Arcadia This Week 10/13/2019

Hello, Arcadia Families,

Here’s what’s up at Arcadia for the coming week!

Monday, Oct. 14:

  • Spanish classes, field trip to “Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure.” See for more!

  • ILEO, 2:45-4:15pm

  • Ace of Clubs, 2:45-4:30pm

Tuesday, Oct. 15: 

  • Homework Help, 2:45-4:00pm

  • Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm

Help us invite new students to join our community! If you know any 5th grade students who may be interested in Arcadia next year, or students in grades 6, 8, 10, or 11 who might be interested in joining us this year, please let them know! 

You can also send them this invitation: Information Night Invitation

Send them the link, and they will get an official invitation to attend!

  • Arcadia School Board Meeting, 6:30-9:00pm

The Board will start with a school finance training at 5:30pm--feel free to join us if 

you are interested in better understanding how charter school finances work! Then you are welcome to stay for the Board meeting, too, of course!

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Late Start (as usual)

Thursday, Oct. 17: Fall Break (No School)

Friday, Oct. 18: Fall Break (No School)

Mission Spotlight

It is the mission of Arcadia Charter School to prepare our students to transition intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to higher education, future employment, and engaged citizenship. 

Arcadia Charter School envisions a supportive learning community that, through collaboration and student-driven, project-based learning, encourages and assists students to:

  • Express themselves creatively through the visual, literary, and performing arts.

  • Use technology with innovation, imagination, and responsibility.

  • Develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

  • Construct knowledge and meaning for themselves.

  • Value, advocate, and strive for the wellness of the whole person.

  • Be empowered to act as local citizens within a rapidly changing global community.

This week, I want to focus on the fifth statement, that we are a learning community that “encourages and assists students to value, advocate, and strive for the wellness of the whole person.” Often considered a tenet of progressive education, a “whole child” approach means that educators are focused on more than just academic standards or standardized test scores. Progressive educators care about the individual needs, goals, interests, personalities, preferences, and other aspects of the people who they teach, because we recognize that creating the best conditions for learning to occur requires attention to these things, and also because we are educating our students to be good citizens, not just good students. 

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) addresses the significance of the whole child approach in its article, “Making the Case for Educating the Whole Child.”


New Traffic Flow

Our new horseshoe drive is complete! 

No doubt we will be doing some learning as we go, here, but the City asked for the following flow for traffic:

1) All personal vehicles will enter into the new driveway for drop off/pick up. When you drive in, please drive as far forward as possible, up to the new loading/unloading zone, but do not block the existing crosswalk. Also, for students’ safety, please stay in line and do not pass other vehicles to exit unless directed to do so by a staff member. Staff will help for the next week or so to help establish the new pattern. 

(In other words, instead of stopping out on the road/sidewalk, personal vehicles will drive through the horseshoe drive to the front of the school and drop off there.)

2) The bus will continue to drop off from the street/sidewalk at the end of the long sidewalk in front of the building. 

Please note, if you find you need to take a few minutes with your child before drop off, you can also take the existing drive around to the back of the building and drop your child off at Door 6. (The farthest door down in the back of the building.) This is to keep the drop off line in the front flowing smoothly. 

Arcadia Family Directory

We will publish an Arcadia Directory for families on November 1st. If you would like to opt out of having your contact information included in the directory, please opt out here:

You must complete the opt out form prior to November 1st if you do not want your information included in the directory.

Dungeons and Dragons

Parents, we have a number of middle school students excited about a Dungeons and Dragons club that one of their peers would like to get started. You may be just the Dungeon Master to help them out! If you choose to accept this quest (would be interested in supporting a new D&D club for the middle school), please email Laura at

Upcoming Events

Oct. 14, (during school, Spanish classes), Sugar Skull! Trip to the Ordway

Oct. 15, 6:30-8:00pm, Information Night

Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30pm, School Board Meeting

Oct. 17, No School (Fall Break)

Oct. 18, No School (Fall Break)

Oct. 23, Vision and Hearing Re-Screening

Nov. 1, End of First Quarter