January 25

 

Coming up at Arno…

January 25

No events

January 26

Middle School Parent Orientation 6:30

January 27

PTSA Council Meeting 6:30

January 28

No events

January 29

End of the first semester

 

Arno Olympics

The annual Arno Olympics is tonight.  Please listen to the podcast below for more information from Ms. Amonette’s classroom.

http://room118news.podbean.com/e/arno-2016-olympics-1452196502/?token=72337f14c0ee0f39b69182436dbedf91

Arno Olympics Flyer 2016

 

Building Fundraisers

There are 2 separate Texas Roadhouse fundraisers coming up from Arno, with 2 different goals.

Fifth grade will be selling the popular rolls among the fifth grade parents for camp.

The other Roadhouse rolls fundraiser will be for parents in grades K-4 and those funds earned will go towards technology in the lower elementary grades.  The letter below explains the fundraiser for parents of students in grades K-4, which will go out with the selling form the last week of January.  The timeline is also included with a kickoff date of February 1.  This is a building sponsored fundraiser and is not being run by the PTA.

Dear Parents,

In our 21st century classrooms, integrating technology into the curriculum helps to prepare all of our Arno students for college and career down the road.  Currently our building has a chromebook cart for our mid-upper grades, with lower grades(K-2) relying on a mix of chromebooks and a limited number of classroom Kindles to enhance their literacy program.  This school year, we are attempting to purchase more Kindles to bring up the ratio of student devices in K-2, opening up the way we can deliver classroom instruction, intervention, and enrichment.   The PTA has been Amazing in their help to meet our technology requests, but this request will stretch PTA’s budget.  Therefore, we have partnered with Texas Roadhouse to offer you a “Roadhouse Rolls” fundraiser, which will go directly to the purchase of Kindle devices in grades K-2.  some highlights of the fundraiser are below:

 

  • The fifth grade is running their own version of this fundraiser for 5th grade camp.  This fundraiser included on this sheet is for K-4 families and will go to technology purchase for the building.  
  • The fundraiser allows you to purchase as many dozen Texas Roadhouse rolls that you would like.  Each dozen roll is $6.00, with $3.00 going right back to the school.  
  • You will actually not pick up any rolls at Arno.  The purchase is for a voucher that is good for a dozen frozen rolls (that you can bake when you want), and includes a free appetizer with meal purchase (up to $6.00),
  • You will receive one voucher for every dozen rolls purchased
  • We request that only 1 family member pick up the entire order of vouchers that your child sold
  • Voucher pickup will be during the week of February 29- March 4
  • Roll pickup will start the following week at the restaurant.  You will have a specific date you can go pick up the rolls and you will have up to 4 months following that date to do so.

The restaurant address is at 14660 Pardee Rd.  Taylor, MI

Fundraiser Timeline

February 1- February 12 Fundraiser Sale

February 19 All money due

February 29- March 4 Come to Arno to pick up your voucher

March 7-March 18 Window to pick up rolls at the restaurant.  Your voucher  will specify the date

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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 starting on Feb 1, and end on Feb. 12.  We will be providing the link to it via email blast on that day, as well as posting it in the blog.  If you are unable to access via computer, we will also have sets of computers set up in the gym for both parent/teacher conference nights 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 2016-17 school year.  Thank you very much and look for that link around Feb. 1

5th Grade Science

Students in Mrs. Hool’s class are using the Chrome books as part of their science lesson on the Skeletal and Muscular Systems.  To enhance learning, they are using the website Edheads.org to perform virtual knee and hip replacements.

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Spring (winter) Book Fair

Our spring/winter book fair will be taking place the week of Feb. 8, with a Groovy theme!  The book fair will also be open on some special days that week including Feb. 6 (Fun Fair) and Feb. 10 and 11- the nights of parent/teacher conferences.  Please stop by and browse all of the great books that Scholastic offers.  This is a PTA sponsored event with proceeds going to the Arno PTA.

 

 

Arno Fun Fair

Dear Parents,

The Arno Fun Fair is on Saturday, February 6th. We are looking for baked goods for our Cake Walk.
If you are able to donate a baked good, please click on the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-cake2
Thank You,
Dr. Chuby & Mrs. Gorski

Attention 5th Grade Parents

From the office of Mark Lowe, Middle School Principal:

Dear 5th Grade Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite you to the 6th Grade Parent Orientation, which will take place in the Middle School cafeteria on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:30 – 7:30. This orientation is for the parents/guardians of current 5th grade students who will be attending Allen Park Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.  This is a great opportunity for you to come and learn about your student’s first year at Allen Park Middle School.

Although we cannot make this meeting mandatory, we strongly encourage you to attend. Even if you are not a first time parent of a middle schooler, the information provided is always being renewed.

This is a PARENTS ONLY event. We ask that you leave your student at home for this evening, as they will have their own orientation at the end of August.  Principal, Mr. Mark Lowe, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Mr. Bruce Andrews, and our counselors Mr. Curry and Mrs. Kristin Gladd will be presenting information and will be available for questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 26th!

Sincerely,

Mark Lowe

Principal

 High School Performance

Students in grades 3-5 were able to enjoy a fun performance at the high school this past Thursday.  The high school students were performing “Knights of the Rad Table”,  which coincided as a grade for their final exam.  The performance was funny and creative, a job well done- and a good model to encourage our young actors and actresses.

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M-STEP

The state just released a video that summarizes M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report.  This is a great resource that can hopefully help answer some questions about the report.

 Have a great Cougar week!

January 18

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Coming up at Arno…

Jan 18

No events

Jan 19

No events

Jan 20

Lock down drill

Jan 21

High School Play grades 3-5 9:00

Jan 22

Arno Olympics 6:00

 

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 starting on Feb 1, and end on Feb. 12.  We will be providing the link to it via email blast on that day, as well as posting it in the blog.  If you are unable to access via computer, we will also have sets of computers set up in the gym for both parent/teacher conference nights 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 2016-17 school year.  Thank you very much and look for that link around Feb. 1

 

Arno Fun Fair

Dear Parents,

 
The Arno Fun Fair is on Saturday, February 6th. We are looking for baked goods for our Cake Walk.
 
If you are able to donate a baked good, please click on the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-cake2
 
Thank You,
 
Dr. Chuby & Mrs. Gorski

Arno Olympics

The annual Arno Olympics of fast approaching on January 22.  Please listen to the podcast below for more information from Ms. Amonette’s classroom.

http://room118news.podbean.com/e/arno-2016-olympics-1452196502/?token=72337f14c0ee0f39b69182436dbedf91

Arno Olympics Flyer 2016

 

Attention 5th Grade Parents

From the office of Mark Lowe, Middle School Principal:

Dear 5th Grade Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite you to the 6th Grade Parent Orientation, which will take place in the Middle School cafeteria on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:30 – 7:30. This orientation is for the parents/guardians of current 5th grade students who will be attending Allen Park Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.  This is a great opportunity for you to come and learn about your student’s first year at Allen Park Middle School.

Although we cannot make this meeting mandatory, we stronglyencourage you to attend. Even if you are not a first time parent of a middle schooler, the information provided is always being renewed.

This is a PARENTS ONLY event. We ask that you leave your student at home for this evening, as they will have their own orientation at the end of August.  Principal, Mr. Mark Lowe, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Mr. Bruce Andrews, and our counselors Mr. Curry and Mrs. Kristin Gladd will be presenting information and will be available for questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 26th!

Sincerely,

Mark Lowe

Principal

 

High School Play

Just a reminder that we will be taking our 3rd-5th graders to the high school on Jan. 21 @9:00.  This production is a culminating activity for the students and I hear it will be quite good.  Permission slips went out Wednesday.

 

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Spring (winter) Book Fair

Our spring/winter book fair will be taking place the week of Feb. 8, with a Groovy theme!  The book fair will also be open on some special days that week including Feb. 6 (Fun Fair) and Feb. 10 and 11- the nights of parent/teacher conferences.  Please stop by and browse all of the great books that Scholastic offers.  This is a PTA sponsored event with proceeds going to the Arno PTA.

Dollars and Sense Assembly

Arno students enjoyed an assembly that blended magic and a lesson on money (saving).  Chris, our presenter, energized the crowd and helped everyone to think about ways they could save money in the future- and some awesome tricks!  Thanks to Mrs. Warneck and Dr. Chuby for bringing Dollars and Sense to Arno.

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Have a great Cougar week!

 

 

 

 

 

January 11

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Coming up at Arno…

January 11         

No events

January 12

No events

January 13

No events

January 14

Dollars and Sense Assembly K-5

January 15

No School- Teacher PD Day

 

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Happy New Year Arno Families!  I hope that you and your family had a joyous holiday season as we now get set for an exciting 2016 at Arno.  We are really looking forward to some great events coming up like the Arno Olympics, special assemblies, spring book fair, and our skating party to name a few.  Of course, we always focus on the wonderful family we have here at Arno,  with our caring cougar staff, students, and parents all working together to make this the best school it can be!

Looking forward to an Awesome 2016, Happy New Year!

Steve Zielinski

 

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Brrr… it’s cold outside!

Please remember that we still continue to have outdoor lineup and outdoor recess unless the wind chill hits 10 degrees.  Be sure to properly dress your child before sending them on their way to every morning as we make our way into the heart of winter.  If we see snow, be sure they are dressed with boots and snow pants for the younger ones if they wish to play in it.  Think Spring!

 

M-Step

You may have already heard, M-Step state test results are now out and can be seen on MiSchoolData.

MSTEP DATA RELEASED TO PUBLIC

Spring 2015 M-STEP data can be found under the Student Assessment tab located under the left navigation category titled Kindergarten – 12 atwww.mischooldata.org. For a direct link to the Student Assessment page click here:https://www.mischooldata.org/DistrictSchoolProfiles/AssessmentResults/AssessmentSummary.aspx

Once on the assessment page, select either Grade 3-8 Assessments or High School Assessments. Once on the grade specific assessment page, select M-STEP and using the dropdown menu, select the information you are interested in reviewing.

Parent reports are being prepared this week and will be going home the week of Jan. 11.  These results contain individual student results and come with detailed explanation from the state on what each of the scores mean.  If you have questions on the report, please contact the office.

ARNO Scores: Although this was a baseline test, Arno scored very well in comparison to the rest of the state.  We are very proud of our students for performing so well on this new academic test, that will now move to web based testing this year (We still took the paper/pencil version last year).  As you will notice we scored well across the board in ELA, while our continued focus will be in the areas of math and science.  Please let me know if you have question on the scores below.

 

Arno Grade % ProficientArno % Proficient State
ELA 3 76.81% 50.1%
4 71.74% 46.6%
5 47.71% 48.7%
Math 3 71.01% 48.8%
4 68.48% 41.4%
5 24.77% 33.4%
Science 4 17.39% 12.4%
Social Studies 5 21.10% 22.2%

Attention 5th Grade Parents

From the office of Mark Lowe, Middle School Principal:

Dear 5th Grade Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite you to the 6th Grade Parent Orientation, which will take place in the Middle School cafeteria on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:30 – 7:30. This orientation is for the parents/guardians of current 5th grade students who will be attending Allen Park Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.  This is a great opportunity for you to come and learn about your student’s first year at Allen Park Middle School.

Although we cannot make this meeting mandatory, we strongly encourage you to attend. Even if you are not a first time parent of a middle schooler, the information provided is always being renewed.

This is a PARENTS ONLY event. We ask that you leave your student at home for this evening, as they will have their own orientation at the end of August.  Principal, Mr. Mark Lowe, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Mr. Bruce Andrews, and our counselors Mr. Curry and Mrs. Kristin Gladd will be presenting information and will be available for questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 26th!

Sincerely,

Mark Lowe

Principal

 

 

Arno Fun Fair

Arno’s annual Family Fun Fair is coming up soon!  This exciting event will take place on Saturday, February 6th from 11 am-2pm.  A note will come home soon with more information and a chance to pre-order tickets (they will also be available at the door).  There will be games, raffles, prizes, food, a cake walk and more!  This is a great family event so be sure to put it on your calendar today!

 

Arno Olympics

Please enjoy a podcast from Ms. Amonette’s room on the Arno Olympics with Lilli Acker

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Arno Olympic Podcast

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 Razzing it up on RAZ Kids in Mrs. Martinchick’s class

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Kindergarten practices social skills…

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Haskin and Warneck book buddies pay a visit to Snow White at the Marquis Theater

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 Make it a great Cougar week!

 

 

January 4

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See you next year!

We would like to wish all  of our Arno families a joyous Christmas and hope that all your wishes come true over the holidays.   Cherish your time and enjoy your family and friends!  Have a Merry Christmas and an Awesome New Year!

Steve Zielinski, Principal

 

 

Coming soon to Arno in 2016…

Christmas Break December 19-Jan.3

January 4

Welcome Back!!

January 5

No events

January 6

PTSA Reflection Tea

January 7

PTA Meeting- Founders Day Nominations read

January 8

No events

 

Lost Phone:  A parent has lost a Samsung 6 phone outside the K doors, and actions on the phone indicate that a child might have picked it up.  If anyone knows information on the phone, please contact me via email:  zielinski@appublicshools.com

Arno Decks the Halls with Christmas carols

The building was alive with the sounds of our Arno students belting out some awesome Christmas carols, helping all of us feel the holiday spirit (still no snow to do that).  Huge thanks to Mr. Creutz and Mr. Skebo for an outstanding performance and in leading in holiday song this morning, much appreciated!

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Honor Choir Holiday Concert

What a wonderful holiday performance from our Elementary Honor Choir Thursday from Arno, Bennie, and Lindemann.  congratulations to all of our students and to Mr. Tracy Hoffman for showcasing the incredible talent we have at Allen Park Schools!

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Arno Family Caring Night

What a great time we had together last Friday night as an Arno family, enjoying each other’s company and showing how much Arno cares about the community.  At our Caring Night, kids and parents enjoyed pizza, listened to Christmas stories, of course crafted an ornament for the residents of the local senior center.  Way to go Caring Cougars!

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Arno Cares

What an incredible job Arno did in collecting cold weather gear and food.  That included 166 cans of Spaghettios!  Thank you for being so generous and showing the true meaning of Christmas!

Below, Darren Putnum, Seth Black, Tyler Tillery and Bryce Sauve help load up all the donations to area people in need.

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3rd Grade Fur Trade

Metro Parks visited Arno 3rd graders once again this past week to talk about the fur trade back in the day.  The students got treated to lots of history on the fur trade in Michigan hosted by a French accented colonial woman that helped them understand what it involved.  Thank you Metro Parks!

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Have a great break and we will see you in 2016! 

 

December 14

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Coming soon to Arno…

Dec. 14

5th grade maturation 2:00

Dec. 15

5th grade maturation 2:00

Dec. 16

Pizza Party for Santa Cash winners

5th grade maturation 2:00

Dec. 17

5th Grade maturation

5th Grade Band Concert 7:00 Performing Arts

Dec. 18

1st grade to Henry Ford Field trip

Holiday Sing-a-long

 

Congratulations Mrs. Pushman, Mrs. Ellis!

IMG_0284Congratulations goes out to Mrs. Pushman for the Founder’s Day Award for Outstanding Educator 2015. This is a well deserved award for Mrs. Pushman’s hard work and dedication to her students, parents, staff, and her teaching craft.  Mrs. Pushman, along with other award winners from around the district will attend a dinner in their honor in February.

In addition, Congratulations to Mrs. Ellis for the Founder’s Day Distinguished Service Award.  She has been very active on the PTA and spent a lot time making sure our Arno Fun Run was a huge success.   Mrs. Ellis currently serves as secretary for the PTA, among other responsibilities that she gladly takes on for our kids.

Other results just released from our PTA:

Stephen Zielinski for the 2016 Outstanding Support Personnel
Barbara Pushman for the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award
Kelley Ellis for the 2016 Distinguished Service Award

 

Kiwanis donates dictionaries to all third graders

Kiwanis, which has been in Allen Park since 1939 and is celebrating their 100 year anniversary, came to Arno on Thursday to donate a new dictionary to every third grade student.  Dave Goodwin, who spoke with the classes indicated that this is the Kiwanis’s 10th year of donating dictionaries.  We thank Dave, Brian Goodmin, Tony Lally, Dean Settemy and all of Kiwanis for this great resource gift to our kids!

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Holiday Giving

December brings around a wonderful time of year.  Unfortunately, many people do not have the ability to enjoy the season as much as others.

To make things a little bit easier for some families, we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Christine Food Bank/Soup Kitchen.  The food bank provides non-perishable goods to families to help stretch their grocery budget.  The soup kitchen provides hot meals to school children that might not get one during the week.  The kid favorite…Spaghetti-o’s

Arno school families have always been generous in the past.  We are asking for donations of food to help brighten the holiday season for others.

In the spirit of sharing holiday warmth, we will also be collecting new, warm outerwear like hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to share.

We are collecting through Wed.  December 15.  Your donation can be put in boxes if that’s easiest.

We hope that you can join us in this holiday tradition!

 

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5th Grade band a holiday hit 

Thursday night’s 5th grade band concert that included students from Arno, Lindemann, and Bennie helped raise our Christmas spirits as the band played a selection of holiday favorites in front of a packed crowd at the Center for  Performing Arts.  Although no snow was falling, the holidays never looked, or sounded better.  Congratulations to all of our your band members, you sounded professional!

Arno 5th grade band members include:Alexis Ballard, Avery Loving, Teagan Montgomery, Glenn Doss, William Keysaer, Samantha Manson, Juliette Torres, Molly Hool, Victoria Koziel, Carla Schultz, Madilynn Vaughn, Jackson Pettit-Pokora, Drake Steele, Luis Diaz, Cameron Greene, Mia Hool, Cameron McGinnis, Cole Mucha, Damani Dewberry, Meadow Merchanco, DiegoSanchez

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Safety and Security 

Please remember that for security reasons, all parents wishing to enter the building during drop off, or other times during the day, must report to the office- even if it’s just a brief pop-in.  This is an important matter and we appreciate your cooperation.

 

Make it a great Cougar week!

 

 

 

December 7

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Coming soon to Arno…

December 7

No special events

December 8

No special events

December 9

PBIS Meeting 3:45 (Positive Behavior Intervention System)

December 10

5th Grade Band Concert 7:00

December 11

3rd Grade Metro Parks in Media Center

PTA Family Caring Night 6:00

 

sleighspinHoliday Giving

December brings around a wonderful time of year.  Unfortunately, many people do not have the ability to enjoy the season as much as others.

To make things a little bit easier for some families, we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Christine Food Bank/Soup Kitchen.  The food bank provides non-perishable goods to families to help stretch their grocery budget.  The soup kitchen provides hot meals to school children that might not get one during the week.  The kid favorite…Spaghetti-o’s

Arno school families have always been generous in the past.  We are asking for donations of food to help brighten the holiday season for others.

In the spirit of sharing holiday warmth, we will also be collecting new, warm outerwear like hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to share.

 

We will begin our collection on Monday, Nov. 30 through Wed.  December 15.  Your donation can be put in boxes that will be available aess.

We hope that you can join us in this holiday tradition!

 

Birthday Reminder

Just a reminder that as part of a healthier school, there are no sweet birthday treats allowed in the building.  Pencils, erasers, etc. are perfectly fine to bring as a “treat” for the class.

 

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Snow Policy

As we have already been hit with one snowstorm, more is always on its way.  As far as snow goes at Arno, please read the following:

1. As long as our play areas have been treated, we will continue to go out throughout the winter (as long as the wind chill/temp isn’t too low).

2. Students who wish to be in the snow should at a minimum be in boots and protective leg wear to keep them dry.  This prevents large amounts of students from needing a clothing change, and missing class time.   Students who are not wearing protective covering for the snow will be required to stay out of the snow for recess.

3. Snow stays on the ground.  Please talk with your child about the dangers of throwing snowballs, which can sometimes contain ice.  Students are free to build a snowman or snow fort, etc., things that keep the snow on the ground.

All of these rules apply before/after school, bus stop to walking home, and recess.

 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE WEBSITE

 
Dear Arno Families,
Take a minute and check out the resources and practice activities provided to you for that little bit of extra speech practice at home.  Please visit the website: http://appspeech.weebly.com/
Mrs. Boyer

Third Grade Fur Trading

Just in time to help keep warm, our adventurous third graders wrote on fur traders, complete with their own creative version of a fur trader.

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Kindergarten Thanksgiving Community Project

Thanks to all of our Pilgrims, Turkeys, Indians, and Parents for making the Thanksgiving placemat project a big success!

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PTA Reflections Tea

What an awesome evening we spent with some of Arno’s talented students honoring their entries into the PTA Reflections contest on Monday.  This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly”  and as you can from some of that night’s pictures, our students reached for the stars.  The next step is to give awards to some of the entries, which will then go on to a state competition,.  Congratulations to all of our Arno students who entered- you’re all superstars!

Anna Watson, Ava Berkebile, Ben Klos, Gerry Klos, Cooper Obrycki, Elizabeth Lesatz, Ella Elliott, Gracyn Gartside, Hailey Rose, Isabella Garrison, Jeran Moody, Juan Vega, Julia Schroeder, Madeline Every, Meadow Stewart, Peter Lenart, Phoebe Elliott, Selena Swidan, and Victoria Koziel.   Special thanks to Mrs. Emilia Vega and Mrs. Dawn Watson for organizing the our Reflection Tea!

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PBIS Rewards Pay Off

Monday marked another PBIS rewards day for the month of November, awarding those who displayed good behavior and good work habits with a dance party down in the cafeteria.  The students had a great time and we are all looking forward to December’s reward!

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Consumers Energy Grant for Kindergarten

A huge thank you to Mrs. Julie Hegedus for securing a $250 grant from Consumers Energy which will be going to our Kindergarten to use on technology for the classroom.  On behalf of Arno, thank you Mrs.  Hegedus for your donation to our kindergarten program.

 

Make it a great week Arno Cougars!

November 23

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Coming up at Arno…

November 23

Half-day for students Dismiss 11:40

Afternoon and Evening Conferences

Last day for the Book Fair

November 24

Mrs. Jensen’s Pie and Poems 2:00

November 25

No School

November 26        

Happy Thanksgiving Arno Families!

November 27

No School- Black Friday shop ’till you drop

Looking ahead…

November 30

PTA Reflections Tea Celebration 6:30

December 1

School Improvement Plan Meeting 3:45

December 2

Nothing Scheduled

December 3

PTA Meeting 6:30

December 4

Poetry Competition

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 Have a wonderful holiday 

On behalf of the entire Arno staff, we would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a restful holiday week.  We feel so very lucky that you share your children with us everyday to help make a difference in their lives.  Enjoy!

Due to the short week, the next blog post will be on December 4th

Holiday Toy box Drive presents

Sponsored by Allen Park High School

Hello Parents, Staff, and Community Members, Allen Park High School  students,  school organizations, and other district  schools are  working  together  to  help  families  in  need  during  the  upcoming  holiday  season  by  collecting toys, books, and clothing. This year, in addition to the toy boxes, the woods  class students are building bookshelves which will be outfitted with fabric storage bins. As in previous years, we need your help! If you’d like to donate new items, or clean,  gently used articles, you may drop them off at any of the district schools’ main offices.

Monetary donations are always welcome and will help offset the construction costs as  well as supplementing any items not received.  If  you  know  of  a  local  family  in  need who would  appreciate  help  this  holiday  or  are  asking  for  some  extra  help  for  your  own  family,  please  contact  Mrs.  Jeannette  MacDonald, counselor at Allen Park High School macdonald@appublicschools.com or  at 313­827­1236. All information will be kept confidential.  We hope that you will consider participating this year to help make the holidays of local  families a bit brighter. The annual APHS Toy Drive Party will take place December 8 th , from  3­5pm  for  district  students  and  staff.  Join  us  for  cookies  and  hot  chocolate, with a performance by the Jazz Band, as well as visit from  Santa! Small donations or unwrapped presents will be accepted at the  door. All students are welcome.

The annual APHS Toy Drive Party will take place December 8 th , from  3­-5pm  for  district  students  and  staff.  Join  us  for  cookies  and  hot  chocolate, with a performance by the Jazz Band, as well as visit from  Santa! Small donations or unwrapped presents will be accepted at the  door. All students are welcome.

From the Art World…

Dear Arno families,
 
We need to express our overwhelming gratitude for your support of our Original Works art fundraiser!  We have raised over $1300 to put into the art program.  We had no doubt that this program would be successful here at Arno, but it wouldn’t be possible without such a supportive school community. 
Orders will arrive mid-December, before we dismiss for Winter Break. 
 
Sincerely, 
Ms. Trapani and Mrs. Cunningham 

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Founders Day Nominations

Founders Day is a celebration of the amazing things that the PTA does in the life of our school and overall community.  The Allen Park PTSA Council will be hosting this annual event at The Red Fawn on Wednesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Dinner tickets will be available in the office for purchase.

 
Attached are the Founders Day nomination forms.  Copies will be available in the office.  All nominations are due 12/03/15 at the December meeting during which voting will take place for Arno’s awards.
 
Categories are as follows:
  • Support Personnel – recognize a person that demonstrates professional excellence and a commitment to the students of our district. This person is someone in your building who gives tirelessly and without looking for praise. It should be a person who helps to better the lives of children and the building in which the represent. They are someone who goes above and beyond the role of “support personnel.”
  • Outstanding Educator – recognize an outstanding educator from each local unit who demonstrates professional excellence and commitment to the students of our district
  • Distinguished Service – a member who has given unselfishly and tirelessly throughout the year to better conditions for children and youth which reflects the real purpose of the PTA/PTSA as child advocates. It should be a member who has brought new meaning and direction to your unit and whose actions demonstrate the PTA/PTSA objectives
  • Outstanding Program – recognize a 2015-2016 program that demonstrates the objectives of the PTA
    • February 2015 Blood Drive – Cathy Anderson
    • April 2015 Daddy/Daughter Night – Amy Muse & Beth Scalf
    • May 2015 Spirit Week – Sarah Kalis
    • May 2015 Staff Appreciation – Jill Beesley
    • June 2015 –  Run Club/Color Run
    • September 2015 Welcome Back – Heather Lada
    • September 2015 Family Kickball Night – Jill Beesley
    • September 2015 Fall Fun Run – Kelley Ellis
    • November 2015 Mother/Son Night
    • November 2015 Reflections – Emilia Vega
    • December 2015 Family Caring Night – Amy Muse & Beth Scalf
    • January 2016 Olympics – Nicole Amonette
  • Business Partner – recognize a business that your PTA/PTSA has partnered with and by entering into partnership with this business, your PTA/PTSA may have been able to carry out a program or event, or enhance an existing program or event that demonstrates the objectives of PTA.
  • Council Member – this award honors an individual for exemplary service with Council sponsored projects, programs, and special events.
  • PTA Lifetime Membership – honors a person who has given outstanding service to children, someone who has promoted children’s well being by serving as an advocate for children in such areas as education, health, safety and legislation. The honoree need not be a member of the PTA/PTSA nor be well known beyond his or her own area of service.
We encourage you to submit nominations so that we can share all that great things that happen every day at Arno!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at arnopta@gmail.com.
 
Thank you!

Nomination Forms:

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 Book Fair

Just a reminder that our book fair only has one more day left- Monday, Nov. 23.  The fair is open until 7:15 of that conference night.

Thanks for your support!

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Mother and Son Night

Lots of smiling faces filled Sky Zone last Friday at our Mother and Son Night.  Arno students were treated to lots of bouncing, pizza, and cupcakes- all while getting to spend some special time with Mom.  Enjoy the pics below of our fun evening!

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 4th Grade Dental Delight

Two students from Wayne County Community College recently visited Mrs. Solak’s class to do a presentation on oral hygiene.  Fourth graders engaged in several hands-on activities which promoted discussion about how to care for and protect their teeth.

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 Arno Green School

Each year, Wayne County donates trees to local school districts to promote environmental stewardship.  Students from Mrs. Solak’s class planted a new tree this past week at Arno.  This effort to beautify the school and provide additional food, protection, and homes for wildlife will be included in this year’s application for Michigan Green Schools.

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 4th Grade Dioramas 

Our awesome 4th graders shared their book reports and diorama projects this week to showcase the book that they chose.  The students did a fantastic job and their projects were just amazing.  Great job 4th grade!

 

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Introducing our Principals of the Day

Antonio and Vinnie Kulaszewski enjoyed a day of being the top spot at Arno in their role as principal for a day (Top Fundraisers).   They got to experience first hand all of the work that goes into running a school and how fun it can be to get to experience all of the kids at Arno.  Great job guys, I couldn’t have done it without you!  Mr. Zielinski

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Have a great week Cougars!

November 16

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Coming Soon at Arno…

November 16  

Book Fair preview begins

November 17

Book Fair Preview

November 18

Book Fair Purchase day

Kids Hope Pizza party

November 19

Book Fair Purchase Day

Principal for a day- Tony K

P/T conferences begin 5:00

November 20

Book Fair make-ups

Principal for a day- Vinnie K

November 23

Student 1/2 day- 11:40 dismissal

P/T conf. 12:45/5:00

Book Fair closes after the final conference

November 24

Nothing Scheduled

November 25-27

No school- Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Conferences 

As a reminder, we are using signup genius this year for conference scheduling.  The links staff schedules was emailed and put on last week’s blog.  In addition to that, if you look across the top bar on this page, you will see “pages”.  The page that is marked “Conferences” contains all of the links in case you missed last week.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Although Special teachers are not listed among the links, we are providing you the times they will be here at Arno if you would like to meet with them.

Music- Jeff Skebo- Thursday 11/19                       5-7:30pm

Music- Tracy Hoffman- Monday 11/23                12:45-3:15 p.m.

Gym- Jenny Dalton- Thursday 11/19                    5:-7:30 p.m.

and Monday  11/23                    12:45-3:15 p.m.

Art- Rachel Trapini- Thursday 11/19                     5-7:30 p.m.

Art- Elisabeth Cunningham- Thursday 11/19       5-7:30 p.m.

Media- Colleen Byrne- Thursday 11/19                  5-7:30 p.m.

 

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Book Fair starts next week

Just a reminder, our book fair starts next week and will be open through all conference times for your shopping convenience.  Please make checks payable to Arno Elementary

Now Collecting…

Arno has a number of items that we collect to benefit the school and other organizations.   Please see below for more information.

Pop Tabs– Maddy Every (4th grader) collects pop tabs for a very worthy cause- The Ronald McDonald House.  Please consider collecting and sending in your pop tabs to help- Great job Maddy!

Box Tops –  Box Tops are found on hundreds of products.  Please clip the dotted line and have your child turn them into the office.  When they are submitted, the school earns 10 cents for each one received.  Over the past few years, Arno has been averaging approximately $1000 per calendar year.  This money is used to purchase merchandise and help to pay for special events that benefit the entire school.

Labels for Education- Campbell labels are found on many different products,  usually soup labels.  On those slips it will say either 1 point or 5 points.  Please cut the area out with the UPC code as well as the point value.  When they are submitted, we have the opportunity to obtain merchandise from a catalog that can be used in our school.

 

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Santa Clause Is Coming to Town…

If you want to get a sneak preview of this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- just talk to one of our 4th graders

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Fun Run fun with Limo and Lunch for our top fundraisers!

We had an awesome time together as the Arno top fundraisers got treated to lunch at Red Robins and a limo to get us there.  The limo even  had a fireplace to warm us up on that chilly day!

A special shout out to Red Robin for treating our kiddos to a free ice cream shake- Service was awesome with a very friendly staff, which really topped off the afternoon!

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Arno Students Collaborating and Creating

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Make it a GREAT week cougars!

 

 

 

 

November 9

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Coming Soon to Arno…

November 9         Spirit Wear Fall Kickoff

November 10       Reading with Rotary 1st Grade

November 11       4th grade to Parade Company

PBIS Meeting  (Positive Behavior and Intervention Support) 3:45

PTA Council meeting @ Arno 7:00

November 12       Picture Retake Day

Limo and Lunch for Fun Run Top Fundraisers

November 13      PTA Mother and Son Night

 

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Spirit Wear Kickoff Monday

In addition to our book fair Christmas gifts you can gather, the PTA spirit wear kickoff starts this Monday.  Shopping is easy- it’s all online and delivered straight to your house- that’s right- it comes to your home.  Please follow the link below and enjoy shopping for Arno Spirit Wear!  Enjoy free shipping from Nov. 9-18 using code: AR1115

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Conferences

This year for conference sign-up we have chosen to use a web based tool called signup genius.  Many of you may be familiar with it as a number of Arno staff and the PTA have used it in the past for various events.  Using this tool allows you to have the ability to choose times that are best for you while looking over the slots available, as well easily scheduling siblings.

Each teacher at Arno has their own signup genius link to click and choose times.  Simply choose the teacher and click an available slot, then go and repeat for siblings in other classrooms.  We will have a computer available in the office if you are not able to access the program.  There will not be any paper sign up this year

Remember:

  • To be on time
  • If you have more than one child, please don’t schedule back to back as you will need travel time to move around the building

Links to all staff signup genius accounts:

Signup Genius Teacher Links

 Simply CLICK and sign up

Name Teacher Classroom link
Haskin www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F4AACAD2DA0FC1-haskin
Yesh http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aacad2da0fd0-yesh
Liedel www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E4BA9A82DA7F49-liedel
Pushman http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E48A4A92EAAF58-pushman
Watson http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4CAFAC28AA8-watson
Martinchick http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ea4a92ca20-martinchick
Schultz www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F4CAEAF28ABF58-schultz
Brown http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E45A8A929AAFD0-brown
Ammonette http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaaa22a1fd0-amonette
Wesley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8af2aa0fe3-wesley
Kalis http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-kalis
Warnek http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bacad22a4fd0-warneck
Guyot http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48a4ab22a5fb6-guyot
Smalley http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8ac2caaf85-smalley
Trionfi http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944aaaa28a0fc1-trionfi
Solak www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094DAEA822A3FA7-solak
Creutz http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C44ABAC2DA0FA7-creutz
Hool http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA82CA5FA7-hool
Uhring http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E48A4AA29A1F94-uhring
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Fun Run Top Fundraisers 

Congrats to all of our Fun Run top sellers!  We will be having our lunch and principals day this month.

The top fundraisers by grade are:

Kindergarten: Alyssa Bommarito

1st: Jenna King

2nd: Antonio Kulaszewski

3rd: Savannah Hardy

4th: Vincenzo Kulaszewski

5th: Elizabeth Figurski

Antonio and Vincenzo Kulaszewski will each spend a day as Principal

All top earners will also be treated to a lunch and limo ride with Mr. Zielinksi.

Mrs. Liedel’s class was the top earner and enjoyed a pizza lunch this week.

 

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Allen Park Public Schools Fall Art and Music Show

Arno pride was beaming forward at the Fall Art and Music show last Thursday at the Performing Arts Center.  Art from the elementary and high school levels was showcased and I was so very proud of the talent we have at our school!  Our young artists and some pics are below:

Christian Bass, Elizabeth Figurski, Drake Steele, Isabella Garrison, Christian Hernandez, Riley McNamara, Anna Watson, Elizabeth Antrassian, Meadow Mechanco, Natalya Porras, Sean Feebish, Whitney Hertzog, Megan Mary-Helene Holly, Dawn Hudson, Paytin Pearson, Emma Stallions, Kaylah Stanfield, Gabrielle Stanley, Avery Barrow, Carlos Sanchez, Elizabeth White, Isabelle Castro, Emma Edwards, Samantha Holt, Emily Konkel, Jayden Lopez, Jeran Moody, Brayden Pasko, Liam Shepherd, Cierra Tasker, Luna Fitzgerald, Mallory Hool, Ben Klos, Clara Ziegler, Cherish Wilson, Sophia Kaloian, Ava Rekuc, Alaynna Lazarowicz, Jillian Kropog, Susie Oh, Marshall Hegedus, Porsche Tasker, Gwen Mccue, Isabella Harrison, Dominic North, Colton Gencyuz, Grace Grabowski, Angelo Baez, Jorja Siddall, Rocco Crapanzano, Aaliyah Mendoza, Leslie Hernandez, Julia Schroeder, Reina Garza, Aidan Kubitz, Kaiden Cook, Anahi Chapa,  Peyton Will, Isabelle Maldonado, Mary Dunne, Jordan Tasker-King, Steven Stewert, Chris Plascencia, Luci Granata, Addison Bacheller, Juliette Torres, Teagan Montgomery

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 School Improvement Meetings

All our welcome to attend our Arno School improvement meetings that take place around once a month.  Current plans, data, and other input are discussed and parents are welcome to join in and give your input on the continuous improvement we embark upon every year.  All meetings now start at 3:45 p.m., our next meeting is December 1 in the media center.

 

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Book Fair Coming Soon…

Our book fair is just around the corner.  Preview dates the week of the 16th will be Monday and Tuesday, purchasing will be Wednesday and Thursday with a  make-up day Friday.  The book fair will be open for all conference times so you can come and do some Christmas shopping.  Teachers will let you know of their specific class schedule.

 

From the music world…

Arno students were hard at work learning what instruments belong to which instrument family.

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Make it a great week Cougars!

 

November 2

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Coming up at Arno…

Nov. 3                     No School– Election Day/ Teacher Professional Development

Nov. 5                     PTA Meeting 6:30

Nov. 7                     PTSA Fall Craft Fair

Nov. 9                     Spirit Wear Fall Sale kickoff

Nov. 11                    PTA Council @Arno 7:00

Nov. 12                    Picture retake day

Nov 13                    Mother and Son PTA night (More info to follow)

Nov. 16-Nov. 23   Book Fair

Nov. 19                   Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23                  Student Half Day 11:40 Dismissal-  Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 25-27            Thanksgiving Break- No school

Nov. 30                  Reflections Tea Celebration 6:30

 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming everyone back, and now we are already up to conferences.  Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on November 19th 5:30-7:30 and November 23 12:30-7:30.  Information will be coming home soon on how to sign up for a slot that works for your schedule.  We will be using Sign-up genius, a web-based program where clicking a teacher link will take you to the open time slots.  Information will be coming out next week in the form of an e-blast and blog posting with all the links for the building.  We are hoping for 100% participation so please be sure to read all of the information on how to sign up for a time.

Tips…

Top Tips for your Parent-Teacher Conference:

1.  Be on time!  Remember, 5 minutes early is ‘on time,’ and ‘on time’ is late.  Mark your calendar and set a reminder in your phone or on your computer.

2.  Be prepared!  Really there’s only one
question you need to ask your child’s teacher:  How can I best help YOU help MY child?  Have these other questions in mind, however, and be ready to LISTEN to your teacher’s answers, suggestions, and recommendations.

  • What would you say are my child’s strengths & learning opportunities?
  • How would you rate my child’s behavior and what does it tell you about my child’s learning style?
  • How should I track my child’s performance? Are there examples of my child’s work and is it completed on time and at an appropriate performance level?
  • Do you have suggestions for things we can do at home to better support my child’s learning? What types of books and educational games do you recommend for my learner? Is there a list of suggested readings?
  • How would you grade my child’s social behavior, do you have any suggestions for him or her when it comes to friends?
  • What am I not asking or noticing that I should be?

3.   Write it down!  Don’t hesitate to take pen and paper and write down important notes your child’s teacher makes regarding your child’s learning successes and areas of improvement.  Digest the discussion then refer to your notes at a later time to refresh.

4.  Share with your child!  Let your child know what YOU learned about his or her classroom successes and behaviors.  Note some of your favorite aspects of the classroom and what you liked most about the teacher. Take a camera and photograph favorite artwork you liked in the room!

Attending conferences might seem like just another bullet point on a parent’s already lengthy to-do list, but attending with the goal to enhance your parent-teacher relationship will make it a positive experience for everyone involved!

 

Fun Run Update

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On behalf of the Arno PTA, we would like to thank all of the families who supported this year’s Fun Run fundraiser
This year, 218 students and their families turned in pledges and combined we raised $9,002.00! This means that in only three years we have raised over $26,000 from one fundraiser.
It is our intention to use this year’s funds to further support the technology program and continue to bring programs and events that make Arno a great place to learn and grow.
And now to announce this year’s top fundraisers:
The top class was Mrs. Liedel’s kindergartners. They will be having a pizza party on November 4 to celebrate their accomplishment.
The top fundraisers by grade are:
Kindergarten: Alyssa Bommarito
1st: Jenna King
2nd: Antonio Kulaszewski
3rd: Savannah Hardy
4th: Vincenzo Kulaszewski
5th: Elizabeth Figurski
For the first time ever there was a tie for the top earners for the entire school- Brothers Antonio and Vincenzo Kulaszewski will each spend a day as Principal with Mr. Zielinski.
 All top earners will also be treated to a lunch and limo ride with Mr. Zielinksi.
Congratulations and thanks again to all who made this year’s Fun Run a great success

Halloween at Arno…

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Arno happenings… From perfect pumpkins to roller coasters

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PTA Mother/Son Night 

Join us for a fun filled night for our Arno boys and that special woman in their life! Mother Son Night will be held at Sky Zone (23263 Eureka Road in Taylor) on Friday, November 13, 2015 starting at 6:30pm. Price includes 45 minutes of jump time, pizza, cake and a photo. Cost is $22 per couple with additional boys being $10 each. Please RSVP by November 4th. Make checks payable to Arno Elementary PTA or cash accepted. Prior to attending, please complete the waiver at
Event Flyer: Mother son Night
This event is a closed event for Arno boys and the woman in their lives.

Picture Retake Day

Put those smile back on as picture retake day has been scheduled for Nov 12.  Please contact the office with any questions you may have.

 

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Monster of a Book Fair

It’s almost that time of year- book fair and conferences.  We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our book fair this year the week of conferences on Nov. 16-23.  The students will have the opportunity to purchase books during the school day. after a preview and parents will be able to shop on both conference dates.  Please click on the information letter below for more information.  Specific classroom schedules will come home from your child’s teacher.  Makes a great Christmas gift!

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Smencils: (Smelly Pencils) are for sale each Tuesday morning in the Media Center 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 week Arno families!