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

  All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Peak to Peak's future funding in jeopardy
  • Welcome new Board members
  • Peak Perspectives magazine on sale
  • Leaving Peak to Peak?
  • Medication pick up
  • Carpool opt out for next year
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link


  • End-of-year report cards
  • August assessment/registration sign up
  • Technology clubs


  • Finals week reminders
  • Field Day and Student Council News
  • Sixth grade lessons
  • Yearbooks
  • MS student announcements


  • Principal Message: Welcome the Graduates
  • Service hours for summer help
  • Secondary finals schedule and reminders
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Girls soccer
  • Girls tennis
  • Baseball
  • End of season athletic surveys
  • Peak on the Green
  • Summer camps

Friends of P2P

  • Peak Gala survey
  • Winter apparel and equipment
  • Community event volunteers wanted


  • Volunteer Opportunities: elementary field day, MS iROAR, 8th grade continuation



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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Link to yearly calendar.


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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?

  • BVSD is planning to study this issue in open session at their regular board meeting on May 22nd at 6:00 PM. Make your voice heard by signing up to give a public comment at the beginning of that meeting. To sign up, call the Board Secretary at 720-561-5114 prior to the meeting, or sign up in person starting at 5:30 PM on May 22nd. Contact us if you would like help with talking points. A vote is planned on June 12th.

  • Call or email BVSD Board of Education members to express your opinions. The Peak to Peak Board of Directors would appreciate being copied on your communications.

  • Contact the Colorado League of Charter Schools for guidance on approaching state legislators to gain insights into HB17-1375.

  • Attend Peak to Peak Board meetings on May 16th (8:00 AM) and June 6th (5:00 PM) to learn more about potential impacts on Peak to Peak. Both meetings will take place in the College Counseling Center.

  • If you have marketing, public relations, or political lobbying expertise and can volunteer your time to this issue, please contact us.

  • Talk to your friends and neighbors about this important issue and encourage them to get involved, too. This is not just a Peak to Peak issue -- it’s an educational equity issue that affects the entire community.


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 - kelly.reeser@bvsd.org

Sam Todd, Executive Director of Operation - sam.todd@bvsd.org


Peak to Peak Board of Directors - p2pboard@googlegroups.com


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%.


Thank you,

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.revtrak.net/Additional-Items-and-Events/peak-perspectives-magazine/
Hint: The magazine makes a great Mother’s (or Grandmother’s) Day gift. Magazines will be available for pickup at the Think Tank starting May 11th!



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.


  • If towards the end of the current school year it becomes apparent that your family will be relocating, or continuing your student’s education outside of BVSD, I ask that you send me an email and begin the process of a formal withdraw from Peak to Peak. Having said that, though, please know that your student would not be withdrawn until the current school year ends. Withdrawal paperwork can be picked up in the main office or I can email it to you. Withdrawal paperwork can be collected with a postdated withdrawal date; usually the day after the last day of school. However, textbooks, library books, uniforms, etc. must be returned before the process is considered complete. These steps will occur after general course study is complete, during the final weeks of school, but I would love to hear from you now to help me estimate these numbers. During the last week of school, all accounts must be clear, uniforms and books must be returned, and lockers must be cleaned out as part of this process. There may be a delay in the educational file sharing with the new school if there are outstanding fines or fees in your student’s name.
  • If you think there is a possibility that you’ll be relocating your student, but are not sure before the school year ends, I ask that you please let me know about this possibility. I will forward the withdrawal form to you for future use. You may also visit the main office to pick up a withdrawal form to use it when the decision becomes clear for your family. Withdrawal forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to me during the summer months. In preparation, please ensure that all accounts are clear, lockers are cleaned out, and that books and uniforms are returned.
  • If after the current school year has ended, you learn that your students will not be returning to Peak to Peak, please email me as soon as possible, and I will reply with a Withdrawal form and an enrollment confirmation form for the new school. You will then be able to return the withdrawal form through email, mail, or fax. Please understand that if there are still outstanding fees or fines, there may be a delay to the educational file sharing with the new school until these have been cleared.

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:




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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.


Sign Up Now for August Assessment Day/Registration
Each year in August, a few days before school begins, students meet with teachers for initial greetings, visiting classrooms, bringing school supplies, and starting beginning of year assessments. This allows students and teachers to get to know each other in small groups, gain familiarity with new classrooms and grade levels, and greatly reduces first-day jitters and materials.
Please sign up for one-time slot during our Assessment Days of August 13-15, 2018. Plan for your student to be at school approximately two hours. These days also serve as Elementary Registration Days, including school pictures and health room items, so plan to take care of those items either at the beginning or ending of the testing time slot.
Sign-ups will be completed on the same system we use for scheduling conferences. This will also email you a link with the ability to change over the summer should your plans change. Please visit https://peaktopeak.as.me/ to choose a time for the grade level your student will attend next year!

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.


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NEW Finals Week Reminders


Please refer to our below finals schedule for further details on our last week of school. It is important to note that those middle school students who have study halls and student aide assignments are not expected to attend school during those periods. This is different from our policy in years past and we encourage you to make plans with your student in regards to this schedule. Thank you and happy almost summer!

Secondary Spring Finals Schedule

Secondary Finals 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



Spirit days

Winter dance

Talent show

Valentines' Fair

Spring dance

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





NEW Sixth Grade Lessons on Being an Upstander
In sixth grade American History classes this week, students tied history lessons to our school community through the lens of being an upstander in bullying situations. Parents/guardians, please consider having conversations with your sixth grade students about what it means to be an active bystander to ensure our school community is filled with respect, inclusion and kindness. Thank you!

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 pamela.rutigliano@bvsd.org.




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.


NEW Service Hours for Summer Help Available
Elementary classroom teachers will be unpacking boxes and rearranging furniture mid-summer; they are in need of some assistance from willing HS students able to move boxes or organize supplies. If interested in earning service hours in this way, and would like to be contacted over the summer about specific times/ dates, please fill out information HS Summer Service Hours.




Secondary Spring Finals Schedule & Reminders

Secondary Spring Finals Schedule

Secondary Finals Reminders



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 Girls Soccer
Good luck to our Girls Soccer Team! After a 1st round win against Florence they will be moving on to Jefferson Academy this Saturday, May 12th @ JA.
NEW Peak to Peak Girls Tennis
Good luck to our Varsity girls tennis team as they continue their run in the State Championships this weekend in Greeley! If you are in the area stop by and check out a match.

NEW Peak to Peak Baseball
Our Varsity boys baseball team will be heading to Alamosa to take on Weld Central this Saturday at 1:00 PM in the first round of district play. Good luck boys!
NEW End of Season Athletic Surveys
If you or your student is currently playing in a Spring sports, please take a moment to fill out our parent or athlete survey.
NEW Peak on the Green
Interested in supporting Peak to Peak athletics? Consider joining our Peak on the Green Golf Outing committee! This fun fall tradition raises money specifically for athletics. We will be looking for sponsors and golfers too so even if you can't join the committee but would like to help please let us know! Email Friends @ p2p.friends@bvsd.org or Amanda @ amanda.smith@bvsd.org for more information on how to get involved.


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





Next year's Gala committee is ramping up plans for next year and we would LOVE to hear your thoughts! Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey (especially if you haven’t ever come to the gala!) so the committee has community input when they make decisions for future events. Thank you!
NEW Keep Your Winter Apparel and Equipment!
We are planning a "winter swap" next fall to offer families an opportunity to buy gently used winter gear while supporting the school. Hold on to your stuff!
NEW Community Event Volunteers Still Wanted!
We invite all of you to consider helping with our many community events and activities next year. Please contact us for a list of opportunities! p2p.friends@bvsd.org
As the year wraps up we'd like to thank all of you for your generous contributions of time, talent, and treasure to our school this year. It is truly the strong partnership between our parent/guardian and school community that makes our school special. Most of you have had an opportunity to show your appreciation and support through our many fundraising and volunteer opportunities but if you haven't had a chance to make a contribution or would like to do more to help supplement this year's annual funding gap, donations are accepted through June 30th. Again, thank you all for your generous contributions to support our 1,445 students and their teachers. Go Pumas!

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Volunteer Opportunities:


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!


Middle School iRoar Event Food Donation
iRoar is having a Parent-Student event on Monday, May 21st and would like to have some refreshments for the kids. Please email Nicole Harrison at harrisonnicole@me.com if you are able to help.
8th Grade Continuation!
We are looking for a few parents to help us plan 8th grade continuation. We will also need help planning for the actual day. 8th Grad Continuation


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