Weekly Digest 9.23.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 9/26/22-9/30/22 

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    • Coffee Chat
    • K-5 early release after school event
    • Battle of the Books
    • Yearbooks on sale
    • Student announcements
    • October Testing Information and Schedule Change with Early Dismissal for Students
    • Battle of the Books
    • 8th grade yearbook baby ads
    • College Day sessions for parents/guardians
    • October 12th PSAT testing information for 11th grade and no school for 9th, 10th, and 12th graders
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Middle School boys basketball
    • Annual Fund Drive coming soon
    • After Prom volunteers needed
    • Community save-the-date events
    • Pickleball to Support P2P Tennis Teams
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


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 September by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28th.  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.    

Community Bulletin Board
From the Parents/Guardians page of the Peak to Peak website, you can access the Community Bulletin Board. Here you will find announcements about events and opportunities shared by our community partners in the surrounding area. These events are not school-sponsored. When we receive requests from outside entities who would like to share information with our community, we post those announcements in this location.



Communication Pathways 
At Peak to Peak, we strive for positive, open, and inclusive, two-way communication with our families. To facilitate this goal and to ensure we can address your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible, we use The Communication Pathways as a problem-solving strategy and the Principles for Effective Dialogue to guide a positive experience. The Communication Pathways create an effective and respectful process to resolve and address issues that arise. We have found our dialogue to be particularly productive and mutually beneficial when all parties adhere to the recommended Principles for Productive Dialogue. Please know that when you are seeking information or answers to questions, we always welcome conversations with any member of our community.  

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Elementary School News (grades K-5)


Elementary Coffee Chat

The elementary administration would like to invite you to come have coffee and conversation about the year together. We want to meet with you and hear from you, as well as answer questions and share highlights of all that is going on. We look forward to discussing a variety of topics with you. (If you can’t attend but have something to share, we always welcome your feedback at any other time through email, phone calls, or in-person conversations.)

  • When: Tuesday, September 27th at 8:10 AM
  • Where: Peak to Peak Cafeteria  

K-5 Early Release After School "Fall Fun" Event on October 7th 12:50-3:00 PM
Now that we are past most COVID restrictions, we are excited to announce that we will be bringing back our elementary early release after school events!  These events allow our elementary students to stay for a full day on certain early release days. Parents/guardians do not have to pick up the students who attend until 3:00 PM and all proceeds go to support our K-12 student clubs!
All K-5 students are invited to attend our first early release after school event on Friday, October 7th from 12:50-3:00 PM in our south gym.  The theme will be "Fall Fun"!  The cost is $10 per student. Some of the fun activities will include:  mask decorating, a falling leaf art project, and musical pumpkins (like musical chairs).
In order to attend, the students must be pre-registered by end of day on Thursday, October 6th by completing the following form:  https://peaktopeakcharter.revtrak.net/additional-items-and-events/early-release/ 

Elementary Battle of the Books
Grades 3, 4, and 5. BoB is a competition with the purpose of fostering a love of reading! The goal of Battle of the Books is to teach students how to work together in a group for a common goal, expose them to award-winning pieces of literature, and encourage a high volume of reading inside and outside of the classroom. Sign up here. DEADLINE is Sept. 30, 2022. 

Elementary Yearbooks on Sale 

Elementary School yearbooks for the 2022-23 school year are now on sale! Order your yearbook in September and receive 10% off your order. Order now at TreeRing.com. School code is 1015361813341879. 


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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)



Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

Please click Secondary Student Announcements 2022-2023 to view the daily student announcements for the week. 


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Middle School News (grades 6-8)


NEW!  October Testing Information and Schedule Change with Early Dismissal for Students 

Dear Middle School Families and Students,

Thank you for your support this fall as we launched our inaugural 6th grade overnight to the Y of the Rockies, and will soon take our 7th and 8th graders, separately, to a high-ropes experience in Genesee. These are fall experiences we are intentionally creating for all of our students in an effort to continuously support a celebratory, inclusive and connective culture in our middle school. In addition, each October, our 8th graders take the PSAT 8 as part of our instructional preparation for their high school career, and also as a college readiness benchmark (Key Performance Indicator #3) under our school’s strategic plan. On Wednesday, October 19th, our 8th graders will take the PSAT 8 while our 6th and 7th graders will be participating in two separate, grade-level field trips. On this day, all programming will run on a special schedule; there will be no academic classes offered to middle schoolers. 

Please read below for the information that applies to your student(s) for October 19th:

  • 8th grade: Students should arrive no later than 7:45am to ensure they have enough time to find their testing room and all students can start on time. Students will be done testing and dismissed for the day by 12:00pm, except for those testing with extended time. No lunch will be served to middle schoolers on this day. Parents/guardians with students testing longer will receive an email with additional information. Beginning this year, the PSAT 8 will be a digital assessment. This is in preparation for the nationwide shift to digital assessment at the high school level in the next few years. Please make sure your student brings their fully charged BVSD device on test day. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tracy Durland (tracy.durland@bvsd.org).
  • 7th grade: Students will participate in an all-day outdoor field trip to the Genesee Challenge Course, where they will engage in teamwork, problem solving and healthy risk-taking through high- and low-ropes course challenges. Students should arrive no later than 7:45am and report to the Auditeria for a prompt departure at 7:55am. We will return to campus by 3:30pm. A hard copy of a more detailed communication about this trip, including field trip forms, will be sent home with your 7th grader in the first week of October. A field trip-specific communication to 7th grade families will be included in October Weekly Digests as well (including a soft copy of field trip forms). We encourage adult volunteers who want to participate in a memorable, adventure-filled experience to join us on this day. Please contact Jamie Black (jamie.black@bvsd.org) if you are able to help. All volunteers must complete the Peak to Peak's New Volunteer Process before attending. 
  • 6th grade: Students will be participating in a walking field trip that features team-building in House groups. Students should arrive no later than 7:45am and report to the classroom in which their House group meets. Students will be done with the field trip and dismissed for the day by 12:00pm. No lunch will be served to middle schoolers on this day. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jen Jouzdani, 6th grade team leader (jen.jouzdani@bvsd.org).

Thank you for your partnership and support,

Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal

Victoria Hankey, Middle School Assistant Principal

Tracy Durland, K-12 Assessment, Data and Tech Manager 

Battle of the Books 

Middle School Battle of the Books! BoB is a competition with the purpose of fostering a love of reading! The goal of Battle of the Books is to teach students how to work together in a group for a common goal, expose them to award-winning pieces of literature, and encourage a high volume of reading inside and outside of the classroom. Sign up here. DEADLINE is Sept. 30, 2022.

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Ads
Attention 8th Grade Families! It's time to celebrate another milestone with your 8th grader in this year's middle school yearbook by surprising them with a Yearbook Recognition Ad (aka "Baby Ad"). A hard copy flier for this opportunity went home via students last week. If you did not receive a flyer or would like access to a soft copy of the advertisement, you may access it here: www.theyearbookcompany.com. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Krista Fernandez, Middle School Yearbook Sponsor, at krista.fernandez@bvsd.org.  


High School News (grades 9-12)

NEW!  College Day Sessions for Parents/Guardians

Parents and guardians, as part of the annual College Day curriculum, there are a few sessions just for you!  Please register by Monday, September 26.  

  • 9:35 to 10:15 "Staying on the course for experienced (possibly wearying) parents” Presented by Laura Davis of Lafayette College.  This expert presenter comes from a background of competitive college admissions (at both the graduate and undergraduate level) and is a parent who has gone through this process with two of her own students. Join this session if you are wondering how you can be “Digging deeper into the nuances to make the most of planning travel / a campus visit / interview opportunity; to support your student as they create the best version of their college applications; to play through the scenarios with deadlines -- is ED a good strategy? How about EA?" 
  • 10:35 to 11:15 “Liberal Arts Mythbusting” Presented by Anna-Marie Fahmy from Muhlenberg College, Hillary Dickman from Colorado College, and Maya Slocum from Colgate University.  What exactly does Liberal Arts Mean? Learn from three expert presenters the myths, the facts, and the lore behind this type of academic learning. You may walk away with a new understanding of why top employers are specifically looking for candidates with liberal arts backgrounds for all positions, especially in an ever evolving workplace.  
  • 1:40 to 2:20 “Are you a Snowplow Parent? Empowering your Student in the College Search Process” Presented by Kylie Rigdon from the University of Tennessee, Anne-Browning Wilson of Mississippi-State, and Eli Jenkins of Gonzaga University.  How to move away from the "we" to the "I" and allow your student to take ownership in their college search process. Learn what you can be doing now to help make sure your student knows how to self advocate in order to be successful not only in their college search but also once they are on their own at a school that is their personal best fit. 


NEW!  October 12th PSAT Testing Information for 11th Grade and No School for 9th, 10th, and 12th Grade Students 

Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 12th.  Students should arrive no later than 7:45 AM and report directly to their testing room in the north building. Room assignments will be posted outside of the hub and CCC. Students should bring: a water bottle, a snack to be eaten during the break, and a calculator. Students should not bring: any technology, including a phone or smart watch. If these cannot be left in a vehicle or locker, students will need to power them off and turn them into the test proctor for the duration of the test. Students will be done testing and dismissed for the day by 12:00 PM, except for those testing with extended time. Students testing with extended time will dismiss around 1:15 PM. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tracy Durland.
There will be no classes on this day for any high school students. 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students should not come to school. 


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Puma Home Games 
MS Soccer v Faith Christian 4:15pm/5:30pm
HS Boys Soccer v Eagle Ridge Academy 6:00pm varsity
HS Softball v Jefferson Academy 4:00pm varsity
MS Volleyball C Team Round Robin v Dawson/Stragate 4:00/5:00/6:00
HS Boys Soccer v Jefferson Academy 4:00pm JV/6:00pm varsity



NEW!  MS Boys Basketball
The middle school boys basketball season is fast approaching. Tryouts will be held on October 10th from 3:30-5:00 in the NW gym (middle school gym). We are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help out with practices and games. If you are interested please contact Dan Seidman at daniel.seidman@bvsd.org.

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


Thank you to everyone who attended our Homecoming Tailgate Party, and congratulations to all our teams (and fans!) on a great homecoming week!


NEW!  Annual Fund Drive Coming Soon

We’ll be kicking off our 23rd Annual Fund Drive in mid-October. Thank you to all of you who have already asked how you can support Peak to Peak this year. The Annual Fund is the best way each year to support our funding gap and ensure our school stays financially strong. All puma families can look forward to learning more about Peak to Peak’s unique financial model and how you can financially support our students and classrooms over the next few weeks.


NEW!  After Prom Volunteers Needed

Attention High School Parents! Please consider joining our committee to create a fun and safe After-Prom Celebration for the 2023 Junior / Senior Prom.  Please email Colleen Wilcox if interested at colleen.wilcox@gmail.com  (Parents of all high school grade levels welcome)  Our kick-off meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept 27 at 7 pm either in person or via google meets    meet.google.com/svc-kszj-rkz 


NEW!  Community Event Save the Dates:

  • Puma Pete’s Pumpkin Carving Competition - Monday, October 31st
  • P2P Trunk or Treat: (details pending) - Saturday, October 29th; Interested in helping? Please contact P2P parent Dulce Carter
  • Grandparent and Special Friend’s Day (Elementary) - Thursday, November 10th.


Pickleball to Support P2P Tennis Teams

Interested in participating in a P2P pickleball tournament? Please fill out this simple form so our tennis teams can determine interest in putting this event together.

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Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

  • Trunk or Treat:  We are hosting a Truck or Treat on Friday, October 29th.  Please contact Dulce Carter with questions.
  • Battle of the Books:  We are seeking coaches for Battle of the Books, please sign up here. 
  • Reading with students in second grade:  We are looking for volunteers to listen to students read in second grade.  This takes place daily from 1:50-2:20.  Please contact Lori Douglass, lori.douglass@bvsd.org.   
  • College Day on Wednesday, September 28th:  Donate your time or materials here!  We welcome over 150 college reps to Peak to Peak and students get to learn about colleges around the world. 
  • After Prom:  Please contact P2P parent Colleen Wilcox to join the After Prom planning committee.
  • Peak Gala:  Please contact Friends of Peak to Peak for information on how to help with this year's gala and auction.  


Volunteer Information

Thank you for considering to volunteer at Peak to Peak!  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.  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.

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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