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Weekly News from Glacier Peak

 News from Glacier Peak
                     November 16th, 2018

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Break

NO SCHOOL Monday 11/19 - Friday 11/23  There will be no school next week as Glacier Peak and Adams 12 Five Star Schools enjoy our scheduled Thanksgiving Break! Students have worked hard this semester and I hope all of our families enjoy time together.

Santa's Winter Wonderland and Holiday Shoppe

Our annual winter celebration is coming Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00am-12:00pm. Come join us for breakfast, crafts, pictures with Santa, and lots of shopping!  Kids can shop the Grizzly Cub Shop while parents shop our great vendors. Please email us  at if you are a vendor and would like to purchase a table to sell goods.

PEAK Partnership PTO needs volunteers to help at the event!
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Calling all bakers! We are in need of baked goods for our Treat Walk. Cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, etc. would be greatly appreciated! Drop-off items to the office on Friday, November 30 by 3:30pm or bring to the event.
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Primary Grizzly Choir Performance 2018

Our Primary Grizzly Choir will present Happy Holidays!  on Thursday, December 13, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the GPE Cafeteria.  Daytime performances at 8:30 am and 9:15 am. Please plan on attending and enjoy our student voices as they bring us songs of the season!  

General School Business

Principal Remarks:

Dear Glacier Peak families,

I hope everyone had an amazing three day weekend last week. Thank you for those of you that have been participating in our attitude of gratitude for our amazing staff here at Glacier Peak. I have left the post attached to this section so if you haven’t had a free moment, you still have time. Please consider taking a moment to express gratitude for positive interactions with your child(ren). Thank you for this positive encouragement.

Speaking of gratitude, Glacier Peak again would like to give a huge THANK YOU to our Adams 12 voters for passing 5C. Linked below you will find the district plan for using these funds. Specifically for Glacier Peak Elementary, we will benefit next school year (2019-20) by adding at least a part time interventionist teach and adding a counselor or social worker position. The following school year (2020-21) we should see smaller class sizes. We are very grateful and honored to work in the Adams 12 Five Star School District.    

With the passage of 5C, our work has just begun. For more information on the outlined priorities that this investment will allow us to fulfil, visit

All of the accomplishments we’ve celebrated across the district wouldn’t be possible without the Five Star community’s support. Thank you for further elevating the success of our students! We are always open to feedback and suggestions to improve Glacier Peak Elementary. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, clarifications, or concerns.

Continuing with the Attitude of Gratitude: (One More Week)

Do you have a moment to send a quick email to a staff member at Glacier Peak?

Expressing gratitude can fill your cup and our staff member's cup. Positive connections between home and school foster mutual respect, in turn creating a rich learning environment for our Grizzlies. Here is a listing of staff emails if you are interested is sharing a quick thank you with someone that is having a positive impact on your child. Please also remember to thank a veteran this weekend. We at Glacier Peak are so thankful for the service of all men and women that have dedicated their life to maintain the liberty of our great nation.  

Staff Email listing:

My turn:


I appreciate your partnership as we navigate this dynamic time in our children’s lives! You work in providing a safe and caring environment at home that nurtures and respects education and provides a solid platform for us to build on! Our work together creates a team of support for your child(ren) that allows great learning to happen academically, socially, and emotionally. Thank you for your hard work and ongoing support for ours!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!  

Respectfully……. Mr. Griffin

Preparation for Colder Temperatures

As the weather is changing, just a reminder to ensure students are well prepared with layers including coats/sweatshirts, and eventually as winter comes, hats and gloves for additional warmth on colder days. We will open doors early in the morning when the temperature falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. You can expect students to go outside when the temperature is above 20 degrees and there is no measurable precipitation.


We appreciate your support in helping to establish positive attendance patterns. If a student must be out due to illness or emergency, please call the attendance line (720-972-5995) before 8:00am to report absences. Parents and/or guardians may excuse up to five (5) absences without documentation. Beyond five, the family will be expected to provide specific documentation regarding the absence (i.e. doctor’s note, court documents, etc.) in order for it to be excused.   

Health Office Please see the linked document that outlines “When is sick too sick for school?” This document shares important info and health tips for parents too!

Safety and Security

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Many of us will be taking advantage of the week off school to travel and this is the time of year when others may be watching. Click HERE to learn some easy holiday home security tips to keep your family safe.

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.  


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.  

A glimpse into the classroom

Over the course of any given week of school, Mrs. Claydon (Assistant Principal), Ms. Casinelli (Instructional Coach) and myself engage in walkthroughs in classrooms to be a part of the exciting learning that we have going on at Glacier Peak.

Community News

District outlines deadlines for 2019-­­2020 Choice process

Submit application by January 31st deadline for priority consideration.

Last year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,500 Choice applications for the 2018--‐2019 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice program allows for students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary.

Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are considered after in-district applications. Acceptance to a Choice school is based upon several criteria: availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate programs and the necessary facilities for special needs students.

Please click here for more information and Guidelines

Spanish Guidelines

Thornton Winterfest ​​​​​Friday, December 7 ~ 6:30 - 9 p.m., Saturday, December 8 ~ 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday, December 9 ~ 5 - 9 p.m. at Carpenter Park Fields, 108th Avenue & Colorado Boulevard.

Substitute Teaching in Adams 12

Our district is having a huge substitute shortage. If you would like to work the same hours that your child is at school, a sub is a great way to make some money. Here is a link if you are interested.

Volunteers Needed! We need parent volunteers to help out in a variety of ways throughout Glacier Peak. Parents are welcome to help out in our library media center, cafeteria, and around the school grounds---just let us know you’re interested! Right now we are in particular need of help at our crosswalks in the mornings and afternoons. If you are interested contact the Building Principal, Tim Griffin at 720-972-5940 or email him at

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.