Director’s Newsletter

Director’s Update

March 2, 2018

Hello Arcadian Friends and Family!  It’s March already and there are unmistakable signs of spring!  Like crows, longer days, potholes, and melting snow puddles.  Most of our Middle School students spend lunchtime outside and few can resist the mounds of snow remaining from snow removal.  Please be sure your student has brought boots and gloves for breakfast and lunch time breaks.

Today we are hosting an Authorizer Visit:   We are so fortunate to have a collaborative relationship with our authorizer, Northfield Public Schools (NPS).  Only three charter schools in Minnesota are authorized by a school district.  NPS Superintendent Matt Hillmann has again carved a full day out of his busy schedule for his annual visit.  This is a chance for Dr. Hillmann to experience the Arcadia program in real time as well as a chance for students, staff, and parents to share their observations with Dr. Hillmann.  If you have questions about the authorizer/charter school relationship, please let me know; I’m happy to explain!

Presentation Day March 13:  There has been a change in project presentation day from evening to afternoon on the 13th.  Students will be presenting their projects from 12:45 – 2:30 pm that day.  Parents and family are encouraged to attend.

No school for students on March 14th:  In order to accommodate May Term, fourth quarter will begin on Thursday, March 15, making Wednesday, March 14 a teacher work day.  Thanks for your flexibility on these important events.

ArenaDances Residency and final performance dates

Arcadia has a long history of hosting arts residencies, with artists from Dessa to Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum to Chris Koza and Rogue Valley. Our 2017-2018 residency began on Thursday, February 21, in collaboration with the Twin Cities- based company ArenaDances.  The residency began when the company presented a wonderful performance to an all-school gathering on February 21st.  After the performance, students had the opportunity to sign up for the residency, and over 20 students took the opportunity.

ArenaDances will begin to work with our students on Thursday afternoons, March 1, 8 and 15 to create a performance piece that they will then perform on Friday, March 16 at 7:00 PM. You, and the general public, are invited to this event. To find out more about ArenaDances, click here:  website

Continuing the Arcadia Experience:  9th grade at Arcadia:  On the evening of March 1, the Arcadia Education Committee and Marketing Committee joined with staff and students to present information to current eighth graders who are contemplating returning as a ninth grader next year.  As a parent of an 8th grader who also attended the NHS info session, board member Rachel Matney found the event to be a very visible indication of how and why Arcadia is different.

For those who were not present, there were 6 tables around key topics (curriculum/credits, projects, schedule, PSEO/academic challenge, life after Arcadia, the advisory experience.). Each table had a mix of current Arcadia students/parents/teachers who talked about the topic and answered questions. The eighth grade families rotated every 10mn.

Thank you especially to Teacher Scott Grave and Student Logan Wells for having the vision and for investing the time and hard work to make the event happen. We hope to make this an annual event!

March 6th Open House:  Know of someone who is considering Arcadia next year?  Please invite them to the Open House on March 6th at 6:30 pm.  Interested families will hear about our unique program from students, parents, and staff and will have the opportunity to take a tour of the facility.  This is the last open house before the lottery on Monday, April 9.  Applications received after April 9 may be placed on a waiting list.  Applicants applying before April 9 who are siblings of current students or who are the child of an Arcadia staff member will have priority for admission and do not have to go through the lottery.  Intent to Return forms have already gone out to current students; please help us in our planning for next year by returning the forms by March 31.  (Lost the form?  You can always call or email Kim at the front desk and indicate if your child will be attending Arcadia next year.)

Lunch update

Is your child having a hard time remembering when they ordered lunch?  Just send an e-mail to Kim at the front desk and she will let you know what was ordered for the week.  Students may also make a copy of their monthly menu, keeping one at home and one in their locker or at their desk.

If your student forgot they had ordered and brought a lunch, they will be asked to pick up the lunch they ordered.  Because we use a catering service and order a full week in advance, the school has to pay for lunches ordered but not picked up.  (Lunches ordered by students who are absent are offered for purchase by other students, and the absent student’s account won’t be charged.)

Some students are on a ‘permanent’ list.  If a student on the permanent list declines their purchased lunch twice, they will be removed from the permanent list.  They can still order lunches, but unless they specifically order the lunch, we won’t automatically put in a daily order.  Thanks for your help with this, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

That’s all the news for now – enjoy the weekend and I hope to see you at school!


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