Alpenglow School Newsletter

March 2022

Home of the Snow Leopard

Alpenglow is committed to educating all students in a safe and supportive learning environment. Academic achievement is fostered through engaging instruction and social-emotional learning. The Alpenglow community nurtures relationships through the collaborative partnership between students, staff, parents, and community.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that our school is on the traditional lands of the Dena’ina Athabascan people. It is with gratitude and respect that we recognize the past and present contributions of Alaska’s first people. Chin/an (thank you).

From the Principal

Alpenglow Families,

Time flies when you are having a good time! Students are making tremendous progress in all academic areas. I am proud of the growth our students are making! Learning is important to our Alpenglow students. Your involvement directly impacts the success of our students. The Alpenglow staff appreciates your support and thanks to you for all you do to encourage learning at home and emphasize the importance of school.

Denise Demetree-Trombley

Principal, Alpenglow

2022 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment

Our new statewide summative assessment AK STAR or Alaska System of Academic Readiness will be given to students in grades 3 – 10 in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. The Alaska Science Assessment is given in grades 5, 8, and 10. The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at their grade level. The assessment is taken on the computer and is not timed.

These results will also allow our teaching staff to guide classroom instruction based on areas of need. The testing window is from March 28th – to April 8th.

Alpenglow’s testing schedule is as follows:

  • 3/28 -3/29 5th and 6th grade Language Arts and Math

  • 3/30 5th grade Science

  • 3/31 - 4/1 3rd and 4th-grade Language Arts and Math

Please be mindful of these dates when scheduling appointments, vacations, etc. If you have questions regarding AK STAR assessments or scheduled testing dates for Alpenglow, please feel free to contact Principal Demetree-Trombley at 742-3300.


The School Climate and Connectedness Survey is open. Please take a moment to complete the family survey.

School Name: Alpenglow Elementary

Family Survey:

Thank you for taking the time to complete this year’s School Climate and Connectedness Survey.


Are you looking to become more involved or know someone who is? Contact our PTA at and ask where you are needed. They do a lot for our school and could use a few volunteers to help with various events. You do not need to come to all the PTA meetings to volunteer. They are looking for individuals who can help once or twice per year. The PTA’s next meeting is Wednesday, March 2, 2022.


If your student is going to be absent, please call 742-3300, mark them absent in Q Parent Connect, or email the teacher and

Dates to Remember

Please see the school website and calendar for current dates/events. All dates/events are subject to change.

Fridays – Wear Alpenglow school colors – black, teal, and silver.

    • March 2 - Pastries with Parents at 8:00 - 8:45

    • March 2 - PTA meeting at 3:45

    • March 3 - Popcorn "Friday"

    • March 3 - All-Pro Dads ZOOM

    • March 4 - No School

    • March 7 - Spring Break Starts

    • March 14 - First day back from Spring Break

    • March 15 - PTA Read-a-thon starts

    • March 25 - Spirit Day - Look-a-Like Day

    • March 28 - AK STAR Assessment begins for 3rd - 6th-grade students - specific grade-level date check school calendar

    • April 1 - Popcorn Friday

Snow Leopards in the SPOTlight

Second Quarter Principal's Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)

  • Thomas Betts
  • Emerson Bunag
  • Hezekiah Davis
  • Marlee Johnson
  • Ryan Murray
  • Annabelle Smith
  • Elizabeth Walser
  • Juliet Wells
  • Maggie Wells
  • Jade Baker
  • Landon Cooley
  • Alaina Eads
  • Natalie Giordano
  • Dylan Hernandez
  • Lukkas Jacobsen
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Bella Samaniego
  • Raven Seidler
  • Mia Shirley
  • Abbie Wood
  • Daniella Murray
  • Eve Schlotthauer
  • Kyler Rozanski
  • Payton Nelson
  • Elias McMullen
  • McKenzie Long
  • Bailey Ledford
  • Elizabeth Sowards
  • Jillian Delacruz
  • Bailey Dulany
  • Liam Elliott
  • Lizzie Russian
  • Olivia Sandoval
  • Jules Sovitsky
  • Miranda Taylor
  • Joanna Sowards
  • Titus Rapanut
  • Cameron Pantfoeder
  • Kamdyn Drake
  • Kyle Chen

Second Quarter Library Reader Award Winners

  • Ava Fancher
  • Charlie Ela
  • Radley Smith
  • Anthony Davila
  • Annabelle Smith
  • Aubrey Bundy
  • Floyd Cunningham

Second Quarter PE Student Award Winners

  • Jane Walser
  • Evan Hernandez
  • Bradlee Winship
  • Timothy Sowards
  • Keira Murphy
  • Preston Wilson
  • Riley Deaton
  • Ayden Zitta
  • Jade Baker
  • Emerson Bunag
  • Hailee Stepetin
  • Zach Vedros
  • Mara Troyer
  • Jillian Delacruz
  • Liam Elliot
  • Cameron Pantfoeder

Second Quarter Art Student Award Winners

  • Maddock Kurtz
  • McKenna Kiley
  • Britlynn Conrad
  • Bruce LoPorto
  • Preston Wilson
  • Zane Latta
  • Ava Suavillo
  • Tucker Price
  • Dylan Hernandez
  • Elizabeth Walser
  • Alex Myers
  • Christopher Haines
  • Floyd Cunningham
  • Emily Deaton

Battle of the Books

Our 3rd/4th grade team placed 13th in the district tournament in February! Congratulations to:
  • Emerson Bunag
  • Rowan Stanfield
  • Annabelle Smith

Our 5th/6th grade team placed 7th in the district tournament in February! Congratulations to:

  • Eve Schlotthauer
  • Kenzie Long
  • Hailee Stepetin
  • Noah Taylor
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Spelling Bee

Alpenglow held its 2022 Spelling Bee competition on February 14th with 15 competitors. We are excited to announce the winner was 6th grader, Mara (MJ) Troyer, and 2nd place went to 4th grader, Hezekiah Davis! MJ will be participating in the Alaska State Spelling Bee on March 23rd! Good luck MJ!

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News from the Nurse

Alpenglow Families,

Our school wants to clarify some items surrounding the Anchorage School District’s new masking policy.

The new policy started this Monday, February 28th. Here are the highlights:

  • Masks are now optional for students, staff, and visitors to Anchorage School District facilities.
  • The five-day quarantine is still in effect for a positive COVID test result or quarantine by choice in lieu of testing for symptoms. Students and staff must wear a mask for days six through ten upon return to an Anchorage School District facility.
  • Other COVID mitigation practices and testing requirements have not changed and will continue to be enforced. (We do not accept home tests or antigen test results).

The Anchorage School District continues to be symptom-free.

Thanks very much,

Nurse Jeanine and Principal Demetree-Trombley

COVID Testing at Alpenglow

Nurse Jeanine is able to test students in the building. Test results are usually returned within 24 hours. If you would like to pre-register your student for COVID testing through ASD in case the occasion for testing arises, please use the QR code or visit this website.

Counselor's Corner

Character Matters

March’s character trait focus is on Cooperation. ‘Cooperation’ means to work or act together or jointly for a common purpose or benefit.

Thank you for helping your student experience the benefits of ‘cooperation’ by listening, sharing, taking turns and compromising; and by being encouraging to each other. Just as musk oxen form a circle to defend their young, working together keeps us strong. As Helen Keller reminds us, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

SEL Lessons

This past month, we have explored conflict resolution and integrity (primary and intermediate) and done some discovery of our personal strengths (intermediate).

All Pro Dads

Our next Zoom meeting for All Pro Dads is Thursday, March 3rd, at 6:30 pm (this week!). Our chapter of All Pro Dad strengthens the connection between dads and their children. (K-6th). Our meetings are always fun! Go to and find Alaska and the Alpenglow chapter to sign up for email announcements and on-going support information. Here is the Zoom invitation:

Topic: Alpenglow All Pro Dad meeting

Time: Mar 3, 2022 06:30 PM Alaska

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 912 4160 0327

Passcode: 2022

For counseling questions and more, please contact Jane Barber, school counselor:

I am available on Mondays and Tuesdays, all day; Fridays, from 12:30 – 4pm; or call: 907-742-3300, ask for the counselor. Thank you!

PE News

In the month of February we ice skated, played broomball, used snow saws to build ice forts, and went sledding. Lots of fun outside play!

Due to all of the ice, we had to come back inside but finished the month off strong with a volleyball unit.

Did you know that our ice rink is entirely maintained by super volunteers lead by Pete McEnaney and Dave Beckett? Both gentlemen had children who attended Alpenglow. Even though their kids are grown, they continue to give back to our community. Thank you Pete and Dave!

PTA News

Please click on the link below to read the full PTA Newsletter for March.