From The Director

I hope all PCK families rest easy knowing the safety of our students and staff is a top priority for us at school. In fact, we never stop looking for ways to improve our safety procedures and expand the tools we use to protect our PCK family. We understand that our students need to feel safe in order to learn and thrive at school, and we go to great lengths to ensure that sense of security for every child. 

We work closely with the Douglas County Security Team and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to make sure we stay up-to-date on the best security practices possible. Our staff starts our annual safety training over the summer before school even starts. Once we have students back in the building in August, we begin running drills on a near-weekly basis to make sure everyone knows what to do and is comfortable with our procedures. You have probably already heard about our drills from your students.

We follow all Standard Response Protocols (SRPs) for lock out, lock down, evacuate, and shelter in place procedures. By following these DCSD established protocols, we know we are using the best practices to respond to emergencies, and if we ever need to call on first responders, they will know what we are doing and where our students will be.

The Douglas County Security Team comes to the school annually to review our drill procedures and gives input on what we are doing well and where we can improve. Members of the Security Team will be at the school on October 8 to supervise a lock down drill and give us their feedback. This drill will take more time than normal because a member of the Security Team will visit each classroom to give specific tips and reminders.

Because we drill so often, our students are well prepared to calmly handle any emergency – even those outside of school. We believe this is a valuable life skill.

If you ever have any questions about our drills or our safety procedures, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I am very proud of our preparedness and the steps we take to keep our community safe.


Mrs. Aplin

Dress Down Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last Friday of the month so everyone gets to dress down. Remember to follow our dress down day dress code.

Don’t Miss The Fall Festival This Saturday

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Our Fall Festival is one of the highlights of our year, so come join in the fun this Saturday, September 28th from 12:00 – 3:00pm. If you pre-purchased tickets, look for them in Thursday folders. Tickets can be purchased at the Festival for $10/10-pack. Tickets are needed for some games/activities and for food purchases. Have fun with My Sport Fort, face painting, pumpkin decorating, cake walks, and more. Students can even challenge PCK staff members in special events to raise money for Bicycle Colorado at the following times:

12:00 – 12:30 – Mrs. Aplin and Mrs. Bennett
12:30 – 1:00 – Mrs. Daniels and Ms. Kurtz
1:00 – 1:30 – Miss Donovan
1:30 – 2:00 – Miss Sara and Mrs. Harth
2:00 – 2:30 – Mrs. Resler
2:30 – 3:00 – Mrs. Jenkins 

It is a day of fun for the whole family. Get the details here.

Also, please sign up below if you are available to help. We are looking for donations as well as volunteers for the day of the event.



Parent Coffees With Mrs. Aplin Start Next Week

Mrs. Aplin is hosting the first round of parent coffees for the 2019-20 school year next week.  These coffees are informal/open forum discussions where parents can bring their questions and get information about how things work at PCK. Since parents often have different questions as their children progress through the school, there will be one coffee for parents with students in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and one for parents of 3rd through 8th graders. These sessions will meet in the PCK conference room in the main office. If you can’t come in person, feel free to join the conference call session for parents with students of all ages.  

  • Tuesday, October 1: 8:00 – 9:00am, parents with students in grades K-2
  • Thursday, October 3: 8:00 – 9:00am, parents with students in  grades 3-8
  • Friday, October 4: 12 noon – 1:00pm, conference call for parents with students of any age. The dial-in number is 515-604-9814 and the access code is 149597.

Parents are welcome to bring any/all questions, and Mrs. Aplin will come prepared to discuss and answer questions about:

  • School safety/security
  • Getting involved and volunteering at PCK
  • Carpool
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Attendance/absences
  • Staff

No RSVP is needed, just come as you are able. You may log one hour of volunteer time for your participation in a parent coffee. We hope to see you next week!

Thank You For Making Our Fund Run A Success!

Thank you to all PCK families for your support and encouragement in our annual Fund Run. We met our fundraising goal and we couldn’t have done it without your support – thank you!

Tomorrow is our prize day. All classes won a sandy candy party. Additionally, all K-4 classes, Mrs. Duran’s 5th grade class, and Mrs. Puckett’s 6th grade class won an inflatable party.

The following classes won a wipeout party (obstacle course with foam): Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Dow-Peterson, Mrs. Koppenhafer, Mrs. Zajac, Miss Donovan, Mrs. Warburton, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Schannuth, Ms. Kurtz, Ms. Sitzmann, Mrs. Seaback, Mrs. Strobel, Mrs. Duran, and Mrs. Puckett.

Mrs. Schannuth’s class raised the most money in grades K-2, Mrs. Duran’s class raised the most in grades 3-6, and Mrs. Dow-Peterson’s class won for best spirit. These three classes will enjoy a wrecking ball party (inflatable course with swinging balls). 

All parties will be enjoyed at school tomorrow. Congratulations to all of our winners. Great job, PCK!

Please Pack Forks and Spoons

While our hot lunches come with forks or spoons, we do not have utensils available for students who bring lunch from home. Please remember (or remind your child) to pack any needed utensils.

Come Volunteer In Our Lunch Room

We are looking for parents to help out in our lunch room. Volunteers help students open lunch items, wipe down tables, and assist the lunchroom staff as needed. It is a fun way to see your child during the school day while helping all students have an enjoyable lunch. Get more details and sign up here.

High School Information Night Is Coming

Middle school students and their parents are invited to attend our High School Information Night next Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Middle School Commons. This is an opportunity to meet representatives from area high schools and learn what each school has to offer. You won’t want to miss it!

Bullying vs Normal Peer Conflict

arrows form a circleOur 2019-20 Parent Education Series continues at 6:30pm next Thursday, October 3 with a session called Bullying vs Normal Peer Conflict: What’s The Difference and What Should Parents Do. In this session, you will learn how to tell when your child is developing/practicing normal conflict resolution skills and when there is something more serious going on. You will also learn how to guide and support your child through both types of situations. You may log one volunteer hour for each Parent Education Series session you attend.

Please note our Parent Education Series sessions are for parents only, and childcare is not provided.

Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels.

Volunteer Yearbook Photographers Needed

If you have a camera/smartphone and attend school events, please sign-up to be an official school photographer for the 2019-20 yearbook. We need several volunteers to cover all the events at our active school. Please sign up on this Sign Up Genius. The slots detail the events and the assignments. All assignments can be tracked as volunteer time and count towards your annual commitment. Be sure to upload your shots to the following site:   

Site: http://skydrive.live.com

Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com

Password: cougars80138

To upload pictures:

  1. Click on the Folder Name where you wish to upload your photo.
  2. Click Upload at the top to transfer your photos.
  3. Now you can directly drag and drop your photos to the upload box or click “select them from your computer” to navigate to where you have stored photos on your personal computer and transfer them for viewing.

Please email Sarah Gustashaw at gustashaw@comcast.net with any questions.

Without you, our yearbook would be empty, so thanks in advance for your work!

Don’t Miss The Upcoming Candidate Forum

During Back-to-School Night, Mrs. Aplin mentioned a new organization called The Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools, or ‘The Alliance’ for short. It is important for charter parents to stay informed about issues pertaining to charter schools in our state, and local changes that could impact our school in Douglas County. The Alliance is hosting a candidate forum on October 10 at the Parker Performing Arts school. This is an excellent way to meet the candidates running for the Douglas County School Board. All candidates will be on hand to answer questions of specific interest to charter parents. Please click here to RSVP for this important event. You can also submit a question you would like the candidates to address.

Mark Your Calendar

Our next Spirit Night is Wednesday, October 9 from 4:00 – 9:30pm at Texas Roadhouse in Parker. Make sure to tell your server you are with PCK so our school receive a portion of the proceeds.

Love And Logic Is Back

Our preschool is hosting a Love and Logic course focused on early childhood for parents with children ages 0-5. The class starts next Monday, September 30 from 6:00 – 8:00pm and runs for 5 weeks. The cost is $100 per person or $150 per couple. You can contact the instructor with questions and register here.

Thank You, Safety Dads!

Thank you to the dads who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety as our Safety Dads this week: Scott Schoenig, Jonathan Quint, Derek Mccluskie, Richard Downing, and Tommy Han. You are making a big difference in our school!

You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link. There are still spots open in October so grab one before they are gone!  


Thanks to Mici

Mici Handcrafted Italian is a new restaurant partner in PCK’s hot lunch service, and they treated our staff to a pizza lunch last Thursday. The pizza was delicious (the gluten free crust is fantastic) and we were happy for the chance to sample what is served to our students. You can try it too – Mici is located on Twenty Mile Road in Parker, near Target. When you go, tell them PCK says thanks!




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