Weekly Digest 4.16.21

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Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!





All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Board meeting public comments sign up
  • Equity Literacy update
  • Request for Board candidate questions
  • Seed library opens
  • 5K to support mental health
  • First Friday Art Walk
  • Virtual community Q&A:  Annual Family Survey
  • EOY information from our Registrar
  • Meet your Board candidates
  • Hiring Committee openings
  • The Puma Spotlight

Elementary K-5th grades 

  • Elementary yearbook custom pages

Secondary 6-12th grades

  • In-person office hours
  • Student announcements

Middle 6-8th grades

  • Virtual meeting for current 8th grade parents/guardians
  • Virtual trivia event

High 9-12th grades

  • No updates

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Season D sports

Friends of P2P 

  • New family mentors wanted
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Upcoming meets
  • Annual Fund donations


  • Opportunities and interests
  • Volunteer information



Link to monthly and yearly calendars 


Frequently Used Webpages:


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.
  • What:  Virtual Emerge 5K Walk/Run
  • Who:  Anyone and everyone - help spread the word far and wide
  • Where:  Anywhere in the world (inside or outside) - YOUR choice!
  • When:  12:01 AM to Midnight MT Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • How:  Click here to register here for free or here to donate.

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:
Upcoming Dates:
MAY 7th:  deadline for submissions is April 30

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!

April 26th 6:30-7:30 PM

Meeting ID


Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 575-586-5195‬

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.
  • End of Year Withdrawals/Transfers:  We ask ALL students that will be transferring to a different school for the next school year, even those that have gone through open enrollment to attend another BVSD school, to formally withdraw.  This just means complete and return the attached WITHDRAWAL FORM, turn in Peak to Peak materials, and clear all accounts.  Please touch base with our bookkeeper to clear accounts, amy.skinner@bvsd.org , and check in with our main office for detail on how to return items that your student has checked out.  Once done please email completed withdrawal forms to our registrar, vicki.lundquist@bvsd.org .  
  • Final Report Cards:  Once grades are finalized for the current school year, which is about two weeks after the last day of school, please visit your Parent Portal and PRINT your student's report card for your records.  It will only be available until the new school year becomes active.  This is for all students K-12.  For our drivers, this is what the insurance company will require for good driver discounts.

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. 


Thank you,

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.  

Send in your photos and video


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Elementary Yearbook Custom Pages

Elementary Yearbooks:  LAST CHANCE to ORDER and CUSTOMIZE your two free pages!  The deadline is Monday, April 19th.
passcode: 1015361813341879
Please see the image below or the attached flyers for information on how to create your custom pages.

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Secondary (Grades 6th-12th)


NEW In-Person Office Hours
Some teachers will be able to hold in-person office hours beginning next week from 11:10-12:00. Students should connect with teachers directly to find out the exact days that office hours may be offered for their class. Teachers will continue to offer virtual office hours for students in Distance Learning or anyone who cannot attend in person. 


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)


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NEW Current 8th Grade Parents/Guardians (No Students)

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 


Come join us for Middle School Online Trivia Night on Monday, April 26th at 5:00 PM. Please click the link on the poster in the below link (or see them in the middle school hallways) to register and then a calendar invite will be sent to you with the google meet.  There will be prizes for the top 3 winners!  Link to Trivia slide.




No updates 


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ES, MS, HS Athletics


Season D 
Seasons are starting in the next couple of weeks! Please get registered and up to date with your physicals prior to your season start dates. 
April 19th: 
  • Middle School Girls Soccer
  • Middle School Baseball
  • Middle School Track & Field
  • High School Girls Golf
April 26th:
  • High School Girls Soccer
  • High School Baseball
  • High School Track & Field 
  • High School Girls Tennis 
Physicals: Email to amanda.smith@bvsd.org 


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Friends of P2P


NEW Family Mentors Wanted!
We have many very excited new families ready to be welcomed to our school!  As we've been doing for 20 years, we will soon be matching current P2P families with our new families to provide a warm welcome and make themselves available for any questions our families may have.  We are planning virtual and in-person events to connect our mentors and families so the more mentors we have the better!  Please fill out this form if you would like to be a mentor.  Questions?  Please contact P2P parent Siobhan Webster or Friends of Peak to Peak.  Thank you!  
Volunteer Opportunities Open for Next Year - Please Fill Out This Form!
We are thrilled to start organizing volunteer opportunities for next year!  THANK YOU EVERYONE who has filled out our interest form so far.  Between our new family mentor program kicking off in a few weeks, to all our back-to-school events, and more... we would love for you to start thinking about what you may be interested in helping with in the 2021/22 school year.   For a comprehensive list of the many ways to support Peak to Peak, please check out this chart.  Ready to let us know what you are interested in?  We invite you to fill out the interest form so we can begin sharing information about these opportunities.  If you have questions please contact Rachel Hirt or Allie Cross.  
Upcoming Community Meets: 
NEW P2P Learning Garden Team Special Earth Day Meet:  On Thursday, April 22nd 5:30 - 6:30 PM join the Peak to Peak Learning Garden Team for a fun Earth Day "Science in the Garden" virtual meet!  Pre-registered families will receive a packet with supplies and materials for 3 fun and easy garden theme experiments.  Experiments are generally appropriate for grades K-5. Guests at this event will also learn about our new "Seed Library" open to ALL puma families!  This 2021 Peak Innovation Fund project which was awarded to Ms. Bunting will be an open seed library for our school and allow our kids, families, and staff to take what they have learned in the Peak Learning Garden garden and transfer that gardening knowledge and those hands-on skills to their own backyards.  We will roll our library out on Earth Day April 22nd, and it will be housed in a central location in the main building. This will be a sustainable project that will begin in the spring of 2021 and continue for years to come.  Please fill out this interest form to register for "Science in the Garden".  Please contact P2P parent Kim Livingston with any questions.    
P2P Wine Club:  Our final wine tasting meet for the year will be the first week of May (TBD).  To receive updates on this festive community group please email Christy Vaughan  
P2P Book Club:  After a lively discussion of our most recent book "White Noise", the P2P Book Club decided to choose 2 high school "choice books" to read over the summer and connect back in August.  Please stay tuned for these book decisions and contact P2P parent Marian Freshour to be included in club communications.  The club would like to thank HS teacher Ms. Karen Amidon for joining us this year, leading thought-provoking discussions, and providing interesting information on literature choices at Peak to Peak.
The P2P Cross-Industry Leadership Networking parent/guardian interest group is meeting regularly. If you are interested in connecting with other Puma families on this topic please contact P2P parent Yulia Duryea.
There is still time to support this year's Peak Annual Fund. Join other Puma families in showing your support for our school this year. Our operating budget appreciates and depends on our support. Thank you and Go Pumas!


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Volunteers Opportunities and Interest
We are planning for our volunteer support for next year, 2021/2022, and would love your participation! 
VOLUNTEER NEEDS:  no updates


Enter Volunteer Hours from Home:  Thank you for helping us track your hours for our records!  See this training on how to enter volunteer hours from home. 


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.


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