June 6

Coming up at Arno…

June 6

No events

June 7

No events

June 8

3rd grade to Greenfield Village

June 9

No events

June 10

3rd grade metro parks presentation 9:00

Final Week…

June 13

Trionfi to Boccabella Park 9:00

1st grade bowling 9:45

PTA honored at board meeting 7:00

Tiger’s PAWS building visit for PBIS 2:00

June 14

1/2 day- dismissal 11:40

Super Cougar Tea 9:00

June 15

1/2 day dismissal 11:40

Kindergarten grade picnic

Warneck and Kalis to Boccabella 9:00

June  16

5th grade celebration 9:00

1/2 day- dismissal 11:40

Last day for students- Happy Summer!

 

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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

Don’t forget the Arno Color Run…

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Summer Reading Program called Whooo’s Learning will be kicking off by June 1.

Happy Reading!

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Field Day 2016

The weather was hot. but there was much fun to be had at this year’s annual field day.  Some fun events and lots of good friends made for a perfect day under the sunshine.  Enjoy some snapshots of our great day!

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Have a great week!

May 31

Coming soon to Arno…

May 30

No School- Memorial Day

May 31

Middle School Band tour

June 1

Field Day

June 2

Field Day

June 3

Third Grade Metro Parks Presentation

 

 

Class of 2016–District Building Parade

On Friday, June 3rd, we will initiate a new APPS tradition–a memory walk for our graduating high school seniors.  They will first report to the middle school and then proceed to the elementary they attended around 1:30, in full ceremonial attire.    The idea is similar to the clapping parade of 5th graders we have on their last day, so we will have them enter through the K doors and wind up through the 5th grade doors.

 

PTA Meeting Cancelled

Attention all PTA Members!
The PTA Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd has been cancelled. On behalf of the new Officers we would like to thank everyone for your support this year! Without your support there would be no PTA or PTA Events! We look forward to working with everyone next school year. Have a fun and safe Summer! We will see everyone in the Fall!

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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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Summer Reading Program called Whooo’s Learning will be kicking off by June 1.

Happy Reading!

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Detroit Tiger Safety Outing

It was a great game and great weather that our safeties and chaperones enjoyed this past Wednesday as the Tigers went on to beat the Phillies.  Please enjoy a short video below on our adventure.
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Color Run Forms Due Friday!

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Court Yard Cleanup

A big thanks to Mrs. Solak’s Class for cleaning up the Arno courtyard!  We appreciate you helping make our school beautiful!

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High School Jazz Band Visit

We recently had a visit from the high school jazz band that rocked the gym with some great music!  Our 4th and 5th graders were treated to an awesome start to their day and we loved seeing some of our former Arno kids!

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New Food Service System

We are pleased to announce a new Food Service system,MyPaymentsPlus, that will show up-to-date meal balances and will also allow you to make online payments directly to your child’s meal account!

In order to view your child’s meal balance and/or make online payments, parents will need to create a free account at: www.MyPaymentsPlus.com  A link to the site is on the Food Service page of the district website – http://apps.k12.mi.us/about-us/food-services/, and also available through the Allen Park Public Schools Mobile App (Search: Allen Park Schools).  Once you’ve created an account online, you may wish to download the free mobile app (Search: MyPaymentsPlus)

Setting up an account is an easy one-time registration.  You will need your child’s student ID number, which is located in your ParentConnection under the Demographics tab.

Additional information, including program features and free mobile app, is included in the flyers attached.

We hope our families enjoy this new convenience and look forward to a successful program launch!

Thank you

4th Grade State Reports

Mrs. Smalley’s students proudly display their state reports

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Field Day

As the end of the year draws closer, we are gearing up for field day at Arno.  Mrs. Dalton has set up a link to signupgenius if you are interested in helping out that day.   Please click on the link and help give your Cougars a hand on field day.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a9aa2ca2fe3-arno1/

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NWEA TESTING

Our last round of NWEA Spring testing began this week with 2nd grade Reading and Math.  Our staff use this assessment to measure the growth that students have achieved in Reading and Math over this school year.  Students will be taking the NWEA assessment on Chromebooks in their classrooms in grades 2-5.  Testing wraps up for the building this Friday.

Have a great holiday weekend!

 

May 23

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Coming Soon to Arno…

May 23

No events

May 24

School Improvement Meeting- All are welcome 3:45

May 25

Elementary Jazz Band Tour 9:00

Tigers Game for Safeties 11:30

May 26

APMS Orientation in gym 9:00

May 27

Book Checkout ends

May PBIS Extra Recess Reward

May 30

No School- Memorial Day

 

PTA Meeting Cancelled

Attention all PTA Members!
The PTA Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd has been cancelled. On behalf of the new Officers we would like to thank everyone for your support this year! Without your support there would be no PTA or PTA Events! We look forward to working with everyone next school year. Have a fun and safe Summer! We will see everyone in the Fall!

 

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M-STEP is Done!!!!

Congratulations to our 4th graders for wrapping up their testing this week!  It has been so great to see how our Arno students have been so confident in their testing on computers for the first time on a state test- a testimony to all of the wonderful teachers and families we are blessed to have at our school.   Thank you so much for helping your children prepare for this challenge!  We are expecting some initial scores in August, we are not exactly sure of when the student reports will go home, but stay tuned.  Thanks and Congrats to all of our 3-5th graders on a job well-done!

 

New Food Service System

We are pleased to announce a new Food Service system, MyPaymentsPlus, that will show up-to-date meal balances and will also allow you to make online payments directly to your child’s meal account!

In order to view your child’s meal balance and/or make online payments, parents will need to create a free account at:  www.MyPaymentsPlus.com  A link to the site is on the Food Service page of the district website – http://apps.k12.mi.us/about-us/food-services/, and also available through the Allen Park Public Schools Mobile App (Search: Allen Park Schools).  Once you’ve created an account online, you may wish to download the free mobile app (Search: MyPaymentsPlus)

Setting up an account is an easy one-time registration.  You will need your child’s student ID number, which is located in your ParentConnection under the Demographics tab.

Additional information, including program features and free mobile app, is included in the flyers attached.

We hope our families enjoy this new convenience and look forward to a successful program launch!

Thank you

Great Job 4th and 5th Graders!!

What a great performance by our 4th and 5th graders at Tuesday evening’s concert performance with Mr. Skebo at the helm.  It was a great “Road Trip” theme, perfect for this time of year.  Very impressed as always with our Arno talent!

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Field Day

As the end of the year draws closer, we are gearing up for field day at Arno.  Mrs. Dalton has set up a link to signupgenius if you are interested in helping out that day.   Please click on the link and help give your Cougars a hand on field day.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a9aa2ca2fe3-arno1/

 

Mrs. Kalis’s Book Clubs

Reading a good book and collaborating with partners are some of the best practices we can do in classrooms.  Please enjoy some pics of students in Mrs. Kalis’s class enjoying their book clubs

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Math Groups and Skill Practice in Mrs. Smalley’s Room

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Junior Achievement

Mrs. Hool’s class working on a group activity with their Jr Achievement representative from Ford Motor Company.

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Rover Rap Up

These past couple of weeks, we have showed pics of the 5th grade students getting trained in building “Rover” type vehicles from kits- with instruction from real world engineers.  There was a culminating event between all rooms last week in which their vehicles had to perform distance tasks within team competition.  Team building and collaboration is big college and career skill.

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Map of the Old Northwest Territory: Site of the River Raisin Massacre on January 18 1813.

Off to the River Raisin…

Our second batch of 5th graders recently took a field trip to the River Raisin Battlefield.  A little history of that battlefield area:

From January 18th to January 23rd, 1813, the north bank of the River Raisin became a battleground where the forces of the United States and Great Britain fought each other for the control of all of Michigan and the Lower Great Lakes.  At stake was the destiny not only of the 2 countries (United State and Great Britain), but also the future of Frenchtown, (known today as Monroe Michigan) and of Canada, and of Tecumseh’s alliance of Native-American tribes.

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NWEA TESTING

Our third round of NWEA Spring testing began this week with 3rd grade Reading and math.  Our staff use this assessment to measure the growth that students have achieved in Reading and Math over this school year.  Students will be taking the NWEA assessment on Chromebooks in their classrooms in grades 2-5.

 

Have a GREAT weekend!

 

 

 

 

May 16

mayComing soon to Arno…

May 16

No events

May 17

4/5th Grade Concert 7:00 Performing Arts

May 18

Scholarship night at APHS

May 19

Kindergarten Screening

May 20

Kids Hope Party 2:00

 

Field Day

As the end of the year draws closer, we are gearing up for field day at Arno.  Mrs. Dalton has set up a link to signupgenius if you are interested in helping out that day.   Please click on the link and help give your Cougars a hand on field day.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a9aa2ca2fe3-arno1/

 

Thank you Teachers

PTA would like to thank all families who contributed with donations for staff appreciation week! It was a fun filled week acknowledging all Arno staff!
The PTA is also very thankful for your assistance on the completion of your child’s superhero notes to their teachers!
Staff enjoyed reading how each child views them as superhero teachers!

Thanks!

Your Arno PTA

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Author Lynne Smyles Pays Arno a Visit

Our upper grades enjoyed listening to another Michigan author on Friday.  Lynne Smyles, former school teacher, has written several books called “Michigan History Nightmares” and shared some of them with the students.  I am ordering 10 copies of each of her books if you wish to use them in group in the future (It will be in the book room Barb is getting together).

In addition, an order form went home today if the students wish to order a copy.  Lynne will be back next Friday to fulfill orders- please be sure that all book order forms are in by next Thursday, May 19

Smyles Book Order Form

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1st Grade Butterflies

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Rover Project

Over the next two weeks, engineers from Bosch will be working with 5th grade teams to produce “Mars Rovers”. Students will learn the value of team work and persistence as we work on this project together. Each of the rovers will be tested for distance and accuracy. On May 12th we will have a school-wide competition of the rovers. Good luck 5th grade Jr. Engineers!

5th grade class testing their Rover engines.

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Map of the Old Northwest Territory: Site of the River Raisin Massacre on January 18 1813.

Off to the River Raisin…

Our 5th graders recently took a field trip to the River Raisin Battlefield.  A little history of that battlefield area:

From January 18th to January 23rd, 1813, the north bank of the River Raisin became a battleground where the forces of the United States and Great Britain fought each other for the control of all of Michigan and the Lower Great Lakes.  At stake was the destiny not only of the 2 countries (United State and Great Britain), but also the future of Frenchtown, (known today as Monroe Michigan) and of Canada, and of Tecumseh’s alliance of Native-American tribes.

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Dr. Hall Guest Reader

Enjoy some pictures of Dr. Hall reading to the 4th grade classes on Tuesday.  She has been coming in monthly this school year to read to our students and they love it!

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TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

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NWEA TESTING

Our second round of NWEA Spring testing began this week with 5th grade Reading and math.  Our staff use this assessment to measure the growth that students have achieved in Reading and Math over this school year.  Students will be taking the NWEA assessment on Chromebooks in their classrooms in grades 2-5.

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M-STEP UPDATE

Fourth grade is off an running with the M-STEP this week.  They have currently taken the ELA and Math tests, with the math performance task and science tests coming up next Monday and Wednesday.

I would like to thank our staff and families for working together to prepare our students to be “test ready”.  Our students persevered through the test experience, and thanks to our tech department, our technology continues to handle the test with very few issues!

Initial score reports are beginning to be available online to our administrative staff.  As soon as we are able to share, I will get the information to you!

Testing concludes for the building on May 20! 🙂

 

Have a Great Week!!

May 9

Coming soon to Arno…

May 9

Kindergarten Roundup 6:00

May 10

Final Lock Down Drill A.M.

May 11

PBIS Meeting 3:45

May 12

Spring Beautification 5:00

May 13

Author Lynne Smyles Assembly 9:30

 

Field Day

As the end of the year draws closer, we are gearing up for field day at Arno.  Mrs. Dalton has set up a link to signupgenius if you are interested in helping out that day.   Please click on the link and help give your Cougars a hand on field day.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a9aa2ca2fe3-arno1/

New PTA Board

Congratulations to our new PTA Board that was sworn in at last night’s PTA meeting.  Introducing your new board…

Congratulations to 

Jeni Sauve- President

Amy Muse- Vice President of fundraising

Julie Hegedus- Treasurer

Shannon Mihalik Secretary

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Daddy/Daughter Dance

What a great time we had at the Daddy/Daughter dance that was held at the Red Fawn recently.  The girls and their dads were treated to a delicious dinner, dessert, and of course, plenty of dancing fun.  Thanks to the PTA, all of the volunteers, and  especially Amy Muse for coordinating all of the festivities.

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Rover Project

Over the next two weeks, engineers from Bosch will be working with 5th grade teams to produce “Mars Rovers”. Students will learn the value of team work and persistence as we work on this project together. Each of the rovers will be tested for distance and accuracy. On May 12th we will have a school-wide competition of the rovers. Good luck 5th grade Jr. Engineers!

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Junior Achievement

Representatives from Ford Motor Company were in Mrs. Smalley’s class this past week working with the students on income and expenses.

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Jump with Jill

The whole gym was rocking with good exercise and singing about healthy eating when the Jump with Jill Tour rolled into Arno for our 3rd- 5th graders.  Please be sure to ask your child what they learned about healthy eating and what things (like soda) they should stay away from.  Enjoy some pics below

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You’re invited to Arno Planting Day!

On Thursday, May 12th at 5:00pm we start off the evening with a pizza dinner in the caféteria!  

During dinner, we will have Arno friends/families sign-up for stations around the school to help beautify!

After dinner, everyone will head to their stations with their gardening tools to pull weeds.

After weed-pulling is complete at your station, it will be time to plant, then mulch, your designated area. Please bring your own gardening tools! If possible, please indicate the plants and quantity below that you will be bringing so we can plan ahead the planting stations. If you cannot make it to the event, we will still accept and appreciate any plants you are able to donate.  These can be brought to school on May 12th.  

Many thanks,

Arno’s Green Team

 

TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

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NWEA TESTING

Our first round of NWEA Spring testing began this week with 4th grade Reading and math.  Our staff use this assessment to measure the growth that students have achieved in Reading and Math over this school year.  Students will be taking the NWEA assessment on Chromebooks in their classrooms in grades 2-5.

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M-STEP UPDATE

Way to go, Arno 3rd  Graders!  Over the past two weeks our 3rd grade Cougars completed several segments of state assessments.  Our students were tested in the following categories:

  • ELA Computer Adaptive
  • Math Computer Adaptive & Math Performance Task

I would like to thank our staff and families for working together to prepare our students to be “test ready”.  Our students persevered through the test experience, and thanks to our tech department, our technology continues to handle the test with very few issues!

Initial score reports are beginning to be available online to our administrative staff.  As soon as we are able to share, I will get the information to you!

Fourth graders are up next — beginning the week of May 9th.

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BE SCHOOL SMART NEWS

Please follow this link for some great information that comes to us from Detroit Public Television!  Be School Smart Newsletter

Downriver Parenting Institute

“Helping Children Become Successful Learners”

Please see the flyer for more info

May 10 DPI flyer

 

Have a great weekend!!!

May 2

Coming up at Arno…

May 2

Teacher Appreciation Week Begins!

May 3

No events

May 4

No events

May 5

Jump and Jill Assembly 9:30

PTA Meeting 6:30- Installation of the officers

May 6

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  We get to celebrate all of awesome teachers and staff at Arno that make everything happen- everyday!  We could not be more proud of everything that happens in our building- walking in you can see and feel the passion our staff has to do our best for each and every child.  We are so excited to celebrate our superheroes- be sure to thank your teacher this week by sending them a message, or just stop by and say hello.

There is still time to sign up to help out with the luncheon on Friday.  Please see the PTA link below to help out- Thank you!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4daaac2da5ff2-teacher/

 

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M-STEP

Congrats to our 5th grade once again.  Third grade started their M-STEP testing this week with English Language Arts and Math.  They will wrap it up next week with the Math Performance Task- everything has gone well so far and the kids are excited to get through it.

4th Grade will be starting their M-STEP on May 9

 

 

You’re invited to Arno Planting Day!

On Thursday, May 12th at 5:00pm we start off the evening with a pizza dinner in the caféteria!  

During dinner, we will have Arno friends/families sign-up for stations around the school to help beautify!

After dinner, everyone will head to their stations with their gardening tools to pull weeds.

After weed-pulling is complete at your station, it will be time to plant, then mulch, your designated area. Please bring your own gardening tools! If possible, please indicate the plants and quantity below that you will be bringing so we can plan ahead the planting stations. If you cannot make it to the event, we will still accept and appreciate any plants you are able to donate.  These can be brought to school on May 12th.  Please return the bottom portion NO LATER THAN May 6th, if you are planning to join us or send in a donation!  

Many thanks,

Arno’s Green Team

Kindergarten Literacy in Action

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

*Children who are five years of age by September 2 thru December 1 may only be enrolled for kindergarten at the request of the parent/guardian through a signed waiver process. Waiver form is available at the Riley Education Center.

 

TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

ALLEN PARK JAGUARS YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP

July 26, 27, 28 Allen Park High School 9:00 am-12:00 pm

AGES: The camp will be open to students going in to

3rd grade through students going in to 9th grade

COST: $50.00 for early Registration  $60.00 after July 10

DEADLINE: The Deadline for Early Registration is July 10. You can still register on the first day of camp

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE: All registered campers will receive an Allen Park football camp T-shirt, a Gatorade on each day and will have lunch provided on the last day. Campers will get small group instruction on each position from members of the Allen Park High School football coaching staff.

Click here to download the registration form:  Camp Flyer (4)

 

Have a great week Arno Families- Remember to thank a teacher next week 🙂

 

April 25

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Coming up at Arno…

April 25

No events

April 26

5th Grade Band Concert 7:00 Performing Arts

April 27

No Events

April 28

Fire Drill P.M.

April 29

Happy Friday!

This is a message from your FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT: 
 
We are extremely sorry for any disappointment your child may have experienced today at lunch, when we ran out of the Blue Raspberry Slush Cups. We were unable to accommodate the unexpected very high demands. For the later lunches we were able to give out popsicles, but we understand the disappointment this may have caused for the students excited about the slush cups.
 
We truly understand the disappoint today,  but we will make it right by giving all three elementary buildings students a free slush cup next week.
 
Please call us here in the food service office with any questions or comments (313) 827-2185.
 
Again our sincere apologies, 

 

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M-STEP UPDATE

I could not be prouder of our 5th grade students!  Over the past two weeks our 5th grade Arno Cougars completed over 7 hours of state assessments.  Our students were tested in the following categories:

  • ELA Computer Adaptive & ELA Performance Task
  • Math Computer Adaptive & Math Performance Task
  • Social Studies Parts 1 & 2

I would also like to thank our staff and families for working together to prepare our students to be “test ready”.  Great things happen when we work together as a team!  As the building principal, I am excited to see our assessment results.  I will be sure to keep you updated.

We did have our state visit Thursday to observe testing and Arno came through with flying colors.  Way to go Cougars!!

Third graders are up next — beginning the week of April 25.

Important Project

Staff Appreciation begins May 2nd this year.  To help celebrate the staff at Arno, a special kids project for their teachers will be coming home next week.
In addition, the PTA is still looking for volunteers for the events that week.  If you are available, please click on the signupgenius link below.  Thanks for your support!

Kiwanis Grant

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Mrs. Jensen’s room recently received a $10,000 donation from the local Kiwanis that will go towards various items and funds that the students can benefit from.

 In discussion with Dr. Sokol (Special Education Director), Ms. Noreen (OT), Mrs. Giannetti, Mrs. Coogan, and Mrs. Peyton,  the money will be put towards an incredible variety of items.  They have purchased Kindle Fires for each student to utilize within the classroom, weighted vests, compression vests, adaptive swing, steam roller, Physio ball seats, foldable wagon, and Magna-Tiles.  They are also continuing to look for other ways to incorporate technology into our classroom.  They have set up funds for field trips to offset the cost of the bus.  This allows the class to go on field trips relevant to their curriculum rather than only going when a general education class may visit.  We have also set up an ingredient fund to allow Kaite to cook in class based on our News-2-You topics.  They have also ordered a Boardmaker Online subscription and an updated Edmark Reading Program edition to enhance the curriculum.
This grant was celebrated this past Monday with Mrs. Jensen, the Board, and many of her students!

TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

Earth Day

Arno celebrated Earth day today with numerous stations around the school with the Earth as the center theme.  Some of our stations included Magnifying glasses, Recycling Sort, Sidewalk Chalk Messages/Pictures about Earth Day, Garbage Pick-up, Re-purpose/Reuse, Earth Day Poetry, Living vs. Non-living, My Sensory Journal.   Thank you to all who helped with the set up for the great day!

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First Graders were hard at work on writing, butterfly facts, and readers theater.  It is so wonderful to see how well they are doing and how much growth they’ve made into becoming second graders!Busy Bees

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Third Grade Activities

Some of our third graders in Mrs. Guyot’s class are pictured below besides a fruit salad assembly line.  It was a conclusion activity after learning about Henry Ford’s life and his “Really Big Idea” the moving assembly line.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

*Children who are five years of age by September 2 thru December 1 may only be enrolled for kindergarten at the request of the parent/guardian through a signed waiver process. Waiver form is available at the Riley Education Center.

Football Youth Camp

Camp Flyer (4)

 

 

April 18

 rainbow april month animation

Coming up at Arno…

April 18

No events

April 19

School Improvement Meeting 3:45

April 20

No events

April 21

No events

April 22

Earth Day

Daddy/Daughter Dance

TEACHER REQUEST PROCEDURE

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, student placement is one of our primary considerations.  Our school team of teachers, administrator and social worker spend many hours working together to form classrooms for next year.  We strive to balance classrooms with a blend of students based on academic strengths and needs, social and emotional supports, and the unique personalities of each child.  

If you have any special concerns about your child’s placement for next school year, please submit a written explanation of the concern.  For example, “my son is very active and needs to be placed in a classroom where he will have opportunities to move around” or “my daughter struggles with reading and needs a teacher with a strong background in reading”.

We do not/cannot accept any requests for a specific teacher.  Letters requesting a specific teacher will be returned.  The one exception is a request for your child to not be placed in a specific classroom based on previous first-hand experience you’ve had with a teacher.  And, that parent concern / issue should be documented in the office.  All such letters are due to the office no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

This is the same procedure that has been used in previous years and is the same procedure used at Lindemann and Bennie.  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact my office.

Steve Zielinski, Principal

M-STEP

Update on M-STEP- This past Monday, our 5th graders logged in and started their first on-line M-STEP assessment in English Language Arts, they followed with the ELA Performance Task , which involved more writing.  I have to tell everyone how proud I am of our students!  We won’t know results for a while, but they sat down and got through their tests like a pro!  The kids were focused and determined to meet any challenge thrown their way.  Great job 5th grade, it’s a great day to be an Arno Cougar!

New video from the Michigan Dept of Ed on English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) that grades 3-5 are taking this year

A Chilly Martian Mile for our Run Club

Thanks to all of our teachers that made the Run Club a success with donating their time to give our kids a great experience!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

*Children who are five years of age by September 2 thru December 1 may only be enrolled for kindergarten at the request of the parent/guardian through a signed waiver process. Waiver form is available at the Riley Education Center.

Daddy Daughter Dance Coming Up

Please see the flyer below for information on the Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter Dance

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Smencils: (Smelly Pencils) are for sale each Tuesday morning for $1.00. The proceeds go to our PBIS program. If your child would like to purchase one, please send in $1.00 with them and they will be called down during the day.

 

 

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No Parking

Please understand that for the benefit of everyone who drops off or picks up,  there is No Parking allowed on our side of Markese, Fox, or Thomas during drop off (8:00-9:00) and pick-up (3:00-4:00) at any time.  If you must park to walk your child, you are required to park along another side street and walk in.  It is not an ideal situation, but necessary to keep up the flow of traffic around the building.  Again, if you can help out in any way with traffic before or after school. please contact the office.

 

Have a great Cougar Week!

 

April 11

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Coming up at Arno…

April 11

5th grade MSTEP window begins

April 12

Fire Drill A.M.

April 13

5th grade MSTEP

PBIS meeting 3:45

April 14

Skating Party 6:00

April 15

No Events

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M-STEP

As you all know, the MSTEP window opens this week.  This is the start of the window that lasts until the end of May and assesses English Language Arts, Math, Science (4th) and Social Studies (5th).  During this time, it is critical to have your child in school for their testing dates.  We do offer make-ups, but testing with their peers is a more beneficial environment.

It is also very important that your child gets plenty of sleep, has a good breakfast, and has a snack to eat if/when the class takes a break.  I am so very confident that our students are going to master this test and improve on our previous year’s scores!  Should you have any questions, please contact the classroom teacher or the office.

I will post the scheduled days for testing that week, as well as the grade level.  In the meantime, please take a moment to read a letter addressed to parents from our new State Superintendent.

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Some PTA news…

At Thursday’s PTA meeting, a new board was elected for our Arno PTA.

Congratulations to 

Jeni Sauve- President

Amy Muse- Vice President of fundraising

Julie Hegadus- Treasurer

Shannon Mihalik Secretary

We look forward to working with our new Board on all of the exciting things our PTA does for our students!

Also, please remember that the Skating Party is next Thursday, April 14 at 6:00.  tickets are still on sale through Monday or at the door.  

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Warmer Weather Check

Seems like we have been robbed of spring as of late, however, the warmer weather will roll around soon and kids will want to wear cooler outfits.   Please be sure to adhere to appropriate warm weather clothing and review the dress code for Arno from the link below.

http://www.apps.k12.mi.us/downloads/elementary_important_docs/dress_code.pdf

 

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Allen Park Elementary Honor Choir Concert

Congratulations to all of our talented singers in the Allen Park Elementary Honor Choir for a beautiful concert this past Tuesday evening.  Their voices sounded like angels as they alternated with the chime choir from Lindemann.  Congratulations also to Tracy Hoffman for his dedication in working with our kids after school to develop all of their talent to build up to a successful concert!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

at Arno, Bennie and Lindemann Elementary

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

*Children who are five years of age by September 2 thru December 1 may only be enrolled for kindergarten at the request of the parent/guardian through a signed waiver process. Waiver form is available at the Riley Education Center.

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Daddy Daughter Dance Coming Up

Please see the flyer below for information on the Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter Dance

Enjoy some camp pics…

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Have a great Cougar week!

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April 4

Coming soon to Arno…

April 4

Welcome Back!

April 5

Honor Choir Concert @Riley 7:00

April 6

No events

April 7

Spring Picture Retake

PTA Meeting 6:30- Election of Officers

April 8

End of 3rd Quarter

 

Report Cards

Important- please know that report cards are coming home for the 3rd quarter on April 15.

MSTEP 

We drawing very close to the start of the 5th grade window (Begins April 11).  Please find a parent letter regarding MSTEP to all parents in grades 3,4, and 5th.  Please let us know if you have any questions about the upcoming testing

ParentMSTEPLetter2016.doc

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6th Grade Camp

Camp got off to an awesome start as temps soared to around 60 degrees under sunny skies for the campers first day.  Here are initial pics to enjoy from Day 1, more will follow soon.  I was really impressed with how well all of our kids respected the camp staff, were on their best behavior, and showed the camp staff what Arno kids are made of!

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Raymond Winter proudly sits by his art work at the district Spring Art Show

District Spring Art Show

Congratulations to all of our young artists who had work on display at the spring art show this week.   There was a great crowd on hand taking in all of the art and listening to the second graders sing from Bennie Elementary.   A BIG thanks to Elizabeth Cunningham, Rachel Trapani, Tracy Hoffman, and Jeff Skebo for another magnificent show!

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March is Reading Month

Thank you to everyone for a successful and fun March is Reading month. All students enjoyed a “flying saucer” doughnut from Krispy Kreme in celebration of the entire month.

Please enjoy some final pics from March and our Author assembly from Thursday.

Ms. Downriver, Shelby Saint Souver 2015, read to numerous classrooms this month

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More guest readers…

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4th graders read with their light sabers during March

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Author Visit from Paul Orshoski

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4th Grade Book Reports and Wayne State Field Trip

Take a look at some very cool projects to go along with 4th grade book reports

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Spirit Wear Online Fundraiser

It’s back by popular demand- Arno Spirit sale is now online.  Awesome news- if you purchase from 3/14-3/28, you will get free shipping  so be sure to order your spirit wear now!  The site link is below, I am also adding it to the right side bar so you can go on anytime (even past this sale) and order Arno wear.

http://arnospiritwear.com/

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DISTRICT SCHOOL OF CHOICE INFORMATION

We ask that you help us by sharing this information with friends and/or family members who may be interested in having their children become a part of the Allen Park Public Schools Family.

Allen Park Public Schools

Limited Schools of Choice Program for 2016-17

The Allen Park Public School District has established a successful Schools of Choice Program for the past several years and the Board of Education has approved continuation of the program for the 2016-17 school year for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  (Requests for specific elementary schools cannot be guaranteed)

Applications are available beginning Monday, April 4 at the Riley Education Center, 9601 Vine.  Completed applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 18 through Friday, May 6, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. weekdays in the Pupil Accounting Office at the Riley Education Center.  Completed applications must be presented in person to ensure that all information is complete.  A random draw selection will be held on May 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Riley Education Center.  The draw will determine numerical selection for acceptance of candidates.

For more information about the Schools of Choice Program, please visit our website at apps.k12.mi.us or call (313) 827-2105.

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AUTISM WALK-RUN TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE

The entire community is cordially invited to participate and/or attend the Autism Walk-Run to Solve the Puzzle Color Run sponsored by the Allen Park HS Autism Awareness Club on SUNDAY, APRIL 24 – 1:00-4:30 p.m. at Champaign Park.

Silent Auction, DJ/Music, Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Food/Refreshments – bring the entire family for a walk and some fun!  Come cheer on the runners and spread some color! All proceeds benefit the APHS ASD Program.

Discounted pre-registration available – $15 – includes walk/run number, t-shirt, color packet to throw and bidding at silent auction.  See attached for more details and registration form!  Let’s come together as a school community and walk!

SAFETY TOWN

Who:  Kindergarten to 1st Grade in September 2016

When:  Session (A) June 20 -June 30  (9:00am to 11:30am)

Session (B) June 20-June 30 (12:30pm to 3:00pm)

Where:  Lindemann Elementary (9201 Carter, Allen Park)

A registration form will be sent home with your child the first week of April. Walk-in registration will also be available at the Allen Park Recreation Center Lobby on April 11th from 4-6 p.m.
Safety Town is an interactive safety awareness program for children from 5-6 years of age. Each day the children will be introduced to various safety issues in a fun and safe environment. The program is taught by a Police Officer and a certified teacher, with hands-on topics led by community guest speakers as well as visits from the Allen Park Police & Fire Departments. Teen volunteers from Allen Park High School lead the children through safety town every day and receive valuable training along with obtaining National Honor Society service hours. The children learn about stranger danger, water and beach as well as playground safety, fire safety, pet and bus safety, electrical and gun safety, personal safety with an emphasis on pedestrian safety. The kids will be bicycling about a miniature town complete with streets, sidewalks, buildings, stop signs and a working traffic signal. Importance is placed on having the children memorize a cell phone number to call if they should ever become lost. We use fun songs to reinforce all of these principles and the children memorize our very own Safety Town Pledge!

Have a Blessed Easter and Restful Break!