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Weekly Digest 3.2.18
Peak Gala ticket deadline is this TUESDAY, March 6th!
There is also still time to purchase your Peak Gala Grand Prize "Dream Get-a-Way" chance to win ticket. Winning name will be drawn March 9th!
Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!
The following information is for the week of 3/5-3/9
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Week of 3/5/18-3/9/18:
Tuesday 3/6: BHS winter athletic awards 6:30 PM
Wednesday 3/7: Board meeting 5:00-6:30 PM (college counseling center); Community Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM (college counseling center)
Friday 3/9: Gala 6:00-11:00 PM (Broomfield Omni Hotel)
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NEW Safety Update
Dear Students and Families,
We’ve been the recipients of a lot of challenging news lately. Too much of it is really tough to digest. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the students and families in Parkland, Florida, and to the other victims of tragedies far and wide. None of these go unnoticed. Our students share the concerns about school violence that they see and hear about, and are looking for opportunities to express themselves at home and at school. They need to process big events with trusted adults, in order to know how to go forth each day in positive ways. I encourage all of us in our Peak community to create opportunities for students to share their thoughts. We need to welcome their voices, whether confused or clear, in the days and weeks ahead. Please help us let your teens know that we are here for them, to listen, guide and sit alongside them as they try to make sense of such senseless acts, and to determine how they will proceed. Processing tragedies is important, and shows the character, compassion, empathy, and social-emotional skills and development we encourage here. We hope to never see tragedies such as a school shooting to become a “normal” occurrence in the lives of our children. While we are not here to share or challenge personal political positions in our school, let it be known that we stand clearly on the side of our students and school community to build a place that’s safe for every learner. Safety is apolitical. We hold true to this commitment today and every day. It is our number one priority.
I also want to take this time to remind you all that we are a strong community precisely because you are here. We depend on our partnership to keep this tight community safe. As the saying goes, “If you see something, say something.” If you notice anything out of the norm in daily operations or interactions you have with others on or off campus, please let a principal, administrator or staff member know right away.
You can call us, send a written or text message, email or voicemail. You’re sure to get a quick response. Or, if you or your student prefer to remain anonymous, you are welcome to post a tip to the Safe2Tell website for any type of concern. Safe2Tell is a site, connected directly to a state police hotline, that lets any student or community member post a concern that demands the attention of the police and/or school administrators. Concerns range from cyberbullying incidents taking place on SnapChat or similar sites with our students, to conversations involving suicide or self-harm, threats or threatening language individuals have made against the school or others in the community, abuse, harassment or violence of any sort, and any type of tip that is legitimate and worthy of the school’s attention. Once submitted, Safe2Tell then links tips directly to local police jurisdictions, school district security personnel at the Education Center, and Peak to Peak level principals. All concerns shared on Safe2Tell are immediately followed up in collaboration with local authorities. That being said, anyone submitting a tip needs to be very accurate and specific with the details provided. False reports are serious, and both our school and the police follow up on all tips. The district also classifies behaviors of concern by documenting events in their information Safety Vortex, a clearinghouse for all concerns for tracking throughout a student’s career in BVSD secondary schools. These stay in place during a student’s tenure in BVSD schools.
If your student doesn’t know about Safe2Tell, please visit the link. There’s information on the back of all of our student identification cards as well. Let no concern or threat go unnoticed. If you see or hear something, please, by all means, say something. Thanks for helping us keep our students safe.
All the best to you, and thanks for all you do.
Kyle Mathews, High School Principal
Peak to Peak Safety Lead
NEW Spring Testing Calendar
NEW Wellness Advisory Council Meeting Agenda
Wellness Advisory Council March Meeting Agenda:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Think Tank Conference Room (location change)
3:30-3:50 Follow-up on last month’s brainstorm session.
3:50-4:10 Presentation from Nutrition Services
4:10-4:30 Goal setting
NEW New Website Update
Peak to Peak will be launching a new website at the end of this school year. The new website will go live on June 1st. At that time, we will communicate with families regarding how to find summer reading assignments, school supply lists, and current student registration links. In addition, during the summer months and before we return for the 2018-19 school year, we will ask parents/guardians to take a few steps to update their website and communication accounts. We plan to keep the community informed as we learn to navigate these new systems. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly:
Peak to Peak Community Meeting on March 7th
Dear Peak to Peak Families,
The future is bright at Peak to Peak! With the unveiling of our new strategic plan in January, the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team have collaboratively identified several strategic focus areas for the coming years. We are excited to share this information with you, our valued community.
To this end, you are cordially invited to attend a community meeting on March 7th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the College Counseling Center. At this meeting, which follows a regularly scheduled Board meeting, we will showcase our new strategic plan and discuss the school’s future directions that are under consideration. We intend to lead a dynamic and interactive session, and would love to have your input as we are charting the school’s path forward over the next five years.
Please join us! We are seeking high school student assistance with onsite childcare during this meeting, so that as many people can attend as possible. If you need child care in order to attend, please fill out this form no later than Friday, March 2nd so that we can plan appropriately.
If you would like to review our strategic plan, please see the links below. Thanks very much for all you do to support our wonderful school community. We hope to see you at our Community Meeting on March 7th!
On behalf of the Peak to Peak Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team
2018 REQUEST FOR BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES
The 2018 election for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors is coming in early May. There will be THREE OPEN SEATS for elected board members. Two seats have a 3-year term and one seat has a 1-year term. 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 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.
Election Committee members for 2018 are: Tina Crist -Chair, Hank Dalton (BOD rep), Joanne Hyman (BOD rep), Michelle Anderson (Accountability Committee rep), Lisa Tracy (Accountability Committee rep), Jennifer Douglass (community rep), Kate Martin (community rep), Ethan Miley (community rep), Traci Schoeneweis (staff rep) and Terri Tarbutton (staff rep). 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 email@example.com written responses to the following questions by Monday, April 2, 2018 3:00 PM :
1. What do you understand Peak to Peak's philosophy to be and how do you support it?
2. What is your primary motivation to serve as a member of the board of directors?
3. How do you expect to separate your parental and board member duties?
4. What do you believe to be the biggest problem or opportunity that our school will face in the next several years, and what skills or background do you have that will help us to achieve the best possible outcome relating to that challenge or opportunity?
5. Please provide a brief bio of yourself (150 words or less). It can include educational background, professional experience, and/or any personal information you would like to share with our community. A photograph of yourself is optional. Please do NOT include any links to outside websites or resources.
A preliminary candidate list will be published to all of the candidates on April 2nd after the 3:00 PM 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 between April 2nd and April 5th. Responses from the candidates who wish to remain in the election will be distributed by email to families in our Friday, April 6th Friday Digest and published on our website.
All candidates must attend our candidate question & answer session on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Voting instructions and timeline will be communicated to the entire Peak to Peak community in May. Please see the attached Election Guidelines information sheet for election information, timeline, and campaign guidelines.
The 2018 Peak to Peak Election Committee
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW Peak to Peak Elementary Staff Trained in Well Managed Schools
In an effort to collaboratively support and nurture healthy life-long habits in each of our elementary students, our elementary staff recently completed the Boys Town Well Managed Schools training. On February 9th, 15th, and 16th all kindergarten through fifth grade teachers, specials teachers, administration, interventionists, special education staff, and support staff were trained in the Well Managed Schools Program which focuses on explicit positive social skills instruction.
Teachers began implementation of the program on Monday, February 10th and will continue to do so throughout this school year, with full implementation expected for the 2018-19 school year. The focus of the program is to provide positive opportunities to build relationships with students, approach classroom management with proactive pre-teaching, and provide social skill instruction to decrease behaviors that interfere with learning and encourage the student to use self-management skills to be successful in the classroom. Our hope is that this training will allow our staff to more consistently teach and remind students of appropriate behavior in a positive and student-centered approach.
Boys Town Well Managed Schools also offers parenting resources. The Common Sense Parenting Program promotes the same principles and philosophy as Well Managed Schools. Peak to Peak Elementary is working toward offering a Common Sense Parenting Class to be held at Peak to Peak during the 2018-19 school year. For other online resources from the parenting experts at Boys Town, click on the link: http://www.parenting.org/
NEW Middle School Talent Show Auditions
Middle School Talent Show Auditions will be held this Monday, March 5th after school in the Band Room until 5:00 PM. Do you have an act you want to share; sing, dance, play an instrument, cultural act, rap, magic, poetry or a skit? Show off your talents and try out! Contact Ms. Chakraborty-Spotts at email@example.com with any questions.
Middle School Announcements
Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our middle school students.
NEW Message from Principal Mathews: Innovation
Dear Students and Families,
I was incredibly fortunate to attend a Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco over the Presidents’ holiday weekend. At this conference, I heard from dozens of world-class educators, thinkers and designers including David Eagleman, George Couros, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Jonathan Gottschall, Larry Robertson, Todd Kashdan and other authors and neuroscientists from around the world. It was inspiring. They brought their best recommendations for building innovative schools while also connecting us to learning resources that empower young minds in their well-connected world.
The conference was novel in what each speaker shared, from fostering an innovator’s mindset in the classroom (George Couros), to showcasing wearable tech that helps the hearing impaired sense and use spoken language (Eagleman’s VEST, or Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer). Wow, so much to consider in ways to do school for our next generation of thinkers.
But more importantly...please click HERE to read the entire article.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
My name is Lisa Walther and I am writing to you on behalf of the Peak to Peak After Prom Committee because you have a Junior or Senior at Peak to Peak and we need your help! One of the most anticipated and memorable events for our Peak to Peak students, the High School Junior/Senior Prom, is right around the corner on April 6, 2018. Student Council has a fantastic Prom planned this year, and as is customary for our school, our parent group is sponsoring the Peak to Peak “After Prom.” Did you know that on a typical prom weekend: 48 American teenagers are killed in vehicle crashes, 5,202 are injured and 40% of the deaths are alcohol-related? (DOT)? This year we are collaborating exclusively with Fat Cats on April 6/7, 2018 from 12 am – 4 am to provide a fun, safe and substance-free After Prom event for our kids. We are asking for your help to make this a safe and memorable night for our kids.
This event requires a significant amount of planning, resources and support. Over the past several months we’ve been working feverishly with local businesses and within the community to raise funds to offset a portion of the ticket price and to pull off the event. But we are not there yet, and we cannot do this alone! We are counting on the generosity of people like you to help us fund the experience and contribute door prizes geared for teenagers and incoming college freshmen.
Here’s what we need:
Gift cards to restaurants, entertainment, and big box stores such as Target, Wal Mart, Best Buy
Prizes such as backpacks, headphones, laptops, phones, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, bikes, comforters/linens, TVs, calculators, IPODs
Monetary donations to offset the costs and ticket prices of the event.
Making a personal or business donation to 2018 After Prom
Credit card donations can be made directly using this link: DONATE HERE
Please note “For After Prom 2018” in the COMMENTS when making your donation.
Checks can be made out to Peak to Peak Charter School, indicate “After Prom 2018” in the memo line.
Donating prizes and gift cards directly to the program
Donations can also be mailed or brought to the school office and should be labeled 2018 After Prom. All donors and volunteers that contribute will be listed on our event website, www.p2pafterprom.com, and in a “Thank You” letter that will go out to the entire Peak to Peak Community. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to volunteer on our committee, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO
2018 After Prom Committee
Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.
Peak Gala Day Of and Event Volunteers!
I have listed some specific dishes but please add or bring what you think we need in this new lunch menu! Let your creative juices flow! There are several websites with ideas and recipes: