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Eagle News 11/16/2020

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Alpine Elementary News
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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Alpine Elementary News
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

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