Weekly Digest 10.14.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 10/17/22-10/21/22
NO SCHOOL K-5 ONLY on Wednesday, October 19th through Friday, October 21st for elementary conferences
NO SCHOOL K-12 on Monday, October 24th for Charter Day.  Enjoy the long weekend!

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Next early release after school event on November 4th
    • NO SCHOOL reminder for 10/19-10/21 and 10/24
    • Halloween celebrations
    • Secondary student learning and rubrics video
    • UNC Math Competition 
    • Student announcements
    • 8th grade PSAT testing on Wednesday
    • Upcoming 7th grade field trip
    • 8th grade yearbook baby ads
    • October Testing Information and Schedule Change with Early Dismissal for Students
    • The Puma Paper newspaper
    • Celebrate your senior
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Pickleball tournament sign up
    • Annual Fund Drive starts today
    • Trunk or Treat with Pete 10/29
    • Pete's pumpkin competition
    • K-5 Grandparents and Special Friends Day
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News

NEW! Update on Bus Transportation
Thanks to all the parents/guardians who have served on the bus committee and completed the interest survey for morning bus pick-up service. We wanted to provide a quick update on where things are with school bus transportation:
1.) We have now received three 71-passenger electric buses and are still waiting for our 24-passenger electric bus.
2.) The charging infrastructure is now completed with three 60 kW fast chargers, and two 24 kW small chargers. Fencing has also been installed around the bus storage area in the northernmost part of the north parking lot on campus.
3.) We are currently providing bus service for field trips and athletic trips.
4.) We currently have two fully certified school bus drivers and have a third one receiving training over the next few weeks. We hope to have three fully certified drivers by the 2nd week in November, and at that time will be able to provide morning bus pick-up service.
5.) A survey was put out to P2P families to express interest in having morning bus pick-up service. Based on the completed interest forms, the total number of students interested by pick-up location is shown below:
  • 80 Louisville Rec Center
  • 69 Lafayette YMCA
  • 56 Erie Safeway
  • 59 Erie Rec Center
  • 35 Broomfield Commons Ball Fields
  • 24 Broomfield Safeway
This means 149 students are interested in the Louisville/Lafayette bus, 115 in the Erie bus, and 59 in the Broomfield bus. We cannot accommodate all requests. We will likely have to conduct a lottery in determining who can use morning bus service.
We would like to hold another bus committee meeting to discuss potential changes in the morning bus routes and make final decisions on morning bus pick-up service. Look for more information in the coming days.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sam Todd, executive director of operations, at sam.todd@bvsd.org or 303.453.4611.


NEW!  K-12 Canned Food Drive October 25th - November 1st - UPDATED DATES 

Save the date for the annual food drive to benefit Sister Carmen! Students will be able to bring in non-perishable foods, household goods, and toiletries to school 10/25 - 11/2. Last year, the Peak to Peak community generously donated a record 7,000 pounds of goods and we hope to match or beat that number this year. Students may bring their donations to school and place them in donation boxes located in their teacher's classroom or other designated locations. Here is a list of in demand items.

About Sister Carmen: Sister Carmen is a non religious, non profit that helps East Boulder County residents experiencing financial hardship. They have a food bank, offer rental and mortgage assistance, and also have a thrift store where residents benefit from the generosity of the community. Link to video about Sister Carmen 

NEW!  Hearing and Vision Screenings

Hearing and vision screenings will be taking place at Peak to Peak on November 1st and 2nd as mandated by Colorado State Law. Students in the following grades will be screened:  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th

In addition, all students in learning services, new to the district or referred by teachers will also be screened on one of those days. If you do not wish for your student to be screened, please complete and turn in the below waiver(s) to the Health Room by Thursday, October 27th.  New hearing and vision waiver forms are required at the beginning of each school year.  

NEW! BVSD Immunization Compliance 

During the month of October, BVSD will be sending frequent reminders to families who have students with non-compliant immunization statuses.  If you receive a reminder, please consider reaching out to our health room staff for help getting your student in compliance. All Peak to Peak student immunizations must be in compliance by end of the school day on Friday, October 28th

Here are two possible vaccination resource clinics happening next week - Boulder County information and Broomfield information, how to complete an exemption certificate or help answer questions on what’s required when.  You can check the immunization status of your child in the IC Parent Portal under Health

NEW! BVSD's Parents of Color Council Event
BVSD's Parents of Color Council is hosting Food and Dialogue with Aun and Nadia on Wednesday, October 26th 6:30-8:30 PM.  Please see this flyer for details:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BcDTaldLgwUxmV_r1l9UwfPix7C_YlBa/view.

NEW! Traffic Reminders 

Please remember that vehicles need to be in an official parking area/spot while waiting for student pick up.  We've noticed many vehicles are waiting in the north parking lot by the tennis courts during after school pickup, which is causing some potentially dangerous situations. Some vehicles are stopping at the entrance to the lot, which blocks the entrance/exit for other vehicles or blocks spaces so people trying to leave can't back out. Also, please remember not to park/wait in handicapped spots unless you have a handicap tag. Students are attempting to get into these cars or are walking across the parking lot to get to the tennis courts or fields which is causing safety hazards.  We realize it is a very hectic 20 minutes of traffic so please remember to show good character in our parking lines and lots and to our staff volunteers.  

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! 

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!  K-5 Early Release After School "Día de los Muertos" Event on November 4th 12:50-3:00 PM
We are excited to announce our next elementary early release after school event!  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 next early release after school event on Friday, November 4th from 12:50-3:00 PM in our south gym.  The theme will be "Día de los Muertos" and hosted by our Latino Student Union group!  The cost is $10 per student. 
In order to attend, the students must be pre-registered by end of day on Wednesday, November 2nd by completing the following form:  https://peaktopeakcharter.revtrak.net/early-release/

Reminder NO SCHOOL for K-5 Students October 19th through October 21st for Conferences and Monday, October 24th for Charter Day 
Please remember that there is no school for all elementary students on Wednesday, October 19th through October 21st for conferences and then no school K-12 on Monday, October 24th for our Charter Day holiday.  HERE is our yearly calendar again with all of the dates for your convenience.

Elementary Halloween Celebrations
It’s October and many are already thinking about Halloween. On Monday, October 31st, Peak to Peak Elementary will celebrate this tradition together with our K-12 counterparts. In elementary school, we will have a regular school day for the majority of the day, and then students will celebrate with extra festivities in the latter part of the day. Please click here to read additional details.

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)


NEW!  Secondary Student Learning and Rubrics
Are you interested in seeing how rubrics help our students target their own learning growth and how we communicate this information to students and families? Take a look at our informational video on student learning and rubrics.

NEW!  Secondary UNC Math Competition

The UNC Math Competition is open to 7th through 12th graders.  Last year, we had 10 students go to the regional rounds! The school round will be conducted on our campus in room S280 on Wednesday, November 9th from 3:15 - 4:45 PM.  Past questions can be found here. The 2nd  round is at UNC in Greeley.  If you are interested in participating please sign up using this link.  If you have any questions, please contact Anita.chakraborty-sp@bvsd.org


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! Eighth Grade Taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19th
Eighth graders will be taking the PSAT 8/9 next Wednesday, October 19th and have an early release. Your student will receive this email with additional information early next week. Please read over this with your student to make sure they're prepared for the exam.

Upcoming 7th Grade Field Trip
Dear Peak to Peak 7th Grade Students and Families,

We are excited to tell you more about our upcoming 7th grade field trip opportunity! An email with this information was also sent directly to 7th grade parents/guardians email, and students were given a hard copy of this information at school today to take home to their adults. On Wednesday, October 19th, 7th graders 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 in the Auditeria by 7:55am for a prompt departure soon after. We will return to the back of the campus by 3:30pm. 

What to Bring: This is an outdoor event. To provide the most successful experience, please ensure that your student is equipped with:

  • Sack lunch & filled water bottle
  • Closed-toed/closed-heel shoes
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, glasses & hat)
  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate attire for an active day
  • Pants recommended (students will be wearing harnesses)

Please also monitor the weather and equip your 7th grader with appropriate clothing (Genesee is 1,500 feet higher than Denver, so layers and rainwear are recommended). This trip is funded by student fees, with the exception of items on the packing list. Please reach out to Jamie Black, 7th Grade Team Leader, if fees or items are a barrier to your 7th grader’s participation.

 In order to participate in the Denver Parks and Recreation Challenge Course, please do the following by Friday, 10/14:

We are in need of parent/guardian volunteers and encourage 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 Volunteer Process before attending.    We look forward to this fun day of connection and team building. 

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: 8th https://theyearbookcompany.com/. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Krista Fernandez, Middle School Yearbook Sponsor, at krista.fernandez@bvsd.org

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)



NEW!  Current Edition of Our High School Newspaper the "Puma Paper" 

Here is a link to the October edition of the "Puma Paper" which is our high school newspaper:  Puma Paper 


NEW! Congratulate Your High School Senior 

We know how awesome your child is, but why not let everyone else know by placing an ad in your student's senior yearbook?  Senior recognition ads are a tradition at our school. The special early bird discounted deadline for submitting your child’s yearbook ad is October 21st. For more information on pricing and how to submit your ad, please visit www.TheYearbookCompany.com. 

November 14th is the deadline to submit your student’s senior portrait. Please click here to upload the portrait.


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Puma Home Games 
HS Boys Soccer v The Academy Charter-6:00 PM


NEW!  Pickleball Tournament Sign Up

Peak to Peak tennis teams invite all pickleball players to our first pickleball tournament which will be held Saturday, October 22nd! So that we are able to accommodate more members from our Peak to Peak community, Apex Park and Recreation Department have generously offered to host our event at their Simms Street Recreation Center (11706 W. 82nd Ave., Arvada CO 80005).  They have great facilities and access to additional courts will allow for a more efficient tournament. Please check out THIS FLYER and the this registration page to sign up, or for more information. We have space for a maximum of 32 teams (minimum 20) for the pool play/championship bracket tournament. Additional questions? Please contact P2P parent Laura Bonney. Go Pumas!


Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)



NEW!  Peak Annual Fund Drive Kicks Off Today! 

We welcome all Puma families to learn about our Peak Annual Fund drive and be INformed, INspired, and INvested in the most important fundraising campaign we do each year! Can we count you "IN" to support our Pumas? Learn more about the importance of our 20+ year Peak Annual Fund tradition and your opportunity to help our school reach 100% participation by visiting give.peaktopeak.org. We invite you to learn more about the Peak Annual Fund by visiting our FAQ document. Our family ambassadors (listed on this page) are always available to answer any questions.  Thank you in advance for joining this annual Peak to Peak tradition. 


NEW!  Puma Pete's Trunk or Treat ~ Saturday, October 29 2:00-5:00 PM

All Puma ghouls and ghosts are welcome to join a fun, free community Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration at Peak to Peak Saturday, October 29th. There will be games for kids & concessions for sale benefitting After Prom. Guests will also have a chance to check out our new electric buses!  We are also still looking for families and businesses interested in decorating "Vehicle Trunks" for this event. Family vehicle trunk participation is a $25 donation which includes candy and non-candy treats provided by donated funds. Businesses are also welcome to advertise with logo'd items, signage etc for $75 donation. Please visit our website for more information and registration and contact BAASC Manager Dulce Carter or Friends of Peak to Peak with questions. We hope to see you there.  


NEW!  Pete’s Pumpkin Decorating/Carving Competition ~ Monday, October 31

Back for a 2nd year, we’ll be displaying creatively decorated pumpkins from the Peak to Peak community on Monday, October 31st ~ in partnership with other festive activities happening on campus that day. Pumpkins will be displayed in the front quad (weather dependant) for all students and parent/guardians to view (and vote!) throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded per level for winning pumpkins along with “Guess the Weight” of pumpkins grown in our Peak Learning Garden. Community members of all ages are invited to submit finished pumpkins October 31st at morning drop off.


NEW!  K-5 Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Due to heavy traffic and parking expected on the originally planned date of November 10th, our annual Special Friends Day has moved to Friday, November 18th 1:30 - 2:45. On this afternoon, K-5 Pumas are welcome to invite external guests (extended family members, grandparents, family friend etc) to visit them on campus for a classroom tour, teacher meet and greet and a brief welcome & refreshments with our Elementary Principal Ms. Christensen. If you have a guest who has made special arrangements (flight booked etc) to visit on the originally scheduled date of November 10th, please notify the Friends of Peak to Peak office to arrange a special tour and classroom visit with your Puma on that day. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming these special guests to our campus!

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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!
  • 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.    


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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