Weekly Digest 3.16.18


Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!


The following information is for the week of 3/19-3/23



All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Community Meeting rescheduled for 4/23
  • Save the Date! Annual Meeting on 5/2
  • New proposal for MS exploratory guitar
  • Art show volunteers needed
  • After Prom donations needed
  • Spring testing calendar
  • Request for Board candidates
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link


  • Kidz Artworks
  • K-5 early release after school event on 4/5 "Beach Fun"


  • Change to cell phone protocol
  • Message from Principal Preston on New 8-Period Academic Schedule & Recent Standard/Honors Proposal Taken to the Board of Directors
  • MS student announcements


  • Student parking on campus
  • 8-period day decision
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Sports websites

Friends of P2P

  • Gala thanks


  • Volunteer Opportunities: art show and garden



Week of 3/19/18-3/23/18:
Tuesday 3/20: ALPS K-12 game night 6:00-8:00 PM (cafeteria)
Wednesday 3/21: Board of Directors' meeting 8:00 AM (college counseling center)

Link to monthly calendar.

Link to yearly calendar.


Frequently Used Webpages:


NEW Due to the Gas Leak…The Peak to Peak Community Meeting IS NOW on April 23rd!


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. Additionally, at this same meeting, the Accountability Committee will be sharing the results of the Annual Survey they have conducted. We are excited to share all of this information with you, our valued community.

To this end, you are cordially invited to attend a community meeting on Monday, April 23rd 6:30 to 8:30 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.

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 April 23rd!


Warm regards,

Kelly Reeser

On behalf of the Peak to Peak Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team


Click here to watch an introductory video.

Click here to read the Strategic Plan.

Click here to read the Key Performance Indicators. ?



NEW Save the Date! Peak to Peak Annual Meeting ~ May 2, 2018 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: P2P Auditeria


Please plan on attending the Annual Meeting where the “State of the School” will be presented by the Board of Directors and Administrative Team. Additionally, the Election Committee will be hosting the Board of Director Candidates and Q&A for the candidates.



NEW New Course Proposal for Middle School: Exploratory Guitar


It is our process to invite our school community to provide feedback on proposed new curriculum for a two-week period. HERE you will find a link to a Middle School Exploratory Guitar Course proposal. If you have any feedback please email Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org by Thursday, April 5th 3:00 PM. All comments will be sent to the Curriculum Committee. Thank you.




NEW Art Show Volunteers Needed

Hello, families! The annual Art Show is coming up on Thursday, April 5th from 3:00-6:00 PM. This event requires a lot of extra hands, so please sign up to help! We will display artwork for all 450+ kids I teach, and this year we are adding "community art workshops" to the event! HERE is the link for the volunteer sign-up if you can help.



Katy Mathes


NEW After Prom Committee Needs Donations

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Peak to Peak After Prom Committee needs 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 hardworking students. We are asking for the help of the entire Peak to Peak community 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 the After Prom Committee has 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, AirPods
  • Monetary donations to offset the costs and ticket prices of the event.


PLEASE consider:

  • 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.


Lisa Walther

Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO

2018 After Prom Committee




Spring Testing Calendar


Testing is coming! For the K-8 parent information letter click here. For the High School parent information letter, click here. For a detailed overview of the testing schedule click here.





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 traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org 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.


Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 with questions.


Thank you,

The 2018 Peak to Peak Election Committee






Link to photo submission form: PumaAwe

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NEW Kidz Artworks
Dear Families,
Don't miss your chance to order keepsakes and gifts with your child's unique artwork image! Please look for your Kidz Artworks order instruction sheet with your access code (sent home in Friday folders) or contact us at: kidzartworks.com. Please place your order online by the due date, March 20th 11:59 PM. If your order is not placed by the due date, we cannot guarantee timely processing and delivery with the rest of your school's orders. Late orders are assessed non-refundable $10 late fee for additional processing, handling, and delivery: www.kidzartworks.com/products. IMPORTANT: YOUR ORDER IS SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IF YOU RECEIVE ORDER CONFIRMATION NUMBER AND PAYMENT CONFIRMATION EMAIL FOR EACH CHILD! Thanks for supporting Peak to Peak through Kidz Artworks! Please contact Ms. Mathes with any questions at katherine.mathes@bvsd.org.Peak to Peak Art Teacher

NEW K-5 Early Release After School Event "Beach Fun" on April 5th
All K-5 students are invited to attend our next early release after school event on Thursday, April 5th from 12:45-3:00 PM. Activities include: crab walk relay, beach-ball sprout ball, Hawaiian lei making, sharks & minnows and other beach inspired fun! The cost is $6 per student and registration can be found on Revtrak HERE. Please see the attached flyer.

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NEW Cell Phone Protocol


Dear parents/guardians of Middle School learners,


There has been a change in cell phone protocol in the Boulder Valley School District, and we want you to know how that relates to us in the Middle School at Peak to Peak. Our learners have opportunities within their school day to participate in ways to use phones for instructional purposes, ie. Kahoot, research, etc. (students do not have to have cell phones because they can participate in such games by using their Chromebooks, however, they are welcome to use them if they have a phone). Teachers in the Middle School have always had the authority to keep phones from distracting the learning environment.
What is new is that our Middle School teachers have been asked to not physically take the device from students. If students make the choice to ignore such a reasonable request from a staff member, the teacher will use discretion in contacting you at home for support and/or have the student give up their privilege of having a cell phone at school. The teachers may ask the students to leave the phones in a safe locked location in the offices of the principals. We have asked our teachers to involve parents as soon as they can if a student chooses to not abide by our expectations. This new change has been put into place to protect our teachers from content that could be on the phones and/or what might happen to the physical state of the phone when it is in their possession. We appreciate your assistance at home in coaching our students to only use cell phones for approved instructional purposes. Thank you.

Message from Principal Preston on New 8-Period Academic Schedule Decision & Recent Standard/Honors Proposal Taken to the Board of Directors

Dear Middle School Students and Families:


Thank you for your input and patience while we go through course selection for the 2018-19 school year. We will be asking our teachers, students, and families to consider their best course options, while also considering the shift to an 8-period day. We are offering a few clarifications about what we can currently present to our students as options, and making you aware of some limitations and the need for additional time to finalize course selections for students in the 2018-2019 school year.

First of all, in our 8-period day model, we foresee...please click HERE to read the entire article.




Middle School Announcements

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







NEW Student Parking on Campus




If your student is driving to school and wants to park in the school parking lot they need to have a parking permit. Please go online to Revtrak or click here to get a permit.

8-Period Day Decision


Dear High School Students and Families:


Thank you for your patience while we go through course selection for 2018-19. We’ve asked our teachers, students, and families to consider their best course options, while also considering the shift to an 8-period day. I want to offer a few clarifications about what we can offer our students, and some of the inherent limitations with such scheduling in the weeks ahead.


First of all, in our 8-period day model, we foresee...please click HERE to read the entire article.



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 Sports Websites
Need to know when your student athlete is practicing or what their game schedule is? Check out each individual sports website for up to date information, schedule changes, and coach contact information!

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Friends of P2P






On behalf of this year's Peak Gala Planning Committee we'd like to thank all of you who supported this year's event! We sincerely hope that all of you who attended, contributed to the auction or helped in some other way, enjoyed your participation and know that you are very much appreciated!

Many of you who were unable to attend have asked how you can still support the event. We had several duplicate auction items and have opened them up for the entire community to check out and buy now - first come, first serve!
The special appeal this year was to replenish the Peak Innovation Fund. This special earmarked account makes funds available to teachers who would like to implement an innovative idea in the classroom that would otherwise not be available with school funds. Last year 20 of 40 proposed projects were funded - and we'd like to do more! Our teachers have so many creative ideas - lets help them take risks and supply them with innovative resources to teach our students. Please check out our Innovation Fund video for more information and consider a gift to this campaign. Your Donation is 100% tax deductible.
We could not have this event without the support of our sponsors. Please join us in thanking the following companies for their support:
Title Sponsors: Acuswede, Susie Smyle RE/MAX, Quintess
Event Sponsors: Anne Larsen State Farm, Renner Sports, Twice Exceptional, Post Net, UTurn BBQ
Supporting Sponsors: COLO Trust, CCIG, Mountain View Corp, Malia Maunakea & Michelle Ingle, Service Master Clean, D A Davidson, Peak to Peak Board of Directors and Teri Andony & 6162 Productions
We had MANY businesses and individuals who contributed to our auction. For a full list of names including our amazing event committee, volunteers, sponsors and supporters please check out our event program. Throughout the year, please support these places and people and thank them for their contributions to Peak to Peak.
We look forward to welcoming you all to our next gala in 2019!

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Volunteer Opportunities:


NEW Art Show Volunteers Needed

Hello, families! The annual Art Show is coming up on Thursday, April 5th from 3:00-6:00 PM. This event requires a lot of extra hands, so please sign up to help! We will display artwork for all 450+ kids and this year we are adding "community art workshops" to the event! The link is below.

NEW Garden Volunteers Needed
We need 8-10 people to help spread mulch and do some weeding at the Peak to Peak Learning Garden from 9am-12p on April 14. High School students could come and earn volunteer hours. This is also a great opportunity for our families that can’t volunteer during the week since this is a weekend date, and feel free to bring your kids to help. Please come and help to make our school the amazing place that it is. Come prepared to get dirty and bring gloves and water. We also need 1-2 wheelbarrows. Note that rain/snow postpones until April 28.
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