Director’s Newsletter

Director’s Update

October 1, 2017

We are excited to have made our way through the first month of school and are finding it hard to believe that Monday marks midterm!  All grades should be recorded and ready for you to review by Tuesday, October 3rd in Engrade.  If you have any problems logging in to Engrade, or can’t remember your login information, please contact Kim Hansen at the front desk.

Open House/Information Session: Do you know of someone who is considering Arcadia for their student, either this year or next year?  This Tuesday, October 3, we are holding an Open House/Information Session for prospective Arcadia families.  Please encourage your friends to attend.  We will have a tour, a chance to talk with faculty and staff, current parents, and students.  Hope to see a great turn-out!

After School Opportunities:

Arcadia is now offering after-school opportunities as school gets underway.  Your child may want to join the Monday after school i-Leo lego robotics group, meeting in the ROR.  Or your child may prefer the Board Game group, meeting in Plato.  Finally, Homework Help is meeting each Tuesday and Thursday after school.  If you are interested in any of these groups, please contact either Kim Hansen or Barb Wornson.

Thank you, Kay Smith! Kay Smith, a professor of mathematics at St. Olaf and the parent of an Arcadia Alumnus, Paul Osterbee, is volunteering her time to teach an AP Calculus class to our high school students!  This is a wonderful and life-changing opportunity for five of our math students, and we thank Kay for sharing her special gifts!!


We have some dedicated students still working hard in the greenhouse!  Our fall harvest has included beets, carrots, and tomatoes.  Senior Nick Winkels is coordinating a request for donations of gardening tools.  We are especially in need of hoes and shovels, but would gratefully accept any other tools you would like to donate.  Please drop them off with Kim at the front desk.  Thank you! There is much to do getting the greenhouse ready for winter (come look at how it’s going when you’re at school!)

Nurse Sharon Miller, has reserved equipment necessary for hearing and vision screenings on Wednesday, October 11th and again for re-screening on Wednesday, October 25th.  It would be very, very helpful if we had one or two volunteers on each of those days to help bring the students to the health office. You may volunteer for only one day or for both days.  Please contact Sharon at or to volunteer.  Thank you very much for helping out at Arcadia, and a heartfelt thanks to those who have already volunteered!

Picture Day:

We have another important one-time volunteer opportunity for an interested parent or guardian.

Picture day is Tuesday, Oct. 10th, and we are looking for a parent volunteer to help the photographer.   The time commitment will be from approximately 8:00 am – 11:00 am.  Please let Kim Hansen know if you are interested.  And thank you so much for your time.

Fall apparel orders available

It’s Apparel order time…plan ahead for future gift giving. (see attached order form).  We have both pull-over hoodies and zip hoodies! NEW with this order are pom-pom hats and performance jerseys (both men’s and women’s styles). Note that you can check parent pick-up only on the form. This is a pre-order process; orders should arrive by October 30. We can accept cash or checks (make checks payable to Arcadia Charter School). We will only be accepting orders until October 6th (ordering will open again in March).

Composting at Arcadia

Here is how we are progressing with our composting.  Arcadia is working with Arcadia Alumnus Cliff Martin to boost the Curbside Composting Project in Northfield.  Cliff and his colleagues pick up kitchen and garden compost around the town, and deposit it in a large blue dumpster situated at the Northeast corner of the parking lot.  DSI then picks it up and takes it to the county composting facility.

The Arcadia Student Council, a self-selected group of high school students, are taking responsibility for leading the composting effort.  Thanks to this dedicated group, students are engaged and excited to part of our goal of significantly reducing waste.  Our current caterer, Done Right Foods, provides us with compostable trays and cutlery, so everything in the school lunch goes straight into the compost bin.  Student council members have been making signs and monitoring the lunchroom to be sure every student understands what can be composted.

Speaking of lunches and lunch accounts 

We love our salad bar, our great food, and the opportunity to compost!!  We are charging $4.00/lunch this year.  If food is still available after everyone who has ordered has been served, we do allow students to come purchase individual items and/or take seconds.  ‘Extras’ cost $2.00 for a full tray or, if there is only one item, the cost of that item (usually fifty cents).

If a student has eaten for two days without a paid-in-full lunch account balance, parents/guardians will be notified.  When a student has eaten lunch for three days without paying on their account; the parents/guardians and student will be notified that no more lunches will be served until the account is paid in full.  Please be sure to go through your JMC parent portal to check on account balances.

Students who have not brought their account up to date and/or students who have no lunch have the option of taking a peanut butter or cheese sandwich, milk, and a fruit cup at no expense.  We do not want anyone to be hungry.

From the nurse’s office

Nurse Sharon Miller is asking parents who haven’t completed their student emergency form to please get that in to her ASAP.  You can email or drop it by the front desk.


A reminder that it is Minnesota state law that all students be up to date on their immunizations in order to be in school.  If your student is behind on immunizations, please make an appointment with your health care provider as soon as possible.  Immunization does not require a visit to the doctor and is usually administered by a clinic nurse.  If you have questions about immunizations, please contact Sharon Miller at   If parents are not immunizing for medical, religious or other reasons, they need to have the conscientious objector form signed, notarized and on file. Sharon can help you with that form.

An easy way to support Arcadia:

When you shop using Arcadia’s AmazonSmile link, you’ll have the exact same shopping experience as with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Arcadia. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select Arcadia (or use this link) to arrange for donations from purchases BEFORE you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection on future visits, and then every eligible purchase you make at Amazon Smile will result in a donation to Arcadia. You can change your charity at any time by selecting “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

(If the link above doesn’t work for you, try this one!)

Student Pick-up & Drop-off Reminder

Due to several safety concerns…PLEASE, PLEASE only drop off and pick up students on the school side of Cannon Road. We are uncomfortable with students crossing Cannon Road due to the level of large vehicle traffic. Over the years, more and more industry has located around us and more and more heavy trucks are using Cannon Road.  Many thanks to those of you who are making the effort to park only on the east side of the street.

When dropping your child off at school, please avoid entering the parking lot. Students are often arriving as some staff members are arriving, and the potential for a fender-bender or worse in our parking lot is pretty high before and after school.  Please drop off and pick up on the school-side of Cannon Road.

If your child is biking, please provide a helmet (we have some helmets available if needed). To request a helmet, please email Lisa Malecha at Students are not allowed to bike on school grounds without a helmet. They will be asked to walk their bikes to the next intersection if no helmet is available.  Students biking south on Cannon Road will be asked to walk their bikes to the intersection of Cannon Road and Cannon Lane.

We will be talking to all students about bus and bicycle safety and will notify you immediately if any incident occurs involving your child.  Thank you for your support.

Trip to Europe Still has openings!

We are pleased to say that there are still students expressing interest in joining us for our upcoming trip to Europe.  If you are interested, please contact me at  We are hoping for a minimum of 12 students in our group, and currently have ten! The trip will take 12 days within a window between June 10 and June 29.  If you were unable to attend the information session on September 14 but are interested, I would be glad to talk with you or/and send you the powerpoint presentation from that date.  The deadline of September 30 has barely passed, but EF Tours is extending that deadline.

That is all the news for today!  I hope to see you in school!!

Barb Wornson

Executive Director



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