February 2021

40 Great Happy Valentine's Day Animated Gif

Coming soon to Arno…

Feb. 4

PTA Virtual Meeting 6:30

Feb. 5

No School- Teacher PD

Feb. 14

Happy Valentines Moving Heart Gifs Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter

Feb. 15 & 16

No School- Winter Break

Feb. 18

Picture Day


Happy Valentine's day baboo!! Have a great day xoxoxoxo | Snoopy love, Snoopy valentine's day, Snoopy pictures

Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence


Picture Day Coming Feb. 18

Picture Day for Arno Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2021.

This Picture Day event’s Order Code is 50419KF.

This is the direct link for parents if you wish to order online and your child is being photographed on 2/18, https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/50419K.  The picture day is provided online when parents click on the link.

**Virtual families, we will get more info out for you to schedule you to come in




We are so EXCITED to have our students back in class! Please review the following return information below:


  • All students will attend in-person instruction Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesdays being remote (at home) for deep cleaning
  • Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday (FULL DAYS: 8:40am-3:20pm): In-Person Learning for ALL students in ALL grades
  • Wednesday (HALF DAYS: 8:30am-11:30am) Remote Learning for ALL students in ALL grades


  • Please review the Return to School Roadmap Virtual Binder created by the Wayne County Health Department.  This document outlines safety protocols to keep schools safe based on the status of the Coronavirus.
  • Procedures related to possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases, reporting, and quarantining are contained in the Virtual Binder link above.
  • Families will complete the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families (p. 9 of the Virtual Binder) every day prior to sending children to school.  If you answer “YES” to one or more questions, you MUST keep your child home from school that day and consult your primary care provider.
  • Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases must be reported immediately to the school office.
  • Please report all absences to the school office by 9:00am.  
  • All students in all grades will be required to wear masks at all times in the school building unless eating or drinking.  Please practice mask wearing for extended periods of time in the coming days.
  • Please provide a spare mask in a plastic bag in your child’s backpack.  We will have extra masks available if needed.  Mask lanyards will be provided for students.
  • Masks should: 
    • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Completely cover your nose and mouth
    • Fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps
    • Gaiter masks: Evaluation is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time.  Single-layer gaiter masks are not recommended by the CDC.
  • Current spacing between desks in classrooms is a minimum of 3 feet when measured from one child’s nose to the next child’s nose.   
  • Students will remain in their desk area for most of the day.  There will be little movement around the classroom or to other parts of the building to reduce close contact wherever possible.
  • District Chromebooks should come back and forth every day in order for us to be prepared in the event of an unexpected school closure.  Please make sure the charger is included.
  • Please ensure that your child’s Chromebook is fully charged each night before coming to school.
  • Students will need headphones or earbuds daily.  Students may bring these back and forth with Chromebooks daily, or keep a set at school and a set at home.  Label with your child’s name.
  • Classroom surfaces will be regularly cleaned throughout the school day by adults and with the assistance of students where appropriate.  A hospital-grade disinfectant and disinfectant wipes will be used in classrooms.
  • Supply lists may be re-sent from your child’s classroom teacher.  Please consult with your child’s teacher about any adjustments that may have been made to the supply list.
  • Individual water bottles are recommended.  Please consider a pop-top or straw-type if possible to avoid spills onto school materials or technology.  Label with your child’s name.
  • Please practice independence with shoe tying, zippering, buttoning, and other clothing features with your child.
  • Allen Park Public Schools will not be offering district provided bus transportation for our general education students. We will continue to provide daily transportation for our Special Education students.
  • NWEA testing will be administered during the month of February.  Your child’s teacher will provide these details to you.


  • At this time, no visitors will be allowed in the building. When this policy changes, we will let the community know.
  • Most meetings can be held via Zoom. If you need to meet in person with the principal, the meeting will be pre-scheduled. In these instances, visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times, a space that allows for social distancing will be used, and visitors will be required to complete the Covid screener through ClearToGo prior to entering the building.
  • Whenever possible, please refrain from bringing forgotten items to school after the start of the school day. This includes homework, classwork, textbooks, etc.
  • All visitors MUST go to the main entrance and use the doorbell to inform the office staff what you are at the building for. Office staff will let you know from there what you should do.
  • It is imperative we know who is in our buildings to ensure for proper contact tracing if needed. Please do NOT enter the building when doors are open during arrival and dismissal. 
  • When picking up a child early, please ring the doorbell and let the office staff know who you are picking up. Office staff will walk the child outside to you at the main entrance. 


  • Families will complete the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families (p. 9 of the Virtual Binder) every day prior to sending children to school.  If you answer “YES” to one or more questions, you MUST keep your child home from school that day and consult your primary care provider.
  • Families do not need to print the screener or fill anything out online, but must answer these questions at home every morning for yourself.
  • Arrival time is between 8:40-8:50am at your child’s assigned entry door (see attachment).
  • Students should not be lining up prior to 8:40am as there will not be outside supervision for students.
  • Upon arrival, if there is a line forming, students should wait on the painted paw prints.
  • Arrival beyond 9:00 am will be considered tardy and students must be buzzed in through the front doors of the school.
  • The beginning of the school day will be a “soft start” as students arrive during the arrival window.  Independent work and quiet activities will be provided as students arrive, prior to the day’s instruction.
  • Bagged breakfast will be provided each afternoon for students to take and eat at home the next morning.
  • No breakfast will be provided at school in the mornings.
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  • All students will eat lunch in classrooms.
  • Bagged lunches will be provided through the Food Service Department free of charge through the end of the school year!  Choices will include hot lunch, soy butter sandwich, or salad kit.  All lunches will be individually packaged.
  • Please apply for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits, even if you think you may not qualify.  Our schools receive additional funding for the number of students eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch:  https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/welcome
  • Students may still bring lunches from home if desired.
  • Please avoid sending lunches with peanut butter products whenever possible.
  • Please practice the process of opening food packages with your child.  Encourage your child to open food packages independently.
  • Students will clean hands and desks before and after eating in the classroom.
  • Whenever weather permits, students will have outdoor recess. The recess playground will be open to move around.  to keep everyone safe, masks will be worn at recess and students will have seperate mask breaks. 
  • During inclement weather, recess will be held indoors.  Students must wear masks during indoor recess.


  • Specials classes(Art, Music, Phys Ed, Media Lit & Media Tech) will be transitioning into their own classrooms throughout the month of February.  
  • Specials will remain on a 2-week rotation, meaning that classes will have the same special every day for 2 weeks at a time.  Your child’s teacher will let you know what special your child will have in the coming weeks.  Please consider the following for specials:
    • Phys Ed classes will be outside whenever possible, weather permitting.  Phys Ed classes require students to wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothing. During the winter months, please send your child with appropriate clothing which includes a coat, hat and gloves. 
    • Media Tech classes will require headphones (see above).  Please let your child’s teacher know if he or she is unable to bring headphones or earbuds to school daily.
    • Art classes may utilize some shared materials.  Materials will be sanitized between classes.


  • Dismissal time is between 3:0-3:20 pm at your child’s assigned dismissal door.   
  • PLEASE NOTE that the dismissal door may not be the same as your child’s entry door!
  • One class will exit each dismissal door at a time.  Your child’s teacher will communicate which order their class will exit the assigned door.
  • Parents with multiple children: please meet your youngest child at his or her exit door first.  Make a plan with your older children about where to meet you (wait at their door, meet at a designated spot, etc.).
  • Please leave the school grounds as soon as you connect with your child(ren) so as to promote social distancing.
  • We know that a return to in-person learning brings both excitement and uncertainty.  We are committed to working together with our families as partners as we learn new things, adapt to changing circumstances, and keep each other safe.  Please contact our office if you have any questions at any time.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation.  


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NWEA Testing

This month with our students back in the classroom we will giving the reading and math Winter NWEA test.  Please stay tuned for more specifics testing information from your classroom teacher.


February is Black History Month!

Every day this month, the Arno students are learning about a special Black American in history – ranging from Rosa Parks to Lebron James! During these daily videos, students are learning interesting facts and accomplishments by past and present scientists, athletes, artists, activists and more – all from our very own Arno Teachers!  In addition to learning about these leaders and heroes, the students are also discovering important vocabulary and concepts, such as acceptance, diversity, equality and racism. Classroom teachers are also extending instruction with various activities and literature.

Keep the conversation going at home! Ask your child who they learned about in each day’s lessons. Use multiple resources to do more research – like YouTube, multiple websites, books, and museums and institutions.

Some great websites to learn together at home include:

Museums/Institutions (Please keep in mind that these institutions are limiting attendance due to COVID 19, view their website for more details)
Henry Ford Museum – https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/black-history-month-celebration/

Motown Museum – https://www.motownmuseum.org/
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – https://www.thewright.org/
Detroit Historical Museum – https://detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum/plan-your-visit/general-information
Detroit Institute of Arts – www.dia.orgWe are so proud of the diversity at Arno, and the new learning happening everyday! Keep it up, Arno Cougars!



From the PTA…

Hi Arno elementary families,

Introducing a great new fundraiser called Givebacks! You get to save on things you can actually use – and our PTA gets up to 20% back!

Help us support our school.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to our eStore https://arnopta.memberhub.store/store?category=Sponsors to shop, save, and support.
2. Our PTA automatically gets up to 20% donated back!
3. We’ll be adding new Givebacks about every week from brands you know and love, plus some new finds to discover.

This is the perfect way to jump start your holiday shopping!

It’s that Simple – CLICK – SAVE – SUPPORT

Don’t forget to share your purchases on social media! The more you share, the more funds we raise.


Arno pta

P.S. If YOU own a business and you’re interested in doing a Givebacks to benefit our school, please let us know! We want to include your business.

March is Reading Month

Information coming soon on this as we discuss how to handle this event this year.  Also coming in March, the PTA will be hosting a virtual book fair- certainly something to look forward to!


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