From The Director
Is my child safe online? Is gaming interfering with school work? When does technology move from being a useful tool to a distraction? These are questions we need to explore as educators and as parents. As personal devices become a bigger part of daily life, we must understand the impact they have on our children – both the good and the bad. Technology opens doors for learning about the world in new ways. However, we need to make sure those opportunities are in line with our children’s physical, social, and cognitive development.
Because I feel so strongly about helping PCK parents to be knowledgeable about this ever-evolving issue, I encourage all parents to join us for a showing of the documentary film Screenagers next Thursday, February 22, at 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Events Gym (see the movie trailer here). All 5th-8th grade students will watch the student version of the film the following day at school. In order to have a comprehensive, informed conversation with your student, you will want to have seen the film beforehand. Parents who attend the screening on the 22nd will receive a dress down day certificate for their student(s).
Thanks for allowing me to take a brief pause from my series on our parent volunteer organizations to make sure all parents know about this important film. I will be back next week with information on the Foundation at PCK.
I hope to see you all on the 22nd for Screenagers!
Enjoy The Long Weekend
PCK will be closed tomorrow, February 16, and Monday, February 19 for the President’s Day holiday. Enjoy the time with your family!
Thank You For Your Generosity!
Thanks to the giving spirit of the PCK Family, we raised a whopping $2,072.80 for PCK alumna, Becca Tuska! All of your donations will go towards making her Wish to go to China to learn about the culture and hold a panda bear come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thanks again for your support!
Congratulations Middle School Honor Roll Students
PCK Spirit Night At Freddy’s
Next Wednesday, February 21, we have a Spirit Night at Freddy’s. Stop by for dinner and a portion on the proceeds goes to PCK. You will need to bring a copy of the flier or show it on your phone. Click here for the flier.
Chess Club Starts March 1
If your 2nd-8th grader is interested in chess, give the PCK Chess Club a try! The club meets Thursday mornings from 7:00 – 7:45 am starting March 1. Click here for details. To register/pay, please go to the PCK WebStore and click on Extracurricular Activities, then Clubs.
Get Ready To Shake, Rattle, And Roll
The PCK Sock Hop is coming on Saturday, March 3 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Events Gym. In addition to the dance, you can have fun with a photo booth, cake walk, and food trucks. Tickets are only $5 per person or $20 per family. Tickets will be available starting on Friday through the PCK Webstore and will not be available at the door. Get the details here.
Looking For A Way To Volunteer?
Our PTA is looking for new members. All time spent helping with the PTA, including being at the meetings, counts towards your volunteer commitment. This is not only a really fun way to help the school, but it is also a great way to get to know other PCK parents. It is a great option for parents working outside the home since most meetings and events are in the evenings or on weekends. Please contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.517.5482 if you are interested or would like more information.
In Search Of….
We are looking for a long-term sub to finish out the school year in the PCK preschool. This full-time assistant teacher position begins Monday, February 26th and runs through Friday, May 25th. See the job description here.
Wondering What Your Student Is Doing In Character Coaching?
Check out the third quarter Character Coaching Connection here.
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 FunD Run T-Shirt Design Contest is Back!
Students can help kick off the spring FunD Run by submitting their best t-shirt designs. Next year the FunD Run will be in the fall, so the Foundation will select one design for the spring run, and one for next fall. Entries are due by February 23 and can be turned in at the front office. Get the details here.
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.
Save The Date For The 2018 PCK Gala
Enjoy a fun-filled evening out (without the kids) on Saturday, April 28, 6 – 10pm, while raising money for PCK.
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.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the parent volunteers who hung hundreds of pieces of art for the PCK Art Show. Thank you to Sireesha Alla, Kristen Allen, Tracy Amerson, Dana Durrant, Laura Howell, Gaudy Jimenez, Kendra Repstine, Lisa Smith, and Jennifer Ulman. The show looks beautiful and we couldn’t have done it without your help!