News from Glacier Peak

February 5, 2021

Remarks from Mr. Griffin

Dear Glacier Peak Families,


Happy February, it has been awesome getting two full weeks back in the building with students and staff. Thank you for your partnership, patience, and flexibility this year! Our entire staff continues to work tirelessly to provide the best education possible to our students. We could not be as successful as we are without your support!


Beginning the evening of February 11th and into February 12th, we will be hosting our spring semester Parent/Teacher conferences. Given the circumstances of Covid, all conferences will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. We look forward to connecting with each of our families to discuss student progress and mid-year data points. The links to sign up and the virtual Google meeting links can be found for all teachers on this document. Also, this year we are offering conferences with our Special's teachers - P.E., Art, and Music. Feel free to click on their virtual links and check-in with them. You should have received all sign-up information from your teachers over the past two weeks.


It’s hard to believe we are still in the midst of the pandemic. Everyone is anxiously awaiting some semblance of normalcy. Our collective efforts surrounding safety continue to be integral for us to be able to maintain momentum in our classrooms. Please contact the school if your student has been in close contact with a positive case or have tested positive. This will allow us to follow up accordingly with school-related items and next steps.


We are thrilled to be back in the swing of things. I appreciate you reading through this week's update. It includes information on:

  • Mobile COVID testing coming to Glacier Peak for all staff and students on Tuesday, Feb. 9th
  • Information on Conferences next week
  • Reminders on the community survey
  • Information on our Virtual Kindergarten Welcome night!


Thanks so much for your continuous support! Have a great weekend!


Respectfully,

Tim Griffin

Principal

Mobile COVID Testing coming to Glacier Peak

As we continue in-person learning, our focus remains on maintaining a consistent learning environment by continuing the health and safety protocols we implemented this past fall and also looking for strategic ways to add new layers of protection.


We’re pleased to share that our district has a new COVID-19 non-symptomatic staff and student saliva-based mobile testing program made possible through our ongoing partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado.


Testing will be available at Glacier Peak on Tuesday, February 9th from 7:30 am to 10:00 am


COVID-19’s ability to spread from an infected person, even before they become symptomatic or if they remain asymptomatic, makes testing of non-symptomatic individuals even more important. In a school setting, receiving positive test results among non-symptomatic individuals can allow us:


  • To better isolate individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and potentially limit the spread of COVID-19 within our school community

  • Track the potential transmission and spread of COVID within our school


Both of these factors can help us in our effort to maintain a consistent learning environment for your child.


If you would like for your child to be offered the opportunity to participate in this voluntary, COVID screening, please click the link below and fill out the online consent form. Online pre-registration is easy or you can register your child on site at the testing location.


Registration link


Important Things to Know:

  • Parents please select onsite screening during registration so that you can do on-going regular testing

  • Saliva test participants should not have any food or drink 30 minutes before the test and no water 10 minutes before the test.

  • Testing for elementary and K-8 school students will not be conducted without parent consent and parents will need to accompany their child to the testing location. Parents can plan to get their child tested before or after school or check their child out at the front office to be tested. This will be considered an excused absence.

  • Middle and high school students still need online parent consent but a parent does not need to accompany their student to a testing location. It’s important to know that students will, however, not be pulled from class and students should plan to visit a testing site before or after school.

  • This testing will only be for district students and staff. As a reminder, any individual can receive a free COVID test at one of the standing COVIDCheck Colorado sites, including the Mountain Range High School site in Westminster.


To learn more about the mobile testing program and see a testing schedule, please visit the Five Star Schools COVID Testing webpage


Thank you for your continued partnership and commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff and community.

Valentine’s Day at Glacier Peak

As with many events over the last year, our Valentine’s celebration will look a little different.


Students may bring Valentine's Day cards on or before Monday, February 8. They MUST be at school at least 72 hours in advance.


Students may also bring in commercially packaged treats, with cards, 72 hours ahead of time. Treats MUST be single-serving commercially packaged items, for example; lollipops, conversation hearts, etc. We cannot have cupcakes, cookies, treat bags, or other homemade treats.

FAMILY SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS SURVEY

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. I encourage you to please take the survey as 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 minutes. I know in a year that we are surveyed out this is a big ask.


While this is clearly a very unique year, we appreciate you doing your best to answer and apply the questions to our current circumstances. The survey window is Jan. 25-Feb.19th. Last year, we had 18% of Glacier Peak families complete the survey. Here is the link to complete the survey. We value your opinions, and we want to be doing the right work in alignment with our community. Go team Glacier Peak!

Virtual Kindergarten Welcome Night!

We will be hosting our annual Kindergarten Welcome Night on Thursday, February 18 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Our event will be virtual and is perfect for new families to Glacier Peak with Kindergarten students as well as our existing Grizzly families with siblings ready for Kindergarten. Please visit our website at glacier.adams12.org for an RSVP form and the link for Kindergarten Welcome Night!

Registration information for the 2021/2022 school year is linked here.

2020-2021 Enrollment and Choice Process:

We are already in the process of enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year. The deadline for priority consideration was January 31, 2021, and is not first-come, first-served. If the number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of February.


The second deadline to submit a Choice application for the 2021-2022 school year is March 31, 2020. 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 www.adams12.org/choice.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences

While our Parent-Teacher Conferences will look a little different this year given COVID, our teachers are committed to connecting with each of our families to provide a progress report on their student and to partner in supporting each student’s growth for the remainder of this semester.


Please remember to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences, if you haven't already. Conferences will be virtual next Thursday, 2/11 after school and Friday, 2/12 in the morning. The links to sign up and the virtual meeting links (Zoom or Google meet) can be found for all teachers on this document . Also, this year we are offering conferences with our Special's teachers - P.E., Art, and Music. Feel free to click on their virtual links and check-in with them.

If you have any questions about conferences, please reach out to your child's teacher or the school. Thank you for taking the time to meet with teachers to learn about your student's progress this year. We look forward to connecting with all of you next week!

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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 because we cannot practice social distancing with students waiting inside prior to 7:50 a.m. Additionally, students will continue to have outdoor recess and activities if the temperature is 20 degrees or higher (including wind chill). We value the opportunity for a mask break and some fresh air. Please ensure your student comes to school with a coat, hat, boots, and gloves.

In Person Learning Procedures 20/21

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

STUDENT PERCEPTION SURVEY

GPE students in grades 3rd-5th will take the student perception survey beginning the week of February 1st. Teachers will communicate specific information about when it will be taken with families.


A FAQ document is linked below to provide more information about the survey

FREE COVID TESTS

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

HOT SPOT INFORMATION

Families in need of Internet connectivity support or a hotspot should submit a request at Family Tech Support, https://familytechsupport.adams12.org/ (FTS) by clicking "Submit a Request" at the top of the page on the right.
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