Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books Registration Ends September 24. Join us for another great year of reading and competing in America’s Battle of the Books. This is a voluntary reading program for students in grades 3-6 and is so much fun. All students need to do is register and then start reading the books on their book list. Students who have read three books by December are invited to join a team and attend a pizza party in the library. Students then work with their team and continue reading titles on their book list to prepare for the battles in February and March. Click Here to Register. Please direct any questions to our Media Specialist/Librarian, Paula Ruesch [email protected]
Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run
This Thursday, your child will be bringing home a flyer with details around our annual Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run, taking place next week (Sept. 20 – 24). This fundraiser is crucial to supporting the many Alpine Elementary programs and activities that strive to strengthen school unity, promote health & wellness, encourage kindness & respect, and create a school-wide culture that learning is fun. Look for the flyer in your child’s backpack, which will include more details. Note that the Fun Run itself will be on Sept. 23rd at Creekside Park from 9:30 am to noon.
Walk-to-School Wednesday will take place this coming Wednesday! We’d love any parent who wants to help to come to the school around 8:50 that morning and look for any 1 of 4 tables outside to help!
We had an extremely successful Running Club last Friday, with around 200 students participating! They were great sports to run in the hot weather! Running Club will continue Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays during morning recess, and kids will earn prizes as they log those miles!
School Picture Day – Sept. 28
We are still looking for a few volunteers to assist with School Picture Day taking place on Sept. 28th. If any parents could come between 9:15 – 11:30 am, please sign up here.
Last week, an email went out about the Reflections Art Program. Reflections is an incredible nation-wide program put on by the PTA that encourages children to be creative and involved in the arts. There is no fee to participate and there are several art categories. See last week’s email for more details, but this year’s theme is “I Will Change the World by…” and the submission deadline is October 13th.
Ink Cartridge and Toner Recycling Program
For the second consecutive year we will have an ink cartridge and toner recycling program. Bring your computer ink and toner cartridges to the box in our Staff Room and our school receives money in this recycling program.
School Community Council
Our first School Community Council meeting will be 9:30 – 10:30 am on Thursday, September 16 in our Conference Room. Any parent is welcome to attend.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, September 10. 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!
Paige Ainsworth-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Mason Andersen-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Riggins Andersen-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Miley Benson-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lennox Deaton-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Ronan Harward-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Brooklyn Hebbert-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Porter Hertig-3rd grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Grant Howard-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Gideon Myers-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Julia Sampson-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Johanna Stewart-5th grade, Ms. Dale
Sydney Turner-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Ruth Willis-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Elliott Wood- 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Outside the Principal’s Office
We will never forget! I saw those words repeatedly this past weekend as our country reflected on what happened 20 years ago on 9/11/2001. While we should all certainly remember the tragic loss of life, I think we should also remember how one of the darkest days in our nation’s history unified us. We were all Americans grieving and resolved to defend our country at all costs. There was no focus on red or blue states or political bickering. Fast forward 20 years and we have lost much of that unity and are in many ways a very divided country. I yearn for the sense of unity, not for catastrophic national events, that we experienced two decades ago.
As we attended the BYU/Utah football game Saturday night, Laura and I were seated next to some Utah fans, and as we watched the pregame festivities (the two F-15’s flying low over the stadium was an unforgettable goosebump moment) commemorating 9/11, all 64,000 fans in attendance, whether wearing blue or red, were once again unified in somber remembrance of those who perished, with an in-state football game seeming rather insignificant to the events of that day 20 years ago.
Our sixth graders were not yet born or just infants the last time BYU beat the University of Utah in a football game, November 27, 2009. The Perdues bleed Cougar Blue, but none of our 14 grandchildren have any memories of a BYU victory in the rivalry game. The twelve-year, nine game losing streak ended on Saturday night, and even though the almost 64,000 fans in attendance got soaked in a brief torrential downpour, it was a wonderful night for the Cougar faithful. With the announcement on Friday that BYU will become a member of the Big XII Conference, it was a very good weekend to be a BYU fan. Having said that, I saw nothing but class and congratulatory words from the Utah fans I interacted with at the game.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal