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Anthem Prep Newsletter, November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018 -
School Dates to Note:

  • Now  – 12/6 Holiday Candygram Sales
  • Now – 12/21 Anthem Prep Houses Book Drive
  • Nov 30 – Spirit Shirt Day
  • Nov 30 – Arizona Science Center Field Trip – 4th Grade
  • Dec 3 – Middle School and High School Winter Concerts
  • Dec 4 – Archway Winter Concert
  • Dec 5 – High School Julius Caesar Production
  • Dec 6 – 12th Grade Drama Performance Much Ado About Nothing
  • Dec 7 – 12th Grade Drama Performance Rossum’s Universal Robots
  • Dec 7  – Wildlife World Zoo Field Trip – 7th Grade
  • Dec 10 – Musical Instrument Museum Field Trip – 3rd Grade
  • Dec 11 – Art Show
  • Dec 12 – Spelling Bee
  • Dec 14  – Spirit Shirt Day
  • Dec 14 – Archway Movie Night The Polar Express
  • Dec 14 – Prep Socks for Senior Trip Day
  • Dec 14 – Anthem Prep Choirs 7pm at Illumination TM
  • Dec 15 – Anthem Prep Choirs 4pm at the Outlets at Anthem
  • Dec 15 – Prep Chess Team Tournament
  • Dec 19 – 21  Half Days of School – Dismissals: K-2nd grades 11:45am; 3rd – 12th grades 12:05pm
  • Dec 19 – 21 Prep Students Final Exams
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note from the Office Manager: Shefali Kubavat
  2. A Note from the Assistant Headmaster, Archway: Sarah Hoagland
  3. A Note from the Dean of Students:  Doug Pillsbury
  4. A Note from the Regional Academy Giving Manager:  Diane Tyson
  5. PSO Information
  6. The Front Office Needs Tissues!!!
  7. Holiday Candygrams
  8. Anthem Prep Houses Book Drive 11/5/18-12/21/18
  9. 4th Annual Spelling Bee Details: K – 8th Grade
  10. Yearbook Sales
  11. Spirit Shirt Day
  12. Middle School and High School Winter Concerts
  13. Archway Winter Concert
  14. High School Julius Caesar Production
  15. 12th Grade Drama Performance Much Ado About Nothing
  16. 12th Grade Drama Performance Rossum’s Universal Robots
  17. Wildlife World Zoo Field Trip – 7th Grade
  18. Musical Instrument Museum Field Trip – 3rd Grade
  19. Art Show
  20. Spelling Bee
  21. Archway Movie Night The Polar Express
  22. Prep Socks for Senior Trip Day
  23. Anthem Prep Choirs Holiday Caroling
  24. Prep Chess Team Tournament
  25. Prep Students Final Exams
A Note from the Office Manager: Shefali Kubavat
RE-ENROLLMENT

Currently enrolled students do not need to submit a new application for school year 2019-2020. Please note that you will receive an email regarding re-enrollment for school year 2019-2020 in March of 2019.  Please look for an email with details in upcoming newsletters.

A Note from the Assistant Headmaster, Archway: Sarah Hoagland
We know it is a festive time of year, but students should not bring holiday apparel to school to wear at any time during the day.  Please keep these items at home.  We appreciate your assistance.

 

A Note from the Dean of Students: Doug Pillsbury

CELL PHONES AND PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY

 

The use of cell phones/smart phones, and smart watches during the school day is prohibited. The reason for such a prohibition is to promote an uninterrupted academic environment. The school has a compelling interest in keeping students not just physically present on campus but mentally and emotionally present as well.  The ways in which use of phones and social media encourage detachment from real persons and conversations are commonplace. The ways in which technology can aid and abet academic dishonesty are a growing concern for college and high school educators nationwide, and while a great many schools, districts, and institutions of higher education have entirely given up on restricting personal tech use in any venue, Great Hearts holds that it is essential to the proper formation of the young to place limitations on it.

 

While the ubiquity of personal technology is a given, the following restrictions/allowances apply at the school:

  1. A student may keep a cell phone turned off (not merely silenced, but off) and stored in his or her locker during the school day. Phones may not be brought in pockets or purses into classrooms.
  2. Personal phone use is permitted on campus only after school (after 3:05PM), and only in the front office area or outside.
  3. If a student needs to phone a parent at any time during the school day,the student must come to the front office and request staff permission to either use a personal cell phone or to use one of the school’s land lines.  In rare cases in which parents need to get an emergency message to a student before the end of the school day, the parent should call the school’s main telephone line at 623-465-4776, extension 9, and ask for a message to be delivered. Parents should be mindful that texts or other messages that they send directly to their children during the school day are to be picked up only after school dismissal.
  4. Violation of the above restrictions will result in confiscation of the cell phone and disciplinary action. Phones will be turned in to the office and released only to a student’s parent or guardian, or the student may choose to serve a detention to receive the cell phone back without the parent coming to the school to pick up the device.

A Note from the Regional Academy Giving Manager: Diane Tyson
COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

Great Hearts Anthem Prep believes in the importance of a thorough immersion in music for our students. We believe that music instruction is an education in beauty. Through their experiences of performing classical works of music and understanding music theory, our students experience the discipline and humility that true creativity requires.

It is through your gifts to Community Investment that we are able to offer music to our students.

We are honored to publicly recognize those families and friends who have already contributed to Anthem Prep | Archway’s Community Investment campaign. THANK YOU! Please click here  for a listing of our 2018-19 Community Investment campaign donors as of November 20th, 2018.

Please join us for our Winter Concerts!

  • Dec. 3 – Prep Middle School – 5:30-6:30pm
  • Dec. 3 – Prep High School – 7:00-8:00pm
  • Dec. 4 – Archway 5:30-6:30pm

To make a pledge or gift to Anthem Prep’s 2018-19 Community Investment campaign you can:

PSO Information
CLICK HERE  to see the official PSO Newsletter.

The Polar Express will be held on December 14th – see newsletter for details.

Thank you Spirit Committee for making the locker decorations for our Winter Sports Athletes!

If you are interested in helping with the Mother Son Event on January 19, 2019,  please contact Tisha Huebsch at tishahuebsch@yahoo.com.

The Front Office Needs Tissues!!!
It is that time of year again!!! The front office is in need of Kleenex. Please, please if you are able to donate a box or two, please drop them off at the front office! Thank you in advance for your help during this allergy, runny nose time of year!

Holiday Candygrams
Holiday Candygram sales began Monday November 19th.  Candygram sales will run until Thursday, December 6. Proceeds to benefit the Senior Trip.

  • Candygrams are $2.00 per Candygram – choices are Hershey’s chocolate bars, Skittles and Starburst.
  • Candygrams will be sold before and after school out front by the mailbox and during lunch in the Commons.
  • Save time and download the attached form  and fill it out ahead of time!!
  • Candygrams will then be distributed on Friday, December 7, as follows:
    • Archway – Candygrams will be delivered to the homeroom teacher classrooms and distributed at the end of the day.
    • Middle School – Candygrams will be distributed at the end of 6th period.
    • High School – Candygrams will be distributed during Humane Letters classes.

Anthem Prep Houses Book Drive

Anthem Prep Houses Book Drive 11/5/18 – 12/21/18

Boxes will be set up in the front office for each house along with jars for spare change. Donated books will be sent to military personnel and their families. The spare change will be collected to help pay shipping costs for the books. The Arktoi House will be overseeing the donations.

The leadership of the houses will be working cooperatively to pack everything up over break.

Please look on your shelves and see what you can give to help our sailors and soldiers feel connected to home!

4th Annual Spelling Bee Details: K – 8th Grade
We are proud to announce the Fourth Annual Anthem Prep|Archway Anthem Spelling Bee! We are excited to demonstrate the skills we have acquired through our phonetic and linguistic studies, and we look forward to the continued growth of this tradition of robust academic competition.

The timeline is as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – The Fourth Annual Anthem Prep|Archway Anthem Spelling Bee will be held at 3:30 in the Commons. The top 19 spellers in grades 1-8 will compete for the title of Anthem Prep|Archway Anthem Spelling Bee Champion. The winner will receive a trophy and an invitation to proceed to the Great Hearts District Spelling Bee.
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019– The top speller from Anthem Prep|Archway Anthem is invited to compete in the Great Hearts District Spelling Bee (details and times to follow.)
  • Dates TBD – Winners from the Great Hearts District Spelling Bee will be invited to various regional bees depending on the location of their schools. Regional winners will be invited to the Arizona Spelling Bee, and Arizona winners will proceed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

What can you do to prepare?

*Visit http://spellingbee.com/resources-students to find additional materials and helpful strategies.

* Get a head start preparing for the Great Hearts District Bee and Phoenix Regional Bees through Merriam-Webster’s Spell It at http://spellit.com.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we warmly invite you and your family to share in the excitement of this academic competition as we continue to nurture the development of our students into critical thinkers, excellent communicators, and great-hearted contributors to our community. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Marrama, Archway 4th Grade Teacher at lmarrama@anthemprep.org or William Bertain, Dean of Academics|Master Teacher of History|Humane Letters & History Faculty at wbertain@anthemprep.org.

Yearbook Sales

Hello Families! Just a friendly reminder to purchase your student’s yearbook before the price increases in January. The only way to be guaranteed a book is to get your order in online!

Prep Families please use this link : https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/2055379/Anthem-Preparatory-Academy/

Archway families please use this link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/2372263/Archway-Classical-Academy/

Families of Seniors!  If you would like to order a Senior Ad for your students please use this link! http://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_flash.asp?CID=277971&PFID=2018060504225864763

Please email Mrs. Grubaugh with any questions. DGrubaugh@anthemprep.org

11/30 & 12/14 Spirit Shirt Day
K – 12th grades may wear approved spirit shirts, still following other uniform guidelines.

 

12/3 Middle School and High School Winter Concerts

Middle School Winter Concert 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the gym.  Middle School performers will need to arrive by 5pm in the gym to report for attendance. See below concert dress code taken from the Anthem Preparatory 2018-2019 Family Handbook.

High School Winter Concert: 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the gym.   High school singers need to arrive by 6:30pm and report to the Commons. See below concert dress code taken from the Anthem Preparatory 2018-2019 Family Handbook.

Attendance will be taken for both Middle School and High School concerts, as this concert is required for a passing grade in music class. The students will remain with their class for the duration of their separate concerts.  Of course, students are very welcome to attend each other’s concert to show their support for their fellow performers.

PREP CONCERT DRESS CODE:

  • Concert dress is, for boys and girls, white and black.
    • Boys wear white collared dress shirts with black slacks and black dress shoes. High school boys may add a solid black tie.
    • Girls wear a white blouse with black dress slacks and black dress shoes (open-toed shoes and reasonable heels are permitted).
    • PLEASE NOTE DRESS CODE CHANGE:  Girls are only allowed to wear black dress slacks!!

12/4 Archway Winter Concert
Archway Winter Concert 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the gym. Archway students are required to arrive and report directly to their classroom no later than 5:00pm.  Parents may proceed to the gym after dropping off their child. See below concert dress code taken from the Anthem Archway 2018-2019 Family Handbook.

K-3rd grade students will go directly to their homeroom after they exit the stage. 4th grade students will wait in the foyer of the gym after they exit the stage and 5th grade students will go directly to their parents in the gym when they exit the stage.  It is important that parents remain  for the entirety of the concert and refrain from picking up their students until the concert is finished!

ARCHWAY CONCERT DRESS CODE: Concert dress is, for boys and girls, white and blue. Boys wear white collared dress shirts with blue slacks and black dress shoes. Girls wear a white blouse with blue skirt or blue dress slacks and black dress shoes (open-toed shoes and reasonable heels are permitted.)  PLEASE NOTE DRESS CODE CHANGE:  Girls are no longer allowed to wear plaid – girls can only wear navy bottoms!!

12/5 Julius Caesar is Coming to Anthem Prep

The Southwest Shakespeare Company will be performing Julius Caesar for our highs school students on our campus on Wednesday, December 5.  The day will start with the play followed by a question and answer session with the actors.  Students will then enjoy light refreshments and partake in acting workshop activities.

As the events will begin with the play, your high school student is welcome to arrive to school wearing clothes in compliance with our semi-formal attire requirements as found in our school’s handbook.  Otherwise, your student must wear standard uniform attire.

To offset the cost of the play and the refreshments, we are asking each family to contribute $7.00 per student.  Contributions may be made using the link as follows: http://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/501/?code=PQ9PVuCqdO.

We welcome this opportunity to enhance the arts and literature programs of Anthem Prep!

12/6 12th Grade Drama Performance
12th Grade Drama Performance Much Ado About Nothing 6:30pm in the gym.

12/7 12th Grade Drama Performance
12th Grade Drama Performance Rossum’s Universal Robots 6:30pm in the gym.

12/7 Wildlife World Zoo Field Trip – 7th Grade
All 7th grade families received an email this week about the 7th grade field trip to the Wildlife World Zoo on Friday, December 7!  Students will be picked up at Anthem Prep at 8:15 AM and will return to the school by 2:45 PM. Payments and the permission form for this field trip are available online only using the following link: http://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/497/?code=W2wSyG2UlSNo form will be sent home for this field trip.

Lunch is a sack lunch on site, no refrigeration provided.  However, we are pleased to announce a new field trip lunch option for your student.  The PSO has arranged with Subway for a special field trip lunch for your student for the low price of $7.25!  Please use the attached  lunch order form to purchase lunch for your student for this field trip. Permission and payment for the field trip and for the special order PSO lunch are due no later than Friday, November 30.  No extensions will be granted.

Students may wear jeans, tennis shoes, and school-appropriate outerwear and shirts.  Jeans must not have rips or tears.  “Jeggings” are not approved.  Shorts are also not approved.  Students may wear hats and/or sunglasses.  Students are permitted to use their cell phones for pictures at the zoo.  Cell phones may not be used on the bus to or from the zoo.

If your student is unable to attend this field trip, please email Jennifer Sylvester at jsylvester@anthemprep.org.

12/10 Musical Instrument Museum Field Trip – 3rd Grade
All 3rd grade families received an email about the 3rd grade field trip to the Musical Instrument Museum on Monday, December 10!  Students will be picked up at Anthem Prep at 8:30 AM and will return to the school by 12:15 PM.  Payments and the permission form for this field trip are available online only using the following link:  http://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/498/?code=OMjbzaSF9y.  No form will be sent home for this field trip. Students will enjoy their lunches upon returning to the school campus.

12/11 Art Show
Join us for the Archway and Prep Art Show on December 11th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in the Commons!  Archway and Prep art students are required to attend the Art Show for 10 minutes or more between 5pm and 6:30pm, present their artwork to a parent and/or a teacher, and answer your questions about his or her artwork.  Students may wear their uniform or they may come in semi-formal attire.

12/12 Spelling Bee: K – 8th grade
The Fourth Annual Anthem Prep|Archway Anthem Spelling Bee will be held on December 12th at 3:30 in the Commons. The top 19 spellers in grades 1-8 will compete for the title of Spelling Bee Champion. The winner will receive a trophy and an invitation to proceed to the Great Hearts District Spelling Bee.

12/14 Archway Family Movie Night The Polar Express
Archway Family Movie Night December 14th 6-8pm in the Commons. This is NOT a drop off event!  This event will feature crafts, hot cocoa and cookies and then a showing of the movie, “The Polar Express”. See the PSO Newsletter for more details.

12/14 Prep Socks for Senior Trip Day
Prep students (6th thru 12th grade) may wear bright colorful socks and donate $1 towards Senior Trip.

12/14 & 12/15 Anthem Prep Choirs Holiday Caroling!!!
All three together: Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, and Men’s Chorale! Two Dates:  Dec. 14th, 7pm at Illumination TM and Dec.15th, 4pm at the Outlets at Anthem.  See FLYER  for details.

12/15 Prep Chess Team Tournament
The Anthem Prep Chess Team is hosting an individual invitational on Saturday,  December 15th from 8am – 4pm.  This event is open to all Great Hearts students in grades K – 12 and costs $15 to participate.  There will be four hour-long rounds and an awards ceremony at 3pm.  CLICK HERE  to see flyer for more details. Registration is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRJWNhFTI6wVTnscOMjpfGuZsfH5nQLE31kri4Ru9WsdMHEQ/viewform

12/19-12/21 Prep Students Final Exams 
12/19-12/21 Prep Students (6th – 12th grade) Final Exams.  Final Exam Schedule coming soon.

Contact Information
Jennifer Sylvester, Director of Operations
623-223-1600
jsylvester@anthemprep.org

Shefali Kubavat, Office Manager
623-223-1593
skubavat@anthemprep.org
Attendance Line:
623-465-4776 Option 6
or ccarvolth@anthemprep.org

Websites and Links

Anthem Prep Website

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Archway Family Handbook

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