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Elementary Parents...We need your recipes!!!!
Staff in the News - Karen Rowe

Black River is very proud of English teacher, Karen Rowe for her hard work in bringing the NEA Big Read Lakeshore: An Entire Community Reading One Book to our community. 

Holland Sentinel Opinion Article - Posted November 8, 2018

Big Read Information

The Sound of Music Elementary Student Auditions

The Black River Theatre Company is presenting "The Sound of Music" on March 8 and 9. In an effort to cast actors closer to the correct ages to portray the Von Trapp children, we are opening up auditions to K-5 students. Elementary auditions will take place on Wednesday, November 28 in the Elementary Music Room.  Audition time slots will be from 3:15-4:00, 4:00-4:45 and 4:45-5:30.  Please contact Rachel Andrews by email at to sign up your child to audition.  You will also be sent additional information about auditions and the rehearsal schedule.

Open Positions for the Fine Arts Booster Team

The school year is well underway and we still have a couple of open positions for the Fine Arts Boosters team.  We would really like to fill up our group so we can help the department as much as possible this year.  Please take a moment to read through the position descriptions below and see if you would be interested in joining our team.  Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 5pm, usually in the Large Ensemble Room of the Lyceum.  We make every effort to keep them to about half an hour in length.

Here are the two open positions:

1. Treasurer:  this individual is a voting member of the Fine Arts Booster (FAB) group and attends monthly meetings to discuss ideas, help with event planning and vote on expenditures. The treasurer is responsible for keeping an accurate account of all financial transactions of the FAB and giving a treasurer's report at each meeting.

2. Orchestra Parent Representative - this individual is also a voting member of the FAB group and attends monthly meetings as noted above.  This role varies depending on the needs of the orchestra director and in the past has included activities such as planning a reception after an orchestra concert in the Lyceum.

Please consider volunteering your time to help make this year a successful one for our students.  If interested, please contact me at

Thank you!

Terree Brncick
FAB Chair

Roller Skating Party at The Rink!

Black River is having a Skating Party at The Rink (12521 James St.) on Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Admission is $5.50 for skates and $3.50 for blades. Come out and skate with school friends!  

BRTC Wreath Sale Starts Today!

The Black River Theatre Company (BRTC) invites you to help support the upcoming Spring production of The Sound of Music with the purchase of a beautifully handcrafted and locally produced Christmas Wreath. A wreath will be on display in the Elementary Main Office. All of the proceeds go towards covering BRTC costs associated with this timeless musical. Local orders can be picked up at BRPS. Out of town orders can be shipped. Please drop your order form in the MS/HS main office or scan and email it to  

Annual Faculty vs. Varsity Basketball Showdown

Annual Faculty Varsity Showdown

Come on out to watch the Annual Faculty Varsity Basketball Showdown on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00pm in the Main Gym. Last year this event helped raise over $300.00 for Kids Food Basket. See you there!

BRTC Talent Show/Cabaret FUNdraiser

Event Date: Saturday, December 1st, from  6-8pm
Where: BRPS Auxiliary Gym
Why: Fun and Fundraiser for The Black River Theatre Company*
Audition Date: Wednesday, November 14th, immediately after school in the Large Ensemble Room for elementary students who wish to participate in the talent show. 6-12 grade students who wish to participate in Cabaret need only sign up with Ms. Andrews

*This year’s Musical will be THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which will be an amazing, but expensive show.  This fun evening will include performances by your children, a Christmas wreath sale and a silent auction! 

BRTC Presents: The Matchmaker

Tickets are now available for Black River Theatre Company's production of The Matchmaker at the Holland Armory on November 9 at 7 pm and November 10 at 2 pm and 7 pm.  Please buy your tickets early at

The Matchmaker

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 MS/HS Yearbook

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


Kinder Dutch Dance - Sign up Oct. 15, 2018
Turkey Jam 3 v 3 - Sign-up Today!
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.

Girls on the Run

Registration begins in November for the Spring 2019 season and program begins in early March.  Coaches are still needed.  

A Celebration 5K will take place on May 31, 2019 & June 1, 2019.

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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