November 23


Coming up at Arno…

November 23

Half-day for students Dismiss 11:40

Afternoon and Evening Conferences

Last day for the Book Fair

November 24

Mrs. Jensen’s Pie and Poems 2:00

November 25

No School

November 26        

Happy Thanksgiving Arno Families!

November 27

No School- Black Friday shop ’till you drop

Looking ahead…

November 30

PTA Reflections Tea Celebration 6:30

December 1

School Improvement Plan Meeting 3:45

December 2

Nothing Scheduled

December 3

PTA Meeting 6:30

December 4

Poetry Competition


 Have a wonderful holiday 

On behalf of the entire Arno staff, we would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a restful holiday week.  We feel so very lucky that you share your children with us everyday to help make a difference in their lives.  Enjoy!

Due to the short week, the next blog post will be on December 4th

Holiday Toy box Drive presents

Sponsored by Allen Park High School

Hello Parents, Staff, and Community Members, Allen Park High School  students,  school organizations, and other district  schools are  working  together  to  help  families  in  need  during  the  upcoming  holiday  season  by  collecting toys, books, and clothing. This year, in addition to the toy boxes, the woods  class students are building bookshelves which will be outfitted with fabric storage bins. As in previous years, we need your help! If you’d like to donate new items, or clean,  gently used articles, you may drop them off at any of the district schools’ main offices.

Monetary donations are always welcome and will help offset the construction costs as  well as supplementing any items not received.  If  you  know  of  a  local  family  in  need who would  appreciate  help  this  holiday  or  are  asking  for  some  extra  help  for  your  own  family,  please  contact  Mrs.  Jeannette  MacDonald, counselor at Allen Park High School or  at 313­827­1236. All information will be kept confidential.  We hope that you will consider participating this year to help make the holidays of local  families a bit brighter. The annual APHS Toy Drive Party will take place December 8 th , from  3­5pm  for  district  students  and  staff.  Join  us  for  cookies  and  hot  chocolate, with a performance by the Jazz Band, as well as visit from  Santa! Small donations or unwrapped presents will be accepted at the  door. All students are welcome.

The annual APHS Toy Drive Party will take place December 8 th , from  3­-5pm  for  district  students  and  staff.  Join  us  for  cookies  and  hot  chocolate, with a performance by the Jazz Band, as well as visit from  Santa! Small donations or unwrapped presents will be accepted at the  door. All students are welcome.

From the Art World…

Dear Arno families,
We need to express our overwhelming gratitude for your support of our Original Works art fundraiser!  We have raised over $1300 to put into the art program.  We had no doubt that this program would be successful here at Arno, but it wouldn’t be possible without such a supportive school community. 
Orders will arrive mid-December, before we dismiss for Winter Break. 
Ms. Trapani and Mrs. Cunningham 


Founders Day Nominations

Founders Day is a celebration of the amazing things that the PTA does in the life of our school and overall community.  The Allen Park PTSA Council will be hosting this annual event at The Red Fawn on Wednesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Dinner tickets will be available in the office for purchase.

Attached are the Founders Day nomination forms.  Copies will be available in the office.  All nominations are due 12/03/15 at the December meeting during which voting will take place for Arno’s awards.
Categories are as follows:
  • Support Personnel – recognize a person that demonstrates professional excellence and a commitment to the students of our district. This person is someone in your building who gives tirelessly and without looking for praise. It should be a person who helps to better the lives of children and the building in which the represent. They are someone who goes above and beyond the role of “support personnel.”
  • Outstanding Educator – recognize an outstanding educator from each local unit who demonstrates professional excellence and commitment to the students of our district
  • Distinguished Service – a member who has given unselfishly and tirelessly throughout the year to better conditions for children and youth which reflects the real purpose of the PTA/PTSA as child advocates. It should be a member who has brought new meaning and direction to your unit and whose actions demonstrate the PTA/PTSA objectives
  • Outstanding Program – recognize a 2015-2016 program that demonstrates the objectives of the PTA
    • February 2015 Blood Drive – Cathy Anderson
    • April 2015 Daddy/Daughter Night – Amy Muse & Beth Scalf
    • May 2015 Spirit Week – Sarah Kalis
    • May 2015 Staff Appreciation – Jill Beesley
    • June 2015 –  Run Club/Color Run
    • September 2015 Welcome Back – Heather Lada
    • September 2015 Family Kickball Night – Jill Beesley
    • September 2015 Fall Fun Run – Kelley Ellis
    • November 2015 Mother/Son Night
    • November 2015 Reflections – Emilia Vega
    • December 2015 Family Caring Night – Amy Muse & Beth Scalf
    • January 2016 Olympics – Nicole Amonette
  • Business Partner – recognize a business that your PTA/PTSA has partnered with and by entering into partnership with this business, your PTA/PTSA may have been able to carry out a program or event, or enhance an existing program or event that demonstrates the objectives of PTA.
  • Council Member – this award honors an individual for exemplary service with Council sponsored projects, programs, and special events.
  • PTA Lifetime Membership – honors a person who has given outstanding service to children, someone who has promoted children’s well being by serving as an advocate for children in such areas as education, health, safety and legislation. The honoree need not be a member of the PTA/PTSA nor be well known beyond his or her own area of service.
We encourage you to submit nominations so that we can share all that great things that happen every day at Arno!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at
Thank you!

Nomination Forms:











 Book Fair

Just a reminder that our book fair only has one more day left- Monday, Nov. 23.  The fair is open until 7:15 of that conference night.

Thanks for your support!


Mother and Son Night

Lots of smiling faces filled Sky Zone last Friday at our Mother and Son Night.  Arno students were treated to lots of bouncing, pizza, and cupcakes- all while getting to spend some special time with Mom.  Enjoy the pics below of our fun evening!

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 4th Grade Dental Delight

Two students from Wayne County Community College recently visited Mrs. Solak’s class to do a presentation on oral hygiene.  Fourth graders engaged in several hands-on activities which promoted discussion about how to care for and protect their teeth.

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 Arno Green School

Each year, Wayne County donates trees to local school districts to promote environmental stewardship.  Students from Mrs. Solak’s class planted a new tree this past week at Arno.  This effort to beautify the school and provide additional food, protection, and homes for wildlife will be included in this year’s application for Michigan Green Schools.

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 4th Grade Dioramas 

Our awesome 4th graders shared their book reports and diorama projects this week to showcase the book that they chose.  The students did a fantastic job and their projects were just amazing.  Great job 4th grade!


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Introducing our Principals of the Day

Antonio and Vinnie Kulaszewski enjoyed a day of being the top spot at Arno in their role as principal for a day (Top Fundraisers).   They got to experience first hand all of the work that goes into running a school and how fun it can be to get to experience all of the kids at Arno.  Great job guys, I couldn’t have done it without you!  Mr. Zielinski


Have a great week Cougars!

November 16


Coming Soon at Arno…

November 16  

Book Fair preview begins

November 17

Book Fair Preview

November 18

Book Fair Purchase day

Kids Hope Pizza party

November 19

Book Fair Purchase Day

Principal for a day- Tony K

P/T conferences begin 5:00

November 20

Book Fair make-ups

Principal for a day- Vinnie K

November 23

Student 1/2 day- 11:40 dismissal

P/T conf. 12:45/5:00

Book Fair closes after the final conference

November 24

Nothing Scheduled

November 25-27

No school- Happy Thanksgiving!



As a reminder, we are using signup genius this year for conference scheduling.  The links staff schedules was emailed and put on last week’s blog.  In addition to that, if you look across the top bar on this page, you will see “pages”.  The page that is marked “Conferences” contains all of the links in case you missed last week.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Although Special teachers are not listed among the links, we are providing you the times they will be here at Arno if you would like to meet with them.

Music- Jeff Skebo- Thursday 11/19                       5-7:30pm

Music- Tracy Hoffman- Monday 11/23                12:45-3:15 p.m.

Gym- Jenny Dalton- Thursday 11/19                    5:-7:30 p.m.

and Monday  11/23                    12:45-3:15 p.m.

Art- Rachel Trapini- Thursday 11/19                     5-7:30 p.m.

Art- Elisabeth Cunningham- Thursday 11/19       5-7:30 p.m.

Media- Colleen Byrne- Thursday 11/19                  5-7:30 p.m.



Book Fair starts next week

Just a reminder, our book fair starts next week and will be open through all conference times for your shopping convenience.  Please make checks payable to Arno Elementary

Now Collecting…

Arno has a number of items that we collect to benefit the school and other organizations.   Please see below for more information.

Pop Tabs– Maddy Every (4th grader) collects pop tabs for a very worthy cause- The Ronald McDonald House.  Please consider collecting and sending in your pop tabs to help- Great job Maddy!

Box Tops –  Box Tops are found on hundreds of products.  Please clip the dotted line and have your child turn them into the office.  When they are submitted, the school earns 10 cents for each one received.  Over the past few years, Arno has been averaging approximately $1000 per calendar year.  This money is used to purchase merchandise and help to pay for special events that benefit the entire school.

Labels for Education- Campbell labels are found on many different products,  usually soup labels.  On those slips it will say either 1 point or 5 points.  Please cut the area out with the UPC code as well as the point value.  When they are submitted, we have the opportunity to obtain merchandise from a catalog that can be used in our school.



Santa Clause Is Coming to Town…

If you want to get a sneak preview of this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- just talk to one of our 4th graders

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

We had an awesome time together as the Arno top fundraisers got treated to lunch at Red Robins and a limo to get us there.  The limo even  had a fireplace to warm us up on that chilly day!

A special shout out to Red Robin for treating our kiddos to a free ice cream shake- Service was awesome with a very friendly staff, which really topped off the afternoon!

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Arno Students Collaborating and Creating

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Make it a GREAT week cougars!





November 9


Coming Soon to Arno…

November 9         Spirit Wear Fall Kickoff

November 10       Reading with Rotary 1st Grade

November 11       4th grade to Parade Company

PBIS Meeting  (Positive Behavior and Intervention Support) 3:45

PTA Council meeting @ Arno 7:00

November 12       Picture Retake Day

Limo and Lunch for Fun Run Top Fundraisers

November 13      PTA Mother and Son Night



Spirit Wear Kickoff Monday

In addition to our book fair Christmas gifts you can gather, the PTA spirit wear kickoff starts this Monday.  Shopping is easy- it’s all online and delivered straight to your house- that’s right- it comes to your home.  Please follow the link below and enjoy shopping for Arno Spirit Wear!  Enjoy free shipping from Nov. 9-18 using code: AR1115


This year for conference sign-up we have chosen to use a web based tool called signup genius.  Many of you may be familiar with it as a number of Arno staff and the PTA have used it in the past for various events.  Using this tool allows you to have the ability to choose times that are best for you while looking over the slots available, as well easily scheduling siblings.

Each teacher at Arno has their own signup genius link to click and choose times.  Simply choose the teacher and click an available slot, then go and repeat for siblings in other classrooms.  We will have a computer available in the office if you are not able to access the program.  There will not be any paper sign up this year


  • To be on time
  • If you have more than one child, please don’t schedule back to back as you will need travel time to move around the building

Links to all staff signup genius accounts:

Signup Genius Teacher Links

 Simply CLICK and sign up

Name Teacher Classroom link

Fun Run Top Fundraisers 

Congrats to all of our Fun Run top sellers!  We will be having our lunch and principals day this month.

The top fundraisers by grade are:

Kindergarten: Alyssa Bommarito

1st: Jenna King

2nd: Antonio Kulaszewski

3rd: Savannah Hardy

4th: Vincenzo Kulaszewski

5th: Elizabeth Figurski

Antonio and Vincenzo Kulaszewski will each spend a day as Principal

All top earners will also be treated to a lunch and limo ride with Mr. Zielinksi.

Mrs. Liedel’s class was the top earner and enjoyed a pizza lunch this week.


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Allen Park Public Schools Fall Art and Music Show

Arno pride was beaming forward at the Fall Art and Music show last Thursday at the Performing Arts Center.  Art from the elementary and high school levels was showcased and I was so very proud of the talent we have at our school!  Our young artists and some pics are below:

Christian Bass, Elizabeth Figurski, Drake Steele, Isabella Garrison, Christian Hernandez, Riley McNamara, Anna Watson, Elizabeth Antrassian, Meadow Mechanco, Natalya Porras, Sean Feebish, Whitney Hertzog, Megan Mary-Helene Holly, Dawn Hudson, Paytin Pearson, Emma Stallions, Kaylah Stanfield, Gabrielle Stanley, Avery Barrow, Carlos Sanchez, Elizabeth White, Isabelle Castro, Emma Edwards, Samantha Holt, Emily Konkel, Jayden Lopez, Jeran Moody, Brayden Pasko, Liam Shepherd, Cierra Tasker, Luna Fitzgerald, Mallory Hool, Ben Klos, Clara Ziegler, Cherish Wilson, Sophia Kaloian, Ava Rekuc, Alaynna Lazarowicz, Jillian Kropog, Susie Oh, Marshall Hegedus, Porsche Tasker, Gwen Mccue, Isabella Harrison, Dominic North, Colton Gencyuz, Grace Grabowski, Angelo Baez, Jorja Siddall, Rocco Crapanzano, Aaliyah Mendoza, Leslie Hernandez, Julia Schroeder, Reina Garza, Aidan Kubitz, Kaiden Cook, Anahi Chapa,  Peyton Will, Isabelle Maldonado, Mary Dunne, Jordan Tasker-King, Steven Stewert, Chris Plascencia, Luci Granata, Addison Bacheller, Juliette Torres, Teagan Montgomery

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 School Improvement Meetings

All our welcome to attend our Arno School improvement meetings that take place around once a month.  Current plans, data, and other input are discussed and parents are welcome to join in and give your input on the continuous improvement we embark upon every year.  All meetings now start at 3:45 p.m., our next meeting is December 1 in the media center.



Book Fair Coming Soon…

Our book fair is just around the corner.  Preview dates the week of the 16th will be Monday and Tuesday, purchasing will be Wednesday and Thursday with a  make-up day Friday.  The book fair will be open for all conference times so you can come and do some Christmas shopping.  Teachers will let you know of their specific class schedule.


From the music world…

Arno students were hard at work learning what instruments belong to which instrument family.

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Make it a great week Cougars!