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Eagle News 10/19/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
It is Red Ribbon Week!
Tuesday—“Don’t Let Drugs Mask Your Potential”, students will receive red masks
Wednesday—“Give Drugs the Boot” everyone wears their favorite pair of boots
Thursday—“We’re Too Bright for Drugs”, everyone wears neon colors
Friday—“Always Fight Against Drugs”, everyone wears red
Thursday, October 22 will be Picture Retakes Day, or if your student has not had a school photo taken, we would like them to be photographed on Thursday.
Shop Amazon Smile & Support Alpine Elementary School! Our School receives 0.5% of most purchases you make through Amazon. It takes just three easy steps.
2. Log in with your Amazon username and password
3. Search “PTA Utah Congress Alpine Elementary PTA” to select us for your charity of choice.
Amazon Smile has the same products and same prices as the regular Amazon site. The only difference is that a small portion of your purchase will go to benefit our school! Remember to buy your purchases through http://smile.amazon.com . Your purchases on the regular amazon site or through the Amazon app on the iPhone WILL NOT COUNT. You have to shop through http://smile.amazon.com for our school to benefit from your purchase.
For apple users… Do you want to have a quick link to Amazon Smile on your iphone? Here is what you do after setting up Amazon Smile online.
  1. Visit smile.amazon.com in Safari on your phone.
  2. Next, hit the share button at the bottom middle of your screen.
  3. Now click add to Home Screen. …
  4. Finally, delete your existing Amazon App so you will always shop with a smile.
For Android users go to this link to set up AmazonSmile on your phone!
Outside the Principal’s Office
I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Fall Break! Laura and I were able to spend three days at a friends’ cabin in the Tollgate area outside of Park City. We enjoyed some four wheeling, saw some elk and deer, and still some remnants of a beautiful fall. And watching on TV BYU win an exciting football game Friday night was a great way to cap off our getaway!
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 10/12/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
Thank you to the parents who conferenced with teachers either online or in-person last week. It appears that the pandemic impacted the number of parents who signed up to meet with teachers, as only about one-third of our parents chose to conference with teachers.
We are grateful to our incredible PTA volunteers for the delicious lunch they served staff on October 8. After receiving news from the school district that any home cooked, non-purchased box meals, could only be served by someone with a food handler’s permit, two of our parents, Cherie’ Kelly and Erin Stanley, obtained their food handler’s permits, enabling them to serve our staff lunch last week. Thank you so much!
And speaking of the PTA, the PTA has a few things coming up that they need some extra help with including, Red Ribbon Week, Reflections, and passing out Chick-Fil-A lunches to our winning classes.  Most of these are simple and will only require an hour or two of your time. Please sign up using the link below. Thank you!
We have an increasing number of students coming into the office before school in the morning telling us that they have “forgotten” their masks at home. We were handing out as many as 30 masks daily, so for before school requests, we are now asking students to call home and have parents bring a mask to school. The phone calls have reduced the number of masks that we are giving to students. Students will always be given a mask, but we are trying to teach some accountability while reducing the number of masks that are being given to students.
Those of you with secondary students have already been informed that all Alpine School District secondary schools will be moving to a modified schedule for the second term. The secondary schools are dealing with more active COVID-19 cases and associated quarantining issues than the district’s elementary schools, so unless pandemic numbers at elementary schools spike significantly, we will continue with our current traditional schedule. You can get a weekly update on COVID-19 numbers throughout the school district, updated every Monday, by going to the dashboard on the Alpine School District website. https://alpineschools.org/
New State Guidelines for Low-Risk COVID Test and Return
A student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at a school or in-person learning if he or she meets ALL of the following:
  1. The school verifies the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask as defined by the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
  2. The quarantined student, teacher, or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result (must be a PCR or antigen test, not an antibody test). The test result must be from at least 7 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive.
  3. The student, teacher, or staff member does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Low-Risk Test and Return protocol does not apply to students, teachers, staff, or settings that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
If the student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed meets ALL three criteria he or she may return to work, school, or related activities, if the employee or the parents of the student choose. If the person does not meet ALL three criteria or chooses not to get tested, he or she should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last day of exposure.
Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 and comes back to school must continue to watch for symptoms. If employees or students get symptoms, they should isolate at home and call their healthcare provider.  These guidelines only apply to exposures that occur at school.
Short week! Wednesday, October 14 is a Minimal Day and students will be dismissed at 12:35 pm. Students wanting a school lunch will be served lunch at the following times and will return to their classrooms to eat.
1st Grade—11:45
2nd Grade—11:50
3rd Grade—11:55
4th Grade—12:00
5th Grade—12:05
6th Grade—12:10
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, October 9. 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!
Caleb Ashton–6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
Reagan Bennett–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Austin Cann–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Grayson Cannon–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Hailey Cluff–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Anna Cox–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Duke Dayton–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
Kate Edwards–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Skylee Gunn–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Mollie Otis–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Myles Snow–4th Grade, Ms. A. Moore
Libby Topham–6th Grade, Mrs. Monson
Jane Wilson–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Lexi Wing–2nd Grade, Ms. M. Moore
Oliver Womble–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Outside the Principal’s Office
I hope that all of our families have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break!
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 10/5/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
Our Fun Run last week was a resounding success! Thanks to all of the parents who donated. We raised $13,787 in just one week! A special thank you to Ryan Johnson and Max Connect for providing awesome t-shirts to all of our students and staff. We also appreciate the generous donations from Crumbl Cookie (Mike Mains) and Chick Fil-A. The generosity of the Alpine Elementary Community during a worldwide pandemic is very much appreciated! See the attached flyer from the PTA.
If you haven’t already done so, please get on Skyward and sign up for a conference with your student’s teacher this week. Teachers will let you know when they are available to meet with parents.
The deadline for submitting entries to the school wide Reflections art competition and celebration is only a week away!
All entries need to be submitted online by midnight on Monday, Oct 5th.  
The theme this year is “I Matter Because…” and the students can submit entries in 2D Art, 3D Art, Photography, Literature, Film, Music, and Dance.
And remember that this is more than a competition, it is a celebration of the artist in all of us!
All works of art will be celebrated!  All artists will be recognized for the wonderful creativity they are willing to share with us and will receive a fun prize pack and specific recognition for each work of art submitted.
Winning entries for each grade level in each category will be given awards and sent on to the next level of judging at the Council.
Click on the link below for everything you need to know about submitting entries.
Because reading is SPOOKTACULAR, we’re having a SPOOKTACULAR Online Book Fair!
Click here to support our school and start shopping:
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Monday, October 5. Teachers nominate students who are consistently demonstrating the character traits of the Alpine Big 3: Being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn. Congratulations Students of the Week!
Neil Alexander–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Lucy Balser–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Miles Barclay–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Oliver Blackham–3rd Grade, Mrs. Chen
Brigham Brenchley–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Siena Feaster–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Mariauna Gagon–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Anya Hansen–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Jett Hurley–3rd Grade, Mrs. Chen
Mackenzie Jones–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Tyce Kirkham–3rd Grade, Mrs. Chen
Kason Reynolds–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Jacob Smith–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Avery Spigarelli–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Abigail Woodbury–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Outside the Principal’s Office
Ditto to what I wrote a week ago: A beautiful bike ride over the Alpine Loop on Saturday and another BYU football win! That is a great fall day from my perspective!
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 9/28/2020

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Because of the pandemic, all of our teachers will be doing online Parent/Teacher Conferences October 7 -11. A few teachers are giving some parents the opportunity to come to the school to meet face-to-face with the teacher. If you are asked by the teacher to come to the school for a meeting, please do not bring any of your other children with you to the conference. As in previous years, we want all parents to sign up for conferences on Skyward. Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about conferences.
We will be having our Fun Run, 9:20 – 12:05 at Creekside Park.The class from each grade that brings in the most money will earn a Chick-fil-A lunch. The following message comes from our PTA.
Alpine Elementary’s PTA One Fundraiser & Fun Run this week!- September 28- October 2
There are many things that are different about this year, but we hope that we can run the same programs and do the same fun activities at Alpine Elementary that we have in the past. We might have to make a few adjustments, but we are excited to continue them. To make this possible, we need your support this year. Please consider donating. Thank you!
Two ways to donate:
  1. Send to school with your student cash or check inside the envelope provided, make sure you fill in the student’s name and teacher on the envelope.
  2. Online at https://alpineelementary.new.memberhub.store/store Please donate under your student’s teacher. *there will be a processing fee.
We would love for you to sponsor your student in the Fun Run by donating to the PTA at Alpine Elementary. All the students will be participating in the Fun Run on Friday morning. If you’re available to cheer on your students, please come to Creekside Park.
Running Times for Classes
9:20-9:35 – 1st Grade
9:50-10:05 – 2nd Grade
10:20-10:35 – 3rd and Kindergarten
10:50-11:05 – 4th Grade
11:20-11:35 – 5th Grade
11:50-12:05 – 6th Grade
The class from each grade with the most donations will be rewarded with lunch donated by Chick-fil-A. We would also like to thank those at Max Connect for donating the money for our Alpine Elementary T Shirts this year. Thank you!
Last week a scooter was taken from the bike rack next to our back baseball diamond. Can you please check in with your children to ensure that they didn’t mistakenly take the scooter. It’s a black ‘Fuzion’ scooter with gold wheels. If you see the scooter, please return it to the bike rack or the school office. See the attached photo.
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, September 18. 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!
Cymry Beck–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Natalie Buchanan–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Tyler Clawson–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
Benson Elder–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
David Kono–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Bekah Owen–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Kennady Pack–6th Grade, Ms. Kuo
Kennedy Rodman–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Ava Scoville–5th Grade, Mrs. Chang
Lucy Tom–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Maren Tomkinson–3rd Grade, Mrs. Duke
Benji Tonga–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Akselander Wilcox–Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Anna Willis–3rd Grade, Mrs. Duke
London Wing–6th Grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Outside the Principal’s Office
A beautiful bike ride over the Alpine Loop on Saturday and another BYU football win! That is a great fall day from my perspective!
We can all definitely see and feel the changing of the seasons as fall becomes more of a reality with each passing day. Judging from the number of people I saw on my bike ride in American Fork and Provo Canyons on Saturday, many of you have taken the time to drive up into a nearby canyon to see the fall colors, take some family photos, or just enjoy the splendors of the changing seasons. Bumper to bumper traffic!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is still a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

Eagle News 9/21/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
The following message comes from our librarian, Paula Ruesch:

Hello Parents,

Battle of the Books is a fun reading competition for students in 3rd-6th grades. Registration is open now and closes on Sunday, September 27th. This is the last week to register.

Click here for more information and to register your student.
https://sites.google.com/alpinedistrict.org/alpineelementarylibrary/home

T-shirts are $5. They are not required but are fun to wear as a team. If you order a t-shirt you can pay for it on the school website: https://alpine.alpineschools.org/
Just click on the tab on the slider that says CLICK HERE TO PAY SCHOOL FEES ONLINE.

We will start forming teams in October, students will receive their t-shirts in December, practice battles are scheduled for January, and the official competition will be in February and March.

Hurry and register your student — and let the reading begin!

Let me know if you have questions,

Mrs. Ruesch
We are missing quite a few Take Home Reading books. If you have any Take Home Reading books at home, please send them back to the school with your student.
The Alpine School District updates school district COVID-19 data every Monday on the Return to School tab on the district website.
Please do not drive the wrong way on the one-way street west of the school. We have some parents who are driving the wrong way at the beginning of the school day when other parents are dropping off their students off for preschool and kindergarten. We are concerned about student safety and would encourage all parents to follow all traffic laws.
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, September 18. 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!
Jordan Anderson–2nd Grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Johnny Atalifo–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Jacob Buchanan–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Tommy Clarke–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Kolton Devereaux–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Ashley Hauck–1st Grade, Mrs. Bailey
Millie Johnson–4th Grade, Ms. A. Moore
Ivy McEwan–1st Grade, Mrs. Faux
Alexa Muskat–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
McKenzie Perez–Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Elijah Phillips–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Grace Reid–Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Benjamin Saas–2nd Grade, Ms. M. Moore
Daphne Turner–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
June Villarreal–2nd Grade, Mrs. Andersen
Calvin Wood–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Outside the Principal’s Office
The days are getting shorter, the air is a bit brisker and the leaves on the trees are starting to drop. All indicators of autumn coming our way.
Last week, I biked to the American Fork Canyon summit and to Granite Flats and there are multiple signs in AF Canyon of fall as the trees are starting to change colors. I even saw some mountain goats on one of my rides! For me, this time of the year has always been my favorite!
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 9/14/2020

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Today, Monday September 14, is ACADIENCE testing for our K-3 graders. ACADIENCE is the assessment we give our students three times a year to measure their proficiency in the five foundational reading skills: Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.
Teachers have commented to me how compliant our students have been in wearing masks at school. What we anticipated before school started would be a possible problem, has not materialized as a result of the overall student compliance. The only reason that students should not be wearing a mask is if they have an exemption for health reasons signed by a physician.
We are missing quite a few Take Home Reading books. If you have any Take Home Reading books at home, please send them back to the school with your student.
With the current state of affairs with the pandemic, I want to give parents some forewarning about upcoming events. It is likely that many of the Parent/Teacher Conferences in October will be conducted online. Stay tuned for more details. And we will not be able to have parents come into the school on October 30, as there will be no student Halloween parade this year. Students can still dress up, but there will be no parade.
The Alpine School District updates school district COVID-19 data every Monday on the Return to School tab on the district website.
Please do not drive the wrong way on the one-way street west of the school. We have some parents who are driving the wrong way at the beginning of the school day when other parents are dropping off their students off for preschool and kindergarten. We are concerned about student safety and would encourage all parents to follow all traffic laws.
For the second consecutive year, we are recognizing Students of the Week who teachers nominate because students are consistently demonstrating behaviors that align with the Alpine Big 3 of being: Responsible, Respectful, and Ready. Congratulations to each of last week’s Students of the Week!
Banks Anderson–1st Grade, Ms. Johnson
Eliana Batchelor–4th Grade, Mrs. Keller
Bronson Beck–2nd Grade, Ms. M. Moore
Eli Casey–1st Grade, Mrs. Bailey
Henry Fong–4th Grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Hank Gillespie–2nd Grade, Mrs. Wallace
Lily Goodwin–5th Grade, Mrs. Chang
Sophie Goss–5th Grade, Mr. Horan
Ellie Greenwood–5th Grade, Mrs. Hill
Tristin Hansen–3rd Grade, Ms. Elder
Maggie Hauck–5th Grade, Mrs. Padgett
Landon Johnson–4th Grade, Mrs. Orgill
Layla Lambert–1st Grade, Mrs. Chou
Claire Owens–1st Grade, Mrs. Bailey
Jacey Robbins–6th Grade, Mrs. Reyes
Outside the Principal’s Office
It is wildfire season in the western United States! Did any of you see the fire on the east bench above Pleasant Grove on Saturday night? As an Oregon native, it is heartbreaking to see the devastation that is resulting from the wildfires in my home state. My wife is in Oregon visiting our daughter and is dealing with very smoky conditions. Wildfires have burned more than a million acres in the state. Many of the beautiful areas in the Cascade Mountains where our family vacationed and or camped have been consumed by fire. I fully understand the devastation and loss to life that wildfires can cause. On July 6,1994, a young lady, Bonnie Holtby, that I had taught and coached in basketball at Redmond High School, was working as a hotshot firefighter on Storm King Mountain in Colorado, where she perished along with 13 other brave firefighters. To see the loss of homes, personal property, natural resources, wildlife and human life in these wildfires is a very sobering reality.
Have a great week, and even with a worldwide pandemic and wildfires raging in the western United States, it is still a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 9/7/2020

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I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day weekend. The nearby fires certainly impacted our air quality over the three-day weekend!
Thursday, September 10 will be our Picture Day. Your students should have brought home a flyer detailing the different photo packages available for purchase. Call the office if you have any questions.
As of August 30, 2020, Alpine School District reported a total of 67 active COVID-19 positive cases throughout 91 schools and 6 general district office facilities. Alpine serves communities in 14 cities. Of the 67 active positive cases, 41 of them are students and 26 are employees. Of our total 81,493 students, 76,000 are attending our schools face-to-face daily along with more than 8,400 employees.
With the teachers’ permission, I share the following. Two of our teachers, Ms. Johnson in first grade and Mrs. Monson in sixth grade were exposed to family members who tested positive for COVID-19. Ms. Johnson tested negative and quarantined at home for 10 days and has returned to work. Mrs. Monson has tested positive, although she is asymptomatic, and has been quarantining at home since August 24 and will remain in quarantine until September 14.  Both teachers followed social distancing and sanitation protocols while at school and teaching their classes.
We have had one student, who was in neither of the classes mentioned above, who has tested positive, but that student only attended the first three days of school and has been quarantining at home since August 21. We are grateful that we haven’t seen an increase in COVID-19 cases at Alpine Elementary similar to what the Pleasant Grove Schools are experiencing.
All of our 1st – 6th grade students will be taking beginning-of-the-year Language Arts and Math assessments so that teachers can have some baseline data to determine the current proficiency levels of students after missing two and half months of school March – May. All students will be tested sometime in the September 1 -18 testing window.
Our first School Community Council (SCC) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 9:30 – 10:30 am in our Conference Room. Any parents are welcome to attend. I have attached an agenda for the meeting. We welcome three new parents to serve on our SCC to join returning members Tracy Nuttall and Brittany Nelson. Our new SCC members: Cortney Finlayson, JoLynn Greenwood and Monica Howard. We express our gratitude to the outgoing SCC members: Brooke Bennett, Chelsea Hertig and Vanessa Hogan. Thank you for your dedicated service on the SCC!
.Outside the Principal’s Office
It was the best of weekends for me! After a three-month hiatus because of two serious crashes in April and May, I rode my road bike on Saturday, a ride from my house in Cedar Hills to the Trefoil Ranch Gate above Southfork Park in the Provo Canyon. It felt so good to be back on my bike! And my goal is to stay upright on all upcoming rides and to not have to share with you anymore bike accident details.
And after a shorter bike ride on the Murdock Trail on Monday morning, my beloved BYU Cougar football team dominated the Navy Midshipmen on Monday night, a 55-3 victory! To those of you who are Ute, Aggie or fans of any football team in the west, I’m sorry that your team is not playing this fall. And to my friends who are Ute fans, please ignore the cockiness of any BYU fan after a single victory. Utah has beaten BYU nine consecutive times, so I believe it is best for Cougar fans to keep our mouths shut until we can prove victorious in a head-to-head matchup.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 8/31/2020

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COVID-19 has changed all of our lives! As we enter our third week of school, we are making every effort to keep all students and staff safe and healthy. Because of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws, I cannot share with parents information about who in our school community has tested positive for the virus, but I know there can sometimes be rumors about the impact of the virus in our school. I am able to say that to date, we have not had any students test positive for the virus. We have had two teachers, one in first grade and one in sixth grade, who have needed to quarantine at home because of family members who have tested positive.
Please keep your students home if they are demonstrating any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Thank you for sending your students to school with a mask! Any parent entering the school needs to be wearing a mask.
Last week, Alpine School District employees received a message from Superintendent Sam Jarman announcing that he will be retiring at the end of this school year. The ASD school board is starting a national search and wants to have a new superintendent chosen in November, even though Superintendent Jarman will continue with his job duties until July 1. I have very much enjoyed working with Superintendent Jarman who is the 11th superintendent I have worked with in my 37-year career as an educator. Sam leads with integrity and a compassionate heart for the welfare of all students in our school district. He will be very much missed, and we are hopeful that the next superintendent will continue to lead our school district with vision and a laser-like focus on how to best meet the educational needs of over 80,000 students in the Alpine School District.
We still have room in our Preschool. Students can be enrolled throughout the school year if space is available. We would love to register some more students! Direct any of your questions to our preschool teacher, Kathy Thompson, [email protected].
Summer reading journals are due! Please contact Rachel Lyon at (801) 380-7000 or [email protected]. Please include your student’s name, current grade and teacher, and number of journal entries.
Outside the Principal’s Office
I have attached a photo of the Alpine Eagle welcoming kindergartners to school on their first day of school, August 25. Don’t tell your kindergartners, but I was inside that very warm costume. I greeted students both in the morning and afternoon, had several parents take pictures, and gave a lot of high fives, and not one person said anything about an Eagle wardrobe malfunction. It wasn’t until I came back into the school in the afternoon and was waving at some fifth graders going to lunch that I heard a fifth-grade boy say, “Hey Eagle, those feathers are supposed to be on your tail!” Leave it to a man to mistakenly zip up a costume in front, not in back as designed. Lesson learned by the Alpine Eagle!
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 8/24/2020

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As a teacher or administrator, last week was my 37th start of a new school year, 22 as a high school educator, and 15 as an elementary principal. Kids are always excited to return to school, but the joy and excitement I observed and felt last week from students was unlike any other year. The students who returned to school were so happy to be reunited with friends and school staff. The impact of COVID-19 is real and changes daily, but we are hopeful we can continue to provide face-to-face instruction to those of you who are sending your children to school. And for those of you who are keeping your children at home, we understand you are doing what you feel is best for your children and family.
We are excited to welcome our youngest learners, preschooler and kindergartners, to school this week. There is likely to be some tears, perhaps more from parents than students, on Tuesday when parents drop their little ones off at school, but your babies will be well taken care of at Alpine Elementary! One thing I have learned in my 37 years as an educator, if I want a quick pick-me-up, I go visit our preschool or one of our kindergarten classes where the excitement for learning and life in general is palpable!
We have a school counselor, Tyrene Hartsell, working at Alpine Elementary on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and every other Monday. She splits her time between Alpine and Westfield Elementary. If a parent expresses interest in their student receiving counseling services, please contact Mrs. Hartsell directly through email at [email protected].  Mrs. Hartsell will follow-up with a parent contact.
It may also be helpful to understand how the counseling process works in our district when speaking with parents who would like to access this support.  Please note that the school counseling services at our school are not meant to be long term therapy, but can help students in the following ways. If you have questions about counseling services, please contact Mrs. Hartsell.
Tier 1: Schoolwide Instruction (SE Classroom Lessons)
Tier 2: Additional Time and Support (Small Groups focused on specific social/emotional skills)
Tier 3: Intensive Remediation: (Short Term Individual Counseling, usually 4-6 sessions max)
Our librarian, Paula Ruesch, sends the following message to parents of online students:
Alpine Elementary online students have access to library books through these three options:
SORA – our school’s online library. You can check out ebooks and audiobooks on SORA, just like you check out books from our library. Download the SORA app or visit soraapp.com.
To log into SORA:
-Select Alpine Elementary from the dropdown menu.
-Enter your student number (you can find your student number on Skyward)
-Enter your last name (all lower-case letters)
Holds & Pickup–place library books on hold and pick them up at the school. You’ll receive an email letting you know when your books are available to be picked up.
Visit the Library in Person – make an appointment to visit the library in person by emailing Mrs. Ruesch our librarian at [email protected].
Outside the Principal’s Office
The smoke-filled air last week reminded me of living in Central Oregon for 27 years during forest fire time. Hard to believe that forest fires in California had such an impact on our air quality in the Utah Valley.
I haven’t been on my road bike since May 30, and my wife and doctor have grounded me from my bike for another month, as I continue to recover from my two bike crashes (April 20 and May 30) this spring and summer. Last week’s smoky air was one time that I was grateful to be on a stationary bike in the gym, when I am usually missing being on my bike during this time of the year. My wife went to visit her sister in Seattle last week and before getting out of the car at the airport, she made me promise to not ride my bike while she was gone. And yes, I kept my promise!
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 5/26/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
I’m sure the Alpine Elementary Community joins with me in celebrating the fact that we only have four days of school left in the 2019 – 2020 school year, a year that will be forever remembered as the COVID-19, worldwide pandemic, school closure for 10 weeks, school year.
Teachers submitted grades for the third trimester report card on Friday. If they haven’t already done so, your students’ teachers will communicate with you what is happening in these final days of school. Aren’t you all looking forward to a reduction in school-related emails in your Inbox?
Thank you to the many parents who expressed gratitude to the Alpine Elementary staff for the outstanding work they did during the school closure. I have had multiple parents talk to me about how grateful they are for the job our teachers have done for the past 10 weeks, often telling me stories of relatives or friends in other parts of the country or state who have not had the same type of online learning experience as our Alpine Elementary students.
In addition to our classroom teachers, I would like to thank our entire staff for a terrific school year. Our faculty includes teacher aides, Nutrition Services staff, specialty teachers, library, custodial, and office staff.  All of our school team showed flexibility and an ongoing focus on what is best for kids during the school closure. Thank you, Alpine Elementary faculty!
For those of you who are parents of seniors in high school, I know that the lack of formal commencement ceremonies is a disappointment to most students and parents. So along with our departing sixth graders, I pass on my congratulations to the students who transition in their educational journeys.
Tuesday, May 26 will be the final Grab and Go Meal day, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
Thanks to the hard work and organizational skills of Mr. Horan, we were able to hold Student Council elections remotely in recent weeks. We are grateful to all the students who ran for office and for their excellent efforts in the nomination and election process. Here are the sixth grade student officers for the 2020 – 21 school year. Congratulations!
President: London Wing
Vice President: Millie Greer
Secretary: Emma Swenson
Treasurer: Maya Jackson
If you didn’t get the chance to see our end-of-year slide show, produced by third grade teacher, Aubri Elder, here it is once again. Thank you so much Ms. Elder, for helping us all to have a sense of closure to a very unique school year!
Outside the Principal’s Office.
As hard as it is for me to believe, I am completing my 36th year as an educator, 8 as a high school language arts teacher and basketball coach, and 28 as a high school and elementary school administrator. I am at a stage in my professional journey, where I can hang up my spurs whenever I want to, but I love my job as the principal at Alpine Elementary because of the students, parents and staff, and will continue to lead this great school for the foreseeable future.
Have a great Summer Break, enjoying quality family time, good health and safety. And as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
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