First Day August 17
7:45 arrival for optional free breakfast
8:15 school start 

August 31 - Stakeholder's Summit Dinner - (Peak Back to School Night) 5:00-6:30PM
Raindate September 1


Peak Families,
What an amazing start to school! I am so impressed with how ready all students are to learn and how they are showing CREW right from the start!

Here are the most important updates for the next two weeks:

*Field Experiences - Field experiences are starting up! To ensure your student can go on field experiences, we need to make sure you have completed all of our online registration and specifically signed the JeffCO Liability Waiver. If you have not already done so, please complete this as soon as possible, students will not be allowed to attend without this information completed by parent/guardians:

*School Breakfast - We are trying to provide some flexibility with time as we start school this week and hope everyone is getting back into the groove. We are running into some challenges with breakfast and timing to ensure that students start on time at 8:15. We really need students to arrive as close to 7:45 as possible for breakfast. This will give them the time they need to eat and not feel rushed every day. After 8:00 we will not be able to serve students breakfast starting on Monday.

*Start of School - We intentionally designed windows of time for drop off and pick up to provide some flexibility with work schedules and to keep the traffic flow manageable this year. Start of school is from 8-8:15, so PLEASE make sure students are here by 8:15 so that our CREW can start on time. Starting Monday, if students arrive after 8:15 they need to go to the main office and we need to mark them late. We are running a tight schedule school wide and want to ensure an on time start for all students.

*End of School - Similar to the start of school, we are providing windows of time for pick up to give flexibility and also ensure the traffic flow is manageable. For K-1 please make sure to pick up students at the exterior door of their classroom from 3-3:15. For 2-5 please make sure to utilize our pick up line process from 3:15-3:30.

*Dismissal Authorization - If you are giving permission for your student to walk home OR you have multiple students in our school and need to give them permission to escort to the car line or walk home together, please fill out the following form:

*Bike Park Time! We are so fortunate to have a bike park and bike programming for all students! Through our new Expanded Learning Time grant we have 2 additional staff members that can support bike riding each week and increase safety and skill development throughout the fall. Here is the new Bike Park Schedule that we will utilize from now until the end of 1st Trimester on November 5th:
Monday's - Kindergarten & 1st Graders will ride
Wednesday's - Preschool, 2nd, and 3rd Graders will ride
Friday's - 4th and 5th Graders will ride

*If you have a functional helmet, that you ensure is safe for your child, please send them in with a helmet on these days. We also have 150 donated helmets that we will give to any students who do not have a helmet.

*If you have a bike, that you also ensure is safe for your child, please bring those to school on designated bike days and they can be stored in our bike racks across from the crosswalk. We also have donated bikes that we can provide for any student who does not have a bike.

*Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade - Students may also bring scooters or tricycles to ride since their ride time will start on the playground bike park first. We cannot teaching students to ride a bike at this age, but if they can already ride, they are welcomed to bring a bike or use one of ours.

*2nd-5th Grade - We will support students learning to ride their bike. We will ensure that they are wearing a helmet, however if you want any further safety items such as knee pads or elbow pads, you need to provide those for your child. If you are interested in having your child learn to ride their bike at Peak, please click on the link below and complete the permission form:

*Homework- We are really teaching our Peak students how to become scholars this year! Homework is a very basic way for students to learn responsibility, independent learning, and ways to practice essential skills. It is also the easiest way for parents and family members to engage in your child's learning process, just ask "what do you have for homework?" and our Peak students will be able to point you to this work. To also make it easy for parents and families, we are only having homework on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. We believe Monday's are very busy for families and weekends should be focused on quality time and personal interests. Starting next Tuesday, Peak students will have homework that you can engage with and remind them that it is a part of becoming a true scholar at Peak. Each teacher will direct the homework process and send information home next week.

*Sunscreen & Water bottle reminder - Please make sure to put sunscreen on students, we do spend a lot of time outside! Please make sure students have water bottles to keep them hydrated all day. If you cannot provide a water bottle please contact our Family Engagement Liaison Sarah Goudie at sarah.goudie@jeffco.k12.co.us

*Back to School & Stakeholder's Summit! Please join us for our BIG fall event! We will host a brief back to school night where you can join your student's teacher in their classroom and learn more about their background, your students daily schedule, essential learning for the trimester, literacy topics for the year, and ways to partner in the learning process. We will follow this time up with a dinner for everyone in our outdoor amphitheater behind school. This is an adult focused event where we want you to have the ability to fully engage in the process. Please keep students home, however if you  cannot find childcare, please note that in the RSVP. We will have an optional essential care (aka movie) for any students K-5 in the gym/cafeteria.

*RSVP for our Back to School Night & Stakeholder's Summit Dinner is REQUIRED due to the need to order exact amounts of food for this event. Please click on the link below to RSVP:

That's all for now, thank you so much for an amazing first week and I feel very luck to lead such an awesome school community here at Peak.

Mr. Tim Carlin
Principal of Fun
Peak Expeditionary School
at Pennington

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