From the Headmaster

Quiet Hours
We are now about two weeks into hybrid learning, and our teachers are working very hard to ensure that both our in-person and remote learners keep learning. Although everyone is shouldering this work with grace and determination, the leadership team at Archway Arete is looking for ways to make the work-load tenable for the rest of this quarter and beyond. With this in mind, I am asking teachers to “unplug” after 4 pm each day and to leave email until the following school day. Of course, the reality is that many of our teachers will still be working into the evening, on lesson plans and grading, etc., but these email “quiet hours” will hopefully give our teachers a little space to recharge for the next day. One email that is always welcome is a note of thanks. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to send a quick thank-you email to your child’s teachers--and, don’t forget the specialists! 

Family Survey Results 9.11.20  
Thank you, families, for taking the time to fill out the family survey released last week. You can see the numeric results of the survey below. I, along with the leadership team, have read through all of your comments and am thankful for your input. It is clear that you recognize all of the hard work of our teachers and staff. It is also clear that while you recognize all of the good things happening, there are still some bumps in the road, particularly for our on-line learners. I know that our teachers are striving to do their best and continue to find ways to make improvements for all of our learners. I would love to hear more from both our in-person and remote learners in the coming weeks. Please join me on the following dates for a Zoom discussion:

In Person Learners Grades K-2 Coffee Conversation: Monday, September 21st 9:00-9:45 am
Remote Learners Grades K-2 Coffee Conversation: Monday, September 21st 10:00 - 10:45 am
In Person Learners Grades 3-5 Coffee Conversation: Wednesday, September 23rd 10:00 - 10:45 am
Remote Learners Grade 3-5 Coffee Conversation: Wednesday, September 23rd 11:00-11:45 am

Galileo Testing
Next week, 2nd-5th grade students will participate in the first round of Galileo benchmark testing in English and math. These network-wide computer-based assessments will require students to use their headphones, so please ensure that your child has brought their pair to school. Distance learners will take the test from home on the same day that their classmates are testing. This testing block will replace the live stream for the day. Students testing from home should do so in a quiet environment. Parents may only provide support with logging on, navigating through the test, and ensuring that all test items were answered. It is essential that parents do not help their children answer the test questions, as doing so will produce invalid data. Keep in mind that these tests are not counted toward students’ grades. While we never focus solely on numerical data points to measure students’ academic growth, the results from these benchmark assessments will be used to inform teachers of areas for support and enrichment for their students.

The testing schedule is as follows:
5th grade: Thursday, September 24th
4th grade: Friday, September 25th
3rd grade: Monday, September 28th
2nd grade: Tuesday, September 29th

Remote students:
  1. Visit
  2. Sign In > K-12 Student-Parent Center
  3. Log in with your unique username and PW provided by your teacher
  4. Under Archway Arete, select your homeroom class
  5. Select one of the tests, math or ELA, to take first
(Here is a helpful tutorial on how to log in.)
  1. Take the test and submit when complete
  2. Take the second test and submit when complete
If your child has a question for their teacher or technological issues arise during the test (frozen screen, kicked out of platform, etc.), visit the Zoom provided by your teacher for one-on-one support.

After School Sports KidzAZ
Archway Arete K-5th grade athletics is back! We will hold sessions in Fall Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, and Spring Basketball. As always we will pursue growth in physical skill sets, character, and teamwork all while maintaining proper social distancing. Classes will consist of individual skill development, speed and agility training, sharing of the ball through space, and small group activities. Practice will be held 3:15-4:15 pm on Thursdays of 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12. Due to Covid-19, tournament play has been suspended until further notice. Register here to sign up. Go Chargers!
Quarter 2 Survey for Distance Learners
If your child is a Distance Learner, please complete this brief survey regarding quarter 2 learning options. The survey will open on Friday, September 18th and close on Friday, September 25th after which requests to switch from Distance Learning to In Person will need to wait until the end of quarter 2.
Receive Text Messages
Archway Arete utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings, safety alerts and more. Send a text message to our school's short code number 67587. Reply Yes to opt in.
Volunteering on Campus
To our wonderful volunteers, when checking in at the front desk please be sure to indicate the location of your service to the ladies at the front office and stay within that particular location during your stay. For the safety of all of our children, it is important that we know the location of our visitors on campus. Further, please ask permission of your child’s lead teacher to visit the classroom. Unannounced drop-in visits are not allowed.   
Parent Service Organization

Archway Arete Spirit Night - September 22, 2020
Grab some pizza, pasta, or wings at Barro's Pizza on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 for our first Charger Night of the year! This event is ALL DAY from 10:30am to 10:00pm at three different locations
  • Gilbert/Baseline
  • Power/US 60
  • SanTan Mall
Be on the lookout for a flyer in your child's backpack for more details. Barros WILL DONATE 20% to the school so be sure to mention Archway Arete when ordering.

Ordering Hot Lunch
New families, please go online to to sign up for an account so you are able to purchase lunch for your students. Use code Arete 21. You can also donate money to your amazing teachers so they can buy lunch too! If you have any questions about the lunch program in general please contact Tiffany Wright at 480-606-8590 or

Volunteer in the Lunchroom
Please sign up to volunteer in the lunchroom. As of right now the only volunteers allowed on campus are lunchroom volunteers, so if you want to see your students on campus, sign up! Submit this brief application to obtain volunteer clearance on campus. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Tiffany Wright at 480-606-8590 or

Family Directory
Archway Arete is a school who prides itself in efforts to build up our community. In order to expand this further, PSO would like to compile an Archway Arete Families Directory that is composed of our families who own or work for a small business or company that offers services. If you own or are an employee for a company like this and would like to be added into the directory please email Emily Naaktgeboren.

Start Date
Athenaeum will start at Arete on Tuesday, September 1st for Kindergarten only. Wednesday, September 2nd is for grades K-5. If you would like to register for Athenaeum please go to If you have any additional questions please contact Lory Sipel at

Registration for the Athenaeum After-School Program for the 2020-21 school year is open!
Athenaeum is our after-school program for grades K-8 that is focused on the liberal arts and promotes learning by providing students dedicated homework time in addition to enriching and academically oriented activities. Scholars also have time for snack, games and recreation, and time to socialize with friends.
The Athenaeum After-School Program will resume September 1st for Kindergarten, September 2nd for K-5th, and September 3rd for grades 6-8th.
For more information and to register, visit our academy website and click on Academy LifeàAfter School Programs.
For questions, please contact our Campus Coordinator, Lory Sipel at
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Archway Classical Academy - Arete
Melody Pati, Office Manager
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 4525 East Baseline Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Phone:(480) 222-4233
Fax:(480) 222-4234