From The Director
Welcome Back, PCK Parents! I am so happy to be back for the 2019-20 school year, and the PCK staff is thoroughly enjoying (and, in some cases, still adjusting to) many of the new changes to our facility that happened over the summer months. As we kick-off the new school year, let me start with a very warm welcome to all PCK families. Our community is really the life of this school, and once a new year resumes if feels like ‘everyone’s back home’ for another school year.
I hope you all enjoyed our Open House last week, especially seeing our new Elementary Science Lab and front office entry/lobby spaces. The students are SO excited about the science lab, and it’s no wonder…today we received our first ‘delivery’ of tadpoles and crickets, the chicken coop and planter boxes are ready to go, and our new inflatable planetarium is in production! Science is bound to become everyone’s new favorite subject. For those of you who experienced our ’surprise’ fire alarm during the Open House, thank you so much for your prompt response in moving outside (in spite of the downpour), your positive attitude, and your willingness to roll with the situation. As with any emergency situation, safety for all is our first concern…everything else can be worked out later. Thank you, as well, to several of our parents in law enforcement who were quick to check in with me and offer their assistance. WE SO APPRECIATE all first-responders!
Security changes were a big part of our summer remodel, and if you’ve come into the school through our main entrance you’ve experienced the change. Most notably is the new way in which you enter the building. Our main entrance has what’s called an ‘A-Phone’ just to the left of the front door. When arriving, you simply push the button on the unit, smile, and wait for the front office staff to buzz you into our new secured vestibule. Here you will be signed into Raptor and receive your picture ID sticker. Please wear your sticker prominently on your left chest area while in the building, and don’t forget to return your sticker when you check out. This added level of security will ensure we know who is in the building at all times, and students/staff can see that parents and visitors have checked in properly at the front office. The system is pretty quick, but check-in may take a minute or two longer than in the past. We appreciate your patience.
The new Raptor system also has a volunteer component that allows for CBI background checks of all volunteers. Every parent who wishes to volunteer at PCK must fill out an application in Raptor. Once you’ve created an account, Raptor logs your volunteer time every time you check in and out as a volunteer. You can access your volunteer account from any home computer, so if you do something at home or purchase something for the school, you can add these hours to your personal account. Additionally, volunteer opportunities will be visible through Raptor, and we will continue to use Sign-up Genius for sign-ups (you can get more volunteer information and links in this newsletter below).
Finally, our carpool (morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up process) has begun again, and it’s somewhat like waking a sleeping giant…sluggish at first, but eventually it wakes up and hums along. You received some carpool tips via email earlier today, and we will continue to send out brief updates and suggestions over the next week or so until our carpool is working smoothly again. As always, your adherence to the process (arriving on time during your window, keeping your carpool sign clearly visible in your front window, only loading on the passenger side of the car, reminding your child to be ready to hop out of the car when you arrive in the morning, etc.) and your patience as we massage our carpool back to life is very much appreciated. Courtesy, a smile or wave, and (always) grace goes a long way. Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a safe, efficient carpool process.
Back-to-School Nights are coming up, and I look forward to seeing you at one of the general sessions. Please check the school calendar for grade-level dates; times will be posted shortly.
Again, I welcome you back for the 2019-20 school year, and I look forward to continuing our wonderful partnership in education another year. I invite you to reach out and contact me at any time throughout the year should you have questions or concerns; I am always happy to schedule a meeting or phone call.
I am so proud to be a part of the PCK Community, and I am extremely proud of all that our students, staff, and families accomplish together. Here’s to another great year…I am PCK Proud!
Tomorrow Is Picture Day
Remind your kindergarten through 5th grade student to wear a smile for school pictures tomorrow. Students may wear their uniforms or dress up for their pictures (they may not dress down). Please do not wear the color green for pictures because our photographer uses a green screen and then adds the different backgrounds digitally.
All students are photographed individually by Van Gogh School Photographers. In approximately two weeks, a proof will be sent home with your student that will include information on how to view and order pictures online. Orders will be shipped directly to your home.
A Note For North Loop Carpool Drivers
In the afternoon when you come for pick-up, please form a line starting at the corner of Centerpark Loop and Centennial Drive. Do not line up in our parking lot or on Centennial Drive before 3:10. A carpool worker will arrive by 3:10 to dismiss cars from the corner of Centerpark Loop and Centennial Drive to the loading area at the school. It is illegal for cars to stop and wait on Centennial Drive.
Please also remember that during carpool time you may not turn left into our parking lot. You may see a few cars allowed to turn left with the permission of the carpool worker standing at the corner of our lot, but these people work in our after-school programs or have previously scheduled appointments. They are not participating in our pick-up process. All carpool drivers must go through the line around Centerpark Loop. Please call our front desk if you have any questions.
A Note For South Loop Carpool Drivers
Please remember that we can not impede the flow of traffic on Pine Drive during our carpool process. This is why we strongly recommend making a right-hand turn into our parking lot. If you are turning left into the lot, the turn lane can not back up and block traffic. If you approach the left turn lane and see that it is full, please continue north on Pine Drive and turn onto Centennial Drive, then head south on Pine to make a right-hand turn into our parking lot. When leaving our lot, you must turn right. Left-hand turns out of our parking lot are not allowed during carpool time, as indicated on the posted sign at our parking lot exit.
Thanks for helping us keep things moving!
Serving Up Hot Lunch News
All PCK families are asked to log in to your Wholesome Food Services account to update your child’s grade AND lunch period. Our lunch periods are organized by grade, so if you don’t update this information we may not realize you’ve ordered a lunch.
If you are new to PCK, please create an account with Wholesome Food Services. You will select “Register Here,” then you can set up a profile for each student in your family by selecting “Add Profile.” When you click on “Order Now,” you will be able to see the menus and place your order.
You can order lunches in advance until 1:00pm the day before delivery, and you can cancel until 8:00am the day of delivery.
New this year, Mile High Catering will offer a meal once a week (like our other restaurant partners) rather than every day. We have added Boston Market and Mici’s Italian (our new source for pizza) to our list of restaurant partners, and we no longer have California Pizza Kitchen.
If you have questions about registering or ordering, please contact Wholesome Food Services at 800-872-0226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the lunch period at PCK, contact Sandy Higgins.
PCK After-School Theater Presents…
Registration is open for all 4th and 5th graders, and the fee of $100 pays for most costuming and show related expenses. Students wanting a role need to audition, while those wishing to be in the chorus do not need to audition. Auditions will be on August 20th and 22nd. Regular rehearsals start August 27th, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:10 – 4:30pm.
Click here to register
For more information please see the PCK Music Site.
Theater Costume Coordinator Needed
Our theater department is looking for a costume coordinator for both our fall and spring shows. This person is an important part of our production team, and is responsible for making sure each actor has a well-fitted costume suited to his/her part. The ability to sew and make alterations to existing costume pieces is a huge help. There is a small stipend available for this position. Please contact Krystal Myers if you have questions or are interested.
Calling All Coaches and Referees
Our Athletic Department needs a cross country coach for the fall 2019 season. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Cruz. If we are unable to find a coach by Friday, August 23, we will unfortunately have to cancel the fall cross country season.
We are also looking for a boys soccer referee for the fall season. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Mr. Cruz for more information.
We Have Volunteer Opportunities
It is never too early to volunteer at PCK! If you are looking for ways to help out at the school, there are a few places you can check:
- Log into your Raptor account at Raptor Volunteer Portal and click on the “Events” tab. This will list opportunities you are eligible for.
- Go to the PCK website and click on the Volunteer link. At the bottom of that you will find two tabs, “Classroom” and “General.” You can find many different volunteer opportunities here.
Currently, our biggest need is in the lunchroom. If you would like to sign up to help during that time, please click here.
Please remember that in order to volunteer, you MUST complete the Raptor Volunteer Application. If you have not yet completed your application, please take a moment to do that today. All families are asked to volunteer at least 20 hours per school year, and the Raptor Volunteer Application helps indicate your areas of interest. This also allows us to complete the necessary background checks, making your volunteer experience go smoothly with an easy check-in at our front desk. All volunteers still need to present a drivers license or government-issued photo ID the first time you volunteer for the year, but after that your check-in time should be quick and easy. Thanks for being an active part of the PCK Community!
Stay Connected With Directory On Tap
Our handy on-line directory is managed by Directory On Tap (DOT). This is an easy way to get in touch with the parents of other students to arrange play dates, carpools, and more. The information published in the Directory includes the parent names, student name(s), phone number, address, and email you gave when registering for the school year. If you do not want to be included in the directory, you may opt out here. If you choose to opt out, you must complete the form by Friday, August 30. The directory includes an alphabetized list of all PCK families, as well as class rosters, and will be available in early September.
Warm Up For The FunD Run
Our annual FunD Run assembly is coming up on August 30 to get everyone ready for our September 13 run. This fun event is a student favorite! Get the details here.
CogAT Testing Is Coming Up
As part of the Douglas County School District’s Universal Screening Process, all students in Grades 3 and 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) the week of September 9. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school. If your child is in 3rd or 6th grade, please see detailed information about this assessment here: Universal Screening Information.
Gifted Identification Referral Testing
If your child is in grades K, 1, 2, 4, or 5 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process. Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification.
NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification.
Thank you to all of the PCK families who helped take care of the flower beds at Discovery Park this summer. You did a great job making our town beautiful and we appreciate your hard work.