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ALL ARE INVITED to the Alpine Elementary School “FINAL ALOHA” Hawaiian Luau Celebration – June 11, 2019

Alpine Elementary School invites you to a “Final Aloha” Hawaiian Luau Celebration on Tuesday June 11, 2019 at 11:30am. This is truly the end of an era. The Roadrunners have called Alpine Elementary School home for 65 years! Come be a part of an ALL-COMMUNITY EVENT! Walk through our school’s history in photos, watch our final classes perform a decades dance and help us honor our final retirees. Lunch will be free for students and staff, $7 plate donation for others. (first come first serve basis) We will also have activities, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and jumpies! Alpine Elementary School is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901. For more info please contact Connie at (619) 445-2625 or EMAIL HERE

DC Kids 2020 Educational East Coast Tour Informational Meeting – April 10, 2019

Join us for a 7th grade parent and student informational meeting on April 10, 2019 at 6pm in the Alpine Elementary School Library (1850 Alpine Blvd.) The trip will be March 29-April 5, 2020 and will tour Boston, New York City and Washington DC. For more info please call 619-445-9193 or email dckids2020@gmail.com

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Boulder Oaks Elementary School ALL-STUDENT ART SHOW – April 8-12, 2019

Boulder Oaks Elementary School ALL -STUDENT ART SHOW! We would like to invite you to view our students’ accomplishments at our 25th Annual All-Student ART SHOW! The exhibition will be open to the community  on Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 9am – 3pm in the Auditorium. No appointment is necessary. Please come at your own convenience. The Art Show is presented by the Boulder Oaks PTA Art Docent Program which is managed and run by our fabulous volunteers and  funded by the Boulder Oaks PTA and your generous donations. This is a special event. We hope you will take this opportunity to visit the Boulder Oaks campus and share in the children’s excitement in showcasing their masterpieces.  If you or your business are looking for an organization to make a tax deductible contribution to, please consider the Boulder Oaks Art Docent Program. Help us ensure its continued success in the education and development of art for our students.  Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you there! Boulder Oaks is located at 2320 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call (619) 445-8676 or email Margaret Simpson & Lisa Lomax, BOES Art Program Coordinators maggie.mae48@yahoo.com

3-12-19 AUSD Board Meeting Update: 5th Grade WILL NOT Move to JMMS, Possible Consolidation of AES & BOES & A High School

Alpine Union – Board Meeting Update – Submitted By George Barnett – March 12, 2019

I attended last night’s board meeting. It was important.

First Item : Love For Luke: We started with a heart-felt tribute to Luke Hayworth, one of our town’s precious young students fighting cancer. Please support this Alpine family in need by visiting the Love For Luke FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Love-for-Luke-2244457002443858/posts/

Second : District Re-Organization Proposals: The Board eliminated moving 5th grade to JMMS. Two proposals remain: one – consolidating Alpine Elementary into Boulder Oaks; and two – a high school. They will be addressed at Special Board meeting for next Tuesday. The Board announced a Letter of Intent with Grossmont Union to pursue an Alpine high school program. That sounds like a cooperative and mutually satisfactory joint effort. Wonderful news!

Third : Alpine Union Budget: The budget for the next two years is “okay” because of prudent management. Alpine’s budget is tight, and continued tight management of costs while focusing on academic performance is needed to prosper. Budget charts are attached. (Below)

Aa – California State Revenues : California has not met its expected revenues. This could result in Alpine getting $75,000 less funding.

Bb – State Employee Pension Plans : The cost is growing strongly as decades of under-funding those plans now have to be made up. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 compelled private employers to fund plans starting 45 years ago. State and Federal governments kicked that ball down the road for decades. Time to pay the Piper.

Cc – Alpine Union Revenues : 2019-2020 revenues from the state will decline. Total impact of all sources is down $640,000. A partial recovery of $400,000 could come for the 2020-2021 year. A two-year snapshot – revenues are flat unless we all work together to attract more students.

Dd – Alpine Union Expenses : 2019-2020 school district expenses are up $60,000, and up a further $300,000 in 2020-2021. A two-year snapshot – expenses continue to increase.

Ee – Fund Balance : This is a current snap-shot of funds on hand as a % of annual expenses. It is the district’s rainy day fund when something happens with either revenue or expenses; or a catastrophic need arises. It is 12.57%, $2 million. Sounds like a lot, it represents maybe 6 weeks of operating costs during those weeks school is in session.

While focusing on academic excellence, tight business management of the district must remain!

ALL ARE INVITED to the Kiwanis Annual EASTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST – April 21, 2019

Kiwanis Easter Breakfast_KidsAlpine Kiwanis will host its 65th Annual Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 21, 2019 from 7 to 11:30 am, at the Alpine Elementary School, 1850 Alpine Boulevard, in Alpine.

Youngsters can dye eggs, decorate cookies, hunt for plastic eggs filled with rewards and hang out with the Easter Bunny.

You’re invited to hop on over to enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs and more—all while benefitting local charities and events sponsored by Kiwanis.

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a major sponsor of this event and has a long tradition of sharing with the community as well as their brothers and sisters in Baja Norte. Their sponsorship of this Kiwanis event as well as others demonstrates that commitment to our community.

Tickets are available for a $6 donation for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. They can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance from a Kiwanis member or at the Alpine Postal Annex. For more information, go to www.alpinekiwanis.org.

Alpine Kiwanis President Ray Sopfe said the annual Easter morning community tradition was started in 1954 by Carmelo Manuele, who was then the club’s president. Manuele joined the new foothills Kiwanis club in 1951, 13 days after it started. Always busy, the Kiwanis Club of Alpine is the third largest one in the California-Nevada-Hawaii Kiwanis district. Its 130+ members are known for their dedicated community service.

For additional info please contact Robert Soto, Alpine Kiwanis President 619-722-6464 or EMAIL HERE

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.

 

Annual Alpine Kiwanis Youth Olympics! OPEN TO ALL KIDS! – January 26, 2019

Annual Alpine Kiwanis Youth Olympics! Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Alpine Elementary School. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!!

8:30am – Registration, Receive Bib # & Olympian Pin
8:40am – Zumba Warm-Up
8:55am – Color Guard – Pledge of Allegiance
9:00am – Competition Begins
10:30am – Competition Concludes
10:30-11:30pm – The Amazing Dana – Magician
11:30 – 12:30pm – Medal Presentation, Conclusion of Games

There will be 12 events.  Boys and girls will compete separately in 4 different age categories: Group #1: Ages 4, 5 & 6  /  Group #2: Ages 7 & 8  /  Group #3: ages 9 & 10  /  Group #4: ages 11, 12 & 13.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each event in each division for boys and girls.

Hurdles, Obstacle Course, Soccer ball Dribble, Over/Under Course, Bicycle Gymkhana, Basketball Free Throw, 20 Meter Races, 40 Meter Races, 60 Meter Races, Sit Ups, Softball Throw, and Rope Skipping

Call Corinne Lewis at Alpine Elementary for more information (619) 445-2625.

Alpine Elementary School’s Annual HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL – October 19, 2018

ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us for Alpine Elementary School’s Annual HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5pm to 9pm. Come and bring the WHOLE FAMILY for a Fun-filled evening! Costume contest, games, fun auction items, food & sweet treats, haunted trail and much more! Alpine Elementary School is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901.

Alpine Cub Scouts Pack 105 Informational Meeting – September 20, 2018

All Boys and Girls interested in Cub Scouting, Kindergarten through 5th Grade are invited to attend a fun, exciting and informative event for Pack #105 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6pm at Alpine Elementary School (1850 Alpine Blvd.) For more info please contact Nicole Buquet at 619-885-1617 or email alpinecubscoutspack105@gmail.com

Alpine’s First School Organic Garden Started at Alpine Elementary – Grand Opening Photos!

Submitted By The Alpine Chamber of Commerce (Photos courtesy of Alpine Elementary School Volunteers and Staff)

With community help, the Alpine Union School District has started an organic garden for students to learn about  healthy gardening, eating and exercise in a new program. The  ribbon cutting was April 27, 2018 at Alpine Elementary School. Plans are already under way for similar gardens at three more district schools, thanks to community partnerships.

 

Alpine school opens district’s first organic garden for students

Students cheered at the grand opening of the new organic garden on April 27 at the Alpine Elementary School in Alpine! The garden aimed at teaching students healthy eating, organic gardening and the importance of exercise was put together by students, teachers, parents and an array of businesses and organizations. It is the first such garden in a new Alpine Union School District program.

Three more gardens are planned for Boulder Oaks and Shadow Hills elementary schools and Joan MacQueen Middle School. “We’re very excited,” AES Principal Travis Wall said before the opening at 1850 Alpine Blvd. “It’s been a year since we first planned with Barons Market on a garden.  It’s turned out better than we expected.” The district program is sponsored by the Alpine Barons Market at 1347 Tavern Road. The Viejas Casino & Resort and the Kiwanis Club of Alpine donated grants

After the ribbon cutting, students carrying free “farmer’s bucks” lined up to go through the onsite Alpine Barons Student Farmers Market. The youngsters carefully chose purchases from piles of healthy fruit and vegetables.  “I really like how there’s a bunch of food and they’re all fresh,” said Emily, a fourth grader. “It’s really cool.”

Additional major donors included the AUSD Child Nutrition Department, the AES Parent Teachers Students Association, Janet’s Montana Café, the Alpine Education Foundation, Alpine Fence, Alpine Landscape Materials and Ace Hardware.

Story by Jo Moreland  jom@alpinechamber.sdcoxmail.com