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September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments



September 16, 2018

I must say, my memory does not recall a weather related school closing as early as September 21, but here we are.  Luckily, Arcadia School has not been damaged, although the treeline to the south of us (between Apple Auto and Arcadia) did suffer.  At this time, I have not heard of any personal damage, for which we are grateful, but there have been power outages and trees down.  Northfield Superintendent Matt Hillmann sent out a link for parents and guardians whose children may be struggling with anxiety over the aftermath of the storm.  Natural_Disasters_Brief_Facts_English.pdf  The link is from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).   Arcadia Social Worker Lisa Malecha and all of our faculty and staff are available to talk with students or adults who may have been traumatized by this event.

While preparing this newsletter last Sunday, I noted that the weather was sweltering and yet the back lawn was alive with students and leaders building our new picnic shelter!  This Sunday I can announce that the shelter has withstood all storms this week and stands triumphant and beautiful!  It has a few cross beams to put in (to support the roof when the snow flies) which I hope won’t be needed in the next few weeks!

The shelter is the brain child of our own Logan Wells, who has seen the project through from an interesting idea to a building that will add significantly to our campus.  Some of you have already donated picnic tables, and we thank you so much for those.  We now have enough money donated to purchase four tables for lunches in the shade.

The shelter and tables will be used not only during breakfast and lunch time, but also for outside classes and meetings.  What a wonderful gift for our school!!  Thank you, Logan, and thanks to the many volunteers and all who donated so many hours and dollars to bring this project to fruition!!

This week you should have received a permission form for your child to participate in the first of four Innovation Days.  As you may recall, this year, in an attempt to stimulate progressive and experiential learning opportunities, we are taking one day each quarter to learn by exploring our environment.  The first Innovation Day on October 3 was developed by a group of teachers who have arranged a schoolwide trip to the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault for a day spent learning about river ecology, invasive species, mindfulness & exploring, and even a scavenger hunt.  Although there is a fee ($20) connected with this experience, we want everyone to participate. There is a line on the permission form to request a scholarship, but you can also email me, and your request will be kept confidential.  On the other hand, If you are in a position to donate some money for scholarships, there is a place on the form to do that as well, and it will be greatly appreciated. The next Innovation Day will be in December; the December team is working on some great ideas, so stay tuned!!

The first two weeks have been busy and wonderful.  We have some new classes, including Japanese (language and culture) taught by parent and all things Japanese expert Carly Born.  Carly is a certified teacher and we are so pleased to be offering this opportunity.  This has been a popular elective!  Spanish is still available, facilitated by Lori Coleman. 


Arts Coordinator Bob Gregory-Bjorklund has already arranged our first spectacular arts residency with Twin Cities group ‘We are the Willows (WATW).   Arcadia has a long history of working in annual arts residencies with performing artists from Dessa to  Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum to Chris Koza and Rogue Valley. This fall our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the band ‘We Are the Willows’, professional musicians from the Twin Cities. On Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 PM, the band will be performing songs created from letters shared between the grandparents of Peter Miller, leader of the group, as they lived through World War 2. Students have begun their rehearsals with the group, and things are getting exciting.

This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary!  We have a growing group of alumni who are anxious to get moving on a celebration; please stay tuned for more news about our anniversary as well as ways you can help us put on an all class reunion in the spring!!

Please do contact me with any questions or concerns and I will see you at school!!


Barbara E. Wornson, Ed.D.

Executive Director

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