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January 2021

Eagle News 1/25/2021

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Eagle News
Alpine Elementary News
Parents will be hearing from teachers about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences, February 1 – 5. We are encouraging teachers to meet online with parents unless the teacher and parent feel the need to have an in-person conference. Contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions. All conference appointments will be made through Skyward.
We are seeing fewer students bring water bottles to school. Since the beginning of the school year as we follow COVID-19 safety protocols, we have asked students to not use school water fountains, unless absolutely necessary. Instead we would like students to bring water bottles to school and refill them at the water fountain in the fifth-grade hallway that has a bottle refiller mechanism.
Chinese Immersion Application
Kindergarten parents should have received an email from the Alpine School District prior to the Holiday Break, informing you that applications are now open for our Chinese Immersion Program. If interested, please submit an application for a student to enter our first grade Chinese Immersion Program for the 2021 – 2022 school year by using the following link. All applications need to be received by January 31. In February, a lottery will be held to fill the 56 student openings that we have available. Every year, we have parents who have other children in the Chinese Immersion Program forget to submit an application. Please submit an application before the deadline at the end of the month.
PTA News
Our PTA is doing a final membership push for the 2020 – 21 school year. It only costs $10 to join the PTA in the link attached below! Be sure to check out the prizes that will be raffled off February 1 – 5. I’ve attached a photo of the 10-foot kayak that will be included in the raffle.
   
Every PTA member matters! Moms, Dads, Guardians, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles,
Teachers, Staff, and Community Members all matter. We really appreciate every single member. To show our appreciation we will be holding a drawing for all PTA members. Good news! We will no longer have the January 30th deadline.
Everyone that is a member the night before each drawing will be entered into the drawing that day. We have some amazing prizes: a 10-foot kayak, Airpods, a craftsman tool box, a private movie party, a gift basket including Chick-fil-A and a gift certificate for glass blowing or stained glass classes at Holdman Studios. Our student council will be drawing for the prizes each day February 1st – 5th, and then winners will then be notified. Don’t procrastinate and become a member today.
Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date on memberhub.com, so we can get you your prize. Good luck!
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 22. 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!
Jackson Bruce– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Ethan Chi– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Reed Christoffersen– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Norah Collins– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Ian Dilts– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Crew Feaster– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
KatieLyn Kitchel– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Hayden Locke– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Valentino Mendez– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Sam Myers– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Emily Nelson– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Sawyer Peterson– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Connor Pusey– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Olive Spurgeon– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Penny Turner– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
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Knowing that the fall from a stationary exercise bike in our basement is safer than some of the road bike accidents I have had in AF Canyon, my wife purchased me a “smart trainer.”  I position my road bike, minus the back wheel, on the trainer.  On an app called Zwift, I select a route to ride around the world, determine how much climbing I want to do, and how far to ride. The blue tooth app somehow sends messages to the “smart trainer” and I need to change the gears on my bike enabling me to ride on the virtual flat road, downhill, or ascending hill or mountain. My bike even vibrates if I am riding over a virtual wooden bridge or cobblestone street. I am able to see a computer-generated version of myself on a bike on my computer or phone screen. Additionally, I see riders from all over the world, with their first initial, last name and country’s flag flashing on-screen when I pass them or they pass me. A more engaging form of winter exercise than sitting on a stationary bike in a local gym! But not to worry, I will take my road bike off the trainer and be out on Utah Valley roads, including the Alpine Loop, when the weather allows me to do so.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

Eagle News 1/18/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Parents will be hearing from teachers about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences, February 1 – 5. We are encouraging teachers to meet online with parents unless the teacher and parent feel the need to have an in-person conference. Contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions.
We are seeing fewer students bring water bottles to school. Since the beginning of the school year as we follow COVID-19 safety protocols, we have asked students to not use school water fountains, unless absolutely necessary. Instead we would like students to bring water bottles to school and refill them at the water fountain in the fifth-grade hallway that has a bottle refilling mechanism.
Just a reminder that we have started a printer cartridge recycling program at Alpine Elementary. You can bring your old printer cartridges in a plastic bag to the school, deposit them in a box that we have in our staff room, and the school receives money for the recycled cartridges.
And speaking of recycling, our PTA has asked the cardboard recycling company to remove the recycling bins that were placed on the west side of the school. We had ongoing issues with overflowing bins, boxes that were not broken down, and cardboard litter on school property; consequently the bins have been removed so that our custodial crew are not repeatedly cleaning up community, not school, cardboard recycling refuse in the street.
Chinese Immersion Application
Kindergarten parents should have received an email from the Alpine School District prior to the Holiday Break, informing you that applications are now open for our Chinese Immersion Program. If interested, please submit an application for a student to enter our first grade Chinese Immersion Program for the 2021 – 2022 school year by using the following link. All applications need to be received by January 31. In February, a lottery will be held to fill the 56 student openings that we have available. Every year, we have parents who have other children in the Chinese Immersion Program forget to submit an application. Please submit an application before the deadline at the end of the month.
Preschool Registration
The Open Enrollment for Preschool begins Wednesday, January 20th, online at 10:00am.  3-year-olds come two days a week, 4-year-olds come 4 days a week.  First come, first served.  Further information can be found on the District website, or you can direct your questions to our Preschool teacher, Kathy Thompson, [email protected].
Here is the link to register: https://alpineschools.org/preschool/
PTA News
Dear PTA Parents/Guardians/Teachers/Staff/Community Members:
We invite you to join our PTA, along with your children’s teachers and school staff, community leaders and other concerned citizens as we work toward enriching the lives of all of the children at our school.
Our goals are to maintain our strong and supportive PTA, and to promote involvement in the school, home and
community. We hope all adults (men and women) in the household join, along with teachers, grandparents and other community members. You don’t have to be a parent to belong to PTA!
MEMBERSHIP REALLY DOES MATTER! Your membership dollars support all the many things that our PTA does here at the school. Membership also let’s our voices be heard and helps our leaders to advocate on behalf of our schools.
We really appreciate every single member. To show our appreciation we would like to hold a drawing for all PTA members. We will have some wonderful prizes. (Please look for more detail later this week.) The deadline to be entered in the drawing will be January 30, 2021. We will be drawing for the prizes the following week. Winners will then be notified. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date on memberhub.com so we can get you your prize. Good luck!
If anyone is willing and able to support additional members of our PTA, you may purchase a gift membership. We will then add a member of our school’s staff or community to our membership.
Our PTA appreciates your membership and we welcome your ideas. Please join us https://alpineelementary.memberhub.store/store
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Sincerely,
Membership Chairperson,
Colette Menlove
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 15. 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!
Jaxon Ainsworth– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Clary Sage Frazier– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Gretel Garcia– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Eliza Gooch– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Rachel Hymas– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Grace Jaggi– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Frances Johnson– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Mabel Leavitt– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Lincoln Matthews– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Grady Parker– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Stella Riding– 2nd grade, Ms. Anderson
Madison Sardoni– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Minnie Slembowski– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Franky Swalberg– 2nd grade, Ms. Anderson
Brynlee Wood– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Outside the Principal’s Office
I hope that your three-day MLK weekend was enjoyable. Two of our daughters took four of our grandsons to Harry Potter World in Florida last week, so Laura and I (let’s be honest, mostly Laura, and a little me) were babysitting three of our youngest grandchildren for four days, while their parents were doing whatever people do in Harry Potter World. I haven’t read the books or seen the movies, so I am guessing there must be a lot of wand waving and magic spells involved in a visit to Harry Potter World. We discovered there is a reason that you parent in your younger years. We love our grandchildren, but we were happy to give them back to their parents on Saturday!
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

Eagle News 1/11/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Chinese Immersion Application
Kindergarten parents should have received an email from the Alpine School District prior to the Holiday Break, informing you that applications are now open for our Chinese Immersion Program. If interested, please submit an application for a student to enter our first grade Chinese Immersion Program for the 2021 – 2022 school year by using the following link. All applications need to be received by January 31. In February, a lottery will be held to fill the 56 student openings that we have available. Every year, we have parents who have other children in the Chinese Immersion Program forget to submit an application. Please submit an application before the deadline at the end of the month.
Preschool Registration
The Open Enrollment for Preschool begins Wednesday, January 20th, online at 10:00am.  3-year-olds come two days a week, 4-year-olds come 4 days a week.  First come, first served.  Further information can be found on the District website, or you can direct your questions to our Preschool teacher, Kathy Thompson, [email protected].
Here is the link to register: https://alpineschools.org/preschool/
PTA News
We hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday season. As we start the new year together, we look forward to many positive events.
We are starting off the year with a Chinese New Year celebration (Feb 22-26).  Even though the event will be done a little differently this year, we still hope it is a memorable event.  We will need some help from you to make it a success.
We also have White Ribbon Week which will help us refocus on kindness and internet safety (Feb 16-19). We need some volunteers to help plan and implement this.  The plans can be simple.
We are also in need of some new PTA board members, particularly the President and President elect. Please contact a member of the board if you are willing to serve in the coming school year.
Here is the link to sign up for these and a few other volunteer opportunities. We would really appreciate your help!
Thanks, PTA Board
Ammie Gillespie, Co-President
Laralee Proctor, Co-President
Staci Mellor, Treasurer
Tiffany Petty, Secretary
Colette Menlove, Membership VP
Allie Barclay, Advocacy VP
Pam Olsen, Leadership VP
School Community Council
Our School Community Council will be meeting at 9:30 am, Thursday, January 14. All parents are welcome to attend the meeting.
Reflections Poster Contest
The Utah PTA Reflections Committee is excited to introduce a brand new contest for Utah students attending PTA schools. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Utah Reflections Theme Poster Contest. Three winners will be chosen and awarded Amazon gift cards. The 1st place winner will also receive a poster and the honor of his/her poster being used to promote Reflections throughout the entire state of Utah for the 2021-2022 theme “I Will Change the World by. . .”.
Entries are due no later than 11 P.M. on March 1st, 2021. Enter as many times as you want! Enter here:
Complete instructions and prize information can be found here:
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 8. 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!
Rockwell Alexander– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Bria Basil– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Beckham Burgess– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Allie Gardner– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Kimberly Hanes– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Clark Hymas– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Tyce Kirkham– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
London Nielsen– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Claire Pack– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Chloe Rogerson– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Jake Ross– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Alexis Smith– 1st grade, Ms. Chou
Anna Willis– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lucas Zdanowicz– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Louella Zurcher– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Outside the Principal’s Office
Though I miss my father and father-in-law, who are both deceased, I am grateful these two military veterans, Korean War and World War II, were not alive to witness what happened in our nation’s capital last week. The Alpine Big 3 Rules that we teach and reteach our students are to be respectful, responsible and ready. I would hope that the leaders and citizens of this great country will better practice those character traits.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

Eagle News 1/4/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Happy New Year!  Hindsight is 20/20, as was the year in our rearview mirror. I can only speak for myself, but I am happy to see the calendar flip over to a new year, and I hope that 2021 enables us to not have “social distancing, quarantine protocols, contact tracing, Zoom meetings, and face masks in school” be a part of our everyday experience and vocabulary.
As we enter a new year, while still dealing with pandemic issues, the staff at Alpine Elementary will continue to make every effort to provide in-person learning opportunities for our students that are following all health and safety protocols, while at the same time giving each and every child an individualized and meaningful learning experience.
Thank you to all the parents who gave me a Christmas gift before the Holiday Break! I made every attempt to personally thank all parents who were kind enough to give me a gift, but I may have missed someone. And for future reference, though all treats, gift cards and gifts are very much appreciated, trusting Alpine Elementary to educate your children, is all I need in the way of holiday giving.
Tuesday, January 5, will be Acadience (formerly DIBELS) Reading Assessments for all K – 3 grade students. Our K – 3 students take the Acadience test three times during the school year, and
Tuesday’s test administration with be the second and middle-of-year reading assessment opportunity. Each K – 3 teacher has a scheduled time to bring students to the library where school district Acadience test administrators will give the reading assessment that measures student proficiency foundational reading skills. The assessment for each student will be brief in duration, lasting no longer that 3-5 minutes, and will give teachers middle-of-the-year feedback on grade level reading benchmarks. 4 – 6 grade students will receive their Acadience Reading Assessment between January 4 – 14 from Alpine Elementary teacher aides.
Alpine School District Nutrition Services has announced that free meals will be provided to all students through the end of the school year.
I have attached the testing schedule for parents who are interested in having their child (grades 3 – 8 in the 2021- 2022 school year) admitted into the Advanced Learning Lab program. Please contact Jamie James [email protected] in the Alpine School District Gifted Services Department if you have any questions.
Outside the Principal’s Office
Laura and I were able to spend a week, December 20 – 27, with our second daughter, Shayla, and her family, in Redmond, Oregon. We lived in Redmond for 27 years with our five children prior to moving to Utah seven years ago, so Christmas 2020 was spent in familiar surroundings. Having said that, the COVID protocols in Oregon are much more restrictive than here in Utah, so aside from a day hike at Smith Rock State Park, we pretty much stayed in our daughter’s home, enjoying the time with three of our grandchildren and their parents.  A BYU football victory in their December 22 bowl game was a nice early Christmas present, and a capstone to a great football season heavily impacted by COVID-19.
Over the Holiday Break, the governor of Oregon, announced that schools can resume in-person learning in 2021. Our three grandchildren in Redmond will step into a school for the first time in the 2020 – 21 school year in mid-February. I am so grateful that even with all of the COVID-19 logistical issues, our students at Alpine Elementary have had the option of face-to-face learning with teachers since August 18, 2020.
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
Alpine School District