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First day of school is August 15, 2017
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Alta Sierra Library Summer Hours

The library will be open this summer 9am-1pm and 6-8pm
on the following Tuesdays:
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 18
July 25
Aug 01
A.R. points earned over the summer count toward next school years' total!
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Three Piggy Opera

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.
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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!
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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.
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Mrs. Kelley!

Every year, each school chooses a teacher to be recognized as the Teacher Who Makes a Difference. This year, we have chosen Mrs. Kerry Kelley.
Mrs. Kelley is our teacher for transitional kindergarten and intervention. She has taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade for the district. I am sure that each of her 31 classes, 25 of which have been in the Pleasant Ridge School District, have expressed the same gratitude for her care and compassion. What is the first thing her co-workers say when asked about Mrs. Kelley? They all note how much she loves children and how kind she is to everyone. She approaches all of her teaching duties with a positive energy. She is the first to volunteer to keep an after school homework club afloat, be the PTC rep or round up support for a colleague or a family in need. She has offered sincere and kind guidance to me in my first year as principal for which I am ever grateful. I asked her TK students what they think of their teacher. The most common words used were: 1. Helps 2. Loves 3. Hugs. That pretty much says it all about Mrs. Kelley.
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Spring Break April 10-17, 2017

School is closed for spring break next week April 10-14.
School is also closed on Monday April 17 for an unused snow day.
School will resume Tuesday April 18, 2017.
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The California Department of Education Approves TK Waiver

On January 11th the Department of Education approved a waiver that allowed PRUSD to keep the Transitional Kindergarten program school day to 3 hours and 35 minutes (current schedule).

If the state did not approve the waiver then the Transitional Kindergarten class would need to increase their school day to 6 hours and 5 minutes daily. The waiver is good until June 30, 2018. If you have any questions about this waiver approval and/or the TK program, please contact the district office at (530) 268-2800.
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Kindergarten Roundup/Parent Info Night

Parents of incoming kindergartners and transitional kindergartners (2017-18) are encouraged to attend an information night Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Student screenings will be held by appointment Wednesday, April 5.
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Snow Day Make Up

May 30th will be the day we make up our snow day that we took on January 11th. This will be a regular scheduled day of school for all PRSD students. If you have any questions, please contact your children's school office.
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Be a Bucket Filler

We are pleased to announce that our Bucket Filler Program is up and going! Last week our Alta Sierra Student Council students did an amazing job giving their Bucket Filler presentations to the younger grades! They presented each class with a bucket and discussed the importance of filling up each others buckets with kind words, helping each other, showing respect to each other, and all the other wonderful ways we can treat each other with kindness. Each class received tickets that students fill out to recognize each other and teachers will read these to the class on occasion. Way to go Eagles!
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School Closed Wed, Jan 11; Will Re-Open Thursday, Jan 12

After the torrential downpours of the past few days, the mudslides, downed trees, electricity outages, and flooding made it unsafe for many of our students to come to school on Wednesday (via bus or traditional means).

After touring the district's boundaries mid-morning on Wednesday, we have determined that we will be safe to resume school at all three sites on Thursday. While we recognize that many families are still without power, the school sites' electricity has been unharmed and the sites are safe for students to return.
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Winter Recess

School will be closed beginning December 19th.
School will resume Tuesday January 3, 2017.
Enjoy your time off!
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Jog-A-Thon fundraiser was a smashing success!

After the laps were run and the pledges collected, the PTC sponsored jog-a-thon brought in a fantastic amount of donations! $11,800.
Alicia Alonso coordinated the jog-a-thon and deserves a big Thank You for putting it all together. The Alta Sierra students deserve a big Thank You for running and then collecting pledges. Of course, our community and families deserve the biggest Thank You of all for supporting our school.
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Congratulations Students of the Month

Every 6 weeks or so, the staff selects students that exemplify a character trait, a student trait and an academic skill for which to recognize students in grades TK-5.
The character emphasis for student of the month this go round was Trustworthiness. The student trait was focus and listening. The academic area was reading.
Congratulations to all students who were selected! Please click on the blue headline for a list of names and grade levels.
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Upload your pictures for the yearbook.

The success of the yearbook comes from photos being uploaded to our TreeRing site. TreeRing is a site that allows parents to upload pictures that they take at school events. These pictures can then be considered for inclusion in the yearbook. Download the TreeRing app for iphone or android today.
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Minimum Day November 18

Students will be dismissed at 12:00 on Friday November 18.
This is the end of the first trimester. Teachers will be working on final grades and report cards.
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Parent Conference Week = Minimum Days

The week of October 3-7 is parent conference week.
School will be dismissed at 12:00 each day this week.
If you have not scheduled a parent conference, please contact your student's teacher.
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