Weekly Digest 3.17.23

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 3/20/23-3/24/23
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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Champions after school care for 2023-2024
    • Internal student climate survey results
    • Homeroom placement input form for 23-24 school year
    • Student announcements
    • Internal student climate survey results
    • 9th grade college prep and funding night
    • After Prom donations and volunteers needed
    • Internal student climate survey results
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Peak Gala results
    • Online sweepstakes
    • Peak Innovation Fund
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW!  Recording of March 15th Community Q&A 
On March 15th, school leadership hosted a Community Virtual Q&A with a focus on a variety of topics. These meetings are designed to be an opportunity to interact more casually with school leaders on topics that are of interest to our families. Please click on this linked video recording of the meeting to watch the brief presentation and the subsequent discussion. 

NEW!  Lost and Found Donation
Peak to Peak's lost and found items are located on the first-floor hallway of the south building just outside of the health room. Due to space constraints, items are donated at the end of each month. If your student is missing an item, we invite you to look through the items during school business hours.   Please check for any lost items in March by 3:00 PM on March 23rd.  Regarding lost and found, we have many valuable items located in our main office safe including glasses, watches, AirPods, and keys. If your student is missing anything of value, please have them check in the main office in the south building.     

NEW!  Host Families Needed for Exchange Students 

Hello Peak to Peak Families! I’m looking for host families for two outstanding exchange students for this coming school year. 

Nada from Egypt will be a junior at Peak to Peak in August. She loves art and drawing, especially, because it lets her express her “imagination on paper.” She also plays piano, does volunteer work, and is on a cycling team. Her family is very important to her and she is close to her younger sister. She has a perfect score on her English proficiency exam and excellent grades in school. She loves math and coding and wants to combine the two in her future career. 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-YES-012-F 

Adelaide from Italy will be a junior at Peak to Peak in August. Her favorite subjects are math, biology, and English. Volleyball is her biggest passion and she dreams of becoming a professional player if she doesn’t become a marine biologist. She loves to cook - especially Italian specialties like Lasagna alla Bolognese. She loves animals - especially dogs - and is so excited to have an American family like yours! To see her public information: https://services.aspectfoundation.org/st/index.php/st_search/profile/UY3-IWP-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

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!  Champions After School Care 2023-2024

Dear Elementary School Families, 

As you may recall, in January, our Board of Directors (BOD) approved a proposal from the Leadership Team to transition our current Before and After School Care (BAASC) operations to an external provider, Champions, starting in August 2023.  This choice was made thoughtfully, and in service to our students and families.  We know that access to high quality, consistent, and affordable childcare on-site at Peak to Peak is an essential and critical need for many.  

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that registration for Champions after-school care beginning in August 2023 will open on Friday, March 24th.  

  • Please mark your calendars, as spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The registration link will be included in the March 24th Weekly Digest.
  • Please note that priority registration will be provided to our families currently utilizing BAASC and to our staff with elementary students in need of care.
  • Additionally, please note that you may be put on a waitlist as registrations are processed.  If you are offered a spot after being put on the waitlist, Champions will notify you by email, and you will have three days to accept the registration. 

For a virtual tour of the Champions program, please visit the following website: https://www.discoverchampions.com/why-champions/virtual-tour

For all questions about registration and care, you may contact Crystal Smith, Champions Area Manager at Crystal.Smith@discoverchampions.com.


Melissa Christensen, Elementary Principal

Alison Berman, Elementary Assistant Principal  

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.

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.

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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)


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!  Attention Current 9th Grade Parents and Guardians
Please join us on the evening of April 4th from 6-7:15 for our annual 9th grade College Prep and Funding night. We will be sharing important details regarding the high school and college admissions timeline, the current landscape of college admissions, student samples and lessons learned, and discuss funding college. Mark DeBord, from the "College Funding Coach"  will also be presenting on important information regarding financing college. See you April 4th, in the high school cafeteria at 6pm. 
Your High School Counseling Team


After Prom Donations and Volunteers Needed

After Prom is a fun, safe event for our high school students to spend time together after the dance. Family and community support make this event possible!  On Saturday, April 15th our 2023 After Prom event will be held at BOONDOCKS FUN CENTER from 11 pm- 2 am - to include bowling, pizza, laser tag, games, raffle prizes, mini golf and more!  We need volunteers to help and donations for snacks and raffle prizes.  Please use this link to sign up to help or make a donation.  


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.



Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Puma Home Games 
No home games next week!  (Peak Week) 

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


Wishing all our High School Pumas a fun and meaningful Peak Week!

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NEW!  Peak Gala Raises over $134,000!

Thank you bidders, guests, item donors & sponsors for another successful Peak Gala! We hope all who attended this year’s Peak Gala enjoyed the evening and had a chance to learn more about our school and meet other P2P families and supporters through this festive event! If you haven’t had a chance, please look through our event program displayed here to see a list of volunteers from this year’s planning committee along with our participating sponsors including Atlas Valley Purveyors, this year’s Anchor Sponsor. Our auction item insert lists all the donors to our online auction ~ thank you for helping us recognize and thank these supporters. We are especially grateful for our Peak to Peak staff members and teachers who donated items to this year’s auction including Elementary Art Teacher Katy Mathes who created the beautiful classroom art for each homeroom. If you have not yet picked up your winning items please contact p2p.friends@bvsd.org to arrange a time next week. Thank you again to all who supported this year’s event!


NEW!  Online Sweepstakes ENDS SUNDAY!

The last opportunity to purchase a ticket to win our Spring Online Sweepstakes (Float, Fly, Roll, Park or Run away with the cash)  is Sunday, March 19th. A randomly selected winner will choose from a variety of prizes including two standup paddleboards, Specialized bike, hot air balloon ride for 4, reserved parking spot for the 23-24 school year ~ or the cash prize! Thank you for inviting friends and family to purchase tickets through this simple link. Three chances to win start at $25. Thank you!



NEW!  Peak Innovation Fund, video updates

Since it’s inception 8 years ago, the Peak Innovation Fund has supported over 40 K-12 projects proposed by our teachers and staff members. Our school would not be the same without this important flexible fund as not only does it support creative projects and bring hands-on learning opportunities on campus, but also encourages and supports our staff to think outside the box by providing financial resources to implement new innovative ideas. Please click here to view some updates from recent projects that were highlighted at the Peak Gala. To see a full list of projects and/or make a designated donation to the Peak Innovation Fund, please visit this page. Thank you!



Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

  • 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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