Alpenglow Newsletter

September 2019

From the Principal

Welcome back! The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start. We are well on our way to amazing things. For those of you who are new to our school, welcome. Alpenglow is a wonderful place to be. Our teachers and staff are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven group of people who take learning seriously while also making personal connections that help kids succeed. As I walk the halls and visit classrooms, the lunch room and at recess, I see so many smiling faces enjoying learning.

All of us here at Alpenglow Elementary are looking forward to our partnership to ensure our students achieve their highest potential. We know a strong partnership will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibilities for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibility. We ask that you guide and support your child’s leaning by ensuring that he/she:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all homework assignments given by the teacher
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school

Please consider being a school volunteer as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:

  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Teacher-led instructional support, usually in the classroom
  • Reading with children who need extra help
  • School-wide events

Throughout the year, I look forward to meeting the new members of our community and connecting with returning families. None of our successes would be possible without the dedication of the entire school staff! We believe in our students and know they can do anything they set their minds to.

With Best regards,

Denise Demetree-Trombley

Principal, Alpenglow Elementary

Home of the Snow Leopards



Alpenglow Elementary, along with many other elementary schools across the District, is part of a pilot program to increase physical activity in our schools. Students will have 30 minutes of recess every day. Along with increasing the movement of students, we are providing more time for students to sit and eat with their peers. Students will have 25 minutes to get their lunches and sit and eat with their friends. This is exciting and allows students time to eat and not feel rushed. By being a part of the pilot, we will be asking for feedback from students, staff, and parents to see the impact on student academics and social and emotional learning.

Many of you enjoy visiting your student during lunch. Below is our lunch schedule for each grade level:

  • Kindergarten & 1st - 11:35 – 12:00
  • 2nd & 3rd - 12:05 – 12:30
  • 4th & 5th - 12:35 – 1:00
  • 6th - 1:05 – 1:30

Please don’t forget to stop by the front office to sign in before heading to the cafeteria.

School Hours

The Alpenglow front office will be open from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The school day begins at 9:00 AM for all students. Please do not drop students off or have students walk to school prior to 8:40 AM, as there is no adult supervision prior to that time. All students are dismissed at 3:30 PM. If walking home, encourage your child to go directly home to check in with you. The playground is closed until 4:00 PM.

Parking Lot/Drop-off/Pick Up

During drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon, follow all traffic laws and staff members, crossing guard, and parent volunteers on duty. For the safety of our students, please only drop-off and pick-up students along the curb. Additionally, there is no parking along the curb in front for the building. This area is for loading and unloading only. If you need to get out of your vehicle, please park in the parking lot. Parking in front of the building impedes the flow of traffic.


In accordance with Alaska State Law every child between the ages of seven and sixteen years of age shall attend school. The District requires schools to track students’ absences. A phone call from a parent or legal guardian the morning of the absence is the best way to excuse an absence.

The first bell rings at 8:50 AM. Students should line up in their designated spot by this time, ready to go into the building. School begins at 9:00 AM. Students are tardy if they arrive after 9:00 AM. They should come in to the office to get a tardy pass.

If you child is going to be absent, we request that you phone the school office at 742-3300 or email as soon as possible that morning. If you are planning a trip, please plan ahead. Along with calling the office, talk with your child/children’s teacher to get any make-up work or assignments. Please note that these absences count in your son/daughter’s overall attendance.

From the Library

In the library, we've been having a great time reviewing the library layout and procedures. Students began checking out books on their first day in the library. I believe in getting books into the hands of our students, especially books that they get to choose themselves. Reading is fun!

This year in the library, I'll be continuing our Digital Citizenship Lessons using Common Sense Education. Parents will be informed the night prior to a lesson on what we're learning as well as being provided a family activity to extend the learning at home.

We will also be learning about being a Global Citizen in the library this year. A Global Citizen is someone who is aware of and cares about and the world they live in, so we will be learning about cultures around the world and reflecting on our impact on the global community. Our first lesson will include participation in International Dot Day which we are extending at Alpenglow to International Dot Week. Students will have a chance to be creative and decide how they plan on "making their mark" on our world.

I am always looking for new books for our students. I love getting new books for our library and especially love to see students read them. Check out some of our new books below, and let me know if you have any suggestions.

From PE

Welcome to Physical Education! We are off to a great start in PE, learning to work together to accomplish our goals.

The fall running club begins this week. We have two groups, one for first through third grades and one for fourth through sixth grades. Each group is limited to 50 students. The younger group is full, however, if you have a 4, 5, or 6th grade student interested we still have space. Waivers can be found outside the gym or on Alpenglow’s Facebook page.

The Chugiak/Eagle River schools will be hosting the annual cross country running jamboree on Thursday, September 26. This is a free event open to all elementary age students (even if they are not in running club). The event will be held after school at Chugiak High School trails. More information will be sent out shortly.

September kicks off our Healthy Futures program. Students keep track of their physical activity on a log and turn it in at the end of the month for a small prize. Students can pick up logs outside the gym or they can be printed at home from Alpenglow’s Facebook page. Also look for the link in an email sent to parents.

If you have any questions regarding our physical education program please feel free to contact me through email,

I’m looking forward to a great year!