From the Director
Time for review…The PCK Administrative team, in conjunction with the PCK Board, will review all Parent Handbook policies this year. Many are original policies and are in need of an update. A few are clearly outdated and need to be eliminated, and, in some cases, a new policy will need to be created to address a gap. Some policies are less well known and/or understood, so this review will give us a chance to bring them forward and clarify aspects of a particular policy that parents may not understand.
Today, I would like to highlight two of our policies — one is brand new (as of Monday night’s Board meeting), and the other has been around since 2009.
New Policy: Videotaping Students – the PCK Board approved a new policy that will govern when and how teachers can videotape students here at school. Videotaping serves many very useful purposes in an academic setting, but untilMonday night, PCK did not have a policy to guide this activity. You can review the new policy in its entirety by clicking on the link to our Parent Handbook below. We believe this new policy provides the proper accountability and safeguards for videotaping student activities and behaviors here at school. Videotaping of Students 4.01a
Clarification of an Existing Policy: The Special Request Absence – In August of 2009, the PCK Operating Council (the Board’s name at that time) approved a policy to govern those instances when students miss more than three (3) consecutive days of school due to a family choice. The least understood aspect of this policy is the need for advance notification by the parent. Per the policy, parents must notify the school at least three days prior to the elective absence. This allows time to notify all teachers and, where appropriate, squeeze in a test or quiz before the student leaves. Homework is NOT given in advance because our experience indicates that most kids do not complete the work while away. Instead, the Special Request Absence policy allows the student up to two weeks upon their return to complete all missing work, including tests, quizzes and projects, and earn up to full credit. The benefit here is no notable academic impact, assuming the student is diligent about making up the missed work. The absence is marked ‘Unexcused’ in IC for record keeping purposes — so that we know it was an elective absence chosen by the parents. There are often important life events that parents deem important for their children to attend, even though it involves missing school. This policy provides an avenue for such choices to occur without negatively impacting the child or his/her academics. Attendance – Students
As we continue to review and update our existing school policies, and in some cases write new ones, we will notify all PCK parents via the Thursday news. The PCK Parent Handbook is always available for your review at www.ckcs.net, and it will be updates throughout the year as policies are updated, added or deleted. As always, if you have any questions about any of our school policies, please do not hesitate to contact the school for further clarification.
Parent Education Series – 9/29
Douglas County Parenting Coalition and Parker Core Knowledge School present…
MY BODY BELONGS TO ME
One in three girls and one in five boys will encounter the potential for sexual abuse before they are old enough to vote. In this workshop designed specifically for parents of preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders, experts from Sungate Kids will teach:
- How to talk to very young children about their bodies
- How to make kids difficult targets for abuse
- Warning signs
- When NOT to freak out
September 29, 2016 – 6:00 PM
PCK – Elementary Lunchroom
Dinner & Childcare Included
It’s FREE but you gotta RSVP! email@example.com
Qualstar & Continuing Education Credit
School Pictures – retakes next Thursday (9/29)
School pictures are coming home today. If you would like your child’s picture retaken please return the package with your child on Picture Retake Day (next Thursday, Sept. 29th).
Students having their picture retaken will be allowed to “dress up” for the pictures.
If you forgot to order pictures at the beginning of the school year you should be receiving a personalized instruction sheet from Studio 5 in your child’s Thursday folder. You will be able to order them at this time.
Book Fair is Coming
September 30th – Oct 6th
(Please be courteous to other volunteers and do not sign-up for too many spots!)
Conferences are scheduled for Oct. 5th and Oct. 6th. Both days will be a 1:00 dismissal. Students will still eat lunch at school and carpools will run exactly 2 hrs early – 1:10, 1:20 and 1:30 pickups.
Conference signs ups will be available Tuesday morning via the website. An email will be sent that morning with a direct link.