January 2024


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Jan 8

Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

Jan. 11

Super Cougar Lunch

5th Grade PARENT CAMP MEETING 6:39 Center for the Arts

Jan. 15


Jan 17

PTSA Reflections Celebration Center for the Arts 6:00

Jan 18

2nd grade to DIA

Grades 3-5 to Center for Arts Drama Performance

ALICE Drill 2:30pm (No evacuation)

Mother/Son Night

Jan 19

No School- Teacher PD

Jan 24

Metro Parks Presentation 3rd Grade

Jan 25

Arno Olympics 6:30

Craft for a Cause: Hearts for Teachers | Sandy, OR

February 1

Cougar Cash Lunch

NWEA Celebration Assembly

PTA Meeting 6:30


After Midnight: “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” – Animation Scoop



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  • Academics are student-centered, which allow for various learning styles to showcase student achievement.

  • We will develop and maintain a positive, respectful relationship with each student by using flexibility and adaptability to meet individual needs

  • We will foster safe learning environments that allow students the opportunity to establish a growth mindset


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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  Jan 8 to Jan 17.  We will be providing the link to it via a Parent Square 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 2024-25 school year.  Thank you very much, please click on the link to start the survey:



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!


Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten in the Fall? — Quality Care for Children

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Summer Olympic Games - Wikipedia

Arno Olympics

It’s January, and it’s Olympic time!  All of the fun starts on January 25, at 6:00 pm.  Please see the flyer for more details.

Arno Olympics Flyer 2024


Reflections Information for Reflections Specialists | UtahPTA.org

Reflections Celebration

For those student that participated, the district celebration will be on Jan. 17, and we are doing our own sponsored by PTA (ice cream party) on Jan. 17


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 discussing the new lockout system in place.  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 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.



Resources - DOIT STEAM

Turn words into action to improve writing

Writers carefully choose verbs that paint a picture of the action they want to convey. To help your child practice, play the Name That Action game. On slips of paper, write verbs that describe a precise action, like skip, hop, stomp, tiptoe, limp and crawl. Take turns drawing a slip and acting out the word. Whoever guesses the word goes next. Encourage your child to remember this game when writing. Choosing the right descriptive verb will make your child’s writing come alive.



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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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MLK Observance January 15- 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)