From The Director
Fall is officially here, and what better way to mark the change of seasons than to have a Fall Festival! The PTA is hosting our first-ever Fall Festival this Saturday afternoon from 12 noon – 3 p.m. All PCK families are invited to join in the fun with games, food, crafts and a special field/new building dedication at 1 p.m. There will also be a dunk tank, so warm up your pitching arm and come prepared to try and sink a few brave (?) PCK staffers, including Ms. Sara, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Robbins and me. We promise not to hold a grudge if you send us swimming!
Tickets for food and games will be sold at both entrances to the field areas, so if you haven’t purchased tickets online prior to Saturday, you can buy them when you arrive.
The primary PARKING areas for this event are the PCK parking lot, and Center Park Loop (around the perimeter of Center Park Loop and in the small parking lot). PLEASE TAKE CARE NOT TO BLOCK RESIDENTS’ DRIVEWAYS OR IGNORE DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE AROUND THE LOOP. It is important to me that we are good neighbors to those who live in the Lincoln Creek Village development. Thank you for being cautious when driving and parking, and courteous to all residents who you may encounter. Thank you.
On another note, I had a meeting with Douglas County Sheriff, Tony Spurlock, and Lieutenant Troy McCarthy this past week to discuss carpool and traffic concerns impacting both the PCK community and the residents in the neighborhoods surrounding PCK. The Sheriff was very complimentary about our efficient carpool process, so much of our conversation focused on Pine Drive issues such as the speed of traffic, stopped cars, safety concerns, lack of school zone lights, and more.
I was very encouraged to learn that the DC Sheriff’s office is proactively working with DCSD to help alleviate some of the congestion and safety issues associated with school carpools. Specifically, as it pertains to PCK, we discussed the possibility of a school zone light on Pine Drive. Solar powered lights with timers are now available and are much less costly for the county, so the Sheriff is looking into the cost and will push for us to receive one.
Additionally, and I am very excited about this possibility, we discussed the county possibly denoting certain lanes, at certain times, on Pine Drive as ‘carpool lanes.’ This would allow other drivers to have a clearer path through our school zone, thus limiting frustration and aggressive driving, and it would allow PCK families who are trying to turn left into our main parking lot a clearer sense of when it is safe to cross the southbound lanes.
Finally, we discussed the frustration of Homestead Hills residents due to many folks making U-turns at the entrance to their development. Since this has been a growing source of tension between our families and the neighbors in Homestead Hills, and they have complained vehemently to the Sheriff’s office, the Sheriff is considering options to alleviate the problem. I am hopeful that by working cooperatively with the Sheriff’s office and our neighbors, we will see some positive changes that increase everyone’s safety on Pine Drive. I will keep you posted.
That’s it for today…I hope to see you all at the Fall Festival this Saturday!
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The Charter Leader Forum is Tonight!
Don’t miss this informative evening on how charter schools are funded and other behind-the-scenes details. When charter school parents are well-informed, they are able to educate other parents and share facts about their school of choice.
Parents, teachers, staff and community supporters of Charter Public Schools are encouraged to attend the Charter Leader Forum on Thursday, September 28, to hear from special guest speaker, Interim Superintendent Erin Kane, about the state of Charter Public Schools. Get the details here:
PCK Boys Basketball Camp
For boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Thursday, September 28th and Friday, September 29th
3:30 – 5:30pm
No registration required.
Our Fall Festival is This Weekend!
Don’t miss the PCK Fall Festival this Saturday, September 30, 12:00 – 3:00pm. There will be many free activities available, and you can buy tickets here for carnival games, cake walks, and special inflatables. We will also dedicate our new building and field at 1:00. It is going to be a great afternoon!
Volunteers Needed For Veteran’s Day Planning Committee
We are looking for a group of parent volunteers to help us plan a special Veteran’s Day celebration to honor those who have served our country. The celebration will be November 10. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dianne Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Love It When You Visit, So Check In And Say Hi!
Lots of parents come into the school to volunteer, have lunch with their kids, and be involved in our school community. We love it! When you come, please remember to FIRST check in at the front office, even if you are going to the new building/gym. You must have a green sticker and wear it at all times while at PCK because this tells everyone that you have checked in. Our students know to look for the sticker.
Please also remember that our teachers are busy greeting their students each morning starting at 7:35 a.m., so they are not available to meet with parents at that time. If you need to meet with a teacher, please call or send an email to schedule an appointment. Thank you for respecting their time to greet students and maintain the building’s security.
School Bus On Centennial Drive
Several parents have mentioned a Douglas County school bus stopping on Centennial Drive and blocking traffic during morning carpool. We contacted the District and learned that some special needs students board their bus in that particular location because there is a wheelchair accessible curb. If you are traveling south-bound on Pine Drive in the morning and see the bus on Centennial Drive, feel free to proceed down Pine and turn into our south driveway to drop your student off near the main entrance of the school that day. In the afternoon you will still use the north carpool loop as assigned.
Join In A Free Cross Country Race
All PCK students ages 7-14 are invited to a FREE Cross Country race at Sierra Middle School (two blocks from PCK) on the morning of Saturday, October 14, hosted by the Parker Panthers. If your student is interested in running the race, registration information should be sent to Mr. Thompson at email@example.com (Name of student, male or female, and year of birth) by Thursday, October 12. The race distance varies by age, from 2K-4K (1.24 miles – 2.48 miles). More details are in the linked flier.
PCK Competes In Hawks Invitational Cross Country Meet
The PCK Boys and Girls Cross Country teams did a great job at last week’s Hawks Invitational Cross Country Meet. Brennan Draper (6th grade) won first place overall. Way to go, runners!
Learn New Skills To Stop Power Struggles With Your Kids
PCK is once again offering a 4-week Parent-Child Interaction Therapy workshop starting October 17. Get the details here: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
The annual yearbook cover contest has begun.
The theme this year is a depiction of social media as it reflects use in student’s lives and through the school. All entries are due Oct. 27th. Your student can stop by the art studio for more information on guidelines and tips.
Are you using your King Soopers/Safeway reloadable gift cards?
Using your gift card is a NO COST and easy way to give back to our school. PCK earns 5% on all monies loaded. The fundraising possibilities are limitless! We all have to eat and put gas in our cars. If all of our PCK families spent $500 a month at the grocery store using their reloadable gift cards, it would net $138,000 annually to our school!! Currently only 6% of PCK families participate. Please consider this NO COST and easy way to give back to our school.
The holidays will be here before you know it! What a great gift for a family member. Additional cards are available at the front desk (please see Laura Parkes). New families to PCK will each receive a card in your Thursday folder in the coming weeks. If your card has been inactive for a significant amount of time, it may no longer work and you may need a new one. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Yvette Fonda at (303)257-5579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to The Foundation At PCK for once again offering teacher grants for new classroom items this fall, and for bringing such delicious snacks to this week’s staff meeting. Our hungry teachers and staff appreciated the treat! Thank you for all you do for our staff and our school.