PCK Weekly News
March 24, 2022

See You Tonight At Santortas

We have a Spirit Day at Santortas all day today! Visit this PCK family owned restaurant any time before 9:00pm and mention PCK when you order so the school gets a portion of the proceeds. Santortas serves delicious Mexican sandwiches, quesadillas, burritos, and more. They are located on the southeast corner of Parker Road and Lincoln Avenue, near Dunkin Donuts.

Dress Down Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last Friday of the month so it is an all-school dress down day. Please help your student follow the dress down day dress code.

Get Your Music Man Tickets Today

Our spring musical production of The Music Man is coming on April 15 and 16, with shows at 1:00 and 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale now, so click here to get yours today.

The Music Man is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. (MTI.) All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www. MTIShows.com

CMAS Testing Is Here

Our state mandated testing, CMAS, runs Tuesday - Thursday mornings for the next two weeks for grades 3 and 4, the week of April 5 for 5th grade, and the week of April 12 for grades 6 - 8 (7th and 8th grades test all day). Additionally, grades 5 and 8 test in the afternoons on April 19 - 21. You can see the full schedule here. Please refrain from scheduling appointments or pulling students from school during testing days, unless your student is ill. Thanks for your help!

PCK Is Hiring

We have several positions open for the 2022-23 school year, including our newest posting for a library media specialist. Please visit the Careers page on our website and click on the Frontline link at the bottom of the page to see if you qualify for any of our open jobs, and encourage friends and family to apply as well. Not only is PCK a fantastic place to work, but it is also nice to have the same schedule as your children and to make a daily contribution to the PCK community. We hope you will consider joining our team or recommending us to your friends!

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 ddaniels@ckcs.net 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.

Girls Who Code Have A Blast

The PCK Girls Who Code Club has spent the last eight weeks learning about input, output, conditionals, loops, variables, and more while coding games on Scratch.mit.edu. The girls read the book Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch. It's an entertaining story about Lucy, a 6th grade girl, who receives cryptic coded messages and must figure out what they mean with the help of her friends. Throughout their adventure they are introduced to basic computer science concepts. Girls Who Code also had the opportunity to practice programming skills while using Dash Robots and iPads generously granted to the Tech Department by the Foundation at PCK. 

Thank you to all the parents who've supported the program by allowing your girls to participate and providing after school snacks. 


Heather White

PCK Tech

Do You Know About Homework Club?

It is not too late to join Homework Club! As part of our Core Care Club, this program offers a structured and quiet environment for students to complete their homework. 

Homework Club:

While the Homework Club runs only until 4:30, our regular Core Care Club is available until 6:00pm. Mr. Vinny and his staff also provide a wonderful and entertaining environment for students who stay beyond the Homework Club time period. If you are not already registered for Core Care Club and all of its truly amazing services like Homework Club, please use the Registration Link to sign your student(s) up. If you have any questions about Homework Club or Core Care Club in general, please email Vinny Ortega, our Core Care Club manager. 

Tickets Are Going Fast - Don't Miss Out

The PCK Spring Gala and Auction is one month away! Dress to impress on April 23 at the Colorado Golf Club for a seated dinner, live auction, and fun. There are only 20 tickets left so get yours before they sell out. Go to PCKGala.com for ticketing information. 

We still need donations for the auction. All donations are tax deductible and will go towards your volunteer hours. Every $25 equals 1 hour of volunteer time. Check out the list below to see how you can help. Most classroom baskets are due at the end of this week, so make sure you get your items to your basket coordinator. You can drop any other donations off at the front desk or contact Laura Erhuy to arrange a pick up. Remember to log your hours into Raptor. 

Donation ideas include:

We welcome your creativity!

Sponsor Spotlight
The Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to Joanna Sears with Acquis Consulting, along with the Sears Family (Lily is in kindergarten and Chloe and Mikaela are in 4th grade) for sponsoring the dessert table at the Gala. Acquis Consulting says, "We are proud to be a sponsor for the PCK Gala. We would like to say thank you to PCK for teaching and supporting our future leaders."

Thank you, Acquis! We agree that the PCK Community is lucky to have incredible teachers and staff leading our kids every day. Thank you for your support!

Our appetizer sponsor is Allison Thompson, O.D. with Great Vision Eye Care, and the Thompson family. Trustin Thompson is our Vice Principal, Reagan is in kindergarten, and Landon is in preschool. The Thompsons say, "Parker Core Knowledge has been an integral part of our lives since 2013 when Trustin began teaching 6th grade at our beloved school. We are so thankful our family is surrounded by such a magnificent community of people. We certainly are PCKproud!

"Another source of pride for our family is Allie's eye care practice, Great Vision Eye Care, where she serves as the sole Optometric Physician. She already treats many members of our student, staff, and parent population and would be honored to provide care for more of you!"

Thank you for your sponsorship, Thompson family and Great Vision Eye Care!

Check Out Our New Uniforms

The PCK Athletic Department was able to purchase new boys' soccer and coed cross country uniforms for the upcoming fall seasons! Thank you to the Foundation for helping purchase these items for the student-athletes.

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. There will be a brief 30 minute training session tomorrow, Friday, March 25 at 10:00am. Please email Jennifer White to let her know if you can attend. If you are interested, but unable to attend the training, you may set up an individual time. Thank you! 

Bullying vs Normal Peer Conflict

At our next Parent Education Series session, you will 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 the ups and downs of friendship. Join us at the school at 6:30pm next Tuesday, March 29. 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

PCK school uniform pieces may now be purchased from Tommy Hilfiger. We think you will appreciate the quality of their products and the option to shop from an additional vendor. The approved Hilfiger uniform items appear on their PCK page. NOT ALL HILFIGER ITEMS COMPLY WITH OUR DRESS CODE, so please ONLY select items from the PCK page.

To order, go to to www.globalschoolwear.com. In the "Find Your School" box, please enter either our Partner School Code (PARK02) or search by Parker Core Knowledge. If you have questions about sizing, click on the Size Chart link. If you still have questions after using the Size Chart, please call 1-877-825-2860. Hilfiger has our school logo and is able to apply it to shirts. Upon placing your order, you will receive an email confirmation that your order has been received. Please allow 10-12 business days from the time your order is placed for it to be delivered. 

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School Tool Box Time Is Back

We still have nine weeks of school left, but it is already time to start planning for next year! School Tool Boxes can be ordered now through June 5. Our teachers hand-select the school supplies they want in each grade-specific box, so you know you are getting exactly what your student needs. Boxes are delivered to the school in time for the Open House in August, so you avoid the hassle of school supply shopping and bringing everything to the classroom. Plus, our PTA receives a donation based on the number of boxes ordered, and that money goes right into efforts that benefit our school. The more boxes we order, the higher the percentage of the proceeds we get back. It is a win-win for everyone! Go to schooltoolbox.com to place your order today.

Great News From The COVID Tracker

Our number of positive COVID cases for the past week is zero. Thanks for your help by keeping students home while waiting for test results or when they have any symptoms.

Stand Up For Safety

Thank you to Will Freyschlag, Matthew Larson, and Nathan Gandolph for being this week's Safety Dads! 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!

Greetings From The State Capitol

This week our fourth graders enjoyed a field trip to the Colorado State Capitol. They had a great time touring the building, hearing about its history, and learning about our state legislature.