Weekly Digest 1.07.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 1/10/22 - 1/14/22
 
K-12 Early Release on Friday, January 14th at 1:00 PM (no secondary lunch served)

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • K-8 counseling night
    • Student announcements
    • Home to school partnership
    • K-8 counseling night
    • No updates
    • Home games
    • High School winter workouts
    • Winter track training for distance runners
    • Elementary School baseball hitting camp
    • Middle School baseball hitting camp
    • Supporting our Pumas
    • January volunteer meeting
    • Wrapping supplies
    • Upcoming volunteer events and opportunities
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team
 

All School News


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NEW!  Community Coming Together
 
This last week the Puma community has responded in incredible ways to those who have been impacted by the Marshall wildfire.  We are so grateful!  A team of parent volunteers, led by Beth Custard, Jamie Doyle, and Sarah Boonstra, has been created to help our community rally to meet needs as they arise.  If you would like to be on our email list please fill out this form. Even in the last 48 hours, over 90 separate sign ups have been filled.  This is a community that rallies. You can see what requests are still open on our Sign Up Genius, here. Be sure to check back often; we will update it frequently!
 
As we navigate this next season, we know that we may not do things perfectly.  None of us has ever been through this before.  Please know that we are open to suggestions and feedback and we would love for the help of this entire community as we all walk the road ahead. You can reach the three parent volunteers via email at p2pfirerelief@gmail.com.  Please also add that email to your contacts so that you do not miss any messages from our list server. Thank you Pumas for who you are and all that you have already done.
 
Resources from our Peak to Peak Counselors
 
We want to take some time and space to acknowledge the recent wildfires that occurred close to our community. We understand that this event has a different impact on many people in our community and we are still processing these events. Counselors are here for any support you may need. Please see the below resources and reach out to counseling by calling 303-453-4781 or students can stop by the counseling center to connect individually with your counselor. 

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NEW!  Accountability Committee Family Survey Available Today 

Today, Friday, January 7th, the Accountability Committee’s annual family survey will be sent out by email.  The email will contain a link for you to provide your input on how Peak to Peak is doing. Please note that we are using a new survey platform this year, Qualtrics. The Accountability Committee is grateful to the Peak to Peak Board and leadership team for the opportunity to use this software tool. It greatly improves the ease of administering the survey and analyzing the results. Your anonymous responses are invaluable and provide us with the ability to keep Peak to Peak the great school that it is. 
 

 
 
NEW! Internal Climate Survey - Annual Public Notification and Opt-Out Communication

Peak to Peak’s annual internal student climate survey will be administered during the weeks of January 31st - February 11th to students grades three - twelve. This anonymous survey, implemented once a year, takes about ten minutes to complete and helps us gauge student opinions and experiences compared to previous years and informs our goals and efforts to support students. Elementary students are asked 16 questions and secondary students are asked 28 questions. The questions address a range of issues from the effectiveness of curricula and teachers to bullying and safety. At the secondary level, students are asked questions about mental health and substance abuse. Elementary students are asked to self-identify their gender identity (male/ female/ prefer not to answer). Secondary students are asked to self-identify their demographic information such as race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. All demographic questions have an opt-out option. This helps us review and disaggregate data, better understand the needs and responses of our cohorts, and track related trends in climate responses over time. Climate survey results are one measure in the school’s strategic plan, as a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) for Relational Excellence. You are welcome to review all of the questions that students will be asked on our Current Climate Survey Questions document. After the survey has been completed, we will share a summary of this year’s results.  

This survey is not mandatory, but participation is strongly encouraged so that we can gather the data we need to help grow and maintain a healthy school climate and culture. Our administrative team reviews the results, identifies any data trends over time, targets areas for annual improvement, and values the feedback to help monitor and adjust over the course of the year. If you do not wish your student to participate for any reason, simply complete this form requesting they be excused from participation in this year’s student climate survey.  If you would like further details about the survey, please contact any of the level assistant principals. This notification is in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.  

Sincerely, 

Alison Berman (alison.berman@bvsd.org), Elementary School Assistant Principal

Victoria Hankey (victoria.hankey@bvsd.org), Middle School Assistant Principal

Josh Benson (joshua.benson@bvsd.org), High School Assistant Principal  


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NEW! Updated COVID Protocols for January 2022  

Boulder County Public Health as well as BVSD Health Services are handling a large volume of COVID-related communication due to the current surge that is affecting our community. As a result, if your student or anyone in your family tests positive, you may not receive an individual call or email from the health room para or nurse. In all cases, please follow the guidelines listed below. You are always welcome to reach out to the school if you have specific questions or concerns.  

As we head into 2022, we want to reiterate to please keep your students home if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID. If your student is positive for covid, has been exposed, or is experiencing symptoms...please click Updated COVID Protocols to read the entire article.

 

 

NEW! EDE Search Update 

The search for our next Executive Director of Education is underway.  This week, we posted the position description to our school’s website and to several local and national job boards.  We are excited to begin talking to candidates who demonstrate a passion for the Peak to Peak model of liberal arts, college preparatory instruction, have significant leadership experience, and can build on the healthy school climate that is a hallmark of our school.  We will accept applications on a rolling basis and encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.  Please encourage any exemplary educators you may know to consider throwing their hats into the ring!


The Board has retained Amy Slothower with Cause Effect Advisory Services to assist with facilitating the search. We have also named 10 members of the search committee which includes board members, administrators, parents and teachers (see below for the committee member list). As the search progresses, we will share appropriate information about candidates and about the process.  Once we have selected finalists, we will create opportunities for all members of our community to learn about the candidates and to provide input that the Board can use in making their selection. Please feel free to reach out to board members with any questions about the hiring process. 

EDE Search Team members:

  • 3 Board Members/Parents - Brian Boonstra, Chirag Shah, Eveline Grady
  • 2 Parents from the Hiring and Organizational Development (HOD) team - Beth Custard, Diangy Zaronias
  • Middle School Principal - Clara Quinlan
  • Director of Professional Development (K-12) - Keri Dunphy
  • Executive Director of Operations - Sam Todd
  • Elementary Teacher - Lori Douglass
  • High School Teacher - Kurt Schaefer

With warm regards,

The Board of Directors 


 

NEW!  We Need SubstituteTeachers and Cafeteria Volunteers

Many community members are looking for ways to support our community. We need substitute teachers. Apply or share this position listing with your network. We also have additional open employment positions listed on the website, including the Executive Director of Education position. Please share these openings with your networks.  

Please contact Traci Schoeneweis if you can volunteer in the cafeteria any school day between 12:00-1:30 PM.  Volunteers are needed during that time period to serve lunch to middle and high school students.   

 

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Elementary School News (grades K-5)

 


 
 
NEW! Virtual K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night on Wednesday

This coming Wednesday, 1/12/22, we will host a virtual evening of Breakout Sessions and Keynote Speaker for parents and guardians of K-8 students from 5:15-8:00 pm. We have several guest speakers presenting on timely topics including: Building Resilience in Children, Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions, Little Known Secrets of Paying for College, and Finding Family Balance in Times of Stress. Please see the link for the agenda below, which includes additional details on the timing and content of our evening, as well as links to join the virtual sessions.

2022 K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night Agenda 


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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)

 


 

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! Virtual K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night on Wednesday

This coming Wednesday, 1/12/22, we will host a virtual evening of Breakout Sessions and Keynote Speaker for parents and guardians of K-8 students from 5:15-8:00 pm. We have several guest speakers presenting on timely topics including: Building Resilience in Children, Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions, Little Known Secrets of Paying for College, and Finding Family Balance in Times of Stress. Please see the link for the agenda below, which includes additional details on the timing and content of our evening, as well as links to join the virtual sessions.

2022 K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night Agenda 

 

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High School News (grades 9-12)

 


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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)

 


 

 

NEW! Upcoming Puma Home Games

1/12. Middle School Girls basketball games vs Flatirons. 4pm & 5pm
1/13 High School Girls basketball vs. Kent. 4pm and & 5:30pm
1/13 High School Boys basketball vs. Kent. 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm
 


 

 

NEW! High School Soccer Winter Workouts


Monday & Wednesday in the weight room. Starting on 1/10 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! Winter Track Training for Distance Runners (800 meters +)

January 5th - February 26th, 2022:

  • Mondays, 3:30-5:00 at P2P
  • Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 at P2P
  • Wednesdays (starting 1/12), 4:00-5:15, Bob Burger Rec Center - pool, lap swimming, pool running, etc., and workouts given by Coach McConnell.  Athletes pay $3.20 to swim and must arrange rides to and from the Rec Center. 
  • Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 at P2P
  • Fridays - on own
  • Saturdays - TBD at local trails 
Fee: Participants choose their own participation fee at registration.  Register: https://peaktopeakcharter.revtrak.net/WS-Redirect/?wsresource=eventDetail.html%3fid%3d1255897
 

 

 

Elementary School Baseball Hitting Camp

Coach Castilleja will teach a hitting approach used by his high school team. Coach will break down hitting into three areas: balance, load, and a controlled stride. Players will learn how to hit off of a tee and learn the importance of grip strength. The camp will be held in the middle school gym and we will be using our indoor hitting cage. This is a great opportunity to meet Coach Castilleja and ask him questions regarding the baseball program.
 
Days: Saturday, January 8th, Saturday, January 15th, Saturday, January 22nd
Times: 9:00-10:00 AM
Where: Middle School Gym (Northwest Gym)
 

 

 

Middle School School Baseball Hitting Camp

Coach Castilleja will teach a hitting approach used by his high school team. Coach will break down hitting into three areas: balance, load, and a controlled stride. Players will learn how to hit off of a tee and learn the importance of grip strength. The camp will be held in the middle school gym and we will be using our indoor hitting cage. This is a great opportunity to meet Coach Castilleja and ask him questions regarding the baseball program.
 
Days: Saturday, January 8th, Saturday, January 15th, Saturday, January 22nd
Times: 10:30-11:30 AM
Where: Middle School Gym (Northwest Gym)
Cost: $75
 

 

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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)

 


 

 

NEW! Supporting Our Pumas

We are grateful to our community members who have indicated an interest in assisting the Peak to Peak students and families who are experiencing loss and displacement due to the devastating Marshall Fire. It is this kind of thoughtful and genuine gesture of giving that makes Peak to Peak such a special place.  Earlier this week this message was sent to our community describing the various ways we are supporting our impacted families - and how you can help.  
 
To receive information on opportunities to support specific in-kind needs from our families, please email our team of volunteers who are helping coordinate this effort at p2pfirerelief@gmail.com.  This group is assisting with filling item requests for our families in the days and months to come (meals, specific clothing, home goods etc).  In addition, the Peak to Peak Board of Directors has set up a special donation opportunity through Friends of Peak to Peak/RevTrak, to provide financial support to support those in our community impacted.  We’ve also developed a webpage to address our families and students with ongoing needs and to create a pathway for those of you wishing to support in the months to come.  We know many of you are supporting friends, family, neighbors, and people you may never have met who have been impacted in all different ways through the affected communities. Thank you.  
 


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Volunteer (all school levels)

 


 

 

NEW! Join Us for Our January Volunteer Meeting
 
January 11th at 2:00 PM virtually
Join by phone:  (US) +1 443-877-5552‬ PIN: ‪140 344 874‬#
 

 

 

NEW! Wrapping Supplies
 
This year’s gift wrap for the P2P staff was a huge success and planning for next year, our volunteers would love to start collecting gift wrap, bags, ribbons, etc.  Before you pack it away, please put it aside to bring to the school.  We have a box for donations at the main entrance.
 

 

 

Upcoming Events
  • February staff appreciation lunch 
  • March spirit wear swap - a chance to trade your outgrown spirit wear 
  • April book swap - give and take books for summer reading 

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Volunteer Needs

  • Cafeteria:  Please contact Traci Schoeneweis if you can volunteer in the cafeteria any school day between 12:00-1:30 PM.  Volunteers are needed during that time period to serve lunch to middle and high school students. 


 

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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