From The Director
Dear PCK Parents,
Day #9 and we’re healthy, OPEN, and going strong thanks to the overwhelming support of students, parents, and staff! Once again, the PCK community is working together to do what is best for our students by taking appropriate steps to ensure we remain open.
Thank you for checking for symptoms at home before coming to school, for making sure your children have masks (keeping an extra one in the backpack is helpful in case they forget or lose their mask, and it also helps if masks are labeled), and talking to them so they understand the important role they play in helping us all stay healthy. I have also appreciated your conscientious calls about symptoms, travel plans, and other health-related matters that could jeopardize our safe/healthy school environment. It is abundantly clear to me that everyone is committed to making this work! We’re off to a great start, and I’m confident we can keep it that way if we all remain vigilant. It is so important to our students’ education and social-emotional well-being that we remain open.
In this new world of ‘virtual this and that,’ we are going to host virtual Back-to-School Nights this year. Starting next week, elementary teachers will be inviting parents to join in one of two virtual Back-to-School Night sessions with them. They will run each interactive session just as they would if you were sitting in their classroom, but this year you won’t need a babysitter in order to attend. You can all join in from the comfort of your own living room. Our middle school Back-to-School presentation was sent out last week, along with a personal welcome from each MS teacher. Additionally, Mrs. Harth and I will be sending out a separate video of our general parent session. We hope to get back to our ‘in-person’ meetings and presentations later this year, but, for now, we are thankful for technology-enabled options. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call, send an email, or request a meeting (virtual or in-person). We are always happy to accommodate your requests.
It is during the tough times that we learn what we are truly made of, and as I watch students, staff, and parents adapt to and respect the new health protocols we have put in place to keep our community safe this year, I see so many of the character traits we teach on display: compassion, determination, endurance, diligence, flexibility, and patience. The old adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” springs to mind. I could not be prouder to be a part of this community, and I thank you for your ongoing support.
Dress Down Days
Tomorrow is our first all-school dress down day of the year. Everyone gets to dress down on the last Friday of each month. Don’t forget to follow our dress down dress code.
We will also have a dress down fundraiser next Friday, September 4. Some of our middle school students are organizing this fundraiser to support Colorado fire departments that have been impacted by the recent wildfires. Students may dress down in exchange for a donation of $1 or more.
Attention North Carpool Drivers!
On Monday, August 28, the parking lot off Centerpark Loop will be closed for concrete work. You will not be able to go through this lot during morning carpool. Please allow time to go around Centerpark Loop.
Left Turns During Carpool
If you use the south carpool loop (off Pine Drive), please remember that left-hand turns out of the PCK lot are not allowed during morning or afternoon carpool because they are unsafe and they impede the flow of our carpool process. There is a sign posted at the end of the driveway as a reminder.
If you use the north carpool loop (off Centennial Drive), left-hand turns into the PCK lot are not allowed during morning or afternoon carpool. The only exception is in the afternoon when we allow our C3 workers and people running after-school clubs/activities to turn left into the lot. You may turn left to exit the north PCK lot.
Thanks for your help keeping everyone safe!
Important Things To Know About Drop-Off And Pick-Up
We are experiencing a number of early drop-offs each morning. Normally, this is fine, but this year we would like to avoid larger groups of mixed-grade students congregating at the main entrance waiting for our doors to open. Additionally, if parents are dropping off students and then leaving the parking lot before we have had a chance to check temperatures, this could be putting other students at risk. We kindly ask that you time your arrival closer to when our doors open at 7:35, and have your child remain with you in the car until staff come outside and begin checking temps. Additionally, due to COVID precautions, we will not be allowing students to gather in the entry vestibule this year. Thank you for helping us keep everyone healthy.
Before pulling into the PCK lot each afternoon, please display your green, yellow, or red carpool sign on your passenger-side visor so our carpool workers can easily see your name. This allows us to alert your student that you have arrived for a faster loading process. Thanks for your help!
Virtual Back-To-School Nights Are Next Week
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 last week.
Please Pack Forks And Spoons
Please make sure your child has a plastic fork or spoon if it is needed to eat a lunch packed at home. While our hot lunches come with plasticware, we do not have forks or spoons available for students who bring lunch from home. Thanks for your help with this!
Calling Candidates For Our Board Of Directors
We are now accepting letters of intent for two open Board of Directors positions. As you may remember, we postponed the spring election due to the stay-at-home order. Voting will be done online on September 15.
Please take a look at the Board Member Considerations to review what serving on the board entails. If you are interested in running, please submit a letter of intent and a brief bio including your prior experience, interests, and any special expertise you would bring to the Board, as well as a head shot photo, to the PCK Board. The deadline for submissions is September 8.
Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK!
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. When asked for a passcode, use 1015343699083637. Order before September 30 to receive a 10% discount off the regular price of $19.65! Click here for details.
Character Coaching Rocks At PCK
We are introducing a new curriculum in Character Coaching for our kindergarten through 4th grade students. Second Step is a highly regarded, research based program that includes both social/emotional learning and bullying prevention material. Students will have an in-depth lesson each week during Character Coaching, and will do daily reinforcement activities in class. The Home Links below give you a framework for talking with your student about the skills being learned. Please disregard the line asking for your signature. You do NOT need to sign and return these. Just enjoy doing them as a family to reinforce at home what your students are learning at school.
News For REO Families
Our REO program is off to a good start. Please see this update for REO families.
Parents, please monitor your student’s online chat activity. During classes, students may only use the chat feature in Google Meet if they are having a technical difficulty. Students should otherwise not use the chat feature during class. Please watch this video with your student(s) and discuss how to be a responsible digital citizen and classmate.
At PCK, we start every year learning about the 3 Rs – respect, responsibility, and ready to participate. You can do this character lesson at home with your student(s) to reinforce these important traits.
Lastly, please help your students get a good night’s sleep. Getting into the rhythm of school can be challenging when learning from home, but a consistent sleep schedule really makes a difference. Learn more about why quality sleep is important for growing brains and how to remove some sleep barriers (particularly technological barriers) in this article from Screenagers.
Go Mad With Virtual Mad Science
The popular Mad Science program is back with a new virtual program! Classes start September 7. Choose from NASA Journey to Space; Secret Agent Lab; Crazy ChemWorks; or Robots, Gears, and Circuits. Click here for more information, or go to colorado.madscience.org.
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.
Swirls Spirit Night is Tonight
Our first Spirit Night is today, August 27, at Swirls on Mainstreet in Parker from 3:30 – 9:00pm. Make sure to mention PCK to the cashier so the school receives a portion of the proceeds. See this flier for more details.
Swirls is also offering a special treat for school staff members. Stop by Swirls until August 30 with your teacher/staff ID and receive 20% off one item.
Our first PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30pm. It will be in-person under the awning outside of the Sports Gym, and will also be hosted via this Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 559 203 5860
Those attending in person need to wear masks, and we will try to social distance as much as possible while meeting outside. All PCK parents are welcome to come find out what the PTA is all about and how to get involved.
We still collect Box Tops, but now you don’t have to send them in! Download the Box Tops app to your phone and scan your receipt within 14 days of your purchase to earn money for PCK. You can find our school under the name Core Knowledge Charter School.
PCK Spirit Wear
Be sure to check out our new Spirit Wear for adults. These items are fun to wear to school events, sports games, or just around town!
News From Our Littlest Learners
This week started PCK Preschool & Junior Kindergarten’s 10th school year! What a privilege it has been to be a part of PCK’s fantastic community for almost a decade. Over the years, our program has cared for and educated close to 1,000 students. We have four classrooms and ten different schedule options for our three and four-year-olds. Our team has grown from 8 teachers and our director to include two full time administrative assistants who make sure our office runs smoothly and our teachers are supported. This year we launched POP (PCK Online Preschool) for our remote learners and students on the preschool waitlist. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to Michael Buoniconti, David Lewis, Marc Suhanyi, and Dev Purohit for being this week’s Safety Dads. We truly appreciate your help in keeping our students safe and secure.
We are excited to continue our Safety Dad program this year. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
Thank you to Kelly Anderson for bringing individually wrapped popcorn, pretzels, and snack bars for our staff. We love getting snacks!
Thanks also to Christine Blom for donating large jugs of hand sanitizer. We are flying through it, so this donation was just what we needed!
Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts. We truly appreciate it.