Weekly Digest 10.21.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 10/24/22-10/28/22
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
    • Halloween celebrations
    • Integrated math pathway for students 8th through 10th grades
    • Secondary student learning and rubrics video
    • UNC Math Competition 
    • Student announcements
    • No updates
    • Celebrate your senior
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • HS basketball camps and tryouts
    • Managers needed
    • C team boys basketball coach needed
    • Annual Fund Drive off to great start
    • 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!  Executive Director of Operations Search 

We wanted to update our community with regards to our ongoing efforts to attract a new leader for this vital role. As you may already know, our existing Executive Director of Operations, Sam Todd has led our school in this position for many years and will retire at the end of this school year. Since the board of directors carries the responsibility for executive hires, we will lead this hiring process and work, similarly to last year's EDE hire. Here are some important points about how we are rolling out this work: 

  • We have partnered with our Executive Leadership team to identify the key responsibilities that this position needs to hold as well as the skill sets and qualifications that we wish to see in an ideal candidate. The board finalized the Job Description at our most recent board meeting.
  • We have contracted with consultant Amy Slothower, who we engaged with last year during our Executive Director of Education search. Amy will cast a wide net for candidates, create a pool of highly qualified candidates and support us throughout the entire hiring process. 
  • Our hiring process will be supported by a search committee ensuring we have both parent and staff representation as well as a varying degree of years of P2P specific experience. Joining us in the work are: Chirag Shah (Board president), Eveline Grady (Board member), Diangy Zaronias (parent and HOD member), Beth Custard (parent and HOD member), Jennie Klein (EDE), Kristianna Vedvik (HR Director), Dan Kroeger (Finance Director), Kyle Mathews (HS principal) and John Wilcox (Facilities Director)
  • Timeline: We have kicked-off our hiring process this week and will be posting the position in November. Our interview process will begin in January and we are hoping this process will conclude in early February. If you have any individual in mind who you think might be a good fit, please point them in our direction. 

If you have any questions around this hire, please email the board p2pboard@peaktopeak.org. 

With warm regards, 

Your Board of Directors  

NEW!  Governor Polis to Speak at Electric Bus Launch Event at Peak to Peak

Peak to Peak Charter School is operating Colorado’s first all-electric school bus fleet – and it’s time to celebrate that achievement! The Peak to Peak Electric Bus Launch Event will be held on Thursday, October 27th at 9:45 AM. We are very excited to have Governor Polis join us to kick off the event. Under his leadership, Colorado enacted SB 193, allocating $65 million for electric school buses in the state and accelerating the transition to cleaner, healthier transportation for Colorado’s students, drivers, and communities. The governor will address the audience at 10 AM on the soccer field, and then proceed to the bus storage area for a demonstration of the electric buses.

Since we are limited on seating, we cannot open this event to the general public, but several leaders from Peak to Peak, BVSD, other charter schools, electric bus vendors, and local governments will be in attendance. A small number of Peak to Peak students and faculty will also participate. If any Peak to Peak community members would like to attend the event please use this linked form to RSVP.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ride the buses and see the charging stations inside the bus enclosure. Staff from Peak to Peak and Highland will be on hand to answer questions about the deployment and technology.

Peak to Peak Charter School engaged with Highland as an affordable solution to provide transportation for student athletics and activities. Highland’s Fleet product offers full-service fleet electrification that includes financing and comprehensive services for a fixed annual fee. This product enabled Peak to Peak to avoid the high upfront cost of purchasing electric buses (typically $350,000 each), and to provide clean, reliable transportation for its students at a manageable price. 

NEW!  Bus Transportation Lottery Form

Dear Peak to Peak community, 

We are so excited to announce that three of our four electric buses have arrived on campus. Two of our drivers have been fully trained and certified, and one is finishing up his credentials. Our buses have completed their maiden voyages, and are continuing to provide transportation for field trips and athletic contests. Peak to Peak is extremely excited to be the first school in the country with an all-electric bus fleet. It is now time to begin the rollout of our morning bus service...please click Transportation Lottery to read the entire article and for the lottery form.

NEW!  CRT Community Communication 

Dear Peak to Peak community,  

Peak to Peak was recently made aware that a former employee made comments in an email that are inconsistent with our practices at Peak to Peak. We are providing the following information to address these comments and make corrections to the misinformation stated. The former employee stated in an email in May 2021 that “teaching Critical Race Theory is an essential part of the social studies curriculum at my school as well as schools throughout Boulder Valley School District." She also stated that “teaching Critical Race Theory is imperative to dismantling the racism that plagues American society today." These statements came in response to an email from Steamboat resident Ken Mauldin and were reported by the Vail Daily on October 17, 2022.  

These comments are not representative of our philosophy, our curriculum or of the communications that we have shared with staff and community members. We recognize that when contradictory statements are published in the media it can cause our community to question our practices and integrity. 

I assure you that Critical Race Theory is not an essential element in our social studies curriculum. "Critical race theory (CRT) is an approach to...please click CRT Communication to read the entire article.


NEW!  Costume Swap/Costume Drive

The High School Eco Club is hosting a K-12 costume swap and secondhand costume drive after school next Wednesday, October 26th, after school from 3:10-3:30 PM out front by the Respect Wall/Puma statue (or inside in the north building's Innovation Center if weather is bad!). Reduce fashion waste by bringing old costumes you've outgrown or share or swap costumes to create your Halloween look!  All remaining costumes will be donated to A Precious Child before Halloween to reduce fashion waste.


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 October by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, October 25th.  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!  Stay Connected!
This year, we will be hosting several virtual "Staying Connected" informational sessions. These meetings will be designed to address a variety of topics to help parents and guardians navigate our communication tools and systems so that you can keep up with your students' K-12 journey. Our next Staying Connected virtual session is on October 27th, 6:30-7:15 PM. Please use the following information to join the meeting: 
Phone Number: 774-314-4100‬  PIN: ‪239 231 302#‬
Topics for October include: Communication pathways, Infinite Campus, Community Q&A sessions, Weekly Digest, Board of Directors function and purpose, membership in the Peak to Peak community, and the Friends Office.   
Please click here to access a recording of our first Staying Connected presentation for Parents and Guardians. In this session, we highlighted several resources to help families support their Peak to Peak students including: Google Classroom, Google Calendars, resources on the Parents/Guardians page of the website, and a Quick Guide to Peak to Peak's Systems and Accounts.   

NEW!  Equity Committee Meeting Dates
Our first Equity Committee monthly meeting is Tuesday, November 8th, from 3:30-5:00 PM in person in our INN conference room which is located on the first floor of our north building. Anyone in our community is welcome to attend.  The Equity Committee meets monthly 3:30-5:00 PM on the following second Tuesdays:
  • November 8, 2022
  • December 13, 2022
  • January 10, 2023
  • February 14, 2023
  • March 14, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023 

NEW!  Community Virtual Q & A on November 2nd from 6:30-7:30 PM

Peak to Peak will be hosting a Community Virtual Q & A on November 2nd from 6:30-7:30 PM. Please use the following information to join the meeting: 

Phone Number: 941-254-3727‬  PIN: ‪935 729 985#‬

To better understand the topics our community members are most interested in discussing or learning more about, we are asking for input via this webpage on the Peak to Peak website. This page is only visible to parents/guardians using the school-provided login credentials and to adult members of the Peak to Peak staff. This is a discussion format and members are encouraged to engage with one another and to build upon the suggested topics of interest. This meeting will include a short presentation from staff members or administration based on trends in the topic suggestions and questions we receive. While we may not be able to address every topic or question suggested, we will do our best to capture the topic trends. 

Click on the "Comments" link to add your ideas or to read what others are saying. Comments are approved prior to posting to the page, so they will not appear right away. The deadline for submitting comments is October 30th. Comments will be approved daily through October 31st, so check back often. Once approved for posting, comments will be visible to other community members when logged in. Please note that usernames will be posted along with your comments, and anonymous comments will not be included.  Thank you for your contributions, questions, and suggestions!  

NEW!  Quick Tip: Staying Connected - 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 our Communication Pathways as a problem-solving strategy. Watch this Quick Tip Video to learn more about our process. Our goal is to address your concerns quickly and efficiently. Our Communication Pathways are designed to improve our practices through respectful and open dialogue with our families. Knowing and understanding the process in advance is the first step toward resolution.  

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 

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.  

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

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)


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/

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!  Integrated Math Pathway for Students in Grades 8th through 10th 

Dear families of math students at Peak to Peak,

We want to update you on proposed changes to our math progression for standard math students in high school in the year ahead. We are proposing a new math pathway for standard math students called the Interactive Math Program (IMP). As you know, we currently offer two different math pathways of standard or honors math with the traditional route of algebra 1, geometry and probability, algebra 2, and precalculus. While the honors pathway is ideal for learners who are aligned with theoretical and traditional motivators...please click Integrated Math Pathway to read the entire article. 

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.

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)


No Updates 

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High School News (grades 9-12)



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 Volleyball v Faith Christian Academy-4:00/5:00/6:00
HS Boys Soccer v TBD-6:00 Home Playoff Game 


NEW!  High School Boys and Girls Basketball Preseason Camp and Tryouts

High School Boys and Girls Basketball Preseason Camp and Tryouts: 
  • Preseason Camp November 7th-10th: Girls 3:30-5:30, Boys 5:45-7:45 in the NE gym.
  • Tryouts: November 14th-Girls 3:30-5:30, Boys 5:45-8:00

NEW!  Managers Needed
Looking for Boys Basketball Managers to help with filming, statistics, and various other tasks to help support the team for the upcoming season.  You will receive volunteer hours and learn about basketball in a fun environment.   Please contact Coach Eschmeyer at evan.eschmeyer@bvsd.org ASAP for more information.

NEW!  C Team Boys Basketball Coach Needed
We are still looking for a C team coach for the high school boys basketball team. The season runs mid November through mid February. If you are interested please contact Dan Seidman at daniel.seidman@bvsd.org to get more information about the position.

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)



NEW!  Peak Annual Fund - Off to a Great Start! 

Thank you to families who have made the first contributions to the Peak Annual Fund ~ we are currently just over $21,000. Be sure to visit this year’s Peak Annual Fund giving site to be INformed, INspired, and INvested in the most important fundraising campaign we do each year! Can we count you "IN" to support our Pumas? Our operating budget depends on our community contributions, so we invite all parents/guardians to 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 encourage all families to read through our FAQ document and become informed on our unique funding model. This year’s 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!


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 from donated funds for all participants. Businesses are also welcome to advertise with logo'd items, signage etc for $75 donation. .Peak to Peak Stu Co members will be in attendance collecting donated Halloween costumes to be donated to Precious Child.  Please visit our website for more information and registration. Trunk or Treaters, please park in the main (east lot) and walk to the staff lot for the event. All participating vehicles will be set up in the staff (North East) parking lot. We hope to see you there! 


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.


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

  • Staff Appreciation Lunch November 9th:  Our International Staff Appreciation lunch is coming up on November 9th! We are so excited about hosting another lunch in the staff’s new lounge. The last one was a complete success. This is a popular event for our teachers and staff and a great way to show them all how much we appreciate what they are doing. We will be making 4 lunches this year and we need all of the donations we can get. Please email me or call me with any questions or ideas. Nicole Harrison harrisonnicole@me.com (303)803-0453.  Nov 9th Staff Appreciation sign up here


  • 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!    


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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