From The Director
Always keep your word…follow through on a promise…mean or do what you say!
Words to live by, and I take them very seriously because I want to be a person of my word. Last week I sent out a message about the last two remaining DSCD Board of Education candidate forums to all PCK families. In my message I promised to share the questions that would be asked of the candidates in my Thursday newsletter message. If you are a regular reader of the newsletter (aren’t you all – lol), you may have noticed that I did not include the questions. In fact, I didn’t write a From The Director letter last week at all. I thought I should explain why I was unable to do what I said I would do…
I was one of the moderators for the Thursday night forum, so I had the questions prior to the forum. Early on in the planning process, I was told that the candidates would be given the questions the night before (Wednesday night). I learned Thursday morning that this had changed, and the questions were not given to the candidates in advance, with the hopes of encouraging them to all speak candidly and without prepared notes. Thus, I was unable to share the questions with you in my Thursday news without breaking an agreement I had with the Candidate Forum’s organizers. My apologies.
Given the confusion among voters out there, I thought I would still go ahead and share the questions that were asked of all eight candidates. Please keep in mind that these questions came from the charter community and, therefore, reflect what is of primary interest to us charter folks. I don’t have room to share all of the candidates’ responses, and you probably don’t have time to read a lengthy letter even if I did, but I thought having the questions might be helpful on some level in your weighing of candidates for these four soon-to-be vacated board seats. So, here are the questions we asked:
- “This county has experienced growth spurts which have taxed school capacity in the past. It appears that Charter Schools have filled district needs, not by plan, but by default. What role do you see Charter Public Schools playing in the projected future growth and what will that look like in your strategic plan?”
- “There is a vocal segment of the community, especially in social media, that clearly doesn’t care for parental choice, in particular Charter Public Schools. If you see examples of this, what would you personally do to clear up false statements and misperceptions that are levied against Douglas County Charter Schools today?”
- “Charter Public Schools do not typically live under district level Collective Bargaining Agreements, however, we know the formal presence of a union can have enormous influence on decisions made by the board. Many statements made by the state and national teachers’ unions are hostile and negative toward Charter Public Schools. Would you support a single teachers’ union as the collective bargaining agent for Douglas County teachers, and if so, how would you justify the additional expense the District would incur, particularly in light of an already tight budget?”
- “The recent board-commissioned Charter Impact Study shows declining enrollment at the Elementary level, yet Charter enrollment continues to steadily grow, and in many cases parents are willing to move their children to brand new Charter Schools with no track records. Why do you believe this is happening? If this is a problem, what would you do to address this issue?”
- “Putting a Mill Levy Override (MLO) and Bond on the ballot is the simple part. How would you accomplish the more difficult task of actually passing a Bond and/or MLO?”
- “Following up on that last question, stability of leadership of the school district from the interim superintendent to the cabinet level positions could be critical to the success of the Bond/MLO election. If you voted not to extend the interim superintendent contract next summer, how would you see this decision impacting the passing of a MLO and/or Bond measure?”
- “The three continuing board directors have asked about imposing a maximum 5% Administrative Cost for purchased services upon Charters. If they bring this resolution after your election, how would you be inclined to vote? How would you justify your vote?”
- “A current director has proposed the possibility of withholding MLO funds from children that enroll from Out of District. This proposal could have 6-figure impacts on the budgets of many Charter Schools. How will you vote should this issue come up for your consideration?”
- “We have all seen what happens with a 7-0 board. In almost every instance there is a lack of diversity of thought or action. On the other side, people in the community don’t like the vitriol that you see in board meetings and just want good governance. If you are a split board (Elevate) or if you are a 7-0 board (Community), explain how you would govern differently so the past doesn’t repeat itself?”
- “What is your ‘Plan B’ to remedy the financial situation in DCSD if a Bond and/or MLO does not pass in 2018? How would you address growth in the school district moving forward given expectations for enrollment?”
It was a very interesting forum to attend, and I personally learned a lot about all of the candidates. I appreciate each person who has thrown their hat in the ring for what is typically thankless (albeit important) job. These are some dedicated individuals! With that said, I cannot stress enough the importance of this election for everyone in Douglas County, and I strongly encourage all parents to dig deep into the issues and candidate positions prior to voting. Most of all, PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE.
GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS ARE THIS WEEK!
Friday, October 27
3:30 – 6:00 pm in the PCK Sports Gym
Open to girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
PCK will have a JV and a Varsity team (10 players per team)
Trunk or Treat Next Tuesday
We have some Halloween fun in store next Tuesday. Students may wear costumes following these guidelines:
~Fun, family-friendly and creative costumes are encouraged.
~Costumes should be non-distracting and safe for PE and recess.
~Masks are allowed for the parade and Trunk or Treating ONLY…not during the school day.
~Minimal face painting is allowed; no whole face painting.
Costumes MAY NOT:
~Include toy weapons (NO guns, swords, knives, hatchets, pitchforks, etc.)
~Be bloody, gory, or otherwise crude or inappropriate
~Include drug or alcohol references/images, etc.
~Be too short, too low, too revealing or overly suggestive in nature.
Let’s keep it safe, fun, and creative!
Come Wrangle Up A Great Book
The PCK Book Fair is October 26, 27, 30, and 31 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and November 1 and 2 from 9:00 am – 7:30 pm during conferences. Stop by and explore – this is a great time to get some holiday shopping done! You can also order books online until November 5 at http://www.scholastic.
Veteran’s Day Is Almost Here and We Need Your Help
We are hard at work preparing for our Veteran’s Day assembly on Friday, November 10 in the Events Gym. Veterans and their families are invited to a continental breakfast at 8:00 am, followed by our assembly at 8:30. Veterans who would like to visit their student’s classroom to share their experience with the class are welcomed to do so following the assembly.
If you have a Veteran in your family who would like to attend our celebration, please RSVP using the attached form.
Also, if you have a photograph of your student or family with a Veteran, please send it in for our Veteran’s Day bulletin board. Write your student’s name and teacher on the back if you would like the photo to be returned to you. Photos can be dropped off at the front desk or with Mrs. Daniels.
Butter Braids Sale
This PCK tradition is back, with new flavors and gluten free cookies! Order forms are coming home today. The sale runs today through November 9. Please return the form and funds on November 9, and be sure you child’s teacher is listed on the form. Goods will be delivered on Thursday, November 16. Which class will sell the most?
Please note the phone number on the Butterbraid order form for Trish Calandra is incorrect. Call Trish at 303-517-5482 or the school if you have any questions regarding butter braids.
PTA Family Movie Night
Pumpkin Palooza is Tonight!
Stop by Legend High School tonight between 5:30 – 8:00 for some safe, Halloween fun! Get more details by clicking here.
Denver Brass Comes To PCK
Please join us on Saturday, November 11, at 10:00 am for an unforgettable musical experience designed for young kids. Get the details here.
The Cast and Crew of…
would love to feel like they’re “Getting to Know You...” Tickets are on sale and are going fast, “etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…”
To purchase your tickets, click here!
Celebrate Your Artist With Square 1 Art!
Kindergarten through 6th grade students have been busy creating beautiful art projects for this fundraiser. Their artwork can be transformed into numerous items such as mugs, pillow cases, stickers, and more. Catalogs will be coming home soon. All items ordered will be delivered to you by Winter break, and these keepsakes make great gifts for family.
Conferences Are Next Week!
Conferences will be on November 1 and 2. Carpool windows start at 1:10 (green), 1:20 (yellow), and 1:30 (red). Please use your normal carpool loop. If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please do so today using the link at ckcs.net.
“Holiday Glow” – PCK’s Holiday Concert Series
Mark your calendar for your child’s Holiday Concert!
Middle School Band- December 14th at 2:15 p.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
3rd Grade- December 15th at 2:15 p.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
4th Grade- December 15th at 4:15 p.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
5th Grade Mrs. Kennedy’s Class- December 18th at 2:15 p.m. on the Stage
5th Grade Miss. Bloyer’s class- December 19th at 2:15 p.m. on the Stage
5th Grade Mrs. LaFrombois’ class- December 20th at 2:15 p.m. on the Stage
Kindergarten- December 21st, at 2:15 p.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
6th Grade Band and Choir- December 21st, at 4:15 p.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
1st Grade- December 22nd, at 9:00 a.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
2nd Grade- December 22nd, at 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Events Gym/Stage
For Concerts in the Events Gym/ Stage, please enter through the South side doors. Those attending concerts located on the stage should enter through the Main Entrance to PCK, check in, and proceed to the Stage.
Egg Cartons Needed
NJHS Teams Up With Parker Task Force
Last Saturday, National Junior Honor Society members helped with the Parker Task Force Food Drive at Walmart. The students handed out slips to Walmart shoppers, asking them for specific food donations such as cereal, pasta, hot dogs, ground beef, and other items. 101 boxes were packed, 374 dollars were raised in cash, and 30 dollars in gift cards. 24 tubes of ground beef and 65 packages of hot dogs were donated, which were the two main needs.
PCK Student Races To Victory
Brennan Draper (6th grade) ran in the State Middle School Cross Country race this past weekend and placed 1st for 6th grade and 9th overall (top 8 were 8th graders). Congratulations on an amazing race against 464 of the top middle school runners in the state, Brennan!
Facility Rental & Maintenance Committee
Open Enrollment Window Opens November 1
If your child will be attending a neighborhood school for elementary or middle school next year, you must file an intent to return form with Douglas County during the open enrollment window opening November 1 and closing December 1 at 4 pm. You do not need to do this if your current 8th grader will attend a neighborhood high school next year.
New Staff Spotlight: Meet Liz Sweeney – Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
I’m a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant in the process of completing my Master’s degree. I grew up on the coast of North Carolina and have lived in Colorado for 16 years. During my free time, I enjoy fly-fishing, backpacking, snowboarding and pretty much any other outdoor activity Colorado has to offer.
Many thanks to the Reece family for the Krispy Kreme donuts, and to the Hackett family for the warm pumpkin muffins. You keep our staff full and happy!
Thanks to Jennifer Quint for delivering furniture and office supplies for us.
Continuing thanks to Blaise Singer for your fabulous work on the character bulletin boards. Your skill and creativity are amazing!
Any student who isn’t feeling well can rest comfortably in the beautiful new health room decorated by Jamie Brandon. We appreciate your artistic touch in a room that is so important when our students are sick or get hurt.
A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped set up and decorate the book fair, run the teacher preview, and provide themed treats for the staff: Wendy Brokken, Kristen Campbell, Tamara Englehardt, Nancy Gassen, Sarah Lastar, Melissa Leeper, Jennifer Logan, Karen Marceau, Christine Miccio, Raquel Moreno, Preethi Muralidar, Angela Rachubinski, Meredith Selzer, Megan Teerlink, Beth Teran, Jessica Walberg, Nicole Webb, and Isabelle Winsor.
We appreciate the input from our Parent Focus Group members: Erin Dobkins, Tom Hertzberg, Shannon Hackett, Leslie Marti, Becky Hunt, Christina Guertin, Kristi Fitch and Dawn Reader. Thank you for your time and insights.