5/10/18

From The Director

You Know You’re Really a Mom When…

  • You count the number of sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they are equal.
  • You are ready to charge out the door to speak to the child who broke your child’s favorite toy and made him/her cry.
  • You only have time to shave one leg in the shower.
  • You hide in the bathroom just to have some time alone.
  • Your child throws up and you catch it.
  • Someone else’s kid throws up at a party and you keep eating.
  • You consider finger paint to be a controlled substance.
  • You mastered the art of placing food on a plate without anything touching.
  • Your child insists that you read “Once Upon a Potty” out loud in the lobby of the doctor’s office and you do it.
  • You hire a baby sitter because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages, then you spend half the night talking about and checking on the kids.
  • You hope ketchup is a vegetable because it’s the only one your child eats.
  • You find yourself cutting your husband’s sandwiches into unusual shapes.
  • You fast-forward through the scene where Bambi’s mother dies.
  • You obsess when your child clings to you when parting during his/her first month at school, then you obsess when s/he skips in without looking back.
  • You can’t bear to give away baby clothes–it’s so final.
  • You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth when you say, “Not in your good clothes!”
  • You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.
  • You read that the average child asks 437 questions a day and feel proud that your child is “above average.”
  • You say at least once a day “I’m not cut out for this job,” but you know you wouldn’t trade it for anything.
                                                                     – Unknown

It’s been said that being a mom is one of the hardest jobs you will ever love, and, as the mother of two daughters, I believe it! As we recognize and celebrate moms this weekend, I want to thank you for the investment you make each day in the lives of your precious children. Your love, support, encouragement, gentle guidance, and wisdom help shape your children and prepare them for their future. The job is hard, but so very important. You are preparing tomorrow’s generation for greatness…no pressure!

Wishing all the amazing PCK moms out there a very special Mother’s Day this Sunday. 

Mrs. Aplin


Important Funding Meeting Tonight

Tonight the district’s Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Wilcox Building. The FOC, along with the Board of Education, will introduce their proposed resolution for future Mill Levy Override sharing with DCSD charter schools. Pursuant to House Bill 1375, all school districts have until July 1, 2018 to finalize their plan. Tonight’s meeting will be an interesting one for parents to attend. It is important for all parents to know how decisions are made at the school board level, particularly those that have the potential to positively or negatively impact our budget.  

Currently, the school district supports charters with a 100% pro rata pass through of mill levy funds and, obviously, these funds are essential to all charter schools. To make that number more meaningful, PCK receives approximately 360K annually in the form of mill levy funding. Any reduction in current MLO funds represents a loss for our students.

It is important that the DCSD Board Education continues to share MLO funds on a pro rata basis with charters at 100%. In fact, the newest board members ran on this campaign promise. However, there has been some talk among the board about cutting this amount to 95%, but even a 5% reduction would hurt all charters. Additionally, there has been discussion about cutting MLO funds for out-of-district students who attend charters…even though there are also out-of-district students who attend DCSD neighborhood schools and these monies would not be withheld. Wouldn’t it be great to see true equity in funding for all schools, charter and neighborhood, and, in the event of a future (successful) mill levy override election, for all schools to benefit?

Please consider attending tonight’s FOC and Board meeting in Castle Rock.  A show of support by parents is always appreciated.


Order Your School Toolbox For Next Year’s School Supplies

Avoid the crowds and the hassle of finding school supplies by ordering a School Toolbox. When your student comes to the Fall Open House on August 9, all of the needed supplies will be waiting on his/her desk! Get the details here, or go to SchoolToolbox.com to order. The order deadline is June 6.

For supply lists by grade for the 2018-19 school year, please see the home page of the school website.


Give Your Feedback On Our New Lunch Provider

Beginning in March, PCK offered a new lunch program model through Wholesome Food Services. As they work to finalize their lunch program offering for the 2018-19 school year, they want to give parents an opportunity to provide feedback which will aid them in planning for next year.

Please provide your feedback by completing this brief survey. The survey will be open from Thursday, May 10th, through Sunday, May 20th, and will take approximately 3 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


PCK Talent Show Goes High Tech

It is time to audition for the annual PCK Talent Show! Students in grades 3 – 8 are encouraged to audition as individuals or in group acts. All auditions and permission forms must be submitted by May 14 using the Google Form below. We will not have live auditions this year. Please submit only one 30 second audition video per act. As always, all acts must be Elementary School appropriate, and may showcase any type of talent.

 https://goo.gl/forms/czudp2swrtBDjfwi2


The Talent Show is May 30th at 6:00 pm, with a mandatory rehearsal on May 29.


FunD Run Updates and Last Call for Pledges

The 2018 FunD Run is shaping up to be another great success. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support! We won’t know the final numbers until next week, but we do have some winners to announce:

BEST SPIRIT: 1st Grade & 5th Grade

MOST LAPS: Bloyer (5th Grade)

AND, as of today, Zajac’s PM kindergarten class is in the lead for TOP DOLLAR!

This is the LAST CALL to get your checks and cash in to earn the fantastic prizes at school on Friday, May 25. Any remaining donations and envelopes should be turned in directly to the front office for late accounting. Check your students’ backpacks or lunch boxes for any misplaced money. You can even still go to www.r4funds.com/parker to place online pledges and check online totals. User name: core, Password: cougar. Checks should be made payable to The Foundation at PCK.

If there are any question/issue about your student’s pledge amounts, please have your student see the classroom teacher, or you can email support@r4funds.com and we can figure it out together.

Prize Day is Friday, May 25. All prizes earned will either come home or be enjoyed at school that day.

Thank you again for all of your help and support! The event and our school would not be the same without you!


Box Tops Contest Ends Tomorrow

Last year, PCK earned $1,629 from the Box Tops program. This year our goal is $2,000! The contest runs through tomorrow.

Please trim your Box Tops, group them into bundles of 50, and place them in a Ziploc bag. If you have less than 50, label the amount on the bag and send it in.

Remember to write the name of your child’s teacher on the bag. We receive hundreds of Box Tops with no names. If there is not a teacher’s name on the bag, your class will not receive credit for them. The top two classes will receive a party from the PTA!

If you have any questions or are looking for volunteer hours, contact the Box Top coordinators: Stephanie Clarke: stephaniemw0311@yahoo.com (720) 341-9005, or Kristen Blackburn kblackburn5243@gmail.com (720) 299-1964


Rising Stars From PCK

Several of our 4th girls starred in an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast at The Schoolhouse Theatre. Congratulations to Lauren Ferguson playing Odette, Emily Hoer playing Belle, Carly Anderson playing Lumiere, Catalina Ferrell playing Chip, and Hannah Sievert as Marie. The girls did a great job and enjoyed the time together. 


Congratulations, 4th Grade Hockey Champs

Fourth graders Mason Scarlett and Quinn Patterson play on the Arapahoe Warriors Squirt hockey team. Last weekend they won the championship in the Arapahoe Spring Classic tournament. Way to go!

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