Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary

 

Community Support

Ensuring High Levels of Learning 

In order to ensure all students learn at high levels, we need parents to be part of our education team.  Please make all necessary efforts to make sure that your child is clean, healthy, and well rested.  In addition, it is essential that students are on time and are here at school for the entire day.  Furthermore, it is essential that students are dressed appropriately for the weather.  Lastly, please remember to check your student’s backpack for homework and attend parent/teacher conferences.  Please know that parent volunteers are always welcome at Alpine Elementary!    

Community Involvement at Alpine Elementary (update in progress)

We have various partnerships with organizations/community members here at Alpine Elementary to help meet the needs of our students.  Please see below for brief desciptions and information about their contribition. 

KIDS HOPE USA & BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS

Kids Hope USA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters provide one on one mentoring to numerous students at our school.  Our Kids Hope volunteers are from the United Church of God off of Walker and Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteers are from a variety of sources.  The relationships these mentors build with our students are invaluable and assist in developing their mentee's social, behavioral and academic skills.  

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

Alpine Elementary has a parent involvement program known as Watch DOGS that encourages our father figures (male role models) to get involved.  Research shows the impact a positive male role model can make in the lives and success of a child.  Fathers or father figures that volunteer to be a Watch DOG typically spend a whole day volunteering in various capacities at school.  Some of the responsibilities include (but not limited to): greeting students with a smilie, reading with students, helping them build their math skills, participating in physical education, playing with them on the playground and conversing with them in the lunchroom.  

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Grand Valley State University provides a variety of instructional assistance to our school.  Each year we have various tutors, student assistants and student teachers in classrooms.  Student assistants typcially spend a half day, every day over the course of a college semester learning various teaching skills.  Student teachers typically spend a full day, every day over the course of a college semester refining their teaching skills and getting prepared to apply for their first teaching position.  Student tutors typically work with students individually for approximately an hour for a specified number of sessions to help build reading and/or math skills.  We are fortunate to have additional adults working with our students every year.    

CHEMICAL BANK

Each year, Chemical Bank teaches our second graders about the importance of saving.  In addition, Chemical Bank provides volunteers for a whole day of instruction to meet a variety of classroom and school needs.  

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

Junior Achievement continues to support our social studies curriculum by addressing a variety of economic standards.  Volunteers from around the community are assigned to one classroom to present a variety of lessons.  

GIRLS ON THE RUN 

Alpine girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are invited to participate in our Girls On the Run team.  Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national program with a curriculum that teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games.  Over ten weeks, the team prepares both physically and emotionally to complete a celebratory 5K at Fifth Third Ballpark, along with all the other GOTR teams in Kent County.  Community volunteers are always welcomed!  If interested, please visit www.kcgotr.org
 
LET ME RUN
 
Let Me Run (www.letmerun.org) inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle.  Let Me Run combines running with fun activities and lessons to help boys learn teamwork, build relationships skills, create friendships, grow emotionally, amplify their self-esteem, and empower themselves and others.  Over the course of seven weeks the team will prepare physically and emotionally to complete a celebratory 5K at Kenowa Hills High School.  Community volunteers are always welcome!