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Christmas in the Canyon at Old Ironside Park – December 5, 2015

Join us for “Christmas in the Canyon” on December 5, 2015 from 11am to 2pm at Old Ironside Park (326 Harbison Canyon Rd., El Cajon, Ca. 92019) Free pictures with Santa, Pot Luck Lunch, Cookie Decorating, Community Christmas Carols, Make a Christmas Card for our Troops, Hot Drinks, Homemade Jams, Quilts and Baskets available. For more info please call Mary at 619-445-5044

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Alpine Union School District Superintendent’s Spotlight Newsletter – November 2015


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November 2015 – Greeting from 1323 Administration Way!

We have experienced a great start to the school year. The enrollment in the district is strong and growing. So many incredible things are happening at the school sites. This year AUSD staff is emphasizing attendance and engagement. Research shows that absences add up. This is true whether the student is in kindergarten or 8th grade as well as for excused and unexcused absences. We do realize that there will be a time when students are sick and cannot attend school. Research shows that nationwide, as many as 7.5 million students miss 10 percent of the school year. That is 135 million school days missed and missed opportunities to be engaged in learning.

Spotlight on: Creekside Early Learning Center
Creekside Early Learning Center focuses on early childhood development. It is unique in the sense that the focus is strictly designed for four to six year olds. CELC currently offers a Special Day Preschool, Dual Language Fee based preschool, an Early Admissions Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten (including Spanish Immersion), general education Kindergarten and Dual Language Kindergarten. CELC focus on the individual needs of each child with the Pathways Plus Program. The staff of experienced teachers has created a program unique to Creekside that makes it possible for the students to receive small group instruction in reading. During this eighty-minute block of time students receive instruction in creating words, learning to read, building fluency, phonemic awareness, spatial math reasoning and music. Students also work on following directions and improving their gross motor skills in our SPARKS program. Creekside Early Learning Center is creating the foundation for life learners in the ever-changing 21st century.

Shadow Hills Elementary
The Shadow Hills School Pathways Explorations and Pathways Discovery program will include a science program that is challenging, rewarding, interesting and instructionally rich, but also incorporate robotics and coding. The Science program component includes non-fiction and literature connections that provide tools for college and career readiness. It helps educators incorporate engaging career-focused approaches into their existing instruction. It focuses on supporting and sustaining students’ natural interests in science and technology. Science and technology related education can be inspiring to students. Let’s teach them that the world around them is not just for their observation and consumption. It is for them to create and build upon. It will be their innovations that improve our lives and power a brighter future. Both Creekside Early Learning Center and Shadow Hills School offer a Dual Language program. Dual language immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English, and one Spanish. Students will become global citizens providing them with a completive edge in the 21st century. The program is offered in Transitional Kindergarten through third grade. We will be adding additional grades each year until we reach eighth grade.

Mountain View Learning Academy
Mountain View Learning Academy (MVLA) is AUSDs “uncharter” charter school offering what many charter schools offer in a public school setting. MVLA is a hybrid learning environment that is based on a combination of home schooling and independent study model. The teachers work closely with the students and their families individualizing the learning needs of each child. The students are offered on-site classes three days a week that focus on reading, math, hands on science, writing, visual and performing arts and project based learning with the use of real life problems. Students are welcomed back two days a week for additional tutoring. This is a fully accredited program that benefits from the highly experienced credential teaching staff. The teachers and students have full use of a computer lab, keyboard lab, art room, gymnasium, library, and playground. We offer Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade. As a reminder Early Admission Kindergarten enrollment has started. We have limited space so please enroll today.

Next up the spotlight will be on Alpine Elementary School.

Sincerely, Bruce Cochrane Superintendent – Alpine Union School District


The UPS Store Offers 25% Off Online Holiday Print Products

Holiday cards at 25% off at the UPS Online Print website! Visit and enter PROMO CODE 25GCARD at Checkout! Serving Alpine and ALL OF EAST COUNTY, at the UPS Store, we do a lot more that shipping! WE ARE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTION! Visit us at 13465 Camino Canada, Ste. #106, El Cajon, Ca. 92021 (in the Walmart shopping Center, just off I-8 and Los Coaches) Call us at (619) 390-1155 or email Visit our website at

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New Salon “Rustic Roots” Opens in Alpine – November 2015

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Hi, my name is Michelle Fry and I am the owner of the new salon in Alpine called “Rustic Roots” that is located at 2142 Alpine Blvd, between Bella’s Closet Boutique and the Alpine Sun Newspaper. We are so excited to be opening up in Alpine and to be joining such a close knit, quaint community.  Rustic Roots will be a full service salon providing hair, skin, and nail treatments.  I am currently a natural nail technician and an Esthetician with 15 years of experience in the high-end boutique hotel/spa industry. Becoming an owner of a salon is something new to me but also incredibly exciting.  We will be running a ton of great specials once we open, even free services, so be on the lookout. We are also looking for multiple new & established hair stylists and a nail technician to join our team. The salon is absolutely stunning, you really have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.  I can’t wait to meet all my new neighbors, clients, and friends. Come down the Boulevard and pop in to see us at Rustic Roots Salon. Give us a call at (619)778-3977

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Monday Nite Car Club Holiday Toy Drive at Alpine Creek Town Center – December 5, 2015

December 5, 2015 from 10am to 3pm, the Monday Nite Car Club will hold its Annual Holiday Toy Drive at the Alpine Creek Town Center  in Alpine (1347 Tavern Rd.). All toys will be delivered to the children of deployed military personnel. For more info please call (619) 440-6168

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Alpine Library Calendar of Free Events – December 2015

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Alpine Library Calendar of Free Events – December 2015

The Alpine Library offers tons of free events, activities and programs for residents of ALL AGES! Take a look at our calendar to see everything we are offering this month! We are located at 2130 Arnold Way, Alpine, Ca. 91901 (619) 445-4221. For more info

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Students are Invited to “Learn to Code” (Computer Programming) at the Alpine Library – December 10, 2015

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December 6-12 is Computer Science Education Week. Thousands of “Hour of Code” events are being planned around the world. Join us on Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 at 3:3p0pm at the Alpine Library to learn how to Code, and participate in this global movement. Be a part of something Big! Students of all ages are welcome.

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Holiday OPEN RANCH at Alpacas of San Diego in Descanso – December 13, 2015

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Holiday Open House at Alpacas of San Diego! December 13, 2015 from 10am to 4pm at 10499 Highway 79, Descanso, Ca. 91916. FREE ADMISSION! Learn all about Alpacas and Alpaca ownership! Come see why these animals are so loveable and Eco Friendly! Craft table and activities for the kids and Raffle gift basket giveaway! Alpaca

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LOST DOG: Male Brindle & White Pit Bull Mix “King” Descanso Ca. 11-22-15

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LOCATION_DESCRIPTION: 11-22-15 LOST DOG- I lost my dog Sunday night on Old Highway 80 in Descanso near mile marker 1. (address 26040 Old Highway 80 Descanso, CA 91916) His name is KING and he is a Neutered male 7 year old Brindle & White American Pitbull and Lab Mix with white triangle on

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Use Amazon Smile to Support Local Businesses While Shopping for Christmas

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Did you know that there is a way to support our local community even when buying online? If you buy consistently at Amazon, (and let’s face it, Christmas is on the way) you can join Amazon Smile (for free) and a percentage of all eligible purchases will be donated to a charity of your choice.

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