From The Director
PCK is BACK to School! I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to say that. It’s been a bit of a bumpy road back, but as of today, when our sweet Kindie students arrived, we are officially full! The energy in this building is palpable, and the students all seem so excited to be back to school and able to see their beloved teachers and friends. I was even able to join several REO meetings this week and see some of our remote students – such fun.
Thank you to the entire PCK community for bearing with us as we adjusted to and prepared for all the changes necessary to ensure a smooth and healthy operation this fall. You have been AMAZING! I have so appreciated all of the thoughtful emails, conversations, and encouraging words you have passed along to me and the entire PCK staff. We appreciate your encouragement, and we feel your support; we all want our school to stay healthy and OPEN. I truly feel like we are ‘overcomers,’ don’t you? From the staff’s perspective, we will remain resilient and future focused…there is no turning back now. #PCK Proud
I need to ask for your continued patience as we work to adjust our carpool process. It’s always a bit slow and sluggish at the start of every school year, but this year we are all a bit out of practice. The new lines/lanes on Pine Drive are helpful (?), but we are all still adjusting to them. Additionally, many of our students and parents are experiencing a new carpool loop, which takes some time to adjust to in order to arrive within the designated carpool window. Our daily reminders and updates are designed to keep you informed and facilitate a smoother, safer flow. Hang in there, it will get better soon.
Back-to-School Nights, which were originally scheduled for next week have shifted a week due to our later school start date. The MS Back-to-School information was sent out today, and elementary teachers will be hosting online Back-to-School Nights the first week of September. Be on the lookout for an evite from your child’s teacher with specific grade level dates and times.
Our REO students have already completed their MAPS baseline testing, and we will MAPS test all other students next week. This round of initial testing provides an important baseline read on where each student is starting academically this year. Data will be shared with parents in a few weeks.
Finally, our Core Care Club is up and running under the direction of Mr. Vinny Ortega. Affectionately known as ‘Mr. Vinny’ by all the kids, our new Core Care Club (C3) is a great before and after school care option for working parents, or parents who would like their child to receive some additional teacher support with homework. Our Homework Club feature of C3 runs Monday through Thursday each week, and is staffed by a licensed PCK teacher; C3 runs M-F. For more information about all the great C3 options, please click here.
On behalf of myself, Mrs. Harth, and the entire PCK staff, WELCOME BACK for the 20-21 school year. In spite of an unusual start, we plan to make it another fantastic year at PCK.
Morning Temperature Checks Are Cool At PCK
Every PCK student gets a temperature check before entering the building each morning. Students need to wait beside their car until a carpool worker can do a quick forehead scan. If a student’s temperature is 100 degrees or higher, parents have two choices:
- In the south loop, stop in front of the dumpsters, pull to the right so other cars can pass, and wait for further information. In the north loop, pull to the far right along the curb (just past Station 1), and wait for further information. We will give your student a few minutes to cool down if the car was hot or there is an external reason why he/she may be warm, then we will take another temperature check.
- Take your child home for 24 hours of observation (without a fever reducer such as Tylenol). Students must be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
Out of an abundance of caution, the only temperature reading we can accept is from a PCK thermometer. We understand different devices can give different readings so your child might not register a fever when you do your health screening at home, but we must use the PCK thermometers as a standard.
Students who are symptom-free may enter the school, even if they arrived with a sibling who went back home. However, if anyone in your car has any symptom, we ask you to monitor your entire family very closely. Please do not bring students with any symptoms to school.
Avoid Being “Stuck” In Carpool
If you use the south carpool loop and need to wait for your student to get in or out of your car, please stay to the right side of the carpool lane. This will allow other drivers to SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY pass on the left in order to keep the carpool line moving. Thanks for your help!
Change To First Grade Carpool
If the youngest rider in your car is in first grade, please use the North Loop, 3:20 – 3:30 pick-up window, in the afternoon starting today. You will receive a new carpool sign this afternoon. Please see the email you received yesterday for details.
Virtual Back-To-School Nights Are Coming Soon
Our Back-To-School Nights will be a bit different this year. Grades K – 6 will have virtual events the first week of September. Each grade level will have two times that parents can tune in:
|Grades 4 – 6||September 1||4:30 or 5:30pm|
|Grades 1 – 3||September 2||4:30 or 5:30pm|
|Kindergarten||September 3||4:30 or 5:30pm|
Watch for a Google Meet link from your child’s teacher.
Middle school parents received their Back-To-School presentation via email earlier today.
Order Your 2020-21 Yearbook
This year, you did not pay for a yearbook as part of the school fees as you have done in the past. Our school photographer is handling all yearbook orders this year. To reserve a yearbook for your student(s), please click here. Order before September 30 to receive a 10% discount off the regular price of $19.65! Click here for details.
Hot Weather = Thirsty Kids
Please send a water bottle with your student every day. Due to COVID, our drinking fountains are closed. However, we have touchless water bottle filling stations students may use throughout the day. We have cups for water during lunch, but no longer offer disposable water bottles.
Hot Lunch Change
Our hot lunch provider now has an option for you to select a milk or chocolate milk with your child’s hot lunch order. When your child picks up his/her lunch, the drink you ordered will be served alongside the food. This is a change from the past when students would select their own drink if they ordered hot lunch. There is no charge to add a milk to your hot lunch order. However, if you do not order a milk and your child signs one out, you will be charged $0.40. Water bottles are no longer provided in the lunch room, but we have disposable cups available for tap water.
Also, 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.
Would You Like To Help With Art?
We are looking for volunteers to paint our six outdoor garden planter boxes in the next few weeks. If you are interested, please contact Ladonna Barker for details.
Also, we may need volunteers throughout the year to help with some take-home art projects. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here. We will contact you as projects become available.
Garden Volunteers Needed
We are looking for parent volunteers to help weed our garden next Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday any time before noon. Please contact Misty Jenkins if you are available to help. Volunteers need to bring their own gloves, trowels, and trash bags. Check in at the front desk and ask for Mrs. Jenkins to take you to the garden.
Attention RAZ KIDS Parents
All previous RAZ KIDS accounts have been deleted in anticipation of the 2020-2021 school year. A PCK classroom teacher or small group interventionist will contact you if your child needs a fresh account to begin at their new reading level as determined by Dibels testing scores. We can’t wait to offer this amazing resource again this year.
News For REO Families
We hope this week’s REO meetings answered your questions and helped you get ready for at-home learning. A summary of the information shared in these meetings is available here. As always, please reach out to your REO teacher if you have any questions: kindergarten – Mrs. Waltz; grades 1-4 – Mrs. Henderson; grades 5-8 – Mrs. Warburton.
DOT Lets You Connect With Our Community
Our school directory, provided by Directory On Tap, is coming soon! If you do not want your contact information shared in the directory, please use this form to opt out by September 7.
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.
Kids Love C3, And So Does Our SRO
Last week, students had the opportunity to enjoy a full-day program with the Core Care Club, and they had a great time. Our new School Resource Office, Paul Stever, joined in a fun art project and got to know some of our students. The kids also made a beautiful bulletin board for our hallway.
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.
PCK Spirit Wear
Help support PCK and get your school spirit wear! PCK has a dedicated website for all of your spirit wear, including new items like face masks for both students and adults. You can also show your school spirit with a hoodie, classic tee, or long sleeve tee. Find something that fits your style here.
Our first Spirit Night of the year is 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. Swirls will donate 20% of your bill to the school if you mention PCK at check out! See this flier for more details.
PTA 2020-21 Meeting Schedule
The PTA needs YOU! The PCK PTA promotes parent involvement and cohesion to bring our school community closer. We meet, plan, and execute activities and events for the PCK community.
- Be a role model for your kids.
- Have a voice in creating a safe, challenging, and inspiring school environment.
- Connect with other parents while staying informed.
Our meetings for the 2020-21 school year will be at 6:30pm on September 8, November 10, January 12, March 9, and May 11. They will be held in person (location TDB) as well as via Zoom, and we would love to see you there!
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.
A huge THANK YOU to Jen and Nick Smith who graciously coordinated and donated the PCK Proud/Welcome Back signs we all enjoyed on the east lawn. These signs not only offered a cheerful welcome back to school, but they also made a perfect photo op for first-day-of-school pictures. Thanks a million, Smith family!