A Note from Headmaster Philabaum

Greetings fellow Athenians,
In the 8th century BC, in the town of Olympia, in the country of Greece, a festival was formed. The sometimes-warring city-states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece came together in a time of peace to compete in games with one another on a field. They ran, they engaged in combat, threw a discus, jumped, and rode horses. It was a time to honor their shared citizenship as Greeks, and as fellow people.
Athens, among the city-states, best represented the values of knowledge and wisdom alongside the virtues of athleticism and strength. The power of the mind and the centrality of the heart is what guided their proud, strength of competition. They represented the whole person – both mind and heart – united and complete.
On April 6, 1896 the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece. And in the Spring of 2016, the first Field Day was held in the field and basketball court of Archway Trivium East. Scholars, ranging from Kindergarten through 5th grade, across grades and across classes, stepped into the field of play and competition alongside one another. Daily engaged in the delightful toil of their studies, our scholars, took a day to enter the field with the victor’s vigor and a warrior’s will!
Today was a day to behold. Scholars at play and in competition – jumping rope, playing with a parachute, racing through the obstacle course, engaging in Latin trivia – their joyful spirit had a special impact today on the hearts of each of us! This day was a reminder about the importance of play – the wonderful and fundamental essence of being a child. Play is at the heart of the human experience. It is so natural it is almost difficult to define. It is about discovering and relishing in the wonder of the world. Our students played together as fellow children, united together as a community. To see our students at play today was a gift. It also happened to be our first in-person community event since March of 2020. It was executed prudently and safely, while maximizing the experience for our scholars.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen! Thank you parents for the abundance of volunteers who came to run our activities. Thank you teachers for taking such great care of our scholars today. And a special thank you to two people: Coach Patrick Conklin and our PSO President Tracie Petro, who designed and executed the vision for this event, down to the details.
Happy Field Day! I hope you enjoy your weekend with together, and that you are able to play together as a family.
With Devotion,
Stephen Philabaum
Archway Trivium East

Upcoming Events:
Daily, Monday-Friday
Morning Assembly on Facebook Live, 7:40 AM
3rd-5th Grade State Testing: Week of April 5-9
  • April 5 – 5th Grade In-Person Learners AZM2 Writing
  • April 6 – 4th Grade In-Person Learners AZM2 Writing
  • April 7 – 5th Grade Distance Learners AzSci Test
  • April 8 – 3rd Grade In-Person Learners AZM2 Writing
  • April 9 – 3rd & 4th Grade Distance Learners AZM2 Writing
**Please see below for full testing schedule**
Friday, April 2
No School: R&R Weekend
Wednesday, April 7
PSO Restaurant Night at Papa Murphy's
Friday, April 9
Day Porter Appreciation Day - See below for details
Tuesday, April 13
PSO Restaurant Night at Cafe Zupas
Wednesday, April 14
PSO Teacher Appreciation - April Birthdays (Sponsored by K-1st families)
Thursday, April 29
Great Gatsby Parent Seminar, 5:30-7:00 PM
Friday, April 30
Half Day Dismissal at 12:00 PM / ATE In-service
*Trivium Spirit Day*
Math Textbook Return

If you still have a copy of the hardbound math books that were distributed earlier this year, please return these to your child’s homeroom teacher. We bound these to be re-used each year, so please take a moment to ensure you still not have a copy. If you are a Distance Learning family, you may return these to the front office. Thank you for your support!

Distance Learners Health Screening
All 3rd and 5th grade Distance Learners, as well as scholars who are new to ATE, need to complete a 5 minute hearing and vision screening as part of our academy. Rather than asking students back at a separate time, when your child completes their AZ Merit test, they will be taken to the Nurse to have this done. If you have any questions, please reach out to Carrie Nielson at cnielson@archwaytriviumeast.org.
PSO Night at Papa Murphy's - Wednesday, April 7

The Trivium PSOs have partnered with Papa Murphy's for a PSO Restaurant Night every first Wednesday of the month from 10am-8pm at the Dysart location in Avondale. The date for April is Wednesday, April 7. $3 from each regularly priced pizza will be donated back to the schools. WOW! You can order ahead online, in-person, or by phone. Show this ad or mention Trivium when you arrive to pick up your order.

Additionally, mark you calendar for Tuesday, April 13 for PSO Night at Cafe Zupas! More information coming soon!
Day Porter Appreciation Day - Friday, April 9

We have two amazing porters who have been so integral in keeping our scholars healthy and safe at school, so we want to shower them with all the love and thanks they deserve! Without them, our safe return to in-person learning would not have been possible. On Friday, April 9, we want to celebrate them with Porter Appreciation Day! We are asking scholars to trace, cut out, and decorate their hands with notes of thanks to our porters. We will be collecting hands and any gifts in the drop off line on April 9. See flyer below for full details.
PSO Water Bottle Drive for St. Mary's Food Bank - THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the families who contributed to our annual Water Bottle Drive in support of St. Mary's Food Bank! Thanks to your generosity, the event was a great success!! Thanks are also extended to our PSO and parent volunteers who helped with collection. Way to go, Athenians!
State Testing Dates (3rd-5th Grade Students Only)

Please mark your calendars for the following state-testing dates. In order to best prepare for the exams, we ask that you take note of the dates below and plan ahead. If a student leaves the testing environment, they cannot continue their exam and it will be submitted as is. Please do not schedule appointments for these dates or pull your children out early.

We recommend that your scholars get a good night’s sleep the day before and a nutritious breakfast in the morning. Please have students bring the following a healthy snack and water bottle for the break during testing. Additionally, all students should bring a set of headphones, as certain parts of the test require audio. These must not be Bluetooth headphones, but be able to connect via an auxiliary cord.
3rd Grade – In-Person Learners
April 8 – AZM2 Writing
April 12 – AZM2 ELA 1/Math 1
April 13 – AZM2 ELA 2/Math 2
3rd Grade – Distance Learners
April 9 – AZM2 Writing
April 14 – AZM2 ELA 1/Math 1
April 23 – AZM2 ELA 2/Math 2
4th Grade – In-Person Learners
April 6 – AZM2 Writing
April 15 – AZM2 ELA 1/Math 1
April 16 – AZM2 ELA 2/Math 2
4th Grade – Distance Learners
April 9 – AZM2 Writing
April 23 – AZM2 ELA 1/Math 1
April 26 – AZM2 ELA 2/Math 2
5th Grade – In-Person Learners
March 30 – AzSci Test
April 5 – AZM2 Writing
April 19 – AZM2 ELA 1/Math 1
April 20 – AZM2 ELA 2/Math 2
5th Grade – Distance Learners
April 7 – AzSci Test
April 13 – AZM2 Writing
April 22 – AZM2 ELA 1/ELA 2
April 26 – AZM2 ELA 2/Math 2
Countdown to Tax Day with Tax Credit Tuesdays

We are celebrating on Tuesdays prior to Tax Day, April 15! Each week we will a draw a new winner of a $25 gift card. There will be a $100 Amazon gift card drawing at the end of the Tax Credit drive!

Your entries will cumulate weekly. The sooner you contribute your Tax Credit, the more opportunities to win! All families who have already submitted Tax Credits will be entered in the drawings. Winners will be announced weekly in the Echo. Contribute today here!
Join the 2021 Great Hearts Telethon Committee

Great Hearts is seeking an individual/couple to represent our academy on the 2021 Great Hearts Telethon Committee. The Great Hearts Telethon raises funds to benefit the Teacher Excellence Fund, which is distributed to our faculty as bonus compensation on an annual basis. Archway Trivium East received $14,897 in December 2020 from this initiative. The Telethon will take place on September 25th and a full description of the position can be found here. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Haley Kucharo at hkucharo@greatheartsaz.org
Tax Credit Reminder

PLEASE NOTE! With the long weekend, coming up, you may be inclined to do your taxes if you haven’t already, or maybe you will procrastinate because you figure you have more time. Although the federal tax filing deadline has been extended this year to 5/17/2021, please note that the AZ state filing deadline has NOT been extended. Both the filing deadline AND the deadline to submit your AZ Public School Tax Credit to Trivium remains 4/15/2021. Please take advantage of this super easy way to support the school with a portion of your tax dollars! This year, we are also allowed to use a portion to help cover the many COVID-related expenses that have been incurred by the school. bit.ly/TriviumEastTC
April Teacher Birthday Celebration Sponsored by Kinder/1st Families

First grade and Kindergarten families, we appreciate your help in contributing to our birthday celebration for our teachers! Please sign up below to donate snack items for our April Teacher Birthday celebration! Items will be collected in the drop off line. Thank you for your support!

Great Gatsby Parent Seminar - Thursday, April 29, 5:30 PM

Don't miss the final The Great Gatsby parent seminar with Headmaster Philabaum on Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 PM. We'll meet via Zoom to discuss chapters 7-9 in the text. You do not have to have attend a previous seminar to join us! This is great way to meet other parents and experience the Great Hearts seminar format for yourself. We hope you will join us. To register, follow this link.
Trivium Spirit Day - Half Day Thursday, April 30

Our next Trivium-wide Spirit Day is the half-day Thursday, April 30! For Trivium Spirit day, ATE students are encouraged to wear one of the following: Athenian Spirit Wear, a Class t-shirt, an Athenians Sports t-shirt, a Run the Virtues 5K t-shirt or a Trivium Prep spirit wear shirt. This is optional and a uniform shirt may always be worn. All other uniform components should be worn according to our dress code (uniform bottoms with belt, shirt tucked in, and uniform shoes) on this day. Show your school spirit!
PSO Upcoming Events

Save the date for these PSO events, coming in the spring semester:

  • April 7 - PSO Night at Papa Murphy's
  • New Date! April 13 - PSO Night at Cafe Zupas
  • May 5 - PSO Night at Papa Murphy's
  • May 10 - PSO Annual Meeting, 8:30 am (Board and Budget approval for AY 21-22)

Happy Birthday!

Join us in wishing "Happy Birthday" to the following Archway Trivium East faculty and staff with recent/upcoming birthdays! 

Lynnea Degraves - 5C Assistant - April 1
Sarah Thiem - ESS Coordinator - April 3
Lillie Miller - 5B Co-Lead - April 10
Kelly Spencer - 1B Lead - April 10
Gwen Schudler - 1C Lead - April 11
Brienne McDonald - Webmaster - April 12
Amy Cole - Dean of Academics, 4-5 Latin - April 16
Kristina Satuho - 2-5 Music Teacher - April 17
Brenna Kemling - 4A Assistant - April 22
Palmira Marruto - Day Porter - April 22
Justine Loyo - 4A Lead - April 24
Eileen Ramirez - KC Assistant - April 24
Important Reminders for Student Drop-off/Pick-up

Parents, as a reminder, at this time there is NO student walk-up for drop-off or pick-up at any entrance.

Parents will need to have their pick-up cards in order to be scanned at pick-up. If you do not have a pick-up card, please email strujillo@archwaytriviumeast.org.

Please review these slides in coordination with the Traffic Flow Procedures in our Family Handbook for information on how to navigate drop-off and pick-up next week. If you have questions about the drop-off and pick-up procedure, please reach out to the Front Office.
Help Make Copies for ATE Staff

The copy room sign up for January-April is now available! This year we will be helping our amazing teachers and staff make copies on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you're interested in volunteering please sign up using the link below. All volunteers must be cleared through the Raptor system to volunteer. 

Looking Ahead - Important Dates

5th Grade Promotion Car Parade - Tuesday, May 25, evening
5th Grade Final Assembly - Wednesday, May 26

2021-21 Academic Year
A draft of the academic calendar for the 2021-22 school year is now available on our website. Here is a summary of proposed "Important Dates" for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Meet the Teacher: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
First Day of School: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Fall Break: October 1-8, 2021
Conference Days: October 11-13, 2021
Winter Break: Friday, December 17-Monday, January 3, 2022
Spring Break: March 4-March 11, 2022

Order Hot Lunch

My Hot Lunchbox is excited for another great year of delivering school lunch! Lunch service in now available for all Trivium students.

Order online at: ordernow.myhotlunchbox.com 

If you are a first-time customer, follow these steps to create your free account. Families with students at multiple Trivium schools should create only ONE account per family.
Important Note: You will need to Update Your Profile with the student's correct teacher to view the meal calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact My Hot Lunchbox at (888) 894-8295 or by email at  info@myhotlunchbox.com or visit the PSO Lunch page on the school website for more information.

New! Quarter 3 Lunch Volunteer Sign-up Now Available

If you would like to volunteer to help distribute lunches, please sign-up online using the link below. Volunteers must have completed the 2020-21 volunteer background check process and follow all campus health and safety procedures. We will be awarding a $5 a day/per person credit to each school. All credits will be applied at the end of each month. Please email info@myhotlunchbox.com if you have any questions regarding the credits.

Archway Trivium East Summer Programs registration is Now Open!

Summer Programs include:

  • Summer Camp is reminiscent of traditional summer camps with hands-on, engaging activities, songs, crafts, guest presenters, and much more!
  • Kinder Academy is designed to prepare incoming kindergarteners for the upcoming year.
For more information and to register today, please visit our website at:

Register before May 1 and save $25 off each week of Summer Camp.

Quick Links:

Archway Trivium East Main Office: (623) 866-4718
Attendance Line: (623) 218-6607

Communications Updates

You can find all school-wide communications on our website on the Latest News page.

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for other updates.

If you know of parents who are not receiving these communications, please ask them to check their junk/promotions email folders, and then email bmcdonald@archwaytrivium.org for assistance. 
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