Feb 2023


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Coming soon to Arno…

Feb. 1

Kinder JR

Golden Tray Award Recess 1:20

Parent Survey Opens

Feb. 2

Baby Garza shower 8:00

1st Grade JR

Garza Obs. 1:20

NWEA Rewards Assembly

PTA Meeting 6:00

Feb. 3

Safety Committee 9:30

Feb. 6

NWEA Goal Meetings per schedule below

Feb. 7

Teacher Data Day

Feb. 8

PBIS 8:00

NWEA Reward Recess

Feb. 9

Super Cougar Lunch 11:00

NWEA Reward Movie- Top 10

Feb. 13

District MTSS Meeting

Feb. 14

Happy Valentines Day

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Ad Council 9:30

Parent/Staff Survey closes

Feb. 15

SIP meeting 8:00

Founders Day Dinner 6:00

Feb. 16

SEL, Reading, Math committee meetings 8:00

PTA Glow Dance at Arno

Feb. 17

NO School- Teacher PD

Feb. 20 and 21

No School- Winter Break

Feb. 23 

Report Card Committee

Feb. 24

Kinder to Ann Arbor Museum

PBIS Rewards

Feb. 27

5th grade departs for camp

Feb. 28

Kalis to U of M Dearborn

March 1

5th grade returns from camp

1st Grade to Henry Ford


New Mission/Vision

The Arno staff has created a new Mission (Why we are here) and Vision (where we want to be in 3 years) to set forth our path towards further academic excellence.  The Mission/Vision will be shared with all stakeholders in various ways so that everyone has a shared understanding of Arno’s future.


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Arno Mission

Arno Elementary…inspiring students toward academic excellence.

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Arno Elementary provides a supportive high quality academic experience to inspire all learners to achieve their personal best.


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It is that time again, our annual staff survey will be active from Feb. 1-Feb 14 for staff, students, and parents.  We primarily use our survey results to inform the school improvement plan and take a careful look at things we may need to change.

We will once again only survey students in grades 3-5, and Carrie will help us out with that during their tech time.   Please see your staff link below, I would love to see lots of staff completing it, it should not take you long.


Book Drive

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The Olympics were awesome!

Thank you to Nicole Amonette and all of our volunteers-Sarah Kalis, Rachel Warneck, Ciera Zuke, Lindsay Garza, and Emilie Talamonti for organizing another awesome Olympics, back after the pandemic years.  Lots of family fun, ribbons and medals!


From the PTA

🐾 Hello Cougar Families! Below are some upcoming events/reminders/news from your PTA:

February 2 is our next PTA meeting held in the Arno Media Center at 6pm.

February 15 is our Founder’s Day Awards Ceremony at Arnaldo’s in Riverview.

February 16 is our first ever GLOW DANCE! Flyer attached.


We are having another SPIRIT WEAR sale at the end of February! Keep your eyes out for the dates and link!

March 4 is the annual PTA/PTSA Spring Fever at the AP High School.

We are hosting a Game Night on March 16 and a Super U Assembly for all grades! Details to follow.

We had such awesome feedback regarding mother/son night that we are planning another night out at Rev’d Up Fun in Woodhaven in April! This time for the whole family! Details to follow.

REMINDER:  Daddy Daughter Dance has been scheduled for May 5 at the Grecian Center in Southgate. Details will be announced beginning of April.

Stay tuned for more exciting news/events/reminders from your PTA, and remember to check your emails and our Facebook page for information as well!

Thank you for your support! 🐾

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3-5- please remember to review and revise student goals with them to set their path for the next next trimester.  Ongoing feedback,in addition to a high effect size, is a critical part of maintaining and reaching their goal.  I will be once again sitting down with all partially proficient students, as well as those who were ID as rushing,  and checking in throughout as part of the process.

The dates are below, please send any student with their goals who landed in the partially proficient zone (NWEA predictor), and/or rushed through their test as indicated by NWEA.  Please start the time frame with sending 2 students down- then as one comes back, send the next.  The goal is to have another sit down, other than their teacher, to help them focus more on the importance of making their goals and how they can attain them.  

3rd grade- Feb. 1  9:-10:00

4th Grade- Feb. 1 10:15-11:15

5th Grade- Feb. 1  1:00-2:00



Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

  • NWEA Goal Assembly

  • 1 grade level at a time in the gym.

  • Location: Gym

  • Time:

    • 3rd Grade: 9:30-10:00 pm

    • 4th Grade: 10:00-10:30pm

    • 5th Grade: 10:30-11:00pm

  • Reward is given to students who reach their individual growth goal or the 50th percentile rit score for the Winter using the NWEA 2020 Norms. The reward is a certificate, charm, and an extra recess with Mr. Zielinski.

    • 3rd graders who met their individual growth goal OR scored a 194 or higher on the Reading NWEA. (Winter Score of 200 or higher projects a passing MSTEP score)

    • 4th graders who met their individual growth goal OR scored a 203 or higher on the Reading NWEA. (Winter Score of 207 or higher projects a passing MSTEP score)

    • 5th graders who met their individual growth goal OR scored a 209 or higher on the Reading NWEA. (Winter Score of 212 or higher projects a passing MSTEP score)

    • Top Ten in each grade level. The ten highest scoring students in each grade level will earn the Top Ten reward. The reward is a movie with Mr. Zielinski.

  • Teachers-Don’t forget to bring your certificates (Steve will give them to us to fill out) and charms.

  • Students should wear their M-STEP necklaces to the assembly.

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Founder’s Day Celebration

The annual Founder’s Day awards celebration takes place on Feb. 15 as our amazing winners get to shine!  Congratulations to all of our award winners this year- you represent the very best of our Arno Cougars!!

2022-23 PTA Founders Day Winners

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PTA/PTSA invites families, friends and staff to celebrate the great people and programs in APPS!  Join us for the Founders’ Day Awards Dinner on February 15th to honor those who have shown dedication and supported our schools and PTAs since last year’s awards.

Tickets for the awards dinner are now available for purchase online only for $25 each, or two for $45, at  https://apptacouncil.memberhub.com/store?category=Founders%27%20Day%202023  The last day to purchase tickets is February 6, 2023.  For more information, contact Sue Clark at apfoundersday@gmail.com

Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council

2022-2023 Founders’ Day Dinner & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, February 15

Arnaldo’s Banquet Center

18275 Quarry Rd, Riverview, MI 48193

Doors open at 6:00 pm ~ Dinner at 6:30 pm

Arno Elementary

Outstanding educator: Cassie Harrison and Nicole Amonette

Business partner: Culver’s of Allen Park – Jeff Holden

Distinguished service: Nicole Adkins

Support personnel: Steve Zielinski

Outstanding program:  Reading therapy Honey and Gunner-Cathy Bray

Bennie Elementary

Outstanding Educator: Mrs. Kristie Lauth

Distinguished Service: Amanda Botello

Support Personnel:  Erica Saville

Business Partner: Jet’s Pizza

Outstanding Program: Fun Run

Lindemann Elementary

Outstanding Educator: Stephanie Partin

Distinguished Service: Marlene Cottrell

Support Personnel: Benjamin Hughes

Business Partner: Papa’s Pizza

Outstanding Program: Fun Run

Allen Park Middle School

Outstanding Educator: Amy Oaks

Distinguished Service: Hillary Haney

Support Personnel: Emily Portalski

Business Partner: World Stride

Outstanding Program: PBIS

Outstanding Students: Eliana Aquino and Ryan Workman

Allen Park High School

Outstanding Educator: Brittney Hartley

Distinguished Service: Kelley Carey

Support Personnel: Denise Crank

Business Partner: Liberati’s

Outstanding Program: Unified Sports

Outstanding Student: Ellie Lauth

Michigan Honorary Life Membership

John Burgus

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Our 5th graders get the awesome opportunity to head back to camp for the first time since the pandemic started!  WE are so excited that they will get this experience again and look forward to all of the memories.  Camp will run from Feb. 27- March 1



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Committee Updates


  1. Matrix
    1. Include digital citizenship?
  1. Tier 2 interventions
    1. Identifying students (30)
    2. Recommendations to staff (re-send email to staff)
  1. January Reward
  2. Reward: directed drawing
  3. Organizer: Emilie
  4. Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
  5. Flips: 6
  6. Reminders:
  7. February Reward
    1. Reward: School Wide Bingo (via Zoom with Steve)
    2. Organizer: Emilie
    3. Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
    4. Flips: 5
    5. Reminders: 
  1. March Reward
    1. Reward: March Madness
    2. Organizer: Lisa
    3. Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
    4. Flips: 4

Smencil Update

    1. Sold $1300
    2. Thank you to Meaghan Bachman for selling on Wednesday afternoon!!
      1. Possibly ask Dena to take over selling
  1. Clip/Flip Chart Alternative
    1. 1st grade is going to pilot a “behavior sign-in system”. 
      1. Using a teacher planner to document
      2. Will update on how it’s going


  • Staff worked on Mission/Vision creation
  • Team discussed physical movements initiative Inpact

  • Team discussed attendance and ways we can reach families to raise our rate


-NWEA Slide to Megan

  • K-2: All students
  • 3-5: Students who reached their personal growth goal or the 50th percentile on the 2020 Norms for both Math and Reading.

-Cut Scores

  • Use the NWEA 2020 Norms (50th Percentile) per Steve


  • Yes. If possible, target third grade due to the Third Grade Reading Law.

-Review Monthly Edmentum Reading Challenge:

  • 3rd grade won the October Challenge
    • 3rd Grade Reward: PJ Day
  • 3rd grade won the November Challenge
    • 3rd Grade Reward: Extra Recess
  • We added a new reward in November… 500 trophies. 5th grade had more than 500 trophies and received a reward.
  • 5th grade won the December Challenge

-Study Island (continue?)

  • Yes. We plan on inviting students who scored in the Partially Proficient range on the Winter Reading NWEA.
  • Warneck-Third Graders

-MSTEP schedule came out

     Clap? Walk of Fame before the first day of ELA for 3rd, 4th, and 5th

     Shirts? Emailed Steve for a new possibility

     Snacks? Yes. If possible, all days of testing. 

MSTEP practice on .gov site:


-Kindergarten has begun the Reading Eggs program. Steve used school funds to purchase.



  • The team discussed NWEA cut scores, math tutoring for bubble kiddos, and MStep prep
  • Discussed math tutoring
  • We also discussed Big Idea online platform and the musicals that go with some of the lessons
  • The NWEA event slideshow was also a topic


Black History Month
● Continue the pacing calendar
● Continue the newsletter
● Continue the books to read, if you need books, ask Katie, she has moved them.
● Bulletin board near the cafeteria to be updated for BHM
NEW this month!
● New Broadcast Videos
● School wide scavenger hunt
○ Every class will receive a list of the historical figures that will be posted around
the building.
○ The goal is to find all historical figures and continue to talk about them as you find
them throughout the day. This could be waiting in line for music, etc.

Data Day

On Feb. 7 we will have our next Data Day.  We will be discussing the universal assessment round that was just given and any specific students we are very concerned with.  Please be sure that you JR/BAS scores are entered into Educlimber before this day.

The district MTSS meeting will follow on Feb. 13.  I am unsure if the team will want to walk around and observe again.

Kindergarten / Home





Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. It is also the best opportunity for Arno Elementary students to have a more diverse look at the world and the history of our country, and confront important issues.

How to complete your SEL responsibilities:

  • Review this month’s SEL newsletter on Black History.
  • Incorporate learning about 1 famous African American in history/important vocabulary word DAILY (see included slides – copy and paste into your own documents) by playing video
  • Looking for more information/details about historic African Americans? (Perhaps grades 3-5?) Check out the Slides Black History Person-a-Day – attached below!
  • Review the important vocabulary included in the BHM slides, be thoughtful about classroom discussion, see included resources for help
  • Choose books from the booklist to use in your daily or weekly instruction – check out the Black History Book Bin in the library!

Friendly Reminders:

  • It takes COURAGE to talk about things like racism, equity and justice, remind students that it is okay to feel uncomfortable or uncertain
  • Remember the four SEL themes as we transition back to in person learning: courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion
  • SEL can be integrated within your day. It does not have to be an additional activity.
  • Booklist and Books are available within the library for check out. Many of the books are also available on Youtube.


The following link will take you to a list of classroom and instructional resources relevant for MLK Jr and Black History Month.


MLK Day and Black History Month

  • ReadWorks– The nonprofit ReadWorks creates free high-impact instructional materials and tools that are designed for immediate use within classrooms. ​Check out their Black History Month resources.
    Mr.Donn.Org-Resources for Martin Luther King Jr Day: Grades 3-High School – Includes resource links for background information, bulletin board ideas, worksheets and printables, a selection of lesson plans ranging from 3 grade through 12th, and mini units for 3 and 4th grade.
  • MLK Jr. Research & Education Institute at Standford – Speeches, sermons, letters, historic documents, and lesson plans focused on High School students.
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility – Here’s a selection of relevant teachable moment lessons appropriate for high school students, and in some cases middle school students.
  • The Smithsonian: Black History Month – Each year, the Smithsonian honors Black History Month with a calendar full of events. Explore a selection of resources and activities relating to African Americans.
  • American History Explorer: Our Story – This site from the Smithsonian provides numerous activities and resources that can be searched by grade level or by historical ERA.
  • National Museum of African American History The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience. It has numerous resources for use by teachers in the classroom.
  • The Library of Congress: African American History Month – This guide presents the Library’s resources, as well as links to external Web sites on African American History.
  • eThemes: Black History – These sites are about Black History Month. Learn about the contributions of African Americans in different fields. Includes quizzes, an interactive timeline, and other activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Negro baseball league, famous African Americans, the Emancipation Proclamation, the slave trade, and the Missouri Compromise. Some of these sites require a subscription.
  • The History Channel: Black History Month – Explore an interactive timeline of milestones throughout slavery and the civil rights movement. Try the History games too.
  • Teaching History.org – This comprehensive list of resources comes from the National Clearinghouse on History Education. The resources are organized by grade span.
  • The MLK Jr National Memorial – It has a great video of what the monument  looks like and a history of the man, memorial, and movement,.
  • The Biography Channel: Black History – Take a crash course in black history. Check out the interactive timeline and test your knowledge in the games.
  • Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice in the Classroom-  Covers the larger context of the Civil Rights Movement and the long struggle for human rights and full democracy in the United States.
  • Teaching Hard History: American Slavery – Not sure how to support students in learning about our painful past and how it affects our present? This new initiative from Teaching Tolerance offers guidance educators and provides some very important guiding principles for teaching about slavery.
  • Teaching Tolerance– This includes a great article with links to the best MLK resources/lessons from Teaching Tolerance. They emphasize wanting to help classroom teachers teach “beyond the simplified story and help your students learn about this civil rights leader’s life and legacy.”
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History– This website provides an overview of the Museum’s education and public programs, information on how to plan a visit, online teaching and learning materials, virtual tours of traveling exhibitions, online catalogs of the library and historical collections, and a calendar of exhibition schedules and educational programs.
  • Zinn Education Project-  The empowering potential of studying history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. We believe that through taking a more engaging and more honest look at the past, we can help equip students — and all of us — with the analytical tools to make sense of and improve the world. Their website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and grade level.
This lesson overall is most appropriate for middle/high school BUT there are some awesome activities under the “activities” and “extension” headings that can absolutely be used in elementary.
This article offers insight on how to have meaningful conversations about civil rights movements like Dr. King’s with first graders!
Not specific lessons, but some strategies for how to incorporate MLK-related learning across all grade levels
This post with videos included highlights some of MLK’s other speeches, including one he gave at Grosse Pointe High School in 1968

Tech Time

Physical Phonics Games

I have been a fan of the online learning game called Teach Your Monster to Read for many years. The game is designed to help students improve the speed and accuracy with which they recognize letters and sounds. The game gets its name from the friendly monster avatars that students use in the game. Teach Your Monster to Read also offers three fun phonics games to be played offline.

The Teach Your Monster to Read physical phonics games are designed to help students increase the speed with which they recognize sounds and letters while at the same time getting them moving about your classroom, gymnasium, or playground. Currently, three phonics games are available through the Teach Your Monster to Read website. In all three games students use large grapheme flashcards that students have to properly identify and place in proper sequences.

In Pirates and Sailors students have to match the grapheme cards to objects whose name begins with the grapheme on their cards. In the Pass the Sound game students participate in a relay race of sharing corresponding grapheme cards. And in the Find My Family Sound game students have to find classmates who have drawn the same grapheme card without showing anyone what is written on their cards.

Applications for Education
Playing the Teach Your Monster to Read phonics games could be a fun way to review what your students may have learned while playing the online version of Teach Your Monster to Read.

Create a Snowman Word Game

Earlier today when I picked up my daughter from preschool she proudly showed me the snowman artwork that she had made during art class. A picture of her artwork is the featured image of this blog post.

Seeing my daughter’s snowman art reminded me of the snowman word game template offered by Flippity. Flippity’s Snowman word game is a game in which students have to correctly guess the letters of a word in order to prevent their snowmen from melting. The template lets you make your own variation on the game with words and hints of your choosing. Your game can be shared with students via its assigned URL. Students don’t need accounts in order to play the games that you create. Here’s an overview of how to create your own online word games by using Flippity’s Snowman template.



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




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January 2023

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Coming soon to Arno…

January 9

Welcome Back! classes Resume

January 10

Ad council 9:30

January 12

PBIS Stations

Staff Meeting 7:45

Super Cougar Lunch

January 16

MLK Observed- No School

January 17

5th Grade BAS/JR

District CNA Meeting 9:00

January 18

SIP 8:00

District Reflections Celebration

Arno Reflections Celebration Ice Cream party

January 19

SEL 8:00

Reading/Math Comm. 8:00

4th and 5th grade to Center for the Arts 9:15

ALICE inside drill

PTA Mother/Son night 5:00-9:00

January 20

No School- Teacher PD

January 24

4th Grade BAS/JR

Steve @RESA

January 26

3rd Grade BAS

Cougar Cash Lunch  11:00

Arno Olympics 6:00

January 27

PBIS Rewards

January 30

2nd Grade JR

Feb. 1

Kinder JR

Feb. 2

1st Grade JR

NWEA Assembly grades 3-5 9:30

Garza Obs. 1:20



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During our MTSS data meeting time, JT, Matt Sokol, and myself walked around observing small group work around the building, including reading paras.  We were all so impressed at the great things going on in Arno’s classrooms!  Our teaching staff was providing best practice strategies in small group from word work to vocab, to non-fiction reading!  Kudos to all of you on your in the area this year!


Assessments in January

January will be a busy month at Arno in the testing department.  Below are some dates to consider for testing.

JR/BAS testing subs/dates are set. This round of assessment would include only those students who are below grade level. 

Jan 17- Erin Higgins, Ciara Zuke, Lindsay Garza

Jan 24- Aaron Huntington, Emilie Talamonti, Megan Johnson

Jan 26- Rachel Warneck, Sarah Kalis, Renee Guyot

Jan 30- Megan Schultz, Nicole Amonette, Alex Cervantes

Feb 1- Tess Rennals (sub), Alyssa G(sub), Cassie Harrison

Feb 2- Barb Pushman, Dawn Watson, Julie Martinchick


NWEA– Jan 10-Jan. 27 Reading and Math


Reading: Jan. 12-25 (Beth will get a schedule to you)

Math: Post NWEA for the Bottom 30% in each grade



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3-5- please remember to review and revise student goals with them to set their path for the next next trimester.  Ongoing feedback,in addition to a high effect size, is a critical part of maintaining and reaching their goal.  I will be once again sitting down with all partially proficient students, as well as those who were ID as rushing,  and checking in throughout as part of the process.

The dates are below, please send any student with their goals who landed in the partially proficient zone (NWEA predictor), and/or rushed through their test as indicated by NWEA.  Please start the time frame with sending 2 students down- then as one comes back, send the next.  The goal is to have another sit down, other than their teacher, to help them focus more on the importance of making their goals and how they can attain them.  

3rd grade- Feb. 1  9:-10:00

4th Grade- Feb. 1 10:15-11:15

5th Grade- Feb. 1  1:00-2:00



Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

  • NWEA Goal Assembly

  • 1 grade level at a time in the gym.

  • Location: Gym

  • Time:

    • 3rd Grade: 9:30-10:00 pm

    • 4th Grade: 10:00-10:30pm

    • 5th Grade: 10:30-11:00pm

  • Reward is given to students who reach their individual growth goal or the 50th percentile rit score for the Winter using the NWEA 2020 Norms. The reward is a certificate, charm, and an extra recess with Mr. Zielinski.

    • 3rd graders who met their individual growth goal OR scored a 194 or higher on the Reading NWEA. (Winter Score of 200 or higher projects a passing MSTEP score)

    • 4th graders who met their individual growth goal OR scored a 203 or higher on the Reading NWEA. (Winter Score of 207 or higher projects a passing MSTEP score)

    • 5th graders who met their individual growth goal OR scored a 209 or higher on the Reading NWEA. (Winter Score of 212 or higher projects a passing MSTEP score)

    • Top Ten in each grade level. The ten highest scoring students in each grade level will earn the Top Ten reward. The reward is a movie with Mr. Zielinski.

  • Teachers-Don’t forget to bring your certificates (Steve will give them to us to fill out) and charms.

  • Students should wear their M-STEP necklaces to the assembly.


From the PTA

Happy New Year Cougar Families! And welcome back!  Below are some upcoming events/reminders from your PTA:

The PTA/PTSA will be hosting their annual Reflections Art Show January 18 at the AP Center of the Arts.  All those who entered the contest should be receiving an invitation from the council with further details.

We are proud to present to you Mother Son Night January 19 at Rev’d Up in Woodhaven! Please view the attached flyer for details and ticket info. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event AND for each person participating in the event!

February 2 is our next PTA meeting held in the Arno Media Center at 6pm.

February 15 is our Founder’s Day Awards Ceremony at Arnaldo’s in Riverview.

February 16 is our first ever GLOW DANCE! Details TBA later

**FYI – Daddy Daughter Dance has been moved to May 5 at the Grecian Center in Southgate. More details will be announced at a later date. But mark your calendars!**

Stay tuned for more exciting news/events from your PTA like Spring Fever Craft Show, Game Night, and another Spirit Wear sale! 🤗


Reflections Information for Reflections Specialists | UtahPTA.org

Reflections Celebration

For those student that participated, the district celebration will be on Jan. 18, and we are doing our own sponsored by PTA (ice cream party) on Jan. 18


Building to Kindergarten Part 2

If you or someone you know has a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2023, this would be a great event to come and learn how to prepare for kindergarten.  The event information is below:

Building Up to Kindergarten Part 2
Monday, January 23, 2023
4:30-5:30 pm
Bennie Elementary Cafeteria

Building Up to Kindergarten Part 2 (2)



This month, on Jan. 19,  we will be conducting our second ALICE drill of the year.  During this drill, classes will be practicing HIDE OUT/KEEP OUT where students will find numerous places in the room to hide (not in one big group) and you will assist in showing the class how the Boot would be used if there was an intruder if needed.  This May we will be practicing GET OUT where the whole school will mock evacuate to our rendezvous point at the Presbyterian church on Park- which will just be a walk by. Some of these plans may need to be changed based on any new information or procedures that come out of



A big THANK YOU to our Allen Park Board of Education members during School Board Appreciation Month.  We are honored to have such a supportive Board of Education who keep the arts and education alive in Allen Park!




A fliphunt is a type of activity, designed by Kathi Kersznowski, that creates a scavenger hunt using the Flipgrid app. It is a fun way of having your students get out of their seats, participate in the learning, and demonstrate their understanding and application.

Use this fliphunt to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate what he stood for. For each response, use the Task Title hashtag as the title of your video. For each task, students have up to 90 seconds to share your response.



Exploring Civil Rights Online

  • The Library of Congress shares a number of themed resources, including digital lesson plans for grades 6–12, links just for students, online exhibitions, and more.
  • The U.S. National Archives offers a variety of primary sources, along with public-domain teaching activities. What’s more, the page and its resources are available in Spanish.
  • iCivics organizes a number of digital lesson plans and drafting board activities in one place.
  • Civil Rights Teaching includes a thematic presentation and lesson plans meant to help teachers conceptualize new ways of teaching about the impacts of the civil rights movement.
  • Looking for a one-stop shop? Teaching American History has a complete toolkit to help you teach this important topic.

Additional Resources

Check out the educator resources page from the National Civil Rights Museum or scroll through Education World‘s list of essential civil rights videos. You can even see what other teachers are doing at Share My Lesson Plan.



Digital breakouts are an interactive way for students to explore any number of topics. The process involves using knowledge and reasoning to solve a series of clues that “unlock” digital locks, just as you might with a physical breakout box.

With this MLK-themed breakout, students can learn about Dr. King’s family and early life, his influences, and the achievements he gained over the course of his celebrated career. Give it a try yourself. You can find ourMLK Breakout here.


Explore Scholastic’s How Do You Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This page has several real teachers sharing their favorite ways to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Geared for first, second, and third-grade students, the page includes craft projects, reading suggestions, posters and printables, and suggestions from other educators.


Old-school printables are still valuable, and the internet provides endless opportunities to develop, share, and find handouts, worksheets, and other printables you may find useful in the classroom. Check out studenthandouts.com for free printable activities: biographic outline, crossword puzzle, geography map, word search, and more for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Looking for videos to show to your class? Check out these listed below.

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by 88 brains

Martin Luther King Jr. by BrainPOP

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography for Kids by Educational Videos for Students


Check out our list digital resources for teaching and learning about the U.S. civil rights movement here.



Tech Time

How to Create an Image Revealing Effect in Google Slides

About a week ago a reader reached to me to ask for a suggestion on how to create an image revealing effect without the use of proprietary interactive whiteboard software. My first thought was to give TinyTap a try because that platform does include a feature called “Houdini Mode” that can be used to hide or reveal things with just one tap. A tutorial on how that works can be seen here.

After giving it more thought, I realized that you can create image revealing effects by using the transition and animation settings in Google Slides. Basically, you layer one image over another and then arrange the transitions and animations so that the top image disappears when you click on your slides. I recorded a short video about how to do that. The video is embedded below.

Video – How to Create an Image Revealing Effect in Google Slides

Applications for Education
As I mentioned in the video, using the image revealing effect could be a good way to create a series of quiz game slides. On each slide you can have a question for which the answer is hidden until you click on the slide to reveal the answer. That could be a fun way to host to an in-classroom review game that is kind of like Jeopardy.

A Few New Search Tools from Google

Those of you who use Chrome as your primary web browser on your computer or phone, that’s 75% of all readers of FreeTech4Teachers.com according to my Google Analytics account, may notice a few new search tools the next time you update your browser.

Yesterday afternoon Google announced new search shortcuts for the Chrome address bar. These new shortcuts let you quickly search your tabs, bookmarks, and history. To do this you simply type “@tabs” or “@bookmarks” or “@history” followed by your search term to search within your tabs, bookmarks, or Chrome browser history.

The other new search feature that Google unveiled yesterday was an update to mobile search. Now when you conduct a search you’ll see some suggested search filters and topics based on your original search. This update is rolling out now to the Google Search Android and iOS apps as well as the mobile browser.

Applications for Education
The new shortcuts to search within your browser bookmarks and history could be helpful to students who have been conducting some long-term research and need to review or revisit some of their findings that they forgot to note earlier on. The new suggestions in mobile search could be helpful to students who need some assistance narrowing the scope of a priliminary search.



December 2022

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Coming soon to Arno

Dec. 1

Super Cougar Lunch

MTSS District Meeting 8:30

Dec. 2

Picture Retakes

PBIS Reward

End of Trimester

Roller Xmas 12:00

Dec. 5

Harrison Xmas 12:00

Pushman Xmas 12:30

Dec. 6-9 Steve @ MEMSPA Conf

Dec. 8

PTA Meeting 6:00

Report Card Window closes

Reading/Math Committee meetings 8:00

Dec. 9

Report Cards available on ParentConnect

Dec. 12

Ad Council 9:30

Guyot Xmas 1:30

Dec. 13

Steve @RESA

Dec. 14 

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Magic with Santa PTA night

K,1,2 Santa Letters Due

Mercer Xmas 11:50

Dec. 15

Staff Meeting 8:00

Safety Committee 9:30

Christmas Lunch 11:00-12:00 per schedule

Higgins Xmas 2:00

Watson Xmas 2:45

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Pickup 3:00-6:00

Dec. 16

Amonette Xmas 1:00

Cervantes Xmas 1:30

Dec. 19

Haskin 12:00

Huntington Xmas 2:00

Warneck Xmas 2:55

Dec. 20

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2nd and 3rd Grade Holiday Concert- Center for the Arts 6:30pm

Teacher Data Day

Dec. 21

SIP 8:00

Martinchick Xmas 10:45

Zuke Xmas 1:00

Johnson Xmas 1:30

Garza Xmas 2:00

Dec. 22

SEL 8:00

CHRISTMAS Sing Along 9:30 All

Eskew Xmas 1:15

Talamonti Xmas 2:00

Kalis Xmas 2:55

Dec. 23

1st grade to Henry Ford

PBIS Rewards

Schultz Xmas 10:20

Dec. 24-Jan 8

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Christmas Break

Jan 9

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School Resumes


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Break is almost here!  We have persevered lots of challenges this school year, and I am sure there are a few more surprises around the corner- that’s why it’s important to recharge at break, enjoy, and look forward to all of the wonderful things that are in store for 2023!  Have a great Christmas season!

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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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Building to Kindergarten Kudos

A big THANK YOU to the fabulous kinder team for a successful, packed event for our annual fall Building to Kindergarten!  Thank you to Jeanine Haskin, Nickie Roller, Cristina Mercer, Cassie Harrison, and our awesome reading coach Beth Wesley- as well as all of our reading aides that helped out that evening! There were many families who came and learned the basics of what their child needs to be able to do by fall of 2023 when they enter kindergarten.  Way to go team!!


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I would like to once again come around to all of your rooms to give you a holiday 30 minute break, and read Christmas stories to our kids.  Please fill out the google doc with your desired time: Christmas




Reminder- we have our Staff Christmas Luncheon Dec. 15th 11:00-12:00.  We will do the one hour block again and will have a schedule when we get close.

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December Data Meeting/MTSS

Our data meeting this December will be on Dec. 20- again this will be to review progress monitoring data and how those students are performing.  In December we will also be having our 8 week MTSS meeting with Matt and John.  Either after that meeting that day or on a different day in December, the MTSS team will be doing classroom visits to take a look at small group work.  Nothing is required, it would just be a pop in, nothing connected to evals


Committee Summary 11/8/22


  • Review M-Step prep procedures

  • SBA review and organization

  • Reminder emails for implementation

  • 3-5 grade started Study Island in before school clubs-for the partially proficient NWEA students

  • Copies of MStep prep in progress

  • October Edmentum challenge-Third grade won and had pajama day!!!!

  • Reading Eggs K-2


  • Discussed math interventions and the different approaches that could be taken.
  • Discussed the online component to Big Ideas.
  • Student specific questions


PD agenda 

Begin clip/flip discussionRevisit in January, tell staff to move clip chart to private area. Two-three pilots of management systems, one upper el, one first grade, one K maybe

Emily talamonti, Dawn watson, cassie harrison

Mentor Update


  1. Creepy Cash (October) sucker
  2. Santa Cash (December) candy cane
  3. Raining Cash (March) hershey kiss
  4. Kindness is Blooming (May)



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Who–Linda Mantua


  1. Current Vision Statement: Arno Elementary will provide a system of support to empower and inspire students to become collaborative learners that strive for academic excellence.
    1. Option 1- Keep the current vision statement and develop a mission statement and collective commitments, along with a timeline and process to do that.
    2. Option 2- Develop a new vision and mission statement as a team
    3. Came up with list of possible statements
    4. Will present at next staff meeting 11/17
    5. Will come together at the next SIP meeting and decide as a committee for the final mission and vision.
  2. Title 1 Update
  3. Third Friday planning
    1. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-arno


SEL Committee will be focusing largely on preparing for the Twelve Days of Gratitude this meeting. 


  1. Recap “Choose Love” monthly initiatives 
  2. Discuss 12 Days of Gratitude
  3. Re Record BHM weekly videos/presentations (outdated)
  4. Other items any member would like to discuss

    Picture Retake

    Picture retake day is Dec. 2.

     The direct link for parents if they wish to order pictures prior to retake picture day, https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/70215W

     For those students who would like to get their picture retaken and bought a package, they MUST bring their package down to the cameras for an even exchange, as pictures will not be reprinted unless those are returned.  Our photographer will need to know what to enter in for them

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    From the PTA

    Greetings all! The annual PTA/PTSA Reflections is kicking off! This is our art recognition program. Students in all grades are invited to create a work of art in any of the below following categories. The theme is “Show Your Voice”.

    Dance choreography

    Film production


    Music composition


    Visual arts

    All participants will be recognized with a ribbon and certificate! A show and celebration will be held on January 18, 2023 in the AP High School Creative Arts Building. Invitations will be sent by the PTA/PTSA Council.  All entries are due to your child’s school office by 9:00am on December 2nd. You must submit an every form and consent form. All details, rules and forms can be found at the following link:


    Upcoming Events @ Arno Presented By Your PTA:

    We are excited to announce our next and future events! Please mark your calendars! And please consider volunteering to help us make sure these events run smooth and are successful!

    For more info please reach out to us at arnopta@gmail.com or Facebook @arnoelementarypta

    December 14th: MAGIC WITH SANTA

    *A sign-up genius link for a slot for magic with Santa and/or to volunteer will be shared with registered PTA members on Friday December 2nd-December 4th then will be shared with everyone else.

    January 19th: MOTHER/SON NIGHT

    •Mother/Son will be held at Rev’d Up in Woodhaven. We will share the sign-up genius link for this event when it gets closer.

    February 16th: GLOW DANCE

    •Look for more information as this event nears and at February’s PTA meeting!

    **Thank you everyone for your support on our spirit wear sale! We had 180 items purchased!**

    We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stay safe and healthy! 🎅🏻

    There will not be a meeting in January. We hope to see everyone at our February 2nd meeting at 6:00pm in the Arno Media Center!

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    A BIG Thank you for all of your support for the Cookie dough fundraiser!  All items will arrive on December 15 for pickup starting at 3:00.


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    Warming Tree

    In the spirit of sharing holiday warmth, we will be collecting new, warm outerwear like hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to share on our warming tree located in the main hallway.  Please consider donating to help out less fortunate children by December 16.  Thank you for your help


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Christmas Tech Fun

Google’s Santa Tracker

Google’s Santa Tracker is a program that runs every December. It lets you track Santa during Christmas Eve and leading up to that there are activities added daily from December 1.

This could be something you could let your students explore. Or, looking at the site as a class could be a fun way to begin or end the day in December.

Check out the page for educators that has a few useful lesson plans and teaching resources.



Have you tried Flipgrid yet? It’s an app that allows users to interact with each other via short videos. Usually, a teacher poses a question that is the topic for the grid.

Flipgrid is a really fun way to connect with other classes around the world, especially when timezones make Skyping difficult. Last year, I worked on a grid with a class in Ohio and in South Africa to compare our holiday traditions. It was a rich and engaging experience for everyone.

The end of the year is a great time to try Flipgrid. You could have a question just for your class to respond to or put it out to the families and wider school community.

You could even run a ’12 Days of Christmas’ Flipgrid and pose a different question for your students to respond to each day leading up to the break. These question prompts could be holiday related (such as sharing a favourite food, carol, tradition etc.). The question prompts could also be used as revision for the content covered in class.

Decorate a Christmas Tree with Google Slides

Educator, Eric Curts has made a fun and free Christmas themed Google Slides activity. This is a great way for students to be creative and to work on their writing skills by describing or writing about their holiday traditions, plans, or memories.

Visit Eric’s website to download the template which you can use with your class.

When students complete their Slide, they can email it, post it on a class blog, print it, or share on social media. Alternatively, you can combine the Slides to make a new slideshow with everyone’s creations.

Emoji Puzzles

There’s a popular site called Solvemoji.com where emojis are used in maths puzzles.

Students could try making their own puzzles using holiday emojis!

They could use a tool like Google Drawings, Google Slides, PowerPoint, or Canva. Or they could just hand draw them.

Here are some examples from the Solvemoji.com website. There are puzzles for all levels from junior up to master.

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Rebus Stories

Here’s one more emoji idea because I always find they’re a hit with students!

A rebus story is basically where some words are replaced with images. They’re fun to read and create.

This is another idea from Eric Curts and he has a template you can download as well.

Students in a grade 3/4 class I was working in made rebus stories about their Christmas memories. Here’s an example…

Xmas Rebus story about memories

Students could create other sorts of rebus texts as well such as narratives or poetry.

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November 2022

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Coming Soon to Arno…

Nov. 1

Steve @RESA

Nov. 3

Mobile Dentist

Super Cougar Lunch

Building up to Kindergarten 4:30 (Info Below)

PTA Meeting 6:00 (Childcare available)

Nov. 4

Safety Committee 9:30

Nov. 5

PTSA Holiday Craft Show

Nov. 7

PTA Book Fair (Nov. 7-Nov. 11)

Mrs. Field’s Order DUE

Ad council 9:00

Nov. 8

No School- Election Day

Nov. 9

PBIS Meeting 8:00

P/T conferences 5:00-7:30

Nov. 10

Early Release 11:30am

P/T Conferences 12:45-3:15 & 5:00-7:30

Nov. 15

Teacher Data Day

Nov. 16

Reading Comm., Math Comm., and SIP 8:00

Nov. 17

Staff Meeting 7:45

SEL 8:00

Nov. 18

Report Card Window Opens

Nov. 23-25 

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Thanksgiving Break



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Dec. 1

Super Cougar Lunch

Dec. 2

Picture Retakes

PBIS Rewards

End of Trimester 1


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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


Committee Updates

PBIS: Updated the latest data from September Behavior report



  1. Title 1 Update- Beth
  2. Third Friday Update
    1. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-arno
    2. Next month ideas- AR Workshop, Charcuterie Board making, Painting class
  3. Staff Recognition Ideas
    1. Lindsay- RAC posters for staff
      1. Post its, colored printing-Carrie, list of staff/teachers
    2. After Christmas- BINGO in the lounge


  • Continue monthly activities


NWEA goal sheets

  • For grades 3-5 in the area of reading-
  • Rachel has these. Barb Chuby is willing to meet with students one on one to create his/her reading goal.
  • If a classroom teacher would like to do it by him/herself, just let Rachel know and she will give you what you need.


MSTEP planning updates

  • Changed homework to benchmarks and unit tests
    • Classroom teachers please do Unit 1 on your own.
    • Units 2-6 have been made into homework packets.
  • Vocabulary earlier
  • SBA earlier
  • Add SBA writing performance tasks
    • When looking at the data, we saw our MSTEP writing scores were lower than the other reading areas. Our students can write. They just need more practice in MSTEP writing.
  • Sept PLC 3-5 to review last year’s MSTEP plan.
  • October PLC 2-5 to go over the planning and pacing.

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  • Discussed specific concerns with grade levels present, and possible solutions.   FAST is ongoing, then interventions will be planned.

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Conferences are fast approaching!  If you are in need of me to attend a conference, please let me know.  Also, please be sure that you have a sign in sheet for parents for Title I purposes on the total count attending- you can print the one below:

Conference Sign-in


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Busting Myths About Grading

By Douglas Reeves

This is an excellent article by Doug Reeves that talks about grading/homework/homework policies etc that comes from a nationally renowned educational researcher.  Lots of things to think about on how we approach homework and the consequences for not doing it.


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Data Day

Our next data day will be on November 15.  During that time we will look at the at risk students in and their progress in reading and math.  Here is the sign up for November


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Picture Retake

Picture retake day is Dec. 2.  For those students who would like to get their picture retaken and bought a package, they MUST bring their package down to the cameras for an even exchange.

Fundraiser Update

Just a reminder that if you would still like to order cookie dough/cheesecake, time is running out!  All orders are due either online or into the Arno office by November 7 in order to guarantee shipping before Christmas.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need another form.  To place an order online, please click the link below:



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Using Children’s Books to Teach Math

In this Mathematics Teacher article, Kathleen Crawford-McKinney and Asli
Özgün-Koca (Wayne State University/Detroit) describe their work with K-3 students using
carefully chosen children’s books to teach mathematical concepts. Here are the steps they

– The teacher reads the book aloud, stopping at strategic points, making connections to
students’ lives and drawing attention to the math content.
– The teacher asks questions about the math content and how it relates to the story (in the
book When Sophie Thinks She Can’t, this involves squares and rectangles).
– Students work through the math problem in the story, which usually entails some
productive struggle.
– The teacher poses a related math problem for students to wrestle with, using
manipulatives if possible.
– The class reflects on the literary and mathematical content they’ve discussed, including
what students do when they don’t understand how to tackle a complex problem.
Crawford-McKinney and Özgün-Koca share a list of books that lend themselves to this
approach, with the math concept included in each:

– When Sophie Thinks She Can’t by Molly Bang – squares and rectangles
– Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de La Pena and Christian Robinson – identifying
and describing shapes
– One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi – measurement
– The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins – division
– The Animals Would Not Sleep by Sara Levine – Sorting
– Sweet Potato Pie by Kathleen Lindsey – Multiplication, division, fractional reasoning
– Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana
Martinez-Neal – addition and subtraction
– Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier – area and perimeter
– Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – time
– The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang and Harry Briggs – multiple concepts for each poem
and story
– Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh – place value and
properties of operation
“Mathematics Through Children’s Literature” by Kathleen Crawford-McKinney and Asli
Özgün-Koca in Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK-12, September 2022 (Vol.
115, #9, pp. 625-632); the authors are at kmcrawf@wayne.edu and aokoca@wayne.edu.


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Building up to Kindergarten- Coming Soon!

Be sure to sign up in the link provided!

Building Up to Kindergarten Part 1 11.3.22


Unified PE

Students from Mrs Johnson’s class , Mr. Huntington’s and Mrs Talamonte’s class participating in Unified PE with Mrs. Eskew’s class, through the Special Olympics program, at ARNO.


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Tech Time 

Short Lessons on the Differences Between Canadian and American Thanksgiving

Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It’s about six weeks earlier than it is here in the United States. I’ve celebrated both versions of Thanksgiving and I can tell you that there are a lot of similarities between the two. There are also some differences between them. The following videos provide a humorous look at the similarities and differences between American Thanksgiving and Canadian Thanksgiving.

Videos, Writing, and Pictures – The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where it was a beautiful autumn day. My kids had soccer practice, we rode our bikes, and I mowed the lawn for what was hopefully the last time this year. And before bedtime tonight we have to get ready for my youngest daughter’s birthday party that we’re hosting tomorrow. It should be a fun day. I hope that you have had a good weekend so far.

These were the week’s most popular posts:
1. My Updated Big List of Tools for a Variety of Classroom Video Projects
2. The Writer’s Workshop – 29 Videos That Can Help Students Improve Their Writing
3. A Great Alternative to Quizlet
4. How to Find TED-Ed Lessons by Grade Level
5. My Top Ten Tools for Social Studies Teachers and Students
6. A Great Place to Find Free Images for School Projects
7. Five Time-saving Ways for Teachers to Use Technology

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October 2022

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Coming soon to Arno…

Oct. 4

Fire Drill

Teacher Data Day

Oct. 6

Staff Meeting 7:45

Picture Day

Super Cougar Lunch

PTA Meeting 6:00

Oct. 11

2nd Grade to Real Life Farm

Ad council 9:00

Oct. 12

Walk to School Day

PBIS 8:00

Oct. 13

ALICE Evacuation Drill 1:30- Full evac to church meeting point

Reading and Math Meeting 8:00

Oct. 17

MTSS Meeting (Steve, Beth, Erin J)

Oct. 18

Culvers Of Allen Park | Allen Park Chamber of Commerce

Culver’s Scholarship Fundraiser Night

Oct. 19

SIP 8:00

Kinder to Real Life Farm

Steve @RESA

Oct. 20

SEL 8:00

Oct. 21

Report Card Window Opens

Oct. 24

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Mrs. Fields Office Fundraiser Kickoff

Oct. 28

Halloween Vehicle* Parade – Home of the VPCA

Halloween Parade 10:00

Early Release 11:30

Oct. 31

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Happy Halloween! Full Day of School

PBIS Reward







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Data Dive

Our first teacher data dive is coming up the link to sign up is below for October 4th.  At our first meeting, we will also be joined by Beth, Jen (ELL), and Erin Jackson to help support our discussions.  Our time will be spent looking at the NWEA results, quadrant charts, FAST, and BAS/JR.  I look forward to our initial conversations!



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Science Committee Survey

The K-12 Science committee kindly requests that you take a few minutes to complete the

K-5 Science Survey.  It is the hope of the committee that we can all work together to strengthen science education throughout our district.  This survey is the first step in devising a plan for the 2022-23 school year.  Please complete the survey by Monday, October 3rd.

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EVAL Timeline

***Anytime your goals and self assessment are completed, please make a time to meet with me.  I would like to meet with everyone by the end of the first week of November.

The following timelines have been established for the 2022-2023 school year:

Teacher Self Evaluations due in SFS:  October 29, 2022

Professional Goals/Student Growth Goal due in SFS:  October 29, 2022

** If there is a need to extend these dates because of a technical issue, please see your building administrator, but after reviewing the site with some staff members, it doesn’t seem to be too complicated.

**In many cases your professional growth goal will align with our school and district priorities

Observation/Walk Through (1):  Administrator deadline of December 16, 2022

Mid year Review (Optional, unless you are probationary):  If Administrator wants to meet, the deadline is February 24, 2023

Observation/Walk Through (2):  Administrator deadline of May 5, 2023

Final Evaluation Meeting to review progress:  Administrator/Teacher deadline is June 9, 2023 (pending Munetrix computation)

Completed Evaluation signed off in SFS:  June 15, 2023

There are training powerpoints found in SFS, and I would draw your attention to help documents related to entering goals. Specifically look for the self assessment and the landing page for staff members to enter goals. There are a handful of links, but we really would like you to look to the goals section if you are having issues:

  • Personal goal driven by the teacher

  • (Professional goal) Principal driven goal for each teacher, aligned to building and district priorities.

  • Student growth goal is optional this year since Munetrix is going calculate a score

If you are a probationary teacher, there are some suggested goals above and beyond those in your IDP. The student growth goal can go into the “Goals” link. There are spaces for a class goal and a targeted goal. Please use the class goal for your student growth (if applicable) goal and leave the targeted goal blank unless you and your building administrator have had a conversation.  There is a separate link for a professional goal.



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Walk to School 2022

Walk to School 2022

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Committee Work


  1. Rewards
    1. Volunteer to organize
  1. Golden Tray
    1. Begin October
    2. Monthly
    3. Winners on marquee and extra recess
  1. Sub Committees/Point Person
    1. Tier 2/3
      1. Emilie
    2. Cougar Cash/Store
      1. Katie
    3. Broadcast
      1. Megan S.
    4. Mentors–rolling out throughout October
      1. Lisa
      2. Dawn
    5. Super Cougar
      1. Cassie
    6. Monthly Reward
      1. All Committee
    7. SEL connection
      1. Marisa
    8. Smencils
      1. Katie
      2. Linda?
    9. Holiday Cash
      1. Andrea
  1. Holiday Cash
    1. Specifics
      1. Brainstorm
    2. Months 
      1. Creepy Cash (October) sucker
      2. Santa Cash (December) candy cane
      3. Raining Cash (March)
      4. Kindness is Blooming (May)
  1. September Reward
    1. Reward: popsicles and extra rewards
    2. Organizer: Katie
    3. Date: Friday, September 30, 2022
    4. Flips: 7 or less
    5. Reminders:
  1. October Reward
    1. Reward: movie
    2. Organizer:
    3. Date: Monday, October 31, 2022
    4. Flips: 6 or less
    5. Reminders: non-earners miss 20 minutes of movie and then rejoin class
  1. ROAR assembly
    1. Tuesday, September 20
    2. Find slots and send email
  1. Marisa
    1. discuss slots to review social skills during monthly rewards
  1. RESA Tier 2 trainings
    1. https://www.resa.net/teaching-learning/pbis 
    2. Virtual; 8:30-10:30a
      1. Intro/check in and check out: Sept 29
      2. More Options: Oct 21
  1. Smencils
    1. Being October
    2. Monthly
      1. Thursdays
    3. Travels on a cart
      1. Who–Linda Mantua?
  1. Super Cougar 
    1. Culver’s lunch
      1. Hamburger or chicken fingers
      2. Milk or apple juice
  1. Tier 2 data plan
  2. October agenda 
    1. Begin clip/flip discussion
    2. Budget
    3. Data presentation
    4. Mentors
    5. Double check stations



  • Discussions on the current status of how the new program is going
  • Discussions on the Oct. PD to look at Pacing in Atlas vs. Big Ideas- possibly talk with other buildings at that point


  • Discussions on M-STEP programming
  • Discussions around launching Tutoring- Digital Programs= 1 hour pay ($30), Small group tutoring= 2 hour pay ($60)
  • The chairs will meet soon on M-STEP data and analyze to see if we need to add anything into our programming this year.




  1. Beth- Title I Update
    1. FastBridge 4th and 5th grade currently testing- K and 1 done
    2. JR Kits distributed
    3. October 13/14 MTSS with JT and Matt
    4. Beth, Rachel and Renee day in October to digest Mstep data
  2. Review Digital Thinking Chart
    1. Math Coaches met with admin
    2. New Science coaches- hands on activities
      1. Piloting science curriculum
    3. Free building license for Moby Max- Megan try it out with a few students
  3. Reflex Webinar
    1. 3 teachers- Thursday, 9/22/2022, 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM
  4. Third Friday Staff Gatherings
    1. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caeaf28abf58-arno
    2. Ideas for 10/21?
  5. Staff Lounge beautification?
    1. Send email about staff pictures
      1. Erin will send email
  6. How to boost teacher morale throughout the school year?
    1. Lindsay- BINGO staff game

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After an amazing turnout last year at our Culver’s scholarship fundraiser, we are going to give it a go again.  I have the signupgenius below to sign up for a shift- but of course, everyone is welcome to come up and be part of the evening (5:00-8:00). All funds go right to the scholarship fund, last year we topped over$1000 for the fund which is amazing!  Hope to see you there!



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Halloween Parade

Time to get those costumes on for Oct. 28 at 10:00 for our annual Halloween Parade.  Our route will take us out of the 5th grade doors that morning, making a loop on the inside perimeter of the playground.  Let’s hope for great weather!  If there are any changes to the route due to weather, I will let you know when we get close. No costumes are allowed for kids on Monday, but feel free to center your activities around Halloween themes.


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From the PTA

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an all-volunteer, parent-run, non-profit organization that works cooperatively with school administration and educators to provide opportunities for our students and families to socialize by providing fun family events and in-school opportunities. We have provided assemblies, family activity nights, playground/gym equipment, student technology, staff appreciation, and so much more!

Fun Run Success! 

Wow! Our Cougars did an amazing job gathering donations for the Fun Run! Together we raised almost $28,000 and want to thank everyone who helped make this event a success! We couldn’t do it without the support of our Cougar families, volunteers, teachers, staff, and the PTA – A BIG THANK YOU! These donations help fund special events such as dances, family activity nights, in-school assemblies, gym equipment, and so much more. We had so much fun this year and hope your Cougar did too! Way to go Cougars!

Next PTA Meeting

Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 PM – Come see what we have planned next for our students!

 *New Room Location* We will be meeting in the Arno Media Center. Enter through the school front doors, go all the way down the hall until it ends and turn left. We will have childcare for all Arno students. Please register to become a PTA member.

PTA Membership Drive

We currently have our membership drive contest going on through October 14th and the cost is $7 per membership.  Your membership will count towards our contest. The top membership class will win an ice cream party! Anyone can join the PTA – parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Register online by following this link  https://arnopta.memberhub.com/store We appreciate your support!

Mark Your Calendars!

Book Fair – November 7th – 11th | located at Arno. More information to come soon!

Spirit Wear Sale –  November 16th – 30th | Spirit wear will be sold online this year. More information to come soon!

Like us on Facebook by searching @arnoelementarypta – be sure to like our page, we occasionally give away cool stuff like Detroit Tigers tickets!


Fall Office Fundraiser

Arno will be trying a new fundraiser this year- Mrs. Fields/The Cheesecake factory starting  Oct. 24 to help supplement the many requests we get from staff during the school year such as assessment programs, research-based activities, special project supplies, literacy materials, tech, etc.  The last fundraiser helped us purchase many extra classroom supply requests, Super Cougar pizza lunch supplies, and books for teachers.

The PTA has been a tremendous resource for our building with all they have given, however, the many teacher requests received throughout the school year to give our students the very best experiences create a need to seek additional support.  Therefore, we have partnered with this company to offer you a choice of items should you choose to purchase any, that would support providing more resources for our teachers. The large envelope coming home on Oct. 24  will contain all of the information needed (and there is an online order method).

Fundraiser Timeline

October 24 – November 7 (All orders due)         Fundraiser Sale

November 7 All money and orders due (online payment option available)

Prize info for qualifying sales coming soon at kickoff!

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Be sure to sign up in the link provided!

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Congratulations to one of our very own Cougars- Ava Fugedi, on being cast in the Nutcracker Ballet coming to the Fox Theater this Christmas! Be sure to get your tickets!



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Lessons to Answer Common Questions About Fall

Yesterday morning my youngest daughter and I were walking one of our dogs when she asked a question that her older sister asked a couple of years ago. That question was, “why do we have fall?” I did my best to explain it to her (she’s four, five next month) in terms that she could understand. I think she got it the gist of it.

Why Do We Have Fall?

If you have elementary school students who are wondering “why do we have fall?” here are a couple of good little videos on the topic.Why Are There Seasons? from SciShow Kids is a good video lesson about seasons. The video is appropriate for students in primary grades.

Reasons for the Seasons is a TED-Ed lesson appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. The lesson explains the relationship between the shape of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, the Earth’s tilt on its axis, and how those affect the amount of sunlight on different areas of the Earth. 

What is the Harvest Moon?
While looking for the videos above, I came across a related video that I featured in a blog post a couple of years ago. That video is ScienceCasts: The Harvest Moon. In the video the team at NASA ScienceCasts explains why the full moon that is closest to the northern autumnal equinox is called The Harvest Moon and why other moons have names too (have you heard of the snow moon or the wolf moon?). I found the video interesting, and I hope that you and your students do too.

Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Science Film Making Tips offers a good, partially animated, explanation of why leaves change colors, what produces the colors, and why bright and sunny days are best for viewing red leaves. The video is embedded below.

Reactions, a great YouTube channel from the American Chemical Society, offers a nice video about the chemistry involved in the process of leaves changing color. The videos explains how chlorophyll and the glucose stored inside trees help reveal the reds, yellows and, browns of fall foliage.

SciShow Kids offers this short video lesson to answer the question, “why do leaves change color in the fall?” following video about the science of changing leaves.

Three More Ways for Students to Create Flashcards Online

Writing yesterday’s blog post about my favorite alternative to Quizlet prompted me to look back at some other options for creating online flashcards. Should you find yourself looking for some free and easy ways for students to make online flashcards, give the following options a try.

Flippity’s flashcard template lets you create multimedia flashcards by simply entering terms into a Google Sheet. Your flashcards can include audio, video, images, and text. In this video I demonstrate how to create a set of multimedia flashcards by using Flippity’s Google Sheets template. A bonus of using Flippity is that, as I point out at the end of the video, when you create a set of flashcards with Flippity’s template you’re also creating matching activities and practice quizzes at the same time.

Easy Notecards is a free tool for creating text-based and image-based flashcards. What makes Easy Notecards a little different from other notecard and flashcard services is that you can search for public notecard sets according to textbook topics and titles. This is possible because when an Easy Notecards user creates a set of cards he or she can tag the cards with a book title and chapter within that book. For example, if I am making a set of cards based on chapter four of the U.S. History textbook The Americans I would tag that set with “The Americans, Chapter 4.” The cards that you create and or find on Easy Notecards can be used in five ways. They can be used as traditional flashcards that you simply flip back and forth. They can be used in a matching game. The cards can be used in a quiz game. Your cards can be used in an online bingo game. And the cards can be printed.

There are more than 300 flashcard templates in Canva’s design gallery. In that gallery you’ll find templates for making flashcards for math, spelling, geography, and more. And all of the templates can be modified to fit your needs. In this short video I demonstrate how to use Canva to create printable math flashcards. While watching the video pay attention to my trick for making all of the cutting lines exactly the same.

September 2022

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Welcome back Arno staff to all of the possibilities of

having the best year Arno has EVER had!!

Coming soon to Arno…

August 29

New Teacher Orientation

September 1

Teacher First Day/PD

Meet the Teacher 6:30

September 6

Student First Day

September 8

PBIS Stations

First PTA Meeting 6:00

September 14

PBIS Meeting 8:00

September 15

First Fire Drill 10:30

September 21

SIP Meeting 8:00

September 22

Tornado Drill 2:00

September 23

Fun Run

September 27

Fire Drill 2:00

September 29

Safety Committee 9:30


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Welcome Back Arno Staff!


Arno Teaching Staff 2022-2023

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

School Psychologist

Marisa Tringali

Debbie Green

Resource Room Aly Kubik 3-4-5

Nicole Nasutovich- K-1-2

ECP Speech Taylor Cuddy
Reading Coach/Title I Beth Wesley
ESL Jennifer VanMael
Math Coach Erin Jackson

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Welcome to Arno!

This year we are pleased to welcome to the Arno staff: Jessica Eskew- CI program,  Marisa Tringali-Social Work, Ms. Aly Kubik- Resource Room, Aaron Huntington- 4th grade(Pending Board Approval), and Erin Jackson- Math Coach.    Welcome to Arno Jessica, Marisa, Aly, Aaron, and Erin!

Jessica Eskew

My name is Jessica Eskew and I am from Wyandotte, MI! I received my B.S. in Elementary Education with a major in Cognitive Impairments and Masters in Teaching and Learning in Special Education with a concentration in ASD from Wayne State University . Personally, I have been married for 1 wonderful year and recently had a daughter who is 3 months old.  We love to play with our Golden Doodle Sammy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and music.I am excited to be a part of the Arno family and help each child progress in all areas of their development—academic, social, language, and motor.  I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.

Marisa Tringali

Hello! My name is Marisa Tringali and I will be the school social worker at Arno Elementary School this year. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in elementary education from Michigan State University and got my masters in social work from the University of Michigan. Last year, I was a long term school social work substitute at Bennie Elementary and I am so excited to continue my time at Allen Park Public Schools. I look forward to helping our students make this year their best one yet!

Aly Kubik

My name is Aly Kubik and I have the pleasure of
being Arno’s Resource Room teacher. I will encourage
all students to become active participants in their
education and in the school community.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from
Eastern Michigan University. This is my first year
teaching and my second year in the district as I served
as a long-term substitute before taking this position.
I was born and raised in Allen Park, graduating
from Allen Park High, Go Jags! I also coach the Girls
Varsity Basketball team.
I am committed to providing your child every
opportunity to have a successful year! I am very excited
to be a part of the Arno family!


Aaron Huntington

Hello, my name is Aaron Huntington and I am a graduate of Michigan
State University with a degree in  Elementary Education with a focus on
Language Arts and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of
Other Languages). In the winter of 2020 I graduated from Grand Valley
State University with a Masters of Education in Educational Technology. I
have ten years of teaching experience, with five of those years being in
fourth grade.
​    I live right here in Allen Park with my wife and two children. One of our
favorite things to do as a family is walk to any of the amazing parks
around the city. My favorite subjects are English and Science, but I love
certain aspects of them all. I love to see students reading and enjoying
books as much as I do.
I am a hardworking, responsible, and confident person with a continued
passion for elementary education. I believe a great teacher helps children
with the learning process and guides them to finding the answers for
themselves through discussion and discovery.
My interest in teaching was sparked as a child. My grandfather, my
grandmother, and my mother were all teachers or child care providers, so
I feel like I am stepping into a role that has been there for me since I was
young. My mother ran a child care out of our home, so I was always
around children and I would always volunteer to help. Becoming a teacher
was the most natural career choice for me.
I am extremely excited to begin this year at Arno as a fourth grade
teacher. I look forward to meeting everyone and becoming a part of the
Allen Park school community.


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Additional changes for 2022-23

Please also welcome to Arno staff Angela Monte and Katie Alsobrooks, both new additions to our classroom paraprofessionals.

Katie Jensen, our current CI teacher, will be moving into the role of Media Center teacher, which will take on some new STEM initiatives in the years to come!

Brian Trionfi, one of our 4th grade teachers, accepted a position in math over at APMS.  We thank Brian for all that he has done for Arno (Mr. Khan Academy)  and wish him the best in his new position!

From the PTA

Welcome Arno Cougar Parents!

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an all-volunteer, parent-run, non-profit organization that works cooperatively with school administration and educators to provide opportunities for our students and families to socialize by providing fun family events and in-school opportunities. We have provided assemblies, family activity nights, playground/gym equipment, student technology, staff appreciation, and so much more! We will have a table setup during Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 PM and will be located by the main doors. There will be information available regarding planned events for the 2022/2023 school year, PTA membership forms, and general PTA information. We know it’s a busy night, but please stop by and see us! 

 The PTA Membership Drive will run from September 1st through October 14th and our theme this year is “Fall into the PTA”.  The class that receives the most memberships will win an Ice Cream Social!  Forms will be sent home on the first day of school and a link will be posted on our Facebook page. You can find us on Facebook by searching @arnoelementarypta – be sure to like our page, we occasionally give away cool stuff like Detroit Tigers tickets! Check out the flyer below for more details on the PTA and scan the QR Code to link you directly to our Arno PTA membership page! Please consider joining – the cost is $7 and your membership helps support so much we do for your child. 

Our first PTA meeting will be held in the school cafeteria at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2022. The meeting will take place in-person and childcare will be provided for all Arno students. PLEASE JOIN US! If you’re looking for school spirit wear, we will be selling it online from November 16th through November 30th, so mark your calendars! More info will be available in the coming months. 

Our annual FUN RUN FUNDRAISER will take place from September 12, 2022 through September 30, 2022. The actual Fun Run will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 on the playground. This is our biggest fundraising event! It’s because of the fun Run and the support from our Arno Cougar families that we are able to offer free family-fun events and opportunities for our students. More information will be sent home with your child in the coming weeks. 

We have so many fun events planned for the school year and we need your help! Please consider volunteering or serving as a chairperson at one of our events. If we do not have a chairperson for an event, it is at risk to be cancelled. For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please email the PTA at arnopta@gmail.com

We are so excited for the 2022/2023 school year and can’t wait to share these great experiences with our awesome students! 



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This year, the district calendar reflects 7 days of teacher PD.  Those half-day PD dates feature no school in the afternoon, 11:30 dismissal.  The dates for this school year are as follows:

9/1, 10/28 (ER), 11/8, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, & 5/5 (ER)

REQUIRED PLC meetings (45 Minutes on September, October, December, April). Please remember to list your dates, and share agendas in the folder. 


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PBIS Beginning of the Year Stations and Follow-Up Activities

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Thursday, January 12, 2023

There will be 10 minutes spent at each station which includes the discussion and travel time between stations.  You will rotate in sequential order.

Start Times and Stations

8:45a–Huntington (1), Talamonti (2), Johnson (3), Pushman (4), Watson (5)

9:35a–Warneck (1), Guyot (2), Kalis (3), Schultz (4), Martinchick (5)

10:25a–Garza (1), Zuke (2), Higgins (3), Cervantes (4), Amonette (5)

11:55a–Haskin (2), Harrison (3), Mercer (4), Roller (5)

**Presenters, please note that the 11:55a rotation are all littles.  Please shorten your presentation to short attention spans, highlighting the big ideas.  Thank you for making this accommodation!**

               1. Office Expectations

                Staff: Kim Dowd or Cathy Anderson

                Location: outside of office for space

  1. Assembly and Bullying Expectations

               Staff: Andrea Alvarez

               Location:  gym or outside

  1. Bus Expectations

               Staff: Steve Zielinski

               Location: bus located in parking area

  1. Cafeteria Expectations

               Staff: ????

               Location: Cafeteria

  1. Hallway Expectations

               Staff: Aly Kubik

               Location: hallway outside of Media Center/Computer Lab


Follow-Up Activities

~Posters for the hallway

~Individual positive messages

~Write about it in your journal

~Review classroom matrix and expectations

~Draw a picture of when you were kind/somebody was kind to you

~Allen Park Elementary PBIS website (brand new from Kendra Payette-Linn!)

~Watch a PBIS video clip 

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For those employees required to complete Safe Schools Training, the system should be open soon to complete for the 2022-2023 school year.  The modules need to be completed by October 31.  Please email me if you have any issues.

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Drawing to Learn

Looking for a way to make the information you teach more memorable? Grab a pen and paper as author Graham Shaw leads you through a simple exercise to demonstrate the power of drawing and its impact on memory.

Drawing can work better than traditional note-taking because it allows the brain to process new information in a variety of different ways, says Shaw. When students were asked to draw what they had learned in a 2018 study, they were nearly twice as likely to recall that information over their peers who were asked just to write the same information down.

“The quality of the drawings didn’t appear to matter,” Shaw says. “People didn’t need to be artistically brilliant in order to create a drawing that stuck in their mind.”

The key to utilizing drawing as a memory-boosting tool, he explains, is to create a lasting impression by linking the pictures you draw to a meaning. Shaw suggests trying to “think in pictures.” For example, the word “innovation” might invoke the image of a spark or a light bulb, while a sketch of a tree might represent life, growth, or stability.

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Tech Time

Ten Good Templates for Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts Activities

At the start of this year ReadWriteThink re-released all of their popular interactive templates for creating all kinds of things including poems, story plots, timelines, compare & contrast maps, and much more. If you haven’t looked at ReadWriteThink in a while, take a look at these updated templates that can be used for lessons in language arts, science, and social studies.

ReadWriteThink offers a good interactive guide that can help students craft a good persuasive essay. The Persuasion Map asks students to start with a thesis statement before walking them through developing support for that thesis. Students can print their persuasion maps or email them to you. RWT offers a number of lesson plans that incorporate the Persuasion Map. You can find those lessons at the bottom of this page.

Essay Map provides students with step by step guidance in the construction of an informational essay. Some of my students seem to struggle most with constructing an introduction and conclusion to their essays. Essay Map is particularly good for helping students visualize the steps needed to construct good introductory and conclusion paragraphs. After students complete all of the steps in their Essay Map they can print their essay outlines.

Read Write Think’s Crossword Puzzle Generator makes it easy to create your own crossword puzzles. To create your puzzle simply enter a list of words, a set of clues for your words, and then let the generator make a puzzle for you. You can test the puzzle before printing it. You can print blank puzzles and answer sheets from the puzzle generator.

Alphabet Organizer is a great little tool from Read Write Think that students can use to create alphabet charts and books. The idea behind Alphabet Organizer is to help students make visual connections between letters of the alphabet and the first letter of common words. Here’s my demo of how it works.

RWT Timeline provides a good way for elementary school students to create timelines that include pictures and text. It doesn’t offer nearly as many options as some other timeline creation tools, but it’s easy to use and more than adequate for elementary school settings.

RWT’s Animal Inquiry guide is a good fit for elementary school science lessons. Animal Inquiry provides students with four templates; animal facts, animal babies, animal interactions, and animal habitats. Each template is an interactive template in which students respond to three prompts to help them create short reports about animals they are studying. Read Write Think suggests using the questions in the Animal Inquiry template as prompts for research. The questions in the templates could also be good for helping students brainstorm additional questions to research.

RWT’s Theme Poems interactive provides students with 32 pictures to use as the basis for writing short poems. To write a poem students launch the interactive then choose a theme. Within each of the five themes students will find related images. Once they choose an image students are prompted to write the words that come to mind as they look at the image. Students then create poems from those words. The finished product can be saved as a PDF and or emailed to a teacher from the RWT site.

The Trading Card Generator is one of my all-time favorite templates from RWT. With this template students can create trading cards about people (real and fictitious), places, and things. Here’s the video that I made about the Trading Card Generator earlier this year.

The RWT Flip Book template lets students create books by typing or by drawing on the pages in their books. There is a variety of page templates that students can choose to use within their books. Some templates are text-only, some are drawing-only, and some are a mix of drawing and text templates. To use RWT Flip Book students simply open the template, enter their first names, then start creating their first pages.Read Write Think’s Word Mover helps students develop poems and short stories. When students open the Word Mover app they are shown a selection of words that they can drag onto a canvas to construct a poem or story. Word Mover provides students with various background colors and patterns on which they can construct their poems. If the word bank provided by Word Mover doesn’t offer enough words they can add their own words to the word bank.

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June 2022

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Coming soon to Arno…

June 1

Super Awesome! Kentucky Edition

NWEA Reward Picnic for Top 10 Readers and Most Improved 11:30

NWEA Certificate students extra recess 1:30

June 2

3rd Grade to Greenfield Village

June 3

5th Grade to Greenfield Village

Senior Walk 1:45

June 7

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5th Grade Graduation APCA 9:15

Honors Choir APCA 7:00

June 8

Mentor Celebration 1:20

June 9

5th Grade Picnic

Super Cougar Ice Cream Party 2:30

June 10

1st Grade to Bowling

3rd Grade to Barney Park

Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 13

Early Release 11:30

3rd Grade to Boccabella

4th Grade to Pretty Family Park

June 14

Early Release 11:30

3rd Grade to Pretty Park

4th Grade to Boccabella

Kindergarten Celebration Picnic Barney Park

June 15

Early Release 11:30

Last Day of School


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June 22

Office Closes

2022-2023 School Year

August 22

Arno Office opens

September 1

Meet the Teacher

September 6

Student First Day

September 8

First PTA Meeting 6:00 New 

PBIS Stations


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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-


Final Committee Updates:


*NWEA spring assembly for students that met their goal or are at grade level – May 25, 2022

Fifth grade in gym 8:45-9:15, fourth and third grade in art room 9:30 & 10:00

*Top ten per grade level & most improved reward – park trip with Steve June 1, 2022 11:30-1:00

*Discussion on this year’s M-STEP scores

*Concerns expressed over the class sizes in current first grades and the impact on future scores – Is it possible to add an additional class of second grade for next year?

*Start fifth grade MSTEP prep earlier next year, not enough time to get it all in

*Add synonym word changing in directions as a strategy next year


PBIS Beginning of the Year Stations and Follow-Up Activities

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Thursday, January 12, 2023

There will be 10 minutes spent at each station which includes the discussion and travel time between stations.  You will rotate in sequential order.

Start Times and Station Double check 2022/2023 Specials schedule

8:45a–Trionfi (1), Talamonti (2), Johnson (3), Pushman (4), Watson (5)

9:35a–Warneck (1), Guyot (2), Kalis (3), Schultz (4), Martinchick (5)

10:25a–Garza (1), Zuke (2), Higgins (3), Cervantes (4), Amonette (5)

11:55a–Haskin (2), Harrison (3), Mercer (4), Roller (5)

**Presenters, please note that the 11:55am rotation are all littles.  Please shorten your presentation to short attention spans, highlighting the big ideas.  Thank you for making this accommodation!**

               1.Office Expectations

Staff: Kim Dowd or Cathy Anderson

Location: outside of office for space

  1. Assembly and Bullying Expectations

Staff: Andrea Alvarez

Location:  gym or outside

  1. Bus Expectations

Staff: Steve Zielinski

Location: bus located in parking area

  1. Cafeteria Expectations

Staff: ????

Location: Cafeteria

  1. Hallway Expectations

Staff: ????

Location: hallway outside of Media Center/Computer Lab


  • Continue monthly activities identified through the calendar.  Please use all of the literacy resources in the media center.


  • The math committee reviewed NWEA math data. We worked to find the percent of students who met the cut score in each grade. We compiled the percent proficient from each grade and you can see the breakdown here. The plan is to track the percent proficiencent from each grade year to year. One teacher from each grade will receive the previous years’ scores so you can see where next year’s students ended this spring. Thanks for all of your hard work this year!


Completed all sections of required plans and goals for submission to the district.  Planning is complete, the information will be shared at the first staff meeting.



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Final Eval meetings/Data meetings

We will have our combined final eval and final data meeting together on June 8.  If we are unable to finish while we wait for final data, then I will schedule something separate with you to wrap this all up.


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Senior Clap Out

Please mark your calendars for the Senior clap out on June 3 @1:45pm.  We will start at the 5th grade doors, and walkthrough to the main doors- Kindergarten can join in the main hallway.


FYI- PLEASE be sure this is up to date

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School Supply Lists are out and ready to go…

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



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Please note that students may continue to carry backpacks through Tuesday, June 14. Students should not bring a backpack on the last day.

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Some New Beginnings

Some people would say that change is good.  In some cases they would be right,, but not in this case.  This year we must say goodbye to two of our MVP’s of Arno- Michele Sbonek, Colleen Byrne.  We are also saying goodbye again to Sandy Bennett, who has stepped back into the social work role this year at Arno. The mark they have left on us, and the tremendous impact on kids that they have had is immeasurable.  They are truly the professionals that put kids first everyday, but have also been tremendous supporters of our staff.  We wish them well in their retirement as they begin anew, waiting for their next big adventure.  They will always be an Arno Cougar– We will miss you!!!


Michele Sbonek

Michele Sbonek has been a fixture in our resource room at Arno for a long time.  So many students have passed through her door that were in need of assistance, and so many shined brightly because of it.  Michele has that magical touch that really digs down to the heart of what is needed, and reaches her students in an inspiring way.  Michele develops those key relationships with her students that helps to motivate and engage them in their learning. In the same way, Michele has been an invaluable resource for our entire staff, tirelessly working with every classroom teacher to bring the best learning opportunities for her kids.  We will miss Michele at Arno, whether it was for her work with students, the APHS scholarship team, or just being there for the staff- Michele was all you could ask for in a teacher- and we wish her Congratulations, and best of luck in this new chapter in her life.

Colleen Byrne

Colleen Byrne has been a fixture in the Arno media center for a long time as well.  Her love of literacy and positive enthusiasm for it, is very engaging to our students. The students always love going to Mrs. Bryne’s class for special because of all the fun lessons with reading they experience, and that is a big part in helping students achieve a love of reading.  Mrs. Byrne has also been a big part in supporting our social-emotional team, bringing in literature to support student needs, as well as co-chairing our student peer to peer mentoring group at Arno- an invaluable experience for both the mentor, and the mentee.  Student engagement in literacy at Arno is in a better place thanks to Mrs. Byrne and we wish her Congratulations and best wishes in all her future plans.


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Welcome to Arno!

This year we are pleased to welcome to the Arno staff Ms. Jessica Eskew, new teacher for our CI program, as well as Ms. Aly Kubik, who will be our new resource teacher.  find out more about our new teachers in this fall’s first blog post of the 2022-23 school year.  Welcome to Arno Jessica and Aly!

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Additional changes for 2022-23 

Mrs. Jensen, our current CI teacher, will be moving into the role of Media Center teacher, which will take on some new STEM initiatives in the years to come!

Mrs. Dana Brown will be returning to us from leave in the fall, she will be taking on the the social work position at Arno


Kiwanis Fun 

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5th Grade Graduation

It’s hard to believe that we are already upon the end of the year.  That always means celebrations, picnics, and special activities.  The biggest event that takes us into the summer, though, is 5th Grade Graduation.  We will be hosting the celebration on June 7 starting at 9:15 at the Allen Park Center for the Arts adjacent to the high school.  This year’s 5th grade picnic will take place on Thursday of that week.  Please mark your calendars


NWEA Celebration

We kicked off another celebration of our students who have worked so very hard to meet their goals on the NWEA.  This time around, all students who met their goal or achieved grade level on their NWEA will receive an extended recess.  We also have a Top 10 reading scores per grade, and a “Biggest Jump” category for those who saw the biggest jump in score from Sept. to May.  All Top 10 and Big jump kids will be attending a pizza picnic at Boccabella park on June 7- those students have a note and permission slip to take home.   It was so great to see all of the smiles and the M-STEP charm necklaces, which were very filled up to end our testing season!

Congrats to all of our hard working 3rd -5th graders!

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Tech Time

Alternatives to Book Reports – A Post Inspired By My Daughter

My five-year-old daughter has a healthy obsession with the According to Humphrey the Hamster series of books. She got one of the books for Christmas and we’ve been reading through the entire series since then. Last week I came home from a bike ride and she couldn’t wait to show me her latest art project! It was a paper replica of how she pictured Humphrey’s cage. She had even used some paper and tape to create a little hamster wheel to put in his cage. On a scale of 1-10 I was at about 15 for how impressed I was that she came up with that idea on her own.

Inspired by my daughter’s creation of a replica of Humphrey the Hamster’s cage, here are some other ideas for alternatives to traditional book report assignments.


  • Create a book trailer video. This is a short video intended to get people excited to read a book. Students can summarize key points in the book and try to entice viewers to read the book. Canva’s video editor and Adobe Creative Cloud Express are great tools for making book trailer videos.
  • Have students design and publish their own online games based on the plot and characters of a book. Flippity offers great templates that students can modify to create their own online games.
  • Students can use Google Earth to create virtual tour based on locations featured in a book. Students using the web browser version of Google Earth can include videos in the placemarks in their tours. Students who use Google Earth Pro can record audio narration for their entire tours.
  • Consider using the choose-your-own-adventure model and have students write some alternate endings to a story. They can do this in Google Slides. Here’s a video about the process.


Five Google Earth Activities to Get Kids Interested in the Outdoors

In last week’s Week in Review I mentioned a new book titled Outdoor Kids in an Inside World. In the book Steven Rinella presents a lot of ideas for getting kids interested and involved in learning about nature. In the first chapter he presents a big list of ideas for things that you can do to spark kids’ curiosity before you even head outside. As I was reading through those ideas it struck me that many could be done or be aided by the use of Google Earth.

Inspired by Steven Rinella’s Outdoor Kids in an Inside World, here are five Google Earth activities that you can do to get kids interested in learning about the world around them.

  • Trace a drop of rain from your house to the nearest stream, river, lake, or ocean.
  • How many total feet or meters of elevation change would you cross to walk from your school to the highest point in your state, province, or country.
  • Create a tour of the five most interesting geological features in your state, province, or country. Let students decide what qualifies as “interesting.”
  • Use the historical imagery in Google Earth to view changes in shoreline over the last fifty years. Have students create a list of the factors that contributed to those changes.
  • Take a walk outside and look for bird nests. Record their locations in a Google Earth file. Repeat the process the following year with another group of students and see if the bird nests are in the same places.

If you’re interested in learning more about Google Earth, enroll in A Crash Course in Google Earth and Maps or take a look at Around the World With Google Earth.



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May 2022

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Teacher Appreciation Week Begins!!

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May 2

Kindergarten Roundup 6:30

Hearing screening Y5, K, and 1

May 4

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Staff Appreciation Lunch 11:00-12:00 ALL

May 5

PTA Meeting 6:30

May 6

Early Release 11:30/PM PD

May 9 

Ad Council

Steve out in pm

May 10


May 11

Hearing retakes

PBIS 8:00

May 12


Staff Meeting 8:00

May 16 

ICC 4:00

May 17

K Screening

APMS student orientation 9:00

May 18

SIP 8:00

SRCM 8:00

May 19

K screening

SEL 8:00

SRCR 8:00

Safety Committee 9:30

May 23

Steve off

District PBIS meeting 1:30

May 24

Data Meetings

May 27

PBIS Reward

5th Grade reprod unit


May 30 

Memorial Day- No School

May 31

Ad Council 9:30

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Hour Lunch Schedule


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Committee Updates:

PBIS: PBIS Clubs are back, be sure to set up any plans or get materials you need for reward day

SIP: The SIP team will meet on May 3 for a full day to wrap up school improvement for the year.

SEL: Be sure to check out this month’s newsletter and resources

SRCR: M-STEP Prep has now ended- plans will be discussed for next year

SRCM: Discussion of modifying the monthly calendar to increase student participation


Data Time

We will be having our May data dive toward the end of the month so that we can have all testing finished at that point.  Please make your plans for NWEA testing.  We are working on providing a sub for everyone so that you can have a day to BAS your room as well, Beth’s team will FAST and progress monitor throughout May.

M-STEP preliminary scores will be issued soon when we have everything in.


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If you have special requests for supplies, please get them to Cathy by Friday, June 15


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We are pleased to be bringing back the normal kindergarten round up this spring for all incoming kindergarteners. This year’s event will be on May 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents will attend in the gym, all future Cougars will attend within the 3 different classrooms.  Remember that Kindergarten registration is now open at Riley.


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Congratulations to our New PTA BOARD for the 2022-2023 School Year

President: Nicole Adkins

Vice President: Meaghan Bachman

Treasurer: Jesse Spencer

Secretary: Sarah Wald

*Our last meeting of this school year will be on May 5 at 6:30

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Tech Time

Three Great Ways to Create Online Exit Ticket Activities

This morning I received a question from a reader of my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. She wanted to know what I would suggest as an alternative to Google Forms and Google Classroom for conducting exit ticket activities in her biology class. I quickly replied with three options that I really like.

The first option that came to my mind was ZipletFormative was the second option that I thought of. And the third option was a PowerPoint add-in called ClassPoint. All three of those free tools are demonstrated in this new video.

Learn more about Ziplet, Formative, and ClassPoint in the following blog posts:

Four Convenient Classroom Timers

I’ve always taught in schools that use a block schedule. The shortest blocks being 80 minutes and the longest ones being 240 minutes! Therefore, I’ve always used some type of timer to keep track of how long students were working on an activity and to keep track of break times between activities. When I first started teaching I did that with an actual egg timer like this one. Later I started using online countdown timer tools. The first one being Online-Stopwatch.com. That’s one of the four convenient classroom timers that I featured in this short video.

In the video above I featured the following four online timer tools:

The one that I use the most is the “set timer” option in Google.
If you use a lot of slides in your classroom, you might want to include a countdown timer in those slides. In this video I demonstrate how to add a countdown timer to PowerPoint. In this video I show how you can add a countdown timer to Google Slides.


April 2022

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Coming soon to Arno…

April 4

School Resumes

April 7

Fire Drill

Staff Meeting 7:45

PTA Meeting 6:30

April 8

Data Meetings

April 11

MSTEP window opens

April 12

Ad Council

MSTEP 5th Grade SS

April 13

PBIS 8:00

April 14

MSTEP 5th Grade Science

SRCR 8:00

April 15

Good Friday- No School

April 17

HOPPY Easter!

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April 19

MSTEP 5th Grade ELA

5th Grade Parent Orientation APMS 6:00

April 20

Fire Drill

SIP 8:00

SRCM 8:00

April 21

SEL 8:00

April 26

MSTEP 5th Grade Math, 4th Grade Math, 3rd Grade ELA

April 29

PBIS Reward


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Committee Updates


The PBIS team continues to fill out required paperwork, analyze current data, and plan for next year as well as purchases.


The team is working with the staff on M-STEP work to prep up for the big test next month


The math team created a take home calendar of math tasks to be completed at home. It’s optional if you wish to collect them for grades, incentives etc.  The hope is to provide additional time and engagement around math skills.


The team has recently sent out resources and information regarding Women’s History Month, as well as created a bulletin board in the main hall.


The team covered the survey results and discussed some of that information received.  We will talk about next steps with any actionable items from the results.

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Data Diving

We had a great data session last week looking at all our at risk students and their current status with progress monitoring.  We will meet again in April just ahead of the MTSS meeting.  If you brought forth someone to consider for child study, their name will be brought up at that meeting.  We will also be looking at those who are receiving service, and whether or not it needs to continue.  Depending on staffing, I also hope to make a move with information to start inviting kids to summer school sometime in April.


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Watersheds Contest

As a Wayne County Green School award recipient, Arno Elementary School is one of just 25 Schools eligible to participate in this year’s Adopt a Storm Drain contest!

The Alliance of Downriver Watersheds Schools for Clean Water Adopt a Storm Drain Contest is an easy online contest where you encourage parents, school staff, and community members to pledge to adopt a storm drain near their home. When they take the pledge they assign that pledge to your school.

The schools that get the most pledges will win cash prizes up to $1,500 for class materials and educational projects!

Here are the contest details:

The Alliance for Downriver Watersheds (ADW) is proud to announce the 2nd annual Schools for Clean Water Contest! As a current, or recent, Green School located in the Downriver area, your school is eligible to participate and win!

What is the Schools for Clean Water Contest?

The Schools for Clean Water Contest is a friendly competition to reduce pollution in our local waterways. Like last year, we will focus on keeping yard waste and litter out of storm drains.

How does it work?

Participating schools urge parents, alumni, and faculty to visit www.SchoolsForCleanWater.org between April 4th and April 22nd (Earth Day) to complete a simple online pledge to do their part. When they submit the pledge form, they assign that pledge to your school. At the end of the contest, we tally up the totals and the schools with the most pledges win cash prizes.

Who can pledge?

Anyone 18 and older can take the pledge including, but not limited to: parents, alumni, student’s family members, teachers, school support staff, friends, neighbors, etc…

What do schools win?

Eight schools will win a share of the $5,000 in prize money. The money can be used to pay for educational projects and classroom materials.

  • First Place – $1,500

  • Second Place – $1,250

  • Third Place – $1,000

  • Wild Card – 5 x $250 (all schools with 50 or more pledges, will be entered into a random drawing for the five wild card prizes)


In 2021, winners used the prize money to help fund programs like an outdoor classroom, a reading garden for special education students, school gardens, and other green initiatives.


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Kindergarten Roundup

We are pleased to be bringing back the normal kindergarten round up this spring for all incoming kindergarteners. This year’s event will be on May 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents will attend in the gym, all future Cougars will attend within the 3 different classrooms.  Remember that Kindergarten registration is now open at Riley.


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The M-STEP Window Opens

M-STEP kicks off on May 4 for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for all students. Please see the schedule below for testing dates, and remember there will be some prep changes during this time period:

ALL testing starts at 9:15.  

April 12    5th Grade Social Studies

April 14    5th Grade Science

April 19    5th Grade ELA

April 26    3rd Grade ELA, 4th Grade Math, and 5th Grade Math

May  3       3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade ELA

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APPS Summer Camp Info


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Limited Schools of Choice Program for 2022-23

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 2022-23 school year for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  (Requests for specific elementary schools cannot be guaranteed)

Applications will be available, online only, between Monday, March 28, 2022 through Sunday, April 17, 2022 on our website, https://www.allenparkschools.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=971881&type=d&pREC_ID=1847418

Completed applications will be accepted beginning Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 17.  Absolutely no late applications will be accepted.

A random draw selection will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022. The draw will determine numerical selection for acceptance of candidates.  Parents will be contacted with their students’ waitlist number, by email or phone call by April 20, 2022.

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.

For more information about the Schools of Choice Program, please see the attached FAQ’s, visit our website at www.allenparkschools.com.  You can also address questions to schoolofchoice@appublicschools.com or call (313) 827-1154.

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  1. Embed charts from Google Forms – You can now embed the charts automatically generated by Forms into Docs, Slides, and Sites. These charts automatically update as new data is received.
  2. Schedule an assignment in multiple classes – FINALLY! This is a long awaited update to Google Classroom!
  3. Practice Sets for Google Classroom – you can sign up to beta test the latest feature for Google Classroom which is scheduled for release during the 2022-23 school year.
  4. ChromeOS Flex (beta) – Google opened up beta access to a new version of ChromeOS designed to run on old Mac and PC hardware.
  5. IT Admin Tip: custom admin roles – I recently used the Google Admin Console to create three custom roles to delegate simple Chromebook management tasks. Here’s what they look like.
  6. Google Forms phishing scam – The scammers are back, and this time they’re trying to trick us using Google Forms!
  7. Screen Pal (video where you type) – This is a cool new Chrome extension from Screen-Cast-O’Matic that lets you add a video recording in any text box. It’s like the video version of Mote!
  8. Grammar practice with Slides – I created this Google Slide template for a teacher who needed a new way to help students complete their grammar exercises.
  9. 30 ways to use Forms in the Classroom – Each year I update this list of ways educators are using Google Forms for assessments, feedback, grading, and other creative applications.
  10. April fools pranks – Here’s a list of some harmless tech pranks you can play on your students or administrators on April 1.

Five Ways to Create Online Drag-and-Drop Activities

Last week I wrote about TeacherMade’s new drag-and-drop online activity creation tool. It’s a nice tool for turning documents into online sorting and matching activities for your students. Of course, there are other ways to create online drag-and-drop activities for your students to complete. I’ve written about a handful of them over the last couple of years. Those are highlighted below.

Google Drawings
I’ve created drag-and-drop activities for geography lessons by using Google Drawings. To do that I put a map in Google Drawings then created a bank of labels that students drag onto the map. I share the activity in Google Classroom with the “make a copy for each student” option so that students aren’t affecting each others’ work. Watch this video to see the whole process.Google Jamboard
A couple of years ago a reader named Chuck asked me for suggestions on how to create a virtual philosophical chairs activity. My suggestion was to try using Google Jamboard. The idea is to have students move their avatars around the Jamboard to indicate their positions on a given discussion topic. Here’s a video explanation of how the activity works.Wizer.Me
Wizer.me is a tool that I’ve used periodically over the last half-dozen years. In Wizer you can create online worksheet activities that include drag-and-drop activities. This tutorial is a little bit dated now, but it gives you an idea of what’s possible in Wizer.TinyTap
I recently wrote a lengthy post about using TinyTap to create online puzzle games for students. Those puzzles are all solved through the use of drag-and-drop. Watch this video to learn more.TeacherMade
TeacherMade’s latest feature lets you create drag-and-drop activities based on your existing PDFs and Word docs. Read my full post about it here or watch the tutorial video as embedded below.

How to Make Your Own Wordle-style Game

I’ve yet to play Wordle and by the time I do the fad will probably be over. That said, I know a lot of people enjoy the game and are looking for ways to bring it into their classrooms. If that describes you, this blog post is for you.

Flippity.net offers more than two dozen templates for creating all kinds of online activities including a Wordle-style game called WordMaster. You can see a live demo of a WordMaster game right here. The template for creating the game is available here and is very easy to use. All you need to do is enter a list of five-letter words and Flippity will handle the rest. Your game will be assigned its own URL that you can share with your students via Google Classroom, via QR code, via email, or any other means that you typically use to share resources with your students.

In the following short video I demonstrate how to create a Wordle-style game with Flippity’s WordMaster template.

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March 2022

Coming soon to Arno…

March 1

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March is Reading Month Begins!

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March 2

Dr. Suess’s Birthday

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March 3

PTA Meeting 6:30

March 4

School wide Bingo on zoom

Report Card Window Opens

March 7

Mobile Dentist in gym

PBIS District meeting 1:30

March 8

Teacher Data Meetings

March 9

PBIS 8:00

March 10

STAFF Meeting 7:45

Spring Pictures

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March 11

End of 2nd Trimester

March 16

Tornado Drill 10:00

SIP 8:00

March 17

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Report Card window closes

SRCR 8:00

SEL 8:00

District Safety Committee 9:30

March 18

No School- Teacher PD

Report Cards Released

March 21

World Down Syndrome Day- Rock your socks!

March 23

Bingo for Books 6:00

SRCM 8:00

March 24

PBIS Reward March Madness

March 26-April 3


Open all week for Spring Break! – Boys and Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls

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It is that time of year… we are in need of your opinion of how things are going at Arno for school improvement planning.  Please take a moment and complete this year’s survey which has been revised by the SIP team.  Student survey information for grades 3-5 will be given by Carrie Solak during this same time.  The survey will stay open until March 9




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Committee Review


Edmentum before school groups going

-Good attendance

After school tutoring groups going

-Lots of positive feedback from students

-Will be adding reading opportunities for students to come read to Young fives

NWEA award ceremony a success

-Seems to motivate students

-Should always do one grade at a time (better attention and control)

-4th and 5th grade have had their extra recess

-3rd grade extra recess to be completed in the future

-ten top students had their movie reward

Vocabulary tests are going

-Necklaces are started

SBA practices will start soon

Edmentum contest going

-Second grade won this month – they decided on a PJ day as the reward

-Discussed Edmentum teacher reports and controls

-competition working well as motivation


  1. Data
    1. RESA powerpoint
    2. missed rewards
  1. Budget
  2. February Reward
    1. Organizer: Emilie Talamonti
    2. Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
    3. Reward: School Wide Bingo (via Zoom with Steve)
    4. Missed Flips: 5 or less; non-earners only miss 20 min.; all students can wear PJs
    5. whole class suckers
  1. Monthly Rewards
    1. March: March Madness, Lisa Smalley
      1. Grade levels meet with Sandy
      2. Missed reward students go to different classroom for that time
    2. April: Clubs, Katie Jensen
  1. Smencils
    1. December sales: $801
    2. March sales
      1. Break it into upper and lower
    3. Need to purchase more
  1. District Meeting Update
    1. Tier 2/3 numbers
      1. special education not included
  1. Planning Date for Katie & Lisa – Feb. 28, 2022 
    1. approved
  1. PTA Proposal
    1. Cougar Store 
      1. books (Follett money)
      2. jump ropes/balls
      3. art kits
      4. mini STEM
      5. mini instruments
    2. mobile kiosk/mobile food cart
      1. Cougar Store
      2. Smencils
    1. CONTACT office for purchase of:
      1. Smencils
      2. dum dums
    2. Data of cultural switching
      1. Research diversity inclusion presenters/materials
    3. Monthly Themes
      1. Not only ethnicity based but incorporated
    1. Check for Zumba needs to be done ahead of time
      1. Added to monthly to do calendar


The math team is currently looking at implementing a monthly home calendar that students would complete and bring back, possibly for an incentive.  More info to follow.  This would need to become part of our SIP plan


Looked at activities and goals that will need to be added/adjusted to the main district MICIP plan


In addition to March is Reading Month, the SEL team is going to be putting together resources to share for Women’s History Month which also takes place in the month of March. This includes:
– Women’s History Month bulletin
– Daily spotlight featuring influential women on morning announcements
– A book display featuring influential women available for check out in the library (checking with Colleen on this)

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Data Questions

Thank you all for some very productive data discussions this month, hopefully you are finding Educlimber as a useful tool when you need to reference data or progress monitoring information.  Now that we have had discussions on our new data- how will you know if the desired learning is occurring as a result of your instruction and intervention.  What will that look like in 3 weeks? 6 weeks? 8 weeks?


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Mobile Dentist is Coming March 7

If you have families that would still like to register, please click on the link: https://www.myschooldentist.com/AEAPMI

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Spring Pictures-Rescheduled - Park Avenue Elementary School

Spring Pictures are here!

Picture Day for Arno Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2022 and this Picture Day event’s Order Code is 67356XF



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March is Reading Month Activities

Travel the World with Books!
One Book, One School

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures!

Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #1: The Mount Rushmore Calamity: Brown, Jeff, Pamintuan, Macky: 9780061429903: Amazon.com: Books

This year to celebrate March is Reading Month, our entire
school will be participating in One Book, One School by
reading Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: The Mount
Rushmore Calamity. Each student will be receiving a copy of
the book. Please pass books and parent flyers out on February
25. We are asking that you follow the pacing guide provided
and read this book aloud to your students throughout the
month of March. Due to COVID guidelines, safety, and
scheduling, March is Reading month will be a little scaled
down this year, but we know that reading will be emphasized
this month in each of your classrooms.
Pacing Guide

February 28-March 4: Chapters 1 & 2
March 7- 11: Chapters 3 & 4
March 14-18: Chapters 5 & 6
March 21-25: Chapter 7
Flat Stanley

Students will be receiving a blank copy of a Flat Stanley
for them to decorate and mail home if they so choose. In class
have students write about where they would like to send Flat
Stanley. We have provided a template for you to use in your
classroom if you want. Please hang your writing in the hallway
during the month of March.

Wear it Wednesdays

Celebrate March is Reading Month by dressing up each Wednesday to match the reading theme.

March 2: Pack your bags! Wear a shirt from you favorite location, vacation, or somewhere you want to go!

March 9: Pawsitively Wild About Reading! Wear animal print!
March 16: Team up for reading! Wear sports apparel.
March 23: We “read” all month! Wear red!

Unplugged Tuesdays

Turn off electronics… and turn on your imagination! Every Tuesday night in
March “unplug” and spend some quality time with your family!

March 1, 8, 15, 22

Final Week: Reading “Spirit” Week

To celebrate the end of March is Reading Month, we will be hosting a

Reading Spirit Week.

March 21: Be a Word! Wear a shirt or hat with words on it, or pin a word

and definition to your shirt.

March 22: Be a Book Character! Come to school dressed as your favorite

book character.

March 23: Wear Red because we “read” all month (Wear it Wednesday)
March 24: Michigan Day! Wear your favorite Michigan themed clothes.
March 25: Read and Relax! Bring in your favorite book and wear your comfiest pajamas.


On Tuesdays and Thursdays each classroom will participate in D.E.A.R!
Someone will announce this over the PA. If you are on prep, participate in DEAR at your convenience.

Book Exchange

During the week of March 7-11 students will be participating in a book
exchange on their library day. Flyers have already gone home to parents with information about the Book Exchange.

Penny Wars

Save your spare change to bring to school on the following days: March
2, 7, 9, 14,& 16. Give your pennies to your class and your nickels, dimes,
and quarters to other classes. Pennies add to your classes total, but other
coins count against your total. The class with the highest total wins! All
proceeds will go to future March is Reading Month events!

Bingo for Books!

Bingo for Books is back! Watch for an email about when to send flyers
home for students to sign up for Bingo for Books. Bingo for Books will be
held March 23 in the Arno cafeteria. Dinner will not be provided this year,
but everyone will go home with a snack bag along with the books they
win! Please consider volunteering to help work this amazing event. Sara Bleau sent out a sign-up genius link via email.

Weekly Incentives

Each Friday, to celebrate please pass out the weekly incentives to your students. They will be in your mailbox on Thursday.

March 4: I can’t bear to be without books!! Gummy Bears

March 11: Smarties
March 25: Finger Flashlights

Tech Time

This is really cool…

Yellowstone Distance Learning Opportunities

A couple of weeks ago I shared some information about Denali’s Distance Learning Program for K-12 classrooms. This week I learned that Yellowstone National Park offers a similar program.

Yellowstone National Park’s distance learning program lets you schedule a twenty to forty minute virtual presentation with a Yellowstone Park ranger. Presentations can be scheduled for students to learn about geology of the park, the animals of the park, and the history of the park. Rangers are also available to talk about careers in the National Parks Service and more.

Yellowstone National Park is in the mountain time zone. If mountain time presents a scheduling challenge for you, there are also recordings of ranger’s presentations that are available right here on Yellowstone’s Distance Learning page. Handouts and worksheets to use with the virtual presentations are available here.

Here’s a video of a Yellowstone distance learning presentation about bears.

Read Aloud in Chrome

My usual recommendation for teachers and students who need webpages read aloud is to use Immersive Reader which is built into Microsoft Edge. But if Edge isn’t available to you then you might want to try the Read Aloud extension for Chrome. The Read Aloud extension does exactly what its name implies, it reads pages aloud.

The Read Aloud extension doesn’t offer nearly as many options as Immersive Reader in Edge offers, but there are a few customizations that you can make to it. You can adjust the speed at which pages are read, the size of the text as it’s displayed when being read aloud, and you can change the size of the text box that is displayed when a page is read aloud.

Watch this one-minute video to see how Read Aloud for Chrome works.



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