Weekly Digest 10.28.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 10/31/22-11/4/22
K-12 Early Release on Friday, November 4th
  • K-5 released at 12:50 PM
  • 6-12 released at 1:00 PM (no secondary lunch served)
NO SCHOOL K-12 on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans' Day

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Conference feedback survey
    • Next early release after school event on November 4th
    • Halloween celebrations
    • Honor roll certificates emailed out
    • UNC Math Competition 
    • Student announcements
    • 8th grade parent/guardian volunteers needed
    • Too much Halloween candy?
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • HS basketball camps and tryouts
    • Managers needed
    • C team boys basketball coach needed
    • Annual Fund Drive - Why We Give testimonial
    • Raise Right egift cards
    • Trunk or Treat with Pete 10/29
    • P2P pumpkin competition
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Inclement Weather & School Closing Information  

We are quickly approaching the winter weather months so we wanted to remind everyone of the school closure process.  School closure decisions due to weather (aka "Snow Days") are first made by BVSD.  If we have school on a day that BVSD also has school then we follow their decision.  Please note that we are NOT a Mountain School and do not align with closures to those few schools.  BVSD will decide if they are closing school due to weather prior to 6:00 AM.  It will be on their website and on most local news channels.  We also have notifications posted on our website, and our school Facebook page and automated phone calls, emails, texts, and push notifications to the mobile application will be delivered with information about the closure as soon as there is a BVSD decision.  The options for weather closures are either a 2-hour delay or closed for the entire school day.  

If it is a 2-hour delay the following will apply:

  • The school day will start at 9:55 AM for secondary and 10:00 AM for elementary
  • The school day will end at normal time
  • The morning BAASC coverage will be canceled
  • There will be no breakfast served
  • Elementary schedules will pick up where they would normally be at 10:00 AM
  • Secondary will have a revised schedule that will be sent out that morning

Under all but the most extreme conditions, school officials have a responsibility to keep school in session. During Colorado winters, snow and ice are to be expected and some days will result in a delay or closure if necessary.  As always, BVSD and Peak to Peak respect a parent/guardian's decision to keep students home from school or delay their arrival due to weather conditions. Contact our school's attendance office and the absence will be excused.

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, November 11, 2022, 3:00 PM. All comments will be sent to the Curriculum Committee. Thank you.

NEW!  Peak to Peak’s High School Production of The Plays that Go Wrong Opens Thursday, November 3rd  
Peak to Peak’s High School Production of The Plays that Go Wrong opens Thursday, November 3rd. This production is open to all ages so come support our cast and crew of over 45 students. Welcome to opening night of The Lodge and The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things quickly go from bad to utterly disastrous. Student tickets are $5. General Admission is $10 and faculty and staff are free :) There are 4 performances: Thursday, November 3rd, Friday, November 4th, and Saturday, November 5th at 7:00 PM plus a 2:00 PM show on Saturday as well.  All are welcome.  This show has a rating of G and runs two hours. 

NEW!  Recording of Staying Connected Presentation for Parents/Guardians
Please click here to access a recording of this week's Staying Connected presentation for Parents and Guardians. In this session, we highlighted several resources to help families support their Peak to Peak students including: Peak to Peak's Communication Pathways, Infinite Campus, Community Q&A sessions, Weekly Digest, governing board function and purpose, membership in the Peak to Peak community, and the role of the Friends office.

NEW!  Halloween Costume Drive
Peak to PeakHigh School Student Council is hosting another donation drive with A Precious Child for Halloween costumes during our Trunk or Treat event tomorrow. We would love it if families could bring new or gently used Halloween costumes to donate to A Precious Child. These costumes would go to children in the community who are typically unable to get Halloween costumes. We will have a car set up for families to drop off donations. Please email Sidd Nareddy at srnareddy02@bvsd.org with any questions. Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

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.

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 

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!  

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.  

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! Conference Feedback Survey
A big thanks to everyone who attended elementary conferences last week. We really enjoyed getting to spend time with you talking about your students. If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to provide feedback on your experience and help us improve in the future by filling out this short survey. Thank you! 

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!  Secondary Honor Roll Certificates were Emailed Out on Tuesday 10/25  
Secondary honor roll certificates from the end of last school year were emailed out on Tuesday 10/25.  We are happy to provide anyone interested a printed copy of their certificate. Please send Ms. Osmer (kelly.osmer@bvsd.org) an email with your request or questions. High School students who achieved Dean’s List for both semesters of the 2021-2022 school year will receive a separate email to notify them to pick up their varsity letter or academic pin in the Hub.

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

QR Codes for sign up and past questions


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!  Parents/Guardians of 8th Graders - Volunteers Needed
We are seeking volunteers to plan, implement, or donate supplies for a potential 8th grade event in late February - planning is going on now!  This event is intended as a time of connection and fun for the 8th grade class.  Interested volunteers please contact:
Marian Freshour, mtsoufreshour@gmail.com, 303-999-8883
Becky Day, Rebecca.day@thule.us, 303.817.8277 

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High School News (grades 9-12)



NEW!  Too Much Halloween Candy?

The College Counseling Center is requesting any excess Halloween candy! If you end up with any extra candy you would like to donate, please have your student drop it by the counseling center!


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Puma Home Games 
11/1 High School Boys Soccer v Kent Denver-2nd Round Playoff Game-6:00pm
11/2 Middle School Boys Basketball v Dawson 4:00,5:00,6:00
11/4 Middle School Boys Basketball v The Academy 4:00,5:00,6:00


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

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.

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 - “Why We Give” Ambassador Family Testimonial and a Special Note from Pete the Puma 

Our ambassador families have received some great questions from community members and would like to remind you that they welcome sharing with you why they support Peak to Peak. Please see this message from high school family ambassador Laura Uzzle:  “We support Peak to Peak’s Annual Fund to show our appreciation to our school’s amazing educators and staff. As parents of a recent graduate, we have seen first-hand how students benefit from the thoughtful preparation and attention they receive at Peak to Peak.  Supporting the annual fund is an impactful way to give back. By helping offset the school’s debt payment, our gift allows more of the general operating funds to be spent supporting our teachers, staff, counselors, and coaches. Giving through a monthly, recurring gift is easy and allows us to increase our support by spreading our contribution throughout the year.” We invite you to join our ambassador families by participating in the Annual Fund Drive, and sharing the reasons why you give with other Puma families! 

Pete the Puma would also like to encourage families to make their donation to the Peak Annual Fund this week by offering a special “Treat with Pete” classroom treat delivery to 3 lucky winners. All donations made before Friday, November 4th are eligible to win.


NEW!  Raise Right: eGift Cards

Want an easy way to support our school? Download the RaiseRight app for your shopping needs. Here you can conveniently order e-gift Cards that support Peak to Peak. Raise right is a program that coordinates % of sales benefits to nonprofits ~ perfect for the holiday season! For each e-gift card purchased, a % benefits Peak to Peak.  Follow the instructions below or check out their YouTube video for help getting started:

1.  Download the RaiseRight app from the App Store or Google Play  and use PEAK TO PEAK CODE: 543F699L1LL8L 

2. Shop your favorite brands and choose eGift Card for purchase type. Egift cards will automatically load into your digital “wallet” within the app for ease of use.

RaiseRight partners with 750+ brands. A few popular brands and % P2P would receive include: Southwest (4%), Chipotle (10%), Lowes: (4%). Apple Store (5%), HomeGoods (7%), REI (8%), Walmart (2.5%)


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! 


P2P 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 this Monday, October 31st. Pumpkins will be displayed in the front quad for all students and parents/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!  Please plan to pick your pumpkins up at the end of the day.  

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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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