October

 

Welcome Back!!!

Coming soon to Arno….

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Oct. 5

Welcome back to our ECP and Categorical Special Education Program students!!

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Oct. 6

Oct. 7

No school-Cleaning Day- REMOTE learning a.m. only

Oct. 8

Virtual PTA Meeting 6:30

Oct. 9

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Oct. 12

Welcome Back to School for Grades Y5, K, 1, and 2!!

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Oct. 13

Oct. 14

No School- Cleaning Day- REMOTE learning A.M. only

Oct. 15

Oct. 16

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Oct. 19

Welcome Back to School for Grades 3, 4, and 5!!

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Oct. 20

Oct. 21

No School- Cleaning Day- REMOTE learning a.m. only

Oct. 22

Oct. 23

Halloween 2020: Costume ideas and more

Oct. 26

Oct. 27

Oct. 28

No School- Cleaning Day-REMOTE learning a.m. only

Oct. 29

Oct. 30

Early Dismissal 11:30

No School p.m.

 

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Please review the following information on our return.  Please continue to monitor district and building communications regarding the Return to Learn plan as all decisions are based on state data and the safety of students and staff. When your child returns, please review the new procedures below:

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Arrival Procedures

Please see the document:Arno arrival_dismissal

In order to be in compliance with the CDC and State of Michigan guidelines regarding COVID-19, Arno Elementary School has made some changes to the daily arrival and dismissal procedures for this year. Upon arrival to school, all students should report to their outdoor classroom lines in social distance proximity.  We have added Cougar paw prints on the walkway leading up to the door to help with distancing.  As students enter the building, they will have their temperature checked then report directly to their classroom to hang their coats, belongings, etc., as well as sanitize their hands.  In order to reduce students being in groups, coat rooms have been expanded to the hallway.  

  • 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.

  • Arrival time is between 8:30-8:45 am at your child’s assigned entry door (see attachment).

  • Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:30 am 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.

  • Upon arrival at the assigned entry door, students will receive a temperature check and hand sanitizer, then go directly to the classroom.

  • Students with temperatures between 99.3℉ and 100.3℉ will be asked to step into a re-screening area and re-checked after 5 minutes.  Students whose temperatures normalize will be sent to class.  Students whose temperatures remain elevated will go to the office for parent contact.

  • Students who arrive to school with temperatures of 100.4℉ or above will be taken to the Quarantine Room where parents will be contacted for immediate pickup.

  • 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.

 

Please review the map below for your child’s classroom lineup location.  Students will be shown their exact lineup spots upon arrival. 

Dismissal Procedures

  • Dismissal time is between 3:20-3:30 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.

  • Mrs. Martinchick’s room- you will exit out of the main office doors on Fox at dismissal

  • Mrs. Schultz’s room- you will exit out of the second grade doors on Thomas at dismissal

Early Dismissal

  • Please send a note with your child or contact the main office at 313-827-1050 for all early dismissals specifying the time for early pick up. 

  • Upon arrival, please use the outside buzzer to inform the office that you are here. 

  • The office will send your child out through the main doors to you

  • The staff will take care of recording your child’s dismissal 

Half-Day Dismissal

  • All procedures for arrival and dismissal will be followed from above

Breakfast

  • 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.

Lunch 

  • All students will eat lunch in classrooms.

  • Bagged lunches will be provided through the Food Service Department free of charge until December 31, 2020 or until federal funding expires.  Choices will include hot lunch, soy butter sandwich, or salad kit.  All lunches will be individually packaged.

  • Please apply for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits by October 5, 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 in designated zones by classroom.  Masks may be removed during outdoor recess.

  • During inclement weather, recess will be held indoors.  Students must wear masks during indoor recess.

Schedule:

Time Grade Activity
11:00-11:20 Y5s & Kindergarten Eat Lunch
11:20-11:40 Y5s & Kindergarten Recess
11:20-11:40 1st Grade Eat Lunch
11:40-12:00 1st Grade Recess
11:40-12:00 2nd Grade Eat Lunch
12:00-12:20 2nd Grade Recess
12:00-12:20 4th Grade/Jensen Eat Lunch
12:20-12:40 4th GradeJensen Recess
12:20-12:40 5th Grade  Eat Lunch
12:40-1:00 5th Grade Recess
12:40-1:00 3rd Grade  Eat Lunch
1:00-1:20 3rd Grade  Recess

 

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Drop off for student items

Please remember to drop off any lunches, folder, homework, etc in the cabinet that is outside of the main doors (Be sure to put a sticky note on with their information).  The secretary will then go get all of the items in there and be sure to get it to your child.  Thank you for your help!

Classroom Information

  • Desks have been distanced to best spacing possible per room

  • Extra furniture has been removed to maximize classroom space

  • There are no carpet areas in the rooms for students to gather to maintain spacing

  • Please send your child with a water bottle as drinking fountains will be closed except to fill a cup/bottle with water

  • Specials will be conducted in the classroom only.  Gym will go outside as weather permits

  • Recess will continue for all levels, the playground will be split and a schedule will be made to space classroom cohorts and limit classroom to classroom interaction

  • Small groups will meet per the teachers programming

  • Materials like manipulatives, supplies, classroom library, library books etc will have a protocol per the teacher.  Generally this will be limited- if supplies are shared at any time, those materials will be sanitized between use

  • Backpacks will be permitted to transport materials and a chromebook

  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned periodically throughout the day

  • Instructional aides will continue to work with students in small group/individually

  • All students and staff will be required to wear a mask throughout the entire day with the exception of eating snack, lunch, gym and recess outside

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Technology

Please be sure that your child travels with the district chromebook (if you had one issued) back and forth daily in your child’s backpack.  We are still awaiting the shipment of chromebooks that the district ordered.

Please review all of the information and resources on the district web page at: https://www.allenparkschools.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1691412&type=d&pREC_ID=1848465

 

NWEA Home

NWEA testing in October

This month we will begin our NWEA testing while we are either remote or in person depending on the grade level.  Each classroom teacher will be in contact with families with information on taking the practice test and the test when in remote.  If your child is in session in the building, testing will be conducted as normal.

 

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Visitor Policy

Please be advised that per the Governors Executive Order, school buildings are to limit non-staff visitors.  If you have any needs from the office, principal, or teaching staff- please contact first via phone or email.  If the need should arise that you must come in, please scan the QR code and complete the screener BEFORE coming into the building.

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Latchkey Information

Please find registration info regarding the Latchkey Program at the APPS elementary buildings below


COVID Latchkey Registration Letter .pdf
Latchkey Registration Form.pdf

Food Services

Additional Food Service information

ALLEN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS MEAL PROGRAM UPDATES:
GREAT NEWS FOR SCHOOL MEALS FOR FALL 2020-ALL KIDS EAT FREE!
EVEN THOUGH ALL KIDS ARE RECEIVING FREE MEALS, THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT LAST FOREVER. WE WILL
EVENTUALLY HAVE TO RETURN TO OUR REGULAR SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM PROCEDURES. THE
DISTRICT ALSO RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS BASED ON OUR FREE AND REDUCED NUMBERS.

SO, PLEASE FILL OUT THE ONLINE OR PAPER FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION. IT WILL HELP YOUR FAMILY AND THE DISTRICT. APPLY ONLINE AT: https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/ALLP01

ALLEN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOOD SERVICES REMOTE AND VIRTUAL LEARNING FOOD PICK UP WILL CONTINUE ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 16, 2020.

PICK UP CAR SIDE TO GO MEALS AT: Allen Park High
School Back Main Door 18401 Champaign, Allen Park, MI 48101
Questions? Please contact the APPS Food Services Department if you have any questions at: 313-827-2185.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE CURBSIDE MEALS ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS
THROUGH DECEMBER 2020.
WE WILL SERVE *ALL STUDENTS FREE MEALS* FROM OUR CURBSIDE PICKUP *EVERY WEDNESDAY*. THIS WILL
HAPPEN WHEN ALL OF THE STUDENTS ARE AT HOME PARTICIPATING IN REMOTE & VIRTUAL LEARNING. THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE EVERY WEDNESDAY SO BUILDING MAINTENANCE STAFF CAN DO DEEP CLEANING AT ALL OF THE BUILDINGS.

ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2020:
AT THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS:
● EARLY-K, K, 1, AND 2ND GRADES WILL RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING, AGAIN, ON
OCTOBER 12
TH
. WE WILL BE SERVING FREE MEALS AT THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS IN THE CLASSROOM

EACH DAY OF IN-PERSON LEARNING (M,T,TH,F), THROUGH DECEMBER 2020.
● THE PREPACKAGED MEALS WILL BE DELIVERED, IN SANITIZED INSULATED BAGS, TO EACH
CLASSROOM EACH DAY.
● THERE WILL BE NO ALA CARTE SALES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS WILL SIMPLIFY EATING
IN THE CLASSROOM FOR ALL. NO MONEY EXCHANGE WILL TAKE PLACE.
● SMALL CUP DISPENSERS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED BY EVERY DRINKING FOUNTAIN IN ALL
BUILDINGS, TO PREVENT SALIVA FROM ENTERING THE DRINKING FOUNTAINS.
● AFTER LUNCH, THE WONDERFUL LUNCH LADIES WILL THEN PACKAGE BREAKFAST BAGS FOR
THE FOLLOWING DAY. THESE BREAKFAST BAGS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE CLASSROOM, IN OUR CLEAN
SANITIZED BAGS APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES BEFORE DISMISSAL TO BE GIVEN TO THE KIDS. THIS WILL
HELP LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF EXPOSURE TIME FOR STUDENTS EATING IN THE CLASSROOMS WITHOUT A
MASK.

● THE STUDENTS CAN THEN ENJOY THEIR BREAKFAST AT HOME BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL.
● On Wednesdays during remote learning you can come to the curbside pick-up at the HS
between 10:30 am until 12:30 pm to pick up meals.
● WE WELCOME STAFF MEMBERS TO GRAB A MEAL, TO SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMS.

October 19, 2020
WELCOME BACK ALL STUDENTS FOR FOUR DAYS EACH WEEK IN-PERSON AND REMOTELY
ON WEDNESDAYS!!!
AT THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS:

● ALL GRADES WILL RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING AT THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS! WE
WILL BE SERVING FREE MEALS AT THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS IN THE CLASSROOM EACH DAY OF
IN-PERSON LEARNING (M, T, TH, F), THROUGH DECEMBER 2020.
● THE PREPACKAGED MEALS WILL BE DELIVERED, IN SANITIZED INSULATED BAGS, TO EACH
CLASSROOM EACH DAY.
● THERE WILL BE NO ALA CARTE SALES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS WILL SIMPLIFY EATING
IN THE CLASSROOM FOR ALL. NO MONEY EXCHANGE WILL TAKE PLACE.
● SMALL CUP DISPENSERS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED BY EVERY DRINKING FOUNTAIN IN ALL
BUILDINGS, TO PREVENT SALIVA FROM ENTERING THE DRINKING FOUNTAINS.
● AFTER LUNCH, THE WONDERFUL LUNCH LADIES WILL THEN PACKAGE BREAKFAST BAGS FOR
THE FOLLOWING DAY. THESE BREAKFAST BAGS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE CLASSROOM, IN OUR CLEAN
SANITIZED BAGS APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES BEFORE DISMISSAL TO BE GIVEN TO THE KIDS. THIS WILL
HELP LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF EXPOSURE TIME FOR STUDENT IS EATING IN THE CLASSROOMS WITHOUT A
MASK.
● THE STUDENTS CAN THEN ENJOY THEIR BREAKFAST AT HOME BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL.
● ON WEDNESDAYS, DURING REMOTE LEARNING, PLEASE COME TO THE HIGH SCHOOL
CURBSIDE PICK-UP BETWEEN 10:30-12:30 TO PICK UP MEALS FOR BOTH REMOTE AND VIRTUAL
LEARNERS. THIS WILL CONTINUE EVERY WEDNESDAY UNTIL STUDENTS COME BACK TO 5 DAY
IN-PERSON LEARNING. THIS WILL CONTINUE FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS THROUGH DECEMBER 2020.
● WE WELCOME STAFF MEMBERS TO GRAB A MEAL, TO SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMS.

 

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Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

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, or out.

**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.

**We now have some volunteers for the dropoff/pickup, but we need more.  Please contact the office if you can help out!

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

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Arno Facebook

“LIKE” us to see lots of great updates and photos from school!  Thank you for promoting this social media platform as a positive way to share the good news and great things happening at Arno!

HERE IS THE LINK!  

https://www.facebook.com/arnoelementary/

 

Remind

Please consider joining Arno Remind at:

https://www.remind.com/join/arno2020

Full directions: remind invite

 

 

 

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September 2

 

Welcome Back to the 2020-2021 School Year!!

 

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Welcome back Cougars!  

We are so very excited to welcome you all to the 2020-21 school year at Arno Elementary.  Although we are starting in a different way this year, we are determined to make this the best year for all of our students!  

I am hoping that everyone found some time to relax, have lots of fun, spend quality time together- and maybe even get a tan… and now we are looking forward to fall and cider mills and getting back to some school work.  As always Arno is dedicated to providing the best education with our caring teachers who have always gone above and beyond every year.  This past summer, many of our staff, as well as parents,  were involved in focus groups that worked through the issues that the current situation has presented, and finding solutions that work best for all of our stakeholders.  We took a look at academics, student and staff safety, specials, special education, and extra curricular items.  The group provided focus and input on the district plan, as well as how we all move forward in both the in-person world- and the virtual one.   

As a result, we have a plan for all scenarios depending on the Phase our region is in, and we plan on making sure our kids don’t just tread water this year- but actually continue their movement forward in their education here at Arno.  

There have been many questions from our parents and I wanted to provide the latest information that you need to know for the upcoming school year.  

  • September 2 (First Day of School- Remote learning with classroom teacher): Please save this date!  We will be holding a drive by “meet the teacher” event from 9 am-12 pm on September 2. Students will be able to drive up, say hi to their teacher and teachers will be handing out workbooks or any items that students will need to start the year. More information about this will be coming next week, but as we did in the spring, times to visit will be determined by last name.  Students whose last name starting with:
  • A-H will drive by between 9-10am, 
  • I-Q can drive by between 10-11am, 
  • R-Z can visit between 11am-12pm.   

During the afternoon of September 2, teachers will be hosting their first video meeting to start to get to know students.  They will provide you information about this event.

  • Meet the Teacher:  This evening is typically a great opportunity for families to meet their child’s teacher and get to know some of the expectations for the school year.  Since we cannot hold this event in person, teachers will be creating a video that introduces themselves to each student and family and provide a brief overview of some of the important tools students will need to get started with remote learning.  These videos will be released to families on September 2.  They will go out to families via email and will also be posted on our website for families to reference later if needed. 
  • Student login information Please follow this link for student directions to log on for the first time. Student’s ID number can be found in the Parent Portal and it’s the number that starts with “2001”. 
  • Tech: We are excited that this year students K-12 will all have access to a Chromebook to use in school as well as for virtual or remote learning.  Our elementary students will be getting touch screen devices that can be used as a computer and a tablet.  These have all been ordered, but we are waiting for these devices to be delivered.  
  • If you have already requested a temporary device- the tech department will contact you to schedule a date to pick up this computer. The link to request a computer is no longer active but we are taking names for a waiting list.  
  • Student schedules will be available August 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. for those families that have chosen to stay with their regular classroom assignment. ***Please be sure you have completed all of the Back to School updates that are necessary in order to access your child’s teacher.

Social Emotional Needs of our students

We recognize that the school closure and disruption to normal routines may have had an impact on many students and families.  Please review some of the resources below.  Arno’s new Social Worker, Dana Brown, can be of assistance in this area if you need to reach out to her.  You can find many resources from our district social work page at: 

http://allenparksocialworkers.weebly.com/social-emotional-learning-at-home.html

Sample Elementary Resources for social emotional at-home:

How Can I Help My Child at Home?

  • Designate a comfortable place where your child will work independently on his/her assigned tasks.
  • Be sure your child attends every online class daily and logs in on time, ready for the day’s learning experience and completes all assignments
  • Remind your child to let his/her teachers know if there are questions- our teachers are there to support all of our students. 
  • Monitor Google Classroom updates and be sure to check in with your child daily about learning tasks, activities and assessments they are working
  • Dedicate appropriate time to learning, comparable to a school day and/or as guided by your teachers.
  • Attend Zoom learning experiences that are offered by each of your teacher’s. 
  • Please let your child’s teacher know if they will be absent- teachers are taking daily attendance based on in-person Zoom meetings and/or assignments turned in. 
  • Help your child to understand that work will be graded this fall (appropriate to the grade level)- they will not be earning a participation grade like spring

Classroom Weekly Schedules

You may have already seen a copy of a sample elementary schedule for the first 5 weeks from the district website: https://www.allenparkschools.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1856009&type=d&pREC_ID=2007551

Please keep in mind that each teacher will be building the specifics of each “block”, which will be sent to their families in their class.  You can expect that daily assignments will be posted by each morning, and that weekly you will receive an overview of learning targets every Monday morning.  

Please click on the link below to hear a brief explanation of the daily elementary schedule:

https://youtu.be/AJZZb-lHEwE

Although these times do not feel normal, we are all in this together, as it has always been at Arno- Together we will make that difference that will make our students excel!

Welcome Back!

Arno Staff

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Arno Family Blog: https://arnofamily.edublogs.org/

Together we will succeed for our kids!

 

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Coming soon to Arno…

Sept. 2

1st Day- morning “Wave In” 9-12 (Remote Plan with classroom teacher only)

Get to know you virtual afternoon with classroom teacher

AP Virtual Learning with Calvert First Day

Sept. 3

First full virtual day with classroom teacher

AP Virtual Learning with Calvert

Sept 4

Labor Day weekend- no school

Sept. 7

Labor Day- No school

Sept. 8-Oct. 2

Remote learning with classroom teacher

AP Virtual Learning with Calvert

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Meet the Teacher

This year we have all of our staff on video doing a short introduction and some information on Google Classroom. The staff links will be out by Sept 2 via eblast.   Students will be getting to know their teacher more through their daily interactions on Zoom.

 

Online Attendance

Attendance will taken daily by your classroom teacher.  In most cases, students will be recorded as present through appearing on the classroom Zoom. There maybe some instances where your child is unable to do a Zoom that day- they can then be counted present by:

  • Have a two-way conversation through email, phone, or communication app

  • Turn in an assignment, exit ticket or question that day by 3:00

 

Assessment

Per the State of Michigan guidelines, Allen Park Schools will be required to have all students have an assessment that give us information on where our students are performing, so that we may better meet their individual needs.  Kindergarten and First grade will be taking a developmentally appropriate assessment, while grades 2-3 will be taking an online version of the NWEA they normally take in the fall.  Details, dates, and directions will come out in the coming weeks.

 

Welcome to Arno…

Kristi Kruger- Music (Thursdays)

“Kristi Kruger comes to us from Allen park High School where she served as vocal and instrumental music director for 22 years.  Kristi received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Eastern Michigan University with a focus on Music education as well as Music theory and Literature.  Kristi’s career started teaching general music, spanning ages 18 months to 8 in the private sector before taking a position at Hamtramck High School for 2 years.  After that time she was recruited by Allen Park,
where her first assignments were teaching High School vocal, instrumental and music history, as well as teaching “Sing and Swing” Kindergarten music at all three elementary schools.   Kristi looks forward to sharing her passion for music with our students”

 

Dana Brown- Social Work (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

This is my 12th year working in the AP district as a school social worker. I earned my BSW from Western Michigan University and my MSW from Wayne State University.  I have worked at the high school, middle school, and at Lindemann in past years. I took last year off after having a baby boy, Bryce (named after Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah- exquisite views)! In my free time, I enjoy traveling, running with my 7 year old lab, Reese and exploring new restaurants with my husband, Ben. Fun fact- Ben’s grandma (Audrey Tillen) taught at Arno for many years before retiring.  I am excited to join the Cougar family and serve alongside you as your school social worker.

SCHOOL MEALS FOR FALL 2020

2020-2021 REMOTE LEARNING FOOD PICK UP BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2, 2020

 WHEN DO I PICK UP? 

CAR SIDE TO GO PICK-UP TIMES

Every Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

NOTE: Due to the 1st day of learning being Wednesday, September 2,  and no classes on Friday,  September 4th or Monday October 7th (Labor Day) you will receive three breakfasts and three lunches to cover Wednesday, Thursday and Tuesday the 8th.  Regular pick-up day, Wednesday, September 9th will be three breakfasts and three lunches.

 WHAT IS THE COST?

This will include a breakfast and lunch for each scheduled  school day:

Payments for meals are based on the free and reduced lunch status.

HOW DO I PAY?

Payment Options:

  • Usewww.MyPaymentsPlus.com to deposit money into your child’s account (preferred).
  • Pay with exact change: otherwise overage will be deposited into your child’s account.
  • Pay with cash, check or money order to be deposited into your child’s account at curb side pick-up or to the Food Services Office.

WHERE DO I PICK UP MEALS?

Allen Park High School Back Main Door

18401 Champaign, Allen Park, MI 48101

Questions? Please contact the APPS Food Services Department at: 

313-827-2185

_________

PLEASE HELP US PREPARE BY FILLING OUT THE FS SURVEY at:

https://forms.gle/rQw1VCbWhDeRXjx17

Link to online Free and Reduced Price Family Meal Application:

https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/welcome

Link to MyPaymentsPlus:

https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

The Arno 2020-21 Staff

2020-21

Young fives Jeanine Haskin
Kindergarten Cassie Harrison
Kindergarten Nickie Roller
Kindergarten Cristina Mercer
First Grade Julie Martinchick
First Grade Barb Pushman 
First Grade Dawn Watson
Second Grade Nicole Amonette
Second Grade Alexandra Cervantes
Second Grade Megan Schultz
Third Grade Sarah Kalis
Third Grade Renee Guyot
Third Grade Rachel Warneck
Fourth Grade Megan Johnson
Fourth Grade Emilie Talamonti
Fourth Grade Brian Trionfi
Fifth Grade Ciara Zuke
Fifth Grade Lindsay Garza
Fifth Grade Erin Higgins
Cross Categorical Classroom Katie Jensen
ECP Program Sara Bleau
Life Skills Stella Boyer
Media Lit Arno/Bennie Colleen Byrne
Media Tech Arno/Bennie Carrie Solak
Art Arno/Bennie Elisabeth Cunningham
Art Arno/Lindemann Rachel Trapani
Speech-Language Pathologist Andrea Alvarez
Vocal Music Kristi Kruger
Instrumental/Vocal  Music Jeff Skebo
Physical Education Arno/Bennie Lisa Smalley
Social Work Arno

School Psychologist

Dana Brown T W Th

Deb Green M F

Resource Room Michele Sbonek
ECP Speech Taylor Cuddy
Reading Coach/Title I Beth Wesley
ESL TBA

Stephen Zielinski, Principal

Cathy Anderson, Secretary

Kim Dowd, Student Advocate

 

Custodial Staff:

Tim Tanksley

Joe Marcoux 

Tiffani Harper

Mike Matey

Lunch Staff/Para Professionals

Debbie Burgess-LatchKey Supervisor

Stevie Brandly

Colleen Harris

Stephanie Hauck

Kristen Melidosian

Katelyn Tourangeau

Penelope Beri

Sarah Tarmoom

Shelby Ivey

Cathy Bartholomew-Food service

Luciana Tucci-Cashier

Para Professional

Linda Mantua- Media Center

Angela Joarder- Instruct Support

Mikela Wilson- Instructional Support

Sandy Bove- Instruct Support

Kem Sheridan- Instruct Support

Carrie Vaughn- Instruct. Support

Amanda Madrigal- Instruct. Support

Missy Moore, instructional support

Diane Peyton- Special Ed.

Melissa McGrath- Special Ed. 

Antwanette Bills- Special Ed.

Kim Harrison, Special Ed. 

Stephanie Leavitt, ECP

Patty Messer, ECP

 

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June 2020

So awesome to see our Cougars at the

Summer Sendoff!!

**Be sure to check out more pics on our Face book page

https://www.facebook.com/pg/arnoelementary/posts/

Coming soon to Arno…

***All calendar dates are subject to change depending on the model of attendance that will be explored via CDC guidelines, State of Michigan guidelines, and Allen Park Public Schools guidelines

Sept. 1

Teachers report

Meet the Teacher (subject to change)

Sept. 2

School Begins- Full Day (Based on district model)

Sept. 3

No events

Sept. 4

No School- Labor Day recess

 

Sept. 7

No School- Labor Day

Sept 8

Students return (based on model)

Sept. 9

No events

Sept 10

No events

Sept. 11

No events

 

ARNO VISION

ARNO ELEMENTARY WILL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO EMPOWER

AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS

THAT STRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Happy Summer!

On behalf of the Arno staff, we wish you a fun, restful summer!  It has been a roller coaster ride to say the least, but our students and teachers stepped up and did a phenomenal job and finished the school year on a high note.  We are hoping to see everyone in the fall, until then, stay safe out there!

 

School Supply Lists are out and ready to go…

This year we are once again using Teacherlists.com to post all of our supplies.  You can access the lists down below from the click-button, or you can access from our Arno site off the main APPS website.  This feature also allows you to choose a store, if you wish, which auto sets up the list for purchase and lets you finish the process without ever setting foot in a store.

https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/31210-arno-elementary-school

https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/31210-arno-elementary-school

Quick Info…

– The district will have a plan for chromebook collection.  You will be notified by email of the details

– Google Classrooms will remain on for the summer if there is anything you need to get resource wise

– The district currently has a focus group made up of teachers from all different groups.  Our task to make the buildings safe and have a plan to prioritize learning through the school year while the pandemic continues.

– Look for more info on Meet the Teacher as we get closer, much will depend on the status of the state.

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KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT 

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March 2020

Please see below for more information on this important vote!

Coming soon to Arno… MARCH is Reading Month!

March 2

MIRM Penny Wars Day 1

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

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Kalis to University of MIchigan-Dearborn’s EIC

March 3

Unplugged Night

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Guyot to University of MIchigan-Dearborn’s EIC

March 4

Wear it Wednesdays- Book Character

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Warneck to University of MIchigan-Dearborn’s EIC

March 5

PTA Meeting 6:30- MOVED TO Lindemann to hear about the millage

March 6

End of 2nd Trimester

Early Release 11:30

March 9

MIRM Penny Wars

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Book Exchange Week

March 10

Unplugged Night

 

 

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Author’s Visit

March 11

Wear it Wednesdays- T-shirt with words

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Cookie Dough Fundraiser Game truck

March 12

Spring Pictures

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March 13

2nd grade/Jensen to DYPAC

Report Cards Issued on Parent Connect

March 16

MIRM Penny Wars

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March 17

Unplugged Night

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March 18

Wear it Wednesdays- Hat with Words

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March 19

Bingo for Books

March 20

Tornado Drill

 

March 23

MRIM Penny Wars

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March 24

Unplugged Night

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March 25

Wear it Wednesdays- Dress as Humphrey

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PTSA/PTA meeting at Arno 7:00

March 26

PBIS Reward

March 27

Bring your favorite book and PJs

Early Release 11:30

March 30 

MIRM Penny Wars Last Day

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Honor choir Concert 6:30 APAC

March 31

5th Grade to Camp

April 1

Camp

April 2

5th Grade returns to Camp

PTA Meeting 6:30

April 3

No School- Spring Break Begins!

April 4- April 12- NO School- Spring Break

Class resumes April 13

 

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ARNO VISION

ARNO ELEMENTARY WILL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO EMPOWER

AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS

THAT STRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

 

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We need your help!

Our Priority – To ensure that the students of Allen Park Public Schools receive the maximum funding authorized!

Things to Consider

  • This will not increase property taxes for primary residents.

  • The loss in funding will only grow as taxable values increase on all non-homestead properties.

  • We are just asking for business taxes to return to where they were in the past.

  • Our schools have lost $189,000 due to the Headlee Rollback over the last two years.

Important Voting Information

  • February 24: Last day for online/mail voter registration

  • February 25 – March 10: In-person voter registration

  • For your polling location, visit https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/

PLEASE join us at Lindemann Elementary for our next PTA meeting on March 5 at 6:30.  The district will be at the meeting presenting information on this vote to all three AP elementary PTAs.

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Art Exhibition Information!

BROWN AND JUANITA C. FORD ART GALLERY

DOWNRIVER CAMPUS
21000 Northline Rd., Taylor, MI 48180

OPENING RECEPTION • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

EXHIBITION • March 4 through March 30, 2020
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

artgallery@wcccd.edu

March is Reading Month News!

March is Reading Month
One Book, One School

This year to celebrate March is Reading Month, our entire school
will be reading Spring According to Humphrey. That is why our
celebration is called One Book, One School. Spring According to
Humphrey is just one book in a series about Humphrey, the class
hamster at Longfellow School.
Each student will get a book this year! Our goal is that you would
read this book together at home. The book is for your family to keep!
We hope you enjoy reading together as a family. The included pacing
guide outlines the chapters to be read each week. Your child’s teacher
will also be given a book to read and discuss the book in class.
Throughout the month of March we will have a wide variety of
reading themed activities to participate in at home and at school. Also,
attached is a calendar of all of the fun activities we have planned!
Books will be distributed on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Pacing Guide
To celebrate March is Reading Month at home, we ask that you read Spring
According to Humphrey at home each night. To finish the book by the end of the
month please follow this suggested pacing guide.
March 2-6: Chapters 1-4
March 9-13 : Chapters 5-8
March 16-20: Chapters 9-12
March 23-27: Chapters 13-14

Book Exchange
During the week of March 3 -9, students will be participating in a book exchange on
their library day. Students can bring in up to three books to exchange with gently
used books. Students will be able to exchange the same number of books that
they bring from home, so if a student brings in one book, they will be able to pick
out one book. Look for a flyer coming home with more information.

Unplugged Night
Every Tuesday in March, we ask that you “unplug” from your electronic devices.
While you are unplugged, do fun activities together with your family like: play a
board game, read together, make dinner together, or any other unplugged activity
you can think of.

Wear it Wednesdays
Each Wednesday dress up to celebrate March is Reading Month!
March 4: Dress up as your favorite book character
March 11: Wear a t-shirt with words on it
March 18: Wear a hat with words
March 25: Dress up as Humphrey

DEAR
On Tuesdays and Thursdays each classroom will participate in D.E.A.R, which stands
for Drop Everything And Read! Students can read books from their classroom
libraries or they can bring a book from home.

Guest Readers
Throughout the month of March, Mrs. Byrne, our media specialist, will be arranging
guest readers to come into different classrooms to read. If you would like to be a
guest reader in your child’s class, contact your child’s teacher to schedule a time.

Penny Wars
Save your spare change to bring to school every Monday in March, March 2, 9, 16,
23, and 30. Give your pennies to your class and your nickels, dimes, and quarters to
other classes. Pennies add to your classes total, but other coins count against your
total. The class with the highest total wins! All proceeds will go to future March is
Reading Month events.

Bingo for Books
On March 19, students are invited to play bingo in Arno’s cafeteria. Get a bingo and
win a book! There will be two different times available. Look for more information
about Bingo for Books coming home soon.

Culminating Activity
Friday, March 27, is a half day. Help us celebrate the end of March is Reading Month
by wearing your pajamas and bringing your favorite book to school.

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National School Breakfast Week- Check it out!

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Thank you so much for all of your support for the cookie dough fundraiser.  As you know, the district does supply our building with a budget, but there are many programs, supplies, books, super cougar lunches, etc that enhance the educational experience at Arno- and this goes a long way to fund those initiatives!  All orders should be here within 2-3 weeks after Feb 21.

The gaming truck will be here on March 11 for all those who sold 20 items or more.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We are excited to introduce this Social-Emotional & Academic link to parents and staff members. This webpage has been updated and can be found on the District website under the Resources, District, and Department tabs.

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New Blog Alert

Welcome to the new APPS ELL Website and blog!

A new blog for teachers and families as a resource for our English Language Learners.

https://apschoolsell.wordpress.com/

 

KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT 

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Lice Information

Please review the letter on lice by clicking below

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FOOD SERVICE INFO

Unpaid Food Service accounts are a financial concern for our district.  If you are struggling to pay for your child’s breakfasts or lunches on a regular basis, please complete the Free & Reduced meal application below. 

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch also helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals Online
We are now accepting Free and Reduced Meal Applications Online. Parents and Guardians now have the option of completing a meal application on paper or online.
*Please note* paper applications are available in all school offices and at the free and reduced meal application link below.
Click here for the Online Free and Reduced Meal Application

Free/ReducedApplication

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need your child’s student ID number to setup the account and can get the ID number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

 

 

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February 2020

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Coming soon to Arno…

Feb. 3

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kickoff

Community Conversation with Mike Darga- 6:30 Arno Media Center (see below)

Feb. 4

No events

Feb. 5

No events

Feb. 6

No events

Feb. 7

No events

 

Feb. 10

No events

Feb. 11

No events

Feb. 12

Skating Party 6:00

Feb. 13

African American Artists Assembly

PTA Meeting 6:30

Feb. 14

Early Dismissal 11:30- Teacher PD 

Happy Valentines Day!

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Feb. 17

No School

Feb. 18

No School

Feb. 19

PTSA Founders Day Banquet 6:00

Feb. 20

No events

Feb. 21

No events

Feb. 24

No events

Feb. 25

No events

Feb 26

No events

Feb 27

No events

Feb. 28

PBIS Reward

 

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ARNO VISION

ARNO ELEMENTARY WILL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO EMPOWER

AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS

THAT STRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

 

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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 State of Michigan rating some of your experiences here at Arno.  The survey will be available until Feb. 7.  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 2020-21 school year.  Thank you very much, please click on the link to start the survey:

https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/128356/20337

 

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Arno will be once again doing the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser starting  Feb. 3 to help supplement the many requests we get from staff during the school year such as Spelling City, research-based activities, special project supplies, literacy materials, tech, etc.  Last year’s fundraiser helped us purchase many extra classroom supply requests, Playworks training for teachers and lunch staff, Zoo Phonics materials for kindergarten, Super Cougar pizza lunch supplies, an ipad for our Broadcast team, and professional development for teachers.  

The PTA has been a tremendous resource for our building with all they have given, however, the many teacher requests received throughout the school year to give our students the very best experiences create a need to seek additional support.  Therefore, we have partnered with this company to offer you a choice of items should you choose to purchase any, that would support providing more resources for our teachers. The large envelope coming home on Feb. 3 and will contain all of the information needed (and there is an online order method).    

Fundraiser Timeline

February 3 – February  18         Fundraiser Sale

February 18All money and orders due (online payment option available)

Game Truck Prize for qualifying sales: March 11

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**Turnover time is about 2-3 weeks, we will contact everyone when the items will be in (before Easter)

 

 

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NWEA Celebration

On Jan. 30, Arno held its second annual NWEA Rewards Assembly to celebrate student achievement.  Students in grade 3-5 had an opportunity to earn an extra recess reward, and a certificate by either reaching their own personal growth goal, or meeting the grade level cut score or above on the NWEA assessment that was taken in January.  we also took the Top 10 reading scores in each grade and rewarded them with a movie on Feb. 14.  During the assembly, students were recognized with a certificate and another charm for their MSTEP necklace.  Congratulations to all of Cougars on their accomplishments!

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February is Black History Month!

Every day this month, the Arno Announcements are highlighting a special African American person in history – ranging from Rosa Parks to Lebron James! During these announcement videos, students are learning interesting facts and accomplishments by past and present scientists, athletes, artists, activists and more. 

In addition to this special programming, classroom teachers are extending instruction with various activities. In the school library, there is a designated area of books featuring African American characters and book pertaining to African American history.

Keep the conversation going at home! Ask your child who they learned about in each day’s announcements. Use multiple resources to do more research – like YouTube, books from the local library, and visits to museums and institutions that highlight black history, including:

Henry Ford Museum

Motown Museum

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts

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Choir Concert Brings Back the Holidays

Due to a water main break last month, the choir concert was postponed until Jan 21.  So it was wonderful to hear the holiday sounds bringing back Christmas memories from the Elementary Honor Choir.  They were outstanding and everyone was surprised with a solo performance from Mr. Hoffman, who announced to the audience that this is his final year in Allen Park.  Way to go Honor Choir- you were fantastic!

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Community Conversations with Mike Darga

Please join Superintendent Michael Darga and Virginia Winters, Wayne RESA School Culture and Climate Consultant, for an opportunity to engage in dialogue on the critical issues of diversity, race and inclusion. These casual kitchen table-style discussions are designed to provide a safe environment to share and collect feedback from our PARENTS of various ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and experiences.

Purpose:
-To engage all members of the school community in dialogue.
-Deepen our understanding about diversity as a rich resource.
-Equip all Allen Park Students to become responsible and global citizens.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming meeting dates:
February 3rd. Arno Elementary. Media Center. 6:30 PM
– March 2nd. Bennie Elementary. Media Center. 6:30 PM
– March 23rd. Lindemann Elementary. Media Center. 6:30 PM

 

NHS Tutoring Info

 

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Job Opening

Allen Park Public Schools is looking for respectful, reliable drivers to join our team.  On site shadowing and training is offered for all drivers, new or experienced.  CDL Class B Preferred

School Bus Driver’s responsibilities include ensuring proper vehicle maintenance, observing safety and traffic rules, and maintaining order among students while they are on the bus.  To be successful as a School Bus Driver you should enjoy working with children and strictly observe passenger transport regulations.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $16.00 / hour

Please email resume to bolish@appublicschools.com

Ashley Bolish, APPS Operations Assistant

 

 

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January 2020

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Coming soon to Arno…

Jan 6

Class resumes

Jan 7

No events

Jan 8

PTSA/PTA Reflections District Tea 6:30 APAC

Jan 9

No events

Jan 10

No events

Jan 13

PTA Food Drive kickoff

Jan 14

No Events

Jan 15

No Events

Jan 16

No Events

Jan 17

Mother/Son Night 6:30

Jan 20

MLK Observance- No School- Teacher PD

Jan 21

No events

Jan 22

No events

Jan 23

Arno Olympics 6:30

Jan 24

ALICE Drill 2:00

Jan 27

No events

Jan 28

Metroparks 3rd grade

Jan 29

No events

Jan 30

PBIS Reward Day

Jan 31

No events

 

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

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Congrats Mrs. Schultz! Outstanding Educator

The annual Founder’s Day Awards were announced at this month’s PTA meeting.  Congratulations to all our winners!  The award winners will attend a banquet in their honor in February where they will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Congratulations to our Founder’s Day Winners!

Business Partner: Get Movin Crew (Fun Run)

Outstanding Program: Book Fair- Nicole Adkins and Jackie Brown

Distinguished Service Award: Stacy Sisson

Outstanding Educator: Megan Schultz

 

Community Conversations on Diversity and Race

Please join Superintendent Michael Darga and Virginia Winters, Wayne RESA School Culture and Climate Consultant, for an opportunity to engage in dialogue on the critical issues of diversity, race and inclusion. These casual kitchen table-style discussions are designed to provide a safe environment to share and collect feedback from our PARENTS of various ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and experiences.

Purpose:
-To engage all members of the school community in dialogue.
-Deepen our understanding about diversity as a rich resource.
-Equip all Allen Park Students to become responsible and global citizens.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming meeting dates:
– February 3rd. Arno Elementary. Media Center. 6:30 PM
– March 2nd. Bennie Elementary. Media Center. 6:30 PM
– March 23rd. Lindemann Elementary. Media Center. 6:30 PM

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Coming soon…

Arno Olympics Flyer 2020

Reflections Recognition and Celebration Breakfast

Congrats to all our students who participated in the year’s PTA Reflections Contest!

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Crossing Guard Positions

Please see the posting below:

Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

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, or out.

**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.

**We now have some volunteers for the dropoff/pickup, but we need more.  Please contact the office if you can help out!

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

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EXCITING NEWS

Wahoo!  Introducing Arno Elementary’s first Facebook page! “LIKE” us to see lots of great updates and photos from school!  This format is much easier to share photos in real time, so the blog photo gallery will now be coming to you in the form of Facebook posts!  Thank you for promoting this social media platform as a positive way to share the good news and great things happening at Arno!

HERE IS THE LINK!  

https://www.facebook.com/arnoelementary/

**I have learned that there is an Arno Elementary Facebook page out there with pictures- this is NOT an official school page- The real Arno Facebook page is titled “Arno Caring Cougars”.  Please check the page to make sure it has current photos before you “LIKE” it.

 

 

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New Year’s Resolutions: 4 Simple Ways to Read More with your Children in 2020

Since it’s a brand new year, you may be thinking about New Year’s resolutions for your family. Does your family have a goal to adopt a healthier lifestyle? Do you think about reducing screen time? Or would you like to spend more time together?

Believe it or not, there are New Year’s resolutions that are healthy for your child’s brain, allow more time to spend with your little one, and are fun! Here’s a hint: your child’s doctor encourages you to do this activity every day. Did you guess what the New Year’s resolution is?

READ A BOOK—HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE!

Reading aloud doesn’t have to be limited to your home or only at nap time or bedtime. If you’re a parent of a young child, you know every reading experience does not look the same. Though it seems futile, your child still benefits from hearing you read aloud to them even when it seems they’re not paying attention or are distracted by their surroundings.

To make life a little easier, here’s a list of a few resolutions to help add more reading to your and your child’s day, even the days you are on the move.

 

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New Year’s Reading Resolutions

Resolution #1 for 2020

I will fill wait time with
book time instead of screen time.

Goal: Keep some books in your car. Whether you are waiting in line at the grocery store,
a waiting room at the doctor, or preparing a meal in your kitchen, you can share the love of books and reading with your child

 

Resolution #2 for 2020

I will visit the local library with my children

Goal: Go to your local library and see what services they offer.  Go to story time, let your child choose the books they want to check out, ask the librarians for some good book ideas, and of course, check out a book for yourself to model being a reader.

 

Resolution #3 for 2020

I will make reading part of out family routine

Goal: Read aloud to your child just 15 minutes a day, start with just a few minutes at a time- build it up. Show your child that books are fun and part of what your family life and routines.  Be sure that they are also seeing your reading books too!

NHS  Tutoring- Important!

Unfortunately, due to some work at the Allen Park library, NHS tutoring will not be running.  The work at the library is expected to last from Jan 1-March 31.  The NHS advisor is working on alternate plans, an announcement will come about if and when they are able to find a new location.

Help! Volunteers needed for the classroom!

Arno parents are encouraged to sign up and become involved in our Cougar day!  Volunteers are such an important part of being partners for your child’s education.  If you have not had the chance yet, the volunteer form from Meet the Teacher is below

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December 2019

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Coming soon to Arno…

Dec. 2

No events

Dec. 3

No events

Dec. 4

No events

Dec. 5

Super Cougar Pizza Lunch

PTA meeting 6:30

Dec. 6

Report Cards available after 4:00 p.m. via Parent Connect

Dec. 9

No events

Dec. 10

Reflections Breakfast

Dec. 11

No events

Dec. 12

No events

Dec. 13

Half-Day Early Dismissal 11:30

 

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Dec. 16

Arno Christmas Sing A Long 2:30

Dec. 17

Metro Parks 3rd Grade

Honor Choir Concert APAC 6:30

Dec. 18

Kindergarten to Marquis Theater

Dec. 19

No events

Dec. 20

PBIS Reward

**Christmas Break begins at the end of the day

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Christmas Break Dec. 21- Jan 5Classes Resume Jan 6, 2020

 

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

 

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On behalf of all the staff at Arno, we wish you and your family

a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!

Celebrating being a Super Cougar at Rewards Clubs

This month we ran a second version of PBIS Clubs for our students as their monthly reward.  Lots of fun clubs for the kids to visit from Legos to book club to drawing an Elf!  Providing this incentive is a way of recognizing student effort in following all of our Arno PBIs expectations for behavior.  Way to go Cougars!

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Conferences

Thank you once again for attending parent/teacher conferences.  A strong school/home connection is research proven to make a difference in a child’s education.  In addition, please consider contacting your teacher if you are available to volunteer in the building and/or interested in doing projects at home.

 

 

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Congratulations…

To all of our students who entered the PTA sponsored Reflections contest on “Look Within”.  We are so very proud that so many students entered this year.  As part of that contest, winners are picked for each category and will go on to the state judging where they can earn additional recognition.  All of our  winners are below!

Photography
Makenzie Warneck

Literature
Ameria Bellinger
Cecilia Bergman

Visual Arts
Primary:  k-2
Nina Hegedus
Lainey Sisson

Intermediate:  3-5
Ameria Bellinger
Cecilia Bergman

Our breakfast for all students that participated is Dec 10

 

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District-wide Holiday Toy Box Drive

The annual district-wide toy drive for local families, as in the past we are looking for donations of new or gently used clothing and toys.  The box for drop off is in the main office at our school until December.  Please consider donating something if you are able.

 

Help! Volunteers needed for the classroom!

Arno parents are encouraged to sign up and become involved in our Cougar day!  Volunteers are such an important part of being partners for your child’s education.  If you have not had the chance yet, the volunteer form is below:

Parent Volunteers Needed

 

Reminder-Free NHS  Tutoring is Back!

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In case you missed the Facebook post…

Fourth grade had an awesome experience at the Parade Company this past month, with up close and personal tour of all the floats that were featured in the Thanksgiving Parade!

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Parking/Drop-off

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, or out.

**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.

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

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Top Ten Ways to Encourage Children to Read Over Christmas Break

 

10. Set expectations. I expect my students to continue to read daily over break. I expect the same of my own children at home. I tell them up front that I will be checking in after break and want to know what they read. As a parent, I ask my boys what they are reading each day and talk to them about the book when they’re done. There is not a question of if they will read on a given day, but when and how much.

9. Make plans. . In my classroom we will plan out what we think we will read before we leave for break. In my home we will plan out the best time for us to read, daily. My students know I plan to read a book a day over break. I need to plan ahead so that I have enough reading material to make it over the long break. I ask them to think about the books they are reading – do they need to take more home? My own children ensure they have reading material to read each day. If they don’t, we jump down to number 8. (Or, we jump to number 8 if it is Saturday, rainy, or we’re just in the mood.)

8. Visit a library or a bookstore. Just going to either one of these places is great – you are immediately surrounded by a community of readers! Both of my boys have library cards and a trip to the library is guaranteed during winter break. I immediately head to the new picture books and plop on the floor and read as many as possible. They usually head to the non-fiction books and look for something new on their current obsession. The bookstore is just as wonderful and we could all spend hours there.

7. Connect them to an author. I’ve seen it in my classroom and I’ve seen it at home – when children connect to the authors of the books they are reading, magic happens. Luckily, in this era, this is easier than ever. Kids can tweet out their love of their books to the author who wrote them. Many authors will tweet back. At home and at school we also check out the author’s website. Sometimes you can email them, but even more than that the resources are often incredible. Watch book trailers; find out the story of why they wrote the book, and more.

6. Talk. In my classroom I make time to sit down with each child over the course of two weeks and talk about what they’re reading. This is just as important at home, if not more so. I want to know what my boys are reading and what they are connecting to. I want to be there when they read the sad/hard/scary/funny part and get to discuss the reaction they had. I want to discuss why they feel this is the best series of all time and debate it. We connect through books and the discussion around them strengthens that bond.

5. Make it fun. We hold read-a-thons in my giant bed on a regular basis on the weekends. It’s a great feeling to look up from my cozy spot and see both of my boys curled up near me reading their books. If it is cold outside, we hold our read-a-thons downstairs by the fire with hot chocolate. There are challenges to see who can read the most, book talks to try and convince family members to read the book next, and more.

4. Make it important. When we value something, we devote time to it. By doing so, we show its importance. That’s why when I heard this idea from author Linda Urban; I knew I was going to steal it. In Linda’s family they bring their books to the dinner table on Tuesday nights. Whatever you’re currently reading is welcome. Finger food is on the table for dinner and for the entire meal everyone reads. Let me say that again, everyone reads. Think of the message that sends children!

3. Give books. We give books to everyone on our list. I include my boys on the title discussions for each recipient so they can see the thought that goes into matching the perfect title with the recipient. We talk about how wonderful the gift of a book is because it gives the person we’re giving it to an experience. (For more on giving books, and Chronicle’s #givebooks campaign, check out this link: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/givebooks/)

2. Get books. Books are part of the gift of Christmas in our home. I can think of no better way to send the message that I want you to be a reader than to give books. My boys can tell me titles that they are looking forward to reading and I will purchase them, but I also buy some because I think they will be a good stretch. I also give them gift cards so they can go to the bookstore and pick out their own books. If you are looking for great titles this year, look no further than the Nerdy Book Club nominees for 2013: https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/our-2nd-nerdversary-and-the-2013-nerdy-award-finalists/

1. Be a role model. In the classroom I share my reading life with my students. Returning from Thanksgiving break I will tell them what I read over break and share titles. I want them to know I am a reader. I do the same with my children at home. If I don’t model it, they won’t do it. Be a reader. Magazines, novels, comics, newspapers, etc. – let them see you read. Let them see you react to books. Inspire

Katherine Sokolowski has taught for fifteen years and currently teaches fifth grade in Monticello, Illinois. She is passionate about reading both in her classroom and also with her two sons. You can find her online at http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter as @katsok.

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Health Corner

Winter time brings some additional challenges to school aside from the cold weather.  Below are a few reminders for helping our students to stay safe and healthy at school:

  • Wash hands frequently — especially after using the restroom, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough — cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Encourage children to put hats and gloves into coat sleeves when hanging among others’ items.

Please report all cases of communicable illnesses or circumstances to our office when reporting your child’s absence.

** Students should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.

** Students who have been treated for head lice must have a head check in the office before returning to class, even if the head lice was discovered over the weekend.

By reporting these things to our staff, we can limit the spread of germs and other things.  The two attachments contain additional information that may be helpful to you.  Please know that information related to illnesses is kept confidential.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Brr!  The weather has turned chilly!  Please send your child to school with a warm coat daily.   It’s always a good idea to dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures.  Please label your child’s jackets and sweaters so they can find their way back to their owners if left somewhere.  The Lost & Found is currently full of items needing to be claimed!

 

 

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Take a peek at Santa’s Reindeer

https://reindeercam.com/

 

 Track Santa with NORAD help

https://www.noradsanta.org/

 

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November 2019

Coming soon to Arno…

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November

4

No events

5

Election Day

6

No events

7

Limo/Lunch Day

PTA Meeting 6:30

8

Reflections due

District Assessment Reports go home

11

No events

12

No events

13

School improvement meeting 7:50

14

Picture Retake Day

15

Principal for the day

 

18

Book Fair week begins

Mr. Peace Assembly

Hearing Rescreens

19

No events

20

Parade Company 4th grade

Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00-7:30

21

Early Release 11:30

Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:45-3:15 & 5:00-7:30

22

PBIS Reward

25

No events

26

Early Release 11:30

27

No School

28

Happy Thanksgiving!

29

No School

 

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Wishing all of our Arno Families a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

ARNO VISION

ARNO ELEMENTARY WILL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO EMPOWER

AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS

THAT STRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

 

Happy Halloween!

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Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 20 & 21 as parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner.  The sign up links for your child’s teacher are below. Be sure to click the link to get a time slot.  The annual PTA Book Fair will be that same week this year with a parent night to purchase on November 20 & 21 until 7:30.

 

Haskin https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AACAD2DA0FC1-young
Mercer https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a8a629a6fc1-mercer
Harrison https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D48A5A92FA2FF2-harrison
Stanley https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4faea82dabf94-msstanley
Pushman https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4a92eaaf58-pushman1
Watson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4cafac28aa8-watson7
Martinchick https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ea4a92ca20-martinchick7
Schultz  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-schultz3
Cervantes https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-cervantes
Amonette https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaaa22a1fd0-amonette1
Kalis https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-kalis2
Warneck https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-warneck1
Guyot https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4ab22a5fb6-guyot1
Talamonti https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050449A9AE28A0FA7-talamonti
Trionfi https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-trionfi1
Johnson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E49ACAD23A1F94-johnson1
Zuke https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054daba82aa5fb6-zuke
Garza https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050444AEA72FA1FF2-garza 
Higgins https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-higgins
Jensen https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BA9A62CA5F49-jensen4
Bleau https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA8A728A6FD0-ecpfall

 

Picture Retake

Picture retake day is Nov. 14.  For those students who would like to get their picture retaken and bought a package, they MUST bring their package down to the cameras for an even exchange.  

 

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From the District

We are excited to announce that with our most recent bulk purchase, APPS is able to offer families our educational discounted pricing on Chromebooks – Lenovo 100E Generation 2 – with 4 GB RAM for $170.  (25% savings over current Amazon price)

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offering for your student(s), please see the attached letter for more info!  (Great holiday gift!)

email contact: chromebooks@appublicschools.com

Dr. John J. Tafelski, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

Mr. Adam Michalak, Director of Technology


Parent Technology Letter 2019.pdf

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Teacher Sites

Many of our teachers maintain educational websites or blogs- please see the list to see of your teacher has a site to access.  Some teachers also use other means of communicating such as class dojo, so there may be alternate tech piece for your teacher not listed here- you can contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

 

Teacher Website/blog, etc
Lisa Smalley http://lisasmalley.edublogs.org/
Lindsay Garza http://garza1920.edublogs.org/
Julie Martinchick https://mrsmartinchicksclass.shutterfly.com/
Rachel Warneck http://warneck.edublogs.org/
Katie Jensen https://www.facebook.com/groups/2283017308391431/?ref=bookmarks
Megan Schultz https://www.facebook.com/groups/kidsinroom111/?ref=bookmarks
Emilie Talamonti http://talamonti.edublogs.org/ 
Andrea Alvarez  https://appspeech.weebly.com/arno-elementary.html
Nicole Amonette https://www.facebook.com/groups/rm118/?re=bookmark
Carrie Solak http://apelementarytech.weebly.com/
Kindergarten Team (stanley – but shared) https://sites.google.com/appublicschools.com/

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Sarah Kalis http://skalis.edublogs.org/
Erin Higgins http://fifthgrade1920.edublogs.org/
Ciara Zuke  http://zuke5thgrade1920.edublogs.org/
Colleen Byrne (Elementary Media Center Blog) https://apelementarymedia.weebly.com
Megan Johnson https://johnsonmegan.edublogs.org/
Sara Bleau (Allen Park ECP) http://allenparkecp.weebly.com/

https://mrsbleausclass.shutterfly.com/

Jeff Skebo (5th Grade Band)  https://apelementaryband.wordpress.com/
Alex Cervantes https://www.facebook.com/groups/room113/

 

 

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Building up to Kindergarten

We had a terrific turnout for our third annual Preschool meeting with parents and their preschooler.  This is an event that is open to all of our local preschools in the area and is designed to give parents a better understanding of the skills that their child will need as they enter kindergarten next fall.   We had over 53 amazing  families from various preschools attend the event, well more than the amount over last year.

A huge thanks to our staff , Nickie Stanley, Cristina Mercer, Beth Wesley and Cassie Harrison, as well as our Bennie colleagues for an excellent job on helping our future kindergartners be better prepared for next year.

The presentation slides can be seen below- there will be Part 2 of Building up to Kindergarten in the winter.

Building Up to Kindergarten Part 1 Night Fall

 

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Dear Moms, Dads, Grandparents and Members of the Community,

We are hiring lunchroom paraprofessionals!  Please see attached flyer for details and consider joining our team!

Thank you,


APPS-Job Opportunities-Join our team.pdf

 

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Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

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, or out.

**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.

**We now have some volunteers for the dropoff/pickup, but we need more.  Please contact the office if you can help out!

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

EXCITING NEWS

Wahoo!  Introducing Arno Elementary’s first Facebook page! “LIKE” us to see lots of great updates and photos from school!  This format is much easier to share photos in real time, so the blog photo gallery will now be coming to you in the form of Facebook posts!  Thank you for promoting this social media platform as a positive way to share the good news and great things happening at Arno!

HERE IS THE LINK!  

https://www.facebook.com/arnoelementary/

**I have learned that there is an Arno Elementary Facebook page out there with pictures- this is NOT an official school page- The real Arno Facebook page is titled “Arno Caring Cougars”.  Please check the page to make sure it has current photos before you “LIKE” it- The most recent post is on a lesson from Mrs. Byrne.

So what’s happening with the blog? 

The blog, after a post on Oct. 11, will then only be updated once monthly on the first Friday of every month.  It will still contain a calendar and other news, but will no longer contain pictures- those will be on the Facebook page.

Of course, as always, if you have a concern or question, please contact me directly by email or by calling our office.  I am here to help you in any way you need.

Free NHS  Tutoring is Back!

Help! Volunteers needed for the classroom!

Arno parents are encouraged to sign up and become involved in our Cougar day!  Volunteers are such an important part of being partners for your child’s education.  If you have not had the chance yet, the volunteer form from Meet the Teacher is below

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Oct. 14

Smencils are on Sale at Arno!

Coming soon to Arno…

Oct. 14

Mad Science Assembly 9:00

Oct. 15

No events

Oct. 16

Restaurant Night- BUffalo Wild Wings

Oct. 17

No events

Oct. 18

2nd Grade to Cranbrook

Oct. 21

K-2- Fire Department assembly 9:00

Oct. 22

Hearing tests

Oct. 23

Hearing tests

Building up to Kindergarten (Preschool) 4:30

Oct. 24

Hearing Tests

Membership Drive ends

Halloween Skating Party

Oct. 25

No events

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Oct. 28

Mobile Dentist at Arno

Oct. 29

Membership Classroom winners party

Metro Parks 3rd Grade

Oct. 30

No events

Oct. 31

Halloween Parade 10:00

EARLY Dismissal 11:30

Nov. 1

PBIS Reward

Nov. 2

PTSA Holiday Fever/Craft Show

 

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ARNO VISION

ARNO ELEMENTARY WILL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO EMPOWER

AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS

THAT STRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

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, or out.

**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.

**We now have some volunteers for the dropoff/pickup, but we need more.  Please contact the office if you can help out!

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

EXCITING NEWS

Wahoo!  Introducing Arno Elementary’s first Facebook page! “LIKE” us to see lots of great updates and photos from school!  This format is much easier to share photos in real time, so the blog photo gallery will now be coming to you in the form of Facebook posts!  Thank you for promoting this social media platform as a positive way to share the good news and great things happening at Arno!

HERE IS THE LINK!  

https://www.facebook.com/arnoelementary/

**I have learned that there is an Arno Elementary Facebook page out there with pictures- this is NOT an official school page- The real Arno Facebook page is titled “Arno Caring Cougars”.  Please check the page to make sure it has current photos before you “LIKE” it- The most recent post is on a lesson from Mrs. Byrne. 

So what’s happening with the blog?  

The blog, after a post on Oct. 11, will then only be updated once monthly on the first Friday of every month.  It will still contain a calendar and other news, but will no longer contain pictures- those will be on the Facebook page.  

Of course, as always, if you have a concern or question, please contact me directly by email or by calling our office.  I am here to help you in any way you need.

Ohhh, that’s Scary– Halloween Skating

Arno Halloween Skating Party 2019

 

 

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Garden Club

Garden Club Community Involvement Request

 

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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on the kids and come on down to Arno on Oct. 31 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 5th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Please join us around the outside perimeter of the playground for the best seats.  It is a district PD day with an 11:30 dismissal that morning.

 

 

Free NHS  Tutoring is Back!

Help! Volunteers needed for the classroom!

Arno parents are encouraged to sign up and become involved in our Cougar day!  Volunteers are such an important part of being partners for your child’s education.  If you have not had the chance yet, the volunteer form from Meet the Teacher is below

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Drop off for student items

Please remember to drop off any lunches, folder, homework, etc in the cabinet that is outside of the main doors (Be sure to put a sticky note on with their information).  The secretary will then go get all of the items in there and be sure to get it to your child.  This helps to keep the office clear which helps everything run smoother.   Thank you for your help!

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS

In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils will be sold on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30p.  The proceeds from Smencils benefits the PBIS program at Arno.  With the funds, we are able to have great monthly incentives such as pizza lunches for Super Cougars and Zumba.  The prices for items are as follows:

Smencils: $1

Smens: $2

Smencils Pouches: $8

Happy Smelling!

 

 

From the District

AP Rotary Club – Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

Enjoy yourself and support the AP Rotary by dining at Blaze Pizza on Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Proceeds will benefit the literacy programs in the APPS elementary schools and help fund improvements to Milward Rotary Park.  (Flyer attached)

Blood Drive – AP KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

October 9 – 1:00-6:45 p.m. at Crystal Park Banquet Hall

Swim Lessons & Aqua Tots Fall Lessons

Thru AP Community Services (flyer attached) 

Walk to Fight Suicide

The Downriver Out of the Darkness Walk to fight suicide is Sunday, October 13 at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown – details attached.

https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=6193

Free Underage Drinking Presentation

On Thursday, October 24th the Stop Underage Drinking/Drugs (SUDDs) Coalition will be hosting an event titled “Underage Drinking:When it Stops Being Fun”.

This event is for parents, students, and anyone else concerned about alcohol misuse among youth. The Coalition will have several professionals in law enforcement, the health field, recovery, and prevention covering this topic.

The event is free and open to all members of the public. The Coalition is inviting all students, parents, caretakers, and staff to attend.

Event: Underage Drinking Town Hall
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: 16703 Fort St. Southgate, MI 48195

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/underage-drinking-when-it-stops-being-fun-tickets-71527160663

Trunk or Treat!

Sunday, October 27 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

APHS Parking Lot

Donation admission – Games & Raffles – Car Contest!

Need Child Care on Half-Days of School?

Correct dates/updated

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Trunk or Treat October 27

Half-Day Latchkey Offering

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Swim Lessons – APPS

Save the date!  Holiday Fever is Saturday, November 2nd, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Allen Park High School!

You can support this Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council scholarship fundraiser by

Last year we awarded $15,500 in scholarships to APHS and APCS graduating seniors.

Thanks for your support and hope to see you there!

Contact: Sandy Winkler (sandy.winkler@gmail.com), Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council

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Sept. 30

Thank you so much to our PTA for funding GoNoodle!!

Coming soon to Arno…

Sept. 30 

PBIS Rewards

Reflections Contest Kickoff

Oct. 1

Fire Drill

Oct. 2

Student Count Day

Reading Log Reward Recess

Oct. 3

PTA Meeting 6:30

Oct. 4

Early Release 11:30

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Oct. 7

No events

Oct. 8

No events

Oct. 9

3rd Grade to River Raisin

Oct. 10

Hearing Tests

Oct. 11

No events

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Arno Vision

Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower

and inspire students to become collaborative learners

that strive for academic excellence

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Thank you for another memorable Fun Run!

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From the PTA

It’s Fun Run time!!! Donations can still be submitted until October 4th so please please please keep sharing it on social media, through texts and emails! The Fun Run will be on September 27th and the schedule for when your child will be outside running will be sent home soon. 

The next PTA meeting will be held on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Spirit wear will be sold that night, come see our new designs and new colors! We hope to see you there! Bring grandma, auntie, daddy & uncles too! Don’t forget, you can still sign up for the PTA at all the meetings, events and online! 

Don’t forget that October 4th is a half day for your littles.

Membership drive is still in high gear, when you sign up to become a PTA member online you can also buy extra Western Stamps for your littles! 

Halloween skate party is coming up on October 24th from 6-8 p.m. Have your kiddos put on their costumes and come skate with us!!! There will be a Halloween costume contest too! 

Reflections kickoff is September 30th! The theme this year is Look within. Encourage your child to show their special talent in Art with the rest of the school! 

Last but definitely not least is our Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser on October 16th! Come visit and support Arno’s PTA! A portion of your meals profits come to our PTA to help out our amazing caring cougars!

 

Dr. Warren (Board of Education) reads delights Arno students

Last week Dr. Warren paid a visit to Arno and all of our classrooms introducing herself and reading to some of our excited Cougar rooms. Thank you Dr. Warren- please visit again soon!

 

 

Free NHS  Tutoring is Back!

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Book Swap Numbers 

What another great turnout we had for our summer book swap!  If you still have books at home, please return them to your child’s teacher.  Check out our numbers below- especially the minutes read!

Thank you!

Total # of Attendees at Book Swaps: 175

Total # of Students who turned in reading logs: 69

Total # of Students who read over 1000 minutes: 34
Total # of Minutes Read: 70263
The extra recess earned for those over 1000 minutes will be on Oct. 2 with Mr. Zielinski

Help! Volunteers needed for the classroom!

Arno parents are encouraged to sign up and become involved in our Cougar day!  Volunteers are such an important part of being partners for your child’s education.  If you have not had the chance yet, the volunteer form from Meet the Teacher is below

Parent Volunteers Needed

From the District

Welcome back! Allen Park Parents:

Back-to-school means back to after school activities! Explore Allen Park Community Center’s youth programs. Guaranteed to strengthen your child’s creative muscles while building self-confidence.

  • Junior Chef: create delicious dishes while learning kitchen basics. The best part is tasting your food!
  • Allen Park Dance Accepting new dancers! (Discover Dance, Ballet, Tap, Broadway Jazz, Hip Hop) Classes start for dancers as young as 3.
  • Has your living room become a stage? Youth Theater Auditions for Junie B. Jones will take place Friday, October 4 at 5:30pm. No experience necessary!

Registration for classes listed above can be completed online – creativecharacters.org or contact misskelly@creativecharacters.org with questions.

See you at the Community Center! 

Junior Chef

Allen Park Dance

AUDITIONS – Junie B. Jones

Karate Fall 2019

Are you a Member of the Arno PTA?

Membership Drive:

2019-20 membership drive membership application (2)

 

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We are excited to announce the return of the Playworks company to continue implementing their organized recess play program for all of our new lunch parapros.  Playworks reps worked with our parapros for four days that included lots of games and strategies to use on the playground, as well some of our teachers and their students also were treated to some lessons! We are up and running and ready to make recess even more fun!

https://www.playworks.org/michigan/

Arno Lunch Parapros pose for their Playworks Completion

 

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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on the kids and come on down to Arno on Oct. 31 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 5th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Please join us around the outside perimeter of the playground for the best seats.  It is a district PD day with an 11:30 dismissal that morning.

Getting our Cougars moving!

Mrs. Smalley’s Cougars planking..

 

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PBIS Smencils for Sale

Smencils sales will begin again starting Oct. 8th!  Smencils will be sold on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30p.  The proceeds from Smencils benefits the PBIS program at Arno.  With the funds, we are able to have great monthly incentives such as pizza lunches for Super Cougars and Zumba.  The prices for items are as follows:

Smencils: $1

Smens: $2

Smencils Pouches: $8

Happy Smelling!

 

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Drop off for student items

Please remember to drop off any lunches, folder, homework, etc in the cabinet that is outside of the main doors (Be sure to put a sticky note on with their information).  The secretary will then go get all of the items in there and be sure to get it to your child.  This helps to keep the office clear which helps everything run smoother.   Thank you for your help!

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECKS

In order to protect the safety of all of our students, any family member who plans to regularly volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip must complete the background check information below.  This paperwork is also available in our Arno office.  Unless you are planning to begin as a regular volunteer, or chaperone a field trip within the next month, please refrain from completing this paperwork in advance.  It is most effective if the requests are processed within a few weeks of the intended volunteer experience.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Volunteer-Background-Check-Authorization-Form-2-2f9d6ta-1unseow-27li2bf  ICHAT-Volunteer-Letter-2-1wr1z3p-zjrwpf-1esyvyz

Traffic Pattern

Parking/Drop-off

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, or out.

**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.

BE SMART! BE PATIENT! BE CARING! BE KIND!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!

 

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Parents can setup a free account online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ . You will need their child’s student id number to setup the account and can get the id number from parent connection,  the school office or the FS office. To view your child’s meal account information and/or make payments online at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ (link is on our website).  There is a small transaction fee charged to make online payments.  The lunch program will continue to accept cash or check as we always have.

Parent Information:

Parent website: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Parent support line for questions: 1-877-237-0946

MyPaymentsPlus Free Mobile App available for download on IPhones, Androids and Tablets!!

**If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, we ask that you please submit the application that went home in September or pick up a new one from the office as soon as possible. Our total count for free/reduced lunch helps the district receive federal funds to run our Title 1 program and help our at-risk students.

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have

any other questions, please call the office @827-1050

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