From the Director

The 2016-17 school year is off to a GREAT start!  The students, both new and returning, had a busy first day yesterday, but everyone looked rested and ready for another year of learning.  We kicked off our first day with an all-school assembly, and introduced all of our new staff.  Students then rotated through various areas of the school and reviewed appropriate procedures and expected behaviors. Carpool was, as expected, a bit sluggish as students (and parents) re-orient to the pick-up process and, in some cases, a new pick-up time and/or location.  Thank you for your patience as we get our carpool process going again for the new year.  Before you know it, it will be functioning as smoothly and efficiently as always.

Just a few business items to highlight as the new year kicks off:  
1.  Carpools are strongly encouraged.  The more carpools we have, the fewer cars in our carpool, and the faster it goes.  If you need help finding a carpool, please see the information listed below regarding Way to Go carpooling service and RTD options.  If you still need more help please contact Sandy Higgins, our carpool coordinator. 
2.  The metro district adjacent to our property has hired a Douglas County Sheriff to patrol the Lincoln Creek development.  They are (and have been) concerned about the speeds around Center Park Look, the blocking of driveways, and drivers in their neighborhood who don’t obey traffic signs.  Please be aware the officer is there, and remember it is for everyone’s safety.  We now have a few students who walk to school from this neighborhood and we want to keep everyone safe.
3.  Back-to-school Nights come up quickly in August. This is an important night for all parents to attend as it allows you the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and hear more about what’s in store academically for your child in the coming year.  Additionally, our general parent session in the gym is the one time each year that I have the opportunity to share our goals for the coming year, new/exciting projects and/or priorities on the horizon, and any other relevant changes impacting our school.  Please plan to attend. Information regarding dates and times of each Back-to-school Night to follow shortly. 
4.  As I watch the afternoon clouds roll in, I want to remind all parents that we cannot run our regular carpool process if there is significant bad weather (specifically heavy rain and lightening) in the near vicinity.  If we must delay carpool, it pushes everything back, and your patience is most appreciated.  If you or your child has a pressing appointment during a weather event, please know that you may park and come into the school to check out your student(s).  Understandably, we cannot accommodate ALL parents this way.  We will always release a child to their parents, even in bad weather.
Finally, as I like to do every year, I want to extend an invitation to ALL parents to come in and meet with me should you have any school related issues/concerns.  It is our goal each year to nip issues in the bud before they become larger, more difficult issues to resolve.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Harth or me with your concerns.  
Again, welcome back for another wonderful year at PCK.  We have some exciting news to share with you shortly!  
Mrs. Aplin
P.S. I  will be holding a New Family Orientation next Tuesday, August 23rd at 2:00 p.m. here at the school.  Please join us for this informal question/answer time – I would love to get to know all of you. 

New this year . . .  
This school year we are launching a smart phone app of our school directory. The app will include names, address, phone numbers, email addresses, class rosters, calendars, link to Lunch on the Go, etc.  The information to be included in the school directory is pulled from Infinite Campus student data that was reviewed by you during the check-in process.  If you would like to opt out of any part or all of your household information please go the the link below to opt out. 
 You will be notified when the app is available and given your one-time password and instructions via email from directoryontap@gmail.com.  We expect the app to go live in mid September if not sooner. 



PCK Sweatshirts (K-6)

Please turn in sweatshirt order forms with payment by Friday, 8/19 (tomorrow).  Sweatshirts can also be ordered at the Back to School Nights.  
PCK Sweatshirt Order Form (Download)

Musical Instrument Donations Needed

The PCK Band program continues to grow and grow! Got an old instrument not being used any more? We’d be glad to put it to some use! We are looking for donations of the following: Snare Drums and Snare Stands, Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones,Trumpets, and Trombones.  

Musical Production

  Registration is now open for Grades 3 and 4, rehearsals will start on August 23rd. The $100 registration fee covers tuition, and most costuming. The final performance is November 19th.
To register go to https://parkercoreknowledge.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=rw_music.

Fall Sports

Boys Soccer Coach needed:  Please contact Travis Cruz (PE/Athletic Director) if interested.

  • 6 – 8 Boys/Girls Cross Country – (register here)
  • 6 – 8 Boys Soccer – (registration to open when coach determined)

Registration will open for Girls Volleyball August 20th (tryouts August 19th)


Email was sent (8/10/16) with carpooling information from Way to Go. It was sent from My Way to Go (waytogo@drcog.org) so if you do not see the email please check your spam. 


Does your student need transportation after school?  The Parker Call-n- Ride may be your answer.  The RTD Call-n- Ride service is teaming up with Core Knowledge to provide after school rides. Trips are available within a specified area of Parker based on the routes most utilized last year. If you are interested contact us to reserve a trip for your student!  This service is available on a first come, first serve basis. 

To find out more about the Call-n- Ride program go to http://www.rtddenver.com/callNRide.shtml#parker

To use this service you must live within a reasonable distance to the areas listed below. Depending on the requests we receive new drop off points will be established.   

Tentative Schedule:

  • Leave 3:20pm –Core Knowledge. 
  • Drop off at Global Village Academy
  • Drop off in Parker Vista (north of Mainstreet)
  • Drop off in Canterberry Crossing (north of Black Bear Golf Course)
  • Take Canterberry Trail south.
  • Drop off in area of Frontier Valley Elementary School
  • Drop off in Idyllwilde (west of Canterberry Parkway)
  • Drop off in Hidden River (west of Canterberry Parkway)

The charge for the fall semester will be $1.30 per one way ride.  Act fast these seats will fill up quickly! 

If you would like to sign up or have questions please email Brian.Matthews@rtd-denver.com and include your phone number. 

Thank Yous

Thank you to Kelly Haithcoat, Gina Bronley, Stephanie Clarkson, Lisha Curtis, Jodi McCarthy, Jodie Miller, Tracy Keil, Sasha Marsh, Jenn Stewart, Sarah Lastar, Zerrel Appel, Zariyah Appel, Cole Haithcoat, Josh Dermer, Wyatt Warr, and Clay Smith for their help with the Tool Box Distribution to make Registration Day go faster for all of the PCK parents!  And thank you to Miss Sara and Miss Janet for your help with all of the logistics!

Thank you to Jodi Miller overseeing the staff breakfast on Monday, Aug. 8th.  Thanks to the great cooks who contributed items for the buffet: Lisa Nejedlo, Kayla Daniel, Lauren Marsh, Rachel DeFrees, Meena Vairavan, Julie Piper, Amber Shinn, Corey Yanzito, Kelly Anderson, Stephanie Clarkson, Sangeetha Williams, Lisha Curtis and Grace Sandeno.  It was very nice!

Thank you to Becky Hunt for hanging all of the artwork pictures down the 4th grade hall. Great job getting it all lined up!

Thank you to Evan Stratton, U.S. Marine Corps., for delivering the flag training to our MS students this past Tuesday. Evan is a decorated veteran of the war in Iraq – we thank him for his service to our country and for his training of our students. 

And lastly, thank you to all of our families for their patience as we get the school year off to a great start.  

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