Another year, another loss (9 consecutive) in football to BYU’s arch-rival, the University of Utah. Congratulations to all Ute fans out there and thanks to all those who wore Cougar and Ute attire last Thursday. There was no doubt who the better prepared and superior team was Thursday night. But being the die-hard Cougar fan that I am, I will be traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend to watch BYU compete against the Tennessee Volunteers. As I took in the majesty and natural beauty of the American Fork and Provo Canyons on bike rides on Saturday and Monday, I was reminded of the fact that there is so much more important in life than the outcome of a football game, and what a special part of the world we live in!
The start of a new school year can be a scary thing for some children (and yes, some adults as well), especially our youngest students. Our grandson, Easton, started kindergarten at Brookhaven Elementary in Eagle Mountain this past week. Check out the attached photos. On his doorstep at home, Easton was excited to start his K – 12 educational journey, even flexing for his mother to indicate he was ready to conquer all that kindergarten had to offer. However, our daughter, Darcee, told us that when the bus pulled up to take Easton to school, he turned and looked at her frightened and hesitant to get on the bus, and with longing eyes seemed to be silently communicating, “I’m scared Mommy.” And then, in a moment of little-boy courage, he grabbed his friend Brody’s hand, and did what for him was a very hard thing, left his mother behind and got on the bus. And he had a great first day of kindergarten! What a powerful metaphor that teaches us that we can all do hard things, and we all have a Brody in our life who is willing to take our hand and help us through the challenging and difficult experiences that we all encounter.
We are excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Nielsen to our Battle of the Books launch assembly on Monday, September, 9th at 10:00 am followed by a book signing held in the library after the assembly. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring our Battle of the Books program this year!
Kindergarten parents, please remember to not exit your vehicles when picking up your child, unless you are in a designated parking spot. We have some parents who are leaving their vehicles in the roundabout to go get their students, which creates backed-up traffic in the southwest parking lot. If you are going to use the roundabout as a stopping place to pick up your student, please stay in your vehicle. Preschool parents have been asked by Miss Kathy to park in a designated parking spot and to walk their child into the classroom.
One of our Nutrition Services staff members is highly sensitive to Patchouli oil. Please do not put Patchouli oil on your students because it is causing a very adverse reaction for one of our staff members.
I have attached the September PTA newsletter. The PTA still needs volunteers for a few programs, so please sign up on https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F48A4AB2EA6FD0-ptavolunteer
There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, September 9. All parents are welcome to come! Take you family to dinner at Chick-Fil-A on September 9 and a percentage of the sales will go to Alpine Elementary. The PTA fundraiser will be September 23 -27. More details will be coming soon.
Members of the LPHS football team and cheer squad will be here on Thursday during our morning recess time to participate in the third annual P.L.A.Y. Day. The attached flyer gives you more details.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine School District