5/11/17

FROM the DIRECTOR

It’s official…PCK has been named a 2017 National School of Character!  

Please see the official press release below…

Character.org Designates 83 Schools 4 Districts as 2017 National Schools of Character

Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2017)— Character.org, the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world, today designated 83 schools and 4 districts from 21 states as 2017 National Schools and Districts of Character. 

Since the inception of Character.org’s Schools of Character program in 1998, 474 schools and 30 districts have been designated as National Schools or Districts of Character, impacting more than 1.5 million students’ lives. (A complete list of the 2017 National Schools and Districts of Character is included at bottom of this release). In addition, this year, 3 Mexico schools have applied for our Mexico School of Character designation. All designees will be announced at a press event in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., on May 23.  The event will be held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room G11 from 10:00-11:00 ET and will be live-streamed across the nation. The announcement is being sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK).

Each year, Character.org (formerly The Character Education Partnership) and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Schools and districts selected in January as State Schools of Character, along with those schools who reapplied in their 3-year designation, were forwarded to Character.org for consideration for national recognition as National Schools of Character.

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models of character development. Of the schools named today, 17 schools are former National Schools of Character reapplying for the national designation.   Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

“At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many students, their families and their communities across the United States and beyond, ” said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. He continued, “Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do because it creates fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth where students and those in their lives thrive as ethical members of our society. The students of National Schools of Character are developing a lifelong skillset that they will leverage well into their adult lives.”

Character.org will honor the designated schools and districts at its 24th National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 20-21, 2017, in Arlington, VA.    


My congratulations to the entire PCK staff and student body.  I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this exceptional school!.  With this humbling recognition also comes the realization that we still have much work to do to fully integrate character education throughout our school, staff, students and parent community.  We are excited about the challenge, and look forward to continuing to make the character education of our students a priority.


April Character Awards


PCK 2017 Apple Award Nominees

The 2017 Apple Awards event was last Thursday night.  Bonnie Becker (6th)  was recognized as our Elementary level Apple Award nominee, and Nancy Redfern was our Classified nominee. Nancy was also a finalist in her category (check out the DCSD Newsline picture…she’s on the left). We were so proud to have these two outstanding women represent PCK at this year’s Apple Awards.  Please join me in congratulating both of our representatives!


Next Friday, 5/19 – Used Uniform Collection

Please send your kids in with those uniform pieces that they are growing out of, and they get a donut as they head into school!  We will host a Used Uniform Sale in July (check school calendar) so you can grab those next sizes that you need.  


Blue Dress Down Explained

Students learned about NF (Neurofibromatosis) from the Cole family at our school assembly last Friday. 


 Field Day – May 26th 

When: May 26
Time: 9am-12:30pm
Where: Salisbury Park
11920 Motsenbocker Road

What to Wear: Wear you class color, athletic shoes, shorts or sweats, and a hat. We will be getting wet! Do NOT wear dresses, swimsuits, or flip flops.    

What to Bring: Water bottle and sunscreen. 

Drop off will start at 8:45 a.m. Students must check in with their teachers.

Reminder: Students only will be participating at the stations.  The games are designed for school age children and we ask that siblings not take part in the station game. Please supervise younger siblings at all times. 

Field Day will end at 12:30 p.m. and class parties will be from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  Please sign your student out with their teacher before you leave.

Special treat this year – Kona Shaved Ice for class parties! 

The Kona Ice truck will be at Field Day from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. for anyone wanting to purchase the Kona Ice of their choice: $3, $4, and $5 cups.  20% of the gross sales from this event will go to PCK!

We still need some donations to make our Field Day a blast for everyone. Please check out the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help. Thank you in advance for your donation – we truly appreciate our amazing parents and their support.


FunD Run raised $32,230!


Substitute Teacher Opportunities

Are you interested in joining PCK’s pool of exceptional substitute teachers?  We are looking for dynamic, flexible people to join our PCK sub team for the 2017-2018 school year. Substitute teachers must be able to implement existing lesson plans, provide student instruction in a variety of classroom topics and demonstrate strong classroom management. We have opportunities in the preschool, elementary and middle schools for next school year. Prerequisites include a 1, 3 or 5-year sub license from CDE (Colorado Department of Education) which can be obtained via this link .  Interested? Or, do you know someone who might be?  Send resume and PCK application to hnewbrough@ckcs.net or visit PCK website for more information.


We partner with Way to Go to assist families that are interested in carpooling to and from school with other families.  PCK encourages you to consider carpooling for your convenience as well as reducing the volume of cars going through carpool each afternoon. 

The program works as follows: In late May, we will send our student roster to Way to Go. It will include parent and student names, grades, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Essentially, this is the same information provided in our student directory.

In early June, Way to Go will email participating families their personalized list and map identifying the families living closest to them (families without an email address will receive their list in the U.S. mail.)

After the lists are generated, families will be able to login to the Way to Go secure website to view and contact matches. Your information will only be shared with PCK families; Way to Go will not sell it to other businesses, agencies or third parties. Likewise, we ask families to treat the information with privacy.

There is no obligation to participate. The information is a great resource to meet nearby PCK families. 

If you would like to “opt out” of this process and not have your information sent to Way to Go please email Sandy Higgins to decline.  Include your student names in the email please. 


Champions Summer Program

Champions Summer Camp is here for Parker Core Knowledge!

Champions has secured a spot at Knowledge Beginnings in Meridian off of I-25 and Lincoln Ave for Summer Camp!  The enrollment fee of  $100 has been discounted to $50. 

Please send in your completed forms to secure your spot. The forms are all due by May 5, 2017. Knowledge Beginnings is a Champions sister company. With plans for two field trips a week and a splash park on the premises, there will be lots of fun. 

Enrollment Packet

Summer Registration

Please turn your completed forms into your site director or you may email them to me at kimsmith@klcorp.com

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