Eagle News 1/8/2018

How did your students adjust to the New Year and the return to school? I’m glad that the short week allowed me to regain my “sea legs” and transition from vacation mode to once again being the principal at Alpine Elementary.
Our K-3 graders will be taking what we call the DIBELS mid-year reading assessment on Tuesday. DIBELS is an acronym for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. Our K-3 students are assessed three times during the school year to help teachers better understand where the students are in the five foundational areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. A team of trained testers comes to our library to administer the assessments. Though the actual student assessment is done in less than five minutes, the data gathered from the DIBELS testing gives valuable information to teachers on what instructional strategies need to be used in the classroom to help all students become proficient readers.
All kindergarten parents will receive an email this morning from the school district informing them that they can now apply for admission into our Chinese Immersion Program. There will be an orientation meeting for parents interested in having their kindergartners participate in the Chinese Immersion Program on January 24 at 6:00 pm in the Alpine Elementary library. All applications will be done online this year. You can fill out the application at alpineschools.org/dual-immersion. Make sure you go to the last page of the application and hit the submit button. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting the Dual Language Immersion application, indicating that your application has been received. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on February 16.
Don’t forget that the deadline for students to apply to participate in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of Snow White is Friday, January 12 at 3:30 pm. I sent all parents the application form last week. Here it is again form. Contact Bianca Collings at 206-617-4785 or [email protected] if you have any questions.
We all know how difficult it is for a student to make it through an entire school year without missing a day of school. Kids get sick and families need to sometimes go on trips. Out of our 700 students, we have 41 students who have not missed a day of school as of Friday January 5, aside from being checked out of school for medical appointments. At three different assemblies during the year we have recognized two students from each grade with perfect attendance. All students with perfect attendance for the entire school year will receive special recognition at our year end Awards Assembly.
Amanda Conklin, also known as “Su Ma Ma,” is coming to Alpine Elementary this Thursday, January 11, to tell stories to the kids in Chinese.  She will be visiting 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th grades during the school day.  1st and 5th graders can meet in Miss Moore’s room immediately after school for Chinese story time.  They should be done by 4pm or slightly after.  Parents are welcome to attend. If any of the other Chinese students want to attend, they may do so, but they will be hearing the same story they heard during class.
We are planning to have this activity on the second Thursday of each month for the duration of the school year-  February 8March 8April 12 and May 10. Please direct any questions to Heather Peper at [email protected].
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District