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Free Summer Meals Program: June 14 - August 2

This summer, the Pleasant Ridge Union School District will offer families free meals beginning on Monday, June 14 through Monday, August 2. Children aged 18 and younger and special education students aged 22 and younger will be given meals on Mondays that will last for the whole week (both breakfast and lunch).

Families may pick up their meals from Cottage Hill Elementary from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM every Monday. Meals will not be provided on Monday, July 5 (holiday), but instead on Tuesday, July 6.

Meals will be limited in quantity and given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Free Summer Meals Program: June 14 - August 2

This summer, the Pleasant Ridge Union School District will offer families free meals beginning on Monday, June 14 through Monday, August 2. Children aged 18 and younger and special education students aged 22 and younger will be given meals on Mondays that will last for the whole week (both breakfast and lunch).

Families may pick up their meals from Cottage Hill Elementary from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM every Monday. Meals will not be provided on Monday, July 5 (holiday), but instead on Tuesday, July 6.

Meals will be limited in quantity and given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Job Openings!

Pleasant Ridge School District has multiple part-time job openings needing to be filled for the 2021/22 school year. Please click the heading for details and spread the word!

Arete Update July 14

Hello Arete Families,
We hope you are all having a fabulous summer! We are busy behind the scenes getting all set up for the new school year. Here are some important details.


Educational Advisors will be sending out a welcome email and Sign Up Genius in the next week or so and you will be able to schedule your time to sign Enrollment Paperwork.


Masks are required for indoors and are optional for outdoors.


If you are new to Arete, please attend an in person or Zoom Coffee Talk with the Director. We have two scheduled.



August 6- 8:30-9:00 Coffee Talk with Director (Zoom and in person)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://prsd-us.zoom.us/j/4817950151?pwd=U2JJY29rZlRQblczTmozV1cwZmp3dz09

Meeting ID: 481 795 0151    Passcode: GoAreteGo




August 17- 8-8:30 Coffee Talk with Director (Zoom and in person)

Sarah Schwartz's Coffee Talk with Director

Join Zoom Meeting

https://prsd-us.zoom.us/j/4817950151?pwd=U2JJY29rZlRQblczTmozV1cwZmp3dz09

Meeting ID: 481 795 0151    Passcode: GoAreteGo

 

We also have some family orientations scheduled for families using PEAK: Fuel Ed or Bright Thinker (The replacement for Accelerate Education).

 *PEAK: Fuel Ed K-5 orientation on August 17th at 9:00am. (Zoom and in person)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://prsd-us.zoom.us/j/4817950151?pwd=U2JJY29rZlRQblczTmozV1cwZmp3dz09

Meeting ID: 481 795 0151     Passcode: GoAreteGo




*Bright Thinker 6-8th orientation on August 18th at 9am. (Zoom and in person)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://prsd-us.zoom.us/j/4817950151?pwd=U2JJY29rZlRQblczTmozV1cwZmp3dz09

Meeting ID: 481 795 0151     Passcode: GoAreteGo




August 17- Students in the Blended Middle School program will work at home becoming familiar with the curriculum and completing at home assignments they will receive earlier that week via email.

August 18- Students in the Blended Middle School will attend from 9am-2pm. Their parents are encouraged to attend the orientation at 9am.

The Arete Resource Center will begin classes for the hybrid program on Wednesday, September 2 at 9am for 4-8th grades. K-3 students will begin on Thursday, September 3 at 9am. Sarah Schwartz will be sending out information about the beginning of the year testing in mid August.

If you have not already done so, please complete the Google Form sharing your plans for whether or not your child will attend the Arete Resource Center this year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/198ms__mkqwIlIwKtkxdyeBKgXUbhf3DFcX6D6ME7QtU/edit

Arete Charter Academy Announces the Opening of a Blended Middle School Program

Arete is so excited to announce that we will be opening a blended middle school for 6-8th grades for the 2021-2022 School Year. Students will be invited onto campus Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-2pm and will receive direct instruction from amazing credentialed Arete teachers. There will be a lunch break and electives. This program is perfect for students who need more direct instruction and social interaction with other students. Lessons will be hands-on, interactive, and engaging!

Arete Charter Academy’s Blended Middle School Program is an interactive mix of students learning on campus through teacher facilitated instruction (five hours per day, three days a week) and at home assigned learning for two days a week. On days when students are not working in the Resource Center, they continue to learn at home under the supervision of parents, using curriculum and resources provided or approved by their teachers. This is not merely an online program; it is designed to keep kids active and moving with a combination of online and textbook learning, exciting experiments, hands-on activities, and more!

All students are supported by their assigned Educational Advisor who monitors their individual progress. They may also receive additional instruction from staff who are available to provide academic interventions, as needed. The combination of teacher guidance and student independence with ongoing monitoring and support helps students gain experience and develop skills to empower them and embrace a love of life-long learning.

The program, including curriculum, supplies, staff, and electives is $3250. There will be no cost to parents. The fee will be paid with Arete Student Instructional Funds. Also, Arete will provide a bus from Magnolia to Arete in the mornings. Your child can ride a Magnolia bus to Magnolia, or you can drop them off at Magnolia, and then they board Bus 27 to Arete. Then families will be responsible to pick up their kiddos at 2pm at Arete or carpool with other families.

As this program includes having students on campus for more than the 20% (or six hours a week) that is considered home school, students must have full and current vaccinations or a valid medical waiver.

Please email sschwartz@prsd.us with questions.

2021-2022 Important Dates

August 9-11- Enrollment Meetings
August 12 & 13- Professional Development Days
August 16- 5:30 Family Ice Cream Social
August 17- 8:30- New Family Orientation
9:30-K-5 Peak Orientation
August 18- 6-8 Middle School Curriculum Orientation
August 19-31- Office hours to support families in home school. Students work at home with families
Sept 1- 4-8th 1st Day of Resource
Sept 2- K-3 1st Day of Resource

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