Weekly Digest 2.1.19

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Welcome to the Peak to Peak weekly digest!

The following information is for the week of 2/4-2/8

 

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All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Accountability Committee Family Survey deadline extended
  • "The Little Prince" performance

Elementary

  • Class photos
  • Counseling and Character Connection
  • Elementary conference sign ups

Middle

  • Student-led conferences
  • Parent/guardian waste reduction survey
  • 7th grade Courage Retreat
  • 7th grade Galapagos Island trip

High

  • Spring conferences
  • Winter Ball tickets
  • Parent/guardian waste reduction survey

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • HS ultimate frisbee club
  • Spring sports

Friends of P2P

  • VIP winner
  • Auction item round up
  • Volunteer with the gala
  • Dream get-away
  • Business partner spotlight:  Angela Alter, Your Friend & REALTOR for Life with RE/MAX Alliance

Volunteer

  • Boys and girls basketball ticket sales and concessions help
  • Change to date of volunteer meeting
  • Thank you for the staff appreciation lunch help
  • New fingerprinting process
  • New volunteer sign-in process
  • Volunteer facebook page
  • Volunteer bulletin board
  • Volunteer process

 

Calendar: 

Week of 2/4/19-2/9/19: 
Monday 2/4:  Accountability Committee meeting 3:30-5:00 PM (Think Tank conference room); ODD block day for secondary; NO SCHOOL for 12th grade seniors only
Tuesday 2/5:  EVEN block day for secondary; NO SCHOOL for 12th grade seniors only
Wednesday 2/6:  ODD block day for secondary; Elementary conferences/ NO SCHOOL for grades K-5 only; Board of Directors meeting 5:00 PM (college counseling center)
Thursday 2/7:  Elementary conferences/ NO SCHOOL for grades K-5 only
Friday 2/8:  Elementary conferences/ NO SCHOOL for grades K-5 only; Middle School play 7:00 PM (auditeria)
Saturday 2/9:  Middle School play 2:00 & 7:00 PM (auditeria)
 

Frequently Used Webpages:

 

Please visit the Board of Directors Page for meeting agendas, minutes, and more.   

 

New The 2019 Annual Peak to Peak Family Survey Deadline Extended

Parents and Guardians:

The deadline for the 2019 Annual Peak to Peak Family Survey has been extended!  Has your family responded yet?  Don’t miss your chance!  We need your input on what you love about Peak to Peak and where you think the school can improve.  

More than 250 families have taken the survey so far.  We would like to hear from even more of you!  So we are extending the deadline to complete the survey to Sunday, Feb 3rd.  If you have yet to complete the survey, please find time to do so this weekend.

 Important Information: 

  • Your responses are completely anonymous.  Identifying information is neither collected by the survey provider nor available to the survey administrators.   
  • The survey only takes a few minutes for each child you have enrolled at Peak to Peak.
  • Please complete the survey only once, and have only one parent/guardian per family complete the survey.
  • Once you hit “Done” at the end of the survey you will not be able to access it again. 
  • The survey will be available until midnight, Sunday, February 3rd.    

Your participation is vital and your responses are invaluable!  Your past responses have resulted in many positive changes at Peak to Peak (follow the links below to find out more). 

To access the survey, please click on the link found below or on the school website:

Click here to take 2019 Peak to Peak Family Survey 

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

2018-19 Peak to Peak Accountability Committee

Further information can be found from the following links:

 


NEW "The Little Prince" Performance 

Peak to Peak’s Middle School Production of The Little Prince opens next Thursday 2/7! The show is open to all ages to attend. Support our cast and crew of over 50 students. Student tickets are $5. There are 4 performances: Thursday, February 7th, Friday, February 8th, and Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 PM plus a 2:00 PM show on Saturday as well.  Join us for The Little Prince the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry adapted for the stage. A play about an imaginative Little Prince, the rose he loves, and an adventure through the cosmos.

 


Emergency Preparedness:  Emergency Preparedness Page

Communication Pathways:  Communications Pathways

Check Lost & Found Items:  Lost and Found Page  
 

 

 

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Elementary

 

NEW Elementary Class Photos  
 
Elementary class photos will be taken on Wednesday, February 20th.  Order forms are in today's Friday Folders.  Photos must be pre-ordered and pre-paid.  The cost is $11 and can either be paid by check or online.  Students must return the payment envelope on picture day no matter which payment method. 


 NEW Counseling and Character Connection

Our character trait for the month of  February is PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance means staying with a task until it is done to the best of my ability.  In the classroom, students will participate in activities to practice staying with a task and discuss what strategies they used to complete it, how did they feel when they finished the task, and what motivated them during the task.  Don’t forget to check out our StuCo Newscast this month to find out what students are saying about Perseverance!  All StuCo Newscasts can be found on the Peak to Peak website on the Elementary page under Character Development.  

Counseling lessons in February will elaborate on...please click February Counseling Lessons to read the entire article.
 


  
Elementary Winter Conferences

During the week of February 4th,  we will have our second set of elementary conferences for the year. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your student’s progress! You need to sign-up for one slot with each applicable grade level through our scheduler, which can be found at this link: https://peaktopeak.acuityscheduling.com/  (Based on previous feedback, families of students in grades 1st-5th grade will meet with the entire team of teachers all together.) If you are unable to use the internet for this or need extra assistance, please contact your teacher or Holly Monarski (303-453-4640, holly.monarski@bvsd.org) and we will assist you in scheduling a time slot.

The majority of appointments fall during the regular school day hours, and we have also made many appointments available at other early and late times to accommodate those families who cannot attend during the day. However, if you are still unable to find a time slot that works for your family, please contact your homeroom teacher directly and they will work with your schedule to find a different time to conference with you.

If you would like to meet with any of our specialists, conferences are available on an individual appointment basis; please email them directly to schedule an available time. (Click here for a list of emails/ teachers.)

Thanks for taking the time to sign up for a conference slot and coming to join us for these important conversations!

Sincerely,
Elementary Staff 

 


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Middle

 

 

NEW Middle School Student-Led Conferences Spring 2019

Dear Families of our Middle School families,

We are looking forward to your visit.   Our students and our teachers are excited about sharing what they have been working on so far this school year. All of our students have been preparing for this important time with you, and their teachers are ready to step in and answer any questions you may have as well. The students will be in control of the conversation, and you are encouraged to help them manage the balance of the quick thirty minutes. You and your children can guide the amount of time spent in each content area and think about which teachers you want to communicate with most by signalling them to join you at the table.

    • February 15th, the link to Acuity Scheduling will open, allowing you to sign up digitally.
    • Once scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation from Acuity. You can save these right into your calendars of choice.  
    • Students must attend the conferences -- they are leading them!
    • Check Infinite Campus portals and grade reports beforehand. This may help you determine your areas of focus.
    • Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 21st, Friday, February 22nd, and during the early release on Friday, March 8th. All families are welcome.
    • Times are offered in thirty minute increments
    • Counselors will not have appointments in Acuity this time
    • NEW!  After Acuity opens at 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15th and if the conference spots fill please complete this google form if you would still like to request a conference time:  Middle School Spring '19 Conference Waitlist Form

We realize that this precious time flies, and you may not get to see everyone who serves your child on this date. You are always welcome to schedule times to visit with our teachers beyond these calendared conference days. Please arrive a few minutes ahead of your appointments, and wait outside the doors before proceeding inside. We respect the privacy and limited access our families have during their conference appointments with teachers.  Thank you for partnering with us in the middle school. Your presence makes a difference! 

Looking forward,

Lori A. Preston, Middle School Principal 



 
NEW Secondary Parent/Guardian Survey - Please Participate!

We invite all secondary parents/guardians to please take this waste reduction survey:  https://tinyurl.com/P2Pwastereduction 

The survey ends February 11th.  Please contact Ms. Bunting at monika.bunting@bvsd.org with any questions.  



 
NEW Course Selection Form for Current 6th & 7th Graders

Dear Parent/Guardian of current 6th & 7th Grade Students only,    

In a continuing effort to maintain excellent communication with our Middle School community, we are sending this letter to inform you of the upcoming course selection process. Our course selection process has many layers, and we want to make sure you are fully aware of parent and student expectations.

The course selection process begins early at Peak to Peak as we need to have full knowledge of class requests by the end of February. March through May, we create and troubleshoot our master schedule for the following academic year. In accordance with our timeline, teachers will begin assessing student performance in December. Assessment will continue through January of second semester to determine proper placement for the following school year.

The following is a list of important milestones to be aware of in the coming months:

January

  • Teachers assess student progress to determine course placement for the following school year.

February

  • Teachers make final recommendations and enter into Infinite Campus.

March

  • Students choose electives for the Full school year (2019-2020).
  • Counselors send home required and requested course recommendation sheets *Please note this is NOT a schedule but a list of classes your student will be taking.
  • Parents sign the sheet and ensure their student returns the sheet to their designated teacher by the due date assigned. (Late/ missing sheets may result in lack of course availability at course assignment time.)
  • Parents should keep a copy of the course recommendation sheet for their records. You will need to refer to this sheet for summer reading assignments. You will need to refer to this sheet for summer reading assignments.

August

  • Students will have access to schedules in Infinite Campus by registration day.
  • If your student needs to request a schedule change, the student must submit a pink drop/add slip during the appropriate time frame. Drop/add begins at registration and is open for one week following that day. Pink slips are available at registration or in the main counseling office.
  • Reasons for requesting a schedule change;
  • The student is missing a core class.
  • The student has a class period that reads empty.
  • The student has a duplicate course.

*Please note, counselors carefully and thoughtfully consider all student requests and take a balanced approach to scheduling with 3 years in middle school in mind. If some requests are not met we will aim to meet those requests in the future.  We hope this information will help provide you with the knowledge you need for advanced planning. As always, please let us know if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Magdic           Andrea Salvo  

MS Counselor A-M        MS Counselor N-Z



 
NEW 7th Grade Courage Retreat

Dear Peak to Peak 7th grade parents/guardians, 

We are excited to let you know about a great opportunity for our 7th grade students! On Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, the 7th grade class will participate in an all day special event called The Courage Retreat. This is an in-house “field trip” that is designed to make a big impact on our students through teaching them to stand up for themselves and others. As part of Peak to Peak’s mission, we strive to educate the whole student, not forgetting about character building and healthy relationships with each other. This event will provide a platform from which we can grow these ideas.

Youth Frontiers is an organization which specializes in helping to create positive school communities in a variety of different ways. Their programs are designed to break down social barriers in order to facilitate trust and growth towards a common goal. By hosting one grade level at a time, Youth Frontiers will run a “retreat” which is a high energy, self reflective opportunity for students to grow personally and together with their classmates.

The Courage Retreat teaches students to “act with moral courage and identify the social fears and peer pressures that impede responsible decision-making. The retreat encourages them to take positive risks that make a healthy difference for themselves, their peers and your school.” Find out more about the Courage Retreat at http://www.youthfrontiers.org/programs/courage-retreat/

Teachers, counselors, and our own High School 360 leaders will help to lead breakout groups throughout the day.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Andrea Salvo at andrea.salvo@bvsd.org or call 303-453-4649. 



 
NEW 7th Grade Galapagos Island Trip
 
Hello Families of 7th Graders,
 
We are very excited to be offering our third annual trip to the Galapagos Islands in June of 2020, and we would like to invite your student!  This 9-day trip is an amazing opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and see what he saw that led him to his discovery of the theory of evolution, which is the foundation of modern biology. We will explore many of the biotic and abiotic factors that make this particular location on the planet such a unique place. There will be volcano hikes, multiple opportunities to snorkel, a tour through a wild tortoise sanctuary, a tour of the Charles Darwin Research Center, half-day trips to pristine beaches, nature walks through lava fields and a lot more. 
 
We will be holding an informational meeting on February 12th at 6:00 PM in Mr. Nelson's room (S230) if you are interested in learning more about the trip. Please fill out this brief RSVP form to let us know if you are interested. It should take no more than a minute.
 
We hope to see you there!
Brandon Nelson - 8th Grade Science Teacher
Tracy Cloninger - ALPS Coordinator


 

Middle School Announcements 

Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students

 

 

High

   


 
NEW Parent/Guardian-Student-Teacher Conference Sign-ups

Dear Families,

We are pleased to offer digital sign-ups through Acuity Scheduling to arrange high school conference meetings with our teachers again this spring. Shortly, teachers will have updated recommendations on each student's course progress reports and grade reports in Infinite Campus. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few moments to check your Infinite Campus portals and review grade report comments for each of your teen's classes. If a conference is recommended by a teacher, or if you have topics you'd like to discuss with a specific teacher, you may go to the link for acuity scheduling, beginning at 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15th,  to select your 10-minute appointment time on either February 21st or 22nd between 3:30-6:30 PM. If a conference is not recommended, you do not need to attend or schedule any conference appointments unless you’d like to sit down with a specific teacher of your choice. If attending conferences, we do request that students attend along with parents/guardians as important participants in our conference meetings.  

Once scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation for each conference meeting. You can save these right into your calendars of choice.  Please arrive in the cafeteria, where our conferences are convening, a few minutes ahead of your appointments, and wait for your scheduled appointment at the entrance area before proceeding inside or to teacher tables for your meetings. This will help maintain privacy for families during their conference appointments with teachers. As a side note, the PE/health staff will be meeting families in the weight room, and the art staff will meet families in the art room (next to the auditeria). When you arrive, please have your conference schedule and teacher names(s) available so you know whom to see.  If you happen to have an opening in your schedule of conference slots, and notice a teacher with whom you’d like to meet, you are welcome to inquire directly with them about the potential to meet earlier than scheduled if convenient for you all.

Thank you for planning ahead for our conferences. We hope this process continues to meet the needs of our students, families and staff. We appreciate your feedback to help us continually improve our conference offerings each year.

Sincerely,

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal



NEW Winter Ball Tickets
 
The High School Winter Ball is this Saturday evening from 8:00-10:00 PM in the Northeast Gym for the High School. Tickets are only $5 and available to be purchased on Revtrak or at the door. If you/your student will pay at the door, it is preferable they have exact change or a check. 


 
NEW Secondary Parent/Guardian Survey - Please Participate!

We invite all secondary parents/guardians to please take this waste reduction survey:  https://tinyurl.com/P2Pwastereduction 

The survey ends February 11th.  Please contact Ms. Bunting at monika.bunting@bvsd.org with any questions.   

 

  

Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students

 

 

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ES, MS, HS Athletics

 


  
NEW High School Ultimate Frisbee Club 
 
Peak to Peak has an Ultimate Frisbee Club that competes inter-scholastically, and we can't wait to get playing. The spring season launch meeting will take place Monday, February 11 from 6-7 PM at the Louisville Public Library (951 Spruce St.). For more information, contact volunteer coach brian.rozinsky@bvsd.org.
 
 
 
Spring Sports
 
Spring sports are just around the corner! Tryouts will take place on Monday, February, 25th at 3:30 pm for High School sports. Please register online and turn in an up to date physical to amanda.smith@bvsd.org  BEFORE tryouts. If we do not have your paperwork in, you will not be able to try out. 
 
 
  
  

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Friends of P2P

 


  
 
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VIP Winner is....
 
Congratulations to Tina Le for being chosen as this week's VIP winner!  Tina will enjoy at VIP experience at the Peak Gala including 10 raffle tickets, heads or tails entry and 10 extra "puma bucks" to support the grade level of her choice.  YOU can be included in next week's drawing by purchasing your gala tickets right away!  We sincerely hope you will all join us for this festive evening to support our school.  Thumbs up to 5th grade who has up to now purchased the most tickets and to 2nd grade for turning in the most items for our auction!  Our committee is also thrilled welcome over 85 staff members and their guests who have already purchased their tickets.
 
Please help our volunteer gala committee by purchasing your tickets ASAP so they can plan appropriately!
 
 
Auction Item Round Up!  
 
Please visit us in the south lobby next week Feb 6-8 (W-F) 8am - 3pm to purchase your gala tickets or drop off auction items!  Questions about the gala?  Come stop by!  We are looking for gift cards, tickets to sporting events and performances, experiences, and any items that can be included in baskets with themes:  food and drink, wellness, spring break, summer BBQ, off to college!  Any items you have that you can drop off are greatly appreciated!  ** Online bidding opens February 22nd! **
 
 
Volunteer with the Peak Gala!
 
We always need extra hands to help with this annual community event.  Helping with the Peak Gala is a great way to support the school, meet other Puma families and of course, it's fun!  On Saturday, February 9th and Saturday, February 16 will be décor work days!  If you have even a tiny crafty bone in your body we'd love to have you!  Please email Katherine Dierking for more information on this, and other volunteer opportunities at katdierking@gmail.com
 
 
Is this the year you win the DREAM GETAWAY?   Your Chance to Win STARTS NOW!
 
Thank you to Puma alumni parents Pete and Lisa Estler and Quintess for donating another Dream Getaway to support Peak to Peak!  This is our premier item to support the Peak Gala and EVERYONE is invited to participate.  3 chance-to-win tickets are $25 and this is a direct donation to the school.  Please consider sending this opportunity to extended family and friends as this is a great way to support our students and teachers while potentially winning the trip of a lifetime!  This is our Gala Grand Prize item and the winner will be chosen at the event and need not be present to win.
 
 
 
Friends of Peak to Peak Business Partner Spotlight!

The Peak to Peak Business Partnership program is an essential piece of fundraising at Peak to Peak.  Between our special events and program specific earmarking opportunities, our business sponsors enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with Peak to Peak.  This month we highlight corporate sponsor Angela Alter, Your Friend & REALTOR for Life with RE/MAX Alliance.  Angela has been an active parent and supporter of Peak to Peak since 2007, with a son who graduated in 2014 and triplets currently in 2nd grade. Angela supports our community in several ways including as a PREMIER PERFORMING ARTS SPONSOR in which she provides direct financial support to the department so the teaching staff may best serve their student musicians and thespians. She attends most of the events and provides refreshments for guests and performers.  Angela also has a COMMUNITY BUSINESS PARTNER program in which she donates $1,000 to Friends of Peak to Peak when Puma families or staff hire her as their REALTOR.  For more information on this please call Angela at 720.550.1955 or email her at Angela@AngelaAlter.com.  Angela also enjoys being an active volunteer in her children's classrooms helping with language arts, activities, and field trips.  

Do you have a business or know of one who would be interested in our business sponsorship opportunities?  Please contact Friends of Peak to Peak at p2p.friends@bvsd.org for more information. 

 
  

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Volunteer

 


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION & NEEDS:

 

NEED: Boys and Girls Basketball Ticket Sales and Concession Volunteers Needed 

The Girls' & Boys' Basketball teams are in need of volunteers to help with concessions and ticket sales on game days! One volunteer per shift is needed - also a perfect opportunity to have your High School student volunteer with you for community service hours! 
 
It's easy, no experience needed - everything will be set up for you in concessions - we just need your help serving customers. Ticket sales are at the entrance to the NE Gym, you'll take the entrance fee and stamp a hand - that's it!  
 
Thank you for all you do - P2P volunteers make the magic happen!
 
 
 
 
CHANGE: Volunteer Meeting Date
 
Come join our volunteer meeting to find out all of the wonderful ways there are to get involved in our school. Anyone is welcome and we would love to have you. Our next meeting is February 12th at 2:00 PM in the Think Tank. We hope to see you there. 
 
 
 
THANK YOU
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make last weeks staff lunch a success. Everyone loved what was prepared and were very grateful to have the opportunity to have a homemade lunch prepared for them that they enjoyed as a community   

  

Fingerprinting Process
 
You can no longer get your fingerprints done at the police station in Colorado. Colorado has decided to use a third party vendor to handle all of its background needs.  Going forward to become a volunteer at Peak to Peak you will need to get the paperwork from our front office which will walk you through the steps of how to get your fingerprints done. Each volunteer will receive a unique code that will pay for your fingerprints so it will no longer be an out of pocket cost to you.  If you have any questions about the process please feel free to email harrisonnicole@me.com
 
 
Volunteer Sign-in Process
 
We are super excited about our new badges for volunteers.  If you have had a background check and have been approved you will receive an email to come in and get your new badge with a picture and scanning capability. if you have your new badge we will no longer need you to sign in on the paper sheet at the attendance window. Show the office your badge and once through the locked doors in the south lobby follow the instructions below to scan into the computer.  The instructions will also be printed at the computer for your convenience. This is going to help make our school safer, more efficient, and hopefully make coming and going easier for you.
 
1. Use barcode on the back of your badge to scan in using the scanner.
2. Choose either An Activity or A Classroom
3. Select the classroom or the activity.
4. Before you leave the building after volunteering scan out so we know you have left the building. 
 
 
Volunteer Facebook Page
 
We have a new Facebook page for volunteers. We will be posting the weekly update of what is coming up and last minute volunteer needs. Please subscribe to help make the page a successful tool. We will not over post to ensure we protect your time and social media barrage of information:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1594466300665141/
 
 
Volunteer Board
 
We have a volunteer board next to our login computer in the south lobby that will showcase all of the coming needs for the school.  Take a moment if you prefer to see our opportunities in person.
 
  
Volunteer Process
 
We will continue to request fingerprints from anyone who intends to volunteer more than once during the school year.  If you had your fingerprints done previously and completed all three volunteer forms then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year!  Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 to verify your volunteer status if you are unsure.  If you only intend to volunteer once then you will be required to do the background check (not fingerprints) and the three volunteer forms each year.  Please follow this link to print them or pick them up at registration:  Volunteer Information

Volunteer training is online.  Anyone that is new to the school needs to view this before volunteering.  If you have previously attended or taken the volunteer training you do not need to do it again.  It’s a good idea for returning volunteers to view this as well.  Follow this link Volunteer Training to view the information.  It can also be found on the volunteer page of the school website.

 

Your Volunteer Team would love to hear from you. If you have any interest in volunteering for anything at all but do not know where to start please email one of the people below.  We would love to meet you.
 
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
 
Lindsay Wright hlw78@mac.com Jamie Doyle jamdoyle@gmail.com