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December 2020

Eagle News 12/14/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
We will be sending you a YouTube link later in the week so parents can watch a livestream of the Christmas Sing 9:30 – 10:30 on Thursday, December 17. If you are unable to watch the livestream, we will send you a link for the recording as soon as it becomes available through YouTube. Each grade level, starting with kindergarten will sing two songs and then return to their classrooms. Because of COVID health restrictions, no parents will be able to watch the performances in-person.
2020, the year of the pandemic, will be a year that will never be forgotten. As we approach the end of the calendar year, encouraging vaccine news is appearing in media outlets.
I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Alpine Elementary Community for joining together and being able to provide in-person school learning opportunities to 665 students from August 18 until the end of the 2020 calendar year. There are many schools across the country that have only been able to provide online learning options for students in this 20 -21 school year, so we are grateful to be able to provide as normal as a learning experience as possible for children in the midst of a pandemic.
Alice Afwai, co-founder of the Candlelight School in Nairobi, Kenya with her husband Fred, sent the following letter after our recent Coin Drive:
Dear Alpine family,
Please receive our grateful greetings from the Candlelight family. We hope you are doing well. Starting from the children, parents, cooks, and all staffs at the entire alpine Elementary school. We lack words to express our gratitude. During these difficult times we know many have tried so much, denied themselves just because of children here. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you very much on behalf of the children at Candlelight. May the Lord continue to multiply and give you whatever you ask him. We appreciate for the feeding program that you have continue to support for the orphans. These coin goes for feeding a hungry child. These coins maintains a child in the school compound. No abstentism. At the school because there is food. Good score at the school because there is a meal. Since we started to feed our children at Candlelight we have seen community children whom cannot afford food coming outside to be with the coins you give. Thank you very much. We wish one day you come see the children that you have been helping. Thank you very much,
Yours Alice
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, December 11. Teachers nominate students who are consistently demonstrating the character traits of the Alpine Big 3: Being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn. Congratulations Students of the Week!
Jack Ballif—3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Kash Bennett—4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Camden Blackham—6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Livie Frazier—2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Grace Hancock—1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Brynlee Hughes—1st grade, Ms. Chou
Arianne Ingo—5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Truitt Joseph—2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Cody Kitchel—1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Dylan Lambert—3rd grade, Ms. Chen
Gideon Myers—4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Kaleb Nay—5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Pearl Nelson—4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Eleanor Oldroyd—2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
Enzo Roundy—Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Outside the Principal’s Office
I hope that our entire Alpine Elementary Community has the happiest of holiday seasons. A wise individual after experiencing some valuable life lessons said the following:
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”                                     ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
I am confident that the approaching new year will be one where we continue to say, “It is a great day to be an Eagle!”
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 12/7/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
Thank you for all of your generous donations to our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive! The Coin Drive was rescheduled after the Thanksgiving Holiday this year, but without fail, our annual efforts to help the children in the Candlelight School in Nairobi, Kenya make me so grateful to be a part of the Alpine Elementary Community. In five days, we raised at least $11,000! I say “at least” because there is still money to be counted. Check out the past five-year Coin Drive contribution totals. Thank you!
            2016 – 17      $7,500
            2017 – 18      $8,245
            2018 – 19      $9,170
            2019 – 20      $10,410
            2020 – 21      $11,000
We will be doing our Christmas Sing, K-6 grades, 9:30 – 10:30 am on Thursday, December 17. We will broadcast the grade level performances to parents online. I will send a link to parents prior to the Christmas Sing. Each grade will sing two songs on stage in the gym and then return to their classrooms. If you are not able to watch the live stream, we will send you link later in the day on December 17 or December 18, so you can watch a recording of the performances.
December 18 will be a Minimal Day and students will be dismissed from school at 12:35 pm.
The Alpine School District has received funding to continue the free meal program through the end of the school year.
The following message comes from our PTA:
Happy Holidays to all Parents at Alpine Elementary, 
This has been a very different school year, to say the least. Our amazing teachers and staff have had a crazy first half of the year, teaching students in and out of the classroom. We are so appreciative, more this year than ever, for our teachers and staff at Alpine Elementary, for teaching our students and keeping them safe and healthy every day.
The PTA has collected a list of simple favorites for the teachers and staff. You can refer to this list in the link below if you want any ideas on what to get them for the holidays. This link will also be on the school website. These are just suggestions. Appreciation comes in the smallest of ways and we are sure they would love anything. 
Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday. 
The PTA 
Outside the Principal’s Office
Today, December 7, is Pearl Harbor Day. That is why flags across the state are at half-mast. 79 years ago today, a surprise attack was launched on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and 2,403 United States citizens perished. This was a 9/11 like experience for past generations, and was the historical event that caused the United States to enter World War II, a war that shaped the destiny of this country. Today we remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
 Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary