From The Director
What’s with the weather lately? Thunder and lightning storms, hail and heavy rain…one would think this is springtime in Colorado and not late summer/early fall! Afternoon carpool seems to be the time everything hits, so I thought it would be helpful to highlight a few details about our inclement weather carpool procedure.
- First and foremost, student and staff safety is our number one concern AT ALL TIMES, and especially during inclement weather situations.
- We continually monitor the weather reports and radar indicators that show the direction and intensity of any given storm, and we use this information to make decisions about our daily carpool operation in the moment.
- When lightning is in the area, but outside the range designated for safety, we proceed with carpool using extreme caution. In some instances, we may even halt the entire operation for a period if it becomes unsafe for staff/students to be outside. This was the case last Friday when we stopped carpool for approximately 10 minutes while a heavy weather cell moved past the school. When this happens, you may already be in the carpool line, which is fine; we ask that you just hang tight.
- We will generally dismiss during light rain (without lightning), snow, and even very cold temps, so please send the appropriate outerwear for your child. The students are only outside for a 10 minute window, but will still need protective weather gear.
- To the extent we are able, we will send text and/or email messages out to parents with carpool updates, and if we know well in advance the weather will be particularly bad during our carpool window, we will communicate early so that parents have time to adjust their arrival time at school. However, even with a delay, we will dismiss in our three established waves — Grades K & 2 first, followed by 1, 3 & 4, and finally, 5-8. If we’re under a 5, 10, 15 or 30 minute delay, you can adjust your arrival accordingly.
- We ask all parents to remain calm and patient when we are operating under an irregular carpool operation. Again, safety, not speed, is our number one priority. In some cases, you may need to leave the immediate area around our school (Pine Drive especially) and go park offsite for a period of time, such as at one of the nearby churches, Starbucks, etc., to wait out the delay. For those in our North carpool loop, please stay put in formation around Center Park Loop.
- In the event of a tornado warning, we will communicate with you via IC Messenger (NoReply@ckcs…) and/or REMIND, Blomz or SeaSaw. Teachers use various Apps to communicate with parents, so be sure to check any/all that you are enrolled in. You are always welcome to come into the school and wait out any storm in the safety of the building.
With our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, I know I can count on your support during periodic weather-related challenges…even when that means our carpool operation must temporarily come to a halt. Thank you!
The FunD Run Is Tomorrow
Thank you so much for supporting your students and encouraging them in their fundraising. Our Run Day is tomorrow, Friday, September 7. This year’s goal is only $75 per student. Has your child reached the prize goal set on the pledge sheet?
- 9/7/2018: PCK Fund Run Event
- Your child(ren) will run/walk as many laps as they can around the fun track in their 30 minute run slot. The track is 1/16 of a mile (16 laps =1 mile). Students average 25-30 laps with a 50 lap max.
- You are welcome to come out and cheer your students on. You can see the run schedule here.
- Please remind your child to wear loose fitting clothes, running shoes, and plenty of sunscreen. Don’t forget a water bottle!
- Lap cards/marked shirts and collection envelopes will come home for pledge collection.
- 9/14/2018: All Pledges Due
- Students will turn in pledges to their teachers in the collection envelopes provided.
- 10/5/2018: Prize Day
Please continue to help your child(ren) by sponsoring them for the PCK Fund Run and helping them find other sponsors like grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, and family friends.
You can still go to r4funds.com/parker to easily send out emails to potential sponsors, make online pledges, and check online totals. Username: core Password: cougar. Checks should be made payable to The Foundation at PCK. Check out the back of the pledge sheet and the website for the cool prizes that your child(ren) can earn!
As a reminder, Class parties are:
- $65 Avg/Student = Inflatables Party
- $75 Avg/Student = Sandy Candy
- $85 Avg/Student = Hydroblast Party
- Top Dollar Class = K-2/3-6 Limo Cruise
- Top Laps Class = Extra Recess
Parents are invited to come cheer on their runners. You may park on Center Park Loop behind the school and check in on the field by entering via the access road leading to the 5th/6th Grade Wing. PLEASE NOTE: We respectfully ask that students stay for the full school day and not leave with their parents after they run. In addition to a full academic day, we have a character education program that afternoon so some students will not be in their regular classrooms. Calling into multiple classrooms for siblings and other carpool riders is disruptive for all. If you must sign your student out early, please e-mail Laura Parkes (email@example.com) with the names of everyone in your carpool before noon on Friday. You will need to sign your students out at the front desk. Students can not be signed out on the field. Thanks for your help in making this a great day!
Dress Code Reminder
Just a reminder that boys’ haircuts must be neat, above the ears, and cut in a way that is not a ‘carved’ or mohawk style.
Carpool Tip Of The Week
In our ongoing effort to keep all of our students (and their parents) safe, please drive slowly through our carpool line, and remember that the carpool loops are “no cell phone zones.” Your caution and patience go a long way in helping us avoid accidents. Remember, we have students in the parking lot who do not always look out for cars.
New Lost And Found Donation Policy
Because so many items seem to “find” our Lost and Found, we will be donating unclaimed items at the end of each month. Take a few minutes to check the Lost and Found any time you come to the school for items you might not know are missing. Please always label any item that could be separated from your child. This includes all outerwear (we recommend having your child’s last name embroidered on the hood of his/her PCK sweatshirt, and there are several vendors in Parker who offer this service), lunch boxes, water bottles, balls, etc. We will do our best to return labeled items to your student. Please do not label your items with initials or a symbol, since that does not help us identify the owner of the item.
Understand Your Teen’s Brain With The Healthy Teen Series
A new program entitled The Healthy Teen Series, which is a partnership of the Counselors for Prevention at Cimarron, Sagewood, and Sierra Middle Schools, is starting tomorrow, September 7, from 10:00 am -11:00 am in Event Hall B at the Parker Library. This first event is part of the Coffee Series called Technology, ADHD, and the Teen Brain. Here is the link to register.
Cary Colleran is an ADHD expert in the Parker area and has a wealth of knowledge and practical advice for parents. The Coffee Series is designed to be an informal, conversation-type forum where families bring their parenting insights and questions, and an expert is there to assist them with practical suggestions, interactive conversation, and a great cup of coffee.
Parent Education Series Starts Tonight
Our 2018-19 Parent Education Series kicks off tonight, September 6, with a free presentation called Family Structure and Academic Success: The Importance of Age-Appropriate Expectations, Routines, Physical Needs, Family Involvement, and Building A Love of Learning. This class helps families learn how to best prepare their children for academic success by understanding developmental milestones, using age-appropriate routines, understanding the importance of sleep and nutrition, and much more. It is presented by Johanna Sandis, Ph.D., Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychologist. It will run from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Middle School Commons at PCK. Please RSVP by 3:00 pm to Dianne Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org so we have enough handouts and chairs for everyone.
Middle School Elective Fees Are Due
The fees for 1st Semester Middle School Electives have been posted and can be paid by going to the PCK Webstore and clicking on the “Infinite Campus Registration Fees” button. Thank you for paying your fee at your earliest convenience.
Help Needed With Costume Sale
Mrs. Myers still needs parent volunteers to help prepare for our BIG Costume Clean-Out Sale on Saturday, September the 15th. These volunteers would help organize, label and price items for the sale, and the work could be done during the day! Please email Mrs. Myers if you’re able to come help! Kmyers@ckcs.net
If you can’t volunteer, you can still come shop! This is a great chance to get costumes for Halloween, Castle Day, Pirate Day and all the other fun dress-up days at PCK. You won’t want to miss it!
The sale is Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 am – 12:00pm in the PCK parking lot (if weather is an issue the sale will be in the Events Gym).
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For… Yogurt!
Join us for the first PCK Spirit Night of the year at Swirls on Mainstreet in Parker on September 19. This is a fun way to connect with other families while raising some money for our school. Just mention PCK when you pay and our school will get a portion of the proceeds. Thanks to our PTA for organizing our Spirit Nights.
PCK Library “Mark Your Place” Bookmark Contest
Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade library classes are invited to participate in our Mark Your Place bookmark contest. Students will receive the contest details during their library class. We are looking for original designs about books, reading, or the library. The entry deadline is September 14, and there will be one winner per class. We look forward to seeing our students’ creativity!
Did You Know PCK Has A Photo Sharing Site?
Through our Skydrive site, we have the ability to upload or download pictures so we can share them with each other and have them available for our yearbook. Missed an event? Check the website to see if another parent may have caught your child in action and download the pictures to your home computer. Attended an event? Help out another parent by uploading your pictures to the website so others can see what they missed. As an added bonus, shared pictures are our main resource for our yearbook photos, so upload those pictures today! Here’s how:
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com
You Are Invited!
PTA Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 11
Middle School Commons
Come meet our new PTA board and find out how you can get involved with this great organization. Light refreshments will be served.
Join The Fun At Lunch
Have you ever:
– Wondered who your child sits with at lunch?
– Wished you could get a sneak-peek at your child during the day?
– Wanted to work part-time, at an amazing place like PCK, on the same days your child is at school?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then we have the answer for you! Our hot lunch provider, Wholesome Food Services, is hiring lunch servers for PCK. If you would love to work at the school during lunch, this is a great opportunity. Please contact Kathy Keithline at kathy@