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Eagle News 10/11/2021

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Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thank you to all of the parents who came to Parent/Teacher Conferences! It was nice to see parents back in the school conversing with teachers after the unusual year we had last year. And we are grateful to all of the parents who purchased books at our Book Fair and to the local heroes who came to participate in the Hero Read with our students!
Fall Break and Minimal Day
Fall Break will be October 14 – 18. October 13 will be a Minimal Day with students being dismissed at 12:45 pm. We hope all families in the Alpine Elementary Community have an enjoyable Fall Break!
PTA News
Reflections – Reflection entries are due this week on October 13! Have your students finish up those last submissions and enter them at: https://www.utahpta.org/ref
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. Lessons are 30-60 minutes with clear instructions that can be tailored to each volunteer’s education, work and life experience. Contact Dana Fong 385-770-0897 with any questions. If you would be interested in helping with this amazing program, please sign up here.
Fall Festival
We are so excited to be having a Fall Festival this year!!  Our Fall Festival is taking place Monday, October 25th from 4:00-7:00.  There will be food, games, a cake walk and much more!!  It is going to be a great event for students and their families.  The flyer for the event is attached below.  We are still looking for volunteers (responsible teens or adults) to help on the day of the event.  If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/ go/60B0A4AADAD2AA02-fall    Thank you so much for all that you do!
Halloween Parade
We will once again be having a Halloween Parade this year! We anticipate the parade with start in the gym at approximately 1:30 pm on Friday, October 29. And for parents who cannot attend the parade, as we did last year, we will have students parade through the library for an online parade.
Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Because of labor shortages in Nutrition Services Departments across the Alpine School District, breakfast and lunch menus will be reduced to just one entrée, starting on Monday, September 27! School menus are posted on the Alpine School District website.
Printer Cartridge Recycle Program
Just a reminder that we have a box in our Staff Room where you can deposit your used computer ink cartridges. Place the cartridges in a plastic bag before bringing them to the school, and our school receives money through this recycle program.
Outside the Principal’s Office
I was once again in LaVell Edwards Stadium and watched BYU lose their first football game of the season on Saturday afternoon against Boise State in a mistake-filled game. The sour taste of the football game was washed away on Sunday as we were able to have a family gathering with four of our five children and their families. Our son and his wife from South Dakota were visiting Utah, so we were only missing our daughter and her family in Oregon, though they did join our family get together via FaceTime. The ongoing happiness and progress of family is certainly of much more meaning and long-lasting significance than a football game. Having said that, I will continue to root for my alma mater! Laura and I will be in attendance next week in Waco, Texas at the BYU/Baylor football game. Go Cougs!
Have a wonderful week and an enjoyable Fall Break, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary

Eagle News 9/20/2021

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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 THURSDAY, September 23, from 9:30 am – noon 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 $13,000. 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, 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! The top class each day will also be awarded with an extra recess.
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 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 Thursday, Sept. 23rd: Come support your students as they participate in the Fun Run! Thanks to the generous contributions of Max Connect, 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:
  • Kindergarten & First Grade – 9:30 am
  • Second Grade – 10 am
  • Third & Fourth Grades – 10:30 am
  • Fifth Grade – 11 am
  • Sixth Grade – 11:30 am
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!
Battle of the Books
Last Week to Register for Battle of the Books! Registration Ends September 24th!
Join us for another great year of reading and competing in America’s Battle of the Books. This is a voluntary reading program for students in grades 3-6 and is so much fun. All students need to do is register and then start reading the books on their book list. Students who have read three books by December are invited to join a team and attend a pizza party in the library. Students then work with their team and continue reading titles on their book list to prepare for the battles in February and March. Click Here to Register. Please direct any questions to our Media Specialist/Librarian, Paula Ruesch [email protected].
QR Code
I have seen many parents using their phones to access the QR codes we have posted on our office windows to check students in and out of school. Technology continues to be such an important part of our lives!
School Community Council
We had our first School Community Council (SCC) meeting last week. The parent representatives on the SCC are:
JoLynn Green—Chair, [email protected]
Sarah Johnson—Vice-Chair, [email protected]
Ying Garrison, [email protected]
Jaron Mathis, [email protected]
Melissa McCoy, [email protected]
The SCC establishes a School Improvement Plan to determine how to best spend the state Trustlands monies Alpine Elementary is allocated each year. Academic achievement goals drive the Improvement Plan. If you have any academic areas of focus you would like the SCC to consider for the School Improvement Plan in 2022 – 23, please feel free to contact any of the parents on the SCC.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, September 10. 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!
Brent Anderson-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sam Ard-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sloane Childs-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Bridger Cook-2nd grade, Ms. Andersen
Kai Franklin-1st grade, Mrs. Jin
Eli Hansen-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Kayla Hilton-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Lexie Orgill-6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Emberley Smith-2nd grade, Mrs. Blodgett
Lindsey Tompkinson-3rd grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Benji Tonga-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Aria VanVactor-6th grade, Ms. Kuo
Alexis Williams-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Golden Wood-2nd grade, Mrs. Orgill
Grady Zito-6th grade, Mrs. Monson
Outside the Principal’s Office
I have been spending my Saturday nights with family members in LaVell Edwards Stadium for the past two weeks watching football games. My alma mater is currently 3 – 0, a better record than most experts predicted. In the victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday night the home crowd was louder than I can ever remember in the many games I have attended in that stadium. The University of Central Florida comes to Provo next week!
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 9/13/2021

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Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books Registration Ends September 24. Join us for another great year of reading and competing in America’s Battle of the Books. This is a voluntary reading program for students in grades 3-6 and is so much fun. All students need to do is register and then start reading the books on their book list. Students who have read three books by December are invited to join a team and attend a pizza party in the library. Students then work with their team and continue reading titles on their book list to prepare for the battles in February and March. Click Here to Register. Please direct any questions to our Media Specialist/Librarian, Paula Ruesch [email protected].
 PTA News
Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run
This Thursday, your child will be bringing home a flyer with details around our annual Alpine Elementary PTA Fundraiser & Fun Run, taking place next week (Sept. 20 – 24). 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. Look for the flyer in your child’s backpack, which will include more details. Note that the Fun Run itself will be on Sept. 23rd at Creekside Park from 9:30 am to noon.
Walk-to-School Wednesday
Walk-to-School Wednesday will take place this coming 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!
Running Club
We had an extremely successful Running Club last Friday, with around 200 students participating! They were great sports to run in the hot weather! Running Club will continue Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays during morning recess, and kids will earn prizes as they log those miles!
School Picture Day – Sept. 28
We are still looking for a few volunteers to assist with School Picture Day taking place on Sept. 28th. If any parents could come between 9:15 – 11:30 am, please sign up here.
Reflections
Last week, an email went out 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. See last week’s email for more details, but this year’s theme is “I Will Change the World by…” and the submission deadline is October 13th.
Ink Cartridge and Toner Recycling Program
For the second consecutive year we will have an ink cartridge and toner recycling program. Bring your computer ink and toner cartridges to the box in our Staff Room and our school receives money in this recycling program.
School Community Council
Our first School Community Council meeting will be 9:30 – 10:30 am on Thursday, September 16 in our Conference Room. Any parent is welcome to attend.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, September 10. 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!
Paige Ainsworth-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Mason Andersen-5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Riggins Andersen-Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Miley Benson-3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lennox Deaton-1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Ronan Harward-1st grade, Mrs. Bailey
Brooklyn Hebbert-4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Porter Hertig-3rd grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Grant Howard-4th grade, Ms. Moore
Gideon Myers-5th grade, Mr. Horan
Julia Sampson-4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Johanna Stewart-5th grade, Ms. Dale
Sydney Turner-6th grade, Mrs. Hill
Ruth Willis-1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Elliott Wood- 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Outside the Principal’s Office
We will never forget! I saw those words repeatedly this past weekend as our country reflected on what happened 20 years ago on 9/11/2001. While we should all certainly remember the tragic loss of life, I think we should also remember how one of the darkest days in our nation’s history unified us. We were all Americans grieving and resolved to defend our country at all costs. There was no focus on red or blue states or political bickering. Fast forward 20 years and we have lost much of that unity and are in many ways a very divided country. I yearn for the sense of unity, not for catastrophic national events, that we experienced two decades ago.
As we attended the BYU/Utah football game Saturday night, Laura and I were seated next to some Utah fans, and as we watched the pregame festivities (the two F-15’s flying low over the stadium was an unforgettable goosebump moment) commemorating 9/11, all 64,000 fans in attendance, whether wearing blue or red, were once again unified in somber remembrance of those who perished, with an in-state football game seeming rather insignificant to the events of that day 20 years ago.
Our sixth graders were not yet born or just infants the last time BYU beat the University of Utah in a football game, November 27, 2009. The Perdues bleed Cougar Blue, but none of our 14 grandchildren have any memories of a BYU victory in the rivalry game. The twelve-year, nine game losing streak ended on Saturday night, and even though the almost 64,000 fans in attendance got soaked in a brief torrential downpour, it was a wonderful night for the Cougar faithful. With the announcement on Friday that BYU will become a member of the Big XII Conference, it was a very good weekend to be a BYU fan. Having said that, I saw nothing but class and congratulatory words from the Utah fans I interacted with at the game.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 9/6/2021

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Acadience Testing
We will have our Beginning of the Year Acadience test for K – 3 students on Thursday, September 9. Acadience is the foundational reading assessment given to our students three times during the school year. The assessment results inform the literacy instruction that teachers deliver in the classroom. Additionally, our first graders will also be administered a Math Acadience Assessment on Thursday.
Change in Picture Day
Because of a scheduling conflict with Eastman Adams Photography, our Picture Day is now scheduled for September 28. Picture flyers explaining the different purchasing packages will be coming to parents before September 28.
P.L.A.Y. (Play, Learn, Accept, YouKnight) Day
The Lone Peak football players and cheerleaders who came to Alpine Elementary last week for P.L.A.Y. Day were treated like rock stars by our students. It was a fun day and we appreciate the LPHS students, many former Alpine Elementary students, who came to talk, play and interact with our students.
Ink Cartridge and Toner Recycling Program
For the second consecutive year we will have an ink cartridge and toner recycling program. Bring your computer ink and toner cartridges to the box in our Staff Room and our school receives money in this recycling program.
School Community Council
We have four new parents who will be serving on our School Community Council for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Our one returning SCC parent will be JoLynn Greenwood. Here is our 2021 – 22 School Community Council:
Ying Garrison—Parent
JoLynn Greenwood–Parent
Sarah Johnson—Parent
Jaron Mathis—Parent
Melissa McCoy—Parent
Connie Faux—Teacher
McKayla Hill—Teacher
Dave Perdue—Principal
Teacher Aides Still Needed
We continue to have Teacher Aide positions that need to be filled. The jobs range from three to five hours in length and pay $11.28 an hour. If you or someone you know is interested in working as an aide at Alpine Elementary, please contact our Instructional Coach, Jenna Berry, [email protected].
PTA News
We had a successful Walk to School Wednesday last week and will continue the practice every other week, so our next Walk to School Wednesday will be September 15. We are grateful to all of the Room Parents who met with teachers last week. The PTA will have their first meeting of the school year, Thursday, September 9, 9:30 – 10:30 am in the Staff Room. All parents are welcome to attend.
Outside the Principal’s Office
Judging from the number of BYU fans in Las Vegas on Saturday, there had to be members of the Alpine Elementary Community in attendance at Saturday night’s football game between BYU and the University of Arizona. Las Vegas is not one of my favorite destinations to visit, but Laura and I headed south and enjoyed the BYU football victory on Saturday night.  Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, which was built for a mere $2 billion, was a very nice venue in which to watch an athletic contest. The AC in the enclosed stadium was a welcome relief when temperatures were hovering around 90 degrees outside in the Nevada desert.
I know of at least one Alpine Elementary parent in attendance at the game. Nick Greer who along with his wife Debra have had five of their seven children attend Alpine Elementary was definitely at the game as he had the honor of running the BYU flag onto the field before the game started. Mr. Greer is a humble man and will undoubtedly be embarrassed by this recognition in the Eagle News. Nick is the CEO of Built Bar and recently announced that all 36 walk-on players on the BYU football team would have their college tuition paid by Built Bar.
Because of Nick’s magnanimous donation to the University and being a loyal BYU supporter, the BYU football team gave Nick the honor of carrying the BYU flag out onto the field prior to the game Saturday night. Nick ran the flag out proudly with not one misstep as he had a highly energized team and the cumulative weight of many football players with sharp field cleats running behind him. A fall could have been disastrous. Way to represent the Alpine Elementary Community, Nick! See the attached video.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 8/30/2021

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Picture Day
School Picture Day will be September 28. Flyers explaining the different picture purchasing packages will be coming home soon.
P.L.A.Y. (Play, Learn, Accept, YouKnight) Day
Lone Peak High School football players will be at Alpine Elementary during our morning recess on September 2 to mingle and play with all of our students. The focus of the LPHS athletes is to reach out to all of our students, not just our elementary football players or athletes.
Outside Lunch
When the weather is nice, as it was last week and is supposed to be this week, we have our students eat lunch outside, instead of in the cafeteria. Students sit by grade level on the grass and eat their school and home lunches before going to the playground to begin their lunch recess. We have three adults supervising the students while they are eating their lunch. We started the outside lunch last year as a part of the COVID protocols that we had in place, but have continued the practice this year because the feedback from the students and supervisors on the outdoor lunch has been overwhelmingly positive. Please do not pull into our back parking lot to visit with your students while they are eating lunch. It is difficult for our lunch supervisors to determine who is a parent and who is not a parent, and we want to follow safety protocols regarding the adults that students are in contact with during the school day.
Teacher Aides Needed
I have already sent out a couple of messages to the Alpine Elementary Community explaining that we are in need of Teacher Aides at our school. We currently have four unfilled TA positions, even after posting jobs on the Alpine School District website. The jobs range from three to five hours in length and pay $11.28 an hour.
If you or someone you know is interested in working as an aide at Alpine Elementary, please contact our Instructional Coach, Jenna Berry, [email protected].
PTA News
Walk-to-School Wednesdays (PTA-sponsored)
Parent volunteer, Chelsea Hertig, is starting up Walk-to-School Wednesdays beginning this Wednesday, September 1st. Students can walk to school from whatever location makes the most sense for your family, and earn rewards for participation! This year, we’ll do Walk-to-School Wednesdays every other Wednesday. We need 4 volunteers to help this Wednesday morning from 8:50 – 9:30 am. Sign up to be a helper this Wednesday morning here!
Picture Day
Picture Day will be happening on September 28, and we are looking for just a few volunteers to help that day! Please sign up here to help out!
Running Club (PTA-sponsored)
Running Club will be starting up soon! The PTA has moved Running Club to morning recess time to allow all students the option to participate. The Club will run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at that time. Stay tuned for more details!
Online Absence Requests
Parents can excuse their students from school by using the Online Absence Request for Parents. I have attached instructions on how to use this online form.
Outside the Principal’s Office
Did you or any of your family or friends hike Timp on Saturday? I biked the Alpine Loop on Saturday morning, and I have never seen so many cars parked alongside the road in the various pull outs, trying to park as close as possible to the Timpooneke Trailhead. Undoubtedly, the dropping temperatures and hint of fall in the air, not to mention the return of college students to BYU and UVU, is bringing many hikers to the mountain trails.
After my bike ride, Laura and I watched some of our grandchildren play soccer in Saratoga Springs and Riverton. Watching four-year old girls play soccer is actually quite entertaining. Not the soccer, as it is just a jumble of little girls in a beehive formation trying to kick the ball, usually missing contact, while giggling, checking to see if their parents are watching them, and very concerned about hair and uniform tidiness.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 8/23/2021

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First Week of School
We had a great first four days of school for our 1st – 6th graders! Students seem excited to be starting a new school year! Our teachers devoted a lot of time last week to teaching students how to demonstrate the Alpine Big 3: Respect, Responsibility, Ready, in the classroom and school common areas: hallways, restrooms and cafeteria. It is so important in the first days of school for students to learn the rules, routines and procedures that create a warm and nurturing learning environment in our school.
First Day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten
We are excited to welcome our youngest learners, the preschoolers and kindergartners, to their first day of school on August 24. There will undoubtedly be a few tears by both students and parents, but our teachers will welcome your students to school with love and enthusiasm.
Assessment Data
We are proud of the 2020 – 2021 Alpine Elementary student academic achievement data. Acadience Testing is the foundational reading assessment that is administered to K – 6 graders three times during the school year. We particularly focus on the K – 3 scores, knowing that proficiency in reading is the foundation for all academic success in succeeding school years. Last year there were 60 elementary schools in the Alpine School District. 61 this year with the opening of a new school in Vineyard. Alpine Elementary’s Acadience results compared well with the other elementary schools in the ASD:
Kindergarten: 86% proficiency, 6th highest in the ASD
First Grade: 86% proficiency, highest in the ASD
Second Grade: 72% proficiency, 12th highest in the ASD
Third Grade: 71% proficiency, 6th highest in the ASD
Those combined K  – 3 assessment scores gave us the second highest K – 3 Acadience results in the entire school district, 81.25 %.! ! Darn that Highland Elementary at 82% proficiency. Those achievement results don’t happen by accident. We are grateful for all of the great work last year’s K – 3 teachers did with students, and we are confident that this year’s teachers will continue helping students achieve to their full potential.
Our RISE state testing scores in English Language Arts, Math and Science in grades 3 – 6 are also above state average and compare favorably with the other schools in the ASD.
Teacher Aides Needed
We are in need of multiple Teacher Aides this new school year. Most of the positions are three-hour jobs, though we do have some four and five-hour positions. Teacher Aides hours are typically in the 9:30 am – 12:30 pm time frame.
If you or someone you know is interested in working as an aide at Alpine Elementary, please contact our Instructional Coach, Jenna Berry, [email protected].
PTA News
The Alpine Elementary PTA is looking for volunteers to help with our Running Club, which will be starting in the next couple of weeks. We have moved the Running Club to morning recess 3 times a week rather than early morning in the hopes that more students can participate. If you would like to help a couple of days a month to oversee the students as they run, please contact our PTA President Suzanne Campbell at 801-635-7899 or [email protected].
The PTA is also still looking for a volunteer to chair Red Ribbon Week, which focuses on Drug Safety and Awareness. This is an important program and serves as a great reminder to students, and will be happening the week of Oct. 19 – 22. Again, please reach out to Suzanne if you’d be interested in helping with that.
After School Parking
Please do not park in the bus loading zone 3:00 – 3:30 pm. We have cones set out to remind parents that cars in the bus loading zone make it difficult for our one bus to pull in to pick up students and leave to take students home.
Elementary School Band and Orchestra Program
I have included a flyer for an Elementary School Band and Orchestra Program being offered and Highland and Ridgeline Elementary schools. Because Highland has a different school start time than Alpine Elementary, the program at Ridgeline would be the one that fits our schedule.
Online Absence Requests
Parents can excuse their students from school by using the Online Absence Request for Parents. I have attached instructions on how to use this online form.
Outside the Principal’s Office
In the eight years I have been at Alpine Elementary, we have never had as much moisture as we did in our first week of school. Not always convenient for outside recess, but very much needed in this drought-stricken part of the country! We had trees in our neighborhood blown over by the strong wind Saturday night. Hopefully, your homes and property withstood the strong gusts. On my Saturday morning bike ride up to the top of Squaw Peak, I rode in a steady downpour for a few minutes. I hope that you all enjoyed the cooler weather over the weekend.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal

Eagle News 8/2/2021

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Eagle News

For those of you new to Alpine Elementary, my primary means of communicating with parents is a weekly email that I call the Eagle News. I will often include an anecdote about my life in a section of the email called Outside of the Principal’s Office that I hope allows parents to better to get to know me.  The Alpine Elementary Staff looks forward to a new school year that will enable all students to have a successful learning experience. So here is the first Eagle News for the 2021-2022 school year!

Important Dates

August 6—Parents can get on Skyward and see who their child’s teacher is going to be for the new school year. Call the office, 801-610-8700, if you need help logging into Skyward. We have spent a lot of time creating classes that are balanced by number of students, gender, academic ability and behavioral characteristics. To maintain that balance, I respectfully ask that parents not call or email me requesting a teacher change after being informed who your student’s assigned teacher will be. Moving students from one class to another after teacher assignments have been made creates imbalanced classes. I know that parents talk amongst themselves and have perceptions about preferred teachers, but it is not possible to accommodate all parent requests. Students often tell parents that they are not in the same class as their friends, and ask their parents to contact me wanting to make a class change. Please do not do that!

August 16—Open House, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Teachers will communicate with parents via email about classroom routines, expectations, and curriculum prior to the August 16 Open House. This is a time for students and parents to meet the teacher and see the assigned classroom. 

August 17—First day of school for 1 – 6 graders. Our school schedule for the new school year is:

9:15 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. There will be no designated early release day for students, as Mondays have been in previous years. 

August 24–First day of school for Preschool and Kindergarten.

AM—9:15 am – 12:00 pm

PM—12:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Supply Lists

Grade level classroom supply lists will be posted on the Alpine Elementary website on August 4. 

No Masks in School Required

We receive daily updates on how COVID-19 and other variant viruses are impacting people around the world. At this time, Governor Cox, the Utah County Health Department and the Alpine School District Board of Directors have not issued a mask mandate in schools. Consequently, unless directed otherwise by state and district officials prior to August 17, students, parents and staff will not be required to wear masks in school. Having said that, any student, parent or staff member can choose to wear a mask in the school. We will continue to teach and reteach our students the importance of personal hygiene and to not come to school if displaying any virus-like symptoms. 

Outside the Principal’s Office

The two big trips my wife Laura and I took this summer were to Rapid City, SD and Newport, OR. We enjoyed visiting our son and daughter-in-law in South Dakota, and unlike a year ago when I fractured my clavicle in bike wreck, I had two beautiful bike rides on the Needles Highway near Mount Rushmore. We raised our family in Redmond, Oregon which is 175 miles from the Pacific Ocean, but the part of Oregon we miss the most is the Oregon Coast. The four days Laura and I spent on the Oregon Coast were good for the soul!  We enjoyed the cooler weather as we walked the beaches, ate some excellent sea food, and of course had to sample some ice cream from the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I spent a lot of time on my road bike this summer, Suncrest, Alpine Loop, Granite Flats and the Murdock Trail were some of my go to rides. 

Eagle News 5/24/2021

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This Week’s Schedule
To enable parents with more than one child at Alpine Elementary to participate in all of the events in the final days of school, we have adjusted the schedule for Wednesday, May 26.
9:15 – 9:45 Awards Assembly, Parents having students recognized at the Awards Assembly were notified via email on Friday, May 21.
9:50 – 10:25 Sixth Grade Pillow Concert
10:30 – 11:30 Kindergarten Graduation
Students will be dismissed at 10:35 pm on the final day of school, May 27. We invite parents to attend our Flag Ceremony at 10:15 am in front of the school at the flag pole.
School Schedule 2021 – 2022
For the upcoming school year, students at Alpine Elementary will be on a 9:15 am – 3:30 pm daily schedule. We are excited to recapture the hour of lost instructional time that was lost this year. There will be no day of the week that has an early release. All elementary schools in the Alpine School District will be on a 9:15 am – 3:30 pm or 8:00 am – 2:15 schedule. There will no longer be two-track schools (i.e. Westfield and Ridgeline) where students come to school as an Early Bird or Later Gator. All elementary students will be on one of the two schedules mentioned above. District wide bus route considerations were used to determine which schools had the 8:00 am or 9:15 am start time. This afternoon, parents will receive an email from the Alpine School District informing them of the schedules of all of the elementary schools.
School Carnival
We are excited to be able to celebrate the end of this year with a Spring Carnival here at Alpine Elementary. The Carnival will be TODAY May 24th, from 4:00-7:00pm. There will be carnival games, a rock wall, and food trucks. We have Cupbop, a Taco Truck, Barbecue, and a Churro Truck.  Our school PTA will be getting 10% of all proceeds. Please come and bring your whole family!
We need a few more volunteers to help setup tables and chairs from 2:30-3:00pm, and clean up following the carnival at 7:00-7:30pm. If you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
PTA News
We are excited to introduce the new PTA Board for the year of 2021-2022!
President – Suzanne Campbell
President Elect – Shauna Roundy
Secretary – Tiffany Petty
Treasurer- Pam Olsen
Membership VP – Jennica Woodbury
Advocacy VP – Stacie Mellor
Leadership VP – Yasmin Taylor
We appreciate these ladies stepping up and being a part of the PTA board for next year. They have a lot of great ideas and will do an amazing job!
We would like to express our appreciation to the teachers and staff, and the parents at Alpine Elementary who have made this year such a great year under such difficult circumstances. We made it! And we are stronger for it!
End of Mask Mandate May 24
As we enter the final week of school, we remind parents that masks for students, parents and staff are encouraged but no longer required. Masks are optional the final four days of school!
Lost and Found
Please encourage your students to check our Lost and Found, or parents can come to the school and reclaim any Lost and Found items. You can see from the attached photos that we have gathered lots of items that need to return to their original home.
Summer Library
Beginning on June 7, our incredible Library Aide, Janece Thompson, will be opening the library for students on Mondays (except July 12), 9:30 – 11:30 am. Thank you, Janece!
Outside the Principal’s Office
As we enter the last week of the 2020 – 2021 school year, I am so grateful that we have been able to have a full school year as we all dealt with the effects of a worldwide pandemic. On August 17, when we started the school year, how many of you thought we would have a school year with no closures? We all have family and friends in other states who have not been able to send their children to school for the entire school year.
As the principal at Alpine Elementary, I am humbled and grateful for the trust and confidence that parents have had to send their most prized possessions, their children, to school as an unpredictable and emotionally charged pandemic raged across the world.
Not once, did a member of the Alpine Elementary staff member come to me this school year and say, “This isn’t right. How can we be expected to work and do our job in these conditions?” We are grateful that the dedicated and resilient faculty at Alpine Elementary came to work since August 17, understanding that a personal vaccination of love and nurturing and providing as normal of a school experience as possible for children, would help our students to feel safe and protected in uncertain times. Thank you, Alpine Elementary Community for making this a successful school year!
Have a safe and enjoyable Summer Break, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District

5/17/2021

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End of Mask Mandate May 24
The Alpine School District will follow Governor Cox’s recent announcement that masks will be optional in the school beginning on May 24. Students, parents and staff can choose whether or not they want to wear a mask in the school from May 24 forward.
School Schedule
The Alpine School Board voted last Tuesday to have all elementary schools move to an 8:00 am – 2:15 pm or 9:15 am – 3:30 pm schedule for students next year, and our licensed staff will transition to a 7:30 am – 4:00 pm contract day. Our start time will be determined by district bus route times, and we are still anxiously waiting to be informed what the start time for students will be next year. As soon as we are notified what our student start time will be, we will communicate with parents.
School Carnival
We are excited to be able to celebrate the end of this year with a Spring Carnival here at Alpine Elementary. The Carnival will be on Monday, May 24th from 4:00-7:00pm. There will be carnival games, a rock wall, and food trucks. Come enjoy some fun for the whole family!
 We need a few volunteers to help setup tables and chairs from 2:30-3:00pm, and clean up following the carnival at 7:00-7:30pm. If you are able to help, please sign up with this link
Student Council Elections
We are grateful for all of the 5th grade students who ran for a Student Council position. Next year’s elected sixth grade student council officers:
President—Daniel Snow
Vice-President—Brody Burr
Secretary—Claire Hamilton
Treasurer—Max Bergquist
School Enrollment for 2021 – 2022
Please let the main office know ASAP if your child will not be attending Alpine Elementary for the 2021 – 2022 school year.
Toner Cartridges
Last call to recycle any of your toner cartridges. We have a box in our Staff Room and the school receives money for the recycled cartridges.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, May 14. 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!
Brielle Anson– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Bailey Braden– 5th grade, Mrs. Chang
Austin Crawley– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Sean Dilts– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Dane Goodwin– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Talia Graham– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchsion
Quinn Haas– 1st grade, Mrs. Johnson
Nora Jensen– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Faith Kafi– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Will Lacey– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Chat Lawrence– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Lilly Larsen– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Sam Petty– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Emmett Rasmussen– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Porter Smith– 3rd grade, Mrs. Chen
Avery Taylor– 6th grade, Mrs. Kaczmarek
Andrew Telles– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Zane Vigil– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Claire Voisin– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Paisley Walker– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Jacob Wilson– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
Abby Young– Kindergarten, Mrs. Malone
Outside the Principal’s Office
This is the time of year that I will often take a long bike ride on Saturday mornings, which gives me the opportunity to think about a variety of topics. Family, work, upcoming church teaching responsibilities are often the focus of my thoughts as I pedal my bike. This past Saturday I was thinking about spontaneous kindness. Friday night, after eating at a restaurant, Laura and I were in the drive through at Dairy Queen to get a Butterfinger Blizzard (Laura) and chocolate dip cone (me). When we got to the window to pay, the young lady working the drive through informed us that someone three vehicles in front of us had paid the bill for the three cars behind him/her, and we were car number three! What an unexpected kindness! We decided to pay it backward and paid for whatever the car behind us had ordered.
On Friday morning, I observed another act of spontaneous kindness. The third graders had their annual “Drop an Egg off the Roof” activity. I got to climb on the roof with Head Custodian, Mike Carter, and drop all of the different egg protection devices/contraptions the students had created. While I was dropping eggs off the roof one third grader arrived late to school, and in our office was very distraught that he didn’t have anything to drop an egg in, like all of the other third graders. Our two amazing front office secretaries, Martha Hadlock and Sheri Davis, saw how upset the boy was and immediately, using their improvisational skills, went about creating an egg protection device for a student who was inconsolable. And because of the kindness of two compassionate ladies in our main office, the student was able to have his egg dropped from the roof, albeit the last one, and from my vantage point, the egg did not break! Spontaneous kindness that will never be forgotten by a student, or me!
Have a wonderful 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 5/10/2021

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Second Grade Glow Performances
Our second graders will be performing “Glow” this week in the gymnasium. Please remember to wear your masks when you come into the school.
  • Tuesday, May 11— 11:15 – 11:45 am, Ms. Andersen
  • Tuesday, May 11—1:00 – 1:30 pm, Mrs. Blodgett
  • Wednesday, May 12—11:15 – 11:45 am, Mrs. Wallace
  • Thursday, May 13—11:15 – 11:45 am, Ms. Moore
Buy One Get One Free Book Fair
It is the Buy One Get One Free Book Fair Week. Students can shop for books during their regularly assigned library time. Parents and students can shop before and after
school at the listed times. To keep everyone safe at the school, masks are
required and access to the book fair will be limited to 50 people at a time.
Tuesday – Thursday
8:30—9:00 am, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Friday
8:30-9:00 am 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Parent volunteers are needed at the Book Fair. You can sign up here:
No Kindergarten May 10 – 14
There will be no kindergarten May 10 – 14 as our kindergarten teachers will be administering the Kindergarten Entry and Exit (KEEP) Assessment. The final day of school for kindergartners will be May 26.
Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year
On Friday, May 7 fourth grade Chinese teacher, Anna Moore, was recognized as the Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year. Ms. Moore had a surprise visit in her classroom from Superintendent Farnsworth and other guests on Friday morning, as she received her Teacher of the Year recognition. The Lone Peak Cluster includes six elementary schools, two middle schools and LPHS. The principal at each school nominates a teacher for recognition, and for the second year in a row, the Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year is one of our own at Alpine Elementary. Last year, kindergarten teacher, Colleen Aitchison, was recognized as the Cluster Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Ms. Moore!
New Marquee
Have you seen the new marquee in front of the school? After several months of not being able to communicate with our patrons on the old reader board that was vandalized in October, we are grateful for the new electronic marquee. As part of her administrative internship, I gave fifth grade teacher, McKayla Hill, the responsibility to work with the school district, the sign vendor and the City of Alpine to handle all of the logistics of getting the marquee up and running. Thank you, Mrs. Hill for all of your hard work and patience to see this project through to the end. We are also grateful to secretaries Martha Hadlock and Sheri Davis for completing the online training necessary to program the marquee.
School Carnival
We will be having a school carnival on Monday, May 24, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be carnival games and food trucks. More information will be coming your way soon.
Custodial Help Needed
We are in need of two custodial sweepers to replace two of our current employees who will soon be leaving to serve missions. Possible candidates need to be at least 16 years old. Contact our Head Custodian, Mike Carter, [email protected], if you know of someone who would like to apply for the job.
School Enrollment for 2021 – 2022
Please let the main office know ASAP if your child will not be attending Alpine Elementary for the 2021 – 2022 school year.
Students of the Week
The following students were recognized as Students of the Week on Friday, May 7. 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!
Savvi Anderson– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Olivia Belnap– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Bryce Bird– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Krew Clark– 4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Charlee Crump– 4th grade, Mrs. Keller
Georgie Cvetko– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Rosie Ence– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Violet Frazier– Kindergarten, Mrs. Aitchison
Gracie Gillespie– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Ben Hamilton– 5th grade, Mr. Horan
Evie Hansen– 3rd grade, Mrs. Duke
Cambree Heggerhorst– 1st grade, Mrs. Faux
Olivia Heise– 3rd grade, Ms. Elder
Lilah McConnon–5th grade, Mrs. Padgett
David Mercado– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Levi Moore– 4th grade, Mrs. Vipperman
Jared Olsen– 4th grade, Ms. A. Moore
Jane Rasmussen– 5th grade, Mrs. Hill
Addie Sorensen– 1st grade, Mrs. Chou
Tony Stone– 2nd grade, Mrs. Wallace
Grace Verzello– 1st grade, Ms. Johnson
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For any road bikers out there, the Alpine Loop is now open to cyclists. The road has been plowed, with minimal road debris left behind. This is the best time of the year to bike The Loop. The gates are locked at Pine Hollow Trailhead and the Stewart Falls parking lot, so there are no cars that cyclists need to worry about on the upper portion of the road. It was fun to bike the Alpine Loop for the first time in 2021 on Saturday.
Have a wonderful week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!
Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary