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February 2020

Eagle News 2/24/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
Our Internet Safety Week was a great success! The Hank Smith and NetSmartz assemblies provided our students with lot of great information about how to make good choices with electronic devices and Social Media. I hope parents were able to have some discussions at home with their children about the power, both positive and negative, of Social Media, and how screen time on electronic devices can be monitored at home. We appreciate all our PTA did to organize Internet Safety Week!
There will be a School Community Council meeting at 9:30 am on Tuesday, February 25. The SCC meeting agenda is attached and all parents are welcome to attend:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aAa1ChvfK487C0Z5klWIm6EqsZfBFXZXGHqUVaxG5i8/edit?usp=sharing
We have reached 500,000 minutes, half way to our goal, in our Million Minute Reading Marathon!  Click Here to Log your reading minutes!  If you would prefer a paper copy to enter minutes, your child can get one in the library from Mrs. Ruesch. Keep reading!
This is the final week, deadline February 28, to make application to our first grade Chinese Immersion Program. Here is the application. link:  https://forms.gle/vKuYYrFf5KGrqFWv7
If you will have a kindergartner for the 2020 – 2021 school year, we encourage you to register your student March 2 – 6. Kindergarten Registration materials will be available in our Main Office beginning March 2.
If you haven’t already heard, April 6 will be the day that we make-up the February 3 Snow Day.
The following students were nominated by their teachers and recognized last week for consistently demonstrating what we call the 6 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship and character.
Zander Allen–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Lila Crawley–1st Grade, Mrs. Liston
Reese Davidson–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Allie Gardner–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Grace Hancock–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Miles Hogan–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Luke Johnson–1st Grade, Mrs. Liston
Sean Kelly–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Evan Luby–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Audrey McCann–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Sam Petty–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Rebecca Schmidt–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Ellie Slesk–4th Grade, Ms. Moore
Grace Verzello–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Zane Vigil–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Outside the Principal’s Office.
Saturday night was a great night to be a BYU basketball fan as the Cougs defeated on Senior Night, and the last home game of the year, the number-two ranked team in the country, Gonzaga. Four of our children are BYU grads, and the other is a BYU-Idaho graduate. And of course, our children grew up seeing and hearing me being an enthusiastic BYU supporter for the past 40 years. That family culture was evident Saturday night during the game as we, minus the BYU-I grad, were all texting each other about the ebb and flows of the game.  We had a son at the game, and children in Beaverton, Oregon, Eagle Mountain, and Rapid City, SD all cheering on the Cougars while communicating with each other electronically. Laura and I were babysitting our 18-month granddaughter (fortunately she was asleep in her crib for most of the game) as her parents went to the game. The exciting game and victory, combined with the family texts, made for a fun Saturday night. But I am guessing there were many of you who like our one daughter and daughter-in-law, have no interest in BYU sports whatsoever, and find other things to do with your time on a Saturday night.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 2/17/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
Our PTA has planned a great Internet Safety Week (formerly known as White Ribbon Week) for students and staff. We are excited to have well-known motivational speaker, Hank Smith, speak to our students about the importance of kindness on Tuesday. And we will have two NetSmartz assemblies on Wednesday. I have attached the Internet Safety Week plan that our PTA has developed, which includes some At-Home Challenges for students and parents.
We have reached 400,000 minutes in our Million Minute Reading Marathon!  Click Here to Log your reading minutes!  If you would prefer a paper copy to enter minutes, your child can get one in the library from Mrs. Ruesch. Keep reading!
The online application process for the first grade Chinese Immersion Program is now open and applications will be accepted until February 28. Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/vKuYYrFf5KGrqFWv7
If you will have a kindergartner for the 2020 – 2021 school year, we encourage you to register your student the first week of March. Kindergarten Registration materials will be available in our Main Office beginning March 1.
If you haven’t already heard, April 6 will be the day that we make-up the February 3 Snow Day.
The following students were nominated by their teachers and recognized last week for consistently demonstrating what we call the 6 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship and character.
Eliana Batchelor–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Tate Beal–5th Grade, Mrs. Weakley
Aiden Cluff–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Juan Amor Garcia–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Olivia Heise–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Dallin Layton–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Maverick Mantz–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Austin Nielsen–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Lexie Orgill–4th Grade, Ms. Moore
James Riding–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Colin Spigarelli–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Jordan Struchen–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Jaxon Struchen–3rd Grade, Ms. Moore
Alton White–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Grady Zito–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Outside the Principal’s Office
After weeks of riding the stationary bike in the gym, it was nice to bike Snow Canyon near St. George last Thursday afternoon. As I was pedaling out of the park, and the steepest part of the ride, toward Highway 18, the road from St. George to Veyo, I heard someone behind me say, “To your left.” And two gentlemen, I’m guessing in their 70’s, easily passed me as they were “pedaling” their electric bikes up the steep incline. A bit of a blow to my pride, but not enough that I want to trade in my road bike for an electric bike.
I debated internally whether to share the following, but I imagine the news will eventually get out somehow. At the statewide Utah Association of Elementary School Principals (UAESP) Conference that I attended in St. George last week, I was recognized as the state of Utah Elementary Principal Mentor of the Year. To be voted by my elementary principal peers as the school district honoree was recognition enough for me, but to win the statewide award was very humbling and unexpected.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 2/10/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
Thank you to all of our parents who attended Parent/Teacher Conferences last week. We are also appreciative to everyone who visited our Book Fair and for all of the grandparents and special guests who came to our school on Grandparent Day.
Tonight, February 10, 5:00 – 8:00 pm is our Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night. Just mention Alpine Elementary and 20% of what you pay for your meal will come back to Alpine Elementary.
We have reached 250,000 minutes in our Million Minute Reading Marathon!  Click Here to Log your reading minutes!  If you would prefer a paper copy to enter minutes, your child can get one in the library from Mrs. Ruesch. Keep reading!
The online application process for the first grade Chinese Immersion Program is now open and applications will be accepted until February 28. Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/vKuYYrFf5KGrqFWv7
Last Thursday, the snow, wind and low temperature resulted in a day of no outside recess. The sensation of cabin fever sets in, nerves are frayed, it is more difficult to focus on the desired learning objectives, each minute of the day seems longer and there is more attention focused on the clock, and many are “climbing the walls.” Not to mention the fact that the kids also want to go outside:)
Mrs. Orgill’s class was January’s Box Top winner with 126 box tops!  The 4th graders in Mrs. Orgill’s class will get a pizza party, which is generously donated by Eckes Paving!
The following students were nominated by their teachers and recognized last week for consistently demonstrating what we call the 6 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship and character.
Oscar Ainge–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Neil Alexander–3rd Grade, Mrs. Duke
Alivia Barnes–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Spencer Bergquist–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Noah Goeckeritz–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Emery Goeckeritz–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Eliza Hill–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Hallie Luby–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Ryker Nielsen–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Kael Owens–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Katie Proctor–4th Grade, Ms. Moore
Lizzie Pusey–5th Grade, Mrs. Weakley
Chloe Shephard–1st Grade, Mrs. Bailey
Violet Walker–1st Grade, Mrs. Bailey
Deakon Zentner–3rd Grade, Mrs. Duke
Outside the Principal’s Office
Anyone else besides me starting to get Spring Fever? I go to the gym almost daily to exercise, but the stationary bike is not the same as riding my bike in American Fork Canyon or other parts of the Utah Valley. Certainly, the recent snowfall is needed to increase the snowpack, fill up reservoirs, and meet the demand of summer water needs along the Wasatch Front, but I am anxious to bike the Alpine Loop as winter turns into spring.
Each year, as part of my evaluation process, I survey teachers, parents and one grade level (5th grade this year) of students. I have attached the results of the recent surveys.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 2/3/2020

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As I write this at Alpine Elementary this morning, I can hear the shouts of glee from your children after hearing from you or some other source the two words that brings joy to any child’s heart: Snow day! I hope your children enjoy their day away from school.
I attended BYU when Andy Reid played football for the Cougars, so I was happy to see Coach Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl yesterday.
I saw several Alpine Elementary students and parents Saturday night in the Marriott Center at the BYU vs. St. Mary’s basketball game, and what an exciting game it was, as the Cougars prevailed in a heart thumper!
It is our “Welcome to the Jungle” Book Fair week. Don’t forget that Tuesday, February 4 is Grandparent Day. Grandparents or other guests can come to the school and meet students in the library to attend the Book Fair.
If you haven’t signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences, please do so on Skyward. I have attached instructions on how to sign up. We look forward to having all parents meeting with their student’s teachers.
Before or after your teacher conference you can eat at the Pizza Pie Cafe this week, February 3 – 6, mention Alpine Elementary, and 25% of your purchase will come back to our school!
In our Million Minute Reading Marathon, we have reached 75,074 minutes with only 62 submitting their minutes!! That’s amazing! Just think of how far we can get if we have everyone enter their minutes!! If you were not able to enter your minutes the first week of our reading marathon, you can combine the first two weeks in this entry. Here is the link to enter your minutes. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6eSuA-gUbxL-34syxaH8dUpx9W_E_Efl7wptMpq8AJr_VLQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1__;!!P-Vt7t5jJSrPd9zQ!_BfdJ1fby9BWjMQ6cB227XC7Ak_gMTE8mvHV_NGifNNQ_wGGDQ7yBZ4arRG0fwpywP1V$ If you would prefer to use a paper copy to enter minutes, your child can get one in the library from Mrs. Ruesch.
There will be a PTA Meeting Thursday, February 6, at 9:15 am in the Staff Room. All are welcome!
Thank you to Bianca Collings and Erin Stanley for helping with all of the Missoula Children’s Theater logistics last week. And a special shout out to the Hamilton family for hosting the MCT directors at your home. We are grateful that over 60 students had the opportunity while performing in “Jack and the Beanstalk” to experience in five short days all that is involved in preparing for and staging a play: memorization of lines and songs, choreography, costumes, makeup, hitting your marks and stage presence. Well done student performers and student production assistants!
Sometimes kids say or write the darndest things. One of our teachers told me that last week she did a 100-days in school (January 27 was our 100th day in school) writing activity in her first-grade class and asked her students to write what they thought they would be doing when they were a 100-years old. One little boy wrote: When I am 100-years old I want to own a Tesla, have a wife and live at home. Isn’t it good to have long-term goals in life?
The online application process for first grade Chinese Immersion is now open and applications will be accepted until February 28. Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/vKuYYrFf5KGrqFWv7
The following students were nominated by their teachers and recognized for consistently demonstrating what we call the 6 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship and character.
Michael Chi–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Eleanor Fleming–3rd Grade, Mrs. Chen
Gracie Gillespie–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Evie Hansen–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Jackson Hebbert–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Lillian Hsiao–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Jeni Morris–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Rachel Proctor–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Jacob Pusey–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Landon Reynolds–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Zarina Taylor–3rd Grade, Ms. Moore
Miles Taylor–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Rome Verzello–3rd Grade, Mrs. Duke
Miles Walker–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Jaxx Wing–3rd Grade, Mrs. Duke
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
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