Eagle News 10/29/18

What a beautiful fall weekend we had! Autumn in the Utah Valley is definitely my favorite time of the year. Can you believe that we flip the calendars to November this week?
I had the opportunity last week, along with 25 other Alpine School District administrators, to visit four schools in the Bay Area, two in San Jose, one in Hillsborough and one in Burlingame. We saw schools that were focused on Project Based Learning, resulting in highly engaged students. We certainly learned some things that can have application in our Alpine School District schools, but truth be told, the teachers at Alpine Elementary are already providing students with high quality learning experiences. We certainly have room to improve, but I return from my trip to California very grateful for all that is happening at our beloved school.
Have you ever been lost on the streets of San Francisco? I have! Several of the Alpine School District principals/administrators decided to visit China Town in San Francisco on Thursday night. After walking the streets and visiting stores, we went to a Chinese restaurant where I ate frog for the first time (didn’t know those little critters had such large back bones that impede chewing), in addition to a variety of other Chinese foods.  I had to leave before everyone else to retrieve our rental car at a parking lot that was closing. As I tried to get back to the restaurant, I became disoriented on the many one-way streets and my cell phone battery died at the same time! Consequently, I had no way of contacting the four ladies that were riding in my van and I was becoming more and more lost on the labyrinth of San Francisco city streets. To say my anxiety level was rising would be an understatement, as I was very concerned about the four ladies that were waiting for me to pick them up, and seemingly no way to let them know where I was. Finally, I had the clarity of thought to illegally park the van, go into a coffee shop and ask the barista if I could recharge my phone is his store. He kindly allowed me to recharge my phone, which took about 10-minutes, and call my professional colleagues who thought I had either been car jacked, died of a heart attack or my cell phone had died. Eventually I found my way back to my friends, we had a good laugh, and they treated me to a hot fudge sundae at Ghirardelli Square. I would not recommend that San Francisco adventure for the faint of heart!
We are having our Reflections Gala tonight at 7:00 pm in the gym. If your student is being recognized for participating in the Reflections Art Competition, parents should have already received an invitation to attend tonight’s recognition ceremony.
For Red Ribbon Week, we had a “Heroes Journey” theme. I would like to thank the many parent volunteer heroes who helped create a fantastic learning experience for our students during Red Ribbon Week! Andrew Young did a masterful job of producing the daily videos our students watched that helped them to understand the importance of making safe and wise decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. Once again, a special thanks to Bronson and Cherie’ Kelly who brought their hot air balloon to the school so our students could see the balloon fill up and lift off. Tylynn Neilson made the arrangements for each of our students to receive a Red Ribbon Week bracelet. Thank you to all of the other parent volunteers who helped with Red Ribbon Week!
Our Halloween Parade on Wednesday will begin its trek through the school at 1:15 pm and should be entering the gym between 1:30 – 1:40 pm. Please remember to not send your students to school in costumes that have masks or imitation weapons.
The 6th graders will be having their annual Wax Museum presentations in the gym on Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am. Parents are invited to attend!
Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!