From The Director
Volunteering time is something every PCK family commits to doing when they enroll their child at PCK. New families are especially eager to ‘plug in’ and get involved, and families who have been a part of the PCK community for some time enjoy many of the benefits resulting from their involvement in various volunteer opportunities. Volunteers have always played a CRITICAL role in the success of our school, and I continue to believe one of the key reasons PCK is a National Blue Ribbon School and a National School of Character is because of the commitment PCK parents continue to make, year after year, to helping our students and staff succeed! These dedicated parent volunteers fill vital roles, some big and some small, but ALL volunteers contribute to the school’s ongoing success, and for that I am both proud and grateful.
This month I will be highlighting three of our largest parent-led organizations: The PCK Board of Directors, the PTA, and the Foundation at PCK. Each of these organizations is vital to our success, and the parents who participate in these groups are some pretty AMAZING people. These three organization are also all facing turnover in their leadership at the end of this year, and I am hoping to spark some interest and energize those parents who are ready to step forward and take the reins of leadership. We NEED brave, energetic, passionate, and most of all, willing parent volunteers to pick up the baton and carry on the good work of each of these three critical organizations. As you read my Director Letter each week in February, I hope you will consider stepping up and getting involved in one of these key parent leadership roles.
Today, I am highlighting the PCK Board of Directors. The seven-member PCK Board is the governing board for the school. Each parent representative is elected by the parent body to serve a three year leadership term. Board member terms are staggered, and each April the parent community elects 2-3 new board members to replace those who are rotating off at the end of their term. PCK Board members meet once per month to fulfill the following responsibilities: policy governance, financial oversight, and strategic planning. A well-rounded board is always desired, and this allows parents with various backgrounds, careers, and expertise to come together in support of the school’s needs. If you have an interest in serving on the PCK Board, I strongly encourage you to attend one of our monthly board meetings (3rd Monday night of each month – see the PCK website for specific meeting dates/times) between now and April. Another option would be to meet or speak with one of our current Board members about their experience. A list of all current PCK Board members can be found on the PCK website under ‘Organizations.’ There will be a formal call for candidates in early March, with the Board election on April 17th; three positions are up for election this year (the Board is on a 2-2-3 new member rotation).
If serving on the PCK Board of Directors sounds like something you would be interested in, please give serious consideration to running this spring. I can almost guarantee you it will be a very rewarding experience!
Dress In Blue Tomorrow
In honor of Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm, the Adams County Deputy killed in the line of duty, we are having a blue dress down day tomorrow. Students may wear blue as a sign of honor and respect for our police force and first responders who risk their lives to keep us all safe.
Get Jumping For Jump Rope For Heart
As part of an ongoing unit in the month of February in the elementary school Physical Education classes, Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Minshall have partnered with The American Heart Association and Jump Rope for Heart to bring PCK students the knowledge and joy of being physically active and fit. In celebration of this, we would like the students to take part in two $5 Donation Dress Down Days to celebrate the end of their Jump Rope for Heart Unit. All students K-8 may donate and dress down on the two days, donating $5 per day to the American Heart Association. We ask students to please follow dress down day rules and guidelines. Jump Rope Dress Down Days are Tuesday Feb 27, and Wednesday Feb 28, 2018.
If you are willing, please allow your child(ren) to dress down on both days and give a small donation to benefit the AHA. All donations will be collected by the classroom teachers, and delivered to the PE teachers.
Thank you for your help in this process!
Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Minshall
The Art Show Is Coming!
The PCK Art Show for kindergarten through 6th grade will be displayed during parent-teacher conferences on Feb. 13th and 15th. We encourage parents to plan on coming before or after their child’s conference to look at all the artwork displayed on the bulletin boards in the main building. The Art Show will continue through March 1st.
PCK’S New Tech Club Starts Soon
If your 3rd – 6th grader loves technology, check out the new Tech Club coming to PCK.
- Location: PCK Desktop Tech Lab
- Dates and Time: 3rd and 4th graders: Every Tuesday from February 27th to April 17 from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. except March 20 (Spring Break) 5th and 6th graders: Every Thursday from March 1st to April 19 from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. except March 22nd (Spring Break)
- Cost: $20.00 for the entire session
- Students will learn fundamental programming concepts including the use of variables, loops, conditional logic and event handling. Pseudocode design, binary, troubleshooting logic, and computer science career paths will be introduced throughout the club session while students design and code a final project. On the last day of club, students will demonstrate their final programming project.
- Club Leader: Whitney Holland
Registration is now open on the PCK Web Store.
Club leader Whitney Holland believes that the skills developed in learning to code enable children to be successful in all of their future endeavors. She has spent the last 12 years in space systems manufacturing as a software and systems engineer. She has a Bachelors in Computer Science and multiple certifications in the Java programming language.
Girls Soccer Coach and Ref Needed
We need some parents to help with our middle school girls soccer team. If you would be interested in coaching or serving as a ref, please contact Travis Cruz.
-Tryouts are in March
-First game is April 4th
-Season ends the last week of May
This is a great way to get involved and help our middle school athletics program.
Girls On The Run Is Racing To PCK
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls are invited to join Girls on the Run starting March 5th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30-4:30. Registration opens February 5th. For more information about the program go to www.girlsontherunrockies.org. Questions or want to coach? Ask Sarah Holton at email@example.com.
Get Out Your Poodle Skirts and Rolled Jeans
We are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize the Sock Hop scheduled for Saturday, March 3. Please contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.517.5482 if you can help. This is a fun event and volunteering is a great way to get to know other PCK parents.
Calling All Teachers
PCK parents often make the best substitute teachers. If you have a teaching license we would love to talk to you about helping in our classrooms. Get the details here or contact Heather Newbrough at email@example.com.
Yearbook Photos Needed
We need your help! The yearbook deadline is right around the corner and we need photos to fill the pages. We are in great need of pictures at EVERY GRADE, plus band, choir, Battle of the Books, girls basketball, theater, and Family Fun Day. To contribute, all you have to do is upload your pictures to the school’s photo website, Skydrive.
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
If we do not get more pictures added to Skydrive, our yearbook is going to be very empty. Remember, time spent uploading counts towards your volunteer hours. If you have any problems uploading, please email your pictures directly to Joey Dame at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would You Like To Be A Vendor?
PCK’s 1st Vendor/Craft Fair will be Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Events Gym. If you would like to be a vendor please see the attached vendor flier and application form. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.
Save The Date For Screenagers
On February 22, PCK will host a special showing of the documentary film Screenagers – Growing Up In The Digital Age. This critically acclaimed film explores the impact of technology and personal devices on children. The movie was directed by a Seattle doctor and filmmaker who uses her own experience with her children as a basis for the story. The movie will start at 6:30 at PCK. See the trailer here.
Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy Is Tonight
You won’t want to miss this informative event on students and technology presented by the Douglas County Sheriff. To get the details, open the registration link and watch the short video there, then register for the event.
Thank you to the following parents for participating in our last two Focus Groups, including our most recent Conference Call Focus Group: Julie Choe, Bob Martin, Kimberly Reed, Kelly Aguirre, James Brunner, Amanda Young, Joey Dame, Shannon Wald, Rachel Larson, Mark Larson, Sarah Strahan, and Erin Draper. Your time and candid feedback was most appreciated.
Thank you to Kelly Anderson for the delicious salsa and the fun cookie dip you made for our staff. You make sure we never go hungry, and we love your amazing cooking!
Thanks to all who donated to our fundraiser last Friday for Shiloh House. We raised $785 to help the families supported by Shiloh House. Thank you for your generosity!