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Eagle News 1/11/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Chinese Immersion Application
Kindergarten parents should have received an email from the Alpine School District prior to the Holiday Break, informing you that applications are now open for our Chinese Immersion Program. If interested, please submit an application for a student to enter our first grade Chinese Immersion Program for the 2021 – 2022 school year by using the following link. All applications need to be received by January 31. In February, a lottery will be held to fill the 56 student openings that we have available. Every year, we have parents who have other children in the Chinese Immersion Program forget to submit an application. Please submit an application before the deadline at the end of the month.
Preschool Registration
The Open Enrollment for Preschool begins Wednesday, January 20th, online at 10:00am.  3-year-olds come two days a week, 4-year-olds come 4 days a week.  First come, first served.  Further information can be found on the District website, or you can direct your questions to our Preschool teacher, Kathy Thompson, [email protected].
Here is the link to register: https://alpineschools.org/preschool/
PTA News
We hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday season. As we start the new year together, we look forward to many positive events.
We are starting off the year with a Chinese New Year celebration (Feb 22-26).  Even though the event will be done a little differently this year, we still hope it is a memorable event.  We will need some help from you to make it a success.
We also have White Ribbon Week which will help us refocus on kindness and internet safety (Feb 16-19). We need some volunteers to help plan and implement this.  The plans can be simple.
We are also in need of some new PTA board members, particularly the President and President elect. Please contact a member of the board if you are willing to serve in the coming school year.
Here is the link to sign up for these and a few other volunteer opportunities. We would really appreciate your help!
Thanks, PTA Board
Ammie Gillespie, Co-President
Laralee Proctor, Co-President
Staci Mellor, Treasurer
Tiffany Petty, Secretary
Colette Menlove, Membership VP
Allie Barclay, Advocacy VP
Pam Olsen, Leadership VP
School Community Council
Our School Community Council will be meeting at 9:30 am, Thursday, January 14. All parents are welcome to attend the meeting.
Reflections Poster Contest
The Utah PTA Reflections Committee is excited to introduce a brand new contest for Utah students attending PTA schools. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Utah Reflections Theme Poster Contest. Three winners will be chosen and awarded Amazon gift cards. The 1st place winner will also receive a poster and the honor of his/her poster being used to promote Reflections throughout the entire state of Utah for the 2021-2022 theme “I Will Change the World by. . .”.
Entries are due no later than 11 P.M. on March 1st, 2021. Enter as many times as you want! Enter here:
Complete instructions and prize information can be found here:
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 8. 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!
Rockwell Alexander– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Bria Basil– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Beckham Burgess– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Allie Gardner– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Kimberly Hanes– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Clark Hymas– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Tyce Kirkham– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
London Nielsen– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Claire Pack– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Chloe Rogerson– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Jake Ross– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Alexis Smith– 1st grade, Ms. Chou
Anna Willis– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lucas Zdanowicz– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Louella Zurcher– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Outside the Principal’s Office
Though I miss my father and father-in-law, who are both deceased, I am grateful these two military veterans, Korean War and World War II, were not alive to witness what happened in our nation’s capital last week. The Alpine Big 3 Rules that we teach and reteach our students are to be respectful, responsible and ready. I would hope that the leaders and citizens of this great country will better practice those character traits.
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 1/4/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Happy New Year!  Hindsight is 20/20, as was the year in our rearview mirror. I can only speak for myself, but I am happy to see the calendar flip over to a new year, and I hope that 2021 enables us to not have “social distancing, quarantine protocols, contact tracing, Zoom meetings, and face masks in school” be a part of our everyday experience and vocabulary.
As we enter a new year, while still dealing with pandemic issues, the staff at Alpine Elementary will continue to make every effort to provide in-person learning opportunities for our students that are following all health and safety protocols, while at the same time giving each and every child an individualized and meaningful learning experience.
Thank you to all the parents who gave me a Christmas gift before the Holiday Break! I made every attempt to personally thank all parents who were kind enough to give me a gift, but I may have missed someone. And for future reference, though all treats, gift cards and gifts are very much appreciated, trusting Alpine Elementary to educate your children, is all I need in the way of holiday giving.
Tuesday, January 5, will be Acadience (formerly DIBELS) Reading Assessments for all K – 3 grade students. Our K – 3 students take the Acadience test three times during the school year, and
Tuesday’s test administration with be the second and middle-of-year reading assessment opportunity. Each K – 3 teacher has a scheduled time to bring students to the library where school district Acadience test administrators will give the reading assessment that measures student proficiency foundational reading skills. The assessment for each student will be brief in duration, lasting no longer that 3-5 minutes, and will give teachers middle-of-the-year feedback on grade level reading benchmarks. 4 – 6 grade students will receive their Acadience Reading Assessment between January 4 – 14 from Alpine Elementary teacher aides.
Alpine School District Nutrition Services has announced that free meals will be provided to all students through the end of the school year.
I have attached the testing schedule for parents who are interested in having their child (grades 3 – 8 in the 2021- 2022 school year) admitted into the Advanced Learning Lab program. Please contact Jamie James [email protected] in the Alpine School District Gifted Services Department if you have any questions.
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Laura and I were able to spend a week, December 20 – 27, with our second daughter, Shayla, and her family, in Redmond, Oregon. We lived in Redmond for 27 years with our five children prior to moving to Utah seven years ago, so Christmas 2020 was spent in familiar surroundings. Having said that, the COVID protocols in Oregon are much more restrictive than here in Utah, so aside from a day hike at Smith Rock State Park, we pretty much stayed in our daughter’s home, enjoying the time with three of our grandchildren and their parents.  A BYU football victory in their December 22 bowl game was a nice early Christmas present, and a capstone to a great football season heavily impacted by COVID-19.
Over the Holiday Break, the governor of Oregon, announced that schools can resume in-person learning in 2021. Our three grandchildren in Redmond will step into a school for the first time in the 2020 – 21 school year in mid-February. I am so grateful that even with all of the COVID-19 logistical issues, our students at Alpine Elementary have had the option of face-to-face learning with teachers since August 18, 2020.
I am confident that the approaching new year will be one where we continue to say, “It is a great day to be an Eagle!”
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

Eagle News 12/14/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
We will be sending you a YouTube link later in the week so parents can watch a livestream of the Christmas Sing 9:30 – 10:30 on Thursday, December 17. If you are unable to watch the livestream, we will send you a link for the recording as soon as it becomes available through YouTube. Each grade level, starting with kindergarten will sing two songs and then return to their classrooms. Because of COVID health restrictions, no parents will be able to watch the performances in-person.
2020, the year of the pandemic, will be a year that will never be forgotten. As we approach the end of the calendar year, encouraging vaccine news is appearing in media outlets.
I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Alpine Elementary Community for joining together and being able to provide in-person school learning opportunities to 665 students from August 18 until the end of the 2020 calendar year. There are many schools across the country that have only been able to provide online learning options for students in this 20 -21 school year, so we are grateful to be able to provide as normal as a learning experience as possible for children in the midst of a pandemic.
Alice Afwai, co-founder of the Candlelight School in Nairobi, Kenya with her husband Fred, sent the following letter after our recent Coin Drive:
Dear Alpine family,
Please receive our grateful greetings from the Candlelight family. We hope you are doing well. Starting from the children, parents, cooks, and all staffs at the entire alpine Elementary school. We lack words to express our gratitude. During these difficult times we know many have tried so much, denied themselves just because of children here. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you very much on behalf of the children at Candlelight. May the Lord continue to multiply and give you whatever you ask him. We appreciate for the feeding program that you have continue to support for the orphans. These coin goes for feeding a hungry child. These coins maintains a child in the school compound. No abstentism. At the school because there is food. Good score at the school because there is a meal. Since we started to feed our children at Candlelight we have seen community children whom cannot afford food coming outside to be with the coins you give. Thank you very much. We wish one day you come see the children that you have been helping. Thank you very much,
Yours Alice
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, December 11. 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!
Jack Ballif—3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Kash Bennett—4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Camden Blackham—6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Livie Frazier—2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Grace Hancock—1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Brynlee Hughes—1st grade, Ms. Chou
Arianne Ingo—5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Truitt Joseph—2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Cody Kitchel—1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Dylan Lambert—3rd grade, Ms. Chen
Gideon Myers—4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Kaleb Nay—5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Pearl Nelson—4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Eleanor Oldroyd—2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
Enzo Roundy—Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
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I hope that our entire Alpine Elementary Community has the happiest of holiday seasons. A wise individual after experiencing some valuable life lessons said the following:
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”                                     ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
I am confident that the approaching new year will be one where we continue to say, “It is a great day to be an Eagle!”
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 12/7/2020

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Thank you for all of your generous donations to our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive! The Coin Drive was rescheduled after the Thanksgiving Holiday this year, but without fail, our annual efforts to help the children in the Candlelight School in Nairobi, Kenya make me so grateful to be a part of the Alpine Elementary Community. In five days, we raised at least $11,000! I say “at least” because there is still money to be counted. Check out the past five-year Coin Drive contribution totals. Thank you!
            2016 – 17      $7,500
            2017 – 18      $8,245
            2018 – 19      $9,170
            2019 – 20      $10,410
            2020 – 21      $11,000
We will be doing our Christmas Sing, K-6 grades, 9:30 – 10:30 am on Thursday, December 17. We will broadcast the grade level performances to parents online. I will send a link to parents prior to the Christmas Sing. Each grade will sing two songs on stage in the gym and then return to their classrooms. If you are not able to watch the live stream, we will send you link later in the day on December 17 or December 18, so you can watch a recording of the performances.
December 18 will be a Minimal Day and students will be dismissed from school at 12:35 pm.
The Alpine School District has received funding to continue the free meal program through the end of the school year.
The following message comes from our PTA:
Happy Holidays to all Parents at Alpine Elementary, 
This has been a very different school year, to say the least. Our amazing teachers and staff have had a crazy first half of the year, teaching students in and out of the classroom. We are so appreciative, more this year than ever, for our teachers and staff at Alpine Elementary, for teaching our students and keeping them safe and healthy every day.
The PTA has collected a list of simple favorites for the teachers and staff. You can refer to this list in the link below if you want any ideas on what to get them for the holidays. This link will also be on the school website. These are just suggestions. Appreciation comes in the smallest of ways and we are sure they would love anything. 
Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday. 
The PTA 
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Today, December 7, is Pearl Harbor Day. That is why flags across the state are at half-mast. 79 years ago today, a surprise attack was launched on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and 2,403 United States citizens perished. This was a 9/11 like experience for past generations, and was the historical event that caused the United States to enter World War II, a war that shaped the destiny of this country. Today we remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
 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 11/30/2020

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We are having our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive this week. Any contributions will help feed children at our sister school, the Candlelight School, in Nairobi, Kenya. The plan is for pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday and any amount of money on Friday. Having said that, we understand that because of the pandemic, there is a shortage of coins, so sending any type of money throughout the week will work this year. Here is a short video of the students our Coin Drive will be helping.
We are still looking for volunteers to help with our coin drive this week. If you have a morning that you are available from 9-9:30, we would love to have your help!! You can sign with the link below.
Every year, I receive reports from the teachers about the kindness of our students and their sincere desire to help the students at the Candlelight School in Kenya. In a previous Coin Drive, I had a kindergarten teacher share the following:
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.  
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.
Our Lost and Found is overflowing. Please come to the school and see if your student has any items that have not been claimed in our Lost and Found!
We are still looking for a PTA president for the 21 – 22 school year. We need your help! Please contact me or one of our current PTA co-presidents, Amme Gillespie [email protected],  or Laralee Proctor [email protected].
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I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving Break! Did the pandemic alter some of your family gathering plans for Thanksgiving? Our son and daughter-in-law in South Dakota, and my brother and his family in Washington state, were planning on joining us for the holiday, but decided stay home, as a precautionary health measure. We hosted the families of our three children that live along the Wasatch Front, eight adults, and 11 grandchildren. If we were still residents in Oregon, we would have been breaking state guidelines of no gatherings of more than six people. Interestingly, the governor in Oregon encouraged people to call the police if they observed anyone violating the six plus in one household restriction. The 30-years we were able to raise our family in Oregon were wonderful years, but I am grateful to now be a resident of Utah and have in-person learning in our schools, and not have to worry about a neighbor calling the police because of the number of people we had in our home for Thanksgiving.
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 11/23/2020

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I have seen a lot of expressions of gratitude on social media in recent days. If I was a poster, which I am not, I would shout from the social media rooftops how grateful I am for the Alpine Elementary Community!
As a faculty, we are truly grateful for the incredible students that attend our school, and for parents who are so kind and supportive as we make every effort to help each and every child have the best educational experience possible at Alpine Elementary. None of us has ever experienced a school year while dealing with worldwide pandemic. Indeed, these are challenging times. On a personal note, the strength and optimism I receive while dealing with all of the school issues related to COVID-19, are directly attributable to our amazing students, supportive parents and dedicated staff. Thank you!
We have had one employee and one student added to our COVID-19 dashboard in recent days, but we have had four staff members and one student come off the active virus list. Consequently, we have moved from yellow to green on the Alpine School District COVID-19 dashboard!
Our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive will be November 30 – December 4. See the attached flyer. We need help from parents to count coins on the Coin Drive dates. If you can help, will you please sign-up on the attached document.
Our Lost and Found is overflowing. Please come to the school and see if your student has any items that have not been claimed in our Lost and Found!
We are still looking for a PTA president for the 21 – 22 school year. We need your help! Please contact me or one of our current PTA co-presidents, Amme Gillespie [email protected],  or Laralee Proctor [email protected].
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 20. 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!
Russell Clawson– 5th grade, Mr. Horan
Connor Campbell– 2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Rubie Christensen– 1st grade, Ms. Chou
Brinley Cormier– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Jackson Gifford– 1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Clark Greer– PM Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Beckham Johnson– 1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Andi Layton– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Jones Oldroyd– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Samuel Phillips– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Zac Roberts– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Cy Slesk– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Cade Upshaw– AM Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sophie Womble– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Kate Woodbury– 2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Outside the Principal’s Office
I have much to be thankful for in this season of thanksgiving. My faith and family top my gratitude list, and as we welcomed a new grandson, our 14th grandchild, to the family on November 12, our family has been abundantly blessed! As a pandemic rages across the world, we are all reminded to never take our good health for granted. Most bicyclists don’t venture out into colder weather, but a brisk ride up to Southfork on Saturday morning was my way of expressing gratitude for the good health I enjoy in my sixth decade of life.
Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Break, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 11/16/2020

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We were hit hard by the COVID-19 virus last week, as we needed to quarantine our 4th and 5th grade Chinese classes because a teacher in each of those grade levels tested positive for the virus. And over the weekend, we needed to call parents of students in our Resource Classroom to inform them that their children will need to quarantine until after the Thanksgiving Break because a teacher’s aide has tested positive. Consequently, we currently have over a hundred students that are quarantined as a result of being in close contact with a teacher or aide who tested positive for the virus.
We currently have six staff members and three students, for a total of nine, who have tested positive for the virus and are on the Current Positive Virus List. Individuals come off this list when they finish their self-isolation period, so the Current Positive Virus List is always fluid. We will drop from nine to six individuals this week, assuming that we don’t have anyone who tests positive this week. If we were to reach a total of 15 people on the list, the Alpine School District would consider a modified schedule at our school. If you have a child who has tested positive for the virus, and is being kept home for self-isolation, please let us know here at the school. Only current active cases.
Last week’s spike in positive COVID—19 cases throughout the state of Utah has also impacted students and staff at Alpine Elementary.
Please remember to keep your students home if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Because of the number of students that are currently quarantined, we are postponing the Candlelight School Coin Drive to November 30 – December 4. We sent out an updated Coin Drive flyer last week.
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 13. 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!
Will Hanes– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Benson Wood– 2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Katherine Gerber– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Cooper Finlayson– 1st grade, Ms. Chou
Lucy Taylor– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Brody Burr– 5th grade, Mrs. Padget
Mason Anderson– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Mary Challis– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Clara Hoard– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Ada Villareal– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Tate Beal– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Miley Benson– 2nd grade, Ms. Blodgett
Blake Benson– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Joe Hansen– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
Lucy Bingham– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Outside the Principal’s Office
Sometimes a principal has a week where it seems like he is in the middle of a never-ending sequence of events that are negatively impacting students, parents and staff. Because of COVID-19, last week was one of those weeks for me. But in the darkness of storm clouds a bright light shone through. On November 12, our 14th grandchild was born in American Fork Hospital. Little Mace Tyler Perdue has helped me to remember and refocus on what is most meaningful in life.
Have a great 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 11/10/2020

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I assume most of you heard Governor Herbert’s announcement last night about increased COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Utah. In addition to a statewide mask mandate, certain restrictions have been mandated through November 23, 2020.  See the attached flyer that specifies what can be done in the state with: Social Gatherings, Athletics and extracurricular activities, Schools and Businesses and Event Hosts.
As a result of the new state mandates, there will be no Alpine Elementary building rentals or outside groups using our gym until at least November 23.
Though there has been a spike in COVID-19 related cases throughout the state, we have not experienced an increase in virus incidents at Alpine Elementary! After one trimester of school, I am grateful to report that we have not had one student, staff member or parent who has contracted the virus here at our school. All COVID-19 cases we have dealt with, both student and staff, have resulted from individuals being exposed to the virus by outside sources. So, the protective measures of wearing face masks, sanitizing work spaces frequently, social distancing as best we can, and frequently washing hands is working! Please remember to keep your students home if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
We understand that we will always be subject to state and school district health mandates, but to date, we have been able to keep students and staff from COVID-19 while at school.
Last week, your students should have come home with a new Alpine Elementary mask that we purchased for all of our students and staff. Please remind your students to bring a mask, whether it be their Alpine Eagle mask or another mask, to school daily. We continue to hand out multiple masks daily to students who “forgot” their mask at home. We understand that students will sometimes lose their mask; consequently, our two fabulous school secretaries, Martha Hadlock and Sheri Davis, wrote the name of every student, over 600, on the inside of the Alpine Eagle masks! If you have the opportunity to do so, please thank those ladies for that labor-intensive service.
Our current co-presidents, Ammie Gillespie and Laralee Proctor, are volunteering as PTA presidents for the second consecutive year. We need a President-Elect ASAP. If you would be interested in serving as our next PTA president, please contact me or Ammie ([email protected]), or Laralee ([email protected]). Either of those ladies can tell you what the job entails. We have so many dedicated parents that want to help our school. We need your help!
We have a new United States President-elect. I am hoping that regardless of whomever you voted for, we can come together as a more unified country. There is no better time to reflect upon the necessary sacrifices that have resulted in the freedoms we enjoy than our November 11, Veterans Day. I wonder what my father, a Korean War veteran, and father-in-law, a WW II veteran, both deceased, would say about the current political climate in our country?
Our 6th graders had the opportunity on Friday, November 6, to have discussion with Utah state legislator, Representative Brady Brammer. Representative Brammer did an excellent job of helping our students understand how the legislature works and how a bill can become law in this state. Thank you, Representative Brammer!
The November School Community Council Meeting will be 9:30 – 10:30 am, November 12, in our Conference Room. All parents are invited! The agenda is attached.
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 6. 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!
Molly Barnes– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Tennyson Bateman– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Grace Campbell– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Benjamin Cluff– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Claire DeVilliers– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Matthew Field– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Gael Figueroa– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Krew Hurley– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Joshua Johnson– 6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Damian Lambert– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Elsie Marion– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Brinley Raven– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Beth Sampson–6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Emberely Smith– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Carly White– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Outside the Principal’s Office
As I have said before in this space, a great weekend for me is riding my bike over the Alpine Loop, a BYU football victory and time with my family, and so it was this past weekend! For you bikers and hikers, the Alpine Loop is closed to vehicular traffic from Pine Hollow Trail Head to Stewart Falls, so you have the whole road to yourself.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

11/2/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
If you haven’t already done so, please remember to vote.
In my opinion, the divisiveness is this country related to all things political, is demeaning to all that our great country stands for. If the politicians, their supporters, and all citizens in this country could simply follow the Alpine Elementary Big 3 of being respectful, responsible and ready (to live in republic where we can all can be civil to each other even when we have differing opinions), our country would return to the principles upon which it was founded.
Please click on the attached link to read about all that our incredible Computer Lab teacher, Jaime Clement, is doing to teach keyboarding skills to students.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ULLUmRU3yewm4FJTryI5A7dRAM8F_0WV6KOWl0I2YNk/edit?usp=sharing
There will be a PTA meeting at 9:15 am on Tuesday, November 3 in our Conference Room. Any parent can attend!
It was announced last week that the new superintendent in the Alpine School District, starting July 1, 2021, will be Dr. Shane Farnsworth who is currently the Assistant Superintendent over Operations. Dr. Farnsworth has been spent his entire 22-year career as an educator in the Alpine School District, as a teacher in 7 – 12 schools, the principal at AF Junior High, and a District Office administrator. In all my interactions with Dr. Farnsworth, I know him to be a kind, compassionate man who will lead our school district with vision and integrity.
I thought our Virtual Halloween Parade on October 30 was a success. It was fun to see so many of our students dressed up in Halloween costumes. It was interesting to observe the posing in front of the camera choices of the students, as our younger students were more spontaneous and less concerned about “acting cool” than our older students. Oh, the joys of the maturation process!
And in not so fun news, someone chose to throw a pumpkin through the Alpine Elementary reader board last week. Our reader board will be out of commission until the school district facilities department is able to replace the broken panels. Don’t know if the delinquents who vandalized our reader board travel to Cedar Hills, but while Laura and I were trick-or-treating with grandchildren on Saturday night, some hooligans, teenagers no doubt, stole the candy pot we had left on our front porch for neighborhood children. I hear from friends that the same thing happened in Highland neighborhoods. Is it unkind to wish cavities on thieves who had some increased sugar intake on Saturday night?
The following students will be recognized as Students of the Week on Monday, November 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!
Carter Clegg–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Addison Fugal–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Claire Hamilton–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Knight Longenecker–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Evan Luby–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Collins Nelson–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Austin Nielsen–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Anna Packer–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Declan Rasmussen–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Slyvie Reynolds–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
James Riding–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Gabby Ross–2nd Grade, Ms. M. Moore
Haeley Sonntag–4th Grade, Ms. A. Moore
Lincoln Swalberg–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Peter Taylor–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Outside the Principal’s Office
Had a beautiful autumn bike ride up to South Fork on Saturday. The Provo River Canyon Trail was busy on Saturday as we saw many runners running down the trail in the Day of the Dead Half-Marathon. The runners started at Big Springs Park and finished at the Riverwoods.
Those of you who are Ute football fans are undoubtedly excited about the first football game of the year against the University of Arizona on Saturday. And for us BYU football fans, the biggest game of the year is on Friday night in Boise against Boise State. My neighbor and friend, Greg Wrubell, who is the play-by-player announcer for BYU, says this is the most important BYU football game since they won the national championship in 1984. I don’t know if that is true, but it is a much anticipated game nonetheless. The Cougs are ranked number 9 in the country, in the Top 10 for the first time since 2009. Can you tell I am excited for Friday night’s game?
Have a great 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 10/26/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
With only a high of 28 degrees forecast for today, our students will be eating lunch in the gym/cafeteria and not outside. We will still be sending students outside for morning and lunch recesses. We only keep students inside for recess when the temperature is below 20 degrees. So be sure you send your students to school with warm clothing.
Students can dress up in Halloween costumes on Friday, October 30, but because of COVID-19 health restrictions, there will not be a parent parade at the school. We are working on the technology issues to allow us to give parents an online video feed of students dressed up in their costumes. I will be sending out more details later this week. Please remember to not send students to school with costumes that include a mask or fake weapon.
We appreciate all that our PTA did to stage a successful Red Ribbon Week last week! Red Ribbon Week focuses on lessons to teach our students how to say no to drugs and alcohol.
White Ribbon Week, our focus on keeping students safe on the internet and social media, will be February 16 – 19. Collin Kartchner who has spoken to thousands of students and parents in Utah and across the country about how to be safer while using social media, tragically passed away at his home last week at the far too young age of 40-years old.
It’s time to join the Lone Peak Youth Wrestling Program! We are just getting started with practices. Our Parent Meeting is set for Thursday, October 29th, 6:00 PM in the Little Theater (800 hall) at Lone Peak High School. Our practices are on Monday and Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 for the Advanced & 6-8th grade wrestlers and 5:30 to 6:30 for the Novice & through 5th grade wrestlers. Our practices are at the LPHS Wrestling Room near the trophy case at the south end of the school by the gymnasiums (Got to come and see our New Wrestling Room!). Signups can be completed at the practices. For more information, you can visit the Lone Peak Wrestling webpage at  http://lonepeakwrestling.weebly.com/  or by emailing Coach Wallace at [email protected].  Go Knight Wrestling!
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, October 23. 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!
Adam Atalifo–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Chambers Broadhead–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Abby Dominguez–6th Grade, Mrs Kaczmarek
Nora Field–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Crew Green–Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Morgan Greer–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Quinn Kelly–5th Grade, Mrs. Chang
Fiona Lind–Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Violet Reid–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Benson Reynolds–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
James Simmons–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Jenna Stice–6th Grade, Kaczmarek
Owen Upshaw–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
Jaxx Wing–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Vincent Xanthos–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Outside the Principal’s Office
A dusting of snow on the ground on Sunday morning was a pretty clear message from Mother Nature that autumn will soon transition to winter. The cooler temperatures meant far fewer people out on the Murdock Trail and Highland Boulevard as I biked up to Suncrest on Saturday.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
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