PCK Weekly News
December 9, 2021
Show Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit
Share Your Thoughts On School Safety
A Cool Club For Girls Who Code
Registration Is Now Open For "The Music Man"
PCK's 8th graders participated in Carnegie Mellon University's Creative Task coding competition. Creative Task offers our 8th graders an opportunity to apply the coding elements they have learned to a project of their own design. They may choose to create a scene, a simple game, an interactive experience, or anything else they can think of. It is a great way for students to showcase new skills they have learned at the end of each unit, and is also a way for them to spark a sense of what they can now create with code.
Josh Neill earned an Honorable Mention from CMU's computer science department for his amazing program consisting of over 1500 lines of code. His work is impressive considering this is an international competition that includes students in middle school through 12th grade. You can see his design on the right-hand side of the image above.
Congratulations Josh! We are #PCKproud of you!
Nominate A Special Staff Member
The Apple Awards are back and we have many outstanding teachers and staff members deserving of nominations. Sponsored by the Foundation for Douglas County Schools, the Apple Awards honor exceptional educators and staff who are inspiring a love of learning in students and are trailblazing extraordinary innovation in our schools. If there is a special member of the PCK staff who has made a difference to your student, please click here to access the Apple Awards nomination page, then select Parker Core Knowledge under the list of charter schools. Both video and written nominations are accepted, and are due December 12.
Our Toy Drive Ends Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the last day to bring in new, unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots. Donations may be placed in any of the collection boxes around the school. Thanks for helping us make the season bright for kids in need!
In the month of December, we are focusing on the character trait of honesty. We define honesty as being truthful in what I say and do. When I am being honest, I will tell the truth; play by the rules; not exaggerate the facts; admit when I am wrong; not take things that don't belong to me.
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at last week's assembly for demonstrating outstanding character:
Addison H. - Responsibility, patience, dependability
Anayah W. - Thoroughness
Ansh P. - Respect, loyalty, compassion
Emma C. - Compassion, dependability
Halle J. - Courage, compassion, joy
Shaina C. - Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Theo G. - Responsibility, enthusiasm
Zach L. - Responsibility, ready to participate, curiosity
Keep up the great work, character leaders!
Boys Volleyball Is Coming To PCK
From The Foundation at PCK
The Annual Giving Campaign is off to a great start. So far we have raised $5,574! The campaign will go until January and will help fund our playground project. Our playground is 20 years old and needs an update.
In the past, thanks to your generous donations, the Foundation has been able to help fund other large projects like the elementary science lab, no touch hand washing stations in the lunchrooms, Chromebooks for students, teacher grants that supply money for classrooms items that aren’t otherwise covered in the budget, and so much more. None of this would be possible without the help of the PCK family. We appreciate you all more than you know!
Winter Mart Is A Big Hit
Stand Up For Safety
Thank you to Brian Benedict and Dev Purohit for being our Safety Dads this week. Our students love seeing dads here to keep our perimeter secure, help with lunch and recess, and assist with other activities as needed. Click here to learn more about being a Safety Dad or to sign up.
Thank you to the Pettinato family for bringing in an assortment of yummy treats for our staff. You sure do take great care of us!
Thanks to the Buswell family for bringing in extra face masks, and to the Allen family for sending us plastic ware. We appreciate your generosity!