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Dear Black River Families....

2018-2019 New Student Enrollment Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently underway and applications are being accepted for our lottery drawing. The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Click here for admissions information and here for important enrollment dates. For questions regarding enrollment, please contact Nicole Klunder at klundern@brpsk12.org or 355-0055, ext. 116.

Student News - Friday Show
Congratulations, Eden Nykamp - Member of the GH/BRPS Ski Team

Congratulations to Black River student, Eden Nykamp. Eden skis with the combined Grand Haven/Black River Public School Ski Team.  Eden was one of two skiers on the team to qualify for the State Finals.  Eden qualified in the Women's Slalom Event and will ski in the State Finals on February 26.

Rat Buck Shout-outs from Mr. Donnelly

A LOT of Rat Bucks were issued in January, and that is great news :)

The following students received an exceptional amount of Rat Bucks and deserve recognition for the month of January 2018.

6th Grade:  Eden Pomp
                   Honorable Mention, Soraya Kosters, Carter Koch

7th Grade:  Grah Russel 
                   Honorable mention, Avery Mangum, Hayden Mealy

8th Grade:  Benjamin Logan and Zachary Devereaux, 
                   Honorable Mention - Emily Hearn, Sophia Yost, Lily Beacham, Kylee Poulton, and                     Nora Best

Project Term Schedules are Posted

Project Term schedules, along with any associated fees for students in grades 4 -12 are now available on Infinite Campus. Please note that students will only be allowed to make schedule changes between March 5 and March 19.  During that time, Mrs. Wise, the school registrar, will post classes that are open outside of her office, room 207. She will also maintain wait lists for all students who were not scheduled in their first choice courses. She will notify students in writing if there is an opening in a class.  

BR United Way Club

The BR United Way Club volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket last week. They had a lot of fun helping to make trail mix for the sack suppers for children in Holland!

The Golden Age of the Senate H.W. Brands

Join Dr. Dykhouse on February 22, 2018 to travel to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for a special event entitled, "The Golden Age of the Senate", presented by H.W. Brands. 

The bus will depart at 6:00pm and return to Black River at 9:00pm.  Sign up with Dr. Dykhouse at dykhouseg@brpsk12.org or see him in room 419.

Space is limited; first come, first serve.

Rat Race Sign-up Link is Here!

The 13th Annual Black River Rat Race on Friday the 13th of April at 6:13 p.m., is open for registrations!


Sign-up for the NJHS Sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive

On Monday, March 5, Black River National Honor Society will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9am - 3pm in the Main Gym. 

Congratulations to the Raticals, Black River's Middle School Team

Congratulations to the Raticals, Black River's Middle School Team.  They took first place at the Western Michigan Chapter of MathCOUNTS held at GVSU on Friday.  The team will continue onto the state level of competition in March.

Also congratulations to top individual finishers.  Elliot Lappenga placed 4th,  Madelyn Rynsburger placed 5th, and Matthew Harrelson placed 6th.

Here is a picture of the team with Bill Stefan who MC'd the event.  

Math Counts Team Photo

Beth Kiurski Wins the Fox 17 Pay it Forward - Teacher of the Year!

We'd like to congratulate our very own Upper Elementary teacher, Beth Kiurski for winning the Fox 17 Pay It Forward: Teacher of the Year award! Please congratulate her next time you see her in the hallways or around campus. We are so proud of her!

Jim Levering and Beth Kiurski

GVSU College Prep Week Link
Would you like to Purchase a Yearbook Ad?

Do you own a local business?  Would you be willing to help the Black River Public School Yearbook staff by ordering an advertisement? If so, please fill out and return the 2017-18 Yearbook Ad form with payment. Contact yearbook advisor, Joy Shirk at shirkj@brpsk12.org with questions. Thank you for supporting the yearbook! 

Yearbook Order Deadline is Monday, January 29, 2018

Yearbook ordering is coming to a close. Yearbooks may be available after the pre-ordered yearbooks arrive. Extras are sold on a first come basis and are not guaranteed. Follow the links below to order:

Elementary Yearbook Order Site and Enter Code 40125

Middle/School/High School Yearbook Order Site and Enter Code 40122

Join the Annual BRPS Golf Outing Committee

Looking for volunteers to join the annual golf outing committee to help with this year’s golf outing on Monday, June 25 at Macatawa Legends!  If interested contact Ed Amaya at ed.amaya@kenowa.com to get more information.

Save the Date: the BR Big Top Carnival is March 23, 2018

Mark your calendars! The BR Big Top Carnival is on Friday, March 23rd from 6-8pm. Click here for sponsor information and look soon for more details and volunteer opportunities! We look forward to seeing you and your family for a fun-filled evening!

Congratulations to the Black River We the People Team

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Black River's We the People team of nine students placed second in state at their final competition in Lansing. Black River is incredibly proud of their hard work over the last four months and appreciate team leader, Mr. Alex Constantelos for his devotion to the team. We are so proud of you!

We the People team photo

Congratulations Upper Elementary First Lego League!

Black River Public School Upper Elementary students are thinking like engineers while participating in First Lego League. They designed, built, and programed a robot and took home two trophies at the regional competition. 

Thank you to the City of Holland for this great video and to all of our Lego League volunteers! 


Carnival Donations Wanted!

Cleaning out the toy bins and bookshelves? Your student can earn community service hours and the Carnival can benefit! The Carnival committee is looking for LIKE NEW tiny trinkets and preschool to middle school-aged books that your student has outgrown. Birthday party favors, dollar store items, new packages of candy are all great ways to donate to the Carnival! Items will be used for carnival game prizes and can be brought to the Main Office during school hours.

2018 GVSU College Prep Week

The 2018 GVSU CSO College Prep Week welcomes 150 high school juniors and seniors from GVSU charter schools to participate in a week of academic and cultural exploration.

High School United Way Club Meeting Dates

Below are the dates for the United Way Club meetings.  Meetings are held in Marguerite Stephens' Room 321 during High School CAP from 11-11:30am. 

Thursday, January 18 
Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 28
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 28
Wednesday, April 18

High School Students: Dutch Dance Details are Here!

If you are interested in participating in Dutch Dance, please contact Darcy Logan at Darcy@theloganfamily.net. High School Dutch Dance will meet on Tuesday at 5:00-6:00pm and Thursday 4:30-5:30pm. Practices begin SOON!

Athletic Boosters $50 for 50 Home Games Fundraiser

The Athletic Boosters are hoping to raise an additional $2500 in funds to provide athletic training services at all appropriate home athletic contests.  Will you please be one of the families willing to donate $50 per athlete or more to provide this important service at 50 home games during the 2017-18 school year?  Please drop checks off in the MS/HS Main Office made out to BRSP Athletic Boosters with Athletic Trainer in the memo.  Thanks for you support.

New Black River Rat School Spirit Store - Order Online 24/7!

Check-out the new Black River School Spirit Store - Uniting Students, Parents and Fans through School Pride! We are very excited to announce our School Store with 24/7 online ordering and delivery straight to your home. The link can be found on the banner in the right hand corner of the Black River website or here. Watch for a $10 Gift Card, one promotion per household which will be sent home with the youngest child in each family this week. We hope you will consider the School Store when shopping for the holidays and stocking stuffers! Contact the MS/HS Main Office if you have any questions.

BRPS Middle School/High School Bittersweet Ski Club Forms are Available

Attention Skiers and Snowboarders! The 2017/2018 Bittersweet Ski Club forms are now available in Mr. Bittrick's room 211. 

Join the Black River Swing Dance Society

The students have started a new BR Club - BLACK RIVER SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Join them in the Auxiliary Gym, Thursday from 7:00-8:00pm

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HS Students - Join the Black River Ski Team!

Head to Main Gym during HS CAP on Monday, November 13 for an informational meeting if you are a high school student interested in joining the Black River and Grand Haven Co-op Ski Team.  Please contact Kyle Lawton at lawtonk@brpsk12.org with questions.

Senior Year Information Packet

Senior year is an exciting and busy time! Check-out the Senior Information Packet that was mailed to each senior in September. This packet was designed to assist you in planning for the upcoming year.  

Black River Middle School Wyldlife Club Information

Are you a middle school student interested in joining the Black River Wyldlife Club?

Volunteer for the MS/HS Peer2Peer Program

Middle School and High School Students: Support and encourage a fellow student, while earning community service hours. Volunteer for the Black River school-wide Peer2Peer program. This program is open to ALL middle and high school students.

Join the BRPO: Connect with your School and Community!

If you'd like to get more involved at school, we would love to hear from you!  The BR Parent Organization is all about making a difference.

HS Students: Be Nice. is more than a phrase. It's an Action Plan!

Are you a high school student interested in promoting a positive school climate and encouraging your fellow classmates?

Get the BR Mobile App

Staying connected is even easier with our new mobile app.  Just access the web site through your mobile device and you'll be offered a link to download the app. If you are not offered a link, download the "Schoolpointe Stay Connected" app in the App Store. News, calendar, directory and more - plus push notifications for important items like weather closings or delays.  Download today!

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