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The Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine First Annual Family Volunteer Day – January 21, 2019

The Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation is organizing its First Annual Family Volunteer Day on Monday January 21, 2019 from 10AM until 5PM. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a day off, it is a DAY ON! So let’s celebrate all together and make the Retreat a better place for our animals and for our community. High Schoolers can earn community service credits! Thank you for your help and for giving your children the opportunity to earn volunteer hours at the Retreat.

You can email to signup at! 😊 or call 907-341-9832

The Children’s Nature Retreat is located at 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901



Alpine Union School District – Reorganization for the Future & A High School

*Submitted By George Barnett – January 16, 2019

I attended the January 9, 2019 School Board meeting, and these are my personal thoughts…..

Based on extensive public input and surveying via the ThoughtExchange process, the Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force has formed three Subcommittees to define forward strategic proposals for improving education in Alpine; the High School Subcommittee, the District Marketing Subcommittee and the School Options Subcommittee.

The members of each Subcommittee are listed in the attachment. Members include a selection of District principals, teachers, service & instruction support staff, parents and community members. Among these are; a manufacturing business owner, a technology innovation business owner, a former school superintendent/education innovation expert, and an assistant city manager/head of a city Public Works Department.

The Board’s priorities are also attached. The first three are; improving student achievement; improving educational opportunities for students; and ensuring fiscal responsibilities. In my mind, the balance nine priorities relate to supporting the first three.  Also attached are 9 proposals being evaluated – and explained below:

The High School Subcommittee is looking at four proposals for an Alpine High School – from working with Grossmont UHSD to different charter operations.

The Marketing Subcommittee is looking at a multi-faceted program of promoting our District and its superb programs and unique partnerships; and those marketing ideas can be rolled-out right-a-way.

The School Options Subcommittee is reviewing four proposals for consolidating the AES/BOES grade schools; two proposals for keeping AES independently operated; two proposals for consolidating kindergarten into the grade schools.  These are proposals only, and the Pro’s and Con’s need to be developed.  Part of the theme of consolidation is to better align curriculum from grade to grade and from grade school to middle school.  One idea is to be able to offer an education Pathway that is unique to, and better than, other school districts.  And, a proposal to house an Alpine high school within existing infrastructure is part of this.

Each Subcommittee will be developing the Pro’s and Con’s of every proposal, and will present final thoughts and information to the School Board for review, comment and top level prioritization. Of course, each Subcommittee will also determine the Pro’s and Con’s of maintaining the status quo.  That is, doing nothing.

During the period February 13 to March 12, community engagement and feedback will be sought. At the March 13th Board meeting, final Subcommittee recommendations will be presented. The Board may select and approve specific strategies and plans to transform our District for a strong academic future.

If approved, work towards achieving that future would then begin immediately.  It is likely that a transformation might take the entire 2019-2020 school year.  That seems to imply that any high school option could include an opening for the fall of the 2020-2021 school year.

Watch for District notices on this transformation of education in Alpine.


Baron’s Market Alpine Weekly Ad Specials: January 16-22, 2019

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Come to our Backroom Beer Pairing Featuring REFUGE BREWERY on January 30!

Barons Market is your neighborhood market. We carry a terrific selection of natural and specialty food at rock bottom prices. We are passionate about value and enthusiastic about passing great deals on to you. No gimmicks.Limited quantity on some items. Not responsible for misprints. Barons Market is located at 1347 Tavern Rd. Alpine, Ca. 91901. (619)445-5600. Open Everyday 8 AM to 9 PM (except holidays) Visit our website at

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Alpine AYSO MATRIX Competitive Club Soccer Team TRY-OUTS – January 23, 24 & 26, 2019

Tryouts for our 2nd season of Matrix soccer is coming up in January. AYSO Matrix is a competitive soccer club with affordable costs compared to most club soccer. Home games are held at Creekside and away games at various fields around the county. Our Alpine Matrix Girls 2006 team had 9 wins, 2 ties, and 1 loss, to win their division! We are looking to keep adding to that success with more players and more teams!!

Boys and Girls born in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 are invited to try out at JMMS (Joan MacQueen Middle School) from 4-5pm on January 23, 24 and 26, 2019 from 4pm to 5pm. Please attend at least 2 of the 3 tryouts for your age group at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine. Have the players bring shin guards, a ball, and water. Registration fees include 2 uniforms, coaching fees, referee fees, fees for 2 tournaments, various skills clinics, and a one-week team soccer camp. *Please note that players that try out are not guaranteed a position on a Matrix team. Number of Matrix teams will be determined based on player assessment, optimal position balancing and coaching staff. To sign up for try outs please email Alpine Matrix is a part of Alpine AYSO region 295. Visit our website at ALPINEAYSO.ORG for more info.

AYSO Alpine Youth Soccer SPRING Walk-in REGISTRATION – January 19, 2019


SPRING Soccer is almost here!! Alpine AYSO Soccer is having our walk-in registration THIS Saturday, January 19, 2019 at  Boulder Oaks Elementary (auditorium) 2320 Tavern Rd. Alpine Ca 91901 from 10am – 1pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit or or email:


Do your kids need to burn off some energy! Bring your child age 1-5 to PRESCHOOL OPEN GYM at Gymtrix in Alpine Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:15am and Saturdays from 9am-9:45am!! Open to ALL and only $7/kid! Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd. (Next to Boulder Oaks Elementary School) For more info call 619-659-8772

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Valentine’s Craft Class at the Alpine VFW Post – January 23 & 24, 2019

Valentine’s craft class at the Alpine VFW Post 9578 on Jan 23 and 24, 2019 at 6pm. In this class we will be creating a fun centerpiece you can use for the Valentine’s holiday year after year. The wooden box will already be assembled and you will be provided with 3 quart sized mason jars

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The Alpine Community Church Accepting Monetary Donations & Clothing to Help Migrant Families in Mexico

January 2019

Please Help Migrant Families in Mexico

More than 40 migrant men, women and children are temporarily sheltered at the Albergue Camino de Salvacion church in Tijuana, Mexico. The church is providing them a safe refuge as well as food, water, and electricity, but the migrants need new socks and underwear and the church

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New County Initiative Encourages ‘GRANNY FLATS’ & Waives Fees for Next 5 Years

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The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday launched a program to encourage the development of granny flats and other small dwellings as part of a broader county effort to address the region’s housing shortage.

The board voted to waive county permit and development

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Western, Mining, Railroad Items & Materials Needed For NEW WESTERN TOWN / RIDE at Campo Railroad Park & Museum

January 13, 2019

Got some cool old stuff? The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum (PSRM) in Campo is preparing to add another educational ride which will include Roy Athey’s Famous Alpine Train & Railroad that was donated last year (Read about it here), that will include an old western town and we are looking for

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