Weekly Digest 2.9.18


Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!


The following information is for the week of 2/12-2/16




All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • K-12 spring service project - Second Wind Fund of Boulder County
  • Box Tops
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link


  • Class photos
  • Spring music concert
  • Counseling and Character Connection
  • Early release after school Valentine's Fair


  • Middle school conferences
  • Middle school backpacks
  • History Day
  • Early release after school Valentine's Fair
  • MS student announcements


  • High School Principal Message - spring calendar
  • Careerwise fair for sophomores
  • Lunch etiquette session for juniors & seniors
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Puma home games
  • HS spring sports
  • MS spring sports

Friends of P2P

  • Elementary art volunteers
  • Gala workday
  • Gala tickets
  • Gala donations


  • Volunteer opportunities: junior & senior etiquette lunch, elementary talent show, middle school lunches




Week of 2/12/18-2/16/18:
Monday 2/12: Poetry Out Loud 6:00-8:00 PM (auditeria)
Tuesday 2/13: Middle School History Day 4:00-6:30 PM (cafeteria & auditeria)
Thursday 2/15: K-12 Early Release 12:45 PM (no secondary lunch served); K-8 early release after school Valentine's Fair 12:45-3:00 PM (south gym); High School Trivia Night 7:00-10:00 PM (auditeria)
Friday 2/16: No school K-12/Professional Development Day for staff

Link to monthly calendar.

Link to yearly calendar.


Frequently Used Webpages:


NEW K-12 Spring Service Project - Second Wind Fund of Boulder County


Every spring, Peak to Peak Charter School picks an organization to partner with for our spring K-12 service project. This year, our Service Council voted to partner with the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. Second Wind provides free counseling to at-risk youth who cannot otherwise afford it. They are currently serving 67 youth in our county.


Our theme for the K-12 initiative is “Change for Positive Change.” We want to positively change the way we think about mental health. It will run February 22nd through March 1st.


Here are some ways families can get involved:

  1. Donate change - we encourage families to consider having students do “chores for change.” Help connect how their helping at home is helping others. All three school levels will be doing a change drive.
  2. Sign your family up for the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County Emerge 5K run/walk, Sunday, May 6 at 9:30 AM. Teams of 4 are only $80 for this great, family-friendly 5K at Boulder Reservoir. This BolderBOULDER qualifying race is a “fast” course guaranteed to be a good time for families. All families are welcome to participate and will receive instructions in the next week about how to sign up.
  3. Donate directly to Second Wind Fund of Boulder County - we will have an option to do this through REVTRAK.
  4. Have a talk with your student about overall (physical and emotional) wellness.
  5. Elementary only - Sign up for the early release event! All proceeds from the March 1st event will benefit Second Wind Fund of Boulder County.


Our K-12 goal is to raise $12,000 which would provide three counseling sessions to the 67 youth currently being served. Again the drive week will run February 22nd through March 1st. Please look for more details to come!


NEW Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education first deadline this year is March 1st. In order to retrieve and prepare the box tops for submission, all box tops must be to the school by Wednesday, February 21st. Pick up will be after school. All elementary classrooms have a box or envelope to place the box tops in. If you have a middle or high school student, please drop your box tops off in the bin to the right as you walk into the south building lobby. Please cut them as close to the dotted lines as possible. Also, please check the expiration date on the front as we cannot submit any expired ones. Each box top is worth 10-cents to the school and can be found on many products you buy at the grocery store, including General Mills, Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Avery, and more. Don’t forget that grandparents, neighbors, and friends are also a great source of the box tops and there is also the box tops app! Let’s see if we can finish up the year strong!
Please direct any questions to Carey Beneke at cbeneke99@msn.com.






Link to photo submission form: PumaAwe

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NEW Elementary Class Photos
Elementary class photos will be taken on Wednesday, February 21st. Order forms are in today's Friday Folders. Photos must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. The cost is $11 and can either be paid by check or online. Students must return the payment envelope on picture day no matter which payment method.


NEW Spring Music Concert
The Spring Music Concert will take place on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:15 AM in the Auditeria. It will feature performances by our Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade students. You are invited to attend. We simply ask that you sign in at the attendance window after dropping your child or children off for school, and then proceed from there to the Auditeria. Please contact Mrs. Wolfe if you have any questions (jewel.wolfe@bvsd.org).




Our character trait for the month of February is PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance means staying with a task until it is done to the best of my ability. In the classroom, students will participate in activities to practice staying with a task and discuss what strategies they used to complete it, how did they feel when they finished the task, and what motivated them during the task. Don’t forget to check out our StuCo Newscast this month to find out what students are saying about Perseverance! All StuCo Newscasts can be found on the Peak to Peak website on the Elementary page under Character Development.

Counseling Lessons in February will elaborate on...please click HERE to read the entire article.


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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NEW Middle School Conferences

Welcome to Peak to Peak Middle School’s Spring 2018 Student-Led Conferences

Dear Middle School Families,

We value the power of student voice and are preparing our middle school students to share their current progress through our student-led conference format again this semester. All students will be leading their own conferences with teacher support, and we invite parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend alongside their child(ren). On Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, grade level teachers will be gathered together in one space. All Middle School families are welcome to sign up for one 30 minute block of time in Acuity Scheduling beginning on February 16th. Select elective teachers will be available to meet for individual conferences in their own classrooms. These conferences can also be scheduled through Acuity Scheduling. If a teacher has both middle and high school students, he or she will be available one of the two days for our middle school students.



  • At home, or in one of our waiting rooms before the scheduled conference, be sure to take a look at the current status of your student’s progress in Infinite Campus and view the Edline pages of teachers serving your students.

  • Students will have the opportunity to prep the conversations and show their parent(s)/guardian(s) electronic resources for their classes in the following rooms:

  • Grade 6 - S240 (Jouzdani)

  • Grade 7 - S255 (Meiler)

  • Grade 8 - S225 (Laramy)


  • Thursday, 2/22 from 3:30- 6:30 - Student-led group conferences by grade level

  • Friday, 2/23 from 3:30 - 6:30 - Student-led group conferences by grade level

  • On both Thursday and Friday, individual conferences are offered with select faculty members. To sign up, please do so through our Acuity Scheduling:


  • Andony (Choir) - C-Building (available Thursday 2/22 from 3:30 - 6:30)

  • Mylott (Theater) - C-Building

  • Schneider (Orchestra) - C- Building

  • Spicer (Band) - C-Building (available Thursday 2/22 from 3:30 to 6:20) Please select earlier time slots if at all possible. Thank You.

  • Van Tol (Technology) - S-297 (available Thursday 2/22 from 3:30 -6:30)

  • Warneke (Art) - C-Building



Your child’s teachers will be present in the room and available to you as your child leads the conversation on his/her progress. There will also be a few other families in the same room. If you feel as though you would like to discuss something in particular about the student’s work with your student’s teacher, the teacher will come over and join the conversation. When you have finished with a particular teacher, your child will go over his or her work from a different teacher, who will also be in the same room and available when you are ready.




Student-led conferences will be held on the second floor of the Middle School building in designated classrooms:

Grade 6 - S245 (Marti)

Grade 7 - S235 (Knox)

Grade 8 - S230 (Nelson)

If you are meeting with a teacher in an individual conference, see their room numbers above.




If you need to cancel, please email me and our assistant principal, Libbi Peterson, at lori.preston@bvsd.org and elizabeth.peterson@bvsd.org with the subject, Conference Cancellation. Your cancellation might open a spot for someone else who needs time with our teachers.


Thank you very much for your support of our student-led conference format. We believe in the power of the home-school partnership and are already looking forward to the conversations. Most importantly, we believe in empowering all of our students to take the lead on their academic journeys, and we feel that their individualized reflections and engagement will make this time together truly meaningful. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

With gratitude,


The Middle School Faculty and Lori Preston, Principal


NEW Middle School Backpacks


All MS Students - thank you so much for maintaining consistency on KEEPING ALL of your backpacks in the lockers. 6th and 7th graders you are especially assisting us in meeting this goal.

-All students must put backpacks in lockers UNLESS… :

  • you have a 7th period class in a building other than the south building
  • or if a student has to catch the bus/pick up a sibling right after school - (your family must verify this with your 7th period teacher if is the case)
  • you have administrator approval

-Backpacks found in the hallways will be moved to Lost & Found or kept in the office of the Principal

-Students, you will be counted tardy if you have to return to your lockers

-Students who are in sports, you may ask Coach Chandler for a locker in the gym for sport equipment. It can be dropped off in the morning and protected

-Students who are challenging this expectation will gain assistance from your counselors or your principals with organization practice and your parent support will be sought.

Thank you. This expectation was put into place for several reasons:

  • Safety - we do not want unattended backpacks sitting in our halls or classrooms - just like in the airport;
  • Space - MS is only one floor of a building - there are over 420 people passing in the halls - adding in the weight and dimension of a 25-30 lb. backpack takes up space;
  • Movement - Your teachers provide opportunities for you to move in your classrooms; backpacks on the floors prevent fluid movement in classroom;
  • Health - You are growing, and carrying the weight of a backpack may have an impact on the health and wellness of your back;
  • Organization - You are building organization skills and learning to think ahead and manage your time --thinking ahead of what you need for a class, carrying only what you need;
  • Distraction - Having a backpack full of items may create distractions for you
It was mutually agreed upon by your teachers that this expectation be put into place this school year. Thank you for meeting the expectations at Peak to Peak Middle School.

NEW History Day
Come join our 8th grade student-historians at the Peak to Peak History Day Contest on Tuesday, February 13 from 4:00-6:30 PM in the auditeria. The students have worked for the past few months on research topics of their choice and they're ready to showcase a variety of papers, documentaries, live performances, websites, and museum exhibits to present their findings. Judges will review their work during the event and send the best projects on to represent Peak to Peak at the BVSD History Day Contest next month. All are welcome!

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.



Middle School Announcements

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







NEW HS Principal Message - Spring Calendar


Dear High School Students and Families,

February is upon us, and March is already looming around the corner. With busy schedules in mind, here is your “head’s up” on what’s coming at Peak to Peak this spring. Mark your calendars!

Here is February...please click HERE to read the entire article.

NEW Careerwise Apprentice Fair for Current Sophomores


Current sophomore families please read below for information on an upcoming fair. If you have any questions please contact our Counceling Office at 303-453-4781:


CAREERWISE APPRENTICE FAIR - CareerWise invites students and parents to learn how students can earn money and debt-free college credit through the following apprenticeship pathways:

Financial Services | Information Technology | Advanced Manufacturing |
Business Operations | Healthcare


CareerWise staff will be on hand to help students with resumes, cover letters and application submission.
Companies will be present to meet students and talk with them about their open positions.


CareerWise Colorado

400 South Colorado Blvd Suite 700

Denver, CO 80246


To register click HERE and then click the CareerWise Apprentice Fair event box and the green register button.




Juniors & Seniors - Sign Up Now: Etiquette Lunch Presentation - Thursday, February 15th 1:00-3:00 PM

The Counseling Center is excited to host our first ever Etiquette Lunch after Early Release on Thursday, February 15th at the Lionsgate Center from 1:00-3:00 PM! All 11th and 12th grade students can register online at this link . Younger students will be invited next week if any spaces remain. Registration is $10, and includes a five-course lunch (gluten-free and vegetarian options available) and a comprehensive presentation on dining and networking etiquette for a range of professional and social environments. Students should dress professionally for this event, similar to a job interview or College Day. Please contact Brian Rauscher at brian.rauscher@bvsd.org with any questions.




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
2/12-2/13 Middle School Girls Tournament Time TBD
2/13 High School Girls Basketball vs Skyview 4:00/5:30/7:00 SENIOR NIGHT
NEW High School Spring Sports
Spring sports will begin on 2/26! Please get registered and turn in an up to date physical to Amanda Smith before tryouts. Physicals can be dropped off at the front office or emailed directly to amanda.smith@bvsd.org.
NEW Middle School Spring Sports
Spring sports for Middle School begin on 3/12! Please get registered and turn in an up to date physical to Amanda Smith before tryouts. Physicals can be dropped off at the front office or emailed directly to amanda.smith@bvsd.org.
Girls Soccer
IM Volleyball
Track and Field - Begins April 2

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Friends of P2P





Elementary Art Volunteers Needed - NEXT WEEK!
All elementary students will be doing a special gala art project next week! These are always favorite items up for bid at the gala. Ms. Mathes could use some extra hands during each homeroom class (only 1-hour commitment). To see if your homeroom still needs help please view this sign up sheet. This is a fun opportunity to work with the students and help them with these creative projects.
Gala Work Day - Tuesday, February 13th
Our Decor group is hosting a work day Tuesday, February 13th 8:15 AM at noon to make craft props for the gala. For more information please visit this sign up sheet. All are welcome! These work days are always a great opportunity to meet new Puma parents so we hope to see you there.
Get Your Tickets Cowboys!
Thank you to all of you who have already purchased your tickets! Many details (including food and bar) depend on our number of guests attending so if you know you are coming to this year's gala PLEASE purchase your tickets! The committee has a fun night planned and we hope to see you there. With no assigned seating, it's a perfect year to come enjoy our Western food stations, try your luck at the Puma Casino and shop at the Old General Store!
Still Time to Contribute an Item to the Peak Gala Old General Store!
Thank you to all of you who have submitted an item to our Gala silent auction so far! It is truly the parent items that are the most popular and unique.
We are still looking for more items! Please consider asking businesses you know if they would consider donating an item to our school auction. It's very easy and most enjoy doing it! Many times it results in a new customer or at the very least their name is displayed as a business who supports local students. All donors receive logo recognition on our mobile bidding site and are listed in our event program. Please visit this site for more information including downloadable letters and forms. Also, donation information can be conveniently entered here including info on how to have items picked up and certificates made by our committee if desired.
** Please visit us out front on Thursday (Early Release) to drop off any auction items, purchase tickets or ask questions! **

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Senior and Junior Etiquette Lunch
Brian Rauscher is planning a Senior Etiquette Lunch for Thursday, February 15th from 1-3:00 PM at the Lionsgate Center. We still need 1 person to make 8 lbs of spaghetti, 2 people in the kitchen to run the lunch, and also we need 3-4 more professionals who can model handshaking, introductions, and overall business etiquette. This is a fantastic event for our students and will be another life skill that is valuable to their future success.
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. Vanessa Bonner has graciously taken on running the event but needs some volunteers the day of it. Thank you for your help.

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. It is 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