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Parents’ Council welcomes new PTCO leaders

Dozens of principals and hundreds of parents packed the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC) on Sept. 9 to kick off another year of cooperation and collaboration through the Cherry Creek School District Parents’ Council. The group welcomed the new leaders of every school’s Parent-Teacher-Community Organization (PTCO).

See photos from the meeting on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.

President Lisa Chaiken explained that Parents’ Council evolved from a 1950s parents’ group known as the Community Council and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1970, when there were only 11 schools in the district. Today there are more than 60!

Chaiken said the group’s mission, which has remained virtually unchanged through the years, is to “promote the exchange of ideas among parent representatives of all schools in Cherry Creek, and to serve as a vehicle of communication within the district for parents, teachers, administrators, the Board of Education, and any interested persons.” 

Parents’ Council holds monthly meetings, workshops for PTCO officers and an annual Vendors’ Fair (scheduled for March 5, 2014) featuring fundraising ideas for school groups, clubs and sports teams.  Parents’ Council also hosts the Cherry Creek Schools Exceptional Volunteer Event each spring. The group debuted a colorful, informative newsletter called “Snapshot.”  You can subscribe at

During the September meeting, Board of Education President Jim O’Brien thanked past president Jennifer Churchfield for her eight years of service on the board. Churchfield is term-limited and will step down in November. O’Brien also thanked parents for volunteering their time to be involved in their children’s schools and the Cherry Creek School District. Finally, Superintendent Harry Bull introduced district administrators and then principals, who in turn introduced their PTCO leaders.

The next Parents’ Council meeting will be held from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 14, at SARC, located at 14188 E. Briarwood Ave. in Centennial. Other meetings will be held Nov. 11, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10 and Apr. 14. For more information about Parents’ Council, visit

Posted September 9, 2013.

Posted 9/9/2013 1:50 PM
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