From the Director
Thank you to last night’s guest speaker, Kent Fahrenbruck, from Character First/Strata Leadership for his wonderful presentation on Raising Kids of Character, and thank you to those parents who attended his session. Kent is clearly very passionate about the importance of modeling strong character for our kids. As the father of five children (grandfather of twelve), the wisdom and experience he was able to share from his own experience and his knowledge about character development was invaluable. Here is a brief synopsis of the key character messages from his presentation:
- Character touches everything we do. It takes character to be responsible, treat others with respect, and build healthy relationships.
- Families have primary responsibility for character development; schools support home character efforts.
- Be intentional about ’teaching’ and modeling character qualities in your home. Set aside time each week for family discussion about character that ‘educate’ everyone.
- Evaluate your progress. Be sure to notice when family members demonstrate good character and let them know that you noticed.
- Don’t forget to celebrate evidence of character. Encourage family members to ‘catch’ each other doing something good! This works well at work and school, too.
- When correcting a child’s behavior, remember that it is character that allows you to also restore the relationship after the correction. Correcting is not just about punishment. Spend time discussing the root issues and how actions reflect our inner character
- Never underestimate the power of modeling good character. Our children watch us and learn! Always LEAD by example.
- Character building is hard work, and it doesn’t happen over night. Consistency is key. Make up your mind to emphasize character on a regular basis, and stick with the plan.
- Kids of strong character tend to demonstrate GRIT more often and more easily. Help your child become a gritty kid and he/she will have the confidence to tackle life’s challenges down the road.
Kent ended his presentation by referencing a book: Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, by Virginia Dennison Smith. This book is really a handbook for parents and teachers that is filled with ideas, suggestions and stories to assist the reader with their character development plans. You can order a copy by emailing Kent at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a school leader, I am passionate about building students of character! It is as important to their future success as their academic progress. And, more and more, employers are telling Kent, “Send us applicants with strong character and we’ll train them.’ They prefer this to the alternative, which is competent applicants with little to no character. Think about it…
Thank you for allowing us to partner with you on the Character Development journey.
2016 Annual Giving Campaign – Final Days
Thank you to ALL of the PCK families that contributed to the Annual Giving Campaign. In the last 3 weeks, we raised $69,280 for our school from 44% of our families. Please know that it is NEVER too late to make a contribution to our school. The Foundation accepts donations any time of the year through a link on the school website or by check. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions are tax deductible. Also, if you work for a matching gift company, please complete your necessary paperwork ASAP. On November 22, Teri Aplin drew the following names to win reserved parking for a month. The winners are:
- December: James & Jani Brunner
- January: Michael & Kelli Hroncheck
- February: Jeff & Yvette Fonda
- March: KC & Elissa Coors
- April: Scott & Stephanie Miller
- May: Stephen & Lisha Curtis
Thank you to the following families that generously supported PCK in the final week of the 2016 Annual Giving Campaign:
|Stephan & Kelly Aguirre||Eric & Deb Eldred||Stephen & Melanie ParkerHaase|
|Curt & Kim Anderson||Suzanne Fastje||Yogesh & Nethra Patil|
|Darian & Jennifer Anderson||Cliff & Kristi Fitch||Patrick & Brooke Patterson|
|John & Kenna Anderson||Rich & Mary Flammini||Chad & Elizabeth Pendy|
|Zach & Kelly Anderson||Matthew & Julie Fox||Douglas & Deborah Pollack|
|Zerrel & Talitha Appel||Zachariah & Robin Frey||Doug & Jessica Price|
|Chris Bachmann||Ben & Kim Garneau||Thomas & Christina Reifsteck|
|Venugopal Balakrishnan||Michael & Joanne Gaskill||Shane & Sanya Richardson|
|Bret & Amy Baird||Jason & Genie Hamilton||Chris & Stephanie Schannuth|
|Troy & Amy Bargman||Pamela Hartford||Scott & Susan Schoenig|
|Joseph & Wendy Benedetto||Gregory & Rebecca Harvey||Amol & Shefali Shah|
|Rion Buswell & Angela Rachubinski||Edward & Patricia Hennessy||Brady & Stephanie Siegrist|
|Jason & Jaime Brandon||Danny Hutama & Kiem Thang||Joseph & Andrea Simmons|
|John & Michelle Briest||Dennis & Julia Hutchison||Tom & Teresa Smith|
|Matthew & Stephanie Bryant||William & Eugenia Jaeger||Jonathan & Kimberlee Spencer|
|Michael & Tricia Calandra||Arod & Glorie Javier||Trevor & Tiffany Spencer|
|Tom & Kristen Campbell||Sam & Misty Jenkins||Brandon & Patsy Stewart|
|Mike & Susie Carwin||Eric & Kathy Johnson||Robert & Autumn Stone|
|Jayapal & Chaitanya Chilukoori||Michael & Michelle Jones||Brian & Teresa Taylor|
|Charles & Julie Choe||Bill & Natasa Kallergis||Jason & Beth Teran|
|John & Tracey Christopher||Tedd & Leah Kersey||Jonathan & Kelli Thiessen|
|Liam & Stephanie Clarke||Craig & Tracy Kindred||Graham & Vanessa Torrey|
|David & Stephanie Coe||Christel Kozar||Raymond & Suzanne Velasquez|
|Christopher & Trish Cook||Jeff & Sarah LaGrange||Nick & Alison Vuolo|
|Jeff & Jen Craven||Jon & Mary Lawritson||Debbie Waltz|
|Christopher & Rebecca Dean||Timothy & Susan Maestas||Mitch & Suzanne Wettstein|
|Michael & Renee Derrick||Kevin & Tracey McKee||Blake & Andrea Wetzel|
|Robert & Khela Dody||Jeff & Mary Meadows||Brandon & Kristin Wilson|
|Jason & Amy Dow-Peterson||William & Cynthia Mills||Chris & Shelby Wooten|
|Christian & Shannon Dudnick||Mike & Mary Mockus||Nick & Corey Yanzito|
|David & Melissa Edwards||Owen & Vicky Myran||Linda Zoz|
|John & Julie Edwards||Keith & Heather Newbrough|
|Sheldon & Holly Eike||Kelley Ortelli|
It’s not too late!
Food Drive Going on Now
Cardel Homes, a local developer who owns property in the Lincoln Creek development adjacent to PCK, has challenged PCK and Northstar Academy to a food drive competition. Between Nov. 28th and Dec. 9th, the school that collects the most items will receive a generous monetary gift from Cardel Homes. The Parker Task Force will be the recipient of the donated items.
P.S. Just got notice that Northstar has more then us!! Yikes – bring on those donations!!
December Celebrations in Display Case
Each December the school invites student/families to display an item that represents what they may celebrate during the month. Please feel free to bring in an item (labeled with family name) to the front office and we will add it to the display case.
Do you have a fun, family holiday card? We love to display all of our families cards around the front desk. Send one in with your student and we will hang it up. Thanks.
Open Enrollment in District
Round One applications are accepted for the following school year on a space available basis. Waiting lists, which are prioritized according to Board of Education Policy JCA/JFB-R, will be created if the number of applicants exceeds space available at the requested school. NOTE: Round One applications are NOT “first come, first served,” You may request open enrollment at any time up to January 5. Round One applications are granted on a space available basis.
In an effort to create a class set of iPhones to be used for Google Expeditions throughout the school, we are soliciting donations of iphones 6 or 6s from families that may otherwise turn them into their carrier this holiday season. We plan to offer a $150 tax credit (based on current market value of the models) for each phone.
Need a New Car Emblem?
The PTA is sending home new PCK car emblems for each family today in Thursday folders. Show your PCK pride!
P.S. Let’s also show off those Blue Ribbon Award car magnets…..
(Magnet proudly displayed on PCK family car)
Home for the Holidays Concert Series
Grade Level Performances
Friday, Dec. 9th
|3rd Grade||2:15 – 2:45 p.m.||Gym|
|4th Grade||4:00 – 4:30 p.m.||Gym|
|6th Grade Band/Choir||6:00 – 7:00 p.m.||Gym|
Monday, Dec. 12
|5th Grade/Kennedy Holiday Open House||2:15 – 3:00 p.m.||Elem Lunchroom|
Tuesday, Dec. 13
|5th Grade/Bloyer Holiday Open House||2:15 – 3:00 p.m.||Elem Lunchroom|
Wednesday, Dec. 14
|Middle School Band||2:15 – 2:45 p.m||Music Room|
|5th Grade/Warburton Holiday Open House||2:15 – 3:00 p.m.||Elem Lunchroom|
Thursday, Dec. 15
|Kindergarten||2:15 – 2:24 p.m.||Gym|
Friday, Dec. 16
|1st Grade||9:00 – 9:30 a.m.||Gym|
|2nd Grade||10:00 – 10:30 a.m.||Gym|
Students are asked to dress up in festive Holiday attire, or wear their uniform to school.
Please consider carpooling to concerts as parking is limited.
Do some holiday shopping at PCK!!
PCK Spirit Merchandise is available for sale!
Lost & Found
Lost and Found is taking over the front entrance! Help! Please take a look at our wide variety of coats, sweatshirts, water bottles, packs and miscellaneous clothing items.
To our wonderful Hearing and Vision volunteers: Sarah Lastar, Migui Miller, Meena Vairavan, Allison Sampson, Chaitanya Chilukoori, Jennifer Anderson, Eric Cobb, Angela Rachubinski, Sanya Richardson, Sireesha Alla, Tamara Engelhardt, Heather White, Khela Dody, Kathy McCafferty and Brianne Bauer.