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We would like to encourage you to set a goal to read with your children during our winter break.  This is a great time to read any new books they might have received or to take a trip tthe library.


Here are some staff favorites:


Mrs. Garaventa   “Auntie Claus” by Elise Primavera, “Which Would You Rather Be” by William Steig, “That is Not A Good Idea” by Mo Willems, “Friends” True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems and all the other “Pigeon” books by Mo Willems

Mrs. Hess  “The Gingerbread Cowboy” by Janet Squires

Mrs. Hunsaker/Mrs. McDaniel “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore

Ms. Pringle  “Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing!” by Judy Blume

Mrs. Rose/Mr. Dekker/Mrs. McDaniel   “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Dr. Seuss

Mrs. Piper/Mr. Dekker   “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

Mrs. Baker   “Anything” by Jan Brett

Mrs. Wedding/Mrs. Bright/Mrs. McDaniel   “Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

Mrs. Plummer   “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies” by Laura Numeroff and any other titles in the Laura Numeroff series

Mrs. Mills  “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams
“The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald,

 “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Mrs. Bright   “Rocking Horse Christmas” by Mary Pope Osborne
“The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs, “Olivia Helps with Christmas” by Ian Falconer

Mrs. McDaniel  “Snowman at Work” by Caralyn Buehner

“Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney” by Kenn Nesbitt


Dear Alta Heights Families and Friends,


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."

...and so it is with this inspirational quote from Mark Twain I am announcing my retirement from Alta Heights and the NVUSD.  It has been a wonderful 36 years and I have tried to be of some value to your children and our Alta Gator Family.


I set sail December 13, 2016


Love to all,

Mrs. Garaventa, Librarian

 Alta Heights Elementary


The Leamer and Farris families are organizing sponsors for a new digital marquee for Alta Heights!  If your family and/or business would like to provide a sponsorship
please contact Kristina Leamer at




Today: 1/21/17
8:15 AM Saturday School