March 2023

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March 2

PTA Meeting 6:00

March 4

PTA Spring Fever

March 9

Spring Picture Day

Super Cougar Lunch

Bingo for Books 6:15

March 10

End of Second Trimester

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No School- Teacher PD

Report Cards Released

March 22

Severe Weather Drill

March 23

PBIS Rewards

March 25-April 2

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Arno Mission

Arno Elementary…inspiring students toward academic excellence.


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Arno Elementary provides a supportive high quality academic experience to inspire all learners to achieve their personal best.


From the PTA

Hello Cougar Families!

The PTA would like to thank all of our volunteers for your help at Glow Dance! We would also like to thank all those who donated to the event as well! Please know that all of your support does not go unnoticed and is an important factor in sponsoring our events. A special thanks to Little Caesar’s and Bella’s Pizza! We would also like to send a shout out to Amy Muse for graciously taking the extra pizza to both the AP Fire Department and AP Police Department!

Please remember that your input/suggestions/concerns are both encouraged and appreciated so that we know how to better our events. So please reach out via email ( or attend our meetings!  Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 2 at 6:00pm in Arno’s Media Center.

PTA Board nominations for the 2023/2024 school year are due by April 6. Voting will take place at May’s meeting. So please submit nominations ASAP. Thank you!

Our Spring SPIRIT WEAR sale will run from February 27 to March 10. The link is below:

Spirit Wear

March 4 is the annual PTA/PTSA Spring Fever at the AP High School.  Arno is running the Bake Sale this year. We’re looking for bakers and volunteers:

Bakers – here’s your link to donate something yummy!

If you would like to volunteer to help sell baked goods with us, please sign up here:


March 16 we are sponsoring a Super U Assembly! This will take place in school for all grades!

Please note that game night scheduled for March 16 has been cancelled.

Our Rev’d Up all school event is scheduled for April 12!  Details to come in March.

*Reminder Daddy/Daughter Dance has been changed to May 5*

Stay tuned for more exciting news/events/reminders from your PTA, and remember to check your emails and our Facebook page for information as well!

Thank you for your support! 🐾


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Please mark your calendars:

Picture Day is coming up on 3/9/23! You must preorder for your child’s photograph to be taken. Online ordering closes at 11:59 p.m. the night before Picture Day. Order here:


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Student Services / Attendance


If you have an absence to report to the office, please email

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Need to leave an item?

Please leave any items (lunches, books) that you need to drop off for your child in the responsibility cabinet (grey cabinet by the main office doors); there are post it notes and pencils in there to label items and the secretary will check it in the morning.  This helps to reduce congestion in the office area, especially to start the day.  Thanks!


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Spring Fever


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M-Step is coming…

Please mark your calendars if you have a child in 3rd,4th,5th grade.  The M-Step window opens up for 5th grade immediately following Spring Break, then runs through early May.  The schedules is as follows:

April 11- 5th grade Social Studies test (2 parts)

April 13- 5th grade Science

April 18/19- 5th grade ELA

April 25/26- 4th and 5th grade Math

April 25/26- 3rd grade ELA

May 2/3- 4th grade ELA

May 2/3- 3rd grade Math

Please make every effort to be sure your child is here on the testing dates. An informational letter will be coming home as well with additional details.


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NWEA Awards

Congratulations to all of our students who met their grade level norm, or met their growth for the Winter 2023 NWEA Assessment!

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Congrats Super Cougars!


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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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Feb 2023

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Coming soon to Arno…

Feb. 1

Golden Tray Award Recess 1:20

Parent Survey Opens

Feb. 2

NWEA Rewards Assembly

PTA Meeting 6:00

Feb. 8

NWEA Reward Recess

Feb. 9

NWEA Reward Movie- Top 10

Feb. 14

Happy Valentines Day

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Parent Survey closes

Feb. 15

Founders Day Dinner 6:00

Feb. 16

PTA Glow Dance at Arno

Feb. 17

NO School- Teacher PD

Feb. 20 and 21

No School- Winter Break

Feb. 24

Kinder to Ann Arbor Museum

PBIS Rewards

Feb. 27

5th grade departs for camp

March 1

5th grade returns from camp

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New Mission/Vision

The Arno staff has created a new Mission (Why we are here) and Vision (where we want to be in 3 years) to set forth our path towards further academic excellence.  The Mission/Vision will be shared with all stakeholders in various ways so that everyone has a shared understanding of Arno’s future.


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Arno Mission

Arno Elementary…inspiring students toward academic excellence.

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Arno Elementary provides a supportive high quality academic experience to inspire all learners to achieve their personal best.


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Parent Surveys

It’s that time of year already in our school improvement planning where we need to send out surveys to our Arno stakeholders.  You will have the opportunity to take a brief survey from the Arno School Improvement Team rating some of your experiences here at Arno.  The survey will be available  Feb. 1 to Feb. 14.  We will be providing the link to it via email blast on that day, as well as posting it in the blog below.  If you are unable to access via computer, we will also have a computer set up in the office if you wish to take it there.  Giving us good feedback helps us plan better to meet the needs of every Cougar stakeholder.  In addition, students and staff also take a similar survey during the school day.

All of the feedback you provide is then summarized and becomes part of our school improvement plan for the 2023-24 school year.  Thank you very much, please click on the link to start the survey:


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From the PTA

🐾 Hello Cougar Families! Below are some upcoming events/reminders/news from your PTA:

February 2 is our next PTA meeting held in the Arno Media Center at 6pm.

February 15 is our Founder’s Day Awards Ceremony at Arnaldo’s in Riverview.

February 16 is our first ever GLOW DANCE! Flyer attached.


We are having another SPIRIT WEAR sale at the end of February! Keep your eyes out for the dates and link!

March 4 is the annual PTA/PTSA Spring Fever at the AP High School.

We are hosting a Game Night on March 16 and a Super U Assembly for all grades! Details to follow.

We had such awesome feedback regarding mother/son night that we are planning another night out at Rev’d Up Fun in Woodhaven in April! This time for the whole family! Details to follow.

REMINDER:  Daddy Daughter Dance has been scheduled for May 5 at the Grecian Center in Southgate. Details will be announced beginning of April.

Stay tuned for more exciting news/events/reminders from your PTA, and remember to check your emails and our Facebook page for information as well!

Thank you for your support! 🐾



Attendance Matters


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The Olympics were awesome!

Thank you to Nicole Amonette and all of our volunteers-Mrs. Kalis, Mrs. Warneck, Ms. Zuke, Mrs. Garza, and Mrs. Talamonti for organizing another awesome Olympics, back after the pandemic years.  Lots of family fun, ribbons and medals!


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Founder’s Day Celebration

The annual Founder’s Day awards celebration takes place on Feb. 15 as our amazing winners get to shine!  Congratulations to all of our award winners this year- you represent the very best of our Arno Cougars!!

2022-23 PTA Founders Day Winners

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PTA/PTSA invites families, friends and staff to celebrate the great people and programs in APPS!  Join us for the Founders’ Day Awards Dinner on February 15th to honor those who have shown dedication and supported our schools and PTAs since last year’s awards.

Tickets for the awards dinner are now available for purchase online only for $25 each, or two for $45, at  The last day to purchase tickets is February 6, 2023.  For more information, contact Sue Clark at

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2022-2023 Founders’ Day Dinner & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, February 15

Arnaldo’s Banquet Center

18275 Quarry Rd, Riverview, MI 48193

Doors open at 6:00 pm ~ Dinner at 6:30 pm

Arno Elementary

Outstanding educator: Cassie Harrison and Nicole Amonette

Business partner: Culver’s of Allen Park – Jeff Holden

Distinguished service: Nicole Adkins

Support personnel: Steve Zielinski

Outstanding program:  Reading therapy Honey and Gunner-Cathy Bray

Bennie Elementary

Outstanding Educator: Mrs. Kristie Lauth

Distinguished Service: Amanda Botello

Support Personnel:  Erica Saville

Business Partner: Jet’s Pizza

Outstanding Program: Fun Run

Lindemann Elementary

Outstanding Educator: Stephanie Partin

Distinguished Service: Marlene Cottrell

Support Personnel: Benjamin Hughes

Business Partner: Papa’s Pizza

Outstanding Program: Fun Run

Allen Park Middle School

Outstanding Educator: Amy Oaks

Distinguished Service: Hillary Haney

Support Personnel: Emily Portalski

Business Partner: World Stride

Outstanding Program: PBIS

Outstanding Students: Eliana Aquino and Ryan Workman

Allen Park High School

Outstanding Educator: Brittney Hartley

Distinguished Service: Kelley Carey

Support Personnel: Denise Crank

Business Partner: Liberati’s

Outstanding Program: Unified Sports

Outstanding Student: Ellie Lauth

Michigan Honorary Life Membership

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Our 5th graders get the awesome opportunity to head back to camp for the first time since the pandemic started!  WE are so excited that they will get this experience again and look forward to all of the memories.  Camp will run from Feb. 27- March 1

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The M-STEP, a state of Michigan assessment will start for all of our third-fifth graders in April after spring break.  Right now our students are hard at work learning material and practicing digital formats that will prepare them.  More information will becoming when we get closer.

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.



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Attendance Matters

Important points to remember about attendance:1) ALWAYS call or email the Main Office when your student will be absent.

2) A central attendance concern are students who are “sick” one day a week on a frequent basis.

3) Attendance letters are sent out when there is an ongoing concern. The 1st is a notification of concern, the 2nd is a notification that attendance has not significantly improved. If there isn’t improvement in attendance, a contact is made for a follow up with our school resource officer.

4. Student progress data is almost always shown to have a decline in academic performance when there are frequent absences.

4) Attendance can be viewed in Parent Connect at any time if you have questions about the number of days your student has missed.

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February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the impact of African American heritage, culture, and achievement in our country. While most K–12 schools incorporate Black history activities into their curriculum, Black History Month offers a wonderful opportunity to extend your child’s learning at home or enhance your homeschool curriculum. Here are 10 ways your student can learn about Black history and culture. You don’t have to wait until February—these activities and resources can be used throughout the year!

1. Celebrate with Cross-Curricular Activities

Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has developed 13 cross-curricular activities for teachers to celebrate Black History Month, broken down by elementary, middle, and high school. While these ideas are intended to be done in a traditional classroom, they can all be adapted to online school or homeschool students. While you’re on the Scholastic website, check out their reading list of young adult books written by African American authors.

2. Read a Book About the African American Experience, History, and Culture

Educators recommend that students spend at least 20 minutes a day reading. Celebrate Black History Month by having your student read a book that features African American culture, shares the story of a great African American figure, or brings the African American experience to life. For inspiration, here are 10 terrific books for students in elementary school.

3. Watch a Documentary

Documentaries bring the past to life, connecting us to significant times in history. PBS offers this list of powerful documentaries exploring Black history and culture in America. Relive iconic moments, like the 1963 March on Washington, or join the Freedom Riders on their journey through the Jim Crow South. These documentaries are appropriate for middle or high school students.

4. Plan a Full Lesson on Historical Topics

PBS also offers their Learning Media series, with several lessons that honor Black History Month, including lessons on the Emancipation Proclamation, the Great Migration, and the civil rights movement. These lessons are designed to support teachers and homeschool families but are an excellent resource for parents looking to help their student have a deeper understanding of these important topics.

5. Virtually Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is part of the Smithsonian Institute and devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. They have a wealth of online learning resources to help you enrich your student’s learning experience, including recommended reading resources for elementary, middle, and high school students and Smithsonian Learning Labs, which are free, interactive lessons where students can explore both well-known and not so well-known moments in history.

6. Watch a Movie Showcasing African American History or Experiences

Celebrate Black History Month with family movie night, watching movies that celebrate the African American experience or that highlight historical events. Movie casts have become more diverse in recent years, so choosing films that feature actors of color is a way to celebrate achievements. Need inspiration? Check out this list of 50 African American children’s movies for a special family movie night.

7. Honor African American Veterans

Did you know that nearly 200,000 African Americans served in the US Army from 1863 to 1865, making up nearly 10 percent of the American soldiers who served in the US Army during the Civil War? It all started with the formation of the 54th Massachusetts regiment. From service in the Civil War to the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, African American men and women have a long history of serving in the United States military. Your student can honor their contributions in both times of war and peace by learning more about their service.

8. Learn About African American Inventors

The first African American to be awarded a US patent was Thomas Jennings, who in 1821 invented a way to dry-clean clothes. The first African American woman to receive a patent was Judy Reed for her dough kneader and roller in 1884. Have your student research other African American inventors who made contributions to science, industry, business, agriculture, transportation, and communications.

9. Listen to a TED Talk

If your high school student walks around with earbuds in all day, have them spend some time listening to TED Talks that celebrate Black History Month. TED Talks are designed to share knowledge through short talks and presentations. Their Black History Month playlist includes talks about the migration of African Americans out of the Jim Crow South, an introduction of the woman Martin Luther King Jr. called “the architect of the civil rights movement,” and how speaking openly about race makes for better business and society.

10. Explore African American Musical Influencers

Celebrate Black History Month by listening to the great African American musicians. Have your student read about the 50 most important African American musical artists and learn more about their lives and music. Use this opportunity to introduce your student to musical genres that were heavily influenced by these talented artists, including jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, gospel, doo-wop, and hip-hop.


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Celebrating Black History Month with Poetry

On her Poetry for Children website, Sylvia Vardell showcases wonderful poetry created by African American poets who write for young people, including Marilyn Nelson, Nikki Giovanni, Carole Boston Weatherford, Nikki Grimes, Ashley Bryan, Charles R. Smith, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Dean Myers, Kwame Alexander, Eloise Greenfield, Maya Angelou, and others.

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To celebrate Black History Month in February — and the rich tradition of African American poetry all year long — browse essays on literary milestones and movements, find important books on black history and poetics, look for lesson plans for Black History Month, read archival letters from classic African American poets, and search poems about the African American experience by both classic and contemporary poets.

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Poems, articles, and podcasts that explore African American history and culture. Discover poems from Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others.


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