From The Director

What could be more fun than a Fall Festival?  I am really looking forward to the PTA’s annual Fall Festival this Saturday from 12-4 p.m. here at PCK.  This fun event offers something for the entire family, and it’s a great way to connect with the rest of the PCK community.  From pumpkins, food, and games, to bounce houses and face painting, there will surely be something for everyone this Saturday.  And, don’t forget to stop by the Drench a PCK Staff Member booth…I will be there at some point in the afternoon, along with other brave PCK staffers, just waiting for you to test your ball throwing skills (can I bring my umbrella?).  All money raised at this particular booth will be donated to a worthy cause at some point in the year.  I hope to see you all ‘out back’ for some fall fun this Saturday! If you’d like to get in some early volunteer hours by helping at the event, please contact Jennifer Maxwell, PTA Vice President, at jen.maxwell11@gmail.com.  She’ll be happy to get you plugged in.

Lost and Found Donation Tomorrow

Please stop by our Lost and Found before the end of the day tomorrow. Unclaimed items will be donated. We do our best to return all labeled items to their owners.

Carpool Tip Of The Week

image of a red carPlease have your students at school no later than 7:55 am. Class starts promptly at 8:00, so kids need time to get out of the car, walk to their classrooms, unpack their backpacks, and get ready for class to begin. Please allow time for traffic and other unexpected delays. If you arrive at school at 8:00 or later, you must park and come to the front desk to sign your child in for the day. 

Don’t Miss The Fall Festival This Weekend  

image of a pumpkinOur Fall Festival is this Saturday, September 29th from 12:00-4:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the event (online tickets sales have closed). 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 Drench A Staff Member booth will be cash only, with all money donated to charity.

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

Get Your PCK Questions Answered Tonight

Join us tonight for PCK Q&A from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the PCK LEARNING LAB (please note the new location – the Learning Lab is by the front office, so you should see the open door when you come in through the main entrance of the school). 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! Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at ddaniels@ckcs.net. Feel free to submit questions when you RSVP.

Next week we are offering Getting School Work Done On Time: Strategies to Help Your Child Focus, Listen, and Effectively Manage Their Time, presented by Johanna Sandis, Ph.D., Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychologist. In this class, parents will learn specific strategies for helping their children get homework done, how to help their children be engaged listeners in class, and how to help them develop time management skills. This class is Tuesday, October 2 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the PCK Middle School Commons. Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels at ddaniels@ckcs.net.

Hearing And Vision Screening is October 1

image of an eye chart and headphonesEvery year, Douglas County performs state-mandated hearing and vision screening for all students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, as well as all new students. This screening only identifies significant issues with a student’s vision or hearing, and should not replace a professional screening, especially if your student is experiencing any trouble with hearing or seeing. If your student wears glasses, please make sure your student has them at school on October 1, as they will be worn during the screening. To get more information, please click here.

Changing The Digital Culture In Our Homes

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office does regular presentations through their Y.E.S.S. (Youth Eduction and  Safety in Schools) program. These free presentations are always informative and are very popular.

The next one, Changing the Digital Culture In Our Homes, is October 16 at the Charles Schwab location in Lone Tree. Click here for details and registration information. This session covers social media, developing a sense of balance and moderation in device use, tools and resources for parents, and more.

Our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be seeing the student version of this presentation in health class, so when you see the parent version you will be better able to discuss these important topics with your student.

High School Information Night Is October 17

Parker Core Knowledge is hosting our annual high school information night for 6th – 8th grade students and their families on Wednesday, October 17 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Representatives from area high schools including local, private, and alternative high schools will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about their respective schools. Students and parents are encouraged to attend together in order to explore the various high school options. This is annual event has been very informative for our families as they begin exploring high school choices.

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. 

The Book Fair Is Coming!

Not only do our students love the Book Fair, but parents love it too since it is an easy way to do some early holiday shopping! However, it takes many volunteers to pull of a successful Fair. Please see the link below to sign up for volunteer shifts. Mrs. Zellner is also in need of someone to open the Book Fair at 9:00am October 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, and 25. If you’re interested in opening the Book Fair, please contact her at lzellner@ckcs.net.


Tech Talk With Mr. Robbins

Click here to see this week’s Tech Talk, with reviews of Photomath, Twitch, and ScreenTime.

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 (cash only, no credit or debit cards), 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!

Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their drawings in our Yearbook Cover Contest. The theme of the book this year is “Beyond Words.” All entries are due by Friday, November 3rd.  Get the entry form and all of the details here.

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.

Come See Our Preschool Outdoor Classroom

Through the generosity of our PCK Preschool & Junior Kindergarten families, over $20,000 was raised for a Preschool Outdoor Classroom. Tricia Calandra, PCK parent and architect, drew up the amazing plans. JC Landscaping did a beautiful job building the stairs, walls, columns, and sensory path that the children love to explore. The play kitchen was designed and built by Cory Jackson, another PCK Preschool parent and architect. Dave and Briann Lewis volunteered many hours to create the Lewis Sound Garden with pots, pans, cookie cutters and much more, where children can make their own music. Ben Eggleston, Joe Cocco, Dave Lewis, and Natalie Meyer all volunteered alongside Mrs. Resler and her family, Ms. Haines, Mrs. Haithcoat, and Mrs. Sadler to ensure the Outdoor Classroom was ready for the first day of school. The entire project could not have been accomplished without the Preschool community coming together!

9NEWS heard about our Outdoor Classroom and recently filmed Mrs. Haithcoat’s class planting irises donated by the Lewis family. The story aired on 9NEWS this morning. You can see the story here. We invite all PCK families to stop by and take a look the beautiful space we now proudly call the Preschool Outdoor Classroom.

New Date for Chick-Fil-A

Our next Spirit Night will be on Thursday, October 18 (this is a date correction). Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you!

Thank you to Karen Langton and our PTA for organizing a great spirit night at Swirls. We truly appreciate all you do to help build a strong sense of community in our school.

Thanks to Kelly Anderson for the delicious apples and caramel dip you brought for our staff. They have been a delicious part of lunch this week!


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