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: or through our Facebook Page:

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

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

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

  • Add Text Messaging

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

  • Emergency Contact Updates (Authorizing release of your student)

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

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



MSTEP Parent Guide

M-STEP Results: What Families Can Expect

This past spring, Arno Elementary students in grades 3-8 took the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). Final results from the  M-STEP is now available and Thanks to technology improvements and online testing, our district has much earlier access to data that is also a more precise measure of learning.

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

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

What happens next?

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

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

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

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


Traffic Pattern


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



Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at . 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 (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:

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050



Meet the Teacher

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

The evening starts at 7:00 and runs until 8:00 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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