News from Glacier Peak

April 2, 2021

Remarks from Mr. Griffin

Dear Glacier Peak Families,

Spring is definitely here. We began the week with snow on Tuesday morning and are well into the 70s today. I have always been a fan of the extended daylight and warming weather that spring brings but always stay ready for the snow and other elements that may arrive. For now, what wonderful weather for a weekend?

Also coming with the spring is an extremely busy two months at Glacier Peak. This school year has been extremely challenging for everyone in our community but, we at Glacier Peak are excited to spend the final two months explicitly focused on ensuring that our students are growing socially, emotionally, and academically. Thank you for your continued adherence to wellness guidelines and safety protocols. Your partnership has and will continue to carry us to the finish line safe and successful.

A reminder, that while many of us have our own dogs and other animals at home, it is Adams 12 District Policy that no dogs or other animals are allowed on school property, especially during arrival and dismissal time. Thank you for your understanding.

Traditionally, Glacier Peak has always had several celebrations to end the year that have included Field Day and special events for our Kindergarten and 5th Grade students. We are still awaiting guidance from the district on what events can continue and how they can be safely conducted. While there are no set plans as we await guidance, please know that we will do our best to continue these celebrations, while still following our COVID protocols.

After you take advantage of this beautiful weather and return from walks and time at the park, please take a moment to review att the details in this newsletter. Look for important info on:

  • CMAS for our 3rd - 5th graders
  • Parent Feedback Night
  • Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  • 5th Grade Healthy Choices - Healthy bodies Parent Night
  • Summer Base

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 Have a great weekend!


Tim Griffin


Updated CMAS News

Colorado received a waiver from the federal government late on Friday, March 26 to reduce the amount of required state testing for the spring of 2021. Based on the federal waiver students are required to take:

  • CMAS ELA assessment in grades 3, 5
  • CMAS Math assessment in grades 4
  • If you have already opted your child out of testing and still want to opt your child out of testing, you do not need to take further action. Your child will not take the assessments you opted out of this spring.
  • If you did not opt your child out of testing, he or she will only take the required assessment(s) at his or her grade level.

CMAS opt-out link Spanish opt-out link

NEW CMAS schedule

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Parents of 5th grade students:

You should’ve received a messenger on Wednesday (3/31/21) with information regarding our 5th Grade Healthy Choices - Healthy Bodies Parent Night on Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 5:00-6:00 P.M. Please contact your 5th-grade teacher for further information.

Parent feedback Night

We will be hosting a virtual town hall (parent feedback night) with parents so we can be active and responsive to your feedback. We have reviewed your feedback from the survey for the best time to host this event and here are the details.

When: Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 at 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Where: This meeting will be virtual! The Zoom link will be provided soon.

Why: We value our parent community and want to ensure we are active with being actionable to your feedback.

All other information is included below.

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Take Your Child to Work Day:

Thursday, April 22, 2021, has been designated as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This annual event includes both boys and girls and is primarily intended for children 8-12 years of age. Students who are slightly younger or older may also participate. The purpose is to help young people make connections between education and a future in the workplace.

General guidelines:

  1. The absence to shadow a parent at work should not count against a student’s perfect attendance status.
  2. Participation in extracurricular activities after school should be determined consistent with participation in other school-sanctioned field trips.
  3. Parents may not “substitute” another day in lieu of April 22nd and still have the absence counted as a field trip. Standard excused / unexcused guidelines would apply to situations involving a parent request to have a child shadow on a day other than April 22nd.

Parent Letter/Permission ENGLISH

Parent Letter/Permission SPANISH

Classroom Environmental Forms for 2021-2022

We are well into the planning for the 2021-2022 school year. As a reminder, if you are interested in sharing your insight about classroom placements for next year, please complete this form is linked here. We value your insight into the various needs and environments that would best suit your child(ren). All of our teachers are well-equipped to meet the needs of the diverse learners in our building. Your input is important and will be taken into consideration when class lists are established. Note: There are no guarantees for a placement, and we ask that you refrain from requesting specific teacher names. Please complete this form by April 23rd.

Summer BASE Information

2021 Summer BASE Program Registration is Open!

Summer BASE Programs provide a window of opportunity for our students to connect with others. Summer BASE can play a key role in providing the kinds of relationships, supports, and opportunities essential to furthering a student's social and emotional learning. Further, allowing youth to engage and explore through various activities like nutrition education, arts & crafts, science, math and literacy activities, daily physical activity, organized games, and creative free-time play.

Summer BASE will operate June 2 - August 6, 2021. Summer BASE sites are open Monday-Friday, 7:15 am - 5:15 pm.

Students attending Summer BASE will attend 2 off-site field trips each week. Field trips will be thoughtfully selected to allow for social distancing and COVID safety protocols.

For more information and details regarding the Summer BASE Program review the 2021 Summer BASE Parent Letter.

To indicate your interest in registering for Summer BASE, complete the 2021 Summer BASE Interest Form.


An important reminder about the importance of daily attendance online. Given the extensive teaching and learning taking place, it is critical students are present and able to engage alongside their peers. If students are not actively engaged and present, they are not learning! If your students must be out and cannot attend their online class, please remember to call the Glacier Peak Attendance Line at 720-972-5995.

District Priority Alerts

Do you receive text alerts/messages from the school and district? If not, take a moment to sign up for priority alerts.

Text “YES” to 68453

With this free service, you will receive text messages notifying you of safety alerts and other important information impacting Glacier Peak and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Please ensure your cell phone number is up-to-date in Infinite Campus.


Use this link to register family members, students, and community members for a free COVID test at COVID Check Colorado test sites listed.


Families in need of Internet connectivity support or a hotspot should submit a request at Family Tech Support, (FTS) by clicking "Submit a Request" at the top of the page on the right.

In Person Learning Procedures 20/21

Please use this link to review procedures for In Person Learning.

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