Monday, April 15, 2019


Updates and announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We have just a couple days of AZMerit testing left. Please make sure your child goes to bed early tonight and Wednesday night, and eats a good breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Fifth grade is lucky in that we have a four day weekend after our last AZMerit test!
Tutoring is cancelled this week due to AZMerit testing.

If you are interested in chaperoning for the Capitol field trip on May 15th, please email me ASAP. I want to give priority to parents who did not get to chaperone the last field trip.

The Human Growth and Development letters went home last week. These are opt-out lessons. If you do not want your child to participate in these lessons, please send back the form signed. If you have any questions on the curriculum or would like to review it, I can help you set up an appointment with Mrs. Mason.

Thank you to all who attended our Usborne Book Fair this week! It was a joy to see you and we are so thankful for your support. If you are interested in purchasing more Usborne books, please visit the link below.  This link will bring you to a unique page connected to our school and will be valid until April 19th. After your purchase, you will receive contact from our Usborne Representative, Mrs. Cleary, and she will refund you the shipping cost. 

Please email Ms. Modisett (bmodisett@archwayarete.org) with any questions!

https://j4938.myubam.com/1272858


There is no school on Friday, 4/19 and Monday, 4/22.

Our week in learning

Students have learned all of the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

Students will learn about the roots fides, solus, and monos. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

Students will learn about the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” and recite it on 5/1.

In Literature, we will read through chapter 10 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.

The AZMerit ELA tests will be on Tuesday, 4/16 and Thursday, 4/18. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

Due to AZ Merit, this week will again will be light in science. Students will learn about the thyroid and the pancreas, as well as common diseases that affect those organs.

This week in History, students will review for and take the Unit 10 test on the American Civil War. Study guides are due on Monday, which will be our review day. Although Tuesday is reserved for AzMERIT, students that finish early will rotate through stations with facts about Jim Crow Laws that were in place after the Civil War. Our test will be on Wednesday.

In math, we will review for the AZMerit test, though with two tests this week, math work will be very light. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. Students should complete all of the packets that are homework. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Updates and announcements

Happy Week 4! The quarter is just flying by. I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Our scholars persevered on their AZMerit writing test on Friday and I believe they turned in their best work!

The letters on our Human Growth and Development classes went home on Friday. This is an opt-out lesson. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Fine Arts and French Night is Wednesday, 4/10.

Our week in learning

Students have learned all of the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

Students will learn about the roots vox, loquor, and felix. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

In Literature, we will read through chapter 8 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.

In Writing and Grammar, students will review informational text and practice language AZMerit questions. The AZMerit ELA tests will be on Tuesday, 4/16 and Thursday, 4/18. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

Due to AZ Merit, this week will be very light in terms of science. Students will be introduced to the endocrine system this week, which will culminate in our lessons on human growth and development on April 25th and 26th. A letter with more information on these valuable lessons was sent home with your child last week.

This week in History, we will finish our unit on the American Civil War. We will discuss the assassination of President Lincoln, and the Reconstruction efforts under Andrew Johnson, including his disagreements with Congress and Radical Republicans. Lessons will detail Johnson’s impeachment, as well as the end of Reconstruction in the South and the institution of racist groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan, and laws, such as the Jim Crow laws.


In math, we will finish a very short, abridged unit on average and rate. There will be no test on this unit. We will also be working on some of the last AZMerit math packets of the year! On Friday, we will work through a paper practice test together and discuss how the problems may appear on the computer-based test. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. Students should complete all of the packets that are homework. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Monday, April 1, 2019


Hello Archway Arete Family! Fine Arts and French Night is Wednesday, April 10th  from 5:30 to 7:30. Please bring your friends and family for a night of celebrating our student’s achievements in Art and French! Art will be displayed on the walls by classrooms, French videos and performances will take place in the MPR, and there will be mini art lessons in the art room. Light refreshments will be served on the playground courtyard by our lovely PSO. Excited to see you there!


Updates and announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I finished 3 of my 7 classes for the semester at Rio Salado. I am so excited to be able to spend more time relaxing at home.

The AZMerit writing test is taking place this Friday, 4/5. Please make sure your children get a good night’s sleep on Thursday night and eat a healthy breakfast on Friday morning. We want our students to feel good about the work they have worked so hard to prepare.

If you have not already, please send the permission slips back signed for the State Capitol field trip in May. We would like to get that squared away as soon as possible.

The book fair is next week! Check the weekly newsletter for more information.

We have so many exciting things happening this quarter! Keep checking the “Important Dates” section of the blog for these fun events.

Our week in learning

Students have learned all of the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

Students will learn about the roots rumpo, pax, and specto. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

Students will recite “Jabberwocky” on 4/3.

In Literature, we will read through chapter 5 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.

In Writing and Grammar, students will review informational text and practice language AZMerit questions. The AZMerit writing test will be on Friday, April 5. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

This week in science, we will continue our study of the muscles. We will have a special guest with us on Thursday who is an expert on the human body, and will be helping us understand the muscles and how they function. We will also be doing some hands on labs to understand the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles.

This week in History, we will learn about the important role women played off the battlefield for both the Union and Confederacy. We will examine the Union’s growing advantage, including non-military problems that wrought the Confederacy, until Lee’s surrender to Grant in Virginia – the end of the American Civil War.

In math, we will start a very short, abridged unit on average and rate. We will also be working on some of the last AZMerit math packets of the year! ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Greetings families
 Due to various scheduling conflicts,  all P.E. classes will take place outside for the next several weeks. As the temperatures heat up, please send a water bottle to school with your child/ren.  We will be sure to give students water breaks during P.E. If your child requires sunscreen, please apply it before school starts. Students may also wear a hat (free of pop-culture) during P.E. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Have a great day and Go Chargers!
 Best regards,
Coach Gethings and Coach Warren

Monday, March 25, 2019


Updates and announcements

We have an exciting quarter ahead of us! Most of our exciting and fun things happen after AZMerit. It will be a wonderful reward for a job well done. Just a preview, we have a second field trip to the Capitol in May, a tour of the Prep side sometime at the end of April or May, and Fifth Grade Promotion on May 22nd!

Thank you for your patience with the slightly increased homework. We are doing our best to make sure students are not overloaded, but still practice enough to feel good for the AZMerit. We want our fifth graders to feel confident in demonstrating the fifth grade state standards, or things all fifth graders should know by the end of fifth grade.

Our week in learning

Students have learned all of the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

Students will learn about the roots hyper, hypo, super, and sub. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

Students will recite “Jabberwocky” on 4/3.

In Literature, we will read through chapter 3 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.

In Writing and Grammar, students will continue working on reading passages and answering questions for comprehension. This week, we will focus on scientific texts, analyzing informational texts, analyzing texts across genres, and review fictional texts. Also on Friday, students will take a practice AZMerit Writing test on the computers. This is their final practice run before their AZMerit Writing test on 4/5, so no help will be given.

This week in science, students will continue learning about the different bones in the human body in preparation for a quiz on Friday. The quiz will only be over location on the skeleton, not over the functions. We will also study different types of joints in the human body and where they are located. We will end the week by beginning our study of muscles in the human body. Students should be prepared for a brief quiz over muscles next Thursday.

This week in History, students will discuss various aspects of the War after its inception. Topics will include President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Generals Lee, Jackson, and Grant, and the everyday life of soldiers during the War including the invention of the draft and the Union’s inclusion of African American soldiers.

In math, we will finish a unit on Data Analysis. This week, students will continue learning about pie charts and review. Their test over Data Analysis will be on Thursday. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Updates and announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break! Mine was spent cuddling with my cats and working on several small quilting projects. I am at that time in my life when many of my friends and colleagues are having babies, so many adorable baby quilts are in the works.

Be sure to check your email for a family survey from Great Hearts.

The tutoring schedule will be the same this quarter up until AZMerit, then we will reevaluate the needs of our students.

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “What will be will be”.

Students will learn about the roots ana, duco, ago, and pendo. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

Students will learn about the poem “Jabberwocky” on 3/20. The recitation will be on 4/3.

In Literature, we will start learning about the dialect in “Across Five Aprils”. Students will start reading on Wednesday, 3/20. Please send in the copy of the book as soon as possible.

In Writing and Grammar, students will continue working on reading passages and answering questions for comprehension. This week, we will focus on informational texts regarding articles, persuasive texts, and historical texts. We will review the essay outline format and there will be a short quiz on Friday. Also on Friday, students will take a practice AZMerit ELA test on the computers.  

This week in science, we will be starting our unit on human anatomy with the skeleton. Students will begin by learning about the different types of tissue that make up bones. We will then study the different bones in the human body.

This week in History, we will continue our unit on the American Civil War and see how the War began with the battles of Fort Sumter and Bull Run. We will discuss the Union’s strategy, put forth by General Scott, and its attempted execution in the east by General McClellan. We will discuss figures such as General Robert E. Lee and the different goals of the Union and Confederacy that determined many of their actions early in the War.

In math, we will start a unit on Data Analysis. This week, students will learn about mean, median, mode, histograms, line graphs, and pie charts. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. There will be no math groups. Math groups will be sparse this quarter due to AZMerit prep