Weekly Digest 2.17.23

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 2/20/23-2/24/23
NO SCHOOL K-12 on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents' Day

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • K-5 early release after school event for March 3rd
    • Elementary class photos
    • After school LEGO Club
    • Yearbook
    • Student announcements
    • Current 6th and 7th grade course selection
    • Middle School guest speaker
    • Current P2P student rising 9th grade welcome letter
    • Peak Week notice
    • Last chance to pre-order a yearbook
    • Updated times for college field trips
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Spring sports registration
    • High School Girls Soccer pre-season camp
    • Peak Gala is 3 Weeks Away Tickets Still on Sail! 
    • King Soopers quarterly statement
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Curriculum Proposal  
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 a link to a new curriculum proposal. If you have any feedback on the below new proposal please email Traci M. Schoeneweis by Friday, March 3, 2023, 3:00 PM. All comments will be sent to the Curriculum Committee. Thank you.

NEW!  Upcoming Performing Arts Gala Concert

Please join the Peak to Peak Performing Arts Department February 23 in the P2P Auditorium at 6pm for the return of our Gala Concert, a free pops concert performed by Puma Pride Choir, Chamber Honors Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. Selections include ABBA, Studio Ghibli, Disney's Aladdin, and more!  Gala Concert Poster 

NEW!  End-of-Year Student Information from Our Registrar
As we approach the end of the school year I have a couple reminders for our families.
  • Is your student(s) returning to Peak to Peak in the fall?  If not, please notify our registrar of your student's potential transfer, vicki.lundquist@bvsd.org.  (If your move is not yet a certainty, your student will not be removed from our list until the move is definite.  We just like to make note of the possibilities) 
  • End of Year Withdrawals/Transfers:  We ask ALL students that will be transferring to a different school for the next school year, even those that have gone through open enrollment to attend another BVSD school, to formally withdraw.  This just means complete and return our withdrawal form, turn in Peak to Peak materials, and clear all accounts.  Please touch base with our bookkeeper to clear accounts, amy.skinner@bvsd.org , return all checked out materials, (library books, uniforms, classroom materials, etc.), close lunch accounts, and clean out lockers.  Once done please email completed withdrawal forms to our registrar, vicki.lundquist@bvsd.org .  The withdrawal form is HERE.
  • Final Report Cards:  Please plan ahead... Once grades are finalized for the current school year, which is about two weeks after the last day of school, please visit your Parent Portal and PRINT your students report card for your records.  It will only be available until the new school year becomes active.  This is for all students K-12.  For our drivers, this is what the insurance company will require for good driver discounts.

NEW! Host Family Needed
Hello Peak to Peak Families! I’m looking for a host family for a lovely and interesting exchange student for this coming school year. Yaniet is Eritrean and lives in Norway. She’s studious and works two jobs after school. She loves spending time with her family and friends and loves younger kids. Her family consists of 3 brothers and her mom. Her mom says she is very sweet, calm, and understanding and know she will achieve something big in the future. Yaniet describes herself as an “ambivert” - a mix of extrovert and introvert and the funniest of her group of friends. She’s very well-liked by all who know her. She loves all types of ball sports. She’s looking forward to having an American family and friends. To see her public information: https://services.aspectfoundation.org/st/index.php/st_search/profile/UY3-NOH-002-F  Hosting is actually pretty easy and so rewarding! The exchange students from Aspect Foundation are first vetted in their home countries because they want to send the best of the best. They have their own insurance, spending money and are excellent students. I’m happy to provide more information, even if you’re just thinking about it. Please contact Elizabeth Kaufman at 720-891-3553 or elizabeth.aspectfoundation@gmail.com

Spring Testing 
As you may know, our 3rd-11th grade students will complete Spring testing in April again this year. To learn more about these assessments, please read our parent letter. To view the schedule, learn more about which tests your student(s) will take, and access additional information about these assessments, please check out the Spring Testing page of our website. (Make sure to log in!) We encourage all of our students to participate in these assessments. If you have questions about your student's participation, I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about this important effort no later than March 5th, which is the district deadline for submitting written requests to opt out of CMAS testing. Please email Tracy Durland with any questions.

Stay Connected!   
This year, we are hosting several virtual "Staying Connected" informational sessions. These meetings are 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 February 21st, 6:30-7:15 PM. Please use the following information to join the virtual meeting:
Direct link: meet.google.com/cny-vngk-bgc and Phone Number: (US) +1 650-466-0976‬ PIN: ‪810 066 079‬#
Topics for February include:
  • Website organization and "Stream" tool
  • Website tools: search engine, translate, analytics
  • New family newsletters
  • Mobile application
  • Calendars 
You can access recordings of the previous "Staying Connected" sessions via the link at the top of the Parent/Guardian page of the website.

2023 Request for Peak to Peak Board of Director Candidates  
The 2023 election for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors is coming in early May.  There will be THREE OPEN SEATS for elected board members. All three seats have 3-year terms.  All non-employee school and local community members are encouraged to consider serving on the board.  Any candidate for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors, in order to have his or her name placed on the ballot, must deliver a signed Peak to Peak Board Handbook form at the time of his or her candidacy submission, which constitutes an agreement to abide by the Board Orientation/Training requirements in the Board Handbook.  The Board Handbook will be sent to any candidate who is interested in possible candidacy for review.  REMINDER:  Candidates who are elected will no longer receive automatic enrollment for their students. 

Election Committee members for 2023 are:  Riddhi Gandhi (community member), Alison Griffin (community member), Chad Phillips (community member), Gene Maine (Accountability Committee member), Traci Schoeneweis (staff member), Marlene Martin (BOD member), and David Woo (BOD member).  In addition to attending the information sessions, you can learn more by attending an upcoming board meeting, speaking with a current or previous board member, and reviewing the Board of Directors' page on our website. 

Once you have decided to run for a board seat, you must formally declare your candidacy by submitting to traci.m.schoeneweis@bvsd.org written responses to the following questions by Monday, April 3, 2023, 3:00 PM : (BOD CANDIDATE QUESTIONS)

  1. Please provide an introductory paragraph about yourself (150 words or less).  A single photograph of yourself is optional but encouraged.  Please do NOT include any links to outside websites or resources.
  2. Please explain what appeals to you most about Peak to Peak.
  3. Briefly describe why you wish to serve on the Peak to Peak Board of Directors.
  4. What experience and skills would you bring to the Peak to Peak Board of Directors?
  5. What do you feel is the most important issue now facing Peak to Peak?
  6. Please describe your familiarity with Peak to Peak's Strategic Plan and explain the direction in which you would like to see Peak to Peak progress.
  7. What do you understand Peak to Peak's philosophy to be and how do you support it?
  8. If elected, how do you expect to separate your parental and board member duties? 

A preliminary candidate list will be published to all of the candidates after the candidacy deadline.  Candidates will then have the opportunity to withdraw from the election if they change their mind about running or make any edits to their responses by April 5th.  Responses from the candidates who wish to remain in the election will be distributed to families in our Friday, April 7th Weekly Digest and published on our website.  

All candidates are strongly encouraged to attend our candidate question & answer session on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023.  Voting instructions and timeline will be communicated to the entire Peak to Peak community in May.  Please see the below Election Guidelines information sheet for election information, timeline, and campaign guidelines.   Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.m.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 with questions.  

Thank you,

The 2023 Peak to Peak Election Committee 




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!  K-5 Early Release After School "Buggy Fun" Event on March 3rd 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, March 3rd from 12:50-3:00 PM in our south gym.  The theme will be "Buggy Fun"!  The cost is $10 per student. Some of the fun activities will include:  games, crafts, snacks and watching "A Bug's Life".  See this flyer!   
In order to attend, the students must be pre-registered by end of day on Wednesday, March 1st by completing the following form:  https://peaktopeakcharter.revtrak.net/early-release/#/list

Elementary Class Photos on Tuesday 2/21 
Elementary class photos will be taken on Tuesday, February 21st.  The cost is $11 and can be purchased and paid ordered online.  Our school picture ID is D3D7ZHTVE.  Please click HERE for ordering information.

Little Master Builders After School LEGO Club

"Play is the highest form of research."~Albert Einstein.  Students will learn valuable skills like spatial relationship, flow, scale, symmetrical/asymmetrical balance, rhythm, pattern, and other important architecture vocabulary. The experience boosts children's confidence, enhances creativity, and stimulates problem solving among other skills. 


Elementary School Yearbooks Are Now On Sale!!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE!!  Order your yearbook by March 16, 2023 to ensure delivery to the school in May. Order at TreeRing.com. School code is 1015361813341879.
Custom pages are available at no additional cost. Custom pages must be completed by March 16,2023. Login to your TreeRing account to learn more and create your custom pages. 

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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!  2023-2024 Course Selection Letter To Parents/ Guardians for Current 6th & 7th Graders
Dear Peak to Peak Middle School Families,

In a continuing effort to maintain ongoing communication with our middle school community, we are sending this letter to inform you of the upcoming course selection process. Our course selection process has many layers, and we want to make sure you are fully aware of parent/guardian and student expectations. 

The course selection process begins...please click 6th and 7th Course Selection to read the entire article. 


Middle School Guest Speaker

Dear Middle School Students and Families, 

It is with genuine excitement that we share with you an upcoming community-wide opportunity funded by Peak to Peak’s Innovation Fund. Under a grant proposal written by Ms. Knorr, our Middle School Transitions and THRIVE Leadership Seminar teacher, Ed Gerety will be joining us as a guest speaker on Wednesday, February 22nd, to facilitate programming aimed to strengthen each student’s identity, purpose and unique contributions to our community. Mr. Gerety is a nationally recognized youth leadership trainer that believes in creating proactive emotional literacy within school communities through interactive storytelling and customized student leadership programs (website). His work is featured, and has been well received by students, in our THRIVE Leadership Seminar curriculum. His on-campus presence will now bring these lessons to life for our entire school community as he works, in partnership with Ms. Knorr and our grade-level leadership team, to customize an experience for each of our grade levels. Over our lunch period, he will also work directly with our House Prefects Leadership team to catapult their efforts in the creation of a student-driven, inclusive and celebratory climate in our middle school. 

On Wednesday, February 22nd, students at each grade level will rotate into this special programming for 45 minutes only during their 2nd, 4th or 6th period. A full day of instruction will continue throughout the day, and classes will remain aligned with our posted secondary bell schedule. In addition, our House Prefects Leadership team will have the opportunity to collaborate with Mr. Gerety during our regularly scheduled middle school lunch.  

We are grateful for our school community’s annual contributions to the Peak to Peak Innovation Fund, which is an outgrowth of our community’s commitment to supporting innovative initiatives in classrooms and around campus. It is because of this level of financial support that we are able to bring impactful opportunities like this one to over 400 students in one day. We look forward to seeing Mr. Gerety’s positive impact on our students’ social skills, strengthening of identities and belief in their own capacity for leadership. If you have any further questions, please contact Ms. Knorr or one of the middle school principals.  

Thank you for your continued partnership with us, 

Jess Knorr, Middle School Transitions & THRIVE Leadership Seminar teacher

Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal

Victoria Hankey, Middle School Assistant Principal

Current P2P Student Rising 9th Grade Welcome Letter - January 2023 

Welcome to the spring semester of 8th grade! Believe it or not, in fewer than six months your 8th grade student will become a high schooler.  The purpose of this letter is to give you some basic information about your student transitioning to high school.   We know that this is a big transition and we are here to support you! There’s lots of information here; reach out to your child’s high school counselor with any questions...please click Rising 9th Grade Welcome to read the entire article.


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High School News (grades 9-12)



NEW!  Peak Week Notice

Dear high school families,

Welcome to spring semester! Peak Week is nearly upon us (March 20-24), so we want to remind you about some of the logistics of our experiential learning week so all are successful in participating in this new graduation requirement.

First, and most importantly...please click Peak Week Notice to read the entire article.

NEW!  Updated Times for College Field Trips 

Hello High School Families, 

Please mark your calendars for February 27 & 28 as college field trips have returned!! All field trips are mandatory parts of the curriculum and attendance is required.  Thank you!

9th Grade:
  • Monday, February 27- Day of Community Service (on your own!).  
    Please do NOT come to school as all staff will be attending college field trips.

  • Tuesday, February 28- College Field Trip to the University of Colorado Boulder 
    Buses will leave from the Cafeteria Lot  Arrive by 9 a.m. Return by 1:45 p.m.
10th Grade:
  • Monday, February 27  College Field Trips 
    Buses will depart from the North Side of the Building by the Gym Doors on Puma Drive
    Arrive by 8:30 a.m.  Return by 2:15 p.m.
    Students who have Gannett (last names A-D) or Bostic (Last names L-R) as their counselor will go to Colorado State University
    Students who have Creek  (Last names E-K) or Campbell (Last names S-Z)  as their counselor will go to University of Northern Colorado

  • Tuesday, February 28 College Field Trips
    Buses will depart from the North Side of the Building by the Gym Doors on Puma Drive
    Arrive by 8:30 a.m.   Return by 2:15 p.m.
    Students who have Gannett (last names A-D) or Bostic (Last names L-R) as their counselor will go to  University of Northern Colorado
    Students who have Creek (Last names E-K) or Campbell (Last names S-Z) as their counselor will go to Colorado State University

11th Grade: 

  • Monday, February 27  College Field Trips/Balance Day Buses will leave from the Circle in front of the school.
    Students who have Gannett (last names A-D) or Bostic (last names L-Re) as their counselor will go to University of Colorado Colorado Springs & Colorado College. Arrive by 7:45 a.m. Return by 5 p.m.

    Students who have Creek (Last names E-K) or Campbell (Last names Rf-Z) as their counselor will go to the Louisville "Spot"  Arrive by 8:45a.m. Return by1:30p.m. Parents and Guardians be sure to sign the additional waiver that was emailed in the counseling update & is available in the Class of 2024 Google Classroom! 
  • Tuesday, February 28 College Field Trips/Balance Day
    Students who have Gannett (last names A-D) or Bostic (last names L-Re)   as their counselor will go to the Louisville "Spot"   Arrive by 8:45a.m. Return by1:30p.m.   Parents and Guardians be sure to sign the additional waiver that was emailed in the counseling update & is available in the Class of 2024 Google Classroom! 
           Students who have Creek (Last names E-K) or  Campbell (Last names Rf-Z) as their counselor will go to University of Colorado Colorado Springs & Colorado College  Arrive by 7:45  a.m. Return by 5 p.m.
12th Grade:  No school.  These are great days to visit colleges where you have been admitted OR to finish your community service hours!! 

NEW!  Last Chance to Pre-Order a Yearbook
We're doing a final call to pre-order HS Yearbooks!  There's still time to order a yearbook for your High School student. Order a yearbook by Thursday 2/23 to ensure your student receives a yearbook in early May during distribution. There will be a very limited amount to buy in May if you haven't preordered one. Visit RevTrak to order a high school yearbook.


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Puma Home Games 
2/21: HS Girls Varsity Basketball playoff game vs TBD at 6:00PM
2/22: MS Girls Basketball playoff games A and B teams - TBD
2/23: MS Girls Basketball A team playoff game - TBD 

Spring Sports Registration
Registration (please see link below) is open for all spring High School and Middle School sports. Start dates are as follows:
2/21 - HS Boys Volleyball 
2/27 - HS Baseball, HS Girls Soccer, HS Co-ed Track, HS Girls Tennis, HS Girls Golf, MS Baseball, MS Girls Soccer 
3/13 - MS Co-ed Track 
***We must have a current physical on file (valid for one year from examination) for all athletes prior to the first day of tryouts/practice or they will be unable to participate until we have one. Please send physicals to kathryn.howard@bvsd.org 

High School Girls Soccer Pre-Season Camp
Registration is open!  All high school Peak to Peak girls interested in playing soccer this spring are welcome to attend the 2023 pre-season camp February 20-24 from 3:30-5:30 PM on the turf field. Fees will go directly to the girls soccer program.


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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


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NEW!  Peak Gala is 3 Weeks Away ~ Tickets Still on Sail!  

Our gala committee is busy planning a fun evening for our community, we hope YOU are planning to join! Tickets are still available. Guests can look forward to a festive evening that includes hosted wine, beer and “salty Pumas”, an opportunity to see our auction items in person (and pick up winning items), a cruise style buffet and a festive opportunity to connect with other Peak to Peak families. There will be a few special items that can only be bid on in person that evening, as well as an opportunity to meet school leaders at our post-dinner “Captain’s Reception”. This is a low-pressure fundraising event, we mainly would love your attendance! All community members are invited to bid on our online auction (take a sneak peek at a few items already available) and support our Peak Innovation Fund which will be featured that evening. Thank you to our business partners who have confirmed their sponsorship participation thus far, and our many families and businesses who will be featured over the next few weeks through donated items to our auction. We will be collecting auction items through March 8th. Thank you!


NEW!  King Soopers Quarterly Statement

Thank you Puma families who have linked a King Soopers loyalty number with Peak to Peak. This quarter we received $4,952 with 419 participating accounts. To easily link your number (which only has to be done one time) to Peak to Peak please visit the registration site. As a reminder, at the bottom of your King Soopers receipt, you should see a note that states “your purchase supported Peak to Peak”. If you don’t see this your account may not be linked. Thank you!



Volunteer (all school levels)


Volunteer Needs

  • Guest speakers needed:  Ms. Amidon, high school English teacher, is looking for a few guest speakers to visit her on-campus Peak Week course, ChangeMakers. Throughout the week, students will be learning about youth-led actions to affect change, as well as developing their own civic/community engagement projects. If you have experience in a non-governmental advocacy organization or group working for change or youth empowerment and would be willing to talk with students, please contact Karen Amidon (karen.amidon@bvsd.org) before March 1.
  • 8th-grade lock-in/3 hour party:  We are seeking volunteers for the 8th-grade lock-in/3 hour party taking place on Friday, February 24th.  Sign up here to volunteer.   Contact Marian Freshour (mtsoufreshour@gmail.com) or Becky Day (Rebecca.day@primus.us) with questions.   


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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