From The Director

health.moves.minds… Interesting concept, isn’t it? Here at PCK, our new health teacher, Heather Brownell, kicked off this new initiative last week with students in grades K-6. The goal is simple: Get students moving, thinking, focusing, appreciating, and eating healthy in an effort to improve overall health AND increase their mental alertness. More and more research shows that healthy, active students are better learners, and this fun wellness challenge is something the entire family can engage in together.  

Last Thursday, Ms. Brownell sent home a #PCKfit calendar of health.moves.minds challenges for students (and parents). Students will track their progress each day on the calendar and turn in their results at the end of September. There are even some fun incentives built in to the program, and a drawing for a ‘healthy prize’ at the end. Younger students may need your help to keep track of each day’s activity goal, and if older students wish to participate, they are free to do so. Our hope is that PCK students enjoy the daily reminder to make healthy choices for themselves, and that they have some fun doing it, as well. We even challenged the PCK staff to participate!

The health.moves.minds challenge is just another way students and families can have fun and stay healthy together, while building good habits for overall health and success in school.  #PCKfit! 

Let the challenge begin!

Mrs. Aplin

A Carpool Reminder From the Douglas County Sheriff

We have been asked by the Douglas County Sheriff to remind all parents to stop at least five feet from any driveway, entrance, or street during our carpool period. We can’t block any roads or accesses at any time, and must allow the five-foot clearance on both sides of the driveway, entry, or street.

Also, please do not park in the townhouse complex across from the school for any reason or any length of time (even for a quick drop-off). It is a private parking lot and your car may be towed. If you can’t get into the PCK lot, you may use the designated parking spots around Centerpark Loop or the small parking lot near the park on Centerpark Loop. Parking is never allowed on Centennial Drive. 

Please share these reminders with anyone who might be driving your child to or from school, or visiting the school for any reason.

Mark Your Calendar

Please make sure your student is at school for the full day on Wednesday, October 2. This is our official “school count” day when our attendance record is submitted to the state to determine our per pupil funding. Please do not schedule appointments for your student on this day. It is very important that we have full attendance, unless your child is truly ill. Thanks for helping us get every dollar we can!

News From Our PTA

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for Spirit Night at Swirls. Spirit Nights are a fun and easy way to support your PTA and allow us to do various events throughout the year.

Fall Festival is September 28th from 12:00-3:00 and we need your help!  Please see the sign ups below. We are looking for donations as well as volunteers for the day of the event.



Our next PTA meeting is September 10th in the Middle School Commons at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Middle Schoolers Love Our Kindies

For the first few weeks of school, middle school members of our National Junior Honor Society chapter greeted our kindergarteners at morning carpool and walked them to class. This helped our newest students learn their way around the building while making friends with veteran members of our community.

Our Early Literacy Panel Discussion Is Tonight!

arrows form a circleOur 2019-20 Parent Education Series kicks off tonight, September 5, with a free panel discussion on early literacy at 6:30pm. Panelists include teachers from our preschool, kindergarten, first grade, resource team, and our Vice Director In Charge of Academics. Learn how to make the most of reading with your child, including how to select the right material, motivate reluctant readers, and make reading fun. Feel free to bring your questions for our reading experts and be ready for a vibrant discussion on reading with young children. Please note our Parent Education Series sessions are for parents only, and childcare is not provided.

Please RSVP to Dianne Daniels.

Lost And Found

lost and foundIf your child comes home without a jacket, lunchbox, water bottle, or other item, there is a good chance it is in our lost and found. Please make sure ALL items that come to school are labeled with your student’s first and last name. Also, please have your student come claim any lost items as soon as possible. Anything remaining in the lost and found on the last day of each month will be donated to charity.

Calling All Teachers

We are looking for substitute teachers. A teaching certificate is preferred but is not required for those with teaching experience. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Heather Newbrough. You can apply on the PCK website.

Do You Have Financial Expertise?

The PCK Board of Directors is exploring different financial options to fund various capital projects included in our Master Capital Plan. We are seeking parent volunteers who either work in the financial sector and/or have a strong financial background (finance, bond brokers, etc.) to help the Board explore potential financing options. This new finance subcommittee will lend their financial expertise to the process of vetting bond/loan options over the next several months, ultimately making a recommendation to the Board. If you are interested in participating, please email the Board and a member will be in touch with you shortly.  

Building Brains With LEGO

LEGO Club is back with Intro To STEM Using LEGO. The new school year means new building projects, so sign up for the fun! The club runs after school on Mondays from September 9 – November 4 for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Get the details here. Click here to register.

Make A Difference At PCK On The SAC

The PCK School Accountability Committee (SAC) is looking for new parent members for the 2019-20 school year. The SAC is responsible for soliciting parent input, representing parent voice, and making recommendations to the PCK Administration in the areas of school climate/culture and safety/security. The SAC meets monthly with Mrs. Aplin, and there could be some additional work outside of monthly meetings. If you would like to join the SAC (or even visit a meeting or two to check it out), please join us for the fall kick-off meeting on September 12 at 8:00am in the PCK conference room. If you already know you’d like to join the SAC, please sign up here. Please remember that all parent volunteers must first be set up as volunteers in Raptor. Hope to see you on the 12th!

Thank You, Safety Dads!

As you saw in last week’s newsletter, we are asking all PCK dads to join us one day per year during the school week to provide an added layer of protection while students are in school. The dads are here to:

  1. Give us more eyes and ears to enhance school security, and
  2. Provide positive male role models for our students.

A big thank you goes to this week’s volunteers: Ben Langton, Matt Halker, Mark Suhanyi, and Jeff LaGrange.

Dads who Stand Up for Safety may be asked to read to students, patrol the school perimeter/entrances/hallways, assist with carpool and recess, have lunch in the lunchroom with our students, and more. All dads who elect to Stand Up for Safety are asked to watch a short school safety and procedures (SRP) video prior to volunteering, and all dads who participate must be registered as PCK volunteers in Raptor.  

You can sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link:  


Please initially sign up for one day per dad. If we have days that don’t get filled, we will let you know and will open the sign up for dads who would like to volunteer on additional days.

Thanks for supporting our community-wide effort by volunteering to Stand Up for Safety!

Irrigation Help Needed

If you are knowledgeable about sprinklers or irrigation, please contact our elementary science teacher, Misty Jenkins. We need some irrigation in our new science lab. Thanks!

With Heavy Hearts…

We are sad to share the news that our long-time Learning Specialist, Beata Gorodess, lost her adult son in a car accident over Labor Day weekend. Our staff is surrounding her with love, support, and meals, but we know many of our families have been touched by Mrs. G. and may want to share their condolences. We are coordinating ways to care for her in the coming weeks, so please contact Mrs. Parkes at our front desk if you would like to help.

There is a viewing on Friday from 3:00-7:00pm, and a service on Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm, both at the Parker Funeral Home. All who know Mrs. G. are welcome to attend.

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