PCK Weekly News
September 16, 2021

Taking Pride In PCK

A huge THANK YOU goes to seventh grader Merrick Williams, who raised $200 for our new playground even though middle school didn't participate in the Fund Run. He just wanted to help our school! Thank you for your inspiring attitude and effort, Merrick. You make us #PCKproud!

Hygiene Help For Hurricane Victims

One of our 5th grade students is organizing a supply drive to collect hygiene items needed by victims of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.  See a list of needed items here. Collection bins will be at the school entrances until Friday, September 24, then some of our students will package the items into hygiene kits so an organization called Convoy of Hope can deliver them to those in need. Thank you for any items you can donate - each one makes a difference!

 Get Social With Us

PCK now has official school Instagram and Facebook pages. Join us on Instagram at pck_charter_school, and on Facebook at Parker Core Knowledge Charter School. You can also use the links on the homepage of our new website. These pages are trusted sources of information about school happenings.

News From The PTA

We'll Get Festive In The Spring
Since we've already had so much fun this year with the pool party and the Fund Run, the PTA decided to postpone the Fall Festival and hopes to have a similar event later in the spring. We are excited to spread the fun throughout the year and look forward to a great event in 2022.

Spirit Night At Chick-fil-A
Join us next Thursday, September 23, from 3:00 - 10:00pm, for a Spirit Night at the Parker Chick-fil-A! Spirit nights let you enjoy a tasty dinner, meet other PCK families, and support our school. We get a portion of the night's proceeds, so be sure to mention PCK when ordering or include it in the comments section on the CFA app.

Milk Caps for Moola

We are once again taking part in Longmont Dairy's Milk Caps for Mooola program. The PTA receives 10 cents per cap you bring in! If your family uses Longmont Dairy, please send in your clean bottled products caps. There is a collection box near the front office at PCK.

Box Tops

Be sure to download the Box Tops app to your phone and scan your box tops to earn money for PCK! You can look up our school by the name Core Knowledge Charter School. This is an easy way to raise money for the school with products you already buy. Thanks to the app, you don't need to clip the box tops and send them in to school.

Are You Ready For The School Board Election?

There is an important election on November 2nd that will decide on four new members of the Douglas County School District Board of Directors. This election will have a direct impact on our school. Our partners at the Colorado League of Charter Schools are hosting an hour-long on-line training to ensure you know what it means to be a charter school, how the DCSD Board of Directors and their decisions affect us, and the steps you need to take to be able to participate in the election. The same training will be offered on four unique dates and times. We encourage you to register by clicking on the date and time that work best for you.

Homework Help Is Here

National Junior Honor Society is excited to announce that they will be offering homework help to interested K-6 students! Volunteers belonging to NJHS will work one-on-one with your student, spending 30 minutes working through their homework with them. Homework help sessions will take place from 3:10-3:45 at Core Care Club. Following the session, students who aren't staying in C3 will exit to the south parking lot for pick up.

If you are interested in having an NJHS student help your child with homework, please email njhs@ckcs.net. In your email, please specify your student's name, grade, the number of sessions of homework help you want, and the day(s) of the week you would like your student to receive help. An NJHS representative will assign your student to one of our members for the number of sessions you requested. 

Each homework help session costs $10, and you must pay for your sessions in advance. Sessions are paid for through MySchoolBucks, and a link to purchase sessions will be provided once you have been assigned an NJHS student.

Pick A Pose

It is time to order your child's school photos! To view the different poses of your student, use the code you received in your Thursday Folder or via email from Van Gogh Photography (if you can't locate the email, please check your spam and trash folders). Enter this code at vangoghco.com, view your child's images, and place your order. If you missed picture or day or need  your child's photo to be retaken, retake day is November 2.

Pack A Mask

Please be sure your child has an extra mask packed in his/her backpack. Masks often get lost, dirty, or broken, so having a spare one handy is very helpful for students. Thanks for your help!

Mark Your Calendar

The PCK Board of Directors approved an additional teacher work day on Friday, May 13. This day will allow our teachers to consider a full year of information when placing students in classrooms for the coming year. The calendar on the home page of our website has been updated to reflect this new work day.

Connecting With Character

This month our students are focusing on the character trait of "thoroughness: taking care of details and doing my best." When they are being thorough, students will plan their work, pay attention to details, make a list so they don't forget, finish what they start, and clean up along the way. You received a table tent in your Thursday Folder with discussion questions on thoroughness. These are great conversation starters to help your family explore this trait and why it is important at home as well as at school.

Congratulations to Quinn C., Sam D., and Taylor L. who were recognized in last Friday's assembly for demonstrating great character. Way to go, character leaders!

Following our character assembly, students enjoyed an action-packed pep rally to support our fall sports teams. PCK's Cub Scout Pack 369 arranged for a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol to be donated to our school and hung in the Sports Gym. The Scouts presented the flag to Mrs. Harth and Mr. Thompson in a special ceremony during the pep rally. Thank you, Scouts! This is a truly special gift to our school!

All About High School

If you are the parent of a middle schooler, you won't want to miss PCK's High School Information Night from 5:00 - 6:30pm on September 29. Representatives from most of the area high schools will be on hand to answer questions about their schools so you can make an informed decision about where to send your student after PCK.

Check Out The PCK Chick Cam

The adorable chicks in our elementary science lab are YouTube stars! You can watch their antics here. They are growing quickly, and are having lots of fun exploring, snacking, and cuddling with each other. If the camera is off when you try to watch them, it means the chicks are either playing outside or taking a break from the action. Please check back a little later. 

 News From Our Littlest Learners

Mats on the Move started this week. The Tumble Bus is so much fun! Our students love doing gymnastics and it is a great way for them to move during the day.

Stand Up For Safety

Thank you to Craig Kindred for being our Safety Dad this week. Our students love having dads here making sure our perimeter is secure, helping with lunch and recess, and assisting with other activities as needed. Dads can stay until 1:00 or for the whole day. Click here to learn more about being a Safety Dad or to sign up.

Patience With Putting

Ms. Brownell's 4th grade PE class learned how to putt on a putt-putt course created by 6th grade students! The 4th graders worked on form and correct swings for short, long, uphill, and downhill putting all week. These skills take a lot of practice and patience, and the students did a fantastic job while having a lot of fun.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Grosz family for bringing our staff delicious doughnuts. We sure appreciate your generosity!