Nov 20

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Coming soon to Arno…

Nov. 20

No events

Nov. 21

Half-day dismissal 11:40

Teacher PD P.M.

Nov. 22

No School

Nov. 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 24

Shop ’till you drop

Nov. 27

No events

Nov. 28

3rd grade mobile learning

Dr. Hall 2:15 Read

Nov. 29

No events

Nov. 30

No events

Dec. 1

End of First Trimester

PBIS Reward

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Thank you

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

PBIS Mentors

Thank you Sandy Bennett for kicking off our building Mentorship program with our young leaders.  The kids have been so very excited to get started, and now they are off to their assignments!

 

New Blog out…

Please take a look at a new blog from our At-Risk Reading Speacilist D. Barb. Chuby. You can find it at http://drchuby.edublogs.org/

 

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Founders Day

Founders Day is quickly arriving! It is a celebration of all the amazing things going on within our school district. Do you know of an outstanding program, volunteer or staff member? If so we need you to nominate one! You can access applications by using thelinks below or picking up a paper copy in the magazine rack across from the Arno main office.
All nomination forms must be submitted by December 4
You cab submit your nomination by emailing us at arnopta@gmail.com or by turning it into the main office in a sealed envelope marked “Founders Day PTA.”
All nominations will be placed on a ballot and voted on by members present at the December 7th PTA meeting. The name of the person who has submitted the nomination will be kept confidential. However the written description on why the person or program is deserving will be read out loud. We encourage you to submit nominations so that we can reward some of our amazing program lead volunteers!
The person or event that secures the most votes per category will be notified and honored at the Allen Park PTSA Council Founders Celebration! It will be at The Crystal Palace on Wednesday, February 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm. Dinner tickets will be available in the office for purchase and all are invited to attend a wonderful adult evening and celebrate the great things happening at Arno!

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From the PTA

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to thank all of the parent volunteers, staff, students and families that helped to make our Scholastic Bookfair a success! We look forward to sharing all of the details at our next PTA Meeting on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 pm in the Arno Cafeteria! Mark your Calendars and Save the Date!
Founders Day Nominations are now being accepted! Do you know an Outstanding Educator, Support Personnel, or Program? A Council Member that has gone above and beyond that deserves recognition? Maybe you know a member of our Arno Community that has dedicated their time to helping council out for years and deserves to be recognized for all their hard work? Maybe a Local business that has supported our PTA needs to be recognized for their service? Has a program at Arno really impressed you and you would like to nominate them for their hard work? If you know you would like to give someone(s), a business, or program some recognition, now is the time to do it! Nominations are being accepted until December 1st. You may pick up the forms across from the main office and next to the gymnasium doors or download them from this post or the Arno PTA Facebook page. Once you have completed your nomination(s), please hand them in to the main office in a sealed envelope marked, “Founders Day”. Voting will take place at our next PTA Meeting on December 7th.
Our SPIRIT WEAR is now on sale! It will continue through November 25th. THIS IS THE LAST TIME WE WILL GET TO ORDER THIS SCHOOL YEAR! Please DO NOT miss out! Visit the link below to place your orders!
Our next restaurant fundraiser will take place at Angelina’s again on December 4th from 11-9 pm. Order Lunch! Take your family out to Dinner! Have a few sodas or adult beverages. We receive 25% from the total! Help Support your School! Please visit the Allen Park or Southgate Locations to show your support.
Family Caring Night will take place at Skore Lanes on Wednesday, January 3rd. Please look for more information to come home via email, Memberhub, Facebook, and flyers in your students folders. All proceeds will go to support the volunteer group of TASKK. We will be putting a donation box in the office after the holidays and will be accepting donations in the form of: dog and cat food, blankets, toys (tennis balls, etc.), giftcards.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! If you plan to do any shopping or traveling, please Be Careful!

Arno PBIS team in action!

Last Thursday our Arno PBIS leadership team presented all of our programming that relates to PBIS in front of a packed auditorium at RESA.  The team included pictures, docs, and other examaples like shirts and our golden lunch tray program.  Observing the room really showed how engaged they were about all of the things our buildings does every day and month.  Congratulations to Lisa Smalley, Katie Jensen, Megan Schultz, and Sandy Bennett for an outstanding job!

Food Pantry

Dear Caring Cougar’s,

The AP high school counseling department reached out to our PTA. They informed us their food pantry supplies are running low. At APHS food pantry they provide food & necessities confidentially for families of AP students that are dealing with unforeseen circumstances, some of which have been tragic.

At our last PTA meeting members decided to support this cause in two ways. The Arno PTA received a $300 Consumers Energy Grant last year from one of our members for their volunteer service. We voted to allocate these funds to the pantry in the form of $300 worth of Kroger Gift card to assist in their inventory needs. We also decided to place a box in our main office to collect items from now through December. Students and staff can drop donations off and a PTA member will transport it to the HS pantry as our box fills up.

Suggested Items Need; cereal, cereal breakfast bars, pop tarts, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna, pasta and spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles (or something similar that’s a quick fix meal) and any type of snacks. Personal hygiene products and socks.

Thank-you in advance for your partnership on this. We are excited to kick off the holiday giving season by supporting the kids in need within our district.

Sincerely, 

Your Arno PTA

Update on food Pantry:

We are humbly amazed at the amount of donations already cming in for APHS food drive. Here’s a pic of our 1st load from Arno & a pic of our districts sweet ‘lil pantry. December 18th will be the last day we are accepting donations in order to get supplies delivered to HS, sorted & distributed to those in need.

New Bus Zone

To accommodate bus arrivals at various throughout pickup/drop off, the bus lane on Thomas has been extended all the way up to the second grade set of doors.  Please do not park in the zone for any pickup/dropoff.  Thank you for helping keep our kids safe!

5th Grade Literacy in Action

Students in Mrs. Hool’s class were hard at work in Daily 5 through activities such as Working on Writing, Reading to a Partner and Listening to a book on Raz Kids

Boggle fun for Mrs. Smalleys kiddos…

 

 

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November 6

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Coming soon to Arno…

Nov. 6

PTA Bookfair Kickoff

Nov. 7

No events

Nov. 8

P/T Conferences 5:00-7:30

Nov. 9

P/T Conferences 12:35-3:15

                                    5:00-7:30

Nov. 10

PTA Bookfair End

Nov. 13

No events

Nov. 14

No events

Nov. 15

School Improvement meeting 3:45

Nov. 16

Picture Retake Day

Nov. 17

Happy Friday!

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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Door Security Concerns

As we are always ensuring safety and security at Arno, it is imperative that all parents enter through the main office doors if you have any needs in school.  Parents are not allowed to enter any of the side doors at any time, including morning line up.  We ask that you please also not ask safeties to open doors as this puts them into an uncomfortable spot as well.  Thank you for help in helping us be a safe school.

 

Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are just around the corner on Nov. 8th (5:00-7:30) & Nov 9th (12:45-3:15 & 5:00-7:30) .  There is a half-day that morning with dismissal at 11:40.   If you have yet signed up for a time slot, please see the links below to reserve your time.  A strong home connection is a critical part of the education process, making it very important for everyone to connect with their child’s teacher.   This year, the district moved to tri-mesters to align closer to our assessments which are given three times a year as well.  Although report cards don’t come out until early December, your child’s teacher will go over your child’s current progress and awnser any questions or concerns up to this point.

Name Teacher Classroom link
Haskin http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aacad2da0fc1-haskin1
DiCarlo http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a8a629a6fc1-dicarlo
Stanley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4faea82dabf94-stanley
Pushman http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a92eaaf58-pushman1
Watson http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4CAFAC28AA8-watson3
Martinchick http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ea4a92ca20-martinchick3
Schultz http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-schultz1
Cervantes http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-cervantes
Amonette http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaaa22a1fd0-amonette1
Wesley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8af2aa0fe3-wesley1
Warneck http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-warneck1
Guyot http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4ab22a5fb6-guyot1
Smalley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8ac2caaf85-smalley1
Trionfi http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-trionfi1
Kalis http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-kalis1
Creutz http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44abac2da0fa7-creutz1
Hool http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA82CA5FA7-hool3
Higgins http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-higgins
Andersen http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-andersen
Jensen http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba9a62ca5f49-jensen1
Byrne http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4CAAA729A1FF2-msbyrne

Dalton          http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa8ad2ea1f58-msdaltonphys

Gym Note

As the weather has now taken a turn to the cold, please remember to pack gym shoes on your child’s gym day if they are wearing boots, etc.  All students need gym shoes to be able to particpate in the special.

3rd Grade Reading Law

Thursday evening Arno hosted a parent meeting on the new 3rd grade reading law.  I have attached the ppt. from that meeting for your review.  If you have any questions please call the office.

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From the PTA

YEE-HAW!

It’s book fair time! We hope that y’all have had an exciting October! Fun Run Prizes, Skate Parties, Super Cougar Lunches, Pizza Parties, PTA Meeting, and HALLOWEEN FUN for those of us that celebrate it!

Our Bookfair Kicks Off on Monday, November 6th with our first PREVIEW Day! Students will receive a Wish List in class the day of their Class Preview that they will fill out and bring home. Parents then have an idea as to what they would their students to purchase and can budget accordingly. For those students that do not have their PREVIEW Day on Monday, will get their chance on Tuesday, November 7th. PURCHASE Days will be WednesdayFriday. The Bookfair will be open from 9-Noon1-3pm, and 5-7:30 on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9-11 to purchase books on Friday.

If you would like to volunteer, please see the link below! Remember in order to sign up, you must be a member in “Good Standing” as per our By Laws.

https://arnopta.memberhub.com/dues

Recently, the Allen Park High School Counseling Department recently reached out to our PTSA Council President, Bernadette Burgus informing her that their food pantry supplies are running low and they help. This pantry provides food and other necessities for families who are struggling to provide these basic necessities to their families. These families are dealing with unforeseen circumstances, some of which have been very tragic.

The Arno PTA Members voted tonight to help support the Food Pantry in the following ways:

*** The Arno PTA received a $300 Consumers Energy Grant last year from one of our members for their volunteer service. The members voted to allocate those funds to the pantry in the form of a $300 Gift Card. A member of the Executive Board will deliver that Gift to the person in charge at the High School next week.

*** A box will be placed in the Arno Main Office to collect items for the Food Pantry. A list of suggested items needed will be placed on the box and an email, facebook post, and blog reminders will go out as well.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our FUN RUN WINNERS! We heard they had a fabulous lunch and an “unexpected” stop at McDonald’s for ice cream. Thank you for all of your hard work and support.

Our Fun Run was a HUGE SUCCESS, we raised over $19,000 and after all of our expenses, we ended up raising over $16,000. We really could not have done such an outstanding job without the support of our Arno Community!

Our Membership Drive has come to an end, but don’t worry, you can still become a PTA Member! Use the link below to sign up or pick up an application from the Bookfair to join! While you’re at it, we can help you link your Kroger Cards too!

The Winners of our Membership Drive were:

*** 1st Place- Mrs. Jensen’s Class! They received $100 in Scholastic Dollars and ear buds

*** 2nd Place- Mrs. Pushman’s Class! They received $50 in Scholastic Dollars and Emoji Pens

*** 3rd Place- Ms. Stanley’s Class! They will receive $25 in Scholastic Dollars, Stickers, and Licorice Erasers.

The 5th Graders are getting ready for Camp! In order to raise the funds needed for their 3 days of fun, they will be selling treats through Classic Recipes! If you would like to help support the 5th Graders please follow the link below and place your order.

Classic Recipes sells:

*** Cookie Dough (in tubs and proportioned)

*** Gourmet Popcorn

*** Pumpkin Rolls

*** Individual Personal Pizza Kits

*** Entertainment Book or Entertainment Book App

https://fundraising.entertainment.com/arno-elementary-1

Founders Day Applications are now available! Nominations will be accepted through December 5th and can be picked up in the Main Office. Once we receive them electronically, we will also post them on Facebook and have Mr. Zielinski post them on the School Blog Site and in a School Wide email. If you have any questions, please contact us in person, via email, or via Facebook.

Thank you to everyone that attended our meeting tonight! We appreciate all of the support and ideas!

Volunteer Signup for Wild West Book Fair

We are seeking Cowboy and Cowgirls (volunteers) to help out with our Wild West Book Fair! Leave your electronics at home and come help us explore the world of books in our “Town” (Media Center)! All Wranglers who seek to help us with our shenanigans will receive $5 in scholastic dollars for each shift worked!

There are various Wrangling opportunities available each day (9:00-Noon and/or 1:00-3:15). Of course if you decide to join us for both opportunities, you will earn $10 in Scholastic dollars! Our wrangling stops at Noon-1:00 daily for Lunch or a Nap! There will be additional opportunities for an evening wrangling session on November 8th and 9th from 5:00-7:30 during conferences.

We look forward to Wrangling and Hootin’ and Hollerin’ with all our Cowboys and Cowgirls Big and Small!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca4aa2aa4fe3-volunteer2

YEE-HAW!

Your Book Fair Sheriffs!

 

Happy Halloween Happenings…

Do the Mash…

 

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The results are in…

Although new members will always be accepted, the membership drive is over.  Winners were determined by highest % of stars per enrollment count of the classroom:

1st Place: Mrs. Jensen’s room with 162% will receive $100 Scholatic money to shop at the book fair and student ear buds.

2nd Place: Mrs. Pushman’s room with 79% will receive $50 Scholastic money to shop at the book fair and student pens

3rd Place: Ms. Stanley’s room with 75% will receive  $25 Scholastic money to shop at the book fair and student sitckers.

Thanks to everyone who has become a member of the PTA, there is always plenty of room for more members! We are proudly sitting at 141 members, but we are still striving to break our record setting 191 members from last year.

Thank You AP Firefighters

A big thank you to our local AP fire fighters who not only visited Arno to share safety tips with the students, but also brought their truck so our kids could actually go through it! Thank you!

Golden Tray Winners for October!

Kindergarten:  Mrs. Haskin

1st Grade:        Mrs. Pushman

2nd Grade:      Mrs. Cervantes

3rd Grade:       Mrs. Wesley

4th Grade:        Mrs. Kalis

5thGrade:         Mr. Creutz

Way to go Super Cougars!

 

Preschool Workshop 

Arno Elementary hosted a prescool/kinder skills night this past week as part of fulfilling our Title I school improvement plan.  Parents and their children were invited from Lindemann preschool, as well as Cabrini and the local AP Presbyterian church preschools with the main purpose of helping families better prepare for the transition into kindergarten next fall. Parents were able to learn about kindergarten readiness skills, reading startegies to use with their child, and an activity that can be used for learning letters.  Congratualtions to our kindergarten teachers Jeanine Haskin, Cristina DiCarlo, and Nickie Stanley for organizing and producing an amazing evening.  The event will held at Arno for both parents and local preschool teachers

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Super Cougar Lunch

Congratualtions to all of our PBIS Super Cougar Pizza lunch with the principal winners!  Way to go!

October Super Cougars

Haskin-Kylee Payne

Stanley- Nina Hegedus

DiCarlo- Brady Proctor

Martinchick- Savannah McNeal

Watson – Kaylyn Messer

Pushman – Rosalee Wynn

Schultz- Bryce Brewer

Cervantes-Gwen McCue

Amonette- Isabella Harrison

Warneck- Molly Schryer

Guyot-Chloe Skelly

Wesley- Ella Atkinson

Kalis- Jordyn Russell

Smalley- Kylee O’Connell

Trionfi- Jake Hauck

Higgins- Matthew Chadwick

Creutz- Flavia Hoxha

Andersen-Kalie McNamara

Hool- Leslie Hernandez

Jensen-Cooper Genaw

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Fun Run fun with Limo and Lunch for our top fundraisers!

We had an awesome time together as the Arno top fundraisers got treated to lunch at Red Robins and a limo to get us there.  What great weather we had to head out in our decked out limo!

A special shout out to Red Robin for great service from a very friendly staff, which really topped off the afternoon!  Thank you to all of our contributors for the Arno Fun Run!

K Stanley Nina Hegedus
1st Watson Isabella Chodkiewich

Olivia Ostrander

2nd Cervantes Marshall Hegedus
3rd Wesley Meadow Stewart
4th Smalley Luke Feroni
5th Hool Miley Keysaer

Principal for the Day

Arno had a very special guest principal for the day as Isabella Chodkiewich took over the office as the “Boss”.  Isabella won the position through being the top fund raiser for the Fun Run this fall.  She enjoyed walking around, talking to classes, calling bingo, and a special lunch.  Thanks for a great day Isabella!

 

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Roary the Lion Visits Arno

To thunderous applause, Roary the Lion ran into our assemebly Thursday along with Lion personnel Coach Chris and Coach Pat for a good message on Anti-Bullying.  Our Arno Cougars were very excited and enjoyed Roary’s performance as well as his message.  Go Lions!!

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3rd Grade Mobile Learning-Three Fires Tribe

In addition to today’s Lion’s assembly, we also had a visit from Metro Parks to work with 3rd grade.  The presentations were very educational and many items from earlier Native Americans were on display.

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again next week!  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!

 

 

Tips for Parents on Parent-Teacher Conferences

How Should Parents Navigate This All-Important Meeting? Educators Show the Way!

A key ingredient for educational achievement is the parent-teacher conference, and to make sure they’re successful for both parents and teachers, we’ve come up with a list of what educators would like parents to know.

 

The first on the list: Show up, please!

“We know parents are busy, but it is important to carve out time to invest in your child’s education and ensure success at school,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “To get the most out of parent-teacher conferences, parents need to take an active role in their child’s education year-round and come prepared to discuss how their child can reach their full potential.”

Here are the rest of our tips for parents:

Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:

  •     Any questions about the school’s programs or policies.
  •     Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his life at home.
  •     Questions about your child’s progress.

Ask Important Questions

Don’t be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child’s teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:

  •     What are my child’s strengths and weaknesse.
  •     How does my child get along with classmates?
  •     Is my child working up to her ability? Where could she use improvement?
  •     What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?

Initiate the Action Plan

Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track his progress. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year with regularly scheduled “report card” conferences that can keep the communication lines open.

“Parents are the best resource for a child to make the grade,” said Van Roekel. “When teachers and parents work together, we can help a child have a successful school year.”

 

STAYING CONNECTED

Greetings from Superintendent Darga,

I’m excited to announce that Allen Park Public Schools has an “Official Facebook Page”.

I will do my best to keep it updated with “All Things APPS”.  I’ll also add in or share posts that I feel would be beneficial for you as a member of our school community.

You will also notice that I’ve linked my TWITTER account to the FB account.  It’s important to me that I am visible throuhout the district.  While visiting our schools I often take pictures.  These photos are shared on Twitter to give a glimpse of what is happening in APPS.

I’m pretty new to most of this (Twitter & Facebook) and am open to suggestions.  IF you would like to see information on certain topics posted, please feel free to send me an email.

Be sure to check out the new page:

https://www.facebook.com/AllenParkPublicSchools

With Pride,

Mike D.

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

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

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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

Fall Conferences

Our fall conferences are just around the corner on Nov. 8th (evening), and Nov. 9th (p.m. & evening).   All of the staff links are below to sign up for a time slot.  If you have multiple children in the building, you may want to check soon as time slots go quick.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Name Teacher Classroom link
Haskin http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aacad2da0fc1-haskin1
DiCarlo http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a8a629a6fc1-dicarlo
Stanley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4faea82dabf94-stanley
Pushman http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a92eaaf58-pushman1
Watson http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4CAFAC28AA8-watson3
Martinchick http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ea4a92ca20-martinchick3
Schultz http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-schultz1
Cervantes http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-cervantes
Amonette http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaaa22a1fd0-amonette1
Wesley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8af2aa0fe3-wesley1
Warneck http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-warneck1
Guyot http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4ab22a5fb6-guyot1
Smalley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8ac2caaf85-smalley1
Trionfi http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-trionfi1
Kalis http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-kalis1
Creutz http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44abac2da0fa7-creutz1
Hool http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA82CA5FA7-hool3
Higgins http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-higgins
Andersen http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-andersen
Jensen http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba9a62ca5f49-jensen1
Byrne http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4CAAA729A1FF2-msbyrne

 

 

Oct. 23

Coming soon to Arno…

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Oct. 23

Happy Monday!

Oct. 24

Dr. Hall reads to 4th grade 2:15

Skating Party 6:00

Oct. 25

Preschool Parent Meeting 4:30-5:30

Oct. 26

Fire Assembly K-3

Oct. 27

PBIS Reward

Membership Drive Winners reward

Oct. 30

No events

Oct. 31

Halloween Parade 10:00

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Teacher PD half-day, dismiss 11:40

Nov. 1

No events

Nov. 2

3rd Grade Mobile learning

Proud Like a Lion Assembly

K-2 9:00-9:45

3-5 10:00-10:45

Super Cougar Pizza Lunch 11:00

PTA Meeting 6:30

Nov. 3

Happy Friday!

 

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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From the PTA

Happy Fall Arno Families!
We would like to thank everyone for their help with the Fun Run and all the amazing support we received from our Arno School Community. For a complete update on the amount of funds we raised and what all of winners received, please visit our Facebook Page and plan on attending our next meeting on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Arno cafeteria. As always…FREE BABYSITTING is available for school aged children. At this meeting some of the topics we will be discussing are about our upcoming events:
* Scholastic Book Fair
* Fun Run Wrap Up
* Founders Day Nominations
* Mother/Son Night
Our Membership Drive is still happening!!! Get your membership forms in! Can’t find your form? That’s ok, just visit our link below and sign up! It’s so easy!
Our membership challenge ends on October 27th! Who will have the highest percentage of members??
Our Halloween Skate Party is Coming Up! Get ready to dress in your costumes and lace up your skates! It all takes place at Lincoln Park Skate Center on Tuesday, October 24th from 6-8 pm! You may pre-purchase your tickets through the link below or send money in with your child(ren). Please put all money in an envelope and make sure your child(rens) name, teacher, number of people skating, and amount enclosed are all listed on the outside of the envelope. Admission fee is not required if you aren’t skating.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at our Angelina’s Fundraiser on Monday, October 16th! Our school raised $385!
Mark your calendars, on Saturday, November 4th The PTA/PTSA Holiday Fever Craft Show and Mom 2 Mom Sale is here! This event helps to raise money towards the PTSA’s Scholarship Fund for this years Graduating Senior Class! Please consider visiting and volunteering! If you’re interested the Sign Up Genius Link is below. This year, Arno is in charge of the auction!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48a4af2bab9-holiday2

We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Fall Weather!
We look forward to seeing many of you at our next meeting.

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Halloween Parade

Our Halloween parade will take place on the 31st around 10:00.  Everyone will join as the line goes by and we will exit out of the 4th grade doors, go around the inner playground perimeter and enter through the main office doors.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 8/9 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.

Kindy Engineers

Students in Ms. Stanley’s kindergarten class participated in a STEM Challenges this month to learn more about engineering and science! The students met four different engineers from our community, including PTA Treasurer Mrs. Hegedus and Ms. Stanley’s father, Greg Stanley. They had a lot of fun learning about safety, goal setting, design testing and planning, problem solving and collaboration! Kindergarten engineers are hard at work!

 

Summer Reading

Congrats to all of our readers who hit 1000 plus reading minutes over the summer.  For all of their efforts, Arno gave them a pizza lunch with the principal where we shared our favorite summer reads!  Great job to this group and all of our summer readers who earned various rewards!

1000 Minutes Plus Club

Grant Szwed                             Kylee O’Connell

Jacob Gombos                          Anahi Chapa

Carlos Sanchez                          Cole Newsted

Jordyn Russel                            Reese Hastings

Haley Kuryvial                           Alivia Gonzalez

Stacey Stecconi                          Allan Irick

Stephanie Warneck                   Julia Schroeder

Benjamin Mayor                        Gavin Leeman

Xander Warneck                       David Richarson

Bentley Vu                                   Gabrielle Moore

Kylee O’Connell                          Rosaria Orskinski

Samantha Muse                         Peyton Will

Miley Keysaer

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A.L.I.C.E. Training

The Allen Park School district recently sent home a letter on the new ALICE training that all buildings will be doing as a conversion from the traditional way we have done “lockdowns”, to a more researched methos that has proven to be more effective in dangerous situations.  Please take a moment to read the letter below from Superintendent Mike Darga

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SKATE PARTY

Mark your calendar for the Arno Skate Party on October 24, sponsored by our awesome PTA!  Be sure to dress up!!

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New Chromebooks

Our district has been great at keeping us current, and there latest task was to replace an aging cart of chromebooks that were becoming useless in the tasks we needed them for.  Our new HP cart for 5th grade is filling the need right away as our students were enjoying them just minutes after delivery.  Thanks AP!

 

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again next week!  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!

 

STAYING CONNECTED

Greetings from Superintendent Darga,

I’m excited to announce that Allen Park Public Schools has an “Official Facebook Page”.

I will do my best to keep it updated with “All Things APPS”.  I’ll also add in or share posts that I feel would be beneficial for you as a member of our school community.

You will also notice that I’ve linked my TWITTER account to the FB account.  It’s important to me that I am visible throuhout the district.  While visiting our schools I often take pictures.  These photos are shared on Twitter to give a glimpse of what is happening in APPS.

I’m pretty new to most of this (Twitter & Facebook) and am open to suggestions.  IF you would like to see information on certain topics posted, please feel free to send me an email.

Be sure to check out the new page:

https://www.facebook.com/AllenParkPublicSchools

With Pride,

Mike D.

Full Brochure:

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Brochure:

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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

 

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/ReducedApplication

 

Oct. 9

Arno PTA

Thank you for an awesome Fun Run!!

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Coming Soon to Arno

Oct. 9

No events

Oct. 10

No events

Oct. 11

No events

Oct. 12

Summer Readers Rewards Pizza Lunch

Oct. 13

PTA Reflections contest Kick Off

Oct. 16

No events

Oct. 17

No events

Oct. 18

School Improvement Meeting 3:45

Oct. 19

DTE 4th Grade Presentation

Oct. 20

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

 

From the PTA

Here is a link to view pictures form our Fun Run! Please share with
families on your social media pages.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JcfyeuIfeCVDhshd2

TomorrowFriday is the last day for fun run donations for students to
be eligible for a prize. Families can contribute online or send money
into office tomorrow labeled with student name & “PTA fun run” to get
credit.

Prizes will be distributed to students next week. We will also be
announcing the highest contributing classroom winner & plans are
underway for the limo lunch for our top earning students!

Thank-you for the generosity to those who have participated so far!
We’d also like to give a huge shout out to all the teacher’s,
student’s and parent volunteers for making this years event
outstanding! Way to go Cougar community!

Much love,

Your PTA executive board

 

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again next week!  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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Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday was Walk to School day to encourage physical activity and the healthy benefits

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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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September Super Cougars

Each month for our PBIS program we pick 1 Super cougar from each classroom- someone who has demonstrated they are being the very best and following Arno’s PBIS expectations of being Respectful, Safe, and Responsible.  This month’s Cougars received a pizza lunch with the principal.  Way to go Cougars!!

Haskin-Ellie Cole

Stanley- Anthony Ferrence 

DiCarlo- Elianna Esquivel

Martinchick- Reynaldo Garza

Watson – Bentley Vu

Pushman- Lia Morandini

Schultz- Mallory Lada

Cervantes- Jazlyn Salinas

Amonette- Alayanna Lazarowicz

Warneck- Ethan Rozman

Guyot-Gabriella Scalf

Wesley- Izzy Bergman

Kalis- Hannah Booher

Smalley- Peter Lenart

Trionfi- Bailey Ellis

Higgins- Gabby Stanley

Creutz- Brianna Anderson

Andersen-Lulu Schutt

Hool- Owen Adamisen

Jensen-Connor Bate

 

Meemic Grant Award

Mr. Creutz was awarded this week with a $100 grant that he wrote for Scholastic books.  Representatives from Meemic stopped in to present and congratulate Mr. Creutz.   This is another great example of how Arno is always advocating for our kids!

 

 

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Solar System Study in 5th Grade

 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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

READING MATTERS

Check out the information below about the importance of reading at home!

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/ReducedApplication

 

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Sept 25

Are you a member of the PTA yet??

Coming soon to Arno…

Sept 25

No events

Sept 26

No events

Sept 27

No events

Sept 28

No events

Sept 29

PTA FUN RUN

PBIS Reward

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October 2

Fire Drill

October 3

Super Cougar Lunch

October 4

No events

October 5

Picture Day

PTA Meeting 6:30

October 6

District PD- Half-Day Dismissal 11:40

 

 

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

Happy Friday!

We hope everyone is adjusting to our new school schedules!
Next Friday, September 29th, is our annual Fun Run! A Sign Up Genius will be available soon for Volunteer Opportunities. Once it is finalized an email will go out to everyone and it will be posted to our Arno Elementary PTA Facebook Page! Thank you for all your support!
Please Do Not forget to register your child(ren) for the Fun run! Link is available in this blog and on our Facebook page.
Today is the LAST DAY for Spirit Wear Sales! Please do not miss out! Get your orders in today!!!
We hope to see many of you at the Fun Run and our next meeting, Thursday, October 5th at 6:30 in the cafeteria!
We  would also like to share with the very exciting news of online membership applications!
Use this link to pay for your Arno PTA dues electronically!
Have no worries we will make sure your class get’s credit for our membership drive contest!
After you submit your membership you will receive an email confirmation. If you don’t see it right away
check your junk inbox to make sure it didn’t go there!
Please also support us by linking your Kroger cards to Arno Elementary PTA. This program has proven to be very
beneficial to us and we would love to have more cards registered!
Thanks so much for posting the above links & encouraging parents to get involved this year!
We are excited to partner with each of you again!
Have a Fabulous Weekend! We look forward to another amazing year with all of our families!
 

Picture Day is almost here! On October 5th, Interstate Studios will be here capturing all the smiles of our awesome Cougars.  The company also supplies an order code that youc an use to order online at inter-state.com/order. The unique order code for Arno Elementary is 20837SF.

The Halls proudly displaying our Arno Student’s work…

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 October 5 for picture day, retakes will be on Nov. 16.  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. 3 at 11:00 K-2, 12:00 3-5

 

This list is great for all parents. Try asking your kids these questions the next time they come home from school! {pacifickid.net}

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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

 

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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 is now available and Thanks to technology improvements and online testing, our district has much earlier access to data that is also a more precise measure of learning.

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

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

What happens next?

Our staff will spend time reviewing the 2017 M-STEP results to find where we are having success, and where we see areas in which to improve. The test results also will reveal which groups of students are doing well, and which will need more or different kinds of support.

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

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

Please look for your child’s Parent report coming soon…

 

 

 

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.arno park

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/ReducedApplication

 

 

September 11

Coming soon to Arno…

Sept. 11

No events

Sept. 12

Lockdown Drill A.M

Sept. 13

No events

Sept. 14

Title 1 Parent Meeting 6:30

Meet the Teacher 7:00

Sept 15

Happy Friday

 

Sept 18

No events

Sept 19

Fire Drill

Sept 20

School Improvement Meeting 3:45

Sept 21

No events

Sept 22

Tornado Drill

Happy Friday!

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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New Staff

In addition to the new staff introduced on the last blog, we now also have a new second grade teacher, replacing Jennifer Brown who has lef tthe district to pursue other endeavors.  I am pleased to introduce Alexandra Cervantes to the Arno team.  We are very excited to add her talents to our second grade team as she is looing forward to being in allen Park.  You can read more about her below.

Meet Alexandra Cervantes, 2nd grade

Hello! I am Alexandra Cervantes. I graduated from Allen Park High School in 2010 and I attended Central Michigan University where I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education! I started teaching fourth and fifth grade in the winter of 2014 and I have been teaching for the past 2 1/2 years. I have taught third through fifth grades. This is my first year teaching second grade and I am loving every minute! I am so excited to be part of the Arno team this year! When I am not at school, I am most often curled on the couch reading with my cat, Trinket. I cannot start my day without a cup of coffee, and no day is complete without a little chocolate! I got married this past Labor Day weekend.

 

Meet Cassie Harrison, new ECP teacher (Previously at Lindemann)

This will be my fifth year teaching ECP – I feel so blessed to be teaching in Allen Park, it is truly an amazing place! I was previously at Lindemann but am very excited to be at Arno-I did my student teaching here so I am coming back to where I started! I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a major in Early Childhood Education and just this summer I completed my Master’s degree in Education with certification in Reading Specialist. My husband Nick and I are expecting our first child, a girl, this November-we are beyond excited to start our family! I look forward to a wonderful school year at Arno, I already feel very welcome here.

From the PTA

📚✏Welcome Back!🖍📚

We hope everyone’s first week of school was fun and exciting! Meeting new friends and teachers all the while catching up with old friends and returning to school routines.

Our first meeting brought out many families old and new! Thank you so much for taking time out of your evening to meet us, support us, and inquire about the events going on at Arno!

✅The Welcome Back Staff Breakfast was well received and enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the staff for all that you do and the kinds messages you have sent us!

✅Our Annual Fun Run will be kicking off soon with a new chair and ideas! If you would like to be a part of the PTA’s BIGGEST Fundraiser of the year, please contact us through our email address: arnopta@gmail.com or through our Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/Arno-Elementary-PTA-367389359959764/

✅Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, September 14th from 7pm-8pm. The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear that night and we could use a few volunteers to help us out that night! Any time you can spare…15 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour, we appreciate!

Have a Fabulous Weekend! We look forward to another amazing year with all of our families!
We also would like to share with the very exciting news of online membership applications and spiritwear!
 
Use this link to pay for your Arno PTA dues electronically! 
Have no worries we will make sure your class get’s credit for our membership drive contest! 
 
 
After you submit your membership you will receive an email confirmation. If you don’t see it right away 
check your junk inbox to make sure it didn’t go there!
 
You can use this link to place an online order for Arno Spirit Wear anytime Sept 1 – 17th for our online sale!
 
 
Please also support us by linking your Kroger cards to Arno Elementary PTA. This program has proven to be very 
beneficial to us and we would love to have more cards registered! 
 
 
Thanks so much for posting the above links & encouraging parents to get involved this year!
We are excited to partner with each of you again!
Have a Fabulous Weekend! We look forward to another amazing year with all of our families! 

 

 

Welcome Back Memories...

 

PBIS Stations

This year, Arno had students move through “stations” to hear all about the expectations in some areas that were outside of the classroom.  Students visited the office, went on a bus, the cafeteria, assemblies, and finally hallway behavior.  Please be sure to discuss with your child what they learned in each station.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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

 

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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 is now available and Thanks to technology improvements and online testing, our district has much earlier access to data that is also a more precise measure of learning.

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

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

What happens next?

Our staff will spend time reviewing the 2017 M-STEP results to find where we are having success, and where we see areas in which to improve. The test results also will reveal which groups of students are doing well, and which will need more or different kinds of support.

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

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

Please look for your child’s Parent report coming soon…

 

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.arno park

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/ReducedApplication

 

Meet the Teacher

Be sure to mark Sept. 14 on your calendar for our Meet the Teacher night.   This is a wonderful opportunity to come to Arno and meet your child’s teacher,  hear about grade level curriculum, classroom policies, and important classroom information.

The evening starts at 7:00 and runs until 8:00 p.m.in your child’s classroom.

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

See you there!

 

Put On Your Smile…

Please mark your calendars for October 5 for picture day, retakes will be on Nov. 16.  Information will be coming home soon.

 

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

 

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September 5

Welcome Back to the 2017-18 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 newer Math series- Math in Focus, also known as Singapore math, as well get many new challenges in reading, writing, science, and social studies.

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

Stephen Zielinski

Proud Principal of Arno

Coming soon to Arno…

Sept 4

Labor Day- No School

Sept 5

First Day of School

A.M. Classes only- DISMISSAL 11:40

Teacher PD in p.m.

Sept 6

Full day of school

Sept 7

PBIS stations

PTA Meeting 6:30

Sept 8

Fire Drill

And Beyond…

Sept 11

No events

Sept 12

Lockdown Drill

Sept 13

PBIS Meeting 7:45

Sept 14

Meet the Teacher 7:00

Title I Annual Meeting 6:30

Sept 15

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 2017-2018

We are excited to introduce new staff members to the Arno family this year- Andrea Alvarez (Speech) Cassie Harrison (ECP), and Sarah Andersen in 5th grade.  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 Sarah’s and Andrea’s biography below for more on our new additions (Stay tuned for Cassie’s next blog).

Sarah Andersen

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Sarah Andersen, I am a new 5th grade teacher this year at Arno!  My undergraduate degree is from Eastern Michigan University and I am a certified Elementary Teacher (K-5).  I have had the wonderful opportunity to work for the district for the last ten years, and have spent much of my time at Lindemann over the last several years.

I am so excited for this new school year, and to get to know the students, staff, and families at Arno Elementary.  I am from Allen Park, and am an Allen Park High School graduate. I am so happy to be working in a community that I have always called home.  Thank you for welcoming me!

Andrea Alvarez

I started her career as a social worker working on life skills with youth and families in Southwest Detroit.  Some time later, I furthered my education and earned a degree in speech-language pathology from Wayne State University.  As a speech-language pathologist, I have worked with a variety of ages spanning from pre-school through high school.  I also have experience working with students who spend most of their time in a general education setting and also students that are in a center-based program.
I am thrilled to be joining the Arno team, and to meet all the students, as well as to an outstanding school year.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

UPDATE MiSTAR PARENT CONNECTION – CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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

 

From the PTA

Welcome Back! We hope everyone had an enjoyable Summer filled with lots of fun events!

The PTA has been planning our School Year events and here are some of the upcoming dates that you won’t want to miss!
✏August 31st we will launch our new Spiritwear design at our New Family Day! Come check out our newest design and purchase a shirt for Back To School! We will also have Membership Applications on hand and will be able to answer any of your questions about the PTA! We’re excited to see everyone!
✏September 7th at 6:30 marks our FIRST PTA Meeting of the year! All meetings are held in the Arno Cafeteria and includes free babysitting for school aged children. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
✏️We are looking for a few volunteers to help out with some of our first events: Welcome Back Bagels and Coffee and a few Veteran Members to help those new to our school community navigate the halls the First Day. Please contact the PTA on our Facebook Page (Arno Elementary PTA) or send us an email to: arnopta@gmail.com. We thank you for your support!
We look forward to seeing everyone soon and meeting some new faces as well! Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

 

Arno Staff 2017-18

Kindergarten Jeanine Haskin
Kindergarten Nikki Stanley
Kindergarten Cristina DiCarlo
First Grade Julie Martinchick
First Grade Barb Pushman
First Grade Dawn Watson
Second Grade Nicole Amonette
Second Grade Jennifer Brown
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
Fifth Grade Sarah Andersen
Cross Categorical Classroom Katie Jensen
Cassie Harrison ECP Program
Life Skills Stella Boyer
Title 1 Arno/Bennie Cathy Gorski
Media Lit Arno/Bennie Colleen Bryne
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 Michelle Sbonek
Reading Specialist Barb Chuby

 

Twitter

Principal Steve Zielinski: @szArno

 

3rd Grade Reading Law

This past year, the legislature passed what is known as the Third Grade Reading Law.  This new 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 first 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.

We will be developing the proper forms and meeting the requirements starting this year.  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 6th
  • 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

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.arno park

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

 

2017-18 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              11:40

*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

Free/ReducedApplication

 

Meet the Teacher

Be sure to mark Sept. 14 on your calendar for our Meet the Teacher night.   This is a wonderful opportunity to come to Arno and meet your child’s teacher,  hear about grade level curriculum, classroom policies, and important classroom information.

The evening starts at 7:00 and runs until 8:00 p.m.in your child’s classroom.

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

See you there!

 

Put On Your Smile…

Please mark your calendars for October 5 for picture day, retakes will be on Nov. 16.  Information will be coming home soon.

 

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

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June 12 Last Week

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Coming soon to Arno…

June 12

Board meeting honoring PTA 7:00

June 13

K Picnic

Half-day- Dismissal 11:40

June 14

5th Grade Graduation 9:00

Half-day Dismissal 11:40

June 15

LAST day of school!!

Half-day dismissal 11:40

June 16

Teacher Final Day

 

***Office closes June 23

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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 a science night, Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son night, Bingo for Books, Fun Fair, Caring Cougar night, 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 participating in our Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, information is below.

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

From the PTA

As the school year comes to an end, the PTA would like to extend our heart-filled thanks to everyone that helped to support us throughout the year! We look forward to seeing everyone next year and meeting new friends!
Congratulations to our Graduating 5th Graders as they head off to new adventures and beyond in Middle School and to our Kindergarteners as they travel down the hall to 1st Grade!
Make sure to “Save the Date” for our Fun Run next year! This event will take place on Friday, September 29th. If you would like to volunteer for our Biggest Fundraiser of the year, please contact us and let us know. We welcome anyone that would like to be part of our planning team to make this event a HUGE SUCCESS like last year!
The PTA wishes everyone a safe, fun-filled Summer! We hope that your school year rocked!
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Scholastic Summer Reading Program

Please click the link below to enter reading information into your child’s digital reading log for our summer reading program

ARNO FAMILIES:

Summer reading is SO important! Our cougars have worked so hard to grow as readers this year. On Friday, June 2, a summer reading packet was sent home with each child grade kindergarten through 4th. We are working with Scholastic, who has provided usernames and passwords for each of those students, which can be found on a label on the front of the packet.  The students can log in with their information, and then log minutes spent reading this summer. There are incentives on the website for reading, and we are offering rewards for students who participate online OR return the attached reading calendars the first week of school. The goal is to have online participants, BUT, the reading calendars are another option that does not require internet access. The calendars can also be used to keep track of minutes, and the kids can log in at a later date to record online. There will be prizes for 250 minutes, 500 minutes, 750 minutes and 1000 minutes read. Students can start reading and recording minutes ASAP!

http://www.scholastic.com/summer?esp=SSC/eb/20170321//img/SRC2017SchoolWidget/EduLandingPage/Get_code/////’>Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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 2017-2018

We would like to extend a Big Cougar welcome to Cassie White, along with the district ECP program coming to us from Lindemann Elementary.  We are very excited to have her, she will be taking room 123 in the 4th grade hall.   We currently have a 5th grade and speech opening to be filled, otherwise, please note the staff schedule for next school year.

 

Jeanine Haskin Kindergarten Arno
Nickie Stanley Kindergarten Arno
Cristina DiCarlo Kindergarten Arno

 

 

Dawn Watson First Grade Arno
Barb Pushman First Grade Arno
Julie Martinchick First Grade Arno

 

Megan Schultz Second Grade Arno
Jennifer Brown Second Grade Arno
Nicole Amonette Second Grade Arno

 

Rachel Warneck Third Grade Arno
Renee Guyot Third Grade Arno
Beth Wesley Third Grade Arno

 

Brian Trionfi Fourth Grade Arno
Lisa Smalley Fourth Grade Arno
Sarah Kalis Fourth Grade Arno

 

Erin Higgins Fifth Grade Arno
Melissa Hool Fifth Grade Arno
Todd  Creutz Fifth Grade Arno

Open                          Fifth Grade            Arno

Barb Chuby 31a Arno
Michelle Sbonek Resource Room Arno
Katie Jensen C.I. Arno
Cathy Gorski Title One Arno/Bennie

Cassie White                    ECP                                  Arno

Stella Boyer                      Life Skills                       Arno

Andrea Alvarez                Speech                            Arno

Jeff Skebo Music Arno/Bennie
Tracy Hoffman Music Arno/Bennie/Lindemann
Rachel Trapani Art Arno/Bennie
Elizabeth Cunningham Art Arno/Bennie
Jenny Dalton Gym Arno/Bennie
Colleen Byrne Media/Lit Arno/Bennie
Carrie Solak Media/Tech Arno/Bennie

STEAM Hand-On Assembly

Kindergarten at the Zoo

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In case you missed it…

We had the pleasure of having current graduating students, who were also former Arno students,  march through our halls one last time to the sound of loud applause.   Some of the seniors even found their name still on a wall that they painted so many years ago.  Congratulations to all of our AP High School graduating seniors!

Graduation photos / News Herald. 

2017 Allen Park High School graduation http://media.thenewsherald.com/2017/06/02/2017-allen-park-high-school-graduation/?id=1 via @NewsHeraldMI

 

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Color Run 

 

Field Day Fun

100% Book Return Club and Game Day

From the District

Dear APPS Staff & Families,
 
There are some great upcoming events in our school community – so mark your calendars and enjoy!
 
  1. AP Citizens Civic Fund – Annual Pizza, Wine & Beer Tasting – Raising funds for Parks & Historical Home in AP – June 15 – See attached and enjoy this fun event!
  2. Classic Cars & Custom Bike Show, Raffles, Music & More – Downtown AP – June 28 – see attached!
  3. Downtown AP Farmer’s Market Coming Soon! – Dates & Coupon attached!
  4. Allen Park Jaguars YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP – July 25, 26 & 27 – Registration form & details attached.
  5. Allen Park CHEER TEAM GOLF OUTING – August 27 – Consider playing, attending the dinner or sponsoring the event in various ways! (see attached)

 

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE

The Bedtime Hoops: 4 Important Questions to Ask Your Kids Every Night

Written by Christine Leeb

I love my kids, but by bedtime, I’m just exhausted.  At 8pm, my patience shuts off.  It’s like I have some sort of glitch in my mommy code, or maybe I just missed the patience upgrade with each kid or something?

So when I have to jump through so many drinks-of-water hoops, tickle hoops, tuck-in hoops, bedtime-song hoops, pee-pee hoops, and brush-your-teeth-already hoops, I feel that if they don’t get away from me as soon as possible, I’m going to jump through the I’ve-lost-my-mind hoop and escape into a dimension where only brownies, beaches, and books exist.

But that’s not reality! (Oh how I wish it was sometimes though—minus the losing my mind hoop).    The reality is that motherhood doesn’t stop at 8pm.  And even though some of the hoops I jump through annoy me, there are four hoops that I would never miss jumping through no matter how tired or impatient I feel…The 4-Questions Hoops.

I started asking my kids these four questions every night and it has changed our relationship.  It has brought us closer.  It has created a more positive shift in their focus throughout their day and in mine.

  1. What was your favorite part about your day?  This question allows us to jump through the hoop of positivity together.  It helps my children focus on the best parts of their day, and gives us another opportunity to reflect on them, laugh even more about them, and find joy in those special moments one more time before they close their eyes.
  2. What was your least favorite part about your day?  This question allows us to jump through the hoop of reality together.  No one is perfect.  Everyone makes mistakes, so it’s great to have the opportunity to be real and talk about those things in their day that didn’t go well—bad choices, disrespect, being irresponsible.  This question has allowed for me to model unconditional love and has given me many second-chance teachable moments.  Even if I lost my temper the first time around, I have one more chance to walk them through what they should have done differently.  It’s great for kids to be reminded that tomorrow is a new day to try again.
  3. Do you have any questions about your day? This question allows us to jump through the honesty hoop together.  It establishes a habit of always letting them know that they can ask me anything and can trust me to listen and love.  It shows them that I’m a “safe” person who isn’t going to judge or get angry or be upset if they want to talk about the tough stuff.
  4. How did you show kindness or love today? This question allows us to jump through the integrity hoop together.  It encourages them to be kind and loving to others even when no one is watching.  It is the most powerful, life-changing question I have asked!  My kids have learned just how simple it is and how capable they are of showing kindness or love every single day.  When I first started asking this question, my eight year old had trouble coming up with an answer, so I would step in to tell what I saw him do–he was thoughtful to take his plate to the sink, he played with his sister nicely, he gave his little brother a turn with his squirt gun, he washed his hands the first time I asked him to.  Creating an awareness of the little ways that he can show kindness and love has empowered him to do even more.  Plus, I find myself looking for those positive things that each child does throughout the day so I can share it with them that night.  They love hearing all the great things they’ve done.  Kindness and love…this is the focus I want my kids to have throughout their day!

The 4-Questions hoops have helped me learn more about my kids: baseball game play-by-plays, storm fears, favorite colors and movies. But I have also taught more to my kids:  answering questions about abortion, smoking, appreciating the differences in others and I’ll never forget the night we cried together about a little boy in a wheel chair.

Because of jumping through the 4-Questions hoops of positivity, reality, honesty, and integrity every night, I have laughed louder, cried more, snuggled closer, and taught lessons about life that I would not have had the opportunity to do in the busyness of the day.  Dear mom, at bedtime, won’t you join me in fixing that glitch in your mommy code, upgrading your patience level, bending your knees, and jumping through these four extra hoops with me every night too?  I promise that these are the hoops you will never regret jumping through for your kids.

 

Summer Reading Ideas…

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5th Grade Graduation…

We are looking forward to another wonderful 5th grade graduation ceremony on June 14th 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.

 

FIDGET TOYS

Many of our classrooms have fidget “toys” available for students who need them to maintain focus on work while expending energy in a quiet, personal way.  However, we have seen many fidget toys coming to school with students from home.  These fidget toys, designed to improve attention, are actually becoming a major distraction for our students at all levels.  Student attention is actually ON the fidget toys, rather than the lesson.  For this reason, we are asking that all fidget toys be left at home from this point forward.  If your child needs a fidget to do his or her best work at school, it will be provided by the teacher.  Thank you in advance for your support and understanding

 

New District Summer Hours

APPS Summer Hours

Monday thru Thursday

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

Closed Fridays*

(July 1 thru August 14)

*Summer Kids Camp at Riley Education Center will be held on Fridays

All District Offices and Programs closed on July 3rd & 4th

 

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APPS LIMITED SCHOOLS OF CHOICE PROGRAM for 2017-18

The Allen Park Public School District has established a successful Schools of Choice Program for the past several years and the Board of Education has approved continuation of the program for the 2017-18 school year for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  (Requests for specific elementary schools cannot be guaranteed)

Applications are available beginning Monday, April 10 at the Riley Education Center, 9601 Vine.  Completed applications will be accepted beginningTuesday, May 2 through Monday, May 22, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. weekdays in the Pupil Accounting Office at the Riley Education Center.  Completed applications must be presented in person to ensure that all information is complete.  A random draw selection will be held on June 1 at 9:00 a.m. at the Riley Education Center.  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 apps.k12.mi.us or call (313) 827-2105.

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PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

If you have a child who will be 3 years old by September 1st, 2017 or a 4 year old child, consider enrolling them in our Preschool Program.

Registration will begin for in-district residents on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 7:30 AM at the Riley Education Center, 14700 Moore. Out-of-district residents may begin registering Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 7:30 AM.

Our office hours for registrations are 7:30 AM – 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday.

NO REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE DURING OPEN HOUSE 

For further information, contact Kristy Caleca in the Preschool Office at 313-827-2662 or caleca@appublicschools.com

 

May 30

Coming soon to Arno…

May 29

Memorial Day- No School

May 30

Higgins, Smalley 4th grade boat trip

May 31

No events

June 1

STEAM Science museum/assembly

June 2

Kindergarten to Zoo

 

From the PTA

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We hope that everyone enjoys their extended weekend with Family and Friends!

In honor of Memorial Day, The PTA would like to send out a heartfelt, “Thank You” to all the servicemen and women that so selflessly serve to protect us and our freedoms!
We would also like to take this time to thank all of our dedicated volunteers! Without your help at our events, our events would not be successful and neither would our PTA! Thank You for your support!

Have a Great Weekend! Stay Dry and Warm!

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Field Day Volunteers

Arno Families,
Please click on the link to volunteer for Field Day 2017 during one of the half day sessions on Monday, June 5 or Tuesday, June 6. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Jenny Dalton-Arno P.E.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa8ad2ea1f58-field1

Rain Date Volunteer Link:

Arno Field Day Volunteer Sign Up-RAIN DATES

Rain Date Volunteers:  Please report to the gym at your scheduled time so I can give you game materials and brief instructions before your first class arrives at your station.  Classes will be rotating through each station at 15 minute intervals.  Thank you in advance for your help and support with this event.  

Jenny Dalton-Arno P.E.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fa8ad2ea1f58-arno

 

From the District 

Dear APPS Staff & Families,
 
This weekend we honor the brave men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.  We thank our veterans, active service members, and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.  (Classes resume on May 30)
 
Also, there are some great upcoming events in our school community – so mark your calendars and enjoy!
 
  1. Kiwanis Club of AP – Kids Day!  June 3 – Arts & Crafts, Face Painting… see attached!
  2. AP Citizens Civic Fund – Community Build Days – Get involved – we need YOU!  Come help build a new playscape June 7-10!  See attached for details.
  3. AP Citizens Civic Fund – Annual Pizza, Wine & Beer Tasting – Raising funds for Parks & Historical Home in AP – June 15 – See attached and enjoy this fun event!
  4. Classic Cars & Custom Bike Show, Raffles, Music & More – Downtown AP – June 28 – see attached!
  5. Downtown AP Farmer’s Market Coming Soon! – Dates & Coupon attached!
  6. Allen Park Jaguars YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP – July 25, 26 & 27 – Registration form & details attached.
  7. Allen Park CHEER TEAM GOLF OUTING – August 27 – Consider playing, attending the dinner or sponsoring the event in various ways! (see attached)

 

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SAFETY TOWN

Who:  Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students in September 2016

When:  Session (A) June 20 -June 30  (9:00am to 11:30am)
Session (B) June 20-June 30 (12:30pm to 3:00pm)
Where:  Lindemann Elementary (9201 Carter, Allen Park)

A registration form will be sent home with your child the first week of April. Walk-in registration will also be available at the Allen Park Recreation Center Lobby on April 11th from 4-6 p.m.

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 certified teacher, with hands-on topics led by community guest speakers as well as visits from the Allen Park Police & Fire Departments. Teen volunteers from Allen Park High School lead the children through safety town every day and receive valuable training along with obtaining National Honor Society service hours. The children learn about stranger danger, water and beach as well as playground safety, fire safety, pet and bus safety, electrical and gun safety, and personal safety with an emphasis on pedestrian safety. The kids will be bicycling about a miniature town complete with streets, sidewalks, buildings, stop signs and a working traffic signal. Importance is placed on having the children memorize a cell phone number to call if they should ever become lost. We use fun songs to reinforce all of these principles and the children memorize our very own Safety Town Pledge!

Comments and questions can be directed to Officer Marcos Madrigal via email madrigal@appublicschools.com

Officer Madrigal teaches safety to our first graders

Summer Reading Ideas…

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It’s that time again…

We are looking forward to another wonderful 5th grade graduation ceremony on June 14th 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.

 

FIDGET TOYS

Many of our classrooms have fidget “toys” available for students who need them to maintain focus on work while expending energy in a quiet, personal way.  However, we have seen many fidget toys coming to school with students from home.  These fidget toys, designed to improve attention, are actually becoming a major distraction for our students at all levels.  Student attention is actually ON the fidget toys, rather than the lesson.  For this reason, we are asking that all fidget toys be left at home from this point forward.  If your child needs a fidget to do his or her best work at school, it will be provided by the teacher.  Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

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M-STEP Is Complete 

3rd grade wrapped up  their testing on Monday 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.

 

Color Run 2017 Info and Signup Genius for volunteers

Volunteer Link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15bf27a301a6b5a6

The Color Run/Walk is an end of the year event for Arno families geared towards being healthy and having fun.  It will be held at the Middle School Track on Saturday, June 3rd starting at 10:00 am.  We are seeking volunteers for this event.  Volunteers will be expected to be there 30 minutes prior to the event at 9:30 am.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up and we will see you Saturday morning.  Current Arno students may not be volunteers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and families will be running in heats that are predetermined.  Heat times will be communicated to families the week before the run.  Participants should come to the event wearing white and Eco-friendly colored corn starch will be thrown on runners/walkers as they move around the track.

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New District Summer Hours

APPS Summer Hours

Monday thru Thursday

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

Closed Fridays*

(July 1 thru August 14)

*Summer Kids Camp at Riley Education Center will be held on Fridays

All District Offices and Programs closed on July 3rd & 4th

 

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APPS LIMITED SCHOOLS OF CHOICE PROGRAM for 2017-18

The Allen Park Public School District has established a successful Schools of Choice Program for the past several years and the Board of Education has approved continuation of the program for the 2017-18 school year for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  (Requests for specific elementary schools cannot be guaranteed)

Applications are available beginning Monday, April 10 at the Riley Education Center, 9601 Vine.  Completed applications will be accepted beginningTuesday, May 2 through Monday, May 22, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. weekdays in the Pupil Accounting Office at the Riley Education Center.  Completed applications must be presented in person to ensure that all information is complete.  A random draw selection will be held on June 1 at 9:00 a.m. at the Riley Education Center.  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 apps.k12.mi.us or call (313) 827-2105.

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PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

If you have a child who will be 3 years old by September 1st, 2017 or a 4 year old child, consider enrolling them in our Preschool Program.

Registration will begin for in-district residents on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 7:30 AM at the Riley Education Center, 14700 Moore. Out-of-district residents may begin registering Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 7:30 AM.

Our office hours for registrations are 7:30 AM – 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday.

NO REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE DURING OPEN HOUSE 

For further information, contact Kristy Caleca in the Preschool Office at 313-827-2662 or caleca@appublicschools.com