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Weekly Digest 5.21.21
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NEW End-of-Year Gratitude Note from Leadership
Dear Peak to Peak Families...please click Gratitude to read a message to our community.
NEW Reminder Monday is an On-Site School Day
Due to no school on Friday, May 28th, Monday, May 24th will be a normal on-site school day for all K-11 students. It will not be a flex day. Secondary students will have the following scheduled next week: Monday and Wednesday: Periods 2 & 4, Tuesday and Thursday: Periods 6 & 8
NEW 2021-22 School Year Preview
Dear Peak to Peak Community,
We’ve communicated in recent Weekly Digest articles that, barring any surge in the community spread of COVID-19 that would prevent area schools from operating normally, Peak to Peak will be returning to full-time, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year—bringing the distance learning option to an end. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic will be an ongoing challenge. The relieving news is that we are positioned to more safely return to a normal school year starting in August. Here is a preview of what to expect:...please click 2021-22 School Year Overview to read the entire article.
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 May 25, 2021 board meeting that will be held at 5:00 PM. Public comment sign ups close at 4:00 PM on May 25th: BOD Meeting Public Comment Speakers - 5/25/21
NEW Spring 2021 Issue of Piqued
It is hard to believe that summer and the end of the school year are just around the corner. Food Services would like to let you know that our menu for the last week of school does not include service for Thursday, May 27th. If you would like to have an extra lunch for Thursday, you may pick that up with your Wednesday meals. BAASC will be served lunch on the 27th.
We would also like to announce that job openings are available in Food Services for the next school year. Please visit the Peak to Peak website's Current Openings page if you know anyone who is interested in working in our kitchen. We would love to have you! The kitchen is a great place to work and our students are amazing! We would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe summer. We look forward to our 2021/2022 school year and can’t wait to see everyone in person.
NEW Departing Staff
At the close of this year, we will be saying goodbye to some of our Puma staff and welcoming others! We wish all of our departing staff the very best and look forward to getting to know our new incoming ones.
2020-21 Staff Departures
NEW Encourage Outdoor Play
Kids really need to get out more. Kids today aren’t playing outside as much as they used to. In fact, on average, they only spend 4-7 minutes each day in unstructured play. This is a problem because playing outside is such an important part of a child’s development.
20 minutes outside works wonders. Research has shown that children who play outside are more creative, less aggressive, less stressed, and even have reduced ADHD symptoms. Best of all, research shows that spending just 20 minutes outside has a remarkable effect on kids’ moods and well-being. Even if they’re just playing in the backyard or at a local park. For more information about Generation Wild, visit GenerationWild.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Summer Reading and School Supply Lists for 2021-2022
Here are the Summer Reading & School Supplies lists for all grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year. They can also be found on our website:
Student Medication Pick Up
Student medications can be picked up on May 26th from 12:45-3:30 PM. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Changes to Immunization Exemptions for 2021-2022 School Year
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year (7/1/2021), the process of submitting a non-medical exemption will change. Please see the Health Room's page on Immunizations for more information.
Lafayette Public Library Summer Reading Program
The Summer Reading program is free for all ages. Kids and teens can sign up or log in to their previous account to earn awesome prizes, free books, and incentives for every 300 minutes read. There are even weekly giveaways for adults that participate. The Summer Reading Program begins June 1 and runs through July 31. Register on or after June 1, online at lafayetteco.gov/SummerReading or in person at the Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road.
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.
There will be an opportunity for elementary distance learners to drive through the front parking circle to wave to their teachers on Wednesday, May 26th from 12:45-1:30 PM. Families can drop off any school items and Chromebooks during this time and also through 3:30 PM on Wednesday or by 12:00 PM on Thursday, May 27th. To summarize:
- Wednesday, May 26th 12:45-1:30 PM front circle to wave to teachers
- Wednesday, May 26th 12:45-3:30 PM or Thursday, May 27th 7:30 AM-12:00 PM front circle to drop off materials
We have nearly made it through a difficult year of irregular schedules and unusual educational environments. We cannot thank you enough for your patience and partnership in this challenging year. For the 2021-2022 school year we are excited to return to in-person learning, 5-days a week from 7:55 AM to 3:10 PM. In creating our schedule for next year, we sought to incorporate feedback from students, families, and educators previous to and during our current pandemic year. We heard you and our approach reflects that...please click Secondary Bell Schedule and Calendar to read the entire article and to view the calendar.
NEW Update on Secondary Grading Practices
We’ve had a year to adjust instructional practices based on distance learning and next year we are excited to return to our time-tested norms. Thank you for your flexibility this year, and your collaboration as we made so many adjustments to our instructional and grading practices. Based on our experiences and learning this year, we have some improvements to help our students perform even better and succeed in the year ahead. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Peak to Peak secondary school will return to...please click Secondary Grading Practices to read the entire article.
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)
NEW Eighth Graders Have School on May 27th
College Admissions & Test-Optional Policies: The Counseling Department would like to give students and their parents/guardians a ‘state of college admissions testing’ overview. For our current seniors...please click General testing and College Admissions to read the entire article.
- The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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