Jan 21

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Coming soon to Arno…

Jan 21

MLK Observance- No school for students

Teacher PD

Jan 22

Metro Parks Cervantes

Jan 23

No events

Jan 24

Arno Olympics 6:00

Jan 25

No events

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Jan 28

No events

Jan 29

No events

Jan 30

No events

Jan 31

PTA 6:30

Feb 1

PBIS reward

 

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence-

 

 

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Parent Surveys

It’s that time of year already in our school improvement planning where we need to send out surveys to our Arno stakeholders.  You will have the opportunity to take a brief survey from the State of Michigan rating some of your experiences here at Arno.  The survey will be available  Jan 18 to Feb. 7.  We will be providing the link to it via email blast on that day, as well as posting it in the blog below.  If you are unable to access via computer, we will also have a computer set up in the office if you wish to take it there.  Giving us good feedback helps us plan better to meet the needs of every Cougar stakeholder.  In addition, students and staff also take a similar survey during the school day.

All of the feedback you provide is then summarized and becomes part of our school improvement plan for the 2018-19 school year.  Thank you very much, please click on the link to start the survey:

https://tinyurl.com/arnosurvey

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Winter conferences are coming up quick on February 6 and 7 from 5:00-7:30 each night.  This conference is slightly different in that not every family generally attends, but is still open as an option for all who would like a conference with the teacher.  Some fast facts:

1. If your classroom teacher is requesting a conference with you, you will receive a notice.

2. If you did not receive a notice from the teacher, you may still request a conference with the teacher OR decide that you don’t feel a conference is necessary at this time.

3. All classroom links will come from the teacher and be live on this Friday’s  blog release to sign up for a time on signupgenius for those who need to attend conferences.

4. Report Cards go home on March 15

**Once again, please do not sign up for a slot on signupgenius if a conference is not needed at this point.

Conference Links:

 

Haskin https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AACAD2DA0FC1-haskin3
Johnson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E49ACAD23A1F94-johnson
DiCarlo https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a8a629a6fc1-dicarlo1
Stanley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4faea82dabf94-stanley
Pushman https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a92eaaf58-pushman1
Watson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4CAFAC28AA8-watson6
Martinchick https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA4A92CA20-martinchick6
Schultz https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-schultz2
Cervantes https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444A8A62DA7F85-cervantes1
Amonette https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaaa22a1fd0-amonette2
Wesley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8af2aa0fe3-wesley2
Warneck https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-warneck2
Guyot https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EAAAC2EA4F94-guyot1
Smalley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8ac2caaf85-smalley2
Trionfi https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944aaaa28a0fc1-trionfi2
Kalis https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-parent
Creutz https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44abac2da0fa7-creutz2
Hool https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-hool1
Higgins https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-higgins1
Jensen https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba9a62ca5f49-jensen2
Bleau https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094ea8a728a6fd0-bleau
Byrne https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4caaa729a1ff2-msbyrne1

 

 

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Arno Olympics

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From the PTA

Welcome Back! We hope you all had a safe and Happy Holiday!

Way to go Arno Cougars we had the most students enter the Reflections contest in the AP District. Stay tuned to see if any of the Arno students will move on to the state wide Reflections.

We are looking for support for the APHS Food Pantry again this year. A box will be placed in our main office to collect items from Monday January 14th through Friday January 25th. Suggested items are cereal, cereal breakfast bars, pop tarts, and any canned food items such as vegetables, fruits, and tuna. Pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, various types of snacks, and any quick fix meal or food item. We are also looking for personal hygiene items to be donated as well as socks. A PTA member will be transporting our boxes to the HS Pantry. Thank you again for your continuous support for our Allen Park Families.

 Your Arno PTA presents Mother Son Bowling night on January 18, 2019 from 7-9:30 pm at Skore Lanes in Taylor.     

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REMINDER! Our PTA meeting for January will take place on the 31st at 6:30 p.m.! We cannot wait to see all your smiling faces!

 

December Safeties of the Month

Emma Brown

Ben Klos

Grace Nation

They received a certificate at our last Safety Meeting, and their picture will be displayed on the board by the office.

 

From the District

Dear APPS Families:

If your family is being affected by the government shut down, please see resources attached, as well as information on http://julieslist.homestead.com/ orhttp://allenparksocialworkers.weebly.com/

Also, please feel free to submit a meal benefit application to see if your child(ren) qualify for free/reduced meals.  Paper applications can be found at your school office or they can be printed off the website – allenparkschools.com – Food Services tab.  If you have any questions you can also call the Food Services Office at 313-827-2185.

Thank you.

Barbara Zdrodowski

Administrative Assistant to

Michael H. Darga, Superintendent

Allen Park Public Schools

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Yoga has started…

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Board of Education Announcement – Congrats!

 Congratulations to Mr. Michael J. Klein, Mr. Robert Loyd, Mrs. Jeannette MacDonald and Mrs. Julie Sheppard (incumbent), officially becoming members of the Allen Park Board of Education after taking the Oath of Office last evening.

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Also on January 14, 2019 the Allen Park Board of Education conducted its annual organizational meeting, selecting the following as 2019 Board Officers:

Mr. Gordon Miller – President

Mr. Michael J. Klein – Vice President of Operations

Mr. Robert Loyd – Vice President of Human Resources

Mrs. Jeannette MacDonald – Vice President of Teaching & Learning

Mr. Rick Moynihan – Vice President of Extra Curricular Issues

Mrs. Julie Sheppard – Secretary

Dr. Jennifer Warren – Treasurer

The insight, concern for the well-being of all students, and professional experiences of these civic-minded individuals will contribute significantly to the Allen Park Public Schools.  We are grateful for their commitment to serve the school community and wish everyone the best of luck as we strive to make this year the very best for children throughout the District.

Barbara Zdrodowski

Administrative Assistant to

Michael H. Darga, Superintendent

 

You are cordially invited to participate in a unique program presented by the Allen Park High School Drama Club that will pair books, one of our favorite Disney Princesses and an opportunity to create a deeper love for reading in elementary aged students.

Parent Requirements: If you choose for your child to participate, you will be asked to help them in two ways.  The first is for them to keep a reading log showing at least 20 minutes of reading per day for the length of the program.  The second is to bring them on four separate Saturdays to the Allen Park Center for the Arts for a read-aloud with Ariel and her friends from The Little Mermaid.  At these events, students who bring their reading log will be able to choose a free, new book to take home.

Student Requirements: Students will keep a reading log showing at least 20 minutes of reading every night beginning January 26.  Join us on four Saturday mornings sit with Ariel and her friends as they read a story.  After Storytime, students will get their logs stamped and be invited to choose a book to take home, free of charge (total of four free books per participating child).  Students who complete the program will be given a free ticket to our stage production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on their choice of performance dates: March 15,16,17, 22, 23, 2019.

Storytime dates are:

January 26, 2019 @11:00 a.m.

February 9, 2019 @11:00 a.m.

February 23, 2019 @11:00 a.m.

March 9, 2019 @11:00 a.m.

Please fill out a reservation form to reserve your child’s spot in the fantastic program!

Reading Under the Sea Registration Form  OR visit the site http://bit.ly/readingunderthesea

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Kelly Klug at 734-341-0160 or email kelly.klug@lpps.info

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Congratulations to Mrs. Warneck

The MEEMIC foundation stopped by Arno this past week and presented Mrs. Warneck with a nice check for a grant that she applied for.  Due to this grant, her class will get to enjoy a computer program that with help with academics.

 

Congratulations to all of our PTA Reflections Contest Winners!

 

 

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Thunderbowl Bowling

If you are interested in an after school bowling club for your child, please take a look at the flyer below.

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Thunderbowl Visits Arno

Mrs. Dalton recently had some people from Thunderbowl lanes come out and help teach our Cougars some bowling skills.

 

 

 

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Jan 7, 2019

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Coming soon to Arno…

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Jan 7

School Resumes

Jan 8

No events

Jan 9

Reflections district celebration APAC 6:30

Jan 10

No events

Jan 11

No events

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Jan 14

Caring Cougar Week Begins

Jan 15

Title I Parent Night 6:00

Jan 16

No events

Jan 17

ALICE Drill 1:30

Jan 18

Play at APAC Grades 2-5

Mother/Son night Skore Lanes

 

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence-

 

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On behalf of all the staff at Arno, we wish you and your family

a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!

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Arno students send Christmas cheer!

Thanks Mr. Creutz and Mr. Skebo for another great performance!

 

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From the PTA

Christmas is almost here! Have you been Naughty or Nice? Of course, ALL our Arno Cougars are on the nice list! December 22nd though January 6th is Arno’s Winter Break! School will resume January 7th and we cannot wait to hear about your wonderful Holiday! We hope all our Arno families have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

Calling all Dad’s! Have you joined the ARNO PTA? We are looking to add “dad” memberships to the ARNO PTA! Dads, stepdads, uncles, grandfathers etc. ALL count! To join the ARNO PTA please visit https://arnopta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/2860 or complete a membership form along with the $7 membership fee. ***When you join the PTA before December 28th 2018 each new “dad” membership will be entered to win a free couples entry to the Mother/Son night or Daddy/Daughter Dance***

Our District Reflections Tea Luncheon is on January 9th. Invitations have been sent home to the Reflections winners.

Save the date! Mother/Son night is coming up quick on January 18th at Score Lanes!  A Sign-Up Genius link will be sent out soon.

Save the date! We have our Family Caring – Pantry Food Drive for Allen Park’s Community Pantry (inside APHS) going on from January 14th through January 25th.

REMINDER! We do not have a PTA meeting at the beginning of January, our next PTA meeting is on January 31st and we cannot wait to see all your smiling faces!

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Yoga is back…

Arno Elementary School Before School Yoga

Who: All students Grade K-5 are welcome!

When: 8:10-8:25 a.m. every Thursday

Where: The Arno Elementary School Gym

*please enter through the main office doors*

Why: Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness. Fostering cooperation and compassion is a great gift to give our children. Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.

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Title I Workshop

Please see the open invitation below for another parent informational evening on Jan 15

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Board Recognition

In case you haven’t heard yet, Mrs. Warneck, Dr. Chuby, and Mr. Creutz were honored Monday at the Board meeting for their involvement in the vocabulary our students enjoy every week, and coordination through broadcast.  They informed the Board of the reasons behind the program, and also showed a great clip with Bernie Smilovitz.  Well done- we are very proud of them for all the extra effort to benefit our kids!

 

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Calling all Dads!

 

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Christmas Choir Concert

What a fun way to get into the spirit of the season from watching our awesome Cougars sing holiday songs!  It was all very festive and our kids did a great job!

Metro Parks Visits Arno

Third grade welcomed Metro Parks to learn about French “Voyageurs”

 

AP K9 Unit pays a visit to 3rd grade

A Big THANKS to Officer Franco and his K9 Phantom for their visit to Arno!  The students were so excited to see them after reading a story about a K9 officer.

 

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Time to pack for Kalahari

Please see the attached brochure for another Arno fundraiser at Kalahari Resort.

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Take a peek at Santa’s Reindeer

https://reindeercam.com/

 

 

 Track Santa with NORAD help

https://www.noradsanta.org/

 

From the District

We are pleased to announce OPEN SWIM times in APPS – come spend a fun evening of swimming with your friends and family – details attached.

Attached is info for Swim Lessons at ALL age levels, as well as Barracuda Swim Team-Competitive Swim Program practice and registration information.

Thanks!


Open Swim Winter 2019.pdf
SWIM LESSONS flyer Winter 2019.pdf
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Keep Skills Sharp During Winter Break

Help your child stay at the top of his learning game during the holiday vacation no flashcards involved!


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Winter break means a well-deserved reprieve from homework and daily obligations. But before you know it, the holidays will be over and it will be back to the bus stop. To prepare for a smooth re-entry and a successful second semester, don’t let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during winter vacation. Try these family-friendly activities to keep skills sharp:

  • Read for pleasure. Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories like The Night Before Christmas or the newest installment from his favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to stash schoolbooks and read for fun. Encourage relatives to give books as holiday gifts or gather in front of the fire (big kids too!) to take turns reading from classic tales.
  • Cook up an easy lesson. Invite your child into the kitchen to help you whip up a special dish — from Christmas cookies to potato pancakes. All of those half-tablespoon and quarter-cup measurements are great practice with fractions.
  • Write thank-you notes. Penning notes of appreciation to gift-givers teaches gratitude and helps polish writing and spelling skills. Not sure what to say? Check out our thank-you note template for wording. One final tip: a mug of hot cocoa can make this task feel more festive!
  • Make the most of car rides. Turn the drive to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice letters and numbers. You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates, or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see. For another take on this fun idea, you can have your kids play license plate bingo with this free printable.
  • Maintain reasonable bedtimes. With no school to get up for in the morning, it can be tempting to let kids become night owls. A few days before school starts up again, ease back into the regular bedtime schedule so your child can start the year bright-eyed.
  • Ask for grocery list assistance. Have your child help choose what to buy, decide how much you need, check your supplies to see what you’ve already got, write or draw pictures on the list, and sort coupons.
  • Let kids help with online shopping. Need a last-minute gift for Grandma or Uncle Joe? Log onto your favorite shopping sites and let your child help you select presents. This helps children work on their computer and research skills.
  • Have a family game night. Chances are many of your family’s favorite board and card games reinforce skills such as counting, reading, and drawing. Gather the group to play games you usually don’t have time for on school nights.

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Dec. 10

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Coming soon to Arno…

Dec. 10

No events

Dec. 11

Restaurant Fundraiser

Dec. 12

No events

Dec. 13

No events

Dec. 14

Early Dismissal 11:30 *************

Dec. 17

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Christmas sing-along 2:30

Dec. 18

Choir Concert 6:30 APAC

Dec. 19

Kindergarten to Marquis theater 9:00

Dec. 20

No events

Dec. 21

Christmas Break begins at the end of day

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Jan 7

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

 

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

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Warming Tree

In the spirit of sharing holiday warmth, we will be collecting new, warm outerwear like hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to share on our warming tree located in the main hallway.  Please consider donating to help out less fortunate children by December 21.  Thank you for your help.

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Congrats Mrs. Cervantes! Outstanding Educator

Congrats Mrs. Manson! Support Personnel

From the PTA

This year we are holding a brand-new fundraiser at Five Below and just in time for the Christmas Holiday! This fundraiser will be held from December 14-16th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Allen Park location. 10% of your total purchase will be donated BACK to Arno Elementary PTA! The flyer for this event will be sent home next week. Remember to bring the flyer that is being sent home to the event, so we can get credit for your purchase! Go grab your stocking stuffers and gifts folks!

Congratulations to our Founder’s Day Winners!

Business Partner: Awesome Audio Video Solutions

Support Personnel: Heather Manson

Outstanding Program: Fun Run

Distinguished Service Award: Julie Hegedus

Outstanding Educator: Alexandra Cervantes

Spirit wear orders will be arriving around December 17th just in time for Christmas. They will be sent home with your littles so keep a look out!

Calling all Dads!!! We are looking to add as many “dad” memberships to the PTA! Dads, stepdads, uncles, grandfather etc. ALL count! To join the ARNO PTA please visit https://arnopta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/2860 OR submit a completed membership form along with the $7 membership fee to the ARNO office.

**When you join the PTA before December 28th 2018 each new “dad” membership will be entered to win a free couples entry to the Mother/Son night or Daddy/Daughter Dance.**

Congratulations to all our Reflections Winners! We had an amazing group of students this year! An invitation to the District wide celebration will be sent home in January.

Primary pre-K to 2nd

Literature:
Gabriel Minton     Mrs. Watson
Brady Proctor      Mrs. Watson
Visual Arts:
Nina Hegedus.     Mrs. Martinchick
Landon Yuhaz      Mrs. Martinchick
Music Composition:
Leyla Franklin        Mrs. Schultz

Intermediate: Grades 3-5
Literature:
Ava Proctor        Mrs. Smalley
Alle Bailey        Mrs. Smalley

 

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Calling all Dads!

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Five Below PTA Fundraiser

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Congratulations…

To all of our students who entered the PTA sponsored Reflections contest on “Heroes around me“.  We are so very proud that so many students entered this year.  As part of that contest, winners are picked for each category and will go on to the state judging where they can earn additional recognition.  All of our state winners are below!

Primary pre-k to 2nd

Literature:
Gabriel Minton     Mrs. Watson
Brady Proctor       Mrs. Watson

Visual Arts:
Nina Hegedus      Mrs. Martinchick
Landon Yuhaz      Mrs. Martinchick

Music Composition:
Leyla Franklin        Mrs. Schultz

Intermediate: grades 3-5

Literature:
Ava Proctor         Mrs. Smalley
Alle Bailey            Mrs. Smalley

Music Composition:
Loren Minton       Ms. Higgins

Photography:
Dennis Hougas    Mrs. Warneck

Visual Arts:
Grace Nation        Ms. Higgins
Loren Minton       Ms. Higgins

Film:
Alyssa Thomas    Mr. Creutz

Reflections Recognition and Celebration Breakfast

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Time to pack for Kalahari

Please see the attached brochure for another Arno fundraiser at Kalahari Resort.

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Safeties of the Month

Congratulations to November’s Shining Stars!

Luke Ferroni

Mallory Hool

Isabella Bergman

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New Band Website

Please click on the link below to view Mr. Skebo’s band website

Welcome!

 

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Looking for more ways you can help your child at home?

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How about Math?

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Information from F.A.N

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District-wide Holiday Toy Box Drive

The annual district-wide toy drive for local families, as in the past we are looking for donations of new or gently used clothing and toys.  The box for drop off is in the main office at our school until December.  Please consider donating something if you are able.

 

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Health Corner

Winter time brings some additional challenges to school aside from the cold weather.  Below are a few reminders for helping our students to stay safe and healthy at school:

  • Wash hands frequently — especially after using the restroom, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough — cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Encourage children to put hats and gloves into coat sleeves when hanging among others’ items.

Please report all cases of communicable illnesses or circumstances to our office when reporting your child’s absence.

** Students should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.

** Students who have been treated for head lice must have a head check in the office before returning to class, even if the head lice was discovered over the weekend.

 

By reporting these things to our staff, we can limit the spread of germs and other things.  The two attachments contain additional information that may be helpful to you.  Please know that information related to illnesses is kept confidential.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Brr!  The weather has turned chilly!  Although our afternoons are often warmer than mornings, please send your child to school with a warm coat daily.  We definitely want to take advantage of the sunny fall weather to play on our playground and with our fun new equipment, but need to be dressed appropriately!  It’s always a good idea to dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures.  Please label your child’s jackets and sweaters so they can find their way back to their owners if left somewhere.  The Lost & Found is currently full of items needing to be claimed!

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Nov 26

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Coming soon to Arno…

Nov. 26

No events

Nov. 27

Reflections Celebrations

Nov. 28

No events

Nov. 29

No events

Nov. 30

PBIS Reward

End of the 1st Trimester

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Dec. 3

No events

Dec. 4

No events

Dec. 5

No events

Dec. 6

PTA Meeting 6:30

Dec. 7

Report Cards go home

 

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

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Please take a moment and read the communication link below for information on our Nov. 26th launch date for the new buzzer security system.

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From the PTA

Happy Thanksgiving from the ARNO PTA! We hope you all have a happy, safe, and fun Holiday and we will see you back at school on November 26th!

The Reflections Celebration for the students that have participated in the event will take place on 11/27/18. Invitations have been sent home.

We are in need of a few volunteers to help out during the celebration. If you would like to volunteer please sign up using this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca4aa2aa4fe3-20184

The Founders day nominations are due 11/30 please take a look at the link and submit and nomination!

 The categories are (last years winners are listed next to each category and can not be nominated again this year):

§  Outstanding educator-Nikkie Stanley

§  Distinguished service award-Shannon Mihalik

§  Outstanding business partner-ATS Tax Service

§  Outstanding program-Fun Run

§  Outstanding support personnel-Tim Tanskley

§  Council member of the year-Paulette Lenart

§  Michigan Life membership-Michelle DesJardins

All nominations are due by Friday, November 30th and will be voted on at the December PTA meeting. Nomination forms can be downloaded by visiting: https://sites.google.com/site/apptacouncil/founders-day.

Please submit your nominations to the ARNO office in a sealed envelope marked “PTA President- Founders’ Day” OR via email to arnopta@gmail.com with the subject: “PTA President- Founders’ Day”

The next PTA meeting is on 12/6/18 at 6:30 PM. The Founders’ Day voting will be held during this meeting so bundle up and come see us and vote! We hope to see you all there!

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Special visitor to Arno

Mrs. Smalley’s nephew, Caleb Foote, starring in ABC’s “The Kids are Alright” paid a special visit to our 4th grade today.  Check out some pics below and you can see his show on ABC every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

 

Conference totals

Thank you once again for attending parent/teacher conferences.  Arno had 84% of parents attend this fall, up 1% from last year!

 

 

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District-wide Holiday Toy Box Drive

The annual district-wide toy drive for local families, as in the past we are looking for donations of new or gently used clothing and toys.  The box for drop off is in the main office at our school until December.  Please consider donating something if you are able.

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Kindergarteners Feast

Now this is the best kind of stuffing…

 

 

Board Recognition

Last blog we let our families and staff know that our social worker, Sandy Bennett, was awarded a Career Achievement Award at her state conference.  During the November Board meeting, she was recognized for her efforts and her outstanding work she does to service our Allen Park students, parents, and staff.

The Career Achievement Award is a prestigious honor, not annually awarded by MASSW.  In fact, there have been only 5 in the last 70 years and our Sandy is now one of the elite!

This award is reserved for recognizing an individual who has demonstrated exemplary services as a School Social Worker over a significant period of time, has developed creative programs, services, and/or interventions to improve or enhance the lives of children and families in the State of Michigan.

Congratulations Mrs. Bennett!!

 

 

 

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New!! Safeties of the Month from Ms. Higgins

I just wanted to share the exciting news of Safety of Month!  Each month I have selected 3 safeties to be “Safety of the Month.”  I have chosen an outdoor safety, a kindergarten/young 5’s safety and a door/hallway/bus safety  The safeties were awarded last month and were super excited for the honors!

If you notice a safety going above and beyond, please shoot me an email with their name, so they may be recognized!

Here are our September and October Safeties of the Month:

September:  Bailey Ellis, Ethan Armstrong, and Adrian Gonzalez

October: Katie Watkins, Sammy Unger, and Peter Lenart

 

Parent information on the 3rd grade reading law

You can expand it below

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DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Brr!  The weather has turned chilly!  Although our afternoons are often warmer than mornings, please send your child to school with a warm coat daily.  We definitely want to take advantage of the sunny fall weather to play on our playground and with our fun new equipment, but need to be dressed appropriately!  It’s always a good idea to dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures.  Please label your child’s jackets and sweaters so they can find their way back to their owners if left somewhere.  The Lost & Found is currently full of items needing to be claimed!

November Greetings from the District

Some fun, local opportunities for kids:

1. Black Friday Musical Theater Camp – Arts Detroit (Allen Park Location)

2. Dance Classes for Pages 4+ – Arts Detroit (Allen Park Locations/Schools)

3. Winter Basketball Academy-City of Allen Park, partnering with the Detroit Pistons for students in Grades 3-8

4. Allen Park Ice Arena November/December calendar/OPEN SKATING TIMES


Black Friday Musical Theater Camp & Dance at Arts Detroit in AP.pdf

Pop Can Tabs

Madeline Every has been collecting pop can tabs at our schools to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit for a number of years now and she continues this very important effort.  There will be a collection box in the office where you can drop off pop can tabs off to support her favorite charity.

 

 

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Nov. 12

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Coming soon to Arno….

Nov. 12

Book Fair Week Begins

Nov. 13

Book Fair

Nov. 14

Book Fair open until 6:30

Nov. 15

Book Fair

Picture Retake Day

Title I parent night 6:00

Nov. 16

Book Fair wrap up

 

Nov. 19

No events

Nov. 20

Early Dismissal 11:30

Teacher PD p.m.

Nov. 21

No School

Nov. 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov. 23

Shop ’till you drop

 

 

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

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Picture Retake

Picture retake day is Nov. 15.  For those students who would like to get their picture retaken and bought a package, they MUST bring their package down to the cameras for an even exchange.  

 

Book Fair coming…

🎡The Book Fair is Coming! The Book Fair is Coming!!🎡

Step right up and join the fun! We are seeking volunteers to help fill the remaining spots for our first ever Carnival Themed Follett Book Fair! The fun begins on Monday, November 12th and continues through Friday, November 14th. There is an additional spot to help during our “Evening Peformance”, Wednesday Family Fun Night! All volunteers will receive a 20% discount for each shift worked! There are various opportunities to help, so please see the link below.

Students will begin previewing the fair on Monday and Tuesday during the day and begin purchasing books Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! This years fair features new titles, less toys, and for the first time EVER, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc may purchase a Follett Gift Card to send with their child on their purchase date (please see the parent letter that was sent home attached to their students book fair flyer for more information or the link below)! We also encourage parents and other important adults in their students lives to visit the fair with their student(s) on their preview and/or purchase dates!

Help us make this the greatest show at Arno!

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Gift Card Link Informationwww.follettgift.com

Volunteer Signup for 2018 Follett Book Fair

Step right up and join the fun!

We are seeking volunteers to help out with the Follett Book Fair!

All volunteers will receive a 20% discount for each shift worked!

There are various opportunities available each day (9:00-12:30 and/or 1:00-3:15). Of course if you decide to join us for both opportunities, you will earn double the discount!

There will be additional opportunities for an evening “performance” on November 14th from 4:00-6:30 pm.

Help make this the greatest show!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca4aa2aa4fe3-volunteer3

Reflections Contest Entries have been EXTENDED until Monday, November 12th. Please turn entries into your teacher by the end of the school day! Let’s see all our wonderful artists!

ARNO SPIRIT WEAR IS BACK AND WITH MORE OPTIONS!!!  We have Hoodie’s and T-shirts (3 different color options) available. Order yours today and have it before Christmas! Order forms or online purchases are due by Monday November 19th.

Please visit https://arnopta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/6704

 

We are excited to announce that the PTA is accepting nominations for this year’s Founder’s Day Dinner and Award Ceremony. Tickets will be available closer to the date.

The awards portion of the dinner presents a very special opportunity to honor people who have worked so tirelessly to give outstanding service to children throughout the school year. Please take some time to think about someone who fits each of the categories and the reasons they deserve this recognition:

 

  • Outstanding educator
  • Distinguished service award
  • Outstanding business partner
  • Outstanding program
  • Outstanding support personnel
  • Council member of the year
  • Michigan Life membership

 

All nominations are due by Friday, November 30th and will be voted on at the December PTA meeting. Nomination forms can be downloaded by visiting: https://sites.google.com/site/apptacouncil/founders-day.

Please submit your nominations to the ARNO office in a sealed envelope marked “PTA President – Founders’ Day” OR via email to ARNO PTA president at arnopta@gmail.com with the subject: “PTA President – Founders’ Day.

Our Angelina’s fundraiser brought in a profit of $318! Thank you to everyone who came out and had an awesome taco Tuesday with us!

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District-wide Holiday Toy Box Drive

The annual district-wide toy drive for local families, as in the past we are looking for donations of new or gently used clothing and toys.  The box for drop off is in the main office at our school until December.  Please consider donating something if you are able.

 

Spirit Wear coming soon…

Please click on the flyer below for more info on ordering Arno spirit wear!

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Congratulations Sandy Bennett!

While attending the annual Michigan Association of School Social Workers State Conference in Kalamazoo, our very own Sandy Bennett was awarded the Career Achievement Award at the banquet last evening – it was a complete surprise to her!

The Career Achievement Award is a prestigious honor, not annually awarded by MASSW.  In fact, there have been only 5 in the last 70 years and our Sandy is now one of the elite!

This award is reserved for recognizing an individual who has demonstrated exemplary services as a School Social Worker over a significant period of time, has developed creative programs, services, and/or interventions to improve or enhance the lives of children and families in the State of Michigan.

Sandy Bennett has contributed significant time and effort to advance the visibility and viability of School Social Work throughout the State of Michigan through involvement on MASSW local and state level Boards, political action and advocacy and teaching, instructing and mentoring School Social Work interns and School Social Workers.  Sandy’s career spans 4 decades and she has been with Allen Park Public Schools for over 20 years.  Sandy’s professional contributions have been significant and far reaching, spanning across the State of Michigan and extending throughout the entire Midwest Region; devoting innumerable hours in support of her beloved profession of School Social Work.

It is with a tremendous amount of pride that we congratulate Sandy on this prestigious and well-deserved honor.  Please join the Allen Park Board of Education on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Allen Park High School, Large Group Instruction Room, as we honor and celebrate Sandy Bennett!

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Detroit Pistons Pay a Visit to Arno

 

 

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Thank you

It was great to see so many families out for parent/teacher conferences.  As research has shown, a strong home-school connection is critical to a student’s academic success!  If you ever have questions or concerns, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher.

Scary Halloween Cougars

Parade

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Creepy Underwear… in Media 

 

Great Job to our Principal of the Day!

Principal for the day Nina Hegedus did an awesome job helping to run Arno last week as she made her way through classrooms, the lunchroom, and even delivered the Super cougar pizza lunch awards!

 

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Title I Writing Workshop

for Parents  (Grades K-5)  

 

When:                    Thursday, November 15, 2018  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:                  @ Arno Elementary in the Media Center

                                  Enter through the main office door

                                     (Arno is located @ 7500 Fox St.)

Presenter:            Eastern Michigan University – Writing    

                                 Consultants

Topic:                     “How to Help Your Child with Writing”

You are invited to this writing parent workshop to learn strategies to help your child improve his/her writing skills at home.

This workshop is scheduled (for parents only) from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at Arno Elementary School (313-827-1050) or Bennie Elementary School (313-827-1300).

Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara Chuby: Reading Specialist/Title I at Arno

Sandy Artman: Reading Specialist/Title I at Bennie

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Go Noodle PBIS Reward

Arno students got movin for our most recent PBIS reward for those meeting the daily expectations.

 

Metro Parks

A big Thanks to Mrs. Warneck for all of her effort in bringing Metro Parks to our school every year.  This fun educational program gives our students great information on all things nature.

 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Brr!  The weather has turned chilly!  Although our afternoons are often warmer than mornings, please send your child to school with a warm coat daily.  We definitely want to take advantage of the sunny fall weather to play on our playground and with our fun new equipment, but need to be dressed appropriately!  It’s always a good idea to dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures.  Please label your child’s jackets and sweaters so they can find their way back to their owners if left somewhere.  The Lost & Found is currently full of items needing to be claimed!

Pop Can Tabs

Madeline Every has been collecting pop can tabs at our schools to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit for a number of years now and she continues this very important effort.  There will be a collection box in the office where you can drop off pop can tabs off to support her favorite charity.

 

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Picture retake day is Nov. 15th

 

 

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS

In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz

 

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Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

FREE and REDUCED Lunch Application

 

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Oct. 29

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Coming soon to Arno…

Oct. 29

PBIS Reward

Oct. 30

PTA Membership Drive Class reward

Metro Parks Schultz

Oct. 31

Halloween Parade 10:00

Early Dismissal 11:30

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Nov. 1

Principal for the Day winner- Nina Hegedus

PTA Meeting 6:30

Nov. 2

No events

Nov. 5

No events

Nov. 6

No events

Nov. 7

P/T Conf 5:00-7:30

Nov. 8

Early dismissal 11:30

P/T Conf 12:45-3:15/5:00-7:30

Nov. 9

Reflections entries are due

 

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

Arno has been awarded MIHeart Safe Designation

This is awarded to schools that have completed criteria such as

AED and CPR training and a cardiac emergency response plan.

Arno is one of only 211 schools with this designation

in the state and it is issued  for the next three years.

Congratulations to our staff on maintaining a

safe environment for all students, staff, and visitors

 

 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 7/8 as parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner.  The sign up links for your child’s teacher are below. Be sure to click the link to get a time slot.  The annual PTA Book Fair will be the following week this year with a parent night to purchase on November 14 from 3:30-6:30

 

Haskin https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AACAD2DA0FC1-mrs
Johnson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-johnson
DiCarlo https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a8a629a6fc1-dicarlo2
Stanley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FAEA82DABF94-msstanley
Pushman https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a92eaaf58-pushman1
Watson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4CAFAC28AA8-watson5
Martinchick https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ea4a92ca20-martinchick5
Schultz https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-schultz1
Cervantes https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EAAAC2EA4F94-cervantes
Amonette https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaaa22a1fd0-amonette1
Wesley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8af2aa0fe3-wesley1
Warneck https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-warneck1
Guyot https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4ab22a5fb6-guyot1
Smalley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8ac2caaf85-smalley1
Trionfi https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-trionfi1
Kalis https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-kalis1
Creutz https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-creutz
Hool https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA82CA5FA7-hool4
Higgins https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-higgins
Jensen  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba9a62ca5f49-jensen3
Bleau https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA8A728A6FD0-bleau
Byrne https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4CAAA729A1FF2-msbyrne
ELL Teacher

Ferrante

(Anyone receiving ELL services)

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084da5a629a5fa7-english

 

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Title I Writing Workshop

for Parents  (Grades K-5)  

 

When:                    Thursday, November 15, 2018  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:                  @ Arno Elementary in the Media Center

                                  Enter through the main office door

                                     (Arno is located @ 7500 Fox St.)

Presenter:            Eastern Michigan University – Writing    

                                 Consultants

Topic:                     “How to Help Your Child with Writing”

You are invited to this writing parent workshop to learn strategies to help your child improve his/her writing skills at home.

This workshop is scheduled (for parents only) from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at Arno Elementary School (313-827-1050) or Bennie Elementary School (313-827-1300).

Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara Chuby: Reading Specialist/Title I at Arno

Sandy Artman: Reading Specialist/Title I at Bennie

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From the PTA

The next PTA Meeting is on November 1st, in the Arno Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. As always, free childcare for school aged children will be provided. Spirt wear will also be sold (cash, check and credit card is accepted). 

NEW spirit wear options are coming! Watch for flyers to come home soon!

Our “Get The Scoop” Membership Drive has wrapped up! We are happy to announce that the following classes have won……… Martinchick’s class is in first place with 23 members, Smalley’s class is in second with 22 members and Wesley’s class is in third place with 19 members!!  These classes will be enjoying an ice cream social on October 30th and the teacher’s will have book fair money to spend for their class! As of right now we have 157 PTA members. Our goal for the month of November is to recruit at least 10 more business memberships, public official memberships, or outside/community members. Can you help us reach our goal?

 

Holiday Fever is almost here! Join us on Saturday November 3rd at the Allen Park High School from 9am-3pm. There will be a craft and vendor show, mom 2 mom sale, tin can raffle and concessions. Admission is $1 (over age 12). Proceeds go to the PTA Council scholarship fund. This is a perfect time to start your Holiday shopping!

Reflections is well underway. Entries are due on November 9th to your teacher. Get Creative!
This is your chance to tell a story about “Hero’s Around Me” through one of the following :
Dance Choreography
Film Production
Literature
Music Composition
Photography
Visual Arts

Just a reminder that our Carnival themed book fair is coming soon! Look for more information starting next week and a signup genius link to go out soon! Volunteers receive 20% off their purchase for each full shift they work!!

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Cougars go for a Scary Skate….

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Building up to Kindergarten

We had a terrific turnout for our second annual Preschool meeting with parents and their preschooler.  This is an event that is open to all of our local preschools in the area and is designed to give parents a better understanding of the skills that their child will need as they enter kindergarten next fall.   We had amazing 41 families from various preschools attend the event, more than double the amount over last year.

A huge thanks to our Kindergarten staff , Nickie Stanley, Cristina DiCarlo, and Megan Johnson, for an excellent job on helping our future kindergartners be better prepared for next year.

The presentation slides can be seen below- there will be Part 2 of Building up to Kindergarten in the winter.

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Limo and Lunch

Congrats again to all of our Top Sellers for this year’s Fun Run- we had a great time with our limo ride to Red Robin’s and then an ice cream at Mickey D’s!

 

Therapy dogs start in Mrs. Jensen’s room

 

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Fire Safety Assembly

Thank you our Allen Park fire Department for coming out to Arno for another excellent fire safety assembly!

 

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From the District

Dear AP School Community,
Please support the Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council Scholarship fund with your time, donations and talents at Holiday Fever on Nov. 3!  Since 1959 the PTA Council has awarded scholarships to AP graduating seniors with your generous support.
Sign up to donate food or paper products — or work a shift before or after you shop! 
Rent at table for the Craft Show or Mom 2 Mom Sale at
Share the Holiday Fever Facebook event  with friends and family.
Thank you!
Sandy Winkler Hoback
Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council

Pop Can Tabs

Madeline Every has been collecting pop can tabs at our schools to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit for a number of years now and she continues this very important effort.  There will be a collection box in the office where you can drop off pop can tabs off to support her favorite charity.

 

Time to roll out the costumes…

 

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Picture retake day is Nov. 15th

 

 

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS

In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz

 

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Food Drive

Please see the attached flier for information on a food drive that be will be occuring at Arno from Oct. 22-Nov. 9th.  Boxes will be brought in, and collected by the coordinator.

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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on the kids and come on down to Arno on Oct. 31 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 4th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Please join us around the outside perimeter of the playground for the best seats.  It is a district PD day with an 11:30 dismissal that morning.

 

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again starting Oct. 9th!  Smencils will be sold on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30p.  The proceeds from Smencils benefits the PBIS program at Arno.  With the funds, we are able to have great monthly incentives such as pizza lunches for Super Cougars and Zumba.  The prices for items are as follows:

Smencils: $1

Smens: $2

Smencils Pouches: $8

Happy Smelling!

 

 

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Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

FREE and REDUCED Lunch Application

 

Oct. 15

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Coming soon to Arno…

Oct. 15

No events

Oct. 16

PTA Angelinas Fundraiser

4th grade DTE 12:00

Oct. 17

No events

Oct. 18

No events

Oct. 19

No events

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Oct. 22

No events

Oct. 23

No events

Oct. 24

Preschool Title 1 event 4:30-5:30

Oct. 25

No events

Oct. 26

Conf Links Released

4th Grade to Parade Company

 

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

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PTA Reflections Contest Kickoff

Please the attachments for information on this year’s exciting theme for the PTA Reflections contest

reflections entry form-u6kpjy Reflections PDF-wshid2

 

From the PTA

The Membership Drive is still going on. Register today by going to http://arnopta.memberhub.store
Currently Mrs. Martinchick’s class is in the lead, followed by Ms.Smalley and then Ms. Watson. This contest ends on October 25th and the winning class will receive an ice cream social on October 30th.

Our Angelina’s Fundraiser will be taking place on October 16th at all 3 locations Allen Park, Wyandotte and Southgate from 11am to 9pm. This fundraiser includes dine in, carry out orders and drinks!   Arno PTA will receive 20% of all proceeds. Come enjoy Taco Tuesday with us!

Calling All Artists! For 50 years the PTA reflections contest has given students the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. Please join us as we celebrate this golden anniversary. This year‘s theme is “Hero’s Around Me” It’s free to enter and students can choose from six categories which include: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production, and Music Composition.  Reflections kick off is today! Watch for more information to come home with your child.

Join us on October 25th from 6pm-8pm at the Lincoln Park Skating Center for our Halloween Skate Party!!  A prize for best dressed boy and girl, so wear your best costume! Tickets are $10 each and include admission, skate rental, pizza, pop and glow stick. Reserve your spot today by purchasing tickets at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CA4AA2AA4FE3-Halloween

The Fun Run was a huge success!  The PTA held the FUN RUN on September 28th and the weather turned out to be in our favor!

We made $18,092 total and after approximately $3,500 in expenses, the ARNO families will net over $14,000!  This was all made possible by the countless parent volunteers, generous donations, The Get Movin Crew team, and the ARNO teachers and staff for making the event an enormous success!

The kids enjoyed a popsicle the day of the event and all kids that donated they will receive a Zoo Themed Stuffed animal and zoo stickers.  Random students will be chosen for an additional prize as well. 

The top student winner is Nina Hegedus and she will have the opportunity to be the principal for a day, on November 1!

The top grade winners will be going out to lunch with Mr. Zielinski in a limousine to celebrate their success on October 22!  The top class was Mrs. Martinchick’s 1st Grade class.  They earned over $2,400 and they will enjoy a pizza party on October 18!

Thank you to EVERYONE that made this possible and together we are amazing Caring Cougars!

Our TOP grade winner are as follows

TOP STUDENT PER GRADE

Grade

Teacher

Student

Pre-K

Haskin

Ariana Laughlin

K

Stanley

Sutton Holt

1st

Watson

Lacey Mansfield

2nd

Schultz

Olivia Ostrander

3rd

Wesley

Marshall Hegedus

4th

Smalley

Meadow Stewart

5th

Creutz

Luke Feroni

Cross Categorical

Jensen

Zoey Boyd

TOP OVERALL IN ARNO

1st

Martinchick

Nina Hegedus

The next PTA Meeting is on November 1, 2018 in the Arno Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. As always Free Childcare for school aged children will be provided. Spirt wear will also be sold (cash, check and credit card is accepted). 

Holiday Fever is almost here! Join us on Saturday November 3rd at the Allen Park High School from 9am-3pm. There will be a craft and vendor show, mom 2 mom sale, tin can raffle and concessions. Admission is $1 (over age 12). Proceeds go to the PTA Council scholarship fund. This is a perfect time to start your Holiday shopping!

 

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Building Up To Kindergarten

If you currently have a preschool aged child and would like to learn about what’s coming up next year for kindergarten expectations, and how you can help prepare your child- this is an event for you.  Please see the attached document below for more information.

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Therapy Dogs arrive for Arno literacy program

The main objective of this program in our Y5 and 3rd grade classroom is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading.

By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.

 

Thanks to everyone for your participation in Walk to School Day!

White & Park: Mrs. Smalley
Cleveland & Park: Ms. Higgins
Harrison & Rosedale: Mrs. Martinchick
McLain & Park: Mr. Trionfi
Regina & Rosedale: Mrs. Jensen
Markese & Park: Mr. Creutz
Thomas & Rosedale: Ms. Dalton
Englewood & Park: Mrs. Hool
Oceana & Park: Ms. Amonette
Jonas & Park: Ms. Byrne
Champaign & Park: Mrs. Kalis

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Arno Cougar Super Summer Readers

Our Book Swap at Arno was a huge success with so many of our readers visiting the building throughout the summer.  Many of our students returned their reading log in addition and we were able to pass out lots of rewards.  One of the rewards was for our Top Readers- They received a 30 minute recess with the principal and a cool popsicle this past week.  They are all pictured below

Pop Can Tabs

Madeline Every has been collecting pop can tabs at our schools to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit for a number of years now and she continues this very important effort.  There will be a collection box in the office where you can drop off pop can tabs off to support her favorite charity.

 

Time to roll out the costumes…

 

 

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Picture retake day is Nov. 15th

 

 

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS

In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz

 

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Food Drive

Please see the attached flier for information on a food drive that be will be occuring at Arno from Oct. 22-Nov. 9th.  Boxes will be brought in, and collected by the coordinator.

Mimi’s Mission Food Drive Flier (1)-16qt8g0

 

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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on the kids and come on down to Arno on Oct. 31 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 4th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Please join us around the outside perimeter of the playground for the best seats.  It is a district PD day with an 11:30 dismissal that morning.

 

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again starting Oct. 9th!  Smencils will be sold on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30p.  The proceeds from Smencils benefits the PBIS program at Arno.  With the funds, we are able to have great monthly incentives such as pizza lunches for Super Cougars and Zumba.  The prices for items are as follows:

Smencils: $1

Smens: $2

Smencils Pouches: $8

Happy Smelling!

 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 7/8 as parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner.  Stay tuned for a sign up link from your child’s classroom to get a time slot.  The annual PTA Book Fair will be the following week this year with a parent night to purchase on November 14 from 3:30-6:30

 

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Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

FREE and REDUCED Lunch Application

 

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Oct. 1

 

Arno PTA

Thank you for an awesome Fun Run!!

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Oct. 1

Fire Drill 1:30

Oct. 2

No events

Oct. 3

No events

Oct. 4

PTA Meeting 6:30

Oct. 5

Half-Day Dismissal 11:30 (Teacher PD)

Oct. 8

No events

Oct. 9

PBIS Pizza Lunch

Oct. 10

No events

Oct. 11

No events

Oct. 12

Reflections Kick-off!

 

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

From the PTA

IT’S FUN RUN TIME!!! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Come cheer on the students today as they run/walk to some awesome music! Last year the FUN RUN donations allowed us to purchase a new Playscape, provide multiple assemblies, weekly readers for the students, staff appreciation week, computer class robots and gifts cards for the Allen Park food pantry. Donations can still be submitted until October 5th so please keep sharing it on social media and emails! Cash donations can also be turned in to the school office.

The next PTA meeting will be held on October 4th at 6:30 p.m. Spirt wear will be sold that night, come see our new designs and new colors! We hope to see you there! 

Don’t forget, if you haven’t signed up or renewed your PTA membership you can still do so! You can sign up/renew online and also buy extra ice cream scoops for your child’s class! The membership drive is still in high gear! We currently have 113 members and our goal this year is 300! Ms. Watson’s class is currently in the lead with 23 scoops and Ms. Smalley is in 2nd place with 19 scoops and Mrs. Martinchick is in 3rd with 18 scoops. Our membership drive will end on October 26th and the top three classes will be rewarded on October 30th. https://arnopta.memberhub.com/dues

Halloween skate party is coming up on October 25th from 6-8 pm at the Lincoln Park Skate Center. Have your kids put on their costumes and come skate with us!!! There will be a Halloween costume contest with prizes for the top boy and girl! Watch for the flyer to come home soon! Thank you Corey Osinski for chairing this event, without your support this event wouldn’t happen!

 Reflections kick off is October 12th and the theme this year is “Hero’s Around Us”. Encourage your little artist to submit a piece of his or her artwork! More details to come. Thank you Jenn Yuhaz for chairing this event, without your support this event wouldn’t happen!

 Last but definitely not least is our Angelina’s Fundraiser on October 16th! Come visit for Taco Tuesday and support Arno PTA! 20% of your bill (dine in, carry out and drinks are all included) will  be donated to our PTA to help out our amazing caring cougars! All three locations (Allen Park, Wyandotte and Southgate) will be participating. Watch for the flyer to come home for more details.

 

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Picture retake day is Nov. 15th

 

 

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS

In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz

 

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Food Drive

Please see the attached flier for information on a food drive that be will be occuring at Arno from Oct. 22-Nov. 9th.  Boxes will be brought in, and collected by the coordinator.

Mimi’s Mission Food Drive Flier (1)-16qt8g0

 

SKATE PARTY

Mark your calendar for the Arno Skate Party on October 25, sponsored by our awesome PTA!  Be sure to dress up!!

 

 

It’s That Time of Year…

Y5’s Hard at Work…

 

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Super Cougar Lunch

As part of our PBIS positive support this year, the principal will be having a pizza lunch with all the

Super Cougar winners each month through the year, as well giving each student a certificate.  Our first date is Oct. 9 at 11:00 K-5

 

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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on the kids and come on down to Arno on Oct. 31 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 4th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Please join us around the outside perimeter of the playground for the best seats.  It is a district PD day with an 11:40 dismissal that morning.

 

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again starting Oct. 9th!  Smencils will be sold on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30p.  The proceeds from Smencils benefits the PBIS program at Arno.  With the funds, we are able to have great monthly incentives such as pizza lunches for Super Cougars and Zumba.  The prices for items are as follows:

Smencils: $1

Smens: $2

Smencils Pouches: $8

Happy Smelling!

 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 7/8 as parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner.  Stay tuned for a sign up link from your child’s classroom to get a time slot.  The annual PTA Book Fair will be the following week this year with a parent night to purchase on November 14 from 3:30-6:30

 

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From the District

Lots of fun events going on in the area this fall… info below/attached.

Also, please consider dining at the Chili’s in Allen Park on September 26 – 20% off your ticket will be donated to the Allen Park Barracudas Swim Club!

Attachments:

  1. Good Eats for a Cause – Chili’s supports AP Barracudas Swim Club

  2. City of AP Touch a Truck event tomorrow – reminder!

  3. AP Hockey Association – Learn to Skate & Play Hockey – 1st session begins Oct. 3

  4. City of AP – Public Open Ice Skating Schedule

  5. Fall Harvest October Weekends at Heritage Park Petting Farm

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Reminders:

o   National Walk & Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 3

o   ½ Day for all APPS students on Friday, October 5

 

 

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MSTEP Parent Guide

M-STEP Results: What Families Can Expect

This past spring, Arno Elementary students in grades 3-8 took the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). Final results from the  M-STEP are now available and thanks to technology improvements and online testing, our district has much earlier access to data that is also a more precise measure of learning.

The purpose of these state summative assessments is to see how close our students are to reaching Michigan’s new higher standards in English language arts and mathematics.

This year’s test scores will build on the new baseline set in 2015 when the M-STEP was brand new. This year’s results show an improvement in most areas,  we expect that as students gain more and more experiences with online assessment and as our instruction adapts to Michigan’s higher standards, our scores will rise over time. We encourage families to remember that state standardized test scores are just one measure of student progress and to keep them in perspective.

What happens next?

Our staff will spend time reviewing the 2018 M-STEP results to find where we are having success, and where we see areas in which to improve. The test results also will reveal which groups of students are doing well, and which will need more or different kinds of support.

Families are encouraged to review the M-STEP Parent Report and learn where your child might need additional support. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher and learn how together you can target academic support where it’s needed most.

The Michigan Department of Education has developed a useful document called Student Testing: What Parents Can Do to Help Students Prepare that is now available for download on the M-STEP web page (www.michigan.gov/mstep).

Please look for your child’s Parent report coming soon around Sept. 28.

Parent Guide

 

 

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Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

As we all need to get our children to school, safety is always the primary concern.    We will do our best to help ensure an orderly drop-off/pick-up daily, but we need your help in making that happen.

** No child should run across the street to get into a car.

**Help our traffic issues around school by parking a block or so away and WALKING your child before and after school.

**School traffic flow MUST go clockwise around the school. Make sure that your passenger door is ALWAYS closest to the curb.

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

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Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

FREE and REDUCED Lunch Application

 

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Sept. 17

From Mrs. Smalley’s “What is your word?”

Coming soon to Arno…

Sept. 17

No events

Sept. 18

Fire Drill 12:15

Sept. 19

No events

Sept. 20

Hearing Screening K-2, Mrs. Jensen

Sept. 21

Hearing Screening K-2, Mrs. Jensen

ALICE Drill 2:00

Sept. 24

Band Instrument Rental Night 6:00

Sept. 25

Tornado Drill 1:30

Sept. 26

Hearing Screening K-2, Mrs. Jensen

Sept. 27

Hearing Screening K-2, Mrs. Jensen

PICTURE Day

Sept. 28

FUN RUN

M-STEP scores sent home

 

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

Welcome Back- First Week on the move…

From the PTA

Fun Run is coming up on September 28! Here is the link to register your student(s) https://www.thegetmovincrew.com/ and Flyers have been sent home! You are all invited to come cheer on your Caring Cougar the day of the Fun Run! Times your student will be running will be posted in the next few weeks, so you can put it on the calendar!  Students may also accept cash and check donations. Simply place donations in an envelope with Child’s name and Teacher’s name and send it with your student or drop it off in the office. All checks should be made out to Arno PTA.

Spirit Wear will be sold at every Arno Elementary Event and PTA meeting in 2 brand new designs! The boy’s shirt has Marvel Comic Book Hero’s and the girl’s shirt has Disney Princesses! Check out our Facebook page to see what they look like!

Reflections is coming up soon on October 12! The theme this year is Hero’s around us. Encourage your child to show their special talent in Art with the rest of the school!

HELP WANTED!!We still need a chairperson for Halloween skate party! If you are available and want to Chair this event please let our PTA know either by email or through Facebook!!!

If you haven’t joined the PTA do it today! You can sign up online at arnopta@memberhub.com/dues and while your their add an extra scoop or two for your Cougar! Help their class win an ice cream social party! The 1stplace class gets an ice cream social, the 2nd place class gets ice cream sandwiches and the 3rd place class gets popsicles!  Come join Arno Caring Cougars PTA!

 

Important info related to school illness

This school year we have  students that have immune issues to illnesses.  Please be sure to keep your child home if they are experiencing contagious symptoms, especially if they have a fever.

Thank you for your help.

Mad Science

We are happy to be partnering with Mad Science to bring an after school experience to Arno students who wish to dive deeper into the fun of science.  A flyer will be sent home detailing the specifics of this class- which is tuition based ($85 early, $90 later) and will be held at Arno after school once a week- for 6 weeks.  Mad Science did provide for us a free science assembly to which was a lot of fun and motivating towards science!

 

Therapy Dogs for Reading

Coming soon- Arno students in Mrs. Wrneck’s, Mrs. Haskin’s, and Mrs. Jensen’s room will have an opportunity to read to a therapy dog.  There is research that supports the connection to confidence boosting for kids when they can read to a four legged friend.  If the program is successful, we will expand it.  The dogs are very local (3 blocks away) and are fully licensed therapy dogs that even visit places like Children’s Hospital to cheer up patients.  Permission slips will go home in those classrooms.

Vocab Program

Arno Elementary is taking on a new innovative angle on learning vocabulary words. In addition to their classroom work on vocabulary, students will also watch a vocabulary segment on Arno’s Morning Broadcast. However, these segments feature not only students, but highlight teachers, staff, parents, community and business members, government officials, and friends of Arno, both new and old. The students will enjoy visually learning from a new guest speaker teaching them Marzano’s English Language Arts Vocabulary words while utilizing graphic organizers to cement learning

 

Journeys

This year AP Elementary buildings started a new reading program titled “Journeys”.  The program encompasses the very best in reading practices and we are excited to roll out with our students.

 

 

 

PBIS

Arno was alive with activity last Thursday as each class made their way around the building and outside to attend PBIS expectation stations in Assemblies, Bus, Office, Hallway, and Cafeteria.  Our Cougars were great listeners and learned some important information about building expectations and positive behavior.

 

 

Mr. Peace

Arno was once again treated to Mr. Peace (compliments of the PTA), this time it was the very important topic of bullying.  He shared stories, quotes, and inspiration to our Cougars.  Please be sure to ask your child what they learned about being kind and always looking at other people’s heart first.

District Community News

Welcome back! Allen Park Parents:

Back-to-school means back to after school activities! Explore Allen Park Community Center’s youth programs. Guaranteed to strengthen your child’s creative muscles while building self-confidence.

  • Junior Chef: create delicious fall dishes while learning kitchen basics. The best part is tasting your food!

  • Allen Park Dance (Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Broadway Jazz, Hip Hop) Classes start for dancers as young as 3.

  • Has your living room become a stage? Youth Theater Auditions for Seussical Jr. will take place Friday, October 5 at 5:30pm. No experience necessary!

Registration for all classes listed above can be completed online – allenparkdance.org Visit us during our Open House, details attached, or email misskelly@creativecharacters.org with any questions.

Meet the Teacher 

Thanks to all of our wonderful Arno families for coming out to our Meet the Teacher night.  We had a great crowd and it was awesome to see all of our families again, and meet many of our our new families.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let your classroom teacher know.

 

 

Put On Your Smile…

Please mark your calendars for September 27 for picture day.  Information will be coming home soon.

 

 

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Super Cougar Lunch

As part of our PBIS positive support this year, the principal will be having a pizza lunch with all the

Super Cougar winners each month through the year, as well giving each student a certificate.  Our first date is Oct. 9 at 11:00 K-5

 

MSTEP Parent Guide

M-STEP Results: What Families Can Expect

This past spring, Arno Elementary students in grades 3-8 took the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). Final results from the  M-STEP are now available and thanks to technology improvements and online testing, our district has much earlier access to data that is also a more precise measure of learning.

The purpose of these state summative assessments is to see how close our students are to reaching Michigan’s new higher standards in English language arts and mathematics.

This year’s test scores will build on the new baseline set in 2015 when the M-STEP was brand new. This year’s results show an improvement in most areas,  we expect that as students gain more and more experiences with online assessment and as our instruction adapts to Michigan’s higher standards, our scores will rise over time. We encourage families to remember that state standardized test scores are just one measure of student progress and to keep them in perspective.

What happens next?

Our staff will spend time reviewing the 2018 M-STEP results to find where we are having success, and where we see areas in which to improve. The test results also will reveal which groups of students are doing well, and which will need more or different kinds of support.

Families are encouraged to review the M-STEP Parent Report and learn where your child might need additional support. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher and learn how together you can target academic support where it’s needed most.

The Michigan Department of Education has developed a useful document called Student Testing: What Parents Can Do to Help Students Prepare that is now available for download on the M-STEP web page (www.michigan.gov/mstep).

Please look for your child’s Parent report coming soon around Sept. 28.

Parent Guide

 

 

Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

As we all need to get our children to school, safety is always the primary concern.    We will do our best to help ensure an orderly drop-off/pick-up daily, but we need your help in making that happen.

** No child should run across the street to get into a car.

**Help our traffic issues around school by parking a block or so away and WALKING your child before and after school.

**School traffic flow MUST go clockwise around the school. Make sure that your passenger door is ALWAYS closest to the curb.

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

FREE and REDUCED Lunch Application

 

Sept. 4

Welcome Back to the 2018-19 School Year!!

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On behalf of the entire Arno staff, I would like to welcome all of our wonderful families back to another great school year!  I would also like to extend a warm welcome to those families who are new to our building this year, a truly remarkable year awaits you.  We are very excited to get started with much anticipation of Cougar success.  This year, students will continue to work on our new reading series- Journeys, which should give our kids in-depth language arts lessons to enhance the literacy experience.  We will also be in our third year of Math in Focus, also known as Singapore math, as well get many new challenges in writing, science, and social studies.

We are also continue to modify our multi-tiered approach to ensuring the core program for all, with interventions and enrichment where needed.  From our PTA Fun Run, to our traditional Olympics- this promises to be a banner year at Arno!

 

CLASS ASSIGNMENT INFO

Student schedules will be available August 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

WELCOME TO YOUR 2018/19 SCHOOL YEAR

We are pleased to announce a new convenience for our elementary families this school year – teacher/classroom assignments will be available through your Parent Connection account any time after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, rather than class lists posted in buildings as in past years.  Parents/guardians will now be able to access their child’s teacher assignment from home, work or while on vacation! 

 Please email questions and Pin/Password requests to studentconnect@appublicschools.com

(Make sure to check your spam folder if you do not receive the email for Parent Portal issues)

                 Notice:  There is no access to Parent Portal for Pre-school students

Student information is available via the MISTAR Parent Portal.  This online tool is provided as a benefit to Parents (and other identified Primary Contacts) in the Allen Park Public School District.  Our District has a committment to excellence and knows that a strong collaborative approach between home and school equals greater success for our students . If you do not know  

Here is a short video explaining how to use Parent Portal.

 Click link to view video

 http://mistreamnet.org/videos/1222

Coming soon to Arno…

9/4 

Welcome Back- First Day of School A.M. ONLY

Dismissal 11:30

9/5

No events

9/6

PBIS Stations

First PTA Meeting 6:30

9/7

No events

 

9/10

Mr. Peace Assembly

9/11

No events

9/12

No events

9/13

Meet the Teacher 6:30

Title 1 Meeting for parents 6:00

9/14

No events

 

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

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Staff Changes for 2018-2019

It is my pleasure to welcome Megan Johnson and Sara Bleau to Arno Elementary.  Sara will be filling our ECP preschool program and Megan will be joining our dynamic kindergarten team this year.  These teachers come to us with multiple experiences and bring with them the skills necessary to provide Arno students with an excellent education.  Please read  and  biography below for more on our new additions.

Also in a new role this year- Kim Dowd, former Parapro working with at-risk students at Arno, is now our new student advocate, joining Cathy Anderson in the office.  we are very excited to welcome Kim to this new role at Arno and congratulate her for her new position. You can also find out a little more about Kim below.

Mrs. Sara Bleau, ECP Classroom

Hello, my name is Sara Bleau, I am the new ECP teacher this year at Arno. I recently graduated from Baker College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In addition to being a certified K-5 teacher, I have an early childhood special education endorsement. Prior to my student teaching at Arno I was a math interventionist for a neighboring school district. When I am not teaching I am most likely enjoying the great outdoors with my family. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Arno community! I am looking forward to building lasting relationships with my students and their families throughout the year!

Ms. Megan Johnson, Kindergarten

Hello! My name is Ms. Johnson, and this is my first year teaching at Arno Elementary.I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education this past spring. I have been substitute teaching, volunteering, and coaching with Allen Park Schools for the past 7 years.  I enjoy helping students become successful learners and feel proud of their accomplishments.  I am excited to teach in the elementary school that I went to as a child.

 

Mrs. Kim Dowd, Student Advocate

Hi, my name is Kim Dowd and I’ve worked with children for several years throughout my Allen Park Schools career.  I have been a one on one aide to several different special needs children, had experience working in the PPI classroom as a parapro.  In 2012 I was became part of the Arno family working as an instructional aide. I’ve gotten to know and love all of the teachers/staff as well as the children and their families.  I’m not completely new to the office as I’ve enjoyed filling in when needed and look forward to seeing everyone this fall!

 

Thank you Cathy Gorski- We will miss you! 

Cathy Gorski, although not retiring will be sorely missed here at Arno as Cathy takes on a new role as Reading Coach over at Lindemann Elementary.  Cathy has served Arno with distinction in her Title I program serving our at-risk youth.  Her efforts with our kids has made such a tremendous impact on their lives, and our building and we are proud to call her an Arno cougar.  We will miss you Mrs. Gorski- Good luck in your new role!

 

Thank you Mrs. Desjardins- We will miss you!

Michelle Desjardins, a fixture at Arno for over three decades, made her decision to retire this summer.  Michelle’s presence in our office was a comfort to our many students who needed assistance, a band-aid, or just needed someone to talk to.  She was such an asset to our whole staff, stepping in where needed, helping out a co-worker, or going out of her way to make someone’s day.  Her relationships with our staff, students, and parents will be missed!  Congratulations Mrs. Desjardins., we will always be proud to call you a Cougar forever!

Thank you PTA!

If you have not had the chance yet, please stroll by and check out the playground structure that was purchased by the PTA from all of our donating families!  What a great way to show our kids just how generous our Arno parents are in making this possible!  This was mainly funded by the Arno Fun Run, so please be on the lookout for the new information for this year’s Sept. 28 Fun Run event.  Your generosity truly counts!

From the PTA

Welcome Back! Hope you’re ready for a fun filled year! The PTA would like to welcome back all of the Arno Caring Cougars!

Just as a reminder, student teacher assignments will be emailed and not posted at the school this year. You can also view it through the Parent Portal on the Allen Park Schools website or the Mobile app.

Volunteers are still needed for our Welcome Back event on August 30th! Don’t forget to grab your Spirit wear  while your here! We sell Spirit wear at all of Arno’s events!  And If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please let one of our wonderful PTA board members know! You can let us know through email or Facebook!

Don’t forget about meet the teacher night on September 13th. Come meet Arno’s fantastic teachers!!!! 

The Fun Run Event is coming…….September 28th! We have chosen a Zoo theme! We are in need of volunteers for this event! Make sure to invite your friends and family to join the kids during this wonderful event! There will be an awesome DJ and sweet prizes! Come one come all and have some fun with our Cougars! More details about this event will be available soon.

Our first PTA meeting will be Thursday, September 6th at 6:30 pm in the Arno cafeteria, bring your friends! Join a great group of parents and as a bonus…..there’s FREE BABYSITTING for school aged children!

We are looking forward to a great year!

Stacey Sisson

 

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Reminder for all of our Arno families that we collect Box Tops for education in the main office.  Simply send them in with your child and their teacher will make sure they get down to the collection box.

 

 

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Early Dismissal Time Change

Please note that on half days this school year, the early dismissal time is now 11:30 a.m.- (Was 11:40).

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

As our district continues to build towards more and more digital communications in the future, it is important that you take a moment to update your contact information in MiStar.  Under the “My Information” tab at the top right, you will now be able to update:

  • Email address for parents/guardians
  • Phone contacts for parents/guardians
  • Primary phone number – “Under Student Demographics”

o   This is the phone number used for automated phone notifications. 

  • Add Text Messaging

o   If you wish to receive text messages from the district, please select “SMS Cellular” as the “Telephone Type” for your primary phone number or other parent/guardian phone contacts.

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

You must have a PIN and Password to log into ParentConnection. ParentConnection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
To receive a PIN and passwords for ParentConnection contact your child’s school.
If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
Make sure to insert your email after logging into ParentConnection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system.

 

Arno Staff Roster 2018-19

 

Young fives Jeanine Haskin
Kindergarten  Megan Johnson
Kindergarten Nickie Stanley
Kindergarten Cristina DiCarlo
First Grade Julie Martinchick
First Grade Barb Pushman
First Grade Dawn Watson
Second Grade Nicole Amonette
Second Grade Alexandra Cervantes
Second Grade Megan Schultz
Third Grade Beth Wesley
Third Grade Renee Guyot
Third Grade Rachel Warneck
Fourth Grade Sarah Kalis
Fourth Grade Lisa Smalley
Fourth Grade Brian Trionfi
Fifth Grade Todd Creutz
Fifth Grade Melissa Hool
Fifth Grade Erin Higgins
Cross Categorical Classroom Katie Jensen
ECP Program Sara Bleau
Life Skills Stella Boyer
Media Lit Arno/Bennie Colleen Byrne
Media Tech Arno/Bennie Carrie Solak
Art Arno/Bennie Elisabeth Cunningham
Art Arno/Lindemann Rachel Trapani
Speech Andrea Alvarez
Vocal Music Tracy Hoffman
Instrumental/Vocal  Music Jeff Skebo
Physical Education Arno/Bennie Jenny Dalton
Social Work Arno/Bennie Sandy Bennett
Resource Room Michele Sbonek
Reading Coach/Title I Barb Chuby

 

Twitter

Principal Steve Zielinski: @szArno

 

3rd Grade Reading Law

The legislature passed what is known as the Third Grade Reading Law last school year.  This law has many moving parts, see below for more info:

  • K-3 parents have to be notified if their child has a reading deficiency starting this year
  • Any student below grade level on reading (deficient) must have a school and home reading plan for success
  • By 2019-20 school year, any 3rd grade student one year or more below grade level as measured by a state assessment will be retained.  This year’s second graders will be the first group in third grade to be affected.
  • There are a number of ways to exempt the student from retention ie. parent waiver, shows better results on another local assessment, etc.

As a result of this law, we now are required to issue reading plans (IRIP) that shares information on testing, a plan, and what parents can do at home for K-3 students.  These are issued out in the fall, winter, and the spring for those students who are below grade level as identified in our standardized assessment, NWEA. If your child is to receive one in the fall, you will be notified at the first parent-teacher conference.   As always, we will provide quality instruction and interventions for all of our Arno students.  If you would like more information, please visit: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/10/08/third-grade-reading-retention-bill-now-law-what-parents-need-to-know/

 

Line-up Procedures…

Line up procedures will remain the same as last year with indoor lineup with the exception of the first day of school– students will line up outside the grade level doors.   Indoor lineup will start on the second day of school.

  • The first day of school, line-up will be OUTSIDE their assigned door.
  • Indoor line-up starts September 5th
  • Outside doors are closed and will be opened at 8:20 daily for students to enter for indoor lineup, not before that time, however
  • Breakfast doors still open at 8:05
  • Students should still report to their assigned outside door to enter the building
  • Parents will not permitted to enter with students/stand in the halls- normal protocol to sign in with the main office does not change
  • Students will enter the classroom at the 8:30 bell after waiting in the hall

Door Assignments

 

5 Ways to Have a Great First Day Back to School

You’ve read other lists, but here’s the REAL advice from ACTUAL teachers on how to prepare yourself and your child for a new school year:    

  1. Encourage a work/play balance. Most parents don’t know that teachers actually want our students to have a comfortable work/play balance at home; meaning, we don’t want your child’s entire night devoted solely to reading and homework.  GASP!  No, it’s the TRUTH.  Run outside, join a club, play sports, try a new board game, help cook in the kitchen, make a craft, design, build, create – these activities actually help facilitate learning so leave time for them….PLEASE!
  2. How is your child going home?  We will (frantically) ask your child 720283465 times during the 1st day of school, ‘how are you getting home?’ This is by far the most challenging part of the first day; making sure each brand new face gets to their designated place (I’m officially coining that phrase).  After care, bus (including number or color and destination), bus after care, walker, car, or bike rider?  Know your plan and keep it consistent for week 1. Make sure your child feels confident that they know exactly how they’re getting home, whose getting them there, whose going with them (siblings or friends), and what will change if we’re involved in a rainy day dismissal situation.
  3. Start a NEW back-to-school tradition.  Make the first day of school more than memorable for your family.  Go out for ice cream, have a picnic at your favorite park, take a walk on the beach, or enjoy dinner out.  THIS is the beginning of a new year – set goals, make plans, and enjoy the newness of the fresh new year!
  4. Ask TARGETED questions.  Instead of “How was your day?” try these questions that are more likely to solicit better conversation about your child’s school day.  “What skill did you learn in math?”  “What books did you read/listen to?”  “What did you work on in fine arts?”  “Who did you play with at recess?”  Please I beg of you…never, EVER, under any circumstances, email, text, or utter the following words to your child’s teacher….”he said that you guys did nothing today”.
  5. Set technology boundaries.  Implement a time limit (1-2 hours a day) and encourage breaks (every 30 minutes).  Establish rules for who your child can message or chat with and encourage the use of the golden rule while using social media or chatting sites.  You can delete, but you never fully erase the words you type to someone.  Secure your child’s access by blocking inappropriate sites and using Google’s safe search.  Your school district’s website will have teacher approved websites that are designed to reinforce skills taught in the classroom.

Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

As we all need to get our children to school, safety is always the primary concern.    We will do our best to help ensure an orderly drop-off/pick-up daily, but we need your help in making that happen.

** No child should run across the street to get into a car.

**Help our traffic issues around school by parking a block or so away and WALKING your child before and after school.

 

**School traffic flow MUST go clockwise around the school. Make sure that your passenger door is ALWAYS closest to the curb.

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

2018-19 School Information

Office is open daily:           7:30-4:00

School day for students:  8:30-3:30

Latch key hours:                  7:00-8:30

3:30-6:00

Student arrival time:          8:20

Half-Day dismissal              11:30

*If your student participates in the breakfast program, breakfast starts serving at 8:10.

*If your child is not picked up consistently 20 minutes past dismissal, you will be required to enroll in latchkey services.  

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Student Attendance

Please read the attitude article on the importance of student attendance, which is mandatory by the laws of the State of Michigan.  Please be aware that we are required to follow up with families either verbally, in writing, or both when absences reach the 10 full day mark.

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Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

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Meet the Teacher

Be sure to mark Sept. 13 on your calendar for our Meet the Teacher night.   This is a wonderful opportunity to come to Arno and meet your child’s teacher,  hear about grade level curriculum, classroom policies, and important classroom information.

The evening starts at 6:30 and runs until 7:30 p.m.in your child’s classroom.

Please call 313-827-1050 if you have any questions.

See you there!

 

Put On Your Smile…

Please mark your calendars for September 27 for picture day, retakes will be on Nov. 15.  Information will be coming home soon.

 

Although we cherish every birthday here at Arno, we wanted to remind everyone that birthday food treats are not allowed and will not be brought down to the classroom.  Pencils, bookmarks, etc are acceptable alternatives.  Thank you for your support!!

 

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