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Weekly Digest 4.16.21
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NEW Board Meeting Public Comments Sign Up
The agenda and meeting joining information can be found HERE. Typically, the agendas are posted the Monday before the meeting. Please click the below link to sign up to make a public comment for the April 21, 2021 board meeting that will be held at 5:00 PM. Public comment sign ups close at 4:00 PM on April 21st: BOD Meeting Public Comment Speakers - 4/21/21
NEW Building Equity Literacy at P2P - Progress Update
In our recent articles and the Virtual Community Q&A session in March, we shared information about the efforts we are pursuing to instill an equitable and responsive school culture at Peak to Peak. We hope that the information we are providing is helpful in understanding the importance and realities of this work coming to life in our school community. (See the article repository at the end of this article for links to past communications.)
In today’s article, we’d like to highlight progress on a few fronts:...please click Equity Literacy to read the entire article.
NEW Virtual Board Candidate Q&A - Request for Candidate Questions for Annual Meeting
In order to prepare for our Board Candidate Q&A during our Annual Meeting on May 5th, the Election Committee is requesting any audience questions to please be submitted in advance. There will not be an opportunity to ask questions live but the candidates will be responding live. Questions can be submitted anonymously here: Community Questions for Board Candidate Forum
Please submit any questions by Monday, May 3rd 3:00 PM. Candidates will not know the questions in advance.
NEW Peak to Peak Seed Library Opens
OUR MISSION: According to the Whole Food Foundation, only 2% of children eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the typical elementary student receives just 3.4 hours of nutrition education each year. We hope to change these numbers by inspiring our K-12 students, families, and faculty to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers at home.
We want to shift the attitudes of many students and families, encouraging them to spend time outside and to use their hands to create something beautiful and sustainable. We want them to create a garden from the soil up, and to use what comes from it to create healthy meals in their kitchens. At our school, we already have a successful and thriving K-12 Learning Garden with nine raised beds and an open field. We have watched students at every level enjoy this garden and take such good care of it. The kids have learned how to build raised beds, lay irrigation, plant new seeds, stake big plants, pull weeds, lay down compost and so much more. This year, we are opening a seed library for our school and allowing our kids, families, and staff to take what they have learned in the school garden and transfer that gardening knowledge and those hands-on skills to their own backyards. We will roll our library out on Earth Day, and it will be housed in a central location in the main building. Take a look at our seed library website: SEED LIBRARY
HOW IT WORKS: The Seed Library is located in the south building by the main office at Peak to Peak. Stop by and take a look at our available seeds. Seeds are separated into packets with growing instructions, divided into three categories: easy-easy, easy, and difficult. We have vegetables, herbs, and flowers available. Please return any seeds you do not use into the white bin marked "return" or place them into Mrs. Bunting's mailbox in the office.
Please stop by and take a look on April 22 and enter to win fun and educational garden prizes!
NEW 5K to Support Mental Health in Our Community
Every year, Peak to Peak partners with Rise Against Suicide (formerly Second Wind Fund) to support their 5K run, Emerge. There is no cost to participate though donations are appreciated.
Nelson Mandela said that “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Our children in Colorado are in deep distress. The rate of youth suicide in the US increased by 25% from 2016 to 2019; at that same time, the rate of suicide deaths in Colorado increased by 58%. More than twice as many Boulder County students are hospitalized for self-harm or attempted suicide than are hospitalized for auto accidents.
As an Emerge participant, you will help bring the issue of youth suicide to the forefront. Most importantly, by participating in our community event, you make it acceptable for our struggling youth and their families to seek help. EMERGE, Rise Against Suicide's biggest fundraiser each year, is the critical piece that ensures we can continue to provide funded services of targeted counseling related to suicide in our community.
NEW First Friday Art Walk
Please encourage your students to submit their art, music, or theater performances for the May K-12 Community First Friday Art Walk! We are seeking recorded performances no longer than 60 seconds (and based on submissions may trim to fit).
Submit art here:
MAY 7th: deadline for submissions is April 30
View the First Friday Art Walk archive here.
Virtual Community Q&A: Annual Family Survey
The Accountability Committee invites all in our community to attend the virtual Community Night Q&A on Monday, April 26, 2021, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Members of our committee, along with ELT members will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding this year's Annual Family Survey. We encourage everyone to read this year's survey prior to this event, and it can be found here: The 2021 Annual Family Survey Come Join Us!
PIN: 175 313 434#
End of Year Information from Our Registrar
As we approach the end of the school year here are a couple of reminders for our families.
Meet Your Board of Director Candidates
The 2021 election for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors is coming in early May. There will be THREE OPEN SEATS for elected board members. Two of the seats have 3-year terms and the third seat has a 2-year term. The online election will take place in May with specific voting information and details to follow at that time. Please click on their names to read the answers to the candidate questions:
Please contact Traci Schoeneweis with questions.
The 2021 Peak to Peak Election Committee
Are You Interested in Our HOD Committee (Hiring Team)?
Peak to Peak's HOD committee (Hiring Team) is talking with community members who may be interested in volunteering for this team. To learn more about what we do please go to: HOD Committee
If you might be interested and would like to have a conversation, please email Sarah Greene.
The Puma Spotlight
The Puma Spotlight is a place where we capture and celebrate the success of our students and staff members. Each spring, we are delighted to see an increase in the awards, scholarships, championships, and significant accomplishments of our Pumas. Be sure to visit the Puma Spotlight page on our website to see the good news that has been rolling in this month. At the top of the page, you will find a link to submit your students' achievements to be shared with our community.
Elementary Yearbook Custom Pages
Weekly Secondary Student Announcements
Please click the below link to view the daily middle and high school student announcements:
"The Voice of Peak to Peak" (daily secondary student announcements)
Save the date for Transition to HS Night on Tuesday, May 4 from 6:00-7:00 PM. Please join us for this virtual event! We will welcome you to our high school, discuss graduation requirements, and talk about our 9th grade overnight field trip to Camp Timberline! This evening is for ALL current 8th grade families new and returning! Please submit your questions about high school ahead of time by filling out this form.
NEW Virtual Trivia Event
- Middle School Girls Soccer
- Middle School Baseball
- Middle School Track & Field
- High School Girls Golf
- High School Girls Soccer
- High School Baseball
- High School Track & Field
- High School Girls Tennis
Volunteer Process & Training: 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 the volunteer form then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year! Please contact Traci Schoeneweis 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 volunteer form 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 below people. We would love to meet you.
- Allie Cross & Rachel Hirt, Volunteer Coordinators
- Siobhan Webster, Elementary School Volunteer Coordinator
- Dar Zerwek-Reardon, Middle School Volunteer Coordinator
- Nicole Harrison, High School Volunteer Coordinator