Weekly Digest 5.21.21

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Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!





All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • EOY gratitude note from leadership
  • Monday is an on-site school day
  • 2021-22 school year preview
  • Board meeting public comments sign up for 5/25
  • Spring issue of "Piqued"
  • Food Services closed 5/27 and job openings
  • Departing staff
  • Encourage outdoor play
  • 2021-2022 summer reading and school supply lists
  • Student medication pick up
  • Change to immunization exemptions next year
  • Lafayette Library summer reading
  • The Puma Spotlight

Elementary K-5th grades 

  • Elementary Summer Bridge books
  • Elementary Distance Learner teacher drive by and materials drop off

Secondary 6-12th grades

  • 21-22 bell schedule and calendar
  • Update on Secondary Grading Practices
  • Last chance book return
  • Student announcements

Middle 6-8th grades

  • iROAR award recipients
  • Yearbook distribution
  • May 27th school day for 8th graders

High 9-12th grades

  • Yearbook distribution
  • The Current Landscape of College Admissions and Testing (SAT/ACT)

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • No updates

Friends of P2P 

  • August/September volunteer opportunities
  • Parent Interest Groups update
  • Happy summer!


  • No updates



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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
We invite all of our community members to enjoy our digital alumni magazine. You can find the Spring 2021 issue of Piqued as well as all of the past issues on the alumni page of the Peak to Peak website. 

NEW Food Services Closed on May 27th and Job Openings 
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:


Summer Reading

School Supplies


Student Medication Pick Up  


Student medications can be picked up on May 26th from 12:45-3:30 PM.  Please contact p2p.healthroom@bvsd.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.  

Send in your photos and video


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Elementary Summer Bridge Books
During the last week of school, all elementary students will receive a Summer Bridge Book matched to their grade level and learning needs. These books are intended as a tool for families to help maintain the learning from this year and bridge over to next year. It addresses reading, writing, math, and other content areas through short and engaging activities. These books are easy to use, highly rated, and well received in prior experience. The pages are aiming for students to spend approximately 15 minutes a day; we want them to mostly spend time enjoying summer and so this is a very quick way to reach big results. Research shows something as simple as using these short activities, in conjunction with reading books throughout the summer, can help save months of learning upon return to school in the Fall! (All students who bring back a completed Bridge Book to school in August will receive a small prize from the school.) Please watch for your student’s Bridge Book to come home, and keep it in a safe place for the summer!

Elementary Distance Learner Teacher Drive By and Materials Drop Off


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  

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Secondary (Grades 6th-12th)


NEW 2021-2022 Secondary Bell Schedule and Calendar


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.


NEW Last Chance Book Return
There will be a drive-by book return on Tuesday, May 25th from 1:00-6:00 PM along Puma Drive. Please return all textbooks, class novels, and library books at that time. If there is a specific reason you need to keep your materials longer, please reach out to Ace Eckstein

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 iROAR Award Recipients
Please help us in celebrating our iROAR award recipients from quarter four of this year! Each middle school staff member has nominated a middle school student who distinctly modeled one or more of the following character traits within our school community over the past few months: inclusion, respect, opportunity, accountability, and responsibility. Each recipient will find a personalized celebration within this Flipgrid celebration from their nominator. We are proud of our quarter four recipients, and we are looking forward to celebrating each and every one of our middle school students over the next few months. Go, Pumas!
With gratitude, and wishing you all a safe and rejuvenating summer vacation,
Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal

NEW Yearbook Distribution
2020/21 has been an unusual school year and due to all things pandemic, the Middle School yearbook will not arrive until July 2021.  We will be doing a summer drive through distribution event in July at Peak to Peak - exact date and time to be determined. Ms. Rutigliano will contact families who have purchased a yearbook this year via email with an exact date and instructions. We realize that many of you may be traveling this summer. If you and/or your student are unable to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook in July, we will hold it for students to pick up in August during registration. 

NEW Eighth Graders Have School on May 27th 
Eighth-grade students will have their continuation ceremony on 5/26 and then come back to school on 5/27 (normal 7:45-11:05 AM) although it will be a more social type of day.




NEW Yearbook Distribution
2020/21 has been an unusual school year and due to all things pandemic, the High School yearbook will not arrive until July 2021.  We will be doing a summer drive through distribution event in July at Peak to Peak - exact date and time to be determined. Ms. Guajardo will contact families who have purchased a yearbook this year via email with an exact date and instructions. We realize that many of you may be traveling this summer. If you and/or your student are unable to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook in July, we will hold it for students to pick up in August during registration. 

NEW The Current Landscape of College Admissions and Testing (SAT/ACT)

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.



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ES, MS, HS Athletics


No updates


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Friends of P2P


August Volunteer Opportunities...and Let's Connect Over Summer!
The Friends of Peak to Peak Office would like to wish all our families a wonderful and relaxing summer!  We can't wait to welcome everyone back on campus in August.  In this unusual year, we greatly missed meeting and seeing many of you in person.  With the school year now wrapping up, we would love to connect with you over the summer before things really get going in August.  Have questions about how your family can connect more with Peak to Peak?  Have general questions about Peak to Peak that you haven't had a chance to have answered?  Please let us know!  Rachel would love to meet with you for coffee/tea in person, or through google meet, and get to know you and your family a bit better.  Please fill out this form to set up a time to chat.  Also, we will need volunteers for back-to-school events in August!  If you are interested in receiving updates on these opportunities (in July) please fill out this form or be sure to join the P2P volunteer FB page.  
P2P Parent Interest Groups Update
All our ongoing parent/guardian interest groups are planning to pick back up in August, possibly meeting virtually, or in person!  On behalf of all of us at Peak to Peak we'd like to thank all of you who participated in groups this year - and especially those who stepped up to lead.  We are thankful for all the warm and friendly discussions and the many connections that were made throughout our community. The P2P parent/guardian book club has selected the following books offered in our high school English program to read over the summer.  We hope you will consider picking these books up over the next few weeks and join us in the fall for our first book club discussion next school year.  
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Lastly, we'd like to thank all of our families for all of your support this year.  Like us, we hope you are looking forward to a fresh start in August, and a wonderful return to a traditional Peak to Peak school year.  *** We also wish all our senior families a wonderful graduation weekend! ***  GO PUMAS!   


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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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