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Welcome to Alta Sierra School Where Eagles Soar!
Fourth grade field trip
STEAM winners

STEAM Winners

Creating Art

Creating Art

Learning about the mail system.
Kindergartners learning about the mail system.
Classroom reading times.
Enjoying the spring weather!

Enjoying the spring weather!

Garden crafts.
Puppet shows.
Kindergarten birdhouse building.
Making wreaths.

Making wreaths.

Art at Rood Center
Art displayed at Rood Center
Kindergarten birdhouse building.
Kindergarten birdhouse building.
Superhero Day!
Kindergarten birdhouse building.

Kindergarten birdhouse building.

Superhero Day!
5th grade
Monsters Inc. - Staff
Staff dresses like Mr. Mike for Superhero Day.

Staff dresses like Mr. Mike for Superhero Day!

2nd grade 2016
Halloween Parade - 5th graders
Wall of fun
Halloween parade - running!
Hello, you surprised me
Jag-a-thon - part deux
The grand stage
Jog-a-thon - still going
Jog-a-ton - cooling down
Arts in class!
Wild, wild woods
Pet art
Working outdoors
Art wall (2)
Halloween - 2015 edition
Water coloring
Loads of stuff!
Tie-dye time?
Outdoor studying
Soaking in the sun
Late LeGrand Nectarine
Let's paint...outdoors!
Ms. Rath's class, 2014
Sheriffs on horses
Holidays in the MPR
Thumbs up!
Signs for the garden.
Tree wall art
Wee calf
Earth wall art
Large painting
Ms. Baker's class of yesteryear
Let's grill!
Ali(son) and Wonderland
Take a bow!
Forest costumes
Produce cart
Tasty Thanksgiving meal
Veggies for all!
Reach for the sky!

News & Announcements

Three Piggy Opera

3 piggys

What a treat! The first grade classes of Mrs. Beahm and Mrs. Merrill presented the Three Piggy Opera to a packed house of parents and family. The enthusiastic singing and performing made this clever musical a joy to experience.

Online Order Date Extended to MAY 5th. You can still personalize pages too.

Order Today

Click on "Parents"Tab above. Find YEARBOOK link and click.

For just $17.20 you can order a yearbook that includes two FREE personalized pages. Every student's yearbook can be customized this year. You can also purchase a dedication page for your student.
Follow the link
Passcode 101408580424957

STEAM Winners


Five of our 5th grade students participated in the count STEAM expo in March.
Carlie Harwood, Logan Van Bourgondien and Dustin Philpot toured AJA Video Systems and then took the TechTest Jr. Carlie Harwood placed first in the group.

Carlie Harwood, Landon Highsmith and Gina Genovese competed in the team math section. They worked for several weeks during lunch and afterschool to solve a multistep math problem and present a complete solution for display. The team took home the SILVER medal.
Great job, Eagles!

Young at Art!

Looking for something to do during spring break? Visit the Young at Art display at the Nevada County Eric Rood Government Center. Student art work from Alta Sierra and many county schools is on display.

Principal's Message

Talking to Your Kids
You pick your child up from school and ask what he did that day, and the answer is, “I don’t know” or, “Nothing.”  It’s much easier to say, ‘I don’t know" than describe the whole day.  

To help your child, ask specific questions that include a prompt, like, “What did you like better today, snack time or circle time?”  More general questions, such as, “Who did you play with?” or, “Did you sing any songs today?” can help them focus and relate their feelings and stories.

If your kid does mention something negative from her day, you should of course show concern, but make sure you don’t overreact.  Kids sometimes shut down based on your reactions.  A kid will have a fine day, but one thing happened that they’re upset about. You hear this and panic. If you show alarm on your face, your child might stop sharing this type of information, thinking it makes you too upset. Instead, empathize with your son, tell him how crummy it must have felt to have that toy grabbed from him, and then move on.

With some kids, starting to ask questions as soon as you pick them up may be a mistake. Don’t start an interrogation as soon as you arrive for pickup or the moment you all walk in the front door.  Spend a few minutes reconnecting with your kid just by being present. If you say something simple like, ‘Hey bud, I missed you. Let me take your backpack,’ chances are he’ll start to open up.

When you’re shuttling your kid from school to an activity and then home for dinner and homework, or you’re working full-time and don’t see your kid until 6 p.m., you might find it hard to fit in a few minutes to connect. Work some parent-kid time into your day, like right after dinner. Sitting down to do a focused activity together—even just 10 minutes of coloring or a puzzle—can create that space where your kid starts to feel like talking.   I learned the most from my children while on short drives into town or just to drive to look at the river.   Consider sharing a few details from your own day to encourage conversation This also teaches kids that everyone has good days and bad days, no matter how old you are.

Keep in mind that if you ignore or brush off your kid when she is rattling on about the latest video game or a funny thing that happened in her classroom that day, you’re missing an opportunity to show you are a good listener.  If she sees you are not listening, she will stop talking.

Open communication will help you build a deep relationship with your children.  When troubles inevitably arise, a solid foundation of trust and knowledge will allow for quick recognition and resolution.

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School Updates


Book Fair
Date: 5/25/2017, 5 PM 8 PM
3rd Grade Performance
Date: 5/25/2017, 5:30 PM 6 PM
Date: 5/25/2017, 6 PM 7 PM
Staff BBQ
Date: 5/26/2017
Early Release
Date: 5/26/2017, 1 PM