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Director’s Update

 December 2, 2018


You, the Arcadia Community, past and present, made this year’s ThanksGive one of the most successful FUNdraisers in our 15 year history!!  The numbers are in, and together we raised a grand total of (drumroll):



 This means that we can finally purchase new student chairs for the high school!!

There are so many people to thank, but special recognition is due to Arcadia’s Arts Coordinator, Bob Gregory-Bjorklund, who puts the show together year after year!  Also, many thanks to our celebrity guests, former Directors Ryan Krominga and Simon Tyler, and teacher emeritus Sarah Wallis – thanks so much for joining us in the silliness.  And speaking of silliness, thanks to all of the students and staff who participated!  These performances come together very quickly, often cloaked in strict secrecy, and I’m always amazed at their artistry and humor.

            Stay tuned – I will be sending an update Monday morning announcing the winning advisory and the winner of the coveted Coconut Monkey Trophy!

And speaking of giving, Arcadia is once again serving as a drop-off spot for Operation Joy (formerly Christmas Sharing) for the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC).  Please consider dropping off unwrapped new toys, books, teen gifts, infant sleepwear, and cold weather gear in the large box in our entry through Friday, December 7th.

            We are pleased to roll out another global travel opportunity for the summer of 2020!  The trip to Japan will be coordinated by Lisa Malecha, and the first informational session will be held at the school this Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00pm.. Because Japan is both safe and healthy, this trip is open to both middle schoolers and high schoolers.  (This first meeting is only informational; you are not committing to anything by attending.)

            Finally, this Wednesday, December 5th is the second Innovation Day of the year, when all students and staff come together to engage in meaningful experiential learning projects.  This week we will be completing an intergenerational service project with four retirement centers:  Northfield Retirement Center (NRC), Three Links, Millstream Commons, and Milestone Center in Faribault.  Students and staff have been assigned to teams and will be participating in interactive arts projects at one of the four centers.  We are all looking forward to making these important intergenerational connections and learning about the aging process.


Rock & Roll Revival needs performers!  Anyone interested in being a cast member should come to the Audition Information Meeting on Tuesday, December 4 after school in the NHS auditorium.

At this meeting, students will learn the audition dance, hear about the process, and sign up for audition times.

Contact Ray Coudret at if you have questions or a conflict.

You can also feel free to ask Bob or Shari any questions you may have. We would love to have Arcadia well represented in this year’s show!

That’s it for this week!  See you at school!!


Barbara E. Wornson, Ed.D.

Executive Director