Sunday, January 15 Update

Good Evening Families!

Reminder that tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. The Arete office is closed.

*Arete's first Arete OC Adventures Garden Meetup is scheduled Friday, January 20 as it is currently forecasted to be a dry day! Bring your kiddos to meet Lori Long at 12:30 for a hands-on garden lesson. Then from 1-1:30 Arete will watch the kiddos as they play together on the playground so the parents can meet to schedule and plan future garden meetups. Please RSVP to [email protected] so we can plan for how many kiddos will be attending!

*Arete’s Dragon is named!! Kayden Duckett, an Arete 7th grader, nominated Artemis and that name received the most votes. He will receive an Arete t-shirt. Thanks to all who made nominations and voted!

*Some families have been asking about resources for drama or plays. One of our former students is now participating in this program. They are not a vendor yet, but I reached out to them to see if they would become one.

*Arete Writing Club Begins, Monday, January 23 from 2-3pm at the Madelyn Helling Library. Please feel free to RSVP or just show up!

*Arete 6-8th graders are invited to participate in our girls' volleyball team. The season starts February 20 and runs through April 21 and the first game is March 1. Students must have standard immunizations (Covid vaccine is not included on the list). The price is included in the cost of the Blended Middle School or is $150 out of Instructional Funds for other students. We need eight girls to commit to the team. Please emails [email protected] by February 1 to participate. Thanks! We have 6 players, but need at least two more!

*January 31- February 2- Hot Cocoa Bar in the office for kiddos who complete their 20 day binders within the meeting. (We will have a non-dairy option or prizes if you would rather your kiddo have that. Just ask!

*Arete New Family Informational Night- Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 5-6pm. Zoom or in person. Please RSVP to [email protected]. Let your interested friends know!

*Our NU Preview Night was postponed due to the weather and has now been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

This is an open event for all 8th-grade families (students, guardians, parents). The event starts promptly at 6pm in the Don Baggett Theatre. The doors will open at 5:40. At 6:30pm everyone will move to the cafeteria for our table faire. 

*Communication Strategies Groups- We still have room

Attention parents! We are so excited to announce that  you can sign up your child  to participate in a small group  meeting for social emotional learning. These groups will run for 5 weeks starting January 11 and 12.

Ages 9-14; Wednesdays  12-12:30pm with Mrs. Dhaliwal in  Rm 2

Ages  12-14; Wednesdays 1:00-1:30pm with Mrs. Dhaliwal in Rm 2

Ages  4-9: Thursdays 12:00-12:30pm with Mrs. Dhaliwal in Rm 2

The groups will focus on understanding communication and will give students strategies on how to effectively communicate with others. Students will learn to understand different voice  tones and facial expressions in order to understand what someone is saying. Please email [email protected] to sign up as there are only 8 spots available per age group. We still have openings…

*January 18- Bear River High School visits 6-8th grade classes at 11am All middle school parents and students are welcome to attend.

  • Future Bruin Day - Friday, February 3: From 9:30-12:00: Students will come to campus for a morning of information, tour, lunch and a rally! Mr. Codiga or Ms. Ford will meet you in front of the gym and will be chaperoning. Please RSVP by Friday, January 20 to [email protected] with the student's name and T shirt size.

  • Future Bruin Parent Night - Thursday, February 9: From 5:30-7:00: We would like to invite parents to an informational evening to learn about all of the exciting possibilities at Bear River High School. After the presentation, there will be an interactive showcase where families can meet teachers and learn more about classes, programs such as CTE, drama, art, athletics, etc…


Feel free to ignore this if you only have TK/K/1 or a Blended Middle School kiddo. Spring NWEA/AR Testing

*The Great Kindness Challenge All kids deserve to learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment. The GKC promotes kindness in all kiddos and is a positive, action-based initiative that creates a school culture of kindness, compassion, unity, and respect. January 23-27

January and February 2023 Enrichments

There are several classes that may be canceled due to low enrollment. If this is the case, we will give a few days notice. If a class is full and you want to be added to the waiting list, please email Sarah at [email protected]. Thanks!

For off site enrichment classes:

Stephanie and Wendy at Little Hummingbird Crafts announced their Arete OC Adventure Class Line Up. Check them out here, sign up, add to a budget form and use Enrichment Funds!

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!


*Sign up for our Arete Charter Academy Family Facebook Group here...

Arete Charter Academy Family Group


*Sign up for our Arete OC Adventures Group here...

Arete Off Campus Group


Important Dates for the 2022-2023 School Year

*January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School for Students

*January 17 Science Adventures in STEAM w/Ms. Doerr TK-3 12:15-1:30

*January  18 Bear River High School visits 6-8th grade classes at 11am All middle school parents and students are welcome to attend.

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*January 18 Class Garden Doerr 10-10:30

*January 18-Communication Strategies  12-12:30 Ages 9-14

*January 18-Communication Strategies  1:00-1:30 Ages 12-14 

*January 18 Science Adventures in STEAM w/Ms. Doerr 4-8th 12:15-1:30

*January 18- 6-8th Grades- Bitney Prep High School Visit 9:10am

  6-8th Grades- Bear River High School Visit 11am All middle school parents and students are welcome to attend either presentation.

Papermaking 4-8th 12:15-1:15

Phonemic Awareness Parent Training- 5:30-6:30 Bring your kiddo too!

*January 19-Communication Strategies 12:00-12:30 Ages 4-9

*January 19 Papermaking TK-3 12:15-1;15

*January 19 -Lego Robotics Mighty Machines K-8th 12:15-1:45

*January 20  Crafty Fridays 10:30-11:30 Alcohol Ink Coasters

*January 20 Friday Fun Day 11:30-12:30

*January 20- Arete OC Adventures Garden Meet Up 12:30-1:30