Coming soon to Arno…
Lockdown Drill A.M
Title 1 Parent Meeting 6:30
Meet the Teacher 7:00
School Improvement Meeting 3:45
Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower
and inspire students to become collaborative learners
that strive for academic excellence
In addition to the new staff introduced on the last blog, we now also have a new second grade teacher, replacing Jennifer Brown who has lef tthe district to pursue other endeavors. I am pleased to introduce Alexandra Cervantes to the Arno team. We are very excited to add her talents to our second grade team as she is looing forward to being in allen Park. You can read more about her below.
Meet Alexandra Cervantes, 2nd grade
Hello! I am Alexandra Cervantes. I graduated from Allen Park High School in 2010 and I attended Central Michigan University where I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education! I started teaching fourth and fifth grade in the winter of 2014 and I have been teaching for the past 2 1/2 years. I have taught third through fifth grades. This is my first year teaching second grade and I am loving every minute! I am so excited to be part of the Arno team this year! When I am not at school, I am most often curled on the couch reading with my cat, Trinket. I cannot start my day without a cup of coffee, and no day is complete without a little chocolate! I got married this past Labor Day weekend.
Meet Cassie Harrison, new ECP teacher (Previously at Lindemann)
This will be my fifth year teaching ECP – I feel so blessed to be teaching in Allen Park, it is truly an amazing place! I was previously at Lindemann but am very excited to be at Arno-I did my student teaching here so I am coming back to where I started! I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a major in Early Childhood Education and just this summer I completed my Master’s degree in Education with certification in Reading Specialist. My husband Nick and I are expecting our first child, a girl, this November-we are beyond excited to start our family! I look forward to a wonderful school year at Arno, I already feel very welcome here.
From the PTA
We hope everyone’s first week of school was fun and exciting! Meeting new friends and teachers all the while catching up with old friends and returning to school routines.
Our first meeting brought out many families old and new! Thank you so much for taking time out of your evening to meet us, support us, and inquire about the events going on at Arno!
✅The Welcome Back Staff Breakfast was well received and enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the staff for all that you do and the kinds messages you have sent us!
✅Our Annual Fun Run will be kicking off soon with a new chair and ideas! If you would like to be a part of the PTA’s BIGGEST Fundraiser of the year, please contact us through our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/
✅Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, September 14th from 7pm-8pm. The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear that night and we could use a few volunteers to help us out that night! Any time you can spare…15 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour, we appreciate!
Welcome Back Memories...
This year, Arno had students move through “stations” to hear all about the expectations in some areas that were outside of the classroom. Students visited the office, went on a bus, the cafeteria, assemblies, and finally hallway behavior. Please be sure to discuss with your child what they learned in each station.
NEW FOR THE 2017-18 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.
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 is 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 2017 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…
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.
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 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
Meet the Teacher
Be sure to mark Sept. 14 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 7:00 and runs until 8:00 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 October 5 for picture day, retakes will be on Nov. 16. 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!!