Eagle News 4/9/2018

Did any of your children, or perhaps you as parents, have a difficult time getting out of bed this morning after the more relaxed Spring Break schedule that we were all on? We are excited to welcome our students back to school, and I hope you were all able to spend quality time with family and friends during your Spring Break. Hard to believe, but there are only 38 days of school left!
Laura and I returned to Oregon for our Spring Break. Since none of our children live in Redmond, Oregon where they were raised, and where we lived for 27 years, we did not travel to Central Oregon, but instead spent time with our two oldest daughters and their families in Beaverton, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. And then Laura and I spent three days on the Oregon Coast in Oceanside, enjoying walks and runs on the beach, good food, uninterrupted reading time and the soothing and transcendent effects of being close to the mighty Pacific Ocean!
Thank you so much for your generous donations for our One and Done Fundraiser before Spring Break! To bring in almost $17,000 in five days is truly a remarkable accomplishment! The kindness and willingness of the Alpine Elementary Community to give back to kids is very heartwarming. Our school Leadership Team will soon be meeting to discuss how we want to spend our fundraising money, and I am confident the money will be spent to bolster technology resources for our entire student body. We exceeded our $13,000 goal, so I am looking at the weather forecast to pick a night I want to spend on the school roof!
We have had some parents asking us about making teacher requests for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Teacher request forms will be available to parents April 23 – 27 in our office and will be due by April 30. I will send out a reminder to parents before the end of the month with a list of which teachers are teaching which grades. So stay tuned!
I saw many of our second grade parents at the March 29 Glow performances. All four of our second grade classes performed under the expert direction of our music teacher, Melinda Hunt. The talent that our students have is both amazing and inspiring.
Our 3rd – 6th graders will be taking the state standardized tests, Student Assessment for Growth and Excellence (SAGE), this month. Check with your child’s teacher to know which days students will be testing, and please make every effort to encourage your students to do their best on the SAGE tests. It is also helpful that students get a good night’s sleep on the night prior to a testing day, and a good breakfast the day they test.   Best of luck students on the SAGE tests!
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