January 2021

Coming soon to Arno…

Happy New Year!! Wishing you a wonderful 2022!!

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Jan. 3

Welcome Back! School resumes

Jan. 14

No School- Full Day teacher PD

Jan. 17

MLK Observed- No School

Jan. 20

ALICE Drill 10:00

4th and 5th to APAC for play 8:45

Jan. 21

3rd to APAC 9:10

Jan 28

PBIS reward- Zumba


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Arno Vision

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and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

In case you missed Arno’s Musical Holiday Card…

Thanks to Mr. Cross and Mr. Burke for all of their hard work in producing this wonderful video!


COVID 19 Information

(From Mr. Darga)
Happy New Year’s Eve!
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and are finding time to relax and rejuvenate.
I wanted to address the recent announcement by the CDC & MDHHS regarding COVID & Quarantine.  Here’s an updated article regarding the changes to the state’s quarantine guidance.


In short, MDHHS announced that it plans to update its quarantine guidance for the general public to reflect the recommendations of the CDC – 5 days of isolation, followed by 5 days of mask wearing if asymptomatic. It is, however, important to know that MDHHS stated that the existing quarantine recommendations for early childhood and K-12 will not be changed
Allen Park Public Schools will continue to follow the guidelines set by the Wayne County Health Department and require a 10 day quarantine. If WCHD changes their protocols, I will be sure to share the news with our team.
As a district, we have signed up for the new MI Backpack At Home Testing Program.  This program will supply districts “at home COVID tests” to be sent home with our students.  As we learn more, I will be sure to share updates.  To learn more, here is a link to the program: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_104699_104700_105077-572622–,00.html
We are also looking to implement an onsite Mi Safe Schools Testing Program for our staff and students.  We have been utilizing this testing method through our HS athletic department with great success. We plan to expand the program to service our entire K-12 population.  Stay tuned for additional information.  To learn more, here is a link to the program:  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/Overview_MI_Safe_Schools_Testing_Program_712939_7.pdf
Please enjoy a safe New Year’s Eve celebration.  I look forward to seeing you all when we return back into our buildings on Monday, January 3, 2022.
Mike Darga

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children 5-11 Years Old- Wayne County Health

November 2, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a final recommendation approving that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11. Also, data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC shows that children 5 to 11 years of age account for approximately 40% of pediatric cases. (Source: www.fda.gov)

Pediatric doses will be available beginning Thursday, November 4, 20201, at the following Wayne County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics (see further below for hours and addresses):

  • Wayne Health Center
  • Wayne County Community College – Ted Scott Campus
  • Wayne County Community College – Downriver Campus Please continue to check this webpage or call 1-866-610-3885 for updates on when pediatric doses will be available at our remaining COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Children aged 5-11 will receive 1 pediatric dose of Pfizer vaccine, followed by a second dose in 21 days. Note: Moderna and Johnson and Johnson (J&J) have not been approved for this age group.COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, MIS-C (inflammatory syndromes) and long-term complications, such as “long COVID,” in which symptoms can linger for months. Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission.Also, vaccines will be available at some pediatrician’s offices, family doctors, or local pharmacies, contact your pediatrician’s office to obtain more information. The Wayne County Health Department continues to collaborate with local schools to offer in-school vaccine clinics.

Vaccine Finder:


 Family Screening Protocol for Covid

  • Families will complete the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families 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.

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January Assessments

The month of January brings back our second round of testing. During this month, students will be given the NWEA, FAST reading, and most grades will be assessing reading levels for targeted students.  Student performance on these tests give us a good gauge on their strengths and weaknesses, and helps us identify those students who may qualify for additional help-  please encourage your child to perform their very best so their teacher gets an accurate picture of their skills.  NWEA parent reports will go home later this month. Thank you for your support!



This month we will be conducting our second ALICE drill of the year.  During this drill, classes will be practicing HIDE OUT/KEEP OUT where students will find numerous places in the room to hide (not in one big group) and the teacher will assist in showing the class how the door could be barricaded from an intruder if needed.  This May we will be practicing GET OUT where the whole school will mock evacuate to our rendezvous point at the Presbyterian church on Park.



A big THANK YOU to our Allen Park Board of Education members during School Board Appreciation Month.  We are honored to have such a supportive Board of Education who keep the arts and education alive in Allen Park!


Literacy Website

Mrs. Wesley, our Literacy Coach at Arno, has created a blog that contains great information and resources for families in the area of literacy . Please check it out and take advantage of all the great information.



Great Educational Websites for Students

National Geographic for Kids




Storyline Online






Into the book




Leading to Reading




Usborne Books Activities



Looking for a Great Winter Activity…

Creating a Home Library

Starting a home library for your children shows them how important books are. Here are some creative ideas for finding books (including flea markets, book swaps, birthday and holiday wish lists), creating a welcoming space to keep the books, making your own bookplates, and more.

Finding books

  • Become a treasure hunter! Browse book store sales, garage sales, flea markets, used book stores, and sales at your local library
  • Organize a children’s book swap with friends, community groups, or your school
  • Encourage family and friends to give books as gifts for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations
  • Don’t forget quality nonfiction and children’s magazines!

Building your library

  • A cardboard box or small wooden packing crate that you can decorate together might make a good bookcase. Or you might clear one of the family bookshelves.
  • Pick a special place for your child’s books so that she knows where to look for them — in a cozy corner of your child’s bedroom or close to where the rest of the family gathers and reads if your child is very social.
  • Help your child to arrange her books in some order — her favorite books, books about animals, or holiday books. Use whatever method will help her most easily find the book she’s looking for.
  • “This book belongs to…” Bookplates give your child a sense of ownership and can add “newness” to a used book. You can make your own or download and print one of these colorful designs by children’s book illustrators.
  • If you and your child make your own books together, you can add those to your home library.
  • Borrow books from your local library. Go to the children’s section and spend time with your child reading and selecting books to take home and put in her special spot. You might even have a box or space just for library books, so that they don’t get mixed up with your child’s own books.

When collecting and reading books are a part of family life, you send your child a message that books are important, enjoyable, and full of new things to learn!

MLK Observance January 17- No School



Much can be learned from leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The leadership lessons he gave the world are as important today as they were during Dr. King’s life. Click here now to download this poster in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



Picture Books that Teach about Kindness

In celebration of MLK’s positive messages about how to treat one another, here are some resources to use for your home library…

1. Boo Who? by Ben Clanton (PreK-1)

It can be hard to find ways to include someone new –especially when that someone is invisible– but it’s worth the effort. Simple and sweet, it’s easy for kids to “see” the possible connections between this story and their own lives.

2. What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio (PreK-1)

Concrete but engaging, this title answers an essential question.

3. Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller (PreK-2)

Who better to teach kids the nitty-gritty details of being nice than…otters? Trust us, it works.

4. The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates (PreK-2)

Being kind means making space for everyone, as this “big, friendly umbrella” shows. Read it, and then leave an umbrella propped by your classroom door as a reminder to be inclusive.

5. Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller (PreK-2)

A girl tries to follow her mother’s advice to “be kind” when others tease a classmate, but her attempt doesn’t help…at first. Talk with students about how kindness can gain momentum over time.

6. Most People by Michael Leannah (PreK-3)

This title is a lovely tool for reassuring children that the world is full of kind people with good intentions. Diverse illustrations highlight the kindness of “most people.”

7. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (PreK-3)

Teach children that no one is too small to be kind with this timeless fable, re-imagined by a masterful illustrator.

8. The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (PreK-2)

A simple assignment leads to a school-wide kindness-fest.

9. Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler (K-2)

Mrs. Ruler is to kindness what Ms. Frizzle is to science. Instead of punishing kids who act up in class, she challenges them to find opportunities to be kind.

10. I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About A Simple Act of Kindnessby Kerascoet (K-4)

This wordless story of how one child wrestles with the decision to become an ally, and her eventual impact, is a powerful one.

11. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss (K–4)

How could we leave out this Dr. Seuss classic, which taught us the adage “a person’s a person, no matter how small?”

12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

And speaking of Dr. Seuss, this holiday favorite is a great reminder of the importance of friendship and giving back.

13. The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness With The Worldby Maria Dismondy (K-3)

Twins Dexter and Leah enjoy the back-and-forth nature of kindness when they decide to reach out to their elderly neighbor.

14. How To Heal A Broken Wing by Bob Graham (PreK-3)

No one notices a hurt pigeon except young Will, who takes it home and tenderly nurses it back to health. This story celebrates the capacity of children to provide kind, gentle care.

15. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena (K-5)

CJ’s wise and patient grandmother shows him that kindness resides in both one’s mindset and actions in this quietly evocative award-winner.

16. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards (K-5)

How do you acknowledge the efforts of someone who is perennially kind? Return the kindness, of course. Little Sophia sets out to show Mrs. Goldman how much the neighborhood appreciates her hand-made gifts.

17. Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine (1-5)

When a man steals the lemons Rosalinda and her family intended to sell at the market, a wise advisor encourages her to be empathetic.

18. The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau (1-5)

This beautifully illustrated saga of a greedy king’s transformation into a traveling ambassador of kindness will keep kids captivated until the last page.

19. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts (1-5)

Jeremy’s quest for a pair of “those shoes” that his family can afford doesn’t end as he originally hopes, but it does create an opportunity to be kind.

20. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting (1-5)

For Farah, everything feels new. Her classmates’ small acts of kindness go a long way towards making her feel like she belongs.

21. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig (1-5)

This classroom must-have shows how another’s kind acts can mean the difference between feeling unseen and living in full color.

22. Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets To Your Happiness by Carol McCloud (1-5)

Being kind to yourself is as important as being kind to others.