Weekly Digest 1.26.18

 

 

Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!

The following information is for the week of 1/29-2/2

  All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • New Strategic Plan
  • Impact Award Winner Renay Ulibarri
  • Do not park in student spaces
  • Lost & found to be donated 1/31
  • Open seat on Election Committee
  • Please keep sick students home
  • Annual family survey now available
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link

Elementary

  • Conference sign ups
  • Early release after school Valentine's Fair

Middle

  • Daily schedule conversation
  • Early release after school Valentine's Fair
  • 8th-12th grade experience fair
  • MS student announcements

High

  • Daily schedule conversation
  • 8th-12th grade experience fair
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Puma home games
  • Mini cheer camp
  • Pepsi Center spectator bus
  • Middle school softball bag storage

Friends of P2P

  • Gala tickets now on sale
  • Dream getaway

Volunteer

  • Volunteer opportunities: elementary talent, elementary lunch & show middle school lunch

Calendar:

Week of 1/29/18-2/2/18:
Tuesday 1/30: Elementary HS Gap Year Fair 6:00-6:45 PM speaker (counseling center) 6:45-8:30 PM fair (south gym)
 

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NEW Unveiling Peak to Peak's New Strategic Plan

Dear Peak to Peak Community,

On behalf of our Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), I am thrilled to announce the release of Peak to Peak’s new and improved strategic plan!

While the new plan remains grounded in our school’s college preparatory vision and mission, its updated, dynamic appearance showcases the innovative, creative and student-focused work we are doing every day to create opportunities that will prepare our students well for the challenges they’ll face as global citizens in the 21st century.

When we began the work to revise our original strategic plan, we asked ourselves how the next iteration of the plan could effectively support an innovative, yet data-driven approach to ensuring that the vision and mission are fulfilled for every student. The product of this work reflects more than 18 months of collaboration between our board, administration, staff and parents. As you review the new plan, I invite you to notice that it features not only our progress against key performance indicators (KPIs) that continue to serve as our foundation of excellence, but also our innovative, aspirational goals for the future. This plan will allow the Board and ELT to set strategic targets as we chart the path for the exciting future that lies ahead.

By way of introduction, please see this overview video about the new plan. You may view the strategic plan in its entirety on this page of our website. Peak to Peak’s Board and Leadership Team will host a community event to present the strategic plan in person and answer all your questions on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30pm in the College Counseling Center. Please join us if you can.

I would like to thank each and every person who has helped in this extensive revision and development process. It has truly been a labor of love, and I’m so pleased with the results. If you have any questions about the strategic plan, please let me know. Enjoy!

Best regards,

Kelly Reeser

Executive Director of Education

Click here to watch an introductory video.

Click here to read the Strategic Plan.

Click here to read the Key Performance Indicators.

 
 

 

NEW 2018 Impact on Education Award Winner Custodian Renay Ulibarri

Please join us in celebrating our 2018 Impact on Education Award Winner: Renay Ulibarri, Peak to Peak's Lead Custodian! The Impact Award recognizes individuals in BVSD who have an extraordinary impact on student learning through exceptional collaboration, innovation and dedication to students. While Renay will formally be celebrated at a district-wide awards ceremony in March, we unveiled the announcement on our campus this morning in true Puma style: a K-12 student celebration tunnel that featured her family, flowers, and a gift of gratitude at the finish line.


In her fourteen years at our school, Renay has inspired positivity and gratitude in our students, staff, and larger family community. Whether she’s guiding students in the proper separation of recycled goods versus trash, cleaning up a water spill outside a classroom, cheering on students in an after school event, or mentoring a colleague on her custodial staff, Renay epitomizes partnership and dedication on our school campus each day. She is exactly the kind of person we treasure; she is the epitome of good character shining through.

As you see her throughout the rest of this week and the school year, please give her a warm congratulations. The formal Impact on Education awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Boulder Jewish Community Center. Tickets will go on sale on February 8th through Impact on Education's website.

 
 

 
NEW Please Do Not Park in Student Parking Spaces
 
Dear Peak to Peak Families,
 
Lately, we have observed a number of parents of elementary school (ES) students taking high school (HS) student parking spaces in the mornings, which causes a predicament for our HS students. The HS Principal has asked HS students who want to go off campus at lunch to park in the west lot. However, when ES parents take their spots (which they pay a fee to use), there are often not enough spaces for HS students. As a reminder, there are additional parking spaces for parents in the ball field parking lots and in the parking lot on the east side of campus. We ask all parents to please assist us by not taking student parking spaces in the west parking lot, so that our Principals can properly supervise students wishing to go off campus for lunch. Thank you!
 
Sam Todd
Executive Director of Operations
 
 

 

NEW Lost & Found to be Donated on 1/31

Please check the lost and found by Wednesday, January 31st 12:00 PM. We will be sorting out items with names and sending items without names to Sister Carmen after that time.


NEW Open Seat on the Election Committee

 
There is one vacant parent/guardian seat on this year's Election Committee. The vacancy will be filled first come, first serve. Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 if you are interested or have any questions.
 
 

 

NEW Please Encourage Sick Students to Stay Home! Health Guidelines & Staying Home from School

The flu, general bacterial and viral infections are wreaking havoc this year. We've had numerous reported, documented cases of the flu at all grade levels. Please know there are likely more as not everyone reports it and not everyone goes to the doctor.
 
Our request: If a student seems ill, please support and encourage them to remain at home to recover. Our students do not like to miss instructional time but teachers support and encourage this decision to not attend school if a student is ill. Please decrease your student's worry and stress about this issue. We also suggest increased hand washing.
 
Boulder Valley School District has published guidelines of when students should stay home and not attend school. Peak to Peak follows those guidelines. Please see the attached list. Please contact our K-12 Health Room at p2p.healthroom@bvsd.org with any questions. More information can also be found on our Health Room Website.
 
 
 

 

The 2018 Annual Peak to Peak Family Survey is online!

Parents and Guardians:

The 2018 Annual Peak to Peak Family Survey is online!

Each year, the Peak to Peak Accountability Committee surveys parents and guardians regarding how Peak to Peak is doing. We communicate the results of the survey to the administration, the Board of Directors, and the Peak to Peak community. We report the actions taken by the school regarding the results of the survey. The Peak to Peak Family Survey is your opportunity to provide input on what you love about Peak to Peak and where you think the school can improve.

Important Information:

  • Your responses are completely anonymous. Identifying information is neither collected by the survey provider nor available to the survey administrators.

  • The survey only takes a few minutes for each child you have enrolled at Peak to Peak.

  • Please complete the survey only once, and have only one parent/guardian per family complete the survey.

  • Once you hit “Done” at the end of the survey you will not be able to access it again.

  • The survey will be available until midnight, Friday, February 2nd.

Your participation is vital and your responses are invaluable! Your past responses have resulted in a number of positive changes at Peak to Peak (follow the links below to find out more).

To access the survey, please click on the link found below or on the school website:

Click here to take 2018 Peak to Peak Family Survey

Thank you,

2017-18 Peak to Peak Accountability Committee

Further information can be found from the following links:


 

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Elementary

 

NEW Elementary Spring Conferences
 
Dear Elementary Parents/ Guardians,
 
Conferences are quickly approaching. Please read these directions about how to sign up for a homeroom and/or math and/or L.A. conference with teachers. You will find the sign-up link on that page. We look forward to meeting with you the week of February 5-9!
 
Thank you,
The Elementary Staff
 
 

 
 
NEW Early Release After School Elementary & Middle School Valentine's Fair
 
The Middle and Elementary School Student Council's are hosting the annual Valentine's Fair following the early release on Thursday, February 15th from 12:45-3:00 PM in the south gym. There will be pancakes, crafts, facepaint, music, and more! Students must be registered online at RevTrak HERE All proceeds go to Service Council which supports all K-12 service clubs and grade-level activities.
 
 

 

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Middle


 

NEW Daily Schedule Conversation

Dear secondary students and families,

Prior to winter break and over the past three weeks, our Instructional Leadership and Executive Leadership teams have been discussing the pros and cons of our current daily schedule for the secondary levels (grades 6-12). While we are holding off on any changes to our K-12 start and end times next year, we still have an opportunity to be responsive to students’ needs by adjusting what we do with our time during the course of the school day. We are now exploring some options. We’ve started by soliciting staff input on a possible move to increasing use of block instructional time (i.e. adding more block days each week), as well as shifting to an 8-period day (versus our current 7 academic periods). There are a number of opportunities with 8 periods and creating a more student-centered schedule that we’d like to explore. Hence, we are now conducting feasibility checks through our master scheduling process with our K-12 registrar and instructional leaders to see what might be possible, or if we need to remain with our current daily schedule for 2018-19. What is driving this conversation and potential change for 2018-19?

Specifically, the desire to address the following topics brought about thinking for an 8-period day, with four block days each week, across the 6-12...please click HERE to read the entire article.

 
 

 
 
NEW Early Release After School Elementary & Middle School Valentine's Fair
 
The Middle and Elementary School Student Council's are hosting the annual Valentine's Fair following the early release on Thursday, February 15th from 12:45-3:00 PM in the south gym. There will be pancakes, crafts, facepaint, music, and more! Students must be registered online at RevTrak HERE All proceeds go to Service Council which supports all K-12 service clubs and grade-level activities.
 
 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Experience Fair – Thursday, February 22nd 2:30-4:30 PM in the College Counseling Center

All 8th-12thgrade students are invited to attend Peak to Peak’s 3rd annual Summer Experience Fair. Students looking for summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities are encouraged to attend. Currently registered organizations include:

American Cancer Society

Boulder County Youth Corps

Boulder Public Library

Broomfield Library

City of Boulder Parks & Recreation

Colorado Outward Bound School

Emergency Family Assistance Association

Empowerment Center of East County

Growing Gardens

"I Have A Dream" Foundation

Lafayette Miners Museum

Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Town of Erie

WOW! Children's Museum

Mr. Rauscher is looking to bring in another 15-20 organizations, so please contact him at brian.rauscher@bvsd.org or 303-453-4770 if you know of area companies who hire local youth for jobs, internships, or volunteer experiences.

 

 
 

Middle School Announcements

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

High


NEW Daily Schedule Conversation

Dear secondary students and families,

Prior to winter break and over the past three weeks, our Instructional Leadership and Executive Leadership teams have been discussing the pros and cons of our current daily schedule for the secondary levels (grades 6-12). While we are holding off on any changes to our K-12 start and end times next year, we still have an opportunity to be responsive to students’ needs by adjusting what we do with our time during the course of the school day. We are now exploring some options. We’ve started by soliciting staff input on a possible move to increasing use of block instructional time (i.e. adding more block days each week), as well as shifting to an 8-period day (versus our current 7 academic periods). There are a number of opportunities with 8 periods and creating a more student-centered schedule that we’d like to explore. Hence, we are now conducting feasibility checks through our master scheduling process with our K-12 registrar and instructional leaders to see what might be possible, or if we need to remain with our current daily schedule for 2018-19. What is driving this conversation and potential change for 2018-19?

Specifically, the desire to address the following topics brought about thinking for an 8-period day, with four block days each week, across the 6-12...please click HERE to read the entire article.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Experience Fair – Thursday, February 22nd 2:30-4:30 PM in the College Counseling Center

All 8th-12thgrade students are invited to attend Peak to Peak’s 3rd annual Summer Experience Fair. Students looking for summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities are encouraged to attend. Currently registered organizations include:

American Cancer Society

Boulder County Youth Corps

Boulder Public Library

Broomfield Library

City of Boulder Parks & Recreation

Colorado Outward Bound School

Emergency Family Assistance Association

Empowerment Center of East County

Growing Gardens

"I Have A Dream" Foundation

Lafayette Miners Museum

Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Town of Erie

WOW! Children's Museum

Mr. Rauscher is looking to bring in another 15-20 organizations, so please contact him at brian.rauscher@bvsd.org or 303-453-4770 if you know of area companies who hire local youth for jobs, internships, or volunteer experiences.

 

 
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
 
1/29 MS Girls Basketball vs Jefferson Academy 4:00/5:00
 
1/31 HS Boys C Basketball vs Centaurus 4:30
HS Girls Basketball vs Jefferson Academy 5:30/7:00
 
2/1 PEPSI CENTER GAME 2:30/4:30
 
 
 
NEW Mini Cheer Camp
 
Calling all Middle School and Elementary students interested in Cheer!
 
Mini Camp: February 5th, 6th & 12th 4:30-5:30 PM in the South Gym
 
*Performance will be on February 13th at the High School Girls Basketball Game vs Skyview.
 
Sign up HERE.
 
 
 
NEW Pepsi Center Spectator Bus
 
High School students wanting to dismiss at 1:00 pm to attend the varsity basketball games at the Pepsi Center on February 1st can now ride a bus down with the teams! Tickets for the bus are $5. The bus will be returning after the boys game. If anyone would like to stay for the Nuggets game, rides must be prearranged for return home. Please see Mr. Chandler for permission slips and to reserve your seat. Bus reservations are due no later than Tuesday @ 3:00pm
 
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 log on to to reserve a ticket today for this exciting event. http://www.nuggetstix.com/pumas21
 
 
 

NEW Middle School Softball Equipment Bag Storage

Middle School students who play on the softball team have two options to place their equipment bags during the school day:
 
(1) They may gain a locker in the locker room of the girls in the NW gymnasium; or
(2) They may put the bags and equipment in the storage room outside the Athletic Director's office near the NE gymnasium
 
Storage space is not available in the south building.
 

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Friends of P2P


Peak Gala - Get Your Tickets Cowboys!

Our Peak Gala committee is busy planning for a fun night to support our wonderful students and teachers on March 9th! Many details depend on number of guests so we would LOVE for you all to purchase your tickets as soon as you know you will be joining us! We'd like to offer you a special incentive to take the time now to get your tickets - all tickets purchased before February 2nd receive $1,000 in chips to spend in our Puma Saloon and Casino! The Wild West bank will be available that night to get your chips but having them ahead of time will get you an open hot seat at blackjack table!
 
 
 
EVERYONE is invited to participate in our Dream Getaway Gala Grand Prize! Chance to win tickets start at $25 for 3 and are available up until March 9th. Your purchase of a ticket is 100% tax deductible donation to Peak to Peak. The winner will be announced at the Gala and need not be present to win. This the PERFECT opportunity for extended family to support Peak to Peak while possibly winning a once in a lifetime trip! Thank you to Puma parents Pete and Lisa Estler and Quintess for donating this fantastic item to benefit our students.
 
 
More Peak Gala info including auction item donations, sponsorship and advertising opportunities and general information is available anytime on our event site. As a reminder, auction items can be easily entered here! The Friends of Peak to Peak office is available to pick up any items or create any gift certificates. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
 

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Volunteer


Volunteer Opportunities:

 
Elementary Talent Show
 
The Elementary Talent Show is coming up and we need your help to make it happen. Please see the attached spreadsheets to volunteer. Thank you for your help.
 
 
 
 
Elementary School Lunch Assistance
 
We would love 3 parents commit to Monday’s and/or Friday’s for another set of eyes on the kids before, during, and after the lunch period from 10:30-11:30 AM. 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

We would love 1 or 2 more people to commit to a day of the week. 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 PM. 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.
 
 
 
 
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