Oct. 29

Trick or Treat Halloween wishes watercolor

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.

Building Up to Kindergarten Part 1 10.24.18-222s50f

 

 

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…

 

 

Trunk of Treat at APHS-October 28 2018-2hhczif

 

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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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June 14

Mr. Creutz’s students met their goal and he kept his promise…

Have a Fantastic Summer!

End of the year news and photos

See you Fall 2018!!

 

School News…

School Supply Lists are out and ready to go…

This year we are using Teacherlists.com to post all of our supplies.  You can access the lists down below from the click-button, or you can access from our Arno site off the main APPS website.  This feature also allows you to choose a store, if you wish, which auto sets up the list for purchase and lets you finish the process without ever setting foot in a store.

https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/31210-arno-elementary-school

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Flip Your Lid Thank You

Thank you to families for supporting the Green Team’s lid/cap collection this school year.  Mrs. Kalis was able to drop off an entire container plus several bags to the community center last week.  Hopefully, we will be seeing some new recycled park benches around Allen park soon!

 

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HEART SMART School designation

Through our efforts, especially our social worker Sandy Bennett, our school has been given the designation of Heart Smart.  This was aceived by the necessary training, drills, and other guidelines that we must meet to get the designation. See our exciting news below!

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Congratulations on becoming a MI HEARTSafe School!

On behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Education, American Heart Association, Michigan High School Athletic Association, and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young, Arno Elementary School will be receiving the MI HEARTSafe School award for 2017-2020. We applaud your efforts to help prevent sudden cardiac death by creating a safer learning environment for your community. These efforts can help save a life!

We plan to publicly announce the awardees in October, and we will provide more details at a later date.

Schools are expected to continue meeting MI HEARTSafe program criteria during their designation years. The MI HEARTSafe designation lasts three academic school years; please reapply during the 2020-2021 school year to maintain MI HEARTSafe status. In order for us to continue improving the program, please provide feedback about the application and award process via this SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FKPD9GW

Thank you for your participation and congratulations!

Kristy Karasinski, MPH
MI HEARTSafe School Program Coordinator | Michigan Department of Health and Human Services | South Grand Building | 333 S. Grand Ave. | Lansing, MI 48933 | P: 517-241-0332 | karasinskik@michigan.gov

 

Art for the Sky Videos

Here are the links to our video and the skylight video produced from that amazing day!

Our video-

Daniel’s Skysight video –

Field Day Fun at Arno

 

Color Run 2018

 

Congrats to our AWESOME 5th Grade- We will miss you!!

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5th Grade Celebration

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Coding Robots

Thank you PTA for your support of Coding Robots for our tech lab!

 

Prize Box Winners for 100% Book Return

and the rest…

Super Cougar Celebration

 

 

Congratulations to all of our Arno Super Cougars 2017-18

Arno Super Cougars 2017-2018
Jensen-

Connor Bate

Cooper Genaw

Kenny Davis

Logan Thiel

Luna Dolack

Lexi Lessard

Lillian Burd

 

Haskin-

Ellie Cole

Kylee Payne

Adrian Rosado

Landon Yuhaz

Luke Blackburn

Aubrey Moritz

Hailey Rekuc

Gabe Minton

 

Stanley-

Anthony Ferrence

Nina Hegedus

Klaudia Dyrmishi

Daniel Benavides

Lainey Sisson

Samantha Kaloian

Zoey Gibson

Dakota Adkins

 

DiCarlo-

Elianna Esquivel

Brady Proctor

Jon Gramlich

Braylon Moore

Karegan Crawford

Autumn Rich

Aleyah Lazarowicz

Louis Edmunds

 

Martinchick-

Reynaldo Garza

Savannah McNeal

Edwynn Green

Devynn Jolly

Ellianna Mullins

Antonio Roldan

Addison Sisson

Luc McDonald

Calie Rodriguez

 

Watson –

Bentley Vu

Kaylyn Messer

Alejandro Zarate

Benjamin Zakhar

Isabella Chodkiewich

Ella Hernandez

Greyson Cushing

Aubrey Drugalis

 

Pushman-

Lia Morandini

Rosalee Wynn

Jacob Melnyk

Jonathan Sadler

Alexis Curtis

Cecilia Bergman

 

Schultz-

Mallory Lada

Bryce Brewer

Susie Oh

Olivia Kalis

Dominic North

Sophia Kaloian

Jayden Duhart

Jillian Kropog

 

Cervantes-

Jazlyn Salinas

Gwen McCue

Marshall Hegedus

Kaydence Hinkle

Damian Yankowski

Kaydence Hinkle

Ava Rekuc

Jacob Blackburn

 

Amonette-

Alayanna Lazarowicz

Isabella Harrison

Camdin Broome

Loegen Piro-White

Cole Newsted

Dakotah Hicks

Zack Hillmer

Grace Grabowski

 

Warneck-

Ethan Rozman

Molly Schryer

Jeziah Roldan

Abigail Martinez

Ava O’Donnell

Connor Mihalik

Elizabeth Leavitt

Alexandria McCue

 

Guyot-

Gabriella Scalf

Chloe Skelly

Joshua Booher

Sean Fogarty

Leila Linares

Isabella Spiteri

Haley Kuryvial

Morgan Leavitt

Alle Bailey

 

Wesley-

Izzy Bergman

Ella Atkinson

Jenny Reeves

Ava Proctor

Caleb Tuxbury

Morgan Curtis

Stacy Stecconi

Amelia Jaynes

 

Kalis-

Hannah Booher

Jordyn Russell

Alexander Hoerle

Gabrielle Moore

Samantha Unger

Nayeli Cabrera

Matalyn Miller

Katie Watkins

 

Smalley-

Peter Lenart

Kylee O’Connell

Ben Klos

Mallory Hool

Adrian Gonzalez

Jordyn Koski

Alyssa Thomas

Kayleigh Cameron

 

Trionfi-

Bailey Ellis

Jake Hauck

Ethan Armstrong

Elizabeth Ratchick

Sammie Chick

Hailey Tillery

Melody Padgett

Higgins-

Gabby Stanley

Matthew Chadwick

Avery Barrow

Carlos Sanchez

Savannah Hardy

Bailey Pedenelli

Alex Rogers

Brooke Rojo

 

Creutz-

Brianna Anderson

Flavia Hoxha

Angela Dunnett

Aaron Diaz

Angelo Baez

Brooklyn Juneac

Peyton Will

Selena Swidan

 

Andersen-

Lulu Schutt

Kalie McNamara

Owen Choppa

Kara Gresehover

John McDonald

Nora Jaynes

Jorja Siddall

Molly Lloyd

 

Hool-

Leslie Hernandez

Kyle Cameron

Jalen Haynes

Aiden Thomas

Addyson Zylla

Isabella Castro

See you in the fall!

 

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May 29

 

Hard Working Cougars on Planting Day

Coming soon to Arno…

May 29

5th grade Health program

Art for the Sky assembly 1:15

May 30

5th grade Health program

May 31

Art for the Sky @Lindemann

**Lunch will be from 11-12.  The entire school will be at Lindemann from 12:15-1:45

June 1

Art for the Sky wrap up assembly 10:00

Kids Hope end of year party 2:00

Senior Walk 1:30

 

***June 2

Color Run 10:00

June 4

Field Day

June 5

Field Day

3rd grade to Greenfield Village

June 6

Super Cougar pizza

June 7

AP Library assembly

K to zoo

June 8

No events

 

June 11

1st grade to bowling

PBIS Reward

June 12 

Super Cougar Ice Cream

**Early Dismissal 11:40 

June 13

5th Grade Celebration

**Early Dismissal 11:40

June 14

**Early Dismissal 11:40- LAST DAY for Students

June 15

NO SCHOOL- Last Day for Teachers

 

Final Blog of the 2017/18 School year

It has once again been my pleasure to be of service to you as principal of Arno Elementary this school year.  We have had such a great year with so much academic success and so many wonderful activities sponsored by our awesome teachers and wonderful PTA that included Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son bowling night, Bingo for Books, Fun Fair, field day, Caring Cougar food drive, and  of course our latest, the Color Run.  I cannot thank you enough for being a working partner with for your child’s education and bright future.  I encourage you to help your child retain what they have learned over the summer by reading lots of books and making fun trips to the library.

http://www.allenparklibrary.org/index.asp

Have a fantastic, safe summer and we will see you in September!!

Steve Zielinski, Principal

*Please look for our first blog as we head towards the end of August.

 

From the PTA

☀️SUMMER VACATION IS COMING!☀
As our year comes to an end and many of the existing Executive Board Members step down from their positions to allow new faces and ideas help transform the PTA throughout the next year, we just wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the good things that has happened at Arno over the past 2 years!
☀️First: THANK YOU! Thank you so much for all of the support and patience we have received from the Arno Community during our tenure as PTA Board Members. Your patience through our transition and “growing pains” and with all of the new things we implemented from Spirit Wear to FINALLY accepting online payments for our events cannot be more appreciated! We would also like to thank those that stepped out of their “comfort zone” and helped us Chair/Lead Events because without you, events would not happen! THANK YOU!
☀️Second: Thank you to all of the Staff that has supported us throughout these past 2 years. We threw a lot at you and know that even though it may not always be ideal what we have in store, we knew we could count on you to help us build good relationships and bring new and exciting things to Arno like: our new Kindergarten Play Structure and our Play Works Recess Program! We appreciate all you do and give to the students at Arno!
☀️Finally: Daddy/Daughter Pictures will be distributed at the end of next week! Thank you for your patience!!!
✒️Congratulations again to our 2018-2019 Executive Board Officers! We look forward to your success and ideas!

2018-2019 Executive Board

2016-2018 Executive Board

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Field Day Volunteers Needed

Dear Arno Families-
Please consider signing up to help out with Arno Field Day during one of the half day sessions on Monday, June 4 or Tuesday, June 5. Please click on the button below to view the online sign up sheet.
Thank you,
Ms. Dalton-Arno P.E.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa8ad2ea1f58-arno2

 

Color Run 2018 Info 

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Arno Planting Day

Office closes June 22

Arno school offices close for the summer on June.  Registration continues for the fall throughout the summer at Riley offices.   The offices will reopen on August 20.

 

 

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Class Lists- Important Changes

It is very important that you are sure your email address is updated in our system as class lists will not be posted this year, instead they will be emailed out via MiStar Parent Connect on August 31.  Paper copies will be available the first day of school to be sure everyone gets to their correct classroom.

 

School Supply Lists

Suggested school supply lists will be available by the end of June on our district web page (Arno page).  As always, supplies are recommended but not required.

 

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Senior Walk

This year’s Senior Walk will be at Arno June 1 @1:30.  Our proud graduates will be walking our halls for some final memories.  It’s a great moment for all!

 

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5th Grade Celebration

We are looking forward to another wonderful 5th grade graduation ceremony on June 13th at 9:00.  Following the ceremony there will be “picnic” for all the students with lots of yummy treats.  Please contact the office with any questions.

 

 

No Backpacks please…

Please note that students may continue to carry backpacks through Monday, June 12.  They will no longer be allowed for the next 3 half days leading up to the last day.

 

Arno Tentative Staff Schedule for 2018-2019

We have a few changes for the upcoming school year that can check out below.  Sarah Andersen, 5th grade, will be moving to Lindemann Elementary and we wish her all the best and thank her for her service to our Cougars.

 

Young fives Jeanine Haskin
Kindergarten Cassie Harrison
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 OPEN
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

 

Rovers in 5th grade action

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M-STEP Is Complete 

3rd grade wrapped up  their testing and now the whole building is complete this year!  Our Arno students did a tremendous job despite the challenges of testing- we are so very proud of their effort!  Initial scores for the M-STEP will not be available until the fall, we will certainly inform you when the individual reports come out.

 

High School Jazz Band Visit

We recently had a visit from the high school jazz band that rocked the gym with some great music!  Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were treated to an awesome start to their day and we loved seeing some of our former Arno kids!

May 14

Thank You Arno Teachers!

and 

A HUGE Thank you to the PTA and everyone who was involved in the delicious breakfast and lunch,

as well as the goodies and well wishes during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Coming soon to Arno…

 May 14

No events

May 15

K Screeners

May 16

Jazz band @Arno 10:30

May 17

No events

May 18

Arno Planting Day

 

May 21

No events

May 22

5th grade Counselors at Arno 9:00

Smalley boat trip

May 23

No events

May 24

No events

May 25

PBIS reward

Senior Walk

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Thank you PTA!

All of Arno joins me in thanking our PTA for their dedication and hard work in raising the bar on what this group can do.  What our PTA has accomplished over the past two years is nothing short of remarkable.  Their willingness to do things different, and bring the digital age into the mix has allowed our PTA to bring in funds to do amazing things, as well as amazing events.  Please check out their post below, Thursday’s PTA meeting vote has given us a brand new kindergarten playscape! Amazing!  Thank you Jenny Sauve, Shannon Mihalik, Nicole Atkinson, and Julie Hegedus for all your service.

Congratulations to our new Board as well, whom was sworn in for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.  Our new Board includes Stacey Sisson, President, Sascha Mansfield, Secretary. and Julie Hegedus continues as Treasurer.  There were no candidates for VP of Fundraising, the Board is actively looking for someone who is willing to step forward and help out.

PTA Board delivers Robots used for coding lessons to Carrie Solak, Tech Teacher.  Julie Hegedus and her husband Gary received a combined grant from Consumers Energy that paid for the entire purchase.  As you can see, there were many smiling faces.

Congrats to our new Board at their swearing in!

President Stacey Sisson, Secretary Sascha Mansfield, and Treasurer Julie Hegedus are sworn into office by Shannon Mihalik.

 

From the PTA

Happy Friday! Let’s hooe the weather this weekend is kind so all of us mothers can enjoy a wonderful, sunny Mother’s Day!! Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard-working, wonderful moms!

💐A BIG THANK YOU to Stacey Sisson and her mom, Jill, for chairing our Daddy/Daughter Dance that was held at the Prestige Banquet Hall on Friday, April 27th! The girls and dads had a great time dancing to the music played by Scott Piestrak! This event would not be possible without ALL of our wonderful volunteers that helped to make it so successful!

✅Our last PTA Meeting was quite eventful! Our members voted in a new Executive Board, to replace the older, orange playscape with a brand new one (coming this Summer!), two of our PTA Members (Julie and Gary Hegedus), gifted Mrs. Solak with coding robots and mice from a grant they earned from Consumers Energy for all of their volunteer work, the PTA was able to donate 10 Books about ALICE to the school, a new wheelchair and foot rest for the school, and we have our chair for the Fun Run next year!!

Please help us congratulate our 2018-2019 Executive Board Members:

President: Stacey Sisson

VP of Fundraising: Tricia Moore

Secretary: Sascha Mansfield

Treasurer: Julie Hegedus

⚾️Last week also kicked off a fun week to for our staff: Staff Appreciation Week!

This years theme was Tigers Baseball! The Fin started the week before on April 21st with a FREE Tigers Game courtesy of the Detroit Tigers commission and then continued the full week of April 30th! That week started with a catered breakfast by our wonderful resident Caterer: Mr. Kyle Kalis! Kyle dishes out homemade muffins, eggs, fruit, bacon, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. The staff also enjoyed juice, water, coffee, and Larabars! We were also able to share with them some the homemade cookies from Yah-ki-doc Bakery! Thursday was a catered Lunch from Brass Kitchen! Homemade sandwiches, bags of chips, fruit, pop, and water! It was a delicious spread that Kyle was able to obtain for us and everyone enjoyed it so much!

The week was also filled with lots of treats in the lounge and a gifts that were distributed to the staff on Thursday at the luncheon from many of the parents! Some of our teachers received headphones and gift cards from our Sign Up Genius link! For a full list of all of the goodies, check out our Facebook Page!

🎉If you are looking to help out with 5th grade and Kindergarten Celebrations please contact Mrs. Hool (for the 5th Grade Celebration) and Ms. Stanley (for the K Celebration).

Thank you to everyone who helped to make these past two weeks so fun and successful! We appreciate all that our members do for our school community!

 

Art for the Sky Updates!

Color assignments

K and Guyot – RED

1st and 5th – BLACK

2nd, Wesley, Warneck, and 4th – ARMY GREEN

Link to order shirts www.accentstees.com/arno

Deadline:  FRIDAY MAY 11TH

How You Can Help…

Hat Day

We are having a fundraiser on May 18th at all 3 buildings to raise money for this project.  Students can wear a hat for $1 to be paid on that day.  A eblast will go home in the next few weeks about this event!

Blue Jeans

Our turtle image will be surrounded by the “water of the Great Lakes” by using blue jeans, but we need many, many jeans to pull this off, about 1200 pairs!  If you can donate any pairs of blue jeans, please turn them in to the school office, labeled for ART.  We will donate all pairs after the project.

Please contact us at cunningham@appublicschools.com  or trapani@appublicschools.com with questions!

Update from the District

1. Jags Boys and Girls Basketball Camp (July 10, 11 & 12) sessions for kids in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8
2. Barracuda Swim Team – AP Competitive Swim Program (May 15-July 25)
3. Summer Kids Camp (June 18 thru August 30)
4. Park Colony Tennis Lessons (Discount for AP residents)
5. Park Colony Tennis Lessons (Discount for AP residents)

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Arno Gardening Club

Twenty 3rd-5th graders have been meeting on Tuesdays for 25 minutes after school to attend Garden Club and beautify the courtyard.  On our first meeting, we created some goals for the area which included planting some food plants and flowers, weeding, and doing experiments.  We weeded last week and are getting our garden boxes ready for a salad garden.  A salad garden is a garden that grows salad produce (think different lettuces, radishes, etc.) at a faster rate allowing us to enjoy some of our fresh produce before summer vacation.  We are also one of this year’s MSU Tollgate Education Center and MSU 4-H Children’s Garden Cool Kid Plants collaborating classrooms to determine which plants (petunias, geraniums, pentas, and marigolds) attract butterflies.  While we are collecting data through June, Garden Club has requested that the classrooms that are studying butterfly life cycles release their hatched butterflies in our courtyard to encourage butterfly attraction to our plants and add to our data.  Happy Spring!

 

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Arno Planting Day

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Want to Sign up?  Click on the link below

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-arno

 

Band Concert Excellence

 

Safety Town Program

Who: 2018-19 Kindergarten and 1st Graders

When: June 18 thru June 28 – AM & PM Classes Available

Where: Lindemann Elementary, 9201 Carter, Allen Park

Safety Town is an interactive safety awareness program for children from 5-6 years of age.  Each day the children will be introduced to various safety issues in a fun and safe environment.  The program is taught by a Police Officer and a retired Allen Park teacher, with hands-on topics led by community guest speakers as well as visits from the AP Police & Fire Departments.  Please see attached for more information and sign your child up today!

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4th Grade Inquiry based learning using cupcakes…

How are earth’s layers formed? How. An geologists view what is underground?

Students predicted, took core samples of their cupcakes, drew models of their findings, and shared with the class.

4th grade photos from our stormwater drain stenciling with Arch Environmental Group. 

Smart Money Magic Show

Arno was treated to some Smart money advice via magic at an assembly last week.  Great tips were given to students, while having a fun time.  Arno students also received a free book with similar money lessons.

 

TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be not be considered.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 18, 2018.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

 

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M-STEP UPDATE

Congratulations to all of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th for their completion on this year’s MSTEP state testing.  None of these assessments were easy, but our Cougars came in and gave it the very best they had to offer.  The parent report with all of their score information will likely be available sometime around the middle of September.

 

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NWEA TESTING

Our Final round of NWEA Spring testing will begin in May in Reading and math.  Our staff uses this assessment to measure the growth that students have achieved in Reading and Math over this school year.  Students will be taking the NWEA assessment on Chromebooks in their classrooms in grades K-5.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten this fall, please be sure to register him or her at Riley Center as soon as possible!  This helps us to accurately predict enrollment and class sizes for the coming year.  Please read below for info on Kindergarten Registration, Roundup, and the new Young 5s Expansion with a class opening at Bennie this fall!

 

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April 30

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Coming soon to Arno…

April 30

Staff Appreciation Week begins

Teacher appreciation PTA breakfast

May 1

No events

May 2

No events

May 3

PTA Staff luncheon

PTA Meeting 6:30

Money Matters Assembly 9:00

May 4

No events

May 7

Kindergarten Roundup

May 8

No events

May 9

5th Grade  Band Concert 6:30

May 10

No events

May 11

No events

 

From the PTA

Happy Friday! The weather is coming around, the days are getting warmer, and the NEW AVENGERS INFINITY MOVIE OPENS TOMORROW! WOO-HOO!

A few reminders from your PTA:

⚾️ Tonight is our Daddy/Daughter Dance at the Prestige from 6-9 pm. Please remember that we DID NOT distribute tickets for this event! We will have a check-in table set up to welcome everyone and give instructions! We hope everyone has a GREAT TIME!

⚾️Our next and LAST PTA Meeting of the year will be THIS Thursday, May 3rd from 630-730 in the Arno Cafeteria! Come help us decide what to do with our surplus! We have some GREAT choices for you to help us decide! We will also be holding our annual Executive Board Elections.  Please remember that in order to vote you MUST a member in good standing! We hope to see many of you there!

⚾️Next week is Staff Appreciation Week for our Arno Staff Members. The PTA LOVES this week because we really enjoy spoiling our staff and showing them how much we appreciate all that they do for our Arno Community. We are still in need of volunteers to help us with the Monday Morning Breakfast and the Thursday Afternoon Luncheon. If you can find a few minutes of your time to help out, it would be greatly appreciated! If you’re looking for ideas to get a special staff member, check out our Sign Up Genius Link Below.

Have a Great Weekend and we look forward to seeing many of you at our meeting and spoiling our Awesome Arno Staff during Staff Appreciation Week April 30th-May 4th!

 

Teacher Appreciation Week Begins Next Week

Please read below if you would like to explore some ways you can thanks your child’s teacher.

Creative Ways to Thank Your Child’s Teacher

With summer near, it’s natural to reflect on all the amazing things your child’s teacher did over the year. So how do you actually show how much that means to you? Check out this list of what teachers reallywant!

“I absolutely love my job as a second grade teacher. My students make each day wonderful in their own little ways,” says Aimee Brenn of Boston. “But when parents show appreciation for my work and dedication, I feel rewarded in ways that my words cannot truly express. It’s those little forms of validation that make teaching such a remarkable profession.”

Beyond a simple, heartfelt “thank you,” these ideas can help your child’s teacher feel the love.

Cards and Letters

The teachers we talked to said personalized letters and cards were by far the most rewarding ways to be thanked. But forget the generic store-bought cards — take time to write something personal. Even better: Get your child involved. You both can write what you liked about the teacher and his or her class.

“A simple note can make me melt!” says Lori Slates Vance, a second grade teacher in Macdonald, Pennsylvania. “My most treasured gift was from a student and her mom. The student wrote me a letter that told me how she liked being in my class. Mom wrote about how her daughter had improved and grown that year.”

“If the cards are personalized, it would be something to hold onto forever,” agrees teacher Katherine Mottola, of Marshfield, Massachusetts. “A child once wrote ‘I love when Mrs. Mottola reads us silly stories.’ Another child wrote ‘I like Mrs. Mottola because she smiles at me.’ So simple but so touching. It’s the little things that make the job so fulfilling.”

Group Gifts

If you want to make a grand gesture, consider going in on something with the rest of the students’ parents — and it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

“One year, my class’s room mother contacted all the other parents and sent out papers for each of my students to complete, telling me about their favorite experiences throughout the year and what it meant to have me as their teacher,” says Brenn. “The papers were then compiled and laminated in a book for me, with each student’s picture and writing. I will always cherish the time and effort that went in to creating that special keepsake.”

Volunteering

Grand gestures during holidays and special dates are fine, but the teachers we spoke with emphasized that they like to feel appreciated year-round — and one of the biggest ways is by getting involved with class activities.

“Take a day off work and devote your time,” suggests Brenn. “Be a mystery reader; help with a craft or science project; be a chaperone on a field trip.”

Classroom Supplies

Can’t take time off work? Donate some supplies to the classroom; many teachers end up purchasing some of these out of their own pockets, so helping them stock up on tissues and crayons — or a bigger ticket item, like the electric pencil sharpener that Brenn was gifted one year by some class parents — can be a huge relief.

Helping with supplies helps teachers save some of their own money, of course, but it also makes them feel appreciated, knowing parents and students have really listened and paid attention to their needs and wants.

A Little Pampering

Michelle Holmes, a preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher in Plano, Texas, and her colleagues once each received chair massages as gifts — and she loved hers. Before Brenn’s wedding, her class’s parents threw her a surprise bridal shower. Teachers work hard, and to show them you know that, consider something that makes them feel special or pampered.

Sounds pricey? It doesn’t have to be. For many teachers, a hot lunch might be all it takes to feel like they’re indulging. “Our lunch block is never long enough to leave to go get food, and it’s usually filled with tasks like making copies, using the restroom, and returning emails,” says Karen Mensing, a first and second grade teacher in Phoenix. “Contact the teacher in advance to check for allergies and preferences, and swoop in at lunchtime with a burger, salad, or slice of pizza and beverage. It’s a treat every teacher I know would relish!”

Gift Cards

If you want to buy your child’s teacher a token of appreciation but you don’t know what to get, you really can’t go wrong with a gift card.

“If they feel the need to buy me something, I like gift cards to some place I can use,” says Leon Scott Baxer, a third grade teacher in Santa Barbara, California. “One year, parents pooled their finances got me a $100 gift card to a teaching supplies store. I was stunned and so very appreciative.”

Gifts

As for gifts themselves, the teachers all downplayed their importance — they were much more enthusiastic about the previously mentioned ideas (and, trust us, they’ve got enough candles, lotions, and “#1 Teacher” coffee mugs already).

You’re better off buying or making something more meaningful. “I have incredible pictures that my students spent hours on decorating my walls,” says Baxter. “We love creative projects that make us remember our kids even 20 years later and that we can tell were made from love.”

At Holmes’s school, during Teacher Appreciation Week one year, each teacher was given a vase, and each student brought a flower to put in it — they formed a beautiful arrangement. Another idea: Have each child bring the teacher a piece of fruit to fill a basket. Or have each kid bring a plant for the school garden.

However you choose to show your appreciation, remember this: “It’s not about the amount of money,” says Baxter. “For many of us, if there’s heart behind the gift or if it’s something that we can truly use, we will talk about it for years.”

 

Safety Town Program

Who: 2018-19 Kindergarten and 1st Graders

When: June 18 thru June 28 – AM & PM Classes Available

Where: Lindemann Elementary, 9201 Carter, Allen Park

Safety Town is an interactive safety awareness program for children from 5-6 years of age.  Each day the children will be introduced to various safety issues in a fun and safe environment.  The program is taught by a Police Officer and a retired Allen Park teacher, with hands-on topics led by community guest speakers as well as visits from the AP Police & Fire Departments.  Please see attached for more information and sign your child up today!

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TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be not be considered.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 18, 2018.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

 

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NWEA TESTING

Our Final round of NWEA Spring testing will begin in May in Reading and math.  Our staff uses this assessment to measure the growth that students have achieved in Reading and Math over this school year.  Students will be taking the NWEA assessment on Chromebooks in their classrooms in grades K-5.

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APHS puts on show for Arno

Mrs. Solak recently partnered with Mrs. West from APHS to put on a production of “Winter According to Humphrey”, which was the book that we did in March for our One Book, One School program.  The student were fantastic and all of our kids really enjoyed the performance!  The high school students had a big job- know the book, interview students, write a script, build a set, and of course, star in the play.  Thank you to all who were involved!

 

4th Grade Stream Table Experience

ALICE Wrap Up

Our ALICE drill went very well last week and it was amazing to see over 500 students in a church quietly sitting and awaiting directions.  This drill is a great reflection of our readiness in any type of emergency.

 

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M-STEP UPDATE

Our 5th graders have gotten us off to a great start with their focus and determination on MSTEP testing they have now completed all testing and we have 3rd and 4th grade on deck.    Upcoming MSTEP schedules are listed below:

May 1 — Grade 4 ELA

May 2 — Grade 3 ELA

May 8 — Grade 4 MATH

May 9 — Grade 3 MATH

Thank you for encouraging your child to do his or her best on the test by getting a good sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, being on time for school, and using stamina and perseverance during the test!  We are proud of our Cougars and want to spread the word that they are learning lots at our wonderful school!

 

 

M-STEP Encouragement from all of our “Miracles” from Mr. Peace

 

Earth Day Celebration at Arno

 

SCHOOLS OF CHOICE INFO

APPS Limited Schools of Choice Program Approved for 2018-19

The Allen Park Public Schools Board of Education approved the continuation of a limited Schools of Choice option for the 2018-19 school year for grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  Application forms will be available starting Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 27, at the Riley Education Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  For your convenience, applications will also be available on our website – www.allenparkschools.com

Completed applications may be presented in person at the Riley Education Center or emailed to schoolofchoice@appublicschools.com from April 9 through April 27 at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications can be accepted.

A random draw selection will be held on May 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Riley Education Center if you wish to attend.  The draw will determine numerical selection for acceptance of candidates.

We ask that you help us by sharing this information with friends and/or family members who may be interested in having their children become a part of the Allen Park Public Schools Family.

For more information about the Schools of Choice Program, please see the attached FAQ’s, visit our website at www.allenparkschools.com or call (313) 827-2105

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten this fall, please be sure to register him or her at Riley Center as soon as possible!  This helps us to accurately predict enrollment and class sizes for the coming year.  Please read below for info on Kindergarten Registration, Roundup, and the new Young 5s Expansion with a class opening at Bennie this fall!

 

 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary

 

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