From The Director

You’ve all heard of “RED LETTER DAYS,’’ right? Well, mark your calendars for September 25th as this is a RED LETTER DAY for all schools in Douglas County! Why? It’s the official count date for state funding purposes. All students need to be in attendance in order for us to account for everyone enrolled at PCK. Our annual funding is determined by our student count – it’s that simple. The State of Colorado has moved to a two-week count window, during which student attendance is carefully recorded, and within the count window there is an official count date; ours is September 25th.

In order to ensure PCK receives full funding for every single student enrolled, we kindly ask parents to make every effort to have their children in attendance on September 25th. We also ask that all non-emergency doctor and dentist appointments be scheduled around our count date next week, and that parents work to have students to school on time each morning… no later than 7:55 a.m. would be ideal.  

Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us maintain attendance on and around our count date of September 25th. Every students counts when it comes to our count!

Mrs. Aplin

No School Tomorrow

picture of a finger with a red ribbon tied around itTomorrow, September 21, is a teacher work day so there is no school for students. Enjoy the long weekend!

Very Last Call For FunD Run Pledges

colorful shoe with words Run 4 FundsThis is the last call to get pledges turned in so that students don’t miss out on the fantastic prizes at school on Friday, October 5.

All donations and envelopes should be turned in directly to the front office for late accounting. Checks should be made payable to The Foundation at PCK. Please check your students’ backpacks or lunch boxes for any misplaced money.

Please also take the time to double check your students’ pledge totals online: www.r4funds.com/parker.  User name: core Password: cougar. If you see any discrepancies between the total shown for your student and what you believe your student should have, please contact Nicole at ndpost@comcast.net. This will help us avoid confusion on Prize Day. You can also still place online pledges. 

Prize Day is Friday, October 5. All prizes earned will either come home or be enjoyed at school. 

Students with questions/issues about their pledge amounts on Prize Day should see their teachers or the Run4Fund$ Rep. For parent questions, please email support@r4funds.com, and we can figure it out together.

Thank you again for all of your help and support.  The event and our school would not be the same without you!

Carpool Tip Of The Week

carParents, please remind the students riding in your car to find each other and stand together when they go out for afternoon carpool. When your riders are all together, you can make one stop and get everyone in at one time. This helps keep things moving smoothly and quickly.

Attention NORTH carpool loop drivers: please do not turn left into the PCK parking lot during the morning or afternoon carpool time. You should go around Center Park Loop and make a right-hand turn into the lot during carpool. We are experiencing morning back-ups on Centennial Drive from parents waiting to turn left into the lot. We also have back-ups in our parking lot when parents can’t turn left OUT of our lot due to the steady stream of incoming traffic turning left. When exiting the PCK lot to the north, you may turn left or right.

Thanks for your help!

Fall Festival Tickets Are On Sale 

image of a pumpkinOur Fall Festival is September 29th from 12:00-4:00 pm. Get your tickets today through the PCK Webstore. Please note: the food trucks will be accepting their own payments this year, so bring money if you would like to purchase food. Tickets will be used for games, inflatables, caramel apples, cake walks, and face painting. The dunk tank will be cash only, with all money donated to charity.

If you would like to DJ the Fall Festival, please email the PTA.

Volunteers make this event a success, so please check out the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0444a8a829a0fb6-fall

We also need baked goods and candy donations. Sign up to bring these items here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0444a8a829a0fb6-fall1

Congratulations Bookmark Contest Winners

Thank you everyone who entered the PCK Library Mark Your Place Bookmark Contest. The winners are:

Mrs. Dow-Peterson’s class–Raylin S.
Mrs.Koppenhafer’s class–Benjamin N.

First Grade
Ms. Donovan’s class – Charley H.
Mrs. Warburton’s class – Wyatt L.
Jayhawk/Miller’s class – Sophia W.
Tiger/Miller’s class – Reese T.

Second Grade
Ms. Church’s class – Ashley H.
Mrs. Schannuth’s class – Nanami M.
Ms. Burdette’s class – Anushka A.

Third Grade
Mrs. Holton’s class – Isabella D.
Mrs. Sitzmann’s class – Tanith M.
Mrs. Kurtz’s class – Emmeline B.

Fourth Grade
Mrs. Carr’s class – Aanya S.
Mrs. Seaback’s class – Sienna Z.
Mrs. Strobel’s class – Will W.

Winning bookmarks will be printed and the artists will have an opportunity to sign them for their classmates.

Get Your PCK Questions Answered

The next session in our 2018-19 Parent Education Series is PCK Q&A. Join us next Thursday, September 27, from 6:30 – 7:30 in the Middle School Commons. Do you ever wonder what happens at lunch or recess? Do you have questions about how class parties work, or how to volunteer? Are there things about our dress code you’d like to have clarified? Are you unsure how much help you should give your student on homework? This is a great chance to ask questions about how and why we do certain things, what you can expect this year and in the future, and much more. There are no silly questions! All are welcome, but this is especially helpful for families new to PCK.

Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at ddaniels@ckcs.net. Feel free to submit questions when you RSVP.

PLEASE NOTE: The Google Classroom session scheduled for tonight has been postponed. Please watch the newsletter for the new session date. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Volunteer Opportunities

Mrs. Aplin is seeking volunteers for the following two school needs:

  1.  Marketing committee – seeking parents who currently work in marking, or have marketing, PR, or social media promotion experience. Volunteers will help create a school-wide marketing campaign, establish a more cohesive online marketing presence, and devise other marketing opportunities within the Parker community that will benefit PCK. Meetings will be monthly throughout the school year starting October 16, 8:00 – 9:00 am. If interested, please email Mrs. Aplin at taplin@ckcs.net.
  2.  School Accountability Committee (SAC) – the PCK SAC is looking for 1-2 additional parents to serve on this committee. SAC members provide parent perspective, assist with soliciting feedback from the PCK community, and make recommendations to Admin regarding school programs, facility improvements, and safety. Meetings are every other month throughout the school year starting October 17 from 8:30 – 10:00 am. If interested, please email Mrs. Aplin at taplin@ckcs.net.

Get The New Infinite Campus App

At PCK, we use Infinite Campus (IC) to keep parents and students informed of assignments, homework, grades, attendance, and much more. The new IC app makes it even easier to keep in touch through your mobile device. If you have the old IC app, it will no longer be supported so you will need to download the new one through your Apple or Google Play Store. 

NJHS Update

Grace Seaback welcomes a kindergarten student to PCK and walks her to class.

PCK’s National Junior Honor Society started the school year with a bang!  As a matter of fact, their work began before school even started with summer programs to help middle school students who are new to PCK get comfortable with the school. When elementary school started in August, our NJHS members were out at morning carpool to help our kindies get to their classrooms, forming bonds with our new little ones and helping them start each day with a smile. Then it was on to helping at Kindie Orientation Night and during the FunD Run.  

A big undertaking, and one that many NJHS kids are excited about, is setting up a tutoring service for all grade levels after school.  We currently have room for more kids to be tutored. For more information, please email njhs@ckcs.net or LBender@ckcs.net.

Stay tuned for information on our winter service project and how you can help!

Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins


My name is Drew Robbins, and I am the Educational Technology Specialist at PCK. In case you didn’t know, I was here last year as a technology teacher. I had a wonderful time working with your students, but I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to help make the school’s technology operations run that much more smoothly.

That said, I’m still interested in reaching out and helping you and your students make the best use of your personal devices. For the rest of this year, I’ll use this monthly column to spotlight all kinds of different software: Apps that will help keep your children safe, social media applications that you should absolutely prohibit in your households, games your students want but probably shouldn’t have, and much more.  

Next week, I’ll hit the ground running with one piece of software you must have and one piece of software you and your students must avoid.  Until then, stay safe and have a wonderful (long) weekend!

Love And Logic Is Coming To PCK

Our popular Love and Logic class is back for another year at PCK, with the same beloved facilitators, Bobbie Heit and Pauline Denning. The class starts October 30 and runs on Tuesdays through December 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The class is $55 per person or $70 per couple. Get the details, including registration information here. You must pre-register for this class.

Enjoy A Treat At Home Games

Drinks and snacks are now sold at home sports games. Come to the concession window in the Sports Gym to see the selection. Items range in price from $1 – $2, and all proceeds go toward the middle school trip to Washington D.C. (sales from each game will be earmarked for the students volunteering in the concession stand during that game). Come support your Cougar athletes, and enjoy a treat at the same time!

Healing Our Youth Event

Healing Our Youth logoLearn about youth mental health and wellness at this free event sponsored by the Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee and Parker Adventist Hospital.

Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-8:30 pm

Cresthill Middle School, 9195 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch, in the school Commons

Free Registration – click here

  • Listen to a parent’s perspective on raising a child with a mental disorder
  • Learn important facts/statistics about mental disorders and the basic biology of mental disorders
  • Learn about the adolescent brain and teen substance use
  • Learn to identify unhealthy adolescent behavior
  • Learn what treatments are available for mental disorders and the steps to take to access treatment
  • Connect with experts and resources in mental health
  • Talk one-on-one with mental health professionals
  • 2 CE credits offered
  • Light refreshments included

For more information, click here.

Lego Club Is Back!

The popular Intro To STEM Using LEGO program will be back at PCK starting Wednesday, October 17. Get the details here.


Check Out The Classes Offered Through Parent University

In partnership with Sky Ridge Medical Center, Parent University offers parents and DCSD community members a chance to learn about important issues facing modern families. Classes are taught once a month by subject matter experts, including doctors, and are free to attend.

Check out the Parent University classes and RSVP HERE

The PCK Vendor Fair Is Moving

Holiday Craft and Vendor FairVendor Fair moving to the Holiday Season! It will be December 1st at PCK. If you are interested in participating, please email PCKVendorFair@gmail.com.

Thanks For A Great Spirit Night

PCK school mascot, Eduardo the cougarOur first Spirit Night of the year was a source of excitement for our students who looked forward to going to Swirls throughout the day. Our school mascot, Eduardo, added to the fun as we anticipated spending time with friends while enjoying some frozen yogurt. Thank you to all who came out to help support our school, and thanks to our PTA for organizing this event! 

Congratulations, Sam!

Last weekend, Sam Koch (7th grade, pictured on the left) competed in the Littlefoot Sprint Triathlon at Bear Creek Lake & Park. Sam placed third in the 15 and under male age division. He swam the 1/2 mile open water swim in 15:34, completed the 15K bike ride in 43:30, and ran the 5K in 34:05. Congratulations, Sam! Competing in a triathlon takes great perseverance and determination.

Thank You!

Thank you so much to Nicole Post for the beautiful cookies you brought in to thank our staff for our work with the FunD Run, and to Kelly Anderson for the deliciously healthy snacks you brought on FunD Run day. You keep us fueled and running!

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