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BR teachers are there for you! Check office hours/appts for extra help time that is always available. MS students, watch for THRIVE, starting this fall. Mrs. Schrotenboer has details.
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Middle/High School News

Kids & Pandemic Stress Seminar

Wednesday, January 27th, at 7pm, Dr. Stephanie Grant will be hosting a free Zoom conference called “Your Kids & Pandemic Stress.” Dr. Stephanie Grant is a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a Professional Counselor.. If you would like to join this free Zoom conference,  you can register at this link:


The register button is at the bottom of the page.


2021 Youth Basketball Skills Camp

We are excited to offer a basketball skills camp for elementary and middle school students in the Holland area. 


A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - January 25, 2021

Dear BR Families,

While we have had some mild winter weather so far this year, we have quite a bit of winter yet to come.  For this year, if it is necessary to call a snow day, please know that this will indeed be a snow day in the traditional sense and it will be a day off from instruction.

There has been a lot of discussion about whether our snow days this year would simply be remote learning days for all students.  There are a lot of great reasons to keep the instruction going on days when travel to school is not safe for students, but there are also serious difficulties in providing equitable learning opportunities for all of our students on the very short notice that snow days often allow.

If the snow days begin to pile up or if a longer break for weather is necessary, we will revisit this and likely provide support to make these days remote learning days for all students.

In the meantime, if we do have snow days, students should use them to their benefit to complete important work.

As always, snow day information will be noted on Wood TV 8, WZZM TV 13, WHTC, the Black River website and Black River phone message.

Stay warm!

Shannon Brunink, Head of School

Flex Friday Forms for 1/29

Friday, January 29 will be a Flex Friday. All students should submit a response to the Flex Friday Form that can be found in the CAP Google Classroom. Students who do not submit a response will default to their typical status, in person or remote. The form will be open until Thursday, 1/28, at 8:15am.  Thank you!

BR Ski & Snowboard Club

The BR Ski & Snowboard club's next outing is this Wednesday, 1/27. The bus will leave school at 2:45p and return to school at 9:15p. If you'd like to ride the bus, please reserve a seat by submitting this form. We have a limited number of seats available. If you do not get a seat on the bus but would still like to join us at Bittersweet, you are welcome to ride down separately. Contact Mr. Bittrick or Mrs. Esmeier with questions. 

Student Count Days February 10-12

Good afternoon Black River families,


If you can believe it, it's almost Student Count Day(s) for the spring semester.  In order to help facilitate attendance tracking for our in person and remote students, the schedule on February 10, 11 & 12 will look different.


Careerline Tech Center Virtual Open House Information

Calling all Juniors and Sophomores! Are you interested in a Tech Center class next year?
Careerline Tech Center will host a Virtual Open House for prospective students on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 5:30-7:30pm
** Stay tuned for more information **

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Open Enrollment Period for the 2021-2022 School Year Lottery is Closing Soon!

Open enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year is underway and applications are now being accepted for the enrollment lottery. If you are a current family with an incoming kindergartener or a student that is NOT currently attending Black River, please make sure to fill out a lottery application to be placed in a sibling priority preference group. The 2021-2022 school year enrollment lottery application deadline is Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4pm. The sibling priority preference is not available for applications submitted after the open enrollment deadline.

Click here for admissions information and here for important enrollment dates. Don't forget to tell your friends and family to apply! For questions regarding enrollment, please contact Kelli Heneghan@brpsk12.org or 355-0055, ext. 116.  

Senior Photo Submission Deadline

Seniors, please submit your senior pictures to Miss Shirk via email by Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The requirements for photos are as follows:

1. It must be vertical
2. It must be a jpeg
3. It must be a high resolution photo.

Email as an attachment to shirkj@brpsk12.org

A Message from Jon Montgomery, Band Director - January 15, 2021

Click on the link below to see an important message from BRPS Band Director, Jon Montgomery regarding recent changes to Covid-19 protocols.

Letter from Jon Montgomery, Band Director

Board Meeting - January 18, 2021

The January 18, 2021 board meeting will be held at 5:30pm via Zoom webinar. Click here for a copy of the agenda. 

Click "Read More" below for links to the meeting. 

Prospective Family Open House - Saturday, February 6, 2021

Spread the news to your family and friends! Join us for the Prospective Family Open House. Contact Kelli Heneghan, Enrollment Coordinator at heneghank@brpsk12.org with questions.


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A Message from the Social Work and Counseling Team - December 9, 2020

Hello all! This semester has been very difficult to navigate for so many. With the end of the semester nearing, things seem to be escalating for some. We want to encourage any of our students to reach out to the Social Work and Counseling team (Tricia Schrotenboer, Lauren Green, or Annie Veld in MS/HS. Karen Scranton in Elementary) if you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling mentally/emotionally. We would love to set up a google meet to check in with you or connect you with resources. We also hope you will take advantage of our “Wellness tab” (listed at the top of BR homepage) that has additional resources. 

Parents, please check in with your students. Ask them how they are doing. Be aware of any changes that may have occurred. Agitation, changes in sleep patterns, withdrawing, extreme mood swings, and talk of feeling hopeless are all possible signs that your student is struggling and needs additional support. 

The Ottawa County page of resources is another useful tool and can be found here: https://miottawa.org/Health/OCHD/pdf/Mental-Health-Crisis-Brochure.pdf 

During this time, we want to support you. Know that you are not alone in this! We are BR- and we are always here to help! 

BRPS Open Enrollment Period is Underway - 2021-2022 Lottery Information

BR families and friends, the open enrollment period has started! Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted throughout the BRPS Open Enrollment Period which runs from October 1, 2020 through February 24, 2021 at 4pm. Applications received at any time during this period will be eligible for the enrollment lottery. BRPS families will need to fill out an application if they have a new incoming student to BRPS for the 2021-2022 school year, including an incoming kindergartner! Currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply each year.  

Contact Kelli Heneghan, Enrollment Coordinator, if you have questions regarding enrolling your student at Black River Public School. Kelli can be reached via email at heneghank@brpsk12.org or by phone at 616-355-0055 ext. 116. 


Application for the BRPS Enrollment Lottery - 2021-2022 School Year 

Masks at BRPS Athletic Events

Black River is committed to adhering to the governor's Executive Order requiring our student athletes to wear masks for all sports activities listed in the Order.  Our students know that this is for safety and we all must do our part to end this pandemic.

Spectators at all BR athletic events are also required to properly wear a mask in order to be admitted to our events.  These masks must  be worn during the entire event.  Please know that spectators not properly wearing masks will cause a stoppage in our students' play and those refusing to wear their masks will be required to leave. Click here for the MHSAA guideline.

Thank you for understanding how important this is to all of us - especially our student athletes. 

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OK2Say Hotline is Always Open

Stop the Silence! Black River Parents and Guardians - If you are worried about a student, don't be afraid to speak up by contacting the Ok2Say Hotline to leave an anonymous tip - OPEN 24/7 including weekends and before/during school hours. Specially trained technicians receive the tips and filter the information to the appropriate agency. Please use this resource if you have a concern during a time school is not in session. Contacting 911 with a concern is also an option. These methods will be the quickest way to ensure student safety. Thank you! 

Phone: 855-565-2729     Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)     Email: ok2say@mi.gov

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School News Updates at a Glance - Download our Stay Connected Mobile App

Stay up-to-date on BRPS current events and news by adding the Stay Connected App to your phone! Features include:

  • Headline News and Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • School and Staff Directory
  • School Notifications for Closings and Delays
  • Push Notifications for Important Updates 

Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application:
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

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Parents & Students: Meet your 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. 

School Code: 231963
District ID: PWHTPS

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Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616.355.0055

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