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Eagle News 5/24/2021

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This Week’s Schedule
To enable parents with more than one child at Alpine Elementary to participate in all of the events in the final days of school, we have adjusted the schedule for Wednesday, May 26.
9:15 – 9:45 Awards Assembly, Parents having students recognized at the Awards Assembly were notified via email on Friday, May 21.
9:50 – 10:25 Sixth Grade Pillow Concert
10:30 – 11:30 Kindergarten Graduation
Students will be dismissed at 10:35 pm on the final day of school, May 27. We invite parents to attend our Flag Ceremony at 10:15 am in front of the school at the flag pole.
School Schedule 2021 – 2022
For the upcoming school year, students at Alpine Elementary will be on a 9:15 am – 3:30 pm daily schedule. We are excited to recapture the hour of lost instructional time that was lost this year. There will be no day of the week that has an early release. All elementary schools in the Alpine School District will be on a 9:15 am – 3:30 pm or 8:00 am – 2:15 schedule. There will no longer be two-track schools (i.e. Westfield and Ridgeline) where students come to school as an Early Bird or Later Gator. All elementary students will be on one of the two schedules mentioned above. District wide bus route considerations were used to determine which schools had the 8:00 am or 9:15 am start time. This afternoon, parents will receive an email from the Alpine School District informing them of the schedules of all of the elementary schools.
School Carnival
We are excited to be able to celebrate the end of this year with a Spring Carnival here at Alpine Elementary. The Carnival will be TODAY May 24th, from 4:00-7:00pm. There will be carnival games, a rock wall, and food trucks. We have Cupbop, a Taco Truck, Barbecue, and a Churro Truck.  Our school PTA will be getting 10% of all proceeds. Please come and bring your whole family!
We need a few more volunteers to help setup tables and chairs from 2:30-3:00pm, and clean up following the carnival at 7:00-7:30pm. If you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
PTA News
We are excited to introduce the new PTA Board for the year of 2021-2022!
President – Suzanne Campbell
President Elect – Shauna Roundy
Secretary – Tiffany Petty
Treasurer- Pam Olsen
Membership VP – Jennica Woodbury
Advocacy VP – Stacie Mellor
Leadership VP – Yasmin Taylor
We appreciate these ladies stepping up and being a part of the PTA board for next year. They have a lot of great ideas and will do an amazing job!
We would like to express our appreciation to the teachers and staff, and the parents at Alpine Elementary who have made this year such a great year under such difficult circumstances. We made it! And we are stronger for it!
End of Mask Mandate May 24
As we enter the final week of school, we remind parents that masks for students, parents and staff are encouraged but no longer required. Masks are optional the final four days of school!
Lost and Found
Please encourage your students to check our Lost and Found, or parents can come to the school and reclaim any Lost and Found items. You can see from the attached photos that we have gathered lots of items that need to return to their original home.
Summer Library
Beginning on June 7, our incredible Library Aide, Janece Thompson, will be opening the library for students on Mondays (except July 12), 9:30 – 11:30 am. Thank you, Janece!
Outside the Principal’s Office
As we enter the last week of the 2020 – 2021 school year, I am so grateful that we have been able to have a full school year as we all dealt with the effects of a worldwide pandemic. On August 17, when we started the school year, how many of you thought we would have a school year with no closures? We all have family and friends in other states who have not been able to send their children to school for the entire school year.
As the principal at Alpine Elementary, I am humbled and grateful for the trust and confidence that parents have had to send their most prized possessions, their children, to school as an unpredictable and emotionally charged pandemic raged across the world.
Not once, did a member of the Alpine Elementary staff member come to me this school year and say, “This isn’t right. How can we be expected to work and do our job in these conditions?” We are grateful that the dedicated and resilient faculty at Alpine Elementary came to work since August 17, understanding that a personal vaccination of love and nurturing and providing as normal of a school experience as possible for children, would help our students to feel safe and protected in uncertain times. Thank you, Alpine Elementary Community for making this a successful school year!
Have a safe and enjoyable Summer Break, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

5/17/2021

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End of Mask Mandate May 24
The Alpine School District will follow Governor Cox’s recent announcement that masks will be optional in the school beginning on May 24. Students, parents and staff can choose whether or not they want to wear a mask in the school from May 24 forward.
School Schedule
The Alpine School Board voted last Tuesday to have all elementary schools move to an 8:00 am – 2:15 pm or 9:15 am – 3:30 pm schedule for students next year, and our licensed staff will transition to a 7:30 am – 4:00 pm contract day. Our start time will be determined by district bus route times, and we are still anxiously waiting to be informed what the start time for students will be next year. As soon as we are notified what our student start time will be, we will communicate with parents.
School Carnival
We are excited to be able to celebrate the end of this year with a Spring Carnival here at Alpine Elementary. The Carnival will be on Monday, May 24th from 4:00-7:00pm. There will be carnival games, a rock wall, and food trucks. Come enjoy some fun for the whole family!
 We need a few volunteers to help setup tables and chairs from 2:30-3:00pm, and clean up following the carnival at 7:00-7:30pm. If you are able to help, please sign up with this link
Student Council Elections
We are grateful for all of the 5th grade students who ran for a Student Council position. Next year’s elected sixth grade student council officers:
President—Daniel Snow
Vice-President—Brody Burr
Secretary—Claire Hamilton
Treasurer—Max Bergquist
School Enrollment for 2021 – 2022
Please let the main office know ASAP if your child will not be attending Alpine Elementary for the 2021 – 2022 school year.
Toner Cartridges
Last call to recycle any of your toner cartridges. We have a box in our Staff Room and the school receives money for the recycled cartridges.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, May 14. 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!
Brielle Anson– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Bailey Braden– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Austin Crawley– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sean Dilts– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Dane Goodwin– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Talia Graham– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchsion
Quinn Haas– 1st grade, Mrs. Johnson
Nora Jensen– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Faith Kafi– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Will Lacey– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Chat Lawrence– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lilly Larsen– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Sam Petty– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Emmett Rasmussen– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Porter Smith– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Avery Taylor– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Andrew Telles– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Zane Vigil– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Claire Voisin– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Paisley Walker– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Jacob Wilson– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Abby Young– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Outside the Principal’s Office
This is the time of year that I will often take a long bike ride on Saturday mornings, which gives me the opportunity to think about a variety of topics. Family, work, upcoming church teaching responsibilities are often the focus of my thoughts as I pedal my bike. This past Saturday I was thinking about spontaneous kindness. Friday night, after eating at a restaurant, Laura and I were in the drive through at Dairy Queen to get a Butterfinger Blizzard (Laura) and chocolate dip cone (me). When we got to the window to pay, the young lady working the drive through informed us that someone three vehicles in front of us had paid the bill for the three cars behind him/her, and we were car number three! What an unexpected kindness! We decided to pay it backward and paid for whatever the car behind us had ordered.
On Friday morning, I observed another act of spontaneous kindness. The third graders had their annual “Drop an Egg off the Roof” activity. I got to climb on the roof with Head Custodian, Mike Carter, and drop all of the different egg protection devices/contraptions the students had created. While I was dropping eggs off the roof one third grader arrived late to school, and in our office was very distraught that he didn’t have anything to drop an egg in, like all of the other third graders. Our two amazing front office secretaries, Martha Hadlock and Sheri Davis, saw how upset the boy was and immediately, using their improvisational skills, went about creating an egg protection device for a student who was inconsolable. And because of the kindness of two compassionate ladies in our main office, the student was able to have his egg dropped from the roof, albeit the last one, and from my vantage point, the egg did not break! Spontaneous kindness that will never be forgotten by a student, or me!
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 5/10/2021

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Second Grade Glow Performances
Our second graders will be performing “Glow” this week in the gymnasium. Please remember to wear your masks when you come into the school.
  • Tuesday, May 11— 11:15 – 11:45 am, Ms. Andersen
  • Tuesday, May 11—1:00 – 1:30 pm, Mrs. Blodgett
  • Wednesday, May 12—11:15 – 11:45 am, Mrs. Wallace
  • Thursday, May 13—11:15 – 11:45 am, Ms. Moore
Buy One Get One Free Book Fair
It is the Buy One Get One Free Book Fair Week. Students can shop for books during their regularly assigned library time. Parents and students can shop before and after
school at the listed times. To keep everyone safe at the school, masks are
required and access to the book fair will be limited to 50 people at a time.
Tuesday – Thursday
8:30—9:00 am, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Friday
8:30-9:00 am 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Parent volunteers are needed at the Book Fair. You can sign up here:
No Kindergarten May 10 – 14
There will be no kindergarten May 10 – 14 as our kindergarten teachers will be administering the Kindergarten Entry and Exit (KEEP) Assessment. The final day of school for kindergartners will be May 26.
Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year
On Friday, May 7 fourth grade Chinese teacher, Anna Moore, was recognized as the Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year. Ms. Moore had a surprise visit in her classroom from Superintendent Farnsworth and other guests on Friday morning, as she received her Teacher of the Year recognition. The Lone Peak Cluster includes six elementary schools, two middle schools and LPHS. The principal at each school nominates a teacher for recognition, and for the second year in a row, the Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year is one of our own at Alpine Elementary. Last year, kindergarten teacher, Colleen Aitchison, was recognized as the Cluster Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Ms. Moore!
New Marquee
Have you seen the new marquee in front of the school? After several months of not being able to communicate with our patrons on the old reader board that was vandalized in October, we are grateful for the new electronic marquee. As part of her administrative internship, I gave fifth grade teacher, McKayla Hill, the responsibility to work with the school district, the sign vendor and the City of Alpine to handle all of the logistics of getting the marquee up and running. Thank you, Mrs. Hill for all of your hard work and patience to see this project through to the end. We are also grateful to secretaries Martha Hadlock and Sheri Davis for completing the online training necessary to program the marquee.
School Carnival
We will be having a school carnival on Monday, May 24, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be carnival games and food trucks. More information will be coming your way soon.
Custodial Help Needed
We are in need of two custodial sweepers to replace two of our current employees who will soon be leaving to serve missions. Possible candidates need to be at least 16 years old. Contact our Head Custodian, Mike Carter, [email protected], if you know of someone who would like to apply for the job.
School Enrollment for 2021 – 2022
Please let the main office know ASAP if your child will not be attending Alpine Elementary for the 2021 – 2022 school year.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, May 7. 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!
Savvi Anderson– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Olivia Belnap– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Bryce Bird– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Krew Clark– 4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Charlee Crump– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Georgie Cvetko– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Rosie Ence– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Violet Frazier– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Gracie Gillespie– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Ben Hamilton– 5th grade, Mr. Horan
Evie Hansen– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Cambree Heggerhorst– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Olivia Heise– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Lilah McConnon–5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
David Mercado– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Levi Moore– 4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Jared Olsen– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Jane Rasmussen– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Addie Sorensen– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Tony Stone– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Grace Verzello– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Outside the Principal’s Office
For any road bikers out there, the Alpine Loop is now open to cyclists. The road has been plowed, with minimal road debris left behind. This is the best time of the year to bike The Loop. The gates are locked at Pine Hollow Trailhead and the Stewart Falls parking lot, so there are no cars that cyclists need to worry about on the upper portion of the road. It was fun to bike the Alpine Loop for the first time in 2021 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

Eagle News 5/3/2021

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Staff Appreciation Week
Thank you to all of the parents who helped with Staff Appreciation Week! The Alpine Elementary faculty felt of your gratitude for all that has been done during very challenging times to provide our students a quality education since August 17. A special thank you to Mary Field, Jennica Woodbury and Lizzy Snyder for all they did to coordinate the different events for Staff Appreciation Week!
We would like to thank Susie Foods for the Syrupdipity butter and syrup spread they donated to all faculty members. (see Susiefoods.com or https://www.facebook.com/SusieFoods for more flavors and information).
PTA News
Save the date! This year we are going to have an Alpine Elementary Carnival. It will be on May 24 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. We hope we can all celebrate together this amazing year. Custom Event will be coming with blow up rides and carnival games. We will also have yummy food trucks. Bring the whole family!
Our last PTA meeting of the year will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, in the teacher’s lounge at 9:15. Everyone is invited.
School Assemblies and Facemasks
We had our first assembly of the school year and the first event this school year that parents were invited to on April 29. The fourth grade State of Utah Program. The fourth graders under the enthusiastic direction of our music teacher, Melinda Hunt, were outstanding in their performance. Our sixth graders will have their Sixth Grade Dance at 1:15 pm on Friday, May 7 and our second graders will be performing their Glow Program on May 11, 12 , 13, depending on which class they are in. There were several parents who chose not to wear masks at the fourth grade program. Please remember to wear masks when in the school for any reason, including school programs!
Buy One Get One Free Bookfair
The Buy One Get One Free Bookfair will be May 11 – 14. See the attached flyer for more details.
No Kindergarten May 10 – 14
There will be no kindergarten May 10 – 14 as our kindergarten teachers will be administering the Kindergarten Entry and Exit (KEEP) Assessment. The final day of school for kindergartners will be May 26.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, April 30. 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!
Benson Anderson– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
Charley Balser– 5th grade, Mr. Horan
Rex Blackham– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Leah Clawson– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Josh Crump– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Avri Davidson– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Patrick Gheciu– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Daisy McConnon– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Madison Morris– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Tagg Nelsen– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Sage Nielsen– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Quincy Peper- 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Parker Rodman– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Nick Steuart– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Owen Taylor– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Daegan Tedrow– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Elliot Wood– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Rockwell Young– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Grady Zito– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Outside the Principal’s Office
Do you know who the Iron Cowboy is? James Lawrence is a Utah County resident who performs amazing physical feats with Ironman Triathlons. An Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on a bike, and running a full marathon, 26.2 miles. For most mortals, completing an Ironman Triathlon is a lifetime accomplishment. In 2015, the Iron Cowboy completed 50 Ironman Triathlons in 50 states on 50 consecutive days! He is currently attempting to complete 100 Ironmans in 100 consecutive days! Saturday, May 1 was Ironman 62. He does the same course everyday: swim in the Lindon Aquatic Center, bike to Payson with three loops west of town, and marathon in Orem, Lindon and Pleasant Grove, using the Murdock Trail. On Saturday, I joined with James and several other bike riders for the bike ride portion of his Ironman. Fun day for me, but I went home after the 112-mile bike ride. James still had a 26.2 mile marathon to complete. The mental toughness to go to bed each night knowing that another Ironman Triathlon awaits James the next day, as he completes an Ironman on 100 consecutive days is difficult to for me to even comprehend. Thinking about the Ironman Cowboy’s physical and mental capabilities during Saturday’s almost six-hour bike ride gave me the strength and desire to finish the ride with James and the other riders. Just keep on pedaling, a wonderful metaphor for life!
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 4/26/2021

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Staff Appreciation Week
It is Staff Appreciation Week! Our incredible PTA and other parent volunteers have scheduled multiple ways of saying thank you to our staff this week. Check out (see attached photo) how our main door entry by the flag pole is decorated on Monday.
We would love to show appreciation from the parents to all of our wonderful teachers and staff this year with a flood of thank you notes.
If you choose to participate in this effort, you can E-mail the teacher/staff directly (see school website if you don’t know the email: https://alpine.alpineschools.org/faculty-staff/)
If you have a desire to give the teachers/staff more than a thank you note, here is a document with a list of faculty favorites:
Here is what the happening this week:
Monday—Thank you notes
Tuesday—Soft ice cream bar in faculty room
Wednesday—Lunch provided by the PTA
Thursday—Waffle kits delivered to classrooms with Susie’s Original Syrupdipity Spread
Friday—Taco Food Truck serving lunch
The Alpine Elementary staff do an incredible job of working with your students in any given year. Having said that, students, parents and staff will always remember the “Year of the Pandemic”. The fact that our staff has been face-to-face with students since August 17 when so many other places in the country have not opened their schools is reason for celebration. We appreciate all that the PTA is doing this week to say thank you to the Alpine Elementary faculty!
Fourth Grade Utah Program
At 1:45 pm on Thursday, April 29 our 4th graders will be performing their Utah State Program. Parents are welcome to attend but must be wearing masks. We will livestream the program if you want to stay home and watch it. I will send you a link later in the week.
Acadience Testing
The third and final Acadience reading assessment will be administered on Thursday, April 29. Acadience is the diagnostic test all K-3 graders takes to assess their foundational reading skills.
No Kindergarten May 10 – 14
There will be no kindergarten May 10 – 14 as our kindergarten teachers will be administering the Kindergarten Entry and Exit (KEEP) Assessment. The final day of school for kindergartners will be May 26.
School Schedule 2021 – 2022
I have had some questions as to whether a decision has been made on next year’s schedule. We have received feedback from our faculty Leadership Team and almost everyone wanted to recapture lost instructional time, but find some sort of schedule that gives teachers the opportunity to work with students that need extra interventions. I and other principals have shared the feedback we are getting from teachers with our Supervisors, who in turn, have communicated with other District leaders. On Tuesday, April 27 the Alpine School District School Board will be discussing next year’s schedule and will probably vote on the 2021 – 2022 proposed schedule in the May 11 School Board Meeting.
State Testing Opt Outs
Our 3rd – 6th graders are beginning their end-of-year state standardized tests called RISE Assessments. All 3rd – 6th graders take a English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessment and the 4th – 6th graders also take a Science assessment. If you do not want your child to participate in the state assessments, please notify your student’s teacher and you will need sign an opt out form.
Teacher Requests
We will be accepting Teacher Request Forms (attached) until April 30. Because of the staffing changes next year, we will only be accepting Teacher Requests in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. There will only be one non-Chinese teacher, Mrs. Keller, in 4th grade. Both non-Chinese teachers in 5th grade are newly hired staff members. The students in Mrs. Hill’s 5th grade class will be in her class for 6th grade; consequently, there will be no teacher requests in the non-Chinese classes in grades 4, 5 and 6.
In May, our grade level teams will place students into next year’s classes. We make every effort to create classes that are balanced by gender, and academic/behavioral factors. We do our best to honor Teacher Requests from parents, but please know that turning in a Teacher Request Form does not guarantee class placement.
Ink and Toner Recycle
Just a reminder that we have a recycle box in the Staff Room for your old ink and toner cartridges. Place the old cartridges in a plastic bag and deposit in the recycle box. Alpine Elementary receives money for the recycled ink and toner cartridges. Thank you!
Outside the Principal’s Office
On Saturday, I biked with my bike team, Epic, from University Mall in Provo to Hobble Creek Canyon where we climbed both forks of the canyon. Saturday’s ride was wonderful, with no complications. Some of you may remember a different experience I had biking Hobble Creek Canyon in April 2018.
At the top of the right fork, I had a flat tire which I repaired, but unfortunately as I was riding down the mountain, I soon had another flat tire on the same wheel, so then I had a real predicament! We were miles above a locked gate so no cars would be driving by to help, no cell service and an inoperable bike! I told the friend I was with to ride down the mountain and call Laura and I would start walking down the road toward the locked gate, which in my clip-in bike shoes, would take a couple of hours. Fortunately, my friend told two members of our bike team who were waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain what had happened and they rode back up the mountain to rescue me. What loyal friends, right? My friend Blake is 5’9” maybe a 150 pounds. I am 6’2” 210 pounds, but nevertheless, he told me to sit on his bike while he straddled the frame and we coasted down the mountain as I carried my bike on my back to the locked gate, where I hitched a ride with a stranger and called my son in Mapleton to come pick up the weary bike rider in Springville. A bike ride for the ages! Don’t believe that story? Check out the attached photos!
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 4/19/2021

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Staffing 2021 – 2022
We are losing some staff members, all incredible teachers, at the end of the school year:
  • Petra Chou, 1st Grade Chinese Teacher—Mrs. Chou’s husband has accepted a job to join the faculty at BYU-Hawaii, so the Chou family will be moving to Oahu.
  • Meilina Moore, 2nd Grade—Ms. Moore is resigning to pursue other educational employment opportunities.
  • Maureen Wallace, 2nd Grade—Mrs. Wallace, our longest tenured teacher, is retiring after 31 years as a classroom teacher.
  • Kaylin Padgett, 5th Grade—Mrs. Padgett will be teaching 5th grade at Vineyard Elementary next year, within walking distance of where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Here are the staffing assignments for the 2021 – 2022 school year:
Preschool
Kathy Thompson
Kindergarten
Colleen Aitchison (half-time)
Jen Malone
First Grade
Bridgette Bailey
Mykel Johnson
Connie Faux—Chinese Partner Teacher
Chinese Teacher—To be hired
Second Grade
Vicki Andersen
Tammy Orgill—currently in 4th grade
Sara Henderson—Chinese Partner Teacher, new hire
Daphne Blodgett—Chinese Teacher
Third Grade
Aubri Elder
Katherine Kaczmarek—currently in 6th grade
Amy Duke—Chinese Partner Teacher
Rui Chen—Chinese Teacher
Fourth Grade
Denise Keller
Maudie Vipperman—Chinese Partner Teacher
Anna Moore—Chinese Teacher
Fifth Grade
Alyssa Dale—new hire
Nicole Menssen—new hire
Jonathan Horan—Chinese Partner Teacher
Dawn Chang—Chinese Teacher
Sixth Grade
McKayla Hill—currently in 5th grade
Megan Reyes
Mimi Monson—Chinese Partner Teacher
Sharon Kuo—Chinese Teacher
Science Lab
Rebecca Bergquist
Special Education
Natalie Davies
Jill Johnson
Ellen Palsson
Shelley Tilton (half-time)
Tim Zito
Specialty Teachers
Jaime Clement–Computers
Melinda Hunt—Music
Paula Ruesch—Library
Angela Tanner—Beverly Sorenson Art Teacher
Instructional Coaches
Jenna Berry
Maren Williams
Counselor
Tyrene Hartsell (half-time)
Nurse
Karen Hopkins
Social Worker
Gina Zupan
Teacher Requests
We will be accepting Teacher Request Forms (attached) until April 30. Because of the staffing changes next year, we will only be accepting Teacher Requests in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. There will only be one non-Chinese teacher, Mrs. Keller, in 4th grade. Both non-Chinese teachers in 5th grade are newly hired staff members. The students in Mrs. Hill’s 5th grade class will be in her class for 6th grade; consequently, there will be no teacher requests in the non-Chinese classes in grades 4, 5 and 6. Students in the classes affected by teachers moving to other grade levels or working in another school next year will be informed by their teachers today.
In May, our grade level teams will place students into next year’s classes. We make every effort to create classes that are balanced by gender, and academic/behavioral factors. We do our best to honor Teacher Requests from parents, but please know that turning in a Teacher Request Form does not guarantee class placement.
PTA News
Alpine Elementary is having a Crumbl Cookie School Fundraiser Tuesday April 20th, from 8am-10pm. This will only be at the LEHI TRAVERSE PKWY location. Come in and mention Alpine Elementary and 50% of the proceeds will come back to our school. If you are ordering online enter Alpine in the name line. Thank you for your support!
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, April 16. 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!
Sawyer Ainge– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Rachel Christenson– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Annabelle Collins– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Jett Gunn– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Rayne Harward– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Ashlynn Hernandez– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Dean Hsiao– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Owen Lanham– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Nella Morton– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Holland Pace– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Rachel Proctor– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Saylor Reeve– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Ryelle Roundy– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Stewart Smith– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Isobel Spencer– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Outside the Principal’s Office
Did anyone else spend time this past weekend doing yard work? I mowed our lawn for the first time in 2021, and is always the reality at this time of the year, there is lots of unwanted plant life growing in our yard and flower beds, so some weeding needs to be done at our home as the Spring growing season brings the lawn, flowers and weeds to life.
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 4/12/2021

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I hope all of the Alpine Elementary Community had an enjoyable Spring Break. Only seven weeks of school left in a school year that none of us will ever forget! We have an 8th grade grandson in Oregon who was able to return to school on a modified schedule in February, and finally returns to full-day, five-day-a-week school on April 19. Even with the COVID-19 challenges we have faced this year. I am so grateful that at Alpine Elementary, we have had students in school since August 17!
Mask Mandate
April 10 ends the mask mandate in some locations on Utah, but not in schools. The mask mandate continues in all K-12 schools. Students, parents and staff are still expected to wear masks in schools, at least through June 15.
Maturation Classes
Fifth grade parents should have already received a communication from your student’s teacher, that we will be having our Maturation Classes, 1:30 – 2:30 pm on April 15. All parents need to have turned in a consent form if they want their students to participate in the Maturation Classes. The girls will be meeting in the gym and the boys in the library. Parents are welcome to attend if they are wearing masks. The instruction this year will be provided in a video format prepared by the health providers in the State of Utah. We will have a place for students to go if parents want their students opted out of the Maturation presentation.
Kindergarten Registration
If you didn’t register your incoming kindergartner before April 2, please come into our main office and get your student registered!
Online Attendance
Please remember that you can now excuse your student absences online. Once again, the instructions on how to excuse students online are attached.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, April 2. 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!
Ruby Barrett– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Oliver Blackham– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Rachel Christenson– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Reed Christofferson– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Aiden Cluff– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Reese Davidson– 2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Paul Favero– 2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Nicholas Gheciu– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Morgin Hansen– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Porter Hertig– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Ezme Hoard– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Nora Lee– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Hazel Ransom– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Zia Taylor– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Lindsey Tomkinson– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
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Aloha! I write you from Maalaea on the island of Maui! Laura and I won’t be returning to Utah until April 14. We had planned to travel to Hawaii for the first time to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in April 2020, but COVID-19 essentially shut the world down, so one year later, we have spent a wonderful Spring Break in the Hawaiian Islands. Three days in Oahu and five days in Maui. And just like all of the other fair skinned haoles, we have experienced a variety of island pleasures: hiked Diamond Head, visited the North Shore (ran into Brigham from Ms. Elder’s third grade class and his family on the grounds of the Laie Temple), went to Pearl Harbor and visited the USS Arizona Memorial, snorkeled outside our condo in a bay (coral cuts legs and fingers if you aren’t careful), went on a commercial boat for more snorkeling in beautiful clear water full of amazing sea life in the Pacific Ocean, drove the Road to Hanna and hiked to Waimoku Falls in the Haleakala National Park, and ate lots of delicious food. A Spring Break that we will never forget!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 3/29/2021

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Final week of school for before Spring Break and the calendar turns over to April! Hard to believe that we only have two months of school left in what has been a school year never to be forgotten.
Final Day of Reading Week and PTA Meeting
Today is the last day of our Reading Week at Alpine Elementary. We hope that there have been a lot of kids reading this past week!  We are encouraging all students to keep track of minutes read or being read to at home.
Enter your minutes, TODAY Monday, March 29, by 10 pm. It will only take seconds to enter your student’s name, teacher, and total minutes.
You can click here to record total minutes or refer to the PTA Newsletter on the Alpine Elementary website.  Be sure to add any food allergies. Alternate treats are available for those with allergies. The top ten students from each grade who have entered the highest number of minutes will receive a Crumbl cookie !
Our next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 30th at 9:15 in the staff Room at Alpine Elementary. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Battle of the Books
Our 5th grade Battle of the Books team participated at the District competition on Saturday, March 27 at AFJHS. The “We Survived the Great COVID-19” team of Adrienne Bodily, Ari Ingo, Lily Goodwin, Kyrie and Aria VanVactor (filling in for Ava Scoville) tied or won five of their six battles and were excellent representatives of Alpine Elementary! A huge thank you to our librarian Paula Ruesch, for organizing this year and every year’s, Battle of the Books. What a wonderful way to get students engaged and excited about reading.
On Saturday, Mrs. Ruesch introduced me to Keely Giles, the librarian at Vineyard Elementary. Eleven years ago, Keely brought Battle of the Books to Utah after seeing how much her sister’s children in Eugene, Oregon enjoyed BOB. As a native Oregonian, I didn’t know that BOB in Utah has its origins in my home state.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration will continue through April 2. Please come into our office and get the necessary registration materials for any kindergartner who will be starting the 2021 – 22 school year. A child needs to be five-years-old before September 1, 2021 to be able to enroll in kindergarten.
Online Attendance
We are excited to inform parents that they can now excuse student absences online on Skyward! See the attached flyer for step-by-step instructions.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, March 26. 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– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Jaxton Bennett– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Reese Clark– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Benjamin Garcia– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Rebecca Hale– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Gracie Hartley– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Conley Hughes– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Ruby Mason– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Jenica Morris– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Violet Olson– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Ethan Passey– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Addison Rose– 1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Callen Shin– 1st grade, Mrs. Johnson
Quail Smith– 1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Viktoria Wilcox– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Outside the Principal’s Office
When I bike up Suncrest, as I did on Saturday morning, I always think of man I never met, but is legendary in the Utah Valley biking community. When you come to the four-way stop near the Suncrest Village Green Park, if you turn left, there is another half-mile climb up to Oak Summit Drive, the most difficult part of the Suncrest ascent. On June 17, 2011, Lloyd Guthrie, who is the father of Westfield Elementary principal, Salonna Thomas, was biking up that very steep climb on South Traverse Ridge Road, had a heart attack and passed away doing what brought him joy in life. Lloyd Guthrie was 83-years-old at the time of his passing! Having biked that very steep road many times, I stand in awe of a man who would even attempt such a feat at 83 years of age! The road bikers who know Lloyd Guthrie’s story call that portion of the ride Lloyd’s Hill, and for me, the inspiring account keeps me motivated to keep on pedaling on in all aspects of my life.
Have a wonderful Spring Break, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 3/22/2021

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After temperatures in the high 60’s on Friday, the first day of Spring, March 20 was cold, rainy and windy. And more rain and snow in this week’s forecast, so Spring 2021 is off to a typical Utah Valley start.
Reading Week
Read, read, read! This week, March 22-29, is reading week at Alpine Elementary. We are encouraging all students to keep track of minutes read or being read to. please count all “at home” reading minutes.
The top ten students from each grade who have entered the highest number of minutes will receive a Crumbl cookie !
Click here to record total minutes or refer to the PTA Newsletter on the Alpine Elementary website.
Enter your minutes, Monday, March 29, by 10 pm to record your
total minutes for the week. it will only take seconds to enter your student’s name, teacher, and total minutes. be sure to add any food allergies. alternate treats available.
Battle of the Books
Good luck to our 3rd and 4th grade students participating in the Battle of the Books Competition Monday, March 22nd!
And, good luck to our winning 5th/6th grade team, We Survived: The Great COVID-19, Adrienne Bodily, Lily Goodwin, Arianne Ingo, Ava Scoville, Kyrie VanVactor. This amazing team will represent our school at the district competition on Saturday, March 27th at American Fork Junior High School.
Thank you to our generous sponsor and the dozens of volunteers who made this year’s Battle of the Books competitions possible! We couldn’t offer this great reading program to our students without your support.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration will continue through April 2. Please come into our office and get the necessary registration materials for any kindergartner who will be starting the 2021 – 22 school year. A child needs to be five-years-old before September 1, 2021 to be able to enroll in kindergarten.
Online Attendance
We are excited to inform parents that they can now excuse student absences online on Skyward! See the attached flyer for step-by-step instructions.
Chinese Summer Camp
I have attached a flyer for a Chinese Summer Camp that will be offered by a lady who is fluent in Chinese but is not one of our Chinese teachers.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, March 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!
Addie Armstrong– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Pete Ballif– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Caden Bybee– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Kai Campbell– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sutton Fronce– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Kate Hafen– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Nicole Hughes– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Lydia Johnson– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Emery Jones– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Mark Kelley– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Cache Larsen– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Lacey Nance– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
Jack Pack– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sena Starley– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Kyrie VanVactor– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Outside the Principal’s Office
I record my bike rides, both indoors and outdoors, on an app called Strava. This past week I received an email from Strava saying, “You’re the new Local Legend in town! You claimed the title of Local Legend on the American Fork Canyon Road Climb.” I’ve been using Strava for years and have never received such an accolade, but truth be told, all I did last week was bike up to Tibble Fork Reservoir on two different days. I guess other road cyclists have chosen not to bike the canyon yet, as the temperature does drop as you gain elevation. Certainly not worth “Legend” status, but I’ve never before been called a legend, so the recognition, even after only two bike rides, is good for one’s self-esteem.
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 3/15/2021

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I hope you all enjoyed having your students home on Monday. Our staff had an excellent training on the importance of helping all students and staff meet their social emotional well-being needs.
What a year it has been since our world changed from a worldwide pandemic in March 2020! A year ago, I could not have told you the definition of social distancing, when it is appropriate to quarantine, how the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines compare, how to project documents in a Google Meets or Zoom meeting, and which mask works best for a man with a nose the size of mine! Lots of unexpected learning opportunities during challenging times! We seem to be seeing light at the end of the pandemic dark tunnel, but there will undoubtedly be ongoing hurdles to overcome. What a year it has been!
Online Attendance
We are excited to inform parents that they can now excuse student absences online on Skyward! See the attached flyer for step-by-step instructions.
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is once again overflowing. See the attached photos. One simple thing that parents can do to help us is to put your child’s first and last name on coats, jackets, hats and lunch boxes. With a name, we can return the lost item to the student here at school. Please come to the school and reclaim any lost items that should be in your homes and not sitting unused in our Lost and Found.
PTA Council Recogniton
The following individuals will be recognized at the Lone Peak Council PTA Luncheon on Tuesday, March 16. Congratulations to the award recipients!
Teacher–Anna Moore
Support Staff–Sunny Wright
Parent Volunteer–Cherie’ Kelly
6th Grade Student–Caleb Ashton
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, March 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!
August Balser– 2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Scout Bolen– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Miko Braden– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Zoi Bruni– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Sarah Buchanan– 2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Rockwell Gardner– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Jackson Hebbert– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Sydney Hogge– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Joy Hung– 5th grade, Mr. Horan
Millie Lanham– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Jaxon Larkin– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Joseph Merrell– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Timothy Neves– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Ian Orgill– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Finn Rosenvall– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Outside the Principal’s Office
Laura and I had the opportunity to spend Saturday with our three children and 11 grandchildren who live along the Wasatch Front at a friend’s cabin in Tollgate, outside of Park City. A bit of a sketchy drive on snowy roads driving up the cabin, but a wonderful family gathering and reminder of what is most important in life. And because the upcoming week is Spring Break for Oregon schools, we will have in our home our daughter, son-in-law and the three grandchildren we didn’t see on Saturday. We need to find time to travel up to Rapid City, SD to visit our son and daughter-in-law to have time with all five of our children!
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