Weekly Digest 3.23.18


Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!


The following information is for the week of 4/2-4/6


NO SCHOOL K-12 3/26-3/30 for Spring Break

Have a wonderful and restful break!



All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • New course and text proposals
  • Welcome new Major Gifts Officer Glenn Mosher
  • Wellness Advisory Council meeting agenda
  • Lost and found donation
  • BVSD Talented and Gifted presentation
  • Community Meeting rescheduled for 4/23
  • Save the Date! Annual Meeting on 5/2
  • Spring testing calendar
  • Request for Board candidates
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link


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


  • 8th grade Locked In event
  • Change to cell phone protocol
  • MS student announcements


  • HS Principal message on Prom and After Prom
  • Prom and spirit week after break
  • Student parking on campus
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Summer camps
  • Sports websites

Friends of P2P

  • Happy spring break


  • Volunteer Opportunities: art show and garden



NO SCHOOL K-12 3/26-3/30 - Spring Break
Week of 4/2/18-4/6/18:
Monday 4/2: HS Rough & Tough game 6:00 PM (northeast gym); Accountability Committee meeting 3:30-5:00 PM (south conference room)
Tuesday 4/3: Wellness Advisory Council meeting 3:30-4:30 PM (college counseling center); 9th grade Parent/Guardian Night 6:00-7:30 PM (auditeria)
Wednesday 4/4: Board of Directors' meeting 5:00 PM (college counseling center)
Thursday 4/5: K-12 early release 12:45 PM (no secondary lunch served); K-5 early release after school event "Beach Fun" 12:45-3:00 PM (northwest gym); Art Show 3:00-6:00 PM (hallways)
Friday 4/6: NO SCHOOL K-12/Professional Development Day for staff; HS prom 8:00 PM

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Link to yearly calendar.


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NEW New Course and Text Proposals


It is our process to invite our school community to provide feedback on proposed new curriculum. Below you will find a link to several proposed courses and a list of proposed texts. If you have any feedback please email Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org by Wednesday, April 4th 3:00 PM. All comments will be sent to the Curriculum Committee. Thank you.

New Course Proposals:
Please click here to view the new secondary Course Proposals.
New Text Proposals:
6th grade English and Social Studies Text Proposal: The Cay (replaces others)
7th grade English and Social Studies Text Proposal: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (replaces others)
10th grade English and Social Studies Text Proposal: Station Eleven
Update on Qualifications:
Updated version of our Seal of Biliteracy requirements tweaked from what we had been using to align with BVSD newly adopted requirements and to make earning the seal more accessible for more of our students: Seal of Biliteracy


NEW Welcome New Major Gifts Officer Glenn Mosher

It is with both humility and enthusiasm I join the Peak to Peak fund development staff as Major Gifts Officer. I’m hopeful my 40+ years of fundraising efforts for K-12 schools, hospitals, non-profit public advocacy groups and colleges and universities will augment the already superior fundraising efforts and participation of the Peak to Peak family.

In this profession one must be humble, intuitive, congenial, maintain a sense of humor, be serious without taking oneself too seriously, labor as part of a team and be guided always by integrity. I clearly envision a day when Peak to Peak can match every one of its long-range dreams with the dollars to make them reality. It is said, “That aside from a proposal of marriage...will you ever have more personal and sophisticated conversation with another individual than in the solicitation of donation?” Sure I am of this because I’ve experienced it time and again.

While fundraising, writing, marketing and motivational speaking are my entrepreneurial professions, my personal passion for more than four decades has been the mentoring of teenagers, young adults and their families. I, too, believe ‘good scholarship enlightens - good character shines.’ Civil War & World War II history fascinates me and I further enjoy biking, hiking, photography, adventurous international and domestic travel, college and pro football and major league baseball. As you are likely now tired of reading about me, let me end with this thought: I look forward to meeting each of you in the months ahead!



NEW Wellness Advisory Council April Meeting Agenda


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

3:30-4:30 PM

College Counseling Center


3:30-3:50 PM Share out time

3:50-4:10 PM Garden Presentation by Annie Sasseville

4:10-4:30 PM Group discussion


NEW March Lost and Found Donation
The lost and found has been gathered for the month of March. Please stop by to look for any lost items before 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 4th. The items will be donated at that time. Any new items that come into lost and found beginning Monday, April 2nd will not be included with the March items.



NEW BVSD Talented and Gifted Presentation


Wednesday, April 4, 6-7:30 PM
Louisville Middle School Auditorium, 1341 Main Street, Louisville
Building Stronger Support for Gifted Students Through School-Home Digital Partnerships:
In our connected society, it’s important that relationships between schools and homes move beyond weekly emails and occasional phone calls to a robust, organic, and inclusive flow of information that empowers meaningful interaction. This workshop explores why this shift matters for students, families, and schools today and what tools, such as digital ALP collaboration, can be used to make it happen. Presenter: Nannette McMurtry, Instructional Technology Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley School District. Presented by Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented and BVSD. www.bvgt.org


Free tickets available here BVSD TAG PRESENTATION.



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 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. ?



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.



Spring Testing Calendar


Testing is coming! For the K-8 parent information letter click here K-8 TESTING. For the High School parent information letter click here HIGH SCHOOL TESTING. For a detailed overview of the testing schedule click here K-12 TESTING SCHEDULE.





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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During the month of March, students focused on the character trait COOPERATION. Cooperation means working well with others to reach a common goal. In the classroom, students worked collaboratively on lessons, discussed successful ways to cooperate at lunch and recess and discussed how to continue those practices. Our student council members took time to think about cooperation in their monthly newscast. All StuCo Newscasts can be found on the Peak to Peak website on the Elementary page under Character Development.


During the month of March, students continued to work on their social/emotional learning through the In Focus curriculum. Students in all grades have discussed conflict resolution strategies like making connections between anger and hurt, using mindfulness to help calm your body and brain and making connections to characters or scenarios in lessons to help solve real life problems.

We appreciate your continued support in your students social emotional development by taking a moment to ask about how they are feeling about school, what is going well and what could improve. If you have any questions about the counseling lessons or our character education, please feel free to contact Mrs. Monarski, Elementary Assistant Principal, at holly.monarski@bvsd.org.


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 (extended), March 25th 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

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 BEACH DAY Registration. Please see the attached flyer.

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NEW 8th Grade Locked In Event


Hello 8th grade Parents/Guardians,


The 4th annual 8th Grade Locked In event is next month! This event, in which 8th grade students get to stay at school after hours, was created in hopes that 8th graders get an easy transition into High School, and have a ton of fun bonding with each other in their last year of Middle School. TThe event this year will be on Friday, April 13. Students will be on campus from 7:00 PM-12:00 AM midnight learning about their upcoming high school years, playing team building games, winning prizes, and tie dying t-shirts. Register for the 8th Grade Locked In event Additionally, we ask that you please send your student with a plain white t-shirt. IIf you are able to donate any prizes (such as gift cards, or food) or are able to volunteer your time at the event please let us know. Thank you!


Ms. Kelly and Ms. Hankey

Juliana Walther and Heidi Buchtel (HS Volunteers)


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.



Middle School Announcements

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







NEW Principal Message: Prom and After Prom


Dear high school students and families,

With spring break upon us, it is time to plan for Peak to Peak’s annual spring Prom and After Prom events. On Friday, April 6th, the high school student council is hosting our Prom at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows in Broomfield from 8:00-11:00 PM. The theme this year is "The Great Gatsby". Following Prom, After-Prom will be held at Fat Cats in Westminster from 12:00-4:00 AM. Tickets are $50, and include both Prom and After Prom activities. Students can purchase their tickets at the following link on RevTrak PROM and AFTER PROM or before school and during lunch Monday-Thursday April 2nd-5th. Further details about After Prom can be found at the website http://p2pafterprom.com/ created by the After Prom Committee.


Members of our administrative team and teaching staff will...please click here to read the entire article Principal Message on Prom and After Prom.


NEW Prom and Spirit Week After Break

Prom Week is upon the High School coming back from break!
It begins with Rough and Tough and Class Color Spirit Day on Monday! Rough and Tough Volleyball between Junior and Senior Boys will take place from 6:00-8:30 PM in the Northeast Gym. Come out and support!
Tuesday's spirit day is Beach Day, Wednesday Crazy Hat and Hair, and Thursday is Cozy Season (comfy clothes, pjs, etc.).
Friday is a professional development day and Prom and After Prom are that night for Juniors and Seniors as well as invited guests. More information can be found in Mr. Mathews' above Digest article including this link to buy prom tickets on RevTrak as well as the to the After Prom website including a link for donations(the After Prom committee would still love donations for prizes and paying for the venue).
Have a happy Spring Break!
High School Student Council


High School Announcements

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



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ES, MS, HS Athletics




NEW Summer Camps
Peak to Peak offers a variety of athletic camps over the summer for all age groups. Please check out the camp website for more information. Registration is now open!
Camps Currently Offered (More to come):
Soccer Age 6-13
ES/MS Basketball
MS Girls Volleyball
MS Boys Basketball
HS Girls Volleyball
HS Boys Basketball
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






Friends of Peak to Peak would like to wish all our Puma families a safe and restful Spring Break!


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Volunteer Opportunities:


Art Show Volunteers Needed

We only need a few more art show volunteers. The show is 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.

Garden Volunteers Needed
We need at least 6 more 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 till 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