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Elementary News

Food Service Worker Needed at BRPS

Black River Public School Food Service Department is looking for help. This is a flexible, on call sub position within our school. Qualifications include experience in food and customer service, ability to work in a fast pace environment, able to lift up to 35 lbs, positive attitude, good time management skills, and a team player. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Mimi Mahaney-Stalzer at (616) 891-0227.

Student News Friday Show

Happy Friday! Check-out the Student News Friday Show.

Student News - Wednesday Show

Here's this week's episode of the Wednesday Show by Student News. Enjoy!

Volunteer Sign-up for Ratfest Now Underway!

Ratfest is now less than a month away and we're looking for volunteers to help make the evening a success.  This year we're using Sign Up Genius as our format; please click on the link below to see available activities and time slots. You will also need to include the password provided:

Sign Up Genius link:
Password:  brps19

Thank you for considering donating an hour or two of your time and remember:  Black River students will receive community service hours for the volunteer time!

Geography Bee Winner Announced

The winner of Black River's School Geography Bee is Jonathan Fink.  Second and third places were won by Gene Raywood and Andrew Rynsburger. Congratulations!  

Annual Letter From Shannon Brunink

Dear Black River Community, Please read the Annual Letter from our Head of School, Shannon Brunink. Your continued support allows us to thrive. Thank you!

Ratfest Poster Contest Deadline EXTENDED!

Elementary students still have time to create a poster for Ratfest!  We’ve extended the deadline, so put your imaginations to work and let’s see what you can do!  As an extra incentive, the artist who creates the winning poster will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to Ratfest!  Your poster will also be framed along with past winners in the Lyceum Building.  Please submit your posters to Mrs. Gorris by Friday, January 4, 2019.  

Bring on the Talent!

Ratfest Poster

Ratfest 2019 - Save the Date

Ratfest 2019 - Save the Date! 

This year's Ratfest will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 5-8pm at Black River in the Lyceum.  The evening will include a Live Performance Stage, Mock Rock Challenge, 50/50 raffle, fun & new crafts, food and student artwork display.  All of you musicians, singers, actors and dancers out there - now's your chance!  If you are interested in performing on the Live Stage, please see any of the Fine Arts teachers to sign-up. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. 

2019-2020 New Student Enrollment Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently underway and applications are being accepted for our lottery drawing. The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

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

Elementary and MS/HS Yearbook Order Link

Moments worth remembering are found in the yearbook! Please click the link below to order your MS/HS yearbook:

2018-2019 Elementary Yearbook

2018-2019 MS/HS Yearbook

Yearbooks will only be available for purchase through the online ordering system. Contact Joy Shirk, yearbook advisor, at with questions. 


Meet your New Infinite Campus Apps!

Infinite Campus has released two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, schedules, announcements and more.

meet your new infinite campus apps


Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


Box Tops & Direct Your Dollars Receipts Box Top Logo

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

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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513 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616.355.0055 x302