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November 2021

Eagle News 11/22/2021

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Candlelight Coin Drive
Our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive has become such an important part of our school culture. I am so happy to announce that in five days last week the Alpine Elementary Community joined together and raised $13,500 to feed the street orphans at the Candlelight School in Nairobi, Kenya! That is the most money we have ever raised for our Sister School in Africa. And the good news is that we have not yet received the money from Yummy Ice Cream Emporium from our November 16 Spirit Night, but we are told that night was their busiest since opening their ice cream store. I will let parents know the additional money that will be added to the $13,500 once that information is shared with me. Thank you to everyone in the Alpine Elementary Community for your generous contributions! And a special thank you to Cherie’ Kelly and all of the other parent volunteers who organize the Coin Drive and help count money!
Every year, our Nutrition Services workers, just Whitney Wilson and Shirleen Jenks this year, contribute very generously to the Coin Drive. I won’t embarrass those ladies by telling you how much money they gave, but just know it was a significant amount.
Cherie’ Kelly will send the money that was raised directly to the Candlelight School this week. No administrative overhead. Every penny goes to feed hungry children in Africa!
I heard multiple Coin Drive stories that warm my heart and make me grateful for the students that attend our school:
A kindergarten teacher shares:
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.  
From a second grade teacher:
A student told me he emptied his bank account because he said, “helping the poor was important.”
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.
LPHS State Champions in Football
I saw a lot of students and parents at the 6A state championship football game between Lone Peak and Corner Canyon at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday afternoon. What a fun game to watch! 35-35 at halftime, with LP eventually prevailing in a thrilling 49 – 42 victory. Many of the key players for Lone Peak are former Alpine Elementary students. It was so fun to see those players and all the fans celebrate a season never to be forgotten.
Scooters and Skateboards
We are having problems with students riding scooters and skateboards in our hallways before and after school, often times running into or narrowly missing other students or staff. Consequently, we are going to start using the following process as we try to keep students and staff safe:
  1. Student will be warned by an adult when seen riding a scooter or skateboard in the hallways.
  2. The second time a student is riding a scooter or skateboard in the hallways, the scooter or skateboard will be confiscated, taken to the office, and returned to the student at the end of the school day.
  3. The third time a student is riding a scooter or skateboard in the hallways, the scooter or skateboard will be confiscated, taken to the office, and a parent will need to come to the school and get what was taken by an adult employee of the school. Additionally, the student will not be allowed to ride a scooter or skateboard to school for two-weeks.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 19. 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!
Briggs Ballif-6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Hank Challis-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Lily Dehlin-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Mona Enkhbayar-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
James Gheciu-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Joe Hansen-3rd grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Asher Kusch-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Colin Larkin-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Alex Orgill-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Grady Parker-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Summer Schlosser-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Cate Shin-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Milo Thompson-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Kyrie Van Vactor-6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Kinley Wing-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Outside the Principal’s Office
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, 14 grandchildren and another one in May, good health, and the opportunity to work at Alpine Elementary with a dedicated staff, kind and motivated students and supportive parents.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

Eagle News 11/15/2021

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Candlelight Coin Drive Week
It is Candlelight School Coin Drive Week! This will be Alpine Elementary’s 11th year helping provide meals for children at our sister school in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 650 students attend Candlelight School, and nearly all of them are orphans or children living on the streets. They receive their only meal of the day at school. Our Coin Drive donations directly fund their lunch program for the year. See the attachments to learn more about the Candlelight School.
Monday—Pennies
Tuesday—Nickels
Wednesday—Dimes
Thursday—Quarters
Friday—Any amount of money
Here are the total amounts that our annual Coin Drive has raised for the Candlelight School in previous years. This week, we would love to exceed last year’s $11,000 total contributions!
2016-17     $7,500
2017-18     $8,245
2018-19     $9,170
2019-20     $10,410
2020-21     $11,000
Veterans Day Celebration
I hope your students came home and told you about the very touching and powerful Veterans Day celebration we had on November 11. Thank you to librarian, Paula Ruesch, and Assistant Librarian, Janece Thompson, for suggesting a Veterans Day ceremony that included members of Mrs. Thompson’s bagpipe band! What a powerful and touching way to remember Veterans both present and past. It was an honor to have one of our parents, Paul Blackham, a military helicopter pilot, join our parade. And Student Council officers, Daniel Snow and Max Bergquist, did a great job of carrying our country’s flag! As I walked behind the flag, the bagpipe band, and Mr. Blackham, I saw several adults with tears in their eyes, touched by the bagpipe tribute to Veterans. Not going to lie, I cried through the entire parade!
PTA News
  • Spirit Night this Friday to Support Candlelight School – This Friday, Nov. 16, (all day!) stop into Yummy Ice Cream Emporium in Highland as another way to support the Candlelight School. 25% of proceeds will go directly to the Candlelight School Coin Drive. Plus you get delicious ice cream, so it’s a win-win right there!
  • Junior Achievement Helpers – The PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize the Junior Achievement program at Alpine. Junior Achievement is a global nonprofit with a mission to help develop business, financial, and entrepreneurial skills to elementary-age children. The opportunity to interact in your child’s class is fun and educational while allowing for flexibility for volunteers in scheduling and presentation. Contact Dana Fong at 385-770-0897 with any questions. If you would be interested in helping with this amazing program, please sign up here.
  • Reflections Awards Lunch – On November 15 at 11:40 am, there will be an Awards Lunch in the library for all the students who participated in Reflections.
  • Follow Us on Social Media – If you haven’t yet, follow our awesome Alpine Elementary PTA on social media. FB and IG are great places to stay up to date on all the fun happenings at our school! Insta: @alpineelementarypta and Facebook: Alpine Elementary PTA
School Community Council Meeting
The Alpine Elementary School Community Council will be meeting on Thursday, November 18, 9:30 – 10:30 am in our Conference Room.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 12. 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!
Emma Asper-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Brooklyn Barnes-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Blake Benson-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Connor Campbell-3rd grade, Mrs Chen
Austin Cann-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Pearl Cluff-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Allie Gardner-4th grade, Mrs .Vipperman
Joshua Goodfellow-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Ari Ingo-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Xoriyah Inoa-2nd grade, Mrs. Orgill
Truitt Joseph-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Collins Nelson-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Anna Packer-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Jacob Pusey-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Saylor Reeve-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Will Topham-1st grade, Mrs. Jin
Outside the Principal’s Office
A third consecutive beautiful fall weekend!  Friday night, Laura and I watched LPHS beat Skyridge in a 6A semifinal football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. Several Lone Peak players are former Alpine Elementary students. So fun to see those boys earn their way into a state championship game on Friday afternoon against Corner Canyon!
A bike ride, yard work and going to two grandsons’ basketball games filled my Saturday. I hope you all were able to get outside and enjoy the beauties of this wonderful place that we call home!
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 11/8/2021

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Veterans Day, November 11
We are grateful to veterans, both current and past, for their service to our country. My father is a Korean War veteran and father-in-law a World War 2 veteran. And though they both have passed on, it is a privilege each year to honor them and all veterans.
“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that is sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they are protecting us.”   ~Tom Clancy
PTA News
  • Skate Night this Tuesday – Join our school this Tuesday night, November 9, 4:30 to 9:00 pm at Classic Skate in Orem for a skate night! Admission is free! (Skate rentals not included.)
  • Spirit Night – Anytime on November 16 at Yummy Ice Cream Emporium in Highland! 25% of that day’s proceeds will go to our school! If you haven’t been to Yummy yet, it serves delicious ice cream and is such a fun new ice cream parlor!
  • Junior Achievement Helpers – The PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize the Junior Achievement program at Alpine. Junior Achievement is a global nonprofit with a mission to help develop business, financial, and entrepreneurial skills to elementary-age children. The opportunity to interact in your child’s class is fun and educational while allowing for flexibility for volunteers in scheduling and presentation. Contact Dana Fong 385-770-0897 with any questions. If you would be interested in helping with this amazing program, please sign up here.
  • Reflections Awards Lunch – On November 15 at 11:40 am, there will be an Awards Lunch in the library for all the students who participated in Reflections.
Coin Drive November 15 – 19
Next week, November 15 – 19, we are excited to participate in our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive! This year will be Alpine Elementary’s 11th year helping provide meals for children at our sister school in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 650 students attend Candlelight School, and nearly all of them are orphans or children living on the streets. They receive their only meal of the day at school. Our Coin Drive donations directly fund their lunch program for the year. See the attachments to learn more about the Candlelight School.
Missing Scooter
I have attached a photo of a Prodigy scooter that has gone missing at the school. If you have seen or know where this scooter is, please contact the school.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 5. 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!
Arianna Anderson-3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Anna Buchanan-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Elias Casey-2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Chase Christensen-5th grade, Ms. Dale
Savannah Clawson-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Skylee Gunn-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Conley Hughes-2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Kimball Hunter-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Deacon Joseph-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
James Leininger-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Lilah McConnon-6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
McKenzie Perez-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Lucy Taylor-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Kaere Winitana-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Abigail Woodbury-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Outside the Principal’s Office
We had another gorgeous Fall weekend! It was the opportune time to rake leaves. I don’t know about you, but I experience a great feeling of accomplishment when I spend several hours raking leaves and seeing the lush green grass as the aftermath. However, autumn leaves continue to fall from trees, so there is more work to do next weekend. A metaphor for life? The events in our lives never remain neat and orderly. There is always more work to do!
I enjoyed a beautiful bike ride up to South Fork on Saturday morning. A magnificent fall day with several wild turkeys, feeding in nearby fields, checking me out as I pedaled away!
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 11/1/2021

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Another Halloween Gone
Can you believe we have turned the calendar to November? We enjoyed bringing back our long-standing tradition of a Halloween Parade on Friday, October 29. It was fun to see the students in their different costumes. I learned that a lot of our students don’t know who Colonel Sanders is, but I appreciate Martha Hadlock and Sheri Davis, our office secretaries, being good sports and joining the Colonel in some very hot chicken costumes.
PTA
  • PTA Meeting this Thursday – Anyone who is interested can come to our monthly PTA meeting happening this Thursday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 am in the faculty room. We would love for you to join us and give your input!
  • Free Skate Night – Nov. 9 from 5 to 9 pm at Classic Skate in Orem. Come enjoy a free skate night for the family, on us!
  • Spirit Night – Anytime on Nov. 16 at Yummy Ice Cream Emporium in Highland! 25% of that day’s proceeds will go to our school!
  • Fall Festival –Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped stage a successful Fall Festival. The weather cooperated and a fun time was had by all in attendance.
Parking During Drop-off and Pick-up Times
We have received some complaints about how parents are parking around the school during drop-off and pick-up times. Please do not get out of your vehicle unless you are parked in a designated parking area. Safety of students during these drop off and pick up times is our number one priority. We occasionally have a Lone Peak police officer at the school when students arrive or are dismissed, but on most days we rely on the common courtesy that adults need to display when dropping off or picking up their students. Please be considerate of others during these transition times!
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, October 29. 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!
Kaci Beagley-3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Claire DeVilliers-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Andrew Hafen-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Kate Hafen-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
London Johnson-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Ruby Jones-6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Mark Kelley-3rd grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Quinn Kelly-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Shannen Kitchell-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Dylan Kusch-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Glen Perez-2nd grade, Ms. Andersen
Boston Smith-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Abbie Smith-2nd grade, Mrs. Orgill
Lucas Tanner-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Millie Willis-6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Outside the Principal’s Office
What a beautiful fall weekend we had! Saturday was the best! I enjoyed a morning bike ride up Suncrest where the view of the valley and Utah Lake are breathtaking. We had a late afternoon family gathering at our daughter’s house in Saratoga Springs followed by an army of grandchildren going trick-or-treating in a neighborhood that has so many young children it looked like Disneyland. And then to culminate the day, a trip to LaVell Edwards Stadium to watch an exciting high scoring football game, with the Cougs prevailing 66 – 49 over their former coach Bronco Mendenhall and his University of Virginia team. The game reminded me of the type of high scoring shootouts I observed when I was a student at BYU 1979 – 1982. I didn’t get home from the game until 1:00 am, but there was nothing but memories of a day well-lived as I drifted off to sleep.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary