From the Director
It is always great to see everyone at Back to School Night! Tonight we have our third and final session with K-2 parents, and I look forward to welcoming the parents of our youngest students. Back to School Night is the beginning of our year-long partnership with you, the parents of our students. I like to give all parents a year-long view of our over-arching priorities and key initiatives for the year, and teachers dive into the specific student outcomes they will purse during the 2017-18 school year. We will call that our year-long ‘game plan.’ With strong teachers/staff and fully engaged parents all working together, we will have another banner year here at PCK. If at any point during the school year you have questions about where we are going, how we are getting there, or how your student is progressing, I invite you to ask. Ask your child’s teacher, ask Mrs. Harth or me, and you can even ask the PCK Board of Directors if your questions are of a policy governance or financial oversight nature. We welcome your input, and the dialogue associated with it. Keeping open lines of communication between home and school is paramount to our student success plan for the year. The 2017-18 school year is going to be another fantastic year at PCK. Thank you for partnering with us.
On another note, I want to take a moment to share a few thoughts about DCSD’s Interim Superintendent, Erin Kane. Charter parents may feel somewhat disconnected from the district because we have our own governing board, but the fact remains we are a part of the Douglas County School District, and some actions in the district (by the Superintendent or by the DCSD Board of Education) have a direct impact on charter schools. For what it’s worth, I thought I’d let you know what I know about Erin Kane and why I’m so impressed with her efforts within DCSD this past year.
First and foremost, Erin is a former charter school leader. Unlike some of our past Superintendents, this means she is uniquely qualified to understand the needs of the charter school community within Douglas County. She is a strong, pragmatic leader, who seeks to build consensus whenever possible. When Erin accepted the unenviable position of Interim Superintendent last August, 2016, she quickly dove into all things DCSD. Her first order of business was to visit ALL elementary, middle, high schools, and charters. She personally met with each school leader and asked them to tell her about their school, their concerns, and their most pressing needs going forward.
Once she had gathered all of this information, she and her cabinet created a list of pressing priorities, each with a specific outcome identified, and shared her ’To Do’ list with all school leaders across the district. Additionally, Erin attended every monthly Administrator meeting and gave a report out on the actions of the Board of Education. Slowly, but steadily, she built trust with school leaders and their staffs across Douglas County, and they began to have hope that the district was on the right path again…a strong, positive path that was focused on student success, valuing teachers and staff, and uniting the DCSD school community. Erin has not only encouraged, but also strategically facilitated stronger, authentic relationships between neighborhood school leaders and charter leaders. Her pragmatic business approach to solving some of the complex issues within DCSD, combined with her personal authenticity and transparency, is having a noticeably positive impact on the tone and climate within the district.
Erin’s leadership inspires others and is making a difference. I hope the DCSD Board of Education recognizes her efforts and values the leadership she brings. Given time, and proper support by the Board of Education, I have no doubt that Erin and her cabinet, along with all the other school leaders (charter leaders included) within DCSD, will be able to restore DCSD to its rightful place as one of the top school districts in Colorado. Interim Superintendent Kane’s hard work on behalf of the students, staff and parents of DCSD is nothing short of heroic, and I, for one, believe she deserves our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. For what it’s worth, I just wanted to shine a spotlight on something very positive within Douglas County.
Sweatshirt Orders Due Tomorrow
If you would like to order a PCK sweatshirt using a form from Back To School Night, your order must be turned in by tomorrow, September 8.
Dress Down For Harvey Tomorrow
Some of our middle school students have organized a dress down day fundraiser tomorrow, September 8, to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Students may dress down in exchange for a donation of any size (most students bring $1). All proceeds will go the the American Red Cross.
Morning Drop-Off Reminder
All students need to be a school by 7:55 am. For the safety of all students, if you arrive after 7:55 and there are no adult carpool workers outside, you need to park and sign your child in at the front desk. Thanks for helping us to start on time and keep everyone safe!
A Champion In Our Midst
Our very own Sisco Lewis (8th grade) won Reserve Grand Champion at the Colorado State Fair last weekend showing his bull, Remington. An accomplishment like that takes a great deal of determination, perseverance, and courage. Way to go, Sisco!
Lego Club is Back!
If your Kindergarten through 2nd grade student is interested in STEM engineering using Legos, check out the Lego Club starting later this month.
Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy is Coming to Lone Tree
Learn how to keep your children and family safe on social/digital media. This is a very informative event with practical advice given by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. RSVPs are required, so get the details here.
Yearbook Photographers Needed
If you have a camera and attend school events, please sign-up to be an official school photographer for our Yearbook. We need several volunteers to cover events and team photos at our active school. If interested, please contact Joey Dame at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, time spent taking pictures counts towards your required volunteer hours. No special camera or skills required.
PCK Has A Photo Sharing Website!
We have the ability to upload or download pictures from any computer with access to our photo sharing website. 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 they 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:
If you have any questions, please email Joey Dame at email@example.com. Without you our yearbook would be empty, so please share!
Music Department News
PCK Supports Local Businesses
If you own a local area business, please send your name, business name, and business contact info to our PTA President, Tricia Calendra, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are assembling a list of PCK family businesses so we can help promote them within our PCK community.
New Staff Profile: Meet Alixe LaFramboise (5th grade)
This is my first year at Parker Core Knowledge, but my sixth year teaching. I could not be more excited to begin this school year at PCK! I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, a Major in Language Arts, and a Minor in Spanish. I have previously taught Pre-Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 7th grade Language Arts.
This year I will be teaching Math and Writing to 5th grade. I have a passion for helping children learn and grow, and I look forward to getting to know your child further and helping him/her succeed this school year!
My husband and I moved to Colorado from Michigan just over three years ago. We recently had our sweet baby girl, Vivian. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, read, workout, hike, and travel.