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Weekly News from Glacier Peak

   News from Glacier Peak
                         March 15th, 2019

Upcoming Events   

The Colorado Measures of Student Success (CMAS) begins next week for 5th Grade

The Colorado Measures of Student Success (CMAS) state assessment window is here. CMAS assessments for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take place beginning this upcoming Tuesday,  March 18th and throughout the month of April ending on 4/18. Please do your best to refrain from scheduling appointments or pulling students from school during the testing window for your children’s grade level. You can click on the link below for a look at the initial draft of our testing dates. These dates are subject to change, however all potential changes will be communicated either through the weekly news or homeroom teachers.  

Glacier Peak Assessment Schedule

Pajama Day Update

Our pajama day fundraiser that was slated for Wednesday, March 13th will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 20th. All students that have paid the fee in order to wear pajamas, will continue to be eligible on the adjusted fundraiser date. Please be on the lookout for additional information that will be coming soon. Our very own fifth graders are sponsoring this fundraiser for Seeds of South Sudan. The goal is to raise $1500, which covers the education of one student for a year. With our rescheduled date, everyone now has an additional opportunity to participate. Please review the attached flyer for additional information.  

CMAS Breakfast for our 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders

We need your help. On Tuesday, April 2nd, Glacier Peak’s Peak Partnership will be sponsoring a healthy breakfast for our students participating in the state CMAS assessment. The breakfast is designed to promote the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. We also want to honor our Grizzlies as they have been working hard all year and we want to give our students a boost and encouragement before they begin the state assessments. We plan to celebrate our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students by hosting a pancake breakfast.  We are in need of food, volunteers and various supplies. Thank you for signing up to support our students!

Please click on the Sign Up Genius to see what we can use.

Chipotle Spirit Night, Tuesday, March 19th 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Glacier Peak Elementary. Come into the Chipotle at 951 E. 120th Ave. Suite A in Thornton on Tuesday, March 19th between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Bring in the flyer, show the flyer on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting Glacier Peak to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Glacier Peak Elementary. This is such a generous and beneficial fundraiser because of the high percentage that is being donated by Chipotle. If placing an order online during your fundraiser, please note you must choose the pay in-store option and inform our cashier of your participation before paying. Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count. Please mark this on your calendar.  

General School Business

Principal Remarks:

Good afternoon, what an interesting week we just experienced. We have survived a bomb cyclone and received two snow days as a result. I hope all of our Glacier Peak community found a way to remain safe throughout this intense storm. Students returned today ready to engage back into learning and we hit the ground running at 100%. I am always looking for feedback in regards to the communication that comes out for inclement weather. Please email me at if you had any trouble receiving the word about school cancellations or delays.

Please take the time to read the important reminders listed below and attachments also included. We are engaging in some initial planning for the 2019-2020 school year and there are items that are time sensitive.

The time has come for our annual state testing beginning next week. Our 5th graders will be the first to test beginning on Tuesday, March 19th. Please encourage your child to do his or her best! Some ideas for helping your students prepare are:

  • Make sure they have a good breakfast

  • Encourage them to stay hydrated

  • Help them get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep at night

  • Build confidence and self-assurance

  • Get plenty of exercise outside of the school day

  • Keep stress in check

We are simply asking students to take their time and to do their best on each of these tests. I am certain through all of their hard work this school year that the students are going to do an excellent job! Please continue to consider donating to our kickoff breakfast on Tuesday, April 2nd (the day we return from Spring Break) for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students via the link above. Our Grizzlies loved this event last year and did well on their testing.  

Mrs. Claydon (Assistant Principal), Ms. Casinelli (Instructional Coach) and myself are continuing to engage in weekly observation of our teachers. Our main focus this year continues to be formative assessment practices in the classroom. The staff has done an excellent job using Learning Objectives and Success Criteria. We have had multiple professional development opportunities to learn more about our questioning techniques. The growth mindset of this staff continues to amaze me. The entire staff continues to put students’ needs first and work together to support each child.  

I need everyone’s help with safe practices as we are dropping off students in the morning. We  continue to have problems with students being dropped of in the middle of the street against oncoming traffic, crosswalks not being used, crosswalks being blocked as families are entering and exiting the loop for drop off and pick up. Please do NOT block any of the crosswalks in the front of the school. This is extremely dangerous for students and parents walking to school. I appreciate your immediate attention to this safety issue. I also want to encourage families to pull forward in the loop area. As a community, we cannot impede traffic on Jasmine Street. If you cannot fit into the loop after school at pick up, please do not wait at the entrance as this is a major disruption to the traffic pattern. Our loop practices are always included in these weekly updates, please review them as it will take efforts from all of us to be successful.     

Finally, it is the flu season. Please continue to keep students home who have high temperatures, stomach aches, etc. We have battled some sickness here at Glacier Peak with this productive winter. Thank you for making sure the students bring their heavy coats, hats and gloves. If the temperature is 20 degrees or higher, we do go outside.

Thank you so much for your continuous support. Please contact me with any questions, clarifications, or concerns.

Respectfully……. Mr. Griffin

Classroom Environment Forms for 2019-2020

As we begin our initial planning for the 2019-2020 school year, we invite you to complete a classroom environment form to indicate specific preferences for your student(s). We value your insight about the various needs and environments that would best suit your child(ren). All of our teachers are well-equipped to meet the needs of the diverse learners in our building. Your input is important and will be taken into consideration when class lists are established. Note: There are no guarantees for a placement, and we ask that you refrain from requesting specific teacher names. You can pick up the classroom environment request forms at the front office or click the link to download and print from home. All forms are due back to the front office by April 19th.

Intent to Return Form Email

Student “Intent to Return” forms were emailed home today for families to complete in regard to intentions for the 2019-2020 school year. We ask that all forms be returned for each child in a family by April 5th. This information supports our planning for the upcoming year. Please stop by the main office if you have trouble accessing this form electronically.

2019-2020 The official Adams 12 calendar is out...please review it carefully to plan vacations accordingly. Data shows that when students have an attendance rate lower than 90% their academic growth suffers greatly so let’s keep them in classes! Click HERE for the calendar.

2019-2020 Calendario Escolar

Safety and Security

Loop Safety and Etiquette Please, be very aware of students arriving to and leaving from Glacier Peak especially where crosswalks are located. Please watch your speed and plan some extra time so that we can make sure all of our students are safe.  It is also getting cold outside and more families will be taking advantage of our hug and go loop. Following the basic rules of the loop will be very important as we gear up for increased traffic. Please take a moment to re-familiarize yourself with some tips for smooth loop operation.

  • Please do not make left turns into the loop from Jasmine Street.

  • Please do not park or leave your vehicle unattended in the loop.

  • Although it is convenient to leave your car in the loop while you pick up your student at their classroom, this specific action impedes movement and backs up traffic on Jasmine

  • If the loop is full, you will have to continue down Jasmine street. It is illegal to impede traffic on any city street.

  • Pull all the way forward in the loop. This will allow for the maximum amount of vehicles to fit in the loop. It is convenient to pick up and drop off close to the building but this also creates a problem for families trying to enter the hug and go lane.

  • Consider varying your arrival time for pick up. Arriving five to ten minutes before or after 2:30 can make a huge difference and  can also help with avoiding the major rush.

  • Please reduce your speed in and around Glacier Peak. This is is for the benefit of all of our students. Thank you for your consideration.      

Thank you for your consideration and compliance with driver's etiquette for our student’s safety.  

Please make the time to review basic safety awareness tips with you children regularly to ensure they are staying alert. Click HERE for an easy tip sheet.  


Glacier Peak grade level curriculum nights/ learning celebrations are back!

Mark your calendars for these fun and exciting nights to see some of the amazing things your students have been up to. On Tuesday we celebrated our 5th grade Night of the Notables where our 5th grade students demonstrated their amazing knowledge gained during the informational research writing unit. Students were able to display their informative essays about a chosen famous person and communicated their learning with a speech, animoto video, Google slide presentation or a book. It was a great night of celebration. Here are some upcoming nights to put on your calendar:

  • Tuesday, March 21st: 1st Grade Learning Celebration   5:00 PM - 6:30 PM in the Glacier Peak Cafeteria

Behavior policy at Glacier Peak

We at Glacier Peak are working to further develop our philosophy on school wide behavior expectations and discipline with our Grizzlies. Teachers and staff at Glacier Peak Elementary are expected to treat students with dignity and respect. Glacier Peak teachers will use positive behavior intervention support systems in conjunction with our PBIS profile traits and attitudes to reinforce appropriate behavior. Please take a look at all elements of our Glacier Peak behavior policy by clicking here.  

Community News

Glacier Peak PTO Needs You Glacier Peak is supported by an amazing group of parents. We know it takes a village to raise a child and we would love your support. Whether you can be at all of our events or only have time to help behind the scenes for one event we can use you. Please come join this dynamic group of parents to support our school and your student(s). Please email our PTO at to get added to our contact list. Thanks!

Stay in Touch!

Check our website at for important updates including a calendar of events with dates and times. Please feel free to email us with questions using the links on our site.