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May 2019

Eagle News 5-28-2019

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The unseasonably rainy weather cooperated for long enough on Memorial Day that Laura and I were able to hike up to Pine Hollow Meadow from the Pine Hollow Trailhead in American Fork Canyon. A bit muddy and snowy in portions of the hike, but enjoyable nonetheless. Can you believe that some of the Utah ski mountains are still open as we enter the month of June? Indeed, it has been a wet winter and spring, which bodes well for local farmers and those who travel to area reservoirs in the summer for recreational opportunities.
Only three days of school left. Hard to believe! As we conclude our school year, I want thank the entire Alpine Elementary Community for all you have done to make the 2018 – 2019 year an excellent one. Our dedicated staff continues to make every effort to provide the learning opportunities that will enable all students achieve to their full potential. The key student achievement metrics of DIBELS and RISE assessments clearly indicate that we continue to make growth in our academic improvement goals.
Just a reminder that we will have an early dismissal, 10:35 am, on our final day of school, Thursday, May 30. We will be watching an end-of-year video on Thursday morning that has been prepared by third grade teacher Aubri Elder. Thank you Ms. Elder! I will send the video link to parents later this week.
We have just a few spots left in the 8:45-10:30am session of Chinese Club for children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grades.  The link to register is below.  Please note that payment of $75 per child must be submitted to the school before the end of the day on the last day of school so that Mrs. Hadlock can close out her accounting for the school year.  Please direct any questions to [email protected]
Check out the new pavers around our Reader Board in front of the school! For his Eagle Project, William Proctor and his work crew laid the pavers over the weekend. An aesthetic improvement in my opinion. Thank you William and Proctor family!
We say goodbye or until we see you again to the following staff members and wish them the best of luck in the next steps in their professional journeys:
Jill Adamson—One-Year Sabbatical
Jamee Bennett—PGJHS
Ranae Black—Manila Elementary
Annie Burr—Polaris High School
Sierra Charlesworth—Full-time mommy
Elizabeth Chase—Teacher on Administrative Assignment at Cedar Ridge and Traverse Elementary
Penny Gardner—Instructional Coach at Highland Elementary
Natalie Jackman—English Language Arts teacher at South Summit Middle School in Kamas, Utah
Margie Perkins—Will be returning to Alpine and working as a Teacher Aide until October 2019 before retiring
Fred Roberts—Full-time alpaca farmer, basketball coaching consultant and on-call substitute teacher
Natalie Schurter—Literacy coach at Westmore Elementary
Elise Teerlink—School Psychologist who has been assigned to other schools
Condita Washburn—Intern Partnership Facilitator at Vineyard Elementary
I am pleased to announce that Lori Qian (pronounced Chen) will be our second grade Chinese Partner Teacher next year. Lori grew up in Chicago and has Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois. She has taught third grade and middle school Language Arts at the American International School of Guangzhou in China for 10 years. Lori is married to a man from the Chinese province of Hubei, and she speaks Mandarin, an added bonus in our Chinese Immersion Program, even though she will be the English Partner teacher replacing Ms. Bennett.
And we are still waiting for some visa paperwork to clear with the State of Utah so we can hire Rui Chen as our third grade Chinese Immersion teacher. Rui recently completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Southern California and has had a student teaching experience in Chinese Immersion at a high school in California. Rui, her husband and two sons are anxious to move to Utah.
So here is the Alpine Elementary staff for the 2019 – 2020 school year:
Colleen Aitchision—will teach a morning session
Lizzy Snyder—will teach a morning and afternoon session
First Grade
Bridgette Bailey
Mykel Johnson
Connie Faux—Chinese Partner Teacher
Rebecca Liston—Chinese Teacher
Second Grade
Maureen Wallace
Lori Qian—Chinese Partner Teacher
Daphne Blodgett—Chinese Teacher
Third Grade
Amy Duke
Aubri Elder
Meilina Moore—Chinese Partner Teacher
Rui Chen—Chinese Teacher
Fourth Grade
Natalie Davies
Denise Keller
Maudie Vipperman—Chinese Partner Teacher
Anna Moore—Chinese Teacher
Fifth Grade
Mckayla Hill
Kaylin Padgett
Jonathan Horan—Chinese Partner Teacher
Kitty Weakley—Chinese Teacher
Sixth Grade
Katherine Kaczmarek
Megan Reyes
Mimi Monson—Chinese Partner Teacher
Sharon Kuo—Chinese Teacher
All specialty teachers in Library, Computer, Movement, Music and Movement remain the same and are returning.
We wish our sixth graders nothing but success as they transition to Middle School.
I hope that your Summer Break is filled with fun and ongoing learning opportunities for your students.  Be safe and remember to have your children read during their time away from school. And as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagles News 5/20/2019

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I write the Eagle News from the heart of Manhattan, New York. Our son, Brady, will be graduating tomorrow from the NYU School of Dentistry and the commencement exercises will be held in Madison Square Garden. As a young boy, I dreamed of playing an NBA basketball game in MSG, but my basketball glory days ended in high school.  6th grade teacher Mr.  Roberts is the only person I know personally who has played in the The Garden, so a graduation ceremony will be my one and only trip to MSG. We have crammed a lot of NYC activities into our short stay here: a leisurely walk through Central Park, a Broadway play, the Carol King musical biopic Beautiful, which was incredible, Prince Street Pizza, chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery, church services in Manhattan, and all manner of head turning things in a city of 9 million people. We have food trucks in Utah Valley, and though there are plenty of those in NYC, I saw my first marijuana truck. I wonder what the reaction to the Weed World Candies truck would be if it pulled into the Alpine Days celebration? Though our trip has been fun, I look forward to returning to our little protected bubble in the Utah Valley!
I understand that we were able to get the Dance Festival in just before the skies opened up. Thank you rain gods and thank you Angee Tanner, our Movement Teacher, for all of the time and effort that went into preparing our students for their dance performances!
Our longest tenured instructor, kindergarten teacher Natalie Schurter, has accepted a job offer that has come to her to be the Reading Specialist at Westmore Elementary in Orem. We of course will miss Mrs. Schurter and are grateful for all she has done for Alpine Elementary and the many students she has taught for the past 18 years, but are excited that she now will get to share her knowledge of how to effectively teach reading to the kindergarten and first grade teachers at Westmore Elementary. That means we have a teaching change at every grade level next year. Wow!
Lizzy Snyder, a recent graduate of Utah State, will join Colleen Aitchison on our kindergarten team. We were originally going to have Ms. Snyder be the second grade Chinse Immersion English Partner Teacher, but she is very excited to move to kindergarten. A plan is in place to find a new second grade teacher. I am also waiting on the State of Utah to process some paperwork so we can hire Rui Chen to be our third grade Chinese Immersion teacher. Rui, a native of China, recently completed her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Southern California. She did her student teaching in a high school Chinese Immersion Program.
The Box Tops contest for May is almost over. Let’s “Scoop Up Those Box tops”! The final day to turn in box tops is May 24. Thank you for helping our school raise over $1300.00 this year! The  ice cream prize has been generously donated by Stanley Adams Attorney at Law located in Salt Lake City. And a special thank you to parent volunteer and Box Tops Coordinator, Jesse Majors, for organizing all of our box top fundraising efforts this year.
The final day for kindergartners will be May 22 and the final day for preschoolers will be May 24.
Lots of end-of-the-year activities in the last eight days of school. Communicate with your student’s teacher if you have any questions. School will dismiss at 10:35 am on May 30, the final day of the school year.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 5/13/2019

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Though Mother’s Day is a celebration and recognition day specific to mothers, I hope that all of the women in the Alpine Elementary Community, mothers or not, had loved ones express their love and appreciation to them. For those of you with missionaries serving somewhere in the world, I’m sure you enjoyed your visit with your missionary yesterday.  I have been blessed with amazing women in my life, first and foremost my beautiful wife Laura, our three daughters, two choice daughters-in-law, and of course my beloved mother who passed away 10 years ago. If not for a choice my mother made when I was five-years-old, our family’s life trajectory would have been completely different, and I definitely would not have all of the women mentioned above in my life or writing this Eagle News in Alpine, Utah.
A huge shout out to our PTA for all of the planning, work and parent volunteer time that went into staging our School Carnival last week! Since I have been the principal at Alpine Elementary, Erica Hartshorn has served as the PTA president twice. With her youngest child moving on to Middle School next year, and after many years of selfless and dedicated service to Alpine Elementary, we will be losing Erica as one of our PTA members. The School Carnival was Erica’s last big event to oversee. Thank you Erica for all you have done for Alpine Elementary during the years that your children have attended our school. Next year, we will have co-PTA presidents, Ammie Gillespie and Laralee Proctor. These two ladies will be outstanding leaders for our PTA.
All library books or payment for lost books are due by May 17. Please check to see if your student has brought any library books home.
Please come to the school and check out our Lost and Found. We have lots of coats, jackets, hats, gloves and lunch bags that we would like to see go home with their rightful owners.
We will be having our Dance Festival at 2:30 pm on Friday, May 17.
I will have to miss the Dance Festival this year because our son, Brady, graduates from the NYU School of Dentistry on May 20, and we will be flying to New York City on Friday to join Brady and his wife, Whitney, to celebrate their four years of hard work. We are excited as they will soon be moving to Rapid City, South Dakota for their first post graduate school job. A 10-hour car drive instead of a flight across the country!
Please remind your students to use the crosswalk on 300 north before and after school when crossing that busy road. Too many students are running, biking or riding scooters across the road and not using the crosswalk. We will make an announcement at school emphasizing the importance of being safe. We don’t want any child to be injured!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 5/6/2019

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I hope you all had a happy Cinco de Mayo and found a way to eat some delicious Mexican food yesterday.
I had a niece get married on Saturday in the Provo City Temple, so it was a wonderful weekend spent with my younger siblings, a brother from Pasco, Washington and sister from Muncie, Indiana. Laura and I took my sister and her husband to Comedy Sports in Provo on Friday night. Lots of laughs topped off with some delicious ice cream from the Rockwell Ice Cream Company! My family activities kept me off my bike on Saturday, which is probably a good thing because my bike team did a “Century Ride” (100 miles) around Utah Lake. That is the ride last year that when I clipped the back tire of a fellow rider and fell off my bike, and the next thing I remember is being unloaded from an ambulance at Utah Valley Hospital. After receiving the ambulance and doctors’ bills it turned out to be a very expensive bike ride!
Good luck to our 5th graders as they participate in Hope of America this week!
Below is a link to register for our school’s Summer Chinese Club.  The 10:15am-12:00pm session has a wait list, but there are still spots in the 8:45-10:30am session.  If you have registered but haven’t submitted payment to the school office, please do so this week to avoid being moved to the wait list.  If you registered for the wait list, do not send payment unless we let you know that your child has a spot.  Questions may be sent to[email protected].
And I am also attaching a flyer to another Chinese Camp that is offered here in Alpine.
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