Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary


Principal's Message



Note from the Principal

At the end of September, I had the opportunity along with Mrs. Johnston and Ms. Piccard to visit Arkansas and present at one of their state’s education conferences about the steps we have taken to implement a system of personal mastery (known more nationally as competency-based education).  We were invited as a result of educators from Arkansas completing a site visit last year and being impressed with the work being done at Kenowa Hills and more specifically, Alpine Elementary. It was exciting to learn about the various initiatives schools are making to impact student learning across the country as opposed to just in Michigan.  It was affirming to see other educators wanting to learn from us. One of the biggest take-aways I had from experience was how Kenowa Hills continues to be a leader in education in our state and across the country and that we are on the forefront of change relating to instructional best practices utilized to meet individual learners’ needs. I could not be more proud to be a Knight and to work with the amazing staff and community we have!    

Conferences are beginning next week.  I hope that all parents have taken time to sign up to attend.  If not, please visit the below link today:

If you are are struggling to sign up or do not have access to the internet, please contact our school office and our secretarial staff can assist you.  Fall conferences are essential to the success of each student. They are foundational in creating a positive relationship with your child’s teacher and essential to ensure that parents have all the information needed to support their child’s learning at home.  Research shows that the number one impact on a child’s education is parent involvement.

I would also like to take a moment to thank all those parents who participated in our English Learner parent night held this past Wednesday.  We had a great turnout and the food donated was delicious! We hope that our annual meetings help connect our parents to the resources at school and the community that can support your child’s learning.

Please take the time to review our school newsletter attached.  We thank you in advance for staying informed about what is going on at Alpine Elementary.  An English and Spanish copy is available. If you prefer a hard copy, please contact the office to make the necessary arrangements.  Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher with classroom items, our Transportation Department (669-7757) with bus items, or the office with building-wide items.

Important/Upcoming Dates

  • CONFERENCES: Oct. 17 (12:30-2:30), Oct. 18 & 23 (4:00-7:30)

  • Dollar Donut Day: Oct. 17

  • Scholastic Book Fair: October 22-26

  • Mobile Dentist: October 22

  • 2nd Grade Study Trip: October 25

  • Class Picture & Picture Retake Day: October 26

  • Halloween Parade: October 31 @ 2:15


On Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm we will be having our annual Watch D.O.G.S. kick-off at our school. Fathers and father figures are welcome to join us in our school cafeteria starting at 6:00 pm for FREE pizza and drinks and an opportunity to learn about one of our many parent involvement opportunities known as WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students). Watch D.O.G.S. is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model for all our students and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears and helping hands.


Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads and adult brothers . . . this is your chance to have a night out alone with your student in a fun atmosphere at school!

Students of the Week

Students of the day were selected this week for showing their Alpine BEST.  Please join us in congratulating:

  • Perrin Anderson, 4th Grade

  • Aylin Vazquez-Macias, 3rd Grade

  • Axel Melchor-Garnica, 3rd Grade

  • Brycen Arnold, 5th Grade

  • Marilyn Frieman, K Knights

  • Wexly Eggleston, 5th Grade

Alpine BEST Stands For: Be a leader, show Excellence, be Safe and be Trustworthy

PTO Updates

Like Alpine PTO Facebook Page!  

Did you know that our Alpine PTO has their very own facebook page?  Please be sure to like them to stay up to date on upcoming events and activities.  ALL parents are part of our PTO as members of our school family.

Box Tops Collection

Please continue to collect box tops for our school.  It is an easy way to earn money for to support our school needs.  

Book Fair

Our annual book fair is right around the corner starting October 22!  In order for the book fair to be a success and have multiple opportunities for students and parents to visit, we need your help and willingness to volunteer.  Please take a moment to click in the link below to sign up for a time slot to volunteer. There are times before and after school as well as during conferences when we could use your support.  The book fair not only puts great books in the hands of our students at home it also supports our school library and individual classroom libraries.

School Reminders

Costume Expectations for Halloween Parade and Parties

We are looking forward to our first official holiday celebration of the 2018/2019 school year.  In order for all of our students to enjoy the day, please read the below expectations for Halloween costumes.  I have truly appreciated your support with this in the past, and look forward to your continued support this year.  School Halloween festivities will arrive quickly (Wednesday, October 31) and I want to remind you of our school expectations for costumes. In the past you have really assisted us by providing appropriate costumes for your children. We are again asking that costumes fit within the following parameters:

  • No blood or anything that could be considered gory.

  • No toy weapons of any kind.

  • Costumes must be modest and cover midriffs.

Please think through these parameters carefully so all of our school community can enjoy the day.  If costumes do not fit within the parameters stated above, the student will be asked to remove that part of the costume (example: mask).  Students should plan to bring their costumes to school in their backpacks or bags rather than wearing them to school. Students will be given time to change into their costumes before our parade and classroom parties.  Most students will be allowed to wear their costumes home as most of our classroom parties will take place in the afternoon.

Student Drop Off & Pick Up

Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:20 as we DO NOT have supervision on the playground prior to. If you arrive early, students should wait in your car with you or you may walk to the playground with them until our supervision is present.  Please remember that school ends at 3:35. If you are planning to pick up your child (and your child is not on our everyday pick up list), please be sure to contact the office prior to 3:20 so we can ensure their name is announced at the end of the day to come to the main office when the bell rings.

 Check Your Speed

Please check your speed as you utilize our parent drop off lane in front of the building.  It is important that visitors do not exceed 5 mph when dropping off their child to keep all students safe.   

Student Pick Up

Please remember that school ends at 3:35. If you are planning to pick up your child (and your child is not on our everyday pick up list), please be sure to contact the office prior to 3:20 so we can ensure their name is announced at the end of the day to come to the main office when the bell rings.   If you repeatedly arrive late to pick up your child, contact will be made to discuss options for student care since supervision is not available.

Background Checks

Please be sure to complete a background check if you have not done so already and plan to visit school at anytime throughout the school year (ex.- classroom party, chaperone a study trip, volunteering in the classroom, etc.).   This is especially important with our Halloween parade and parties approaching.

 Social Media

Please be sure to visit our webpage, Facebook page and your child’s teacher’s websites for school information and happenings.  We have an Alpine Twitter feed that parents may follow as well! Please check for the latest classroom celebrations as well as pictures from our latest 3rd grade study trip, spirit week and more!  

District/Community Reminders ( or links to flyers)

Please see the district/community folder shared (Mary Crawley)


Payment for breakfast and lunch can be made electronically through E-Funds. Checking account payments can be made with no processing fee. Debit/Credit card payment does have a small handling fee. You can access E-Funds through the following link:  or go to the district webpage ( and click on $ E-Funds in lower left hand corner of the web page. You will need your child's student ID number. You may obtain the number from the school office or the food service office at 784-0175.

Anything Else

True Success Theme = Responsibility

*Responsibility is like growing good fruit.

Big Idea Theme = Contentment

*Deciding to be happy with what you have.   

Perhaps elaborate based on content delivered in class.

Jason Snyder

Alpine Elementary Principal