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Director’s Newsletter for Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dear families and friends of Arcadia,

What a lot of activity has been happening at Arcadia!  We have so many reasons to be proud of our students, our families and our tireless faculty and staff!  As you read on, you will be learning about:

 i-Leo robotics                                                19th Century Party

Poetry Out Loud                                            Arts for Martin

Youth In Government                                     Informational Session

Open House for Prospective students           MayTerm FundRaiser

I-Leo Robotics:

After many weeks of working on their lego robotics projects this fall, four teams of students represented Arcadia Charter School at the annual IBM Lego competition (ILEO) in Rochester held on December 6th.  The event consisted of both a long-term project competition and a short-term project.  Congratulations to Team Blue Berries, made up of Graeme Beltramo-Dolan and Nathan Wolff, for advancing to the quarter final round in the short-term competition! Other Arcadia teams participating in the ILEO competition were: 1) The Fellowship consisting of James Shuffelton and Willow Jo, 2) PLEASE HELP! consisting of Kyrie Ross and Katherine Ohde, and 3) Sauerkraut consisting of Jayme Payne, Carson Pike, and Elliott Piker.  Congratulations to all the teams and their members for a great season.  Many, many thanks to Teacher Gary Braun for coaching this program!

Poetry Out Loud

This year’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) Competition was held at Arcadia on December 18th.  Participants recited one or two poems and were judged by an esteemed local panel of judges including Anne Gregory-Bjorklund, Paula Granquist, and Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy. Participants included Anna Kochevar (who last year advanced to national competition); Bella Callery, Coltin Fessler, Lara Hodgens, Lucia Upham, Marie-Louise Wehling, Mila Matney, and Ryan Malecha.  The participants advancing to regional competition this year are Anna Kochevar and Bella Callery.  We wish them the best of luck at the March event in St. Paul! Thanks to Teacher Scott Grave for coaching and supporting this event!

Youth In Government

As we speak, five of our students are participating in the Youth In Government (YIG) program at the state capitol! Students James Shuffleton, Sofia Chihade, Meaghan Kelley, Logan Wells, and

Mila Matney are participating by actually creating bills and following them through the legislative process. This program, sponsored by the YMCA, runs from January 4 through 7, 2018, and is a highlight of our student’s school experience. For more information, follow this link: We are looking forward to hearing our students’ experiences!. Many thanks to parents Aramis and Tiana Wells for acting as chaperones for this important event!

Arcadia is hosting an Open House for Prospective students and their families on Monday, January 8th.  If you know of a family who may be interested in attending our school next Fall, please encourage them to attend this informational meeting!  And if you as a parent/guardian, or student would be interested in participating in on of our open houses, please let me know.  Prospective parents are most interested in asking questions of current parents and students.  If you have questions, please contact myself or Lisa Malecha.

19th Century Party

 The Middle School is hosting a 19th Century Party on Wednesday, January 10th, at 1:00 in The Great Room.   Students in teacher Scott Grave’s classes have worked hard this past quarter developing their character, designing a list of questions they feel comfortable answering, and coming up with ideas for how the actual party might look.  Although many families have signed up to help, we’re wondering if you might be able to help too.

 First of all check in with your students concerning any last minute costume needs they might still have.  Remember, it need not be extravagant.  The purpose of costumes and/or props is to assist them with presenting their persona to others.

Second, please follow this link to volunteer for the various items we need.

We would also love for you to join us if you can!

Arts for Martin 

Arcadia Charter School Presents the Arts for MartinJanuary 12, 2018:

Gathering Community, Creating Art Celebrating Martin Luther King

Join Northfield’s performing artists- from all disciplines, all ages and all levels, novice to professional- for our fourteenth annual evening of reflection on the life and work of Martin Luther King.

The arts are the evening’s unifying factor in this event. Music, dance, spoken word, poetry and visual art meld together into a performance that thoughtfully and intentionally speaks to the legacy Dr. King left us.

Guest presenter is Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, community activist and author of In the Shadow of Green Man. He’ll be joined by the A for M Band and Community Choir led by Craig Wasner and Dan Kallman, the Prairie Creek Orchestra, the Latino Playwrights, the Aztec Dancers, the Arcadia Dancers and Poets and the Laura Baker Choir.

We invite you to join us for this meaningful celebration Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Arcadia Charter School,1719 Cannon Road (behind Perkins restaurant.) Admission is free. For further information call 663-8806, extension 212.

And don’t forget: come sing in the AforM Community Choir, rehearsing Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:00.

Informational Session for current families

 Arcadia is hosting another informational session on January 17th at 6:30 pm, to share information about our current program, and to gather information and answer questions about our curriculum.  Are you concerned about college readiness for your student?  Are you curious as to how the project process challenges your student?  If you are interested in discussing challenging and rigorous curriculum for your students please join us on Jan 17th at 6:30 for a conversation with Staff on how Arcadia addresses standards, individualized learning, and preparing students for their futures.  Many thanks to Teachers Tami Kash-Flugum and Tamra Paulson of the Education Committee for doing the lion’s share of organizing this event!

May Term FundRaiser

Arcadia is hosting an Omelet Breakfast with the Northfield Eagles Club on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  100% of all money raised will be used to support May termactivities and scholarships at Arcadia.  Please support your child in selling these tickets to friends and family over the holidays.  Because the tickets are ‘pre-sold’, 100% of the proceeds from tickets not used, will come back to the school.  Those who cannot attend this event may wish to buy a ticket just to support Arcadia’s May Term.

Each student will be issued ten tickets to sell for $10 apiece.  Money should be turned in to Tamra Paulson at Arcadia School.  The advisory selling the most tickets by January 12 will be treated to an as-yet-unspecified party.  Questions?  Contact Tamra Paulson at

That’s a lot of information for a newsletter!  Please be sure to check your email for reminders of these and other events as we begin our second semester at Arcadia!  And thanks for all you do to support your children and our Arcadia Community.

See you at school!!

Barb Wornson

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