Later this week most of us will gather with family and friends to eat a delicious meal and reflect on all that we are thankful for. And though I daily give thanks for all that I have been blessed with, this holiday season helps me to reflect on all that brings joy and meaning into my life: a faith that serves as my anchor and lodestar, a beautiful wife who is my best friend, five adult children and their spouses who are happy and healthy, 13 grandchildren, good health, and the opportunity to work at Alpine Elementary with a dedicated staff, kind and motivated students and supportive parents.
Our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive brings into clearer focus all that makes the Alpine Elementary Community so special, and for that reality, I am very grateful! In five days, we raised at least $10,410! I say “at least” because there is still money to be counted. Check out the past four-year Coin Drive contribution totals:
2016 – 17 $7,500
2017 – 18 $8,245
2018 – 19 $9,170
2019 – 20 $10,410
And once again, our Nutrition Services ladies, Whitney Wilson, Shirleen Jenks, Gina Lye and Tina Gast, modeled what it means to dig deep and generously give to a worthy cause. These ladies don’t give to be recognized, and I won’t embarrass them by giving you the total amount, but I will simply say these ladies gave a significant portion of the total amount contributed. Every year, Whitney Wilson tells me the Coin Drive Week is their favorite week of the year. Our Nutrition Services staff truly walk the talk!
I heard multiple Coin Drive stories that warm my heart and make me grateful for the students that attend our school. Kindergarten teacher, Colleen Aitchison, shares the following:
The kids were putting their coins in the can and I had one student bring 3 baggies full of coins and dollars. I said “Wow you sure brought a lot of coins today.” He told me that he brought all of his lemonade stand money from the summer so that the kids in Africa could have lunch.
And on a post-it note in one of the coin cans, a little girl wrote:
Im giving all the Qurters In my bangk because it fells like the rite thing to do.
From the mouth of babes! I thank all of the Alpine Elementary Community for their generosity and for doing the right thing last week!
The month is almost over, so keep clipping those Box Tops for our November contest deadline, which is November 27th. Treats are being generously donated by Sun Haven Tanning and Salon located at 238 E. State St. in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Check out their website: sunhaventan.us! They have been voted #1 tanning salon in Utah for 3 years! And they offer more than just tanning, they offer microblading, eyelash extensions and waxing services, also. Just text the word “Start” to (801) 285-9210 and you will get a free tan! Thanks, Sun Haven!
The following students were nominated by their teachers and recognized last week for consistently demonstrating the character traits of the Alpine Big 3: Responsibility, Respect and Readiness to Learn.
Leah Christensen–5th Grade, Mrs. Weakley
Brooke Christoffersen–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Nolan Crawley–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Eliza Gooch–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Millie Greer–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Jaxon Larkin–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Madi Morris–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Lincoln Peay–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Emerson Reynolds–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Ella Turner–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Mia Wallace–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Lexi Wing–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
I hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Be safe in your travels, express love for those closest to you and give thanks for all that is yours!
Dave Perdue, Principal