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Food Drive Donations due Friday, Nov. 17

Help our kids help others! Our students take part in the KCRA Kids Can! Food Drive. Please send non-perishable, non-glass items to school by this Friday. Canned meats (tuna, chicken, turkey, chili), pasta and pasta sauce, beans, rice, healthy cereals, peanut butter and baby good are the most-requested items.
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Harvest of the Month with Mrs. Lori Long

The start of October means another harvest of the month from Sierra Harvest. This week we will have lunchbox peppers from JSM Organics. They will be very sweet and the kids should enjoy them. I am picking up the produce early and will hopefully have them all sorted and distributed by the end of the day tomorrow. Here is the link to the educator newsletter so you can have more information on peppers.
Click on the HEADLINE above to get to the newsletter.
I really loved reading all the little notes written about pears last month, thank you for sharing!
Also, if any classrooms have time and want to make thank you cards for donors to Sierra Harvest, they are definitely welcome. They can be as simple as "Thank you for supporting Sierra Harvest"
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Color Run Jog-a-Thon! September 29

This year's jog-a-thon is a COLOR RUN!!!
Pledge sheets are coming home this week.
The last two laps are optional color laps with bright colored corn starch celebrating the spirit of this fun event.
Please look for the flier and sign and return the permission slip as soon as possible!
Money raised funds vital school programs!!
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First Day Notes & Reminders

Welcome Back!!! A few things to remember for the first day:
It is Early Release - 1 p.m. Dismissal (1st-5th grades)
Kindergarten - 11:30 dismissal thru Labor Day
Transitional Kindergarten - 11:15 dismissal thru Labor Day
Please fill out yellow pick-up slips so we know how your kids are getting home.
Lunch is now $4
Please fill out free and reduced lunch application, even if you will not be regularly ordering.
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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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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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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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