Oct. 1


Arno PTA

Thank you for an awesome Fun Run!!


Coming soon to Arno…

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Oct. 1

Fire Drill 1:30

Oct. 2

No events

Oct. 3

No events

Oct. 4

PTA Meeting 6:30

Oct. 5

Half-Day Dismissal 11:30 (Teacher PD)

Oct. 8

No events

Oct. 9

PBIS Pizza Lunch

Oct. 10

No events

Oct. 11

No events

Oct. 12

Reflections Kick-off!


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

IT’S FUN RUN TIME!!! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Come cheer on the students today as they run/walk to some awesome music! Last year the FUN RUN donations allowed us to purchase a new Playscape, provide multiple assemblies, weekly readers for the students, staff appreciation week, computer class robots and gifts cards for the Allen Park food pantry. Donations can still be submitted until October 5th so please keep sharing it on social media and emails! Cash donations can also be turned in to the school office.

The next PTA meeting will be held on October 4th at 6:30 p.m. Spirt wear will be sold that night, come see our new designs and new colors! We hope to see you there! 

Don’t forget, if you haven’t signed up or renewed your PTA membership you can still do so! You can sign up/renew online and also buy extra ice cream scoops for your child’s class! The membership drive is still in high gear! We currently have 113 members and our goal this year is 300! Ms. Watson’s class is currently in the lead with 23 scoops and Ms. Smalley is in 2nd place with 19 scoops and Mrs. Martinchick is in 3rd with 18 scoops. Our membership drive will end on October 26th and the top three classes will be rewarded on October 30th. https://arnopta.memberhub.com/dues

Halloween skate party is coming up on October 25th from 6-8 pm at the Lincoln Park Skate Center. Have your kids put on their costumes and come skate with us!!! There will be a Halloween costume contest with prizes for the top boy and girl! Watch for the flyer to come home soon! Thank you Corey Osinski for chairing this event, without your support this event wouldn’t happen!

 Reflections kick off is October 12th and the theme this year is “Hero’s Around Us”. Encourage your little artist to submit a piece of his or her artwork! More details to come. Thank you Jenn Yuhaz for chairing this event, without your support this event wouldn’t happen!

 Last but definitely not least is our Angelina’s Fundraiser on October 16th! Come visit for Taco Tuesday and support Arno PTA! 20% of your bill (dine in, carry out and drinks are all included) will  be donated to our PTA to help out our amazing caring cougars! All three locations (Allen Park, Wyandotte and Southgate) will be participating. Watch for the flyer to come home for more details.


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Picture retake day is Nov. 15th




In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz


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Food Drive

Please see the attached flier for information on a food drive that be will be occuring at Arno from Oct. 22-Nov. 9th.  Boxes will be brought in, and collected by the coordinator.

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Mark your calendar for the Arno Skate Party on October 25, sponsored by our awesome PTA!  Be sure to dress up!!



It’s That Time of Year…

Y5’s Hard at Work…


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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. 9 at 11:00 K-5


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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on the kids and come on down to Arno on Oct. 31 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 4th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Please join us around the outside perimeter of the playground for the best seats.  It is a district PD day with an 11:40 dismissal that morning.


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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again starting Oct. 9th!  Smencils will be sold on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30p.  The proceeds from Smencils benefits the PBIS program at Arno.  With the funds, we are able to have great monthly incentives such as pizza lunches for Super Cougars and Zumba.  The prices for items are as follows:

Smencils: $1

Smens: $2

Smencils Pouches: $8

Happy Smelling!


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Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 7/8 as parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner.  Stay tuned for a sign up link from your child’s classroom to get a time slot.  The annual PTA Book Fair will be the following week this year with a parent night to purchase on November 14 from 3:30-6:30


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From the District

Lots of fun events going on in the area this fall… info below/attached.

Also, please consider dining at the Chili’s in Allen Park on September 26 – 20% off your ticket will be donated to the Allen Park Barracudas Swim Club!


  1. Good Eats for a Cause – Chili’s supports AP Barracudas Swim Club

  2. City of AP Touch a Truck event tomorrow – reminder!

  3. AP Hockey Association – Learn to Skate & Play Hockey – 1st session begins Oct. 3

  4. City of AP – Public Open Ice Skating Schedule

  5. Fall Harvest October Weekends at Heritage Park Petting Farm







o   National Walk & Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 3

o   ½ Day for all APPS students on Friday, October 5



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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 are 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 2018 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 around Sept. 28.

Parent Guide



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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.



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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 and REDUCED Lunch Application


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