Arcadia This Week 9/6/2020

Hello, Arcadia Families,

Here’s what’s up at Arcadia this week!

Monday, September 7: No School, Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8: First day of school! 

--MS hybrid option students in the building

--All students meet online (by 8:05am)

--School ends at 2:42pm

Wednesday, September 9: Start at 8:30am

--MS hybrid option students in the building

--All students meet online (by 8:30am)

--School ends at 2:42pm

Thursday, September 10:

--MS hybrid option students in the building

--All students meet online (by 8:05am)

--School ends at 2:42pm

Friday, September 11:

--MS hybrid option students in the building

--All students meet online (by 8:05am)

--School ends at 2:42pm


Schedule Change--Wednesday starts at 8:30am

The bus company informed us that the bus will not arrive until later (by 9:00am) on Wednesdays. We will not have advisory on Wednesdays, but classes will still “start” at 8:30am. Teachers will not introduce content or otherwise teach new information prior to the arrival of students who take the bus, but those who are not on the bus should plan to start class at 8:30am.

Hybrid Student Email

All families participating in the hybrid model received a separate email from me with your door, and the list of who will be in your classroom, as well as drop-off/pick-up instructions. Please read through the reminders--students, don’t forget to bring your electronic device and charger!

Materials (School Supply) Pick Up and Cost

Thank you to everyone who has picked up, or made a plan to pick up, their materials! 

Families who have not yet retrieved them, we will leave the remaining packs or other items in the front entryway for pick up starting Monday. Let us know if you need them delivered or to make other special arrangements (reply to this message).

The cost of the materials (school supply) pack is $37. PayPal is up and running (on our website, under “Current Families” --> “Online Payments”), or you are welcome to write/send a check or pay in cash. Thank you to those who have paid, and to those who have donated a bit extra to help cover the cost of materials for all Arcadia families! Again, materials for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will be covered by the school and school community.

Health, Emergency, and other Forms and Free/Reduced Lunch

The forms for this year are available on our student information system, JMC! For new families, you should have received login information in a separate email. For families who have previously used JMC, your login information is the same. If you have forgotten your password, you can now request a new one through their site.

Please fill out these forms prior to Tuesday.

Note: The more people who fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch form the better! It actually helps us to have a high rate of completion of the form, even if you do not qualify for free/reduced lunch. 

Sustained Silent Reading

We will be starting our sustained silent reading (SSR) program on Thursday, 9/10 (HS) and Monday, 9/14 (MS)! I will talk to students about the purpose of SSR and how to self-select reading materials this week. Really, the goal is for students to find something they would enjoy reading, and to read it! Students are welcome to choose/bring something from home. We do have reading materials here we’re happy to share. Or perhaps a field trip to the library may be in order! The staff at Content Bookstore would also help you find something new. We will have reading materials available in the hybrid classrooms, too! 

The staff are excited to model this for our students! 

MS/HS Hybrid Rotation

We will start the year with middle school (MS) students the first week (9/8-9/11). High school (HS) students will start online on 9/8. The MS/HS rotation for first quarter will look like this:

9/8-9/11: MS

9/14-9/18: HS

9/21-9/25: MS

9/28-10/2: HS

10/5-10/9: MS

10/12-10/14 (Fall Break): HS

10/19-10/23: MS

10/26-10/30: HS

11/2-11/6 (End of First Quarter): MS

Meet with Laura

My next Meet will be on Friday, September 11th, from 12:30-1:00pm. Feel free to stop by if you need anything or have any questions! 

Here is the address for the Meet: 

To join the video meeting, click this link:

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 513-796-6467 and enter this PIN: 493 475 105#

Refresher on the Hybrid Model

Here is the link to the Deep Dive into the Hybrid Model, if you would like to review it:

Rice County’s numbers currently place us solidly in the hybrid range. Here is a link to the Rice County Current Situation document:

We will be using the hybrid model through the first quarter, unless we are forced to move to distance learning only at some point.

Any individual can opt into distance learning at any time. 

Outdoor Movie for Arcadia Families

Just for fun, come watch a movie with your fellow Arcadians in the backyard (weather permitting) on Friday night at 8:00pm! Small, individual bags of popcorn will be carefully distributed. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket! The weather is supposed to be cool, so also bring a sweater or jacket, and possibly a hot (non-alcoholic) beverage. The students will help pick the movie this week! We will, of course, follow social distancing and masking guidelines (wear a mask outside if you will be closer than 6 feet away from others not in your household). 

We need your help!

Do you love the great outdoors and want to share that love with Arcadia students? Help us offer more outdoor activities! We have two elective classes that are outdoors, and we will offer one outdoor activity for the school each week. However, we would love to be able to offer more! If you would be willing to help put together an activity, let me (Laura) know!

We would also like to add some canopy options to the picnic shelter to extend that space, and possibly create other outdoor areas. If you are someone who is creative and handy, and could help us design/build something, please email Laura!

Upcoming Events

September 8: First day of school (8:05am)! MS hybrid in person, HS hybrid online. See you all, soon, online or in-person!

September 11: Meet with Laura, 12:30-1:00pm

September 11: Arcadia Outdoor Movie, 8:00-10:00pm