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Eagle News 2/8/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Thank you to all the parents who met either online or in-person with teachers in conferences last week. And we appreciate the very long work days, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, that the teachers put in on February 10 and 11!
Online Book Fair
Our incredible Librarian, Paula Ruesch, sends the following message about the February 1 – 14 online Book Fair:
We’re excited to celebrate the love of reading with our students in February! We hope you’ll join us by reading with your student and helping them complete the fun reading bingo activity they’ll be bringing home this week (also attached to this email). Students who return their bingo card to the library before February 20th will receive a prize.
We also hope you’ll support our Online Book Fair, February 1 – 14.
Here’s the link to shop the book fair:
Feel free to share this link with grandparents, since we are unable to have our annual Grandparents Day this year. Thanks so much for your support, and remember that every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!).
Chinese Lantern Festival
We are so excited to host Alpine Elementary’s Second Annual Chinese Lantern Festival, coming up the week of February 22. This year’s Festival will look a little different, but we have created a fun lineup of activities that we believe all students will enjoy. All students (not just those in Chinese Immersion) should have brought home a flyer last week with details to make the lanterns. Lanterns will be due back to their classrooms by Feb. 19th. The lanterns will be hung the morning of Feb. 22nd and students will take a tour of the lanterns by individual classes.
The Chinese Lantern Festival will kick off with the Chinese Immersion classes performing their Chinese New Year concert, only this time the classes will be recorded and links will be sent out for viewing. The entire week will be filled with fun Chinese New Year activities in individual classes, as well as in our specialty classes.
We are still looking for parent volunteers who would be willing to come to the school Monday, February 22 to help hang lanterns, and also those who would be willing to help take down the lanterns the afternoon of February 24. Please contact Suzanne Campbell at 801-635-7899 to help. And just like last year, the class with the most lanterns turned in wins a pizza party! Happy Chinese New Year everybody!
School Community Council
The Alpine Elementary School Community Council will be meeting in an online meeting February 11, 9:30 – 10:30 am.
PTA News
We would like to thank everyone who helped us have such a successful PTA membership drive. We feel so blessed to have amazing parents here at Alpine Elementary. We are grateful for your support!
We have a few activities and programs coming up that we would love to have some extra help with. Check out the link below and see if there is something you could help with!
Also, please consider being on the PTA Board next year. It is a great way to get involved by serving our kids and teachers, and your child will benefit! It really makes a difference! You will know what is going on in the school, you can bring all your ideas and be a part of the solution. You can meet other parents and create lifelong friends, and we have so much fun while helping out! This is such a great way to serve your community and your kids. It doesn’t matter if you have lived here for years, or are new to our community, WE NEED YOU!! Please consider being on the board next year. We have quite a few vacancies that we need to fill, and if you are not quite sure, please reach out. We can answer any question you may have. Laralee Proctor 385-225-0657 or Ammie Gillespie 801-472-4323. Bring a friend and be on the board together!
At the link below you will find activities you can sign up to help with and a place to sign up to be on the board. Thank you!
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, February 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!
Max Barclay– 3rd grade, Ms. Chen
Alivia Barnes– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Kaci Beagley– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Simone Bird– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Tyson Bruce– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Kevin Dilts– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Tom Lacey– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Anders Lind– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Calvin Lund– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Helen Mains– 5th grade, Mr. Horan
Tiger McCann– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Luke Nelson– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Maylia Ninow– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Anna Packer– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Chloe Shepherd– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Parenting Website
I am told that there are many helpful parenting tools on this website. virtualfamilysummit.com
Outside the Principal’s Office
We have two grandsons, first and third grade, who live in Eagle Mountain. Easton and Paxton have been home schooled since the beginning of the school year, but our daughter decided to send them back to Silver Lake Elementary last week. Both boys are above average academically, but our daughter wanted them to have more social interactions, so that’s why she wanted them back in the public school. Paxton, the third grader, had a smooth transition in returning to school. Easton, on the other hand, struggled in his first week of school, telling his mother that “school is stupid, I hate school, I’m smarter than the other kids, the other kids are gross because they eat with their mouths open, and you can’t make me go to school.” Each day was a struggle to get him into the school as he threw tantrums, and on Wednesday, he refused to get out of the car and walk into the school. After pleading with Easton for 30-minutes to go into the school, Darcee finally took him home and told him he was confined to his room until his brother got home from school. Easton stayed in his room all day without complaint, reading books and playing with any toys he had in his bedroom. On Thursday, he made the choice to return to school, explaining to his mother that he didn’t want to go to the school the previous day because he had had a dream and the dream “took me over.” With no dream takeovers, Thursday and Friday were good school days for Easton!
We appreciate all that parents are during this pandemic to provide educational opportunities for their children, whether that be sending your students to school or engaging in online learning at home.
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 2/1/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher. Most of our teachers will be conferencing on February 3 and 4.
Please remember to not send your students to school if they are demonstrating any COVID symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease in sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches and pains
Online Book Fair
Our incredible Librarian, Paula Ruesch, sends the following message about the February 1 – 14 online Book Fair:
We’re excited to celebrate the love of reading with our students in February! We hope you’ll join us by reading with your student and helping them complete the fun reading bingo activity they’ll be bringing home this week (also attached to this email). Students who return their bingo card to the library before February 20th will receive a prize.
We also hope you’ll support our Online Book Fair, February 1st – Feb 14th. 
Here’s the link to shop the book fair:
Feel free to share this link with grandparents, since we are unable to have our annual Grandparents Day this year. Thanks so much for your support, and remember that every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!).
Chinese Lantern Festival
We are so excited to host Alpine Elementary’s Second Annual Chinese Lantern Festival, coming up the week of Feb. 22nd! This year’s Festival will look a little different, but we have created a fun lineup of activities that we believe all students will enjoy. All students (not just those in Chinese Immersion) will bring home a flyer on Feb. 5th with details to make the lanterns. Lanterns will be due back to their classrooms by Feb. 19th. The lanterns will be hung the morning of Feb. 22nd and students will take a tour of the lanterns by individual classes.
The Chinese Lantern Festival will kick off with the Chinese Immersion classes performing their Chinese New Year concert, only this time the classes will be recorded and links will be sent out for viewing. The entire week will be filled with fun Chinese New Year activities in individual classes, as well as in our specialty classes.
We are looking for parent volunteers who would be willing to come to the school Monday, Feb. 22nd to help hang lanterns, and also those who would be willing to help take down the lanterns the afternoon of Feb. 24th. Please contact Suzanne Campbell at 801-635-7899 to help. And just like last year, the class with the most lanterns turned in wins a pizza party! Happy Chinese New Year everybody!
PTA News
The PTA will be having a meeting this Tuesday, the 2nd at 9:15 in the teacher’s lounge.  We would like to invite anyone that is interested in helping at our school to come. We will be voting on a few things including raising our budget to donate money towards a new digital sign for Alpine Elementary, and voting in our nominating committee. We will also be discussing upcoming events. We would love to have you come!
Great news! We have decided to extend our deadline for our membership drive to February 4th. We have had such a great response that we want to give even more people the opportunity to join in our drawing if you haven’t had the chance yet. All you have to do is go to this link, https://alpineelementary.memberhub.store/store , become a member of the PTA for Alpine Elementary, and your name will be entered into our drawings. We will be drawing one PTA member’s name each morning this week during morning announcements at the Alpine Elementary, for some great prizes, all of which were donated!
Monday – Craftsman Tool Box
Tuesday – Apple AirPods
Wednesday – $80 worth of Chick-Fil-A Swag with gift cards, and a certificate for a glass blowing experience at Holdman’s studio.
Thursday – Gift Certificate for private movie showing at the theaters!!
Friday – 10’ Lifetime Kayak
We will be updating the list of names we draw from each morning so no matter when you sign up this week you can be included in the remaining drawings. If you would like a second chance to win, you could sign up a spouse! Please make sure your information is updated in Memberhub so we can contact you and deliver your prize if your name is drawn. Thank you so much for your support! We really couldn’t do it without you!
Alpine Elementary is having a Crumbl Cookie School Fundraiser Thursday Feb. 4th, from 8am-10pm. This will only be at the LEHI TRAVERSE PKWY location. Come in and mention Alpine Elementary and 50% of the proceeds will come back to our school. If you are ordering online enter Alpine in the name line. Thank you for your support!
Reader Board
Many of you may be wondering why we have not been putting messages for the past three months on the reader board in front of our school. In October, a vandal or vandals threw a pumpkin through our reader board; consequently, we have not been able to use our existing reader board. Since that time, we have been exploring options of installing an electronic reader board in front of the school. Once we determined we had the money to purchase a reader board, we have been waiting on the City of Alpine to change a sign ordinance that was enacted after Mountainville Academy installed their colored reader board on Main Street. There were complaints about the size and brightness of their new reader board from local residents. But the City of Alpine recently amended their sign ordinance and we are working with a sign company to install a new electronic reader board while following city’s size and hours of operation guidelines. We are probably still two months out before we will have the project completed, but I wanted to give our parents an update.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 29. 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!
Jenna Bodily– 3rd grade, Ms. Chen
Hazel Braden– 3rd grade, Ms. Chen
Logan Brimhall– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Easton Brimhall– 1st grade, Ms. Chou
Oscar Clarke– 4th grade, Mrs. Orgill
Anne Clarke– 6th grade, Mrs. Kacmarek
Dresden Hansen– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Kaylee Hegerhorst– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Ben Hodgkinson– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Lincoln Longenecker– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Paisley Nance– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
Lizzie Pusey– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Caleb Whetten– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Grace Wright– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Saxon Young– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Outside the Principal’s Office
Do I shake hands or hug someone that I know well at a social gathering during a pandemic? That is the question I have asked myself as Laura and I attended a memorial service (family only) and a wedding reception on the past two Saturdays. Basically, I just let the other person make the first move unless it is one of our children. The perplexities in life that a pandemic creates!
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 1/25/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Parents will be hearing from teachers about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences, February 1 – 5. We are encouraging teachers to meet online with parents unless the teacher and parent feel the need to have an in-person conference. Contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions. All conference appointments will be made through Skyward.
We are seeing fewer students bring water bottles to school. Since the beginning of the school year as we follow COVID-19 safety protocols, we have asked students to not use school water fountains, unless absolutely necessary. Instead we would like students to bring water bottles to school and refill them at the water fountain in the fifth-grade hallway that has a bottle refiller mechanism.
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.
PTA News
Our PTA is doing a final membership push for the 2020 – 21 school year. It only costs $10 to join the PTA in the link attached below! Be sure to check out the prizes that will be raffled off February 1 – 5. I’ve attached a photo of the 10-foot kayak that will be included in the raffle.
   
Every PTA member matters! Moms, Dads, Guardians, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles,
Teachers, Staff, and Community Members all matter. We really appreciate every single member. To show our appreciation we will be holding a drawing for all PTA members. Good news! We will no longer have the January 30th deadline.
Everyone that is a member the night before each drawing will be entered into the drawing that day. We have some amazing prizes: a 10-foot kayak, Airpods, a craftsman tool box, a private movie party, a gift basket including Chick-fil-A and a gift certificate for glass blowing or stained glass classes at Holdman Studios. Our student council will be drawing for the prizes each day February 1st – 5th, and then winners will then be notified. Don’t procrastinate and become a member today.
Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date on memberhub.com, so we can get you your prize. Good luck!
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 22. 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!
Jackson Bruce– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Ethan Chi– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Reed Christoffersen– 4th grade, Ms. Vipperman
Norah Collins– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Ian Dilts– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Crew Feaster– 2nd grade, Ms. M. Moore
KatieLyn Kitchel– 5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
Hayden Locke– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Valentino Mendez– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Sam Myers– 2nd grade, Mrs. Andersen
Emily Nelson– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Sawyer Peterson– 6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Connor Pusey– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Olive Spurgeon– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Penny Turner– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Outside the Principal’s Office
Knowing that the fall from a stationary exercise bike in our basement is safer than some of the road bike accidents I have had in AF Canyon, my wife purchased me a “smart trainer.”  I position my road bike, minus the back wheel, on the trainer.  On an app called Zwift, I select a route to ride around the world, determine how much climbing I want to do, and how far to ride. The blue tooth app somehow sends messages to the “smart trainer” and I need to change the gears on my bike enabling me to ride on the virtual flat road, downhill, or ascending hill or mountain. My bike even vibrates if I am riding over a virtual wooden bridge or cobblestone street. I am able to see a computer-generated version of myself on a bike on my computer or phone screen. Additionally, I see riders from all over the world, with their first initial, last name and country’s flag flashing on-screen when I pass them or they pass me. A more engaging form of winter exercise than sitting on a stationary bike in a local gym! But not to worry, I will take my road bike off the trainer and be out on Utah Valley roads, including the Alpine Loop, when the weather allows me to do so.
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 1/18/2021

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Alpine Elementary News
Parents will be hearing from teachers about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences, February 1 – 5. We are encouraging teachers to meet online with parents unless the teacher and parent feel the need to have an in-person conference. Contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions.
We are seeing fewer students bring water bottles to school. Since the beginning of the school year as we follow COVID-19 safety protocols, we have asked students to not use school water fountains, unless absolutely necessary. Instead we would like students to bring water bottles to school and refill them at the water fountain in the fifth-grade hallway that has a bottle refilling mechanism.
Just a reminder that we have started a printer cartridge recycling program at Alpine Elementary. You can bring your old printer cartridges in a plastic bag to the school, deposit them in a box that we have in our staff room, and the school receives money for the recycled cartridges.
And speaking of recycling, our PTA has asked the cardboard recycling company to remove the recycling bins that were placed on the west side of the school. We had ongoing issues with overflowing bins, boxes that were not broken down, and cardboard litter on school property; consequently the bins have been removed so that our custodial crew are not repeatedly cleaning up community, not school, cardboard recycling refuse in the street.
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
Dear PTA Parents/Guardians/Teachers/Staff/Community Members:
We invite you to join our PTA, along with your children’s teachers and school staff, community leaders and other concerned citizens as we work toward enriching the lives of all of the children at our school.
Our goals are to maintain our strong and supportive PTA, and to promote involvement in the school, home and
community. We hope all adults (men and women) in the household join, along with teachers, grandparents and other community members. You don’t have to be a parent to belong to PTA!
MEMBERSHIP REALLY DOES MATTER! Your membership dollars support all the many things that our PTA does here at the school. Membership also let’s our voices be heard and helps our leaders to advocate on behalf of our schools.
We really appreciate every single member. To show our appreciation we would like to hold a drawing for all PTA members. We will have some wonderful prizes. (Please look for more detail later this week.) The deadline to be entered in the drawing will be January 30, 2021. We will be drawing for the prizes the following week. Winners will then be notified. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date on memberhub.com so we can get you your prize. Good luck!
If anyone is willing and able to support additional members of our PTA, you may purchase a gift membership. We will then add a member of our school’s staff or community to our membership.
Our PTA appreciates your membership and we welcome your ideas. Please join us https://alpineelementary.memberhub.store/store
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Sincerely,
Membership Chairperson,
Colette Menlove
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, January 15. 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!
Jaxon Ainsworth– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Clary Sage Frazier– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Gretel Garcia– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Eliza Gooch– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Rachel Hymas– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Grace Jaggi– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Frances Johnson– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Mabel Leavitt– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Lincoln Matthews– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Grady Parker– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Stella Riding– 2nd grade, Ms. Anderson
Madison Sardoni– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Minnie Slembowski– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Franky Swalberg– 2nd grade, Ms. Anderson
Brynlee Wood– 6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Outside the Principal’s Office
I hope that your three-day MLK weekend was enjoyable. Two of our daughters took four of our grandsons to Harry Potter World in Florida last week, so Laura and I (let’s be honest, mostly Laura, and a little me) were babysitting three of our youngest grandchildren for four days, while their parents were doing whatever people do in Harry Potter World. I haven’t read the books or seen the movies, so I am guessing there must be a lot of wand waving and magic spells involved in a visit to Harry Potter World. We discovered there is a reason that you parent in your younger years. We love our grandchildren, but we were happy to give them back to their parents on Saturday!
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

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.
Outside the Principal’s Office
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
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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