Greetings families,

I hope this email finds you well and rested from last week’s break. As we begin the 4th quarter, we would like to let you know about the upcoming expectations for standardized testing for all 3rd-5th grade students. All students are required to participate in state testing. You will see in a section below the dates for our upcoming AZM2 and AzSci tests. Additionally, a direct email was sent to Distance Learning families, which has been be seen here.
These tests are a primary means by which the state of Arizona measures academic progress within all schools. We, as a publicly funded academy, are expected to cultivate certain math, reading, and writing skills. The standardized assessments are a snapshot on how students are progressing within each of these skills. We do not teach to the test at our academy, but rather, let our mission guide every choice we make within our walls. At Great Hearts, we know our mission to cultivate the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty cannot be reduced to any assessment or a simple quantity. We aim for the transformation of the heart, something which is intangible and immeasurable. Yet, our rigorous, structured curriculum, our dedicated teachers, and our intervention programs are designed to cultivate reading fluency, a thoughtful reflection of literature, mathematical problem solving skills, and the clear written expression of ideas. We see these tests as one of a number of ways we can measure our progress in these areas. They can help us know where we can continue to grow in executing these aspects of our mission.
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.
We thank you for your time and support. As always, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I wish you all a wonderful 4th quarter ahead!

With Gratitude,

Stephen Philabaum
Archway Trivium East
Upcoming Events:
Daily, Monday-Friday
Morning Assembly on Facebook Live, 7:40 AM
Thursday, March 25
The Great Gatsby Parent Seminar, 5:30 PM, via Zoom
Friday, March 26
Deadline for K-4th Grade Re-enrollment in the GH Parent Portal
March 26-April 1
PSO Water Bottle Drive for St. Mary's Food Bank
Saturday, March 27
New! "Great HeART Hunt" PSO Family Event
Water Bottle Donation Drop-off in West Parking Lot, 8:30-11:30 AM
Thursday, April 1
K-5 Athenian Field Day
Half Day Dismissal at 12:00 PM / ATE In-service
*Trivium Spirit Day*
Friday, April 2
No School: R&R Weekend
Kindergarten-4th Grade Re-enrollment through March 26
Re-enrollment for current Kindergarten-4th grade students is underway. Look for an email from Great Hearts with further instructions. You will complete the re-enrollment packet online through the Great Hearts Parent Portal. Current 5th grade students should have already submitted their paperwork to Trivium Prep.

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!
Great Gatsby (Chapters 4-6) Seminar - Thursday, March 25

Thank you to those who joined us for our first seminar this week. If you missed the first session, it's not to late to join us. We'll meet again on Thursday, March 25 to discuss Chapters 4-6 of The Great Gatsby. This been a wonderful way to have a meaningful conversation about the Great Ideas together. When our young Athenians enter high school as freshmen, they will read this text together! If you are interested in joining or would like to learn more, please reach out to Mr. Philabaum directly, or alternatively, fill out the following form: Great Gatsby Seminar Sign-up.

The conversations will be held via Zoom on the last Thursday of the month. If you do not or cannot receive a copy in time, Mr. Philabaum can help provide you with one. We hope you consider joining!
PSO Water Drive to support St. Mary's Food Bank - March 26-April 1

The PSO will be collecting bottled water to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank March 26-April 1. Donations will be collected in the drop off line. We need volunteers to help with collections. Please sign up below!

PSO Family "Great HeART Hunt" - Saturday, March 27

Join us for a fun and socially-distanced Spring event. On Saturday, March 27, we encourage you to put on your Athenian spirit wear (or wear school colors) and head out to find the Goodyear heARTs. Visit one heart, or ALL ten, it's up to you; but be sure to snap a picture and share your experience with us! Upload your photo here to share with the school or email Tracie Petro at with any questions.

We will also have volunteers set up in the west parking lot at ATE from 8:30-11:30 am to collect water donations to support our Spring Water Drive. We hope to see you then!

Athenian Field Day is coming April 1!

As we move forward with our last quarter of the school year we approach a wonderful community event--Athenian Field Day! The event will take place on the half day, Thursday, April  1. This is a day where classes will compete against or with each other to test their strength, skill, and also to have plenty of fun. All activities will follow our current on-campus health and safety guidelines for social distancing. We look forward to celebrating together in the Athenian tradition on this day.

We are looking for snack donations and volunteers* to help make the day a great success. Please check out the sign-ups below (*Volunteers MUST have Raptor clearance).

Before the big day there are a few suggestions and expectations that need to be addressed to ensure that we are able to maintain our order and excellence on this action-packed half-day; 
Field Day dress-code and expectations. Please read thoroughly.

  1. Scholars will be outside for an extended period of time, so please apply sunblock before school to make sure the day can run smoothly and efficiently. 
  2. They will be active most of the day so please ensure that your scholar(s) have a personal water bottle with them that day. 
  3. As far as dress code, we will follow the guidelines as laid out in the parent handbook. A copy is below for your convenience.  
Athletic Practice and Outdoor Field Day Dress Code

Just as Archway provides guidelines for dress code in the classroom, it is important to project the image of professionalism in our athletic attire as well.  
All shirts worn for athletic practices and field day should be modest, loose fitting, in good repair (no holes, torn sleeves, etc.), should be worn either tucked in or well over the waist of the pants/shorts if not tucked in. No midriffs may be shown. T‐shirts are preferred—no tank tops, camisoles, or sports bras may be worn as outer garments. Sleeveless shirts may be worn if modest.  
Shorts should be modest, in good repair (no holes, torn sleeves, etc.) Shorts should be worn at the waist and should be no shorter than mid‐thigh and no‐longer than just below the knee. No short‐shorts or long baggy shorts may be worn. No boxers or undergarments may be visible.  
Attire should be free of logos and messages, with the following exceptions: sports team logos (e.g., Diamondbacks, Notre Dame), and apparel brand names (e.g., Adidas, Abercrombie) are acceptable, provided they do not make inappropriate allusions (as do some skateboarding/ snowboarding brands). These guidelines also apply to sweatshirts and jackets that students may wear. Footwear should be athletic in nature: no sandals, open‐toed, or platform shoes. Hats and sunscreen may be appropriate, if the students will be in the sun. Hat styles should follow the same guidelines as above. 

Trivium Spirit Day - Half Day Thursday, April 1

Our next Trivium-wide Spirit Day is the half-day Thursday, April 1! 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!
State Testing Dates (3rd-5th Grade Students Only)

Please mark your calendars for the following state-testing dates:
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!
Let Bonnie Blair's speed skating world record in 1987 inspire you to speed your way to making a winning Public School Tax Credit that benefits the school AND you--when you file your AZ state tax return, you get your $200/$400 back! Let’s break our OWN Tax Credit goal! Questions? Email Stefany Dean, Academy Giving Manager, at or visit
PSO Upcoming Events

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Fifth grade families it is your time to shine! We appreciate your help in contributing to our monthly luncheon for our teachers and staff. Let’s help them feel loved and appreciated! Please sign up below. Items will be collected in the drop off line this Wednesday, March 24. 

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

  • March 24 - Teacher Appreciation Lunch sponsored by 5th grade families
  • March 26-April 1 - PSO Water Bottle Collection for St. Mary's Food Bank
  • March 27 - Spring Social "Great HeART Hunt"
  • 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! 

Julie Cox - 2A Lead - March 10
Amanda Scott - 4B Assistant - March 17
Sylvia Trujillo - Front Office Assistant - March 20
Daniel DePauw - K-3 Latin Teacher - March 21
Mike Denk - 3C Lead - March 23
Jazmyn Robison - 2A Assistant - March 24
Clarissa Flores - Athenaeum - March 26

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

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: 

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 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 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 for assistance. 
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