PCK Weekly News
May 5, 2022

PCKproud Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, so it is a PCKproud Day. Students may wear a shirt from any PCK activity, or a spirit wear shirt, along with blue jeans or uniform bottoms. No other bottoms are allowed, including leggings.

Thank You For A Wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week 

From the bottom of our hearts, the staff at PCK thanks everyone for a truly wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week. We are deeply touched by your kind words, notes of appreciation, and special gifts. We love our community, and the support of our families means the world to us. Thank you again. #BetterTogether

Don't Miss The Science Fair

The 5th grade Science Fair is next Friday, May 12, and everyone is invited to come learn about the interesting experiments conducted by our students. They will present their findings based on three categories: physical science presentations are from 8:00 - 10:00am, life science presentations are from 10:00am - 12:00pm, and presentations on Earth and space run from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Get the details here

Congratulations, Reading Olympians

Last week, our third graders completed their Reading Olympics. Our students did an amazing job, and Mrs. Harth and Mr. Thompson awarded students with gold, silver, and bronze medals. In order to qualify for the gold, students had to read at least 875 minutes. Silver medal winners read at least 700 minutes, and bronze medalists read a minimum of 525 minutes.

We had 59 students earn gold medals, five got silver, and six won bronze. Our top readers were Ethan C. (a whopping 5,384 minutes), Meesha K. (2,952 minutes), and Anayah W. (2,554 minutes). Well done, Olympians! We are PCKproud of you!

Way To Go, 6th Grade Writers

Every year, our 6th graders compete in the Great Women in Engineering and Science Essay Contest sponsored by the Society for Women Engineers. This year there were 35 entries from seven schools in Colorado and Wyoming. Essays were reviewed by a panel of eight judges. 

The students from PCK did an amazing job and swept the top three awards! They each won a cash prize, a science kit, and a science book. Congratulations to Emerson R. for her essay on Catherine (Kate) Gleason; Anika S., who wrote about Sophie Germain; and Amulya T. for her essay on Beatrice Hicks.

Two of the four Honorable Merit Award winners are from PCK. Congratulations to Ellie A. and Advitha G., who will each receive a science kit.

Of the five students receiving Honorable Mention Awards this year, three are from PCK. Way to go, Zachary J., Tashi M., and Niranjana P.! This year’s prize is the book 101 Great Science Experiments by Neil Ardley.

PCK is one of two schools to receive the School Library Award for outstanding participation in the contest. The prize is a library of books on women engineers and scientists for the 6th grade classrooms to help students learn about the backgrounds and achievements of notable women in these fields, as well as science-related careers.

Congratulations, 6th grade writers (and their teachers)! We are PCKproud of you!

Everyone Is Welcome At The PTA

The next PTA meeting is Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30pm in room 126. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! 

Refresh With A Berry Blendz Spirit Night

Enjoy an after school smoothie on Thursday, May 12 when PCK has a Sprit Night at the Berry Blendz Mainstreet location (near Safeway) from 3:00 - 6:00pm. Be sure to mention PCK when you order so the school gets a portion of the proceeds. Get more details here.

There is a Spirit Night at Berry Blendz on Mainstreet in Parker near Safeway on Thursday, May 12 from 3:00 - 6:00pm.

Save The Date For More Fun At Code Ninjas

Save Saturday, May 21 for another Spirit Night at Code Ninjas. The last one was such a huge success that the PTA decided to host another one for students in grades 2 - 8. Watch for details coming soon. Like last time, the cost will be $29/student. 

Get Rolling To The End-Of-Year Skate Party 

Be sure to join us at Skate City (15100 E. Girard Ave., Aurora) on May 19 for an end-of-year skate party. This is a private party just for PCK families from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Admission is $7 at the door, and $3 for skate rental. You won't want to miss out on the fun! Get more details here.

Come to the PCK skate party on May 19 from 5:00 - 7:00pm, at Skate City at 15100 E. Girard Avenue, Aurora, CO  80014. Admission is $7 at the door and skate rental is $3. This is a private party only for PCK families.

News From The Foundation At PCK

Legacy Stones

The Foundation is thrilled with the entire PCK community's response to the Legacy Stones and development of our new playground. As our playground project continues, we will share additional details throughout the coming school year in preparation for construction in the summer of 2023. Currently, all big legacy items have been auctioned off. There are still $500 Legacy Stones available for purchase, and those will be posted on the Foundation page of the PCK website in the next few weeks. 

Winners of the Kona Ice Party

Congratulations to 2nd and 8th grades for having the highest earning baskets in the silent auction! Each grade won a Kona Ice party. Second grade had the highest earnings overall with three baskets, and 8th grade's basket had the highest bid price for a single basket. Thank you to Foundation member Brittany Morgan for coordinating this, and thanks to all the parents who put these wonderful baskets together. They were all amazing! The students will enjoy their Kona Ice parties on Friday, May 12.

Missing Art Piece From the Gala

We had a beautiful art piece (pictured) made by a couple of 5th grade students that we auctioned off in the silent auction. It was at the Gala, and unfortunately it went home with the wrong person. The father of one of the girls who made it won it in the auction. He is very sad he didn't get his daughter's artwork that they spent so much time on. If you took it home by mistake from the Gala, please contact Laura Erhuy. No harm, no foul, we just want to get this piece back to its rightful owner. Thank you in advance for your help. 

Connecting With Character

Use the following Home Links to help your student review what he/she is learning in Character Coaching this week. You can also use these to help reinforce the lessons at home.

Kindergarten - Students are learning about managing disappointment (no Home Link)

First grade - Home link on fair ways to play 

Second grade - Home link on taking responsibility

Third grade - Students are learning about the character trait of forgiveness. No Home Link.

Fourth grade - Home link on solving playground problems

Getting Ready For A Great End To The Year

We're all looking forward to an exciting end to the school year. Our last day in the PCK building will be Wednesday, May 25th, with class parties from 2:00 - 3:00pm.

On Thursday, May 26th we will have Field Day at Salisbury Park (1920 N Motsenbocker Rd, Parker, 80134) from 9:00am - 1:15pm. Parents need to 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. 

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.

Way To Go Carpool Program Opt-Out

We are preparing our family lists for next year's Way to Go Schoolpool. Douglas County automatically opts all students into this program to help match families living near each other for carpools. We highly encourage all of our families to carpool as it makes the pickup process easier. If you do not want to participate, you must opt-out by completing this form.

For more information on Way to Go, please click here.

Join Our Team

We are hiring a part-time kindergarten aide for the 2022-23 school year. The person in this role will work 7:30am - 12:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information and to submit an application, please visit the Careers page on our website and click on the Frontline link.

We are also hiring a middle school art elective teacher. This is a part-time position that may have some scheduling flexibility. Contact Heather Newbrough for more information.

News From The COVID Tracker

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

Shop At American For PCK

Any time you buy from American Furniture Warehouse and tell them you are with PCK, the school receives a donation. However, during their 10-day Store Rally from April 29 - May 8, they donate a larger percentage of the purchase price. You are also eligible to win a $500 gift card! Mention PCK or give them our school ID (PCK581) at checkout.  

Stand Up For Safety

Thank you to Satayajee Chigurupati, Dev Purohit, Subbaiah Jemmili, Jay Bolivar, Francis Hoang, and Craig Kindred 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!

Meet Our 6th Grade Fitness Trainers

Our 6th grade students delivered fitness presentations this week in PE. The students were covering the five health components of physical fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The students have done a wonderful job teaching their peers some fun and creative fitness routines!

Field Trip Teaches Students About Water Treatment 

On Earth Day, our 7th graders went on a field trip to a water treatment plant where they learned how clean water gets to homes in Douglas County.

Thank You

Thank you to Kelly Anderson for bringing two different kinds of baked goodies for our staff last week, and chips and salsa today for Cinco de Mayo. These treats were delicious and very much appreciated!

We also send a big THANK YOU to the Prabhu family for treating our staff to a wonderful samosa experience. They were kind enough to bring us 200 onion samosas and four gallons of mango lassi, so everyone got to enjoy a taste of India. Thank you for your generosity, Prabhu family!