Parent/Teacher Conferences Are Next Week
We will have Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13. Conference sign-ups are available here.
We will have an early dismissal on both conference days. Carpool will run as usual but three hours earlier, with pick-up windows starting at 12:10, 12:20, and 12:30. For example, if you are normally in the 3:10 pick-up window you will get your student at 12:10 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If your child will be picked up by a grandparent/friend/other who is not used to our carpool procedure, please make sure that person has your carpool sign and understands how our process works. If you are in the north carpool loop, please remind your driver that left turns into the PCK lot are not permitted during carpool.
Things To Know For Next Week
Our middle school is hosting a dress down day fundraiser on Wednesday, February 13. All students may dress down in exchange for a donation of any amount. The students are raising money for the 8th grade graduation celebration.
On Thursday, February 14 we will have our Valentine’s Day parties and students may dress down (for free) in red, pink, and white.
PCK will be closed on Friday, February 15 and Monday, February 18 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Enjoy the long weekend!
THANK YOU FROM OUR STAFF!
Thank you SO much to the PTA, Chris Dickey from C&S Toolworks, LLC, and Stephanie Clarke for creating our beautiful new staff lounge. It looks amazing and your work creates such a nice atmosphere for lunch, meetings, and other gatherings. Words cannot express our gratitude and excitement. Thank you! You can see before and after photos below in the PTA update.
We Need Tissues
We are out of tissues again and cold season is in full swing. Please send in a box or two and have your student drop them off at the front desk. Thank you!
We Are Proud of Our Character Leaders
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized in our character assembly last week for doing a great job displaying different traits:
Achyuth M. – respect
Addison Q. – generosity, compassion, positivity
Anayah W. – respect
Brooks A. – respect
Emily H. – forgiveness
Faith K. – generosity
Isabella V. – ready to participate, obedience
Isaiah H. – respect, patience, honesty
Kaylan H. – enthusiasm, kindness
Lynsey J. – helpfulness, friendship
Maddie A. – respect
Neil A. – generosity, compassion
Sawyer M. – respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Wyatt L. – respect, responsibility, ready to participate
If you are looking for ways to get involved and meet your volunteer commitment of 20 hours per school year, check out the following opportunities.
- We need help in our lunch room serving, cleaning, and assisting students. You can volunteer here.
- When our students take their CMAS tests later this year, some extra snack breaks really help them focus and do their best. We need LOTS of snacks to make this happen, and you can help by signing up here.
Get Ready For PCK’s 2nd Annual International Festival
New Tech Clubs Starting Soon
We have two new Tech Clubs starting in February. Students in 4th – 8th grades can participate in Python and/or Java clubs before school. Get the details here.
In Search of Shovelers
We are looking for parent volunteers to help shovel the blacktop portion of our backyard when it snows so we can have outdoor recess. We have shovels at the school, but if you have a snowblower you can bring the job will go more quickly. This volunteer opportunity will be in the mornings before 9:00am. If you would like to be on call for this task, please contact Laura Parkes at the front desk. She will compile a list of volunteers and will contact you when we need help.
THANK YOU to Corey Yanzito for shoveling today. It will make a huge difference when we go outside tomorrow!
Get Jumping For Kids Heart Challenge
The Physical Education Department has our annual Kids Heart Challenge (jump rope unit) in February. During this month-long unit, we partner with the American Heart Association to teach your students how to take care of their hearts and be heart healthy. Every year we conclude the unit with special Jump Rope Challenge Days on February 27 and 28. On these days we encourage students to dress down and donate to the American Heart Association. We ask for a one-time $10 donation (cash prefered) on Wednesday, February 27. Students will give their donations to their classroom teachers. All K-8 students may participate, and all donations go to the American Heart Association. We look forward to an exciting month of the Kids Heart Challenge.
Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Minshall
News From Our PTA
- Our father/daughter dance, “An Evening in Paris,” is coming on February 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Tickets are now available at the PTA Web Store. If dad is not available that evening, girls may enjoy the event with a grandfather, uncle, or family friend.
- We are in need of volunteers to make the dance a success. Please use this link to sign up:
- The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, February 12th. Due to conferences, this meeting will be held at Hilltop Tap House at 6:30pm. Come help us plan the next few month of fun events – we would love to have your input!
- A huge shout out goes to PCK parents Chris Dickey from C&S Toolworks, LLC and Stephanie Clarke for their amazing work to update the Staff Lounge. We appreciate all the hard work that our PCK staff puts into our kids and they deserve a great area to relax and take a break.
- Start clipping those Box Tops! Box Tops are an easy way for you to help support the PTA and all of our efforts throughout the year. Our spring collection period will be April 29th-May 10th.
Spring Gala News From The Foundation At PCK
Our Spring Gala & Auction planning is underway! We continue to be impressed by the generosity and support of our PCK families. We sent a letter out last week outlining our current sponsorship opportunities. If you missed our letter, you can see it here. There are still sponsorship opportunities available. Please commit by February 14th to have your business logo included on all printed Gala marketing materials.
We are also accepting donations and can’t wait to see the themed gift baskets for each grade. It’s CONTEST TIME – may the best grade win! The grade’s gift basket(s) that gets the highest bid at this year’s Spring Gala wins. Prize details will be sent out closer to the event. If you have not received a Sign Up Genius or otherwise heard from your classroom coordinators about the items needed for your child’s classroom gift baskets, please contact them directly.
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The Foundation at PCK
See Our Budding Artists At The PCK Art Show
When you come to PCK for Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 12-13, be sure to allow some extra time to tour the PCK Art Show. We have very talented students, and you will be impressed by their work. The art will be displayed around the school so make sure you get to see it all – you won’t be disappointed!
Student Greeters Needed For Art Show
Enthusiastic student greeters needed to welcome parents to the PCK Art Show on Feb. 12th and 13th. The shifts will be 1 1/2 hours. Parents can receive volunteer hours. To sign up, please email Mrs. Barker.
Help Plan PCK’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
We are looking for a group of parent volunteers to help plan some festivities to celebrate PCK’s 25th anniversary. If you would like to be part of the team, please RSVP to Laura Parkes at our front desk.
Help Your Student Shine With Cotillion
Registration for the Spring Douglas County JDW Cotillion (click here for general information) opens February 7 for the classes starting in March. There is a session for 4th – 5th grade boys and girls, and one for 6th – 8th grade students. Participants learn social skills, etiquette, communication skills, and much more. Click on the link for your child’s grade level to get more information, including a schedule of what your child will learn and the dress code requirements.
New Mad Science Class Starts Next Month
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade can learn about circuits, conductors, currents, and much more in this energizing after-school club. Get the details and registration information here.
Middle School Book Fair Volunteers Needed
Our Middle School Book Fair is coming up on February 11-14. We need some enthusiastic parent volunteers to keep things running smoothly. You can get the details and sign up here.
The Art Department is planning a few collaborative art projects for Earth Day and will need plastic water bottles and various colors of bottle caps. Please take off the label and send only clean bottles. Start collecting these at home to send to school the week of February 25. Thank you for your help!