PCK Weekly News
May 19, 2022
A Letter From Our Vice Director
Today marks the last Thursday newsletter of this school year. If you’re like me, you are quietly questioning where this school year went and how it is almost over. Even though we are closing out our 2021-2022 chapter, we have some monumental celebrations ahead of us. First and foremost, I want to congratulate this year’s 8th graders on a tremendous year. I can say with absolute confidence that we are graduating students who not only are academically ready for the challenges of high school and beyond, but we are graduating students with outstanding character, grit, and determination that will give them every advantage in life. I am proud of each and every one of our graduating class! Our second celebration is the hard work that all of our students put in this year. I have seen some amazing transformations from all of our students in every grade. After watching countless character lessons, participating in character assemblies, and seeing our MAPS results this spring, it is evident that students are making growth in all areas in leaps and bounds. I am beyond amazed at the dedication and fortitude that our students and families have shown this year. We have had some challenges, but we have persevered and have become stronger for it. And for that, I cannot celebrate you enough. Finally, I want to acknowledge our entire PCK community. When we set out at the beginning of the year, our goal was to open the school back up to everything that has made us great. That included volunteering, field trips, school events, and most of all, our sense of community. It has been an absolute marvel to see parents back in the building, helping out in any way they can. While I would call this a tremendous success, we will continue to work on ways to include parents in their children’s educational process as much as possible. We want to hear from you. We want you to volunteer as much as possible. And we want to make this a partnership with you that provides the best educational environment for our students. I can say with all honesty, that this has been an amazing year, and that I am looking forward to continuing the success we have all come to know here at PCK in the years to come. Thank you for all that you do. We are better together.
Please take a few minutes to complete the PCK End of Year Parent Satisfaction Survey. This survey is designed to collect feedback from our parent community to ensure that our program has the opportunity to grow and be better. This survey contains questions that target different facets of our entire program, from academics, to character, to teacher and administrative satisfaction. All of the results will be analyzed by the School Accountability Committee (SAC) to create proposals for changes to the school. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey and for helping to make our school the best possible place for our students.
The School Accountability Committee
Parent Satisfaction Survey Link
Survey Passcode: pckcougars2022
Don't Miss Tonight's Skate Party
The end-of-year skate party is TONIGHT, May 19, 5:00 - 7:00pm, at Skate City (15100 E. Girard Ave., Aurora). This is a private party just for PCK families. Admission is $7 at the door, plus $3 for skate rental. Get the details here. Thank you to the PTA for organizing this fun event. We'll see you tonight!
Dress Down Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the last Friday of the month, so it is an all-school dress down day. Please remember to follow our dress down day dress code.
Please Check The Lost And Found
Our cool mornings and hot afternoons make the perfect recipe for kid to lose their jackets, sweatshirts, and other outerwear items. Along with the water bottles, balls, and other things we've collected, our lost and found is full again. Please be sure to stop by the school before the end of the year to claim any items belonging to your family. Items left on the last day of school will be donated to charity.
Come Play At Code Ninjas Again
Our last Spirit Night at Code Ninjas was such a success that we are doing it again! Students in grades 2 - 8 are invited to come play Minecraft and Roblox while enjoying pizza and time with their PCK friends on Saturday, May 21 from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Get the details and register here.
Field Day Fun Is Right Around The Corner
Field Day is Thursday, May 26th at Salisbury Park (1920 N Motsenbocker Rd, Parker, 80134) from 9:00am - 1:15pm for students in grades 1 -7. Parents should drop their children at Salisbury Park between 9:00 and 9:10, and be prepared to check their children out with their classroom teachers no later than 1:30pm. Students will NOT need to report to PCK this day.
Our students play hard at Field Day, and look forward to a snack break. If you can donate snacks, please sign up here. Snacks may be dropped off at PCK before Field Day.
The overall theme of Field Day is Beach & Summer Fun, and students will receive information about class themes soon. They will be participating in 19 fun-filled stations. There will be snacks at field day, but there will not be a lunch period. Students will be ready to eat lunch after you pick them up.
Please make sure your student wears appropriate footwear for running (no sandals or flip-flops) and has sunscreen already applied. Please also bring a filled water bottle labeled with your student's first and last name. If your student brings a hat or jacket, please make sure it is also labeled with his/her first and last name.
PCK Summer Programs: Limited Seats Available
We have limited seats available in the PCK Summer READ (grades 1-2) and Summer Skills Sharpener (grades 3, 6, & 7) programs. Grades K, 4, and 5 are filled.
The dates for Summer sessions are:
Please sign your student up for their current (21/22) grade using the link below:
Seats are first-come, first-served. You will receive an email confirmation with your session time.
It's Not Too Late To Order A School Toolbox
Don't miss your chance to order School Tool Boxes for your students for next year. Orders are accepted until 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.
One of our students has ranked in the Top 20 in the national Math Kangaroo competition this year! Reyansh A. in sixth grade ranked #2 in the state of Colorado, and #12 nationally. We are so proud of you!
Final Yearbook Orders
Did you miss the original deadline for ordering yearbooks? Late orders are now open, and the year book will be shipped straight to your home for a $5.99 fee.
Go to treering.com to order your yearbook and use the code 1015343699083637.
Can You Help Our Music Department?
With the rising cost of off-site storage units, PCK can no longer support the monthly fee for the unit used by our music department. This unit houses set pieces that are repurposed and used year after year, so liquidating them would be an unfortunate loss and lead to additional costs.
If you have a barn, storage unit, or space where we can store items long term, please notify Mrs. Myers.
Passing the PTA Torch
We are excited to announce the new PTA Board! The new term will begin June 1, 2022.
Our new board members are:
Jen Smith - President
Shannon Sanders - Vice President
Kelly Zappanti - Secretary
Please congratulate these ladies when you see them and we look forward to seeing what great things they will make happen in the years to come.
We also want to thank the previous board for their service on the PTA: Karen Langton (President), Kelly Zappanti (Vice President), Corey Yanzito (Treasurer), Briann Lewis (Secretary) and honorable mention to past board member, Dawn Danner (Treasurer duties)
It's Not Too Late To Volunteer
If you still need to finish your 20-hour volunteer commitment for this year, we have several fun and helpful ways for you to pitch in. We need volunteers to put together summer reading packets, prepare next year's carpool signs, and various other projects that come up as we finish out the year and prepare for a new one. Please email Corey Yanzito if you'd like to help. Thank you!
We Are Hiring
We still have some open positions to fill. Please visit the Careers page on our website and click on the Frontline link if you or someone you know might be interested in the following positions:
communications/operations project manager
part-time art teacher (elementary and middle school)
part-time kindergarten aide
preschool teacher, assistant teacher, or administrative assistant
junior kindergarten teacher
primary teacher or TTI
You can apply online, but if you have questions, please contact Heather Newbrough for more information.
News From The COVID Tracker
Our number of positive COVID cases for the past week is . 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 William Danner, Jesse Shaw, John Ferg, Dev Purohit, and Derek McCluskie 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!
Thank you to the Pettinato family, the Derrick Family, and Kelly Anderson for bringing snacks to the staff this week! They were all a wonderful treat.