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Shadow Hills Elementary School FALL FESTIVAL – October 27, 2017

All are welcome to the Shadow Hills Fall Festival on October 27, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm! Join us for Games, Food, Music, Silent Auctions, a Haunted House and TONS OF FUN! For more info please contact Shannon Ward at 619.921.0367. Shadow Hills is located at 8770 Harbison Canyon Rd, Alpine, CA 91901.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at Alpine Elementary School – October 20, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at Alpine Elementary School – October 20, 2017! Please contact Rebecca 334-202-4324 at or email

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at Alpine Elementary School – October 20, 2017

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL! ALL ARE INVITED! Join us at Alpine Elementary School on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm! We’ll have booths, games, a haunted house, food, a cakewalk and entertainment! It will be LOTS of fun for the whole family! ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT AES PTSA AND AES TEACHERS. VENDOR SPOTS AVAILABLE (Cost for vendors is 20% of your booth profit)  Sponsored by Alpine Elementary PTSA.  For more info Contact Becca @

Applications Being Accepted to Fill Two Vacancies on GUHSD Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)

September 28, 2017  – The Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill two vacancies within the eleven-member Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). The CBOC oversees the implementation of Proposition U, the $417 million general obligation bond measure passed in November 2008, as well as Measure BB, the $128 million general obligation bond passed in November 2016 to bring facility improvements and renovations to the district’s schools. The appointee will serve a two-year term beginning January 2018 in the capacity of “Community Member-at-Large” and will be eligible to serve for up to two additional two-year terms. If you are interested please click here to view the application process and the application: 2017 Commuunity Member at Large Application

Submitted By:

NAME: Louis Russo




GUHSD Proposition H/U Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Meeting – September 27, 2017

Grossmont Union High School District

Proposition H/U Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Grossmont Union High School District Office Conference Room

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

CBOC Agenda September 2017

View Chair Board Report to the Governing Board for this meeting here:

CBOC CHair Report Sept. 27, 2017

Upgrading Fields at Joan MacQueen for a New Sports Park Would Benefit Many – By George Barnett

By George Barnett

Have you heard about the idea of upgrading underused, unstriped, unimproved dirt fields at Joan MacQueen to multi-use, regulation sized, artificial turf fields?  The idea has these two fundamental components; One – largely paid for by an existing grant structure dedicated solely for sports/parkland by a state law that specifies school districts as the best partners.  This would be complemented by other grants.  No added cost to taxpayers; no costs to our school district.  This is not a new process.  It is how the Joan MacQueen fields were funded 20 years ago.  Now there is the opportunity to upgrade those fields with the same basis process.

Two – the set-up of a non-profit charity organization of users (school district, youth sports groups, others) to undertake the operations, maintenance and related funding.  A grass field in Alpine costs $50,000 pa to properly maintain (water, fertilizer, weed & rodent abatement, mowing, etc.).  An artificial turf field maybe half that. Who gains?  The 1800 students in Alpine schools.  The 2,000 kids in Alpine youth sports groups – soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, football.  And the 1000s of residents that visit the fields personally.  It’s good!

See the full story here:

Submitted By George Barnett


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The Great Disappearing Act! Exciting New Improvements at Our Alpine Schools

The Great Disappearing Act – By George Barnett

September 2017 – Please Look around our school campuses this week, as the fall semester starts.  After 20 years the old, dilapidated temporary classrooms are starting to go from AES, BOES and SHES. The SHES playground is being repaired. An entire classroom block as AES refurbished from roof to foundation. Art rooms at SHES are being repaired.  AUSD is a school district once again on the move.  Please read the details below!

During the course of the summer, I have been on our school sites helping to administer the Ready Breaks summer camps hosted by Alpine Education Foundation. There has been a major transformation going on that all parents and students must see. It is an improvement in campus appearance, and in health and safety. After decades, the deteriorated, dry-rotted, hideous, and Lord knows what else, “temporary classrooms” have been disappearing.

At your next visit to Alpine Elementary you will notice that two hideous eyesores are gone— including the one immediately inside the front gate. The removals have opened-up the campus for the unique architecture, attractive, well-laid out facility that it has always been. Less obvious has been the complete exterior refurbishing of one of the main classroom blocks – that one nearest the soccer/multi-use field.

A similar “monster” is gone from Boulder Oaks, and the surrounding area already leveled and repaired with playing areas being refurbished.

Down at Shadow Hills the transformation is remarkable! While the restoration of the grounds once holding two “monsters” is underway, you can stand not far from the office block and see all the way west to the creek; more than 700’ and beyond the green baseball fields. It looks simply terrific. There is other work going on including needed repairs to the two buildings serving the Arts programs, and repairs to walkways and the play area near the cafeteria eating area.

Over at Joan MacQueen, staff are hustling with repairs, touch-ups and general readiness for the new school year. I spoke with staff, and they are excited with the return of Alpine’s Karen Hohimer now as Principal and with the relocation of the District Offices to the campus. Imagine that! Proud Superintendent Newman has moved Administration Services directly to a school site; right up against those it serves – our great teachers, our wonderful staff, and especially right up against our middle school students. Next time you drop off your middle school students, watch for Superintendent Newman and Principal Hohimer welcoming your kids in the morning.

These are all great signs of a school district that is on the move. It’s also a tribute to our fine Board of Trustees and our ‘new’ Superintendent that are transforming Alpine Union into the Destination District of the East County.

Submitted By George Barnett


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Kinder-Fun Preschool in Alpine is NOW ENROLLING for Fall 2017

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2017 – Call to Schedule a Tour!

Kinder-fun Learning Center in Alpine, Ca 91901 is a year round academic enrichment program for children 18 months – 5 years.  We offer two full days (Tuesday/Thursday), three full days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), and five full days (Monday-Friday).  We are open 8:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday.  Healthy snacks and lunches are provided daily.

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Every child is unique and we believe that success and growth come from encouragement and praise! 
In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn.  As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued great self-esteem while building social, emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills in a school setting.

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Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities which are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Curriculum is planned which emphasizes the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.

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Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation and reinforcement through repetition. Schedules are designed which balance structure and free choice, as well as active quiet times.

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Kinderfun Play Structure

Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moving forward one step at a time.  We teach a love of learning by allowing children to experience their own stage of development and helping them to feel success

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Call us today to schedule a tour.  Our staff is available to answer your questions. 

b3968704007ae6236cb25be0b1dd2406Kinder-Fun Preschool – Janet Buquet
2654 Angela Way, Alpine Ca 91901


Our Yearly Circus is a BIG EVENT!


Donations Needed for Culinary Art & PE Programs at Alpine Academy

8-24-17 Dear Alpine residents, I am a teacher at JCS Alpine Academy in Alpine and teach PE, Culinary Arts and more. I am just wondering if you might have any items simply laying around your house and want to donate to our school program. Can you help?

For my PE class I am looking for:
* Tennis racquets and balls
* Outdoor games like HiLo, boccia balls etc.
* Soccer balls
* Foot balls

For the culinary art class I need:
* Thick yarn and thick needles for knitting
* Kitchen utensils
* Paring knives
* Cutting boards
* Real plates
* Real silverware
* Disposable plates

There are about ten students in each of the two classes. Thank you so much if you are able to donate something!

Contact Christine Kailing or 619-895-1470


Julian Charter School in Alpine is in NEED OF ART SUPPLIES

Dear Alpine,

Julian Charter High School (alpine Academy) here in Alpine is in desperate need of art supplies, can you help?

We are planning all kinds of cool mixed media projects on a very limited budget so we’ll take just about anything, we’re not picky and we are very creative!

Our wish List:

  • Canvasses – New ones or old paintings (The old ones in your garage that don’t match the couch anymore! We can paint over them)
  • Those leftover supplies from craft projects (it’s Spring, time to clean out your cupboards!)
  • Extra paintbrushes & paint (acrylics, watercolor, etc.)
  • Paper – Watercolor, drawing, etc.
  • Smudge sticks
  • Modge Podge
  • Old costume jewelry (ugly stuff only your grandma would wear!)
  • Old buttons
  • Bottlecaps
  • Keys
  • Chachkies
  • Concrete stepping stones
  • Old sheet music
  • Leftover scrapbooking paper & stickers
  • White ceramic tiles – 4” & 6”
  • Wire
  • Anything cool that we can take apart and repurpose!
  • Or…just cold hard cash!

Please consider donating, it’s tax deductible! There are approximately 10 kids in the art class.

To arrange drop off or pick up please call or text Michele at 619-207-7242 or email