Alpine Elementary

Alpine Elementary News May 6


Dear Parents,

It is May and that means the countdown until the last week of school begins! It is hard to believe that there are approximately 20 days left of school. This time of year is packed with classroom, district and state assessments but is also filled with celebrations as we reflect upon the growth our students have made. I would like to take a moment to recognize the wonderful student teachers we had at Alpine Elementary all year. Each student teacher helped support our students and we are excited to see them take the next step and obtain their first teaching position so they can continue to make an impact on students’ lives. Special thanks to:

Bailey Evans
Natalie Walejewski
Madalyn Kennedy
Katie VanderVeer
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Jacalyn Dailey
Jessica Fare
Nick Feekings

Upon reflecting on our True Success theme of the month, Integrity, as well as some of my own children’s behavior at home recently at this time of year, I thought I would share a few thoughts pertaining to this topic. For adults and children, owning one’s behavior can be tricky. When we all arrive at home in the evening my first question is to my kids is, “How was your day?” If my children share about a problem that occurred, I will ask for further detail about what happened. Responses have varied from who else in the class was doing the same thing, how the teacher didn’t see the whole situation, etc. My next set of questions focuses on the part my child played…

What is yours to own? Or, in other words, what did you do?

How did your actions/words impact the people around you?

What is it you need to fix or make right or what can you do differently next

These questions are helpful to gain a full understanding of what occurred and help me as a parent process with my child what can be done differently to continue to grow and learn and how to better solve problems or resolve conflict. Please continue to stay informed by reading all school communications from your child’s teacher, our school and the district. I look forward to seeing those that are able to attend the Daughter Dance on Friday!

Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder

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Alpine Elementary News April 22


Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that spring break is already two weeks in the rearview and we only have 7 weeks of school left (which include some days off and half days). We are in the last stretch of the school year and it truly equates to a sprint to the finish line!

I am excited to share that our team at Alpine has developed a new code of conduct to help ground students and help them have a common understanding of basic expectations. Instead of using “Be the BEST You” as we have in the past to establish these expectations across all settings, we will now be using Alpine “Leads”.

L - Listens to Others
E - Engages in Learning
A - Acts Safely
D - Does Their Best
S - Shows Respect

As we continue to foster a positive school culture as well as a positive classroom environment, our team will be using this language to reinforce positive student behavior. Teachers are currently discussing what this means with their students and we have even developed body movements to help students remember each component. We hope to have another launch emphasizing this in the fall with students as we start the school year but wanted to start making the transition as we wrap up the school year.

Please continue to stay informed by reading all school communications from your
child’s teacher, our school, and the district.

Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder

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Alpine Elementary News March 1


Dear Parents,

With growing technology options available to students at younger and younger ages, how do you keep kids safe while they are online and avoid the overuse or dependence on them? Elementary children are getting cell phones and Apple watches, gaming systems that are connected to the internet allowing you to play anyone, from anywhere, and streaming services are becoming more and more popular. There are great benefits to much of the technological world, but there are hidden dangers that take some learning effort on the part of parents and guardians.

Having twin fifth grade daughters and a seventh grade son myself, my wife and I are finding ourselves trying to monitor what they are accessing and how others may gain access to them. My guess is that many of our parents may be dealing with this as well. The struggle is real! There are a variety of great resources online for parents that describe some of the dangers of leaving digital sharing features open on your phone, and step-by step instructions on how to check your Apple, Android, and Chrome OS devices. Devices and apps have certain settings that allow a great deal of sharing of information - maybe more than is safe for our young children.

If you have children using devices at home (especially if they have their own device), I’d encourage you to keep up with the latest information by visiting sources such as SmartSocial, Protect Young Eyes, or similar organizations. They have amazing resources and video tutorials that will help you learn about new apps and safety settings. It may not be a world you want to learn more about, but as parents and guardians we need to be knowledgeable to help protect our children as they learn to use devices in a safe manner.

Please continue to stay informed by reading all school communications from your child’s teacher, our school and the district.

Your partner in education,

Jason Snyder

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