PCK Weekly News
March 10, 2022
From Our Director
Enjoy Spring Break
Calling All Candidates
PCK is governed by our board of directors. This is a policy making body that does not make administrative decisions. Seven parents sit on the board, and they are voted on by the PCK community to serve three-year terms. When a term ends, board members are eligible to run for a second term. Please see the Board page on our website for information, including the board bylaws.
If you would like to run for the PCK Board, please submit a letter of intent, a brief biography, and a photo of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12. Elections are April 19. At this time, the board particularly needs members with legal and financial backgrounds, but all interested parents are encouraged to run.
Do You Know About Homework Club?
The volunteers on the School Accountability Committee (SAC) thank all of the parents who took the time to complete the recent survey on homework. The topic of homework is one that PCK is constantly reviewing and looking to improve upon. The feedback you provided is very valuable as we work through some areas of improvement for our school. One of the discussion points for the SAC this month was the use of a very underutilized and under publicized resource that PCK offers - Homework Club. Homework Club is an extension of our Core Care Club program that offers a structured and quiet environment for students to complete their homework.
Opportunities For You To Get Involved
Spirit Night At Santortas
Join us for our next Spirit Night at PCK-family-owned Santortas on Thursday, March 24. Stop by any time that day for delicious Mexican sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, and more. The school gets 20% of the day's proceeds, so be sure to mention PCK when you order. Get more information here. Santortas is located at the corner of Parker and Lincoln, near Dunkin Donuts.
Next PTA Meeting
Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's meeting that was moved to Zoom due to the weather. We appreciate your flexibility. Our next meeting is April 13. Watch for more details in coming newsletters as we have fun things to plan before the end of the year!
Thank You To Our Top Volunteers
A huge thank you goes to the three parents who logged the most volunteer hours in the second trimester of this year:
These three each have a special thank you gift waiting for them at the front desk of PCK, and may stop by any time to pick it up.
If you have not yet completed your 20-hour volunteer commitment, it is not too late. There are still opportunities to have fun while helping the school. Go to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Volunteer page on our website to see where you can help. If you have not yet logged the time you've already spent volunteering, please be sure to record your hours.
Calling All Book Lovers
PCK is looking for volunteers to help with our guided reading books. If you are interested in completing your 20 hours of volunteer time in a way that will directly benefit teachers and students, this opportunity is for you! We are hoping to find a group of parents that are willing to read leveled texts, input required information, and help create labels for each book. Teachers will then be able to more efficiently find a text that directly matches a student's reading need. This gives valuable time back to our educators so they can spend more energy reading with our students. Please email Jennifer White if you are interested. Thank you!
Time To Say Goodbye To Our Art Show
We have truly enjoyed admiring all of the student creations hanging in our Art Show, but now it is time to make room for new displays. Volunteers are needed on Monday, March 21 from 10:30 - 11:30am to take down the art. If you are available to help, please sign up here.
Science Fair Judges Needed
5th grade is in need of a few more Science Fair judges. They will be judging in three categories based on 5th grade standards: Physical Science, Earth and Space, and Life Science. Everything will be in person on May 12th. Judging for the Physical Science category is from 8:00 - 10am, Life Science runs from 10:00am - 12:00pm, and Earth and Space are from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Judges will only have to come during their designated category time. Unfortunately, we cannot have any 5th grade parents participate as judges. If you are interested, please email Jennifer DeHaan. Thank you!
Bullying vs Normal Peer Conflict Rescheduled
We had to cancel our Parent Education Series session on bullying due to snow, so we've rescheduled it for Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30pm at PCK (there will not be a remote option). Come learn how we identify bullying at PCK, how we teach kids to handle it, and what you can do to help. We will also talk about normal peer conflict and how it is different from bullying, and how parents can support their children through a variety of friendship issues. This session is led by PCK's Character Coach, Dianne Daniels. Please RSVP here. Parent Education Series sessions are for adults only, and childcare is not provided.
New Uniform Supplier
School Tool Box Time Is Back
Great News From The COVID Tracker
Fun With C3 Over Spring Break
If you need child care over spring break, our Core Care Club is the answer! Registration is now open for a full day of fun running from 7:30am - 4:00pm. Care is $50 per day, Monday through Friday. To register, visit the Event section of your Core Care Portal. If you are new to Core Care Club, you can register here.
Connecting With Character
Our Scientists Rock A Ball Challenge
The Boys' and Girls' Science Clubs have been hard at work practicing their engineering and problem-solving skills so they can enter a contest called the "2022 Fluor Engineering Challenge." This challenge is hosted by a 501(c)(3) public charity called "Science Buddies" which partners with a variety of organizations to help improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literacy and education in grades K-12.
Students Learn Life Skill of Interviewing
Last Thursday our 5th and 6th graders interviewed for the jobs they will perform at Ameritowne (5th grade) and International Towne (6th grade) this Friday. They learned how to prepare and dress for an interview, and parents and staff members volunteered to meet with the students. Thank you to everyone who volunteered as an interviewer. We appreciate your help, and the students had a valuable experience.
Martial Artists Ace Belt Test
One of our middle school electives this year is Tae Kwon Do. Students recently had their belt test and showed off all of the skills they have learned so far. They are making amazing progress and we are PCKproud of them!
Stand Up For Safety
Thank you to Matthew Larson for being this week's Safety Dad! Our students love seeing their dads at school, especially at lunch and recess, so check out the Sign Up Genius and claim your spot today. Many dads sign up for multiple shifts because they enjoying getting a first-hand look at the great things happening at PCK. If you would like to stay for the full day, feel free to sign up for both the morning and afternoon shifts. We would love to have you here!