We are encouraging teachers to schedule online parent/teacher conferences this week. If parents would prefer to meet in-person with their child’s teacher, you can still do so, but an online conference is encouraged during for this week’s conferences. Teachers will be scheduling conferences with parents on Skyward. Contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions.
No School For Students February 4
February 4 will be a Teacher Work Day; consequently, there will be no school for students on Friday.
The Alpine Elementary staff was as surprised as parents at the announcement last week from the Alpine School District Board of Education that we would be making a daily schedule change starting on January 31. That decision was put on pause, so we continue with our current schedule until the Board gathers more input from ASD stakeholders. This is the message all parents received last week from the ASD School Board:
As many of you may have heard, the Board of Education has been studying ways to address teacher fatigue while keeping students in school, face-to-face, every day. Although a decision was made in last night’s board meeting to implement a temporary schedule adjustment, the board has now requested a pause to allow for further study and review of operational challenges, feedback, and logistics.
We apologize for any confusion this has created for you and your student. The board will be considering additional solutions to address teacher fatigue and student absenteeism. We want to make sure that decisions made don’t increase teacher burden or negatively impact student learning. Schools will continue on the normal schedule until further notice.
It’s Book Fair Time! We’re so excited and hope you’ll stop by and pick up some great books to read. (All purchases benefit our school library.)
Book Fair Hours:
Jan. 31st & Feb. 1st
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Feb. 2nd & 3rd
8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Feb. 4th Closed
No school for students
Feb. 7th Chinese Lantern Festival
8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Be sure to complete the attached Reading Bingo card. Return it to the library on Monday, February 7th to be entered in our prize drawing.
Teacher Aide Needed
We are in need of a teacher aide to work in a 5th grade classroom, 9:15 am – 2:15 pm. Please email Mr. Perdue if you are interested in a TA job or if you have any questions. The job pays $11.28 an hour unless applicants have previous experience working in schools.
Spirit Night this Wednesday, Feb. 2nd at the NEW Zupas from 4-9 pm – Come to the brand-new Cafe Zupas in Highland for an easy house-made meal, and Alpine Elementary PTA will earn 25% back! There are 3 ways to order (remember to mention the fundraiser for us to get credit!): 1) Run through their new drive-thru, 2) Drop in, in-person (right after parent-teacher conferences, right?!), or 3) Order online or via their mobile app – mention FUNDRAISER25 in the coupon code (Also, you can choose for a delivery option through the app/online also!).
Dad Help Before School – The Alpine Elementary PTA is helping us round up some dad helpers (or grandfathers, uncles, or other dudes!) to help monitor outside the school while kids are out waiting to be let inside. We are looking for dads/dudes who can help monitor outside the school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 9:15 am. Please sign up on this Google doc to help or make sure to let those gentlemen know we would love to have them on board!
Chinese Lantern Festival – The PTA is hosting the school’s third annual Chinese Lantern Festival the week of February 7 – 11! There are quite a few things to be aware of for that week:
- Lanterns are due back to your student’s homeroom this Thursday, February 3rd.
- The Chinese Lantern Festival Arts Night is taking place at our school February 7th from 6 to 8 pm. That night, we invite you and your families to come enjoy an evening celebrating the Chinese New Year. Come let your kids make fun Chinese arts and crafts, play games, and take a tour of the lanterns throughout the school!
- Also, we are looking for quite a few extra helpers in classrooms that evening, and there are some simple one-hour shifts available (one shift from 6 to 7 pm and another from 7 to 8 pm). If you have an hour that night, we would greatly appreciate your help! Sign up here. That evening is going to be a blast, so make sure to mark it on your calendars!
Students of the Week
Daphne Anderson-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Lexi Cann-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Landon Deveraux-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Terry Dilts-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Rosie Ence-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Gracie Gillespie-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Dresden Hansen-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Max Hertig-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Adaline Larkin-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Kayleigh Nelsen-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Lewis Olson-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Madi Sardoni-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
William Stewart-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Aksel Tedrow-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Thor Tom-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Outside the Principal’s Office
With my wife, Laura, being in Oregon watching grandchildren for the past 10 days, I have relied on eating establishment gift cards and my own unique cooking skills. Did you know the microwave oven was introduced in 1967, and only became affordable to families in the late 1970’s? I can assure you that microwaves still are common household appliances in the 21st century and are the go-to cooking method for some people who prefer a quick meal or are too lazy to cook. Frozen chicken pot pies and burritos really make tasty meals!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal