May 29


Hard Working Cougars on Planting Day

Coming soon to Arno…

May 29

5th grade Health program

Art for the Sky assembly 1:15

May 30

5th grade Health program

May 31

Art for the Sky @Lindemann

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

June 1

Art for the Sky wrap up assembly 10:00

Kids Hope end of year party 2:00

Senior Walk 1:30


***June 2

Color Run 10:00

June 4

Field Day

June 5

Field Day

3rd grade to Greenfield Village

June 6

Super Cougar pizza

June 7

AP Library assembly

K to zoo

June 8

No events


June 11

1st grade to bowling

PBIS Reward

June 12 

Super Cougar Ice Cream

**Early Dismissal 11:40 

June 13

5th Grade Celebration

**Early Dismissal 11:40

June 14

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

June 15

NO SCHOOL- Last Day for Teachers


Final Blog of the 2017/18 School year

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

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

Steve Zielinski, Principal

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


From the PTA

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

2018-2019 Executive Board

2016-2018 Executive Board

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Field Day Volunteers Needed

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


Color Run 2018 Info 

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2018 Color Run T-Shirt Order Forms copy-udxkx0

Arno Planting Day

Office closes June 22

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



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Class Lists- Important Changes

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


School Supply Lists

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


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Senior Walk

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


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5th Grade Celebration

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



No Backpacks please…

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


Arno Tentative Staff Schedule for 2018-2019

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


Young fives Jeanine Haskin
Kindergarten Cassie Harrison
Kindergarten Nickie Stanley
Kindergarten Cristina DiCarlo
First Grade Julie Martinchick
First Grade Barb Pushman
First Grade Dawn Watson
Second Grade Nicole Amonette
Second Grade Alexandra Cervantes
Second Grade Megan Schultz
Third Grade Beth Wesley
Third Grade Renee Guyot
Third Grade Rachel Warneck
Fourth Grade Sarah Kalis
Fourth Grade Lisa Smalley
Fourth Grade Brian Trionfi
Fifth Grade Todd Creutz
Fifth Grade Melissa Hool
Fifth Grade Erin Higgins
Cross Categorical Classroom Katie Jensen
ECP Program OPEN
Life Skills Stella Boyer
Media Lit Arno/Bennie Colleen Byrne
Media Tech Arno/Bennie Carrie Solak
Art Arno/Bennie Elisabeth Cunningham
Art Arno/Lindemann Rachel Trapani
Speech Andrea Alvarez
Vocal Music Tracy Hoffman
Instrumental/Vocal  Music Jeff Skebo
Physical Education Arno/Bennie Jenny Dalton
Social Work Arno/Bennie Sandy Bennett
Resource Room Michele Sbonek
Reading Coach/Title I Barb Chuby


Rovers in 5th grade action

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M-STEP Is Complete 

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


High School Jazz Band Visit

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

May 14

Thank You Arno Teachers!


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

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

Coming soon to Arno…

 May 14

No events

May 15

K Screeners

May 16

Jazz band @Arno 10:30

May 17

No events

May 18

Arno Planting Day


May 21

No events

May 22

5th grade Counselors at Arno 9:00

Smalley boat trip

May 23

No events

May 24

No events

May 25

PBIS reward

Senior Walk


Thank you PTA!

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

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

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

Congrats to our new Board at their swearing in!

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


From the PTA

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

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

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

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

President: Stacey Sisson

VP of Fundraising: Tricia Moore

Secretary: Sascha Mansfield

Treasurer: Julie Hegedus

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

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

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

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

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


Art for the Sky Updates!

Color assignments

K and Guyot – RED

1st and 5th – BLACK

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

Link to order shirts

Deadline:  FRIDAY MAY 11TH

How You Can Help…

Hat Day

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

Blue Jeans

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

Please contact us at  or with questions!

Update from the District

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

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Arno Gardening Club

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


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Arno Planting Day

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Want to Sign up?  Click on the link below


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Safety Town Program

Who: 2018-19 Kindergarten and 1st Graders

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

Where: Lindemann Elementary, 9201 Carter, Allen Park

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

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4th Grade Inquiry based learning using cupcakes…

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

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

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

Smart Money Magic Show

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



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

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

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

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

Steve Zielinski, Principal


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




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



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


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