From The Director
Congratulations, once again, to the entire PCK community on our 2019 John Irwin School of Excellence award! The Douglas County Board of Education recognized PCK, along with twenty other DCSD schools, during Tuesday night’s meeting. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.
Mrs. Harth and I were extremely proud to accept this year’s John Irwin award on behalf of our amazing students, staff, and parent community. The award represents the fruits of our collective hard work, dedication to learning and student growth, and our overarching commitment to academic excellence year in and year out. PCK’s students have earned the John Irwin award every year since 2001 (the award was temporarily suspended in 2008 and 2009). Talk about a track record!
To quote Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I love that excellence is one of our ‘habits’ here at PCK.
Congratulations to all on this most recent John Irwin award!
Mrs. Aplin & Mrs. Harth
We Are Working To Cut Tardies
Please make every effort to have your child at school on time. We are experiencing an increase in tardies, and these late arrivals not only disrupt the class but also embarrass the students walking in while class is already in session. Students can be dropped off starting at 7:35am, and all students need to be in their classrooms by 7:55. Class starts promptly at 8:00am. Please also be aware that students in the 5th/6th building or in middle school need a few extra minutes to walk to their classrooms, and those with lockers also need extra time. Thanks for your help!
December Holiday Display
Every year we invite PCK families to bring in one small item that represents a holiday you celebrate in December (ie a small nativity, menorah, etc). These items are displayed in the glass case in our lobby. If you would like to bring in an item, please drop it off at the front desk of the school by next Monday, December 9. You will need to pick your item up at the end of the day on Friday, December 20. Thank you for sharing your traditions with us!
Winter Market Closes Tomorrow
Our students love shopping for family and friends at our Winter Market. The Market closes today (Thursday) at 3:05pm, but will be open for shopping until 3:30pm on Friday. This will be the last day to shop in the Market since it will close for the season on Friday afternoon. Thank you to the PTA for providing this wonderful experience for our students.
Stop By The Lost And Found
Please check our lost and found before winter break. Many students will miss their coats, hats, gloves and other items that are currently waiting to be claimed.
News From The Music Department
Registration is open now for our spring production of Shrek The Musical
Students in 6th grade may open enroll for participation in the Chorus. Students in 7th and 8th grade need to register via MySchoolBucks AND complete a character audition. Please see the Music home page for links to register and sign up for an audition. The show will run April 17th and 18th.
SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Our students have been working hard on their upcoming holiday concerts. See the concert schedule here. They are excited to show you what they’ve learned!
Just A Few Friendly Reminders
PCK music and theater performances are very popular, and with good reason! The students and staff work hard to put on performances the whole family can enjoy, including grandparents and those with mobility issues. With that in mind, we kindly ask the following from our audiences:
- Please keep all family member attendees, including ALL siblings, with you at all times. Young attendees should not be running around or playing on the sides of the gym or in the halls before, during, or after any PCK performance. This is for the safety and viewing pleasure of all attendees!
- Please remain quiet during performances. It is very disruptive when the audience is noisy, and unfair to our hardworking performers.
- We appreciate when cell phones are turned off and put away. Enjoy the performance! Some things are meant to be ‘experienced,’ and not recorded.
- For concerts during school hours, please refrain from pulling younger/older siblings from class. This is disruptive to the class overall. Longer performances are generally scheduled at night and on weekends when the whole family can attend.
- Please tell all of your friends and family members driving themselves to a performance that they may not park in the townhouse lot across from the school. If they park in that private lot, or if they park anywhere other than a designated parking spot, they may be towed. They may park in the small lot on Centerpark Loop if the PCK lot is full. Also, do not park within five feet of any driveway or intersection. We highly recommend carpooling.
Thank you for helping us model the same appropriate audience behavior we teach here at PCK!
Thank You For Giving
Our middle school National Junior Honor Society partnered with the local non-profit Be About Bliss to collect food items for winter baskets for families in need in the south Denver area. The generosity of our PCK families was so apparent and so appreciated as donations flooded in the week before Thanksgiving.
Teachers collected items in their rooms, and NJHS teams worked through their lunches, recesses, and study halls to collect, count, and organize donations. Our PE team was so helpful as they directed students and stored the items for pickup. This project was a great example of how we all work together to better our community.
Grand totals for our giving are: 16 boxes of cereal bars, 78 boxes of granola bars, 306 Cup O’ Noodles, 561 fruit cups, 44 boxes of cereal, 211 cans of vegetables, 137 cans of soup, 297 cans of tuna, and 112 pounds of beans. The food kits that will be assembled and delivered in the coming weeks will help families (virtually all of whom are on the free lunch programs at their schools) make it through the holidays without worrying where their next meal will come from. Thank you, PCK parents, for your generosity!
The Gift of Failure
Join us for the next session in our Parent Education Series on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30pm. Teri Aplin and psychologist Molly White will present The Gift of Failure. We all want our children to succeed, but kids learn important lessons from their failures when properly guided through the experience. This powerful workshop will help you know when to let your child take risks and how to make the most of the lessons that come from facing adversity.
Molly White, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst at Legacy Comprehensive Counseling and Consulting in Parker.
Please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend. Don’t forget you can log one hour of volunteer time for each Parent Education session you attend!
Spirit Night At Portofino’s
Join us for a PCK Spirit Night at Portofino’s Pizza and Pasta from 4:00 – 8:00pm on Monday, December 16. Be sure to mention PCK when you dine in or take out so our school gets a portion of the proceeds.
Boys Basketball Coach Needed
Our middle school boys basketball team needs a coach! The teams are ready to play, so if you like basketball, consider volunteering. You can get information on what coaching entails from Travis Cruz. If you know anyone who might be interested in coaching, please share the link to email Mr. Cruz.
Volunteer Painters Needed
We are looking for volunteers to paint the outdoor garden planter boxes. Volunteers must have a flexible schedule since we are working with the weather and temperature. Please contact Mrs. Barker with questions or to volunteer.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
Let your creativity run wild while you earn volunteer hours! The Foundation’s Gala Committee is currently building our grade level basket teams. This is a fun way to get involved, meet other PCK parents, and participate in some healthy competition. Please sign up here to join in the fun!
Love And Logic Is Back In 2020
If you missed the Love and Logic course this fall, you have another chance to get this powerful training in February. We use Love and Logic principles at school, and parents have great success using them at home as well. The course will run on Mondays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm from February 3 – March 9. You can learn more about it and register here.
Thank You, Safety Dads!
Thank you to those who volunteered to Stand Up For Safety this week: Dev Purohit, Pramod Dimri, Brett Johnson, Jeremy Anderson, and Travis Scurlock. We truly appreciate all of your help!
You can get details about our Stand Up For Safety program and sign-up to be a Safety Dad using the following link.
Congratulations to Aiden Vidal (8th grade) and the Arapahoe Warriors Bantam Travel Hockey team for their win over Thanksgiving weekend at the Regional Silver Stick tournament. They went undefeated and beat the Littleton Hawks in the championship game. They now advance to the International Silver Stick tournament in Ontario, Canada in January. Way to go, Aiden!