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Weekly Digest 05.11.18
Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!
The following information is for the week of 5/14-5/18
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Week of 5/14/18-5/19/18:
Monday 5/14: AP testing; Senior finals
Tuesday 5/15: AP testing; Senior finals
Wednesday 5/16: AP testing; Senior finals make ups; Board of Directors' meeting 8:00 AM (college counseling center); ES field day; HS athletic awards 6:00 PM (cafeteria)
Thursday 5/17: AP testing; Senior Goodbye Tunnel 11:15 AM; Seniors Night of Reflection (4:00 PM seniors only cafeteria and then parents join at 5:15 PM auditeria)
Friday 5/18: AP testing; Senior photo and breakfast 8:00 AM (cafeteria)
Saturday 5/19: SENIOR COMMENCEMENT 9:00 AM (northeast gym and ticket required for entry)
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NEW ALERT: Peak to Peak's Future Funding is in Jeopardy -- We Need Your Help!
We would like to update our families on a very important topic that the Peak to Peak board and leadership team have been discussing and monitoring all school year: Boulder Valley School District’s (BVSD) required implementation of the Mill Levy Equalization Act (aka HB17-1375). BVSD is required to publish a plan for distributing current and future mill levy funding to their charter schools by July 1, 2018.
Per the provisions in the statute, BVSD can adjust their plan annually if they choose to do so, and it is apparent from recent BVSD board meetings that they are indeed examining scenarios that could do great financial harm to Peak to Peak.
While Peak to Peak has enjoyed a positive and collaborative relationship with BVSD for many years, punctuated by the establishment of a 10-year contract term negotiated a few years ago, the recent change in leadership at BVSD has brought a shift. For seemingly political reasons, unrelated to students’ best interests, BVSD is actively looking for ways to significantly reduce local funding to Peak to Peak, and the other charter schools in our district. They plan to do so by using the recently-enacted mill levy equalization law (HB17-1375), which was designed to ensure that all Colorado charter schools have equal access to local funding.
To address these issues, we have been meeting frequently with district staff, BVSD board members, other charter leaders, the Colorado League of Charter Schools (League) advocates, as well as our legal counsel. This letter, written by the League to the BVSD board and leadership, aptly sums up our concerns.
Current scenarios under consideration have Peak to Peak potentially losing anywhere from $50,000 to more than $1 million in annual revenue over the next several years. This is contrary to the intent of the law, voter intent, and is in opposition to our charter contract that we negotiated in good faith in 2015. We believe that BVSD is taking steps that would serve to discriminate specifically against charter school students by taking away funding that traditional schools would continue to receive. These actions would have devastating impacts on BVSD charter schools over time. It is imperative that we speak up now against BVSD’s current course of action, and its potential impact on Peak to Peak. We sincerely hope you will join us.
How can you help?
Please contact me, Sam Todd, or any P2P Board Member with questions or suggestions. Thanks very much for any assistance you can offer.
Kelly Reeser, Executive Director of Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Todd, Executive Director of Operation - email@example.com
Peak to Peak Board of Directors - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW Welcome New Board members!
Congratulations to your new 2018-2019 Board of Director members:
Elizabeth Gable, 3-year term
Deea Frisbie, 3-year term
Colleen Elliott. 1-year term
The voting participation rate was 20%.
The 2018 Peak to Peak Election Committee
NEW "Peak Perspectives Magazine on Sale
The wait is over! Purchase your copy of Peak Perspectives, P2P’s first literary art magazine, NOW. The glossy, full-color magazine features art, poetry, and prose from 74 talented middle and high school students. The magazine costs $10/copy. Purchase yours at: https://peaktopeakcharter.
NEW Leaving Peak to Peak?
Each year over the summer we inevitably have some students leave Peak to Peak, usually due to a move, either within Colorado, but out of the district, or out of state or country. These moves are found and verified at the start of school in August based solely on the fact that these students simply do not show up for school. As a small school, even a minor student population number change has a huge effect. It’s my theory that these summer withdrawals are undisclosed mostly because the procedure is either unclear or unknown; this letter is to help alleviate some of that misunderstanding or confusion.
While we’re sad to see our students leave our Puma family we realize sometimes this can’t be helped. Early knowledge of these summer transfers will help us to finalized spot availability much sooner, which will help with our continuing Open Enrollment process and a formal withdrawal saves countless hours, alleviates frustrations, and provides openings for new families to become a branch on our family tree.
This is a reminder that the Annual Date Update (ADU) process is now open and active in Infinite Campus. Please update any phone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses (you will need to upload a proof of residency (a utility invoice) for this), emergency contact information or any other Infinite Campus change you may need to make. The details shared by our district office recently is below for your reference. ALL FAMILIES ARE ASKED TO QUICKLY RUN THROUGH THIS PROCESS even if you think there are no updates needed.
Thank you very much for your help.
Vicki Lundquist, Peak to Peak Registrar
Time to Pick Up Health Room Medications
It's getting to be that time of year when parents/guardians can come to pick up medications which are stored in the health room. Here are a few reminders and requests:
1) All medications must be picked up by noon on Friday, May 25th. After that, we will dispose of any unclaimed medications.
2) Students are not permitted to pick up medications. They need to be claimed by a person over the age of 18.
3) Parents/guardians may pick up medications any time between now and 12:00 PM on 5/25.
Please feel free to contact the health room with any questions. Thanks so much.
Way to Go Carpool Opt Out for 2018-2019
Peak to Peak uses a database called "Way to Go." All of our families are included, unless they opt-out. By being included, you are allowing "Way to Go" to share your information only with other Peak to Peak families that live near you for purposes of carpooling, play dates, last minute rides or anything else that would be helpful. You are not obligated to carpool; it is for informational purposes only. If you choose to Opt-out of the database for school year 2018-2019, please email the front office indicating your decision to do so by Wednesday, May 16, 2018. You can e-mail any of the following staff:
NEW Elementary End of Year Report Cards:
As with other report cards this year, the end of year report cards for grades 1-5 will be available online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, beginning Friday, May 25th. Please see this document for additional information about accessing report cards.
2018-2019 Technology Clubs
Tech Clubs 2018-2019! There is a $25 fee per semester for all tech clubs. Registration will begin in early August through Rev Trak. Please contact Michelle Eckstein with any questions. Please click Elementary Technology Clubs for choices and details.
NEW Finals Week Reminders
NEW Field Day & Student Council News
On Thursday, May 24th our Middle School will hold its annual Field Day for 6th and 7th graders in the west field from 9:30-11:05 AM run by the Middle School Student council team. Please make sure your student (s) wears a comfortable outfit on that day and brings an extra change of clothing that can get wet or dirty. We also recommend a hat, sunscreen, a large bottle of drinking water, and a towel. We will have water balloons, pie throw, tag football, and more. Appropriate shoes are also recommended. Students will see the following power point in access/homeroom closer to the event.
We are urgently needing adult volunteers to have fun with us with set up / tear down and running a station with teachers. If you feel you want to help us on this last day of school please use this link. Students will be dismissed at 11.05. If you are picking up your students early before this time please check them out at the attendance office as usual.
Events that we held in Student Council this year:
14 circle group discussions; Discussion about recycling service, dress code( with foreseeable changes)
Surveying the middle school in homeroom every 2 weeks for their input, taking this information to admin
Inclusion pictures/ posters and announcements at all grade levels.
Purchasing a new mascot costume from proceeds from events
Making videos for all events, fundraising for 2nd wind, Sister Carmen food drive, and Run for the Peak.
Thank you for your ongoing support these past few months and we hope that your students have managed to make the changes that they need at the school to help make everyone feel inclusive. If you have any feedback please contact either of us. Next year StuCo time will be held during Tuesday lunchtime and so if your student wants to be a representative or has a service heart please use this MS StuCo sign up link. Elections for leadership positions are this Tuesday, May 15th in homeroom and students need the above paperwork link and a short video sent in.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Anita Chakraborty-Spotts & Adrienne Robinson
Student Council Leaders
Middle School Yearbooks
Yearbooks will be distributed May 17th to all students who have pre-ordered and paid for them. There are a limited number of books still available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of these books is $45. If you are interested in purchasing one for your student, please contact the middle school yearbook adviser at email@example.com.
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: Welcome the Graduates
Dear Students, Parents and Families:
We invite you to attend Peak to Peak’s fourteenth high school graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 19th, starting promptly at 9:00 AM in the northeast gymnasium. Since our first graduation ceremony in 2005, when the rain washed us from the west field into the auditeria, to this year’s ceremony in our newest space, graduation is a true celebration of all things Peak to Peak; every ceremony has its own surprises, and each year offers insights into our seniors’ passions for college and their dreams beyond. This year’s ceremony promises all of this and more. Graduation is truly the culmination of our mission, vision and strategic plan, all rolled into one. Our tradition of graduation never fails to offer something special to all who attend. You will need to plan ahead so we can ensure seating for all. Families of seniors already have their tickets reserved, and remaining seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 8:00 AM, so arrive early if you plan to join us that morning. We look forward to seeing you there.
In these final days, before seniors cross the stage...please click Welcome the Graduates to read the entire article.
Secondary Spring Finals Schedule & Reminders
Click on this HS ANNOUNCEMENTS LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.
NEW Peak to Peak Baseball
Elementary Field Day Volunteers Needed
Elementary Field Day is on Wednesday, May 16th and we need your help! Click ES Field Day to sign-up to volunteer! There are various positions and times that need parent volunteer support. Thank you for your help in making this day special for students!