Weekly Digest 9.30.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 10/3/22-10/7/22
K-12 Early Release on Friday, October 7th
  • K-5 released at 12:50 PM
  • 6-12 released at 1:00 PM (no secondary lunch served)
NO SCHOOL K-12 on Monday, October 10th for a Staff Professional Development Day 

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Elementary conferences
    • K-5 early release after school event
    • Secondary conferences
    • Student announcements
    • October Testing Information and Schedule Change with Early Dismissal for Students
    • 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 date change
    • Annual Fund Drive coming soon
    • Community save-the-date events
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Accountability Committee Meeting

Our next Accountability Committee meeting is next Monday, October 3rd, from 3:30-5:00 PM in person in the INN conference room in the North Building. Anyone in our community is welcome to attend.  For those who would like to join us remotely, here is the link to our meeting next Monday:  meet.google.com/tjv-toie-rtu and Phone Number: (‪US)‪+1 954-239-7633 with Pin: ‪620 251 906# 


NEW!  Annual Online Library Media Center Book Drive

It’s time for the annual LMC Book Drive! 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 donating from the elementary or secondary wish lists on Amazon.com. See this flyer for more information:  link to flyer. 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! 

NEW!  Curriculum Proposals 

It is our process to invite our school community to provide feedback on proposed new curriculum. We are asking our community for input, not votes, as teachers prepared these derived from student interests, etc.  Below you will find links to new curriculum proposals. If you have any feedback on the below new proposals please email Traci Schoeneweis by Friday, October 14, 2022, 3:00 PM. All comments will be sent to the Curriculum Committee. Thank you.

NEW!  Dinner Out, Do Good!  
Join the P2P Boys Basketball team on Wednesday, October 5th between 4:00-8:00 PM at Chipotle in Lafayette.  There will be 33% of event sales donated to the team.  You can order online using code KHFQMY7, or show this flyer at the restaurant:  Flyer (English) and Flyer (Spanish).  It's going to be a great night, we hope to see you there!

NEW! Volunteers Needed for the P2P Election Committee
This board committee meets only a few times a year and organizes and runs the annual election of our Board of Director members. If you would like to get involved and help our school with a relatively light time commitment, please contact Traci Schoeneweis. You will need to be available via zoom a couple of times in the late fall/winter and then again in the spring to prepare for our Q&A candidate panel and to certify the election. Our volunteers will need to fill out a confidentiality agreement and need to be board approved to serve on this committee.    

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)


NEW!  Elementary Conference Sign-Up

We will have our first set of elementary conferences on October 19-21. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your student’s progress! You need to sign-up for one slot with your grade level team through our scheduler, which can be found at this link: https://peaktopeak.as.me/  If you are unable to use the internet for this, or need extra assistance, please contact your teacher and we will assist you in scheduling a time slot. Please find additional instructions and information here. 

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/ 

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)


NEW!  Secondary Parent/Guardian/Student/Teacher Conferences

Dear Secondary Families,

We are pleased to offer digital sign-ups through Acuity Scheduling to arrange virtual parent/guardian/student/teacher conferences with our 6-12th grade teachers this fall. Shortly, teachers will have updated recommendations on each student's course progress reports and grade reports in Infinite Campus. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few moments to check your Infinite Campus portals and review grade report comments for each class your student is enrolled in. If a conference is recommended by a teacher, or if you have topics you'd like to discuss about a specific course, you may go to the link for Acuity Scheduling, beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 7th (link will be in the Friday Puma Digest and you will be able to schedule your conferences starting at 7:00 PM). Once there, you may select a 10-minute appointment time on either Wednesday, October 12th or Thursday, October 13th between 3:30-6:30 p.m. If a conference is not recommended, you do not need to attend or schedule any conference appointments unless you’d like to check in with a specific teacher of your choice. If attending conferences, we do request that students attend along with parents/guardians as important participants in our conference meetings.  

Once scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation for each conference meeting. You can save these right into your calendars of choice. Teachers will also be sending you a Google Meet link for your scheduled session. Please wait to enter your meeting until your time begins, and be aware that some teachers may be using one conference meet invitation for all of their students and families. If you arrive in a meeting that is still in progress, please give participants a moment or two to wrap up and maintain privacy for families. 

Thank you for planning ahead for our conferences. We hope this process continues to meet the needs of our students, families, and staff. We appreciate your feedback to help us continually improve our conference offerings each year.


Kyle Mathews, High School Principal

Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal



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)


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 


High School News (grades 9-12)



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 
High School Softball v Strive Prep 4:00pm
High School Boys Soccer v Stargate JV at 4:00pm and Varsity at 6:00pm
High School Girls Volleyball v Jefferson Academy 4:00pm/5:00pm/6:00pm



NEW! MS Boys Basketball - DATE CHANGE
Updated Date: Tryouts will be held on October 11th and 12th in the NW Gym from 3:30-5:30. Please contact coach Chris Ford with any questions at chris.ford@bvsd.org.

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)



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.


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.



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Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

  • Playground Volunteers Needed:  Are you ready to shoot some hoops on the playground?  Chat with students on the wood chips?  Be a friendly face for students needing assistance at recess? Elementary administrators are looking for regular volunteers to assist our hardworking paraprofessionals and teachers out on the elementary playground.  We have two different daily time slots each weekday for which we need volunteers:
    • Lunchtime recess set-up and supervision for Grades 3-5:  Monday-Friday 10:15-10:55am
    • Lunchtime recess supervision and clean-up for Grades K-2:  Monday-Friday 10:55-11:25am
    You can volunteer for between 1-5 days per week for either or both recess times. Please fill out this survey, and we will reach out to you soon to discuss the details. Thank you!
  • Middle School "lounge" renovation:  The middle school staff is looking for creative people to put together a small "lounge" in a small space at the end of the hallway. If you are interested in helping with this project please contact P2P parent Beth Custard.
  • Trunk or Treat:  We are hosting a Truck or Treat on Friday, October 29th.  Please contact Dulce Carter with questions.
  • 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.   
  • 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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