Coming soon to Arno…
Cougar Cash Lunch
NWEA Rewards Assembly
Middle School Band visit (5th grade)
PTA Meeting 6:30pm
Cougar Cash Lunch w/Officer Knudsen
NWEA recess- weather permitting
American Heart Association Assembly
Super Cougar Lunch
NWEA reward movie
PTA Family Fun Night
No School- Teacher PD
Allen Park Schools Wellness Week
Feb. 19 & 20
No School- President’s Day Break
5th Grade Camp
Founder’s Day Dinner
Kindergarten to Ann Arbor
1st Grade to Dearborn
Cougar Cash Lunch
PTSA Spring Fever
ARNO ELEMENTARY…INSPIRING STUDENTS TOWARD ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.
ARNO ELEMENTARY PROVIDES A SUPPORTIVE HIGH QUALITY ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE TO INSPIRE ALL LEARNERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR PERSONAL BEST.
ARNO COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS
Academics are student-centered, which allow for various learning styles to showcase student achievement.
We will develop and maintain a positive, respectful relationship with each student by using flexibility and adaptability to meet individual needs
We will foster safe learning environments that allow students the opportunity to establish a growth mindset
FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION
The annual Founder’s Day awards celebration takes place on Feb. 21 as our amazing winners get to shine! Congratulations to all of our award winners this year- you represent the very best of our Arno Cougars!!
2023-24 PTA Founders Day Winners
Congratulations to all of our Medal winners from the Arno Olympics! We hope everyone had a fun night competing in the games!
Congratulations to all of our students who met their grade level norm, or met their growth for the Winter 2024 NWEA Assessment!
Awesome job to all of our Cougars who participated in this year’s PTSA Reflection contest!
Our 5th graders get the awesome opportunity to head back to camp again this year. Camp will run from Feb. 21-23. Hoping for good weather!
The M-STEP is fast approaching again! The schedule is below, please make every effort to have your child present on testing dates. Thank you!
Please mark your calendars if you have a child in 3rd,4th,5th grade. The M-Step window opens up for 5th grade following Spring Break, then runs through early May. The schedules is as follows:
April 16- 5th grade Science
April 17- 5th grade Social Studies
April 23/24- 5th grade ELA
April 30/May 1- 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Math
May 7/8- 3rd and 4th grade ELA
Mrs. Wesley, our Literacy Coach at Arno, created a blog that contains great information and resources for families in the area of literacy . Please check it out and take advantage of all the great information.
Keep Your Child Learning After You Close the Book
Some of the best reading times take place after you’ve closed the book. After you finish reading a book together, ask your child to:
Retell the story. Let your child choose the words—they don’t have to match the author’s.
Imagine being in the story. What would your child do?
Make personal connections. Has your child ever felt the way one of the characters in the book does?
Think about different points of view. How would Little Red Riding Hood be different if it were told from the wolf’s side?
Discuss pros and cons about the book—and explain opinions. You might even challenge your student to write a review of a book.
Talk about lessons. What did your child learn from the book?
Find locations. If the book was set in the real world, get out maps or a globe. Find the countries or cities mentioned.
Thinking and talking about books enriches your child’s reading experience.
Brought to you by:
Allen Park Public Schools
Title I Program
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: 10 WAYS YOUR STUDENT CAN LEARN ABOUT BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
- By Valerie Kirk
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the impact of African American heritage, culture, and achievement in our country. While most K–12 schools incorporate Black history activities into their curriculum, Black History Month offers a wonderful opportunity to extend your child’s learning at home or enhance your homeschool curriculum. Here are 10 ways your student can learn about Black history and culture. You don’t have to wait until February—these activities and resources can be used throughout the year!
1. Celebrate with Cross-Curricular Activities
Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has developed 13 cross-curricular activities for teachers to celebrate Black History Month, broken down by elementary, middle, and high school. While these ideas are intended to be done in a traditional classroom, they can all be adapted to online school or homeschool students. While you’re on the Scholastic website, check out their reading list of young adult books written by African American authors.
2. Read a Book About the African American Experience, History, and Culture
Educators recommend that students spend at least 20 minutes a day reading. Celebrate Black History Month by having your student read a book that features African American culture, shares the story of a great African American figure, or brings the African American experience to life. For inspiration, here are 10 terrific books for students in elementary school.
3. Watch a Documentary
Documentaries bring the past to life, connecting us to significant times in history. PBS offers this list of powerful documentaries exploring Black history and culture in America. Relive iconic moments, like the 1963 March on Washington, or join the Freedom Riders on their journey through the Jim Crow South. These documentaries are appropriate for middle or high school students.
4. Plan a Full Lesson on Historical Topics
PBS also offers their Learning Media series, with several lessons that honor Black History Month, including lessons on the Emancipation Proclamation, the Great Migration, and the civil rights movement. These lessons are designed to support teachers and homeschool families but are an excellent resource for parents looking to help their student have a deeper understanding of these important topics.
5. Virtually Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is part of the Smithsonian Institute and devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. They have a wealth of online learning resources to help you enrich your student’s learning experience, including recommended reading resources for elementary, middle, and high school students and Smithsonian Learning Labs, which are free, interactive lessons where students can explore both well-known and not so well-known moments in history.
6. Watch a Movie Showcasing African American History or Experiences
Celebrate Black History Month with family movie night, watching movies that celebrate the African American experience or that highlight historical events. Movie casts have become more diverse in recent years, so choosing films that feature actors of color is a way to celebrate achievements. Need inspiration? Check out this list of 50 African American children’s movies for a special family movie night.
7. Honor African American Veterans
Did you know that nearly 200,000 African Americans served in the US Army from 1863 to 1865, making up nearly 10 percent of the American soldiers who served in the US Army during the Civil War? It all started with the formation of the 54th Massachusetts regiment. From service in the Civil War to the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, African American men and women have a long history of serving in the United States military. Your student can honor their contributions in both times of war and peace by learning more about their service.
8. Learn About African American Inventors
The first African American to be awarded a US patent was Thomas Jennings, who in 1821 invented a way to dry-clean clothes. The first African American woman to receive a patent was Judy Reed for her dough kneader and roller in 1884. Have your student research other African American inventors who made contributions to science, industry, business, agriculture, transportation, and communications.
9. Listen to a TED Talk
If your high school student walks around with earbuds in all day, have them spend some time listening to TED Talks that celebrate Black History Month. TED Talks are designed to share knowledge through short talks and presentations. Their Black History Month playlist includes talks about the migration of African Americans out of the Jim Crow South, an introduction of the woman Martin Luther King Jr. called “the architect of the civil rights movement,” and how speaking openly about race makes for better business and society.
10. Explore African American Musical Influencers
Celebrate Black History Month by listening to the great African American musicians. Have your student read about the 50 most important African American musical artists and learn more about their lives and music. Use this opportunity to introduce your student to musical genres that were heavily influenced by these talented artists, including jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, gospel, doo-wop, and hip-hop.
Activities and Resources for Preschool to Third Grade
Audio and Stories for Preschool to Third Grade
- Listen along as James Earl Jones reads “To Be a Drum,” a story of rhythm, history, and freedom.
- Enjoy the African Folktales With Miss Jo Jo podcast to hear stories that originated in Africa and were passed down through generations.
Videos for Preschool to Third Grade
- Let this mother-daughter team, the hosts of Kids Black History on YouTube, teach some facts about Africa in a video that’s sure to make you smile. (Grades pre-K-1)
- Watch this YouTube video from Nickelodeon to find out how Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for writing dramatic plays.
- Learn about the first Black pilots in this YouTube video from Sesame Studios. What would it be like to build and fly your own plane?
- Find out about the inventor of the modern traffic light and what else he created in this YouTube video from Kids Black History.
- Check out Craig Thompson’s alphabet of amazing Black inventors to revisit some who are familiar and discover others you didn’t know.
- This YouTube video from Nickelodeon highlights the brilliant and driven Alexa Canady, the first Black woman to become a neurosurgeon in 1981.
Hands-On Activities for Preschool to Third Grade
- Follow along with this YouTube video and use your body to play the Hambone — an African drumming technique with historical significance.
- Try this George Washington Carver-inspired craft that just requires a paper plate, paper, and some paint!
Activities and Resources for Third to Fifth Grade
Audio and Stories for Third Grade to Fifth Grade
- Listen to this episode from The Past and the Curious podcast about blues and folk musician Elizabeth Cotten, whose catchy songs traveled all over the world and even influenced the Beatles.
- Journey into the world of Latin American music with this podcast episode (via YouTube) from Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and learn about the life of Celia Cruz, the Cuban Afro-Latina singer known as the Queen of Salsa.
- Hey Black Child: The Podcast features lesser-known African American Heroes and is hosted by kids!
Videos for Third Grade to Fifth Grade
- Find out about the African American inventor Lewis Latimer, who contributed to the creation of the light bulb, telephone, and more in this YouTube video from the Fab Lab.
- Check out this video and article on Dorothy Vaughan, the supervisor of a group of boundary-breaking African American women whose calculations got astronauts into space.
- Through this Smithsonian video and article, get a feel for the sounds and movements, and a sense of the rich history, behind Afro-Peruvian music, a unique result of the African diaspora.
- Let Flocabulary introduce George Washington Carver’s life, the challenges he faced, and his accomplishments as an inventor and innovator. Then, ask students to consider how his ideas changed life for us all today.
- From The Kid Should See This, learn about science educator and graduate student Adania Flemming, who studies marine life at the University of Florida. Or discover the trailblazing accomplishments of Matthew Henson, who broke boundaries as an Arctic explorer and African American.
- Listen as the kids from Global Citizen share what they know about Black history.
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