Weekly Digest 4.13.18

Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!


The following information is for the week of 4/16-4/20




All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • K-12 recyling revamp
  • April is Autism Awareness Month
  • Board of Director candidates
  • Community Meeting rescheduled for 4/23
  • Save the Date! Annual Meeting on 5/2
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link


  • Counseling and Character Connection
  • Homeroom placement form


  • 8th grade Locked In event cancelled
  • 2018-2019 optional trips
  • Middle school dance
  • MS student announcements


  • Principal message and challenge to go unplugged
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Puma home games
  • HS softball meeting
  • Summer camps

Friends of P2P

  • Run for the Peak May 4th
  • New spirit wear
  • King Soopers reloadable cards


  • Volunteer Opportunities: garden



Week of 4/16/18-4/20/18:
Wednesday 4/18: Board of Directors' meeting 8:00 AM (college counseling center)
Thursday 4/19: Case Studies for 10th & 11th grades 5:30-8:30 PM (auditeria); Middle school dance 6:00-8:00 PM (northwest gym)
Friday 4/20: NO SCHOOL for K-12 students/Professional Development Day for staff

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NEW K-12 Recycling Revamp

Many of our students are unclear about recycling expectations and often throw out items that can be recycled. Next week, your student will talk about why, how, and where we recycle at school. In addition to discussing recycling guidelines and posting new recycling signage around the school, teachers will encourage students to bring reusable water bottles, say no to plastic straws, and try packing a waste-free lunch if possible. Thank you for helping our school reduce waste by reviewing recycling expectations with your student (recycling posters are attached)!



NEW April Autism Awareness Month

Did you know that the Autism Society declared April Autism Awareness Month back in 1970? Join us as Peak to Peak promotes awareness, inclusion, and appreciation for all.


History and Causes of Autism:

The following TED Talks explore the history of autism as well as some of the known causes of autism. These talks dispel some of the myths around causation and explore what modern science continues to research in order to answer more questions about the etiology of autism.

Steve Silberman: The Forgotten History of Autism

Wendy Chung: Autism- what we know and what we don’t know yet



The following TED Talks explore the perspective of the autistic mind by giving the audience an idea of what it would be like to be a young person with autism and what the world would be like if there were no people with autism.

Rosie King: How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself

Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Upcoming Event:

Temple Grandin to speak at the Arvada Center on May 21st from 6:00-6:45 PM with a book signing to follow from 7:00-8:00 PM:

"World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin explores the answers to all these questions and more in her new book for young readers, Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor." Here’s the link for more information: Arvada Center



Meet Our 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. Here are your four candidates. Please click on their names to read the answers to the five candidate questions:

Thank you,

The 2018 Peak to Peak Election Committee


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.




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NEW Counseling and Character Connection


Our Character Trait for the month of April is SERVICE. Service means giving to your school, community and world by helping others. In the classroom, students are working collaboratively on lessons about service and discussing successful ways to provide service at school and in the community. Some classes will be providing service to our school by working in our community garden or cleaning up campus by picking up trash. Take the opportunity to brainstorm with your student about how your family provides service or what you might do as a family to provide service to your community. At the end of the month our student council members will share their thoughts on service in their monthly newscast. All StuCo Newscasts can be found on the Peak to Peak website on the Elementary page under Character Development.

Counseling Lessons in April will focus on various topics addressing personal safety and interpersonal skills. Kindergartners and first graders will be identifying adults of trust at home and school who they can go to when they need help or have a problem. Second and third graders will define and identify types of bullying and practice ways to respond to bully situations. Fourth and fifth graders will discuss personal safety as it relates to digital citizenship. Students will discuss what information is safe to share online, how to identify safe websites and discuss the importance of thinking about messages shared on social media and their possibility to cause harmful results. Following each counseling lesson, your student will bring home a letter summarizing the content of the lesson and suggestions to continue those discussions at home. Please check your student’s red folder for the Counseling Connection Letter.

During the month of April, students continued to work on their social/emotional learning through the In Focus curriculum. Students in all grades are discussing working as a team toward a common goal and what it means to be a good teammate, including making decisions as a team and how that impacts your overall success as a team. Students will practice by playing team building games and brainstorming ideas about service projects. At the end of the month, all grades will discuss peer pressure and think about making decisions that are best for the individual, how that impacts others and how they can increase tolerance and build connections in diversity.

We appreciate your continued support in your student's social-emotional development. We encourage you to take 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, holly.monarski@bvsd.org.



Elementary Homeroom Placement Procedure Form for 2018-2019


We welcome your input about your child’s placement for next year. This form will be given to the current classroom teachers for consideration in next year’s placement. Please consider that your child’s current and future teachers will be reading your input. Forms will be screened for appropriate language. Please do not request a specific teacher. Forms are due to either the homeroom teacher or the front office by Friday, April 20, 2018.


Homeroom Placement Procedure Form


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NEW 8th Grade Locked In Event Cancelled

Due to a very low participation rate the 8th Grade Locked In event that was scheduled for this Friday 4/13 has been cancelled. Please look for details to follow soon about a possible rescheduling of the event. Thank you.

NEW 2018-2019 Open Peak to Peak Optional Trips for Middle School Students


Boston: STEM Discovery - Spring break 2018 2019 – Open to current 6th-8th graders. 4-day tour of Boston which includes visiting an MIT research laboratory and museum, participating in a STEM workshop and FIRST Robotics, visiting a music studio to learn about sound engineering, and visiting a biotech company. Only 5 spots left. Contact Ms. Buttice for more information.


Costa Rica – Spring Break 2018 2019 - There are 2 spots available for this trip. If interested please see Sra. Meiler for an application form.This trip is open to current 5th, 6th and 7th grade students. ¡Pura Vida!


Moab – Spring Break 2018 2019 - Join Mrs. Bunting and Ms. Robinson for an adventurous four days next April in Moab, Utah! We will spend two days mountain biking on some of Moab's famous biking trails, and a day of hiking in Arches National Monument, learning about the park from experts at the Colorado Field Institute. This trip is open to current 6th-8th graders and we have up to 15 spots available! Join us!


Spain Immersion - Join us summer 2019 (June 14-28) for two fun and sun-filled weeks exploring southern Spain and Madrid. We will visit the beach, stuff ourselves with tapas and other delicious Spanish foods, explore historic cities, listen to a flamenco concert in a cave, and spend 5 days living with a Spanish family in Madrid. This trip is open to current 8th graders. See Srta. Firman or Sra. Dunphy for more details.


Switzerland – If you want to develop your leadership skills while exploring gorgeous European mountain towns, then the Global Leadership Summit trip to Switzerland and Germany is for you! This trip will take place on July 10th through 21st, 2019, and will be led by Ms. Lukens and Ms. Flanhofer. Current 8th graders: Look for more details regarding our trip in the next few weeks.



Middle School Spring Dance
Come Dance the Night away at the Middle school Dance on Thursday, April 19th from 6:00-8:00 PM in the northwest gym. It is hosted by the Student Council. Students from Peak to Peak are allowed to attend. A simple fair of food with options for gluten/dairy free will be available. You can purchase your tickets using this MS Dance Tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at lunch on receipt of a signed contract. Tickets will not be available at the door.
If you wish to volunteer/ assist before, during or after the dance or can make a donation please use this link: MS Dance Volunteer & Donation Needs
Any question please ask Ms C-Spotts or Ms Robinson, your StuCo adults:


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: A Good Time to Limit Time


Dear high school students and families,

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Ah, vacation is in sight! But before we land at our vacation destinations, I want to challenge you to join our community in a healthy venture: turn off your phones and screens, and limit screen use among teens, between April 30th to May 4th. Interested in joining this cause? Read on…

With College Board Advanced Placement assessments and final exams on the horizon, and graduation in sight, we have a great opportunity to unplug our teens (and ourselves) from digital devices. Not only will taking on this challenge help reduce anxiety, it will limit social media distractions and also create opportunities for us to reconnect with each other. You don’t need to abandon all digital devices or go “cold turkey” from required use; we have jobs to do and things to learn. Rather, I encourage you to intentionally hang up the phone and stay off screens during the school day, in the evenings, and even into the weekend, unless required to do so.

Let’s make April 30-May 4th a time to turn off devices, get outside, and embrace the Colorado spring. I’m betting that if any school community can master this challenge, it’s this one. Let’s go for it. Unplug April 30th and join the cause. Be sure to share what you find when you and your teens see what you may have been missing.

All the best for a fantastic spring.

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal



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 Peak to Peak Home Games
4/16 JV Track 3:30
MS Baseball vs Faith Christian 4:00
4/17 HS Girls Varsity Tennis vs Dawson 4:00
HS Varsity Baseball vs Lutheran 4:15
4/18 MS Baseball vs Faith Christian 4:00
4/19 HS Girls JV Tennis vs St. Mary's 4:00
HS Girls Soccer vs Prospect Ridge 4:00/6:00
4/20 HS JV Baseball vs Boulder 4:00
HS Girls Soccer vs Frontier Academy 4:00/6:00


High School Softball Informational Meeting
If your student is planning on playing high school softball next year, please plan on coming to our pre-season/informational meeting on Monday, April 16th @ 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria. This meeting is open to all new and returning players (including current 8th graders).



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
HS Cross Country

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Friends of P2P





Run for the Peak - May 4th!
Please mark your calendars for this fun Peak to Peak tradition! More information will be coming home soon but all Pumas and Puma parents are welcome to join this fun event to support our school and enjoy community wellness time!
We are so thrilled to offer all of you new Puma spirit wear that can be ordered at any time! We look forward to seeing these new fun items around campus.
Don't forget your King Soopers Cards
Let's finish the year strong with our King Soopers Reloadable Cards! As a reminder, this program donates 5% of your purchases back to Peak to Peak. We are currently raising between $1,200 - $1,700 a month but we can certainly do more with our over 900 families! For a new card please contact Friends of Peak to Peak at any time at p2p.friends@bvsd.org. THANK YOU to all of you who have consistently remembering to reload and use your card - your participation really makes a difference!

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Desperate for Garden Volunteers this Saturday!!!
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