Alpine Elementary News
March 24

Alpine Elementary News March 24


5th Grade Mental Health Student Survey: MI Student Voice Perception Survey
KHPS will be participating in the MI Student Voice Perception Survey between March 27-30, 2023. The survey will be administered to students in grades 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12 and is designed to provide a rounded picture of student experience beyond test scores. Topics covered include perceptions of students’ engagement, belonging, and social-emotional learning. Survey data will be used by school administrators to help guide district improvement planning for school instruction and services. Students are our first priority and we believe it’s important to listen to them to help make the educational experience better. The survey does not ask questions regarding drug or alcohol use, intimate relationships, political or religious affiliations or other personal information. Students will be asked to complete the survey online using a computer. The anonymous survey is designed to protect student's privacy. The survey has under 40 questions and is expected to take 10 minutes or less to complete. We encourage all students to take part in the survey, as we hope to gather a lot of important information on their experiences. Participation is voluntary, they may skip any question they do not wish to answer, and they may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty. If you have any questions, please contact our school social worker, Chris Boyd (

Note From The Principal

Spring break is one week away! Please remember that next week is a short week with a half day on Thursday and no school on Friday. I hope everyone is able to find time to relax and spend some time together with their family during our annual break at this time of year. The time after spring break is very busy with end-of-the-year learning for all students, state and district testing, a variety of school and district events and many extracurriculars/sports picking back up with the weather improving.

With state testing around the corner, I thought I would share 6 tips for parents:
1. Prioritize daily attendance: Tests are ultimately intended to be a measure of how well students have learned the material being taught in class. With that in mind, what is the best (and most straightforward) piece of test-prep advice for caregivers is to do what you can to ensure that your child is fully engaged with his or her classwork throughout the year.
2. Communicate with teachers: Make a point of meeting or talking with your child’s teacher on an ongoing basis to understand what your child is working on, what he or she will be tested on, and the areas that he or she is excelling and struggling in.
3. Talk to your child about test taking: The purpose and goals of testing are not always obvious, even to the students who take them. Have open, ongoing conversations with your child to explain the benefits of testing, focusing on how it helps them, their teacher, their school, and other educators understand their strengths and weaknesses and figure out the most effective ways to teach. You can also use this opportunity to ask your students how they feel about testing, and offer reassurance or perspective if they have any anxiety around exams.
4. Offer positive reinforcement: A little encouragement can go a long way in helping students walk into testing days feeling confident—which, in turn, can have a huge effect on their performance. 5. Support healthy habits: Sleep and nutrition can have a huge impact on your child’s ability to focus and retain information. One of the most helpful things that you can do as a parent is focus on supporting these basic needs. Well-rounded meals and a regular sleep schedule will help your child succeed in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. On testing days, it’s especially important to make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep, starts the day with a filling breakfast, and goes to school with a water bottle to help stay hydrated.
6. Debrief after the test: Talking about testing can also help your child process the experience and overcome any anxiety that he or she might have had. Please continue to stay informed by reading all school communications from your child’s teacher, our school and the district. If you have questions or a specific need, please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or our office for support.

Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder

Feeding America Food Truck - March 31
The Feeding America Mobile Pantry Food Truck will be at Alpine Elementary on March 31 beginning at 4:00 pm. For more info visit

Career Expo 2023
Join us for the 2023 Kenowa Hills Career Expo! Take advantage of the opportunity to get your business in front of hundreds of students and community members. Make business connections, garner interest in internships and employment openings at your business, and get involved with your community. Learn more at

Emma - Spring Musical - March 23 - 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!
Tickets are on sale now.

PTO News
Our Next PTO meeting is Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm.

Kiwanis West Michigan
Kiwanis has a new club in West Michigan that primarily supports the kids at Kenowa Hills! They meet in a virtual setting once a week and host projects to lift up kids in our district. If you'd like to learn more about the Kiwanis organization or learn how you can join, visit their website or follow them on Facebook!

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Additional Flyers and Information:

Knights FC (Spring Soccer)

Emma! a pop musical tickets

CTC Games & GVSU ESports Event (for neurodiverse gamers)


Our school day for the 2022-2023 school year begins at 8:37 and ends at 3:35.

If it is raining outside or we have extremely cold weather, student drop offs will be permitted into the building starting at 8:30. All student drop offs will be asked to enter through the main office doors and proceed to their individual classroom.

If you would like to volunteer or attend a classroom event, please complete a background check. Background checks can be completed by bringing in a driver's license or state ID to any Kenowa Hills Secretary and completing a background form.

Alpine Elementary Nurse
Nurse Ashley, 616-784-0884 ext. 8293 or

Social Media

  • Please be sure to like our school's Facebook page at "Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary". Follow daily/weekly happenings and celebrations. It is also another resource for school information.

  • Also, follow and like our Music FB page for Alpine and Zinser, "A to Z Music". -Ms Majchrzak

Nothing is more precious than your children. Find out how we work to ensure students feel safe, valued, and that they belong.

Safety and Security Commitment to Anti-Bullying Creating Inclusive Environments Safety Drills

Life is busy. At Kenowa Hills, we partner with families to make life easier.


Our Personal Mastery educational experience has redefined education and has gained attention around the state and nation. Personal Mastery provides your child with personalized attention from teachers. Instead of teaching to a broad group of students without an understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses, Personal Mastery allows teachers to interact with students individually or in small groups to help them better address their weaknesses. In this way, we strive to help your child reach their full potential.


At the home of the Knights, athletic programs are a vital part of building character, drive, commitment, and teamwork for our student athletes.


The arts build pride and community at Kenowa Hills. From our Marching Knights to musical performances at our Performing Arts Center, we believe the student experience really is a work of art.

Join us in our effort to STRIVE FOR LESS THAN FIVE
Absences Every School Year