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!

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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

 

May 22

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Information on attending the District Strategic Planning Meeting Below

Coming soon to Arno…

May 22

Parent Strategic Plan times 10:30 and 6:00

5th Grade Maturation program begins

May 23

No events

May 24

Schoolwide Title meeting all day

School Improvement Meeting 3:45

May 25

No events

May 26

M-STEP Window Closes 🙂

Invitation to the District Strategic Planning Meeting for Parents

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From the PTA

Happy Friday

Just a quick reminder from the PTA that our Stevie B’s Fundraiser is next Tuesday, May 23rd from 11 am- 9 pm. Teachers EAT FREE and the class with the highest amount of participants gets a FREE PIZZA PARTY! Just let the cashier know when you order you’re from Arno and what teacher you have. If you have more than one child at Arno, you may split the number of people in your party. So, if you have a family of 5 and 2 students that attend Arno, you can give 2 credits to one and 3 credits to another or divide it up as you please. They also have a small arcade there and token purchases also account for credits as well!

Have Fun! Eat some delicious pizza and earn a free pizza party while raising funds for our kids at Arno!

Have a Great Weekend!

Summer Reading Ideas…

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 Science live in First Grade…

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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

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Upcoming Fundraiser for the PTA

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Great Job 4th and 5th Graders!!

What a great performance by our 4th and 5th graders at Tuesday evening’s concert performance with Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Skebo at the helm.  It was a great  Folk song theme, and the students did a great job with it!  Very impressed as always with our Arno talent!

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High School Jazz Band Visit

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

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 Almost Complete 

3rd grade will be wrapping up  their testing on Monday and the whole building will be 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


May 15

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Important Message About Spinners Below

Coming soon to Arno…

May 15

3rd Grade M-STEP ELA

May 16

No events

May 17

3rd Grade M-STEP Math

May 18

Middle School Orientation Gym 9:00

4/5th grade concert 7:00

May 19

Kids Hope Year End Party 2:00

 

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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From the PTA

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there! We appreciate all that you do! Lets hope this weekend will bring us some beautiful weather along with all the beautiful mom’s we will be celebrating.
We are currently looking for team members and chairs for our Fall Events: Welcome Back, Fun Run, and Reflections. If you’re willing to lead one of these events, please contact us.
Our STEAM Museum is coming to Arno and we still need a few volunteers to help make it a success! If you would like to see what this event is all about, please consider volunteering! Link is available below and on our Facebook page.
Have a great weekend! Please check our Facebook Page for updates (Arno Elementary PTA).

Here is the sign up genius link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-steam

 

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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The Jungle Book

 

Invitation to Participate in Strategic Planning

Mars Rover Challenge wraps up in 5th grade

As you can see form the photos below, the students have had so much fun and learned much about engineering from our guests from Bosch.  The winners in there competition will have their names on a plaque sent to Mr. Creutz for accuracy and distance.  Way to go  5th grade!

 

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.

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TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

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

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

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 19, 2017.

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

Steve Zielinski, Principal

M-STEP Update

This week, our 4th graders completed their M-STEP testing in Math and Science.  No matter the scores, we are so very proud of all our students and their efforts- as well as all of the hard work our teachers everyday to get kids ready for this!  Third grade has two testing sessions next week with ELA on Monday, and Math coming up on Wednesday.

 

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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

 

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May 8

 

Thank You PTA for an amazing Staff Appreciation Week!!!

Coming soon to Arno…

May 8

Kindergarten Roundup 6:00

May 9

4th Grade MSTEP Math PT

May 10

Final fire drill

PBIS meeting 3:45

May 11

4th Grade MSTEP Science

Skating Party 6:00

May 12

No events

Staff Appreciation Week

Pictures from our Staff Appreciation Week which included a delicious breakfast and lunch (Catered by Kyle Kalis), many goodies and many well wished.  I wish to thank the entire PTA and parent volunteers who helped make this a memorable week for staff at Arno!

Steam Museum is in need of volunteers

What if you could bring the experience of visiting a science museum right to your school? Mrs. Warneck has coordinated a new  learning experience this year, a STEAM Museum.   Students in grades K-5 will explore a science  museum brought right to their school at their own pace and manage their time between stations that appeal to their individual interests. Adult supervision from the Mobile Ed presenter and parent volunteers will need to be present at some of the stations to focus the students and to positively enhance the experience with small group instruction.  We are need of volunteers for that day to help make this experience happen.  If you are able to give some time, please click the link below and sign up for a time.  Thank you for your support!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-steam

 

From the PTA

“OH What a Week!”

This week is one of the Executive Boards favorites! This is the week that not only do we get to be thankful for all that our Arno staff does for us, but our families get to spoil our staff too. From Handwritten notes, a thoughtful email, a gift card to a staff members favorite place, a favorite snack, or just telling someone how much they mean to you and your family, these are all wonderful ways to show gratitude.

We started out our week serving a delicious homemade breakfast all prepared by our Staff Appreciation Week Chair, Kyle Kalis. Biscuits and Gravy, Fresh fruit, oatmeal with fresh berries, raisins, and brown sugar on the side, mini cinnamon rolls, orange juice, coffee, and whipped butter! It was quite a spread!

Tuesday we distributed checks that the membership voted on when deciding what to do with our year end funds. Each teacher with a classroom, specials, and department heads received a check and a handwritten thank you card from the PTA. This is the FIRST TIME in YEARS that the PTA has been able to give to all the teachers and departments a monetary gift on top of all of the other ways we have shown our thanks to them this past year. We all know that teachers give countless amounts of their own money to provide our students with basic needs in the classroom. As the saying goes…”Every little bit helps”.

On Wednesday, the PTA distributed Gift Cards to all the aides, paraprofessional, lunch room helpers, latchkey personnel, maintenance workers, administrative professionals, and the Principal!!! We wanted to let them know that they are just as appreciated!

Thursday, the PTA held a luncheon for the Arno staff. Once again, our trusty Chair, Kyle Kalis outdid himself with a phenomenal lunch! Handmade sandwiches, salads, and fresh fruit! The PTA provided chips, water and soda. The Staff also got an ice surprise in the morning from our local Biggby Coffee Shop on southfield road! The owners and one of our parents, graciously donated hot chocolate, coffee, and a large box of K-Cups!

This week could not have been possible without the generous support of School Community and Mr. Zielinski for planning the staff schedules to allow them all to celebrate and eat lunch together! The staff enjoys this time together because they normally do not get to all eat together.

We 💚our Arno School Community!!! We appreciate all of our hard-working staff!

We had a wonderful final PTA Meeting tonight. Lots of great feedback about our Daddy/Daughter Dance, Staff Appreciation, and all of our efforts to make Arno a Community that people want to be a part of. We are currently in the planning process for next years calendar, so if you have a suggestion, an idea, or would like to help with any of our events, please contact us via our email (arnopta@gmail.com) or message us on our Arno Elementary PTA Facebook page. We would love to hear your feedback and could use your help planning our Welcome Back Campaign and our Fun Run!

Our Daddy/Daughter Dance Chairs will be distributing pictures the beginning of next week. There was a printing issue with the original pictures, so we are sorry for the delay in getting them back! If you happen to see one of our chairs, please let them know what a great job they did with this event!

April Showers brings MORE showers in May? If you’re looking for something to do to survive this recent wet and cold weather on a Monday after school, remember to head on over to Roosevelt Lanes. Let them know you’re from Arno and you can enjoy:

Shoe Rental

2 slices of pizza

1 glass of soda or juice

1 game of glow bowling

Each additional game will be $1 more!!

All for the bargain price of $6.50 per person!

Our last meeting of the year also meant that we swore in our new PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD!!! WOO-HOO!!! We are honored to say that your new board members are:

Jeni Sauve- President; Nicole Atkinson- VP of Fundraising; Shannon Mihalik- Secretary; and Julie Hegedus- Treasurer! Congratulations Ladies!!! Here’s to another GREAT YEAR! We look forward to partnering with you again!

The PTA Executive Board would like to Thank Amy Muse for her support and commitment serving as our VP of Fundraising this past year. We could not have implemented so many wonderful ideas without her encouragement, dedication, and hard work! We look forward to working with you on a different scale this next school year!

Have a dry and safe weekend! For many Allen Parkers, this weekend is the Opening Day for APAC! Have a fun and dry start to your baseball/softball seasons! PLAY BALL!!

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.

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TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

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

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

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 19, 2017.

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

Steve Zielinski, Principal

 

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Ronald McDonald House

For quite some time now Madeline Every has maintained a donation box in the office of pop pull tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit.  A very worthy cause, Madeline reports that she has several drops through the year that helps the house to buy some supplies.  On Tuesday, Alex Varga helped out in a big way when he donated approximately 155,000 tabs with the help of his family.  A field trip in the summer is now planned between the two families to actually go downtown for the donation and see the process all the way through.  The tabs are melted down and recycled, in which the charity then gets the proceeds.  What an outstanding, shining example of kids at their best!  Way to represent Arno in the community!!

 This story will appear in an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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4th Grade enjoying book club collaboration

 

 

M-STEP Update

We are now completely through 5th grade M-Step, and we have now moved onto 4th grade.  This week, our 4th graders to the ELA test, as well as math.  They have two testing sessions to go next week with the math performance task and Science scheduled Tuesday and Thursday.

 

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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 1

Coming soon to Arno…

May 1

Teacher Appreciation Week!!!!

PTA Appreciation Breakfast

Vision and Hearing K-1-3-5

May 2

4th Grade MSTEP ELA CAT

May 3

No events

May 4

4th Grade MSTEP Math CAT

TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH

PTA Meeting 6:45

May 5

PBIS Pizza Lunch 11:00

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How You Can #ThankATeacher

 

Take the time to show your appreciation this week.  Teachers and staff here at Arno work so very hard to make sure that each and every child feels successful.  They spend countless hours of their own time to make each child feel appreciated and give them best experience possible.  Below are just  a few ways to thank a teacher here at Arno.

Here are a few ways you can thank a teacher:

  • Have your child sign and present a thank-you card to their teachers!
  • Share photos and your activities during the week by using the hashtag #ThankATeacher on social media!
  • http://www.pennypinchinmom.com/teacher-appreciation-week-gift-ideas/
  • https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/blog/2014/04/15/top-10-inexpensive-ways-show-teacher-appreciation/
  • The simple spoken words of “Thank you” can go a long way. Teachers are very grateful to feel that their work is valued and appreciated. Try a simple thank you next time you see your child’s teacher, or better yet, write them a thank you card.
  • Technology makes it so easy these days to show that you are thinking about someone. As soon as you have a thought, you can simply send a quick text or email and instantly the other person can know that you are thinking of them. Try sending a quick note thanking them for a skill your child learned, or the wonderful craft your child brought home. Anything to show them that their work is valued and that you have noticed.
  • Who doesn’t like it when someone brags about them? Anytime that you see an opportunity to boast about your child’s teachers to another teacher, school staff member, or even the principal, then do it. Teachers spend all of their day in the classroom and many times no one realizes how great they are! Just a little shout out is all you need to do to make your child’s teacher happy.
  • Teachers are always running out of classroom supplies, especially kindergarten teachers. Usually when this happens they have to use their own money to pay for them. Ask the teacher what they are running out of, and offer to send some more in. They will appreciate it more than you know.
  • Not all parents have the time to volunteer inside of the classroom due to their busy work and home schedule. So try volunteering outside of the classroom. Think of all the paperwork teachers have to take home, grading papers, sorting out permission slips, cutting crafts for projects, etc. Offer to help the teacher with any of these things, and he/she will be so grateful that you have given them more time to spend with their family.

From the PTA

Happy Friday Everyone!

We hope everyone had a great week! The weather has been so delightful it reminds me of a favorite  Christmas Song, but…no one is wishing for snow right now! BRING ON THE SUNSHINE!

A quick recap of some of the important events that took place this past week:

On Friday, April 21st we held our Daddy/Daughter Dance at Parkside Gardens in Southgate. What a Fabulous Night! We have heard nothing but non-stop, wonderful comments! This night would not have been so successful if not for our 2 Chairs- Stephanie Leavitt and Beth Schalf! They worked so hard for over 3 months to bring you the rockin’ dance that our dads and Daughters enjoyed last Friday Night! If younsss one of these wonderful ladies around the school, please stop and tell them how much you appreciated all their hard work! A night like that would not have been possible either without our wonderful volunteers there supporting them either. Thank you to all the wonderful parent volunteers that helped to support all of their efforts! Remember, without volunteers to support our events, our events cannot be successful! If you would like to check out some pictures and videos from the night, visit our Facebook page: Arno Elementary PTA. Make sure you like our page to continue to get important updates of upcoming events as well!

The day following our Daddy/Dance was a Beautiful Day for a Race Day: the Martian Marathon! Arno had a great showing for this event and we are Super Proud of all of our Caring Cougar Run Club Members that ran in the event!

This past Wednesday, April 26th, we celebrated Administrative Professionals Day at Arno! I’m sure many of us showed our support to two of the hardest working women at Arno Elementary: Mrs. Cathy Anderson and Mrs. Michelle DesJardins. The PTA and school community cannot tell them or show them enough how much they’re appreciated, so we showered them with a few gifts to make sure they knew. Thank you for all the love and support you provide our students with everyday!

Coming up next week we celebrate all of our staff at Arno with Staff Appreciation Week! The PTA will be showering all of our staff at Arno with treats all week including a catered staff breakfast and lunch provided by our own Kyle Kalis! A lot of thought has gone into preparing our menus these two days, but there’s still a few things we need to make this week extra special for everyone! A Sign Up Genius has been created for a few of these items and coveted volunteer spots still remain! Grab a slot fast before it’s too late! If you decide you also want to get in on the action of spoiling our staff, a link has been provided to an updated version of, “A Few of Our Favorite Things” document.

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

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iny8oejGhGTXj31Twropdma-bP2-wyffVGDjcAmVOXs/edit#gid=0

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On Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm, we will hold our last PTA Meeting of the Year. This is an important meeting because we swear in our new PTA Executive Board Members (we even have a new Board Member). It’s important to attend this next meeting not only to show your gratitude to whom served last year, but to also show support for your incoming officers. Attending meetings are also a great way to have your parent voice heard about events or issues. If we do not have membership feedback on our events, then we have limited opinions on what events are kept and what events are cut while we plan next years PTA Event Calendar. Remember: we always have free childcare, giveaways, and we try to adhere to our time frame because we understand how busy everyone is! We always enjoy meeting new people and hearing all of your ideas on how we can better serve our School Community…TOGETHER!

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to an exciting week next week!

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Daddy/Daughter Dance

What a magical night our Dads and Daughters had at the annual dance, this year at Parkside Gardens.  Family, friends, great food, and jamming on the dance floor made for an awesome Friday evening.

Big thank you to Beth Scalf and Stephanie Leavitt for Chairing the Daddy/Daughter Dance!

 

 

 

Martian Mile

It was a beautiful Saturday morning this past week when the Arno Run Club’s 30 student members went out to run in the annual Martian Mile in Dearborn.  The run club participants have been working hard at building stamina to run the final mile and cross the finish line.  With the nicer weather, the students have enjoyed running outside this spring.  Congrats to all our runners for their perseverance and being a good role model of a healthy lifestyle.

5th Grade Band Concert Rocks!

Under the expert guidance of Mr. Skebo, the 5th grade band impressed everyone in the audience through an ensemble of well played songs.  Congratulations to Emily Quickel and Steven Stewart for receiving a band award for the special talents.  What a great night!

M-STEP Update

Congratulations to the 5th grade for completing  the M-Step assessment.    They have wrapped up their testing this week in social studies and have completed the set!  They did a stellar job in taking this long assessments on computer.    4th grade opens up their testing during the first week of May with English Language Arts and Math

Great Causes to support:

 

 

All Proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association

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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.  Please come with your child to our Preschool Open House on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 anytime between 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Lindemann Elementary, 9201 Carter.  You will be able to meet our teachers, experience our classroom centers, discover theme-based teaching, and make new friends.

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary 

*Children who are five years of age by September 2 thru December 1 may only be enrolled for kindergarten at the request of the parent/guardian through a signed waiver process.  Waiver form is available at the Riley Education Center.

Kindergarten Information & Registration

Young Fives Information

 

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April 24

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Coming the week of May 1-5

More info below on how you can thank a teacher…

Coming soon to Arno...

April 24

5th Grade SS MSTEP

April 25

No events

April 26

Administrative Professionals Day

Band concert 7:00

Lock Down Drill A.M.

April 27

Bingo for Books

April 28

No events

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How You Can #ThankATeacher

 

Take the time to show your appreciation next week.  Teachers and staff here at Arno work so very hard to make sure that each and every child feels successful.  They spend countless hours of their own time to make each child feel appreciated and give them best expereince possible.  Below are just  a few ways to thank a teacher here at Arno.

Here are a few ways you can thank a teacher:

  • Have your child sign and present a thank-you card to their teachers!
  • Share photos and your activities during the week by using the hashtag #ThankATeacher on social media!
  • http://www.pennypinchinmom.com/teacher-appreciation-week-gift-ideas/
  • https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/blog/2014/04/15/top-10-inexpensive-ways-show-teacher-appreciation/
  • The simple spoken words of “Thank you” can go a long way. Teachers are very grateful to feel that their work is valued and appreciated. Try a simple thank you next time you see your child’s teacher, or better yet, write them a thank you card.
  • Technology makes it so easy these days to show that you are thinking about someone. As soon as you have a thought, you can simply send a quick text or email and instantly the other person can know that you are thinking of them. Try sending a quick note thanking them for a skill your child learned, or the wonderful craft your child brought home. Anything to show them that their work is valued and that you have noticed.
  • Who doesn’t like it when someone brags about them? Anytime that you see an opportunity to boast about your child’s teachers to another teacher, school staff member, or even the principal, then do it. Teachers spend all of their day in the classroom and many times no one realizes how great they are! Just a little shout out is all you need to do to make your child’s teacher happy.
  • Teachers are always running out of classroom supplies, especially kindergarten teachers. Usually when this happens they have to use their own money to pay for them. Ask the teacher what they are running out of, and offer to send some more in. They will appreciate it more than you know.
  • Not all parents have the time to volunteer inside of the classroom due to their busy work and home schedule. So try volunteering outside of the classroom. Think of all the paperwork teachers have to take home, grading papers, sorting out permission slips, cutting crafts for projects, etc. Offer to help the teacher with any of these things, and he/she will be so grateful that you have given them more time to spend with their family.

From the PTA

Happy Friday!

The night is finally here for our Daddy/Daughter Dance! We hope all the happy Dad’s and Daughters have a wonderful time together tonight. The PTA is so thankful to everyone that has helped to make this event a wonderful night for our dad’s and Daughters.

We had our Yogurtown Fundraiser this past Wednesday, thank you to everyone that participated in supporting our PTA and our school.

Last night Mrs. Hool held our 5th Grade Graduation meeting. There were a handful of parents that came out to support our 5th graders last days and volunteer their help and support, but there is still A LOT to be done. Please contact Mrs. Hool to find out how you can support your 5th Grader!

Wednesday, April 26th is Administrative Professionals Day! This is the day we love,  celebrate, and show a lot of appreciation to  Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. DesJardins for all their hard work and compassion they define are to our kids and our school community. So, if you have a moment: stop in , email, or give them a call to show them how much you support and appreciate them. 

We are just over 1 week away for our Staff Appreciation Week that begins on May 1st for all of our staff at Arno! More information will be available in the next week about all of the events planned for Staff Appreciation!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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M-STEP Update

Congratulations to the 5th grade for completing week #2 of the M-Step in math and ELA.  They will wrap up their testing next week on Monday while taking the social studies assessment, which is in 2 parts.  4th grade opens up their testing during the first week of May with English Language Arts and Math

In the interim, 4th grade has been working hard on the practice questions the state has provided:

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TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

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

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

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 19, 2017.

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

Steve Zielinski, Principal

 

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Kalahari Fun

Last week, Arno students enjoyed taking part in a building fundraiser at Kalahari Resort in Ohio. The kids had a blast in their huge water park! Arno earned $470 from the fundraising part- that’s 47 rooms that were booked under our school- Amazing!  Enjoy some photos below

 

Happy Spring APPS Staff & Families!
 
Sharing a few great upcoming events and information:
 
1. Cheerleading Open House – April 18 – Open to all 5, 6, 7 and 8th grade girls/parents (see attached)
2. City of Allen Park – Pansies & Pets – Flower Sale & Pet Event on May 13 (and other upcoming events sponsored by the City of AP DDA)
3. Still time to sign up for the APHS Music Boosters Greektown Casino Bus Trip on April 29!!! (see attached)
4. APPS – Summer Kids Camp – Registration/Sign-up Info attached
5. APPS Latchkey Program Info for 2017-18 School Year
6. 3rd Quarter Report Cards Distributed Friday, April 21

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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.  Please come with your child to our Preschool Open House on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 anytime between 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Lindemann Elementary, 9201 Carter.  You will be able to meet our teachers, experience our classroom centers, discover theme-based teaching, and make new friends.

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary 

*Children who are five years of age by September 2 thru December 1 may only be enrolled for kindergarten at the request of the parent/guardian through a signed waiver process.  Waiver form is available at the Riley Education Center.

Kindergarten Information & Registration

Young Fives Information

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