As we enter our final week of school in 2021, I want to wish the entire Alpine Elementary Community the happiest of holiday seasons. May your greatest gift be the quality time you spend with family and friends!
Our students will be performing for parents in our annual Christmas Sing at 9:30 am on Thursday, December 16. All grade levels will sing two songs on the gym stage stairs, starting with preschoolers at 9:30 am and finishing with our sixth graders.
December 17 is a Minimal Day and students will be dismissed at 12:45 pm. Students wanting a school lunch will be served lunch at the following times and will return to their classrooms to eat. There will be no lunch recess on the Minimal Day.
The snowfall last week was an early Christmas gift for our state that is experiencing depleted water levels. And a welcome sight for the winter sports enthusiasts! On snowy roads, please allow extra driving time and be cautious while driving your students to school.
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Students walk by the Lost and Found daily, but not very many items are being reclaimed. All parents are welcome to come to the school and look for your students’ missing items in the Lost and Found. Or if you are planning on coming to the Christmas Sing, you can check the Lost and Found for any missing items your student might have.
As we told you during our Candlelight School Coin Drive, the money raised is used to feed children at the school. Fred and Alice Afwai, the founders of the school, send us receipts for the purchased food. We recently received receipts for 50 bags of beans purchased for 300,000 shillings = $2688.33, and 100 bags of maize (corn meal) for 250,000 shillings = $2223.61. We are so grateful that the Alpine Elementary contribution is feeding hungry children in Nairobi, Kenya!
First Grade Chinese Immersion Application
Parents of current kindergartners can apply for admission to the first grade Chinese Immersion Program at Alpine Elementary, December 15 – January 31. Here is the link to the Alpine School District Dual Language Immersion application site.
Battle of the Books
Students participating in Battle of the Books and who have read at least three books will have a pizza party in the library on the following days:
5th Grade—Monday, December 13
6th Grade—Tuesday, December 14
At the party, students will eat lunch in the library and are assigned to teams. They also get a cool t-shirt and will start collaborating and strategizing as a team.
A huge thank you to Danny and Chelsea Hertig of Riley’s Carpet Cleaning for sponsoring our Battle of the Books program this year! And another huge thank you to Stewart Goodwin of Goodwin Media for the awesome t-shirt design!
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, December 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!
Jane Adams-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Piper Ainge-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Rockwell Alexander-6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Harrison Barrett-2nd grade, Ms. Andersen
Jacob Buchanan-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Sarah Buchanan-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lacey Frazier-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Elizabeth Hymas-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Anders Lind-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Helena Mercado-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Landon Reynolds-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Daxton Reynolds-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Michael Reynolds-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Liv Reynolds-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Ava Scoville-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Outside the Principal’s Office
Most of you know my primary hobby and form of exercise is pedaling a road bike or the Peloton in our basement. Because I am ultra-competitive, and at my current stage of life, I only compete against myself. Consequently, I use an app called Strava to track all of my rides. I am always interested in how far I have ridden, how long I’m on the bike, my average miles per hours, and the average watts generated on each ride. I recently wanted to know how many miles I had ridden in 2021. I was surprised to learn that I have pedaled a bike 3,339 miles for the calendar year to date. By my calculations, that distance would be the equivalent of biking from my home in Cedar Hills to New York City, and I would currently be in Omaha, Nebraska on my homeward bound trip. Amazing how the little milestones in life over time add up to significant accomplishments!
Have a wonderful Holiday Break, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal