PCK Weekly News
March 31, 2022
From Our Director
We need you! Here at PCK, parents are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. We count on you to be part of your child’s educational team, and we count on your help to make many things run here in the building (think library, field trips, Thursday folders, etc). We also need you for important special projects, like the development of the new playground, the funding of technology, and more. We always need our parents!
Every family that enrolls at PCK commits to donating 20 hours per year to the school. If you have donated less than 20 hours, you will be receiving an email in the next few weeks with the number of volunteer hours you have recorded. Please consider completing those hours by:
Helping the PTA with Teacher Appreciation Week. We are so grateful to the PTA for making that week special for the teachers! Please attend the PTA meeting on April 13th from 6:30pm to 7:30p.m., or contact Karen Langton to participate.
Contributing to the grade level baskets for the Gala, or donating goods or services for the Foundation’s auction. Please email the Foundation to find out how you can help.
Becoming a member or participating in the Foundation or PTA by attending their meetings. We are looking for members for next year! This is a fun and easy way to meet other parents in the community and be more involved in your child’s school. Please contact Amy DeNicolo for information on joining the Foundation, and Karen Langton with questions about the PTA.
To all the parents who have contributed this year, we send a huge thank you. PCK is your child’s home and a community for all of us, and it would not be possible to succeed if we didn’t have your support. We are better together!
PCKproud Day Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the first Friday of the month so it is a PCKproud day. Students may wear PCK spirit wear or shirts from any PCK activities, along with blue jeans or uniform bottoms. No other bottoms are allowed, including leggings. Let's see that PCK pride tomorrow!
Don't Forget To Sign Your Student In
Please remember that all students need to be in their classrooms at 7:55am. If there are no carpool workers outside when you arrive in the morning, you must park your car, come inside, and sign in your tardy student. Thanks for helping us get class started on time without the interruption of late students.
Get Your Music Man Tickets Today
Tickets are now on sale for The Music Man! Our spring musical production is sure to be a hit that you won't want to miss. This memorable family favorite is about Harold Hill, a traveling con man who convinces the parents of River City to put their sons in a boys band and purchase the uniforms and instruments from him. He plans to run away with the money and leave the town without a band, but begins having doubts when he meets the local librarian.
Performances are at 1:00pm and 6:30pm on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. Friday the 15th is a teacher in-service day so students don't have school, making this a great day to see the show. Get your tickets here.
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
A Summer of Adventure Awaits At PCK
Our Core Care Club has a summer of fun planned with six day camp themes! Whether your child loves the beach, Legos, or pirates, there is something for everyone at our summer camps. See the schedule of activities and get registration information here. Camps fill up quickly so register today.
Join The Fun With PTA
Everyone is invited to participate in the next PTA meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30pm in room 126. A lot of fun end-of-year plans are in the works, so this is a great time to get involved. Feel free to email the PTA if you have any questions.
Great Donations Make The Auction More Exciting
All grade-level basket donations are due this Friday (tomorrow). The Foundation will accept late donations, but we would really appreciate having all the basket items by tomorrow to help us get everything ready and uploaded to our silent auction site. Thank you to everyone who has already donated, and a huge thank you to the basket coordinators. The baskets are already looking great!
Tickets for the Gala are officially sold out, but we are still looking for donations of anything we can auction off. The auction is more fun when there are lots of items to bid on, and we welcome anything you'd like to donate. Plus, all of the money raised in the auction goes towards our new playground, so we need as many items as possible. Remember, all donations are tax deductible and can go toward your volunteer hours. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk, or email Laura Erhuy to arrange a pick up. Here are some donation suggestions:
Gift cards for goods or services from your business
Pizza, tacos, ice cream, wings… we love it all!
Fun glassware, t-shirts, handmade soaps or candles
Tickets to sporting events, the theater, a concert
Lessons for gymnastics, cheer, karate, tae kwon do, swim, dance, etc.
Services for hair, nails, spa, or massage
Lift tickets, Colorado adventures
Artwork or collectible memorabilia
Vacation rental time
We welcome your creativity!
Congratulations, T-shirt Design Winners
The following students are the winners of the Foundation's T-shirt design contest. Shirts featuring their designs will be on the silent auction website and will also be displayed at the Gala. Not only does the winning bidder of each design get to select the needed size for the shirt, but their student also gets a free dress down day. Congratulations to:
1st grade - Deklyn R.
2nd grade - Ayla E.
3rd grade - Anayah W.
4th grade - Ella B.
5th grade - Anushka A.
6th grade - Tisya M.
7th grade - Cooper S.
8th grade - Josh N.*
8th grade - Jaydeen P.*
*No contest submissions were received from kindergarten, and two 8th grade designs were selected because they were both so outstanding.
The Foundation is thrilled to have Brittany Morgan as a board member and is grateful for the role she has taken on this year. We thank the Morgan family and the Griffin/Morgan Compass Real Estate Team for supporting our newest sponsorship opportunity at this year's Gala... LAST BOND STANDING. It will be a fun way to end our evening in a few weeks and we can't wait to share the details with our PCK community!
About Griffin Morgan:
Griffin Morgan is an established, award-winning and top-producing partnership (Jill Griffin + Brittany Morgan) located in Denver. Here's what they have to say: "We provide paramount full-service solutions to our clients and help them navigate the often-complex process of real estate transactions. By utilizing carefully curated marketing techniques, dissecting industry trends, managing inventory, and combining strategic pricing with impeccable timing, we have sold over $200 million in total sales. We serve all price points in the Denver metro area and have helped more than 300 families buy and sell their homes. Our clients' successes are echoed in the professional distinctions we have received such as 5280 Top Producers (3 years running), 40 Under 40 recipient, Seven Star Broker Agent Advisor, and Five Star Zillow Team. Not only do we take pride in our work, but also in our contributions to the community in which we work, including the Parker Task Force, Children's Hospital Colorado, Homes for Heroes, Ave Maria Catholic School, and Parker Core Knowledge Charter School."
A Personal Note from Brittany to the PCK Community:
"As a member of the Foundation Board and the PCK community, I am happy to support the Spring Gala and auction. We feel so fortunate and proud to be a part of a top-ranked elementary school and with a kindergartner (Greyson) and 1st grader (Blake), we look forward to investing in the future of all of our children. I would be honored to help you and your family with any of your real estate needs and will continue to support PCK and their endeavor to create critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and future leaders."
Connecting With Character
You can see what your student is learning in character coaching with the Home Links below. If a Home Link isn't available for this week's lesson, you will see the topic listed so you can ask your student about it.
Kindergarten - Managing frustration (no Home Link)
First grade - Home Link on self talk for calming down
Second grade - Impulse control (no Home Link)
Third grade - Home Link on problem solving
Fourth grade - Home Link on handling put downs
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.
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!
Stand Up For Safety
Thank you to Erik Glenn, Francis Hoang, and Jeremiah Daumer 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!
Learning From Heroes Of The Past
Last Friday, our 2nd graders presented their annual Wax Museum. Each student dressed as a significant historical figure, wrote a presentation about the person they portrayed, and shared it with the students, staff, and parents visiting the museum. They blew our socks off with their knowledge and outstanding presentation skills. You make us PCKproud, 2nd grade!
Young Entrepreneurs Shine At Market Day
Our kindergarteners learned valuable business skills at their Market Day last Friday. Students made products then sold them for "kindie cash" to students and staff members. They learned how to count money, how to greet customers, and other important life skills. Well done, kindergarten!
A huge thank you goes to Tania Thadeus for all of her work collecting donations for the Gala auction. She is not a member of the Foundation, but she has worked tirelessly to help out and has collected over 20 donations from local businesses over the past month. She did this for the auction two years ago as well. Thank you for your dedication, Tania! We all benefit from your hard work, and you make us PCKproud.