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Elementary News

An Important Note From Our Head Rat

Did you know that the Black River Parent Organization spends $20,000 annually to support field trips, student celebrations, teacher appreciation gifts, and more for our Black River community?  Black River is truly fortunate to have the support of these dedicated parents!

These funds are raised by a school-wide fundraising campaign which culminates in our annual Fun Walk which is coming on October 5th!  Over the course of this week, our Parent Organization has distributed envelopes to students for collecting donations for this event.  Please take some time to look for it and consider donating to this great organization.  After the necessary funds are raised to support the items mentioned above for this school year, the excess funds will go toward the outdoor hard surface project.  A project for which our Parent Organization is dedicated to making a reality as soon as possible and has already saved over $40,000.  We're excited that project will benefit all of our students here at Black River.

For more information, to donate with a credit card, or to see the winning artwork that will be featured on this year's t-shirts, please visit the Fun Walk Friday website.

Homecoming Spirit Week Days

Elementary School Spirit Week Days

Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Sports/Clubs Day (wear your team jersey, uniform, or club gear)
Wednesday - Inside-Out Clothing Day
Thursday - College Day           
Friday - Black River Spirit Day

Middle School/High School Spirit Week Days

Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Dress Like a Teacher/Celebrity Day
Wednesday - Character Day
Thursday - Color Day 
  6th Grade - White
  7th Grade - Orange
  8th Grade - Pink
  9th Grade - Blue
  10th Grade - Green
  11th Grade - Red
  12th Grade - Gray
Friday - Blackout Day

BR Students in the News
November School Millage

This fall, for the first time, Black River will be part of the local school millage.

You will be hearing soon about a regional school millage on the November 2018 ballot.  The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District initiated an enhancement millage proposal on behalf of all its constituent school districts, including Black River.  Both Muskegon and Kent ISD's have successfully passed regional enhancement millages for their schools.  As a resident of Ottawa County, you will have the opportunity in November to vote on this proposal.  Please read through this FAQ document for more information!

Refreshing Recess

Refreshing Recess begins Monday, September 10!!!!  

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BRPS Homecoming is on Friday, September 28

Come help us celebrate Black River's 2018 Homecoming and cheer on the Varsity Boys Soccer Team as they take on West Michigan Aviation Academy on Friday, September 28th at the Hope's Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

5:30 pm - Tailgating 
6:00 pm - The Powder Puff Game of Seniors vs Juniors and Ticket Booth Open
6:30 pm - Gates Open
7:00 pm - National Anthem and Kick Off

This event will include performances by members of the High School Band and Choir. It's guaranteed to be a fun night for students of all ages and their families! We hope to see you there! We are in need of parent volunteers to lend a hand during this event with ticket sales, merchandise sales and clean up. If you are interested in taking a shift, please add your name on Shiftboard. Thank you!

Admission Prices: 
Free for all BR Students, Staff, Coaches, Alumni and kids 5 & under, $5.00 for General Admission and $8.00 for Reserve Seating

Scholastic Book Fair Thank-you! Book Fair Thank You Logo

The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success!  Thank-you to all of the students, families and teachers who stopped by our enchanted forest and bought books.  Because of your support 447 books were purchased for BR Classrooms! 

Also thank-you to those who volunteered, without you this event would not be possible.  Thank-you for supporting BR and encouraging a love of reading with our students!

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A friendly reminder to keep saving BoxTops and Family Fare/D&W Direct Your Dollars receipts.

Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Program Information Night

Join us Thursday, September 27 at 6pm in the Elementary Music Room to learn more about OOTM, how to get involved, and all the wonderful benefits for your child!

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Black River Fall TTQ - Coaches Needed!

Total Trek Quest (TTQ) is an afterschool program for boys in grades 3-5 and combines the physical activity of training for a 5K with a curriculum that focuses on learning to make goals, building social bonds and making healthy choices.  TTQ is a 9 week program where volunteer coaches meet with the boys after school twice a week for 90 minute practices.  The program is FUN and uses running and educational activities to encourage positive mental health and wellness while also preventing high-risk behaviors.  Practices will begin the week of September 10th and will be on Mondays and Wednesdays immediately after school until 4:40pm.  A final 5K run will be November 10th!

Elementary Morning Carline Volunteers Needed

BR Elementary is still looking for smiling faces to volunteer in our morning carline: Open car doors for our students from 7:45am-8am.  Volunteering one day a week is great! Contact Dave Eklov if you can help -

Back to School Information Packet - 2018-2019 School Year

Welcome to a new school year! We hope you are enjoying another beautiful Michigan summer.  As you make plans for the upcoming school year, please read through the 2018-2019 School Year - Back to School Information Packet. It is full of important dates, information, and links. We thank you for choosing to join the Black River family and look forward to seeing your student in the fall.

Calling all Elementary Students: Join Us for the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind Season!

Odyssey of the Mind is a unique program that offers students of all ages the opportunity to work together to solve a problem in any way they see fit.  Under the supervision of a coach, students can create skits, build vehicles, sew costumes, engineer electronics, and so much more!  

Students solve their chosen problem by uplifting one another, thinking outside the box, sharing their ideas, lending their skills, and learning new ones.  Teams are made up of 1 coach, 1 co-coach, and no more than 7 students.  Coaches must be older than 18 years of age, and this year we’d like to garner the help of our Black River Juniors and Seniors and have them act as the co-coaches. 

Save-the-date for Thursday, September 27 where an informational meeting regarding OotM will be held. In the meantime, visit to dive deeper into what OotM is all about.  With questions, comments, and to get involved contact Ashley Huizenga at

School Security System Update

We are excited to activate the new security system for the Main Building! With the new system, visitors will need to push the call button to the right of the Main Entrance Doors and wait to be greeted then let in remotely by office staff.  The same is true for the Handicap Accessible entrance, Door E in the back of the Main Building with a call button to the left of the doors. This is much like the system that has been in place at the Elementary Building since the spring and there are no changes to that system at this time. We appreciate your patience as we get used to our new procedures. The safety of our students and staff at Black River each day is a top priority. 

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.

Download the District Mobile App

The Black River District website can also be via the SchoolPointe Stay Connected app which is available for both Apple and Android phones. Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application.

Download on the App Store
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

Get it on Google Play
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

SchoolPointe's Stay Connected App features:

-Headline News and Information
-Calendar of Events
-School and Staff Directory
-School Notifications


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Fundraising period: Thursday, September 20th - Friday, Oct 5th. 100% of the funds collected by students benefit Black River!

Grand Finale: The BR community will gather together Friday, Oct 5th from 5:30-6:30pm to celebrate our school spirit with a 30-minute fun walk and festivities.

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