Monday, October 17, 2016

Updates and Announcements

I hope everyone had a restful Fall Break! I was able to take a short trip to Seattle with my husband to see our new niece and I got to work on my newest quilting project.

We will have parent-teacher conferences all this week. Keep in mind that Monday-Thursday are half days and students will not be eating lunch during the school day. There will be no tutoring or clubs this week due to the half days. If you have not signed up for a conference, here is the link:

Our Read-a-thon is coming up on October 31st. Keep an eye out for more information regarding celebration events and costume proposal forms.

Here is information about the Bard poetry competition:

Archway Arete Students and Families,
Throughout Western civilization, bards have been keepers of tradition, reciting the poetry of their people and passing on oral history. At every grade level, our students practice memorization and recitation of poems in the classroom. This year, we will again be joining our fellow Great Hearts schools in holding a Bard Competition for our 3rd through 5th grade students, whom we will challenge to memorize and recite poetry. Over the course of two rounds and two poems, we will winnow the field to find our school’s most skillful bard. That student will be named School Bard for the year and will represent Archway Arete at the Great Hearts Archway Bard Competition in the spring.  If your student is interested in competing, you can download the competition guidelines and registration form attached. Whether your student participates or not, we invite all of our Archway families to join us for these public recitations, which promise to be engaging reminders of this oral tradition.
              If you have any questions about the Bard Competition, please contact Miss Desirae Smith ( or Miss Hannah Maguire (
                                                                                                     Kind Regards, Desirae Smith & Hannah Maguire

Use this link to fill out the form for students to enter:

Our week in learning

In grammar we will be competing a final review of compound elements in sentences.  We will take a diagramming quiz over these concepts on Thursday.  

Because of our shortened schedule we will take a break from literature and will continue our read aloud if time permits.  Our next literature study will be Where the Red Fern Grows.  Please begin bringing these to school this week, as we will begin reading on Tuesday.

We will also take a break from Greek and Latin roots as well as Spalding this week.

In science, students will be presenting projects all week.

This week, students will begin learning about the Renaissance. Students will focus on artisans becoming artists and the powerful Medici family.