Thank you so much for your generous donations to Rock Your Socks Day at Allen Park Schools! This celebration of World Down Syndrome Day has been so much fun! The students loved showing off their socks. It was so amazing to see the community come together to support and celebrate all “EXTRA” special kids. The district’s Cognitively Impaired programs greatly appreciate your support more than words could ever convey.
Coming soon to Arno…
***Spring Break April 1-5 No School
Choir Concert APAC 6:30
Penny War Movie 1:45
PTA Meeting 6:30
Daddy Daughter Dance
Energy Safe Kinds 4th grade
Good Friday- No School
From the PTA
ARNO ELEMENTARY WILL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO EMPOWER
AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS
THAT STRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Library Book Damage
This year has unfortunately been a big year for damaged library books. Students are taught how to handle books, but it’s not carrying over as they bring them home. Damaged books are generally not used on shelf anymore and it is quite an expense to the school. We are asking that you help your child make good choices in how they are treating the book at home (Not by water, not in a couch cushion, etc.) Thank you for your help.
Mobile Dentist is Coming to Arno on April 25th (See links below)
From the PTA
Help Wanted!! The PTA is in need of some help for the Daddy/Daughter dance (Friday April 12th)! This would be a great opportunity for moms of boys! You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CA4AA2AA4FE3-volunteers1
Our next PTA meeting will be Thursday April 11th at 630pm. Lots of updates and changes to be discussed! Have a happy and safe Spring Break!
5th Grade Camp Rocks!
Mr. Peace Motivates for the M-STEP
Limited Schools of Choice Program for 2019-20
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 2019-20 school year for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. (Requests for specific elementary schools cannot be guaranteed)
Applications will be available beginning Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Riley Education Center, 9601 Vine or at www.allenparkschools.com Completed applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 26, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. weekdays in the Pupil Accounting Office at the Riley Education Center. Completed applications may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Absolutely no late applications can be accepted.
A random draw selection will be held on Tuesday, April 30 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 www.allenparkschools.com or call (313) 827-2105.
Kindergarten Registration 2019
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 an AP 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 through 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!
Parent Orientation: All children and parents will meet for a 30 minute orientation on the first day of your session (Children stay for full session). It is the parent’s responsibility to bring their child to Safety Town daily and to pick them up promptly. Parents who will have someone else picking up the child will designate that on the enrollment form the first day.
Don’t Forget Breakfast!
April is a month where students take standardized tests. Your child’s ability to learn and succeed in the classroom improves when he or she has eaten breakfast. When your children eat breakfast at home, try to include three different food groups. An example of this might be low-sugar, whole-grain cereal with milk and a glass of 100% fruit juice or a sliced banana on the cereal. If time is not on your side, that’s okay! Whole grain waffles, a handful of nuts and an apple to eat in the car on the way to school will work. A peanut butter and banana sandwich is also easy to eat on the go and tastes great! Don’t forget that leftovers from the night before can make a good breakfast. Or you could make a fruit smoothie! Blend whatever fresh, frozen, or canned fruits you have on hand with ½ cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt and you’ve got a delicious breakfast ready to go! Lastly, you can always pack a breakfast to go the night before, so you don’t have to worry about making breakfast in the morning.
March Reads On…
Dr. John Tafelski reads to Arno students
Chief Edward Cann reads to our Cougars
Tania Jett has our Cougars
Congratulations to Mrs. Cervantes and Ms. Stanley’s class for winning the Penny Wars. In addition to first place, each year an additional winning spot is chosen- this year, 4th place were also the winners! Each class will enjoy a snack and a movie with Mr. Zielinski. We raised $2814.98 which goes towards next year’s March is Reading Month activities.
6 Spring Break Literacy Activities for Families
Springtime is fast approaching, and with that comes school spring break. Whether your family plans to spend the week at home or traveling, here is a list of 6 activities to keep children engaged in literacy throughout the break from school.
1. Play a Game as a Family
Playing games is a great way to build literacy skills. The conversation that goes on while playing games can help children build language. It also offers a chance to introduce new vocabulary words and phrases. For example:
- Have your child help read board game instructions. Help him follow each of the instructions.
- Playing word/letter related games, such as hangman and crossword puzzles, can provide lots of fun ways to practice spelling and reading.
2. Library Visit
Take the extra time with your children to become more familiar with the free resources your local library offers. Libraries offer children’s programs that support reading. In addition to books, you can also get access to technology and learning games.
3. Write About Outdoor Play
Connect playing and learning by getting outdoors. For example:
- Take your child to a neighborhood playground to have fun and get some physical exercise. When you get home, ask him to write about his favorite part of your time outdoors. If he is just learning to write, ask him to dictate a few sentences to you. Provide assistance with forming the sentences when needed.
- Spend time observing nature. Sit outside and watch birds, or study clouds in the sky. Help your child write down some words that describe his observations such as sounds he hears or movements he might see. Using the descriptive words, help him write a short poem.
Below you will find an example of a poem my children and I wrote together:
Spring is near. Can you hear?
Chirping of birds,
Running of kids,
Buzzing of bees.
Spring is near. Can you see?
Budding of plants,
Brightening of grass,
Opening of windows.
Spring is near. Can you feel?
Taking off of winter coats,
Feeling the warm sun,
Blowing of the wind.
4. Look for a Little Free Library
A Little Free Library is a small container of free books that can be exchanged within a community. These community sharing libraries help motivate readers, young and old. Click here to read a past blog about Little Free Libraries in Iowa. Use this map to see if there’s a little free library in your neighborhood. If so, talk to your child about a book she might like to donate to the library in exchange for getting a new book.
5. Write a Letter to a Favorite Author
Communicating with an author can be a fun way for a child to connect reading and writing. How to connect with an author:
- Have your child choose one of her favorite authors.
- Help your child write a letter to the author. The letter can include your child’s questions for the author. It also should discuss reasons she liked the author’s book(s), and perhaps how she made a connection to the story.
- Look for the author’s email address. The author’s personal website might have the email address listed. You also might be able to connect with the author through social media.
- If you can’t find information on how to connect with the author online, you can send a physical letter in the mail. Look inside the book for the publisher’s address, and address the letter to the author.
6. Record Your Own Audiobook
Let your child have a turn reading aloud by making an audiobook. How to create an audiobook:
- Have your child select a book he would like to record himself reading.
- Have him read the book to you a couple of times. Each time your child reads the book, have him try changing the voices for the characters or the way he uses expression when reading the sentences. Ask him if the different ways he read the book changed the meaning of the story.
- Record your child reading, using a tape recorder or a smart phone.
- Share his recording with a loved one.