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Anthem Prep Newsletter, October 31, 2018

School Dates to Note:

  • Nov 1 –  Lecture by Dr. Joseph Wysocki
  • Nov. 1 – Parents Who Want to Understand Our School Culture
  • Nov 2  –  Half Day of School – Dismissals: K-2nd grades 11:45am; 3rd – 12th grades 12:05pm
  • Nov  2  –  Spirit Shirt Day & Donut Day
  • Nov 9  – Grand Canyon Field Trip – 8th Grade
  • Nov 12 – NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
  • Nov 13 – Phoenix Art Museum Field Trip – 11th Grade
  • Nov 14 – PSO Meeting 2:00pm Commons
  • Nov 15 – Great Heart’s Information Night 6:00 – 7:30pm Commons
  • Nov 16 – Archway Legs for Literacy (K-5th grade)
  • Nov 16 – Spirit Shirt Day
  • Nov 16 – High School Coffee House Night
  • Nov 20 – Grandparent’s Day
  • Nov 21- Nov 23 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 30 – Spirit Shirt Day
Table of Contents:

  1. Weekly newsletter is available online! [1]
  2. Middle School and High School Tutoring Schedule [1]
  3. A Note from the Regional Academy Giving Manager: Diane Tyson [1]
  4. Lecture by Dr. Joseph Wysocki [1]
  5. Parents Who Want to Understand Our School Culture – 11/1 @ 6:30pm [1]
  6. Anthem Prep Houses Give Books [1]
  7. House Contest – On Time Arrival To School [1]
  8. Box Tops Contest – Winners Announced [1]
  9. 4th Annual Spelling Bee [1]
  10. Latin Flashcard Photo Contest: 3rd – 5th grade [1]
  11. Prep Chess Team Upcoming Tournament [2]
  12. Yearbook [2]
  13. Spirit Shirt Day [3]
  14. Donut Day [4]
  15. Grand Canyon Field Trip – 8th Grade [2]
  16. Phoenix Art Museum Field Trip  – 11th Grade [2]
  17. PSO Meeting [5]
  18. Archway Legs for Literacy [5]
  19. High School Coffee House Night [5]
  20. Grandparent’s Day Celebration [5]

PSO Newsletter:

CLICK HERE [6]   to view the  PSO Newsletter.

Weekly newsletter is available online!
Please visit our website at https://anthemprep.greatheartsamerica.org/news-events/latest-news/ [7] to view past and present newsletters.

Middle School and High School Tutoring Schedule
Please visit our website at https://anthemprep.greatheartsamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2018/10/APA-Tutoring-Schedule-2018-2019-S1-7.0-10-25-18.pdf [8] to view the Semester 1, Quarter 2 Middle School and High School Tutoring Schedule.

A Note from the Regional Academy Giving Manager: Diane Tyson
Your tax credit contributions allow us to offer a chess team! Thank you!   

Lecture by Dr. Joseph Wysocki, the Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey College
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Joseph Wysocki, the Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will be visiting Great Hearts early November .  On November 1st, he will give a lecture on the importance of reading Great Books for our society, and all parents and students of the Great Hearts community are invited.  Not only is this a great opportunity for students who are considering Belmont Abbey College upon graduation from Great Hearts Academies, Dr. Wysocki can provide an excellent introduction to the merits of attending any honors college!

Date:   November 1st

Time:   6:30pm-8:00pm

Place:   Library of Veritas Preparatory Academy, 3102 N. 56th St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Parking just off 56th Street. Entry through front lobby.

Please sign up here [9] if you are planning on attending this event.

Parents Who Want to Understand Our School Culture – 11/1 @ 6:30pm
Anthem Prep commits to improving our school’s culture.  Parents are a critical part of our culture.  To facilitate an understanding of why a classical liberal arts education is best, our administrative team invites parents to a Socratic discussion on Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 PM.  You will gain insight into what makes the Anthem Prep curriculum so effective by reading and engaging in a rigorous seminar, much like your student experiences each day.  Please respond to Doug Pillsbury at dpillsbury@anthemprep.org [10] if you would like to attend this discussion.  Reading materials and a location will be e-mailed to all those who indicate interest.   Please e-mail with questions as well.

Anthem Prep Houses Give Books!

Anthem Prep Houses will be taking part in a book drive starting November 5 and lasting until winter break.

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!


HOUSE CONTEST – On Time Arrival to School- One Week Left!!!
Middle School and High School Students!!! One more week to go!!! We will continue our focus on arriving to school and classes on time.  Last week, Alopex (green) only had two students tardy to school all week! They secured the 50 points for their efforts. This week, in addition  to being on-time to school, a random period will be chosen throughout the day and the house that is on-time to both school and that period will secure the points.

Box Tops Contest

Thank you to all the families that sent in Box Tops.

Archway Classes:  The PSO is still tallying up the winner for Archway – to be announced soon.  Winning class will be awarded a Root Beer Float Celebration.

Prep Classes:  The winner of the Prep Box Top Contest is Alopex.  They have earned a color & jeans day which will be on Friday November 16th.  Congratulations Alopex!

4th Annual Spelling Bee
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:

  • Week of October 1, 2018 – Spelling Bee information was distributed to students and families.
  • November 5 – November 16, 2018 – First through eighth-grade classes will hold a Classroom Spelling Bee. The winner from each class section will advance to the school-wide spelling bee.
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – The Fourth Annual Anthem Prep/Archway 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 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 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? We encourage every student to prepare for participation in the Classroom Spelling Bee.

*Visit http://spellingbee.com/resources-students [11] to find additional materials and helpful strategies.

* Once students have mastered the 100 grade-specific words provided, move on to grade-level lists for first through eighth grade.

* 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 [12]. [12]

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 [13] or William Bertain, Dean of Academics|Master Teacher of History|Humane Letters & History Faculty at wbertain@anthemprep.org [14].

Latin Flashcard Photo Contest: 3rd – 5th grade students
As part of their daily homework, all 3rd-5th grade Latin students are asked to study their Latin flashcards for five minutes a night. But, oh, imagine the possibilities! Flashcards can be practiced via a host of games of one’s own creating, and they can also be practiced almost anywhere and in so many different situations! Mrs. Rightnour is happy to announce the 3rd Annual Latin Flashcard Photo Contest. Each 3rd-5th grade student may choose to enter our contest by entering up to 3 photos that show themselves studying their flashcards in creative and ingenious ways! Please see the attached flyer [15]  for more information on how your child can participate in a contest designed to fan the flames of a passion for studying!

Prep Chess Team Upcoming 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 [16]  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 [17]


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/ [18]

Archway families please use this link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/2372263/Archway-Classical-Academy/ [19]

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 [20]

Please email Mrs. Grubaugh with any questions. DGrubaugh@anthemprep.org [21].

11/2, 11/16 & 11/30 Spirit Shirt Day
K – 12th grades may wear approved spirit shirts, still following other uniform guidelines.

11/2 Donut Day $1
Senior Class Trip Event.  Donuts will be sold for $1 outside near the flag pole and in the commons from 7:30-7:50am.

11/9 Grand Canyon Field Trip – 8th Grade
All 8th grade families received an email with all of the details for the upcoming Grand Canyon Field Trip. The field trip will be on Friday, November 9.  Students will be picked up by two charter busses at the school, enjoy a sack lunch at the Grand Canyon, hike and complete a workbook about the formation of the Canyon.  Students will then be bussed to Williams, AZ for dinner at Pizza Hut.  The busses will return to Anthem Prep by 10:00 PM.

Please click HERE [22]  for the Parent Permission Form and click HERE [23]  for the Grand Canyon Letter.  Payment may be made via check (made payable to “Anthem Prep”) or payment may also be made via the payment portal as follows: https://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/482?code=EE5D51YpGZ. [24]  The PSO has arranged with Subway for a special field trip lunch for your student for the low price of $7.25!  Please click HERE [25] for the PSO Lunch Order Form to purchase lunch for your student for this field trip.

All forms (permission and lunch form if purchasing lunch) and payment must be completed no later than Friday, November 2, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Sylvester at jsylvester@anthemprep.org.  [26]

11/13 Phoenix Art Museum Field Trip – 11th Grade
All 11th grade families received an email with the details for the upcoming 11th grade field trip to the Phoenix Art Museum.  Students will be picked up at Anthem Prep at 9:00 AM and will return to the school by 2:30 PM.  Students may wear jeans (no holes) and either a spirit shirt or their regular uniform shirt.

Payments and the permission form for this field trip are available online only using the following link http://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/489/?code=RSDcNH6y5k. [27]  No 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 click HERE [28] for the PSO 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 Tuesday, November 6.  No extensions will be granted.

If your student is unable to attend this field trip, please email Jennifer Sylvester at jsylvester@anthemprep.org.  [26]

11/14 PSO Meeting
PSO Meeting will be held November 14th at 2pm in the Commons.  Please ensure that when you arrive you check in with the front desk and get a sticker.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  Times will be announced via the newsletter.  We hope to see you there!

11/16 Archway Legs for Literacy
Archway K-5th grade students donate $1 and wear bright colorful socks!

11/16 High School Coffee House Night
All currently enrolled high school students are invited to Coffee House Night.  Fall Coffee House is being hosted by Houses Enudris and Draconis on Friday November 16th from 6 -9pm outside under the sails!  High school students that would like to perform must fill out and return the Coffee House Sign Up Sheet available at the front office.

11/20 Grandparent’s Day Celebration
Tuesday November 20, 2018 2:00 – 3:30pm. Limited seating: first come, first served.  Click HERE [29]  for specific details. Online registration and payment only accepted through:  http://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/491/?code=7ssw1izSx7. [30]

Memorialize the fun by purchasing a photo with your grandchild for the low price of $5.00! Pictures are pre-purchase only at this link: http://anthemprep.configio.com/pd/495/?code=UFnkTlDFS7. [31] Pictures will be returned to families within two weeks of the event.  All proceeds go toward the 2019 Senior Trip to Washington, D.C.


Contact Information
Jennifer Sylvester, Director of Operations
jsylvester@anthemprep.org [26]

Shefali Kubavat, Office Manager
skubavat@anthemprep.org [32]
Attendance Line:
623-465-4776 Option 6
or ccarvolth@anthemprep.org [33]

Websites and Links

Anthem Prep Website [34]

AP Athletics Website [35]
Event Calendar [36]
AP High School & Middle School Tutoring Schedule [8]

“Like Us” on Facebook [37]

2018-19 School Calendar [38]

AP High School & Middle School Extra- Curricular Programs [39]

Archway Family Handbook [40]

Prep Family Handbook [7]

Latest News [7]

Family Directory [41]

Lunch Ordering [42] – Password “eagle7”

www.anthemprep.org [34]  [34]