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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
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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
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:
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!
On behalf of the Peak to Peak Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NEW 8th Grade Locked In Event Cancelled
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 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
Click on this HS ANNOUNCEMENTS LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.
High School Softball Informational Meeting