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Sunday, March 31 Update

Hello all,

New updates are all in bold and continuing information is in regular type. Hope that helps!

We are looking forward to hosting our PRSD Board of Trustees monthly board meeting at Arete on Tuesday, April 9 at 6pm. We will be hosting our Student Showcase that week. We are hoping that some families will bring their kiddos out that night to describe their awesome projects to the board. Please email me at [email protected] if you are able to do this!

*April 9 and 10 Arete Student Showcase- Similar to our STEAM Showcase last year- we are inviting ALL students to display projects they work on during the year. Please drop off projects on April 4, 5, or 7 for us to create the display. Then come back on April 9/10 at 9am to stand by your project. Classes and other interested adults are invited to view the displays starting at 9:15.

Our Book Fair is almost here!  April 3rd - 10th.  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We are having our Scholastic Book Fair during our April 20 day meetings!  Make sure to stop on by and check out all the amazing books from Scholastic!

 

Want to use $100 in your enrichment funding towards book fair books? Please turn in a budget form at least 24 hours beforehand to make sure the funding is available and ready for use! (School purchased books will be tagged and put into our library system before being taken home). Items purchased with Book Bucks form the Read-a-Thon or purchased by families are available to be taken home immediately after purchase.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/aretecharteracademy

You're invited to Arete’s Craft Fair!! Friday April 26th, 2024 from 12:30-1:30pm. Arete current and former families and students will be selling crafts that they made. There will be a raffle at 1:30pm, and you can buy raffle tickets for $1 each. This is a fundraiser for our school. We will have an area where you can put donations for our school. For example library books, craft supplies, food and bedding for the chickens, playground toys for the younger kids etc…. We hope that you can come join us!! If you would like to sign up, and sell things at this craft fair please sign up here. Signups and payments are due THIS Friday, April 5.

 

3-8th Grade CAASPP & 5th & 7th Grade Physical Fitness Testing 2023 Please read the directions carefully as there are different directions for several of the grade levels. If you have a busy schedule, please sign up early!

 

Arete’s 3rd Talent Show is coming Tuesday, April 16 at 11am. Stay tuned for more information. Sign ups will be April 9 and 10. Mr. Cody will be back with his rockin’ snack station raising funds for Staff Appreciation Week!

*Want to Sign Up For the Resource Center- do so here

Spring Enrichments- Sign up here

3-8th Grade CAASPP & 5th & 7th Grade Physical Fitness Testing 2023

*2023-2024 Field Trips- Sign up here

*Have Photos For the Yearbook? Email to [email protected]

Want to join Arete’s Private Family Group on Facebook- do so here. Arete Charter Academy Family Group

 

Remember to email Sarah at [email protected] a few days before a kiddos’ birthday if you want to send in treats so I can check for food allergies. Nuts are never allowed, but some individual classes have food allergies that I also monitor closely. Thanks for keeping our students safe. We also strongly encourage healthier treats if possible as some families closely monitor their kiddos’ sugar and food dye intake.

 

Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school as we have several students with severe nut allergies. Kiddos may enjoy nut free granola bars and spreads on their sandwiches and all the nut free favorites when away from Arete. Thanks!

 

*Want to see dates for the entire year? Click here

 

Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year

*April 1- School is in session (emergency make up day)

*April 2 Art Docent

*April 2 Cookie Science 12:15-1:30

*April 3 Book Fair 8-3 https://www.scholastic.com/bf/aretecharteracademy

*April 3 Art Docent

*April 4 Book Fair 8-3 https://www.scholastic.com/bf/aretecharteracademy

*April 4 Lego 12:15-1:45

*April 4 Love and Logic Parenting Classes @ Alta Sierra School 6-7:30pm

*Student Showcase April 9 and 10- 9:15am

*April 5- Deadline to sign up for Arete’s Craft Fair here

*April 5  Book Fair 8-3

Music Interest Inventory 2024

We are so excited to be welcoming PRSD music teacher, Joshua Horton to Arete for the 2024-2025 school year from 8-10am on Mondays-Thursdays. He will be working with students in the 4-8th grades for the 2024-2025 school year. Joshua Horton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Concordia University, Irvine in 2019. This will be his fourth year instructing music in public schools since graduating. With an extensive background in classical performance, Mr. Horton loves to provide instruction that empowers all students to succeed musically, whether performing alone or with others!https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OvLGuXNNIxzp8WtrICW6YEsgQ6_rb1Q_JjImqxmnzNg/edit#response=ACYDBNhgT_ZhjVDz7amDaQaokRzprH1ZYvgLC7wI2bUY0hE70YBrjRLRnYCnUdSEEqDCYlo

Nevada County Tech Test Jr. 2024 Competition

Congratulations to ALL of the Arete the 5th - 8th grade students for participating in the 2024 Tech Test Jr. Competition!
 
The exam tests critical thinking and problem-solving skills and is no easy feat. All the students who participated should be extremely proud of themselves for rising up to the challenge.
 
Congratulations to Luukas Coleman the overall 5th Grade Top Finisher!
1st Place – Luukas Coleman (Arete Charter Academy)
 
All of the problems from the past 11 TechTest Jr. competitions, along with detailed solutions, can be
found at https://www.nevcoexpo.org/home/techtestjr/techtest-practice-tests.
 
For 2024, 82 5th through 8th grade students from 16 Nevada County schools participated in the 13th
annual TechTest Jr. Math competition in late February. TechTest Jr. is a math exam that tests students’
critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. In addition to acknowledging students for their skills, it’s
intended to promote the development of more critical thinking activities in the county and to help
prepare them for the SAT and ACT tests. It also helps prepare students to compete in the TechTest
Merit Scholarship program for high school students, which each year awards up to $15,000 in college
scholarships. This year’s high school exam will be given at Nevada Union High School on Saturday,
April 27th
. For more information on the high school program, email [email protected]. Both
competitions are sponsored by the Sierra Economic and Science Foundation (SESF), and TechTest Jr.
is also sponsored by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.

Book Fair Announcement

Our Book Fair is almost here!  

April 3rd - 10th.  

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


We are having our Scholastic Book Fair during our April 20 day meetings!  

Make sure to stop on by and check out all the amazing books from Scholastic!


Want to use $100 in your funding towards book fair books? Please turn in a budget form at least 24 hours beforehand to make sure the funding is available and ready for use! 

(State guidelines apply).

 

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/aretecharteracademy

Arete Parent Survey

Last BIG push...
 

Arete Survey- we are currently at 44% of our 176 families have responded. We are hoping to cross 50% by this coming Friday (PRSD Superintendent Clark extended the date to get more parent responses. We look at the data carefully to learn how we can better serve our students and families at Arete. We also use this information to plan for our Local Control and Accountability Plan for the next school year. Tomorrow is the last day to complete it! 

Parent Survey

Screenagers: Under the Influence

Hello Parents!

You are invited to attend a free screening of: Screenagers: Under The Influence with your 6th-12th grader at the Del Oro Theater.

This film examines the impact of our digital age on teens' decision-making in relation to substances such as vaping, drugs, and alcohol.

Details:

Where: The Del Oro Theater, Grass Valley

When: 4/17/24 at 7:00 p.m.

Who: Parents and their 6th-12th graders

Click here to get your tickets

(We anticipate that the event will sell-out.)

The event is sponsored by the county TUPE program (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) and includes free popcorn and a drink.

 

Questions? Contact Amy Taylor, TUPE Specialist

[email protected]

Sunday, March 10 Update

Hello all,

New updates are all in bold and continuing information is in regular type. Hope that helps!

Arete Survey- we are currently at 40% of our 176 families have responded. We are hoping to cross 50% by this coming Friday (PRSD Superintendent Clark extended the date to get more parent responses. We look at the data carefully to learn how we can better serve our students and families at Arete. We also use this information to plan for our Local Control and Accountability Plan for the next school year. Friday is the last day to complete it! 

 Parent Survey

3-8th Grade CAASPP & 5th & 7th Grade Physical Fitness Testing 2023 Please read the directions carefully as there are different directions for several of the grade levels. If you have a busy schedule, please sign up early!

 

*2nd-8th Grade Spring NWEA Math and AR Reading Assessments 2023-2024. Remember to bring your charged Chromebook, a book or some lessons, a water bottle and a snack so your kiddo is in the testing room and ready to start at 9:15. Kiddos will be walked down to front pick up at 12pm. (If you need to check out a CB in the front office, please arrive EARLY to do that.) We are REALLY focusing on students going slowly and trying their very best to show what they have learned this year.

*Intent to Return- Due March 13 to ensure enrollment for the 24/25 school year. Intent to Return Please let us know if your child is, or is not, returning next year.

*Read-A-Thon Pledges due March 15- 20% of funds raised will be returned to your kiddo in Book Bucks to spend at the Spring Book Fair- April 3-10. The ladies of the Lion’s Club visited Arete with not six, but eight crisp $50 bills to raffle. We handed out half of them last week and have a few more to hand out tomorrow. So exciting to honor these hard working readers.

Prospective Family Information Night- Wednesday, March 13 from 5-6pm over Zoom and in person. If you have friends or family that are interested in Arete, this is a great night for them to come visit, meet staff, see curriculum samples and have their questions answered. Have them email [email protected] to RSVP.

*Eighth Grade Families- email baby pics to Nicole Tomasetti ([email protected]) by TOMORROW!

 ALL Families are invited to sign up for Sierra Harvest Guest Chef with Susan Gouveia on March 13 from 5:30-6:30.

We are so excited to announce that we have received a grant from NCSOS and are spending a large portion of it on Sami's Circuit. We will be kicking off this year long initiative on Thursday, April 25 with two assemblies. Please come on campus and join us. TK-3rd Grades will be from 9:30-10:15 and 4-8th Grades will be from 10:30-11:15. Following for the next year will be weekly 20 minute videos that model healthy choice and behaviors and get kids moving! We will also have three virtual Family Nights (we may Zoom in for one from the Arete MPR) where families can tune in for energetic fun and motivation. We hope you will join us for some of these fun and healthy events!

Guest Chef with Susan- Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 students at the Arete Resource Center will be participating in a Guest Chef cooking experience. Families of students who do not attend that are invited for a cooking night on Wednesday, March 13 from 5:30-6:30 with Chef Susan. We will be working together to make Spring Plant Based Sushi.

Parents! Please sign up for ONE spot for EVERY Arete student and parent attending. (That means if one kid is going, you need to sign up for two spots for the parent and kiddo. We can have 30 people TOTAL. Please note only one parent will be able to attend! Please email me at [email protected] to be on the waiting list. Please do not sign up if you think you are going to cancel at the last minute as that will take a spot from someone who can attend. Sierra Harvest Guest Chef with Susan Gouveia

You're invited to Arete’s Craft Fair!! Friday April 26th, 2024 from 12:30-1:30pm. Arete current and former families and students will be selling crafts that they made. There will be a raffle at 1:30pm, and you can buy raffle tickets for $1 each. This is a fundraiser for our school. We will have an area where you can put donations for our school. For example library books, craft supplies, food and bedding for the chickens, playground toys for the younger kids etc…. We hope that you can come join us!! If you would like to sign up, and sell things at this craft fair please sign up here.

 

Arete’s 3rd Talent Show is coming Tuesday, April 16 at 11am. Stay tuned for more information. Sign ups will be April 9 and 10. Mr. Cody will be back with his rockin’ snack station raising funds for Staff Appreciation Week!

*Here are the Social Emotional Lessons (SEL lessons) that we are implementing on campus. You may use the content to discuss these topics with your children. If your student does not come on campus regularly, here are excellent grade appropriate lessons from February that you can teach at home. We will send these out monthly. Enjoy!

In each grade level we have included; the summary of this month's theme, a video link with discussion/talking points, and a resiliency booster activity with a link to a worksheet. 

Overall March Monthly Theme: Desire, Time, and Effort

 

PRSD is so excited that Arete is hosting our Student Showcase that they are holding a board meeting at Arete in April to tour our students' awesome displays. 

 

*April 9 and 10 Arete Student Showcase- Similar to our STEAM Showcase last year- we are inviting ALL students to display projects they work on during the year. Please drop off projects on April 4, 5, or 7 for us to create the display. Then come back on April 9/10 at 9am to stand by your project. Classes and other interested adults are invited to view the displays starting at 9:15. We are telling you now so you can save projects you can complete during the year. Projects can be submitted by any Arete student!

 

*Want to Sign Up For the Resource Center- do so here

Spring Enrichments- Sign up here

2nd-8th Grade Spring NWEA Math and AR Reading Assessments 2023-2024

*Spring Testing- Sign up here

*2023-2024 Field Trips- Sign up here

3-8th Grade CAASPP & 5th & 7th Grade Physical Fitness Testing 2023

*Have Photos For the Yearbook? Email to [email protected]

 

Want to join Arete’s Private Family Group on Facebook- do so here. Arete Charter Academy Family Group

 

Remember to email Sarah at [email protected] a few days before a kiddos’ birthday if you want to send in treats so I can check for food allergies. Nuts are never allowed, but some individual classes have food allergies that I also monitor closely. Thanks for keeping our students safe. We also strongly encourage healthier treats if possible as some families closely monitor their kiddos’ sugar and food dye intake.

 

Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school as we have several students with severe nut allergies. Kiddos may enjoy nut free granola bars and spreads on their sandwiches and all the nut free favorites when away from Arete. Thanks!

 

*Want to see dates for the entire year? Click here

 

Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year

*March 11 Spring NWEA Testing

*March 11- 4/5 Garden 10:30-11, 6-8th Garden 11:20-11:50

*March 11 Cookie Science 12:15-1:30

*March 12- First Grade Garden 11:20-11:50, Kindergarten 10:45-11:15

*March 12- 12pm Read-a-Thon High Tea/Hot Cocoa Party Reward

*March 12 Cookie Science 12:15-1:30

*March 12-13 Guest Chef 5:30-6:30pm

*March 13- Parent Orientation 5-6pm

*March 13-5:30-6:30 Guest Chef for Off Campus Families

*March 14- 2/3 Garden 11:20-11:50

*March 14 Love and Logic Parenting Classes @ Alta Sierra School 6-7:30pm

*March 15 Around the World Read-a-Thon Pledge Money Due

*March 15 Culinary Adventures w/Ms Doerr 9-10:3

You Guys Are Amazing- Arete Charter Academy Parent Survey

We went to 30% overnight! Thank you so much to the 51 families who completed this survey. We look at the data carefully to learn how we can better serve our students and families at Arete. We also use this information to plan for our Local Control and Accountability Plan for the next school year. If 34 families complete it tonight, we will be at 50% which would be amazing! Our goal is 70%. Friday is the last day to complete it! 

Arete Charter Academy Parent Survey

Thank you so much to the 19 families who completed this survey. We look at the data carefully to learn how we can better serve our students and families at Arete. We also use this information to plan for our Local Control and Accountability Plan for the next school year. We are at about 11% completion and are hoping to get over 50% of parents completing it. Our goal is 70%. Friday is the last day to complete it! 

Sunday, March 4 Update

Hello all,

*Thank you to those who have already signed up for NWEA Math and AR testing starting tomorrow, March 4. If you need to sign up or change your date, please do so here. 2nd-8th Grade Spring NWEA Math and AR Reading Assessments 2023-2024. If you do not show up that day, we will call and remind you. Remember to bring your charged Chromebook, a book or some lessons, a water bottle and a snack so your kiddo is in the testing room and ready to start at 9:15. Kiddos will be walked down to front pick up at 12pm. (If you need to check out a CB in the front office, please arrive EARLY to do that.) We are REALLY focusing on students going slowly and trying their very best to show what they have learned this year.

 

*Square One Art Due: March 6th @ 10:30 am in the Arete office

 

*Intent to Return- Due March 13 to ensure enrollment for the 24/25 school year. Intent to Return

*Read-A-Thon Pledges due March 15- 20% of funds raised will be returned to your kiddo in Book Bucks to spend at the Spring Book Fair- April 3-10. Ms. Cindy will be sending emails this week to invite kids who earned it to the High Tea/Hot Cocoa Party and the Pizza Party. For every country a student reads to, they have one raffle ticket entered into a drawing for six 50 gift cards. We will be pulling the raffle tickets on Thursday, March 7.

 

Prospective Family Information Night Wednesday, March 13 from 5-6pm over Zoom and in person. If you have friends or family that are interested in Arete, this is a great night for them to come visit, meet staff, see curriculum samples and have their questions answered. Have them email [email protected] to RSVP.

*Eighth Grade Families- email baby pics to Nicole Tomasetti ([email protected]) by March 11th 2024. 

 ALL Families are invited to sign up for Sierra Harvest Guest Chef with Susan Gouveia on March 13 from 5:30-6:30.

Aimee O' Brien and her team are returning to Arete again for spring photos outdoors on our beautiful campus. Please complete this form before Spring Break! Reminder that 5% of photo sales are returned to Arete to help pay for all of the fun things we do. Phonots may be used in the Arete yearbook! ALL are invited on campus for photos.

Arete Spring School Photos with Total Capture Photography

We are so excited to announce that we have received a grant from NCSOS and are spending a large portion of it on Sami's Circuit. We will be kicking off this year long initiative on Thursday, April 25 with two assemblies. Please come on campus and join us. TK-3rd Grades will be from 9:30-10:15 and 4-8th Grades will be from 10:30-11:15. Following for the next year will be weekly 20 minute videos that model healthy choice and behaviors and get kids moving! We will also have three virtual Family Nights (we may Zoom in for one from the Arete MPR) where families can tune in for energetic fun and motivation. We hope you will join us for some of these fun and healthy events!

 

You're invited to Arete’s Craft Fair!! Friday April 26th, 2024 from 12:30-1:30pm. Arete current and former families and students will be selling crafts that they made. There will be a raffle at 1:30pm, and you can buy raffle tickets for $1 each. This is a fundraiser for our school. We will have an area where you can put donations for our school. For example library books, craft supplies, food and bedding for the chickens, playground toys for the younger kids etc…. We hope that you can come join us!! If you would like to sign up, and sell things at this craft fair please sign up here.

 

Arete’s 3rd Talent Show is coming Tuesday, April 16 at 11am. Stay tuned for more information. Sign ups will be April 9 and 10. Mr. Cody will be back with his rockin’ snack station raising funds for Staff Appreciation Week!

*Here are the Social Emotional Lessons (SEL lessons) that we are implementing on campus. You may use the content to discuss these topics with your children. If your student does not come on campus regularly, here are excellent grade appropriate lessons from February that you can teach at home. We will send these out monthly. Enjoy!

In each grade level we have included; the summary of this month's theme, a video link with discussion/talking points, and a resiliency booster activity with a link to a worksheet. 

Overall Monthly Theme: Climbing Out

 

PRSD is so excited that Arete is hosting our Student Showcase that they are holding a board meeting at Arete in April to tour our students' awesome displays. 

 

*April 9 and 10 Arete Student Showcase- Similar to our STEAM Showcase last year- we are inviting ALL students to display projects they work on during the year. Please drop off projects on April 4, 5, or 7 for us to create the display. Then come back on April 9/10 at 9am to stand by your project. Classes and other interested adults are invited to view the displays starting at 9:15. We are telling you now so you can save projects you can complete during the year. Projects can be submitted by any Arete student!

 

*Want to Sign Up For the Resource Center- do so here

Spring Enrichments- Sign up here

2nd-8th Grade Spring NWEA Math and AR Reading Assessments 2023-2024

Practice CAASPP Testing Sign Up February Dates added.

*Spring Testing- Sign up here

*2023-2024 Field Trips- Sign up here

*Have Photos For the Yearbook? Email to [email protected]

 

Want to join Arete’s Private Family Group on Facebook- do so here. Arete Charter Academy Family Group

 

Remember to email Sarah at [email protected] a few days before a kiddos’ birthday if you want to send in treats so I can check for food allergies. Nuts are never allowed, but some individual classes have food allergies that I also monitor closely. Thanks for keeping our students safe. We also strongly encourage healthier treats if possible as some families closely monitor their kiddos’ sugar and food dye intake.

 

Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school as we have several students with severe nut allergies. Kiddos may enjoy nut free granola bars and spreads on their sandwiches and all the nut free favorites when away from Arete. Thanks!

 

*Want to see dates for the entire year? Click here

 

Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year

*March 4 STEAM 12:15-1:30

*March 5 Art Docent

*March 5 STEAM 12:15-1:30

*March 6 Art Docent (Last day to turn in Square 1 Art by 10am)

*March 6 Advanced Culinary Italian Dinner 12:15-2:15 

*March 6 Little Fish Arts 12:15- 1:15 Math with Play Dough

*March 6 Advanced Culinary 2:15-3:30 Bake and take home International Bread or Dessert

*March 7 Spring NWEA Testing 9:15-12:00 

*March 7 Advanced Culinary Italian Dinner 12:15-2:15 

*March 7 Little Fish Arts 12:15- 1:15 Math with Play Dough

*March 7 Advanced Culinary 2:15-3:30 Bake and take home International Bread or Dessert

*March 7 Love and Logic Parenting Classes @ Alta Sierra School 6-7:30pm

*March 8 9:15-12:00 Spring NWEA Spring Testing

*March 8 Art Class Sunset Name Picture 10:30-11:30

*March 8 Friday Fun Day 11:30-12:00

*March 8 1:00-3:30  Foraging & Cooking Class @ Garden Goddess Farm Alta Sierra

Talent Show Update

Arete’s 3rd Talent Show is coming Tuesday, April 16 at 11am. Stay tuned for more information. Sign ups will be April 9 and 10. Mr. Cody will be back with his rockin’ snack station raising funds for Staff Appreciation Week!
 
From the Talent Show Committee-
"For this year's Talent Show posters, Arete students get to show off your creative skills!  Your art will be turned into a poster and hung up at school to promote the Talent Show. 
 
Please submit your artwork by Monday, March 11th. 
 
You can submit either a piece of paper or a digital copy. 
 
Don't worry about adding time and date info, we will take care of that."

Sami's Circuit Kick Off Assembly

We are so excited to announce that we have received a grant from NCSOS and are spending a large portion of it on Sami's Circuit. We will be kicking off this year long initiative on Thursday, April 25 with two assemblies. Please come on campus and join us. TK-3rd Grades will be from 9:30-10:15 and 4-8th Grades will be from 10:30-11:15. Following for the next year will be weekly 20 minute videos that model healthy choice and behaviors and get kids moving! We will also have three virtual Family Nights (we may Zoom in for one from the Arete MPR) where families can tune in for energetic fun and motivation. We hope you will join us for some of these fun and healthy events!