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Anthem Prep Newsletter 05.14.20

May 14, 2020 -

School Dates to Note:

  • May 15 – Senior Promenade
  • May 15 – Prep All School (6-12th Grade) Awards Ceremony Facebook Live Event
  • May 20 – Last Day to purchase Archway and Prep Yearbooks
  • May 20 – Kindergarten Car Parade
  • May 20 – 5th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony via Zoom
  • May 21 – Last Day of School
  • May 22 – Textbooks, Consumables & Computer Devices  Return
  • June 6 – Prom (dependent on the ability for larger groups to gather at that time)
  • June 12 – Graduation (dependent on the ability for larger groups to gather at that time)
  • June 18-21 Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • August 7 – 10 Barnes and Noble Book Fair












Table of Contents:

  1. A Note from the Academy Giving Manager: Diane Tyson
  2. Textbook Return, Device Return & Consumable Return Details
  3. Summer Office Hours 
  4. Archway and Prep Certificates
  5. 2020 Archway Anthem Bard Winner
  6. PSO Board Nominations for 2020-21 School Year
  7. Barnes and Noble Book Fair Dates
  8. 2020-21 School Year EduKits are now on Sale
  9. 2020-21 School Year Consumables and Supplies Lists 
  10. 2020-21 School Year Academic Calendar
  11. 2020-21 School Year Volunteer Background Checks Through Raptor 
  12. Junior Class of 2021 FREE Online Essay Workshop
  13. Senior Promenade
  14. Prep All School (6-12th Grade) Awards Ceremony Facebook Live Event
  15. Jostens has extended sales to 5/20 to purchase Archway and Prep Yearbooks  
  16. Kindergarten Car Parade
  17. 5th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony via Zoom
  18. We Would Love Your Feedback



Click here  05042020 PSO Newsletter to view the PSO Newsletter


A Note from the Academy Giving Manager: Diane Tyson

#CommunityInvestment has made this possible:

200+ hours spent organizing and returning belongings to students from desks and lockers

95+ juniors and seniors received support from college counseling to discuss college options, review applications, and provide letters of recommendation 

60+ curriculum packets created and printed for all students

11+ live social media instruction videos and activities for families

More than 55% of families have already supported our 2019-20 #CommunityInvestment Campaign. Will you join them with a one-time gift of $20.20 to honor our 2020 graduates?

Diane Tyson
Academy Giving Manager
Textbook Return, Device Return & Consumable Return Details

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that there is only one week of school left, and what a school year it has been!  This is definitely one for the history books.

Speaking of history books, textbooks and combination locks (if your student’s lock was returned to you) must be returned to room 219 on Friday, May 22 at the times indicated as follows according to your student’s last name:

A – E: 8:00 – 9:30 AM

F – L: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

M – R: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

S – Z: 1:30 – 3:30 PM

We will have tables set up in room 219 according to your student’s grade to accept the return of the books.  Please note that we will be following social distancing guidelines, so be sure to stay six-feet apart from the person in front of you.

Have you borrowed a device from the school?  If so, please bring the device to room 221 (adjoining rooms 219/220) to return your device.    Again, please arrive to return your device according to the stated times of textbook drop off as above – even if your student is not returning any textbooks.  This will help us limit the amount of people on campus.

Have you purchased a yearbook?  Yearbooks will also be available for pick up in room 221.  Please arrive to pick up your student’s yearbook also according to the stated times of textbook drop off as above.  Again, please follow this time guideline even if you are not dropping off any textbooks.  This will again help us limit the amount of people on campus.

Thank you for your continued support, understanding, and patience as we close out school year 2019/2020.  We appreciate our families!

Best regards,

Jennifer Sylvester | Director of Operations


Summer Office Hours

May 26 – June 19, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, closed Friday

June 22 – July 3 – School closed; no office hours

July 6 – July 24, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, closed Friday

July 27 – resume normal office hours (7:30 AM – 4:00 PM)


Archway & Prep Certificates

With the exception of kindergarten certificates, all honor roll, awards, and promotion certificates will be mailed to families the weeks of May 11 and May 18.


2020 Archway Anthem Bard Winner

Congratulations to Madelyn Westerlind, our 2020 Archway Anthem Bard!


PSO Board Nominations for 2020-21 School Year 

Mrs. Clark, Mr. Goodrich, and the PSO are excited to announce a new PSO structure for next year; that is, we will have a separate PSO for each school with a shared treasurer. The PSO has done valuable work over the years serving our K-12 community but we believe Anthem Archway and Prep will be even better supported with separate PSOs. This will enable both entities to focus specifically on the different needs of Archway and Prep (with some collaboration). Our hope and expectation is that this will also lighten and simplify the requirements of serving on the PSO. We are excited to build and shape these groups moving forward and invite anyone who would like to be a part of this exciting, new support of our school to email Megan Magerkurth, PSO Secretary (

Please see the attached flyer for more details:  2020-2021 PSO Board Nominations

Barnes and Noble Book Fair Dates 

Barnes and Noble Book Fair Dates:

June 18 – June 21:  Please use school Code 12596060 or attached Book Fair Voucher Anthem Prep 6.18-6.21 when ordering your books.

August 7 – August 10:  Please use school Code 12596078 or attached Book Fair Voucher Anthem Prep 8.7-8.10  when ordering your books.

2020-21 School Year EduKits are now on Sale

Archway Classical Anthem and Anthem Preparatory Academy will once again offer the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2020/2021 year.  Skip the hassle of school shopping and order your Edukit now! Edukit makes school shopping easy by allowing parents to purchase all their classroom supplies in one click.    EduKits are custom made for our school and contain exactly what students need to start the year off right. Best of all, ordering can be done through the safety of your own home.  After ordering, your child’s supplies are sent to the school, unpacked, and are waiting for them on the first day of school. Archway kits this year include the option of also ordering Singapore Math books. Please see the flyer attached for more info on pricing, order deadlines, and included contents. A portion of the proceeds from Edukit goes back to PSO as well!
Order by June 15th for best pricing!   Extended ordering is available June 16 – July 8 for an additional fee.

Click here to view this year’s Anthem Preparatory flyer 2020 Anthem Prep Flyer

Click here to view this year’s Archway Anthem flyer  2020 Archway Anthem Flyer
Please contact Brenda Mancini, Archway Anthem and Anthem Preparatory EduKit Coordinator with any questions.

2020-21 School Year Consumables & Supplies Lists

As we wind down the current school year it’s time to start planning for school year 2020/2021!  The consumables and supplies lists for Archway and Prep have been uploaded to our website.  Please use this link to find the lists for your student’s  grade:


2020-21 School Year Academic Calendar

The 2020-21 School Year Academic Calendar has been approved.  The calendar is available here to download as a PDF  SY 20.21 rev 03.03.2020.pdf  or you can find it on our website at AnthemPrepAcademicCalendarSY20.21.

2020-21 School Year Volunteer Background Checks Through Raptor

Great Hearts has changed our volunteer approval process for the 20-21 school year.  If you would like to be an approved volunteer for school year 2020/2021, or if you were a previously approved volunteer through a fingerprint background check, please click on the link below.  All volunteers, regardless of previously-approved status, are required to apply through the Raptor system.  It should only take 10 minutes to fill out the information.  You will receive an answer from our Raptor system within 48 hours.  The cost is $5.00.  All volunteers must be approved through this process; there are no exceptions.

Please note, when selecting the school it will not separate the Archway and Prep (except Scottsdale).  For Anthem Prep | Archway Anthem, please choose “Great Hearts – Anthem.” The system will approve you for both schools.  You can choose multiple campuses if that applies to your family.

As you complete the online application, please note that you will be asked to choose what volunteer position in which you are interested.  Choosing a volunteer position does not restrict you from volunteering in another capacity.

If you have any questions or concerns you can reach out to John Lund, Great Hearts Safety Manager at

We look forward to seeing you on campus next year! 

Juniors Class of 2021 FREE Online Essay Workshop

JUNIORS- CLASS of 2021- FREE Online Essay Workshop

Ethan Sawyer, known as “The College Essay Guy.” is offering a FREE online essay workshop.  The workshops will be held:  June 1st, June 3rd and June 5th (3 sessions total) Essay writing homework will be given after each session.

Students can register for one of the following time slots: 10am-11:30am OR 4pm-5:30pm

To register for the course, sign up here. Be sure to write out ” Anthem Preparatory Academy” as the name of your school.

We fully recommend that you take advantage of this amazing opportunity. It will also help you get a jump start on your college essays!

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Fitzgerald or Ms. Ware


5/15 Senior Promenade

Senior Promenade will be held on 5/15 at 5pm  (and livestream). The seniors will arrive at school at 4:30 and will park in the student parking area. At 5:00pm, we will have the valedictorian lead them in driving their cars around the parking lot, being congratulated by faculty and staff (and digitally by everyone else) as they drive. Students are able to decorate their cars to celebrate. Here are just a few guidelines:
  • Please respect school policy around pop-culture and political statements. If you have a question about something, please contact Mr. Goodrich directly at
  • Do not obstruct the driving view. Safety is paramount, even if they’re just driving in the parking lot.
  • Please make sure students have their name displayed somewhere on their car. If they don’t want to decorate, we can tape a name poster to their window. We’d like to know who’s who in the livestream.
5/15 Prep All School (6-12th Grade) Awards Ceremony Facebook Live Event
Join us on the school’s Facebook account to celebrate the achievements of our students for school year 2019|2020.  The event will start at 6pm.
Jostens has Extended Sales to 5/20 to purchase Archway and Prep Yearbooks
Jostens has extended sales to 5/20 to purchase Archway and Prep Yearbooks. There will be a very limited amount of extra Yearbooks for sale in the front office. 
Order your Archway or Prep Yearbook  at the link below:
5/20 Kindergarten Car Parade
Kindergarten Car Parade on May 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Students may arrive to the school in a decorated car or with a decorated celebration poster to wave to teachers and receive goodie bag containing binder.  The binders will have certificates, programs, and virtue awards already placed inside them.  Vehicles will enter off Gavilan Peak Parkway and drive through the carline A route for Mrs. Motter’s class.  Vehicles will enter off Daisy Mountain and drive through the carline B route for Mrs. Flaming’s class.  We look forward to seeing our Kindergarten families!

5/20 5th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony
5th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony via Zoom, May 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Fifth grade families should have received an invitation from their teacher to join us for this event.  If you have not received that invitation, please contact your child’s teacher.  Virtual Promotion will take place via synchronous Zoom session.  Disclaimer: Please be aware that this event is a large, public-gathering celebration, like a sports event or a theater performance.  Therefore, please be advised that every participant should reasonably expect photos, screen shots, and a memorialization of the event by one or more of the participants.  Anthem Preparatory Academy | Archway Anthem cannot control private distribution of photos and images in such instances.  Anthem Preparatory Academy | Anthem Archway asks that all participants be respectful of other persons requests not to be individually photographed or identified in photographs posted online or on social media without permission.

All awards and certificates will be sent to each student’s primary residence prior to the ceremony.

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Contact Information
Jennifer Sylvester, Director of Operations

Shefali Kubavat, Office Manager
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623-465-4776 Option 6

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