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August 2012

August 2012 Welcome Back!

By Principal's Message

Dear Bonneville Families,


I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer break—filled with whatever you and your family need to refresh, restore, and relax during these beautiful summer days.  Although the start of school is still a couple of weeks off, this letter will give you a few things to think about before we get together again in August.


As we begin another school year at Bonneville, there are many things to make you aware of so that you will be able to support your child’s education.  I encourage you and your family to start the year off right by calendaring the following important dates.

  • Bonneville Open House Monday, August 20, 2012 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

  • First Day of School (Grades 1-6)             Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (Early Birds-8:00; Later Gators- 9:15)

  • Kindergarten Testing August 13-15, 2012 (Please call the school to set up a testing appointment.)

  • First Day of Kindergarten Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • Labor Day Holiday Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

  • Back to School Night Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012  (*Parents only, please.)

Early Out Mondays and Minimal Days:  Every Monday is an early out day at Bonneville.  Students are released at 1:25 p.m. (early birds) and 2:40 p.m. (later gators), respectively.  Early out Mondays are set aside to provide professional collaboration time for teachers.

The Alpine School District has also provided teachers and staff professional development days during the year called, “Minimal Days”.  On a “Minimal Day”, your child will be let out of school at 12:30 (early birds) or 1:45 p.m. (later gators).  Please mark the following “Minimal Days” on your calendar: September 24, November 5, February 4, and March 4.

Attendance:  One of the challenges that Bonneville has faced the last couple of years has to do with attendance and excessive tardies. Regular attendance is essential for student learning and progress.  Please coordinate your family vacations when school is not in session (*see school calendar attached).  Students lose out on critical instruction and interactions when they are absent or are not in school for the entire day. Therefore, late arrivals and early dismissals are highly discouraged.  We request that medical and dental appointments be scheduled after school hours, if at all possible.  If students are ill and unable to attend school, please notify our office the morning of the absence.

P.T.A.:  We have a very dedicated and enthusiastic Parent Teacher Association that goes above and beyond to support our educational programs and enhance student education.  Mrs. Susan Roy is the PTA president for this school year and will be encouraging your participation as a P.T.A member.  There will be information available at the Open House and “Back To School” night, from the P.T.A., on ways you can help serve the students at Bonneville Elementary.

Student Nutrition:  School lunch cost is $1.75 for elementary students.  Reduced price is $.40.  Adult/Visitors will pay $1.50 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Breakfast for a student is $ .85 and reduced price is $.30.  Milk is $.30.  Lunch balances must be kept current.  Students are only allowed to charge one lunch or breakfast.  You will be able to pay for lunches at the Bonneville Open House on Monday, August 20, 2012 (5-7 p.m.).  Please make checks payable to Alpine School Lunch.

Free and Reduced Lunch Packet Materials

We are especially encouraging all Bonneville Elementary families to submit a confidential application for free and reduced price meals for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  If enough families are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch, Bonneville Elementary may receive additional Federal funding to help support student achievement.  This additional funding may be available whether or not your child chooses to use the free or reduced price meal benefits, but in order for us to receive the funding, your completed form must be returned.

This year the district is asking that parents go online and fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application. To access all of the forms, please go online to  The online application is a paperless option that allows parents to complete the form and submit online.  Parents can even print a copy of the application for their records. Remember, submitting an application is strictly confidential.  If you would rather fill out a paper copy, you can come to the school’s office and ask for a paper copy. Thank you for your help.

Student Safety:  Student safety is a high priority at our school.  To further ensure safety, the driveway on the south side has been divided into two lanes.  The lane closest to the school will be used for student pick up and drop off lane.  The lane closest to the street will be a “ drive through” lane only.  Please avoid parking in either lane to help keep traffic flowing smoothly and alleviating the possibility of students becoming hurt or injured.

To help alleviate traffic congestion in front of the school and in the south parking lot, you may opt to pick your student up behind the school in the church parking lot.

Well, this is just a little information to get you up and going before the school year starts.  Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer break.  Be good to yourself and your family.  I will see you and your student on August 20th for “Back to School” night.  I look forward to another great year at Bonneville and working with you to help your child have a successful year at school.


Shawn Brooks, Principal

Bonneville Elementary