News from Glacier Peak

December 3, 2021

Remarks from Mr. Griffin

Dear Glacier Peak Families,

Despite what the weather has been, it is December already! We now have less than three weeks left this semester. It was nice to have last week off to recharge and have the opportunity to spend valuable time with family and friends.

It really is hard to believe that we are just about at the halfway mark for the school year. We appreciate everyone’s hard work to maintain as much normalcy as possible. The COVID-19 pandemic is still alive and well, and our goal is to not lose traction and maintain high-quality instruction-- in person! Report cards will be available for parents to view on January 12th, starting at 4:00 through Infinite Campus. Additional reminders will be sent home closer to the date.

With that said, to minimize the spread of the virus, we kindly ask for you to keep students at home if they are sick, and to please report any positive cases as soon as possible. This allows us to conduct our contact tracing process and hopefully reduce the exposure risk. As mentioned in a recent district correspondence, the Covid-19 testing program has been discontinued. If your family is in need of testing, we would encourage you to consider one of the following options.

On another tangent of safety, traffic concerns have come to my attention. We are working with our students on crosswalk safety. Please review the safety tips included in the updates below to ensure we can keep our students safe from vehicle accidents.

Here are a few other tips to consider:

  • It is IMPERATIVE to pull all the way forward in the HUG and GO lane. By stopping early in the line close to the building, it causes major backups on Jasmine. This is dangerous, causing folks to make poor decisions because traffic is blocking the intersection. Pedestrians are at risk because there is not a full view for drivers.
  • Time is important to all of us, but please slow down and be present when on Glacier Peak's campus and in the school zone.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to getting students to and from school in a safe manner.

Lastly, on behalf of the entire staff of Glacier Peak Elementary, I wish your family a safe, enjoyable, and restful Winter Break. For those that celebrate the various Winter Holidays, we hope that they are joyful and allow you opportunities to celebrate with your family and other loved ones! We look forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday, January 4th.

Thanks so much for your continuous support. If you have any comments, questions, feedback, or compliments, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email at


Tim Griffin, Principal

The Glacier Peak Giving Tree

Glacier Peak’s Student Leadership is proud to sponsor the Glacier Peak Giving Tree. This year we will be collecting donations of new toys, school supplies, new stuffed animals, books, and games. All donations will be given to the Santa Claus Workshop for Adams County to be distributed to less-fortunate children this holiday season. As usual, we will also be collecting canned food and non-perishable food items for families in need in the Thornton/Northglenn area. All donations for the canned food drive and toy drive will be collected November 29-December 15 under the tree near the front office.

A December To Remember!

Get ready for 12 days of fun activities at Glacier Peak. Please take a look at the Elf-themed December to Remember activities that we have planned for students at Glacier Peak.

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Mark Your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, December 7th-Peak Partnership Meeting in the GPE Library at 5:45 pm.
  • Friday, December 17th-Teacher Duty Day-No School for Students
  • Monday, December 20th-Friday, December 31st-Winter Break-No School
  • Monday, January 3rd-In Common Release Day-No School for Students
  • Tuesday, January 4th-School Resumes

4th and 5th Grade Sports Club

Mr. Hood will be sponsoring a Sports Club for 4th and 5th grade students starting after Winter Break. Please use this link to sign up.

Choice for the 2022-2023 School Year Opens December 1st

The Adams 12 School Choice window opens December 1, 2021 at which time a list of schools open to Choice will be posted to this website: The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2022.

Applying for Choice is Easy

Here’s how:

· Find the Adams 12 school that best meets your student’s needs by viewing our Programs webpages, reviewing your boundary school, reviewing our list of schools and their geographic locations.

· Apply between December 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022 by ranking up to four of your four schools using the online Choice Application.

· Enroll in your school after you get the choice lottery results in late February 2022. Your choice results email will contain a custom link for your family to enroll.

More about Adams 12 Choice

Entrance into high school programs with specialized admissions criteria like Horizon SOAR, Legacy 2000, Mountain Range High School of BusinessTM, Northglenn High STEM and EC@N-STEM Programs and Thornton High International Baccalaureate (IB) are managed directly by each school. In-district and out-of-district students wishing to attend high school programs with specialized admissions criteria must apply directly with the school’s program and do not need to apply with the Choice Program. More information about this process can be found on school websites.

Students who receive approval of their Choice application and attend schools outside their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation to and from the school. Families eligible for homeless assistance services should consult with the Student and Family Outreach Program before choosing to participate in the Choice program by calling 720-972-6015.

Please contact us for help

The Adams 12 Choice website is kept up-to-date with the latest information. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or phone at 720-972-4055 or by contacting your child’s school.

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.

Cooler Weather And Recess

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.

Building Healthy Communities:

Have you had a chance to attend one of our Building Healthy Communities events yet? The next event is a virtual webinar on December 9th from 6-7:30 p.m.and the topic is Understanding Youth Suicide. Join us to hear expert insights about suicide in our community. Learn more about how to support your youth, different initiatives, and how to offer support during grief. You can learn more about the event and register here.

Job Opportunities

Are you looking for a job? Part time? Full Time? The Adams 12 Five Star School district is hiring for Guest (substitute) teachers, bus drivers, BASE leaders, etc. For flexible hours, great benefits, in addition to job-embedded training, contact Human Resources at 720-972-4068 or apply at PLEASE share with others you feel would be interested!

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.

Countdown to Kindergarten - 2022-2023:

Countdown to Kindergarten will be held virtually on December 7th from 5-7 p.m. Countdown to Kindergarten is an annual event that provides incoming kindergarten families an opportunity to learn about Adams 12’s kindergarten options and the palette of services the district offers to support student success. This event aims to equip kindergarten families with the knowledge to enroll their child(ren) and advocate for their needs to support their academic success. >>>Click here to RSVP for the free virtual event on December 7th

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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