Weekly Digest 10.22.21

 

 

We are resending today's digest because an article was inadvertently left out.  The article was the board meeting notice which is the top article in the K-12 section and below as follows:

 
NEW!  Board Meeting on October 27th is Executive Session Only
 
The board of directors has scheduled a board meeting for next Wednesday, Oct. 27th at 6:00 PM.  This meeting will be in-person only and will be held in the college counseling center. The only agenda item for this meeting is an executive session. The executive session is not open to the public, and the participants in this session will be the voting board members, Kelly Reeser, and Sam Todd.  The agenda for the meeting is posted HERE.
 
Our apologies and have a wonderful weekend.

 

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 10/22/21 - 10/29/21

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Character Day
    • Upcoming climate survey
    • K-8 counseling night
    • UNC Math Competition
    • Student announcements
    • After school kickball event
    • Chaperones needed for 8th grade field trip
    • Upcoming climate survey
    • K-8 counseling night
    • Upcoming climate survey
    • American Math Competition
    • Senior portraits and recognition ads
    • Home games
    • Middle School girls basketball start date changed
    • High School boys basketball
    • High School girls basketball
    • 2021-2022 Peak Annual Fund
    • Community pumpkin walk
    • Parent/guardian wine club
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team
 

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NEW!  Board Meeting on October 27th is Executive Session Only
 
The board of directors has scheduled a board meeting for next Wednesday, Oct. 27th at 6:00 PM.  This meeting will be in-person only and will be held in the college counseling center. The only agenda item for this meeting is an executive session. The executive session is not open to the public, and the participants in this session will be the voting board members, Kelly Reeser, and Sam Todd.  The agenda for the meeting is posted HERE.
 

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NEW!  The 2021-2022 Peak Annual Fund Drive Kicks Off Today

It's that time of year when we invite all Puma families to consider a contribution to support our annual funding gap through the Peak Annual Fund. Although we receive the same per-pupil revenue as allocated to non-charter public schools, each year Peak to Peak spends approximately $1.4 million out of our operating budget to pay down a debt incurred from building our original campus. Contributions to support this funding gap help supplement our teacher & staff salaries, instructional materials, K-12 activities, athletics, arts, campus maintenance, and everything in between. We know our families come from many diverse backgrounds which is why we encourage participation at a level significant and meaningful to each individual family. We invite you to learn more about this funding gap, how you can support it, and why community participation is so important by visiting our campaign website, FAQ document, and/or reaching out to one of our family ambassadors listed here. Thank you Puma families for participating in this 20+ year tradition.
 

 
 
NEW!  Quick Tip to Stay Connected: Board Meetings

This week, we are sharing this linked video "quick tip" about attending board meetings and participating in board elections to help you stay connected. Watch for more quick tips throughout the school year and see the full playlist via this link.   
 

 

NEW!  Have You Helped the Library YETI?? Please Don't Forgetti!

The mythical yeti is the mascot for this year's Amazon Book Drive for the LMC. There is one week left to donate. For the month of October, we are collecting donations for the library to keep the books up to date and relevant to our students. Please consider giving from the elementary or secondary wish lists on Amazon.com. (See attached flyer for more info.) These lists were curated by our P2P librarians who know what is needed. The annual Book Drive is our only library fundraiser and your help is extremely important. We thank you in advance for your participation!  


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K-12 Canned Food Drive October 25th-November 1st

A food and household items drive to benefit Sister Carmen in Lafayette is just around the corner. This year the drive will take place on campus from October 25th - November 1st. Click to see a list of regular and high demand items that are needed by their clients. Prizes will be awarded to classes in elementary, middle, and high school with the most donations.   

About Sister Carmen: Sister Carmen is a non religious, non profit that helps East Boulder County residents experiencing financial hardship. They have a food bank, offer rental and mortgage assistance, and also have a thrift store where residents benefit from the generosity of the community:  Link to video about Sister Carmen 

Regularly Needed Items:

  • Fruit: canned fruit, applesauce
  • Protein: tuna, salmon, canned chicken, KETO items
  • Grains: rice, gluten-free items, pastas, quinoa, cereals, crackers
  • Snack Items: granola bars, small chip bags, protein drinks, etc
  • Over the Counter: pain relievers, vitamins, cold medications
  • Cleaning Items: soaps, detergents, bleach, sprays, disinfectant wipes 

High Demand Items:

  • Household Items: dish & laundry soap, cleaners, sponges
  • Canned Soups & Stews: pastas, chicken soup, broth, stews
  • Baby Items: formula, wipes
  • Nut Butters: peanut, almond, cashew
  • Fruit: jelly, jam, preserves
  • Pantry Items: cooking oil, sugar
  • Canned Tomatoes: diced, paste, stewed, spaghetti sauce
  • Canned Beans: black, pinto, refried, garbanzo, white beans
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, bar soap, lotion, toothpaste 

Sister Carmen also accepts holiday food preparation items. Visit this link to see a complete list of suggested items.   Thank you for your generous donations! 

 


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REMINDER:  Please Stay Home with Any Symptoms

The Boulder Valley School District and Peak to Peak’s goal is to keep students in-person five days a week, with as few COVID-19-related interruptions as possible.  We need everyone’s support to accomplish this goal – primarily by following our cardinal health protocols: stay home if you are sick or if you’ve been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Students or staff experiencing any of the following symptoms MUST STAY HOME:

Major Symptoms that last longer than 24 hrs:

  • Fever (100.4 or above)
  • Cough 
  • Chills or feeling feverish
  • Shortness of Breath 
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Anyone experiencing any major COVID symptom that lasts longer than 24 hrs must have a negative PCR COVID test to return to school or they will need to stay home for 10 days.

Minor Symptoms that last longer than 48hrs:

  • Runny nose or Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle / Body aches or pain
  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting / Nausea
  • Feeling extremely tired 
  • Anyone experiencing any other COVID-like symptoms (minor symptoms) that last longer than 48 hrs must have a negative PCR COVID test to return to school or they will need to stay home for 10 days.

Testing is available through BVSD and COVID Check Colorado throughout the district - see the schedule here.  If your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID within the last 10 days please contact your school to determine if they need to quarantine at home and/or need a COVID test to return.  If you have questions about returning to school/work after an illness, please contact our Health Room. 

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Elementary School News (grades K-5)

  


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Elementary Character Day

It’s October and time to begin thinking about Peak to Peak Elementary’s annual Character Celebration! On Friday, October 29th, Peak to Peak Elementary will celebrate good character with Character Day! For a costume, your child should choose something that portrays good character. Please read additional information here.

 

 

Upcoming Climate Survey

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Our elementary and middle school levels are administering a nationally developed school climate survey from the American Institutes for Research (‘Safe Supportive Learning Survey’ for grades 5-12 and ‘Conditions for Learning Survey’ for grades 2-4). The district selected these surveys to better understand the current climate of schools across the district.  The surveys will ask students about their perceptions of school on topics such as student engagement, school environment, and school safety.  Surveys will be administered online by the Office of Student Assessment and Program Evaluation in Boulder Valley School District.

Your child will be invited to participate in a survey during regular school hours during the week of November 1, 2021.  Once your child logs into the survey, they will be asked what they’d like to do, either take the survey or not.  If your child agrees to participate, they will spend about 10 minutes at the secondary level / 15 minutes at the elementary level completing the online survey.  Your child does NOT have to answer any questions that they do not wish to answer.  For younger students, your child’s teacher will read survey questions aloud while students follow along online.  

Student responses to the survey will be confidential.  Your child’s survey response goes to the Office of Student Assessment and Program Evaluation where staff will delete identifying information and distribute summary results directly to our school.  Therefore, no one at our school will know how your child responded to the survey.  Your child’s answers will be combined with the answers of other students at our school and across the district to produce reports that will help us better meet the needs of all students to have a safe and engaging learning environment at school. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact Alison Berman at 303-453-4640 for elementary, or Victoria Hankey at 303-453-4608 for middle school. 

Thank you.

Alison Berman                                           Victoria Hankey  

Elementary School Assistant Principal      Middle School Assistant Principal 


 

Save the Date: K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night

Mark your calendars now- on January 12, 2022, we will host our annual K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling night, which will focus on topics like anxiety, resilience, college planning, and emotional regulation. The event will be all-virtual, with many guest speakers and presenters who are experts on these topics. More information will come closer to the event - put a hold on your calendar for January 12, 2022, from 5:15-7:30 PM!
    
 

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)

 


 
 
UNC Math Competition 2021
 
This is the official start of the UNC Mathematics Contest!  It is a pencil and paper test that lasts 90 minutes starting at 3:15 PM.  Please complete this form if interested https://forms.gle/YiGHzN7yaSDLHJAG6 .  Students need to sign up for this competition that will be on Thursday, November 4th in room S280 for middle school and room S290 for high school. This annual competition is the first round and if you are successful for your grade level then you may be invited to the 2nd round at UNC. Perhaps the best advice is to look at the old contest problems which are in the below link. The specific topics on the contest vary from year to year, however practicing problems is the best preparation. The problems have been selected to encourage creative thinking and are not simply applications of skills you have been taught in school.  MathCounts materials provide an excellent foundation.  Please see this website for more materials:  https://uncmathcontest.wordpress.com/faq-3/
 
Sincerely,
Ms. Chakraborty-spotts
Math Club Sponsor
 

mega  Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

Please click the following link or the Read More button to view the daily middle and high school student announcements:  "The Voice of Peak to Peak" (daily secondary student announcements)

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Middle School News (grades 6-8)

 


 

NEW! After School Kickball Event

Student Council is hosting their weather-rescheduled Kickball game this Thursday, October 28, at 3:30 PM at the softball field. This is a middle school-wide event and any middle schooler is welcome to attend. To note, in thinking ahead and not wanting the unpredictable weather to get the best of our time together, we have a weather alternative of games and activities for the same day in Room S296 in the middle school. We will announce on the morning of, if our Kickball game is on, or if we will play games inside. Either way, some fun activity will go on! Reach out to our Student Council Advisors, Erin DeAssis erin.deassis@bvsd.org, or Liduan Cotto, liduan.cotto@bvsd.org, for more information. Thank you! 


 

Volunteer Request for 8th Grade Field Trip

Dear Peak to Peak Volunteer, 

You are invited to participate in an upcoming field trip opportunity for our 8th graders in early November. The Class of 2026 will be heading to IdRaHaJe’s Outdoor Education Mountain Lab School, located in Bailey (southwest of Denver), on Monday, November 1st. While this organization runs faith-based programming, largely in the summer months, it also hosts non-religious schools and educational groups throughout the academic year. It has been a long-standing partner of public schools in Douglas and Jefferson County School Districts, and we are thrilled to be forging a new partnership with this comprehensive outdoor educational community (you may learn more by following this link). The outdoor programming we have selected for this particular trip builds upon our desire to give our 8th graders more chances to get to know each other after the distancing of last year, and also challenge them to take healthy risks as they prepare for their upcoming transition to high school. 

All activities will provide our oldest middle school members with hands-on learning experiences that celebrate individual growth, teamwork and the resiliency that is earned from trying new activities. Highlighted activities include animal tracking, archery, bouldering, climbing, high ropes course, survival skills and team building challenges. Lunch will be provided, and we will certainly provide this on your behalf as a volunteer. All COVID mitigation strategies, including masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing, required on Peak to Peak’s campus will also be required throughout the field trip and maintained by IdRaHaJe’s mountain lab staff.

If you’re able to join us for these efforts, the day will begin at 7:45am, as students arrive at school, and end when we return at approximately 4pm. You will be working closely with our 8th grade staff team and be assigned the supervision of a small group of students. All outdoor programming will be run by IdRaHaJe staff. If you would be willing to assist us in chaperoning this trip, please sign up on this Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet, and we can send you further registration and day trip details. We will be holding a virtual volunteer Q & A session as we get closer to our date as well. As a reminder, in order to volunteer in any capacity at Peak to Peak, all persons must complete the volunteer process through our front office. We encourage any parent/guardian who wants to participate in a memorable, adventure-filled experience with the class of 2026 to join our trip!

Thank you for your partnership,

Clara Quinlan, MS Principal, clara.quinlan@bvsd.org

Victoria Hankey, MS Assistant Principal, victoria.hankey@bvsd.org        


 

Upcoming Climate Survey

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Our elementary and middle school levels are administering a nationally developed school climate survey from the American Institutes for Research (‘Safe Supportive Learning Survey’ for grades 5-12 and ‘Conditions for Learning Survey’ for grades 2-4). The district selected these surveys to better understand the current climate of schools across the district.  The surveys will ask students about their perceptions of school on topics such as student engagement, school environment, and school safety.  Surveys will be administered online by the Office of Student Assessment and Program Evaluation in Boulder Valley School District.

Your child will be invited to participate in a survey during regular school hours during the week of November 1, 2021.  Once your child logs into the survey, they will be asked what they’d like to do, either take the survey or not.  If your child agrees to participate, they will spend about 10 minutes at the secondary level / 15 minutes at the elementary level completing the online survey.  Your child does NOT have to answer any questions that they do not wish to answer.  For younger students, your child’s teacher will read survey questions aloud while students follow along online.  

Student responses to the survey will be confidential.  Your child’s survey response goes to the Office of Student Assessment and Program Evaluation where staff will delete identifying information and distribute summary results directly to our school.  Therefore, no one at our school will know how your child responded to the survey.  Your child’s answers will be combined with the answers of other students at our school and across the district to produce reports that will help us better meet the needs of all students to have a safe and engaging learning environment at school. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact Alison Berman at 303-453-4640 for elementary, or Victoria Hankey at 303-453-4608 for middle school. 

Thank you.

Alison Berman                                           Victoria Hankey  

Elementary School Assistant Principal      Middle School Assistant Principal  

 

 

Save the Date: K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night

Mark your calendars now- on January 12, 2022 we will host our annual K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling night, which will focus on topics like anxiety, resilience, college planning, and emotional regulation. The event will be all-virtual, with many guest speakers and presenters who are experts on these topics. More information will come closer to the event - put a hold on your calendar for January 12, 2022, from 5:15-7:30 PM!
    
 


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High School News (grades 9-12)

 


 
NEW!  BVSD Student Climate and Healthy Kids Surveys Parent/Guardian Notification Letter
 
Dear high school families,

Recently, we mentioned that Peak to Peak was selected as one of many schools in the state of Colorado to implement the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS). This survey asks questions about behaviors that may provide insight into the state of health among our teens across the state. It tracks trends and identifies any potential areas of concern with student abuse of substances and risky behaviors. It also requests demographic information for the purposes of data collection and analysis. The survey will take students approximately 30-45 minutes to complete (they’ll be staying in their 3rd period classroom for this purpose), and all responses will be anonymous and confidential. The district will compile results and share a report about all high schools with us later this fall. We will be participating in the HKCS with a random group of classes and students selected to complete the survey. Please note: the HKCS involves passive consent for participation unless you take the appropriate steps to opt your teen out (details provided in the portfolio overview linked below).

For those who are NOT selected to take the HKCS, they will complete the Boulder Valley School District annual climate survey. This school climate survey comes from the American Institutes for Research (‘Safe Supportive Learning Survey’ for grades 9-12). The district selected this survey to better understand the current climate of schools across the district. The survey will ask students about their perceptions of school on topics such as student engagement, school environment, and school safety. Surveys will be administered online by the Office of Student Assessment and Program Evaluation in Boulder Valley School District. 

Once your teen logs into the district climate survey, they will be asked...please click the below Read More button to read the entire Climate and Healthy Kids Survey article.

 
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American Math Competition 10A &12A
 
The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students must be under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students must be in 12th grade or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest.  Please complete this form if interested:  https://forms.gle/JaU6o1UwX2dbrL8H7 .  There is a fee payment on Revtrack. The last day to complete this form is November 1, 2021.  If you apply after November 1st there is a possibility you cannot participate and your payment will be refunded.
 
These two tests will both be on November 10th after school in room S280.  Again, if you are in grades 9 &10 you will take the AMC 10A, and if you are in grades 11 &12 you will take AMC 12A.  The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.  They are in a paper and pencil format.  

Sincerely,
Ms. Chakraborty-spotts
Math Club Sponsor
 

 

 

Senior Portraits and Recognition Ads for Yearbook
 
Hello 12th Grade Families! The deadline to submit senior portraits is Friday, October 29th. Information for size requirements and where to submit portraits can be found on this document. Information to purchase a senior recognition (aka baby) ad is being mailed to your home. Early bird pricing deadline is also October 29th.   
 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)

 


 

 

NEW! Puma Home Games
 
10/26 High School School Volleyball vs Colorado Academy 4:00,5:00 and 6:00
10/27 High School School Volleyball vs Prospect Ridge Academy 4:00,5:00 and 6:00
 

 

NEW! Middle School Girls Basketball Start Date Changed

The season formally begins on Monday, January 4th (New Date) with tryouts from 3:30-5:30 PM. We then will practice/play three times a week through February 23rd. Per county mandate, students must wear a mask while indoors on campus.  Looking forward to meeting and working with you!
 
Eric Hirt (A and B Team coach) ebhirt@hotmail.com 

 
High School Boys Basketball
 
The boys basketball season starts on 11/15. Tryouts will be held after school. The time is TBD. Please contact Coach Eschmeyer at evan.eschmeyer@bvsd.org for more information. 

 

 

High School Girls Basketball
 
The girls basketball season starts on 11/15. Tryouts will be held after school. The time is TBD. Please contact Coach Howard at joseph.howard@bvsd.org for more information. 

 

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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)

 


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NEW! 2021 ~ 2022 Peak Annual Fund Drive Starts Now!
 
For more than 20 years, an important tradition at Peak to Peak has been community participation in our Peak Annual Fund. This annual campaign, supported by current families, staff, and alumni, is the most important opportunity to financially support our school. This community fundraising campaign typically results in about 70% of our annual fundraising contribution to our operating budget, along with fundraising events and other smaller fundraising activities. We invite you to visit the Peak Annual Fund website to learn more about our funding gap this year and opportunities to support our goal of 100% participation. As a reminder, although we still receive the same PPR (per pupil revenue) as allocated to non-charter schools, we incurred debt to start our school and pay for building our original campus. Because of this, Peak to Peak spends approximately $1.4 million each year to pay down this debt which equates to an approximate $1000 per student funding gap. This gap greatly impacts our operating budget and can limit our ability to continuously improve and achieve goals, such as enhancing existing programs, adding new programs, and competitively paying our staff. 
 
We know our families come from many diverse backgrounds which is why each year we encourage participation in a way that is meaningful and significant to each family. Each contribution matters and participation matters most. To help answer any questions, please visit our Annual Fund FAQ document, or reach out to one of our Annual Fund Family Ambassadors which are listed with contact information on this page. Thank you Puma families!
 

 

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NEW! Community Pumpkin Walk October 29th 
 
Plan to drop off your creatively decorated or carved pumpkin for our K-12 community pumpkin walk on Friday, October 29th. Pumpkins can be dropped off at the North office anytime Thursday, October 28th or Friday morning October 29th.  Please include your name and anything else you'd like to accompany your pumpkin. 

 

 

 
Wine Club Meets Sunday, October 24th
 
We've had a few spots open up for Sunday's parent/guardian wine club. This first in-person meeting of the year on Sunday, October 24th from 3:00-5:00 PM at an outdoor location in Louisville. If you are interested in attending, please email Christy at christyvaughan@gmail.com. Space is limited but we hope to be able to include as many interested people as possible. October 24th's meetup will highlight "Unique Wines for the Thanksgiving Table" and a selection of your favorite potluck appetizers!  
 

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Volunteer (all school levels)

  


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Volunteer Needs

  • We Love ❤ Our Staff!  Staff Breakfast Needs:  On October 29th our gratitude team is organizing a staff breakfast.  We will be providing coffee, tea, muffins, egg dishes, and fruit.  AND YOU CAN HELP!  Please see this attached link to sign up for food. Email Sarah Boonstra at sarah.j.boonstra@gmail.com if you have any questions.
  • Eighth Grade Field Trip Chaperones:  If you’re able to join us to chaperone, the day will begin at 7:45am, as students arrive at school, and end when we return at approximately 4pm. You will be working closely with our 8th grade staff team and be assigned the supervision of a small group of students. All outdoor programming will be run by IdRaHaJe staff. If you would be willing to assist us in chaperoning this trip, please sign up on this Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet, and we can send you further registration and day trip details.
  • Health Room:  Seeking a volunteer to help in the health room, no experience necessary and training will be provided.  Contact Traci Schoenewei

 

Volunteer Information

Once on-site volunteering resumes, 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 our volunteer waiver and release form then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year!  Please make sure you have a photo volunteer ID card with a barcode on the back.  If you do not have a photo ID card please stop by the Volunteer Station at registration or contact the office staff.  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 waiver and release form each year.  You will be given a one-time volunteer ticket to turn in when you volunteer the one time.  Please follow this link to print them or pick them up at registration:  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 for a refresher on protocols.  Follow this link Volunteer Training to view the information.  It can also be found on the volunteer page of the school website.

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. 

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 either Allie Cross or Rachel Hirt, Volunteer Coordinators.  They would love to meet you!  

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