Good Evening Families!


You have an amazing opportunity to help us to make our vision of an orchard at Arete a reality! We have completed our garden expansion to include a fenced area for fruit trees. We are planning for six fruit trees this year, that once mature will have fruit ripe during the fall when school is in session. We are seeking sponsorships to help us purchase the trees, irrigation supplies, fertilizer, landscape fabric, and wooden signs. Each tree sponsorship is $125. Your family will have the choice to work with us to plant the tree and paint the wood sign marker or to have us do those activities with the students. Please turn in the attached paper and your payment by February 16th, 2023. Thank you so much for considering making a permanent investment in our kiddos' futures!

*The Great Kindness Challenge will be January 23-27 

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.

*Bring a picnic lunch and join The Arete OC Adventures Group on Friday, February 10 from 12-2 at the outside Arete picnic table. There will be time for lunch with friends, a garden lesson, a friendship craft lesson and healthy snack and time to play with friends on the playground and swings and visit the library. These activities are being planned by parents and there will be an opportunity at the end of this meetup to help plan the March meetup. Please click the link here to complete the Sign Up Genius so we know how many friends to expect. All are invited!

Square One Art Sunflower Lesson


We are super excited to be offering Square 1 Art again this year. Some students completed projects during Art Docent this week. We have extra paper in the Arete Vestibule for you to take and have any kiddos (including siblings) complete the project at home. Then we mail the artwork to Square 1 and they ship back catalogs with your child's work on all different kinds of products for purchase. We do not make money on this, but it's a lovely service we offer families to get your kids artwork on cool products. Items will be back in time for Mother's and Father's Day. Examples of products are also in the vestibule at Arete.


"Families may not always get excited about fundraisers — but they DO get excited about what their child is learning. That is what makes Square 1 Art fundraising so exceptional.   Each child’s creativity is celebrated and families have a lasting, keepsake memory, while you raise valuable funds! That is a win-win partnership."


*February 14- Square One Art Due at the Arete Office

Email [email protected] with questions.

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

*January 23- 2:05-3:45 Middle School "Puss in Boots" Movie- Permission slips in the front office or you can get them off the event post.

*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. 


  • 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

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 23- The Great Kindness Challenge

Advanced Craft Mondays Acrylic paint Pour 2 12:15-2:00

*January 23- Intellibricks Game Design w/Scratch 2-8th 12:15-1:45

*January 23- KMC Archery Level 2 12:15-1:15 4-8th

*January 23- 2:05-3:45 Middle School "Puss in Boots" Movie

*January 24- Class Garden McCallister 11:30-12

*January 25- Communication Strategies 12:00-12:30 ages 9-14

*January 24- KMC Archery Level 2 12:15-1:30 2-3rd Grade

*January 25- Communication Strategies 1:00-1:30 ages 12-14

*January 25- Paint In the style of Van Gogh 12:15-1:15 4-8th

*January 26- Class Garden Tomasetti 9:45-10:15

*January 26- Class Garden Veblen 11:30-12

*January 26- Communication Strategies 12:00-12:30 ages 9-14

*January 26- Paint In the style of Van Gough 12:15-1:15 TK-3

*January 26- Lego Robotics Mighty Machines K-8th 12:15-1:45

*January 27-  Crafty Fridays 10:30-11:30 Perler Bead Art

*January 27- Friday Fun Day 11:30-12:30

*January 27- Chess Club 12:30-1:10

*January 27- Roller King Field Trip 10:30-1:30 Roseville, all ages