Weekly Digest 1.13.23

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 1/16/23-1/20/23
 NO SCHOOL K-12 on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Passion with a Purpose Athletics
    • The Great Kindness Challenge
    • Late fee for loaner devices not returned on time
    • Student announcements
    • No updates this week
    • Title IX training notice to families
    • 9th & 10th grade counseling check ins
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Peak Gala ~ Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You!  
    •  Puma Pete's basketball spirit night
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Accountability Committee Family Survey  

We want to hear from you!  The Accountability Family Survey is a vital tool for Peak to Peak.  We value your anonymous responses and would love to have every family in our community respond to our survey.  As a reminder, the survey was emailed directly to families on January 6th. In addition, you can access a link to the survey by using your school-provided account and visiting the Parent/Guardian page.


NEW!  2023-2024 Yearly Calendar
This week the Board of Directors approved our K-12 calendar for the 2023-2024 school year. 

NEW!  Reserved Parking - Important Reminder

We kindly ask again to please not park in the reserved parking spots.  We have had safety concerns and unnecessary conflicts due to unauthorzed vehicles in these spots. These spots are reserved 24 hours a day.  Interested in a reserved spot of your own?  Bid on one of our open spots in this year's online auction! Thank you.


NEW!  Peak to Peak's Renewed Strategic Plan
This spring, we will publish the renewed Peak to Peak Strategic Plan. Please click this link to watch a video introduction to the renewed plan. This is the first in a series of several videos created for our community so that, together, we can realize Peak to Peak's vision for our school and our students. Watch for additional videos to be released in the coming weeks. We invite all members of our community to reach out to board members and school leaders with any questions about the plan or ideas for Peak to Peak's future.

NEW!  2023 Community Police Academy

The Lafayette Community Police Academy provides the public, ages 15 and older, with an inside look at law enforcement. The academy will explain and demonstrate many of the department's policies, divisions, and functions, and provide an increased understanding of the tasks police officers face in their daily work. Topics covered include crime scene investigation, high-risk vehicle stops, traffic enforcement, DUI investigation, SWAT, police communications center, hiring process and training, use of force, and much more.  Community Police Academy | Lafayette, CO - Official Website (lafayetteco.gov).  The program runs from February 22 - May 17, 2023. 

NEW!  The League of Women Voters of Boulder County Announce "BVSD Bond Increase:  What's in Store for Our Schools"
  • BVSD Bond Increase: A Conversation with BVSD Board President Kathy Gebhardt
  • When: Monday, January 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Where: This is a VIRTUAL presentation via Zoom Webinar.
  • Who: LWVBC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to empower voters and defend democracy. The League does not support or endorse candidates. For more information n the event, please visit our events page at LWVBC.org.

Join the League and invited speaker BVSD Board President Kathy Gebhardt to discuss the $350 million debt increase and what that looks like for our schools. Virtual attendees are encouraged to submit questions via the Q & A button and will be answered as time allows. This event will be
recorded; the public may watch the recording on the LWVBC YouTube channel.

Internal Climate Survey - Annual Public Notification/ Opt-Out Communication

Peak to Peak’s annual internal student climate survey will be administered during the weeks of February 7th - 17th to students grades three - twelve. This anonymous survey, implemented once a year, takes about ten minutes to complete and helps us gauge student opinions and experiences compared to previous years and informs our goals and efforts to support students. Elementary students are asked 16 questions and secondary students are asked 28 questions. The questions address a range of issues from the effectiveness of curricula and teachers to bullying and safety. At the secondary level, students are asked questions about mental health and substance abuse. Elementary students are asked to self-identify their gender identity (male/ female/ prefer not to answer). Secondary students are asked to self-identify their demographic information such as race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. All demographic questions have an opt-out option. This helps us review and disaggregate data, better understand the needs and responses of our cohorts, and track related trends in climate responses over time. Climate survey results are one measure in the school’s strategic plan, as a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) for Relational Excellence. You are welcome to review all of the questions that students will be asked on our Current Climate Survey Questions document. After the survey has been completed, we will share a summary of this year’s results. 

This survey is not mandatory, but participation is strongly encouraged so that we can gather the data we need to help grow and maintain a healthy school climate and culture. Our administrative team reviews the results, identifies any data trends over time, targets areas for annual improvement, and values the feedback to help monitor and adjust over the course of the year. If you do not wish your student to participate for any reason, simply complete this form requesting they be excused from participation in this year’s student climate survey.  If you would like further details about the survey, please contact any of the level assistant principals. This notification is in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.  


Melissa Christensen,  Elementary School Principal & Alison Berman, Elementary School Assistant Principal

Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal &  Victoria Hankey, Middle School Assistant Principal

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal &  Josh Benson, High School Assistant Principal



Attendance and Student Health

Dear Peak to Peak Families,

We want to congratulate our entire community on a successful first semester and welcome you to 2023 and our new semester with some reminders about attendance and student health.

Given the rise in illnesses like RSV, flu, and continued Covid-19 infections, we want to reiterate the need to follow the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommendations for “How Sick is Too Sick?” for students to attend school. Making these decisions can be challenging, and we respect your need to make these decisions in a way that balances the health of your students and our community with the importance of school attendance.

We know that regular school attendance is key to student success. We are also obligated to abide by the Colorado School Attendance Law which requires regular school attendance for children under the age of seventeen years. (C.R.S. § 22-33-101 et seq.) At Peak to Peak, we maintain a rigorously paced learning environment, and we have found that when attendance drops below 92%, students can have a difficult time keeping up with school work. Along those lines, please know that we are committed to working in partnership with families to balance physical health and consistent school attendance. As part of that process, you might receive a notification regarding student attendance rates. These communications are intended as a friendly update on student absences and are in no way meant to suggest that students should attend school when they are ill. This notification practice, which is implemented at schools throughout BVSD, is an invitation to families to communicate with us on the health of your student(s) and to let us know what we can do to best support your family.

We look forward to all of the excitement that the new semester brings and to partnering with all of our families to keep students healthy and maximize their access to learning on campus.


K-12 Leadership Team



Next Equity Committee Meeting Postponed

Due to several conflicts, the Equity committee that was scheduled to be held on January 10th will be postponed until January 17th at 3:30.  This postponement will allow us to meet with the student equity committee prior to our next session and will ensure we dedicate our time and attention to our EDO semi finalist interviews that are scheduled to be held all next week.  Thank you so much for your flexibility. 


Be Prepared! 
All parents and guardians of Peak to Peak students should periodically review the school's: 
In addition, please visit our Need to Know page for more items, including information about:
  • Social Media
  • Community Bulletin
Important links and additional resources can be found on the Parent/Guardian Page of the school's website.

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Elementary School News (grades K-5)



NEW!  Passion with Purpose Athletics 

Join us after school for our youth basketball and volleyball camps!  Basketball runs from 3:15-4:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays and Volleyball runs on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 3:15-4:30.   Please see the information below for a flyer, registration, and payment details:

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 million 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

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)



Late Fee for Loaner Devices Not Returned On Time

We have had a problem in the last few months with loaner devices being checked out and not returned causing us to run out of devices in the LMC. Beginning in January, students will be charged a $5 late fee, per day, when devices are not returned on time. Thank you for helping us keep this resource available for all! 


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 this week.

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High School News (grades 9-12)



Title IX Training Notice to Families 1.6.23

Dear High School Students and Families,


Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful winter break. New Years is always a good opportunity for reflection and to consider changes for the better. That is why it is a perfect time for us, as a school community, to come together and resolve to be the safe and welcoming high school we know we can and should be.

In the month ahead, all high school students will receive district facilitated Title IX information and training during sessions with their grade level peers. While we are unique as a charter high school in BVSD, we share BVSD’s stance against sexual misconduct and harassment. Everyone needs to know that Peak to Peak and BVSD have a zero-tolerance policy for sex-based harassment, and for all forms of harassment and discrimination which have no place in our schools. To that end, we want to let you know about upcoming training and update you on our reporting process. We have systems in place to support students who see or hear inappropriate behavior that is sexual in nature or otherwise.

Anyone can report threatening behavior including sexual harassment or violence, bullying and discrimination by speaking to a trusted adult like a school administrator, counselor, teacher or paraprofessional. Additionally, if there is a threat to safety, students may make an anonymous report via Safe2Tell.  All student reports are taken seriously and will be investigated right away; students found responsible for discrimination will have consequences and potential restorative opportunities in line with school and district policy. 

We recognize that it is crucially important that all of us stand up against abuse, bias and hate to make our school and our community a welcoming and supportive place for everyone. We ask that our community comes together to make sure Peak to Peak is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone and that fear and discrimination are not a part of the school experience.


Thank you for your continued support, and here’s to a fantastic launch to 2023!  

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal

Josh Benson, High School Assistant Principal


Parents/Guardians of 9th and 10th Grade Students

9th and 10th Grade Parents and Guardians: Throughout the entire second semester, counselors will be checking in with their 9th and 10th grade students. Please fill this form out if you would like to be invited to the check in.  These meetings will be scheduled during a students' open period, and you will be sent a google invite link to join virtually during their scheduled time. 


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: 1-17 JV 4:00/V 5:30 vs The Academy
HS Boys Basketball: 1-17 JV 4:00/ C team 5:30/ V 7:00 vs The Academy
MS Girls Basketball: 1-18 B 4:00, A 5:15 vs Faith Christian
HS Girls Basketball 1-19 JV 4:00/V 5:30 vs Colorado Academy
HS Boys Basketball 1-19 JV 4:00/ C team 5:30/ V 7:00 vs Colorado Academy

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


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NEW!  Peak Gala ~ Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You!  

The 2023 Peak Gala committee is excited to invite all Puma families and friends to this year’s "Nautical Night on the SS Puma" on Friday, March 10th at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield. Early bird ticket pricing is available through February 14th. This year's event will include deck games, a cruise buffet, auction item viewing/online bidding & "mini-live" auction, complimentary beer, wine, “Salty Petes” (signature drink), a festive program supporting our Peak Innovation Fund & a great time with other Puma families and staff members. When purchasing tickets, you have the option to select a table for dinner. Feel free to select your Puma’s grade level table to sit with others in your grade/homeroom, create a new table & and invite others to join you by selecting your table when they purchase their tickets, or, select “fun and flexible” to sit with and enjoy dinner with community members from throughout our school. We sincerely hope to “Sea” you there!

Do you know of a business that would be interested in sponsoring the Peak Gala?  Please check out our sponsorship opportunities which are a great way to show support of local students and teachers while showcasing a business to over 1,000 households from throughout Boulder County and beyond. Sponsorships range from $250-$5,000. Please visit our sponsorship page for more information and to register.


NEW!  Puma Pete's Spirit Night - Thursday, January 19th 

Come cheer on all our high school basketball teams as they take on Colorado Academy on Thursday, January 19th. Fans will enjoy the Peak to Peak Pep Band, sign-making station and festive halftime show.  To energize our student fans Puma Dogs and drinks will be complimentary for all attending Peak to Peak students!  In addition, the Eats and Sweets food truck will be in attendance with ice cream and desserts available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to see our high school teams in action while also enjoying time with other Peak to Peak families. JV games start at 4:30pm with Varsity Girls playing at 5:30pm and Varsity Boys playing at 7pm. Go Pumas! 



Volunteer (all school levels)


Volunteer Needs

  • No needs this week  


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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