From The Director
Last week, PCK shared the documentary film, Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age with parents and students in 5th – 8th grade (thank you to the Foundation At PCK for providing funding for the movie). The film was made by a doctor who struggled with questions about how to handle smart phones and video games with her own teenagers, so she sought out research to help guide her family. That research, along with the conversations she had with her own children and other teens, is shared in the film.
Our 5th – 8th grade students saw the movie in health class, so please take some time to talk with your children about what they learned and their thoughts on how they use technology. The film highlights the fact that technology can be a wonderful tool, but too much of it becomes a hindrance, and in some cases, even harmful. Finding the right balance between using our personal devices, interacting with others face-to-face, and participating in offline activities is crucial.
In light of “Screenagers Week,” I want to make sure you know about PCK’s cell phone policy. While students are not allowed to bring electronic devices to school, we have made one exception at parent request: students may bring cell phones to school if their parents insist, but they may not use them during school hours unless they have permission from a teacher to use them for a specific academic need. If a student does bring a phone to school, the device must be powered off and kept in the student’s backpack. When a staff member sees a student using a personal device, it will be taken and held at the front desk until the end of the school day. The student may pick up the device during carpool if it is a first offense, but if the device is taken again a parent must come pick it up. I understand that sometimes kids need their devices for after-school activities, but they generally do not need them during the school day. There is a phone in our front office that students are welcome to use if they need to contact you during the day.
My hope is that by keeping phones turned off and out of sight, we can minimize the distractions they cause. A recent study showed the mere presence of a cell phone, even when it is not being used, causes a decline in cognitive function. The accuracy of work performed by test subjects with a cell phone sitting on the desk was 20% worse than that of subjects performing the same task without the presence of a phone. Here’s another study you can check out that says not only do people perform more poorly when a cell phone is nearby, but they get less enjoyment from what they are doing. We want our students to be fully engaged in school and to have a great time while they are here. Keeping cell phones put away (or better yet, at home) helps accomplish this goal.
If you have questions or would like resources on how to handle technology with your family, including device contracts for your kids, guidance on video games, and tips on how to have regular conversations with your children about technology and how they use it, go to screenagersmovie.com.
Get Your Tickets For Newsies
Tickets are now on sale for PCK’s production of Disney’s Newsies. See what happens when boys trying to make a living selling newspapers go on strike. With memorable songs and impressive choreography, this show is fun for the whole family.
The show is Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, with show times at 1:00pm and 6:00pm, and a dinner option available each night. Get your tickets here. Don’t wait – tickets are going fast!
Only 25 Tickets Left!
Ticket sales for the Spring Gala & Auction end tomorrow. We are very close to a sell-out event this year, and we thank all of you for supporting our PCK students and staff with your generous donations and ticket purchases. It will be a fun evening with great entertainment, and we are looking forward to seeing you Friday, April 12th at the Colorado Golf Club!
If you are unable to attend the Gala, you can still contribute toward a teacher ticket. Each donation of $25 or more receives a specially engraved PCK magnet. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated towards a teacher ticket so far. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the limited edition 25th Anniversary “Silver” memorabilia items…
To purchase Gala tickets or sponsor a teacher ticket, please click here.
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Afternoon Pick-up Notes
Please try to arrive at PCK within your 10 minute window for afternoon carpool. If you occassionally get here early, you may wait in the small parking lot on Centerpark Loop behind the school. Please use the actual parking spaces and don’t form a line through the middle of the parking lot. Also, it has come to our attention that some PCK parents are waiting in the parking lot of Joy Lutheran Church. If you wait there, please be aware that they have a preschool and may have families walking through the lot. They have had complaints of PCK parents speeding through their parking lot (identified by the PCK stickers on the cars). We always want to do our best to be good neighbors!
PCK Students Take The Stage at Shakespeare Festival
Last Wednesday, March 27th, nine students represented PCK at the 3rd Annual Douglas County Schools Shakespeare Festival. Students from 15 DCSD middle and high schools performed scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and were scored by judges from the Colorado theater and performing arts community. Our PCK actors performed Act III, Scene I from Julius Caesar, and Act II, Scene I from The Taming of the Shrew. The kids did an outstanding job and also had a lot of fun. A huge shout out to Tamara Brzuziwski for creating the beautiful banner the kids carried to represent our school. Students who participated were Aadhav S., Aidan B., Ananya V., Brady M., Emily D., Grace Y., Kunj A., Reese B., and Yash J. Way to go, thespians!
Check Out The DCSD Art Show
Congratulations to the students whose artwork was selected for the Douglas County District Art Show! Very few artists get to be displayed in this show. PCK is entering the creations of the following students based on exceptional work and creativity. We encourage everybody to stop by and see the amazing artwork April 5 – 8, 10:00am – 8:00pm daily at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1050 Plaza Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
Art Supplies Needed
As Earth Day approaches, we still need supplies for our recycled art projects. Please send in clean, empty water/juice/Gatorade etc. bottles (labels removed) with the caps, along with extra caps from any type of bottle or jar. We also need empty toilet paper tubes. Please have your student bring these supplies to art class or drop them off at the front desk.
Enter Your Design For The 2019 FunD Run T-Shirt
All students in kindergarten through 6th grade may enter their original designs for our 2019 FunD Run shirts. Get the submission details here. All designs must by turned in to the front desk by April 15.
Homework Help Is Here
After-School Homework Help sessions are now available for students in 5th – 8th grades. Sessions meet every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:45pm through May 23rd, with the exception of April 9 – 10. Each homework session costs $15. To purchase sessions, go to the PCK Web Stores on the PCK home page, select “School Store,” and sign into My School Bucks. You will see the option for After-School Homework Help sessions in My School Bucks. You may pre-purchase up to 14 sessions. Homework Help will be held in Mrs. Bender’s room (203) upstairs in the middle school wing, and students may drop in for the full 90 minutes or whatever portion of that time works with your child’s schedule. Mrs. Harper will supervise on Tuesdays and Mrs. Bender will supervise on Wednesdays. If your student is struggling with homework and is looking for extra help, please consider taking advantage of these Homework Help sessions.
Lunch Room Help Needed
If you are looking for ways to finish off your 2018-19 volunteer commitment (20 hours per year per family), you can help in our lunch room! This is not only a great way to earn volunteer hours, but you also get to work with other fun parents and staff while getting to know kids at PCK. See this Sign Up Genius for the last two months of school.
Minecraft Club Starts April 9
Students in 2nd – 5th grade may join PCK’s Minecraft Club. The club meets on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15pm in Mrs. Henderson’s tech lab. Registration is due by April 5 through the PCK Web Store. Get the details here.
Register For The Summer Skills Sharpener Series
Don’t let your student be a victim of “summer brain drain,” instead, get a summer brain GAIN! Register for the PCK Summer Skills Sharpener Series for math and language refreshers. Get the details here, then register through the PCK Web Store.
Don’t Forget Your Butter Braid Order
You only have one more week to turn in your Butter Braid order form! Stock up on these delicious pastries for Easter, Mother’s Day, or just a fun family breakfast. Order forms are due April 11, and the braids will be ready for pick up at PCK on Thursday, April 18.
Attention Middle School Parents: Your students can pick up order forms in the Middle School Commons or at the front desk. We love your support!
Calling Candidates For Our Board Of Directors
Two Board of Directors positions are open for election this spring. Please take a look at our Board Member Considerations to review what serving on the board entails. If you are interested in running, please submit a Letter of Intent along with a brief bio and picture to the PCK Board. The deadline for submitting your Letter of Intent is April 9th.
Thank you for your willingness to help guide PCK! Elections will be held Tuesday, April 16th.
All Are Invited
Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30pm in the Middle School Commons. Everyone is welcome to attend. Find out about the exciting plans we have through the end of the year and see how you can get involved!
It’s Pizza Time!
Our next Spirit Night is Wednesday, April 10 at Artisan Pizza. Remember to mention PCK to the cashier so our school gets a portion of the proceeds.
Save The Date To Skate
Our PTA is hosting an end-of-year spirit night and 25th Anniversary celebration at Skate City on from 5:00 – 7:00pm on May 23. Details are coming soon, but get the date on your calendar today. You won’t want to miss this fun celebration!
Start Clipping Your Box Tops
Our next Box Top collection will be April 29 – May 10. It’s time to get clipping!
PCK Celebrates Earth Day 2019
April 22nd is Earth Day. Following a successful program in 2018, we are once again proud to host our week-long celebration focused on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. During the Week of April 15, students will expand their environmental learning through classroom teaching, hands-on projects, and crafting recycled art. Students are also encouraged to participate in our Earth Day Photo Contest and “How I Care for Our Earth” activities to win prizes. The celebration will culminate on Earth Day and include in-classroom visits by local environmental professionals and a special appearance by Mayor Mike Waid!
All students are invited to submit an original photo, taken this school year, to the Earth Day Photo Contest. All entries must be submitted using this Google Form by 10:00pm on April 14th. Get more details here. You can see sample photos here.
Students are also invited to submit a photo to demonstrate or share how they care for the Earth as a part of the “How I Care For Our Earth” contest. All entries must be submitted using this Google Form before Thursday, April 18th. Students may use images from past activities, but the pictures must have been taken within the current school year. All entries will earn a dress down voucher to be used on Thursday, April 25th.
Did You Know…
Charter school students in Colorado are outperforming state averages by over 4.5 percentage points in both reading and math. Learn more exciting facts about Colorado charter schools here.
A HUGE thank you to Rion Buswell for making eight rolling crates that open for storage and will be used on the set of Newsies. They are fantastic!