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Eagle News 9/26/2022

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September 26, 2022

CALENDAR

Sept 26-30 PTA Fundraiser-see below for detail
Sept 29 Mountain Man Rendezvous-4th Grade
Sept 29 1st Grade Field Trip-Thanksgiving Point
Sept 30 Alpine Fun Run-see below
Oct 4 Alpine PTA Board Meeting 9:30 in the Faculty Room

School Information

Alpine Choir
This is the last week to sign up for the school choir. Practices are on Tuesday’s from 3:30-4:30. It is a great opportunity for our students to be with their peers and learn some great songs. The cost is $30 and can be paid on myschoolfees. Please let us know if you need any more information.

SEP Conferences
A big thank you to all those who were able to make it to our SEP conferences last week. If you were not able to attend, please contact your teacher(s) and they would love to give you some information regarding your student(s).

Cornbelly Opportunity
Cornbelly’s opened last weekend!  If your family is planning on going to Cornbelly’s any time this season, use ALPINEPTA as your promo code and you can get $3 off your admission to Cornbelly’s

From the Library
A huge thank you to Mrs. Ruesch and all those who helped her make last week a fantastic week with our Book Fair! We are lucky to have so many

From the SCC

SCC Meeting
We are excited to have our first SCC meeting on Sept 28th at 9:30. We invite any parents who would like to come to be in attendance. It will be in the school faculty room.

From the PTA
Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run

Fun Run PTA Fundraiser
This week, we are excited to host this year’s Fun Run PTA Fundraiser! Last week, your student should have come home with a flyer with information surrounding this week’s Fun Run PTA Fundraiser, including details around the Fun Run itself happening THIS FRIDAY, September 30th, from 12:00 pm – 3:15 PM at Creekside Park. I have attached the full flyer with all the details, but just a few things to keep in mind:

Goal: Our fundraiser goal is $15,000. Your generous contributions this week directly enable several programs that would not be possible otherwise, which in turn support 4 fundamental goals for Alpine Elementary, including:

  • Creating opportunities to strengthen school unity

  • Promoting health & wellness

  • Encouraging attitudes of acceptance, kindness, & respect

  • Creating a culture that learning is exciting & fun

Our many PTA programs taking place throughout the school year, including Running Club, Kindness Club, Walk-to-School Wednesdays, the Chinese Lantern Festival, Red Ribbon Week (drug safety & awareness), White Ribbon Week (Internet safety), Battle of the Books, Fall Festival, Family Fun Nights, and the School Spring Carnival are some of the many programs your donations make possible!

Lunch from Chick-fil-A & Extra Recesses: One class from EACH GRADE with the most donations (averaged per student) will win lunch from Chick-fil-A!

How to Donate: There are multiple ways to donate this week, and you may donate anytime Monday through Friday! You may either send cash or check (payable to: Alpine Elementary PTA) in the envelope attached to last week’s flyer, or pay online (a small percentage charge is added) by visiting https:// alpineelementary.memberhub. com/store# or by scanning the QR code in the attached flyer to go directly to the site. Just PLEASE select YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER when paying online so his or her class gets credit for your donation!

Fun Run Schedule at Creekside Park on Friday, September 30: Come support your students as they participate in the Fun Run! Thanks to the generous contributions of Doterra, all Alpine Elementary students will be getting an Alpine Elementary t-shirt for the run! Below is when each class will be running at the park.  They will run for 15 minutes, grab a snack and then head back to class.

  • First Grade – 12:45 PM

  • Kindergarten & Second Grade – 1:15 PM

  • Third Grade – 1:45 PM

  • Fourth Grades – 2:15 PM

  • Fifth Grade – 2:45 PM

  • Sixth Grade – Noon

Most importantly, we are grateful for our amazing Alpine Elementary community and for your support!

Please also follow Alpine Elementary PTA on Instagram @alpineelementarypta to keep up to date on everything going on!

Fall Festival

Come join us at the Fall Festival this Friday, September 30th 4-7 PM after the Fun Run!  We will have carnival games, a petting zoo, inflatables, prizes and food!  $6 wristband for carnival games. This is such a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy! Please note, there will be a small percentage charge added on to the cost if you are paying by credit card.

Reflections

Last week, the students had an assembly about the Reflections Art Program. Reflections is an incredible nation-wide program put on by the PTA that encourages children to be creative and involved in the arts. There is no fee to participate and there are several art categories. This year’s theme is “Show your voice…” and the submission deadline is in October.  Here is a link for information on how to create art for Reflections and what the rules are: Reflections Information for Parents | UtahPTA.org

From the Lunchroom

A reminder to everyone to please make sure your student(s) have money in their lunch accounts. If you need help with this, you can simply log on to mypaymentsplus.com and register. In addition to making payments, you can view your student account balances, history, set up automatic payments and account balance alerts. Also, our kitchen can accept cash or checks for meal payments, but not credit cards. If you have any questions or may need help, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 801-610-8700.

Eagle News 9/19/2022

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September 19, 2022

CALENDAR

Sept 19-23 Alpine Book Fair-Library-All Week Long!
Sept 20 Lone Peak Council PTA Meeting 10:00 Westfield Elementary
Sept 21-22 SEP (Parent/Teacher Conferences) at Alpine Elementary-See below and attach
Sept 21 Student Vision Screenings 10:00 Gym-See below for volunteer opportunity
Sept 26-30 PTA Fundraiser-see below for details
Sept 29 Mountain Man Rendezvous-4th Grade
Sept 29 1st Grade Field Trip-Thanksgiving Point
Sept 30 Alpine Fun Run-see below

School Information

SEP Conferences Coming Up

We are excited to have our first Parent/Teacher conferences of this year. Please log on to your Parent Skyward page to access the calendar to sign up. We encourage everyone to please come and get an update on how your student(s) are doing in school. This is a fantastic time for parents and teachers to connect and answer any questions you may have. I have attached a short tutorial on how to sign up if you are unfamiliar with this process. Please let us know if you need assistance with this process. If you do not sign up, a time will be assigned to you.

Five12 Foundation Opportunity

We are very fortunate to have the chance to access the Five12 foundation and all they do for the students across the state. This organization is based here in Alpine and is one of the best operations run by some of the best people I know. This foundation provides much needed food and assistance to students who may need a bit of extra help at times. At Alpine Elementary, many students have been given weekend meals. These are distributed on Friday afternoons as students are leaving for the weekend. It is a process that is discrete and allows students to take home a bit of extra food as needed. Please let me know if you would like to be included on this list or if you have friends or neighbors who could possibly benefit from this fantastic program. If you would like, you may take a look at their website by clicking here. Five12.org

Cornbelly Opportunity

Cornbelly’s is opening this weekend!  If your family is planning on going to Cornbelly’s any time this season, use ALPINEPTA as your promo code and you can get $3 off your admission to Cornbelly’s

From the Library

!!LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP FOR BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!!

Registration ends Friday, September 23rd.
Register your 3rd-6th grade student(s) here:

https://sites.google.com/alpinedistrict.org/alpineelementarylibrary/battle-of-the-books

Once students are registered, all they need to do is start reading the books on their grade level book list available here or in the library. If they read three books on their list before December, they’ll be assigned a team and invited to a pizza party in the library.

Thanks to our generous sponsor! Riley’s Carpet Cleaning

IT’S BOOK FAIR TIME!

September 19th-23rd
Stop by and pick up some great books to read.
Up to 50% of your purchase benefits our school.

Book Fair Hours

Monday & Tuesday 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:45 – 7:00 pm

Friday: 8:45 am – 12:30 pm

Can’t visit in person? Shop our online book fair HERE. Feel free to share the link with grandparents and others who can’t attend.

Students can complete the attached reading challenge and return it to the book fair Friday by 12:30 pm for a chance to win fun prizes including a shopping spree at the book fair.

We hope to see you at the book fair 🙂

From the SCC

SCC Member Election Results

We are happy to announce the results of our SCC election that took place last week. We appreciate all the support from those who took the time to cast their votes. The following people will be have been elected and will comprise the Alpine School Community Council for the 2022-2023 school year:

Angelica Nash-Parent Member
Jaron Mathis-Parent Member
Tracy Nuttall-Parent Member
Holly Reynolds-Parent Member
Vanessa Hogan-Parent Member
Connie Faux-School Employee
Colleen Aitchison-School Employee
Paul Finlayson-Principal

We will be meeting soon and the meeting schedule will be published on our Alpine Elementary School website.

From the PTA

Alpine PTA Meeting
Our next meeting will be on October 4th at 9:30 in the faculty room. We invite all who are interested to come and see what is happening.

Vision Screening
Vision Screening is this Wednesday, September 21st.  We still need 5 volunteers for vision screening.  It is from 9:15 AM- about 11:30 AM.  Here is the sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/ go/10C0E4AAAAB28A7F9C34-vision    If you could come to even part of this time we would appreciate the help.  Thanks!

Walk-to-School Wednesday
Walk-to-School Wednesday is now happening every Wednesday! We’d love any parent who wants to help to come to the school around 8:50 that morning and look for any 1 of 4 tables outside to help!

Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run
This Friday, your child will be bringing home a flyer with details around our annual Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run, taking place next week (Sept. 26 – 30). This fundraiser is crucial to supporting the many Alpine Elementary programs and activities that strive to strengthen school unity, promote health & wellness, encourage kindness & respect, and create a school-wide culture that learning is fun. This fundraiser will be in conjunction with the Fall Festival this year as well.  Note that the Fun Run itself will be on Sept. 30th at Creekside Park in the afternoon.

Reflections
Last week, the students had an assembly about the Reflections Art Program. Reflections is an incredible nation-wide program put on by the PTA that encourages children to be creative and involved in the arts. There is no fee to participate and there are several art categories. This year’s theme is “Show your voice…” and the submission deadline is in October.  Here is a link for information on how to create art for Reflections and what the rules are: Reflections Information for Parents | UtahPTA.org

From the Lunchroom

A reminder to everyone to please make sure your student(s) have money in their lunch accounts. If you need help with this, you can simply log on to mypaymentsplus.com and register. In addition to making payments, you can view your student account balances, history, set up automatic payments and account balance alerts. Also, our kitchen can accept cash or checks for meal payments, but not credit cards. If you have any questions or may need help, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 801-610-8700.

 

Eagle News 1/10/2021

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Pandemic Resurgence
There has been a recent resurgence in the number of students and adults who are contracting the COVID-19 virus or the Omicron variant. Alpine Elementary follows all state and local pandemic prevention guidelines. The Alpine School District works closely with the Utah County Health Department to determine how to ensure a safe learning environment for students and safe working conditions for faculty. There are currently no changes in Alpine Elementary safety protocols, but you will be informed if more rigorous protocols are deemed necessary by the State of Utah, the Utah County Health Department and the ASD.
Crossing Guard
We are in need of a new crossing guard before and after school. Our crossing guard is employed by the Lone Peak Police Department. If you are interested in applying for the job, here is the link. Direct any questions to Jessica Scholle at the Lone Peak Police Department. The job pays $13.25 an hour.
PTA News
Spirit Night Thursday, January 13th at FIIZ – This Thursday, ALL DAY, stop by FIIZ in Highland for a drink! FIIZ will donate 10% of the entire day’s total to our PTA! So tell your friends/family to stop by FIIZ in Highland this Thursday!
First Grade Chinese Immersion Application
Kindergarten parents interested in applying to the first grade Chinese Immersion Program can go to the Alpine Elementary website and find both the application and an orientation video that replaces the orientation meeting we have had in previous years. Applications are due January 31.
Preschool Registration
Preschool registration is approaching January 19th at 10:00am.  Attached are the fliers for Preschool Open Enrollment.
Students of the Week
Benson Anderson-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Banks Anderson-2nd grade, Mrs. Orgill
Jaxton Bennett-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Hudson Bruce-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Jamison Bruce-5th grade, Ms. Dale
Ivy Christensen-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Carter Clegg-2nd grade, Mrs. Orgill
Lily Goodwin-6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Clark Greer-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Millie Johnson-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Daisy McConnon-1st grade, Mrs Bailey
Vaughn Nash-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Annabelle Rodman-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Miles Taylor-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Outside the Principal’s Office
It is basketball season in our family. Three grandsons, ages 8 – 14, had games on Saturday, and then Laura and I completed the day by going to the Marriott Center and watching the BYU men’s basketball team prevail over St. Mary’s. And the sunny though cold weather permitted a morning bike ride.
Speaking of basketball, did you see the video that went viral over the Holiday Break?
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, otherwise known as Ms. Fitz, decided to make a deal with her third-grade class at Holy Trinity School in Washington D.C. The deal was if she made a full-court shot on the school’s basketball court, she would reward the class with a hot chocolate party. Receiving the ball from a student in a lion costume and hitting a half-court shot, followed by the reaction of Ms. Fitz’s students. Is there anything better than spontaneous student joy?
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 11/15/2021

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Candlelight Coin Drive Week
It is Candlelight School Coin Drive Week! This will be Alpine Elementary’s 11th year helping provide meals for children at our sister school in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 650 students attend Candlelight School, and nearly all of them are orphans or children living on the streets. They receive their only meal of the day at school. Our Coin Drive donations directly fund their lunch program for the year. See the attachments to learn more about the Candlelight School.
Monday—Pennies
Tuesday—Nickels
Wednesday—Dimes
Thursday—Quarters
Friday—Any amount of money
Here are the total amounts that our annual Coin Drive has raised for the Candlelight School in previous years. This week, we would love to exceed last year’s $11,000 total contributions!
2016-17     $7,500
2017-18     $8,245
2018-19     $9,170
2019-20     $10,410
2020-21     $11,000
Veterans Day Celebration
I hope your students came home and told you about the very touching and powerful Veterans Day celebration we had on November 11. Thank you to librarian, Paula Ruesch, and Assistant Librarian, Janece Thompson, for suggesting a Veterans Day ceremony that included members of Mrs. Thompson’s bagpipe band! What a powerful and touching way to remember Veterans both present and past. It was an honor to have one of our parents, Paul Blackham, a military helicopter pilot, join our parade. And Student Council officers, Daniel Snow and Max Bergquist, did a great job of carrying our country’s flag! As I walked behind the flag, the bagpipe band, and Mr. Blackham, I saw several adults with tears in their eyes, touched by the bagpipe tribute to Veterans. Not going to lie, I cried through the entire parade!
PTA News
  • Spirit Night this Friday to Support Candlelight School – This Friday, Nov. 16, (all day!) stop into Yummy Ice Cream Emporium in Highland as another way to support the Candlelight School. 25% of proceeds will go directly to the Candlelight School Coin Drive. Plus you get delicious ice cream, so it’s a win-win right there!
  • Junior Achievement Helpers – The PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize the Junior Achievement program at Alpine. Junior Achievement is a global nonprofit with a mission to help develop business, financial, and entrepreneurial skills to elementary-age children. The opportunity to interact in your child’s class is fun and educational while allowing for flexibility for volunteers in scheduling and presentation. Contact Dana Fong at 385-770-0897 with any questions. If you would be interested in helping with this amazing program, please sign up here.
  • Reflections Awards Lunch – On November 15 at 11:40 am, there will be an Awards Lunch in the library for all the students who participated in Reflections.
  • Follow Us on Social Media – If you haven’t yet, follow our awesome Alpine Elementary PTA on social media. FB and IG are great places to stay up to date on all the fun happenings at our school! Insta: @alpineelementarypta and Facebook: Alpine Elementary PTA
School Community Council Meeting
The Alpine Elementary School Community Council will be meeting on Thursday, November 18, 9:30 – 10:30 am in our Conference Room.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 12. 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!
Emma Asper-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Brooklyn Barnes-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Blake Benson-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Connor Campbell-3rd grade, Mrs Chen
Austin Cann-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Pearl Cluff-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Allie Gardner-4th grade, Mrs .Vipperman
Joshua Goodfellow-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Ari Ingo-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Xoriyah Inoa-2nd grade, Mrs. Orgill
Truitt Joseph-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Collins Nelson-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Anna Packer-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Jacob Pusey-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Saylor Reeve-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Will Topham-1st grade, Mrs. Jin
Outside the Principal’s Office
A third consecutive beautiful fall weekend!  Friday night, Laura and I watched LPHS beat Skyridge in a 6A semifinal football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. Several Lone Peak players are former Alpine Elementary students. So fun to see those boys earn their way into a state championship game on Friday afternoon against Corner Canyon!
A bike ride, yard work and going to two grandsons’ basketball games filled my Saturday. I hope you all were able to get outside and enjoy the beauties of this wonderful place that we call 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 11/8/2021

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Veterans Day, November 11
We are grateful to veterans, both current and past, for their service to our country. My father is a Korean War veteran and father-in-law a World War 2 veteran. And though they both have passed on, it is a privilege each year to honor them and all veterans.
“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that is sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they are protecting us.”   ~Tom Clancy
PTA News
  • Skate Night this Tuesday – Join our school this Tuesday night, November 9, 4:30 to 9:00 pm at Classic Skate in Orem for a skate night! Admission is free! (Skate rentals not included.)
  • Spirit Night – Anytime on November 16 at Yummy Ice Cream Emporium in Highland! 25% of that day’s proceeds will go to our school! If you haven’t been to Yummy yet, it serves delicious ice cream and is such a fun new ice cream parlor!
  • Junior Achievement Helpers – The PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize the Junior Achievement program at Alpine. Junior Achievement is a global nonprofit with a mission to help develop business, financial, and entrepreneurial skills to elementary-age children. The opportunity to interact in your child’s class is fun and educational while allowing for flexibility for volunteers in scheduling and presentation. Contact Dana Fong 385-770-0897 with any questions. If you would be interested in helping with this amazing program, please sign up here.
  • Reflections Awards Lunch – On November 15 at 11:40 am, there will be an Awards Lunch in the library for all the students who participated in Reflections.
Coin Drive November 15 – 19
Next week, November 15 – 19, we are excited to participate in our annual Candlelight School Coin Drive! This year will be Alpine Elementary’s 11th year helping provide meals for children at our sister school in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 650 students attend Candlelight School, and nearly all of them are orphans or children living on the streets. They receive their only meal of the day at school. Our Coin Drive donations directly fund their lunch program for the year. See the attachments to learn more about the Candlelight School.
Missing Scooter
I have attached a photo of a Prodigy scooter that has gone missing at the school. If you have seen or know where this scooter is, please contact the school.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, November 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!
Arianna Anderson-3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Anna Buchanan-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Elias Casey-2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Chase Christensen-5th grade, Ms. Dale
Savannah Clawson-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Skylee Gunn-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Conley Hughes-2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Kimball Hunter-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Deacon Joseph-Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
James Leininger-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Lilah McConnon-6th grade, Mrs. Reyes
McKenzie Perez-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Lucy Taylor-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Kaere Winitana-3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Abigail Woodbury-5th grade, Mrs. Menssen
Outside the Principal’s Office
We had another gorgeous Fall weekend! It was the opportune time to rake leaves. I don’t know about you, but I experience a great feeling of accomplishment when I spend several hours raking leaves and seeing the lush green grass as the aftermath. However, autumn leaves continue to fall from trees, so there is more work to do next weekend. A metaphor for life? The events in our lives never remain neat and orderly. There is always more work to do!
I enjoyed a beautiful bike ride up to South Fork on Saturday morning. A magnificent fall day with several wild turkeys, feeding in nearby fields, checking me out as I pedaled away!
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 11/16/2020

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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
UPDATE:
Here is an update with some good news. As I’ve worked with district officials and the Utah County Health Department to verify the COVID cases, our numbers are lower by a few cases than was reported in earlier in the Eagle News. Some cases that have been reported to us have not been verified. We have been moved on the ASD Return to Learn Dashboard from green to yellow. I will continue to work closely with our nurse, the Utah County Health Department, and district officials when it comes to reporting cases. You are able to check the district dashboard, and it is updated daily.
Thank you for doing your part to help slow the spread of the virus. Remember to please keep your child home if they show any symptoms.
I apologize if my message in the Eagle News earlier today caused any alarm or anxiety. Our primary objective as we deal with COVID-19 is to ensure the health and safety of all members of the Alpine Elementary Community.
Dave Perdue, Principal

Alpine Elementary

Alpine School District

Eagle News 5-28-2019

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The unseasonably rainy weather cooperated for long enough on Memorial Day that Laura and I were able to hike up to Pine Hollow Meadow from the Pine Hollow Trailhead in American Fork Canyon. A bit muddy and snowy in portions of the hike, but enjoyable nonetheless. Can you believe that some of the Utah ski mountains are still open as we enter the month of June? Indeed, it has been a wet winter and spring, which bodes well for local farmers and those who travel to area reservoirs in the summer for recreational opportunities.
Only three days of school left. Hard to believe! As we conclude our school year, I want thank the entire Alpine Elementary Community for all you have done to make the 2018 – 2019 year an excellent one. Our dedicated staff continues to make every effort to provide the learning opportunities that will enable all students achieve to their full potential. The key student achievement metrics of DIBELS and RISE assessments clearly indicate that we continue to make growth in our academic improvement goals.
Just a reminder that we will have an early dismissal, 10:35 am, on our final day of school, Thursday, May 30. We will be watching an end-of-year video on Thursday morning that has been prepared by third grade teacher Aubri Elder. Thank you Ms. Elder! I will send the video link to parents later this week.
We have just a few spots left in the 8:45-10:30am session of Chinese Club for children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grades.  The link to register is below.  Please note that payment of $75 per child must be submitted to the school before the end of the day on the last day of school so that Mrs. Hadlock can close out her accounting for the school year.  Please direct any questions to [email protected].com
Check out the new pavers around our Reader Board in front of the school! For his Eagle Project, William Proctor and his work crew laid the pavers over the weekend. An aesthetic improvement in my opinion. Thank you William and Proctor family!
We say goodbye or until we see you again to the following staff members and wish them the best of luck in the next steps in their professional journeys:
Jill Adamson—One-Year Sabbatical
Jamee Bennett—PGJHS
Ranae Black—Manila Elementary
Annie Burr—Polaris High School
Sierra Charlesworth—Full-time mommy
Elizabeth Chase—Teacher on Administrative Assignment at Cedar Ridge and Traverse Elementary
Penny Gardner—Instructional Coach at Highland Elementary
Natalie Jackman—English Language Arts teacher at South Summit Middle School in Kamas, Utah
Margie Perkins—Will be returning to Alpine and working as a Teacher Aide until October 2019 before retiring
Fred Roberts—Full-time alpaca farmer, basketball coaching consultant and on-call substitute teacher
Natalie Schurter—Literacy coach at Westmore Elementary
Elise Teerlink—School Psychologist who has been assigned to other schools
Condita Washburn—Intern Partnership Facilitator at Vineyard Elementary
I am pleased to announce that Lori Qian (pronounced Chen) will be our second grade Chinese Partner Teacher next year. Lori grew up in Chicago and has Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois. She has taught third grade and middle school Language Arts at the American International School of Guangzhou in China for 10 years. Lori is married to a man from the Chinese province of Hubei, and she speaks Mandarin, an added bonus in our Chinese Immersion Program, even though she will be the English Partner teacher replacing Ms. Bennett.
And we are still waiting for some visa paperwork to clear with the State of Utah so we can hire Rui Chen as our third grade Chinese Immersion teacher. Rui recently completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Southern California and has had a student teaching experience in Chinese Immersion at a high school in California. Rui, her husband and two sons are anxious to move to Utah.
So here is the Alpine Elementary staff for the 2019 – 2020 school year:
Kindergarten
Colleen Aitchision—will teach a morning session
Lizzy Snyder—will teach a morning and afternoon session
First Grade
Bridgette Bailey
Mykel Johnson
Connie Faux—Chinese Partner Teacher
Rebecca Liston—Chinese Teacher
Second Grade
Maureen Wallace
Lori Qian—Chinese Partner Teacher
Daphne Blodgett—Chinese Teacher
Third Grade
Amy Duke
Aubri Elder
Meilina Moore—Chinese Partner Teacher
Rui Chen—Chinese Teacher
Fourth Grade
Natalie Davies
Denise Keller
Maudie Vipperman—Chinese Partner Teacher
Anna Moore—Chinese Teacher
Fifth Grade
Mckayla Hill
Kaylin Padgett
Jonathan Horan—Chinese Partner Teacher
Kitty Weakley—Chinese Teacher
Sixth Grade
Katherine Kaczmarek
Megan Reyes
Mimi Monson—Chinese Partner Teacher
Sharon Kuo—Chinese Teacher
All specialty teachers in Library, Computer, Movement, Music and Movement remain the same and are returning.
We wish our sixth graders nothing but success as they transition to Middle School.
I hope that your Summer Break is filled with fun and ongoing learning opportunities for your students.  Be safe and remember to have your children read during their time away from school. And as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagles News 5/20/2019

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I write the Eagle News from the heart of Manhattan, New York. Our son, Brady, will be graduating tomorrow from the NYU School of Dentistry and the commencement exercises will be held in Madison Square Garden. As a young boy, I dreamed of playing an NBA basketball game in MSG, but my basketball glory days ended in high school.  6th grade teacher Mr.  Roberts is the only person I know personally who has played in the The Garden, so a graduation ceremony will be my one and only trip to MSG. We have crammed a lot of NYC activities into our short stay here: a leisurely walk through Central Park, a Broadway play, the Carol King musical biopic Beautiful, which was incredible, Prince Street Pizza, chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery, church services in Manhattan, and all manner of head turning things in a city of 9 million people. We have food trucks in Utah Valley, and though there are plenty of those in NYC, I saw my first marijuana truck. I wonder what the reaction to the Weed World Candies truck would be if it pulled into the Alpine Days celebration? Though our trip has been fun, I look forward to returning to our little protected bubble in the Utah Valley!
I understand that we were able to get the Dance Festival in just before the skies opened up. Thank you rain gods and thank you Angee Tanner, our Movement Teacher, for all of the time and effort that went into preparing our students for their dance performances!
Our longest tenured instructor, kindergarten teacher Natalie Schurter, has accepted a job offer that has come to her to be the Reading Specialist at Westmore Elementary in Orem. We of course will miss Mrs. Schurter and are grateful for all she has done for Alpine Elementary and the many students she has taught for the past 18 years, but are excited that she now will get to share her knowledge of how to effectively teach reading to the kindergarten and first grade teachers at Westmore Elementary. That means we have a teaching change at every grade level next year. Wow!
Lizzy Snyder, a recent graduate of Utah State, will join Colleen Aitchison on our kindergarten team. We were originally going to have Ms. Snyder be the second grade Chinse Immersion English Partner Teacher, but she is very excited to move to kindergarten. A plan is in place to find a new second grade teacher. I am also waiting on the State of Utah to process some paperwork so we can hire Rui Chen to be our third grade Chinese Immersion teacher. Rui, a native of China, recently completed her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Southern California. She did her student teaching in a high school Chinese Immersion Program.
The Box Tops contest for May is almost over. Let’s “Scoop Up Those Box tops”! The final day to turn in box tops is May 24. Thank you for helping our school raise over $1300.00 this year! The  ice cream prize has been generously donated by Stanley Adams Attorney at Law located in Salt Lake City. And a special thank you to parent volunteer and Box Tops Coordinator, Jesse Majors, for organizing all of our box top fundraising efforts this year.
The final day for kindergartners will be May 22 and the final day for preschoolers will be May 24.
Lots of end-of-the-year activities in the last eight days of school. Communicate with your student’s teacher if you have any questions. School will dismiss at 10:35 am on May 30, the final day of the school year.
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 5/13/2019

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Though Mother’s Day is a celebration and recognition day specific to mothers, I hope that all of the women in the Alpine Elementary Community, mothers or not, had loved ones express their love and appreciation to them. For those of you with missionaries serving somewhere in the world, I’m sure you enjoyed your visit with your missionary yesterday.  I have been blessed with amazing women in my life, first and foremost my beautiful wife Laura, our three daughters, two choice daughters-in-law, and of course my beloved mother who passed away 10 years ago. If not for a choice my mother made when I was five-years-old, our family’s life trajectory would have been completely different, and I definitely would not have all of the women mentioned above in my life or writing this Eagle News in Alpine, Utah.
A huge shout out to our PTA for all of the planning, work and parent volunteer time that went into staging our School Carnival last week! Since I have been the principal at Alpine Elementary, Erica Hartshorn has served as the PTA president twice. With her youngest child moving on to Middle School next year, and after many years of selfless and dedicated service to Alpine Elementary, we will be losing Erica as one of our PTA members. The School Carnival was Erica’s last big event to oversee. Thank you Erica for all you have done for Alpine Elementary during the years that your children have attended our school. Next year, we will have co-PTA presidents, Ammie Gillespie and Laralee Proctor. These two ladies will be outstanding leaders for our PTA.
All library books or payment for lost books are due by May 17. Please check to see if your student has brought any library books home.
Please come to the school and check out our Lost and Found. We have lots of coats, jackets, hats, gloves and lunch bags that we would like to see go home with their rightful owners.
We will be having our Dance Festival at 2:30 pm on Friday, May 17.
I will have to miss the Dance Festival this year because our son, Brady, graduates from the NYU School of Dentistry on May 20, and we will be flying to New York City on Friday to join Brady and his wife, Whitney, to celebrate their four years of hard work. We are excited as they will soon be moving to Rapid City, South Dakota for their first post graduate school job. A 10-hour car drive instead of a flight across the country!
Please remind your students to use the crosswalk on 300 north before and after school when crossing that busy road. Too many students are running, biking or riding scooters across the road and not using the crosswalk. We will make an announcement at school emphasizing the importance of being safe. We don’t want any child to be injured!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 5/6/2019

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I hope you all had a happy Cinco de Mayo and found a way to eat some delicious Mexican food yesterday.
I had a niece get married on Saturday in the Provo City Temple, so it was a wonderful weekend spent with my younger siblings, a brother from Pasco, Washington and sister from Muncie, Indiana. Laura and I took my sister and her husband to Comedy Sports in Provo on Friday night. Lots of laughs topped off with some delicious ice cream from the Rockwell Ice Cream Company! My family activities kept me off my bike on Saturday, which is probably a good thing because my bike team did a “Century Ride” (100 miles) around Utah Lake. That is the ride last year that when I clipped the back tire of a fellow rider and fell off my bike, and the next thing I remember is being unloaded from an ambulance at Utah Valley Hospital. After receiving the ambulance and doctors’ bills it turned out to be a very expensive bike ride!
YAY!  CARNIVAL IS TODAY FROM 4-8 PM AT THE SCHOOL. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP TO VOLUNTEER! 
CLICK HERE https://www.alpinepta.org TO SEE YOUR SPOT OR SIGN UP WE STILL NEED 5 MORE VOLUNTEERS. SEE YOU THERE!
IF YOU PRE- ORDERED YOU CAN PICK IT UP AT THE CARNIVAL IN THE WILL CALL LINE, OR BUY PUNCH CARDS AND WRISTBANDS THERE. AS A THANK YOU FROM THE PTA, ALL STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED A $2 PUNCHCARD TO USE ANYWHERE IN THE CARNIVAL. STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE CARDS ON FRIDAY FROM THEIR TEACHERS. 
Good luck to our 5th graders as they participate in Hope of America this week!
Below is a link to register for our school’s Summer Chinese Club.  The 10:15am-12:00pm session has a wait list, but there are still spots in the 8:45-10:30am session.  If you have registered but haven’t submitted payment to the school office, please do so this week to avoid being moved to the wait list.  If you registered for the wait list, do not send payment unless we let you know that your child has a spot.  Questions may be sent to[email protected].
And I am also attaching a flyer to another Chinese Camp that is offered here in Alpine.
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