From The Director

Dear Parents,  

REO/THEO Part II:  As promised in last week’s Director Letter, here is some additional, and hopefully helpful, information about the differences between our REO and THEO programs. Both are designed for kiddos who need to learn remotely, with the biggest difference being the duration in which a student is enrolled in a particular program.  

THEO (Temporary Home Education Option) is for a duration of 4-9 school days for assistance during a short-term absence.

  • For students who will miss school for more than three days due to an illness that’s being monitored, a planned absence, or a quarantine.
  • The THEO coordinator (Mrs. Myers) will contact the student’s parents to initiate the THEO process. Once placed in THEO, all further communication should be with your child’s regular classroom teacher.
  • Students enrolled in THEO will typically watch previously recorded videos of lessons the grade-level teachers have produced, and ‘links’ to the live lessons will also be available starting next week. THEO is designed to help students avoid falling behind while they are home for a short period of time. REMINDER: Students will not be enrolled in THEO for absences less than three days.
  • THEO students return to in-person learning at PCK when possible, or when they are symptom-free and able to provide a doctor’s note (if they were absent due to illness). 
  • All content-related questions should be directed to the classroom teacher, not the THEO Coordinator, Mrs. Myers.

As compared to…

REO (Remote Education Option) is ONLY for students who chose this option for the quarter or the entire school year.

  • Designed for students opting to learn remotely on an on-going basis.  
  • Students watch live-stream lessons from a grade-level teacher, and adhere to a normal daily schedule.
  • Students work with a REO teacher, not a classroom teacher, to clarify their assignments and answer questions. The REO teacher is their assigned teacher. 
  • Students who opted for REO may return to in-person learning on Monday, October 19, or in August of 2021. 
  • After October 19, students who are not currently enrolled in REO will not be allowed to access REO.

Both programs require a degree of technology savvy…

Technology considerations associated with REO AND THEO:  

  • There is an instructional video for ‘How to Access THEO.’ PCK is unable to provide tech support on the home front. Parents will need to independently troubleshoot and follow directions in order to assist students accessing THEO.
  • REO is a technology-challenging option. Parents of students selecting REO need to be able to navigate technology and troubleshoot issues as they arise. Our REO teachers can help to a degree if the issue is on our end, but we are unable to provide tech support for device or connectivity issues at home.

Remote Learning is for a whole class, grade-level cohort, or the entire school, if quarantine is needed.

  • If the Governor issues another stay-at-home order, we will ALL revert to Remote Learning. 
  • Classroom teachers will interact with their students in real-time via Google Meet.
  • Students will return to in-person learning at school when the quarantine period ends or the stay-at-home order is lifted. 

If your student needs to use one of these learning modalities, you will be notified and given all the information you need to connect at that time. 

REMINDER from last week: Regular absences still exist. Kiddos who are not feeling well with minor symptoms, or staying home awaiting results of a COVID test, on a family trip, etc. are just absent for 1 – 3 days. PCK’s regular attendance and make-up policy applies. Please contact your student’s classroom teacher for make-up directions; the classroom teacher manages the student’s work and access to recordings through Day 3 of the absence, then they will transition to THEO if needed.

The best teachers and tech staff at PCK continue to tweak the REO and THEO programs in order to provide the best possible instructional experience for our remote students, and we are making improvements every day. It isn’t perfect yet, but we have come a long way. Thank you to all of our remote learners (and parents) for your grace and patience. We will get there!


Teri Aplin

No School Tomorrow

Friday, September 18 is a staff in-service day, so there is no class for students. Enjoy the day off!

Please Send An Extra Mask

When masks break or get lost, students need quick access to a replacement. Please make sure your student has an extra mask in his/her backpack, and that your student knows where to find it. Thanks for your help with this!

A Day Off Of School Is Fun At Core Care Club 

Core Care Club is open tomorrow for students needing full-day care on our in-service day. The program runs from 7:30am – 4:00pm and costs $50 per student. Pre-registration is required, and must be completed by 6:00pm today. If you already have a C3 account, you can register through your portal. If you are new to C3, set up an account here.  Please contact Vinnie Ortega if you have questions.

Congratulations, Cougars!

The PCK Cross Country team dominated at last Friday’s Liberty Tree Academy meet. Our runners took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in both the boy’s and girl’s divisions. Way to go, runners! We are #PCKproud of you.

Congratulations To Our New Board Members

Thank you to everyone who ran for a position on the PCK Board. It was a close race between four very qualified candidates. We are pleased to welcome Rion Buswell and Charlie Miller to the PCK Board, and thank you for serving our school in this capacity.

Also, a huge thank you goes to our out-going Board members, Clay Anderson (Board President) and Irene Borisov (District Accountability Committee Liaison) who served an extra four months after our election was delayed last spring. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our school.

Nurse News and Notes 

Tri-County Health posts regular COVID data updates here. You can watch the charts posted on this dashboard to monitor the progress we are making in Douglas County. Fortunately, the number of positive COVID cases has been low in Douglas County throughout the pandemic, and our numbers are dropping. Great news! On several of the charts you can select to see only the data for Douglas County.

If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Debbie Smith

Homework Club Is A Hit

Students are loving our new Homework Club! A classroom teacher is available until 4:45pm, Monday through Thursday, to help students finish their homework. Your student can participate in Homework Club every day, certain days each week, or on a drop-in basis (as space allows – please contact Vinny Ortega to confirm a spot for your student). It is a great solution when you have a particularly busy week and need your student to finish homework before leaving PCK, when your child is learning a tricky new concept, or for extra reinforcement right before a big test. Homework Club is $20 per day, and if needed, your child can join in the Core Care Club afterwards for only $5 more. Contact Vinny Ortega to sign up for Homework Club.

Welcome Hanna Mathias

Hanna Mathias is a new member of our Tier Two Intervention Team. She grew up in Parker and went to Douglas County schools. Ms. Mathias says it feels great to come back to her roots, and she is excited to work with so many different students to help each individual learn to their highest potential. She said, “The staff and families of PCK are amazing and I feel lucky to be part of the community!”

Ms. Mathias graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in human development and family studies, and a master’s in early childhood education.

In her free time, Ms. Mathias loves spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and taking walks with her Great Dane, Stella.

Welcome to the team, Ms. Mathias!

Meet Cody Huebner

Join us in welcoming Cody Huebner to our Physical Education Team. Coming from a family of educators, Mr. Huebner grew up with a passion for teaching and working within the education system. He feels working at PCK is a great opportunity to grow as a teacher as he learns from our fantastic staff and students. He also enjoys the Parker and PCK community.

While earning his degree in K-12 physical education teacher education from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Mr. Huebner coached football and track, and worked as a substitute teacher in the Boulder Valley School District. This was his second degree, after first completing a bachelor’s in exercise and sports science from Western State Colorado University. 

Mr. Huebner likes spending time with friends and family, going to the gym (when it is open), enjoying Colorado outdoor activities, and playing with Rocco, his French Bulldog.

Fall Break Travel Plans?

If your plan to travel for fall break, please see these guidelines from Tri-County Health.

Currently there are no restrictions for leaving or returning to Colorado, but any travel away from home increases risk for exposure to COVID-19. Thanks for reviewing this guidance!   

News For REO Families

It is time to start thinking about your plans following fall break. REO students have the option to return to in-person learning the week of October 19, or continuing in REO through the end of the school year. Please let us know your decision using this form. A separate form needs to be completed for each student you have in the REO program, and they must be submitted by September 30.

Character At Home
Enjoy these Second Step character lessons with your students:

Kindergarten and first grade – Calming down strong feelings
Second and third grade – Handling making mistakes
Fourth grade and up – Calming down anger

We Are Already Planning For Next Year’s Kindergarteners

If you will have a PCK kindergartener next year, please make sure that student is on our waitlist. If you haven’t already added your child to our waitlist, please click here, or go the Enrollment button on our website, then select Join Our Waitlist. This serves as your application for that student, and every child must have a separate application on file with the school. Please indicate that your upcoming kindergartener is a sibling of a current PCK student. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Mundt.

PTA News

Spirit Night – Next Thursday, September 24th, we have a Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A in Parker. Mention PCK when ordering, or put “Spirit Night” in the Special Instructions for curbside and drive-thru mobile orders via the Chick-fil-A One app. Purchases of gift cards do not count for PCK credit. Our PTA will get 30% of all purchases that night, so go enjoy some chicken!

Flash SaleThe PTA having an INCREDIBLE FLASH SALE. We’re clearing out storage to make room for great things! Click here to see what items we priced to move fast. First come, first serve.

News From Our Littlest Learners

At PCK, safety is of utmost importance. Each time there is a drill at school (evacuation/fire drill, lockdown, or shelter in place/tornado), our little ones participate. We explain that we are keeping them safe, and we give them specific instructions, such as “leave the building quickly,” “sit quietly in our classroom,” or “sit quietly in the hallway.” The words we use help students stay calm. They look to us for guidance, so we never say anything that would alarm a little one. They always do a great job, and we know they will be ready in case of an emergency.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to Neal Dermer, David Lewis, and Marty Mace 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!

The beautiful fall flowers sent by the Halker family are brightening our staff workroom for all to enjoy. The delicious chocolates they sent put smiles on our faces and a spring in our step. Thank you!

Thanks also to Kelly Anderson for bringing individually-wrapped crackers, raisins, and snack bars for our staff. We love getting such thoughtful, COVID-safe treats!

Our staff says “thank you” to the Larson family for the delicious donuts. They were a tasty way to start the day!

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