Weekly Digest 12.16.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 1/2/23-1/6/23
NO SCHOOL for K-12 students from December 19th through January 2nd for winter break.
We welcome all Puma students back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd.
Have the most wonderful, restful, and safe winter break!  Happy 2023!!

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • The Great Kindness Challenge
    • Common Sense Parenting course
    • Save the date for K-8 parent/guardian night
    • K-5 Early Release After School "P2P Spirit!" Event on January 13th 12:50-3:00 PM
    • Student announcements
    • 6th Grade Universal Ability Screener
    • MATHCOUNTS competition
    • Dawson Summer Initiative
    • Dance tickets and guidelines
    • Save the date for K-8 parent/guardian night
    • Save the date for 8th grade lock in event
    • Message from Principal Mathews
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • December 31st is the last day for 2022 donations to Peak to Peak
    • Peak Gala auction and holiday gifts
    • Peak Annual Fund/Colorado Gives day thanks
    • Amazon Smile
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Season's Greetings from the Board
Season’s Greetings from the Board of Directors. We would like to take a moment to share our sincere gratitude to our community. To our entire staff, thank you for your amazing work this year (and every year) to not only welcome our children back to school, but ensure they have a place where they can thrive and reach their maximum potential. To our fellow parents and families, thank you for your continued support of our school and children. And finally to our students, you have endured much over the past several years and we are all in awe of your resiliency and support for each other. Peak to Peak is more than a school…it is a community and family that thrives because of all of you! We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and look forward to continuing to strengthen our community next year and beyond.  

NEW!  Responding to Campus Emergencies 
Thank you for the community support during this week's notification regarding a move to "Secure" status, formerly known as Lockout. We know that it can be disconcerting when you receive emergency messages from the school and/or the district. We also know that while the terminology is well-known to those of us on campus, it may be less familiar to our families. Please take a moment to review the graduated security levels found on this linked Safety webpage. Our Safety page is linked at the bottom of every page on our website for your quick reference:
  • HOLD: Hallways are cleared so staff can attend to a situation that does not pose a threat to students or staff, like a medical situation or an altercation.
  • SHELTER: Students and staff take action to protect themselves from potential danger (tornado, hazardous material, wildland fire, etc.)
  • SECURE: A threat exists outside of the buildings and OFF campus. Students and staff remain indoors. All exterior doors are locked.  School personnel secure all perimeter doors and bring any students involved in outside activities indoors. Learning and other activities continue, as normal. Secure status is almost always used as a precautionary measure and is often triggered by police activity in the vicinity of the school. 
  • LOCKDOWN: A threat is ON campus or in the immediate vicinity. Students and staff move to a quiet place indoors. All lights are turned off. All interior and exterior doors are locked.
  • EVACUATE: Students and staff move away from possible danger, in a quick, orderly process.
  • REUNIFICATION: The process of bringing students and families back together following an emergency.
The natural instinct for parents or guardians is to come to the school during an emergency to protect their children. However, by doing so, they may endanger themselves and their children. Law enforcement and school personnel are busy responding to the situation. Your arrival or calls may distract them from their work. Please help by following the steps below:
  • Stay Home: The most important contribution you can make to your student and your own safety may be staying away from the school.
  • Stay Informed: Information will be shared with families as soon as possible. Please know, in some situations, accurate information may take some time to verify and share.
  • Be Ready: Be prepared to follow instructions from Peak to Peak or from the Boulder Valley School District.       

NEW!  Moab Mountain Biking Trip 
  • What:  MOAB, UTAH Mountain Biking Trip
  • When:  May 3-7, 2023
  • Informational Meeting:  Monday, January 9, 2023 12:00 PM in Mrs. Bunting’s room, 285.  All levels welcome!  See flyer.
  • Questions:  monika.bunting@bvsd.org 

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!  The Great Kindness Challenge

We are excited to announce that our K-5 students will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge January 23rd to 27th this year.  A project of Kids for Peace, over 18 million students in over 100 countries participated last year and performed over 900 acts of kindness during the week.  Our elementary students will be encouraged to perform acts of kindness, and teachers will integrate kindness activities into their classrooms all week long.  If you have questions or would like to help out in any way, please contact Alexis Ball, Elementary Counselor at alexis.ball@bvsd.org.  See flyer. 

NEW!  Common Sense Parenting Course
Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) is a practical, skill-based parenting program that can be applied to every family. This course is aligned to the Well Managed Schools behavior approach our elementary school has been using over the last several years and shares strategies and language for shaping behavior in the home. Many parents have attended previously and found it to be extremely beneficial. The program's logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success. The district is offering another round of this course in January. You can see more information on dates, times, and registration information here: Common Sense Parenting Class.


Save the Date: K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night 

Mark your calendars now- on February 2, 2023 we will host our annual K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling night, which will focus on topics like emotional regulation, restorative practices, college planning, and other applicable topics. The event will be in person at school, with several guest speakers and presenters who are experts on these topics from our region. More information will come closer to the event - put a hold on your calendar for February 2, 2023, from 5:15-8:00 pm!


K-5 Early Release After School "P2P Spirit!" Event on January 13th 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, January 13th from 12:50-3:00 PM in our south gym.  The theme will be "P2P Spirit!" and hosted by our After Prom Committee!  The cost is $10 per student.  In order to attend, the students must be pre-registered by end of day on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 by completing this form:  Registration Form.

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)



Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

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


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Middle School News (grades 6-8)


NEW!  6th Grade Universal Ability Screener
Dear 6th grade students and families,

The Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Office of Gifted Education has encouraged school districts to implement a universal screening assessment in 2nd and 6th grades. For several years now, Peak to Peak Charter School, in alignment with BVSD, has been administering a universal ability screener in 2nd grade. This year, BVSD will be adding a universal ability screener at the 6th grade level. 

The term “universal screening” means the systematic assessment of all students within a grade level. The universal ability screener allows for students to show their ability and potential in areas such as reasoning, perception, creativity, and problem solving. The universal ability screener is not just for the specific purpose of identifying highly capable or gifted students. Data collected through this screener can provide information to support instructional planning for all students. The data can also allow for decisions about referrals for further testing for possible gifted (GT) identification. Those students who qualify for further testing to determine if they meet the criteria for GT identification and services in BVSD will be contacted by the Peak to Peak’s Appropriate Learning Services Teacher, Tracy Cloninger. 

The universal screener assessments are afforded through a grant from CDE. The universal ability screener at the 6th grade level is an online nonverbal cognitive ability test, takes approximately 30 minutes, and will be administered in your child’s English 1 class on Tuesday, January 17th or Wednesday, January 18th. Students who have previously met criteria for a GT identification in BVSD will not be taking the assessment. If you are interested in opting out your student for the universal ability screening, please notify Tracy Cloninger at tracy.cloninger@bvsd.org by Friday, January 13th. Thank you for your continued partnership and support!


Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal

Tracy Cloninger, Appropriate Learning Services Teacher 

NEW!  MATHCOUNTS Competition
We hold practices during Monday lunch in room S290 for the middle school MATHCOUNTS competition. This is a national competition. The local rounds are Saturday, February 4th and we are looking to create several teams  as a school to take with us (a maximum of 12) .  Please sign up using this link  and join us the first Monday of the school year. The google  classroom  code is gxaqpzy.  Please contact anita.chakraborty-sp@bvsd.org with any questions.

NEW!  Dawson Summer Initiative (DSI)
Dawson Summer Initiative (DSI) offers a free summer academic program that follows a thematic approach and is geared toward high-achieving, independent, and creative thinkers who are currently in Grades 6 and 7. The program is geared toward effective collaborators who seek opportunities to work with peers from other schools, sharing like-minded goals.  The application process runs from December 1, 2022-February 2, 2023, and includes confidential teacher recommendations and counselor/principal forms.
  • Dates of Program: Wednesday, June 7-Wednesday, July 7, 2023
  • Summer 2023 Theme: Navigating Our Future: Solving Challenges Creatively 
  • Application details: Information and Instructions 

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Middle School New Year’s Dance: Ticket Purchase & Student Guidelines 

Dear Middle School Families and Students, 

The middle school Student Council, in partnership with the middle school staff, is thrilled to be hosting a winter dance this school year! Please consider joining us for our New Year’s Dance, on Friday, January 13th, from 6-8pm. The recommended dress attire is semi-formal, light snacks and beverages will be provided, and the song list will be compiled by student leaders. In an effort to create a fun and memorable experience for all student attendees, we ask that you review the below expectations for our after school events. As this will be the first school dance for some of our middle schoolers, we want to invite adults at home to have conversations with their child(ren) on how to make this event a fantastic evening for everyone. 

  • The purpose of the New Year’s Dance is to provide a school-wide experience for all students that is safe, inclusive and fun. This is our number one goal of the evening. Many community members are coming together to create an event that each of our unique middle schoolers can enjoy.  
  • All school rules apply when students attend after hours events like dances. Students should remain respectful of staff, high school student volunteers, parent/guardian volunteers, Student Council leaders and each other. This includes refraining from inappropriate or negative language, cleaning up after eating and drinking, and participating in activities that do not compromise the safety of self or others. Both language and actions should be kind and inclusive. 
  • While cell phone use is prevalent in our society, we challenge middle school students to be present with each other at the dance and stay off of social media sites during the dance. No recording of others without permission or harmful social media postings should occur. A student-run photo booth, as well as Yearbook photographers, will be at the dance to capture celebratory photos on behalf of the community. 
  • Students are encouraged to try out new activities (and dance moves!) at the event, and invite those around them to participate. Adults and high school student volunteers will be stationed throughout the event area for any additional support, as needed. 

After reviewing the above guidelines with your child(ren), you may purchase your ticket(s) here: dance tickets (RevTrak). If you have further questions, please reach out to the middle school Student Council sponsor, Mrs. Bennett (dana.bennett@bvsd.org) or one of the middle school principals. Thank you for your partnership and support – and we look forward to dancing the night away with our middle schoolers! 

Dana Bennett, Student Council Sponsor

Victoria Hankey, Assistant Principal

Clara Quinlan, Principal 

Save the Date: K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling Night
Mark your calendars now- on February 2, 2023 we will host our annual K-8 Parent/Guardian Counseling night, which will focus on topics like emotional regulation, restorative practices, college planning, and other applicable topics. The event will be in person at school, with several guest speakers and presenters who are experts on these topics from our region. More information will come closer to the event - put a hold on your calendar for February 2, 2023, from 5:15-8:00 pm!



Save the Date:  8th Grade Lock-In Event  

8th Grade Students and Families, 

In partnership with Peak to Peak’s middle school staff, parents/guardians of the Class of 2027 are designing a unique and celebratory 8th grade only event on Friday, February 24th, starting at 7pm. The event will be driven by student input, and we hope that inviting 8th graders’ perspective into the planning process will help create a highly attended, inclusive, and enthusiastic experience for all of our 8th graders this year. More information on the night’s activities and costs will be shared in the beginning of January 2023 – including a family form to indicate your 8th grader’s ability to attend. In the meantime, should you have any questions, ideas or interest in helping out, please contact Marian Freshour (mtsoufreshour@gmail.com), Amanda Gundrum (amanda.gundrum@gmail.com) or Rebecca Day (rebecca.day@primus.us). 

We hope to see your 8th grader at this upcoming celebration, 

8th Grade Parents/Guardians

Jill Chen, 8th Grade Team Leader

Victoria Hankey, Assistant Principal

Clara Quinlan, Principal  

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High School News (grades 9-12)



NEW!  Message from Principal Mathews

Dear High School Families, 

Thank you for a wonderful first semester this school year. From your helpful review of curriculum recommendations, participation on our essential committees, dropping off food items and donations for events, to keeping finals week clear of trips and other interruptions, you really rose to the occasion to make school operations and academics top priorities. I can’t thank you enough - that’s what makes a good school truly great, and that’s precisely how we do things at Peak to Peak. Despite everyone’s tremendously busy schedules, you found time to give to our school and to keep your eyes on the prize of our learning objectives. We really appreciate you! 

I hope you and your family can unplug, set course work aside and spend valuable time together this holiday season. No matter what you end up celebrating or how you spend your time, I hope that you can be with loved ones and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer over the winter break. Please be safe and get lots of rest when you can. We have an exciting new semester to look forward to starting Tuesday, January 3rd. A Peak to Peak student climate survey, fun spirit activities, a plethora of athletic contests, our inaugural Peak Week and more are coming in just a few short weeks. Before you know it, students will be signing up for next year’s courses and our seniors will be finalizing their choices for college and cementing post-graduate plans. Take some time this holiday season to share gratitude with others and to reflect on the good fortune we share. It only comes from clear intention to have our school and community coming together to do what’s best for all students, families and staff.  

Peace to you and best wishes for a wonderful New Year. 


Kyle Mathews, High School Principal


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 Girls Basketball: 12-17 JV 10:00/V 11:30 vs SkyView
HS Boys Basketball: 12-17 V only 1:00 vs Roosevelt

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


The Friends office wishes all our Puma families a wonderful, relaxing break! We can’t wait to work with you in 2023!  


NEW!  December 31st is the Last Day for 2022 Donations to Peak to Peak  

As a reminder if you’d like to make a donation eligible for 2022 tax donation (and be included in the 2022 Peak to Peak giving report) please do so by midnight December 31st. We are so incredibly grateful for all of our community members who have supported Peak to Peak this year with time, talent and treasure contributions.  



NEW!  Peak Gala Auction & Holiday Gifts

The Peak Gala committee is collecting items for our online auction which ALL community members are invited to participate in. If you end up with a holiday gift that you will not be using (gift cards, wine/alcohol bottles, extra toys etc) please consider donating to the Peak Gala auction! Sometimes items are packaged with other related items so there is no item too small or too big. To enter an item please fill out this simple form. Thank you and get ready to “cruise” towards our March 10th event right after break!



Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

  • MS Winter Dance:  Save the date and  Sign up here  to volunteer for the Middle School Winter Dance.  Friday, January 13th, 2023 from 6 - 8pm.  We need chaperones and snacks!  Contact Dana Bennett with questions dana.bennett@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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