Director’s Newsletter

September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Director’s Update

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

 What a wonderful and surprisingly eventful first two weeks of school!  Unfortunately, one of the most memorable moments was the fire in the last surviving Arcadia van!

Although we have not been using this van for transporting students, we have used it for transporting our lunches from Prairie Creek to Arcadia every day.  With the van out of commission, we have relied on the kindness of parent Al Montero, who has generously given his time to drive to Prairie Creek, pick up the food, and deliver it to Arcadia.  The whole process takes less than an hour.  On the days Al hasn’t been able to help out, Lisa Malecha or I have made the drive.

If anyone is willing to donate their time to drive out to Prairie Creek and pick up lunch after this week, it would be very much appreciated!  The volunteer meets the food truck in front of the school, loads the van, drives it to the back door of the school where staff are waiting to help carry it in, usually between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.  That’s all there is to it!  If you are willing to help Arcadia in this way, it would be greatly appreciated by everyone.

Alternatively, if you have a van or high capacity vehicle in good working condition that you would like to sell or donate, please email me at  Ideally we hope to have a van that will qualify as a Type III vehicle (which means we could transport students).  But for now our priority is to get the students their lunches on time!

Composting at Arcadia

Here’s some exciting news!  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.  Both Cliff and colleagues and Todd Anderson from DSI have talked with our students.  We have now purchased some of the requisite composting bags and are starting to compost most of our waste!  This includes our left-over food from lunch as well as our compostable lunch trays and cutlery!  The Arcadia Student Council is spearheading this effort in our school.  We are intent on reducing waste and thank Cliff and DSI for agreeing to work with us.  If you would like to help, there are two things you can do:  first, and easiest, is to pick up compostable bags at either Cub Food or Just Food Coop to donate to the school.  Second, come help serve lunch (from 11:45-12:15) and help us help students develop the habit of putting their waste into the proper containers.

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 anyone to be hungry.

From the nurse’s office

Nurse Sharon Miller, has reserved  the 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 those days to help bring the students to the health office. Please contact Sharon at for more information.

Nurse Sharon Miller also asks parents who haven’t completed the student emergency form to please get that in ASAP.


In regard to immunizations, 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

Immunizations are extremely important in light of the recent measles epidemic.   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 receive donations from purchases BEFORE you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection on future visits, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. 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!)


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.

When dropping your child off at school, please try to 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.

Student Council is starting this week.  We will be meeting during lunch on Wednesdays.  The first few meetings will be with interested high school students.  Middle schoolers will be able to join us within the next few weeks.  Please encourage your student to take part in this important opportunity for school wide leadership.

 Trip to Europe Still has openings!

We have had several students express 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 nine.  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 and are interested, I would be glad to talk with you or/and send you the powerpoint presentation from that date.  We have been asked to post a deadline of September 30 for signing up.

That is all the news for today!  See you in school!!

Barb Wornson


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