Weekly Digest 3.3.23

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 3/6/23-3/10/23
NO SCHOOL K-12 on Monday, March 6th for a staff professional development day 

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Internal student climate survey results
    • Elementary Coffee Chat
    • Conference survey
    • Homeroom placement input form for 23-24 school year
    • Optional sports camp
    • Yearbook
    • Honor roll notifications emailed out on February 28th
    • Student announcements
    • Internal student climate survey results
    • Internal student climate survey results
    • Peak Week notice
    • Updated times for college field trips
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Ultimate Frisbee Clubs
    • Secondary spring sports registration
    • Peak Gala is NEXT FRIDAY! Tickets Still on Sail! 
    • Online sweepstakes reminder
    • Volunteer meeting
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Safety Update 

You may have heard that Boulder Valley School District had several scary incidents over the past week, each of which pertained to a threat of risk. During one of these incidents Boulder High was placed on lockdown and was eventually evacuated while school leadership and local police investigated the report of an active shooter on campus. Luckily, the report was unfounded and no one was harmed. 

School safety is always our top priority at Peak to Peak and I wanted to share with you a few of the ways we continue working to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. 

  • The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) regularly reviews incidents that occur and defines any needed revisions to school level systems and protocols.
  • ELT members regularly patrol campus and check to ensure all doors and the perimeter of each building is secure.
  • Kyle Matthews is Peak to Peak’s Safety and Security lead. He facilitates all school responses
  • All staff are trained on emergency protocols and procedures. These are reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Reminders are sent to all staff each week detailing the expectations for securing our buildings.
  • Additional communications are provided to staff as needed to reinforce school level expectations surrounding school safety protocols.
  • If a situation arises, leaders engage in a follow up conversation with anyone involved to define future solutions.
  • Peak to Peak works with BVSD on a regular basis to ensure we have their support and access to the expertise of their security team. Members of BVSD’s team frequently observe during our safety drills and follow-up with suggestions and modifications.
  • If a situation occurs that is deemed a possible threat, school leadership is in immediate contact with law enforcement as well as BVSD security.
  • From time to time, ELT members engage in practice scenarios to ensure each member knows their role in an emergency situation.
  • The recently purchased additional land adjacent to our campus adds a buffer zone between our campus and the greater community.

These are just a few of the measures we are taking to ensure the safety and security of all members of the Peak to Peak community. There is no one measure or step, but rather it is a layered approach to safety and security that is our best strategy. We learn from each and every incident that occurs both locally and nationally. We are committed to adapting our practices as needed.  As always please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns at jennifer.klein@bvsd.org.


NEW!  Board Meeting Public Comments Sign Up    
Our next Board of Directors' meeting will be held in-person in our College Counseling Center or virtually on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM.  The agenda and meeting joining information can be found HERE. Typically, the agendas are posted the Monday before the meeting.  Please click the below link to complete a brief google form to make a public comment for the March 8th board meeting that will be held at 5:00 PM.  Public comment sign ups and the form will close at 4:00 PM on March 8th:  Peak to Peak Charter School Public Comments Sign Up 3.8.23 

NEW! Spring Testing for Grades 3rd through 11th
Parents/Guardians, 3rd-8th grade and 11th grade students will complete CMAS testing in April. If you have questions about your student's participation, or want to opt out of CMAS testing, please email Tracy Durland. All requests must be made in writing and must be received no later than March 5th, per district and state guidelines.

NEW!  Transportation Update

As many of you know, we continue to have issues with reliable operation of our electric buses. Unfortunately, we were unaware when we signed our lease that these buses had not been fully tested in Colorado, and the cold weather has had a greater than expected impact on our buses. Sam Todd and his team continue to work with Highland Electric Fleets and McCandless Truck Center to resolve the issues. We are currently in negotiations to obtain an additional bus for next year at a low cost or no cost, which could serve as a back-up when any of our existing buses are not operating. Xcel Energy has already committed to installing the fast charger at no cost to P2P.

We recognize that it is extremely frustrating when activities and field trips are canceled or postponed due to these issues. Unfortunately, there are very few options other than continuing to work through the issues that arise. Since mid-February, all three large buses have been operating nearly every day and taking multiple field trips and athletic trips.

As a reminder, the initial reason we leased the buses was due to the fact that BVSD and other service providers that we have historically contracted with for school buses are no longer able to serve any of our transportation needs. Our only option was to acquire our own buses and use them to serve as many of our transportation needs as possible.

Peak to Peak leadership and the board were aware that the buses were only capable of embarking on trips that were less than 120 miles roundtrip; the intent has always been to only use buses for local transportation needs.

We would like to thank the Peak to Peak community for your patience as we continue to work through the mechanical issues. Both Highland and McCandless have been supportive and collaborative partners as these issues have arisen and we hope we are getting closer to understanding and resolving these difficulties.   

NEW!  Next Community Virtual Q&A on March 15th 

Peak to Peak will be hosting a Community Virtual Q & A on March 15th from 6:30-7:30 PM. Please use the following information to join the meeting: 

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 March 10th. Comments will be approved daily through March 10th, 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!        


K-12 Pi Day Competition
We will be holding the Pi Day recitation competition on Tuesday  March 14th. We ask that elementary students of any age memorize by heart at least 20 digits or more, middle schoolers memorize at least 50 digits or more, and high schoolers at least 80 digits or more.  Please fill out the form for attendance so that we can send you a certificate of participation and give the top 3 memorizers prizes.  Sign up using the link below or on the QR codes on posters around the school. It is our last year to hear our senior Faith recite many many digits - will there be a new challenger to her school record? Good luck! 

Charter School Teacher Job Fair, March 11th
Spread the word! Each spring, Peak to Peak hosts the Charter School Teacher Job Fair for charter schools across Colorado and surrounding states. If you or someone you know, is looking for employment in a school, this is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet with dozens of school representatives in a single location, on a single day. Please visit www.CPDColorado.org for more information and to register for this free event!

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.

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! Internal Student Climate Survey Results  

Several weeks ago, we administered our annual internal student climate survey to students in grades 3-5, with an overall participation rate of 84%This survey is extremely important to us, as it gives us insight into our elementary students’ lived experiences at school.  All responses are anonymous, and we encourage students to provide their honest feedback.  Our goal is to use this feedback so that we may grow in our efforts to achieve an essential part of our mission:  to ensure that each student at Peak to Peak is known, respected, and valued as an individual of great potential and promise.  Results Analysis...please click Elementary Internal Student Climate Survey Results to read the entire article.

NEW! Elementary Coffee Chat
The elementary administration would like to invite you to come have coffee and conversation about the year together. We want to meet with you and hear from you, as well as answer questions and share highlights of all that is going on. We look forward to discussing a variety of topics with you. (If you can’t attend but have something to share, we always welcome your feedback at any other time through email, phone calls, or in-person conversations.)
  • When: Wednesday, March 8 @ 8:10am
  • Where: Peak to Peak Cafeteria 

NEW!  Conference Survey    
We greatly value your input, and would love to hear your thoughts on recent conferences. Please take a few minutes and respond to this survey to help us improve in the future. Thank you!

NEW!  Homeroom Placement Input Form (current grades Kindergarten-4th grade)    
Soon, our staff will begin creating homeroom lists for next year. It is our goal at Peak to Peak to balance homeroom classes based on students’ academic, behavioral, and social strengths and needs. Decisions regarding student room assignments will be made collaboratively among the current teachers, special program teachers and administration. Current needs, special factors, and previous situations are taken into account to best inform class placement for the following year. Lists are created, revised, and reviewed multiple times before they are finalized in August. This process is taken very seriously by staff members, and an extensive amount of time is spent trying to create favorable outcomes for students and teachers in the following year.
If you would like to provide input for consideration of your child's placement, please read this description of placement procedures and complete the included Placement Input Form by Friday, April 7, 2023.

NEW!  2-4-1 Sports at Peak to Peak
Join us on Professional Development days (March 6th and April 17th) for a multi-sport camp hosted at Peak to Peak.  2-4-1 Sports focuses on getting kids moving and playing all day. All attendees play at least 4 sports each day. Sports we offer include soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis and universal sports. Camp is run by Peak to Peak coaches and Puma high school athletes.
Information and Registration: https://241sports.com/camps/p2p/  

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)


NEW!  Honor Roll Notifications Emailed Out on February 28th

Secondary honor roll certificates from the end of last school year were emailed out on Tuesday, February 28th.  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. 



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! Internal Student Climate Survey Results 
Dear Middle School Students and Families, Several weeks ago, we administered our annual internal student climate survey. Our annual student climate survey gives us insight into our middle school students’ lived experience at this point in their school career, and we are grateful to our students for their participation and candid responses. This spring, we had a participation rate of 86% in the middle school: we are pleased that our participation rate remains high for a second year in a row so that we can more reliably identify areas for celebration and growth.  This year’s Qualtrics survey included... please click Middle School Internal Student Climate Survey Results to read the entire article. 

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High School News (grades 9-12)



NEW!  HS Principal Article - Student Climate Survey 2023

Dear High School Students and Families,

On Friday, February 17th, our high school staff implemented Peak to Peak’s annual student climate survey to students in grades 9-12. Students completed the 28-question survey online during their flex period, and all responses were anonymously reported. We’ve been implementing this survey, with a few adjustments to questions, over the past 18 years. If you’re interested in this year’s results, and how they compare to similar questions asked in 2022, please read on...please click High School Student Climate Survey to read the entire article.



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.


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Puma Home Games 
Spring season has arrived! 
3/9 HS Girls Soccer - JV 4:00, V 6:00 vs Frontier Academy
3/9 HS Boys Volleyball - JV 4:00, V 5:00 vs Mountain Vista
3/9 HS Girls Tennis - V 4:00, JV to follow vs Colorado Academy

NEW!  Ultimate Frisbee Clubs

With the calendar flipping to March and spring (allegedly) on the way, the middle-school and high-school Ultimate Frisbee Clubs are returning to action.
High-school club: We have activities on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays after school, and more details are posted on the HS club webpage. There will also be an informational meeting by video call on Monday, March 6, from 6-7pm for anyone who wants to learn more about playing this sport. To participate in the call, use Google Meet.
Middle-school club: Weather permitting, we will start play on Wednesday, 3/15, from 3:30-5pm on the West Field. Dates for future events, including a state tournament in May, are posted on the MS club webpage. We use Google Classroom to communicate during the season.
Ultimate Frisbee welcomes all participants, no prior experience necessary. Email coach and sponsor Brian Rozinsky with questions or to get connected to team communication channels.

Secondary Spring Sports Registration 
Registration is still open and tryouts are quickly approaching for the following Middle School spring sport:  MS Co-ed Track - 3/13 at 3:30 on the 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 

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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


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NEW!  Peak Gala is NEXT FRIDAY ~ 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. Watch a video about the Peak Innovation Fund HERE. Thank you to our business partners who have confirmed their sponsorship participation thus far, and our many families and businesses who are featured on our onine auction site. All community members will receive information on how to bid on our auction items Tuesday, March 7th! Thank you Puma families for your support!


Online Sweepstakes Reminder

After purchasing your own chances to win, we invite you to send our online "Fly, Float, Ride, Park or Run.. away with the cash" sweepstakes link to friends and family who would like to support Peak to Peak while also being eligible to win one of our fun prizes!  Tickets start at $10 each (three tickets for $25). A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, March 23rd (all entries must be received by March 15th).



Volunteer (all school levels)


NEW!  Volunteer Meeting

Join us on March 14th at 2:00 pm for our quarterly volunteer meeting.  We are meeting in the College Counseling Center.


Volunteer Needs

  • Staff Appreciation Lunch on March 9th:  Our next Staff Appreciation lunch is coming up on March 9th!  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. Please email me or call me with any questions or ideas. Nicole Harrison harrisonnicole@me.com (303)803-0453. I've included a link for the sign up here.  Taco Bar.  Thank you so much for all of the help, Nicole.


  • Peak Week drivers:  To help keep the cost for the Kitchen Humanities course as low as possible, we are asking for volunteers who are willing to drive students to two off-campus experiences. You would not be expected to chaperone during the activity itself, just to drive students from campus to the location and then from the location back to campus at the scheduled times. Please reach out to Ace Engelmann (ace.engelmann@bvsd.org) with any questions. Learn more information and sign up here.


  • Garden help:  We are seeking volunteers to help in our Peak to Peak Garden.  Please contact Kim Livingston, kimvlivingston@gmail.com directly. 
    • Summer Steward Coordinator: We have a weekly summer schedule where families can sign up to help tend the garden. The coordinator helps to make sure that we have good coverage for the summer and that volunteers know what tasks need to be completed each week.
    • Classroom Champions: I was thinking that it would be great to have a parent for each grade to be the point-of-contact for the garden. You could help the teachers coordinate the garden materials and help the garden lesson go smoothly. 
    • Summer Stewards: Adopt the garden for a week. Summer stewards volunteer to help maintain the garden. High school students can earn community service hours by volunteering in the garden.


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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