October 26


Coming up this week at Arno…

October 27           School Improvement Meeting open invitation 3:45

October 28          PBIS Bingo 9:30

October 29          Fall Art and Music Show 5:30 Performing Arts Center

October 30         Halloween Parade 1:30

Reflections Contest Entries Due

In November…

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



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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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.



The PTA Reflections due date has been extended to Friday, October 30th.
This gives our students a full week to add the finishing touches to their artwork and entry forms. 
Thank You! 

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Halloween Parade

Our Halloween parade is almost here.  Will kick things off at 1:30, make our way through the building and out to a playground loop (weather permitting).  All parents who wish to watch the parade should line up along the outside of the fence surrounding the playground, we will loop inside the fence along that way.  Watch for us come out of the 5th grade doors on Markese, then wind our way along the playground, ending up at the main doors of the building and dropping them back to their classrooms.  As a reminder, no inappropriate costumes or weapons- please leave masks at home as they pose a risk of tripping during the parade.


A Note from Mrs. Dalton, Physical Education Teacher

Please help your child remember to wear/pack their gym shoes on their scheduled PE day so they can safely participate in activities.  Also, if for some reason your child is unable to participate in PE due to injury/illness please take a minute to send in a note.  Otherwise, they will be expected to give their best effort in class.
Thank you,
Mrs. Dalton


Three Fires and 3rd Graders

The third graders participated in a presentation by the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Mobile Learning Center.  The program, “The Three Fires,” explored the lives of the Ojibway, Odawa, and Potawatomi Native American tribes in Michigan.  The children learned about the tools, shelter, language, and survival strategies through artifacts, replicas and demonstrations.  Hands-on learning included fire-making and pump drilling.

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DTE Presentation with our 4th graders


Arno fourth grade students had a great DTE Energy presentation this week called THINK! ENERGY TAKE ACTION! This was a 60 minute interactive, hands-on presentation with a take home energy efficiency kit for each participating student. The program taught our students the importance of energy, natural resources and environmental resources, and gave each participating student’s family energy-efficient technologies to install at home.


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Fall Art and Music Show

Next week Thursday be sure to stop by the Art and Music show at the Performing Arts Center.  I was very excited  to see a sneak preview of what will be appearing there next week!


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Fall testing for the NWEA is finally complete.  Thank you to all of our teachers for helping our students navigate the test,  I couldn’t be happier with how smooth it went on our chromebooks (thanks PTA!)  and this is a good practice run for m-step online in the spring.  You should be receiving information about your child’s scores at the upcoming conferences.



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.




Fall 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.  When info is sent home, please be timely in returning it so that we have all the times together when the teachers sit down to schedule.

Have an  AWESOME week Cougars!

Reflections Contest ending soon

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Reflections Entries Due this Week
A reminder that Reflections art contest entries are due Friday, 10/23/15.  This year’s theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly.” Original dance, film, literary, music, photographic, and visual arts submissions are encouraged. Ask your student their best interpretation of imagination in flight!

Week of October 19


Coming up this week at Arno…

October 19               Nothing Scheduled

October 20              Fire Drill 10:00

DTE Assembly 4th grade 12:45

October 21             Nothing Scheduled

October 22             Nothing Scheduled

October 23             2nd grade field trip to Apple Orchard




Thank you to everyone who attended the skating party last night.  By the looks on all of the smiling faces, it was a great time with all our Cougars.  If were not able to make this event, there will be another PTA Skating Party on February 26 @6:00.  Hope to see out there!




You may have noticed that we have increased patrols around the school during the morning and afternoon by the Allen Park Police Dept.  As the weather continues to worsen, we will have an increase in the number of cars making their way around the building.  Please remember- there are no dropoffs on Markese.  Dropoff and pick-ups take place on Fox and Thomas.

Please remember there is no parking in the drop-off areas, and under circumstance should students be dropped off in the middle of any street to walk across.  Thank you for you cooperation.



A Big Arno Thank You goes out to Allen Park firefighters Rob and Jason.  They recently came to Arno this week, gear and all, to demonstrate and talk about being safe and what to do if there was a fire to our K-3 students.   Arno students also got to enjoy their large remote control fire truck with none other than a Dalmatian driving it through the crowd.   Please take a moment to ask your child what they learned about fire safety and what you plan might be for getting out of your house in the event of an emergency.

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As part of our continued implementation of positive behavior support at Arno, the PBIS team will be selling Smencils for $1.00 and Car Clings for $5.00 at our upcoming conferences in November.  Please help support our initiative. The money raised will be used towards the purchase of incentive prizes for the students.



Pizza Kits

The Arno 5th Grade is now selling Little Caesar’ Pizza kits to help the increasing cost of camp.  Camp is a valuable real-world learning experience that our kids take on the early spring.  We will have a sign up sheet in the office if you are interested in purchasing some.  If you cannot make it into the office, feel free to email us and we can help you place your order.  Please consider helping them out,  money is due 10/22, delivery on 10/28



Breakfast and Lunch Program


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

If you are not sure about the guidelines or have any other questions, please call the office @827-1050




It’s that Spooky time of year…

Please remember to get your child’s costume ready for the Arno Elementary Halloween parade that will take place on October 30 @1:30.  We will be doing an outside loop weather permitting with all of our classrooms showcasing their cool creations.  The students will then go back to their classrooms for their Halloween party or class.

Please remember- appropriate costumes only and no weapons of any kind.      

Have a great Cougar week!



Week of October 12



Welcome to our new school blog.   Here you will find more of a weekly update as we go through the year, the regular monthly newsletter will no longer be published.  I would love to build this up as a great resource for parents, so if you have some amazing links that could be added- please email me all the information.

So far it has been an awesome month at Arno, lots of Cougar Cash being passed out and everyone has been enjoying the fall weather.  We are looking forward to Halloween in a couple of weeks, please read below for more info.  As always, please contact me or stop if you have any needs.




10/12             Columbus Day

10/15             K-3 fire Safety Assembly

PTA Skating Party 6:00-8:00

10/16             3rd Grade Metro Parks Assembly


Coming up…

10/20             DTE Assembly 4th Grade 12:45

10/23              2nd Grade to the Apple Orchard

10/29              Fall Arts and Music Show 5:30

10/30              Halloween Parade 1:30



Please remember that all visitors must report to the office, this applies to the entire before, during, and after school time periods.  Also, please do not ask a student for entry if you are at one of the side doors.  They are instructed to not open any door and get an adult who will redirect to the main office.  We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining safety at Arno!

In addition to visiting, please once again remember that the drop off zone is in front of the building on Fox.  There is no dropping off, standing, or parking on Markese, this is potentially dangerous, especially when students are dropped off in the middle of the street.  We are still in need of many volunteers to help with traffic flow in the a.m. and p.m.   Please contact the office if you are interested.


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Even though it sure doesn’t feel like the cold is coming, it’s surely on its way.  Please remember to dress your child appropriately for waiting outside in line, recess, etc.  We will always be outside unless there is inclement weather or a wind chill around 10 degrees.




Don’t forget our PTA skating party is from 6:00-8:00 this Thursday.  Parents must remain with their child and there is a charge for in-line skates.  Hope to see out there!



On Friday, our elementary staff from Arno, Bennie, and Lindemann were hard at work here at Bennie creating math assessments to be used as a diagnostic tool in all grades.  By analyzing the data from these classroom assessments, our teaching staff will be better able to meet all learners at their specific level of need.  Mr. Darga, Mrs. Metzger, the principals of Lindemann and Bennie, and I  are very proud of our teaching staff and grateful to be working with such dedicated professionals for the benefit of all children.







Please remember to put our Arno Halloween Parade on your calendar on October 30 @1:30.  We will be doing a full loop around the school, weather permitting.  If the weather does not cooperate, we will move the parade indoors.

Students should be bringing their costumes to school as the morning will be academics, they may change after lunch into their outfit.  Please send in only appropriate costumes, no weapons, and leave masks at home.




Just a friendly reminder, the first camp payment for 5th graders is due on Oct. 16th.  Thank you for being on time!

Have a great week Cougars!