Weekly Digest 3.18.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 3/28/22 - 4/1/22
NO SCHOOL K-12 March 21st-25th for spring break.  We wish you a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable spring break!

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Homeroom placement form
    • Yearbooks on sale
    • Common Sense parenting course
    • BB Racers Club
    • Student announcements
    • BB Racers Club
    • Volunteers Needed for 7th Grade Field Event
    • HS Principal article on April schedule
    • New sign in procedures for high school students after spring break
    • No updates
    • Gala thanks and remaining items
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News



NEW! 2022-2023 Yearly Calendar with Minor Adjustments
Last week the Board of Directors approved our K-12 calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.  The calendar will NOT have late starts for elementary, but it will have early releases for all students in grades K-12. Elementary will have an early release time of 12:50 PM and secondary at 1:00 PM on those days.  Here are the minor adjustments that have been made to the calendar for next year:
  1. The early releases are for all students not just secondary.  That was an error on the first version and apologize for the mistake.
  2. In order to help with traffic congestion during early releases, elementary will dismiss at 12:50 PM and secondary will dismiss at 1:00 PM.
  3. Conferences have now been highlighted in two different colors.  There is no school for elementary students only on elementary conference days.  Secondary students have school on secondary conference days.

Please see THIS updated calendar that reflects the above information.  



NEW!  Lost and Found
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 March by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 30th.
Regarding lost and found, we have many valuable items located in our main office safe including glasses, watches, AirPods, and keys. If your student is missing anything of value, please have them check in the main office in the south building.    

NEW!  Last Call for 2022 Request for Board of Director Candidates 

This is the last call for Board of Director candidates!  The deadline to submit candidacy is Monday, March 28, 2022 at 3:00 PM

The 2022 election for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors is coming in early May.  There will be THREE OPEN SEATS for elected board members. Two seats have 3-year terms and one seat has a 2-year term.  All non-employee school and local community members are encouraged to consider serving on the board.  Any candidate for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors, in order to have his or her name placed on the ballot, must deliver a signed Peak to Peak Board Handbook form at the time of his or her candidacy submission, which constitutes an agreement to abide by the Board Orientation/Training requirements in the Board Handbook.  The Board Handbook will be sent to any candidate who is interested in possible candidacy for review.  REMINDER:  Candidates who are elected will no longer receive automatic enrollment for their students. 

Election Committee members for 2022 are:  Stephanie Branscum -Chair (community member), Megan Holstein (community member), Ethan Miley (community member), Tina Le (community member), Pragati Sharma (Accountability Committee member), Kajsa Schneider (staff member), Traci Schoeneweis (staff member), Eveline Grady (BOD member), and David Woo (BOD member).  In addition to attending the information sessions, you can learn more by attending an upcoming board meeting, speaking with a current or previous board member, and reviewing the Board of Directors' page on our website. 

Once you have decided to run for a board seat, you must formally declare your candidacy by submitting to traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org written responses to the following questions by Monday, March 28, 2022, 3:00 PM : (BOD CANDIDATE QUESTIONS)

  1. Please provide an introductory paragraph about yourself (150 words or less).  A single photograph of yourself is optional but encouraged.  Please do NOT include any links to outside websites or resources.
  2. Please explain what appeals to you most about Peak to Peak.
  3. Briefly describe why you wish to serve on the Peak to Peak Board of Directors.
  4. What experience and skills would you bring to the Peak to Peak Board of Directors?
  5. What do you feel is the most important issue now facing Peak to Peak?
  6. Please describe your familiarity with Peak to Peak's Strategic Plan and explain the direction in which you would like to see Peak to Peak progress.
  7. What do you understand Peak to Peak's philosophy to be and how do you support it?
  8. If elected, how do you expect to separate your parental and board member duties? 

A preliminary candidate list will be published to all of the candidates after the candidacy deadline.  Candidates will then have the opportunity to withdraw from the election if they change their mind about running or make any edits to their responses by April 1st.  Responses from the candidates who wish to remain in the election will be distributed to families in our Friday, April 2nd Weekly Digest and published on our website.  

All candidates are strongly encouraged to attend our candidate question & answer session on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022.  Voting instructions and timeline will be communicated to the entire Peak to Peak community in May.  Please see the below Election Guidelines information sheet for election information, timeline, and campaign guidelines.   Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 with questions.  

Thank you,

The 2022 Peak to Peak Election Committee 





NEW! Summer Reading and School Supply Lists for 2022-2023 Coming Soon

In the weeks following spring break, teachers will be working on updating the Summer Reading & School Supplies lists for all grade levels for the 2022-2023 school year. These will be posted to the website on April 22nd and we will include links in the weekly digest at that time.   


HOD Virtual Informational Meeting

Are you looking for a way to be involved at the school beyond classroom volunteering? Join us for an informational meeting about the Hiring and Organizational Development (HOD) committee. We will give you a rundown about what we do and answer any questions you may have. There is no obligation to join so come learn more about the school! Email beth.custard@peaktopeak.org or join us on April 5th at 8:30am at:  meet.google.com/vbv-srgx-rif 


COVID Protocols 

Please visit our COVID webpage for all information and protocols. 


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Elementary School News (grades K-5)


NEW! Elementary Homeroom Placement Procedure Form for 2022-2023   

We welcome your input about your child’s placement for next year. This form will be given to the current classroom teachers for consideration in next year’s placement.  Please consider that your child’s current and future teachers will be reading your input.  Forms will be screened for appropriate language. Please do not request a specific teacher.   Please complete and submit the below form by Friday, April 1, 2022.  Homeroom placements and teachers will not be published until August.  


NEW! Elementary Yearbooks on Sale  
Elementary School yearbooks are on sale now until March 28th.  Please place your order at TreeRing.com.  Peak to Peak's school code is 1015361813341879.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Weil at kathleen.weil@bvsd.org. 

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 April. You can see more information on dates, times, and registration information here: Common Sense Parenting Class. 

NEW! BB Racers Club   

Train for the Bolder Boulder with us! Students and families in grades K-8 can train for the Bolder Boulder through our BB Racers Club. We will meet every Friday after spring break at the Puma at 4pm. A separate opportunity to run together will be Sundays at 8:30am at Waneka Lake BoatHouse. Please click HERE if interested so we can put you on our mailing list. You can run with us even if you don't plan to run the Bolder Boulder! To register for the race, click HERE. Special pricing that includes having your bib delivered to Peak to Peak ends April 15th.  With questions, please contact Erin Manzanares at erin.manzanares@bvsd.org or Tina Le tina.le@bvsd.org.


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! BB Racers Club   

Train for the Bolder Boulder with us! Students and families in grades K-8 can train for the Bolder Boulder through our BB Racers Club. We will meet every Friday after spring break at the Puma at 4pm. A separate opportunity to run together will be Sundays at 8:30am at Waneka Lake BoatHouse. Please click HERE if interested so we can put you on our mailing list. You can run with us even if you don't plan to run the Bolder Boulder! To register for the race, click HERE. Special pricing that includes having your bib delivered to Peak to Peak ends April 15th.  With questions, please contact Erin Manzanares at erin.manzanares@bvsd.org or Tina Le tina.le@bvsd.org.



Volunteers Needed for 7th Grade Field Event

We are pleased to announce our rescheduled 7th grade field event for Wednesday, April 6th, 2022. We need parent volunteers to spend either a half or a full day with a small group of students, guiding them from one activity to the next as they participate in team building and bonding fun!  

If you are a parent/guardian who would like to volunteer to assist with this day of programming, please contact Victoria Hankey, MS assistant principal, or add your name and email address to this spreadsheet: Volunteers-7th Grade Field Event. In order to volunteer in any capacity at Peak to Peak, all persons must complete the volunteer process through our front office. Thank you so much for your support! 


High School News (grades 9-12)




NEW! HS Principal Article April Schedule for Digest 3.18.22
Dear High School Students, Parents, and Families: 

Welcome to spring. It’s hard to believe but we’re heading toward the finish line of a very busy year. It’s been incredible being back in person and having students full-time on campus. Following spring break, heads up, we have less than two months to go! We are counting down two weeks until PSAT and SAT testing, three weeks to CMAS science tests for juniors, a month away from Prom at the Chateaux, and then just another week thereafter for the launch of Advanced Placement exams. If you want to hear more about what’s on the horizon through the end of the semester, please read on. 

My sincere thanks for helping our Friends office and K-12 volunteers and staff with the annual gala auction and support for our innovation fund. Thank you for supporting our staff and school! We’ve got more to come, including the high school Trivia Night, our annual class competition, “Rise for the Peak,” and more so buckle up and get your Google or iCals ready.  Here goes...please click HS April Schedule to read the entire article.


  Sign In and Out Procedures Changing After Spring Break
Beginning Monday, March 28th, high school students will be able to sign in, sign out, and get tardy passes all day at the Hub window.  They no longer have to come to the main office in the south building. If a parent/guardian needs a high school student dismissed early they should also go to the Hub. Students in grade K-8 will continue to come to the main office window in the south lobby.  If a parent/guardian needs to pick up students in high school in addition to another grade level, they should come to the main office in the south building and no need to go to the Hub.   


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE or the below Read More button to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)




NEW! Gala Thanks and Remaining Items

Thank you Peak Gala bidders and attendees! On behalf of this year's gala committee we would like to thank everyone who supported this year's event.
ITEMS STILL AVAILABLE: ELEMENTARY:  Do you love the elementary framed prints but got outbid? Consider purchasing your Puma's elementary classroom artwork 8 x 10 print for only $20.  Please select item #2 and we will match up your Puma with their classroom art and send it home the Monday after spring break. MIDDLE/HIGH: We still have some "Sweet Treats" still available (Items #4 and #5).  For only $10 pick up a voucher for your secondary student to pick up a sweet treat from Assistant Principals Vicky Hankey (MS) or Josh Benson (HS) anytime over the next year. We also have a handful remaining of our High School Art Department Coloring Books. These can be purchased by selecting Item #3 and are $20 each. 
Peak Innovation Fund is still collecting donations!  PLEASE take a moment to watch this this video update on our Peak Innovation Fund!  Aren't these projects SO amazing! Thank you for helping keep this fund healthy and robust so our teachers have flexible funding available for all their creative and innovative ideas.  Donations to the Peak Innovation can easily be added to your bidpal account, or made here.
Check out our event photos HERE which are available for free download and print purchase. Our circus arts performers also provided this fun video for those who couldn't make it: event performers
Lastly, we are so grateful to our many sponsors and auction item donors who supported this year's event. Thanks to these businesses, individuals, and all of you who purchased tickets and participated in the auction, we raised over $128,000 for our school. Please view our event program to see the many businesses and individuals who supported this event as well as our auction item donors.  The Friends of Peak to Peak Office would also like to thank this year's gala committee who contributed significant amounts of time and talents to put this year's event and auction together.  We can't wait until next year! 
* Wishing all our Puma families a relaxing Spring Break * 


Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

  • 7th Grade Field Trip:  We are seeking volunteers for the 7th-grade field event on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022.  Please contact Victoria Hankey, MS assistant principal, or add your name and email address to this spreadsheet: Volunteers-7th Grade Field Event  

  • After Prom Volunteers Needed:  We are seeking community volunteers to organize Peak to Peak's after-prom on April 29th. The long-standing tradition of creating a safe, fun location for students to celebrate into the wee hours of the night after the formality of prom is in need of a team of volunteers. Responsibilities include the organization of logistics and working in conjunction with high school administration and student council. If you are interested in helping please contact our student council sponsor Andy Shedd @ sandra.shedd@bvsd.org.
  • P2P Learning Garden Volunteer Lead:  Peak to Peak is looking for a new garden lead volunteer for our beautiful P2P K-12 Learning Garden! This position entails working alongside another garden lead parent, and other parent volunteers to establish the garden in the spring and maintain it until the winter.  Responsibilities include coordinating volunteer efforts throughout the school year/summer and a few other garden fundraising efforts throughout the school year. This is a really fun way to get outside, get your hands in the dirt, work alongside teachers & kids, and get our entire community excited about our learning garden!  ***There will also be a School Garden training opportunity available in March for interested volunteers.  This will be hosted by Garden to Table, and it is a wonderful chance to dive right into all the basics of school gardening! Please reach out to P2P Parent Annie Sasseville at anniesasseville@yahoo.com or Rachel Hirt at p2p.friends@bvsd.org if interested.  


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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