News from Glacier Peak

November 4, 2022

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Dear Glacier Peak Families,

Happy November! November is the month of gratitude, and I would like to start this communication by expressing some of mine. I am incredibly grateful to serve in this role as principal and have the opportunity to partner with you all to do the most important work in the world. Thank you for choosing Glacier Peak as your child's school! As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans’ Day. Please take a moment to get caught up on everything that is going on at Glacier Peak this month.

We appreciate everyone who participated in the various events in October. We love being able to connect in meaningful ways with our community. From our Sneak and Carnival to parent/teacher conferences, and ending the month with our Trick-or-Trunk festivities, each event represented a great opportunity to make connections. It was great seeing everyone at Trick-orTrunk last Friday. WOW, what a showing. I do believe it was the largest crowd I have ever seen at the celebration since I have been here. A big thank you to those families that donated candy and or decorated their cars for the event! It was an amazing experience for the Glacier Peak children. So proud to be a part of this community. Well done everyone.

Both November and December are "short"months, as there are only three weeks of school in each month, due to holidays and breaks. Please remember that despite the short months, teachers will continue to teach on a regular basis as it is important for our students to continue making progress and mastering grade-level standards. Please remember that attendance and being on time for school are always important, even on days close to breaks.

Mrs. Costa and I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classrooms to see students and teachers hard at work. As we are visiting the students we are asking questions such as:

  • What are you learning?
  • How will you know you have been successful?
  • Why is this learning important to you?

It’s important that students have clarity about what they are learning and are taking ownership of their learning to meet their individual goals. These are great questions that you can also use at home. The typical “How was school today?” is often met with simplistic answers such as “fine or good.” Probing for specificity and asking questions about the what and why promote greater understanding and it shows we have a genuine interest about how they are transferring their learning beyond the school day.

The rest of the newsletter will include information and events that are happening at Glacier Peak in November. Including our Top of the Peak awards ceremony and the return of our family movie night here at Glacier Peak. Please take a moment to review some of the celebrations and reminders that are included below. In addition to this newsletter, be sure to check out our website for information, and follow our Facebook page. These two outlets will have you informed about all things that we have going on at Glacier Peak.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or clarifications.



Tim Griffin, Principal

Mark your calendars:

Here are some important upcoming dates:

  • November 7th-Glacier Peak Council (virtual) 6-7:30pm
  • November 10th-Family Movie Night 6:15-8:00pm
  • November 11th-Veterans Day Holiday-No School
  • November 21st-Comp Day-No School
  • November 22-25-Thanksgiving Break-No School
  • November 29th-2nd Grade Field Trip to DCPA

Glacier Peak Family Movie Night

Thursday, November 10th in the GPE cafeteria. Enter from 6:15-6:30 pm at the BASE doors for your prize drawing ticket. Movie begins at 6:30 pm! Bring your family and remember at least 1 parent/guardian must attend with your student. Bring your blankets, pillows or stuffies and plan to get comfy for "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On".

11/11 Veterans Day - No School

There will be No School Friday, 11/11 in observance of Veterans Day. We take this day to honor all of those who have served in war or peace as well as those who are currently serving our country. Be sure to help your children understand the goal of this National holiday by checking out these 5 Facts about Veterans Day.

Top of the Peak Awards- November 15th (K-2) and November 17th (3-5) 2:15 - 3:00 PM

This year we will be celebrating some of the achievements of our Grizzlies with the Top of the Peak Grizzly Award Ceremonies! For those who are new to GPE, the purpose behind these ceremonies are to recognize the outstanding behavior and academics of our grizzly students and include the Glacier Peak community in celebrating student achievements.

This year, we will be hosting the ceremonies on two different days. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be celebrating on Tuesday, November, 15th, and 3rd through 5th graders will be celebrating on Thursday, November 17th both at 2:15 PM in the cafeteria. Families will be notified next week if their student will be receiving an award. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

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Choice for the 2023-2024 School Year Opens December 1, 2022

The Adams 12 School Choice window opens December 1, 2022 at which time a list of schools open to Choice will be posted to this website: Choice Program The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2023.

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 (by clicking on our website and using the “Our Schools” dropdown at the top of the page) and their geographic locations.

  • Apply between December 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023 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 2023. 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.


As November has reminded us, the weather is starting to become much cooler, especially in the morning. 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.
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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.

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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