Alpenglow School Newsletter

January 2021

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

Dear Alpenglow Families,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021. I hope you had a restful Winter Break and were able to spend time with friends and family - even if that looked a little different than how you normally spend the holiday. While I had to adapt my usual traditions, I was grateful for the opportunity to let those close to me know how much I appreciate them. Hope you also know how much I appreciate you and your support of our learning community. I also appreciate the expertise our teachers and staff bring to Alpenglow and the ways in which our students continue to work hard to grow, and most importantly, how we are still a learning and caring community.

As we move into the second semester, and plan for the return of our kindergarten through 2nd graders and for our 3rd through 6th graders, who will continue to learn from home, our focus will still be to ensure that every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected. Every child, every day is being challenged by new learnings and experiences. And every child, every day knows that they have a teacher and staff member they can count on.

Below you will find important links to documents and videos relating to our return to the building. Please take some time to watch the videos and read the documents.

Please reach out to your student/s’ teacher or our office if you have concerns or need assistance. We value each of you and want to make sure we are supporting our Snow Leopards' educational, as well as social and emotional growth.

May 2021 bring you much happiness, good health, and treasured memories.

Best Regards,

Denise Demetree-Trombley, Principal

Important Videos and Presentations

Welcome to Alpenglow Video

Principal Demetree-Trombley welcomes you back and shows you around!

Principal and Nurse Video: Alpenglow is Symptom Free

Principal Demetree-Trombley and Nurse Jeanine provide an overview of ASD's Symptom Free policies and procedures.

Alpenglow Elementary Site Plan for Back in School

Please see our Alpenglow Elementary Site Plan for Back in School Quick Reference Guide for in-person learning policies and procedures. A link to the full plan is included in the document.

Pick-up and Drop-off Procedures

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Spread the Word

We love sharing our grounds with our community! Please remember that students return to the building beginning on Tuesday, January 19. Our school grounds are closed to community members during the school day between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Please feel free to use the playground, fields, and hockey rink outside of these times. In addition, please follow posted parking and traffic signs including "Authorized Vehicles Only" especially near the hockey rink.

Thanks for keeping our grounds and our students safe!

COVID-19 Testing for Students

As part of our preparation for returning to in-person learning, Alpenglow students are encouraged to get a free COVID-19 test this weekend. While not required, knowing one's status can bring peace of mind for all and help keep Alpenglow symptom-free.

ASD COVID-19 Testing Sites are listed here. This weekend, tests are offered 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. at the following sites:

  • Friday, January 15 at Nunaka Valley Elementary
  • Saturday, January 16 at Williwaw Elementary
  • Monday, January 18 at AK Native Cultural Charter School

Each of these sites are in East Anchorage with easy access from the Glenn Highway.

Free tests are also available in Eagle River at 11801 Business Boulevard across from the ER People Mover Transit Center from 8am - 7pm Monday - Saturday.

Pre-registration for all sites is encouraged.

Please keep your child home if they are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19 referenced on the flyer below, then confer with Nurse Jeanine.

Additional information about the K - 3 return to school will be sent soon.

Thank you!

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From the Nurse

If your student has allergies, please make sure I have a copy of your anaphylaxis plan as well as any medications needed.

Make sure your student's immunizations are up-to-date. Provide copies of any updated records to the school.

Nurse Jeanine

Thank You to Sleeping Lady Lions Club!

A big Alpenglow 'thank you!' to Tracy Hupe and the Sleeping Lady Lions Club! Their Tree of Giving project made the holidays special for several of Alpenglow's families, gifting the children with both wants and needs. We are so grateful for their enthusiasm and generosity, and proud to have them as part of the Alpenglow community. (Please visit their website to see the Lions delivering gifts: It will bring smiles!)

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 19: Return to Building for K-2
  • Monday, January 25 from 3:30 - 4:30: Library Curbside Pickup
  • Thursday, February 11: Parent/Teacher Conferences - Early Dismissal
  • Friday, February 12: Parent/Teacher Conferences - Early Dismissal
  • Monday, February 15: President's Day - No School