Weekly Digest 12.8.17



Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!

The following information is for the week of 12/11-12/15

  All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Charter school advocacy
  • School day/calendar survey
  • Community film showing
  • Finals information
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link


  • No updates


  • Coffee with Counselors
  • 8th grade science fair judges needed
  • Middle school dance
  • MS student announcements


  • "Hang Up the Phone for Finals"
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Puma home games
  • Varsity basketball at Pepsi Center
  • HS coach openings
  • MS girls basketball

Friends of P2P

  • CO Gives Day donations over $45,000
  • Wild West Gala
  • Thank you to business supporters
  • Spirit wear sale on December 20th


  • Volunteer opportunities: wrapping event & middle school opportunities


Week of 12/11/17-12/15/17:
Monday 12/11: MS Theater Showcase 6:30 PM (auditeria)
Tuesday 12/12: HS Cocoa & Cram 3:05-4:45 PM (auditeria)
Wednesday 12/13: Latino Film Event 6:00 PM (auditeria)
Friday 12/15: MS Neon Dance 6:00-8:00 PM (northwest gym)

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Link to yearly calendar.

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NEW Charter School Advocacy

Dear Peak to Peak Families,

Peak to Peak is a vibrant, nationally-recognized K-12 charter public school created almost 20 years ago by parents who envisioned a community dedicated to outstanding scholarship that would challenge students to achieve their academic potential. Since the school’s inception, more than 1,500 Peak to Peak graduates have gone on to pursue their dreams in college in a wide variety of locations all over the world. Each year more students join those ranks, all with the skills, knowledge and passion they need to pursue their dreams for college and beyond.

One important reason for Peak to Peak’s success is the flexibility and autonomy available because of its status as a charter school; however, recently, there have been a number of negative articles published in the media concerning charter schools, their performance vis-a-vis traditional public schools, demographics, and funding differences from district to district and state to state. These articles include negatively-focused misinformation, and reveal a bias against charter schools that exists with some groups of people. This misinformation ultimately hurts all charter schools, but it has the potential to have a particularly negative impact on independent, grassroots charter schools like Peak to Peak that depend on community support to operate optimally.

What positive steps can we all take?

In partnership with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, we are reaching out to you today with a strong encouragement to join the Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN). This network will help you stay informed on pressing issues impacting charter schools. It will also provide you with easy-to-use action alerts by which you can take simple, concrete steps to protect and support charter schools and their students.

Peak to Peak has an excellent reputation locally and nationally and we continue to excel. However, it’s critically important that our community remains active in advocating for, and supporting our continued success. Charter school opponents are well-organized and aim to cut funding and programs that serve charter school students because they falsely believe this will help traditional public schools. Much of the rationale for the opposition is based on misinformation, yet they are actively looking for ways to accomplish their goals.

Let’s grow our advocacy

To build a positive counterpoint based on our bona fide successes, we must actively lead and contribute to the conversations with many voices from the charter school community. Having facts about charter schools at your fingertips may help with these conversations. Here are some basics:

  • Charter schools are public schools that do not charge tuition.

  • Charter schools serve all students, including those with learning differences and challenges.

  • Charter schools are bound by state and federal education laws.

  • Charter schools are held accountable, both academically and financially, to the district, the state and, ultimately, to taxpayers and voters.

  • Charter schools thrive in Colorado, where more than 230 schools serve approximately 115,000 students. This represents close to 13% of all students in Colorado.

For more information, here are links to fact sheets about charter schools: Link to charter school fact sheets.

Thank you for your consideration. We need your help and active participation to ensure that Peak to Peak and fellow charter schools are able to continue serving--and having major positive impacts for--students and families in Colorado! Please reach out to us with any questions or feedback on this important issue.

Best regards,

Peak to Peak Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors




School Day/Calendar Family Survey

Dear Peak to Peak Families,

As a mission-driven organization, Peak to Peak is committed to continuous improvement, which requires that we reflect on our current practices so we can be sure we are maximizing our resources to best support students’ needs. One of the most precious resources we have is time, and this year the leadership team has raised questions and engaged in discussions about whether the ways in which we use time (as reflected in our school day schedule and calendar) align with research and best practices that allow students to learn in the best possible ways. Specifically, we considered the question of whether we should consider a later start time to the school day to align with research that supports the benefits of extra sleep for students. Additionally, we are seeking your opinions on the frequency and length of early release days, and exploring the option of re-implementing a late start on some days.

To explore these ideas fully, we turned you, as parents/guardians, and our staff, as experts. We invited all who were interested to participate on an ad-hoc subcommittee dedicated to analyzing current research in these areas, and to have in-depth discussions about the potential positive and negative impacts that any changes would have on our K-12 school community. More than 30 people from all school levels, including teachers, counselors, and parents answered this call, and for the past two months, have been engaged in this exploratory work. Research used to guide the committee’s discussions is listed in this document.

After surveying staff and streamlining ideas, this group would now like to get your feedback on the questions that have been discussed so that it can be understood and factored into the future discussions. Your feedback on this survey is important and will inform the subcommittee’s discussions. The subcommittee will conclude its work in before winter break, and any recommendations will go to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) for consideration. The ELT will use this information to guide discussions about the master schedule, and will, in turn, make recommendations for changes (if any) to the Board of Directors in February 2018. Please note that no decisions have yet been made, and your input to this process is vital and will be carefully considered as we move forward.

Please complete this survey on or before 5:00 pm TODAY (Friday, December 8th). Here is the link to the survey: Family Survey

Thank you,

Kelly Reeser, on behalf of the School Day/Calendar Subcommittee


Community Film Screening Night: December 13th 6:00 PM Auditeria

Come watch a documentary called "Being “ñ”, a documentary film screening hosted by the Spanish for Heritage-Speakers class! It interviews many first-generation American-born Latinos about the beauty and challenges of being a part of two cultures. In addition, students will display their final projects which incorporate formal writing in Spanish and digital art to research and relate to a Latin@ leader. We hope to see you there!

Secondary Finals 2017


Finals are scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes each, and run from December 19-22nd, during the hours of 7:55-11:05 AM, each day (2 block periods each day, including a make-up period on 12/22 from 9:35-11:05 AM). High school students with study halls and student aide or teaching aide assignments are not expected to attend school during those periods but middle school students are expected to attend those classes through the 11:05 AM dismissal. Below is the finals schedule for students in grades 6-12:

December Finals Schedule - Fall 2017


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Coffee with Counselors

Please join our Middle School Counselors for Coffee on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 10:00 AM (the hour before students release from finals) in the south conference room. We will be discussing college and future visioning for the middle school student & parent, included in our discussion will be tips for increasing the chances of your child choosing and graduating from their school of choice and how finances play into that equation! We will have a guest counselor from the high school joining us. We hope to see you for a coffee or tea!


8th Grade Science Fair Volunteers Needed
Attention science buffs! Do you have an undergraduate degree (or higher) in a science related field? Are you currently working in a science-related industry? We need you to help judge the 8th Grade Science Fair! The 8th graders will be presenting their projects on Friday, January 19th. We need volunteers from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm to judge and give feedback to our fabulous students. The day consists of a brief orientation, 3 to 3 1/2 hours of judging, followed by final evaluations over lunch. We provide the lunch! If you are interested, please sign up using the link below. Thank you so much for volunteering for this important and exciting event! Questions? Concerns? Please contact Dar Zerwekh Reardon at zerwekhreardon@comcast.net or Brandon Nelson at brandon.nelson@bvsd.org.

Middle School Dance

Middle school is hosting our first dance of the year! "The Neon Dance" will be held on Friday, December 15th from 6:00-8:00 PM in the northwest gym and cafeteria. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite neon/glow-in-the-dark outfits. We will provide glow-in-the-dark body paint and bracelets.
Students can buy tickets on Revtrack with a built-in contract or take home the contract, get it signed, and bring it back with payment which will be collected by Student Council in the cafeteria daily during lunch. Students will then will receive a ticket. Unfortunately, no tickets will be able to be bought at the door. Here is link for payment on Revtrack
Parents/Guardians, please consider volunteering/donating time or food for the event. You can sign up here:
Thank you for your support! If you have any questions please contact anita.chakraborty-sp@bvsd.org or adrienne.robinson@bvsd.org who are your Middle School Student Council Advisors.

Middle School Announcements

Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our middle school students.


NEW "Hang Up the Phone for Finals"

Dear students and families,

We're in the home stretch, with just one more week of instruction prior to finals. Here's a request I've asked staff to consider, one we hope you'll also partner with us at home. It's my, "Hang up the phone for finals" campaign. I'm challenging your teens to put phones away for the last two weeks of school, especially during finals week, in order to limit distractions and keep them focused to the finish. Will you join us?
I've asked teachers to limit instructional phone use between now and the close of the term, and am encouraging students to steer clear of social media postings or sharing at school. Instead, we want students connecting with peers and staff in collaborative and character-friendly ways, and keep phones out of the conversation.
As we near the close of the fall semester, we want to support our teens in thinking reflectively about how far they’ve come over the past four months, how much they’ve grown together in classes, and consider their targets for the months ahead. Outside of school, we recommend getting teens off of screens at least two hours prior to sleep time in order to help them be more rested and rejuvenated. We want every Puma to have a strong finish, and that means taking care of themselves with healthy eating and consistent sleep. Don't forget to enjoy this time with them, particularly for seniors, who are going through their last big finals week in their careers at Peak to Peak.
Just hang up the phones for finals. We’ll all benefit!
Take care and best wishes for the holidays.
Kyle Mathews, High School Principal

High School Announcements

Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.

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ES, MS, HS Athletics


NEW Puma Home Games

12/14 High School Boys Basketball vs University 4:00/5:30/7:00 PM
NEW Varsity Basketball @ the Pepsi Center
Peak to Peak Varsity boys and girls basketball teams will be playing at the Pepsi Center on 2/1/2018 vs Machebeuf! Tickets are now on sale for as low as $13 a ticket. This ticket will get you into watch the Pumas play at 2:45 & 4:30 as well as Nuggets vs OKC Thunder that evening. Please logon to reserve a ticket today for this exciting event. http://www.nuggetstix.com/pumas21. (see attachment)
NEW High School Coach Openings
Are you interested in coaching at the high school level? Take a look at our current openings! For more information please email Mr. Chandler at Peter.Chandler@bvsd.org.
NEW Middle School Girls Basketball
Tryouts are just around the corner! Please register today and turn in an up to date physical to the athletics office before tryouts. amanda.smith@bvsd.org.
Tryouts: Monday December 18th @ 3:15pm in the NW Gym

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Friends of P2P

THANK YOU Puma Families!

Donations to Peak to Peak made on Colorado Gives Day totaled over $45,000! We are currently 50% towards our goal of $160,000 for this year's Annual Gift Campaign. It's never too late to participate - as a school community we just like to know our parents are "All In!" Many of you have asked what the "typical" donation amount is - the answer is whatever feels comfortable for your family. Donations have ranged from $25 - $2,500 and beyond. It is our hope that each family gives to the school in a way that is significant and meaningful to them. For more information on this fundraising campaign including where the money goes please visit our FAQ document. Thank you again Puma families!

Wild West Peak Gala March 9th!
Hold on to your hats cause this is sure to be the wildest night in the West! The Peak Gala committee is hard at work preparing for this year's event and they would like your help! Over the holiday's consider asking businesses you know to consider donating an item to our silent auction. All the information you need is right here. Information on item donations can be easily entered online and the committee is available to pick any items up for the business's convenience. For those of you who have attended in the past, you know that ALL items sell and our community loves bidding on items of all types!
NEW THIS YEAR: Instead of assigned tables, this year's event will be full of food stations and activities with a very short program in the ballroom. It's our hope that we can focus on community building and allow a more relaxed atmosphere that everyone can enjoy!
*Gala tickets go on sale January 9th*
Thank You Peak to Peak Business Supporters
We'd like to remind our families to consider showing your support of the businesses who support us! For a list of businesses who support Peak to Peak please check out last year's Gala Program, our Puma Pennant Program and parent business partner page. Thank you for helping us support these wonderful partners!
Spirit Wear Sale - December 20th 1:00 PM
Come visit us in the cafeteria on December 20th if you'd like to purchase Peak to Peak gear for the holidays. As a reminder, embroidered items (vests, jackets etc) can also be ordered anytime through our spirit wear site.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Middle School Families: We have a lot of needs for volunteers and donations in the next two months. There are tons of opportunities to support your children at school without being in the classroom with them. Please take a moment to read through all of the options. We need your help!
Basketball Scorer
The Middle School Girls Basketball Teams are looking for someone to score their home games. We need have 4 more games that need coverage. What a great way to be able to help out the team and watch the game. Please see the attached spreadsheets to sign up to help: Girls Basketball Scorer
Middle School Dance
The Middle School is having their Neon Dance on December 15th. We still need 9 more parent volunteers to help set-up from 4-6 on Friday the 15th please: Neon Dance
8th Grade Science Fair!
Attention science buffs! We need you to help judge the 8th Grade Science Fair! The 8th graders will be presenting their projects on Friday, January 19th. We need volunteers from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm to judge and give feedback to our fabulous students. The day consists of a brief orientation, 3 to 3 1/2 hours of judging, followed by final evaluations over lunch. We provide the lunch! If you are interested, please sign up using the link below. Thank you so much for volunteering for this important and exciting event! Questions? Concerns? Please contact Dar Zerwekh Reardon at zerwekhreardon@comcast.net or Brandon Nelson at brandon.nelson@bvsd.org: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ih0lHnkSfPjDmW9yeCvQ-QiLq5dlsx1d5QC6Uc4Xxfo/edit?usp=sharing

Middle School Lunch Assistance

The middle school staff would like assistance during the kids lunch time. They would like another set of eyes on the kids before during and after the lunch period from 12:00-12:30. Please sign up for a day that you can do every week consistently. Its an easy way to volunteer and keep track of everything happening at school: Middle School Lunch Assistance

Thank you everyone for your help! If you have any questions or are willing to help volunteer please reach out to:
Nicole Harrison, harrisonnicole@me.com Volunteer Coordinator
Siobhan Webster, siobhanwebster@me.com Elementary School Volunteer Coordinator
Dar Zerwek-Reardon, zerwekhreardon@comcast.net Middle School Volunteer Coordinator
Angela Finan, angelarules@comcast.net High School Volunteer Coordinator