Eagle News 12/10/2018

Laura and I had a great weekend! On Friday night, we went to Vivint Smart Home Arena and were entertained by comedian, Jim Gaffigan. Funny guy who keeps his jokes clean, which is unusual for comedians in this day and age. And then any time BYU beats Utah in an athletic event, an increasingly rare occurrence in recent years, I celebrate. The Cougars men’s basketball team beat the Utes on Saturday afternoon, 74 – 59. And then the highlight of the weekend was going to the BYU Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday night and watching the BYU women’s volleyball team prevail over Texas and earn a trip to the Final Four Volleyball Tournament in Minneapolis on December 13. We joined with 5,300 other loud and highly energized fans to root on the Cougs. What a fun event to witness in person!
And here is an update (see attached photo) from Cherie’ Kelly on how the money we raised for the Candlelight School in Kenya is being used. I can think of no more appropriate message is this season of giving:
Dear Staff, Students and Parents at Alpine Elementary,
It is with an appreciative and humble heart that I thank you all for the extraordinary participation in the coin drive this year for Candlelight School, in Nairobi, Kenya.  The final amount I was able to wire to Fred and Alice Afwai, the founders and Principals at Candlelight School was $10,400.00.  The money will go towards their school lunch program.  It buys them beans and rice and other necessities for the year.  There are over 500 students that attend Candlelight School and this is the only meal they receive a day.  Alice recently told me they also have some very young children who live in the community that don’t attend Candlelight, but show up at their doorstep around lunch time in hopes of receiving something to eat.  Alice never turns anyone away and with the generous donations that came in this year from all of you, she can now afford to feed those in need.  This money truly saves lives and we will be forever grateful for your service and kindness that you show to children at Candlelight.  
Much Love and Many Blessings to you all this season,
Cherie Kelly
The Alpine Elementary Choir, consisting of 84 4th – 6th graders, concluded their singing season with two performances last week. A huge shout out to our amazing choir director, Melinda Hunt, and talented pianist, Klara Oliverson, Each and every year, I am impressed by how much talent our students have. Well done Alpine Elementary Eagles Choir!
We all had the opportunity to listen to the Alpine Elementary Eagles Choir last Thursday as they presented their fourth and final performance of the year. Each and every year, I am impressed by how much talent our students have. Congratulations to the 84 choir students, their amazing director, Melinda Hunt, and the talented piano accompanist, Klara Oliverson!
A few weeks ago, one of the school district HVAC technicians accidently forgot to reattach a wire on the library thermostat while working on some building heating issues. Consequently, the heat spiked in the library over the weekend and our librarian, Paula Ruesch, came to work on the following Monday to discover all of the fish and plant life had died as the water in our fish tank overheated. I am pleased to report that we have new fish and plant life once again thriving in the library fish tank. Paula Ruesch, our students, and faculty are happy to have one the most unique features of our school back to life!
All grade levels will sing two songs at the Christmas Sing on the last school day before the Holiday Break, December 19, 9:15 am in the gym.
If you use Amazon Smiles https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0478599
when you make your online Amazon orders, our school receives money. Thanks for helping our students as you do your holiday shopping!
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