morning.
- Wait beside your car until a carpool worker can do a forehead temperature scan.
Please make sure your student can independently fasten and unfasten all seat belts, car seat buckles, or other protective equipment.
We recommend taking a few “test drives” in order to get familiar with your carpool loop and to let your student practice getting in and out of the car at school.
Are YOU Ready for Carpool?
As we all prepare to resume our carpool operations, here are a few friendly reminders for parents.
- Road work was done on Pine Drive over the summer, and there is now a right turn lane into the school parking lot. However, it is VERY short! Please note that if you turn south onto Pine from Lincoln and you are entering the PCK lot from Pine, you must get into the middle lane because there is a “right turn only” lane for Centennial Drive. There is also an acceleration lane from Centennial Drive onto Pine Drive. Watch for the dotted white line to get into the right turn lane for PCK. Please follow all rules of the road.
- Do not come early for afternoon pick-up. Waiting is not allowed on Pine Drive or Centennial Drive, and you may be ticketed by the Douglas County Sheriff for stopping on these roads. Only arrive during your ten-minute pick-up window.
- Use your assigned loop starting on day one. Your carpool loop and afternoon pick-up time window are assigned based on the grade of the youngest rider in your car. You will use your assigned loop and afternoon pick-up time window every day, staring on the first day of school, even if the youngest rider does not go to school that day.
- If the youngest rider in your car is in first grade, you will drop off in the mornings using the north carpool loop (entering the PCK parking lot from Centennial Drive). In the afternoon, you will pick up using the south loop (entering the lot from Pine Drive). The 1st grade afternoon pick-up window is 3:10 – 3:20.
Update Your Lunch Profile
If you order hot lunch, please update your student’s grade level AND lunch period with Wholesome Food Services. Our restaurant partners deliver food based on the lunch periods, so this information must be updated to make sure your child’s hot lunch is at the school on time. To make the update:
- Log into your account and go to your student’s online profile;
- Use the drop-down menus to select the grade and lunch period for your student(s);
- Lunch periods are by grade level, so you will select your student’s grade level in both the “Student Grade” and “Lunch Period” drop down menus;
- If you need assistance, please contact Wholesome Food Services.
We no longer sell water bottles in the lunchroom. Disposable cups will be available and students can use the touchless bottle filling station to get water. Milk is still available at lunch.
Smile For Next Week’s Picture Days
Van Gogh, our school photographer, will be at PCK taking student pictures on Tuesday, August 18 for grades 6 – 8, and Friday, August 21 for grades K – 5. REO students can have their pictures taken on Monday, October 26. Any students who miss their original picture day, or need a re-take, will also be photographed on October 26.
Students may dress up or wear their school uniforms. They may not dress down. Because our students are photographed in front of a green screen (the photographer digitally adds the background you select), they should not wear green on picture day.
Cross Country Runs This Fall
Calling all 6th – 8th grade runners! The only fall sport we are able to offer this year is cross country. Students who enjoy running, or just want to stay in shape for other sports later in the year, are encouraged to start practice on Tuesday, August 25 at 3:30pm on the PCK turf field. There are no tryouts for this co-ed team. The fee is $140 per athlete and participants must turn in a current physical form signed by your doctor. Registration closes on Friday, September 11. Get information about cross country and changes to fall sports here.
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.
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.
School Start Dates
We will kick off the 2020-21 school year 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.
News For REO Families
One of the most important jobs we do in any school is teaching our students to read. From kindergarten on, we deliver individualized reading instruction to ensure our students can read at grade level by the time they reach 3rd grade.
It will not be practical or possible to deliver this level of support remotely. We are counting on our REO parents to help us by reading with their children for at least 30 minutes per day and, if possible, several times per day like we do at school. It is important to read a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, at home every day.
The week of August 24th, we will be giving the DIBELS reading assessment to our K-3rd grade REO students. This assessment is essential for us to design reading instruction for individual students. We will be assessing in-person here in the PCK building. Students will make individual appointments with our team of reading teachers. They will see only one teacher and be socially distanced from her. K-2nd grade students will need to remove their masks during testing so we can hear their sound production.
Based on DIBELS results, we will communicate with parents regarding reading instruction for their students. Watch for more assessment information coming your way.
READ Plans and Services
What are the guidelines or legal obligations for delivering read plan interventions during this remote learning time?
COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for schools in meeting the needs of students. The remote learning environment impacts the ability of schools to deliver instruction in the way they would in a regular classroom. At this time, schools and teachers are encouraged to work to provide learning opportunities for students on READ plans aimed at accelerating reading growth to the extent practicable by the constraints of the current learning environment. You can get the details here.
Used Uniform Sale
Sunday’s PTA Used Uniform Sale was a tremendous success! The PTA thanks all of the volunteers who stepped up to make the event possible. It was wonderful to see so many families, and to meet numerous new kindergarten families. Again, welcome to PCK!
PTA Facebook Group
Please join us in our FB group, as we will be sharing lots of information there. Be sure to answer the two questions when prompted since this group is private for PCK families only.
What is a PCK Spirit Night?
The school partners with local businesses to promote school spirit while also raising funds for the PTA in order to hold fun events for our families and staff. Things may look a little different this year because of COVID-19, but the PTA will be trying our best to set up events that will be fun and safe. It is also a way to support local businesses.
Our first Spirit Night of the year is Thursday, August 27 from 3:30 to close (9pm) 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. Swirls will donate a percentage of your bill back to the school when you mention PCK at check out!
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.
We are looking for volunteers to wash the rags and towels we use in the lunchroom. Click here for more information or to volunteer.
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.