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Peak Families,

 

I hope you enjoyed a great holiday break and we are excited to kick off the new year here at Peak! Students were outside this week exploring local parks and creating sundials, going on STEM trips in Kindergarten, and learning how to snowboard in 5th grade, so it was definitely an active learning week. With our return to school, I wanted to send out some quick reminders for everyone in our school community:

1) Please remember to drive slowly in our pick up process in the afternoon and try to stay in a single line as much as possible. I will wave you forward if I believe it is safe for a car to advance next to the other cars in line.

2) Join PTA! We have many exciting events coming up this semester and we need support of our families and community members to make them happen. PTA meets every first Wednesday of the month at either 3:30 or 6 pm to accommodate the schedules of different families. Our next meeting is February 5th at 3:30 in Ms. Laura's classroom.

3) Please take a few minutes to log into JeffCO enroll and confirm that you are joining us next school year if you plan to have your student stay at Peak. The first round of the enrollment process ends January 15th. If you plan to leave, there are students on waitlists that would love the opportunity to come to Peak if you are giving up a spot.

 

Thanks so much for all the kind words of encouragement during the holiday season, our staff feels very valued and appreciated by our school community.

 

Make it a great day!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Tim Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington

 



Peak Families,

What a fun & joyful time of year for everyone here at Peak! Even as the weather has changed to winter, our students are learning about human adaptations for flight (skydiving) or visiting the Monet exhibit and connecting it with poetry or learning about weather wonders with Mike Nelson from channel 7! Expeditions are guiding students to deeper learning experiences every day and I am so proud of the growth in character, knowledge & skills, and quality work that I am seeing in all students, teachers, and staff members that make up our CREW.

Next week is our last for this semester and the last for 2019 as we welcome the year 2020 over our winter break. The year 2020 used to seem so far off & futuristic....and now it's here! So let's get ready for another great year together:). Here's what we have coming up next week as we finish our first semester:

*JeffCO Enroll is open! We already have 30+ applications for next year's Kindergarten and counting. For everyone planning to return next year, PLEASE take a moment and log into JeffCO Enroll (same log in as JeffCO connect) and simply select the choice that says "Yes enrolling at projected school" and you are done. This information lets us know your plan to return and will hold the appropriate spot for next year. If you plan to attend another school, it will record that information and open a spot up here for a student on a waitlist for Peak.

*Next Friday 12/20 we have our CREW Courage award assembly at 8:05 and we will send notice if your student is being recognized by next Tuesday.

*Also next Friday, we have our Winter Festivus that starts at 2:30 and is open to all families. Activities include a clothing & toy swap, holiday crafts, holiday games, and treats.

I hope to see everyone throughout the week at the crosswalk, but just in case I miss you, I want to wish you and your family the absolute best this holiday season. As I have told many people when we started Peak, this is my dream job & I feel so lucky to connect every day with such a positive and supportive CREW here in our Peak community. Thank you for all that you do to help us make learning challenging, meaningful, and adventurous!

 

Take care!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Tim Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington

Peak Families,

 

It has been a busy two weeks with our Student Led Conferences, Stakeholder's Summit, Eeeek at Peak Fun Run, 1st Grader's rock climbing & learning about "magnificent belay devices", Kindergarten coffee, Butterfly Pavilions, and beautiful Portraits of Respect being created and finished.  THANK YOU to the over 130 people that joined us for Student Led Conferences & Stakeholder's Summit! Your feedback, support, and encouragement will keep us motivated to constantly improve Peak and make learning challenging, meaningful, and adventurous. For anyone that was unable to attend and wants to give us feedback on our strengths & areas for growth, after school programming for next year, or share your personal or professional passions with our CREW's as they expeditionize the curriculum, please click on the link's below and submit a response:

(Professional or Personal Passion Form)

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__track.spe.schoolmessenger.com_f_a_6VdqeZvE6K0oSt3-5FYZPufQ-7E-7E_AAAAAQA-7E_RgRftdi2P0RjaHR0cHM6Ly9kb2NzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20vZm9ybXMvZC9lLzFGQUlwUUxTZGExckJYcTNhbFpfNjlTOG5VOGROaEpNaEFMUk91dmV3VUFRemNuOHdjNGNGVWZRL3ZpZXdmb3JtVwdzY2hvb2xtQgoAADal1F0-5FAeZbUh10cmFjeS5ib3dlbjJAamVmZmNvLmsxMi5jby51c1gEAAAAAQ-7E-7E&d=DwIFaQ&c=5lx1ZzcfXa-bLvuqJP7laBQ2kX8-JKYTXQswZIymiVE&r=pJ4gfSGGJZ0lyYMzZOovsvkaFU477tBaKOQoI9Vxhz0&m=D3fzTl1scOu1v7zRLFidr5GvozRExxoR5IUIZTWIVZQ&s=CtAu5_ecoL3IrQsxhnWx2f0OloMVOFPezh3flKNzHRY&e=

 

(Strengths/Growth Areas & After School Next Year) https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__track.spe.schoolmessenger.com_f_a_gNRV7VP0XsXMR8ddmr7laQ-7E-7E_AAAAAQA-7E_RgRftdi2P0RjaHR0cHM6Ly9kb2NzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20vZm9ybXMvZC9lLzFGQUlwUUxTZkVYMkZ6dGo3MUE5TEdPQ3pyaGRBRnlVMFIyQ20tZUtlaHU5SmZUWXAxMi1JS1hnL3ZpZXdmb3JtVwdzY2hvb2xtQgoAADal1F0-5FAeZbUh10cmFjeS5ib3dlbjJAamVmZmNvLmsxMi5jby51c1gEAAAAAQ-7E-7E&d=DwIFaQ&c=5lx1ZzcfXa-bLvuqJP7laBQ2kX8-JKYTXQswZIymiVE&r=pJ4gfSGGJZ0lyYMzZOovsvkaFU477tBaKOQoI9Vxhz0&m=D3fzTl1scOu1v7zRLFidr5GvozRExxoR5IUIZTWIVZQ&s=A9-PEEOfS2fxUDtrTx0wjSTLQsXUuTwVNmCS1fmDtgU&e

 

An important plug for report cards! Our teachers spend extra time writing a narrative for each student connected with their Knowledge & Skills, Character, and Quality Work that we hope gives parents and family members true insights into their students’ performance here at Peak. Please take time to read comments and grades and celebrate the positive areas of achievement with equal emphasis on growing a strength as supporting a weakness. Our CREW culture starts at home and the more you can connect with your student about their performance, the more they will recognize how we are all here to support them through this expeditionary learning journey.

 

A logistical ask, that has come to my attention is our continued focus on safe driving and following the signage and traffic patterns established for drop off and pick up each day. When dropping off or picking up, please pull up as far as possible so that cars do not block our driveway and sit idle right next to apartments to the right of our driveway. We want to model the value of Empathy and not have our car fumes entering someone’s home if possible.  The driveway is a one way entrance, so if you can stay to the left, it would support our community members who live in these homes and have asked for some support.  Also, at all times, please keep speeds slow and keep eyes out in the cross walk. If you are picking up without leaving your car, please enter the pickup line.  Students will not be allowed to simply leave and walk down to a parked car because we cannot identify drivers for pick up in the parking lot. Thanks for keeping these things in mind, I'm in the cross walk almost every morning and afternoon and want to ensure that every student is safe during the drop off and pick up process.

 

Finally, as we finish the week we will enter our Thanksgiving week long break and there will be no school from 11/25-11/29, we will start on Monday 12/2 at our normal late start time of 9 am. I truly hope your family enjoys this special time together and we look forward to a strong finish to the semester in December.

 

Make it a great day!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Tim Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington


Peak Families,

We were lucky to have such a wonderful day today for our Eeek at Peak and I'm so proud of the courage everyone showed throughout the running process, great job! Thanks to our PTA and all family members who joined us and supported students in the process.  Next week we have some important events to highlight:

*On Tuesday (11/12) - we have the 3rd grade Science museum trip *Wednesday (11/13) - we have our first "Kinder Coffee" at 7:45-8:45, please join us for great conversation and caffeine to support everyone with a Kindergarten student.

Also, 5th Grade Band concert at Everitt MS, arrive at 5pm, concert starts at 7pm.

*Thursday (11/14) - our first ever Stakeholder's Summit & Student Led Conference - all parents are highly encouraged to join us from 4:30-6:30 for an evening where you will learn more about the everyday work of your student and then have dinner and answer questions about how we can continually improve our school and support students in growing knowledge & skills, CREW character, and quality work.  Please RSVP through this Evite Link (childcare provided): https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__track.spe.schoolmessenger.com_f_a_KoCUc4LiJgwQ63yxPzGs5w-7E-7E_AAAAAQA-7E_RgRfpzVCP0SPaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZXZpdGUuY29tL2V2ZW50LzAwM0ROV0RXQVFIVFZRU0pZRVBKNzRRUkNOUVVaSS9yc3ZwP3V0bV9jYW1wYWlnbj1zZW5kX3NoYXJhYmxlX2xpbmsmdXRtX21lZGl1bT1zaGFyYWJsZV9pbnZpdGUmdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1ldml0ZWxpbmtXB3NjaG9vbG1CCgAAwgHGXVpbeNJSHXRyYWN5LmJvd2VuMkBqZWZmY28uazEyLmNvLnVzWAQAAAAB&d=DwICaQ&c=5lx1ZzcfXa-bLvuqJP7laBQ2kX8-JKYTXQswZIymiVE&r=pJ4gfSGGJZ0lyYMzZOovsvkaFU477tBaKOQoI9Vxhz0&m=2D7-vH45pO5k24z3dnNC9sZhPYHyTehNMQHXc4Dl1l0&s=QeiPpmYjcJztMG4pu0ezxObbtS_CUbDOGxmGdgbnCys&e=

 

*5th Grade Orchestra concert at Everitt, arrive at 6, concert starts at 7.

 

The following week:

*Thursday (11/21) - Portraits of Respect Gallery Walk - If you were interviewed in our Portraits of Respect project, we invite you to join us for coffee and treats as we walk through the gallery of student artwork and writing connected with the project from 8:00-9:00am and discuss the project in the library.

*Friday (11/22) - CREW Awards Assembly - Focused on Empathy, students nominated at each grade level will be recognized for showing CREW values here at Peak. Parent invites will be sent out earlier in the week.

 

I hope everyone enjoys the warm weather while it lasts & thank you for all that you do to support our students, staff, and community here at Peak.

 

Make it a great day!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Tim Carlin

Principal of Fun

Peak Expeditionary School

at Pennington




Peak Families,


Due to our early arrival of winter over the past day and continued cold temps through Thursday, we have made the following changes to Eeek at Peak Fun Run & our Halloween festivities:

*The Eeek at Peak is tentatively rescheduled for next Friday 11/8 in hopes that the field will be dry and students will be able to run outside.

*Our annual "Trick-or-Treat street" and new Haunted House will be moved to this Thursday on Halloween from 3:30-4:20, with normal pick up time (both inside).

*You are also welcomed to join your student for the school wide costume parade starting at 2:30 and classroom parties starting at 3:00. Please let teachers know if you plan to join, healthy snacks are encouraged, and please do not bring any food with peanuts as we have students with severe allergies.

There is continued snow in the forecast overnight, so please pay attention to any JeffCO messages in the morning. I believe we will have school, however drive safe, and remember we do not count any tardies during days with inclement weather.

Make it a great day!

Sincerely,

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



Peak Moments: 
“The Muiral Project”

Based on one of the world’s greatest wilderness advocates John Muir, each of our grade levels have a Colorado environment theme.  To engage students in their environment, students were challenged to create an artistic “muiral” to display outside of their classroom.  The process involved students learning about John Muir, wilderness, the details of their environment, multiple cycles of critique, and a final drafting process with a variety of artistic mediums.  Each muiral is truly a masterpiece and the most exciting part was announcing to students that we would take them to the exact location of their Muiral!  This project has helped establish a strong CREW culture where students have the Courage to take on challenges, Respect for their community (and environment), Empathy for other people, and the ability to create of high quality Work!  Below is a picture collection from some Peak Moments throughout our week as we made learning come alive on our first field experiences:

5th Grade

5th grade students hiked 4 miles to a 12,000 ft. summit of Chief Mountain!  They also visited Summit Lake and the Alpine environment of their Muiral.

4th Grade

4th grade students hiked through the beautiful geology area of Red Rocks!  They also visited Canyonland style environment of their Muiral.

 

 

 

3rd Grade

3th grade students hiked right out our front doors to visit beautiful Clear Creek off the clear creek recreational path!  They also visited Riparian style environment of their Muiral.

2nd Grade

2nd grade students traveled up the Mount Evans valley to 11,000 ft to visit the Mount Goliath Nature Center!  There was cheering the entire ride, including “We Love The Mountains!” & “Best Day Ever”, it was one of the most positive moments of my entire outdoor educational career.  They also visited Sub Alpine style environment of their Muiral and loved becoming Junior Rangers!

1st Grade

1st grade students traveled to Lookout Mountain Nature Center and learned a about snakes and other animals that live in their Montane Forest environment. They also hiked around Lookout Mountain to explore a Montane style environment of their Muiral.

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