News from Glacier Peak

September 2, 2022

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Dear Glacier Peak Families,

Well, we are off and moving into September already. I would like to thank our community for a great start to our school year. It is so refreshing to be back in the rhythm and routines of the school year.

Indeed we have had a wonderful launch of the school year. Mrs. Costa (our Assistant Principal) and I are extremely impressed with how well our students, staff, and families have adjusted. If your little ones are coming home tired, melting down, or hungry, these are ALL normal issues for the first few weeks of school. Our students are pretty busy here at school working on routines, building their stamina, meeting new friends, and already learning.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for helping out with the Hug n Go (Drop off and pick-up loop). Traffic has been improving and we have been able to get the students in the building and safely reunited with parents and families at the end of the day. I appreciate everyone doing their best to follow directions, pulling all the way forward in the lane, and remaining in their cars while students get out on the passenger side. We have had a lot of new students since the start of the school year, so please see the map later in this newsletter for additional clarification. Look for a video coming soon. Thank you.

In the next few weeks, our PEAK Partnership PTO will be kicking off our annual Glacier Peak Sneak and Carnival. For those of you that are new to GPE, the Sneak and Carnival are both a check-writing campaign and a community celebration. Our school and PTO board decided to create the Sneak and Carnival as our large fundraiser of the year. Please support our PTO as much as you are able to. PTO purchases items for teachers, such as classroom rugs, pencil sharpeners, student incentive prizes, staff incentive prizes, and website subscriptions. PTO also provides funding for field trips, extracurricular programs, and assemblies. They cannot provide this without the support from our community - thank you for your continued generous support, it is greatly appreciated!

Over the next few weeks, you will be receiving information on the Sneak Fun Run and Carnival. Families will receive info regarding the money being raised and how it will be spent, as well as info regarding the Carnival. We can’t wait to see everyone on Friday, 9/30/22. The 8th Annual Glacier Peak Sneak will take place from 1:20-2:20 pm and the Carnival from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's News from Glacier Peak. We are very excited about this upcoming school year. Please do not hesitate to email me personally ( with any questions or concerns. Enjoy a wonderful extended Labor Day weekend!


Tim Griffin, Principal

Mark your calendars:

Here are some important upcoming dates:

  • Monday, September 5th- Labor Day- No School
  • Tuesday, September 6th- Assessment Day- students attend at their specific assessment time (90min)
  • Wednesday, September 7th- Glacier Peak's PTO meeting 5:45 PM in the GPE Library
  • Friday, September 30th- Glacier Peak Sneak and Carnival (Additional information posted below and will be sent home next week) Run- 1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Carnival- 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 12th Teacher Work Day - No School
  • Thursday, October 13th, 2022 Parent-Teacher Conferences (more info to come)
  • Friday, October 14th- Fall Break Holiday - No School

Assessment Day Information

As a reminder, Tuesday, Sept. 6th will not be a typical scheduled school day. Your student will be required to attend their scheduled assessment time on this day. This will count towards your student’s attendance. It is important that students stay for the whole assessment period as there are several assessments that will need to be completed on this day. *Please note that these are 90-minute sessions.*

If you have not already, please use the teachers' Sign-Up Genius linked here to pick the best time that works with your family's schedule. If you have kids in multiple grade levels you can sign your children up for similar blocks to reduce the number of trips for your family.

Primary students (K-2) are to enter at the B-Wing knuckle door # 3 to check in for their assessment. Intermediate students (3-5) will enter at the C-Wing knuckle door #25 to check in for their assessment.

Please be sure to set up a meeting point with your student so they know where to meet you when they are dismissed. If you have multiple students please be sure to arrange a meeting spot for all.

Crossing Guards

We are in need of crossing guards. If you can volunteer on specific days (A.M. or P.M.), we will absolutely work with your schedule. Please email me personally and I will get you in contact with our Crossing Guard Coordinator and get you trained at school as quickly as possible. Please contact Tim Griffin at if you are interested.
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Free and Reduced Benefits.

As you may already know, we no longer have free lunch for all students. But, we still do have a free and reduced lunch program through our district. All of the information and application are on the district website.

The 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Application is now available online. Submit your application today! We are asking all families, whether you feel you qualify or not, to please apply because it helps our school in a number of ways.

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Panorama Fall Student Survey for grades 3rd, 4th and 5th

Once again, our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will complete a Panorama Survey. You can find all the information on the fall survey document. Our staff uses this information to learn about our students and to connect with them. Parents may opt out of the survey, (spanish opt out) if they wish.


PTO (Peak Partnership) Needs additional members. Our Glacier Peak PTO is in the process of planning for our biggest celebration of the year in our Glacier Peak Sneak and Carnival and we need your help! Please join us for this organizational meeting so we can ensure that this celebration comes into fruition. The meeting will be held at Glacier Peak in the library at 5:45 PM on this upcoming Wednesday, Sep. 7th. You can bring your children with you and it is a good way to meet other families who are absolutely amazing and want Glacier Peak to be an amazing experience for their children. The Peak Partnership helps plan events, fundraisers, and ways to connect the community, all in support of Glacier Peak. Please contact Mr. Griffin or if you have questions or want to be a part of this amazing group. Hope to see you there.

Glacier Peak Council

Parents, you are invited to join us on our Glacier Peak Council meeting. The Glacier Peak Council is our school improvement team (SIT) that is required by state law. This parent group meets periodically to serve in an advisory role to the principal for all things related to assuring compliance with all federal, state, and district requirements and meeting the academic performance expectations defined by Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Our group spends time each month discussing our school's academic progress and overall happenings. Please join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 19th at 6pm via Zoom. A meeting link will be sent out closer to the meeting date.

The Grizzly Prowl

We had an amazing training last Friday and I am pleased to announce we are up and running with our program.

What is the Grizzly Prowl? Wasn't able to make the training, but still interested? Please read on!

If you missed the training, no worries, sign up to come in and we will train you on spot. You can give as little as an hour of your time and we need more families.

The Grizzly Prowl is a brand new program led by the desire of some proactive parents that want to be involved in ensuring that our school and every child is safe. Participants that volunteer will watch the school entrances, exterior doors, hallways, assist with supervision at recess, and other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students but other students as well. The main job will be to observe and notify any conditions or situations that have the potential to be unsafe or pose a risk to the safety of the school or anyone in it. Please take a look at the flier linked here for how to express interest in the program and to sign up.

Adams 12 / Glacier Peak Dress Code

As the weather has been extremely hot, here are some quick reminders regarding our Adams 12 dress code.:

  • No clothing may be worn that will show a student’s belly
  • Shorts must not be shorter than the length of the student’s arm and hand while hands are down the side of the body (it’s a good measuring tool)
  • Please note that Hats are now permitted in alignment to District Policy

Soft Start Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

School doors will open at 7:50 am. The official start of school is at 8:05 am, any student arriving after 8:05 am will be considered “tardy.”

Students’ days will end at 3:00 pm except for early release Wednesdays when school lets out at 1:45 pm.

Here are a few reminders for our families:

  • We love pets but unfortunately, district policy prohibits pets on campus.
  • For drop-off in the morning, we open the doors at 7:50. Please try not to arrive too early as we don't have supervision out and we are trying to limit crowds as much as we can. For morning drop-off on the intermediate side, please use the loop to drop off students on the sidewalk side. Please do not drop your student in parking lot to access the building! This is not safe as cars are moving out of the loop and do not anticipate students crossing in the drop-off lane.
  • If using the loop on the primary side or on the intermediate side PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. We have staff members that will get your child from the correct classroom line and to your vehicle.
  • Students will never be let out before 3:00 PM. We promise we will watch and take care of the little Grizzlies until you arrive. Please plan to arrive from 3:01 - 3:15. Thank you!

Below is a map of drop-off/pick-up locations and traffic procedures.

More detailed information about drop-off and pick-up can be found here. Please read over this information carefully.

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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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