News from Glacier Peak

February 1, 2023

Remarks from Mr. Griffin

Dear Glacier Peak Families,

February is here! I am really encouraged by today's weather that there is hope for a thaw out. The arctic weather we experienced the last couple of days has been challenging. So as we bring January to a close, I would like to thank all of our bus drivers, parent volunteers, and Hug-N-Go staff members for their dedication to keeping our students safe under extreme conditions. I am also thankful for our families as well. Let's keep following the guidelines of drop off and pick up and being cautious as we move deeper into the spring. It's all about safety so Thank you for your help and support.

Your students and their teachers have been working very hard in the month of January. January is the month of assessment, where students are assessed on many of the skills that have been taught and emphasized during the first half of the school year. Now, looking ahead to February, we are moving forward with purpose, armed with all the information we have learned about student strengths and next steps. In just a couple of weeks, we are excited to once again be able to connect with you all for Parent/Teacher conferences. We value having the opportunity to share successes, show evidence of growth, and discuss next steps. Sign Up Genius links are live and should have come from your classroom teacher. There also are links included in this newsletter below.

In an effort to help us continually elevate your child’s educational experience, I encourage you to take our annual Family-School Relationships Survey! The survey is specific for our school and will help us know where we are succeeding and where we can improve. The survey is linked here and additional information is included below.

In case you missed it - watch this video to hear from Superintendent Chris Gdowski and Kid Superintendent Noah Williams on why this survey is so important to our district.

I appreciate you reading through this week's update. It includes information on:

  • Information on Upcoming Conferences
  • Reminders on the community survey
  • Traffic safety reminders

Thanks so much for your continuous support! I cannot express enough gratitude for this amazing community


Tim Griffin


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • February 15- No School Teacher Work Day and P/T Conferences from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
  • February 16- No School P/T Conferences from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • February 17- No School District Inservice Day
  • February 20- No School President's Day
  • February 21- Top of the Peak Awards K - 2nd
  • February 23- Top of the Peak Awards 3rd - 5th

Valentine’s Day at Glacier Peak

Teachers will be communicating the total number of students in each class and if there is a need to bring in a Valentine’s Box/Bag to collect Valentines. Please look for this information to ensure that your child brings a valentine for each classmate.Classroom celebrations will take place during the last 30 minutes of the school day on Tuesday, February 14th. Parent volunteers are welcome to assist in the classroom. All volunteers will need to check in at the office and provide identification for our Raptor system. Please look for an email or class tag from your child's teacher for details on classroom celebrations .

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Thursday, February 16th from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Look for a sign-up genius link from your child's teacher. The sign-up location for all teachers is included in this link.

Conferences are scheduled to be conducted in person. If you need other arrangements, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Additionally, there is no school for students on February 15th, 16th, 17th, and 20th due to conferences, teacher professional development, and the Presidents’ Day holiday.


You all should have received a Panorama Survey (Family-School Relationships Survey) from the district last week. This information from this survey allows us to celebrate our strengths and identify our growth opportunities as a school and school district. To help us continually elevate your child’s educational experience, I encourage you to take our annual Family-School Relationships Survey! It is specific for our school and will help us know where we are succeeding and where we can improve. The survey should only take about 5 - 10 minutes and can be taken in English, Spanish or ten other languages on your smartphone, tablet or computer. The survey is open now through Feb. 17. If you have children at different, we encourage you to fill out a survey for each school. We value your opinions, and we want to be doing the right work in alignment with our community. Survey results will be made available to families by the end of the school year. Go team Glacier Peak!

Spelling Bee Participant

We want to congratulate our very own 5th-grade student Abraham Farfel, for qualifying (via winning our school spelling bee and passing the district written spelling test) for the DISTRICT spelling bee. He will compete with other elementary and middle school students tonight Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 5:30 P.M. at the studio School in Northglenn. Good luck and go get 'em, Abe!

Building Healthy Communities

The next Building Healthy Communities event is on February 21st from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Educational Support Center (1500 E. 128th Ave). In partnership with Ralston House, we will host a free course on understanding and protecting children from sexual abuse. Quality education empowers all people to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Come and learn about ways to equip yourself with skills to protect your child from predatory behaviors. This presentation is designed for adults and the material is not suitable for children. Childcare for children that are potty trained and are 3 years or older will be provided. You can learn more about the event and register here.

Asista a nuestro próximo evento de creando comunidades saludables el 21 de febrero de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m. en el Educational Support Center (1500 E. 128th Ave). En collaboración con la organización Ralson House, tendremos un curso gratiuito sobre entendiendo y protegiendo a los niños del abuso sexual. Una educación de alta calidad capacita a todas las personas para marcar una diferencia positiva en la vida de alguien conocido. Acompáñenos y aprenda cómo identificar comportamientos de depredadores y cómo puede proteger a su hijo/a. Está presentación está diseñada para adultos, ya que el material no es apropiado para niños. Se proporcionará servicio de guardería para los niños que saben usar el baño solos y tengan 3 años de edad o más. Visite nuestra página web para aprender más sobre el evento y registrarse.

Traffic Safety Reminders

Another important reminder for your attention. Please help us ensure the safety of our students by following our arrival and dismissal procedures. For review, here are the same tips that we shared before Winter Break:

  • 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 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. Cars that are not fully in the loop turning lane also cause traffic issues with neighborhood traffic proceeding past Glacier Peak.
  • 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.

2023-2024 Enrollment and Choice Process:

We are already in the process of enrolling students for the 2023-2024 school year.

The second round to submit a Choice application for the 2023-2024 school year is open from February 1, 2023 to March 30, 2023. As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. Families will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of April. The Choice application and list of open schools are available online at

Cold Weather Reminders

As a reminder, the earliest time students can be at school is 7:50 a.m. Please keep this in mind especially on cold weather days. Students cannot enter the building early as staff is in meetings and supervision cannot be provided. Students will continue to have outdoor recess and activities if the temperature is 20 degrees or higher (including wind chill). Please ensure your student comes to school with a coat, hat, boots, and gloves.

2022/2023 Glacier Peak Yearbook

Yearbooks are available for purchase online. Use this link: The ID code for Glacier Peak is : 13485923 Order deadline is March 28, 2023.

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