With some late donations, we increased out total contribution level to $20,000, an all-time high, for the Candlelight School in Nairobi, Kenya! We are so grateful to the entire Alpine Elementary Community for the generous donations that will help feed children in Nairobi, Kenya. I received the following message from Fred Afwai, who cofounded the school with his wife Alice:
Dear Mr. Perdue
Much greetings from us here in Kenya. On behalf of Candlelight Schools I wish to take this moment to thank you and the Alpine School Community for all the support you’ve shown us throughout the years we have partnered with your school.
You’ve always been people I could call our “biggest supporters.”
What it means the most to us is that you take extra miles to ensure our children are well taken care of. We always appreciate your continued generosity towards us and always feel loved.
May our Loving Heavenly Father bless you all
Alpine Eagle Choir
Congratulations to the Alpine Eagle Choir for their outstanding performances for staff, students and parents last week! We are sad the choir won’t get to perform at the same venues as previous years, but pandemic after effects rear their ugly head. And a huge shout out to Music Teacher and Choir Director, Melinda Hunt, for the passion and love of music that she shares with our choir students.
December PTA Swag Giveaway! – Just a reminder that TODAY is our final day for our Swag Giveaway! All you have to do to enter the Giveaway is follow @alpineelementarypta (one word) on Instagram or Alpine Elementary PTA on Facebook and tag one Alpine Elementary friend per comment! The more tags you have, the more chances to win! The Giveaway is open until TONIGHT at 10 pm and then we’ll announce the winners. Winners receive FREE long-sleeve Alpine Elementary shirts for ALL the elementary kids in your household, as well as FREE Chick-fil-A meals for your family! A second-place winner will get a family Chick-fil-A pack too!
Spirit Store Open for Orders Until Dec. 8th – Our new Alpine Elementary Spirit Store is open online for orders until Dec. 8th! This includes newly-designed long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and blankets. You can choose colors and create spirit wear that your kids will love. Get your order in for Christmas now!
School Community Council Meeting
Our School Community Council will be meeting 9:30 – 10:30 am on Thursday, December 9 in our Conference Room. Any parent is welcome to attend.
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:
4th Grade—Thursday, December 9
3rd Grade—Friday, December 10
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 3. 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!
Brigham Adams-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Levi Andersen-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Kenzie Bennett-3rd grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Ethan Chi-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Oscar Clarke-5th grade, Ms. Dale
Anna Rose Cox-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Jude Crump-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Olivia Heath-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Hattie Jones-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Eliza Merrell-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Elliot Nash-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
MaryKate Smith-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Grace Verzello-2nd grade, Ms. Andersen
Lila Woodbury-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Outside the Principal’s Office
I promise I will not give you a weekly update of my weekend BYU sports viewing experiences, but the BYU women’s soccer team’s incredible semifinal win over Santa Clara Friday night actually has an Alpine Elementary connection. After two scoreless 45-minute halves and two ten-minute overtimes, the game was decided by penalty kicks. Alternating kicks by each team, and the team who scores the most goals after five kicks wins the game, unless more kicks are needed. Take seven minutes out of your life and watch this. So incredibly nerve wracking and exciting in real time!
The goal keeper for BYU, Cassidy Smith, is a former Alpine Elementary student. She is a triplet and has seven sisters. The youngest Smith sister is a second grader at our school. And who taught Cassidy in sixth grade? Our own Mrs. Monson!
If you are interested, BYU plays Florida State for the National Championship at 6:00 pm on Monday evening, and the game can be viewed on ESPNU.
What if we celebrated academic growth, student achievement, and individual light bulb moments at Alpine Elementary like these other BYU athletic teams rejoiced in the women’s soccer team’s victory?
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal