Weekly Digest 12.10.21

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 12/13/21 - 12/17/21
  • Finals week for secondary students (11:05 AM dismissal each day)
  • K-12 extra early release on Friday 12/17 at 11:05 AM
Have a wonderful, restful, and safe winter break and an amazing start to 2022!  We welcome all students back on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

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    • Report cards
    • Common Sense parenting course
    • K-8 counseling night
    • Finals schedule
    • Experiential education week survey
    • Student announcements
    • K-8 counseling night
    • Dawson Summer Initiative
    • Second semester schedule changes
    • Newspaper
    • Counseling Paw'd Cast #2
    • Second semester schedule changes
    • Winter break
    • HS soccer winter workouts
    • MS girls basketball tryouts
    • CO Gives Day record
    • Gala kick-off
    • Book Club's new reads
    • Puma snow hats for sale
    • Time and talents needed
    • Volunteer meeting
    • Middle School judges needed
    • Upcoming volunteer events and opportunities
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News

NEW!  Procedures for Picking Students Up Early
If it is necessary to pick up a student early from school please follow the following procedures:
  • Please do not call in advance to pick up a student.  We will only call students down when you arrive. 
  • Pick up between 2:30-3:00 PM can be difficult as that is a very busy time for attendance.  Please consider coming outside of that time.
  • All parents/guardians must come to the attendance window in the south building to sign out a student unless the student can drive themself.  A parent/guardian must bring their ID to the attendance window.  If the student can drive themself then a phone call from a parent/guardian is acceptable.
  • Give yourself extra time.  Sometimes it can take a few minutes for the student to get to the office due to exams, specials, lunch, outside movement breaks, etc.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.



NEW! P2P Community:  Traffic Alert -- Please Be Safe and Be Good Neighbors!

Dear Peak to Peak Families,

Heavy traffic in and around Peak to Peak’s campus is an issue that requires our ongoing attention as a school community. Recently, Lafayette Police Department has been fielding pointed and angry complaints from our neighbors about traffic congestion at the intersection of Merlin and Spaulding Drives, especially in the afternoons. While our neighbors understand that traffic will necessarily increase while students are coming and going from school each day, there are things we can do to help alleviate the problems that are currently happening: 

  1. To reduce the number of cars on our campus, please carpool. If you need help connecting with other families to arrange carpools, please contact the front office (303-453-4601). 
  2. Please observe established traffic patterns and keep moving as quickly and as safely as possible. Do not park or wait in areas where traffic flows are designed to keep moving.
  3. Do not block access to the RTD bus stop or our neighbors’ driveways around the intersection of Merlin and Spaulding Drives in front of the school.  

In short, please obey all traffic laws and be considerate of our neighbors. The safety of our students and families is our number one priority. It is our collective responsibility to prevent accidents and to be good neighbors. Officers from the Lafayette Police Department are highly concerned about these issues and will ticket drivers in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Thank you for your attention to these serious issues,

Kelly Reeser, Executive Director of Education 



NEW! Virtual Board Meeting Public Comments Sign Up 

Our next board of directors' meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  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 complete a brief google form to make a public comment for the December 15th board meeting that will be held at 5:00 PM.  Public comment sign ups and the form will close at 4:00 PM on December 15th:  Public Comments Sign Up 12.15.21 


NEW! Lost and Found Donation




Peak to Peak's lost and found items are located on the first-floor hallway of the south building just outside of the health room. Due to space constraints, items are donated at the end of each month. If your student is missing an item, we invite you to look through the items during school business hours.   Please check for any lost items in December by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, December 15th.

NEW! Pumas for the Planet  Award

The Pumas for the Planet Award provides semester recognition for one student in our community, K-12, who strives to make a difference for the environment and the natural world. Reasons to nominate a student are many; celebrating a connection to the natural world, service work for the environment, raising awareness at school about recycling and compost, volunteering at an animal shelter or other organization, and many more! Once the submissions are received, members of the Peak to Peak Wellness Council will review and present the award to the winning student once per quarter. Each winner will be highlighted in the Peak to Peak newsletter and on the school website and Facebook pages. Additionally, each winner will receive a special eco-friendly prize and a certificate. Submissions can be made by parents, teachers, mentors, or friends. 

To submit a nomination, please email Mrs. Monika Bunting (monika.bunting@bvsd.org) with the following information.

1- Full name of nominee and grade

2- Photo of student preferably participating in a photo highlighting why they are being nominated

3- An explanation of why you are nominating this individual


Student COVID Vaccine Records can be Voluntarily Sent to Health Room

We encourage you to share your student COVID vaccination records with us voluntarily and will record them in IC with your student's other vaccinations.  COVID vaccination is not required to attend school in BVSD and sharing your vaccination status is voluntary.  If your student has been vaccinated for COVID and you would like us to have a copy of the vaccine record you can email it to our Health Room at p2p.healthroom@bvsd.org.  Again, this request is voluntary and not required.  


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)




NEW! Elementary Report Cards

Infinite Campus Parent will provide digital access to your student’s report cards for grades K-5 on January 7th. Distributing reports cards digitally will enable us to efficiently ensure families receive the report cards at home, and that they can be referred to at a later time. Please follow the Directions for Viewing Elementary Report Cards (available on January 7th)



NEW! Common Sense Parenting Course

Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) is a practical, skill-based parenting program that can be applied to every family- including those who have children with special needs. The program's logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control, and school success. These classes are for parents of kids ages 3 to 16. Common Sense Parenting® classes help parents: Minimize problems that disrupt family life,  build strong, healthy relationships,  raise responsible, caring children,  communicate effectively,  avoid power struggles,  control your emotions, and balance discipline with affection. The district is offering another round of this course beginning in January. You can see more information on dates, times, and registration information here: Common Sense Parenting Class



NEW! K-8 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, effects of pandemic schooling, 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)


First Semester Finals Schedule
Please click the below link to view our first semester secondary finals schedule.  All secondary students (grades 6th-12th) are dismissed at 11:05 AM each day the week of December 13th:

Experiential Education Week Survey
Experiential Education Week Feedback Request: Next year (March 2023), our high school is considering launching "Peak Week", a full week of experiential education that precedes Spring Break. If you have not already, please fill out this survey to read more and share your thoughts. 

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! K-8 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, effects of pandemic schooling, 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!



NEW! Dawson Summer Initiative (DSI): FREE Summer Academic Opportunity
Dawson Summer Initiative (DSI) offers a free summer academic program that follows a thematic approach and is geared to high-achieving, independent, and creative thinkers who are currently in Grade 6 and Grade 7. 
Even though summer may seem far away, the application process runs from December 1, 2021-February 2, 2022, and includes confidential teacher recommendations and counselor/principal forms (links included below). Enrollment decisions are not made on a first-come-first-serve basis. All completed applications received on or before February 2 will be read at the same time, and applicants will all hear a decision by March 4, 2022.

Dates of Program: Wednesday, June 8-Wednesday, July 8, 2022
Summer 2022 Theme: Forward: The Age of Transformation
Application details: Information and Instructions 
Recommendations and Forms:
Teacher Recommendation: (current math, science, English, social studies teacher)
Principal/Counselor Form:
* We require one Principal/Counselor form and two Teacher Recommendations from current academic teachers.
* All Recommendations are strictly confidential; parents and students sign the application, waiving their rights to see the completed Recommendations.
Warm regards, 
Lisa Michael, Director, Dawson Summer Initiative 
303.381.0444 (office)



Second Semester Schedule Changes
The schedule change window for second semester classes will open next Monday, December 6th, 2021 and will run through Monday, December 13th, 2021 at 3:00 PM. All schedule changes for second semester must be submitted via this MS Schedule Change Google Form S2  by the closing date. Students must also check the Course Availability Spreadsheet to ensure the class they are requesting is offered during the time they want it AND that the class has room.
** Please note, there are very limited spaces in most classes and the seat numbers will be changing throughout the week. Please check Infinite Campus after finals week to determine if your change request was completed.
Thank you!
Middle School Counseling 


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High School News (grades 9-12)




NEW! High School Newsletter
Please click the following link to read the next edition of our High School newspaper: "The Puma Paper" 



NEW! Counseling's Paw'd Cast Episode 2
Episode 2 of our Paw'd Cast has been released! Click here to listen about the Do's and Don'ts of college visits! Our counseling staff sits down and discusses tips to have a successful visit to college campuses. Thanks for listening!



Second Semester Schedule Changes

If students would like to make change requests for second semester courses, please read the following: 

Students may request course changes through the below google form. This google form may only be used for second semester course change requests and will close at the beginning of the school day on Monday, December 13th. We will not accommodate requests to change year-long courses. Please be advised that most courses, including study halls, are full and counselors don't anticipate being able to accommodate many change requests. Students MUST check the available course list before submitting this form! The only method to change your courses is by submitting this form. Please do not email your counselor to change your class! Only students with a BVSD email account can submit this form:  P2P High School Winter 21/22 Schedule Change Request Form


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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




NEW!  Winter Break

REMINDER:  No athletic contact days: 12/24-12/27 and 1/1



NEW! High School Soccer Winter Workouts

Monday-Wednesday in the weight room starting on January 4, 2022 and going through the start of the season.

Please contact assistant coach Morgan Rynearson with any questions. Her email is morgan.rynearson@bvsd.org



NEW! Middle School Girls Basketball Tryouts

Open gyms will start on Saturday, 10/30 from 2:00-4:00 and occur on a weekly basis until the season formally starts. The season formally begins on Tuesday, January 4th with tryouts from 3:30-5:30 PM. We then will practice/play at least 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
Physicals: Can be emailed to lenore.knox@bvsd.org or dropped off at the athletics mailbox in the main office.  

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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)




NEW! Record-breaking Colorado Gives Day!

Wow Puma families!  Your contributions this week and on Tuesday's Colorado Gives Day were an incredible show of support for our teachers and community.  Over $85,000 was contributed from our families this week bringing our Annual Fund total over $135,000 with 236 families who have participated so far.  Please know every single donation, regardless of the amount, was incredibly appreciated and valued.  All of the wonderful notes you all included will be passed on to our leadership and staff and your strong showing of support will be shared throughout all three levels.  On behalf of every staff member here at Peak to Peak, and our students who benefit the most, thank you! 



Spring Peak Gala Kick-off - Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, January 6th

All community members are invited to stop by our (free) gala kick-off which will be our first in-person ticket purchase opportunity and committee meet-and-greet at Tilt arcade in Louisville on Thursday, January 6th.  This year's gala committee is looking forward to sharing more details about this year’s gala in the weeks to come. 



P2P Parent/Guardian Book Club - 2 New Book Selections 

With the holiday break coming up it's a great time to pick up our upcoming P2P parent/guardian book club books.  In January we'll be discussing "All American Muslim Girl" by Nadie Jolie Courtney.  This is a new book that will be read in our 8th grade English classes.  Join us to hear more about this book and discuss why it's a great book to bring into our curriculum. In a special crossover event with our Peak Gala - we'll be reading the "Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern for our March meet.  Stay tuned for exact meeting dates and times.   




New Puma Snow Stocking Caps are Available

Snow and cold weather will be here eventually ~ get yourself ready with a P2P knit hat! One size fits all with this perfect holiday gift. If you are interested in picking up one of these, please either: 1. pay $20 through Rev Track and we will send one home with your student (please indicate student name in note section). 2. pay $20 through Rev Track and we will leave one for you in the main office (surprise gift) or 3. email Friends of Peak to Peak to arrange a time to come by and look at them/purchase one in person. Looking for more small P2P holiday gifts, please contact Friends of Peak to Peak to swing by our store. We have lunch bags, puma pens, stickers, t-shirts, and a few other fun items available.

Time and Talents Needed
Please email p2p.friends@bvsd.org to help out with any of the following needs: 
  • Videographer: Our gala committee is looking for some video help with our event video
  • Seamstress:  Pete the Puma needs his tail sewn back on (very thick) and our fabric banner needs a new pocket sewn
  • Facebook Marketplace: Our Facebook marketplace page needs a coordinator
  • Run for the Peak Coordinators: Our festive May community spirit week fundraiser is looking for middle school and elementary parent/guardian event leads

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Volunteer (all school levels)




NEW! December Volunteer Meeting
Please join us for our monthly volunteer meeting on Tuesday, December 14th at 2:00 PM at Otis coffee shop.  We will be talking about volunteering in the new year and our upcoming events!



NEW! Middle School Science Fair & History Day Judges needed
We are recruiting volunteers to serve as judges for the 8th grade school Science Fair and History Day contests.  These events are taking place in person at school.  Sign up below!
Science Fair - Thursday, January 13th 7:30 AM-12:30 PM
History Day - Friday, January 14th 7:30 AM-1:00 PM



Upcoming Volunteer Events and Opportunities  
  • March Spirit wear swap - a chance to trade your outgrown spirit wear 
  • April Book swap - give and take books for summer reading 


Volunteer Needs

  • Middle School Judges:  We are recruiting volunteers to serve as judges for the 8th grade school Science Fair and History Day contests.  These events are taking place in person at school.  Sign up below!
    Science Fair - Thursday, January 13th 7:30 AM-12:30 PM
    History Day - Friday, January 14th 7:30 AM-1:00 PM


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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