Weekly Digest 8.16.19

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Welcome to the Peak to Peak weekly digest!

The following information is for the week of 8/19-8/23


 

 

All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Greetings from the Board
  • Website reminders and help 

Elementary

  • One School, One Book
  • Grade level coffees

Middle

  • Change to tutoring center'
  • iReady assessment day
  • Student Council
  • Middle School Back to School Night

High

  • Change to tutoring center
  • Schedule changes
  • Parent/guardian night on September 11th
  • College Day call for volunteers
  • High School Back to School Night
  • Yearbook Information for seniors

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Puma home games
  • Middle School sports
  • Peak on the Green

Friends of P2P

  • Welcome back!
  • Back to School Picnic 9/6
  • Peak on the Green 9/20
  • King Soopers partnership

Volunteer

  • Mock Trial coach needed
  • Volunteer information

 

Calendar:

Week of 8/19/19-8/23/19
Monday 8/19: 1-8 period day for secondary
Tuesday 8/20: ODD block day for secondary; High School Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 PM (cafeteria)
Wednesday 8/21: EVEN block day for secondary
Thursday 8/22: ODD block day for secondary; Middle School Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 PM (cafeteria)
Friday 8/23: EVEN block day for secondary

 

Link to monthly and yearly calendars 

 

Frequently Used Webpages:

  


Please visit the Board of Directors Page for meeting agendas, minutes, and more.

 


NEW Greetings from the Board of Directors

 

Your Peak to Peak board of directors is delighted to welcome our entire community back for another school year, especially our newest families and learners. A few quick notes from our team:

  • This school year Peak to Peak is celebrating its 20th birthday! At the core of our many successes lies the dedicated work of our outstanding staff and community volunteers. Thank you for generously volunteering your time and talents in areas that speak to you. Learn more about getting involved here
  • We welcome and encourage our community to attend board meetings if and when possible. Meeting attendance is a great way to learn about current events and what’s ahead for Peak to Peak. The next meeting will take place at 5 p.m., August 28 in the College Counseling Center conference room. All meetings are posted on the events calendar on the Peak to Peak website (or view here). 
  • Your 2019-20 board of directors, including officer designations, are: Eveline Grady - President, Colleen Elliott - Vice President, Derek Cole - Treasurer, Thomas Willetto - Secretary, Elizabeth Gable, Heather Caruso, and Jaimee Miller.

We are currently reviewing the areas the board will focus on this year, and will share this information as soon as it is available. Wishing you a great start to school,

 

Your Peak to Peak Board of Directors 

 


Website Reminders and Help

 

Welcome back!  Do you remember:

  • How do I sign in?
  • How do I find my student’s course or classroom pages?
  • How do I personalize the calendar?
  • Other questions?

 

The Peak to Peak website has a wealth of important and helpful information!  We realize that a lot of people don't regularly use it over the summer so questions may arise.  Please review THIS attached reference letter and answers to additional FAQs can be found here. 

 

 


 

 

 

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Elementary

 


NEW  One School, One Book

 

Dear Peak to Peak Families, 

 

This month Peak to Peak Elementary will be embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called One School, One Book. Every classroom will be reading the same book starting the week of August 26th through the week of  December 9th. 

 

With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff - will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits. Each homeroom classroom will read a chapter a week.  As we start the school year we will gear up for our book club with hints and clues the week of August 19th and reveal our book to all classes on Monday, August 26th.  

 

Once we start reading we encourage you to ask your student questions about the book and discuss connections you may have with the book.  If you would like to buy a copy of the book for home, please do so, but know it is not necessary. In addition to reading the book, we will have weekly activities including trivia games, special days and other activities to encourage interest and excitement around the book. We will keep you up to date on One School One Book activities through weekly classroom newsletters and the Weekly Digest.  

 

One School, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.  We hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about the adventures of our main character-there will be a lot to talk about.

 

 With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.

 

Melissa Christensen, Elementary Principal

Holly Monarski, Elementary Assistant Principal 

 


NEW Let’s Talk-Elementary Grade Level Coffee Talks

 

Ms. Christensen and Mrs. Monarski would like to invite you to share a cup of coffee and take a moment to talk about your experience at Peak to Peak. Last year we learned invaluable information from our conversations and our hope is to continue to listen, learn, and improve! We will be hosting events once monthly for specific grades throughout the year. If you can’t attend but have something to share, we always welcome your feedback at any time through email, phone calls, or in-person conversations.  We look forward to speaking with you. 

 

Fifth Grade Wednesday, October 16th 8:15, Cafeteria

Fourth Grade Wednesday, November 20th  8:15, Cafeteria

Third Grade Wednesday, January 15th 8:15, Cafeteria

Second Grade Wednesday, February 19th 8:15, Cafeteria

First Grade Wednesday, March 18th 8:15, Cafeteria

Kindergarten Grade Wednesday, April 15th 8:15, Cafeteria

 

 


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Middle

 

 


NEW Change to Tutoring Center

 

Dear Secondary Students and Families,

 
As some of you may know, we've been challenged over the past two years to find adequate space to host our combined high school classes in history and English (merged AP US history and AP language and composition periods 5 and 7), our speech and debate class/club (taught by Andy Shedd period 8), and our innovation sections (taught by Kristie Letter periods 3 and 8). Our staff has been very creative in using multiple rooms and locations to make do, but regular classrooms can no longer suffice with the number of students we have this year (and more next) unless we make changes in our north building.
 
In the spirit of creative brainstorming, we considered offering these classes in the auditeria (when the stage wall is closed down) and the cafeteria (at the end of the day after lunches). However, both of these spaces are really crucial to keep open for other needs in our elementary and secondary grade levels. Similarly, hosting large classes in the LMC would have created noise and logistical challenges (for our open lab and makerspace use) when the ES and MS students are accessing the LMC. This just wasn't a viable alternative.
 
As a result, last Friday, our leadership team met and decided to move the current location of our Think Tank from the north building, to the secondary side of the Library LMC, near the makerspace, in order to open up the north building  for classes that have 33-62 students in each section. We have moved out the computers, and will be adding tables and installing a projector and screen in the weeks ahead. We are temporarily calling this space our very own Innovation Center (The Inn) at Peak to Peak. When not in use by these classes, it will be available on a reservation basis. The conference room in that location will continue to be used by our hiring team (HOD) for ongoing hiring needs, but it may also be reserved on a case-by-case basis going forward. 
 
We understand that this is a big change for secondary students and staff who've benefited from the current location of the Think Tank. Many of our students across the middle and high school appreciated using the break-out rooms for homework time and group projects, as well as the convenience of the space relative to their other classes to make up tests and complete work. Please know that students will continue to be able to get writing, tutoring support, and time to make up assessments in the new Think Tank location in the LMC (LMC TT). And again, staff may reserve the Inn Center spaces as needed and when available throughout the school day. 
 
If you have input or ideas about the new Inn Center rooms, please don't hesitate to reach out with your suggestions. We hope this change will get us through the immediate needs we have for our larger high school sections this year, and offer more co-taught and co-rostered classes to move in this direction in the year ahead. 
 
Thanks for all you're doing to launch a new school year. We appreciate your support!
 
The Executive Leadership Team

 


 

NEW  iReady Assessment Day 

 

Attention Middle School Families!  Monday, August 26th will be our iReady Assessment Day for the Beginning of Year Reading and Math Diagnostics. These assessments provide our teachers with important information on our students as individual learners and for our school as a whole. This feedback will be used to guide our instruction as the year gets underway. We greatly appreciate your support with this testing day. 
 
Here are the important things your family needs to know:
  • Monday, 8/26, will be a full day of school for all middle schoolers. However, we will not follow the bell schedule as there will be no classes. 
  • Encourage your child to get a good night's sleep and eat some breakfast,
  • Please send your child with headphones, a water bottle, and a choice reading book (for if they finish either diagnostic early),
  • Your child will test with his/her GLT Teacher (we met for the first time as GLT groups this week- your child knows what this means!)
  • The iReady testing will take place in the morning for both reading and math, 
  • Then students will have lunch, like a typical school day,
  • Finally, the day will conclude with grade level and middle school-wide community-building activities.
Please reach out to Erin Roof, our K-8 MTSS Coordinator, at erin.roof@bvsd.org, with any questions about our schedule for that day. We are grateful for this focused morning of testing so our students have the opportunity to do their best. Thank you for your partnership! 

 


NEW Middle School Student Council

 

We would like to invite students to join the Middle School Student Council- a place for the voice of the student body can be heard.  Meetings start Tuesday, Aug 20th  in room S280. Be sure to bring your lunch.   We have already voted in the lead facilitators but need the council itself. The teacher leads are Ms. Chakraborty-spotts and Ms. Hankey.  You can fill in an application here or get one from the Stuco board in the hallway. These do need to be returned signed by an adult. We look forward to hearing your voice!

 
 

Middle School Back to School Night: Mark Your Calendars

 

When: Thursday, August 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Cafeteria to begin (classrooms to follow)

What: An event for parents/guardians/families of 6-8 grade students to experience a taste of middle school

Why: A chance to put yourself in your student’s shoes, get to know our teachers and staff, and to have the opportunity to be welcomed into the new school year

Note: Please print off (or have it handy on a device) your student’s schedule. After an introduction in the cafeteria, we will run a shortened class schedule so you can go through the flow of your child’s day.

 


 

Middle School Announcements 

Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students

 

High

 


NEW Change to Tutoring Center

 

Dear Secondary Students and Families,

 
As some of you may know, we've been challenged over the past two years to find adequate space to host our combined high school classes in history and English (merged AP US history and AP language and composition periods 5 and 7), our speech and debate class/club (taught by Andy Shedd period 8), and our innovation sections (taught by Kristie Letter periods 3 and 8). Our staff has been very creative in using multiple rooms and locations to make do, but regular classrooms can no longer suffice with the number of students we have this year (and more next) unless we make changes in our north building.
 
In the spirit of creative brainstorming, we considered offering these classes in the auditeria (when the stage wall is closed down) and the cafeteria (at the end of the day after lunches). However, both of these spaces are really crucial to keep open for other needs in our elementary and secondary grade levels. Similarly, hosting large classes in the LMC would have created noise and logistical challenges (for our open lab and makerspace use) when the ES and MS students are accessing the LMC. This just wasn't a viable alternative.
 
As a result, last Friday, our leadership team met and decided to move the current location of our Think Tank from the north building, to the secondary side of the Library LMC, near the makerspace, in order to open up the north building for classes that have 33-62 students in each section. We have moved out the computers, and will be adding tables and installing a projector and screen in the weeks ahead. We are temporarily calling this space our very own Innovation Center (The Inn) at Peak to Peak. When not in use by these classes, it will be available on a reservation basis. The conference room in that location will continue to be used by our hiring team (HOD) for ongoing hiring needs, but it may also be reserved on a case-by-case basis going forward. 
 
We understand that this is a big change for secondary students and staff who've benefited from the current location of the Think Tank. Many of our students across the middle and high school appreciated using the break-out rooms for homework time and group projects, as well as the convenience of the space relative to their other classes to make up tests and complete work. Please know that students will continue to be able to get writing, tutoring support, and time to make up assessments in the new Think Tank location in the LMC (LMC TT). And again, staff may reserve the Inn Center spaces as needed and when available throughout the school day. 
 
If you have input or ideas about the new Inn Center rooms, please don't hesitate to reach out with your suggestions. We hope this change will get us through the immediate needs we have for our larger high school sections this year, and offer more co-taught and co-rostered classes to move in this direction in the year ahead. 
 
Thanks for all you're doing to launch a new school year. We appreciate your support!
 
The Executive Leadership Team 

 


NEW HS Schedule Change Process 

 

HS Students can submit a schedule change request through a google form. Once students have submitted a schedule change request, we ask for your patience and understanding, as counselors need time to work through all the requests.  You must go directly to this link to submit your schedule change:...please click HERE to read the entire article and for the link.  

 


NEW High School Parent/Guardian Night on 9/11 with Guest Presenter Ms. Jenny Hecht "A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships"

 

All high school parents/guardians are invited to attend their mandatory grade level meeting first and the group presentation with guest speaker Jenny Hecht, which begins at 7:15 in the NW Gym. **If you have more than one child in HS, we recommend you attend the presentation for your oldest child...please click HERE to read the entire article and get information on times and locations for each grade. 

 


NEW High School College Day- Call for Volunteers

 

The 10th Annual Peak to Peak College Day is on Wednesday, October 2 and we need help from parents and guardians to make this day a success!  Please consider volunteering for this amazing event either by donating food items, volunteering on the day of the event, or both! If you are interested, please complete this Google Form.  Contact Macaela.HolmesFuller@bvsd.org with any questions.  

 


  

High School Back to School Night Information

 

Dear high school parents, guardians and families:

 

Welcome to August and the start of a new school year. Here’s to a fresh start! Every fall, we have a tradition of welcoming our families to Peak to Peak, and introducing you to our world-class staff. That tradition continues! We hope you’ll join us for Peak to Peak’s Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This is one of the most important visits that you will make to school this year, and a great opportunity for “face time” with our incredible teachers. We’ll hope you’ll join us to kick-start the year.

 

Following our welcome program in the cafeteria...please click High School Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 20 6:00-8:00 PM to read the entire article.

 


Yearbook Information for Seniors

 

Please click the following link for information on senior photos, ads, quotes, and other important information: Yearbook Guidelines for Seniors 2019/20   

 


  

Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students

 

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ES, MS, HS Athletics

 


NEW PUMA HOME GAMES

 
8/21 Boys Tennis vs Niwot 4:00
 
8/22 Boys Soccer vs Valor 4:00/6:00
 
8/23 Softball vs Greeley Central 4:30
 
8/24 Softball vs Centaurus 10:00
        Softball vs St. Mary's 2:00
 
 
NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
 
Middle School Boys Soccer, Coed Cross Country and  Volleyball start Monday! Please register online and turn in a physical to Amanda Smith.  amanda.smith@bvsd.org
 
 
 
 
NEW PEAK ON THE GREEN
 
Are you looking for a way to support athletics all while enjoying a day out on the course? Come join members of our community and athletic staff for a fun day of golf at Indian Peaks. Not a golfer? Join us for our 1st annual Homecoming Happy Hour at the course where there will be live music and a meet and greet with our amazing coaches.  We would love to see you there! 
 

 

 

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Friends of P2P

 


 

Welcome Back Puma Families!
 
On behalf of all of us at Friends of Peak to Peak we are excited to welcome back all our wonderful Puma families and are looking forward to a great year ahead!    In partnership with the Peak to Peak community and external partners, "Friends of Peak to Peak" exists to build support and raise essential funds for Peak to Peak Charter School towards its vision to inspire students to fulfill their academic dreams for college, to develop their creative passions and athletic talents, and to become responsible citizens.  Unlike traditional public schools, Peak to Peak operates on a funding gap of approximately $1,000 per student.  During the founding years, it was necessary to incur debt to finance the construction on the original set of campus buildings, resulting in an approximate 1.4 million dollar annual payment out of the general operating budget.  For almost 20 years, it has been the contributions of the Puma community time, talent and treasure that has helped fill that gap and Friends of Peak to Peak is here to help continue that mission - this year, and into the next 20 years!
 
Please be sure to join us at one of our upcoming events!  We are also looking for volunteers, please contact p2p.friends@bvsd.org for more information. 
 
 
 
Back to School Picnic, Friday, September 6th
 
Join a special kickoff of Peak to Peak's 20th anniversary at our 2nd annual Back to School Picnic!  Bring your own food or enjoy several food truck options.  Music, games, Peak Learning Garden Farmers Market, Disc Golf demo (purchased from 2019 Run for the Peak), bounce obstacle course and more!   5:30-7:30 PM in the main quad.
 
 
 
Peak on the Green & Homecoming Happy Hour - Friday, September 20th

 

Join us for Peak on the Green & Homecoming Happy Hour on September 20th at Indian Peaks Golf Course!  All golfers are invited to participate in a traditional 18 hole course or enjoy a fun and fast 9-hole course starting mid afternoon.  All community members are invited to celebrate Homecoming weekend at a relaxed and festive "happy hour" where you can participate in activities benefiting Peak to Peak athletics or just enjoy chatting with other Puma families.  Please visit our event site for event information and sponsorship opportunities!

 

 

 

King Soopers Partnership Update!

 

THANK YOU to all of you who have linked your King Soopers reward number to Friends of Peak to Peak.  We have 274 users at this point AND are pacing to raise more money already than with the old reloadable card program.  Go Pumas!  With are approximate 950 families there is still a ways to go for our school to receive an even larger contribution so please take a minute to link your royalty card number HERE, it only takes 1 minute! 

 


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Volunteer

 


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION & NEEDS: 

  
 
NEW High School Mock Trial Coach Needed
 
Hey, Peak to Peak parents/guardians! Are you an attorney or member of the National Bar Association looking for a chance to help out our school? Our Mock Trial team is in need of a coach for this 2019-2020 season. We meet once a week, any time after school, for an hour. We are completely flexible in scheduling practice times and dates! Mock Trial is a phenomenal way to raise the confidence and community in our student body. Please let us know if you’re interested by contacting abkerrane01@bvsd.org.
 
 
 
Fingerprinting Process
 
You can no longer get your fingerprints done at the police station in Colorado. You will need to get the paperwork from our front office which will walk you through the steps of how to get your fingerprints done. Each volunteer will receive an unique code that will pay for your fingerprints so it will not be an out of pocket cost to you.  If you have any questions about the process please feel free to email harrisonnicole@me.com
 
 
Volunteer Sign-in Process
 
If you have had a background check and have been approved you will receive an email to come in and get your badge with a picture and scanning capability. Once you have your photo badge you no longer need you to sign in on the paper sheet at the attendance window. Show the office your badge and once through the locked doors in the south lobby follow the instructions below to scan into the computer.  The instructions are also be printed at the computer for your convenience. This makes our school safer, more efficient, and coming and going easier for you.
 
1. Use barcode on the back of your badge to scan in using the scanner.
2. Choose either An Activity or A Classroom
3. Select the classroom or the activity.
4. Before you leave the building after volunteering scan out so we know you have left the building. 
 
 
Volunteer Facebook Page
 
We have a Facebook page for volunteers. We post the weekly update of what is coming up and last minute volunteer needs. Please subscribe to help make the page a successful tool. We will not over post to ensure we protect your time and social media barrage of information:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1594466300665141/
 
 
Volunteer Board
 
We have a volunteer board next to our login computer in the south lobby that will showcase all of the coming needs for the school.  Take a moment if you prefer to see our opportunities in person.
 
  
Volunteer Process
 
We will continue to request fingerprints from anyone who intends to volunteer more than once during the school year.  If you had your fingerprints done previously and completed all three volunteer forms then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year!  Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 to verify your volunteer status if you are unsure.  If you only intend to volunteer once then you will be required to do the background check (not fingerprints) and the three volunteer forms each year.  Please follow this link to print them:  Volunteer Information

 

Volunteer training is online.  Anyone that is new to the school needs to view this before volunteering.  If you have previously attended or taken the volunteer training you do not need to do it again.  It’s a good idea for returning volunteers to view this as well.  Follow this link Volunteer Training to view the information.  It can also be found on the volunteer page of the school website.

 

Your Volunteer Team would love to hear from you. If you have any interest in volunteering for anything at all but do not know where to start please email one of the people below.  We would love to meet you.
Nicole Harrison, harrisonnicole@me.com Volunteer Coordinator
Siobhan Webster, siobhanwebster@me.com Elementary School Volunteer Coordinator
Dar Zerwek-Reardon, zerwekhreardon@comcast.net Middle School Volunteer Coordinator
Angela Finan, angelarules@comcast.net High School Volunteer Coordinator
Lindsay Wright hlw78@mac.com Jamie Doyle jamdoyle@gmail.com