News from Glacier Peak

November 5, 2021

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Dear Glacier Peak Families,

Happy November! November is the month of gratitude, and despite the challenges of the last 18+ months, I am incredibly grateful to serve this role as principal and have the opportunity to partner with you all to do the most important work in the world. As a reminder, there is no school on November 11th in honor of Veterans’ Day and no school on November 12th due to district staffing issues. On Friday the 12th, Adams 12 is planning on having a youth vaccine clinic for ages 5-11. Please be on the lookout for registration links that will be communicated directly from the district as early as today. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to navigate the circumstances of still being in the midst of a pandemic.

We appreciate everyone who participated in the various events in October. We love being able to connect in meaningful ways with our community. From our Sneak and Carnival to parent/teacher conferences, and ending the month with our Trick-or-Trunk festivities, each were great opportunities to make connections. A big thank you to those families that donated candy and or decorated their cars for the event! We were running low on cars for the event, and we ended up having many creative trunks as everyone came through just in time to secure this experience for our children. So proud to be a part of this community.

Both November and December are ‘short’ months, as there are only three weeks of school in each month, due to holidays and breaks. Please remember that despite the short months, teachers will continue to teach on a regular basis as it is important for our students to continue making progress and mastering grade-level standards. Please remember that attendance and being on time for school are always important, even on days close to breaks.

Mrs. Costa and I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classrooms to see students and teachers hard at work. As we are visiting the students we are asking questions such as:

  • What are you learning?
  • How will you know you have been successful?
  • Why is this learning important to you?

It’s important that students have clarity about what they are learning and are taking ownership of their learning to meet their individual goals. These are great questions that you can also use at home. The typical “How was school today?” is often met with simplistic answers such as “fine or good.” Probing for specificity and asking questions about the what and why promote greater understanding and it shows we have a genuine interest about how they are transferring their learning beyond the school day.

The rest of the newsletter will include information and events that are happening at Glacier Peak in November. Including the return of our Top of the Peak awards ceremony and our Author Visit next week. Please take a moment to review some of the celebrations and reminders that are included below. In addition to this newsletter, be sure to check out our website for information, and follow and our Facebook page. Between these three outlets, you will be in the know for all things that we have going on at Glacier Peak.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or clarifications. Sincerely,


Tim Griffin, Principal

Mark your calendars:

Here are some important upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, November 9th Peak Partnership Meeting 5:45 PM in the Library
  • Tuesday, November 9th Author Visit at Glacier Peak
  • Wednesday, November 10th Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • Thursday, November 11th Veterans Day- No School
  • Friday, November 12th NO School/ Vaccination Clinic (No BASE)
  • Monday, Nov. 22 - Friday, Nov. 26 Fall Break - No School

Author Visit!

We are happy to announce that Stacy McAnulty the author of Brains Not Just a Zombie Snack is Coming virtually to GPE on Tuesday, November 9th at 2:00!

Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, and dreams of someday being a dog therapist, a correspondent for The Daily Show, an astronaut, and a Green Bay Packer coach. She has written dozens of books including her debut middle-grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl , an Indie Bestseller, and the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book Excellent Ed, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, illustrated by David Litchfield; Moon! Earth’s Best Friend and Sun! One in a Billion, both illustrated by Stevie Lewis; Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert and Soccer Expert, both illustrated by Deborah Hocking; Love, Brave, and Beautiful, all three illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite, illustrated by Edward Hemingway; and 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath, illustrated by Joy Ang. She also authored the chapter book series The Dino Files and Goldie Blox.

Please use this link for a printable order form.

11/11 Veterans Day - No School 11/12 District Closure Day - No School

There will be No School Thursday, 11/11 in observance of Veterans Day. We take this day to honor all of those who have served in war or peace as well as those who are currently serving our country. Be sure to help your children understand the goal of this National holiday by checking out these 5 Facts about Veterans Day.

School Calendar Change

Due to an anticipated large number of absences for both staff and students, Friday, November 12 will be a District Closure Day. There will be NO SCHOOL for all students.

Top of the Peak Awards- November 17 8:30 AM

This year we are bringing back our Top of the Peak Grizzly Award Ceremonies! For those who are new to GPE, the purpose behind these are to recognize outstanding behavior and academics of our grizzly students and include the Glacier Peak community in celebrating student achievements.

The ceremonies will be a bit different from previous years, the biggest change being that we will not have school-wide assemblies. Instead, we will have a K-5 student and family celebration on Wed. Nov. 17th at 8: 30 AM. in the cafetorium at Glacier Peak and it will be videoed. Then, we will have an all-school virtual assembly for all students to watch in their classroom on Friday, November 19th.

Spirit Wear On Sale Now! Order Deadline Wednesday, November 10th

Our Spirit Wear order form is linked here. All orders are due on Wednesday, November 10th for delivery before Winter Break.

Crosswalk Safety at Glacier Peak

We have been noticing some unsafe situations around the use of crosswalks and Driver safety at Glacier Peak. With the goal of ensuring that we keep every student safe from a tragic accident, I have been reviewing crosswalk safety with students in the morning. Please review the following tips in order to keep our students safe here at Glacier Peak.

Know Crosswalk Law

When driving near crosswalks, make sure you follow the rules of the road to avoid crashes.

  • Stop at Crosswalks — Colorado law says that drivers must stop at a crosswalk if a pedestrian is walking on that half of the road or is within 10 feet of crossing that half of the road.
  • Don’t Pass Other Cars — You may not pass other vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk to allow pedestrians to walk.
  • Obey Speed Limits — Makes sure you follow posted speed limits near crosswalks. The school zone speed limit in Colorado is 20 miles per hour.

Drive Carefully Around Crosswalks

When driving in areas with crossing guards and children, follow these tips to keep pedestrians safe.

  • Look out for signs that you are near a crosswalk, such as pedestrian crossing signs, hand-held stop paddles, and the reflective vests that crossing guards wear.
  • Slow down when approaching a crosswalk.
  • Avoid distracted driving — don’t do things that will take your attention off the road like texting, emailing, surfing the web, or playing games on your phone.
  • Look out for pedestrians at all times. Take extra care when you’re in areas with lots of pedestrians like school zones, parks, playgrounds, and bus stops.
  • Try to make eye contact with pedestrians so you know that they see you. Just because you see them doesn’t mean they see you.
  • Be aware that children and crossing guards may be blocked from view by buses or cars. Use caution around other vehicles.
  • If you see a situation where crossing guards are exposed to traffic dangers, contact your local police department or school.

Teach Children How to Cross the Street Safely

Most child pedestrian injuries occur after school. Make sure your kids know these street-crossing tips, and be a good role model when you cross the street with them.

  • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street, even if you’re at a crosswalk or if there is a walk signal.
  • Just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you. Try to make eye contact with approaching drivers so you know that they see you.
  • Wait for drivers to stop before you start to cross the street.
  • Use crosswalks and follow walk signals. Don’t cross in front of a parked car. Drivers won’t be able to see you behind the vehicle.
  • Cross the street responsibly — don’t text, listen to music, or do anything else that will distract you. Stay aware of your surroundings and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Be careful in parking lots, driveways, and other places where pedestrian crashes are common. Look for signs that a car is about to move or back up, such as rear lights, the sound of the motor, and wheels turning.
  • Stay on sidewalks when possible. If there are none, walk facing traffic.
  • Wear retro-reflective clothing when walking in the dark.

By following these tips while driving and teaching your kids to be cautious pedestrians, you can help keep children and crossing guards out of harm’s way throughout the school year.

Message From Nutrition Services

Due to nationwide supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, Nutrition Services is experiencing shortages in our milk supply and food offerings, like many industries and school districts across the state and nation. While we are searching for solutions, it is possible that we may have days where we are unable to serve the advertised menu on Nutrislice. Nutrition Services will ensure a beverage and entree are always available for all students.

If your student has a severe allergy and is choosing to eat breakfast and lunch with us, please consider completing a Medical Statement for Meal Modifications Form, found on the Adams 12 website under Nutrition Services. This will allow the kitchen staff to prepare a safe meal for your child, despite last-minute menu changes. Additionally, Nutrition Services will ensure a vegetarian option is available daily.

We greatly appreciate your understanding while we work diligently towards a long-term solution.

Covid Testing at Glacier Peak

Keep students in-person and at school by enrolling your child in Colorado’s free, voluntary, statewide COVID-19 school testing program. This will help us to detect infections early and get ahead of asymptomatic outbreaks. For more information on the program, please visit Glacier Peak testing takes place every Monday from 1-3 p.m.


As November has reminded us, the weather is starting to become much cooler, especially in the morning. All students continue to go outside for recess as long as the temperature (including wind chill) is at 20 degrees or above. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. All students attend outside recess unless there is a doctor’s note specifically stating that they cannot for a medical reason.

Crossing Guards

We are still in need of crossing guards. It will only take one day to be trained. We would greatly appreciate any help you could give us. Please contact Tim Griffin at if you are interested.

Communication Information/ Parent Portal and Text Messages

Directions for setting up a Parent Portal Account : Infinite Campus parent portal account.

Text Messaging (opt in)
Parents can opt in to receive text message alerts sent by the district and schools. Opting in is a two-step process:

  1. Make sure your cell phone number is listed in Infinite Campus in the cell phone field.
  2. Then text YES to 67587.

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