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Weekly News from Glacier Peak

 News from Glacier Peak
                     January 18th, 2019

Upcoming Events   

No School on Monday “Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.  Just a reminder that Adams 12 schools will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of the MLK, Jr. Day Holiday.

Hat Day

On next Wednesday, January 23rd we will be having a hat day fundraiser for Seeds of South Sudan. This organization provides the opportunity for children in a refugee camp in Kenya to go to school. Our fifth graders are sponsoring this effort as they have been learning about drinking water around the world in science and reading. The goal is to raise $1500 which covers the education of one student for one year. All Glacier Peak students are invited to help with this goal.  In order to wear a hat you must bring a $2.00 donation. We are waiving our no hat rule for this day and for this purpose. Please click here for more information.   

Family Game Night

Twister anyone? Please join us for Glacier Peak’s Annual Family Game Night next Friday, January 25th from 6:30-8pm in the cafeteria. Come play our games or bring your own! If you are attending please bring a snack to share. Water will be provided by the PTO. We will also have giveaways throughout the night! This is such a fun community celebration. We will see you at the event for an amazing time.

Kindergarten Registration and Glacier Peak Kindergarten Welcome Night

If you have an incoming kindergartener for the 19-20 school year, please plan to join us for the GPE Kindergarten Welcome night on Friday, January 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

We will have an informational session on our kindergarten programs and registration process. You will also get to tour the school and the classrooms, ask questions, and pick up all registration paperwork.


For kindergarten registration, there will be a 2 week priority window beginning on January 28 through February 8. Registration packets will be taken daily from 8 am to 3 pm.

If you are interested in our EDKP (Full Day Kindergarten program) program for 2019-2020 please click on this link for specific deadlines related to this program.  

February PTO Meeting Tuesday, 2/5 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria

Join us for our monthly PTO meeting in the school cafeteria. We will discuss school grants, the PEAK scholarship, and spirit nights.  Do you have an idea for a new event? Come to the meeting to share! Childcare is available. We would love to see you there so please save the date!

GPE Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

This is a reminder that the date for spring conference is Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. We look forward to seeing all of our families to celebrate student learning. With all the information that we are going to get this Friday from assessment day, you can expect a comprehensive review of your child(ren)’s progress at the upcoming February Parent and Teacher Conferences.  

General School Business

Principal Remarks:

It has been a great week here at Glacier Peak. We have been jumping back in to our units of study and gearing up for assessment day. As we get back into routines, I encourage you to continue embrace our literacy rich culture for your students. We so appreciate your support to read alongside your student, which is so important toward their reading development.    

Please ensure you ‘Save the Date’ for our February Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Wednesday, February 13th is conference day at Glacier Peak. Be on the lookout for additional information from your child’s classroom.  Also that week, students do not have school on February 13th, 14th, and 15th as teachers have meetings after conferences. Monday, February 18th is also a day off of school, in honor of Presidents’ day.

Thank you for your attendance at Glacier Peak’s spirit night at Chick-Fil-A. We had an amazing turnout and your efforts will continue to support all the education needs of students here at Glacier Peak. My gratitude goes out to Mone Quarford our library specialist for being at Chick-Fil-A the entire night to greet our students and represent our staff. Also, and congratulations goes out to Mrs. Hearnen’s 1st grade class for winning the class party for having the highest attendance at the event.          

If you have any questions, concerns, or points of clarification, please never hesitate to call our  school office at 720.972.5940. Thank you for your support!

I am always open to feedback and suggestions to improve Glacier Peak Elementary.

Please  contact me with any questions, clarifications, or concerns.

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!

Delayed Start     

As a reminder, the Five Star District may announce a delayed start if temporary adverse weather conditions exist in the morning, including but not limited to high winds, cold temperatures or unfavorable road conditions for morning rush hour. In the event of an announced delayed start, families will add two hours to the start of the school day, including adding two hours to morning bus pick-up times, morning BASE and school start times at every level. School will end at its normal time; afternoon bus drop-off times and afternoon BASE will not be adjusted.        

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.  


2019 Spelling Bee

Congratulations are in order for our first place winner of our spelling bee Tayla from Ms. Wood’s 5th grade class and our second place winner Valeria from Mrs. Marsh’s 4th grade class.  Both students will represent Glacier Peak Elementary at our district spelling bee. All of the students did an excellent job during this competition. I would highly suggest you come watch our spelling bee next year. The students that participate in this event are true rock stars.

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

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!

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